Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest from the Right: Rebel Yid

Silence About Economic Growth

In The National Review Online, Victor Davis Hanson writes The Anecdotal President, 12/26/12.

Obama’s current trajectory is not sustainable, and yet the president has not proposed spending cuts that would reduce the annual deficits in any meaningful way. Like Louis XIV, the Sun King, he knows that his spending is bankrupting his country and, if unchecked, will destroy generations to follow — and yet he knows even more strongly that he cannot quit. Instead, he fixates on upping the top rates on the 2 percent who currently pay over 40 percent of all federal income-tax revenues; his proposed hikes, however, would add only $80 or $90 billion in additional revenue, or about 8 percent of the aggregate borrowing each year. Additional income might derive from suggested changes in the nature of deductions, and from raises in capital-gains and inheritance taxes, but would supply only a fraction of what is needed to balance the budget.

The president, however, knows that his vast increases in federal spending, which have helped create loyal constituents, at some point must come to an end. (No doubt, Barack Obama will be as critical of “unpatriotic” deficit spending after he leaves office as he was before he entered it.) There simply are not enough “millionaires and billionaires,” “fat-cat bankers,, “corporate-jet owners,” and people who did not know when to quit profiting, or at what point they had made enough money, or that they did not build their own businesses. What then is the point about the obsession with earners in the top brackets –given that more taxes on them will do nothing to stop the fantastic rate of spending and very little to raise enough general revenue to service it? Answer: Obama’s attack on the upper brackets is a resonant talking point, but otherwise a mere political anecdote that has nothing to do with good governance. Raising taxes across the board or vastly cutting spending or both would start to solve the problem, and so, as real options, must go unmentioned.

Underlying his obsession with fairness is blindness to both the sources of wealth and the benefits to the non wealthy. Media noise about the fiscal cliff obsesses on taxing the wealthy more and somewhat cutting expenses , but almost never mentions the need for more economic growth. The cumulative impact of the legislation, regulation AND the threats of higher taxes is to bring economic growth to a halt. The focus should not be how much of the wealthy’s income or assets the ruling class is justified expropriating to pay for the reckless spending. The focus should be where will the wealth do our country the most good; in the hands of those who create it and multiply it or in the hands of bureaucrats and officials with power but without the knowledge to manage it. Should this wealth be used to create jobs for the productive middle class or be distributed to political cronies and the least productive citizens?

(You can read Rebel Yid daily at Rebel Yid: Beyond Left & Right)

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

Tunnel Vision

"I only know what I hear on Fox News" of the scariest quotes ever.

Mosque arsonist tells court: ‘I only know what I hear on Fox News’

(You can read J. marquis daily at Major Conflict)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Letter to Obama from a WWII Veteran

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

"We're no longer a Christian nation"

"America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world, "America is mean-spirited." Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you but I don't think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, "America hasn't lived up to her ideals." Which ones did you mean?

1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?

2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?

3. I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellahs I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.

4. I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their
people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

This letter and the author have been verified by

The author of the letter was Hawaii resident Harold B. Estes, a long-serving veteran of the U.S. Navy who was pictured in the May 2005 issue of Fore 'n Aft magazine and for whom the BMC Harold Estes Leadership Award is named.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church Members...Interviewed by Russell Brand

Who would have thought the most comprehensive interview to date with WBC members would be done by Russell Brand... (NOT work or small child safe!)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Information Overload

Let's start by acknowledging that no matter what we feel should be the outcome of the Sandy Hook horror, our opinions originate in what we each believe is the best interest of our citizens. Regardless of what the talking heads are saying...*I* have certainly not been desensitized. I have had an ache in my chest since the news began to unfold. I am mourning for each of those families and am just as confused and outraged as the rest of the country that nightmares like this ever happen.

I just don't know if my brain can take another second of the guns vs. no guns debate. I have come to believe the outcome depends on whether you are thinking with your head or your heart. After the horrific events in Connecticut, it's a normal reaction to say, "No more guns!" I get it. I've been there. You just want a quick band-aid. A stiff drink. Something to make you think it will never happen again. I hear you. Seeing the faces of the children and hearing the stories of the heartbroken parents is more than most of us can bear.

I have a saying that my kids are sick of own personal "mom mantra" --"Unfortunately the easy way is not usually the right way." It applies to most things. Most times the "right thing" is the tougher road, the more effort, the uncomfortable choice. Speaking up if someone is gossiping about a mutual friend, resisting peer pressure, giving back the extra $20 the cashier gave you by mistake, etc.

I am not among the stalwart gun defenders here. I don't own a gun and, if the truth be told, I am a bit scared of guns. I won't heart often says, "No more guns!" But, my head knows this is not the right answer. It won't fix anything. It's the easy answer and the right road is a long, uncomfortable one where we have to examine mental illness, divorce, government intervention, labeling, mainstreaming, valuing life and personal responsibility.

Americans don't like to talk about anything that might cause them guilt. They'd rather point the finger at an inanimate object and carry on exactly what they were doing before this happened. So, we'll probably pass some assault weapon laws and this will happen again and we'll be right back where we started...

