Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DADT

And why it doesn't matter.

President Clinton signed a bill known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's purpose was to allow homosexuals to serve in the military so long as they kept it quiet. They could still be denied entry or thrown out if they were open about it, but DADT forbade the military from asking about it so they could throw them out.

Recently, Congress voted to repeal it. This is big news and everyone thinks it's important. I have a news flash for you all that no one seems to want to discuss.

It doesn't matter. It didn't matter when Clinton signed it in and it won't matter when Obama signs it out.

I bet you want to know why it doesn't matter. I'll tell you and then you can go Google it for yourself.

UCMJ 925. ART. 125. SODOMY
(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.
(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


The key phrase for the homosexual crowd that believes that the repeal of DADT means they can do whatever with whoever openly is: with another person of the same or opposite sex.

They can repeal DADT all day long but the Uniform Code of Military Justice hasn't changed. You have a homosexual relationship with another person and you have committed a court martial offense. That's right kiddies, if you're a homosexual serving in the United States Military, you are a criminal under the UCMJ. No one wants to discuss that.

Courtesy of West's Encyclopedia of American Law:

The word sodomy has acquired different meanings over time. Under the common law, sodomy consisted of anal intercourse. Traditionally courts and statutes have referred to it as a "crime against nature" or as copulation "against the order of nature." In the United States, the term eventually encompassed oral sex as well as anal sex. The crime of sodomy was classified as a felony.

So, there you have it. No matter what Congress and the President do with DADT, it doesn't matter to the military because under the UCMJ it is a crime, punishable by court martial, to have a homosexual relationship.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Short Video

Here's a short video on weapon retention. More people are starting to carry openly and because of that, you should pay attention to weapon retention techniques. In fact, everyone that carries should be aware of it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I have to disagree

I've been hearing a lot about the deal that was cut recently concerning the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the extension of unemployment benefits. Most on the conservative side of the spectrum are very much against the extension of unemployment. I have to say that I disagree with this objection.

Regular readers know that I very rarely write anything of a personal nature. Well, now I'm going to.

If it wasn't for partial unemployment, I'd be fucked. Plain and simple. I have only a part time job and it wouldn't allow me to survive and keep my home. With the partial unemployment I get, I can keep my home, pay for my basic utilities and food, keep the payments up on my truck and keep it in gas, and feed myself and my cat.

Yes, there are some bills that cannot be paid at this time. Yes, I do need a better job, in fact, I would love a better job but this is Michigan and I'm not holding my breath although I do keep looking and hoping. No, it's not what I was hoping for and it's different than my life had been going but it's the way of things right now here at Casa de Warthog and one day at a time is the only way to handle it.

There is no perfect system but killing unemployment would be just stupid right now. How many million people would be in dire trouble if unemployment was ended? I understand the argument about how to pay for it but what is the price to end it?

I just happen to have an answer on how to raise the money for unemployment and it doesn't involve raising taxes on anyone.

The Senate, House of Representatives, the pResident and Vice President and all of the various Secretaries should take an immediate 50% pay cut and begin paying 100% of their own medical care in lieu of insurance coverage and pay for their own travel expenses.

In general, according to Wikipedia, the Prez makes 487,000 per year.
the VP makes 227,300
Congress makes 169,300
the Cabinet makes 199,700
and the Supreme court makes 213,900

Damn, talk about overpaid.

So, the cabinet alone accounts for 4,193,700
Congress eats up 90,575,500
Supreme Court 1,925,100

These are base pay rates, the Speaker of the House and President pro tempore and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and some others make more. I'm just going to deal with the base pay for right now to make it easier.

We're talking about 97,408,600 per year.

A 50% pay cut puts 48,704,300 back into the budget. Sadly, they're still making a lot too much money but this is a start. On top of this, they now pay for all of their own travel and medical expenses. Can you see the savings adding up? I sure can. We can ground the Presidential aircraft and all those executive aircraft and helicopters saving millions on maintenance and fuel costs while at the same time, putting money back into the economy by making our elected officials fly commercial. An extra bonus to that is that they have to go through the grope line just like the rest of us.

That's a hell of a lot of money per year. Given that they're supposed to be public servants, I could make the argument that they should be paid a hell of a lot less. In fact, it occurs to me that they shouldn't make more than the military does. I may even write my Congressperson and tell them that would be a great plan to save money. Congress should be paid the same as our military is and get the same medical coverage. First year in office = E-1 pay (17,364 per yr), Second year = E-2 (19,464 per yr) and so on with a 2 term limit. Can I get a hell yeah?

This is not the time to kill unemployment. Too many people need it for survival. It could be funded if Congress was really serious about doing it.

Post corrected due to faulty math 12-10-2010, sorry

Video: A Different Christmas Poem

Video: A Different Christmas Poem

Monday, December 06, 2010

A Date Which Will Live In Infamy


Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Take a minute to pause and remember.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BCS delenda est

The BCS must die. I want to know how in the fuck Wisconsin could go to the Rose Bowl rather than Michigan State when Michigan State beat Wisconsin head to head. Yes, I know I'm ignoring that other school. It's a matter of principle. Wisconsin cannot have a higher placement than any other team which has beaten them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a fact I'm sure everyone is aware of. I will be having a family dinner and enjoying the day all the while remembering those who cannot be with their families.

Take a moment and be thankful for our troops who are in harm's way and away from family.

NEW

It's no big secret that I'm a huge Brigid fan so it should come as no big surprise that as soon as I found out she was now a co-author at Confederate Yankee, I put a link in the blog roll.

She's going to keep writing at Mausers and Muffins, but the bulk of her gun-type thoughts will be on the other site.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

TSA

Obviously, the full body scans and the gubmint sanctioned groping of citizens has been all over the news. I'm right there with most everyone else when I say that I disagree with the way this "security" is being handled.

Enhanced pat down? Hell no, if anyone else did it, it would be a sexual assault. You think that's an exaggeration? Go to your local bar this weekend and try giving one to one of the other patrons.

Yes, I do think TSA is out of control. For that matter, I think most of the government is out of control. This "Department of Homeland Security" is little more than the clowns running the circus. They can't do the job either from behind a desk or by being so afraid that they might offend someone that they do almost nothing. Sadly, when they do actually do something, it's not well thought out and they wind up offending everyone.

So, what do we do? Well, I have heard of a group organizing a national opt-out day for the day before Thanksgiving. The idea being that everyone who flies should opt-out of the full body scanner and submit to the grope. The idea being that if everyone does this, it slows the system down to a slow crawl and demonstrates how terrible the idea of the body scanners is. Nice thought, I doubt the sheeple will go for it, but it's a nice thought. I have, what is in my opinion, an even better thought.

Let's have a National No Fly day. We have a very public announcement that due to the obscenity that TSA has become, we're just not going to fly. By doing this, we have the potential to cost the airlines an awful lot of money. Because we have been careful to firmly state that the reason we're not flying is the TSA and that this is a protest over both the full body scanners and the grope check if one opts out, the airline industry as a whole comes against the TSA.

