Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Fred Thompson will be with John McCain for a couple events in North Carolina, this is a good thing as many of the Fredheads I know were the most upset about McCain. Huckabee and Romney have already been on the trail with John with both seemingly angling for the VP slot but Fred having rejected that idea is just out helping an old friend win support. So now all the major GOP candidates are behind the McCain campaign and should solidify support in conservative GOP circles, this is especially true now that the DNC has become the gaffe circus with all the fruits and nuts on display.
Obama and Clinton are now both politically very damaged candidates as November comes into focus while Pelosi and Reid do their best to destroy whatever credibility the Dem controlled Congress has left. The left is losing it and it will drive them even more mad as the hippie brigades roll into Denver.
Pass the popcorn we're through the previews and the real show is about to start.
We all knew Hillary is as dirty as they come but who would have thought His Hopeness would have all that dirt in his closet, Wright, Rezko and Ayers, Oh My!, not to mention his betrothed and her rants?
Posted by Goat at 3:55 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I received an email from the McCain campaign today which is not a surprise since I signed up for them about a couple fundraiser appearances here in NoCal in the near future. What struck me was the name of one of the hosts, a very uncommon name, Griff Harsh.
My late father taught math at a small private liberal arts college prep school in Alabama and as a faculty kid I had the good fortune of being able to attend, and the Harsh family sent a few boys through that truely excellent education so the name is well known by alumni of my generation.
The Griff Harsh my family knows went on to become a highly successful neuro/brain surgeon so if it is the same person it would not surprise me, glad he is on the right side.
Anyway, if anybody wonders where they can find a world class education for their college bound youngster send me an email and I will point you to one of the best.
Posted by Goat at 6:46 PM
With the wacky pastor back on the scene with a couple big appearances over the last few days I listened to a couple of his speeches and sermons and put two and two together. Wright is simply spewing the typical rhetoric of the moonbat left and glossing it up with some Biblical imagery. Its the same rhetoric you hear and see at anti-war rallies, the same conspiracy theories that run rampant around the nutroots of the left, the same support for communist dictators. This is what the left believes so it easy to see how Obama as a far leftist who surrounded himself with far leftist friends and associates could be a longstanding patron of Wright's church and not find what he was saying offensive. What Wright says is not too different from what unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers says in a speech in 2007, this is what the far left believes and Barack is their man. What Obama didn't realize was that outside of the elite echo box of the academic left that a vast majority of Americans would find those views disgusting like the telling "bitter" gaffe to the elite uber-rich left at a high dollar fundraiser in San Francisco.
He has been exposed as the far left liberal he is and now the far left is furious that we would even bring it up like its not relevant or something to his policies.
Update: Allahpundit clipped footage of Obama's press conference today about his crazy uncle's antics, they stung him bad politically and now he has to throw that crazy uncle under the bus.
Posted by Goat at 11:32 AM
Monday, April 28, 2008
Frederick Kagan does a good job of explaining just what victory will look like and how that picture is shaping up in this must read piece from the Weekly Standard.
Virtually everyone who wants to win this war agrees: Success will have been achieved when Iraq is a stable, representative state that controls its own territory, is oriented toward the West, and is an ally in the struggle against militant Islamism, whether Sunni or Shia. This has been said over and over. Why won't war critics hear it? Is it because they reject the notion that such success is achievable and therefore see the definition as dishonest or delusional? Is it because George Bush has used versions of it and thus discredited it in the eyes of those who hate him? Or is it because it does not offer easily verifiable benchmarks to tell us whether or not we are succeeding? There could be other reasons--perhaps critics fear that even thinking about success or failure in Iraq will weaken their demand for an immediate "end to the war." Whatever the explanation for this tiresome deafness,here is one more attempt to flesh out what success in Iraq means and how we can evaluate progress toward it.
Iraq is swiftly becoming a stable and strong ally of the US in the fight against radicalized islamo-terrorism. The Iraqi people of all sects and athnicities have rejected the extremist's forms of sha`ria as imposed by Al Qaeda or the Mahdi Army and are tired of the thuggery and violence the extremists bring with them. The Iraqi people are fighting and dying to free themselves from the grip of tyrants including religious ones, we should help them succeed. Success builds on success and the Iraqi people are seeing it and responding.
Posted by Goat at 2:58 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It was a good interview and in my opinion did not help Obama as he still left himself open to being clueless about the economy and what capital is and why taxing it is a bad thing. He also in a round-a-bout way admitted Wright, Ayers and Rezko are legitimate concerns for us bitter small towners that own guns and cling to our rights as granted by our Creator.
Then I see this article from some big city liberal talking down his long blue nose to the Scots-Irish and the south in general because we won't fall in line with his big city elite socialism and behave as good little tax payers should. Well this American of Scots-Irish descent has a place for big city moonbats, like you Mr Michael Hirsch, it is in the sty with the rest of the socialist pigs.
It's OK, I BBQed some pork country ribs, cracked a beer, switched channels between baseball, golf and NASCAR and gave my guns a loving glance or two .
Posted by Goat at 10:18 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Posted by Goat at 7:06 PM
Friday, April 25, 2008
Allahpudit put up this clip of Fred's sitdown with Sean Hannity incase you missed it or like me doesn't have FOX news in their cable package/ They of course have the transcript and the rest of the interview video online. Fred and Sean discuss the VP question and Barack Obama.
It's not in the video but I found this exchange worth noting about John McCain.
HANNITY: What do you say to conservatives that were supporting you because they deemed you as more conservative that maybe had some issues with Senator McCain?
THOMPSON: I would say to my friends that, on all of the issues that are most important to this country and to our future, and to the future generations, John McCain is solid on. Certainly national security, with regard to the tax issues, with regard to trade policy, which is an important part of our prosperity also, all those things he's been strong on for a long time.
He is one of the few people in the United States Congress, if not the only one, who over a period of several years, who stood strong on pork barrel spending and wasteful government spending and so forth, you know.
And one of the things that we're going to need in a leader going forward in this country, and one of the things we're going to need to get somebody elected president on the Republican ticket in these times that are very difficult for Republicans, is someone with credibility.
John's solid. I don't agree with him on everything. I didn't during the campaign. But on the fundamental core issues, he is rock solid. And he's honest. And he does what he thinks is right.
Sidenote: Don't miss my guest blogger Bar's great post below, another must read.
