Hammer’s Slammers and Secretary Kerry

    Science Fiction Novelist David Drake wrote a long series of novels about a future mercenary band called Hammer’s Slammers. If the price was right and the planet was within reach, you too could hire your very own column of armored vehicles to rearrange the terrain to something that better suited your personal tastes. Our present leadership in Washington, DC isn’t that crass and won’t be funding NASA quite enough to make that happen. Yet Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment to the US Senate that makes me wonder if our venal national leadership isn’t travelling that road in its hopes to get their Syrian adventure approved by a balking and angry Congress.

    You see, Secretary of State Kerry was attempting to get people to stop worrying about the cost of all the ordnance and OPTEMPO required to bomb targets spread throughout Syria. So he uncorked some comments that made me think he was a character from one of David Drake’s old pulp military sci-fi novels. Unless he was committing the Mother of All Gaffes, I’m now less worried about Syria than I am about how we intend to finance it.

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    James Carville is Still Blaming Bush

    It’s a tougher job these days, but James Carville still mans his post. He spins for the Democratic Administration. It matters not what that administration does or what he has to say in order to stay on point. James Carville spins for the Dems. His latest project involves spinning away the profound unpopularity of Barack Obama’s proposal to fire rockets and bombs at Syria for using chemical weapons to quash a rebellion against Bashir Al-Assad’s despotism. He shows the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of his bosses by doing what a Dem does when they run out of viable ideas: he blames George W. Bush.

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    The Clausewitz of Columbia Has Modern Problems In Syria

    The 1981 Slap-stick Comedy Film Modern Problems featured an exorcism scene. It involved a woman who was supposed to be a Caribbean Witch-Doctor and the main character, Max Fielder, that everyone had come to believe was possessed by demons. She stared down Fielder and the dialogue below ensued.

    Dorita: Now, we can do this easy, or we can do it rough. These is knuckles you is looking at.
    Max Fielder: [in demonic voice] Your mama.

    America is blessed with a Secretary of State John Kerry who dialogues at somewhat higher levels of discourse. This is good, because Bashir Assad’s charming and delightful son has posted the following to his Facebook page.

    “They may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria,” the post’s author wrote of the United States military. “America doesn’t have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators.”

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    Are The US And Russia Back At It Again?

    I don’t see any overarching national interest being defended by our intent to strike Syria. I don’t see any humanitarian objective that it will truly favor. I think it is a waste of time, a waste of resources and a dubious waste of innocent life. I stand with the 91%* against this poorly-conceived and almost churlish intent to fire off lots of cool ordnance. The only question I have left is “Why in the heck are we even doing it?”

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    Oberlin Invents Witches to Continue Their Moral Crusade Against Witchcraft.

    You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.

    -Carl Sagan

    When Celebrity-Physicist Carl Sagan wrote The Demon-Haunted World, he decried the proliferation of psuedoscientific and faith-based arguments used to decide arguments of the day. While Sagan approached this problem Left and worried primarily about issues such as Nuclear Weapons proliferation and environmental degradation, he did make a few interesting points about approaching faith-based claims with an intelligent skepticism. Following Dr. Sagan’s advice would have done wonders for the current reputation of both Slate Magazine and the once highly-regarded Oberlin College.

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    “Not Familiar” With The Christopher Lane Killing?

    If President Barack Obama had a son he may well look like the guy who blew a hole in Australian Christopher Lane because he was “bored.” Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller describes the senseless killing below.

    James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17, have all been charged as adults in Lane’s death. Lane, a 22 year-old student from Melbourne, was out for a jog last Friday evening when the three teens began following him in a car and shot him “just for the fun of it,” according to Duncan officials.

    Soon after the horrible Trayvon Martin shooting, there was a generous 20% off sale on Obama 2012 College-style Hooded Sweatshirts. (AKA “Hoodies.”). Amping up the racial outrage was seen as a ticket to getting strong Obama supporters to fill coffers and flood the polls. To what extent that worked has never been mathematically evaluated. I only point out that The Obama Campaign’s merchandising team was Johnnie-On-The-Spot after George Zimmerman shot Martin. As for Christopher Lane, the White House Propaganda Flack is “not familiar” with the event.

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    The Moral Dilemma of Syria: Heart and Mind Go To War

    A lot of really bad things are being done in Syria. People are eating people. People are possibly gassing other people the way an entomologist gets rid of a hive of bugs. If over 1,300 really died from a gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, this would be the most widespread use of toxic gas against civilians since before the US Military overthrew Saddam Hussein. This would morally motivate us to make this madness stop. We don’t want to rewind and replay the Rwandan Massacre. But on the other hand, could we stop this and should we stop it?

    To determine if we could stop this we should first figure out what set of actions would create a set of conditions necessary and sufficient to ending the barbarism currently rife throughout Syria. To determine if we should engage in these activities requires us to weigh the unavoidable evil and long term damage to American interests that would result from our involvement in another Middle Eastern Civil War. Figuring these two things out could empower us to make the proper decision as to whether to conquer Syria*, manipulate events in Syria**, or to stay out of this mess*** and perhaps duck all negative externalities.

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    There Are No Moderate Democrat Members of Congress

    Senator Mary Landreiu provides yet another data point to support the hypothesis that there are no moderate Democrats in Washington, DC. Give her the opportunity to do so and Senator Mary Landrieu would vote again for ObamaCare. This is despite the fact that the law is making insurance less available for people instead of the opposite. It should surprise nobody that Senator Landrieu and pretty much any other Democratic Senator you asked would feel this way. When given the dilemma of strengthening the government at the people’s expense, the people will always get the hose if the decider in question is a progressive.

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    Birfer = Retard.

