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January 2011

The Great Egyptian Dithering

Boy I'm glad we have a guy who can really restore America's standing in the world and make our foreign policy something we can be proud of again. Near as I can tell this involves sitting silenty on the sidelines as dictators and tyrannical regimes murder their own people to stop popular democratic uprisings. Obama has shown himself to be too indecisive for the job of American President. He makes Commander in Chief decisions based on domestic political dynamics, and he makes foreign policy decisions....well he just pretty much doesn't. Now Egypt is trying to shrug off a dictator and perhaps avoid having his son imposed on them, and the message from our Nobel Laureate (crickets). That is other than the court jester proclaiming that the dictator is not a dictator.

EgyptPeaceKid Obama left foreign policy out of his SOTU speech for a good reason, he has no earthly clue what to do. He has been dominated, often by his own invitation, by pretty much every major player and a whole slew of tinpot dictators. He has prostrated America in penance for sins the left tars us with, and in return he has received nothing. The Russians rolled him on START and now aren't even pretending that they agreed to the treaty the Senate approved. The Chinese pulled the musical equivalent of playing God Save the King at a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Iranians laughed as he sat out their slaughter and subsequent pogroms against the Green revolutionaries and now he dithers while Egyptians die.

Is it so damn hard to stand up and say that the will of the people matters? That life under tyranny is not the civilized way? That Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness are the birthright of every man and that where those rights are trampled we will at least bleat out a protest? Apparently not, and that is a shame.


Is That Your Middle Finger???

Update and bump from B5:  Over at Another Voice is an update on this travesty...

I really have to stop cruising the internet while eating pastries.   I finally got the donut cleaned off of my computer (sticking with the cop theme) and get to dish on the unbelievable stupidity I found that Andrew Breitbart had over at Big Peace.

Let me just bounce this off ya'

Fayetteville, North Carolina,  home of Fort Bragg, is planning a 10-day celebration and homecoming this November to honor Vietnam Vets.  Its a honor well deserved.  These soldiers, marines, and other vets served our nation honorably. It’s not their fault that we had lousy leadership in Washington that lost the war.

But Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne decided to “honor” the Vets by reaching out to Quaker House,  an anti-Vietnam war protesting outfit.  And Quaker House said they are glad to participate and intend to show two anti-war films that include Jane Fonda.   As in “Hanoi Jane.”  This is how they plan to “honor Vietnam vets.”

OK, anyone else spitting coffee or breafast pastries on their monitor screen?  Yeah, thought so.  If you hurry and use some 70/30 mix of glass cleaner and Simple Green, you can get it off before it sticks.

I actually had a hard time believing this story, but I have also never underestimated the abysmal depth of human stupidity.  Did this mental midget forget where his John Brown hindparts were located on the planet?  Did he wake up and think he was Mayor Bloomberg?  Does he need me to show him how to practice intersection and resection on a 1:50,000 scale map to attempt to re-orient himself and find his actual location on the planet, geographically speaking?

Perhaps as an all encompassing event to honor veterans, we can scare up some pirate Arab DVD's that show how Osama Bin Laden is a hero and how there are two sides to 9/11 (or could we just borrow it from Michael Moore?) 

Maybe I just expect too much....  Nice way to wave that middle finger at veterans of that war Mr. Mayor....  I hope Senator McCain gives you a buzz and lets you know how he feels about that.

As usual, outrage expressed here is always welcome, but feel free to cut and paste your response to His Mayorship right here.


Dugway Lockdown Lifted?

Updating and Bumping:  Lockdown caused by a missing amount of VX.  There is a news conference coming up later, and while they are pushing hard the small amount (less than a teaspoon) it is a big deal given how little VX is needed to do big things.  Good news is, they found the missing amount.  So-so news is it may simply have been a clerical error (or so one is led to hope).  Bad news is, there was an error and accountability problems of any type.  Look for a push on the first two, and a sincere hope that the latter will be overlooked or can be kept low on the radar I suspect. 

 

Interesting.  Dugway Proving Grounds went on lockdown last night for a "serious concern" and and has apparently just lifted the lockdown about an hour ago.  Dugway serves a number of functions, including being the site of testing related to chemical and biological weapons and protecting the troops from same.  It was the basis for the base in the movie Rage.

