Monday, August 31, 2009

Big Brother And The Internet

Just when you think the Obama administration has done enough check out the Senate Bill proposed by reliable leftist Jay Rockefeller D WV. How does this man get reelected by the fine people of this state is a wonder. Click the title for the CNET article

“Bill would give president emergency control of Internet. They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cyber security “emergency.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2nd Amendment Quote

Interesting thought, I need to follow up to make sure it is not out of context

The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
2009 Judge Alex Kozinski

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi Released

Of course the UK government says it was for compassionate reason since he is dying of cancer. To bad the victims from the Pan Am bombing never got the same chance.
The Daily Mail reports the release of the bomber was linked explicitly to trade deals benefiting Britain. Click the link for full details.
Another thought, would the UK actually release this scum bag without getting a nod from the current administration?

Its Is The Soldier

What is a vet?
By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the38th parallel.
She or he is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat, but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb of the Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket-palsied now and aggravatingly slows who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "THANK YOU." That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

It is the soldier,
not the President who gives us democracy.

It is the soldier,
not the Congress who takes care of us.

It is the soldier,
not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

It is the soldier,
not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier,
not the campus [community] Organizer who
has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag;
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
that allows the protester to burn the flag.

~ Father Dennis O'Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pic Of The Day

A flight of F-15 Eagles making a formation pass.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Captain Scott Speicher, USN, RIP

Friday Naval aviator Captain Scott Speicher was returned home to his family in Jacksonville Florida. Speicher who was lost when his F/A-18 Hornet was shot down on the first night of Desert Storm was initially declared KIA but later his status was later changed to missing/captured until a USMC search team found his remains in the Iraqi desert. That discovery was made two weeks ago at a location near the wreckage of his downed fighter

Over the years, critics said the Navy had not done enough, particularly right after the crash, to search for the pilot. I personally do not believe this was the case, As a fellow aviation Desert Storm veteran I know first hand how wild and crazy the first few days of the air war were, there might have been extenuating circumstances when he first went down that none of us are aware of.

Today has brought closure for Capt Speicher and his family, RIP.

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea

AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pic Of The Day

Just because I love these magnificent BUFFS

2/3 Marines

Grunts doing what Grunts do best, close with the enemy and kill them.
Hat Tip Op For and Fox news

A combined force of 500 Marines and Afghan soldiers have begun an air and ground assault in Afghanistan called Operation Eastern Resolve which aims at liberating a key town in the Northern Helmand province of Taliban control and to secure a strategic pass used by Taliban fighters.