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Saturday, February 17. 2007
The paragliding story - just incredible. My nightmare.
How Edward Said made it impossible to speak the truth about Islam and the Middle East. New York Sun
Sissy shares our views of PC and threats to free speech.
Womens' work spaces dirtier than toilet seats. Sheesh.
Good advice, for bloggers and for everyone, from Wizbang:
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Under the speech section remember this..(this applies if you're in a public place.....if you are really, really pissed at someone and think it would be a good idea to yell at the top of your lungs "I'll get you"......DON'T...
calm down and show you're calm, then approach the person slowly. hands palm forward... then bend over and whisper in his/her ear that their ass is yours.
If you are alone with some jerk then the dictum "Testis Unus, testis nullus" is pretty good short of killing the guy.
Testis Unus, testis nullus = one witness is no witness
PS ..do none of these things. It would be wrong. Just go on your way,peacefully.
Especially don't do any of these things unless you are adept at backing them up with action.........but do the right thing..after you've been assaulted and in the hospital room make sure you have a lawyer with you when the police show up in a few days to take your statement.
NO JOKE HERE;
Over the The Belmont Club
Under the title "The Truce is Over" Wretchard references Sen Joe Leibermans website and comments and then goes on to dilate the topic with his own insight. It is an EXCELLENT piece of analysys and easily worthy of your time. I encourage a peek and read when time permits you to do so.
I have been in this philosophical state now since the Vietnam War. The Left in this country is an enemy of the Constitution but use it to subvert it.
This from the front via my backchannels. USMC Air type.
>> Finally went over 3,000 in the Hornet and 400th combat mission. The
>> fellas from 121 started showing up the other day. It's starting to sink
>> in....... I'll have to go home, the opportunities to kill these fuckers
>> is rapidly coming to an end. Like a hobby I'll never get to practice
>> again. It's not a great war, but its the only one we've got. God, I do
>> love killing these bastards.
>> Well, the government in Baghdad has been telling the Shii that the
>> Americans are coming big, look the fuck out.... So, the bad guys have
>> begun moving out of the city. Business is beginning to pick back up for
>> us. I think the Iranians are going to pick things up to help give CNN
>> some ammunition to show the buildup is a failed idea.
>> The other day, "Puddy" Shoop got 3 nice passes with the gun and rockets
>> on some Muj in a little town called Karma, which is just Northwest of
>> Fallujah. I firmly believe they are implants from the "big city."
>> Looked as though they were in the process of trying to attack the Iraqi
>> Police headquarters. I wonder why the insurgents would be attacking the
>> Iraqi Police . . . CNN says the IP are ineffective. Funny, the
>> "ineffective" IP stood their ground and called in 3 strikes. Only 1
>> confirmed kill.
>> Had a great 5" rocket attack last week. 5 Muj emplacing an IED....
>> rockets can be like a box of chocolates sometimes.... You never know
>> what you're gonna get. Allah was with these jack asses, as the rockets
>> hit all around them. These fuckers get up, brush themselves off and
>> take off hobbling across a farm field. The ground commander never
>> expects survivors, so it takes them a while to coordinate a follow on
>> attack. In the mean time, the idiots stay together in a pack, carrying
>> their parts through a small palm grove. Ground commander finally gets
>> his act together and clears a follow on gun run to finish them off.
>> Roll in and just as pilot is about to go "hammer down," a herd of sheep
>> and family members appear at the top of the pod video and the run is
>> aborted. Went home thinking they had gotten away.... Some pipe bustin'
>> Fellas from the QRF (Quick Reaction Force) rolled up on the farmers and
>> apprehended all of them, along with their bomb making materials. They
>> said the Muj tried to say their HE burns were from a tractor rolling
>> over or some shit. As an aside, you will never be shown the aborted
>> attack, which saved at least 5 unarmed family members and their
>> I hope they show a before and after picture of Baghdad. I think you
>> will be quite surprised at the effort. An order of magnitude more than
>> anything they have ever seen before. Should be interesting to watch.
