Saturday, September 20, 2014

After a long hiatus.....THIS is the U2 that I grew up with



Granted, the U2 I remember fondly, is this:



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland...Aye


Don't hate.....Celebrate....Go Ducks!

Dress a Duck

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP

The GOP has long opposed any and all actions of the Obama Administration...and sometimes for good reason. But the current bedwetting against the hypothetical threat ISIS poses to the homeland, exposes the party for what it is.

A morally bankrupt institution focused only on gaining and/or maintaining power.

They bitched and moaned against Obama's inaction while ISIS tore through the bleak, flat wasteland of NW Iraq. They called upon the Administration to bomb ISIS, and some [McCain, Graham, etc] denounced the Administration for not arming "moderate" Syrian forces. Now that the Administration has embarked upon an air campaign against ISIS, and is indeed looking to arm Syrian fighters [what could possibly go wrong?]....they continue to bitch and moan, as if their stated goals were not being realized.

Congress maintains the power To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water. [Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, US Constitution].

The House of Representatives could have conducted a roll call vote and called Obama's bluff, long ago. They declined. If the GOP is not going to pull up their big boy pants and act like Constitution-abiding adults, but rather whine and cry like Democrats...why should I ever lend them my vote? They play the same games regarding civil liberties as does the left. If they're going to play bullshit political games, enabled by their media allies...they are in the same camp as the left.

The party is corrupt, bankrupt....and leading the country to oblivion, arm in arm with the alleged 'other side'.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Alba gu bràth


*Alba gu bràth = Scotland Forever

Saturday, September 13, 2014

And the song remains the same.....

If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as ISIS, you will inevitably encounter a parade of retired generals demanding an increased US military presence in the region. They will say that our government should deploy, as retired General Anthony Zinni demanded, up to 10,000 American boots on the ground to battle ISIS. Or as in retired General Jack Keane’s case, they will make more vague demands, such as for “offensive” air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region. 
But what you won’t learn from media coverage of ISIS is that many of these former Pentagon officials have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world. Ramping up America’s military presence in Iraq and directly entering the war in Syria, along with greater military spending more broadly, is a debatable solution to a complex political and sectarian conflict. But those goals do unquestionably benefit one player in this saga: America’s defense industry.
HuffPo

Same as it ever was. Our media is utterly failing the nation. Party immaterial. While the average oxygen thief worries about Obama calling ISIS, ISIL.....or conjures contrived ire at their perception of media bias....they remain oblivious to the campaign by the major parties and the incestuous relationship with the American media, to keep the American public ignorant.

Bread and circuses. We deserve what befalls us.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIL/ISIS...real threat or overblown?

The airwaves have been filled with dire warnings of ISIL, ISIS or IS if you prefer, being a tangible threat to the security of these United States. And to be sure, they're well organized and have made what appears to be astounding gains over the last few months. But are they really the cat's meow?

The War Nerd, Gary Brecher, expalins some reality based facets of their so-called blitzkrieg through some parts of Iraq:

If you know the ethnic makeup of the turf they’ve taken, their “shocking gains” don’t seem so shocking, or impressive. After all, we’re talking about a mobile force–mounted on the beloved Toyota Hilux pickup truck, favorite vehicle of every male in the Middle East—advancing over totally flat, dry ground in pursuit of a totally demoralized opponent. In that situation, any force could take a lot of country very quickly. It’s just a matter of putting your foot on the accelerator, moving unopposed on the long stretches of flat desert, then dismounting at the next crossroads town for a small, quick firefight against a few defenders who didn’t get the memo to flee. Once they’re dead, you floor it again until the next little desert town.

So this isn’t the second coming of Erwin Rommel by any means. Everything has conspired to push the Sunni advance, from the lousy opponent they’re up against to the terrain, which is a light mechanized commander’s dream.

Flat and dry is how a mechanized force commander wants his ground—and believe me, you haven’t seen flat and dry until you get to Iraq. Once you’re south of the Kurdish mountains, you’re on a dried mudflat. Iraq is much flatter than the deserts of the US, most of which get much more rain than central Iraq. No rain means little erosion, with few wadis or ravines to slow those Toyotas down. This is, after all, Mesopotamia, a land literally built by the sediment of the Euphrates and Tigris. It’s river mud, but nice and dry because very little rain falls, especially in June (average rainfall in June is 5 mm, the size of the numbers printed on an ATM card).

On ground like that, any force with good morale and enough fuel could advance as quickly as the Sunni have. It’s the Bonneville Salt Flats of insurgency, the place you go to set new speed records.


Regardless, I do advocate raining steel from above, on every Hilux we can target...as well as assisting the Kurds in very concrete ways. I just wish our pathetic media would understand that sensationalism+ratings does not equal journalism.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"The idea that if you take religion out of the public square, if you take the Bible out of the classroom, that that’s neutral - well, no it’s not neutral! It’s a different worldview.“

I partially agree.  Schools should conduct a survey of religion(s) Nobody is taking your religion out of the public square. People are however, opposing the government endorsement of religion, writ large. And I'm really not sure how one teaches secularism in school.

“I think we should start calling secularism a religion.”
I think people should call you a dumbass. There, see how that works?

“Because if we did, then we could ban that too, because that’s what they’ve done.“
And, no. Religion cannot be banned. Religion is the faith and practice regarding supernatural [and naturally invisible] deity, by individuals.

“They’ve hidden behind the fact that the absence of a religion is not a religion of itself, which, in fact it is, because it has certain moral values and certain teachings that look like a type of moral worldview.”
Make up your mind…you just called the absence of a religion NOT a religion..and then contradicted yourself. A secular “worldview” professes a paradigm where the State [the government of ALL American citizens in this case] does not officially endorse the existence of a supernatural deity…much like our Constitution.

“So what we have to start doing as Christians is reassert ourselves and say, 'You know what? The freedom of religion is not the freedom from religion.”
Somewhere a bumper sticker has lost its catch-phrase. Freedom OF religion likewise does not mean a government endorsement thereof…it means that all citizens are free to practice a religion of their choice, or none.

“We should be in the public square. We should be taught in the schools. We should be an open marketplace of ideas instead of throttling one perspective out of the fear it being offensive to someone."
Uh-huh. The public square and marketplace of ideas occurs when like minded citizens form voluntary associations. When the State takes a stand on a controversial and utterly unprovable issue such as religion, it opens the gates for a majority oppression of certain ideas..as we’ve seen in the past.

An astute commenter at the link below noted: Secularism isn't the presence or absence of belief. It is the act of not taking a position on religion where one's personal views on religion are not at issue.
Mediate


Of course, Santorum travels in the same circles as Bryan Fischer:
Military service should rightly be reserved for those who believe in and are willing to die for what America stands for - and what America stands for is a belief in God as the source of our rights.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Keep it together man......

I couldn't.


Those who mourn our fallen warriors, aren't just the two-legged.