sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, July 31, 2009

When Al Qaeda meets the Mormons

Al Qaeda has been trying to replenish the ranks with limited success. Note the photo above == it's a bit forbidding and only appeals to a certain class of person. The broad base of humanity doesn't respond in the numbers required to defeat the Great Satan.

Since the appeal of Al Qaeda seems to be fading in some quarters. They need a fresh face, new recruiting material and why reinvent the wheel? The video offers some interesting options to would-be terrorist groups.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Keep and Bear Arms

The Second Amendment is important. Here's why (with a hat-tip to WoFat).

I'm sure some who read this blog will say - that poor man, will open their wallets, their hearts and their homes and would move him in. Those would be liberals.

Some of us have a different approach.

Encountering Iran

Iran is a country run by a rational shadow government which managed against all odds to influence/control the bulk of Iraq (due to US bungling), Palestine, and bring considerable influence to the Gulf States and Egypt. More recently the Shiite Muslims have been able to defeat the Israeli Army in Lebanon.

Accurate accounts of Shiite atrocities, such as raping virgins who protest the government before they execute them blast across the headlines, accounting atrocities that are unthinkable to us. How do we reconcile any constructive engagement with a nation steeped in such barbarous practices?

The west has two choices: END dependence on oil from the Middle East, or find a way to deal effectively with Iran - and by that I do not advocate a war.

America has its first Muslim President, Brarack Hussein Obama. What has he done except to play the clown to the Saudis and to Iran (the two big players in the Oil Game in the Middle East)? Fellow Muslims in the Middle East consider American Black Muslims to be somewhat of a goof - so he may wish to play the Muslim card, but nobody there cares.

Iran holds 55% of the world's oil reserves under its soil and 17 million barrels of crude sail through the Straits of Hormuz every single day. "Nuke their ass and steal their gas" won't work, and the Iranian leadership knows it. When I refer to their leadership, I don't include Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is at best a figurehead, wielding very little real power inside Iran.

So how do we play the game? What do you think?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Omar Suleiman

Do you recognize
this man?

Omar Suleiman, the director of Egypt's general intelligence service and a possible successor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has been named the most powerful intelligence chief in the Middle East by Foreign Policy Magazine.

The information below is excerpted from [Klieger/MediaLine/2July2009] I'd like you to pay special attention to the attention paid to the ordinary "blogger" in the article. We wonder if people pay attention to blogs or if people read them. I suggest to you that they do. The article was brought to my attention in a newsletter published by the Association of Retired Intelligence Officers, which is distributed to retired US intelligence officers worldwide.


It is widely believed the president is grooming his son, Gamal Mubarak, to succeed him, but Suleiman is very popular and may have the backing of factions within the military. Some Egyptian analysts see his popularity as a staged buffer to help Gamal succeed his father in a smooth transition, while others see him as one of various powerful contenders for the presidency.

Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian liberal activist and blogger, said that were Suleiman to run in the next presidential election she did not believe he would have a good chance of winning. Ziada predicted the Egyptian government would use Suleiman as a mediator, putting him in power straight after Mubarak so that it will not look as though Mubarak were passing on the throne to his son.

Suleiman's apparent popularity was highlighted in a recent survey Ziada carried out independently on her blog, in which she asked participants to rank their choice for the next president. In the first phase of the survey, she provided the participants with six candidates, and asked that they propose other candidates if they were not satisfied with the selection. Many wrote back asking her to add Suleiman into the mix, she said. In the second phase of the survey, however, Suleiman only garnered four percent of the 3,000 votes received. Ziada argued that Suleiman's popularity was to a large degree confined and would not lead him to presidency.

Suleiman, 74, became director of the country's intelligence service in 1993 after an extensive military career, and is said to be one of a very small circle of people in whom Mubarak trusts. Suleiman has helped Mubarak clamp down on Islamist opponents and the intelligence chief's combating of Islamist terrorists increased his standing in the eyes of Western intelligence services after 9/11.

