sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Things that are Just Not Right

This is your Sunday Sermonette, posted on Saturday to please Jews, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists. I'm only doing this once (Saturday Sermonette). And I only have one word for Muslims: much for the 72 virgins.

The topic for this sermonette is:


And because it's a sermonette, I'll tell you what's wrong: A pink Sig handgun (right). Lonestar Parson, this is not copyrighted and you can use it for your sermon on Sunday if you'd like. That's also one of the reasons it's coming out on Saturday. I'm sure that Texans will follow my logic completely. In San Francisco, or Austin...not so much. I think that San Francisco PD issues pink Sigs as a fashion option.

I know a lady who shoots a pink camo AR-15 and I am not going to criticize that choice because she's smoking hot and thus, the only attack for today will be on handgun color. (yes I'm a pig - you can shout it to the heavens, Jules, Purple Assassin,Viking Brighid and Pretty Jenny)  So, for the purposes of this sermon, and this sermon only, long rifles and shotguns are exempt. I'll delve there later.

I know that ladies who view this blog will likely think that a pink handgun is 'so chique'. It's just not. And if you add rhinestones to it, the handgun becomes completely 'unclean'. A "Hello Kitty" decal applied anywhere, even on a holster makes the firearm an abomination. 

It's like rain on your wedding day,
It's like a free ride when you've already paid, etc. 

Handguns can be black, some can be chrome or satin chrome. If you add a mother-of-pearl grip to a chrome handgun, you're a pimp whether or not that is your chosen occupation or avocation.

Handguns may also be 'subdued'. Desert brown (mud brown) or jungle green is fine. But if you do that, you need to actually carry the pistol in the desert or the jungle/forest. If you don't, you're a poser.

A camo print handgun in the Duck Dynasty tradition is only acceptable if you drive a monster truck with a confederate flag flying from it and the babe riding 'shotgun' has a low cut top with breasts larger than 36. She must wear Daisy Duke cut off's and look good in them. Weather permitting she may substitute a bikini bottom for the Daisy Dukes. If you don't qualify, don't carry the camo handgun. just don't even think about it.
There is an exception to the camo handgun rule: If you are a moonshiner you automatically qualify (grandfathered in). Chewing Red Man Tobacco (a whole plug at a time) may also earn you a conditional exemption. You must be chewing when you're carrying. And you can spit wherever you want, because, you're carrying a camo .45, son!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fishwrap Friday

This constitutes a few thoughts to end what has been a long week on the road for me. Next week I will either be in Texas (Dallas area) or back in Nevada. I suspect that Nevada will win simply because of the demands of work, and I will send others to Texas. But the jury is still out on that.

I'm meeting with the FBI today (one of a number of meetings on my schedule today) at their request because they want to know more about my company's technology. No, they don't want to buy anything. I think that we simply ended up on a "collection tasking list" because of considerable press. At least that was the tacit admission when I probed for the "why" in the meeting request. Lead sent out from HQ. It's an hour of my life that I won't get back but I want to keep the federal government content that our intentions are peaceful.

Spending half of my life in hotels will have to be reassessed by next summer. It's a grind. Enough whine, onto the normal rant:

Religion of Peace

Canada's reaction to a recent spat of "Religion of Peace and Tolerance" has been interesting because public opinion there is shifting from the traditional liberal cant where, 'you can't say anything bad about Islam because that constitutes hate speech'. Western countries (Such as Denmark) and Great Britain, which have tried to embrace diversity and Islam along with that have had a string of wake-up calls. Whether that will result in public policy changes remains to be seen. I suspect that the result swings on how much more "peace and tolerance" Islam visits on the kind and meek Canadian population.
Might two jihadi-wannabe attacks in Canada in two days may cause Canadians to reassess their firearms carry laws? Doubtful, even though an armed citizen stopped a terrorist attack at the House of Commons. Kevin Vickers was authorized to carry a firearm. Most Canadians are not, and if the Parliament shooter had chosen a softer target, such as a school or movie theater, Canada might have had its own Columbine or Aurora, Colo., massacre on its hands.
The November Mid-Term Elections