But at the end of the day, all other arguments aside, the list of leaders that have banned gun control should give even the most fanatical anti-gun advocate pause. Shouldn't it?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Guest Post by Tater

Greetings all! Decided to take a break from fishing (getting to cold to fish down here in Fla!! Only 71F today) and drop a note. Specifically, wanted to reply to Nate’s left-wing blather from yesterday, where he espouses gun control as the answer to the Connecticut shootings. Later in the comment section Nate poses the following: “Let me pose the question. What should be done to make sure this doesn't happen again?”

The answer of course is simple; arm the teachers.

Had one of the six teachers that died that day possessed a hand gun, the outcome of Friday’s rampage would have likely been different. Had all six of the deceased teachers had a pistol in their possession, the outcome would have been UNQUESTIONABLY different. Instead the teachers were armed only with a strict gun control ban on campus. Unfortunately bad guys never seem to obey said gun control bans, and good guys (teachers and students) generally die from them. You’d think we’d eventually figure this out given the frequencies of school shootings (a quick Google search noted 56 school shootings in the USA during my life time alone! I’m 53 btw), but the answer is always the same; scream “more gun control”, promise to magically disarm the next assailant, and then await the next massacre that will surely come. Something about Einstein’s definition of insanity comes to mind here… How ‘bout we try something different, like hang a hand gun on the belt of every teacher?? Sure, give ‘em some training, make it voluntary etc. just like we did the airline pilots after 9/11 (a program that our dear leader has abolished btw).

I’m certain the left among us will scream “NOOOOOO we have too many guns in schools now!!!” But the truth is, we don’t have enough guns in schools. Ever wonder why bad guys attack schools? Two reasons: 1) They’re guaranteed the notoriety they crave, and 2) Its easy pickings, they’ll be the only one there packing. I doubt there’s a reader of this blog who can’t rattle off a half dozen school shootings from memory, however how many of you can ever recall a crazed gunman shooting up a police station? Ever wonder why?

I’ll close my rant with an acknowledgement that gun control does work. The three great liberal leaders of the 20th century (Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong) all enforced extremely strict gun bans on their civilian populations that were very effective. It allowed Hitler to successfully murder 21 million people, Stalin 43 million, and the most evil of all, Chairman Mao at 65 million. All told that’s 129 million folks who died wishing they had the second amendment.

Me thinks we should keep it.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Guest Post by Nate

While I've not ever cared much about gun control, the latest tragedy has me thinking about the issue in a different light. Much like Islam being the choice of most religious terrorists, guns seem to be the weapons of choice for lunatic mass murderers. Automatic weapons enable any reasonably motivated to murder dozens of innocents. It is just too simple, too easy, and too convenient. The argument that guns are just a tool used to resonate, but you never see mass casualties with the other weapons of violence. My conclusion is that guns are particularly suited to these lunatics, and enables truly effective murders on their rampages. No other commonly available weapon fits the bill. Much like we all agree that that WMDs should be kept out of the hands of religious extremism, I think we all can agree that semi-automatic weapons should be kept out of the hands of monsters.

Newtown gunman had hundreds of bullets, police said

This could have been much worse. This guy was better armed than the police, and may have been better trained. Had he shot it out, we'd likely be mourning one or more police officers and a larger death toll. My motivation to defend the right to own these weapons has disappeared.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Guest from the Right: Free0352

Email sent to Business Agent of Grand Rapids IBEW Local 876 whose thugs went after my mom.

My name as you can see from my email address is [Free], and I am a recently retired member of the United States Army who served as an Infantryman. Recently some of your members, to include a gentleman named Tony Cummings participated in a political protest near the State Capital in Lansing Michigan. While there, many of your local members participated in numerous acts of malicious destruction of property to include tearing down a tent operated by the political group Americans For Prosperity. Inside that tent was my 66 year old mother. Previous to this incident, several of your local members were involved in a highly publicized assault of a media individual who it appears was attempting to stop this criminal act. That incident aside, members of your local put my elderly mother in danger by causing a crowd serge within the tent, as well as the danger that heavy beams falling on her obviously could have posed an old woman. Luckily she was dragged to safety and only sustained minor injuries.

Upon her escape from the tent, one of your members spit in my mother's face and called her quote "A scab, cunt, whore." I know this man's name because his actions were captured by cell phone camera, and it was displayed clearly on the black jacket he was wearing which also clearly displayed your union name and local. A quick internet search allowed me to find your email address given this information.

I am largely politically neutral and not a fan of either major party, but I must admit any hope you had of winning my piece of public opinion died the minute your man spit in my mother's face, and some of your membership dropped a tent on her. I am likely not alone in this new, strongly held opinion as this incident is receiving wide media attention. If you have any sense as to the disastrous optics of this event, you will conduct an investigation into who from your union was involved in this senseless attack which has made your membership - and union members in general - look like thugs, and expel them from your union. To do otherwise causes people to suspect that you condone or even ordered the attack. In the new labor environment in Michigan you will now have to win over potential members to pay dues, so you might want to consider how you are publicly perceived. The image of attacking old women will affect people's willingness to join the IBEW. My mother would happily testify as to what she saw and I am encouraging her to press criminal charges. Having members of your local stand trial for assaulting an old woman would further damage your local and Labor's tarnished reputation and I imagine it would be best for the rest of your membership to distance yourself from these people.