Posted by Goat at 7:53 PM
Obama's controversial pastor was on lefty sycophant Bill Moyer's PBS show and complained that his statements had been taken out of context, a valid complaint. Well Hugh Hewitt played two of those sermons in full today on his radio show and the full context only makes the soundbites worse, Jeremiah Wright is simply an anti-American hate filled racist bigot of the worst sort and Obama along with his family sat in his pews for over two decades. If you wish to indulge yourself in his vitriolic rants Hugh has the audio posted here.
Posted by Goat at 5:36 PM
Via Cap'n Ed at Hot air, Hey Obama camp I don't like Obama because he is a far left marxist liberal extremist just like I don't like Bill Ayers it ain't got a damn thing to do with his race. Yeah I'm bitter because jackasses like you like to call me a racist because I won't vote for your golden boy of hope and change that spouts old failed policies as new and improved socialism.
Q: Well, one of the things to which some Democrats point — the Clinton campaign has not said this publicly at least, but one certainly hears it in talking to supporters in more of a background way. Look at the racial polarization in the last several contests — Pennsylvania, Ohio, Mississippi — is that going to be a problem? Is race going to be a problem for Barack Obama in the general election?
Plouffe: We really don’t think so. I mean the vast, vast majority of voters who would not vote for Barack Obama in November based on race are probably firmly in John McCain’s camp already. And I think if you look at the Democratic voters who are voting for Senator Clinton in some of these states, when you sort of look beneath it and you project how this is going to happen, Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee. He is going to be articulating policies and ideas that they believe in. They won’t agree with John McCain on issues like the economy and health care. And so I think that we are going to get the vast, vast majority of Democratic voters
Posted by Goat at 3:49 PM
Via Gateway Pundit, La Raza and MeCHa open borders advocates take over a bridge on Michigan State campus and demand IDs to cross, YAF captured it on film and the protestors didn't like being filmed and of course act like the spoiled punks they are.
Posted by Goat at 3:39 PM
In anticipation of Israel's 60th birthday on Yom HaAtzmaut, the writers at Tzipiyah have envisioned an amazing project which they have asked me to contribute to. I have been asked to write about the 4 accomplishments of the State of Israel of which I am most proud. Since I will be leaving in a week, and it will be yom tov in a few days, I have decided to post them now and leave them until Yom HaAtzmaut.
1) JEWISH PRIDE
They came running through the streets like lions, dropping from the skies, guns blaring, fire burning. They ran, in the spirit of David and Joshua, Judah the Maccabee and Bar Kochba, full of courage and bravery. Their enemies fell before their in fear and shame, as they streamed towards the Kotel, the most holy and awesome place which had been denied to them for so long. Who were these men? What sort of people were they? Were they the Jews, the people of the gas chambers and ovens? Were they the same people that had long been associated with death and persecution, with helplessness and passivity, fighting their enemies? Is it possible that a nation that had been taunted for so long, that was rounded up from all of Europe for annhilation, asserted itself and stood up strong?
The establishment of the State of Israel and the amazing turn-about of Jewish fortune following the Holocaust is nothing short of miraculous. There is no parallel to this sort of reversal in all of the annals of human history. One third of the Jewish People had been consumed in the cruel fires of the Nazi war machine. The survivors were downtrodden and ashamed. "Even all the nations shall say 'Wherefore Why has HaShem done this to His land? What is the meaning of the heat of this great anger?'"(Deut 29:24) From this crushing defeat there would be no respite. The downtrodden Jew would finally disappear into the dust of history. And yet in the ashes of such an evil blaze, like a phoenix, the Jewish nations rose again. "'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off... Thus saith the Lord G-D: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people. And I will put My spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I will place you in your own land; and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezek. 37:10-12) The Jewish nation arose once again, and like a firebrand plucked from the fires of the Holocaust, defeated a mighty army of one million well-trained Arab soldiers committed to driving the fledgling state into the sea. The world saw with crystal clear vision, and again in 1967, that G-d had never divorced Israel. For two thousand years of exile, the Catholic Church had taught the hideous doctrine of the Witness, that the Jewish People were designated to be a sign to show how wretched life would be for those who rejected their god. G-d had replaced Israel and now they were dejected and low. The miracles and triumphs of 1967 was the best refutation of such a perversion ever. The State of Israel shows that G-d still loves His people and that He has great things in store for them.
2) THE INGATHERING OF THE EXILES
As we head towards the Kotel, we are joined by thousands of our brethren from hundreds of dispersions, from Poland and Russia, Morocco and Tunisis, Ethiopia and India, all going towards the same place, the Holy Wall. Three times a day for two thousands years, Jews in the cramped ghettos of Warsaw and Lublin, the squalor of the Pale of Settlment, the melahs of Casablanca and Fez, had turned like spiritual magnets towards Jerusalem to beseech the Holy One, Blessed be He that "our eyes may behold Your return to Zion in mercy." Never did they forget to pledge "Next year in Jerusalem!" at the close of every Passover seder and Yom Kippur feast. Despite promises of emancipation and acceptance, we never forget that we were but strangers in a strange land, ever waiting the day when we would come home.
Following the Establishment of the State of Israel, one millions Jews from Arab lands who had lived there since time immemorial were expelled, leaving behind many millions of dollars in property and goods. The State of Israel took them in and despite many problems and setbacks along the way, successfully integrated them into society. On the streets on Israel, one can see the most amazing diversity: black-hatted hareidim with Yiddish accents alongside gutteral Sepharadim, Jews from America and the UK with native born Sabras, Jews from the former Soviet Union, liberated from Communist oppression with the Jews who worked so hard to ensure their freedom, fine-featured and delicate Ethiopian Jews with lily-white Ashkenazim. Oh, the Jewish nation has come home!
3) TORAH AND JEWISH RENEWAL
In the Diaspora, Judaism is in a very dangerous lethargic state. With rampant assimilation and intermarriage, great ignorance, a proliferation of cults and missionaries and rising anti-semitism, prospects are not looking good. Despite all of the problems in Israel, it is the only Jewish community that is growing, and flourishing. The Torah community is very strong and the land is full of yeshivot and Torah learning. There is truly a fulfillment of the verse: "For out of Zion will go forth Torah and the word of G-d from Jerusalem." Israel is the only place in the world where a committed Jew can live a full Jewish life instead of compartmentalizing his identity to when it is most appropriate.
4) ISRAEL'S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES
Israel is one the world's most technologically advanced societies. Just the other day, a scientist invented a method of being able to write halachically on Shabbat. Since the prohibition is on writing permanently, this shabbos pen allows you to write something down and it will disappear three days later, once one has had enough time to photocopy the info.
Here are some facts about Israel's scientific advances:
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized,no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
Israel's Givun imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
Technology... With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.
Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.
The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
The AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device,produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct - all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.
An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert."
Am Yisrael Chai!
Cross-posted to Goat's Barnyard
Thursday, April 24, 2008
After listening to the whole uncut speech I can see why Barack and his wife befriended Ayers and Dohrn, there are many many similarities in their socio/political philosophy. These videos are very worth watching and thoroughly explain the talking points of the moonbats today. They are not long, with a hattip to Hugh Hewitt for posting them.
The really scary part is Ayers is a professor of education, he teaches future teachers and is vice president of a 25,000 member teachers organization responsible for developing curriculum for our kids. I can't think of a better argument for home schooling. Please follow that link as it will tell you alot about the state of our puplic education system as well as that of supposedly higher ed and why its going down hill. Hattip to Michelle Malkin.
America’s historical ideal of public schooling as a means of assimilating all children (and particularly the children of new immigrants) into a common civic and democratic culture is already under assault from the multiculturalists and their race- and gender-centered pedagogy. Now Ayers and his social justice movement, by dismissing the civic culture ideal as nothing more than “capitalist hegemony,” subvert the public schools even further—while subsidized by the taxpayers, including the capitalists who supposedly control the schools.
And it’s not just from his government-funded outpost at the University of Illinois that Ayers is spreading the word about radical social justice teaching. He maintains a busy lecture schedule at other ed schools around the country, and he does teacher training and professional development for the Chicago public schools. All that still leaves him enough time to give nostalgic lectures on college campuses about his Weather Underground experiences.
There is also lots more here that I would encourage all my friends with school age children or grandchildren to read and take action against at the local level. This is the type of education Obama wants, the education of victimization, oppression and radicalism in identity group politics. It is rampant here in California, they sure aren't learning reading, writing, history, geography or arithmatic, they learn what it means to be gay or muslim and how evil America is.
Posted by Goat at 5:41 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Finally the MSM is starting to peel back the layers of the onion and it stinks to the core. BO when asked about Bill Ayers has tried to say that what happened when he was eight years old has litttle consequense as he runs for POTUS but it appears Ayers' coconspirator and wife was still up to her dirty tricks into the '80s including ID theft, robbery, and murder. Chicago Tribune reporter John Kass actually did a little bit of legwork and investigative journalism and uncovered this under reported story.
So let's wait until Labor Day, when Broadway Baby may become a catchphrase. Here's why: According to a 1982 New York Times report, Broadway Baby was implicated in an investigation of a series of violent armed robberies in New York—netting more than $2 million over a two-year span—committed by former Black Panthers and Weather Underground members in the early '80s.
Their aim? Global revolution, naturally. They needed cash, but the rich white parents weren't in a giving mood. So their privileged offspring grabbed guns, pointed them at the faces of the working man and, sometimes, they pulled the trigger.
Read the whole thing as he has quite a few details.
Michelle Malkin has a round up of other links to those also looking into the Obama, Ayers, Dohrn connections and just how deep they go including funding the PLO through the Woods Foundation and Rashid Kalidi.
Rick Moran has much more on the connections Barack has to other seedy characters from the Middle East besides Tony Rezko.
No wonder Hamas and other islamo terror groups are rooting for cut and run Barack to win.
Following some of the links from Michelle's post I found UTube videos of the Weather Underground and it seems the language of the moonbats has not changed at all in 40 years and sounds just like Code Pink and the other anti-war kooks out there. The "New Left is now the Old Left and has taken over the Democratic Party and is just as freaky as ever.
Update: LGF and Jawa Report and Front Page have uncovered another terrorist fundraiser for Obama that used to work for a group shut down by the Feds that is now a full time fundraiser for the Obama campaign and Michelle Obama is listed as one of his friends. Charles has the screen cap proving it.
Charles also has info on Obama's chief blogger as a full fledged marxist.
Here’s an article by Sam Graham-Felsen at the Harvard Crimson, expressing his admiration for anti-American academic Noam Chomsky, and advising him to tone down the extreme rhetoric in order to trick the unwashed masses into following
along: Chomsky’s Choice.
Quoted from Front Page via Rusty.
Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts for his newest cause - Barack Obama for President
Posted by Goat at 3:21 PM
Thee moonbats are getting violent now because they aren't getting their way and are being proven wrong at every turn. A 14 year old boy and son of a veteran was part of a Gathering of Eagles counter-protest and was attempting to film the moonbats when they got aggressive. His parents came to his aid and they were jumped and beaten by the "peace" activists. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit and John Lilyea have the details. The sad part is that the police and onlookers did nothing, no arrests were made. John had this to say.
There is a disturbing trend of escalating violence from the Left, probably stemming from their frustration that they’re losing the argument and they’re being proved wrong, in terms of our national security. They’re coming to the realization that they don’t represent the majority of Americans like Nancy Pelosi and Medea Benjamin told them last year.
But, I blame this trend of violence on authorities who coddle the protesters fearing lawsuits and taking a beating the media. The longer authorities allow this behavior to continue, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. The more crimes the Left can get away with, the more they’re going to attempt until someone finally dies (that’s what ended the Vietnam War protests). The Left are like insolent children who will continue to push the limits of the law until the law starts pushing back.
2008 is starting to look more and more like 1968 and it will all come to a head like a festering boil at the Democrat's convention in Denver as Jim has been covering quite closely. Heck even the Weather Underground and the Black Panthers are back in the news. This is the Democrat's base of support folks, far left socialist, America hating thugs with Barack Obama as their champion.
Posted by Goat at 10:06 AM
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It is stiil fairly early but it has been called for Clinton though she will make up little in the delegate count she may close the gap quite a bit in the popular vote count which will be the gist of her argument to the super-delegates. The only interest I really have is seeing Barack and Hillary continue to bloody each other up and disgust the general electorate for a couple more months as more and more comes out about Barack and his radical associates and politics.
Glancing around Politico's county by county breakdown Hillary has kicked his butt in all but one small county that is the heart of Philly with about 50% of the vote counted.
Update: Well it looks like Clinton has erased Barack's popular vote lead or put a very serious dent in it depending on how you interpret Real Clear Politics' tally of previous primaries. Bottom line, it ain't nowhere near being over, I guess Operation Chaos could be deemed a success.
Posted by Goat at 6:44 PM
Hugh Hewitt is playing some recent,'07, audio from BO's friend Bill Ayers on his radio show tonight and wow is all I can say. Here is a small clip that Hugh has transcribed so far and I will link to the audio when it gets posted.
