Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Rough Men (and Women)

neo-neocon quotes Orwell, "'Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf,'"

I love this quote for its simple truth and simple eloquence.

I also love neo-neocon for her writings, attitude, and for being a non-Liberal liberal who also made the introspective trip that I once made.
Follow the link and read.


Nail in the Coffin

Well, it's over. I had been looking forward to "Over There" after hearing Botched-Co's interview on the news. Considering his other efforts and the earnestness I saw in the interview I had hope. I was, however, pessimistic. As such I decided to wait to see how Iraq vets and other GIs reacted. 365 and a Wakeup put the nail in the coffin. Looks like I won't be seeing it, and I'm lucky for not having bothered.


Keesler AFB - Keesler Information

Keesler AFB - Keesler Information

We were talking about this at work today. Oddly enough none of the AF civillians or GIs in the room had any idea how Keesler was doing and all were curious. Well, I guess this answers some of our questions.

I'm glad the re-building has begun and that the information is making it out.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Banter in Atlanter: U.S. Warplanes Back Sunni Fighters

Now THIS is pretty interesting. Via Samantha Burns' random blogroll. It appears to be a nice win/win situation. The Sunnis get a taste of power of having an ally in the US, and the US gets to demonstrate that fact and damage Al Qaeda.


Monday, August 29, 2005 - "Hate the war, love the warrior", and other lies of the left - "Hate the war, love the warrior", and other lies of the left - Incompetent: the administration or the media? - Incompetent: the administration or the media?

Captain's Quarters

Captain's Quarters

onefreekorea: Carnival of the Revolutions, 29 August 2005

onefreekorea: Carnival of the Revolutions, 29 August 2005

Rantingprofs: The Logic Escapes Them

Rantingprofs: The Logic Escapes Them

And my pissy comment:


I wonder if they factored in the cost of training 53,513 troops, or the cost of burying 53,513 troops, or the cost of lowered wages for the families of 53,513 troops, or the cost of 53,513 troops not getting to see their children grow up, or the cost of the children of 53,513 troops having less educational and economic opportunities due to the deaths of 53,513 troops, or the cost to the economy of 53,513 troops' not paying a lifetime of taxes, or the cost of 53,513 troops' children having lessened tax paying ability, or of the lowered economic impact that the 53,513 troops affect or the lowered economic impact of the children of 53,513 troops?

Mind you they saved transportation costs for 53,513 dead troops, and the Russians and the Chinese can tell you how much more economical it is to throw troops at war rather than troops backed with money (ie equipment, training, INT, etc).

I mean if the cost of the war is so dang important to the CSM reporter he ought to mention all of that, since the money is so much more important than the human aspect of the loss.

Wow, that was a pissy comment.


TMH’s Bacon Bits » Blog Archive » Iraq Is No Vietnam 2 - A Fairytale of Two Wars

TMH’s Bacon Bits » Blog Archive » Iraq Is No Vietnam 2 - A Fairytale of Two Wars

Dadmanly: A Visit with the Iraqi Army

Dadmanly: A Visit with the Iraqi Army

Conservative Propaganda: Walter Reed Protest

Conservative Propaganda: Walter Reed Protest

Wynton C. Hall

Wynton C. Hall & Peter Schweizer on War & Campus on National Review Online

Saturday, August 27, 2005


This Scottish guy, (get it? Gunn nut...) has this post, and pics, that might be of interest to the UMCADS/EAFB crowd. Heck, it's of good interest to anyone. I am absolutely loving how the hate America crowd no longer goes unchallenged by the love America crowd.

I once believed that the country supported the anti-war protests back during the Vietnam war. By the GWOT I realized, through personal experience and inter-action, that despite the MSM's characterization that the country did not support the anti-war protests that supported Saddam Hussein and some people's tragic "Aunt Nellieism." The difference, I think, is that today people who don't want to see a repeat of America's appeasement/cowardice, in running from Vietnam, and the incredibly horrible death toll, torture, rape, and "victory" of Communism and America's enemies.

These people, represented most loudly by the Protest Warrior folk, the Mil-bloggers, and the "Chickenhawks" (horrible, tasteless pun intended, I have no shame) have screamed never again. Gunn Nut is also one of those people and his support of the warriors is certainly well appreciated. I know this veteran appreciates it. I'm sure others, especially those who were villified and defamed, appreciate the "never again" efforts of Gunn and these others.


