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Thursday, December 27, 2007
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Monday, November 26, 2007
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IKMCC has a three day get-together each year. This one in Holland Michigan showed off 75 cars built between 1946 and 1969 in Athens, Ohio. You can learn more about the King Midgets at kingmidgetcarclub.org . A 90 minute DVD of the event with lots of car footage is available by contacting poorpete (at) optonline (dot) net. Pete lives in NW New Jersey.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Richard Kluger (won the Pulitizer).
600 pages-easy read; would make a great college sophomore survey
course. Covers from Britian/France/Spain, through colonial times; the
addition of the "Old Northwest" from Virginia; the La. purchase/the Great
Lakes region/Florida (East and West) from Spain/Oregon Territory (54/40 or
fight!)/the War with Mexico/the Gasden purchase/Alaska/stealing
Hawaii/stealing Phillipines/trying to steal Cuba/with all respect to Ronald
Reagan: "the Panama Canal is ours, we stole it fair and square!" etc etc.
Gives the historical contex of each expansion, and our growing
"Manifest Destiny" philosophy. Did you know that President Polk added more
territory to the US than any president before or since?
I really enjoyed it-I knew practically nothing about the Mexican
War, except that there was one. (Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor, Santa
I am now moving on to Blood and Thunder-An Epic of the American
West-by Hampton Sides; picks up in the New Mexico territory in the middle of
the Mexican War with Kit Carson and the impact on the Navaho. To be followed
by Path Between the Seas by David Mccullough regarding building the Panama
Reading books is easy if you don't have a life.!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
some interesting book reviews.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I learn more about the market here than in many hard boiled business magazines. Enjoy this episode and learn. this is one of my favorite websites to visit regularly. No - I do not invest in all the stocks they mention, but you learn a lot from just watching and enjoying the way business is presented. Hint: because Wallsrip's focus is on trending stocks that are at new highs - there is
always a strong potential for them to find a peak and take a bad tumble with any market dips (like recently).
an interesting analysis of the many photos that come in our email.
Some are accurate - some are big-time fake.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Most Americans are aware of Bill Lear, because of his Lear Jet business; His opinions are worth a read:
A Humble Plea to McCain and Obama Supporters:
I am truly astonished by the ignorance Obama supporters have displayed in their quest to get someone - ANYONE - into the White House. Now, wait a minute. I can well understand your dislike or even hatred of our clown, GWB, but he is not the root cause of all of our problems. Our Congress is. And a change there would be welcomed by all. You ain't gonna get it done with Obama. You gotta fire the whole damnable crooked Congress. (Read my book, "BERNIE'S WAR!").
Perhaps I'm looking at all of this from a different perspective than you because my life experiences have been so different from yours. I'm 80-years old and have traveled the world where I've seen a great deal. I spent five years on active duty as a fighter pilot in the USAF and another seven years flying with the Air National Guard in California and Texas as well as a few years flying in the USAF Reserve. I spent three years on active duty in Germany flying Czech border patrol with "cold guns" in aircraft inferior to the MIG during the Korean "Police Action" when it was thought that Korea was a diversion for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.
I lived abroad for a total of 28 years. Three years in Germany, twenty years in Switzerland and five years in Great Britain where I was based doing "spook" work for the U.S. behind the Iron Curtain before it fell. During that era of the Cold War I ventured to Moscow, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Peshawar, Pakistan and Bulgaria posing as a Swiss French-speaking arms dealer purchasing weapons we surreptitiously supplied to the Afghani Mujahedeen in their successful fight against the Soviets - all of which came back to haunt us. I've been there and done that and have had close associations with top government people in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. I've had more foreign affairs experience than Obama could ever dream of and, yet, wouldn't have the temerity to deign myself "Presidential" material; although I feel eminently more qualified to judge who would NOT be best for our country. My long-time world experience should count for something in my plea to you to abandon this flake. You will only be doing yourself and our country an enormous disservice if you persist in your support of this flash- in-the-pan opportunist. On this, you MUST trust me.