    Occasionally the Left is so pathetic in their hypocritical blindness that they simply step into my wheelhouse and all but yell out “Skeet” as they fly down range. I didn’t even have to yell “Haul.” Don’t blink. Otherwise the newest stupid could whack you right between the eyes. According to The Dallas Morning News, Ted Cruz is one of them. Here’s how freakin’ scary it could get.

    That means he could assert the right to vote in Canada or even run for Parliament. On a lunch break from the U.S. Senate, he could head to the nearby embassy — the one flying a bright red maple leaf flag — pull out his Calgary, Alberta, birth certificate and obtain a passport.

    You see the Cruz was born in Canada to an American Mother and a Canadian Dad. This automatically gives Senator Cruz two legal options for citizenship. He could personally choose to be American or Canadian. And you won’t even need a birth certificate generator to prove it! Actually, Cruz released it.

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    Dana Carvey, The Rodeo Clown and The Head On A Stick

    You had to feel for the poor guys over on the set of Game of Thrones. They had this scene where King Joffrey took his girlfriend Sansa on a tour of all the heads he’d recently severed,* but were short a few plastic masks to paint up as decaying cadaver heads. They couldn’t seem to locate any Jerry Brown of Arnold Schwarzenegger faces so they were forced, against their better judgment**, to use a facial likeness of President George W. Bush. It’s amazing how accidents happen. It wasn’t anything, you know, political. And who can forget how hilarious Dana Carvey used to be. “A thousand points of light!” he’d intone in his most mocking imitation of a President in the middle of his re-election campaign. But this was “comedy.” He wouldn’t do that to influence any voters, now would he? It’s all in good fun you Crazy Wingnuts, so lighten up.

    Now we get to the amusing goings on over at the Missouri State Fair. It seems a rodeo clown there came up with the idea of running around in front of an angry bull wearing a Barack Obama Mask. It wasn’t hilariously funny. Better than Letterman’s jokes about A-Rod knocking up Sarah Palin’s children between HGH injections, but not on a level with vintage Dana Carvey SNL. The Left was of course tolerate and patient. They deiced to just let the lowbrows do their “Dance of The Sloping Foreheads.” It’s just comedy they reasoned. It can’t hurt anyone. Oh Wait….

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    #Waywire: Cory Booker’s Ticket To Board The Torricelli Express

    It was a little over 1 year ago, and Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ launched an IPO to fund his own brainchild; a social media aggregator entitled #Waywire. He felt that he could offer something brand new to the social media industry and speak for younger Americans of The Millennial Generation. His project started with a bang, but appears to be about to end with a thud. Mayor Booker has discovered what many before him have learned already. You can’t lie down with the dogs and not get infested with fleas.

    Booker described his mission as a modernization. “Traditional media is controlled by a handful of companies with one destination and a specific point of view,” Booker said, “while [Millennials] have come of age expecting social media, user-generated voices, the open web and technology led media.” wrote a glowing description of the initial success of his IPO.

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    The Protocols of the Elders of South Dakota

    When Edward Schumacher-Matos signed to serve as the NPR Ombudsman he probably forgot his hip-boots. He was blissfully unaware that his job description would include a thorough mucking of the Augean Stables. When NPR reporter Laura Sullivan ran a series that accused the state of South Dakota of removing Native American children from reservation homes and farming them out to wealthy Caucasian foster parents to collect federal subsidies for the adoption, he knew that he had stepped into a bear-trap of a professional assignment.

    Schumacher-Matos took Sullivan apart and NPR to task. He detailed five fundamental professional ethics violations that occurred in the reporting of the story. He gets straight to the point below.

    The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
    1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
    2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
    3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
    4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
    5. No response from the state on many key points.

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    What The American Orwell State Can and Can’t Secure

    What a society can and cannot protect speaks volumes about its underlying values. America has increasingly degenerated into a nation that indulgences in over the top, bullying security theatre while proving itself increasingly unable to protect things that are actually important. Congressman Jeff Duncan recently toured an IRS facility and saw agents firing AR-15s. He couldn’t help but wonder what these were for.

    “I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’” Duncan said

    UVA student Elizabeth Daly will think twice about ever reaching for the cookie dough and bottled water at Harris-Teeter in Charlottesville, VA. It seems the crack para-military agents of the VA Alcoholic Beverage Control Gestapo were concerned that somehow that bottled water was more than just bottled water.

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    This Just In From The United Methodist Church – Liberalism Is What The Godly Inflict on Other People.

    “We believe it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.”

    – The law book of The United Methodist Church.

    In 2010, Bishop Gregory Palmer rejoiced at the passage of ObamaCare. Pace Nancy Pelosi, the good bishop hadn’t yet seen what was in the bill. Apparently, his fellow clergymen aren’t unified in rejoicing. The Spirit no longer moves them to the left of Jean Paul Sartre now that their theological position is freighted with real-world consequence.

    It’s fortunate that the United Methodist Church Law Book doesn’t regard providing healthcare as a church responsibility. Now that they’ve found out what’s actually in ObamaCare they are hypocritical towards one of St. Paul’s pithier aphorisms (Galatians 6:7).

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    The Bad Side To Voting For Santa Claus

    So I take my smart-alecky little boy over to our town library. He likes anything in the Diary of The Wimpy Kid series. My boy checks a couple of them out. No sooner do we get in the car and he’s back there laughing at chapter one. This entry in the diary could be entitled Why Santa Claus is a Creep. It seems that the kid protagonist has just meditated upon Santa Claus and doesn’t much like the resulting Dark Enlightenment. It seems the guy sees him when he’s sleeping (no diving under the covers Commando), knows when he’s awake, knows if he’s been bad or good, so he’d better be good for goodness sake! To quote Cipher Reagan: “What a mind-job!”

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