Empire resurrected, and unapologetic, war without end. An undefined enemy that is supposed to be a rallying point for a new kind of energized jingoistic patriotism. Unprecedent and unapologetic military expansion. White supremcy changing its form, but essentially in tact. Attacks on women and girls --violent attacks. Growing surveillance in every sphere of our lives. On and on and on. The targeting of gay and lesbian people as a kind of a scapegoating gesture, to keep our minds off of what is really happening.
This isn't mainstream or even center-left stream, this is far far left stream.
Update: Powerline has more on Ayers and Dohrn as well as the audio clips from 2007
Posted by Goat at 5:44 PM
Hmm, Chicago has a gun ban similar to that in DC and 32 people were shot there last weekend yet the safest states and big cities allow gun ownership and concealed carry. I related a story a while back about a veteran that had survived three tours in Iraq but was gunned down outside a Cubs game in Chicago, sounds like Baghdad, Mosul and Fallujah may be safer than our big cities that ban personal gun ownership or restrict them to the point of uselessness.
Posted by Goat at 11:57 AM
Monday, April 21, 2008
A positive good news piece from the AFP about farmers returning to their fields for the first time in years after Al Qaeda was finally run off by American surge forces in Arab Jabur.
Three months after US forces dropped tonnes of bombs on Arab Jubur and put Al-Qaeda to flight, farmers are everywhere out in their fields tending their tomatoes.
Homes in the Sunni Arab rural patch about 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Baghdad, meanwhile, are being rebuilt, schools reopened, roads repaired and irrigation pumps renewed, even as shopkeepers happily dust off their shelves.
"It's the first time in three years I am able to work in my lands," said Ammar Wadi, a 30-year-old vegetable farmer who also runs a small dairy herd.
His lands, on the banks of the Tigris, are thriving. Besides tomatoes, he also grows ochre and wheat, while some of his 30 acres is devoted to pastures.
"When Al-Qaeda was here it was impossible to farm," said the jolly-faced farmer from under an orange cap while taking time out from his labours to visit his cousin's newly-reopened grocery store on a dusty rural road.
"We left with only the clothes we were wearing," said Juburi, a square-jawed man with high eyebrows and wells of deep sadness in his eyes.
"Al-Qaeda are the worst criminals on earth," he said standing before large posters of his slain relatives displayed among others killed by Al-Qaeda at a memorial set up at the local community centre.
"I hope they never come back. We now just want to farm in peace. I hope the Americans stay here for a long, long time," he said.
Who would have thought the French press would be reporting good news better than ours?
Posted by Goat at 2:54 PM
Mike is back in the US for a while to promote his book "Moment of Truth in Iraq" and sat down with Katheryn Jean Lopez for an extended interview that is a must read.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: What does it mean to be American “in the most romantic sense of the word” and why is it essential to counterinsurgency?
Michael Yon: Remember the scene in Lawrence of Arabia, where Peter O’Toole executes an Arab friend? “It was written,” Anthony Quinn tries to console him. Lawrence turns on him furiously and declares “Nothing is written.” It’s a very American moment in an English story. Americans live in a romance of possibility; we say “we can do it!” We reject fate.
Replacing fatalism with hope is crucial in a counterinsurgency. The citizen is trapped by despair — caught between an inept and/or corrupt local government and brutalizing terrorists. So when the government comes looking for the terrorists-next-door, the neighbors say nothing. That’s how insurgencies survive.
Counterinsurgency is political war. Governments that can’t remove sewage, lose the people. So in a counter insurgency American soldiers trained to hunt and kill terrorists may find themselves in a Baghdad neighborhood talking to the locals about sewage removal.
Strange combo, you might say — warriors and sewage removal. But these warriors are Americans. If it needs to be done, they do it or help do it. And next thing you know, the locals are telling our folks where the terrorists are hiding.
The romance of self-reliance. Replacing fatalism with hope. This is absolutely essential because counterinsurgency works only if people help defend themselves.
The American soldier is the most dangerous man in the world, and the Iraqis had to learn that before they would trust or respect our folks. But it is only after they see with their own eyes these great-hearted warriors, who so enjoy killing the enemy, are even happier helping to build a school or to make a neighborhood safe that we really got their attention.
Posted by Goat at 1:44 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I don't think I have ever read a bigger pile of condescending tripe as this since I read Marx and Nietzsche a few decades ago. Yes Mr Frank I am bitter because idiots like you continue to pollute the media. I am bitter because my state run by liberal Democrats continues to drive away jobs through over taxation and regulation. I am bitter because the homosexual lobby is trying to force their agenda down my throat as normal and benign when it is not. I am bitter because you and yours want to restrict my ability to protect myself and those I love through gun ownership. I am bitter because the open borders lobby has no respect for our laws and sovereignty. I am bitter because God has been stripped from the public sphere and those of us that believe are treated as rubes by the enlightened moonbat fools like yourself.
I am bitter because idiots like you want people like me, a small business owner, to lose faith in the American dream and instead rely on the government to provide all my needs. Sorry but that is not going to happen. I believe in America , its people and the incredible resilience and ability of their vigor for a better way of life free of the trappings of the welfare state. Well Mr Frank here is the virtual finger from a small town living , gun owning, self employed, God fearing, America loving patriot, go f**k yourself and that donkey you are riding.
Posted by Goat at 10:22 PM
Many in the West think the problems in Sudan are caused by ethno/religio conflicts but it appears that is but part of it. Shane Smith, the same guy from the NoKo documentary, goes to Sudan to find out for himself and what he finds may surprise you, it did me. The other eight parts can be found here and I urge you to go watch them. I'll tell you what, the guy has some major cajones.
Even the poorest of the poor in the West live like kings comparatively.
Posted by Goat at 5:53 PM
Breaking News at least to the WaPo, John McCain has a temper, well doesn't everybody to some extent or the other. This all old news and well known but as this response to NRO's The Corner adds much of this story is simply bunk. I actually like the fact that ole Johnny Mac has a fiesty side to him and don't see it has hurting him at all, we don't need a whiney milquetoast for POTUS. It also seems Hillary and Barack have cornered the whine market these days as have their supporters but that is nothing new either.