Also, you should know that since my mother has been assaulted and since I'm a very good son with a lot of free time on my hands, I will now be escorting my mother to any event I even remotely suspect members of organized labor will be protesting. I am a very capable combatant having served multiple tours of duty as part of both Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and you should let your members know I will use ALL LAWFUL FORCE NECESSARY to protect my mother from intimidation and assault. This includes lawful deadly force to prevent her or my injury. Please note this is not a threat and I have no desire to seek out you or any of your membership, or anyone else, for any kind of retribution. I have seen enough violence for ten life times and would be happy to never see any more as long as I live. Tracking down the people who hurt my mom is the job of law enforcement. I have however spent my adult life protecting this country and its interests and I will now be providing that service for my mother and her associates at political events. In the interest of peace and safety, I would encourage you to advise your membership to quit bothering people or worse assaulting little old ladies, because big combat vets with nonlethal chemical agents (pepper spray) and lawfully concealed hand guns might not be far behind them.

Best regards and Merry Christmas.
[Free0352] USA, Retired.

Americans for Prosperity: Michigan announced they filed a police report through the Michigan State Police Capitol Post on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis


I liked what one Michigan legislator said yesterday..."good legislation gets debated, bad legislation gets rammed through in the middle of the night."

The Lansing-Beijing connection

The Numbers Don't Lie

Makes you wonder if maybe we should be talking about LOWERING the age people can get on Medicare...

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Union Thug Life

"President Barack Obama says right-to-work legislation in Michigan is more about politics than economics. He is criticizing a measure that would prevent requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace.

Obama received loud applause at a Michigan engine plant when he said we shouldn’t be “taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.”

The president says that the right-to-work bills are more about “giving you the right to work for less money.” (source)

I have to say that I really take exception to the President having the gall to comment so forcefully on something he knows nothing about. The President has never even had an actual, competitive, for-profit job until he became the President...let alone have any idea of what the difference between a union or non-union labor/mechanical shop is.

He has never been a young, entrepreneurial business owner trying to establish and put food on the table for his burgeoning family only to have union thugs key his truck and slash his tires or block job entrances. He's never had to drive through lines of goateed and beer bellied men spitting on him. Never had to be escorted onto a job site by Blackwater security guards. Never had to fear for his safety for doing an honest day's labor. Never had plumbers and electricians passing around pictures of Sasha and Malia while making disgusting and repulsive remarks.

We've lived it. Until he's experienced that, I don't want him to utter a word about someone's right to work. EVERY ONE has the right to work and the right to refuse to join a group that would engage in this thuggery and give your hard earned dollars to political candidates you abhor. It's everyone's right to choose their employer and the groups and organizations they align themselves with and give their money too.

Come to Philly, Mr. President, and go under cover with The Man to a few jobs in Center City and get a REAL look at the organizations you're defending...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Anti-US Military Style

"Kill those —— Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those —— Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully"
~Psy, 2004

That song and painting yourself gold and smashing a model of a US military tank to the stage is a far cry from "Hey, sexy lady" and riding an imaginary horse.

But now tons of Americans that thought Psy was just a funny distraction are coming to learn that he has been a part of some pretty hardcore anti-US military protests and sentiments.

And, though the White House is well aware that Psy rapped about killing the mothers and daughters of US troops "slowly and painfully," they invited him to perform at the "Christmas in Washington" concert last night.

News or who cares?

Does this explanation ease your mind any?

Or the fact the he apologized on Friday as the story began to break:

'"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted," the rapper said in a statement.

"I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words," he added.' (source)

A part of me thinks that nothing cures anti-Americanism like American dollars (though not true in the case of George Soros), but the other part has to wonder what our troops think of someone that has so publicly expressed these radical views against them performing for their Commander in Chief..........?!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Guest from the Right: Gary DeMar

How to Teach Simple-Minded People about Economics

Teaching economics is not difficult. You don’t need charts or graphs. All you need are a few good illustrations. One way to teach is with some humor. The Parable of the Two Cows is one way.

Bill Sherk mentions that a list has circulated throughout the United States since around 1936 under the title “Parable of the Isms.” A column in The Chicago Daily Tribune in 1938 attributes a version involving socialism, communism, fascism and New Dealism to an address by Silas Strawn to the Economic Club of Chicago on November 29, 1935.

Here are some of the better Two Cow Isms. I’ve tinkered with some of them:

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. The government takes both cows, loses one while giving the cow to people who don’t know anything about cows because that’s what the regulations told them to do.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

COMMUNISM (1): You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you some of the milk.

COMMUNISM (2): You have two cows. The government takes both cows. The government sells the milk in government stores. You can’t afford the milk. You starve to death.

COMMUNISM (3): You have two cows. The State takes both, and gives you a little milk . . . once.