Why would it work? Because the airlines are very important to the economy and they can't afford to lose millions of dollars a day because people have stopped flying in protest of the TSA going a lot too far. They'd scream bloody murder and the government would be forced to make changes so that people would fly again.

I am fully aware that this is all a dream that will never come to fruition because the American people are far too selfish. They're all in a hurry to do whatever it is they're doing and can't be bothered to re-plan their travel to an alternate method. They have to get there fast. As long as that remains the prevailing attitude in America, then the sheeple will continue to submit to the sexual assaults of the TSA. The rest of us should stop flying.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Still Alive

Just in case you miss me, I'm still alive. I'm just dealing with some minor but annoying issues here at Warthog Control.

I'll try to find a good rant or 2 soon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Humor

I am appalled at all my friends who are so opposed to the mosque near ground zero.

To show our tolerance, we should let them build.

Then right across the street, someone should put a topless bar, called You Mecca Me Hot.

Next to that should be a gay bar, The Turban Cowboy.

And next door to the mosque should be a pork rib restaurant, maybe Iraq o’ Ribs?

Then the Muslims could be allowed to show their tolerance.

Problem solved

Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day

Today is Constitution Day...I frankly think every day is, but today is special so, as a celebration, GO READ IT!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fear

"The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us and our lives slip away, moment by moment. Lost in that vast terrible in between. But there is still time to seize that one last fragile moment." Emperor Turhan - Babylon 5

Every now and again, I sneak a Babylon 5 quote into the mix here. Please take a moment to contemplate this one. I believe you'll find that, while it was written by Joe Straczynski back in the 90's, that it burns very true today.

The questions that I have been contemplating lately are these:

What does our future now hold? Has too much damage already been done to the Republic? Do the citizens of this nation even have the stomach to do what must be done in order to save what's left?

The forces of evil have been working on us for decades. This is not something that started with Carter or Clinton or Bush Jr. or Obama, this has been brewing for decades. Slow gradual creeping of government into our lives, the slow erosion of the Constitution, the step by step process that made "political correctness" mainstream, schools slowly teaching children not to think for themselves and/or that any hint of imagination or true creativity must be ADD and therefore treated with drugs to suppress it.

James Madison said it best:

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. ~James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788

Here is one of the things I fear:

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. ~D.H. Lawrence, Classical American Literature, 1922

I know, I'm throwing a lot of quotes in here but wiser men have said it better than I ever could. Something else that frightens me these days is that some of these wiser men said it almost 300 years ago and we seem to have forgotten the message. Here's yet another message from the past that we have forgotten:

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

True, the rot within may have started with a combination of greedy government and inattentive sheeple but the rot is there and it runs deep. It has infected almost every aspect of our great Republic and there will be no easy fix. In fact, I begin to wonder if it can be fixed. Could it be that we have let this rot creep for far too long?

Yes, there have been calls for change but change to what?

OK, just for discussion, let's say that the final line gets crossed and a civil war starts. Because this is purely hypothetical, let's say that those who would see the government restored to it's original power under the Constitution win. Now what? The government is restored to original specifications. The people are back in control as they are supposed to be. What exactly did we fix?

On the other hand, can we fix this through a thoroughly corrupt system that panders to political survival and world opinion rather than the good of our Republic?

We need to have more people employed but how do we do that? We need to rebuild our manufacturing base so we can produce more goods that people want and need but can we do that with a populace that has been educated away from original thought?

It's easy to carry a soap box to the corner of Main and Center and hop on it to call for dismantling the system but it's gonna be a hell of a lot harder to rebuild that which has been lost. I hope you're not going to look to me for an answer because, like many of you, all I have are questions and fears.

What is our nation becoming and why have we let it happen? What will happen to us? How can we fix it? Plenty of questions and no answers. So how exactly do we seize that "one last fragile moment"? I don't have answers for all of it but the couple of things I do know is that "We the People" had better wake up and start paying attention and that we need to be much better educated about what these folks running for office really stand for. There's a hell of a lot more to be done, but this is a start. This and to remember, the government can't do it all for you, at some point, you will have to get up off your couch and get involved yourself.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Found at Information Dissemination

This speech is absolutely brilliant. 20 minutes long, pour a coffee and get comfy.

Found At WRSA

And made of WIN

Thursday, August 12, 2010

QOTD...Tam Edition

Charlie Rangel wouldn't know an ethic if you stuffed one in a sock and beat him unconscious with it.

Jeebus Tam, you kill me, LOL

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Some Things To Think About

I've seen a couple posts today that have made me stop and think. I'll just point you over to Brigid's and let you read her thoughts. They are wonderful as always but you may want some kleenex nearby, the dust is awful over there today ;).

The other thing I saw is going to take a bit more. If memory serves me correctly (no, I am NOT going to go hunt them down), I have written, a time or 2, about the misuse of the English language and how it seems to have been perverted into something else. I saw a post today that shows an example of this, but even more than that, it shows how powerful an effect words have on your brain and how words can make you do things that are, on their face, really stupid, but somehow the words compel you to it.

Read this and then ponder it for a moment.

I used to see this every day. Every goddamn day. I once threatened to shoot someone over it...in public. Always the same excuse...stop worrying, it's not loaded. I don't give a fuck! It's a goddamn GUN. What part of DON'T FUCKING POINT THAT AT ME are you missing?

I have to agree that the rules for safe gun handling need to be re-thought and I think that cutting it down to the 3 in the article is the right way to go.

It's become a matter of wording and how the human brain reacts to it. Like the article says, once your brain wraps itself around the idea that the gun is unloaded, for some reason it believes that it's ok to do stupid things with it.

Friends, there's a lot too much stupid in the world today. The gene pool needs a chlorine treatment really badly. Let's work extra hard at not adding to the problem.

Friday, July 23, 2010

In Case You Wondered

Everything is fine here at Casa de Warthog. Between 4:45 and 4:55 this afternoon there were 2 tornado touchdowns reported at locations within 2 miles of my home but I saw nothing myself. Pity, as I was looking, LOL. Funny thing with me, for most people a Tornado siren means seek shelter, for me, it means go outside and look for it. I did happen to find a video of the wall cloud, trees between the videographer and the storm prevented any video of the funnel. Damn odd I didn't see it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why Women Cry


Found at Theo Spark

Take A Look And Remember

The Brady bunch says that cops and the military are the "only ones" who need to have guns.

From nbcdfw.com

A Dallas police officer is in good condition after being accidentally shot by another Dallas police officer late Friday morning.

Rookie police officer Ricardo Solis and veteran officer Christopher Thomas were searching a dark, abandoned home on the 3700 block of Crane Street for an aggravated robbery suspect when Thomas accidentally discharged his weapon, striking Solis in his torso which was protected by his bullet-proof vest, officials said.