Posted by Goat at 3:55 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Are we near peak oil or just breaking the crust? This is a very interesting study of the various theories surrounding this debate. I am in the abiogenic camp believing that oil and coal are processes of the earth's tectonic forces. It is in PDF format and fairly long with some serious chemistry and physics involved but there is plenty for the layman to get a grasp of the debate as well. I just can't accept the biogenic argument that "fossil" fuels are formed by organic matter as it just doesn't add up to even the known sources. Part of what I find most intriguing is the depth of oil and gas discoveries and the depth of fossil record, for example fossils recovered from coal beds when all examples of such would be gone if the biogenic argument held true. I am by no means a scientist or geologist but it has been a subject that has fascinated me since I was child walking in the woods with my godfather, a physicist and geologist. I have marveled over fossils and studied rock formations as a mountaineer so I am not ignorant to what these folks are saying having paid attention in chemistry class on the building blocks and formation of hydro-carbons, the basis of energy and life.
Posted by Goat at 9:42 PM
Mark chimes in on God and guns and why America is so great because of them not despite them. This is a must read column in the Orange County Register. It is so good I am not even going to take a snip out of it so you have to go read the whole thing. " Guns and God? Hell, Yes", Obama and the moonbat lefties understand neither.
Update: Don't miss Michael Barone's excellent read as well.
Posted by Goat at 5:11 PM
Well he tried to skate around the issue the other night in the debate and lied about filling out a questionair where he advocated banning the sale, manufacture and possession of handguns. He is opposed to concealed carry anf favors banning all semi-automatic weapons. Now Politico has the scoop on his time at the Joyce Foundation and their support for the banning of handguns.
Barack Obama's presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns.
But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions.
The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”
Obama spent eight years on the board of the Joyce Foundation, which paid him more than $70,000 in directors fees
Posted by Goat at 4:09 PM
In case you missed it, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", this my favorite hymn next to "Amazing Grace".
If this doesn't give you chills you might be a Democrat.
Happy Patriot's Day!
"What a glorious morning this is!"
-- Samuel Adams (to John Hancock at the Battle of Lexington,
Massachusetts, 19 April 1775)
Posted by Goat at 9:12 AM
Friday, April 18, 2008
The VBS team finally arrives at the edges of the great Pacific garbage vortex. They have posted two more episodes of the series since my last post. You can go here to view the rest. Here is the latest.
How do we clean up this mess and prevent it from growing? It all starts at home folks by picking up trash and preventing it from getting into waterways that flow to the ocean. I do my part by recycling and composting, I generate less than an underdesk trash can of garbage a month that would go into a landfill. We all have to do our part in just these little ways.
Posted by Goat at 6:27 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Just another reason why I dislike unions, 2-300 members of the Service Employees International Union cause havoc and injuries as they disrupt a conference.
About 15 conference participants were acting as security at the banquet hall doors. When the chanting protesters entered, waving noisemakers, they and others quickly formed a double line in front of the doors, linking arms to block the way. Some participants were thrown to the ground by larger SEIUers. One protestor broke through the first line and, finding himself trapped between the two lines, flailed wildly. Former Labor Notes office manager Dianne Feeley, a retiree from American Axle, was pushed and fell, cutting her head, and was treated at an emergency room. Protesters continued to try to advance toward the doors, some nonviolently and others more aggressively.
Hattip: Matt Lewis
Posted by Goat at 5:55 PM
Obama's mindless moonbat minions are in a totally outraged high dudgeon that ABC's Gibson and Stephanopolous actually dared to ask his hopeness about some of his radical associations and socialist redistributive taxation plans. They are wondering where the policy questions were and missing the point that these questions about gaffes and associates go to matters of honesty and character, important qualities for a POTUS to have. I guess they missed the last few debates that were an endless rehashing of minuscule differences in their policies about socialist healthcare or how fast they can retreat in defeat from Iraq. They can't stand the fact that their messiah is finally getting exposed as the hard left radical socialist that he is and that he won't be able to just walk into the Whitehouse as the saviour of all humanity which of course is impossible for a mere mortal. The moonbats have elevated Obama to such great heights that like Icarrus his wings will melt and he will crash to earth burnt and politically dead.
Now of course the moonbats aren't bothered by Obama's friends like William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi, and Edward Said because the moonbats empathize with America hating terrorists and their supporters and overlook corruption when it suits their end. Hillary is right to bring up all this stuff because it does mean something in the general election when most of America abhors people like that and don't hate their country. Obama has been running in a fish bowl since the beginning and clearly does not understand us simpleton rednecks as anything but bitter gun-toting, racists because we don't buy into his high words of hope and socialist change. His ideas fit in well with with the ivy league liberal circles he is accustomed to but not in middle America and he is shocked by it.
Too bad Barrack, politics at that level is hardball and if you can't take the heat, what are you doing at the plate to begin with?
Michelle has much more of course.
Update: A Barnyard welcome to visitors from Rezkorama !
Posted by Goat at 4:17 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Yeah I finally got a much wanted opening to join Michelle's site.
Posted by Goat at 8:10 PM
I didn't find the live stream till after all the juicy parts from what I gathered from Cap'n Ed's live blogging but thankfully Allahpundit is busy posting clips for us. It seems Hillary smoked Obamessiah and he came of looking pretty bad, Ed said it was his absolute worst performance yet while finally getting grilled for once and John McCain won hands down. He actually got asked about William Ayers, the Weather Underground bomber of the '60s by former Clinton staffer George Stephanopolos.
Hillary twists the Wright dagger
Posted by Goat at 7:13 PM
According to reports, President Bush is shying away from visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, when he is in Israel for its 60th Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day. The Western Walll, the only remaining defensive wall of the First and Second Temples, was deemed too controversial for Bush.
What is it that is so controversial? The Western Wall, since Jewish prayer on its holiest site, the Temple Mount, is severely restricted, has been the focal point of Jewish worship during the most recent return to Zion. Jews have worshipped there since the destruction of the Second Temple. It was off-limits to Jews under Jordanian rule following the 1949 armistice and was liberated in the 1967 Six Day War. This is where the famous picture of Israeli paratroopers looking up at the Wall in awe comes from.
Muslims have recently been staking a claim not only to the Temple Mount, but to the Western Wall as well. They call it Al-Burak and say the religion's founder, Mohammad, tied his horse there during a midnight journey that took him to "the farthest mosque" - which they say is a reference to the Jerusalem mosque later given that name. However, such a claim is extremely weak compared to the millenia of unbroken Jewish worship on the Temple Mount and later the Western Wall. The Qur'an's Night Journey was only associated with Jerusalem decades after the Mosque of Omar was built. The Mosques on the Mount are inscribed with beautiful Arabic caligraphy with many verses from the Qur'an and yet the Night Journey is conspicuously missing.