COMMUNISM (4): You have two cows. The government takes both and gives you spoiled milk.

CUBAN COMMUNISM: You no longer have any cows. You risk your life by escaping from Cuba so you can buy some cows and a bull in Miami.

DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both cows and drafts you to make sure he stays in power.

FASCISM: You have two cows. You give the milk to the government and the government sells it.

You have two cows. They get jobs working for Chick-fil-A for the company’s “Eat Mor Chikin” campaign. The chickens get upset and call for a boycott.

LIBERALISM: You have two cows. You sell both of them to the rich. The government then taxes the rich the price of one cow and gives it to the poor who slaughter it. When they finish eating it, they demand the other cow.

You have two cows. The government takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and pours the milk down the drain insisting there is a giant storage tank where all the milk goes. Think Social Security.

POLITICAL CORRECTISM: The idea of “ownership’ is a holdover from the pre-Enlightenment era. Humans and cows are equal. The use of the word “cow” is demeaning. Cows should be allowed to vote.

(You can read more of Gary DeMar's articles at Political Outcast).

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Guest from the Left: J Marquis

The Cracks Are Beginning To Show
John Boehner and his crew are starting to crack down on the Tea Party true believers. Could it be the folks in charge of the GOP have decided extremism hurt them in the last election?

Tax Payer Malpractice

Wonder why the government has to spend so much on health care? The policies of companies like Wal-Mart have a lot to do with it.

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Better Safe Than in Denial...

So, speaking of living in an urban area that's teaming with diversity, drugs, alcoholism, prostitution and all other kinds of lucrative and diabolical temptations...

What do you think of drug testing your teen(s)?

I am a fan.

Someone recently accused me a being a hypocrite because I embrace a very limited government ideology, yet "violate" my teen's privacy by randomly forcing him to pee in a cup. I wish I could have accused them of being a dolt, since it's not the government testing my's me...the parent.

Drugs are rampant in his school. Many of the parents in the neighborhood are in serious denial, but addiction has been a multi-generational issue in The Man's family and who truly knows the Nature/Nurture split.

It does suck I feel the need when he is barely 14. But, this is the reality of where we live. Four test and four negatives. So I'm incredibly thankful for that. Yet, hesitantly thankful as he is only 14 (though 14 going on 25). But I feel it gives him an out:
"Hey J, wanna hit this green?"
"Nah dude, my parents are total nut jobs that test my shit."
Well, that's how I imagine it going down anyway...

I know there are some people against it. Something about Parent/Teen trust and bonding. Then again, some people believe everyone gets a trophy and winning doesn't count and that "use your words" is a productive phrase.

I WISH there would have been OTC drug tests when I was a teen --I would have gladly peed in a cup a few times a year for a bit more leeway. I say the negative result is what builds the trust.

Do I like doing it? No way, I'm scared to death each time it'll be positive and I will no longer be able to wallow in denial. So far, so good.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

The GOP Has Heard Your Concerns (and Could Care Less)

The next time you hear somebody from the Republican Party blathering on about how they need to "change" and "reach out" to women and minorities, remember this picture. It looks like it was taken at the Good Old Boys national convention.

(You can read J. marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some REAL Audacity of Hope.

Not the vapid majickal fiction of Obama's blather, but reality. From The Telegraph.
The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris, 12 June, 1942

In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans. After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells. The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight of Parisians.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s antics were celebrated in British newspaper cartoons and raised the hope and morale among the British and French. One of the cartoons depicted his aircraft doing a loop around the Eiffel Tower, with the word ‘Hope’ written in the sky using his trail smoke.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and after the war he was hailed a hero by the French government who presented him with a large bottle of Champagne and a Tricolor in Paris.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s medal set, that includes his DFC with bar and a Distinguished Service Order, have now been put up for auction after the recent death of his widow. Being sold with it are the pilot’s log books and the wooden commemorative Champagne case inscribed with the words ‘In Remembrance of Your Flight Over Paris’. A souvenir booklet featuring a sketch of the moment Wg Cdr Gatward and his observer dropped the Tricolor over the Arc de Triomphe with German army trucks on the ground is also being sold.

James Grinter, of auctioneers Reeman Dansie of Colchester, Essex, said: “Ken Gatwood’s act of bravery is a real Boy’s Own story. He was asked to volunteer for the ‘unsafe mission’ which was aimed at boosting the morale of the French and British people as well as undermine the Germans. This is June 1942 and the real dark days of war for the French and this was to demonstrate that the Germans weren’t invincible.”

Wg Cdr Gatward was chosen for the sortie as he had demonstrated a skill for accurate flying during low-level attacks on enemy positions after Dunkirk. The British had been informed the Germans held daily parades down the Champs-Elysees and he was asked to strafe the parade.

He and his navigator, Flight Sergeant George Fern, took off from Thorny Island, near Portsmouth, on June 12. After reaching Paris, he flew at just 30ft before Ft Sgt released the flag down the flare shute and over the Arc de Triomphe.