There is chatter on various boards about this, and at least one person is reporting that they are exchanging gchat messages with a family member and that activity is in the chem/bio area.  That said, there is a lot of chaff to wheat on the boards and I'm inclined to be cautious on most of what is out there.  The one thing I have no problem being less than cautious about is that I am reasonably sure it is not because the zombies have gotten out or that the zombie virus has been released

There is nothing posted on the Dugway main page, and the news site (such as it is, which isn't much at all) hasn't got anything.  So far, all reports are from local media (picked up by national) and you can find them here, here, and here (includes update lockdown lifted)

LW

As a note to the terminally confused, such a lockdown is not "Weird" but SOP under a variety of different cirucmstances.  Depending on the base and what is involved, it can be for theft on up to theft of classified materials, and more.  This one is interesting because of the base and the lack of info, but that is not weird either.  One often holds back details if a law enforcement or related operation is underway, and that is an area that even TV crime shows get right:  you don't release all details because you need some things not public in order to catch the real criminal.  Not sure if that is the case here, but it would not be weird for you except that this is Dugway and it's "eeevil" because of the CB protective work done there. 


Douchebury on the 2nd Amendment

I realize that expecting intelligent commentary from Garry Trudeau on a hot button liberal issue is a waste of time, but his strip today is just patently offensive. His theme for the week is following armed Congressmen to their districts, which is dumb but not yet disgusting. Take a look at this though.

Douchebury

Really Garry, "high capacity magazines" and "fondling a Glock"? Wow buddy, that's subtle. What are you trying to say? What a complete douche. Oppose the 2nd Amendment and mock those who support it as you wish, but those references to the Tucson nuttah are just low and base and pathetic. Licensed gun owners and especially those with concealed carry permits are some of the most law-abiding citizens we have. Smearing them like this shows not just how little you know about red state America and the good people who populate it, but just how little respect you have for our Constitution. Jackwagon!


The Fight: One Lone Retired Gurkha against a Train with 40 Bandits

Who wins?

Yeah, you know who freakin' wins.

Via the Army Rumour Service a Gurkha soldier's father posted this story (translation is a bit quirky):

Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers         

MANOJ ADHIKARI/SANTOSH POKHAREL
POKHARA, Jan 13: Gorkha soldiers have long been known the world over for their valor and these khukuri-wielding warriors winning the British many a battle have become folklore.

A retired Indian Gorkha soldier recently revisited those glory days when he thwarted 40 robbers, killing three of them and injuring eight others, with his khukuri during a train journey. He is in line to receive three gallantry awards from the Indian government.

Slave girl Morgiana in the Arabian Nights used her cunning to finish off Ali Baba´s 40 thieves, but Bishnu Shrestha of Baidam, Pokhara-6 did not have time to plot against the 40 train robbers. He, however, made good use of his khukuri to save the chastity of a girl and hundreds of thousands in loot.

Shrestha, who was in the Maurya Express to Gorakhpur from Ranchi on September 2 while returning home following voluntary retirement from the Indian army--saved the girl who was going to be raped by the robbers in front of her hapless parents, and in doing so won plaudits from everybody.

The Indian government is to decorate Shrestha with its Sourya Chakra, Bravery Award and Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Medal and the 35-year-old is leaving for India Saturday to receive the first of the awards on the occasion of India´s Republic Day on January 26.

“The formal announcement of the awards will be made on Republic Day and on Independence Day on August 15,” said Shrestha, whose father Gopal Babu also retired from the same 7/8 Platoon of the Gorkha Regiment around 29 years ago.

His regiment has already given him a cash award of Indian rupees 50,000, and decided to terminate his voluntary retirement. He will get the customary promotion after receiving the medals. The Indian government will also announce a cash bounty for him and special discounts on international air tickets and domestic train tickets.

The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight. Shrestha-- who had boarded the train at Ranchi in Jharkhand, the place of his posting--was in seat no. 47 in coach AC3.

“They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others.

During the scuffle he received serious blade injury to his left hand while the girl also had a minor cut on her neck. “They had carried out their robbery with swords, blades and pistols. The pistols may have been fake as they didn´t open fire,” he surmised.

The train resumed its journey after some 20 minutes and a horde of media persons and police were present when it reached Chittaranja station. Police arrested the eight injured dacoits and recovered around 400,000 Indian rupees in cash, 40 gold necklaces, 200 cell phones, 40 laptops and other items that the fleeing robbers dropped in the train.

Police escorted Shrestha to the Railways Hospital after the rescued girl told them about his heroic deed. Mainstream Indian media carried the story. The parents of the girl, who was going for her MBBS studies, also announced a cash award of Indian rupees 300,000 for him but he has not met them since.

