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.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mexican Protest

Oh my, the Mexican government and the World Court are all pissy that we executed a rapist and murderer of two young girls. This individual committed a capital offense in the state of Texas and was tried in that state and was sentenced to death. There was and still is and appeal process that the individual made full use of, but failed to convince anyone that he was not responsible for the crime. The Supreme Court even heard his arguments and was unconvinced that he should not be executed for his crimes.

I know that this seems hard hearted that the criminal didn't ask for his government to step in on his behave until after he was convicted and sentenced to death, but they did step in but they didn't have a leg to stand on. Much like our government not wanting that kid to be caned a few years back, but if you are willing to do the crime in whatever country you are in then you must be willing to suffer the punishment the state/country is going to dish out. I am sure that it was no mystery to anyone that Texas has a death penalty and exercises it often.

The low life POS and his friends kidnapped and repeatedly raped two young girls and then beat and strangled them. There was no question that this POS deserved his punishment, so if you don't want your citizens to suffer the ultimate penalty tell them not to come to this country and while they are here not to rape and kill people. It is pretty plain and simple. If an American goes to another country and pulls the same crap then they should stand the heck by because after a fair trail there is going to be a hanging then don't do go and don't do the crime.

If you disagree lets here it. I probably won't be listening when it comes down to capital punishment as a deterrent or not; because the POS in question will never rape and murder anyone ever again.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oops!

The Navy has stepped in it this time and is following in our sister services footsteps. I just saw the real reason the DDG 1000 is being cut and it is only partially due to rising costs. The cost need to rise to make the ship work as advertised because currently they are not doing so. They can't provide area defense and they can't defend themselves either. This is what happens when you let people that should not be in charge of buying toys, buy toys. The Navy Admirals got the same pie in the sky pixie dust in there noses as the AF generals.

Guys, you need wake up and smell the reality. Prioritize the things you really need and then go out and buy that and don't keep going back and updating the first ships of the class because it doesn't work (San Antonio). Once you start getting the new ships and there are improvements that can be made then once again prioritize and buy what you need. Proven technology is always easier to add on than stuff that has to be developed as you go because development never goes as planned. There are some things that are worth developing, but there should be a good idea cut off point and after that you get what you got. You can always go back to the well and upgrade future versions based on proven platforms (688 to 688i).

I apologize to the AF for accusing them of chasing after shinier and better when some of our Admirals are guilt of the same.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Airlines

American is leading the way again in customer service. They are now charging $2 for sodas and water. I find this just amazing that people would care so much about such an unimportant item and the company would rather suffer the bad press over this vice raise ticket prices. Domestic airlines all suffer from the same problem and it isn't rising fuel costs. The airlines much like the automotive industry are suffering from unions.

Yes, I said unions. I am not un-American or against the working man/woman, but the unions have to understand that as they demand more from their companies they are going to end up with nothing. Does anyone truly believe that any company competing in the world market can afford to pay health care and pensions for all of its retired workforce? Our government can't do it for our military, so why do we expect US companies to do it for their workers. Oh sure in the golden age of booming economies and cheap health care it was easy to promise the sky and even deliver. That isn't the case anymore because we now are competing on the world stage with socialized medicine and national pensions. Plus, most other countries/companies don't pay there workers squat because they don't care if they can afford to buy what they are selling.

I am not saying that unions are bad, but they must wake up and smell the coffee. The auto industry is headed down the tubes and so are the airlines. It won't be long now before GM and American Airlines declare bankruptcy. Then what are the unions going to do? When all the money is gone as well as the jobs, then what? The workers will take jobs in non-union plants that pay then a comparable wage, but lack the long term benefits. They will have to start saving in a 401k just like every one else and plan on long term health insurance or hope the government figures out Medicare and Social Security. I would not hold my breath on that one.

So what is the solution? I say that the unions work hard to get good wages and safe working conditions, but also start working toward a realistic future where the company is not supporting them because if the government can't do it for us veterans then no company on earth is going to do it for them either. If you disagree let me hear it.