Mr Grinter said: “It is an amazing story - one of those that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. He flew down the Champs-Elysees at second floor window height. It was an incredible act of bravery and a real audacious attack. He attacked the Gestapo HQ and SS troops were seen to run for their lives. As he turned for home the Germans came out and shook their fists at him. The attack gave Parisians one of the greatest thrills of the war and had a huge effect on the morale of the French and at home.”

After returning unscathed to Britain, Wg Cdr Gatward wrote in his logbook:

“Paris - no cover - 0ft. Drop tricolours on Arc Triomphe & Ministrie Marine. Shoot up German HQ. Little flak - no E.A. Bird in STBD oil radiator. Returned Northolt and on to command 61 photos. Heavy rain over England. France fair to light.”

The bird in question was a French crow that clattered into Wg Cdr Gatward’s Beaufighter plane as he approached Paris. Upon his return to England, he removed the dead bird and laid it to rest at RAF Northolt.

Wg Cdr Gatward was awarded a second DFC in September 1944 for taking part in an aeriel attack on a German convoy in Norwegian waters.

He spent 30 years in the RAF before retiring. He lived in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, with wife Pamela and died in 1998 aged 84. His medals and other items are expected to sell for £8,000 at the auction on Friday.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Oh No, Chris Christie in 2016!

John Hawkins of Right Wing News recently did another poll of Conservative Bloggers regarding who they would like to see be the 2016 nominee.

Marco Rubio won pretty much every question, regardless of how it was worded. (Rand Paul was a close second)

But, what we know of the GOP establishment is that now Marco Rubio won't even be considered if it's who we want. Nor will Rand. They're too young and haven't previously been beat out for the nomination. That's how they roll. Or stagnate as it were.

This was the most interesting observation from Hawkins' poll (and previous polls):
"As a side note, want to see something scary?

In 2008, the least wanted candidates for bloggers were…John McCain and Ron Paul.

In 2012, the least wanted candidates for bloggers were…Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

So, going by those results, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush would have to be considered the early favorites for 2016 based on the fact that conservative bloggers don’t want either of them as a nominee."

See the full poll results here

Shall we dispense with the formalities and just assume Hillary will win in 2016?

Is it a Mental Illness?

And they talk about Reagan worship....?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Free Market Policies

"Very few people know, for example, that the gap between black and white incomes narrowed during the Reagan administration and widened during the Obama administration. This was not because of Republican policies designed specifically for blacks, but because free market policies create an economy in which all people can improve their economic situation."

~Thomas Sowell, Is Demography Destiny?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let's get the sighing and rolling of the eyes out of the way first:

First and foremost, I will be most thankful when the blame shifting ends.

But, on a more festive note...

Here's hoping all of you are having a wonderful day with family & friends. We had an 8am team and parents skate this morning and are having a very small, low key dinner in an hour or so... It's been quiet and peaceful...and I'm quite thankful for that.

Election aside, I am actually thankful for quite a lot this year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest from the Right: T. Paine

A Presidential Election Post-Mortem Analysis

"These are the times that try men's souls," so wrote the great man from whom I borrowed my nom de plume, Thomas Paine, in his entreaty The American Crisis. It would seem that we have nearly come full circle once again into trying times that threaten our very liberties. Instead of King George III though, this time it is in the guise of a majority of the American people themselves that are bound and determined to destroy what is left of our nation in hopes of obtaining more of the tax payer's lucre for themselves.

Everybody and their mangy cur dogs have put in their two cents as to why Obama won re-election and why the Republicans faired so poorly. I decided to wait a week or so before doing my post-mortem on the election debacle so that I could be more objective in my analysis and not let my fear, frustration, and deep concern overly color what would likely have been a much more emotional response from me otherwise had I done so on the day right afterwards.

That said, I have read what many of the pundits, bloggers, and political insiders have had to say regarding the reasons for the Democrats’ success. Typically there is indeed some truth in what each one had to offer as for the reasons, and yet nobody quite captured the real bottom line answer; at least not to my mind.

Was Romney the strongest conservative candidate? No way! Did Republicans reach out to Hispanics as well as they could have? Not even. Did Hurricane Sandy help Obama by giving him a chance to “look presidential” and thus save the day and cause the despicable Chris Matthews to give thanks for the storm accordingly? Undoubtedly so. Did many hard core conservatives and fundamentalist Christians stay home on election day. For certain many did. Were Libertarians and disaffected conservatives upset with the “moderation” of our presidential candidate and not vote for Romney accordingly. Yes, and I know too many friends and acquaintances that fall into this category. Did Obama and his surrogates lie and demagogue unabashedly regarding Romney and his policies and past. You betcha, and some of the more candid Democrats even admitted this. Did the sycophantic statist media all but ignore the highly troubling issues such as the death of four Americans in Libya that Obama could have prevented and the entire Fast and Furious program? Disgustingly, yes they did. Did Romney lay out a specific plan that was attacked by the left, while Obama’s platform was more vague and offered just more of the same? Of course. Did voter fraud on behalf of the left help Obama. Almost certainly so; particularly in areas around Philadelphia where in 59 different districts not a single solitary vote went to Romney. (A nearly 20,000 to 0 edge for Obama was the result there.)