The Tomb of the Patriarchs, Mearat HaMachpela, in Hevron, is also mentionned explicitly as being too controversial for Bush to visit. He would certainly not want to upset the Arabs by giving the impression that the Tomb of the founders of the Jewish Nation, of Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov, and legal inheritors of that parcel of land, has any connection to Jews. Hevron is the second holiest Jewish site and a hallowed place of prayer beginning with Calev, who prayed there during his touring of the Land, that he should not fall into the conspiracy of the Spies. Under Ottoman rule, Jews were not allowed to pray past the 7th step leading to the Tomb. Certainly, such a thing would be too controversial and offensive to Arab sensibilities.
Instead, Bush has opted to visit the fortress of Masada, where one thousand Jews chose to commit suicide rather than fall into the hands of the Romans.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library:
The only written source about Masada is Josephus Flavius’ The Jewish War. Born Joseph ben Matityahu of a priestly family, he was a young leader at the outbreak of the Great Jewish Rebellion against Rome (66 CE) when he was appointed governor of Galilee. He managed to survive the suicide pact of the last defenders of Jodfat and surrendered to Vespasian (who shortly thereafter was proclaimed emperor) – events he described in detail. Calling himself Josephus Flavius, he became a Roman citizen and a successful historian. Moral judgment aside, his accounts have been proved largely accurate.
According to Josephus Flavius, Herod the Great built the fortress of Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. Herod, an Idumean, had been made King of Judea by his Roman overlords and was hated by his Jewish subjects. Herod, the master builder, “furnished this fortress as a refuge for himself.” It included a casemate wall around the plateau, storehouses, large cisterns ingeniously filled with rainwater, barracks, palaces and an armory.
Some 75 years after Herod’s death, at the beginning of the Revolt of the Jews against the Romans in 66 CE, a group of Jewish rebels overcame the Roman garrison of Masada. After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple (70 CE) they were joined by zealots and their families who had fled from Jerusalem. With Masada as their base, they raided and harassed the Romans for two years. Then, in 73 CE, the Roman governor Flavius Silva marched against Masada with the Tenth Legion, auxiliary units and thousands of Jewish prisoners-of-war. The Romans established camps at the base of Masada, laid siege to it and built a circumvallation wall. They then constructed a rampart of thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth against the western approaches of the fortress and, in the spring of the year 74 CE, moved a battering ram up the ramp and breached the wall of the fortress.
Josephus Flavius dramatically recounts the story told him by two surviving women. The defenders – almost one thousand men, women and children – led by Eleazar ben Ya’ir, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive. “And so met (the Romans) with the multitude of the slain, but could take no pleasure in the fact, though it were done to their enemies. Nor could they do other than wonder at the courage of their resolution, and at the immovable contempt of death which so great a number of them had shown, when they went through with such an action as that was.”
The Zealots cast lots to choose 10 men to kill the remainder. They then chose among themselves the one man who would kill the survivors. That last Jew then killed himself.
It is quite telling that Bush, instead of visiting sites associated with Jewish renewal and connection to Israel, chose to visit a fortress where the Jews took their own lives, determined not to fall into enemy hands. Especially on the heels of Bush's suicidal policies towards the State of Israel, he could not make a more symbolic choice. Hopefully, Bush will learn the lesson of Masada and realize the determination of the Jewish people to be a free nation in our own land. Let him know that Masada will not fall again!
Cross-posted from For Zion's Sake
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It ain't quite Iron Chefs but it is fun. Tonight the chef wannabees had to butcher a chicken in under five minutes, something I can do in about two and perfectly, heck I have been doing it since I could wield a knife. These idiots are not cooks, they are poseurs of the worst sort. These folks have never been on a farm obviously and it shows badly. I mean how hard is it to cut a chicken into breasts, legs, thighs and wings sending the backs, necks, feet and giblets into the stock pot. Maybe I should try out for one of these spots as a darn good cook that is not afraid to experiment and expand a recipe.
Posted by Goat at 9:16 PM
Monday, April 14, 2008
This disturbs me very much, part one of a 12 part series that they are half way through. I am an enviromentalist but not of the Al Gore type, I just hate pollution of any sort.
Please go to the link above and check out the the rest of the series so far.
Posted by Goat at 10:55 PM
The Aussies are out best and strongest allies and this respect from them is heartfelt. I know I have a few Aussie friends here in the Barnyard so I ask you when you see one of your soldiers tell them Thank You from an American. Via an email Blackfive posted, read the whole thing but here is a clip.
"Before I came over here I thought we (the Australian Army) were pretty shit hot..... was I ever wrong!....The Yanks (I hope you don't mind me using that word) are so professional from the top to the bottom that it is almost embarrassing to be in their company, and to call yourself a soldier....don't get me wrong, we are good at what we do but the Yanks are so much better.....they are complete at what they do, how they do it and their attitude is awesome....they don't complain they just get on with the job and they do it right.
“I carry a Minimi (SAW) so I am not real worried about a confrontation but I tell you I feel safer just knowing that the US Marines are close by....If we got into trouble I know that our boys would come running and we could deal with it but they would probably be passed by a load of Hummers. No questions asked, no glory sought, the Americans would just fight with us and for us because that is their nature, to protect those in need of protection.
“We use the American Mess so you could say that we are fed by the Americans.....they have every right to be pissed at that but they don't bitch about that they just make us feel as welcome as possible....what gets to me is that the Yanks don't walk around with a "we are better than you attitude" and they could because they are, they treat us as equals and as brothers in arms. If nothing else, coming here has taught me that the Americans are a truly great Nation and a truly great bunch of people.
“Let's face it they don't HAVE to be here, they could stay in America and beat the shit out of anyone who threatened them, BUT THEY ARE HERE because they believe they should be here, and the Iraqis would be screwed if they weren't here
Posted by Goat at 7:22 PM
He gave a speech today to the Alliance for Manufacturing that contains so many blatant lies and untruths that it hard to know where to start in addressing them. He says alot about lost jobs going overseas but does not address what drove those jobs out of the country which is high taxation, regulation and overbearing demands from unions that bankrupted them like the auto makers are facing today. He rails about the Bush administration's policies that have produced incredible economic growth despite 9/11, major hurricanes and a major war. How is he going to help workers when he raises taxes and increases regulations on those very corporations that provide quality jobs for millions of Americans? How does it help the workers when he takes the money from investors by taxing their profits on the capital gains leaving them with less to invest to create more jobs or to give more money to their workers? He clearly doesn't understand economics with so many of his statements its appalling.