“Even the veins and arteries in my left hand were slit but the injury has now healed after two months of neurological treatment at the Command Hospital in Kolkata,” he said showing the scar. “Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier; taking on the dacoits in the train was my duty as a human being,” said the Indian army nayak, who has been given two guards during his month-long holidays in Nepal.

“I am proud to be able to prove that a Gorkha soldier with a khukuri is really a handful. I would have been a meek spectator had I not carried that khukuri,” he said.

He still finds it hard to believe that he took on 40 armed robbers alone. “They may have feared that more of my army friends were traveling with me and fled after fighting me for around 20 minutes,” he explained.


Book Review- This time we win by Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins writes for the Washington Times and other pubs and he's also the guy who let's me come and play with his Masters in Terrorism course as a guest evaluator. It is fun to see how creative and how much more intelligent than our real enemies these students are in creating a terrorist group and then planning attacks against us. He wrote a book last year called "This time we win- revisiting the Tet Offensive" that I read and really enjoyed. It is well-researched and written and contains a considerable amount of information about Tet that doesn't normally get discussed. It was a totally different battle than anyone back here in America ever heard about. But I wanted to get a more expert viewpoint, so I gave it to my Dad. He is a West Point grad w/ two tours in Vietnam and I think his words pretty much say all you need to know about this book.

Jim Robbins tells a story of Viet Nam which reflects my memory in a way that no other author has even approached. While I was not "in country" during the Tet Offensive, I was there before and after Tet. The picture he paints is a "must read" for any Viet Nam vet. He not only knows the true story, but additionally must be brilliant because he agrees with me

Russ Hanson

1st Infantry Div, 65/66

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 69

Works for me, and you can see where I get my trademark humility.


An app for killing Taliban

Of course I support this, but I just have to note that this seems far less capable than UJ(p)'s Hellfire app.

“An iPhone app that tracks down the Taliban has been developed by a US soldier who put his own money into the project.

Captain Jonathan J. Springer said the idea for a Smartphone app to help soldiers in combat came to him in a dream last July.

The 31-year-old, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, has worked with programmers ever since to make the idea a reality.

Tactical Nav, which is expected to be available through Apple’s App Store next month, assists soldiers in mapping, plotting and photographing waypoints on a battleground and conveying coordinates to supporting units.

Well done Captain, I'll ask UJ(p) will work with you to add the additional terrorist-whacking to the tracking capability of this.


Counter pirates like we counter terrorists

By stacking them like cordwood, or returning them to their component molecules. Some Navy guy talkin' smack I can definitely get on board with.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and its allies should put more pressure on Somali pirates on shore, before they reach commercial ships off the Somali coast, a top Navy commander said Wednesday.

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, who is commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Central Command fleet, warned that the pirates' growing use of larger, often commandeered ships, is a "game-changer" that allows them to go farther out to sea where Navy ships are not often present.

Hey you know what would put serious pressure on them on shore? Hellfire missiles, they're not just for terrorists any more. Grim has long been advocating that we treat pirates as some Latin phrase that has legal founding in some bunch of dusty old European treaties that basically says they can be whacked as vermin. Something about being menaces to society and outside the law. Regardless, it's nice to see the Navy getting a bit livelier. Get Some Admiral!

There is absolutely no reason to be floating around on a boat in that ocean with guns and RPGs unless you are a pirate. So floating in a boat with guns should be prima facie evidence of piracy and the sentence should be plank walking. The Russians did exactly that last year and it should be a precedent for dealing with these parasites.

“The Russians commandos stormed the ship before sunrise, starting a firefight with our men, onboard they injured three of them and one was killed,” he said.

He dismissed the Russian navy statement that the men were released because of “the absence of a legal base to carry out prosecution procedures against pirates”.

“The Russians never released the young men instead they shot them point-blank range then loaded their lifeless bodies back on the boat,” he added.

Bravo, well done Vlad. That is how to deal with people who disdain international law, which currently does a a crap job of dealing with this problem. The added component of dealing with their support operations on land is simply common sense. We know where they live and where they keep hijacked ships and we ought to acquaint them with the sound of drones circling and then with the whipcrack explosion when the Hellfire comes. Payback is supposed to be a medevac, but I'll settle for a hearse.

UPDATE: Froggy said... Existing technology cannot measure the level of AWESOME that would be Navy SEALs on a Somali pirate hunt.