All of the above did indeed play roles in the results of the final tally, but no one issue in and of itself captured the real reason why Obama and the Democrats soundly defeated Romney and the conservatives on November 6th. I would submit it is something greater and more insidious because the root is now so entrenched in the American electorate. The real reason that Obama won is because people today are ignorant. I don’t use that term as a pejorative but rather as a definitive term that describes the root problem. Most Americans today are not familiar with our history as a nation. They are unfamiliar with our Constitution and the necessity of the rule of law in abiding by its dictates and defending those rights for us laid out within. Most Americans are unfamiliar with basic economics. They are too caught up in their day to day lives to let their own common sense prevail and tell them what they should already know. Basically it all boils down to the inarguable fact that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody has to pay for that. The bottom line is that with a majority of Americans’ overwhelming ignorance comes their desire to get something for nothing.

Romney was scourged during the campaign for decrying the fact that 47% of Americans are dependent upon government and net benefactors of the tax payers accordingly. The media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) used that comment to mercilessly attack Romney as cruel and uncaring. Now granted, there are significant portions of that 47% that are retirees living on Social Security, military retirees living on their government pensions, and those small few that are genuinely unable to work that are dependent upon our tax payer funded safety net. Many of the others though are capable people that are simply wanting to take all that they can get from Uncle Sam. They want something for nothing… and their chicks for free, I suspect.

John Kennedy famously asked during his inaugural address in 1961, “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Nearly 52 years later, a majority of Americans and seemingly all Democrats are asking what the country can do for them, and to hell with what a person can do for the country or their fellow Americans. The mindset has totally changed. Government, instead of providing only necessary functions as specifically outlined in the Constitution, is now looked to for support and the solving of nearly any problem one encounters daily. No longer is there a sense of personal responsibility and rugged individualism. Instead there is a desire to grow an already overbearing nanny state so that one’s needs and desires can be taken care of by the “greedy and evil rich” in this country.

This means that for this problem to be fixed, Americans must learn exactly what it means to be an American once again. The progressive and often incompetent teachers unions have done us no favors in this regard. History and civics have been replaced with revisionist and politically correct diatribes of our past. The importance of voting for candidates that respect and will defend our constitution is an amusing and archaic notion, if it is even considered at all. And this has metastasized into the problem it has because parents typically are aloof or disconnected from their kids and the quality of the education they are receiving. They are unaware or don’t care enough over the last two generations that we are raising a country of whining and ignorant people that want to be taken care of rather than being strong and self-sufficient.

The culture as promulgated by many of our movies and music also reflects this ignorance and further entrenches us into this selfish “gimmee mine” nation that we have become. Unfortunately it has now manifested itself by how a majority of us vote.

I have seen many of the left cheer and jeer that “their side” won the election and that we conservatives should just buck up and deal with it. To many of them, it was a triumph of party politics. To me, and I dare say to many conservatives, it was not a loss for the often incompetent or corrupt Republicans but rather a loss of American ideals. We cannot afford to continue on with the spending that Obama and the progressives of both parties have saddled us with over the last decade in particular. We cannot and should not be funding more entitlements simply to further entrench Americans in their dependency upon government. It is not mere political hyperbole when I say that I fear for the end of America in Obama’s next term. Our spending is unsustainable. We are foolish if we think we can continue unabated. There will be consequences to printing or digitizing our currency by the Federal Reserve. There will be consequences for the usurpation of our God-given rights as codified in our Constitution.

Many Americans are very afraid what the next few years hold in store for us. It is not a matter of if we can wait until 2016 to try again with a better conservative candidate for president. The fear is that there won’t be a recognizable America left by 2016. I noticed yesterday that petitions for secession from the union have been started in 31 states thus far. This fear is real and almost palpable. America has never been so dangerously divided amongst its people. The only solution is to clearly articulate our philosophies as grounded in our history and constitution, and to do it continuously until it seeps into the very fabric of the American culture. We must do so NOW in our classrooms, from our pulpits, and throughout our culture so that we can change this seemingly inexorable tide of selfishness and desired dependence that we have fomented within our population. If we fail to do so starting right now, it won’t be the feckless Republican party that will perish. It will be far more destructive to humanity and freedom than that. It will be the end of the United States of America.

(You can read T. Paine daily at Saving Common Sense)

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

One Last Flip Flop

After the election was over I figured it was time for Democrats to stop picking on Mitt Romney. But then this past week he once again forgot that humans have recording devices and made a speech basically accusing the president of using bribery to win the election. So, apparently his mea culpa about the 47 percent speech was just as worthless as all those opinions he once held about healthcare, climate change, gay rights and a woman's right to choose.

Joe Conason: Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47 Percent’

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Future Leaders

I'm assuming each generation has found the prospect of its children being their future a tad bit depressing, but I don't recall ever reading about a time in American history were entitlement was becoming so engrained in the culture...