Oooh, almost forgot. Found Gunn Nut via 'ol Blackfive.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Oregon Bound

Well, looks like I'll have to head back up to Oregon for a few days this November. All the way out to Pendleton.


End of an Era

Yahoo! Sports - NHL - Mighty Ducks trade C Rucchin to Rangers. Eyes got a bit watery. Almost started crying. He was my all time favorite Duck. Hard working, great attitude, goal scoring, all around classic guy.

Not to mention he was almost an institution in Mighty Ducks hockey, and had been a duck for so long. Almost every Duck memory I have included Rucchin.


"Harsh" Punishment

I absolutely loved the sentence handed down by Judge Harriman on this. The post and comments are interesting too. The comments less so with the exception of Honor's comment.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

'9/11 Generation -- Why I Serve' Stories

So I'm civil service now, back at the same base I spent almost all my AF career stationed at. Because of that I'm discovering new stuff on the web that I wouldn't have noticed before. One of them is the AF's own homepage, which comes up every time I log on at work, and as it turns out there's a lot of neat stuff. One of the items I was able to enjoy was a series of Why I Serve' Stories that I found more than interesting. I hope the four (well, five including Arrowatch) enjoy them.

With all the interest I've had in mil-blogs since their advent I find this particular item blends in well with that.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Dread Pirate Kristy McNichol

Huge crush back in the day. At least that is how I vaguely recall it. Today I watched an old movie and enjoyed it more for having let the years pass. It's still a ridiculous goofy movie.

Yes, today I watched The Pirate Movie. I had a crush on Kristy McNichol, and watching the movie again I can see why. She was a total babe back in '83 and I was 14 or 15, so heck yeah. The movie is a tad raunchier than I recall, probably oweing to my not having the, ummmm, experience to understand some of the (heck, most of) the innuendo present. Even more fun this time around.

At the time I also had no idea who Ken Annakin was, even though I loved his movies. This was before I knew who he was as a director, and before I knew of his influence on Darth Vader. The funny part is that he sprinkled some Star Wars references, and outright tributes in this movie. Though I was familliar with Gilbert and Sullivan, it was only because of a cartoon called Dick Deadeye. This led me to the impetus behind this movie, The Pirates of Penzance.

All in all I loved the movie and my family enjoyed it, though for them this was their first time seeing it.

If you get a chance, watch it the ridiculous thing.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lost Blog

Ever lose a blog? I have. I lost Bjørn Stærk's blog. There was a time where I would read that one as often as I read den Beste. Wiping the hard drive, re-doing the computer, losing bookmarks and all that. It's as good as I remember.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

PCGuard Sucks

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PCGuard Sucks. I can't emphasize that enough, after having to do a full wipe. The fixes only enabled me to save some data. Ugh.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Even Better Said

I project. I put myself in Casey Sheehan's place and what I would think of my mother urging me to desert and using my heroic death to push an agenda that hurts the morale of my brothers in arms and improves the morale of my enemy. I doubt I'd have the same vitriolic enmity towards Cindy Sheehan if I hadn't first had those thoughts when I heard about her.

She is a tragic, though vile, figure and there are a number of people who analyze this better than I.

neo-neocon: Grieving parents in war--Part I: from Kathe Kollwitz to Cindy Sheehan is a long road
neo-neocon: Grieving parents in war--Part II: protesting parents, why now?
Message to Cindy Sheehan from IRAQ THE MODEL
Passion of Cindy Sheehan by Chrenkoff
Updates on my soldier: Sheehan's Protest
Mike's Noise: Sheehan versus the Sullivans (from WWII)
Cindy Sheehan Slandering Her Son by COUNTERCOLUMN: All Your Bias Are Belong to Us
BLACKFIVE: Stealing Their Honor by Blackfive
GOP Vixen: Rosa Parks She Ain't by GOP Vixen
Smearing Cindy Sheehan By Accurately Quoting Her by Ace of Spades HQ

I'm not the most eloquent man and often getting my point across is hindered by passion, miscommunication, and a lack of polished style. The bloggers all manage to make points I agree with regarding the vile Cindy Sheehan.

Unless something new and whacked comes up with her I doubt I'll bother with this topic again; unless it's to point to another person's post and that will most likely be via my linkblog.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Better Said


Yet another bloggers says it much better, and with less disgust at a woman who dishonors and betrays her own son's memory, than I can.


