"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Why Barack should not be President

  • The question has been continually asked: What can we expect from Barack Obama? Fellow blogger VIOLENCE WORKER provided this link:


I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.

VW points out that flight was mostly unproven before WWI, and had the Military not seen the potential, where would we be today?

I will not weaponize space

Too late, China already has

I will slow development of future combat systems

Our entire military is around 1.5 million men and women; China for instance is 200 million. If we don't maintain our technological advantage, we are sitting ducks.

I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons and to seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons...

He wants to eliminate Nukes? I suppose then we can assume North Korea won't produce any more, China will cease, India and Pakistan will hand over their arsenal and technology, France will acquiesce, Russia will comply, and any other country that I neglected to list will fall in line as well.

In other words, he will hand us over to our enemies within 1 year. Oh yeah, that is inspirational.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday Morning Tunes for the Soul

Keith Jarrett took a fundamental favorite to a new level in Tokyo, 1986. Let me treat you to about 8 minutes of shear genius before trudging back into reality; it’s on me.

This next clip is Antoine Dufour - Song for Stephen, and will surely bring some light into your day... Enjoy.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Obama- Under-equiped Troops

As many of you know (and I use the term 'many' loosely), I have been working in the desert of Southern California for the last seven months, and have been more or less isolated from current news. So, with that being said, I missed this story completely.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A missile from a U.S. Predator drone struck a suspected terrorist safehouse in Pakistan and killed a top Al Qaeda commander believed responsible for a brazen bomb attack during a visit last year by Vice President Dick Cheney to Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Last evening (and even now), while in a fierce debate with moonbats attacking Amy Proctor, this link was provided. The debate was centered around Barack Obama's recent comments of ill-equiped and undermanned military units, and as usual there were many non-sequiturs in the thread. Senator McCain was hammered by one guano maker for criticizing Obama's comments from last year saying that Obama wanted to bomb Pakistan.

My defense of McCain was taken as non support of the Bush Administration in light of the recent attack on Al Qaida in Northern Pakistan. Here is my position:

It occurred to me this morning that if I were the leader of a small country whose government was weak, had a large portion of my constituency supporting seventh century politics, had known terrorists occupying land within my borders, had a weak army, and was relying on financial and arms support from a country whom I’d consider a friend, that said terrorists were fighting against, I would most likely make a strong public statement condemning the actions of my friend who crossed my border and attacked said terrorists to calm the angst of my people. But it isn’t a far stretch to imagine alliances, agreements and even the distribution of exact locations of those terrorists to my friend, nor is it a stretch to imagine that I would privately thank my friend for helping me with a problem that I was unable to solve with my politically divided country and weak army.

This is pure speculation of course, but knowing that Pakistan is well suited to be the country I described, and the United States having the ability to assist with Pakistan’s problems, I think it is a reasonable explanation for our recent actions. I believe however, Mr. Obama’s comments indicate he did not take this scenario into account, and was making an emotional response to an accusation of inadequacy and inexperience of foreign affairs.

Mr. Obama’s recent comments regarding ill-equipped and undermanned military are simply another example of him making emotionally charged statements to draw attention away from his own inexperience as a leader. In other words, he is attempting to make himself look better by making his opponent look worse. Taking that thought to the next level, we see the democratic argument following the same course of thought; make our policies and ideas look better by making the republican president look worse.

I believe that thought process is learned in the fourth grade, and then corrected by the seventh grade; for most…

The biggest (and only) argument I have heard in support of Barack Obama for President is "he is inspring"... the problem is there is no substance or experience in his ability to lead which brings me to another observation: Neither does Hillary have any substance or experience in leadership, which sadly brings me to the conclusion that McCain is the only other choice who does have a history of leadership.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Wednesday Hero- Navy Seal Nathan H. Hardy


Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy
Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy
29 years old from Durham, New Hampshire
East Coast-based SEAL team
February 4, 2008

It was Hardy's fourth deployment in Iraq, according to his father, Stephen Hardy, a professor of kinesiology a the University of New Hampshire. His mother, Donna Hardy, is an administrative assistant in UNH's psychology department.

Nathan Hardy grew up in Durham and was a 1997 graduate of Oyster River High School. He joined the Navy after graduation.

Other family members include his wife, Mindy, and their 7-month-old son, Parker; and a brother, Ben, of Middlebury, Vt.

Another brother, Josh, died in 1993 while a senior at Oyster River High School.

"Our hearts go out to Steve and Donna Hardy, and their son, Ben, at this incredibly difficult time," UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement. "We know it was Nate's dream to become a U.S. Navy SEAL when he graduated from high school, and he pursued that dream and excelled at it. His death has stunned all who knew him, and all who know his parents, who both are so much a part of the UNH community."

Navy SEAL Nathan Hardy died Feb. 4 after being wounded by small-arms fire during combat operations in Iraq.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where in the World is Cindy Sheehan These Days?

So after her statement of retirement last year, the old cow seems to have wandered off the farm. It appears since she failed on the National level, she's trying her hand at the International level, sticking her nose into Egyptian Politics... Sounds a lot like San Fran sicko Nan, doesn't it?

To: Egypt"s First Lady Susan Mubarak

Dear Mrs, Suzanne Murbarak,
My name is Cindy Sheehan, I am a human rights and
peace activist from the U.S. In April of 2004 my
oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq, while serving in
the U.S. army he was sent to fight the illegal and
immoral U.S. occupation of Iraq and was murdered in a
battle in Sadr City. Since his death I have worked
hard seeking justice for the victims of the
occupation, both American and Iraqi, because I believe
that they have all died for lies of the American

Through my work on this issue I have become an
advocate for human rights violations all over the
world. I am sad to say that my first visit to your
beautiful country of Egypt brings me here under this
guise to appeal for fair and just treatment for the
forty members of the Muslim Brotherhood, all civilian,
who are being tried through a military tribunal. As I
understand it this process is illegal both under
Egyptian law and International law and since the
defendants have all been found innocent on four
different occasions in civilian courts, I can only
conclude that the Egyptian government is trying them
in a military tribunal as a last resort to guarantee a
guilty verdict.