My sis sent me this article, and I couldn't help but think, if more parents adopted this judge's way of thinking...the future might seem a bit brighter:

Taking inspiration from this judge, I have decided to start weekly cooking lessons with a three of my boys. Their future wives can thank me later...

Caption It...

Monday, November 19, 2012

S.E. Cupp KO's Andrew Sullivan

This is a must watch, if you haven't seen it yet. I had to stop watching Bill Maher years ago because my Advil & duct tape bills were just getting out of hand. Thankfully, someone sent this to me because I would have hated to miss such a gem. Andrew Sullivan having a complete mental breakdown. James Carville stammering and sputtering (Dear Mary Matalin: What is your husband wearing?!) and Samuel L. Jackson almost stunned into silence. The sad part is, that I must admit that Maher was the only one with a dab of intellectual honesty in this clip... Bravo S.E., you never faltered, you never lost your composure or looked nervous and even though it was 5 on kicked ass.

Friday, November 16, 2012

More Post-Election Rumbling

John Hawkins of Right Wing News polled a group of shell-shocked right wing Bloggers (myself included) about the election results.

What he found to be the most interesting findings?

2) 81.8% of the bloggers polled said Mitt Romney was not their preferred candidate during the primaries. That may help explain Mitt's difficulty in turning out voters.

5) 38.1% of the bloggers polled, the largest group, believes the GOP needs to engage in identity politics to reach out to Hispanic voters. They want to see the GOP's own version of groups like La Raza and MEChA.

6) More than half the bloggers gave the RNC the lowest possible grade on new media outreach and 85% gave them a "C" or lower.

8) 77.8% of the bloggers polled think the GOP should become more Libertarian and less socially conservative.

The full poll and answer percentages is at RWN.

Prior to the election and much to my dismay, no one seemed to be aware of the fact that the Communist Party of the USA had endorsed Barack Obama. It was a first for them. It was a first for the country.

After Obama won, the Communist Party president said it was "the dawn of a new era" for the country. I'll say.

This is a MUST READ article with pertinent excerpts from Communist leader, Sam Webb's, thoughts on why the Obama nomination heralds the dawn of a new era.

Like this:

"And thanks in large measure goes to what might be the most notable development in this election - the emergence of a multi-racial, male-female, working-class-based electoral coalition that has the potential to transform America in the years and decades ahead.

The Communist Party said a year ago that the 2012 elections would be the main front of the class and democratic struggle, and subsequent events have confirmed that fact.

Indeed, we argued that defeating right wing extremism was the key to moving the whole chain of democratic struggle forward in the coming period.

Conversely, we said that a victory by right-wing extremism would set into motion a far-reaching assault on the people’s living standards, rights, and organizational capacities, the likes that we’ve never seen.

Had Romney won the Presidency and the Republicans the Congress, it would have accelerated to warp drive a capitalist class counterrevolution – a reversal of seventy years of social progress. In a matter of three months time, the entire body of social legislation dating back to the New Deal could have been expunged…"

Surely, Reagan is turning in his grave.

All this and it's now reported that when General Patraeus testified the last time her prefaced his remarks with, 'do you want what really happened or the official line?' wow.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Caption It...

Did anyone else hear Glenn Beck talking about Obama & Christie? That Republicans shouldn't blame Christie because the White House had secretly developed "Bacon Butter Cologne" and put it all over Obama before he got out of Air Force One. OMG, second time Glenn had me laughing in the car like the old school Howard Stern days... When he said all seriously, "In the words of Chris Christie..........Are you gonna eat that." lol

As you were.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

A Far More Perfect Union

We've all heard about people in the Red states threatening to secede. Maybe it's time people in the Blue states considered kicking them out.

The Confederacy of Takers

(You can read J.Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

Too Harsh...?

Found this over at Hummers and Cigarettes. My first reaction was that it might be too harsh, too soon. Not saying that I'm not incredibly frustrated over the bumbling, the lies, the distractions and the fact that the general public still seems to be clueless...but...something about this does make me uncomfortable. Am I just being a bit wussy?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Benghazi? Look! Sex!

So, now with President Obama holding his first full news conference in more than eight months, all attention is being diverting from Benghazi and the ensuing coverup by throwing out an Real Housewives worthy sex scandal.

Though, I am perplexed at why Petraeus' affair is wrong and could damage national security...but Clinton's was harmless?

I digress.

Politico has their list of "hard" questions Obama will face and not a one about Benghazi.

I wish we could submit a "people's list" of questions. Let's just hope someone from FNC gets called on or we have no hope in the president having to field a real question about the death of four Americans.

So, I'll harness my inner harshness and just say...Wow, what big traps you have, Paula...

The week since the election has been beyond bizarre. Stocks plummet, layoffs, Obama donors panicking over Obamacare, and sex scandals...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Poor Sportsmanship

On Sunday, my boys' hockey team got beaten 8-2 in a game that was obviously getting pretty chirpy on the ice. It was an especially physical game with a stream of players going in and out of the penalty boxes.

At the end of the game our boys skated to center ice for the customary post game handshakes --and the visiting coach and team promptly turned and skated off the ice. When confronted about this behavior, their coach replied, "Scoreboard!"