Solis, who has been with the department for just three days, was transported to Parkland Hospital in good condition. He is expected to be released this afternoon.

The person officers were searching for was not found.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest information.

NBCDFW's Julie Tam contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

For Sale - Cheap

My early Summer cleaning has turned up 3 holsters that I don't want or need anymore and so, I'm going to offer them up here.

1. Galco Summer Comfort. Black leather IWB for Springfield XD. Used once, too much forward cant for my taste. $10 plus shipping.

2. Blackhawk CQC Serpa. Black, only has belt loop, for Glock 17. My former duty holster from my days at the local Air National Guard base. I don't own a Glock so I don't need this holster. $10 plus shipping.

3. Fobus black belt loop type holster for Bersa Thunder 380. Traded in the Bersa for the XD. Just pay for shipping and it's yours.

Send E Mail to finalize sale.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sadness

NHL.com broke the news that one of the greatest enforcers in NHL history, Bob Probert, passed away this evening. R.I.P. Bob.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I Forgot

And I'm a bit ashamed of it too.

July 1, 2 & 3 is the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

I guess I better turn in my history buff card.

I Don't Have Anything Interesting To Say

So, here's a picture of my cat


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

R. Lee Ermey Geico Commerical

Dr. Suess

As read by LawDog:

*"Locks in Socks put Skells in Hells." Alternatively: "One Thunk, Two Thunk, Red Punk, Catatonic Punk."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steven Seagal - Lawman, A Review

I watched the first season of this and I had some thoughts about it.

According to the credits at the beginning of the show, Steven Seagal has been a working Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for the last 20 years (I also want to point out that Mr. Seagal is credited as being the show's Executive Producer). Wikipedia states that no records can be found concerning any actual certification as a law enforcement officer and suggests that his role with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office is merely an honorary/ceremonial position. It is suggested throughout the show, that Mr. Seagal holds the rank of Reserve Deputy Chief. It is interesting to note that no reference to him appears on the website for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office or Mr. Seagal's own website. I know in my own area, one can serve as a reserve deputy without any certification. I do not have any information about how such a system works in the State of Louisiana.

During the course of the show, Mr. Seagal is shown in a training capacity with some officers and academy students. He teaches some small arms and gives what would appear to be a very good course on weapon retention which is a subject he states in the episode to be very important to him. He assists another officer with some shooting pointers and appears to be a very good shot and at all times appears to handle handguns very safely and confidently. One thing I did notice is that it appears that the department issue handgun in Jefferson Parish is the Glock, possibly .40 or .45 and that Mr. Seagal is carrying a 1911. This handgun appears to be either a 4" Commander type or a full size 5". It seems to change a couple times. It would seem that he rarely takes it out of it's holster.

If the show is actually showing what is, then Mr. Seagal should be applauded for the way that he interacts with the public. He does not appear to be arrogant at any time and engages the general public with humor and a calm demeanor. If this show isn't shameless self promotion in the face of a declining movie career, then he is doing a wonderful job of promoting the JPSO to the community and building a positive relationship with the community.

He is apparently embroiled in a rather nasty lawsuit brought by a former employee and the show has been suspended by Chief Newell Normand indefinitely until the issue is resolved. It is not stated anywhere that I can find, what his current status with the JPSO is.

Overall, it's an interesting show to watch. You get a look at how Katrina affected the area and it's lasting implications. It is also interesting to observe reactions within the community to Mr. Seagal's presence and his reactions to it, which appear to be mostly with a healthy dose of humor. I don't think the show is a complete waste of time and as I said before, if this show is portraying actual fact rather than shameless self promotion, then I think that what he's doing is wonderful and should be applauded.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Brigid Rides Again

And what a wonderful post it is too. You need to go and read it now.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Link

OK, I put this link on top of the blog roll because right now, all I have is a link.

I have found an amazing organization and I want to spread the word about it as far and wide as possible. It's called the Veteran's Airlift Command and it was founded by a Vietnam Vet who came home wounded. He felt that the best way to help wounded vets was to start a non profit organization whose mission is to provide transportation to wounded vets and/or their families.

Private pilots volunteer their time and aircraft to get these vets from point A to point B.

I think this is amazing and if I had the time and the money, I'd go get a pilot license just to be able to do this. If you have a pilot license and access to an aircraft and you want to get involved, by all means, go check their website.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Found At Boomers and Bullshit

Sir Charles Napier on Multiculturalism

"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

Today, I am sad

I was just informed of the death of a fellow bloggers mother.

The only thing that comes to mind at a time like this is a line from the movie 300.

My heart is broken for your loss


My own parents are getting along in years now. I know that I will not deal well with their passing as residing deep in my soul is a child who remembers his parents as being invincible. That has never grown out of me and never will.

I will light a candle upon my alter to bring peace to your soul my friend.

Time has passed, the Wheel has turned.
It is time for me to move on.
I will walk hand in hand with the Ancient Ones,
and with my ancestors who came before me.

Great Mother, welcome me back into your womb,
I come to you and know I am blessed,
for my life has been one I am proud of.
As I enter your world, wrap me in your loving arms,
and welcome me.

Lord of Death, I wait for you to take me,
I come to you willingly, with eyes wide open,
as my last moment approaches on the horizon.
May I look upon you without fear, without pain,
and knowing that those who walked before me,
await me on the other side.

O Ancient Ones, give me strength to take these final steps,
and allow me to do so with peace and dignity.
Let my family mourn my passing but not my loss,
and let them heal knowing I will see them again.
Time has passed and the Wheel has turned.
It is time for me to move on.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Warthogs's Border Security 101

No college credits for this but here goes anyway.

When I first started blogging, I wrote a post about why I can't be president. Now that we have pResident Teleprompter, if I won the lottery, I might run.

Border security is a hot button issue. It's really pretty basic if you break it down to it's simple roots. We will get down to the simple roots.

The United States of America is a sovereign nation. Merriam Webster defines sovereign as meaning: enjoying autonomy. Merriam Webster defines autonomy as meaning: the quality of being self-governing; especially the right of self government. A sovereign nation has defined borders. A sovereign nation has, as it's responsibility, a right to maintain and defend those borders. The First thing I want to address is the ingrained habit of liberals to selectively read things. The focus of this rant is ILLEGAL Immigration. If you're going to comment, then read and understand every word written, not just a select few.

The United States is a Representative Republic. This means that we are a nation of laws not of majority rules. The law currently in effect says that there are certain procedures that one needs to follow in order to enter the United States. Anyone who violates or circumvents these procedures, which are codified under federal law, is a criminal. It really is just that simple.

What we need to do. Step 1 is to reduce the flow of criminals into the United States. I see 2 ways to do this, one is much more palatable than the other. Idea #1 is to increase the size of the border patrol to a sufficient number of officers to actually patrol the border and catch illegals as they cross. Building a wall or fence with intrusion detection technology would facilitate this nicely. Every illegal caught is then entered into a database before being sent home so that repeat offenders can be identified and placed in prison.