I've associated closely with European royalty and African politicians. I've traveled to the Far East to observe their cultures. My point is that Obama, although formally well educated and a brilliant orator, is a neophyte when it comes to understanding the world and is uniquely unqualified for the job as President of these great United States. His knowledge of economics is nil and his tax proposals absurd and life-threatening to the U.S. not only in economic terms but in preserving our national security as well. I don't want a "citizen of the world" to be President, I want a citizen of the good old USA to be President. Screw the rest of the world as they have well and truly screwed us. The time has come for us to awaken and start looking after ourselves. Now THAT would be CHANGE if that's what you're looking for.
While McCain has abstained from playing "the race-card", Obama is playing it to the hilt even though he's technically not an African-American. To qualify for this distinction you must be at least one-sixth black. Obama is only one-eighth. His father would be, as he was one-sixth. No, Obama is more Muslim than black yet he trades on his blackness.
The larger question I have about him is that we really don't know much about him other than what HE tells us, what we read on blogs and from some serious non-partisan investigators whose factual reports are, unfortunately, generally ignored and which receive precious little media exposure.
I, as a registered Independent, a military veteran and a patriot, beseech you to put aside party considerations and vote for the lesser of the two evils. Yes, I am NOT a McCain supporter, but he is, at least, not a flake, doesn't carry Muslim baggage and is a PROVEN hero and patriot WITH experience. It's not a party issue. It's all about electing the best we can trust with what we've got to work with. Mr. Obama is NOT that guy.
Please, please rethink your voting position. Thanks for reading my innermost thoughts. I care about all of you, but I care more about our country. Please help me to do both.
William P. (Bill) Lear, Jr.
Friday, November 02, 2007
I'm voting Democrat….
Liberals are so elite, and I don't want to be jealous anymore. They are just never wrong about anything. Read along and you will know why!
I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America .
I'm voting Democrat because it's better to turn corn into fuel than it is to eat.
I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America .
I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.
I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq , I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe people who can't tell us if it will rain in two or three days, can now tell us the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years if I don't start riding a bicycle, build a windmill or inflate my tires to proper levels.
I'm voting Democrat because it's alright to kill millions of babies as long as we keep violent, convicted murderers on death row alive.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe businesses in America should not be allowed to make profits. Businesses should just break even and give the rest to the government so politicians and bureaucrats can redistribute the money the way they think it should be redistributed.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe guns, and not the people misusing them, are the cause of crimes and killings.
I'm voting Democrat because when someone with a weapon threatens my family or me, I know the government can respond faster through a call to 911 than I can with a gun in my hand.
I'm voting Democrat because oil companies' 5% profit on a gallon of gas are obscene, but government taxes of 18% on the same gallon of gas are just fine.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four elitist liberals should rewrite the Constitution every few months to suit some fringe element that could never get their agenda past voters.
I'm voting Democrat because illegal aliens are not criminals, are not sucking up resources through government aid, hospital services, education, or social services, but are just people trying to make a better life by coming to America illegally. We can't blame them for that, can we?
I'm voting Democrat because I can now marry whatever I want, so I've decided to marry my dog Peanut.
Makes you wonder why anyone would ever vote Republican, doesn't it?
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Starting in submarines, this navy veteran eventually came to a staff function that gave him a good deal of exposure to many outposts in Vietnam. His observations of events in Vietnam about 1970 are interesting and instructive. See more veteran interviews at ME3TV.
Ralph Fronczkowski is now retired from the Navy and lives in New Jersey.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
OK.. these guys are in the real war.
This video blog gives them a voice.
If you have a problem with bad language-
these American Kids who are fighting and
dying in Iraq are probably not for you.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thanks, Jerry .. Very interesting.
"Hillary and Bill kill Spiderman"
"Hillary skirts all bounds of election fundraising - nobody squeaks a note"
She is very powerful. Most powerful of any candidate of any party in
She will BE the next president.