It was a sad moment in youth sports.

But the strangest thing was they had won. Handily.

I could see the losing team being pissed and trying to get in one last dig. But the victors?

That's exactly how this election has been. People that won getting in one last dig. One more turn of the knife... So, now I see these kids are learning it from their parents.

And now I'm a little annoyed that I was so gracious after Bush's 2004 win. ;)

Caption It...

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Elections have 'em. From a local gunshop by e-mail today:

Hi XYZ Fans,

Sales of AR-15 rifles have skyrocketed since the recent election. We are expecting a shortage of these rifles, as well as high-capacity magazines, ammunition, and related items.

We currently have a good supply of AR-15s, including your favorite brands, such as Colt, Bushmaster, Rock River, and DPMS. However, our inventory is being depleted quickly, so if you have been thinking about purchasing an AR-15 you may want to do it now while we still have a good selection.

These are the rifles that we have in stock at 6:00PM on Saturday, November 10:

·  Colt LE6920
·  Colt 6920 Magpul Edition
·  Bushmaster M4A3
·  Bushmaster A1 Carbine
·  Rock River Elite Carbine
·  Rock River Tactical Carbine
·  DPMS A2 AP4
·  DPMS M4 Recon Rifle

Please visit a location nearest to you.

And in the news:

Teco Coal officials announce layoffs
Momentive Inc plans temporary layoffs for 150
Wilkes-Barre officials to announce mandatory layoffs
600 layoffs at Groupon
More layoffs announced at Aniston Weapons Incinerator
Murray Energy confirms 150 layoffs at 3 subsidiaries
130 laid off in Minnesota dairy plant closure
Stanford brake plant to lay off 75
Turbocare, Oce to lay off more than 220 workers
ATI plans to lay off 172 workers in North Richland Hills
SpaceX claims its first victims as Rocketdyne lays off 100
Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees
CVPH lays off 17
New Energy lays off 40 employees
102 Utah miners laid off because of ‘war on coal’, company says
US Cellular drops Chicago, cuts 640 jobs
Career Education to cut 900 jobs, close 23 campuses
Vestas to cut 3,000 more jobs
First Energy to cut 400 jobs by 2016
Mine owner blames Obama for layoffs (54 fired last night)
Canceled program costs 115 jobs at Ohio air base
AMD trims Austin workforce – 400 jobs slashed
100 workers lose jobs as Caterpillar closes plant in Minnesota
Exide to lay off 150 workers
TE Connectivity to close Guilford plant, lay off 620
More Layoffs for Major Wind Company (3,000 jobs cut)
Cigna to lay off 1,300 workers worldwide
Ameridose to lay off hundreds of workers (American Thinker)

And it is just starting. When Obamacare denies procedures, which they will as every government bureaucracy has a budget they must keep and if your need pushed that budget, well, tough; when "your fair share" increases; when the Administrators of society decide that you have to "give back" even more of your money, time, and soul, well, own it, idiots. We'll be woring to restore the American Republic, and we might, maybe, letyou come along, too.


Saturday, November 10, 2012


I Googled, "Really, really depressed after an election," and this article came up. Not saying it made me feel any better because his final conclusion doesn't count Hillary into the equation...but it was good to see others felt as betrayed and downtrodden as I did/do...

The Mourning After the Election.

And a liberal writer at Slate (sorry, that was wildly redundant) wrote this about liberals reveling in their win and our pain...

The Election Is Over...

Friday, November 09, 2012

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

Weasel Politics

The "fiscal cliff" situation is pretty fascinating. Everybody knows it will only be solved if both sides give a little. It's been fun watching Republicans try to come up with sneaky ways to raise revenue without actually raising the rate on the rich. My favorite so far was Tim Pawlenty on CNN tonight saying that maybe they could just look at the entitlements (Medicare, Social Security)that the rich receive. That's not a compromise, it's just a very bad joke.

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

You Can't Fight Free Stuff...

Not even with your Libertarian cape on.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Okay, Obama did it. By hook or by crook, he is in for 4 more years. We will get radical leftist SCOTUS appointments and with the Dem holding the Senate, and Reid already moving to gut any opposition to his maniacal dreams of total control, nothing can stop that. We will have a not simply left leaning, but actively leftist SCOTUS for decades. Even if a Republican gets in in 2016, the damage will last for years; no sure retirements for a good while.

Obama's agenda is summed up in this image. He represents the envious, the self indulgent, the clueless, and the vain. He and his have taken advantage of decades of Howard Zinn "Hate Amerika" history texts and social and civic studies that take the proctologist view of America - hey, everyone has an asshole, but to see the entire person (with some notable exceptions) as an asshole is masturbatory fantasy.

These sorts reject "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." They reject actual giving and self sacrifice. They walk the path of "I ask what the hell my country can do for ME and when the hell are they gonna do it!"

They are victims, the aggrieved, the "down trodden," the "disenfranchised,"  the disaffected.

And. They. Want. Revenge.

For Some Reason This Calms Me Down For A Second......

Okay, second's over...pass the Prozac.