Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thought of the Day
Labels: Lewis Sorley quote
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thought of the Day
What’s insulting is that Marcotte and Steinem and other Stepford Feminists believe that women are incapable of being responsible for their own actions. That if they have the simple human emotions like fear of the unknown or self-doubt, then they should be relieved of that icky burden immediately because surely they can’t handle it. Motherhood is a punishment and a burden that only certain women can be expected to handle. Some aren’t “equipped” to do so, you see.
They are also the ones who want to hide information from women, for fear that women are too stupid to handle the truth; they don’t even want women to see ultrasounds before aborting their children. They have so little respect for women, that they deny the very existence of post-abortion syndrome. To them, it’s inconceivable that any woman would actually feel remorse or be racked with guilt, her entire life, after having an abortion. She got rid of that pesky, burdensome, “just a clump of cells”, inconvenience! If she doesn’t feel joyful relief, she can’t be a “real” feminist-y woman!
Labels: Lori Ziganto quote
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Right Man
Just so, Gulf War II, finishing up the fight against Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army, starting in 2003, went on way too long because of the wrong guys in charge. Franks did OK (like Meade in 1863) but his replacements, Casey, Sanchez and even Odierno (and perhaps, to a degree, Abizaid) couldn't get us to victory. General Petraeus got the job done. (I know Iraq is no democratic utopia but the imminent collapse of the country into depotism doesn't seem so imminent and we are drawing down seriously with very few of our troops in active combat roles now). Perhaps our political choices will again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but, just as in Viet Nam, we have won the war and leave a nation with the real chance to be a successful republic. If they can keep it.
So what about Afghanistan? We had enormous success in there in 2001 -- 2002, and drove the Taliban and al Qaeda before us. They holed up in Pakistan where the only thing that really works well there, the military, tried (some) and failed to destroy them. So the war, in the lightest possible forms of sustained combat, has lingered and dragged on and actually gotten worse--eight years plus, our longest war. The caretakers of the very low level conflict, Barno and Eikenberry had proved incapable of putting the Taliban away (not all their fault) but they were also unable to stop the Taliban escalation. Certainly the more recent guy in charge, McKiernan, summarily sacked and humiliated by our current commander in chief, wasn't getting it done. What about McChrystal, hand-picked by President Obama? How was he preforming?
In my mind, not all the great, despite his great skills as a warrior and leader of men. So the tiny ray of silverish lining in this very recent summary firing and petulant humiliation is the fact that Petraeus is back in. Can he reverse our seemingly bleak prospects one more time?
Thoughts of the Day
Not only is every weird, shared delusion of the New York liberal deemed sacrosanct, but what ought to be sacrosanct -- off the top of my head, human life -- isn't.
As Stan Evans says, whatever liberals disapprove of, they want banned (smoking, guns, practicing Christianity, ROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance) and whatever they approve of, they make mandatory (abortion-on-demand, gay marriage, pornography, condom distribution in public schools, screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth").
When liberals say, "nothing is sacrosanct," they mean "nothing other Americans consider sacrosanct is sacrosanct." They demonstrate their open-mindedness by ridiculing other people's dogma, but will not brook the most trifling criticism of their own dogmas.
Labels: Ann Coulter quote
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thought of the Day
In 2009, the gruesome beheading of Aasiya Z. Hassan was covered only five days later by the New York Times—and then mainly to explain that Islam had nothing to do with it and that anyone who believes to the contrary is misguided or prejudiced.
The media's attitude to "honor killings" is not only shameful and dishonors the dead; it's also part of the reason why America's newspapers are sliding off the cliff: Their silence on this issue is merely an especially ugly manifestation of how their news instincts have been castrated by political correctness.
Labels: Mark Steyn quote
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Roger to the Rescue
Wife Kit and I were down with friends north of Canon City for a bar party. We stayed the night in the guest cabin. Others saw a black bear start to climb a tree then run off, but I missed it. The next day riders reported a hawk that didn't fly from a very low perch even when they rode right by it. We went to investigate and found an immature hawk with a wound on its right wing. We put it under a net without any further trauma and then transferred it to a Jack Russell terrier sized dog carrier and ultimately to the Raptor Society whose agent assured us it was going to be fine. It was a Peregrine Falcon in fact, the king of the raptors. Huge yellow feet with long talons and yellow rimmed eyes are its features leaving a lasting memory. I hope it's OK. I mainly watched the rescue.
Later, I couldn't hit a 16 inch iron disc 680 yards away with a 24 power scope on a Remington 700 in .223, but with spotters calling out where each shot landed, I rang the gong with a Springfield '03 in 30.06 with iron sites. Took about 13 tries though.
Shooting and riding and raptor rescue is a normal Sunday for these friends.
Labels: Personal History; Raptor Rescue
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thought of the Day
Labels: Jeremy Nicholson
Friday, June 11, 2010
Second Thought of the Day
So the solution is to kick it old misogynist style and discredit the woman. If possible, demean her. Draw attention to her body. Draw attention to her sexuality. Imply that she's a slut. State outright that she has no fashion-sense. Criticize her hair. Be offended with how much leg she shows.
You know, act like a misogynist....to you know, achieve feminist ends. Ignore the fact that you're undermining your own cause because all is fair when it comes to slaughtering an ideological opponent.
Labels: Melissa Clouthier quote
Thought of the Day
Labels: Mark Steyn quote
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thoughts of the Day about Sarah Palin's Breasts
Second, we note that privacy in medical matters is the legal foundation of the Constitutional right to abortion, per Roe v. Wade. This right to privacy is apparently so sacred that (so says the left) it is reasonable to sacrifice fetuses to defend it. One would think that the left, therefore, would be reluctant to intrude on even Sarah Palin's medical privacy. Of course, that would require some measure of intellectual honesty, which is apparently beyond the capacity of many liberals when Sarah Palin is involved.