In addition to this being an unfair practice to the
defendants, it is also unfair to their families and
places a great burden on them. I have spent time
during my visit getting to know some of the wives and
children of detainees and have heard heart breakings
stories of how they have been tormented because of
this matter; many of them have been deprived of
personal funds and possessions and it has been very
difficult for them to support their basic needs. The
children have been deeply traumatized by seeing their
fathers violently arrested without cause or
provocation. The detainees have suffered a great deal
while in jail, some have been denied access to proper
health care causing serious medical conditions.

You can read the rest of her letter here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two Navy SEALs Killed in Iraq

Virginian-Pilot | By Louis Hansen and Jim Washington | February 06, 2008

Two SEALs, both decorated chief petty officers with deep military ties, were killed during combat Monday in Iraq.

Nathan Hardy and Michael E. Koch, both 29, were slain by small- arms fire during anti-insurgent operations, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Hardy, originally from Durham, N.H., is the grandson of two World War II veterans, according to his father, Steve Hardy. One grandfather served aboard PT-109 with John F. Kennedy, the young officer who would become president.

Koch, whose family is in State College, Pa., has a brother serving in Iraq, and both of his parents have worked as contractors in the Middle East.

Sixteen locally based SEALs have been killed during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002, according to data compiled by The Virginian-Pilot.

Nathan Hardy wanted to be a SEAL since he was in sixth grade, his father said Tuesday night in an interview at Hardy's Virginia Beach home. He heard stories about his grandfather being rescued by Kennedy from the sinking patrol boat and set his sights on a Navy career.

"Nate was very proud of his Navy heritage," Hardy said.

He was also a talented, aggressive soccer and lacrosse player at Oyster River High School, his father recalled.

"He probably got too many fouls," Hardy said, and smiled. "As a midfielder, he was a good Navy SEAL."

Hardy enlisted after high school, in November 1997 and, after boot camp, completed SEAL basic training in Coronado, Calif. He served his entire special warfare career on the East Coast. Hardy was awarded the Bronze Star and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He was making his fourth deployment to Iraq.

The small high school attended by the three Hardy sons held a moment of silence on Tuesday, said principal Laura Rogers. Even though he graduated 10 years ago, she said, "people remember him. They are feeling the loss."

Hardy was the youngest of three boys. The oldest, Josh, died of cancer when Nathan was in eighth grade. But Steve Hardy said he did not worry about his son's dangerous job.

"We had lost one son. Our philosophy has been you live life to the fullest," he said.

Hardy is survived by his wife, Mindy, and a 7-month-old son, Parker.

Koch leaves behind his parents, a brother, a sister, and a fiancee.

He also spent his entire special warfare career on the East Coast. He enlisted in July 1998 and entered SEAL training in January 1999. During his career, he received the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Dee Brown, Koch's aunt who lives in Williamsport, Pa., said the SEAL came from a family where military values run deep.

He and his sister were born on an Air Force base in Omaha, Neb., and his brother, Matthew, was born on another base in New Mexico.

Their mother, Jean, was on her way back from Afghanistan on Tuesday night, where she has an accounting job with a U.S. contractor. Their father, Donald, a 20-year Air Force veteran, returned from his job in Iraq about six weeks ago.

They had seen each other just a few weeks ago for Christmas.

"We were so fortunate that we were all able to be together," Brown said.

The family is close, she said, so much so that while Koch was going through his SEAL training in 1999 his father camped out in the woods, trying to put himself through some of the same experiences his son was having.

Family outings might include jumping out of airplanes or going scuba diving, Brown said.

Koch didn't like to talk about his military experiences, according to Brown, though she said it was obvious he loved what he was doing.

"He was humble," she said. "He would prefer that we didn't talk about it. He would just say, 'It's my job.'

Matthew Koch also is in the military serving in Iraq. He will accompany his brother's body home.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Vets for Freedom condemns the actions of the Berkeley City Council

Perhaps you've already heard about the Town of Berkeley, CA condeming the Marine Corps last week:

"I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don't belong here, they shouldn't have come here, and they should leave," said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

My friend Jenn has been diligent to keep this up front in the blogger world.

Well, I just received an email from Vets for Freedom indicating that they too are condemning the actions of Berkeley City Concil

More Info

Vets for Freedom stands by the comments and actions of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) regarding the recent actions by the City Council of Berkeley, California. Earlier this week, elected officials in Berkley voted to have a recruiting station of the United States Marine Corps removed from city property, calling the Marines "uninvited and unwelcome intruders." Vets for Freedom welcomes Senator DeMint's proposed legislation that would rescind any federal money recently appropriated for the City of Berkley.

"The man or woman who puts on the uniform of a United States Marine, Soldier, Sailor or Airman swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," said Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, Pete Hegseth. "Clearly, the elected officials of Berkley, California see the Constitution as a mere roadblock in their radical left-wing agenda. What these fanatics fail to realize is that the fantasy world that they live in exists under the very cloak of freedom provided by the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces."

He continued "The Constitution is not conditional. The blatant favoring of one group's freedoms over another's because of political partisanship is exactly the type of divisive politics that is endangering the success of the missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror. The progress being made would not be possible without the brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that serve in our armed forces. Recruitment is essential to success in the war on terror."

Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American military strategy.

For more information, please visit Vets for Freedom

It really is time for folks who understand freedom of speech requires responsibility to step up and condemn this type of behavior from America hating Liberals.