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September 12, 2004

9/11 Memorial

Ok. It's a day late. I had trouble getting on, Saturday.

I think Stephen Vincent Benet did an excellent summary of what we're up against in his poem Litany for Dictatorships.

Try reading it out loud, remembering the men and women in New York who fell a thousand feet, rather than burn; the businessmen in Iraq with amputated hands; the people in Afghanistan stoned to death under the Taliban; the mass graves and childrens prisons in Iraq; the teenaged girl hung in Iran for "disrespecting" a judge.


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October 11, 2004

Just what is a diversion, anyway?

AKA: "The Wrong War, at the Wrong Place, etc."

Recently, on Dean's World, Dale Eddy said cited a quotation that Germany and Italy declared war on America after FDR had "preemptively declared war on Germany and Italy."

This turns out not to be the case. Germany, followed by Italy, declared war on the US on December 11. Congress returned the favor that afternoon.

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January 18, 2005

Fail Safe in the real world

Don Sensing links to a story about the man who said "No."

Stanislov Petrov was in charge of the Soviet Union's DEW system on September 26, 1983. Soviet pilots had just shot down KAL 007 three and a half weeks earlier.

Just after midnight the Oko ("eye") satellite array indicated a launch of five Minuteman II missles from Montana. Petrov had just a few minutes to warn the Soviet leaders who had to decide on a response, but something felt wrong to Lieutenant Colonel. Why only five?

So he told those leaders it was a false alarm: "I imagined if I’d assume the responsibility for unleashing the third World War — and I said, no, I wouldn’t.”

February 12, 2005

Warriors and Soldiers

Aargh. Must blog more, stay up all night staring at the walls less.

Anyway, speaking of "Argghhh!," I'd like to welcome John of Argghhh! to my bloglist, and thank him for the reciprocity. If you haven't visted the Castle, check out his Gun P0rn, or this post, about a visiting moonbat with more (self-proclaimed) balls than brains.

Apparently Jeremiah is not familiar with professional soldiers. That's the catch, of course. Warriors are quite different from soldiers. And if you go back in history, you'll find the most dangerous, and consistently successfuly professionals were the Roman citizen-soldiers. Our men and women in uniform are their spiritual and operational descendants.

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May 7, 2006

A GOOD 5th of May: femte Maj

Pretty much everyone in America knows about Cinco de Mayo these days, but his Rottiness takes the time to reminisce about a more recent, and more relevant anniversary on the 5th of May.

Beautiful stuff.

I'll bet his granma was a real protest babe in her time, back in the day...

May 11, 2006

That's how we play the game...

Rusty at The Jawa Report has a hysterical clip up by Carlos Mencia.

Some of the (lefty) commenters found Mr. Mencia to be "offensive."

My reaction: Carlos Mencia was enunciating the Jacksonian Tradition in an especially pungent form...

PostScript: a Spew Warning is in effect for the duration of the above clip. You Have Been Warned.


June 18, 2006

One of God's producers

Jim Baen has been editing/producing excellent general SF and military SF for over twenty years, including Jerry Pournelle's series of anthologies; There Will Be War.

Today I found out (via Laughing Wolf at Blackfive) that Jim Baen has suffered a stroke.

I can't tell you how many truly excellent books I've read with which Jim Baen was involved. And even if you don't have a soft spot in your heart for the jarheads, squids, zoomies, and ground-pounders out there (and their stories), you should direct your attention to the work Baen has performed during his part of the DRM battle. To wit, the Baen Free Library.

Let us keep Jim Baen (and family) in our prayers.

July 26, 2006

Man of Honor

Was cruising through some Usenet groups a few minutes ago, when I found this:

Master Chief Brashear and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Legendary Navy diver Brashear dies

He made history as the first African American US Navy Master Diver.

Tuesday afternoon, 75-year-old Carl Brashear died at Naval Medical Center

His story was told in the 2000 film "Men of Honor," and he was portrayed by
actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Brashear joined the United States Navy in 1948 at the age of 17. He became
the only amputee deep-sea diver to reach the status of Master Diver and was
the only black man to ever become Master Diver of the United States Navy, a
position he held from 1975 to 1977, according to the Navy.

