Monthly Archives: August 2012

Kent State player runs wrong-way…

Okay, this is troubling on two counts. Not only did the Kent State player pick up a fumble and return it 58 yards in the wrong direction… Let that sink in…

He was ultimately forced out of bounds by the opposing team! Had they let him go, he would have crossed the goal line for a safety against his own team!

As a friend of mine likes to say, “ain’t neither one of ’em got ah lick of sense”!

Check it out:

Kent State Golden Flashes’ Andre Parker’s wrong-way run grabs attention – ESPN.

Articles: Who’s the Extremist?

From Jeffrey Folks at American Thinker today:

Suddenly, the idea that there should by any restraint on illegal immigration is “extreme.” The notion that there should be limits to abortion rights and to the requirement that taxpayers and religious institutions pay for abortion is “extreme.” The idea that seeking work should be a requirement for welfare is “extreme.” Any suggestion of balancing the federal budget or even of cutting the rate of growth in federal spending is “extreme.” In other words, any statement that conflicts with those of the most liberal administration in American history is “extreme.” via Articles: Who’s the Extremist?.

This is a perfect example of my Alinsky Rule 13:

RULE 13: “Confound the enemy with allegations he cannot possibly disprove.”  Whenever possible, turn the enemy in on himself.  Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and confusion.  (Watch how organizations flail helplessly when blindsided by irrelevant arguments they cannot refute.)

These ludicrous charges would never stand in a fair media environment.

 

Latest reveiw on Amazon nails my intent with By Force Of Patriots

woah. it rocks. packed with information and action.

That’s the headline from a review by a reader in Texas. He went on to say:

this book is not a quick read, nor for the faint of heart. the author brings up everything that either pissing you off, or making you wonder what the hell is going on in this country. mos def not PC. set in the coming years after the “next four” obama years, it paints a picture of americans who were too sleepy to understand the issues, while diving deep into those issues, and still has some space for action scenes. if you wondered what is getting people excited, this well written book has got it’s finger on the pulse of the real america. i recommend!

That pretty much sums up my intent and great effort in writing the story.

So, I made the following comment after his review:

Thank you kraemertwinz, your review has accurately captured my intent and my efforts. I did not delve into Marbury v. Madison, the District of Columbia v. Heller, Wickard v. Filburn, Roe v. Wade, Democracy and Distrust, Liberty and Tyranny, and various inane federal regulations with the hope that people would call this story an easy read.

Instead, what I tried to do is build an exciting story of human struggle around the very constitutional issues tearing at our republic. And in that, I tried to put my finger, as you say, on the pulse of those Americans who feel somewhat betrayed by a country they see slipping away.

I also note with interest a growing number of readers from Texas…

The leftist media.

Something very revealing just occurred at the New York Times.

Arthur Brisbane, an editor departing from the Times, in his final article made the following comment regarding the Times coverage of developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage.

He said they:

seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects . . .

Executive editor of the Times, Jill Abramson, couldn’t let that stand and quickly went on record saying, “I disagree with Mr. Brisbane’s sweeping conclusions . . .”

Really? Surprise, surprise.

I’m sure glad Ms. Abramson cleared that up for us! I was just about to order delivery of that paragon of Democratic Centralism… Oops! Did I say that? I meant Democracy and Centrist thought! Silly me!

Never mind that Ms. Abramson couldn’t even keep her flaps shut when it was this guy’s final article.

Still, it’s clear the Times wants to appear magnanimous in publishing this little indiscretion, and so it even seems to be — until we note that Mr. Brisbane apparently felt he could make his comments only as a parting shot.

And there is more.

Sometimes you just can’t keep loose lips from flapping, and Ms. Abramson went on to say something she may not have intended:

I agree . . . that in covering some social and cultural issues, the Times sometimes reflects its urban and cosmopolitan base . . .

Hmm… That interesting comment takes only a little deciphering:

By: “Some social and cultural issues” Ms. Abramson means all items on the leftist agenda: gay rights, public unions, global warming, abortion, illegal immigration, voter fraud, and infiltration of the government with radical socialists, communists, and Islamists. Just the ho-hum stuff… And  certainly nothing for us to worry about.

By: “[U]rban and cosmopolitan” base she means the highly-populated areas on the East and West Coasts which, when added to the inner cities in the Midwest, pretty much sum up the bastions of the left in America.

So, in this small dust-up, we see not only what is on the agenda of the New York Times, we see exactly what they think of those of us who cling to our guns and religion in this here fly-over country.

Forward! with the New York Times!

I may order delivery just as soon as I finish reloading another 3,000 rounds of .45 ACP.

Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists

Wow. Look at this comment to my latest AT article:

Couldn’t resist posting a letter I read…

Subject: Gen. Petraeus to Vets

Thanks to my fellow veterans:

I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn’t crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I’d worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity. That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: “David, you’re a smart guy. You don’t have to join the military. You should go to college, instead.”

I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won’t.

What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four (4) years. During the Vietnam era, 4.3% served in twelve (12) years. Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror. These are unbelievable statistics. Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse. Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War bonds were not sold. Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts. The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation.

You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You’ve lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you’ll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don’t understand. Then you come home to a nation that doesn’t understand. They don’t understand suffering. They don’t understand sacrifice. They don’t understand why we fight for them. They don’t understand that bad people exist. They look at you like you’re a machine – like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one – not them.

When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can’t understand the macro issues they gathered from books, because of your bias. You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more. But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you’ve given up. You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them. Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway. You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775. YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group. “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” -Winston Churchill- Thank you to the 11.2% and 4.3% who have served and thanks to the 0.45% who continue to serve our Nation.

