Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In the Rearview

Everyone,

This has been a very interesting year to say the least and there are some still to be resolved issues coming in 2009. The election is over and we will have a new President shortly. We've had and oil crisis that push gas prices to over $4 a gallon, but magically they are now $1.50. We've had a huge financial crisis with billions spent, but no one knows on what as of yet. Companies and states are lining up for government handouts, but are doing little to fix the problems that caused their bankruptcy.

I wonder what the new year will bring. I see lots more fun in the Middle East as Israel continues to punish her enemies for killing her citizens. This will of course open the door to a whole host of fun when the new President is seated in a couple of weeks. I see oil prices ramping back up in time for the summer driving season. I see the economy continuing to sputter along and a long line of hands out to get a piece of the government dole. I see the citizens rising up to say enough is enough as some point in the next year or so. There will be a huge push of nationalism as state after state can no longer afford to support the illegal population in the manner that they've grown accustom.

The public is going to push back on the social programs that allow those who won't to take from those who do. If you are working your butt off to make ends meet then you aren't going to be overly generous with those who can but won't. This is going to lead to some serious problems in the Congress as the Democrats fail in their give away platform. I would like to see common sense return in our national fiscal plan, but I won't hold my breath. In case you missed it, you will be paying a lot more taxes in the up coming years, but not getting a lot. Congress will piss away every dime of revenue on "stimulus" packages that will be putting band aids on the sucking chest wound of an economy vice make real changes in policy that balances the budget and pays off the national debt. The good news is that they will find billions of dollars to spend by once again eviscerating the military.

I know that I sound a little gloomy, but this is on a national level because on an individual level I think Americans will wake up and realize what is truly important and start fixing their own house. Debit spending will come to an end as more people realize that you can spend your way out of debt. They will reduce their spending on crap that they don't need to put food on the table and gas in the tank. We saw some of that this past summer, but this is going to be a continuing trend. People are going to have to say no to their kids every want and desire. This will have an actual positive affect as they reduce the spoiled brat entitlement mentality. I pray that this new self reliance spreads and ignites a wave of pressure for responsible government.

I wish every one hope and prosperity in the New Year. I pray that we as a country will wake up and remember what once made this country great. We will once again know that good things are worth working for and that you are responsible for your own happiness.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Israel Flexing Its Muscles

If someone was firing 100 rockets a day into any city in America, we would wipe whomever from the face of the Earth in a heartbeat. So, why is there so much issue with Israel doing the exact same thing? The Israelis have a legitimate issue with Hamas and the occupants of the Gaza Strip, so they are finally doing something about it. They have not, as yet, rolled the tanks in and completely leveled the place. They still might and have every right to do so. The world is outraged that they are killing so many people, but it is war and people die.

That is one of the things the news agencies have all forgotten, that war equals lots of dead people. We have become accustomed to quick and clean wars where only soldiers die and civilians are protected from all harm at the cost of more soldiers. This is completely stupid because wars should be painful for the aggressors and their civilian supporters. Governments don't wake up one day and decide against the will of their people to start a war. They wage war with the consent of the populous and if that populous has nothing invested in the war they will continue to support it or like us Americans ignore it. But, if you make the cost of waging war the possibility of losing your life then support quickly evaporates. Yeah, there are lasting effects of decimating a civilian population, but there arealso good examples like Germany and Japan.

Failure to make war painful for the population only causes more wars because if only soldiers die then they will get more soldiers. But, if war is a daily life or death decision, then people have a tendency to not be so quick to rush into war. Israel had endured the rocket strikes long enough, so they figured the cost was worth it and this may be the precursor to much bigger things. They figure now is the time to clean house and their whole population is well aware of the costs. They will have to totally destroy the opposition and that isn't limited to the Gaza Strip. They have to destroy the support for these terrorists by making the cost way more than the return. Iran better watch its back because Israel is on the move.

Israel has played nice up to this point by only killing the terrorist, but life isn't good in the GS and is only going to get worse until the people rise up against the terrorists and throw off the yoke of oppression. Watch and see if the Israel doesn't keep this up until the people of the Strip stop the rockets, sue for peace and Hamas is no more. Let me hear what you think on the matter.

Monday, December 22, 2008

What You Get for Your Bailout Dollars

If you haven't seen this one you might just be surprised. It seems that the banks and financial companies that received at least a billion plus have no idea as to how our tax dollars are being spent or worse yet they refuse to tell. Congress is doing a bang up job at protecting the tax payers of this country. They have successfully flushed $350 billion of your tax dollars down the toilet and no one is accountable for it.

I am sure that Congress will blame Bush for letting his minions waste the bailout money, but Congress is also to blame. They promised us oversight and controls, so this would not happen, but we get what we deserve for allowing the same guys that allowed it to happen to be in charge of cleaning it up. Now we've tripled the national debt and have nothing to show for our trouble. I haven't seen the public outrage yet and who knows if the MSM will ever report the truth.

Welcome to the new America where there is zero accountability and even worse management of your tax dollars. If you think the new Congress is going to be better I have some land in FL to sell. Lets here what you think about this latest raping of the American tax payer.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Auto Bailout

It looks like Uncle Sam is going to let GM and Chrysler off the hook temporarily by providing them $17.5 billion in loans until 31 March. This was a complete cop out because they didn't really put any teeth in to the Congressional oversight or force labor renegotiation's. They gave the car companies until the end of next year to renegotiate, which means we will have to keep feeding the beast all next year. The car companies have done all they could to the executives to during this last round of begging, but the white elephant in the room is the UAW and no one whats to shoot it. This is your government looking out for its best interests. The companies would have been better off in a structured bankruptcy that broke the UAW strangle hold, but instead we get to foot the bill for people that no longer work for a living and still collect a paycheck (job banks). The UAW says they are suspending the job bank practice, but nothing in writing means nothing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chrysler Shutdown

The weakest of the Big 3 is shutting down for a "month". Who really thinks they will ever open the doors again as Chrysler? This is the prelude to bankruptcy and a final merger into non-existence. GM will have continuing issues and will do something similar, but will either go into a structured bankruptcy or get a bailout from the government.

The UAW must be so proud of their accomplishments. I read a comment somewhere that this yahoo was amazed that some many people were against bailing the car companies out and he was all sad about their workers. Sorry, if I don't get choked up about a guy that earns twice as much as somebody else for doing the same job having to come back to reality.

I'll say it again, no government funds until there is a new UAW contract in place! Bush has already wasted $335 billion of the bailout funds, so what is the last $15 billion. It will be money wasted and only a drop in the bucket in the end. Think what you want, but it is time to let the market correct and there is going to be pain. I know a lot of people are going to end up hurt some and a few will end up hurting a lot, but there is no painless way out of this mess. Just like there is no painless way to pay off the national debt. The American public is going to have to take its medicine and muddle their way through. I know that it sounds cold hearted, but sometimes the truth is harsh.

Let me hear what you think.

Poor Management

If you have been around the Navy long enough you know that the supply system is broken and that there is never the part you need in it. The funny thing is that the Navy currently has $7.5 billion in parts that it doesn't need. The GAO has called us on the carpet for our wasteful practices, poor management and unnecessary purchases.

The Navy had $6.8 billion in surplus supplies that were not needed in fiscal year 2007. Here's when those supplies would be needed, according to a government report: During the next 2 years: 28%; Up to 10 years: 37%; After 10 years or more: 7%; and Never: 28%.

It is nice that we have $1.9 billion in worthless parts that will never be used. I can think of much better uses for that kind of cash, like more subs. Also, there was about $3.7 billion worth of unusable spare parts that needed to be repaired before being put into service, the report says. Why are we buying and keeping defective or unusable parts?

These are your tax dollars at work and Big Navy showing how not to do it.

Random Thought About Caylee

Something has always struck me as not right about the whole Caylee Anthony situation. The grandparents seem to be completely involved in the situation and know everything that is going on, but they didn't see anything wrong with the kid being missing for almost a month?

I have a funny feeling that there is something going on with the grandparents because it is completely amazing that they didn't know the kid was missing for a month and you know what they say if something is too amazing to be true then it isn't.

I am not trying to stir up the waters, but the dumb ass mother isn't likely to have pulled this off on her own and no casual sex partner is going to help you hide the body of your dead child. This only leaves someone that has a vested interest in not seeing the mother get the needle. I can see how a parent would want to protect their child and not see them die for their mistake, even if that mistake was killing their grandchild.