He retired as a Boatswains Mate Master Chief.

Naval hospital officials said Brashear died at 2:45 p.m. of respiratory and
heart failure.

His Marine Corps helicopter pilot son, Phillip, was home from Iraq on
emergency leave and was at his father's side.

"Carl Brashear was a man of integrity. He was well-loved and admired by the
hospital staff," said NMCP Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Cullison. "It was an
honor to provide the care for this American hero. Our thoughts and prayers
are with his family members."

One story about CW4 Brashear's experiences in Iraq may be found here.

UPDATE: Captain Ed includes his farewell, and some thoughts about Brashear's grit and determination.

July 29, 2006

When Johnny comes sailing home again, hurrah!

I've been remiss in linking to John of Arrgghhh!!!'s mission to Mexico: to help lead a mossbacked old WW2 veteran return home.

You can first read about the series of fortuitious events which led to the Imperial Armorer's departure.

If that floats your boat (or destroyer, whatever), follow up in the DD 574 USS John Rogers BAM C�itlahuac archives.

This is the kind of magnificent history I could follow all day. The bits and pieces, "fill in the cracks" details and diverse human elements which comprise all true history.

October 2, 2008

Back when "progressive" was a good thing

Neptunus Lex had something to say about the differing reactions that McCain and Obama recently faced, when commenting on a proposal to lift the ROTC ban at Columbia University.

The thread quickly became a discussion about "keeping (or encouraging) liberals out of the military," with the majority opinion developing that political diversity is very important for our military. It's a good thread, you should Read The Whole Thing, as they say.

What caught my eye towards the end was a secondary thread started by russiannavyblog (comment #15) wherein he mentioned more than a few liberal military members of excellent standing. Others took issue as to whether certain politicians (Teddy Roosevelt) were "really" liberal or not, and in what context. Mention was made of Teddy's trust-busting work, in contrast to McKinley.

That's where I jumped in:

Back in the day, more than a few of those trusts were (economically) objectionable. The problem is that both the economic & political context have changed, as well as our terms.

Back then, "progressive" or "reformist" meant something. Truly large corporations (including especially the railroad companies) held an enormous power over local politics. Unions were still scrabbling for a toehold, up to the point where the Supreme Court struck down one collective bargaining agreement on the basis that said agreement violated the individual's right to freely contract their own labor. Even most conservatives today would, I think, be appalled at that logic.

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February 9, 2011

Andrea Mitchell, mistress of the eraser

Ace has a post up about Andrea Mitchell's attempt to rewrite history by way of recasting Ronald Reagan as a moderate.

While exposing this claim as self-evident hogwash, he has this to say:

It's one thing for a political party to attempt this gambit. What the hell is a supposed journalist doing regurgitating such bullshit?

Or is Andrea Mitchell this stupid that the Obama Mind Trick worked so well?

Um, is that a trick question?

March 3, 2014

Putin is NOT Hitler, nor is Ukraine the Sudentenland

Let's not lose perspective here. Putin isn't Stalin, and the current commonwealth of Russia isn't the Soviet Union.

Putin is -to his lights- merely setting things right after the chaos of the USSR's fall. He's not bent on world domination, nor is China for that matter.

While WW2 is a useful piece of history, it's only one piece, nor does history repeat itself. We need to stop viewing every event through the lens of 1939-1945. Those who frantically condemn Putin as some sort of Hitler-wannabee monster miss the point; they are thinking like Westerners, while Putin is thinking like a Russian.

Given that the Ukraine has been under the control of either Poland or Russia for the past several centuries, it is less than sensible to cast this as the first step towards world domination. Neither Russia nor China are our enemies. They are, rather, our competitors.

North Korea and the current Iran regime would be more accurately described as enemies.

I expect that Russia will take the Crimea and a slice of (Russian-speaking) eastern Ukraine is the most likely outcome.

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