Even Spiderman cannot stop her.
Thanks, Tom .. (respected upper classman at www.chumuckla.com - my rural high school - and former naval officer) .
This piece is very instructive. As people in the Navy at that period, it really paints a picture of the time. This man left Newport RI the year I went to OCS for my first ROC summer - (I was commissioned in 1971). In 1970 there were hundreds of Vietnamese Officer Candidates in training at Newport in some of the same classes I was taking. These are the ones that were replacing his boat crews in late '70 and '71. I've talked to a lot of swifties over the years and realize they were in quite a different war than most anybody else there. My time there in '72-'73 was nowhere near the delta - but way way North on the DMZ - in at Tin Can (Destroyer) gun platform. Different kind of war for sure. But this writer's history is very clear. I do think it is relevant to many veterans of all wars - even the current one. I recently interviewed a Vietnam Vet on tape (soon on the web at www.me3tv.org) (from about this period of time - '69-'70. He actually talked about this river base in his narrative. He also talked about the Cua Viet River - near Quang Tri which was no longer a secure outpost in late '72 (when I was there) . The only people there were South Vietnamese Marines who were promptly massacred after our ships stopped all fire support on January 27, 1973 (the official end of US Combat operations in Vietnam).
Interviewing a WWII vet yesterday - A B-24 bomber crew (and POW) from the 15th Air Force - I was reminded again of the challenges many veterans have in taking their lives forward - or in being simply understood. This article describes the same issue. The WWII vet explained that - often - very early after returning from the war, he was asked what he saw and what happened. He told them. The reactions and expressions from those who listened were consistantly disbelief or a touch of fear that one might have touched a nerve - a nerve better left untouched. SO - after a few experiences like that - these WWII vets closed up and never talked about it again. While some could tell their stories - many reached the conclusion that silence was best. The man yesterday explained that - now, after well over 60 years - he has a mission - not to tell HIS story - but to tell the story of those who died beside him. Their voices will never be heard except by those who were with them. (some of his story will soon be on www.me3tv.org as well).
The volunteer veteran interview project is quite rewarding. It feels as if there is a treasure of memories here from which future generations can learn. I hope to develop a systematic interview program that will make it easier for students and others to participate in capturing these life treasures on video tape.
www.ussocallahan.org www.navalorder.org www.chumuckla.com www.me3tv.org
Sunday, October 07, 2007
One chord he strikes that is common among all those who see the last 6 or 7 years as a republican wasteland... the huge budget deficits....
But they miss several things in their analysis..
1. The bubble burst under Clinton began a long tech slide that blew away any of the future surpluses the dems endlessly brag about under the same president.
2. The 9/11 attack killed off the rest of the economy in one fell swoop. It was the major intent of the terrorists who did it.
3. What would have been HUGE domestic progress with massive tax-cut-induced, free-flowing-revenue to the government and huge surplus funds making for an idyllic period of world history were WIPED out in one day.
4. To salvage the nation and the economy (of the WORLD) the USA (Bush) fired up MASSIVE government spending to flood cash into the economy through homeland security and to fight a war. THIS CASH FLOW pumped the whole economy in a Keynesian http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keynesian_economics way - much as is the traditional method of Democrats. Add a couple of bad weather events and this task becomes even harder to accomplish. Sometimes even Republicans must turn to the Keynesian solutions when things get THIS bad.
5. The problem with the Keynesian solutions is that they tend to never come to an end ... and the spending never seems to stop (ie. government programs are expanded - entitlements go on forever and whole departments (homeland security) come into being and remain in place. But in THIS case and in others in history - there was no OTHER choice at hand. You must take the bad
with the good.
6. The massive influx of funds to the government because of the TAX CUTS (see above) were essential to keep the Keynesian solution funded -- so they never did more than "creep up" in their contribution to erasing the "9/11 - Bubble" deficit. But they ARE, amazingly, reducing the deficit - a little every year regardless of the Keynesian solution.