The whole story is not in on this one and it bears watching. If this POS didn't want the kid there are plenty of loving families that would have taken her. This story is sad beyond belief and it will only get worse when the facts really start coming out.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Busy With the Future

I haven't been posting because I have been busy getting my future in order and I can say that things are proceeding quite nicely. I will be exiting the desert for much greener pastures. I can only hope that removing myself from the AF influence and getting more oxygen to my brain will make me less insane over the little stupidities that I encounter daily. I don't know that it will change my general outlook on life but who knows.

If you are wondering, I think GM and Chrysler should file a structured bankruptcy and merge. I think Obama doesn't want anything to do with what is going on with Ill Gov because he has his own skeletons. Iran's days are numbered. This country has some dark days ahead, but the future is still very bright.

Let me know what you have on your minds. I have been completely out of touch while traveling, but am still willing to give my opinion on any subject. Freedom of speech is a great thing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

In Case You Missed It

The Israelis are planning on how to attack Iran on their own without US help or cooperation. This isn't going to be an easy task, but they feel it is in their best interests to stop Iran before it has a nuclear weapon. So, does anyone want to start a pool on when the attack is going to occur or just be surprised and awed that they had the stones to do what the rest of the world wouldn't.

I know that I am an oracle of doom and destruction, but if you were Israel would you let Iran get the bomb? The two are on a collision path and at some point bombs are going to be going off and then more bombs. We will be caught in the middle regardless, so we should be preparing now about how we are going to respond to this crisis. This is probably what Joe Biden was alluring to when he said that the new president was going to be tested and the response might not be well received. Always remember that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.

Let me hear what you think. I know there are some of you that have strong opinions on this, so lets hear it.

Automotive Bailout

Here is the thing with this whole deal, I am glad to see that the management is promising some stuff to reduce costs, but until the UAW actually renegotiates their contracts they shouldn't get a dime of federal money. Why should be pay for UAW benefits that most of us do not enjoy as hardworking taxpayers. Until these negotiations are complete the Big 3 need to stop asking for a federal handout and if they can't make it then file for bankruptcy protection.

$34 billion is just going to be a band aid and until the labor issues are fixed there is no hope for a turn around for any of the Big 3. I want to see what the Big 3 and UAW can do before we provide them more money to throw down the drain. If the UAW gives up a whole bunch of over the top goodies, then maybe the Big 3 no longer need a federal bailout or it might be a whole lot less. Plus, the 61% of taxpayers that are against a bailout right now might soften their opposition if they thought that UAW workers were not getting over on the rest of us.

So, until a new contract with major concessions is signed not a dime of federal money. I don't work on promises and wishful thinking because as soon as the money is doled out there is zero incentive to make real and lasting change. If you don't agree let me hear it and let me know what you think should happen.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lockheed

If you can believe this Lockheed wants $147 million not to build anymore F-22's. I find this appalling and a clear sign with what is wrong with the government and how it spends our money. You would think that if you are being paid to build something then you stop building it you stop getting paid. It would seem like that would be a reasonable idea, but Lockheed got the AF to agree upfront that if they didn't buy so many airplanes then a $147 million clean up fee would kick in for them. How did this contract ever make it through the chop chain. I know that like every other defense contractor they hire Generals that can schmooze other Generals, so shit like this can happen, but who is minding the store?

There has to be some protection from this kind of greed and corruption. If they knew that they were going to need $147 million to wrap things up then they should have tacked that on to the price up front. I don't buy a car then have the dealer come back five years later and ask for more money because he isn't going to be building anymore of my model. This is what is wrong with the business practices of the government that if people really knew how their money was being wasted they would grab the pitchforks and torches. The way I see it is that if you do a horrible job of getting a government product to market the more you get paid, so where is the incentive to provide a quality product for a reasonable price?

The only group that is doing it right is the sub builders in Groton because they understood that if they could get a handle on costs and deliver a quality product on time and at costs it would result in more business. Newport News, Texas and Mississippi didn't get this memo because you look at the ships coming out of them and it is all cost overruns and poor quality. This is not the way to win friends and influence Congress to pony up more ship building money. The defense contractors have been riding the gravy train for too long and I can only hope that the new Congress will put an end to their wasteful practices. It could also mean that they might let us build more submarines because we are doing it right.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Economic Melt Down?

It is funny how the media whipped up oil prices to $150 a barrel and no one has called them out on it. Nothing has changes since those heady days in July, but some how oil is now below $50 a barrel. Sure there were speculators and announcements but the reality is that no new sources have opened up and no new refineries have been built. So, it would seem that the only thing driving up world oil prices were the media inventing a crisis of speculation.

Why do I bring this up? I think the media is doing the same thing with the current economic crisis. They report so much gloom and doom that people are scared to spend any money and that leads to an economic slow down of mammoth proportions. But really, lets look at some hard numbers and see how we stand. I am going to compare the 1980-1982 recession with what we have now. Unemployment high of 10.8% then and 6.5% now, Bank loan interest rate 21.5% then and now 4.0%, and Inflation 10.3% then and 2.3% now. The numbers are not even close, so the doom and gloom is really unwarranted with the exception of the bailouts, which are driven by the gloom and doom. Bad companies need to fail and good ones will pick up the pieces and move on smartly.

The more that the government is lead by the media the deeper into trouble we get. Just think if we had not agreed to pay out a couple of Trillion dollars, what would have happened? House prices would have returned to reality in a lot of places and people would lose some 401K money, but in a year or two things would be chugging right along again. We should have crafted a well thought out oversight plan and reasonable regulations, so we didn't find ourselves in this kind of mess again. Instead, we are bleeding money left and right. We haven't solved a thing and the rich guys get year end bonuses with our money. The companies reaped all the profits, while we pay for all the loses.

We need to stop giving these companies money and let them go into bankruptcy just like everyone else and figure out where they went wrong. They need to figure out that the public is not a piggy bank to be constantly raided when they screw up. Free markets mean that the market rewards and the market punishes, it does not mean that the government allows the companies to rob us blind and then pays them for failure to plan.

As for the media, they need to a reality check and someone to take away their bullshit machine. I know that they have hours of time to fill and this is attention getting, but it isn't doing anyone any good for them to spew hours upon hours of doom and gloom when the skies are partly cloudy. If you don't agree lets hear it and your solution to the mess because we all know that nothing intelligent is coming out of Washington.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Powder Keg and the Match

This one is a response to beebs,

It doesn't take much to make a simple nuke that could be transported in a shipping container. When we were working on our bomb we had two designs, only one of them did we bother to test before use (implosion version). The other is so simple almost any physics major today could build it if they had some enriched Uranium. The Iranians really don't need to make Plutonium they just need to enrich enough Uranium to make one of the simple type bombs. Then they just need to ship it to Israel or one of her neighbors via ship or truck. That is what makes the situation so very scary and the Israelis so damn nervous. We don’t have to worry about the Iranians making a bomb that will fit on the top of a missile (this is the type the NIE was talking about) because they have enough friends that hate Israel to sneak one or two close and we all know that close is good enough for nukes.

I don’t think that we are going to want to join in the fun and Obama will be tempted to let Israel swing, but lets be honest Iran is going to see a target rich environment in Iraq and the Gulf. We probably won’t have a lot of choice in whether we are caught up in the mess. This isn’t going to be pretty and I just don’t see how we are going to keep Israel from acting in its own best interest. What we can’t understand as Americans is that Israel really has nothing to lose in attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. They are already under constant attack from Iranian proxies on all sides and they can’t just sit back and wait for a nuke to detonate in Tel Aviv before they act. Do I think that this is just saber rattling? No. Iran has nothing to lose by trying to nuke Israel and Israel has to protect themselves from that possibility. We said Iraq would never invade Kuwait because that would not make sense from a Western standpoint, but they did didn’t they.

I hope that I am wrong about this whole crazy thing, but more often than not we clearly do not have a handle on the Middle East. We don’t think people could be so stupid and wouldn’t do something that would clearly lead to their destruction, but that leads back to the First Gulf War. The whole situation is a powder keg and the only remaining question is who is going to light the match.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Enough for a Bomb

For those of you keeping score, Iran now has enough for a single nuclear weapon of the implosion type and will soon have enough for a crude old style weapon. This announcement comes on the heals of the Israelis saying that they are ready to take care of business if necessary. I don't know how much longer the Israelis are going to wait before taking matters into their own hands, but it probably won't be after 20 January because they know that Pres. Obama might not have their back. Things are going to keep escalating until the bombs start falling and then things are going to get real interesting. I will keep you up to date with the latest developments and an eye toward the skies.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Detroit

Here we go again with the whole bailout issue, but there is a twist on the issue with the Big 3 and that is that they are asking for the money to fund the pension and health care plans on their union workers. It is great that the rest of us can provide them with a nice retirement and top of the line medical care, while they clog the roads between Michigan and Florida. This really pisses me off because there is zero reason for this and the Big 3 could be competitive in the world market or at least here at home if they weren't required to provide health care for life to a bunch of early retirees. I have a big beef with unions that only serve the interests of their leaders and not the company or the nation as a whole.