He blatantly lies when he says he doesn't take donations from PACS or lobbyists or corporations, well he can't because they can't donate to an individual campaign but he sure raised millions from Hollywood and some of his biggest bundlers are lobbyists and oil company executives. Heck those damning statements he made last week were from billionaires row in San Francisco, the richest block in the world, where he raised millions in just four appearances particularly at the oil heir Getty's. I guess he forgot about that visit to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's old lobbying firm in Miami where he raised a couple hundred thousand bucks or all the help he received from Tony Rezko currently on trial for bribery and corruption.
I am sure this speech will get fisked by some bloggers far more capable than me because it stinks to high heaven.
Posted by Goat at 2:55 PM
Via Mary Katherine Ham is this excerpt from Johnny Mac and they are right on the button. John does understand us simpleton Americans in ways Obama never will as his preferred method of campaigning is the good old townhall meeting and answering questions from the audience and he is darn good at it.
During the Great Depression, with many millions of Americans out of work and the country suffering the worst economic crisis in our history, there rose from small towns, rural communities, inner cities, a generation of Americans who fought to save the world from despotism and mass murder, and came home to build the wealthiest, strongest and most generous nation on earth. They were not born with the advantages others in our country enjoyed. They suffered the worst during the Depression. But it had not shaken their faith in and fidelity to America and its founding political ideals. Nor had it destroyed their confidence that America and their own lives could be made better. Nor did they turn to their religious faith and cultural traditions out of resentment and a feeling of powerlessness to affect the course of government or pursue prosperity. On the contrary, their faith had given generations of their families purpose and meaning, as it does today. And their appreciation of traditions like hunting was based in nothing other than their contribution to the enjoyment of life.
In my other profession and the war I served in, the country relied overwhelmingly on Americans from these same communities to defend us. As Tocqueville discovered when he traveled America two hundred years ago, they are the heart and soul of this country, the foundation of our strength and the primary authors of its essential goodness. They are our inspiration, and I look to them for guidance and strength. No matter their personal circumstances, they believed in this country. They revered its past, but most importantly they believed in its future greatness, a greatness they themselves would create. They never forgot who they were, where they came from, and what is possible in America, a country founded on an idea and not on class, ethnic or sectarian identity. And America must not and will not forget them.
I can say of all the candidates from both parties John would be my choice to sit down for a beer with even though he was not my top pick for the job. I agree with what MKH had to say as well.
When I look at small towns, I don't see seething backwoods cauldrons of religious fanaticism and rifle fire. I see church picnics populated by war heroes and hard-working men and women who strive to raise families well in a world where it's sometimes hard to do that. Most American voters see what I see, and that's why McCain's words this morning ring so true, and will work so well to outline the ever-increasing gap between Obama and him
Posted by Goat at 2:03 PM
Sunday, April 13, 2008
A moonbat speaks what the right has known for years, in flowery words, hee.
Posted by Goat at 9:20 PM
A couple classics from one of my favorite artists, Bob Culbertson, Fur Elise and Greensleeves.
I have his "Moment in Time" CD and I highly recommend it to those that love excellent music performed by a very talented musician. I love stringed instrument music be it grand piano, harpsichord, harp, violin, guitar or his chapman stick.
So how about some blues.
Posted by Goat at 6:20 PM
Wow, 7,000 dead jihadis in just two years KIA by the Brits, great job guys! It makes me wonder how many thousands our boys have taken out over the course of this war, I know the kill ratio is several hundred dead Taliban to one US soldier and now the Marines are in the fight. I would make a guess that between Iraq and Afghanistan at least 50,000 Al Qaeda, Taliban and related groups have been sent to meet Satan's succubi. Times on Line where that report came from also reports that the Brits are going to try and scale back the killing to concentrate more on humanitarian type rebuilding projects. Well not to take anything away from the Brit's soldiers who have fought damn hard they screwed up in Basrah, Iraq and in Helmand, Afghanistan before by pulling back to soon and leaving it for US and local forces to have to go back in and clean up behind them. The jihadis claim they love death so I vote for giving them their wish by killing them before they can kill us.
In other war news Bill Roggio is reporting that the Iraqi government is steadfast in its desire to clean up Sadr City finally and is taking the fight to the Mahdis with gusto.
Posted by Goat at 4:07 PM
Saturday, April 12, 2008
But as Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit points out Pennsylvania has an unemployment rate below the national average and an above average median income. Cafferty nor any of the Democrats recognize that what drives jobs over seas or out of state is high corporate and capital gains taxes added to overbearing regulatary burdens that the Democrats so love not free trade policies that benefit all countries involved. Since I am on that topic I might as well mention that Nancy Pelosi is now being called a stooge for Hugo Chavez by Latin-America and point to another great post at Atlas Shrugs.
Posted by Goat at 6:09 PM
Via Cap'n Ed is this clip from the same speech I quoted from last night on how us poor hardworking folks are cynical about government wanting to help us, darn straight, I want government to get out of my life, he then goes on to say it is a racist cynicism when it's delivered by a black man.
He also links to this quote from Newt Gingrich that hits the nail on the head.
If you go to the most expensive private school in Hawaii and then move on to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, you may not understand normal Americans. Their beliefs are so alien to your leftwing viewpoint that you have to seek some psychological explanation for what seem to be weird ideas.
They can’t really believe in the right to bear arms.
They can’t really believe in traditional marriage.
They can’t really believe in their faith in God.
They can’t really want to enforce the law on immigration.
Therefore, they must be “bitter” and “frustrated.”
This is the closest Senator Obama has come to openly sharing his wife’s view that “America is a mean country”. Not since Governor Dukakis have we seen anyone so out of touch with normal Americans. It makes perfect sense that it was in a fundraiser in San Francisco that he would have shared the views he has so carefully kept hidden for the entire campaign.
Posted by Goat at 5:42 PM
The always brilliant Pamela Geller takes a look at the man that funds most anti-American front groups behind the Democrats, none other than the neo-socialist, George Soros, in a searing expose`. The man who wants to bring America to its knees, disarm its citizens and place us under the control of the UN. He is of course the main source of funding for the likes of MoveOn.org, Media Matters and Center for American Progress among others. I consider this required reading for those of that love America and have a conservative tilt as Pamela does an excellent job of exposing just what this traitor is up to. She also has extensive links for extended reading or research as you may wish.