The deficit will be a political issue - blown up huge by the Democrats in their battle for supremacy. But don't you know - THEY would have done the same thing (spend money like crazy by the government) with less results because THEY would have also RAISED taxes and REDUCED the flow of revenue to the government (raised taxes stymie the private sector from which the taxes are flowing - and which has never been a concern of Democrats since their
intent seems to be to "control business" not "stimulate" it.
SO .. the article below has points to bear in mind .. about conservatives and the economy .. but one must look at the history of the last 10 years to fully appreciate the value of the Bush and Republican contribution to solving problems arising in the course of this time frame.
RE: Subject: The Republican Collapse - New York Times
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Airman in South Pacific - Recovered after a crash. Notes in Youtube say he is now deceased. This kind of interview is important to tape NOW! If you know a WWII vet - see if you can tape their story soon. Helpful hints at www.me3tv.org.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
this came to me in an email, so I checked it out on scopes.
Turns out most of the quotes are indeed taken from
legitimate published books though some are disputed of course.
This one is "YOU ARE THERE" 1776.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Mr. Newby tells about his Bronze Star awarded for his action in the war in Germany.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
just interesting ... about the Philippines.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Jim Owen has these clips on youtube. Great music from a good time.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Well, nieces and nephews --- to be honest... I gave up on Revlon ... it was a bad pick by me. It may yet pan out but there never appeared to be any real change in direction or management and the stock would fall back after every weak attempt to move up. SO ... I SOLD IT with just a little profit (luckily) and have re-invested.
I am convinced the earth will melt on cue as Al Gore has told us. To benefit from that tremendous heat from the sun ... I looked around for a way to invest in the trend of the melting earth.
I discovered solar power.
Now ... China is building a new coal burning plant every week to create electrical energy for the growing demand of its people. (The USA has not built a coal burning plant in 20 years and has not built a nuclear plant in 30 years.. makes you wonder). Now, China knows it has a problem with its carbon footprint. They watched the movie "convenient lie" also - by Gore. So they are throwing all kinds of effort at alternative energy sources and with cheap labor to boot. Two or three companies in china are now building photovoltaic cells as fast as they can to meet the Al gore demand for solar power cells. Their market is the world - not just China.
One such company is JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (JASO). YOUR $30 investment ($60) is now invested in TWO shares of JASO instead of 50 shares of REV.
Here is a chart of JASO ... and REV compared....
see the difference GORE can make?
Not to worry that China is a commie nation. We will be too in a few months when Hillary gets elected. Then - the GORE magic on solar will go even stronger because we will become even more aware of how quickly the planet is melting.
See this excellent movie on modern Soviet & Russian history from Revolution
(1917) to the present free online. Not to be missed:
Monday, August 06, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
This is the most cogent and powerful essay on the threat of Islamic terrorism I have seen. Dr. Vernon Chong. It is without a doubt the most articulate and convincing writing I have read regarding the War in
-------- Subject: Muslims, terrorist and the
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
i can see Catherine in a lot of those kinds of memories.
God Bless Her, She was a good woman.... and always treated us like we were just as good as everybody else.
Well, what she never knew wont hurt a thing. We'll miss her. Vic
Very few of my college classmates joined up , some became school teachers and my fellow EE classmates got defense contractor related jobs to stay out.Most of my working class neighborhood friends ended up going in for one reason or another.The National Guard and Reserves, another great place to hide, got all types from various economic classes .Gee our current Gung Ho President took this route I believe and still has not completed his part-time six years. (From RG - marine)
... From me- Navy... I was from High School Class of '67 and my class had a high percentage to go. I was a latecomer because I worked and sold off my cows and eventually muddled through 4 years of college - but joined after the #8 draft lottery (Navy-Reserves) so I could go the officer route - thinking I might even want to make it a career but later figured out I was not great military material.