Obama has some hard choices to make over this bailout because he either comes across with the goods to keep his union pals fat and happy or he can fix this nations health care system like he promised during the campaign. I have a suggestion for him that is sure to piss everyone off, but who cares because we either do it or stop making stuff here in the US. We take the bailout money and the money in the Big 3 Health Fund and fund a minimum national insurance standard. It would force insurance companies to provide a minimum amount of coverage at a set cost and have to compete across state lines (removing sweetheart state deals), while allowing every person a chance at affordable health care for routine procedures and preventative care. Of course Obama will provide money for all the poor people, which was his plan anyway. Sure it would cost billions and the care would suffer, but he was planning on it anyway and why not give back to the public by forcing everyone to the same shitting standard of care. The UAW will lose their collective minds because they will now have to pay extra for all the cool stuff they have now. I see this as a great way of spreading the wealth around, plus you could go after all those other health care funds to seed the new agency of pain.

The sad reality is that unless we do something to remove the burden of life long health care from the manufactures of this nation they will never be able to compete in the world market against companies from countries that provide socialized medicine. It is a crappy reality, but if you want American jobs then you have to make American products that people want and can afford to buy. As an example, a low end economic American car has $2000 worth of extra labor burden then a similar Japanese model then two things are going to be true. The Japanese car is either going to be $2000 better or $2000 cheaper. The second thing is that those jobs and dollars are not going to stay here in this country but head back to Japan. Am I saying buy the crappy American car just to keep GM or Ford afloat, no because that just keeps the problem going vice solving it.

You may not agree that we have to do something and that having a national health care standard is just too socialistic, but in reality if we want to be good capitalists and compete in the world market then we need to shift costs away from companies and someone has to pick up the tab or we become India. If we want to regain our competitive position in the world then our government needs to do its part and we have to start paying for the privilege of living in this country via taxes. Too long we have believed that we could have the world without having to pay, but the piper is at the door asking for payment. That isn't to say that we should allow the government to tax us wild and waste the money or line their pockets with it, but we need to start getting real about what it costs to have a great defense, robust economy, and unparalleled opportunity.

If you have a better idea I would love to hear it because you know Congress is going to find a way to bailout the Big 3, raise our taxes, set up a completely inefficient national health care system, and have more companies lining up for federal bailouts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Next Time Around.

The post election wrangling is in full force with the Republicans licking their wounds and trying to figure out what went wrong. The answer is simple and the solution is even easier. They put an old guy up for President against a young slick smooth talking say whatever it takes to get elected guy. America has proven once again that elections are not about issues and facts, but are won on how looks better and tells the people what they want to hear. President-elect Obama had no resume and no hard policy to offer, but what he did have was good looks and the ever popular slogan of Hope and Change. There was never a time during the election that anymore meat was added to that bone and it didn't matter anyway because look at McCain. He gave a lot of people the willies and he was old, plus he is a straight shooter that never shot straight.

If you want to be President it is all about timing and having a pretty smile. Take a look back over the elections for the last say thirty years. Reagan/Carter was bad President verses the actor that promised to make this country strong, winner Reagan. Reagan/Mondale was a going strong President verses Fritz, landslide Reagan. Bush I/Dukakis solid VP verse the goofball riding around in a tank, winner Bush I. Bush I/Clinton weak President verses slick willie, winner Slick Willie. Clinton/Dole popular President verse old war hero, winner Clinton. Bush II/Gore man of the people verse the stiff ass (both reasonably good looking and young), close one Bush II. Bush II/Kerry somewhat popular President verse the old looking dunce, winner Bush II. Obama/McCain young aspirant with no resume verses old war hero, winner Obama.

The history lesson was important because that it points out that message is of little consequence and the really important thing is packaging. Do you really think that Bush and Gore has the same message or that Reagan's was almost perfect as compared to Mondale. If you believe that then I have some land in Florida for sale. The fact is that the American public learned to vote in high school and has never changed their habits. They want someone that looks good and gives them the warm fuzzy they crave. It doesn't matter if they know that the guy can't possibly deliver, but that he or she understands them and feels their pain. You ever wonder why Obama made it out of the primaries ahead of Clinton? The truth is Clinton was not electable because people are scared of her, think wicked witch scary. The Democrats understood that after Kerry they needed a winner and Clinton didn't fit the bill.

As for the Republican side of the house they forgot the sting of Dole and allowed McCain to come out on top. Thompson would have been their best bet to win the election, but for some reason he didn't come to play hard ball. The Republican primaries were all about who is more conservative, which amazes me that McCain actually won out, but that could have been them thinking that they needed a more middle leaning candidate. That would have worked if it would have been someone young and invigorating, but instead you got old and reserved. McCain never had what it took to be President this year and Palin only helped him by providing him conservative votes, but she could never put him over the top of all those high school mentality voters. If she would have ran on her own, it would have been a much closer race and far more legitimate because their records are not that different and it would have been a toss up on good looks. There is one problem with a good looking female candidate in that she alienates other females because she is not only hot, but is doing it all which causes the less so spectacular female to wish evil upon the prom queen.

So Republicans here is what you need to do in 2010 and 2012 if you want to start gaining some seats back. Find good looking people that are willing to say whatever it takes to get elected and then market the hell out of them. The message is the easiest part because all you have to say is lower taxes and smaller government after two years of Democrats running up the bills and taxes. I hate to be so blunt, but that is the world we live in and the dummies that elect our President. If you don't believe me check out the video at "Sleepy Eyed Whiners of the Deep" or check it out on Fox news.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In Response

I decided to write a post vice just responding to a comment because the subject is part and parcel of the state of this nation. The question was raised whether we needed such a large modern military. This question is very loaded because you first have to decide what is important to this nation and then decide what type of military is needed to support that decision.

I truly believe that there are many paths, which we can follow in this area and some are better than others. First, we must step back and take a hard look at our place in the wide world and decide what we want our role to be. Should we be the world's policeman or should we be isolationist or maybe somewhere in the middle. Think that where we decide to fall in that spectrum truly dictates the level of military we are going to need (I will hold modernization for later).

As it stands right now we support (spend lots of money) on the UN, NATO, and our own military, this to me seems to be redundant. Why are we still supporting NATO, when the other countries seem to reap all the benefits and we pay all the costs? This doesn't make a huge amount of sense to me because we are footing the bill and providing the equipment to prevent Russian aggression, but as we have recently seen that NATO is not going to stand with us if the crap starts hitting the fan. They have their own self-interests to worry about like Russian oil and gas. So this leaves us with the question of why do we bother spending money and troops in their support? This is where things get more complex like that it is good to have lots of friends around the globe who will allow you put your toys in a time of need and supply needed support for your global objectives. This leads us back to the where on the spectrum we want to be.

As for the UN, this organization is not our friend and does very little in reality other than drain resources around the world. In a recent report they have billions of dollars that most countries don't realize they have, but lots of it is wasted on their self-licking ice cream cone of administration. The UN is helpful in organizing relief or other feel good things, but when it comes down to anything globally productive there is just too many fingers in the pie and nothing is ever accomplished because of national self interests. We need to stop supporting the parts that don't work. This once again leads us back to our decision on global strategy. Do we keep going through the motions at the UN, wasting our time and money just so that we have a legitimizing front man(which it no longer is) or do we gather our paid for friends around the globe and enforce our will.

The fact that we provide a service to the rest of the world on our dime and then take crap for it really chaps my butt, so maybe a little isolationism is not such a bad thing. I know that we can't really do that and expect positive results because evil isn't going to take a vacation. The real question is where is Pres. Obama going to place us on the spectrum, can we really afford to be there and for how long. Next we have to tackle modernization, which is a very tricky beast to tackle.