Cindy Sheehan, Tool

Tool of the left that is. Her own words cause questions as to her sudden recent motivational reversal. Or perhaps just a magical reversal of opinion and a re-canting of her ORIGINAL words after she suddenly hooked up with leftists.

I'm ripping this straight from Q and O because it needs to be constantly repeated since it is a fact that has been utterly lacking in every debate about Cindy Sheehan that I have seen so far. Larry King failed to note it as has Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson, and The Daily News, and Los Angeles local news. Despite having been on the blogs for a couple of days. If the moron rabid right-wingers can find this so quickly why can't the enlighted journalists at all newspapers and news stations find it in their quest for social justice, world peace, and keeping minorities from thinking for themselves.

McQ writes: "In the first meeting, this was Sheehan's reaction:

'We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us,' Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.

For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.

'It's hard to lose a son,' she said. 'But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war.'

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said.

As McQ says, "What could possibly be accomplished by a second meeting?"

Cindy Sheehan has become the poster child for the far left and is being supported by the likes of code pink. She has shamefully used her son's death and disrespected her own son's motivations and beliefs in this. It's disgusting.
(added) You know, if I had died during my time in the service and my mother pulled this kind of stunt I'd be pissed, ashamed and embarassed. It would not be her place to use my death to belittle my support for my country and to push her agenda. Most especially if it ran counter to my own beliefs.


IRAQ THE MODEL has a Message for Cindy Sheehan. Definitely a good and important read.

Okay, turns out Bill O'Reilly already knows about Cindy Sheehan's deception regarding meeting with The President.

I left the following comment at Cindy Sheehan contact organization (afterdowningstreet), I don't know if it will be posted at all, since it looks like they review all comments before allowing them to be posted and if mine is found to be offensive it will never see the light of day there.
The President has finally met with Cindy Sheehan and her husband. What did they have to say about the meeting?

'We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us,' Pat said.

'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

'It's hard to lose a son,' she said. 'But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war.'

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said.

I'm glad he took the time to meet with her and her husband. Looks like all the effort payed off.

Man that was quick. Fox News is now actually mentioning that Sheehan DID meet with Bush before. Looks like I blogged too late on this.

Edwards AFB Open House 2005

Edwards AFB's Open House will be Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23. I'll be there, and the best part is that I'll be there as an observer. I won't be directing traffic, grilling dogs, doing last minute fixes, or picking up trash. Woo Hoo!!! Now I've had a decade to go to one of these things and be in this situation, but have never been able to make it. Last year working in Oregon, and the year before that... Too lazy, and the year before that overseas.

This year should be a blast. Looking forward to it.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Froggy and the Muslim

Okay, just a few minutes before I have to hit the road for work. Froggy writes on a topic that relates to the Million Muslim March.


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

American Cancer Ablation Center

Space Shuttle Update

Oh, and a short note. I really hope it rains in Florida and they decide to land the shuttle at Edwards AFB. I got to see the first landing after Challenger and it would be nifty to see this one. Of course I'll gladly suffer missing it for whatever is safest for our astronauts.


Update: Well, I missed it sorta. I ended up watching it with most people on television. I hadn't even realized it was coming, because I was asleep, but that double sonic boom is pretty distinctive.

Up Update: I did get to see the Discovery from across the apron on the flight line. Out Friggin Standing. I forgot how awesome it was to see the thing up close.

Up Up Update: Here ya go.


Yeah, posting has slowed down. Mostly because I'm working again and it's been hot, "Damn hot, Africa hot, Tarzan couldn't live in this hot." Because of that I'm pretty beat when I get home and tend to relax, kick back, and just enjoy the cool. I'm not stopping though, even if I can only grab a minute here and there to say Hi.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Monday, August 08, 2005

Protests and clashes in Samawa.

Two things on this, from Iraq the Model.

I've noted before the few decent muslims and the Three Muslim March. The thing that struck me about Omar's account of the Samawa incident was that the incident was somewhat related. Certainly they're not protesting terrorism, but they were protesting corruption and nastiness in their own local government and seemed quite American. The police response, however, was very un-American. The police response had one effect, out of several, on me. It drove home how insulated and protected I am. I mean you read about this stuff often, even in the US 100 years ago, but for some reason this one smacked me between the eyes. I guess because I was reading it and smiling at the thought of these people who had decided against being oppressed and were working against it. But then the police opened fire. I guess I had suddenly identified with these alien people because of how and what they were doing. But then the police opened fire.

