Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Just to remind you, The United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10.
§171. Conduct during playing
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Yeah, I know it's a nightmare. Yeah, I know there has been controversy, bribes, kickbacks, all that bs.
Still. It's a $140 BILLION contract for new aerial refueling tankers. Some of our KC-135's are over 50 years old.
The choices are Airbus or Boeing. Period.
So STFU and award the contract to Boeing. Jesus, this is not a hard decision.
I stole the pic from his web site.
UPDATE: The Air Farce awarded the contract to EADS/Airbus. Sure, they're trying to make it look patriotic by using Northrop as a front. But if this was being investigated by the FEC, they'd make Northrop give the money back.
I'm a free market kinda guy. I always argued against protectionism in the auto industry when the Japanese were kicking Detroit's butt. However, this is a national defense issue. As one blogger noted, what happens if a supplier to EADS decides it doesn't like the US position and stops shipping some vital part? We're screwed, is what happens.
We sure as hell wouldn't outsource JDAM production; why would we put our tanker fleet at risk?
This is what happens when you let the junior service make decisions. Good thing my dad's no longer with us; he'd mail his wings to the Sec of the AF. Pretty funny, though: the Air Force gets a West Pointer at it's helm (how's that for mixed metaphors?).
Monday, February 25, 2008
For the record, I think we should keep GITMO and expand it...by providing a gallows. Hanging them is better than what the Islamic terrorists want to do to us. I have a friend who is currently serving in Mosul. Stay safe, Major!
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20080223-05
February 23, 2008
Coalition forces discover disguised truck-bomb
Multi-National Division – North PAO
MOSUL, Iraq – Coalition forces discovered a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device disguised as a Red Crescent food relief truck in southeastern Mosul Feb. 15.
The truck was labeled with hospital markings but contained eight 55-gallon drums with more than 5,000 pounds of unknown bulk explosives.
The discovery was made during a route clearance operation as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix. Because of the proximity of the VBIED to civilian population, an explosive ordnance disposal team determined the truck would need to be removed from the neighborhood before its destruction.
“A VBIED detonation of this size would kill or injure many innocent civilians. This just shows how ruthless al Qaeda is and their lack of concern for the effect of their operations on the Iraqi people,“ said Lt. Col. Christopher Johnson, commander of 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment.
Here's the link to the original.
H/T The Jester's Axe
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Funny thing is...Nader did it. Rolled that Corvair right over on her.
Obama might have had it won on his own before today, but Nader makes it official.
Nader takes the wackos from the far left...now Obama tacks back to the middle.
Ask Theodore White how it's done...since 1960.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
You will be forced to purchase insurance from HillaryCare.
She's even said she wants the power to fine you if you don't. Yikes.
Here's what it gets you:
Good luck with that heart attack...or stroke...or broken hip when you fall. You might have to wait an average of over an hour before you're admitted to the ER.
How's that working for ya?
Friday, February 15, 2008
I'm predicting that this picture:
is Hillary's Dukakis moment.
I mean, really, how bout this picture?
The head of AFSCME, Gerald McEntee, could hardly keep his lunch down.
That first picture will sink her. If a man did that, they'd say he was a bully. Hillary doing it? Well, it says that she has to come out swinging, because she can't persuade anyone. She's almost got me rooting for her...she's gonna be a tough guy and beat up Asad or something? 86 the gloves, dummy.
I'm telling you, this is her Dukakis moment...one more peek:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
2,000 feet above the Nimitz...
SHOOT THIS S.O.B. DOWN!
I think we should drum out of the Navy the Captain or RADM
whose flag was on the Nimitz. He certainly jeopardized the safety
and wellbeing of his ship and crew.
UPDATE: OK, I had a double Jack Daniels,
just like COB wanted me to.
He's right, as usual. That's why he has the salad on his chest.
Thanks COB! I needed the smack.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
I was in Spain this past week at a sales meeting. We had folks from all over the world together for 3 days of hard work (yeah, right).
At dinner one night, I was at a table of 10, with mostly Brits and Irish (with the odd Swede joining us -- and I do mean odd. ;-)
At one point during the evening, one of my co-workers asked the money question - who would I vote for in the upcoming election? You know what they say about not discussing religion or politics in an open session like this, but hey, he started it. I answered that my candidate was not running, so I was very disappointed in the choices I faced this November. Now, of course I worded it this way on purpose, to get the next question asked -- who was my candidate?
I stated, "Well, it's against the law for him to run again, but if he could, I'd vote for George Bush in a minute".
It was as if all of the air was sucked out of the room, as 9 others took in deep breaths of astonishment. Oh boy, this was going exactly as I wanted it to! Here was the largest display of shock and awe (well, ok, not awe) that I'd seen since I stated my opinion that we should Nuke Iran.
What followed was 30 minutes of lively debate between your humble scribe and an English sales guy. Now, I respect his opinion, and wasn't trying to change it...but, really, he had so little of substance to back up his horror at my statement and his hatred for GWB that he really embarrassed himself. Not that any of the others at the table swung over to my view...it's just that he sure couldn't back up his arguments.
First he stated that it was the Bush swagger that bothered him the most. I said, "OK, so your argument is that you don't like him because of his posture?" No, no, no, said he -- it was Bush's arrogance that drove him mad. "So your main objection to Bush is his personality?" I was backing him into a corner and he just couldn't get out of it.
Next he said that he objected to America's unilateral attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. Unilateral? In the first Gulf War, we had a coalition of over 50 countries, and UN approval to go in. In the latest Gulf War, we had a new coalition and UN approval. How unilateral is that? I stated these facts, plus said, "Hey, not that I give a crap about the UN's approval, but at least we got it. How in the hell can you say that we acted unilaterally?" No answer, of course.
I said look, why don't you just tell me why you don't like GWB...and be specific about policies or actions that he's taken that you don't like.
Of course, it was Iraq. How could I possibly support having our troops in Iraq? I reminded him that British troops were fighting alongside ours...to which he responded, "I don't support our troops being there, either".
Without going through the entire escapade, suffice it to say that I was adamant that we are fighting a war against people that would rather blow us up than live side-by-side with us. He said that if we weren't so arrogant, and tried to get along with others better, we would be more respected and accepted in the world. I laughed in his face. I pointed to one of the women at our table and said, "Hey, in their world, if she were to go outside of her house alone, without a male escort, sit next to me at this table and hold my hand like this (I held her hand in both of mine), she would be dead the next day from an honor killing. Do you understand what an honor killing is? And they'd get away with it under sharia law. Do you for one minute think it is acceptable to allow them to do that shit?
Well, I made my point, but didn't change any minds. It never ceases to amaze me what harm the left-wing media does in shaping opinion. This guy spewed all of the headlines from MSNBC and CNN, without really understanding the underlying issues, nor really being able to defend his position.
Again, I respect his sales skills and his right to his opinion. I was disappointed that he couldn't articulate them better. And I'll bet that I came across as the cowboy that night...sigh.