There are parts of our military that could do with some serious modernization or else they will start to fail in a big way and we might not be able to quickly fix them at a later date. The question about submarines came up as part of the discussion, so I will try to address it. We are losing submarines to decommissioning faster than we can build them at the moment, so in reality we are reducing this capability without any additional action needed. This may or may not be the right answer based on all the missions that keep getting laid on the submarine force. There are some bright spots in all of this, like the fact that we are building them faster and cheaper then we planned for and that we are re-utilizing the Tridents as they are no longer needed for the strategic mission. The submarine force is leading the way on doing more with less and maximizing the stuff they have, but a point will be reached where there is just no more blood that can come from that stone without serious loss in capability. That is the reason that we as a nation must decide what our role is going to be so we can prioritize the losses of capability.

As we look at other programs across the military there are things that are in need of replacement or there will be a complete loss of capability, like tankers. If we don't start building some new ones there will be a time when the ones we have will no longer be able to fly, so what do you do then? What about those dirty little nukes that have been around for ever and need to be replaced? Congress has spoken and there will be no new nukes, but at some point if we still want that capability then we are going to need new ones, so why not build safer and more reliable ones? Right now we are pretty solid on tanks and machine guns, but there are plenty of other stuff that we are going to need to replace and/or upgrade just to make sure that we don't end up fighting Panzers with Shermans.

That isn't to say that we need to maintain huge fleets of ships and aircraft, but it does mean that we have to set priorities and replace the stuff that truly needs replacement. Additionally, we need to seriously consider the level of craziness that we are adding to these new systems, such as F-22 verses F-35 or Seawolf verses Virginia. In both cases, we shot the moon, but soon realized that all the bells and whistles are really expensive and we needed to back down to good is good enough. It is great that we have built some of the very best fighting machines in the world, but they come at a cost. We need to take the parts we really need and incorporate them into actually cost effective mass produced machines (think concept car vs production car). We need a few super cool versions and then a whole bunch of mortal version, but then take the super cool versions to the next level to start the process all over again.

So you asked do we really need a military that costs $650 billion a year and I say it depends on what you want it to do. Do I think that we could cut some of the wasteful spending and shrink forces sizes and still get the job done, sure. Can we cut programs and eliminate modernization, not completely. Do I think that we run the risk of not being able to meet our global commitments, yes but it depends on what you want the commitment to be. We have to all sit down and look at what we want this country to be able to do and where we should spend our money, do we want affordable health care, do we want to keep people from being tossed out on the streets, do we want to keep our citizens safe here at home (or abroad), or do we want to pay down the national debt and strengthen our global financial position? Those are just few of the "priorities" the new President faces.

Let's hear how you feel about the "priorities" and what we can do to solve this nation's biggest problems.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Items of Interest

I have been scanning the news as usual and found some interesting reading. I found an article by Ollie North about what President-Elect Obama might do to the military on the advice of Barney Frank to cut 25% of the Defense Budget. It is some pretty scary stuff and I will let you read it there on Fox. I am truly scared about what and how much of the military is going to be cut to pay for the numerous new spending plans, which leads me to the other article of interest.

The automakers in Detroit have hat in hand and are looking for a hand out. This handout from the government is to pay for retooling to make fuel efficient cars because they already got $25 billion for that earlier, but this $25 billion is to fund the health care trust funds. It seems to me that instead of sending another $25 billion down the drain of Detroit, we should be looking at a whole new way of doing health care in this country. I am not for socialized medicine, but a new and better way of doing things. I think we should get a panel of smart people together and figure this thing out and it should include doctors, nurses, insurance people, drug companies, and regular people that will keep them all honest. I am not sure how it will all pan out, but I sure don't want the government telling me which doctor to go to, but I know that I don't want insurance companies telling I can't go to the doctor.

These two issues are typical of the things this country needs to solve in the next few years. We can not let Washington's crooked politicians and lobbyists solve for us. We need serious planning and oversight into these difficult issues. What we definitely don't need is business as usual for Washington. I am all for change if it protects this country and its people. I don't have the answers to this or the dozen other burning questions of our time, but I do know that letting the lobbyists decide isn't going to be good for anyone. Light up your Congressman and Senator about how you feel about doing things right and coming up with real solutions vice wasting our tax dollars on half-assed attempts. Plus, whatever they come up with needs to be monitored to ensure that it truly does what it was intended to do.

The American public understands that money is needed to tackle some of these tough issues, but they want it spent wisely and to get results. I have said it before and I will keep saying it, we need results from Washington and not just promises and criminal actions. I am willing to pay a federal sales tax if I thought it would be used to payoff the national debt and I know a lot of other people feel the same way. With that said, we are not willing to allow Congress to waste another dime and sure and the hell would not allow them to impose a tax then piss it all away lining their and the lobbyists pockets. We need to let Congress know that they are on a short leash and need to clean up their collective act.

We also need to let them know that certain issues need to wait until we solve the big ones first. We don't need to enact the Fairness Doctrine or the Freedom of Choice Act, while the economy is in tatters. Plus, we don't even need to start dicking with taxes until we figure out our spending and that means truly figure it out like health care, medicare, social security, defense and so on. This is the dawn of a new age and a great opportunity to turn this country around, but there is great risk as well because if we fail our economy fails, our military is gutted, and we become vulnerable not only on the battlefield but also economically. Stand up with me now and demand better from our government and let your representatives know how you feel. If you don't agree let me hear it or if you have a better way lets get it out here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Direction

I had to take a long hard look at the future based on yesterday's events. As you might have noticed that there are some changes on the blog. The Palin banners and support have been removed, that doesn't mean that I personally dislike her or what she stands for, but I've come to realize she isn't what this country needs right now. We need people that are not out at the extremes, but more in the middle. How I feel personally is of no consequence because I am just a small part of a much bigger whole.


If America is going to survive and thrive in the next few years and beyond, we must come together in the middle and force the extremes of both parties back to the middle. In good conscience I cannot advocate such a position and support such a polarizing person, no matter how much I agree with her positions. We need the people in the newly elected Congress to push back to the middle and let go of the extreme left and right. We need people who will vote down the extremist stuff that they are likely to see in the near future (i.e. Freedom of Choice Act, Fairness Doctrine).


We the people must not take our eyes off of the American Dream of being the home of the free and land of the brave. We must not allow the military to be gutted to pay for additional social programs that end up leave us weak and unable to defend our interests. We must not become so isolationist that we allow our friends to suffer at the hands of crazed dictators around the globe. We need to care for all of our people, but be careful not create a welfare state that refuses to care for themselves. We must return to the pioneer spirit and throw off the shackles of government. We need to remind Washington who's money they are spending and that it isn't limitless.

If my taking down the Palin banners offends, I'm sorry. I really feel that this country and the Republican party need to do some serious soul searching and let the certain views go. I am not for a theocracy or Communism. I am for the land of the free and the home of the brave. I have proudly served this country and will continue to do so, but as in my oath I am to protect it from all enemies foreign and domestic. The extremism in the current system is a domestic enemy, so I am going to fight to protect my country. I am personally a strong conservative, but my personal views are not what is important for this country as a whole. We Americans do not all feel the same way on a lot of stuff, but we must come together under the new President and make this country better. I am not saying give up everything you believe in, but maybe just put more fight into the things that are really important for this country to survive and thrive for the next two hundred years.

If you don't agree with me that is okay because this country was built on many different ideas, but the one thing that has always been the same, we are all Americans first. That is what is truly important as we stand at the doorway of a new era in the American experiment. Let me hear how you feel and what you think we should do. I still think Gov. Palin is great and could have a great future, but we will leave that for another time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Taking Time Off

I am going to take some time off until after the election because my head hurts. This election is one of no choice. The Republicans have pissed away any goodwill with the public by becoming Democrats and since the Democrats position was filled the Democrats have moved into a whole new realm of liberalism. Enjoy the last few days of mud slinging, but count me out. I held my nose and voted a couple of weeks ago and now I am going into deep hibernation for the next couple of years.

If the Republicans ever want to return to power they need to apologize for their Democrat like behavior of large government and huge spending. They need to come to Jesus and get right on fiscal policy. They need to put their greedy paws back in their own pockets and keep them out of ours. The need to sign a binding document that says if they are elected (in the future) they will not act like Democrats. The will pass term limits, remove the lobbyists from Washington, and that they will freeze spending until they figure out how to pay off the national debt. They can work all the details out, but that is what they need to do. They have betrayed the American public who actually believe in the two party system up to recent years (2006), but since there is only the party of greed and corruption the public is ready for change.