It was almost a fluke I wound up in Vietnam at all. Most of my buddies from HS let the draft take them so they could get out of it over with in two years. All in our area were lower economic strata. The route Bush took was earlier than mine but if you wanted to FLY, maybe his was not a bad choice. Alas, he was in "thunderthuds" which were really meant for a nuclear bomber support fighter/bomber. These were heavy and not agile and did not have great "recycle value" after a few trips over N. Vietnam. As the war wound down Bush was becomming eligible for this type combat flying -- but the "thuds" were ALREADY out of use there and in fact by that time, ALL the forces were encouraging people to leave early to thin out the cost structure. They were probably very happy to encourage him to fly less and hurry his exit. My brother did 2 years of college (which was expensive for the family) and joined the Navy in 1968. By luck of the draw - he became a stateside based operating room technician instead of an assignment to the fleet marines. Today he is a Capt. in the Medical Service Corps - USNR. So much is fate - but for sure the draft could be avoided more easily by those with money and connections.
Great Photos of Blue Angels. This chief took over Admin for Blue Angels in 1967. That is the year after my Dad retired from the Navy and the year I graduated High School. Dad was an ADJ Chief (jet mechanic). He worked with VT-4 that kept the same hangar (home field) as the Blue Angels. I often went "to work" with dad and several times, I had my shoes shined by the man who shined the shoes for the "angels". Dad was native to the area and we grew up on the family farm nearby at www.chumuckla.blogspot.com.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
This video is from a blip.tv feature. This series chronicles the mission of the 321st Civil Affairs in Afghanistan. Few Americans today are aware of the work of the US Army Civil Affairs Command. Their sole mission is to bring order to devastated lands, while winning the hearts and minds of people that live there. Whether it's restoring power grids and sewer lines, getting hospitals and schools up and running or liaising with the local government, these soldiers get it done.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The Naval Order of the United States is working hard to ensure funding for this monument to the Navy is placed on the beaches of Normandy. The planned dedication is June of 2008.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
By Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
Due to the thunderous applause that I received from the far-left over the "I Am Tired" letter written by one of our troops in Iraq , I thought it prudent to follow up with one last attempt to be very specific about what I have observed and actually personally encountered during my 36
years of service to this Great Country. Unlike Bob McClellan, I will not continue to whine, twist and degrade our country's leaders on a weekly basis. Instead, this will be a one time input attempting to reach some of those who are confused by McClellan and his ilk's unethical rantings and give some insight through my personal experience as a professional military officer over the years. These examples are but a few. In real life there were many more which space and time will not allow.
As a young fighter pilot, flying F-4s in Vietnam , I was stopped in my tracks by the decisions made by Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara. I was young and naive, but even then I knew their daily interference was wrong and would not allow us to win this thing and go home. Decisions like not allowing us to strike enemy aircraft while still on the ground, keeping real targets off the target list, and allowing us to strike only rusted-out trucks made us basically a toothpick factory. However, the big one for me came the day I saw the President Lyndon Johnson on television, forcefully lying to the American people. I'll never forget the language, "I want to assure the American people that the United States of America has never, and will never, bomb or use force inside the borders of Cambodia ". On and on he disavowed the reports that this was happening.
I was amazed. Guess where I had put several F-4 loads of 750 pound general purpose bombs every day for the past five days. You guessed it, Cambodia !!! So much for Mr. Johnson. The only question in my mind was simply, "Was it just Johnson or was it the methodology of a particular political party?" I decided to delay answering that question until more experience was gained.
Years passed, and I ignored politics as much as possible, as a good military man should. Then came Jimmy Carter. Our young people don't remember 18% interest rates and 18% inflation, but I'll bet someone in your family does. That is one really bad thing Carter did for our country, but it is not the worst. During this period, I was an F-15 Squadron Commander, located at Langley AFB, VA. Jimmy Carter and his democratic party stopped spare parts procurement for almost every weapon system in our military, and diverted the funds to social programs. The F-15 was brand new at the time with leading edge technology designed to provide air superiority anywhere in the world on a moments notice. That was my job.
