Tuesday, May 03, 2011
US Navy SEALs do it again
WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of anger and fear, America rejoiced Monday at the demise of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind behind the horrific 9/11 attacks. Navy SEALs who killed the world's most-wanted terrorist seized a trove of al-Qaida documents to pore over, and President Barack Obama laid plans to visit New York's ground zero.
Bin Laden, killed in an intense firefight in a daring raid at his fortified hideout in Pakistan, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed.
His body was quickly taken away for burial at sea, but not before a DNA match was done to prove his identity. A U.S. official said there also were photos showing bin Laden with the fatal wound above his left eye, a gunshot that tore away part of his skull. The photos were not immediately released.
Once again, US Navy SEALs have proven that they are THE elite spec ops force in the world, as they took out the most wanted "person" in the world - with a head shot, no less - in a raid that lasted approximately 40 minutes.
Next up on the hit list - Ayman al-Zawahri.
Kudos to all involved! Hopefully, at least one of the SEALs will be awarded the CMoH, which would be well deserved, imho.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
69 Years Ago Today
That all suddenly changed at a little after 8:00 on that fateful morning when airplanes of the Japanese Imperial Navy appeared in the bright blue skies over Pearl Harbor, and other military bases on Oahu, as they unleashed a surprise attack on the United States, sinking or severely damaging the majority of the Navy fleet at anchor, and most of the planes on the ground, in what then President Roosevelt called "A day that will live in infamy."
The attack, which came in two separate waves, shocked the nation out of it's complacency, and propelled us into the most devastating war this world has ever seen. Millions died as we fought to defend freedom. It was very touch and go in the early days of the war, but the Allies ultimately prevailed, defeating the Axis Powers, and restoring a semblance of order to the world.
Although we were at war with Germany, Italy and Japan, and they are now some of our staunchest allies, we must never forget that we were totally unprepared for war, and took a grievous blow in the attack on Pearl Harbor which almost knocked us out of the war before we were really in the war. The lesson of the attack on Pearl Harbor is that we must never let our guard down, and allow ourselves to become complacent in this still dangerous world, with those who oppose our way of life still lined up against us wishing to not only do us harm, but to destroy us and our way of life, as evidenced by the attack on September 11th, 2001.
Labels: Pearl Harbor Day
Thursday, November 25, 2010
My family. I'll be spending part of the day today at my brothers place today. Don't know who all will be there, but it's all good.
My friends, both IRL and you guys. With the help and support of my IRL friends and you guys, I was able to keep my head above water during my extended period of unemployment. Thank you for that.
Speaking of employment, I'm thankful that I have a new full time job. I get along really well with my new co-workers, and I'm doing something that I'm good at.
My country. I am so thankful that I live in the United States! I enjoy so many freedoms that others do not have, and I pray that I will never take those freedoms for granted. I'm also thankful that so many people risked their lives, with some making the ultimate sacrifice, to not only give birth to this nation, but to continue to guard the freedoms that we who live here enjoy today.
I'm also thankful that one of the freedoms that we enjoy is the freedom of religion. Let us keep in mind those who do not have a job, or a place to call home this day, and ask the good Lord to extend His helping hand to those less fortunate.
What are you thankful for?
Labels: Thanksgiving Day
Friday, September 24, 2010
"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans
Highlights can be found here, if you don't want to read the full 21 pages.
The above two links are via Ace.
You know what? There are already rumblings from some DA's (and, no, that does not stand for District Attorney) out there that this doesn't "go far enough".
Ok, so maybe it's a little watered down from the Contract from the 1990's, but how long was that followed? Just long enough to get some people elected, that's how long. The cynics would say that the pledge is designed to accomplish the same thing - get some people elected.
But, maybe, this time, the people responsible for writing the pledge are really sincere, and did not do this for their own political gain, but in a genuine effort to return America to the path the Founders set us all upon. I would hate to think the pledge is about the former, and would bet my last dollar that it's the latter, instead.
Now, here's a bit of advice to all of the DA's in the world - sit down, and STFU. Listening to you DA's has only put us in this deep hole, and I think it's time for the grown ups to take over, ok?