The problem is that the change they are going to get is not what they want. They want fiscal conservatives and social moderates. They are going to get way liberal fiscal policy and unheard of extreme social policy. The good news is that after a couple of years of that, people will be really pulling their hair out for change. This would be the time for the Reformer Party to force the other two back to the middle, I know that I've said it a bunch and I guess I will have to keep saying it. The current two parties do not reflect America in any way and they are just plain bad, so we need to change the political landscape and rise up from the middle. The public hates taxes and government waste, but does have compassion for the less fortunate. We need to push back to the middle and away from communism and theocracy.

So, after my time off I will be back saying I told you so as the train wrecks due to poor policy decisions caused by extremism. You can tell me I am off my rocker and I will get back to you in a few days, weeks, months, years.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Things are Getting Tight

I have to wonder if the polls are even close to accurate because only know one person voting for Obama between my work place (military, so that might not count) and my family (conservative, so that might not count either). My Grandfather a life long Democrat refuses to vote for Obama because he does not trust him, which was before Joe the Plumber and Ayers. I know that there are a lot more people in this country than the ones that I know, but I've got to think that there have to be a lot of people that will be going into the voting booth on Tuesday and holding their collective noses and voting for McCain for the exact same reason that my Grandfather is going to vote Republican for the very first time. Obama can not be trusted to lead this country and he surely can be trusted to do it with overwhelming majorities in the Congress. That is way too much power for someone with such a short history and thin resume.

I sure hope a bunch of people who weren't called get out and vote for McCain, so at least we will have a band-aid over the hole in the dyke. He isn't the reformer that he claims and his aisle reaching has always been going the wrong way, so he isn't the best but at least he won't rubber stamp every wacky idea of the Pelosi-Reid Congress. Obama would have his pen signing all kinds of off the wall crap that it would probably burst into flames. Pelosi has already said that things will be far more "bipartisan" when they control every thing. I've always said that bipartisan is doing it the Democrats way and thus she would be right.

There will be no compromise and tax payer protection with Obama as President, but at least McCain would feign a fight before giving into them. The best we can hope for in the next two years is more gridlock and lots of McCain vetoes, but it will more likely be a slow bleed by the Democrats until the 2012 elections. I am planning on McCain winning because the other is just too horrible to imagine. If you disagree let me hear it, but bring it because I am going to assume you are nuts for wanting the most unqualified, couldn't get a security clearance, candidate of the modern era (don't bring up Lincoln because that was a totally different era and he should have never won except that there were four pro-slavery candidates running against him splitting the vote).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tommorrow is the Day

As you might know that I have a pool on when Israel is going to have enough of Iran and strike at their nuke building facilities. I have tomorrow and I hope that I am wrong. There has been many a rumble from both sides, but I think the fact that most intelligence puts the Iranian bomb in February, we are probably at least a few weeks away from the fun and games that will surely ensue after that attack. The US will no fair well in this whether we support Israel or not, but if Obama wins, we surely will not.

We will be called upon to condemn Israel's unprovoked attack on the peace loving nation of Iran. This could be what Plugsly (Joe Biden) was talking about. They will surely condemn Israel and side with the rest of the world that Israel will need to be disarmed to prevent further aggression on their part. I can tell you this that Israel will tell you that you can have their nukes when you pry them from their cold dead fingers.

The idea that we can live with a nuclear capable Iran is insane at best. Iran will not be deterred by MAD (mutually assured destruction) because they are already mad (insane). They see zero downside to nuking Tel Aviv or any other spot in Israel other than Jerusalem. They see it as their religious duty to rid the world of the evil Zionist. What is the world going to do to them? They really don't give a crap about Israel and almost 2 billion Muslims can't be all that bad and you sure as heck don't want them really pissed at you.

Iran will pull some sort of stunt to distance themselves from the deliverer of the weapon, but the world will all know where it came from. The real question is what is anyone going to do about it. The answer is absolutely nothing for fear of losing their precious oil supply and freezing to death. You think the countries that supply us oil other than Canada have any love for Israel and Canada is iffy at best. I don't want to be Cassandra here, but it isn't going to be pretty.

If you think that I am off my rocker lets hear it because I have to admit this scares the crap out of me and it isn't even Halloween yet.

Fred Thompson

This guy seems to understand the situation this country faces and I want to thank Jay for pointing me in the direction of his website. I agree with Jay that Fred would have made a great candidate if he would have had the fire in the belly necessary for the campaign. He would have been a great foil to Obama's personality and could have touched the country's conservative base.

With that said, why didn't he have the fire in the belly? Why didn't he even really try? Would we want a President that though very eloquent didn't really want the job? I am sorry that he didn't try harder and our remaining choice isn't the best available, but compared to the Democrats' offering McCain is as good as we get.

The sad thing is that this country stands at a crossroads with both candidates heading in the same direction (left). The only remaining question is how fast are we going to take to get there. I can only hope that we derail the leftist express in 2010 and finish it off in 2012. We are in for a few rough years, but lets pray for a reawakening of the American Spirit and cast off our Democrat oppressors. Lets force smaller government, payoff the national debt, remove the corrupting lobbyists from Washington and rid Washington of career politicians. Who wants to join me in grabbing the pitchforks and torches. Who for storming the castle of wasteful big government?

If we are going to organize now is the time because in a few short months the Fairness Doctrine is going to be law and all the conservatives are going to disappear from the airwaves and maybe even the Internet. We may end up hiding from our own government to express our true feelings. We have to push for legislation reform and the protection of individual freedom. If you don't think that the next Congress is going to try gag all opposition just take the time to read the Fairness Doctrine. Know that liberal radio has never succeeded like conservative radio, so they must put an end to that voice of the people by forcing 12 hours a day of liberal opinion that the conservatives have to pay for as the opposing opinion. That would force many companies out of business, since no one wants to hear that whinny crap 12 hours a day.

Prepare yourself now for the pain. Get informed on who represents you and if you agree with them. I'll tell you my choice for Congress was easy since the Democrat is a Code Pink kind of guy and proud of it, but that doesn't mean the guy I voted for is necessarily a true conservative. Lucky for me he is, but that may not be the case for a lot of you out there. This election is basically a done deal, but we have to start working Nov. 5th for 2010 and beyond. We need to let those in power know our displeasure of them selling the American Dream to the Lobbyists and that if they don't straighten out their ways they will be unemployed. We need to keep the pressure on them because they will rob us blind when the country isn't looking.

I just had to get that off my chest. This election is over in my mind because regardless of who is President he is still having to deal with the worst Congress in history. Let me hear what you think because I might just be crazy from the heat.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Absentee Ballots In Virginia

Here is another winner for helping protect the troops right to vote. Virginia has a law that certain absentee ballots require a witnesses signature and address. But here is the catch, the ballot doesn't say that the witnesses address is required it just says "if required". So the military member deployed overseas has to know which ballots require the witnesses address and which don't. You would think that it would be an easy thing to add a note to annotate, which states require it when. Instead, we have guys and gals in harms way whose vote will not be counted because of an easy to fix mistake, how typical of the political process.

If you are a absentee voter in Virginia you better check how you voted to make sure that your vote will count. It is a sad state of affairs that in this day and age we can't even make it simple for the people who are out there protecting this county's freedoms to vote. Let Virginia know how you feel. Write their Congressmen and women an email to know how much you think that disenfranchising the military stinks.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Re-Cap

Blogging has been fun and it has let me vent on several issues that have bugged me over that past few months. I still am pissed about the election and I am convinced that it really doesn't matter who wins at this point because the Congress is solidly in the Democrats hands and under the totally incapable leadership of Pelosi and Reid.

The Air Force still bugs we as well, but they are at least trying to get their collective crap in one sock after that last year of crank stepping.

I still believe that the lottery on when the Israelis are going to bomb Iran is up and running. This will not be a good thing for us, but might be Israel only hope. I still have next week on the 29th, but lets hope I am wrong.

I still think we need a Reformer Party that believes in smaller government, term limits, and spending cuts. I know that there is never a lot of support for a new political party, but the ones we have are worth a bucket of warm.... I think we need to throw the career politicians out of Washington and start over, but that doesn't work when you have wackos as the other options.

The oil crisis has been overcome by the financial crisis, which just goes to show that there must have been something funny going on with the oil market and no real crisis at all. That isn't to say that we can stop conserving and looking for alternatives, but it is going to happen. People won't give a crap about that stuff again until gas prices head back to the $4 range. People are creatures of habit and only worry about the current alligator on their @$$ vice planning a way out of the swamp.

The financial crisis just goes to show you that too much and too little government is a bad thing. You need government to protect the little guy, but you don't need the government telling you to do something stupid. That is why we are in the mess we are because the government forced the lenders to sell sub-prime mortgages, but did nothing to protect the little guy. The government could have insured that fraud and illegal accounting practices were not part of the package deal, but regulation is a dirty word in a free market society. But is legal one as well?

I know that I rant a lot and might even change my own mind sometimes. I appreciate everyones comments and try to clarify any statements that might not be right on target or clear as mud. I do appreciate any comments good or bad.

I have enjoyed many of my fellow bloggers and find their points of view very enlightening. I truly appreciate the job "The Augmentee" is doing in Iraq and everyone involve in JCCS-1. I also appreciate all those Navy guys speaking out for us little guys. The submarine force is a tough place to make a living, but it does have its rewards. I know that I have done a lot of cool stuff and seen some places I would never even thought of going, but most importantly I got to work with some of the greatest men this country has to offer. They were thinking men and leaders, which didn't always mean that agreed with the party line, but always did their duty to the best of their ability and I salute them.

I hope you've enjoyed my state of the blog address. I also hope you will keep coming back and I will try to write more, but the election has had me a little down lately and I haven't felt like writing. I welcome your comments and feel free to stick a quarter in me just to see what I'll say next. Can't guarantee that it will be profound or even right.

Have a great Navy day. Sandy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Heading to the Finish

My fellow American Conservatives,

As the election has worn on and on, I have become less interested because regardless of the outcome nothing is going to really change in Washington. We will have the worst Congress in history headed by either the most liberal Senator or one that won't stand up to them. This country is headed for a train wreck of biblical proportions and the choice we face is no choice at all. We can have a conductor that will speed the train towards this wreck or one that will do nothing at all to slow it. I am frustrated will the whole lot of them and would love to toss them all out and start a new, but I am only allowed to vote once and have done so (maybe with the help of ACORN, I could change that).

I can only sit back and communicate my great displeasure to my Congressman and Senator, but they may or may not listen. They sure aren't going to set the world on fire to solve the current situation, since the Senator voted for the pork loaded bailout. The Congressman, I still hold out hope for since he voted against the bill twice and is for the Fair Tax Plan, but is only one of a few true conservatives left. I am not a Republican or a Democrat, but a true conservative that believes in small government and low taxes. I've hated what the Republicans have done to this country over that last decade, but the Democrats have been no better. We need to drastically cut spending on everything that is not related to the core requirements of the federal government and pay off our national debt.

That being said, I just don't see either candidate accomplishing much in the next four years toward those goals. I am not sure if Congress will ever be able to accomplish those goals because of the current rampant corruption in Washington caused by lobbyists and their money. If enough of us are sick and tired of the current state of affairs, then why would we not band together and do something substantial about it? I'll tell you, it is because it is hard and would take time to understand the issues and elect only those who agree with those issues. The sad part is that most of the time there isn't anyone running that supports the issues we believe in. Even if they say they do they get to Washington and it is business as usual, so we end up no better off (Republicans in 1994).

I have ranted enough and it just makes me sad to know that this once great country is being run by greedy buffoons that are only worried about being re-elected and lining their pockets. We need real people with common sense to step up to the plate and turn this country around. Sadly there just aren't enough of them around. Maybe in four years the true conservatives will find a hero that will lead this country back to greatness, but lets hope it isn't too late.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mr. President and Taxes

I sadly have to accept that the next President is most likely going to be Sen. Obama. It saddens me that this is the case because he is not what this country needs right now, but is what we are going to get. I just hope that he and the Democrats in congress don't go crazy. This country can not afford the tax and spend policies of the past. We need to move the country forward and that means creating new jobs and paying off the huge amount of debt we are currently racking up at a record pace (about 1 trillion in the last week alone).

I have one suggestion and it won't be real popular with anyone, but it might just help the country out of the mess that it is in. A question was asked during the debate what would either one of them ask the country to sacrifice to fix the mess that we are in. Neither one gave an answer because asking people to sacrifice doesn't win you votes. Here is my plan and it won't win me any friends. We impose a nation sales tax of 1% on everything (think fair tax plan promoted by Huckabee) that would be used solely to payoff the nations debt, period. I know that this is crazy and there currently isn't a mechanism to make this happen, but it is necessary.

We get the smart people together and figure out how to implement it. We also prevent anyone in Congress from tapping into it for any other reason because you know that they will try. You could make all kinds of rules and mess this up, but if done right the American public would put up with it if it meant really paying off our huge debt. It would also open the door to the fair tax policy that would get rid of income tax, which we really need to do because it would end the class warfare in this country. If you buy something then you pay a sales tax, plain and simple. If you buy cheap stuff then you don't pay a lot and if you buy expensive stuff you pay a lot, but regardless the percentage is the same thus fair for everyone. Sen. Obama, you say want a fair tax system and this is it. You can't get any fairer then the same for everyone. This would also close all the loop holes and force companies to pay taxes here and not hide their money abroad.

I ask you, wouldn't you be willing to pay a 1% sales tax to erase our national debt? Let me here what you think because I might be off my rocker with depression over the thought of the next four years with President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid in charge.

Monday, September 29, 2008

My Vote

Here I sit with my ballot in one hand and my trusty pen in the other. My choice is clear and I make it without fear. I know that I am doing the right thing, but I still can't help thinking that it won't really make much of a difference. It is sad that after two years of speeches and money raising that the sad truth is that this election will not bring about the needed fundamental change that is needed in Washington.

We can choose a career politicians from either party and the associated cronies to send back to Washington, but what does this get us? I say it gets us more of the same poor service that we have had for decades. We the people have been duped into believing that the two party system works for us and that our government is the best, but that just isn't true. What is true is that we have the best government that money can buy, but not the best government. We have people that are solely looking out for themselves and their buddies. They don't care about the people they represent because to them we are the unwashed masses of stupid voters.

I think if we have a third party to prevent the career politicians from running amok with our tax dollars things would be very different. This third party would be a party of the people with their best interests in mind. This party would be a true fiscal conservative party, a party of small limited government, a party for strong defense, a party of term limits, and an anti-lobbyists party. They would sign a contract that would hold them to a term limit, no earmarks, no lobbyists money, and minimizing the federal government.

You say that the Republican Party is that party, but I say no. They lost those ideals a long time ago as seen by the corruption charges leveled against many of them and the fact that they to spend their lives living in the swamp. If America wants to turn back the clock on corruption and greed, we need to force the career politicians and the influence peddlers out of Washington.

So here I sit with pen in one hand and my ballot in the other, sigh...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Financial Meltdown

The funny thing with all this Financial Crisis is that it was 100% preventable much like the Oil Crisis. We as consumers controlled the market and created this monster with our irresponsibility. Do you really think that the housing market would have gone so haywire if people had purchased homes that they could afford with mortgages that they knew they could pay back based on the money they were earning at the time? We can whine all we want that the government didn't do enough or did too much because they are our elected representatives and should have been looking out for us. You can blame the Wizards of Wall Street for making you those sweetheart of a deal.

I have purchased my homes via Navy Federal and they made me prove that I could afford to pay for the house I was buying each and everytime. They would not let me buy more than they thought I could afford and there was no thought give to future markets or incomes. I worked with a mortgage agent that does not sell its mortgages, so if they make a bad loan they live with the consequences unlike the fly by night mortgage wheel and dealers. If a bank won't give you money for a house you can't afford then maybe you shouldn't be buying that house. If you think that some how a magic fairy is going to come along and sprinkle mortgage payments into your account, guess again.

That isn't to say that there isn't blame to go around, but first we must admit that we have a problem then we can work to solve the larger problem. I say treat the Wizards like drug dealers and seize all their collective assets and use them to fund the bailout. There are millions in bonuses and salaries for these criminals that could go a long way in shoring up the markets. I also say that Navy Federal should take over Fanny and Freddy. The should force them to do what is right and save the taxpayer a bundle of bailout money. All failing loans should have to be reviewed and refinanced under the new rules. If you can't afford the house then it will be sold in a depressed market to someone that can afford it. Of course this will hurt the ones at the very bottom, which is a shame but that is America. You can better your lot at any time by working hard and getting an education. I know that there are lot of people out there that won't agree, but to be honest "the poor will be with us always" (Jesus).