The Foreign Policy Magazine report, authored by U.S. Department of Defense employee Patrick Devenny, places Suleiman at the head of a list of five other "spooks" who include Israel's Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, head of the Iranian Quds Force Qassem Suleimani, the Syrian military's deputy chief of staff Assef Shawkat and Saudi Prince Muqrin Bin 'Abd Al-'Aziz, the director general of the Kingdom's General Intelligence Presidency.

Do you care?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Are you too fat? (new diet)

If other diets have failed you

The tapeworm diet! It's strange how you need to go back a century or so to find the simple solution to your problem. Add intestinal parasites!!

(hat tip to Ginger)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Homeless in China = 170,000,000 people

It's called THE FLOATING POPULATION. They're homeless in China (the worker's paradise) and represent more people than in all of the combined populations of:

  • Australia 21,000,000
  • United Kingdom 61,000,000
  • Canada 34,000,000
  • Spain 46,000,000
  • Bulgaria 8,000,000

The People's Republic of China acknowledges the numbers. Some estimates put the number higher than 170,000,000 because there isn't an accurate census - so we'll go with the numbers supplied by the Chinese government. A US News & World Report Article, now four years old discusses what they found.

In the United States and other Western Nations there is a push for socialism - a "new socialist nation" as envisioned by President Barack Hussein Obama among others. The promise of socialism in China, a communist nation, has not been full employment - because that IS the promise of communism. It's at least 170 million homeless and jobless, undocumented.

I'm not taking a shot at the Chinese. I understand their problems. I am taking a shot at the Obama Administration and its lackeys who are pushing for the same thing in the US where I happen to live. I don't know what planet these liberal idiots live on but I'm almost convinced it's not Earth. The US doesn't want the joys to be found in garden spots of communism like China, North Korea, Cuba or Myanmar, exported to our shores.

LL Teaching courses at the People's Public Security University, Beijing.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lap Dance

Is a lap dance that much better when the stripper is crying?

The Bloodhound Gang thinks so.

Lyrics Begin: I was lonlier than Kunta Kinte at a Merle Haggard Concert that night I strolled into Uncle Limpy's Hump Palace looking for love. It had been a while...

It's YOUR choice!

Sometimes the choice is clear... when the next choice
is whether you want to be judged by 12 or carried by 6.

In my life I've always chosen not to be the bullet sponge, aka the javelin catcher. Call me crazy. Call me obtuse. But there is a certain logic at work that's difficult to assail if you plan to keep sucking in atmosphere.

Boys & Their Toys

It's nice to be able to accessorize, even if you are a guy. This rifle is actually a nice choice for a lady as well because it has very light recoil.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


During two of the Cassini spacecraft's fly-by's of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, one of the chemicals collected was ammonia. There were also organic compounds in the water-ice. Ammonia is important because when it is dissolved in water, it lowers the freezing point of water to 176 degrees Kelvin. This adds fuel to the debate over the presence of liquid water on Enceladus.

Liquid water is one major ingredient marker that indicates the possibility of life. When you ad the presence of organic molecules, it gets even more exciting.
Enceladus off-gasses liquid water into space, contributing to one of Saturn's rings.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Scar on Jupiter

Photo possibly just after impact, taken by Nasa Infrared Telescope Facility, Hawaii.
The scar on the planet, Jupiter, is about the same size as the planet, Earth. Something smacked into the gas giant and left its mark. Nasa guesses that the object that struck Jupiter was between 50 and 100 miles across. If it struck Earth, it would turn the planet into gravel. Scientists believe that the gas giants with their massive gravity act as a shield of sorts for the inner solar system. Comets and asteroids that would auger into us are often swept into the orbits of the big planets.

The appearance of the scar is changing as Jupiter's fast-moving atmosphere fills the hole left by the impact.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Romeo Foxtrot: Shall We Dance?

I thought I'd post this for shits and giggles.

War isn't like this. The video from Apocalypse Now is at best a crude re-enactment. However I find it difficult to explain the relationships men form when they serve together. They live for each other and they die for each other - willingly, openly.