What no one wants to tell you is that Mexico has a wall on their southern border to prevent illegal immigration and their laws on the matter are quite harsh. Can you say hypocrite? Sure you can.

Idea #2 is far less palatable but would be effective as long as we had the balls to be consistent with it. We build a wall to isolate the foreign countries, you know, Mexico and Kalifornia. Then we call up the citizen militia to patrol our side of the wall and have them shoot everyone who comes over it and throw their dead bodies back over as a warning that we're really serious.

At the same time, we round up all of the criminals that are currently residing in the United States and send them home, after entering them into the database, using whatever force is deemed necessary.

In conjunction with this, all American cities that have declared themselves to be "sanctuary cities" lose all of their federal funding. Not one dime for cities that intentionally violate federal law. This is actually a measure that should be instituted with either plan.

Step 2 is that we slightly alter US law so that the procedures for entering the country legally are very plain and understandable and we make it very clear that breaking this law is a serious matter that carries harsh ramifications.

Step 3 is that we get off the notion of "political correctness" and start interacting with reality. US law needs to be changed to identify regimes, nations or individuals which are currently hostile to the United States. Any person from one of these identified groups should be immediately removed from the country and placed in the database. No one from any of these groups will be allowed entry for any reason. I realize that this measure will cause hardships for cities like Dearborn as it will drastically reduce your current population, but look on the bright side, it will be a whole lot quieter in Dearborn without all that Muslim call to prayer shit going on and you'll be a lot less likely to develop a sudden IED problem on city streets. It's high time we started worrying about actual national security and stopped being so worried that we might offend someone.

Step 4 is that we remember 1 simple truth. All of the founding documents of this nation are written in English. I believe this establishes English as the language of our nation. Henceforth, all government documents are to be written in English only. If you want to come to this nation legally then learn the language. Quebec, Canada is like that. France is like that. Many nations are like that. We can do it too.

Step 5 is that anyone coming to this nation will be expected to learn the laws, customs, history and governmental workings (as intended by the founding fathers) of this nation and swear an oath to respect and defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic. You know, kinda like the oath Congress takes upon taking office but usually ignores. Anyone who can be proven to be in violation of that oath will be tried for treason and shot. This should include any member of government who violates the oath of office, but that's a whole 'nother rant.

Oh yeah, while I'm talking about immigration and such, Hey LaRaza:



If Mexico is so great then fucking go home!

There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.
Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Anniversary



It just this second occurred to me that tomorrow is the 66th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. You can read more here. Please take a moment to honor those that served. Our greatest generation is passing quickly now. Honor them.

Too Funny

So, I have to post it.

Accountants And Their Blue Tape

Accounting Firm | Leicester, UK

(A client calls us requesting we email him a scan of a document. We promptly send this over to him and he calls back almost immediately.)

Client: “This scan you have sent me only has one page of the document and the rest of it is pornography!”

Me: “I’m sorry? There is certainly no chance that this contains any pornography. It looks perfectly fine from our end.

Client: “But there is. I am looking at it right now!”

Me: “Which button are you clicking? The one that says ‘Next Page’ or ‘Next Document’?”

Client: “Why does that matter?”

Me: “Well if you are clicking Next Document, you are currently looking at all of the pornography that you have recently been viewing on your computer.”

Client: “F***!” *hangs up*


H/T Not Always Right

Monday, May 31, 2010

New Link

I'm putting up a new link to the Southside Sportsman Club / Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek, MI. This is where I do all of my shooting and where I bought my new Springfield Armory XD .45. They have a fair selection of guns and accessories in stock for being a small shop and they usually have a good supply of the most common calibers of handgun ammo in stock.

The owners, Joel and Jared Fulton are NRA certified instructors and teach Michigan CPL courses at regular and frequent intervals. They are also very involved the RKBA issues both in Michigan and Nationally. Now that I have them linked, I'll try to get them to post more, but they're pretty busy guys.

And they also have the world's coolest mailbox, shown here with (hopefully) future Governor of Michigan, Mike Cox and the creator of the mailbox, Steve Horihan.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Since Memorial Day Is Almost Here

I found this on Facebook. It was posted by Remember November.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Who's The Sad Panda?

This just in, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has posted the latest FBI crime data which shows that violent crime rates have dropped for the 3rd consecutive year while gun ownership has increased. These are the facts which try liberals souls.

Book Review

I recently read "Have You Seen My Country Lately" by Jerry Doyle. I read this book for 2 reasons, first because I have listened to Jerry's show on the radio many times and I like what he has to say and second because, for those of you who don't know this, Jerry played Security Chief Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5 and I loved that show. This led me to want to read his book, the moment I saw it in my local store.

To learn a little more about him, here is a link to his bio.

To the book. I love someone who writes in a way that both entertains and educates. That's how I pick up on information best, when I'm having some fun with the subject matter. Jerry hits this dead on with several personal stories and many vivid descriptions of current events based upon his life experience. Were I to list favorite chapters, I would have to say all of them, the book is well written and thought out. Jerry takes the time to explain each of his points and show the time line of exactly how our Republic got to where it is now.

I am not asking you to agree with Jerry Doyle, I'm saying that I think it would be well worth your time to read his book and then take a long hard look at how things are and think about it. You may choose to agree or to disagree, but at least the book makes you think.

Just for the record, I happen to agree. I enjoyed the book and I think you will too. You can check out Jerry's website at: www.jerrydoyle.com and don't be shy about ordering a copy. I think you'll like it.

Again, I have to say that I decided to do this on my own and Jerry has no idea I even exist.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Here We Go Again

As most of you know by now...Ronnie James Dio passed away from cancer back on the 16th. His public memorial service will be held on May 30th. The updates to his website seem to indicate that most of his family believed he was actually winning his cancer battle and then passed away although it is stated by his wife Wendy that he passed peacefully and most of his friends and family had a chance to say goodbye.

I have long believed that you can never prepare yourself for the passing of a loved one.

Now, to throw gas on that fire, the loonies at Fred Phelps WBC have stated their intention to picket RJD's memorial service.

Many metal head discussion boards are calling for a galactic level ass whoopin. If it doesn't go that way then Freddy has but one person to thank for it.....please pass the irony

Wendy Dio.

This, from ronniejamesdio.com:

Statement From Wendy Dio5/21/2010 4:31:59 PM
Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn't know. We only know how to love someone we know!- Wendy Dio

Wendy, stay classy \m/

Fred, DIAF

Look What I Missed

Sucks when your internet is down for a few days, you miss some really stunning stuff.

Let me start by saying R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. I loved your music and you will be missed.

Now, here's a bit of turnabout that I encountered while reading over at the Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler.