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Muslim summit planned over NYC Islamic center
Your "faith" is not "under attack". What is "under attack" is the fact that you people want to build a monument to your "victory" on part of Ground Zero, which is a slap to the face of ALL Americans, not just New Yorkers. You want to build this monument just as you built the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Just as you built a mosque on the site of the cathedral in Cordoba, Spain. Just as you converted another cathedral in Sofia into a mosque. That's what you people do, when you conquer someone. I've got news for you - you haven't conquered us, so we don't want you to build a "victory mosque" on the site of what to us was an attack worse than the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A summit of U.S. Muslim organizations is planned for Saturday and Sunday in New York City to address both the project and a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and rhetoric that has accompanied the nationwide debate over the project.
We're not so much "anti-Muslim", as we are anti-asstwits, which is what you people are by insisting that this "victory mosque" be built.
It has yet to be seen whether the groups will emerge with a firm stand on the proposed community center, dubbed Park51. The primary purpose of the meeting is to talk about ways to combat religious bigotry.
When you do discuss "combating religious bigotry", make sure you look at yourselves first. You people have a philosophy that is anti-every other religion in the world. You might want to start there first.
But Shaik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, one of the groups organizing the gathering, said he has a growing sense that some American Muslims who initially had trepidation are now throwing their support behind the plan.
"Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we had no choice but to stand with Feisal (Abdul) Rauf," he said, referring to the New York City imam who has been leading the drive for the center.
Two things. One, how is it extreme when we object to being slapped in the face, by having a constant reminder of what you people did to us on September 11th, 2001, built on the very ground of that atrocity? What is "extreme" is the fact that you are ignoring our sensitivities in this matter, and are only looking at proclaiming yourselves as the victims here. That's extreme, claiming that you are the victims.
The other thing is, Rauf is no imam. To be an imam, you have to go through rigorous vetting by Muslim clerics who decide who is an imam. Rauf has not gone through that rigorous vetting. What he is, is a charlatan, and a slumlord.
Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs has much more on this, including the fact that this planned "summit" just happens to fall on Yom Kippur, giving our Jewish friends a hard slap in the face, which you can read here. So much for us Christians and Jews being the bigots, eh?
Labels: Ground Zero mosque
Saturday, September 11, 2010
On September 11, 2001 four airliners were hijacked by Islamist extremists. Three were deliberately flown into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. One, Flight 93, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh, after passengers on board attempted to retake the flight from the terrorists.
Below is the timeline of events on that day, courtesy of September 11 News.
7:58 AM - United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston on it's way to Los Angeles. Shortly after take off, it is hijacked and diverted to New York City.
7:59 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 also departs Boston for Los Angeles. Shortly after take off, it also is hijacked and diverted to New York City.
8:01 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark for San Francisco. Shortly after take off, it also is hijacked and diverted from it's original destination, likely to Washington, DC.
8:10 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington's Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles. Shortly after take off, it also is hijacked and diverted from it's original destination, heading to the Pentagon.
8:46 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston crashes into the North Tower at the World Trade Center.
9:03 a.m. - United Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the South Tower at the World Trade Center.
- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all New York area airports.
9:21 a.m. - Bridges and tunnels leading into New York City are closed.
9:25 a.m. - All domestic flights are grounded by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
9:45 a.m. - American Flight 77 crashes into The Pentagon.
10:05 a.m. - The South Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.
10:05 a.m. - The White House is evacuated.
10:10 a.m. - A large section of one side of The Pentagon collapses.
10:10 a.m. - United Flight 93 crashes in a wooded area in Pennsylvania, after passengers confront hijackers.
10:28 a.m. - The North Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.
To see a graph and images from that day, also courtesy of September 11 News, go here.
Almost 3,000 people perished that day, among them the passengers and aircrew of the four flights, employees of the many businesses in the World Trade Center buildings, military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon, and First Responders in New York City from the NYPD and FDNY, as well as others from outlying cities who also responded. The only satisfactory thing about this horrible day is that the 19 terrorist hijackers also died.