Despite assurances from the shrill and manly voice of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, DNC Party Chairperson, I think that the mood of the nation is not with her and her party in power. However, it all depends on the turn-out and the vote. Elections have consequences.  I personally think that the balance of power in the upper house of the legislature will shift to the Republican Party. 
Obama's calculated outrage at each episode of scandalous behavior are not convincing. Most are contrived based on "getting caught". In those that aren't (such as the ebola problem) he shows very little aptitude for administering the nation or to get the right people to help him do it. The Peter Principle style rise from community organizer to political hack that didn't manage anything to the largest CEO job in the nation didn't work. 
Who will be the Next President?

I believe that the Republican to beat will be Mitt Romney (again). I'm not opposed to Romney despite the fact that he is not as conservative as I am on some issues. I think that he'd govern wisely and honestly. Hillary Clinton would give us four more years of Obama-style hope and change.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Calm down, take prozac and a triple shot of Jack, tune in to MSNBC or CNN, I think that the national news is covering firemen who rescue cats from trees - our heroes.

The Ayatollahs and Imams in Iran are your friends. Pay no attention to the nuclear research program. It's to provide a country that floats on oil with safe, civilian energy. Yeah, that's it. 

America didn't bumble it's handling of the Syrian Red-Line Fever and ISIL is just part of orderly regime change in the Middle East. 

China is not expansionist and it's not threatening our neighbors. It's now the world's biggest economy and the more we bow to them, the happier they'll be. Maybe in their expansion plans, they'll leave us for last. 

Ebola is under control and we're sending 4,000 US soldiers and Marines to Africa to threaten ebola...

The Benghazi hearings are a Congressional b/witch hunt to sabotage the Bitch of Benghazi's chance to be president of the United States, commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.

Lois Learner (IRS Mandarin) is a hero for having destroyed the lives of Tea Party people with the power of the US Government in support of the leader of the free world (and Nobel Laureate).

Operation Fast and Furious was George Bush's fault. I'm not sure why, but if the Commander-in-Chief says so, it must be thus. Mustn't it?

Why isn't the mainstream media covering the US evacuation of Baghdad? ISIL is within six miles of the airport and they have a bundle of US-made Stinger man-portable air defense systems with them. The US can leave now or remain in place while the religion of peace works out its differences.

Maybe it's better that the US public focuses on ebola?

Or rescuing cats from trees...have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree? Never mind.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Joining Today's Military

What are the priorities in today's military? It's different than when I joined in subtle ways. I think that it's hope and change at work.

Saving Africa -- Recruiting posters should show US Soldiers and Marines wearing protective gear, handing out Qurans in Africa (as a symbol of the commander-in-chief's good will) and giving aid and comfort to ebola victims.

If President Obama makes this a recruiting priority, I think that you'll see thousands of young men and women clamoring to join the military -- even as we draw down the numbers of people in the military by a few hundred thousand and demobilize the "mainstream military".

Climate Disruption -- (Was global warming and global cooling until those were proven to be hoaxes - then was climate change until that was proved to be a hoax too).
(Fox News) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: The Pentagon's new report maps out four areas of climate disruption deemed the most threatening to the U.S. military -- rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, more extreme weather and rising sea levels.
In past epochs, when there was "weather", it was simply part of military planning. If it rained or if there was a high tide or a storm at sea, there was no sinister agenda involved (unless you watched Dr. No or which-ever of the Bond movies had an evil genius with a weather control machine). Today Defense Secretary Hagel has called 'climate disruption' a major military matter that needs to be addressed.

The scene (left) of the military fighting climate disruption -- unsuccessfully, might deter people from joining in the battle against mother nature. Then again, we need to keep fighting the weather to make sure that it's not disrupted, and the front lines are clearly in the military.

Converting to Islam -- The Obama Doctrine of, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" would seem to be well underway in the US Military where a lot more effort is being made to integrate black muslims into the ranks of those serving.

The photo (right) shows negroes in the US Military celebrating the end to Ramadan with their counterparts in Bahrain. The thinking is that the more that the US military pivots in this meaningful way, the more likely that they are to understand ISIL and the need for a Caliphate

To illustrate the difference between then and now, can you imagine the reaction to US Soldiers wearing Nazi arm bands during World War Two or US Marines and Sailors carrying Mao's Little Red book as reference material during the Viet Nam War? (OK, Secretary of State Kerry did when he served in Viet Nam, but he was a trend setter).

Sodomy in Uniform -- You went to jail or were dishonorably discharged back in the dark ages before the enlightenment that President Obama brought to the military.

Today it's more about "make love not war" but only so long as it's within your own gender. There have been a number of scandals of a heterosexual nature where senior military officers and officials (General Petraeus comes to mind) were cashiered for having intimate relationships with members of a different gender. That disgrace wouldn't have happened had they opted for the more socially and politically correct homosexual relationships.

If you are a sexually unfulfilled and unemployed homosexual American, perhaps the best place for you to go and be a professional homosexual is as a member of that protected group in the US Military.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fury (Movie Review)

I went to see the feature film, Fury, at the theater last Saturday.

I give it 10 out of a possible 10 for realism (right up there with Saving Private Ryan).  My overall impression of the movie is an 8+. Not the best film that I've ever seen but as war movies go, it is an excellent film.

M4A3E8 (Easy 8) Sherman Tank - co-starred in the film
I have just a few minor issues with the film from a historical perspective. Part of it comes with my lack of understanding of the position that Second Armored Division, Ninth Army was in in the last month of the Second World War. My personal understanding from my reading has been that by in large the SS along with the those Germans who could, moved west specifically to surrender to the Americans rather than the Russians. I don't recall a Waffen SS battalion slugging it out on the Western Front in the last month of the war. That notwithstanding, the film is historically well packaged with a great deal of effort going into realism as an element of plot development.

The SS Einsatzgrupen (ran the death camps) were very distinct from the Waffen SS (elite army units). The soldiers in this film were Waffen SS, apparently the remnants of an SS Panzergrenadier Rgmt.

No spoilers. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From the Grand Mufti to You

Supplemental Sermonette - Because sometimes just one Sunday Sermonette is not enough.

The Grand Mufti
Before you infidels criticize: Wearing a table cloth 
for a hat makes it possible for him to have lunch 
wherever he happens to be. Eating a ham sandwich
over your cowboy hat with mustard dripping out of it
is just not done. 
Don't judge the holy man when he brings word from on high. Yes he may prefer ten year old girls in a sexual sense. To that extent the Grand Mufti fits well into the religious community of Saudi Arabia and he'd be a shoe-in as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia ruled that ten year old girls can be married off, because in his words, "Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age."

The Mufti is descended from Mohammed Wahhab who gave birth to Wahhabism and whose descendants have controlled the Saudi religious establishment, and through it Islam around the world. The Saudis are not an aberration, they are Islam in its purest and truest form. That is why Al Qaeda was founded by a Saudi and why Saudis, the wealthy citizens of a wealthy kingdom, are its best recruits. It is not poverty or oppression that moves them to kill, but wealth and privilege. 

Religiously, Wahhabism has done its best to recreate the "pure" Islam of its origins. Economically, oil has allowed the Gulf Arabs to prosper without reform or change. And if Mohammed were to ride out of the desert tomorrow, he would have little trouble fitting in, as soon as he developed a taste for Porsches. Anyone who wants to see the world as it was in Mohammed's day can visit Saudi Arabia and see inbred clans, slave labor, veiled women and thugs enforcing the will of Allah on every corner.

Is any degree of hygiene possible when
you're wearing a black tent in the middle
of a 120 degree summer? No.
Islam came out of the desert and it has never left the desert, instead it has brought the desert with it along with its codes, its deep hatreds, its constant deprivation, its deceptiveness and its nomadic expansionism. Where Islam goes, the desert rises along with its accompanying insecurities. It was backward even at the time of its birth and it has only become more so, but its singlemindedness is an advantage in an age of effete leftectuals and eurocrats dreaming of a transnational world. 

It is brutally telling that the two centers of Islam, Saudi Arabia for the Sunnis and Iran for the Shiites, are genuinely horrifying places. Neither can remotely be associated with tolerance or human rights. It is simple common sense that the spread of Islam will make Western countries more like Saudi Arabia and Iran, rather than less like them.

There are two Islams. The real Islam of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and an imaginary Islam that President Obama talks about when he declares the US to be an Islamic Country...right...we'll get right on that one.

Islamic Texas Fashion Police (a new feature on your Supplemental Sunday Sermonette)

Wanna-be Texan
I thought that our fellow blogger, Brighid, might take exception to wearing a bhurka around because it limits one's ability to wear a cowboy hat and remain fashionable. As the photo (left) clearly illustrates, a Muslim woman can wear traditional, faith-promoting clothing and a cowboy hat, but the fashion statement doesn't work. At least it's not doing anything for me. Your experience may differ.

Can women ride a quarterhorse while wearing a bhurka? No. But since women are chattel, they are required by Islamic law to walk behind their husband (who may be mounted - though the traditional dress worn by Islamic males still interferes with roping and branding).

As noted below, it would seem to be perfectly acceptable for Muslim men to wear cowboy hats.

Famous Muslim - a Grand Mufti
in his own right.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


a younger version of me, getting ready to explain it to the heathen nations

I thought that today's Sunday Sermonette would come by way of advice and confession.

ADVICE - Five things that I tell my children (they're grown but I still tell them):
  • The only thing that you can change is yourself. Start there.
  • Sometimes not getting what you want is a stroke of luck. 
  • A friend has your back when you are at your lowest, not at your best. Learn to tell the difference between a friend and somebody that you enjoy spending time with.
  • Don't be afraid of being different. Enjoy it.
  • Find your passion and be passionate about pursuing it.
I tell them other things - I'm a dad. But I try to focus on the basics in the hope that the rest will work itself out. It usually does. Lately I've been quoting the late Steve Jobs:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

CONFESSION - Five things I did as a kid that I was caught doing (not a comprehensive list)

Keep in mind that I grew up in the country...
  • Kept honeybees in my bedroom. About a hundred. The parental reaction was not amusement at what junior decided to do.
  • Cousin gave me 3 artillery simulators. I put one on the window of my church while it was in service and set it off. One of the choir ladies on the stand loosed her bladder.  I was the only one who was amused.
  • Found a king snake that looked similar to a coral snake. Took it to school in a paper bag to show and tell and to describe the difference. Turns out it was a coral snake. Oooops. Teacher not amused. 
  • Found an injured coyote pup, took it home, named him Dusty. Dusty ravaged chicken coops far and wide, brought many chickens home and laid them on the porch as a sign of tribute to the pack leader. Neighbors not amused. 
  • Kid harassed me at school with his squirt gun. I bought concentrated ammonia at the hardware store, put it in a dishwashing soap bottle and took it to school. Kid squirted me after I advised him not to. I let him have it with ammonia. A bit overkill... began to dissolve his clothes, burned his skin. Principal not amused. Other kids very amused, became a local cult hero for about two weeks. Time in detention only enhanced my reputation with the girls, who I discovered, love a 'bad boy'.
    • And I'm not going to discuss experimentation to find out how high up you can drop a cat from and have it still land on its feet...

Sailor's Corner (a new feature in the Sermonette)

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." -- Psalms 107:23-24

This may also apply to Naval Infantry (Marines)(Bullet Sponges) who ride on ships. One of the best things that I did in my military career was to go ashore before the Marines and make sure that the beaches were safe for them to land on. The Marines never had a genuine appreciation for all that the Navy does for them.

It definitely does NOT apply to the US Coast Guard (Puddle Pirates) because they don't sail in "great waters", or usually leave sight of land.