I loved it, but guess what? In a two year period from 1979 to 1981, there was not one day when more that one-third of my assigned aircraft were flyable. It is amazing the lengths we went to in those days, cannibalizing parts, expending twice the time and energy to fix every little item, and
still two-thirds of the birds were always broken because of no spare parts. Had this country faced a really serious military threat during that time frame, only Montana Hunters could have saved us. The military had some equipment, but it was all broken. Do you want to know the really bad part for me and the young fighter pilots working for me? Our flying sortie rate
was so low that pilot proficiency dropped to dangerous levels. The accident rate tripled. That obviously was totally unacceptable, as we were losing expensive airplanes and highly trained young pilots at a rate comparable to losses seen in actual combat. All of a sudden, even a Texas Aggie like me began to see a trend. Forward a few years to 1986. I am an F-16 Wing Commander at MacDill AFB, Florida , and Ronald Regan is president. His change in attitude and policy toward the military had time to fix the spare parts problem. We were flying 26,000 flying sorties per year out of MacDill AFB, my aircraft fully mission capable rate (FMC) was above 90%, the aircraft accident rate was below 1.75 per hundred thousand flying hours, fighter pilots were flying and proficiency levels were at an all time high. The United States Air Force was ready to defend this Wonderful Country.
Proof of the pudding is simple. Look what the USAF, and the military in general, accomplished in Iraq during Desert Storm. And, they did it in less than 100 hours. Yeah, at this point I was starting to realize there was a difference in mentality between Democrats and Republicans, or should I say, the Right and the Left. Then, came everyone's favorite---Bill Clinton. If there ever was an individual 180 degrees out of sync with the ideals and the values of the US military, it was Clinton He was a known draft dodger, military hating, self absorbed, unspeakingly shameless and immoral individual, who the Left managed to elect President of the United
States of America. Clinton's antics in the White House would have brought court martial, conviction, and Dishonorable Discharge had he been a military member. We still suffer oral sex on school buses, because the President told the world it wasn't real sex, and some of our children believed him. It took a lot of years, but now I became certain. There is a big difference in
the right and the left on all fronts, and for the first time I started feeling angry and shamed that the majority of the American people were actually willing to vote for such an individual.
Sometimes, an abstract such as the following tells the story in very simple terms: Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, Ted Kennedy , Howard Dean, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore , Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer, John Kerry, Benedict Arnold, and the list goes on. America , wake up. Giving in to the likes of these people and Abraham Lincoln's prediction of destruction from within just may come true. There is not a country in the world that can be considered a conventional military threat to the United States today. However, this country faces a new kind of threat---one that will not go away. It is a threat even more serious that WWII, because money, industry and technology will not defeat it. It is a threat of defeat from within. It is a threat of a faltering economy because of a lack of resources, or the even the simple threat of such a loss brought on by terrorism. It is a threat created by the American people trusting the inept. It is a threat created by the people wanting change, and perilously believing that the left can successfully deliver that change. Have you seen anything from the left that remotely resembles an answer to the Iraq situation? Have you seen anything more than continued Bush-Bashing? Is that an answer? If there was ever a need for a strong, well trained military, it is now. THE LEFT HAS HISTORICALLY DISMANTLED OUR MILITARY IN THE NAME OF REDISTRUBITION OF WEALTH FAVORING SOCIAL PROGRAMS. We just cannot afford to let that happen now. If we do, the entire country will be bowing to the east several times a day within the next 50 years, maybe
Now a final thought meant to upset as many as possible on the far-left. A s you might guess, I don't believe in political correctness. So, let's look at the facts, not far-left rhetoric attempting to empower the democratic party. Initially, I was not a George Bush fan. I am not even a Republican. I normally vote Republican, because of my total despise of Communism, Socialism and the far-left in this country. I am a Conservative. However, during his watch, I feel President
Bush just happened to stumble upon the leading edge of the greatest threat this country has ever faced. Mistakes have been made, because of the newness of the threat. Overall, the President has done a superb job dealing the threat, and at the same time held off the constant ranting, raving, deceitful and malicious escapades of the far-left attempting to regain political power. IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER AND BACK OUR PRESIDENT, IT IS RIGHT NOW. WITHOUT CONCENSUS WE ARE EMPOWERING THE TERRORIST!!!! The far-left is totally absorbed with the power struggle and regaining control of congress. They could care less about defeating the threat. It literally disgusts me to hear the constant disagreement with everything the President tries to do, all in the name of trying to make him look bad to the voters. Unfortunately, by the time the
American people really appreciate how bad the far-left really is, it may too late.
What are the real facts? On the home front this country's economy is the strongest that it has been in my lifetime. Interest rates are as low as they were when I was in high school forty years
ago. Inflation does not exist for all practical purposes. For you youngster's, please remember the Jimmy Carter comments? The Dow is approaching 13,000. Unemployment is nonexistent. Wages are at an all time high. Home ownership is at an all time high. Taxes have been lowered to an almost acceptable level. Because of the surging economy the deficient is under control and projected to go away far ahead of schedule. The far-left is rich beyond its wildest dreams, so Mr. President when are you going to "fix" all these domestic problems? Bob and George, give me a break!!!!
On the war front this country has not been touched since 2001. I remember being part of a seminar at the USAF War College in 1983 discussing the terrorist threat. There were some good minds at that table and a lot of disagreement. However, one common thought was that the US would be hit within the next five years. Answers to the terrorist threat were just as hard to come by then as they are now. Well, it took a little longer than the projection, but the attack occurred. For an old military guy like me, the main point here is that it has not happened again. We have suckered the bad guys into entering the fight somewhere other than in our country. To hell with political correctness. The President can't say this, but I sure can. I smile every morning when I get up and realize that one of our great cities has not been blown away. And, there is
zero doubt in my mind that if we pull out of Iraq prematurely, that will happen within a short period of time after our departure. I don't care what you might think of President Bush personally. He has done the best he can with what he has, and this country is not smoking because of it. So, back off McLean and McClellan. You honestly don't have a clue about what you are talking about. Call me, and I will tell you what I really think. I realize there are different points of view on war, and I do not believe the meek will inherit the earth, at least not in the next few hundred years. To those like McClellan, McLean, poor Eve Kyes and Sinowa Cruz let me say, "This is a strong country!!!" It has survived the uneducated thinking of the far-left before, and I'll just bet it will again. Regardless of who is President, the people will not tolerate
mass explosions on a daily basis, as our good friends in Israel have been forced to do. To protect that position of power, even Hillary will be forced to become a true hawk. To guarantee a few more votes Ted Kennedy may be forced to begin supporting a strong military. One more attack on America might even wipe the giddy, 'I-am-finally-somebody' grin from Nancy Pelosi's
face, and make her realize that is not about votes and personal power. IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING THIS GREAT COUNTRY FROM ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND
DOMESTIC. Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret. 349 Jib Lane
Lakeside , Montana
BELOW - A SLIDE SHOW OF OUR PAINTBALL WEEKEND
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This sent by Carl Z. Thanks!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
'YOU WORRY ME!'
By American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalco
I've been trying t o say this since 9-11, but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. Inotice you, and it worries me.
I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.
On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.
The Palestinians Celebrated, The Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I
must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.
How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children?
The events of Sept em ber 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for
I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads?
Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America ? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.
Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of
condemnation for the unprovoked
attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy. I am only interested in action. What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of crisis, at this time of war?
I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting 'Allah Bless America ' I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.
The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You
have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.
The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing 'leaders' like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat.
If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, and pure, and true,
when your 'leaders' are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon
a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A
form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up ar ms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.
I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution
that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American.
But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then . 'YOU WORRY ME!'