Before I conclude this, there is one thing I want to acknowledge, and that is the hospitality an, yes, love shown to thousands of passengers of other airliners that were diverted when the FAA ordered all flights grounded. That hospitality and love that was shown was from ordinary Canadian citizens, who went "above and beyond" in welcoming strangers to their cities, towns, and homes. Thank you all so much for that. It is a debt that may not, in truth, be repayable, but must be acknowledged and remembered.
As you go about your normal routine today, please take a moment to contemplate the events of this day, and remember.
Update! I was just informed of something I was totally unaware of that also happened that day by my friend polaris93, who told me that many, many people from the Jersey Shore area of New Jersey went over to New York City in their boats to pick up folks, and took them back to their homes to give them a place of refuge and to let them call loved ones to say they were alright. By not knowing this, I was not able to acknowledge their actions. To those of you who did this, thank you so much for what you did to give aid and comfort to strangers, and I hope you will forgive me for my ignorance, and omission.
Thank you too, polaris93, for letting me know this little known fact.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Remember in November
The answer to that, of course, is no.
The unemployemnt rate four years ago was hovering around the 5% to 5.5% mark, which was loudly trashed as being "too high" by the MFM. Now? The latest is 9.6% for August, up from 9.5% in July, nearly double what it was just four short years ago.
Housing is taking a beating, from lower new construction numbers, to higher foreclosure numbers.
We're in a stagnated recession that could, if we continue on the same failed policy path, turn into a double dip recession, meaning that unemployment numbers will rise, further worsening the recession as people hang on to what assets they have - just in case they become unemployed.
Four years ago the economy was still booming. What happened?
The Democrats gained the majority in Congress is what happened.
Since then, they pushed for the continuation of making sub-prime home loans to people who had absolutely no possible way to repay those loans, through having Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to guarantee those loans (with your money).
Since then, they have nationalized the auto industry by taking over majority stockholder status in both GM and Chrysler, without giving a dime in recompense to the actual stockholders.
Since then, they "bailed out" Wallstreet, instead of letting free market forces have their way with those companies that were foolish enough to buy up bad home loans, and get involved in derivatives.
Since then, they have nationalized health care, which means that because costs and taxes (and fines!) on businesses will go up when it is fully in place, businesses are not hiring, and are "letting people go" (which is what I was told when I lost my job back in January), to cut their operating costs (which I can't really blame them for doing, since most businesses are in business to make money, not gush it like the Gulf oil spill), further exacerbating the recession.
Since then, the national debt has increased from the billions (too high, to be sure), to the trillions (ridiculously, even criminally, high), burdening probably the next three or four generations with an impossible to pay back debt load.
Since then, they have downplayed the war on terror against Al Qaida, claiming that it is more a law enforcement problem. They don't call it what it is - terrorism - and will not even acknowledge that we are at war!
Since then, attempted terrorist attacks on our own soil have happened (how many happened when Mr. Bush was President after 9/11? Zero!), because they refuse to take this war seriously!
Since then, they have announced that we won in Iraq, so they stopped combat operations, and have pulled most of the troops home, while transferring others to Afghanistan - and are taking the credit! That takes a lot of gall. (Don't get me wrong - we have won in Iraq, but I don't think all of the Iraqi's wanted us to leave just yet. I'm also glad that the majority of our troops have been removed from imminent harm's way, but the question in my mind is - is the job really finished?)
Since then, they announced a withdrawal date from Afghanistan, regardless of conditions on the ground, and have imposed such Draconian rules of engagement that our troops there are seeing their casualty rates go up. The Taliban and Al Qaida forces have also been emboldened by the stated withdrawal date, and are in fact doing whatever they can to get us to leave earlier. The Afghan people are terrified that the Taliban will take their country back over if we do leave next summer.
Since then, our allies have been snubbed and insulted, while our enemies have been feted and regaled, emboldening our enemies, and making our allies wonder if they can trust us as far as they can throw us.
So, let me ask you again - are you better off now than you were four years ago?
If you don't like the direction our country is headed, if you don't like being unemployed (or underemployed), if you don't like it when your concerns are ignored by your "representatives" in town hall meetings, if you don't like being told "this is for your own good, so just sit down and shut up!", if you don't like government telling you what to do, instead of letting you determine whether you succeed or fail on your own merits, then I urge you to -
Remember in November!