>> I'd really like to stick around and see how the extra ass effects the
>> ops in some of the more obscure areas.
>> As we prepare to get out of here, I have to think back to what this
>> place was like when I was leaving 2 years ago...... The convoys would
>> be attacked by small arms fire every night... All night long. Today,
>> we rarely ever see a convoy attacked by small arms fire. When the
>> Marines take any fire, they turn and attack, so the Muj have determined
>> its not a money play and stopped (besides, killing a KBR worker won't
>> make it to CNN back in the states). I used to spend most of my on
>> station time investigating Mortar and
>> Rocket points on origin from counter battery radar hits. I think I've
>> received about 6-8 of those missions in 6 months. Camps in Ramadi and
>> Fallujah used to get indirect fire all day and night.......Now, its
>> rare. Our base here in Al Asad used to get rocketed every 12
>> days......... We've been rocketed once in 6 months.
>> During my first 3 tours here, I never saw a single Iraqi Army unit.
>> This tour, they have taken over significant portions of the Area of
>> Operations. Hell, I've nearly bombed them on at least 3 occasions
>> because of their aggressive patrolling (they fail to tell anyone where
>> they are going). They still have a ways to go: The retards I was
>> providing overwatch for this morning, were trying everyone's patience.
>> But, they were engaged in the arena and patrolling a dangerous area on
>> foot. How can we possibly abandon these people now?
>> Another thing that struck me the other day is how much better the US
>> Army has become. 7 years ago, they were a bloated lazy mess.... I
>> believe most didn't know how to use their personal weapons very well.
>> Poor at convoy ops and patrolled in their HMMWVs. Now, they are
>> lighter, more expeditionary, mobile, better armored. They patrol on
>> foot and aggressively pursue contact with the insurgency. I think they
>> still have a ways to go to be better at coordinating fires, but they are
>> more Marine like than ever. As long as their version of a Forward Air
>> Controller (FAC) continues to sit in a command post and "control" air
>> fires from a computer terminal, they will never get it right (SEAL and
>> Marine FACs are embedded with the infantry company).
>> Advon for the Bats left this morning. We should be wandering into the
>> overhead around the 1st. I'll be able to give you a better "charlie
>> time" in a couple weeks.
>> Morale is high, the Marines can smell the barn. It's hard to keep them
>> focused. I still have 20 days of kill these motherfuckers, so I don't
>> wanna take even one day off.
>> Big Mama is charged up for the homecoming.
>> The cruise plaque (etched mirror behind the bar in the Miramar O' Club)
>> unveiling is still scheduled for April 27th. The pukin dog logo will be
>> proudly adorned. Hope you can get some of the fellas to join us. I've
>> seen the fucking Dogs come out of the woodwork at the prospects of free
>> booze (& there will be free booze). Change of command is still
>> scheduled for May 4th. Hope you can stop by for that, as well.
The difference between your correspondent and the non-binding resolution bunch in congress is almost too much too grasp.
Here, this is good:
It ought to help us set up our dukedoms properly, after the Dems cashier the constitution, hey.
Deepest compliments to Sen Judd Gregg of New Hampshire on his work in the Senate today.
Yeah Buddy and I look good in green. I can destroy an economy in a small country with a kilo of c-4 and a few shiny trinkets.
This is interesting. Day before yesterday I had a new Browning 800lb gunsafe delivered. The delivery guy starts talking about the coming "shit". As it unfolds that includes the illegals and the Muz. Although he seemed typically good ole boy he was well informed on the 500k coming in and that some of those had to be Muz bad guys. Then he says that if they try some stuff again he and his buddies are gonna be lighting up the local mosques and a few muz.
I'm just nodding, non committal but amazed at his openness and obvious commitment to actually getting it done if they start any crap here.
He and his helper left and I just thought ... well I ain't alone, and this is good.