As for our wonderful pocket lining Congress, I have always said throw them out and start over with no lobbyist and see if things don't get better. I am really thinking that for 2012, we need a new reformer party headed by VP Palin. She would have the executive experience without too much Washington stink on her. We need candidates that will run on term limits, elimination of lobbyists, and accountability particularly in government spending and employment. This would be a hard fought battle with the established parties that would have to grow out of the grassroots. We would be up against huge corporations and political machines just to get the candidates on the ballots, but with the Internet it is now possible to make this a reality. It has always been said that a third party candidate would never be able to get anything done, but with a third party Congress to back them great things could be accomplished.

Let me know what you think.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Great Video

http://media.putfile.com/66-Trans-Co-Q-West-Iraq-2006-2007

This is a video from one of the companies that I worked with while in Iraq. It has great music and some pretty cool pictures as well. It brought back a lot of memories. Enjoy and well done 66th Trans!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Whole Pig

I think that is funny that Obama referenced a pig and lipstick to talk about his opponents, but I would think that McCain/Palin would have thicker skin than be offended. I would think they would pass it off to Obama being desperate to score a hit with the liberals he is pandering to, but by insisting on an apology they appear weak and worried about what Obama has to say. They should make fun of Obama's lame attempt at humor and pity him. They should not give him any more reason to think that it bothers them even a little bit. Sure people are going to be offended by his comments, but let that turn against him on its own. Palin is far from being a pig and does not need to defend herself from this baseless attack. You know that best way to keep guys on the sub from giving you crap is to laugh off the attack or show zero reaction and that is good advice in this case for McCain and Palin.

The fact that Palin has refused to bow down to the press is making them crazy. I think it is wonderful that she hasn't pandered to them to get their approval and she should keep it up. If they want to talk with her, then they need to retract all the lies they spewed about her and her family. Poor journalism is no excuse for what the MSM did to her. They should have spent a little time getting their facts straight before flooding the airwaves with BS. I don't really give a crap if she ever talks to any of them. She is out on the campaign trail talking to the people that are going to elect her and that is what is truly important. The average republican voter knows that the MSM has nothing good to say about their candidates, so it really isn't hurting McCain/Palin not to pander to the MSM.

If you think that I am off base let me hear it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The "Gay Marriage" Thing

Here is the deal about this one. I feel that the religious types are getting this all wrong because they think the government should be in charge of who should and should not be married and claim the bible as their reference. I totally agree that the bible clearly states that marriage is between one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation. I know that the religious types are now applauding, but wait one minute. Since when does the government have the right to regulate this issue based on the bible and not the rule of law?

It was all fine and dandy when the government was doing the bidding of the religious ones, but the reality is that the government should never have been in the marriage business to begin with since it had no legal basis to do so. The government should never have been allowed to issue marriage licenses to anyone. The state should have recognized the joining of two people with a legal document of domestic partnership (currently incorrectly named marriage license). The church should marry people any way that they see fit and recognition by the state would be via a legal document that has nothing to do with "marriage". You want to hold the line on who can be married, then as a church you decide whom can be married and the hoops that they will have to jump through. The state should not legally recognize that ceremony and should only recognize the domestic partnership.

If you want to define marriage, have at it, you can do it in your church or your denominational convention, but that remains 100% a church matter. Now, if you want the states to define marriage then you open the door to fun things like Shia Law and state religion. Our Founding Fathers tried to keep the state out of church business and that God gave us things that the government should never be able to take away, but if we allow the government in then all bets are off. You want to solve this "gay marriage" issue, then get the government out of the marriage business.

If you agree or not let me hear it. I am not afraid because this is a country of laws that protect all citizens, but allows me to believe any crazy thing that I like. I and like minded people have the right to practice our religion free from interference of the government, but we can't expect nor would we want the government to enforce our beliefs on the country as a whole. So, I say believe what you want and don't invite the government in where it does not belong. Otherwise you are on a very slippery slope where any religion can claim any crazy idea and force it down your throat (I did say Shia Law, right).

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Election

After watching the McCain speech last night I am okay with him becoming President for the next four years and then turning things over to VP Palin. If you have read any of the stuff that I have been saying about cleaning up Washington then you can see why I am okay with McCain. I would like to believe him that he is going to put Washington on notice, but in my heart I know better. I understand that compromise is part of doing business and would securing our boarders been so bad. I just have a hard time believe that he can pull it off because he has been in Washington too long and has way to many enemies on both sides of the aisle.

I am putting my real hope in the Hockey Mom from Alaska. She is an outsider that owns nothing to special interests groups or either parties' elected dinosaurs. Sure, she took federal money to better her community, but she used it on the community and not to get her name put on a building somewhere owned by some lobbyist. Washington has a way of changing people and that is easily seen when you look how the Republicans acted once they came to power in both chambers. The truth is that if you truly want to reform Washington you have to do some serious hard work and force the career politicians into doing what is right for the country and not for them. We have to let them know that if they don't they are out of there.

The two conventions just showed how influence pedaling corporations just skirted around campaign finance reform. They laid out about $100 million between the two conventions. Tell me that won't buy them good will in the Congress. We have to stand up to this and put an end to it. We need to start closing all the loopholes and enforce the laws to clean up the cesspool that is Washington. I hope McCain appoints a blue ribbon committee headed by VP Palin to investigate and implement this kind of reform. It sure won't make them popular with the elected elite, but it would go a long way with the people. I doubt Sen. McCain reads this blog, but maybe someone will put a bug in his ear or a burr under his saddle to make this happen.

As a founding member of the Sub Guys for Palin, I have updated the website to reflect our position. I also would like to get a grassroots movement to get her to tour as many subs as possible, so talk to everyone you know and get the CO's to invite her on down and then take lots of pictures.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Leftist

I am amazed at some of the crap that is currently floating around the web and on TV. The Democrats and the MSM are going crazy and attacking Gov. Palin about here son and her pregnant daughter, but they go even further to say that she shouldn't be running for VP because she should be home taking care of her family. This is outrageous and I can't believe that anyone would have the stones to say such a thing. If a Republican said something like that they would be crucified in the press and we would never hear the end of it, but the NYT gets a free pass.

I don't know if I am going to make it to November because this is too crazy for words. I might have to turn off my TV and stop reading the news. This country has an easy choice to make now that all the players are known and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who will be the lesser of two evils. Obama is all show and no go. He makes a lot of empty promises and has nothing to point to to prove that he can deliver. On the other hand, you have McCain, who has made tough choices to get things done and has paid a heavy price for some of them, but has delivered more times than not.

I would like to see real change in Washington, but that isn't going to happen during this election, so I am going with the best available. Maybe the American public will see that electing the same career politicians time and time again isn't going to bring about change. You need to break away from more of the same and hot air. You need to look for people that don't want to make Congress the last job they will ever hold. You need some one that remembers what the federal government was supposed to be for and governs least. A government that isn't constantly finding new ways to spend my money. I government that doesn't constantly waste our time and resources arguing about stuff that it shouldn't be involved in. I say why did they spend months debating CAFE standards when they should have been worry about other more important issues. The car companies will build more fuel efficient cars because that we be the only ones people buy. You don't need the government to waste time and money legislating that.

I hope that this election cycle has shown you that you have to change the way that you think about Washington and it isn't whether Democrats or Republicans win in November because it makes no difference either way. One group will speed the decline faster than the other, but both are about staying in office and wasting our money.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Palin

McCain hit a homerun with his choice for VP. I know that she is an outsider and that isn't well known by the country, but that is what makes her even more appealing. I've waited a few days before posting anything on her because I wanted to see what the MSM and the left would come up with and how they handled her nomination.

I am happy to report that they are going nuts and slinging a whole bunch of BS. They are beside themselves trying to discredit her. The truly sick one was about the daughter and the son, but low and behold no traction there because the son is hers and the daughter is pregnant. Oh my, we have a pregnant teenager what are we to do? We could force her to have an abortion or we could love and support her and her child. I opt for number later. The very fact that the left is going nuts reassures me that it was a great choice.

If McCain would have picked anyone else the left would have been smiling thinking that Obama was going to be a shoe in because it could claim four more years with Bush, but now not so much. Gov. Palin changes the whole dynamic of the race and revitalizes the party that most likely would have stayed home and handed the election to Obama. Now, the conservatives can come out in droves and bury Smugsly and Plugsly. The left and MSM have no idea how to stop this and are cutting their own throats by attacking an accomplished articulate woman.