On the economic front, he is shorting the dollar in global currency markets, trying to force a devaluation. At the same time, Soros is orchestrating a nationwide movement to encourage mass immigration into the United States, and to mandate the provision of free social services to illegal immigrants. These measures alone have the potential to bankrupt the nation. However, if they fail, Soros has another program that will certainly finish the job. A long-time Soros operative named Jeffrey Sachs has been placed in charge of the United Nations Millennium Project – a global war on poverty designed to transfer wealth from rich countries to poor ones. Sachs is currently demanding that American taxpayers turn over $140 billion per year to his global welfare bureaucracy
And she has much much more where that comes from.
PS: I almost forgot, Soros also supports his puppet, the man of the little people, his hopeness, Barack Obama.
Posted by Goat at 3:11 PM
Friday, April 11, 2008
His hopeness was out here on the left coast recently raising money from the uber-rich in the Bay Area and had this to say about small town America.
But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Cap'n Ed and Allahpundit have all the links over at Hotair.
I have this to say having been raised in small towns and now own a home in one, f**k you Obama and your snotty condescension. The only thing I am bitter about is elitist snobs with ivy league degrees like you that look down at hard working, God fearing, gun owners that believe we should have secure borders, folks like me and want to tell us how to live and what to think. I was feeling quite happy after a pleasant drive in the California countryside on a job estimate till I saw this and I resent remarks like that with all my soul. Here's some news for you mister millionaire sir hopeness, go back to your million dollar mansion and your marxist friends and leave us small town folks out of it, we don't like you because you are a greasy lying sack of shit politician and it ain't got a damn thing to do with your race. I am proud of my heritage and it sure wasn't as cushy as yours has been, lots of real blood, sweat and tears went into who I am and thank God I live in the USA, a country my ancestors helped found, build and bled for. F**k you and that cock eyed donkey you are riding.
I want the rich to have more money so they can pay me to do work for them so that I may one day join them, that is how it works, not taxing them so I can live off the gov't as you see fit Mr Hopeness.
PS: Don't miss this funny video of Obama's Jedi mind trick.
Update: Stop the ACLU has much more and it appears the entire conservative blogosphere has been set on fire by those remarks.
Posted by Goat at 6:11 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Shane Smith for VBSTV somehow gets into the DPRK with video equipment and actually gets back out with the footage of what life is like under communist totalitarianism. He has posted a 14 part series of short 5 minute clips that gives us a peek, it is similar to a longer documentary I posted a few days ago as he is shepherded around by his guides and keepers but with a little more depth and interaction with his hosts. Here is one clip I liked, one thing I noticed is there are no overweight people and the ladies are very pretty, at least the ones he sees. Also listen to the propaganda and compare it what our left says about America and remember this is the ideology favored by his hopeness Barack Obama and his adoring flock of sheeple.
And drive that propaganda home
The dude has some brass balls so take the time to visit and watch the whole series, it's worth it.
Hattip to Ace of Spades.
Update: Wow VBS is one awesome site, lots of very interesting and disturbing mini-documentaries, I am adding it to my favorites list for future posts for sure.
Posted by Goat at 6:11 PM
The MSM moonbat noise machine loves to talk about how Iraq is a mess and because we have been distracted from Afganistan that the Taliban has expanded. Well NATO has issued its new report titled "Progress in Afganistan" that simply discredits the MSM narrative once again. ISAF and the the ANA have pushed the Taliban out of villages and safe havens into the wasteland and are keeping them on the run much like Anbar in Iraq. Ray Robison takes a look at the report and how it coincides with what he has been writing for a while now in this must read article. Here are some statistics he has gleaned.
The Afghan Army is growing in size, experience, and leadership capabilities.
A recent study found that 90% of the Afghan population trusted the countries military force.
More than 4,000 km of roads have been built where only 50 km existed in 2001.
The rehabilitation of the North-East power system has advanced and access of the rural households to electricity has been significantly increased.
In 2007 alone, ISAF nations completed 1,080 civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) projects.
2,000 schools were built or repaired in the last five years and around 6.4 million children (including 1.5 million girls) are now in schools.
Since 2001, both infant and under-five mortality has declined by 26% and 22% respectively.
In 2001, 8% of Afghans had access to some form of healthcare. Now more than 80% of the population has access to medical care.
The non-opium economy has grown at an average of 12% over the past four years; the number of poppy-free provinces has grown from six in 2006 to 13 in 2007.
Afghan public support for international involvement in Afghanistan remains high with around 70% of Afghans supporting the presence of international forces.
The majority of Afghans believe their country is going in the right direction and 84% support their current government (as opposed to 4% who would support the Taliban).
They also maintain a positive view of reconstruction efforts with 63% saying that reconstruction efforts in their area have been effective since 2002.
Yes violence has seen an uptick not because the Taliban are growing but because coalition forces are expanding and pushing into areas once held by the Taliban. Whenever they attempt to stand and fight they are killed in large numbers and the Afgan Army continues to grow and improve.
Posted by Goat at 2:47 PM
Winning over Iraqis is hard. It takes time, but it can be done.
After the town hall meeting in Fallujah, Mukhtar Hamid Hussein approached Captain Eastin.
“We appreciate the security you provide to us,” he said. “And how you watch over us as we also protect you.” Mukhtar Hussein was the chief of Fallujah’s mukhtars. “For a long time we were enemies. But now we are friends.”
“It was a miscommunication,” Captain Eastin said. That was a serious and generous understatement.
“There were mistakes on both sides,” Mukhtar Hussein said. “But now we are brothers.”
Posted by Goat at 10:01 AM
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I have become a big fan of Rachel Lucas, hey the chick can shoot and has an enlisted beaux but the pictures of her dogs always crack me up, what a pair of mutts. I am glad I had swallowed my beer when I saw this one posted or I would be draining my keyboard and cleaning my monitor off.
That is Sunny and she doesn't look to sunny here does she, more like "wait till you fall asleep so I can pee in your shoe and eat the other one".
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Posted by Goat at 6:04 PM
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Gen Petreaus and Amb Crocker returned to the Swamp today for another round of interrogation by clueless defeatocrats though it was not nearly as acrimonious as in September as so much has been accomplished on the positive side. I watched part of it though and thanks to the internet and video sharing I was able to catch up. The Democrats are seething that Petreaus is basically untouchable and unflappable as is Ryan Crocker in their assessment of the undeniable progress that has been made since their arrival in the theater. Here is part of the General's testimony.
The Democrats came across as completely rude, idiotic buffoons and even the Code Pinkos had a very weak showing.
Michelle has much more as usual in her liveblogging.
Posted by Goat at 7:28 PM