Labels: TigerHawk quote
Monday, June 07, 2010
The Key is What Was Left Out
The title has a bit of the time warp about it, Free Gaza? Didn't the Israelis unilaterally depart from the Gaza back in 2005, violently uprooting over 8500 Jewish settlers and making the Gaza completely Judenrein, as the Nazi like Palestinians insist? Why yes they did--Gaza is already free. The article never actually comes out and states that obvious history. It's not the worst omission. Here is a representative paragraph.
The attack on the Freedom Flotilla is the culmination of more than four years of failed policy, in which a siege has been imposed on the entire population of Gaza in an attempt to weaken and isolate Hamas after its victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections. Israel does not bear sole responsibility for an unjust blockade that also undermines its own long-term security; indeed, the policy was jointly crafted and executed with the United States and has enjoyed the collusion of the European Union, Egypt and even the Fatah wing of the Palestinian Authority.
The "attack" was from the radical Islamacists on the one ship on the IDF soldiers whose primary weapons were non-lethal. What the lefties call a "siege" is in fact a method of preventing re-armament of a hostile neighbor. It is an entirely legal method about as far from a siege as you can get. It is a just blockade. Of course, to the left, legitimate and successful self defense is always wrong, always is a failure, always undercuts true security. The left seems to know a way to true security which does not involve any actual security measures, like guns or a border fence. Here's another.
The effects of this policy on the people of Gaza have been devastating. According to various UN agencies, the formal economy has collapsed. More than 60 percent of the people are food insecure, and nearly 80 percent depend on the UN for sustenance, with rising levels of malnutrition. The destruction of Gaza's infrastructure has been comprehensive, with the reduction in electricity supply damaging food production and storage and dangerously limiting access to safe drinking water. The blockade has prevented all but minimal repair of the damage from Israel's 2008–09 military assault; thousands are still displaced from their homes.In other words the shiftless Gazans rely entirely on international largess which Israel allows into Gaza, several hundred thousand tons a day. Some siege. Oh, and the destruction of the infrastructure, the Gazans did a whole lot of that in looting and vandalism of efficient Israeli farms and greenhouses shortly after the IDF left. That operation 'cast lead,' the Israeli defense from continual Gazan attack, caused further destruction is also solely the result of Gazan malfeasance. Oh, the power cuts, where does the power come from? Israel. Some siege. One of the items not allowed into Gaza is concrete, so that Hamas can't use it to build bunkers and defense points. The Gazans smuggle in so much through the hundred tunnels into Egypt, that lately the price of it has dropped. Some siege. Ready for some more?
Israel's occupation would not have been possible without tens of billions in US military aid, without dozens of UN vetoes cast by Washington, without the State Department's back-room strong-arming of other nations. It would not have been possible without the dishonesty of a US media establishment that habitually twists or simply refuses to report basic facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict—and is often less critical than the media in Israel.
Now this is just delusional. Occupation? The Israelis left Gaza completely half a decade ago. If we were to actually enforce our border with Mexico, would we then occupy Mexico? Occupation by guarding the border and insisting on customs like inspections of humanitarian aid. This is prime lefty logic. And, given the point of this posting, which I'm getting to, don't rush me, it is rich to hear the lefties complain about the American media's so called 'refusal to report the basic facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict.' Rich!
And my point? Well the article leaves out a few things, a few thousand things, that is, the thousands of Kassam rockets and thousands of mortar rounds which the Gazans were firing into Israel for years and years. That little fact is left out of the article. It is an important and telling omission. The whole reason there is a sea blockade, by both Egypt and Israel, and both nations enforce their border with all the seriousness with which we fail to enforce ours, is to prevent Hamas from rearming and beginning the deadly barrage again. Everything this silly, dishonest editorial complains of is a direct result of the deadly, war crime barrage the Gazans started shortly after the IDF left. Why the lefties don't mention it is patently obvious. That little fact of naked Gazan assault undercuts every word of the lefty screed. It is an inconvenient fact the editors of the execrable Nation choose merely to ignore.
Delusion, projection, lying outright, lying by omission. Fairly typical lefty article, actually.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Thought of the Day
Labels: David Archibald quote
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Step-son and I went with his uncle, my bro in law Gary (on the left here mit richtig Deutcher Fabian zu rechts) to fish at an undisclosed lake just a mile or two from Wyoming.
Gary is one of those types who has to have a huge fire in camp all the time
and he even brought his own firewood for it. Sheesh.
There is a lot of beetle kill pine and fir up there (Damn global warming!) and they have cut down many of the trees around the roads and trails so that the dead trees don't fall on people.
It ain't that pretty right now but I wonder what will replace the scads of dead trees? A different pine? Aspen?
Here is the first day's catch. All big rainbows. Pink meat and right tasty.
Here is the view from our hotel room in NYC, where we went after attending only son's graduation out on Long Island at SUNY Stoney Brook. Andrew was one of the few non Asians graduating in engineering, in his case, electrical engineering.
Eldest daughter also went to Stony Brook so they have lots of friends in the area, including some who live in Queens in what turns out to be a hundred year old neighborhood of Czechs and Slovaks. So we went to a battle of the local bands at the beer garden there and it was pretty good beer, some even better than Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner.
Here is Andrew surrounded by his sisters and mother and girlfriend outside them. I'm proud of my son earning a degree I could only dream of getting, such are my math skills, if you can call them skills.