This race is going to be fun to watch and I look forward to 2012 when we could have Palin verses Hillary for the White House. Let me hear what you have to say.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

US and the Bear

I've been saying it ever since the Bear made its way into Georgia that things were going to get a lot worse. The Bear has now claimed that the two providences are independent and I am sure that next they will call for Russian protection and leadership. The US is going to make some noise, but in the end nothing will come of this aggression other than scaring the crap out of other former USSR countries. It is sad that the New Russia is the same as the USSR, except they now have Europe by the economic balls.

If you truly believe that anyone in Europe is going to do anything to the Bear, you my friends are sadly mistaken. As seen in the NATO announcement and all the appeasement of the Bear, they are going to walk softly because it gets cold in January with no natural gas. I would like to believe that we would kick them out of stuff and make an example of how this won't be tolerated, but the sad truth is that they will still be on the UN Security Counsel with us and probably in the G8 when all is said and done. We will look like the pansies that we are and don't think that the rest of the world isn't watching. We are going to find that all those that thought they could count on the US for protection are going to see that we are the same pansies that allow the USSR to take over Eastern Europe in the first place.

Do I have any real answers to this dilemma, no. We are in no position to do a damn thing about it and we better start building some more missile defense systems because that is the only thing that is going to protect us in the end. We might also want to think about tightening our borders and drilling for more oil because soon we will be an island unto ourselves with very few if any friends. I know this all sound very negative, but lets be honest do you really believe things are going to get better with the Bear and Iran as friends with no restraint? Let me hear what you think.

Friday, August 22, 2008

McCain and Houses

Does anyone really give a crap about how many houses the McCain family owns? Plus, most of the houses are not even used by John anyway. Family members occupy several of them and he has a condo in DC. I say so what. Obama thinks that class warfare is the way to go to get some traction back into his campaign, but this is going to backfire badly for him. All those dumb people that Obama accuses of hanging on to guns and religion already know how he feels. Plus, a lot of these same people have sacrificed for there country and consider it a great place to be from. Unlike Obama the elitist with the Harvard degree and his globe trotting ways.

Those same people that cling to guns and religion are smart enough to know that John McCain has there best interest at heart with his long history of fighting pork barrel government spending and understands the pain and suffering of war. I can't see the average American continuing to fall for this empty suits lies much longer. Obama is a leftist with a long history of anti-American associations. Sure there will be plenty of wing nuts out there that will vote for him, but regardless of the VP choices on either side real Americans will vote a true American Hero into the White House.

On that note, I really don't care if McCain picks his long time friend Joe Lieberman to be his running mate because it just shows that he is putting this country first over party or right wing policy. That isn't to say that I am for abortion, but it also says that isn't the only thing that decides who is best for this country as a whole. The right wingers are screaming that it will split the party if there is a pro-choice person on the ticket, but I say is that is only if they want to split the party and have Obama as their president. Would it not be better to have someone that agrees on the big issues and help them see the error of their ways on the one issue or to have a confirmed leftist and anti-American in the White House.

I know that I am ranting, but this just makes me crazy. If you don't agree lets hear it.

I wanted to give a big thanks to Joel for including me in the submarine blogs on his site. I may not talk all the time about subs, but they are a huge part of my life and why I am a crazy as I am after all those mid-watches aft. If you have something to say or want to call me on one of my crazy ideas lets hear it. I will try to better explain myself if the need calls for it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Obama the Flake Campaign


Here is something new that I think bears much repeating. In a blog on the American Thinker J.R. Dunn brings up a point that Obama is a "Flake" more than anything else because of the way that he has handled himself in the past. The comments brought out the idea of symbolizing Obama as a snowflake. That would be the low key way of showing your non-support. You would adorn items with a simple snowflake to show your distaste for having an empty suited flake as president. How could people shout you down for displaying a simple snowflake. You could enlist your kids to make hundreds of these protest flakes. I think this is a wonderful way to show your support for having someone of substance in the White House without having to suffer the wacko wrath of the leftist militants. I found this gem in Clip Art, but I think that it says it all. Won't you join me in the silent protest.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Alternatives

Obama's opponent John McCain has smartly opposed a tax on oil company profits — and Obama has promptly attacked him for it. But McCain isn't much better. McCain has proposed an equally ridiculous "gas tax holiday," which will also do almost nothing to provide relief at the pump. Obama has smartly opposed the idea — and McCain has promptly attacked him for it.

Economic ignorance is nothing new in politics. Neither is the idea that a candidate would perpetuate economic idiocy he knows to be false because it plays into the narrative he's pitching to the voters. But no issue seems to prompt more jaw-dropping sophistry and anti-capitalist demagoguery than gas prices.

Unfortunately, this isn't likely to end anytime soon. Pandering to voters by making impossible promises and vilifying faceless speculators is quite a bit easier than explaining to the American people that sometimes, sometimes, they're going to face problems that can't — and shouldn't — be fixed by politicians. By Radley Balko Fox News

Once again, we see why our futures cannot be left up to the politicians in Washington regardless of party. The Democrats are offering nothing other than more taxes, which has never solved a thing. The Republicans are pushing hard for drilling, which will help but doesn't really solve the underlying problem of oil dependency. We need to push ourselves back from the oil banquet and start feasting on something new. We do need to remove incentives from the oil companies, but we sure don't need to lay on new taxes, which will immediately show up at the pump as higher prices. We need to move that incentive money to alternative energy development, such nuclear, wind, solar, bio (non-food based), wave, etc.

People are smart enough to know how much driving they can afford and will continue to make changes until it becomes a matter of food or gas, then things will really get ugly. We are not to far away from that now, so the best thing our government can do is move away from food based bio and allow for more production of domestic oil. This would shock the system in motion and maybe stabilize things long enough for alternative energies to making a difference. It is going to take at least a couple of years before we can build enough nuclear power plants or hydrogen filling stations to make a real difference, but we need to get started now or they never will.

I know I have said it here time and time again, but people we have to force our government to do what is best for us and not for themselves and special interests. I am not anti-farmers, but food based bio is a really bad idea. Corn and Soy are more important in the food market than the gas tank. Plus, now that we have created a world wide food crisis the farmers should have no problem selling there products at a reasonable price. If you have something to say on this matter lets hear it.

Another One Bites the Dust

In case you missed it the Navy has crap-canned another O-5.

Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty Monday by the Navy for loss of confidence in his ability to command, only three months after assuming the position. Capt. Brian Costello, commander of the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One, removed Bentley from command, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the Naval Air Forces. Brown said Bentley, who is based with the squadron at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, was removed after an investigation by the Navy's Inspector General was completed. The Navy did not release any details about the investigation or about any possible allegations against Bentley.

It appears to be another banner year to be a CO in the Navy. We seem to have a pretty good track record of firing people in recent years. It makes command all worth it if you get that live band at your change of command.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Georgia and Russia

This isn't going to end well for the Georgians or the US because the Russians are thumbing their collective noses at the West. The know that the EU will sit this one out because the Russians hold the tap on a huge portion of the EU's oil and gas. That just leaves the US and what are we really going to do? Of course as I have been saying for some time now that Israel isn't going to wait forever to bomb Iran, so why not really get things going in the region.

The US is going to lose a lot of international clout over Georgia because we are going to stomp our feet and make a lot of noise, but in the end the Russians will have annexed Georgia. We will not be respected and feared by our enemies around the world because they will see that we will do nothing when push comes to shove with the Russians. This will ensure that Israel takes it to Iran because we can't be counted on to protect them. This is going to cause things to really get ugly.

The Russians and Iranians have already brought the question of Israel's nuclear weapons into play and if you haven't read Joel C. Rosenberg's books they will attempt to force Israel to disarm and when political pressure doesn't work then military force will be in order. The scary part is that the pieces are falling into place very rapidly, so don't be surprised if Israeli war planes aren't headed East in the very near future. I still have the 29th of October, but that might be pushing it because of the annex of Georgia. Anyone have any other thoughts? How about a date for the pool on the Israeli attack on Iran?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Even the Democrats III

Like I said back in June even the Democrats can't support Obama. Now that the cracks have started to show on this empty suit the Democrats are having buyers remorse. There is a lot of speculation that Hillary is going to pull something at the convention. That isn't going to happen for a number of reasons and it suits her purposes to have Obama lose in November, so she can comeback in 2012 and vindicate herself and the Party.

Keep an eye out for the fireworks in Denver, but it will mostly be smoke and mirrors.