One other thing I should point out. Yes, they were not protesting terrorism, but the Iraqi people have protested against terrorism far more and in greater numbers than any other muslim demographic. Yes, more than any American muslim groups or British, or anyone else. Even the Jordanians have had larger anti-terrorism protests than we have had in the US. If I lower my standards I could accept a Million Muslim March in Iraq, but that's not what I need to see.

I need to see a Million Muslim March here in the US. Until then all the words, rhetoric, apologisms and sophistry fall on deaf ears while actions over-rule and reveal the lack of veracity in those words. Yes the Lancaster/Palmdale rally was a good start (though the DC rally was also good, but a dozen Muslims falls far short of the number who joined pro-Taliban rallys), but I need to see more action and less "qualified condemnation of terrorism in general but not of terrorists, their supporters, and their allies."


Update: Iraq the Model has an update on the situation.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

IGN: Enter The Beta / BC

IGN: Enter The Beta: "'Seriously -- if you've seen the Xbox 360 pictures Microsoft has released already, imagine that with a different faceplate, a different skin, and a bit of kit stuck to the top for debugging.'"

Nifty picture. Gotta go with Rob Smith on this though, "I wanted Microsoft to say "screw BC (backwards compatibility) -- we're building a system for the future of gaming, not the past, and here's how it's going to rock your world."" Myself I don't care about BC. I have an XBox, I have a Playstation, I have an NES and a Gamecube. I don't need the next-gen system to play those games. If I really want to play Burgertime, I'll boot up the NES. I would rather that Sony and Microsoft ditch BC and it's crippling effect (bloated chipsets, extra OS code, etc) and just make a system designed and built to play the next-gen games. Old game? Play it on the old system.

Is BC a real issue or a marketing issue? I don't know. I do know that the people I know don't care. A few cared, until I asked if they were throwing away their PS2 when the 360 or the PS3 came out. I asked how many PS1 games do they actually play on their PS2, and the answer tends to range from "none" to "a couple of 'em once or twice to see it work, and then never again." My gamer son has been forced to boot up the old PS1 to play Final Fantasy 7. This lasted a couple of days before it got taken down again. I myself have hooked okay, I'm not interested in playing any of the old games.

I'm more interested in playing updated versions of old games. I want to play Shadowrun, but with better AI, better RPG and better graphics. All the things that separate last gen with this gen and hopefully with next gen. I want to play Oblivion from Morrowind from Daggerfall from Arena. Doom was awesome, but I played the freebie that came with Doom3 and you know what? I'm not going back. For its day it was awesome, but it's dated. I moved on from "Dick and Jane" and pop-up books to Tom Clancy for a reason. I moved on from my old Mongoose BMX to a Specialized Rockhopper for a reason. Sure it's nifty to see them and maybe try them out for old times sake, but I don't want a steady diet of outdated superceded games just for grins. I'd rather they put that misplaced effort into making the next-gen systems better.


PS: Okay, I'll make an exception for Halo2, or release Halo2.5 for the 360 and I'll buy it.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Peasants don't blog?

La Shawn Barber notes David Perlmutter saying, "First, are bloggers truly “the people”? Bloggers tend to come from the higher-education and higher-income portion of the population. This is as true in Egypt or Nigeria as it is in the United States. Peasants don’t blog…."

I call BS.

I was an unemployed (injured) welder when I started blogging in April 2002. I was a senior maintenance millwright, and then a senior plant maintenance mechanic while blogging. I'm now a welder again. Still blogging. Still no college degree.


Another thing. Perlmutter is an elitist ass, who seems to assert that anyone who isn't "...from the higher-education and higher-income portion of the population" is a "peasant." Whereas this may be true in some countries this is emphatically NOT true of the United States.

There are NO peasants in the United States. Now Perlmutter's characterization of the word "peasant", though disagreeing with the actual meaning of the word, could be the middle class. Mind you, in the US some lower class people fit Perlmutter's definition of 'not a "peasant"', and many (if not most) of the lower middle-class, and middle middle-class are peasants. Here in the US some, if not many, people in the upper middle-class and even some people in the upper classes include Perlmutter's "peasants".