I think it would be very cool for everyone to write a letter of support to the State of Arizona and let them know we support their efforts to actually enforce the law and that we think they should stand fast against the panty wetting liberals. In fact...here's the contact information from the Governor's website:

The Governor's Office is located in the
Executive Tower at the State Capitol

The full mailing address is:
The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4331
Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883
Fax (602) 542-1381


Brigid has a great post up shooting holes (pun intended) in the "wild west" hysteria that the anti gun crowd likes to try to sell.

Well hell, there's good stuff on all of my links and I hope you take the time to click and read all of them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review

Since my internet connection seems to be cooperating today, I shall post the review of the new addition to the arsenal here at Casa de Warthog, the Springfield XD .45 ACP pistol.



This is the 4" with 13 round magazines. It comes with all the XD gear. I have used the magazine holder and it is a very solid piece which I do like. The holster? Well, not so much. The belt loop it has is tall enough for my belt, but too narrow for it to be real stable on the belt. So if anyone from Springfield Armory reads this, you need a wider and more stable belt attachment on your holsters. The secret is, the same type of holster came with my 1911 and I never use it. It's just too damn floppy on the belt. The one thing that has never made sense to me is why Springfield only sends you 2 magazines, but they send you a magazine holder that holds 2 magazines. Oh, I know it just makes you buy another magazine, but if they want to bill this as a complete package, they should just send 3 off the bat.

The grip angle is exactly the same as my 1911. The trigger is A LOT nicer than the Glock 17. I like the sights quite a bit. Easy to pick up. This fits my hand pretty well and was pretty fun to shoot too. Overall...WIN.

What I'm getting used to: Well, this thing has a 4" barrel and I was taken by surprise by how sharp the recoil is for only 1" less barrel than the 1911. I also have a sneaking suspicion that my 1911 is a tad heavier and eats the recoil better. I was also pretty shocked at how stiff the recoil spring is in this. It takes a little beef to rack the slide. I haven't looked it up to be certain but I'm guessing it's a 20 or 22 lb recoil spring vs. the 18.5 in my 1911. This has a double captive spring system. I think it's a bit harder to clean, but not quite as much chance you lose it and it shoots across the room. Internally, it sets up almost exactly like a Glock. Externally, the grip safety makes it much safer in my opinion and it also has a take down lever instead of Glock's little girly button.

So...how does it shoot? Take a peek:



At 15 feet and I'm more than a little stale. Yes, I know I pulled a bunch to the left. Oddly, I do that with my 1911 too, so it's me, not the gun. The stuff that got scattered around were from a couple strings of rapid fire I did just to see the recoil. Overall, that's a pretty dead critter. Well, if you're paying attention to the holes...dead and nutless, kinda like your average liberal, LOL.

Here's the deal...if you like the 1911, you should like the XD .45 provided you can work with it enough to get past the fact that the grip is a little fatter and the barrel is shorter resulting in a sharper recoil and muzzle rise. Once you get past that, I think you'll fall in love with it. It won't replace my 1911, which remains my daily carry gun, but once I've got a few hundred more rounds through it, it will be one I will have confidence in and not be afraid to carry whenever or wherever.

As a special note, this is all my opinion and was done strictly on my own. I am not affiliated in any way with Springfield Armory nor do they even know I exist. I just love their products.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Lunch

I may not be quite the kitchen whiz that Brigid is, but I tend to think I do pretty well for a bachelor who dabbles. someone on my Facebook page made mention of the impending Cinco de Mayo fest and I thought, Nachos...I haven't made nachos in a while. Since I'm still playing with the camera on my Samsung Moment, here they are just before the sprinkling of the green onion.




Simple yet tasty.

Friday, April 30, 2010

High On The AWWWWWW Scale

I found while watching this that, on this beautiful sunny day with the windows open and a nice spring breeze, that the dust must have been whipped up in my eyes resulting in a little watering, if you know what I mean...you may want a hanky handy.



H/T Theo Spark

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Posting Has Been Light, So...

You Got The Wrong(est) Item, Part 3

Garden Store | Canada

Me: “Good afternoon, how can I help you?”

Caller: “Can you tell me if you carry Chlamydia?”

Me: *long pause* “Um… I’m sorry, is this a plant you are looking for?”

Caller: “Yes! The pink one. You know, Chlamydia!”

Me: “Do you mean Cyclamen?”

Caller: “Yeah! Cyclamen, Chlamydia, they’re all the same thing. So, do you have anyone there that can give me some Chlamydia?”


H/T Not Always Right

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Political Groups

I'm enjoying all the different political groups out there right now from the panty wetters at the Brady Campaign and the outright liars at the Southern Preposterous Lie Center to the bold individuals of the Oathkeepers. Each has their pet agenda. Each wants you to toe the group line when choosing a candidate for office. Therein lies the problem.

This nation has more than just one issue facing it, more than just one thing that needs attention. If we go only by our pet group, we wind up with a political environment that has candidate #1 saying lower taxes, candidate #2 saying repeal obambi/pelosi/reidcare, candidate #3 saying secure the borders, candidate #4 saying strengthen the military and on and on and on. What we wind up with is 10 candidates for 1 seat.

There are far too many people who fail to educate themselves on the issues and where the various candidates stand on them. They shuffle into the booth like a zombie and hit the button for their favorite party and shuffle out. This is how we got into this mess folks. There's really not much of a split between the parties anymore. The Dems move further left and the Repubs have completely forgotten their core values and move left so they don't get too far away.

We have to stop voting for parties and start voting for people who stand for what we believe in. Yes, I do want the Second Amendment protected but I also want the borders secured and illegal immigrants to be considered the criminals that they actually are. I want an end to wasteful spending and lower taxes, but I want an environment created that attracts business rather than chasing it away. I want a strong, well trained and well equipped military, but I also would prefer not having to use them. I no longer give a damn how the rest of the world feels about America, I want America to do what is in her best interests and fuck the rest of the world. (OK, disclaimer, that sounded good but I never really gave a damn what the rest of the world thought about us) I want the government to return to it's powers as outlined by the Constitution and get the fuck out of my life.

We need to cast our votes for candidates that will pledge to stand up for all of these things. We need to stop looking at the parties and start looking at the individual people and where they stand on all of the issues and if they don't want to answer our questions, then we need to hound them until we get our answers. They work for us you know. The best weapon we have to change the government is a well educated electorate.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Iranian Nukes

I was reading over at the Counterterrorism Blog an article by Dr. Walid Phares about Iran and its nuclear ambitions and I began to think. The more I thought about it, the more apparent it became that Iran's nuclear program must be stopped at any and all costs. I'm going to link to Dr Phares' article, of course, but I have a few of my own thoughts.

My thoughts are this. Iran is a nation under the control of a madman. His being a holocaust denier is bad enough, but public statements about removing the Nation of Israel from the face of the earth and how the world would be a better place without America make one pretty nervous as is. Now add in the additional threat of nuclear weapons and you have Armageddon just waiting for a place to happen...and it will too. Let's take a look at how.

Ahmadinnerjacket is not the only madman on earth by any stretch of the imagination. Kim Jong Il over in North Korea is pretty scary too and he already has nukes. Now I know you're saying "so why concentrate on Iran?" Well, that's actually simple. Iran and North Korea both have crazy people running them but they are in completely different places. North Korea has the nukes but lacks a delivery system. Iran has no nukes (yet) but it does have delivery systems. North Korea could develop a delivery system and they are working on it. Iran has, so far, not been able to get a nuke.

The other difference is more important than you think. Sure, North Korea has tested a couple nukes and yes, Kim Jong Il is a total nutbag, but not completely stupid. He's more than likely all talk. Why do I say this? Have you forgotten who lives next door to North Korea? That's right, China. China may not love America, but do you really think they want a nuclear conflict on their back porch? North Korea may develop the delivery system to go with their nukes, but China will never let them get away with popping one, they'd flatten North Korea just to protect their own asses. And Dear Leader knows it.

Iran, on the other hand, is a whole different can of nuts. He has the delivery system and no one close is going to present enough of a threat to stop him. If he gets the nuke to go with his delivery system, he's going to airmail one to Israel. THAT, my friends, is where Armageddon begins. When that bad boy goes off, Israel is going to nuke Iran until it glows. Enough people in the world dislike Israel to begin with, they won't see self defense, they'll just see how the Jews nuked someone and they won't care who the aggressor is, they'll just dogpile Israel. The US will never be able to hold back the Israeli response with Obambi in the White House after he showed such utter disrespect to them. We still have forces in the region so we may be backed into defending them....do you see how the dominoes are starting to fall? Ugly, isn't it?

Iran must not be allowed to gain nuclear weapons. EVER.

Let's not forget that there's a nutjob in this hemisphere too...Chavez down in Venezuela. Don't forget, he's butt buddies with Ahmadinnerjacket. Since Ahmadinnerjacket doesn't like America, he could smuggle a nuke to Chavez who would be more than happy to use it here. Ponder that for a bit.

We're so wrapped up in watching Obama destroy the country from within that we're beginning to lose track of those who would like to destroy it from without.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thunder Run

A couple of days ago, I posted the Thunder Run so you could see all the stuff that gets linked there. It's a great site and it's updated every day with all the latest news from mil-bloggers from all over the world at home and abroad.

Well, I found a widget that you can click on should you see a headline that interests you. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Great Read

I just bumped into an article written by Skip Coryell, founder of the Second Amendment March and I'm going to copy it in whole, which I rarely do, plus the link because it's not only a good read but it is sage advice as well. Attend children:

The Next Bloody Revolution - Is it Too Late?


“But mark my words. This war will be fought not on the frontier, or on some distant battlefield, but amongst us. Among our homes. Our children will learn of it with their own eyes. And the innocent will die with the rest of us.”

Recently I wrote an article titled “Rattling the Second Amendment Saber” where I discussed the necessity to speak out and let our elected politicians know we will hold them accountable for their actions. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the landscape can change in one week?

Yesterday morning I was surprised when my business partner called me on the phone and asked me if I’d been arrested by the FBI yet? I was confused. “What? Why would I be arrested?” He replied, “Haven’t you been watching the news today?” I hadn’t. You see, I live in Michigan, and he was referring to the FBI rounding up 9 members of a domestic terrorist group called “Hutaree”. Apparently these people were plotting to kill police officers as well as preparing for the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government, and … did I hear that right? The antichrist?

My friend was joking about my arrest of course, as he often does about my involvement in the Second Amendment March. He thinks it’s funny that the ATF, the FBI, or some other acronymed federal organization might be listening to my phone calls or reading my mail, or whatever else it is they do. Personally, I think they have bigger fish to fry than one little country boy in Michigan organizing a “peaceful, unarmed” march on Washington DC. And when they raided the “Hutaree”, they proved that to be true.


As Founder of the March, I’ve been learning a lot about all kinds of people all across our great land. There are some people out there who advocate the immediate, violent overthrow of the government. Just for clarity’s sake: I’m not one of those people. One of my biggest fears was given flesh, blood and bone yesterday when I found out about the Hutaree organization. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they were arrested. They’re kooks. But I fear there are more out there like them, ready to kill innocent people. If we can just last another 6 months until the November election, then I think we’ll be okay. But… then this morning I started getting hate mail.

The subject title of the email was: “Gonna blow up some daycare centers?” It was from a man named (we’ll call him) “Pseudonym”.

The message read: “Have fun on your Timothy McVeigh Domestic Terrorism Memorial March. Ignorant sad sack, f*#$ing morons, all of you.”

Normally, I just hit the “delete” key when I get mail like this. But today I felt playful, so I responded with: “Dear Pseudonym, What are you talking about? Your message makes no sense. We are an "unarmed" free speech protest designed to support the Second Amendment. Go to www.secondamendmentmarch.com and get the facts before spouting grade-school-level insults.”

This incredible, intellectual giant countered with: “4/19, dumb#ss! Great day for a bunch of wingnuts to go marching. Especially with guns. Or are some of you going to pack a truckload of fertilizer?” Why is it that every time a Democrat is in the White House the wingnuts start throwing tantrums and having violent fantasies of treason?”

Hmmm, my immediate response was, “Why are you so angry? Why are you insulting me? And why is it every time conservatives stand up against anti-gunners they are labeled in the rudest terms as “violent revolutionaries?” (And, just for the record, April 19th isn’t “Timothy McVeigh Day” it’s “Patriot’s Day”. You know, the 235th anniversary of Lexington-Concord. But he probably didn’t know that.)

But it’s not just the far-left that hates me. I get insulted by the far right as well. It seems there are lunatics living on both fringes. Several months ago I was on a radio talk show and a man called in with scathing remarks. He ridiculed me for organizing the Second Amendment March. “What do you mean you’re marching on DC without guns!” He called me a coward for not invading the Capitol. Of course, I was brave enough to give my full name, and that was more than he did. My immediate thought was, “If you think an armed march on DC is necessary, then go for it! I’ll watch from here.”

For the next 6 months I’ll be on pins and needles, terrified that some people won’t wait until the November elections to right the wrongs being perpetrated against the American people by the far left. A small minority, like the Hutaree, will see this as an opportunity to make all their violent fantasies come true, falsely believing that the American people will rise up and join them in a bloody, John Brown-like revolution. Unfortunately, anyone promoting the Second Amendment will have their reputations publicly tarred and feathered along with the nut cases like Hutaree. It’s much easier to blindly sling mud than to do the research.

I have a big problem with violent overthrow of the government: the wingnuts in charge right now, the greedy, money-grubbing politicians, the dishonest, selfish jerks in Washington DC; they are there because the American people put them there. And I will not rise up in a bloody, murderous revolution to overthrow a government that was legally and constitutionally elected by the people of their own free will.