An Encounter with Goomba and Opus

Not nearly so long ago as all that, in a galaxy near and dear to us all...

A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue surface of the planet, Alderan. Five small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet. (main titles are followed by a roll-up)

Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi were the most feared bloggers in the universe. For one hundred thousand years under the close direction of their leader, Goomba (for all 100,000 years), they perfected their art as the invincible guardians of truth, justice (and the American way of life). Their influence stretched across the Empire from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift.

Yesterday I met two of these legendary bloggers, but wait, since I have to set up the story.

A small silvery spacecraft emerges from behind one of the moons of Alderan. The deadly little fighter speeds past several moons until it goes into orbit round the fourth moon, gradually descending into the atmosphere. The hull of the fighter glows read as it descends.
Wind blows hot outside Chalmun's Cantina in the pirate city. It is the haunt of freight pilots and is frequented by dangerous men of various alien races. There are booths, a bar and free-standing tables. A band composed of oddly shaped musicians entertain the clientele to the tunes of Barry Manilow's Copacabana. Violence erupts at a moment's notice. As you would expect, droids are not allowed because they don't drink and take up valuable space.

In a far corner of the bar, the legendary leader of the Jedi Resistance, Goomba, sits, curled with age, covered by a garment that looks disarmingly like a hooded bath robe made of sack cloth. By his side, the lovely, willowy and beautiful Opus, noted member of the Resistance, also a Jedi.

What was said there, remains there (sort of like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas). Still the my meeting with the legendary bloggers burns in my heart and in my intestines as well since the food in the Pirate Bar was simply not all that good... It's rare that bloggers meet in the cyber-universe. When face-to-face meetings do occur, it's cause for wonder. The decrepit, yet vital Goomba, Opus the galactic princess-turned Jedi, and me, a mere mortal.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vainglorious Bastard

CNN Report

It seems that the president of the US is unhappy with people opposing his healthcare plan. Have any of you READ WHAT THE PLAN WILL DO? It's a staggering change - designed to wipe out the healthcare infrastructure in the US. No, I'm not exaggerating.

The President's plan calls for a system which will eliminate private health care insurance within a few years. We'll all be going to government clinics.

Are any of you veterans? Have any of you visited VA Hospitals and received VA treatment? I heard it improved under the Bush Administration but historically they were BUTCHER SHOPS. Government health care. Well stand by sports fans because if our vainglorious leader and messiah gets his way, things for all of us will be going the way of the Veteran's Administration.

  1. I don't want a bureaucrat in Washington deciding what sort of care I need.
  2. The government bankrupted Social Security - Do you think it will be any different with health care?
  3. Once destroyed, the health care infrastructure will take a generation to repair.

Good Government

The US Federal Government has millions of programs.

Is there any situation where it competes with private industry where the government does more/better/cheaper than private industry?

Is there any situation YOU are aware of where you get better, more personalized service from the Federal Government than you do from a private business.

I'm not saying that we should privatize the army or navy. There are things the government ought to manage for the sake of us all. The Founding Fathers understood this as well or better than any of us and they decided that LESS GOVERNMENT IS BETTER GOVERNMENT.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Is Social Security Solvent Now?

With the $800 billion "recovery act" that isn't designed to impact recovery and the $1 trillion health care tab - and another $1 trillion to keep the country from going bankrupt that the Demokrats are trying to desensitize us to - what happened to Social Security? It was due to fold within a decade because that system is also broke.
Nobody is talking about that anymore? Why not? Did it somehow get an infusion of borrowed money or are the Demokrats simply planning on dropping that bomb on us later in the year?

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION (CLICK HERE) discussed an urgent need for reform last year. This year the ObamaNation doesn't seem concerned. Maybe we can borrow another $1 trillion to make everything right?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Radical Islam - Chicago Style

We should NEVER forget.


There is a difference between Islam and radical Islam. I know that many blog readers won't get it, but I do. Radical Islam calls for the forced conversion of the world to their system of beliefs - to their religion. At the point of a sword if necessary. Most Muslims don't operate that way at all. