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Saturday, August 25. 2007
Photo on right: Vanessa Dobos, from Women in Combat at Reasoned Audacity (the photo comes and goes - I don't know why but you can see her at the link).
Lt. Pitts visits an Iraqi home. Totten. Man, that tea is dark.
Multiculturalism in St. Paul. LGF. Some cultures just don't give a damn how they treat women, but we are supposed to be understanding, aren't we?
Middlebrow with Ruskin on art and seeing, with a charming example.
Moros y Cristianos. Yum. Babalu, who notes elsewhere that rumors of Castro's demise are premature: at this point, it hardly matters.
Tu-95s over Guam. Just stopping by to say hello. Putin is flexing his muscles, but that is what Russians do. I think it's harmless.
100 million blogs? It's remarkable that we have so many readers. Talk about competition... h/t, Insty
More on Sacco and Vanzetti, at Attack Machine
Tony Blair's legacy: 10,000 rules and regulations. Kim. How can anyone remember all of this crap?
Looks like they found the Grunion. Blue Crab
"The poor" as pawns of the Left. Dr. Sanity on Thomas Sowell
O'Sullivan's First Law, and Amnesty International update. EU Referendum
Hurt feelings on campus. Dust my Broom. These kids aren't sensitive: they are manipulators.
From Prof Pat, What I saw in Europe. Far outside the cities, the Old Europe persists, with the old values and the old ways.
If you screw the American pharmaceutical companies, who in the world will come up with new meds? The Post Office? Dr. Helen
If I lived in Zimbabwe, I would grab my spears and my family and head for the jungle for the duration. Update at Captain Ed. Or, if I had the nerve and a few machine guns, form a rebellion.
Torture and abuse at Parris Island? Gimme a break. And Rightly So. No drill sergeant is going to be 1/1000th the threat of a bad guy trying to kill you. Toughen up, weenies.
Repubs are racists, says Krugman. Moderate Voice. I guess it's proof that you have no argument when you resort to name-calling.
I had no idea that Horsefeathers was a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. He considers the low value placed on the ability to use words. I suppose he is right: the talent to use words is widely-distributed, just as is the talent to make music. Market forces: wordsmiths and musicians are generally not paid well.
You must list the race of your employees? This is nuts. Just put me down as a Samoan: I share lots of DNA with them.
Jim Webb (D-VA) blames Dems for Vietnam genocide. He's right. Some people conveniently forget the real story.
The Martyrs of Otranto. Gay Patriot.
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I'd like that gun (and that gunner) for home defence here in Winnipeg. Doubt I could bring it in legally, however. Canada is fussy about guns in the hands of the non-criminal classes.
How convenient of Mr. Webb to have run as if he couldn't remember the consequences of Vietnam. Perhaps a bit too much fiction writing clouded his own memories on that. From 'bring them home now' to 'dear me, we don't want genocide', that is quite the switch!
Proof for Webb is standing up as a Senator for what is right not for getting elected, not for getting your party a majority - but to ensure the Nation is well governed. Better someone I disagreee with who earnestly believes their views rather than these politicians that change their direction with the slightest whisp of wind. I saw the campaign in VA, living here, and I liked neither of the participants, and so voted via write-in. They were both intolerable, and Webb now shows why he is intolerable - no core beliefs beyond himself. And Allen was no better... write-in was preferable for that 'evil of two lessers' concept.
As for me, I have recognized that there are, indeed, long-term consequences of defeat: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2006/09/long-term-consequences-of-defeat.html
Perhaps we can remember that, before it is too late.
When Habu was in the Corps
I went through Officer Candidate School in Quantico ,Virginia in 1968. OCS gets THE same Drill Instructors that Parris Island or San Diego get, it's just a different tour of duty at a different base. They were tough, but I'd been a Marine brat with a Colonel father who could make sissy's out of the toughest thug you could produce.
He'd made four island assault landings in the Pacific, became an aviator and flown at the end of WWII and all through Korea & Vietnam. When I got to OCS I was already in shape and ready. But we all make mistakes. Here's a sample of one I made.
You are required to shave all the hair that protrudes above the neckring on your t-shirt. Falling into formation on the first full day I'd forgotten to do so, and being one of those hairy chested men I had a full compliment of 2" hair sticking out above the neck ring. The sharp eyed DI spotted it immediately upon my turn for inspection and went into the usual DI thing. He then proceeded to grab as much hair as he could grasp and pull it out..by the handsfull. I don't remember exactly how many times it took him to clean me up but seems like it was four or five.
I never changed expression, which I believe kinda pissed him off but also sent him a silent message. I did not in any way consider that abuse..today who knows?
During our longest training hike, called administrative movenments, we had eighty-eight heat casualities out of 200 men, and four deaths from heat stroke,. That resulted in some court martials for the CO of the battalion and some Captains and DI's.
The next day after the deaths the DI's were soft. "Ladies,please join up outside in your ranks" type stuff. NO yelling etc. This went on for days until as a platoon we spoke to our DI's. We said that it was a pity those guys died but we knew where we were going in another six months and we didn't want the soft shit ..we told them that outside of earshot of the quanset hut camp we wanted them to take the gloves off...they did and we were back in business. Men die in the military. During training either on the ground or in the air. It's a dangerous profession.
But thank God at least the Marine Corps still turns out the best. I still have a poster I got at graduation.
"Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death
I will fear no evil
Cause I'm the meanest motherfucker in the valley."
Brother please, I have been trying to find that poster for 41 years! Any way I could get a copy of that image?
Sure it's a racheting up of their operations. They ahven't doneit in years and Putin wants to be a player. Add into the eqaution that we are placing an anti missile shield on his front door and he's doing what he should be doing.
But what he's doing is gathering new ELINT data on our reaction. I'm quite sure he's coordinated the flights with satellites that specifically are designed for ELINT. We do the same thing.
However it is a ratcheting up ..looks like we're headeed back to the Cold War but this time with an equastion that contains an entirely different set of variables ..state sponsored terrorism, non state sponsored terrrorism, and enough radioactive material on the black market to make things VERY interesting.
Just yesterday 17 pounds of uranium disappeared from a courtroom in Russia...that can make a bunch of dirty bombs...and who do you retaliate against?
What we have to do is take Islam out of the equastion. NOW .. Syria,Iran, Iraq, SA ... we need to take the gloves off.
Iraq Anti-War Movement: A Pop Quiz for Americans
By Kyle-Anne Shiver
Beginning August 28, America will witness the new thrust of Anti-Iraq War Protests The aim of these protests is exactly the same as the other protests you have seen to date: altering the public perception of the War, thereby manipulating public opinion (polling) against the war.
The Americn Thinker
Sounds like James Webb didn't like the idea of Congress losing the war he fought, but he's okay losing this one.