Using Perlmutter's definition of "peasant" we find that bloggers themselves utterly disprove Perlmutter's bogus and elitist assertion. Heck, I disprove it (no college, middle class), Trying to Grok disproves it (college educated, but middle class). Okay, I'm a vet and she's a military wife so I guess we qualify as mil-bloggers. But even at that, the mil-bloggers put lie to Perlmutter's assertion. Active duty military are almost invariably lower to mid middle class with some upper class. They're not all officers.


TikiPundit, I translate.

From TikiPundit: 2-Minute Hawaii News: "Crazy 9th Circuit force big private Hawaiian school to stop being race-based school. Big will from Kamehamea made Hawaii only school. Big racism, say court. "

I'm going to go ahead and re-translate this all the way to pidgin (or Hawaiian Island Creole in reality).

Lolo naint sircut wen go fohs Kam school fo stop bean Hawaiian school. Princess Pauahi's will wen go make da school foah help da kanaka suh-vive and make good in da kine haole wohld. Da coaht wen go say no can have school foah help only da kanakas and now da princess's money and 'aina gotta go help wat-eva kine peepul wan foah go de-ah. Da coaht wen go stay call 'em racism 'cause da princess wen try help only her people who wuz in a bad way and still is, eh.

As why hawd. Cause wen try foah help da aborigine kanaka, but den aw-ways get some lolo kolohe who wen go try make spoil foah everyone.

Here's the thing. There are people whose only language is what you've just read above. I've met them. Most recently there was a man with a wonderful smile and a wonderful heart who only spoke pidgin. His mainlander co-workers assumed he was slow. Not simply because of his speech but because he had a hard time understanding what they meant. The combination of not being able to speak proper english and his co-workers accents (Tennesean, Louisianan, Arkansan, etc) made it difficult for him to understand what they were saying. He was not unique.

This anonymous kid who brought the lawsuit could have gone to Punahou, or University High, or Damien. He chose to go to Kamehameha not because it offered opportunities he couldn't get elsewhere but because he disagreed that a school should exist that offers those opportunities to Hawaiians who could not have those opportunities elsewhere.

Perhaps the kid is as disadvantaged economically as some of the people who Kamehameha Schools have served. It's possible, but I do know one thing. He is NOT as disadvantaged culturally as some Hawaiians. The school was designed to help Hawaiians survive and thrive in the western world, and that need is still existant today. I have met too many people whom public school had utterly failed in this respect, after all public schools are not designed for this need and could never do the job because of the very nature of how decisions are made for public schools.

Myself, I was lucky. I was admitted to The Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estates (the full name of the school at one time). Certainly I spoke pidgin with my friends during breaks, recess, and after school, but we spoke english in class and we learned english. Why couldn't a public school force their students to speak proper english in class? It could, but we're talking about a system that has considered ebonics to be a valid language for students, teachers, and class. That does not help kids, and a system that considers ebonics and other languages as viable ideas where only public outrage prevents it (and in some cases can't stop it), then that system can't be trusted to force proper english on students.

As it is, anti-Kamehameha/anti-Hawaiian activists and lawyers have deprived young Hawaiians of the experience of JROTC. Now they want to destroy the only school that has dedicated over 100 years to helping young Hawaiians learn to survive in the western world. I do mean destroy. Destroy in the same sense that communists seek to destroy the United States. They want to replace the institution with an entirely different creature. One that inhabits the same space and has the same name, but serves an entirely different purpose and adheres to radically different morals and values. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but if you plow the rose under and plant poison ivy in its place, simply calling it a rose does not make it one.

As an aside I'd like to point out that the Princess's will directed the trustees of her will " erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, each for boarding and day scholars, one for boys and one for girls, to be known as, and called the Kamehameha Schools." In addition to which they were instructed " expend the annual income in the maintenance of said schools; meaning thereby the salaries of teachers, the repairing buildings and other incidental expenses; and to devote a portion of each years income to the support and education of orphans, and others in indigent circumstances, giving the preference to Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood;..." All of this to one goal, "I desire my trustees to provide first and chiefly a good education in the common English branches, and also instruction in morals and in such useful knowledge as may tend to make good and industrious men and women;"


Update: Wow, I never get linked to. To Nohealani and Hawaiian Independance Blog, thanks for noticing, it's pretty lonely in the desert (metaphysically and culturally). Also, thanks to anyone else who happens by.

Thursday, August 04, 2005