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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

Fives

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.



Crazy Saturday

For the VW owner who doesn't know whether they're coming or going.

I'll bet that you read it.

Asia

Helpful

Taking out political enemies one at a time - until she's in charge.

When you're not quite sure how you feel about sodomy. 



Friday, October 17, 2014

The Daily Ebola Report

Much of the concern about the continuing emergence of ebola and ebola strains revolves around the vectors that carry it (animals, primarily monkeys) and the interaction that Africans have with those vectors (both sexual and eating the meat). Apparently animals can be carriers of the virus without becoming ill from it, though the research is still inconclusive.

The Q and A from CDC that is cited below offers the latest advice from the US Government as it pertains to the ebola virus.

Points of Embarkation need to be restricted.

It must have been a tense flight for the passengers and flight crew.
(Daily Mail) A 63-year-old man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely - but it was only a 'cursory' exam by the CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola. 
The passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, but passed away before the plane reached its final destination.

Flight attendants called the CDC, Port Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers to remain on board.

The authorities then conducted tests on the body and it was only a short evaluation that suggested he did not have the deadly virus, prompting concerns there are still 'vulnerabilities' at airports.
CDC Addresses Your Concerns

1. How long can Ebola survive on a surface?
A few hours. CDC says if you come in contact with sweat from an Ebola patient, “immediately wash the area with soap and water.” A greater risk is posed if you come into contact with body fluids and then touch a cut on your body; or your nose, mouth or eyes.
2. Do hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes kill the virus? Does soap and water? (What does?)
The CDC did not directly answer this question. Instead, the CDC repeated its standard recommendations:

CDC recommends practicing care hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. Is a person who survives an Ebola infection immune to re-infection?
Unknown. CDC says Ebola patients develop antibodies that last for at least ten years, but it is not known if they are immune for life.
4. Can Ebola be detected in blood prior to symptoms showing?
No. CDC states there isn’t enough virus in the blood to detect Ebola until symptoms surface.
5. Can animals carry and transmit Ebola?
Yes.
6. Can people get Ebola from eating meat of infected animals?
Apparently, yes—though the CDC is less than clear on this point. In a written answer to the question, the CDC implies the only risk is in handling infected meat. It makes no mention of any risk from eating it.

CDC: “In Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat, which is raw or processed meat derived from wild animals, such as cane rats, duiker antelope, nonhuman primates, and bats.” 
Additionally, a CDC fact sheet states “Generally, Ebola is not spread by food.” 
On the other hand, the same CDC fact sheet states “Ebola infections in people have been associated with handling and eating infected animals [emphasis added].” 
This association was discovered in Africa where animals such as bats, monkeys, cane rats and antelope—referred to as “bushmeat”—are butchered and eaten. The CDC states that a variety of animals, including those listed above, can carry the Ebola virus. It recommends not eating wild meat from Africa, using gloves when handling potentially infected animals and, if you choose to eat the meat anyway, cook it thoroughly. 
A CDC information page on the web states, “In some past Ebola outbreaks, primates were also affected by Ebola, and multiple spillover events occurred when people touched or ate infected primates.” 
The CDC says no human infections in the U.S. have been linked to consumption of African bushmeat, which is illegal to import or carry in.
7. Is there a plan to look at animals and the meat supply if an outbreak were to occur in the US?
The CDC did not answer whether there is a contingency plan for the handling of animals and the meat supply in the U.S.
8. Can mosquitoes or other insects spread Ebola?
CDC says there is “no evidence” of this happening but stops short of saying it is impossible.
9. Can monkeys spread Ebola?
Yes. But since no monkeys in the U.S. are known to have Ebola at this point, there is no concern about exposure to them.
10. What about cats and dogs?
On its website, CDC states, “There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.” 
CDC doesn’t address whether an infected dog that is a carrier without becoming sick can spread the disease to other animals or to humans. However, considering that health officials are monitoring the pets of infected patients, it’s safe to conclude they believe infected animals could pose a risk to other animals and/or people. 
CDC states, “At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals.” 
Even in Africa, CDC says, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. However, it doesn’t address whether dogs and cats that aren’t sick, but carry the virus, are known to have spread it to people or other animals.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Leader and Ebola

Ebola Czar

It has been a very interesting week. We learned that we have had an Ebola Czar since this insanity began, but that nobody's heard a peep out of Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services. That may have to do with a nasty rumor that's been circulating to the effect that she diverted funds from their intended purpose to an Obama donor. Nobody seems to be upset about this, but it's a dog-bites-man story. That's how the entire Obama Administration has operated (Chicago style) since 2009. 

CDC - Obama appointees explain themselves to Congress.
Tylenol

We have also learned that a simple dose of over-the-counter tylenol will mask ebola symptoms for those who wish to enter the US from the hot zone in West Africa. This means that the measures being taken by the US Government at ports of entry can be thwarted by a fifty-cent purchase of cold medication.

President Obama stopped fund raising and is staying home in the White House. Some people say that it's to lead. I suggest to you that he doesn't want to run around shaking hands with the general public for fear that some Muslim will self-infect and give the Leader of the Free world a dose. It's clearly  possible and the infected human bomb could simply fly into the US with a bottle of tylenol to defeat the Transportation Safety Administration and Department of Health and Human Services.

Mobilized the Reserves re: ebola

Yes, Obama stays home, but he must be getting some advice about how badly things could get because he's mobilized the US Military's Ready Reserves to go to Africa and fight ebola. But we still won't ban people from the hot zone in the US. Riddle me that one.

The Wheels are off the Trolly
WPTZ 5: Ebola WHO Cases - Data shows that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is doubling every four weeks, said Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, director of the World Health Organization's director of global capacity, alert and response. Nuttall was addressing reporters Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier this week, the WHO said there could be 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week by December.
ABCNews: Ebola Comes to Last Safe District in Sierra Leone - Imagine that?
ITV: MSF:'We have reached our ceiling in Ebola response - October 16, 2014 1:45PM The leading organisation fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has said it has reached the limit of its capacity to help, and called on governments and other groups to step up their efforts.
Suspected Ebola patient hospitalised in Denmark - A person with suspected Ebola infection has been hospitalised at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark's capital Copenhagen for observation.
The Australians are not going to play in Africa. I can't say as I blame them. Australia Can't Deploy Health Workers to Ebola Hotspots: PM
Obama annoyed by Ebola response from France, Italy via TheHil 
NewsMax Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US. Here is the complete list of nations with bans or significant travel restrictions:
Gambia,
Nigeria,
Togo,
Gabon,
Ivory Coast,
Senegal,
Rwanda,
Chad,
South Sudan,
Namibia,
Angola,
Botswana,
South Africa,
Congo,
Kenya,
Madagascar,
Malawi,
Mauritius,
Mozambique,
Swaziland,
Tanzania,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe,
Cameroon,
Gabon,
Morocco.