General David Petraeus West Point Class 1974

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I happen to be in the 0.45% and am a retired senior officer that is a combat theater veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. I’ve had affiliations with the military since the age of 17. We stand together and we are locked and loaded……

Liberals do not have a prayer.. You are going down… Face it…

God bless the Special OPs guys for blasting OBAMA. He is a disgrace to this country…

via Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists.

Immigration agents sue to stop Obama’s non-deportation policy

This is the upside down world of the guy sitting in the Oval Office. One small example of how he is tearing the country apart one action at a time. Get as many Democrat voters in the country as possible, regardless of the law. Community organizing taken to new heights.

This is what he means by Forward!

From an ICE officer:

“They feel like they’ve become the enemy because, literally, we have this situation where individuals that have broken U.S. immigration law as well as oftentimes criminal law at the state or local level — they’re being released, no questions asked, but our own officers are being threatened with their careers being taken away if they go out and enforce the laws on the books,” said Mr. Crane, an ICE deportation officer.

via Immigration agents sue to stop Obama’s non-deportation policy – Washington Times.

Articles: Will Obama Keep Power ‘by Any Means Necessary’?

Just in case anyone thought I’m the only one some accuse of running around with a tin hat… This article broke all of AT’s records for comments. My article of yesterday stands at 279. This one has 604! And yes, it’s that good…

Recently, a source known as Military Insider (MI) met with Ulsterman (UM) at the urging of Wall Street Insider (WSI) to issue a warning.  A section of their conversation follows below:

MI: Approximately two years ago…not quite two years ago…I received information pertaining to an election contingency plan.  For 2012.  After the 2010 elections there were particular operatives…specific to the Obama administration and Democratic Party leadership…indicating an overwhelming need to secure a second term for President Obama.  That document’s title was…(pauses)

WSI: He can be trusted – I give you my word.  Please proceed.

MI: That document’s title was “By Any Means Necessary”.  It was unofficial – but we know it came directly from channels specific to the administration.  We confirmed that.

UM: What channels?  Who are you talking about?

MI: We believe it to have been authored by Mr. Sunstein.  Reviewed and approved by Valerie Jarrett.  Preparations for implementation are being done in part by Mr. Leo Gerard coordinating with…with high ranking officials within the Department of Justice, Homeland Security…and…the U.S. military.

We could dismiss the anonymous Military Insider’s warning as overheated, unsourced hysteria.  Or we could examine it as one more piece of evidence to place alongside all the evidence I’ve described above.

Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists

This is wonderful. 266 and counting in comments. I was bound to get something like this:

No one’s “Pursuit of Happiness” grants him the right to steal soda pop from the corner store, nor to publish a headline claiming “I slept with Amelia Earhart”.If Mr. “Camera Ready” is so gosh darn creative, why can’t he invent something with a great compelling interest of its own, instead of hostaging the name of a serious group of honestly committed people in order to extort readership into this “let no crisis survive unplundered” self-advertisement?He is a pornographer, a thief — Oh, that’s right, I remember now, ..he’s a lawyer.Probably graduated with his soul-mate Barack.And “American Thinker” ..sigh! puts him right at the top of its page .. :

via Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists.

To this guy, as well as the gentleman on Amazon.com who thinks I foment violence and murder of blacks, I apply Alinsky Rule 13:

RULE 13: “Confound the enemy with allegations he cannot possibly disprove.”  Whenever possible, turn the enemy in on himself.  Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and confusion.  (Watch how organizations flail helplessly when blindsided by irrelevant arguments they cannot refute.)

Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists

My article appears today — headlined at American Thinker.

Not in the title, but in the analysis:

Alinsky’s Rule 14:

RULE 14: “Push the enemy so hard with outrageous situations and allegations that he is forced to push back.”  Whenever possible, cause the enemy to respond, and when he does, hold him up for ridicule; then push harder.  (By threatening his security and way of life, you will always elicit a reaction that can be turned against him.)

Why Barack Obama Needs to Go – Newsweek and The Daily Beast

This is a momentous piece.

It remains to be seen if the American public is ready to embrace the radical overhaul of the nation’s finances that Ryan proposes. The public mood is deeply ambivalent. The president’s approval rating is down to 49 percent. The Gallup Economic Confidence Index is at minus 28 (down from minus 13 in May). But Obama is still narrowly ahead of Romney in the polls as far as the popular vote is concerned (50.8 to 48.2) and comfortably ahead in the Electoral College. The pollsters say that Paul Ryan’s nomination is not a game changer; indeed, he is a high-risk choice for Romney because so many people feel nervous about the reforms Ryan proposes.

Finally we get a guy that proposes change that will HELP America, and people are skittish? Lord.

Niall Ferguson on Why Barack Obama Needs to Go – Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Spell chequer – Eye halve a spelling chequer…

My editor and soon-to-be co-author Kip Allen put me on to this. After he had found about the fifth or sixth misspelling in my articles for American Thinker, errors that remained even after I used spell checking software, he sent me this:

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
It’s rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Poetry – Martha Snow – Spell chequer – Eye halve a spelling chequer.

This from my cousin Fred Buchman:

B-17 in 1943

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner’s turret.

Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew – miraculously! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.

When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.

The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the empennage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base.  Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it.

Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.

When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed onto the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.

B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew:

Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.
Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.
Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle
Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge
Engineer- Joe C. James
Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway
Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda
Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk
Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus
Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland

Here are the pictures.