Yes, America screwed up! And now we must pay the price for our lazy, self-righteous lack of vigilance. Did you recognize the quote at the beginning of this article? It was actor Mel Gibson, from the movie “The Patriot”. There is another quote from that movie that seems appropriate these days.

“Why should I trade 1 tyrant 3,000 miles away, for 3,000 tyrants 1 mile away?”

But yet, it seems, we’ve done just that. Now, instead of one “unelected” tyrant in England, we have 3,000 “elected” tyrants right here in America. It no longer matters why we elected the present Congress and administration; that’s backward thinking; it’s history. What matters now is “How do we fix it?”

The American people will not support a bloody, violent revolution to overthrow duly-elected politicians. That’s not the American way. Of course, if they start door-to-door confiscation of firearms, then that’s a whole new ball game. But they haven’t done that, indeed, nothing like that.

However, if cooler heads do not prevail, if the violent whackos go nuts and start a war against the US Government, then the government has all the excuse (and public mandate) they need to pass more draconian gun laws. The wisdom of Ben Franklin aside, when push comes to shove, the sheep of this country will give up essential liberty to ensure their safety. And most Americans are, indeed, sheep.

I leave you with one final quote from “The Patriot”. It is the opening line of the movie.

“I have long feared that my sins have returned to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.”

My fellow patriots, as a whole, we chose Barack (may-my-tongue-turn-to-sand) Obama for President, just as the people of Nevada chose Harry Reid, and the citizens of California chose Nancy Pelosi. I don’t like that, but I’m stuck with it, at least until November. Until then, stop fueling the fires of violence and start supporting grassroots, nonviolent efforts to remove these jokers from office.

America’s supreme sin was to vote for tyrants. That sin has returned to visit us, and the cost is more than we can bear. But we’re Americans. We’ll bear the consequences, then in November, our penance will be complete along with their reign of tyrannical terror. In the meantime – stay cool!

Editors Note: Skip is the founder of the Second Amendment March. The national March will take place April 19, 2010 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Please join us.

-Mike Piccione



Skip Coryell is the founder of the Second Amendment March, a former United States Marine, author and President of White Feather Press.

Monday, April 12, 2010

And Another

Let's do some WW2 trivia. The anniversary is tomorrow. April 13, 1945. The place?

An Anniversary

6 days from now is the 68th anniversary of a military event that shocked the world. Do you know which one?

OK, here's a pic. Name the ship and the event.



Photo Credit...Denver Post

More Than Mildly Frightning

I have learned of an uptick in pirate activity over in the Somalia area. I've been pondering this for a couple days and the longer I think about it, the scarier it gets. Those pirates are up to something...something evil. They have to be, Somalia may be a little backward but no one in a nation that borders a major commercial shipping route will EVER...EVER mistake a warship for a commercial sailing vessel. I mean, come on kids, if the paint job isn't a dead give away, the shape of the ship itself should sure as hell tell you something.

I now give you the USNI blog and the article that I've been considering here. With that, a passage that makes one think.

This is the latest in a number of incidents over the last 120 days involving pirates in the Gulf of Aden intentionally engaging men of war. USS Nicholas (FFG-47) and USS Farragut (DDG-99) were both apparently engaged, while USS McFaul (DDG-74) captured ten pirates on Wednesday after answering a distress call.

Anyone who reads this blog know I'm a Navy vet. There is absolutely no fucking way on this earth that you can mistake an FFG-7 class Frigate for a merchie. Helen fucking Keller could tell the difference. A DDG-51 Class Destroyer...a Destroyer? I mean come on...look at the rake of that bow? There's no merchant ship in the world with a bow rake like that. Attend children.

FFG 47



DDG 99



Maersk Alabama




How the holy fuck can you possibly confuse these?

So that brings me to the question. What exactly is going on? What are the pirates trying to do? Is this a scenario where they believe that if they can actually take a warship they can "scare" off CTF 51?

I've said it before and I'll say it again...The Roman Empire had the perfect method of dealing with piracy on the high seas...They killed them.

I am sorry about the photo quality here, for some reason I'm having some issues in both finding a decent sized recent pic and geting it to the hard drive to post here.

Thunder Run

I get e mails from Thunder Run which list headlines from a whole bunch of mil-blogs from around the world. I thought I might share it with all of you since he sent some code to embed. So, if it works, here you go...enjoy.

In today's From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run

Dispatches:
She Who Waits: Confession
270 Days in Afghanistan: Army Service Awards
A Little Pink in a World of Camo: Coping
Afghanistan My Last Tour: Time is Running Out
Afghanistan My Last Tour: ANA On Their Own
al Sahwa: Shifting Focus to Kandahar
Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: Afghan outrage after NATO troops kill 4 civilians
Martine van Bijlert: Karzai and confusion in Kabul
Army Poet: What We All Want...
C.J. Chivers: Afghan Marksmanship: Pointing, Not Aiming
David Bellavia: Unapologetic About the Greatness of the American Warrior Spirit
Free Range International: Death in the Morning
Bruce R: Shocked... shocked
Scott Fontaine: Reflecting on six months of war
Helmand Blog - Afghanistan: 3 RIFLES improve security along Helmand road
TankerBabe: Remembering Dad; The Milbloggies; Incredible Friends
Helmand Blog - Afghanistan: ANA and 1 SCOTS distribute school books to Afghan kids
Insight of the Moment: More nothing, with some stuff in between
IraqPundit: Friendly Chat
Jalalabad Fab Lab blog: Coalition of the Willing 2.0
The Kitchen Dispatch: Tired of War
Manatee's Military Moms: A SMART gift: Unconditional love
One Marine's View: 120 Days of Wind in Afghanistan
One Marine's View: A HOT ONE today...
Ramblings from a painter: Jon Voight
Red Bull Rising: The Sun Also Rises ... on Red Bulls
Red Bull Rising: More than Rumors of War
Ranger Up: Keeping The Home Fires Lit
GRUNTSHIT: David Lane April 3, 1987 - Sept 4, 2007
The Torch: Our vanishing Provincial Reconstruction Team at Kandahar?
David Axe: Debating Chowkay Valley Engagement
Nathan Hodge: Afghans Report More Roadside Bombs, Attacks on the Rise
Home From Iraq: Celebrity (Author) in the House--Dr. Charles W. Hoge
Yellow Rose: TWO events worth your while
ROFASix: Apache Combat Video - Was it Murder?
The Captain's Journal: Strange Counterinsurgency: The Marines Join Other Tribes!
Michael Yon: Under Cover of the Night
Yankeemom: Waiting
News from the Home Front:
Graduating to the next battle
News from the Front:
Iraq:

The vice president bears good news from Iraq
Iraq war video raises more than just ethical and legal questions
Iran Wants Sunnis in Iraqi Politics
Allawi's secularism may not fly in today's Iraq
Iraqi Alliance Questions Vote Count in Election
Iraqi PM's Alliance: Election Tainted by Up to 750,000 Fraudulent Votes
1-9 and Provincial Reconstruction Team Support Iraqi Election Process
Sniper Training Provides 'combat Multiplier' for Iraqi Army
Afghanistan:
IJC Operational Update, April 12
Joint Team Assessing Civilian Casualty Incident in Zhari
Taliban pushed out of Swat make 'Kala Dhaka' their new terror base
5 Afghan deminers killed in roadside bombing
Four dead as US loses first Osprey in Afghanistan
Compromising with the Taliban
Learning to work with our man in Afghanistan
The U.S. can't ignore Karzai's tantrum
Kabul park offers Afghan women a taste of freedom and opportunity
In Kandahar, coaxing Afghan police into training
Afghan air force struggles to take off
Nato troops accused of opening fire on civilian bus in Kandahar
Taliban wants France to arrange detainee swap
NATO gunfire kills 4 on bus, sparks protests
Key Afghan town still at risk, U.S. general says
Poison swirls around Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama
Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive
U.S. seeks to ease strained relations with Afghanistan
Obama Administration Calls Karzai 'A Reliable Partner'
Senior Officials Discuss Way Ahead in Afghanistan
Update on Afghan Police Training
Canada Pledges Additional Personnel to Train ANSF

The Thunder Run'sFrom the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatched from the front and the home front.
This is not a secret post, please, post it on your blog, share it with your friends and families and anyone else who wants to know what is really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan and how our military families cope with this war.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

To Boldly Steal a Phrase From David Codrea...

We're the Only Ones safe enough to be allowed to carry guns in public. The common citizen just doesn't have the training necessary......OOPS another candidate for the Lee Paige gun safety award.

Robert J. Stewart, 55, was demonstrating the use of a 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol at about 7:51 p.m. at the firing range when he shot himself in the upper right thigh in front of 24 recruits and several instructors at Butler Tech’s Public Safety Education Center, said Butler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chuck Laymon.

You remember Lee Paige don't you? I never get sick of posting this:



Just too funny. I'm the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry a Glock .40...BANG. Shoulda left the bullet in your pocket Barney.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Congrats

It seems that congratulations are due to a couple of the blogs on my blog roll for the 2009 Milbloggers awards. So hoist a victory beer to the USNI blog and Blackfive for winning their respective categories.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Media Confusion

Another priceless quote today, this is becoming quite the link-o-rama, Now from Dave Workman.

Millions of law-abiding firearms owners should not be slandered by the actions of people who allegedly were plotting to assemble bombs and other devices to murder police. There is a campaign to make gun ownership a thing of the past, but the past weekend's arrests should not become its centerpiece.

He's right, the whole article speaks the truth and you can read it here. I tried to discuss this in my post Faulty Perceptions but I kind of tend to ramble and while I'm still happy with the post, I'm certain it drifted off a bit.

The lamestream media does nothing to distinguish a guy like me, who carries for self defense in accordance with all laws, and these lunatics like the hutteree gang. In fact, I think the obfuscation is intentional. They have an agenda and that agenda does not include allowing people like you and I to continue having the ability (or exercising it) for armed self defense. They want a nation of defenseless sheep, unarmed victims. You've seen the reports about how an armed homeowner shoots a criminal in the dining room and how the "victim" is recovering from the gunshot wound at the local hospital.

The media understands that gun ownership is not as common today as it once was. There are a lot of uninformed people out there that don't know a muzzle from a shoulder thing that goes up. They want those uninformed non gun owners to be afraid of guns so that when the next anti gun matter comes to vote, they vote for it. Probably not because they truly hate guns but because they don't know the truth about them or how to handle them safely. The media wants to breed this fear and lack of understanding.

There are sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. The sheep know the wolves will kill them, but they hate the sheep dog because though protective, the sheep dog still resembles the wolf. The sheep do not understand the difference so they bleat and bleat until the sheep dog is removed. When the wolves attack, there is no sheep dog to protect them and they do not understand that they are the reason why the sheep dog is no more, they just die.

Militias

I just picked up this wonderful quote and I want to share it with you. I hope you will read the whole article.

Do you have to join a militia to be militia material? Not at all. You can be militia material if you believe in your greater independence from your very own servants. We all want safe freeways, safe food inspection, and airline safety, but let's not go nuts; servants are servants and their authority is to be limited on our say-so, not expanded on their say-so. Militia material summons servants to their duty with all its limits on servants. Militia material believes in law and due process; it is to invoke it, and to expect from the servants the tolerance for militia under American Law. It is not the electorate, but the servants who do not believe in it who are tearing the country apart.

H/T KABA

Prayers Needed

I just learned of the crash of a Navy E2 in the Arabian Sea. One crew member remains missing and a search is underway. Please join me in requesting divine assistance in finding this person safe.

H/T Blackfive

I now have further information from the USNI Blog:

Getting early reports that an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the VAW-121 (“Bluetails”) is down inthe North Arabian Sea. The crew evidently conducted a controlled bailout and three of the four have been recovered by SAR efforts. Fourth remains missing after four hours.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yeah...Oh Yeah

So, I'm going to steal a page from Brigid's book and rave about the chocolate chip cookies I baked. Not just any cookies though, laced with lots of peanut butter and baked as pan cookies in an 8X11 pan...wow!



Fred Phelps

Oh yeah, you've seen the reference to him here before, usually connected with an obscenity laced missive that not many people read. Well, here's something different. I was reading a mil-blog called Knotties Niche this morning and there's a video up with the perfect answer to Freddie and his clowns. Observe.....oh, precautionary spew warning, swallow the coffee before you hit play.


Monday, March 29, 2010

That Time Of The Year

I try to make is a habit to do a reminder post every spring. Here's the 2010 edition.

Do you know what time if the year it is? Maybe this will remind you:

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That's right folks, it's spring time and that means the start of severe weather season in the United States. Hell, there was a Tornado Warning posted for parts of the central and southern east coast last night. So, have you checked your weather alert receiver? Is it working? Got fresh batteries in your flashlights and portable radios? For that matter, do you have fresh batteries in your smoke detectors?

How about your shelter? You do the spring cleaning and supply inspection yet? 3 days worth of food and water at a minimum. What about toilet necessities? Power could be out for a couple days, you may want to keep that stuff in mind. Do you have a week's supply of necessary medications in your shelter? If that weather alert tone sounds at 2AM, you may not have time to grab anything before hell is upon you so preposition some stuff in your shelter. Come fall, you can bring it up and use it normally, but don't survive the storm just to die because you forgot or couldn't access an important medication due to the damage.

I'm not talking about civil unrest here folks, I'm talking about the fury of nature. Those of you living in places like tornado alley are only too familiar with this, but just because you don't live there doesn't mean it can't come for a visit. Be ready, have a plan, have a shelter and be ready for a couple days with no power.



It's that time of the year. Are you ready?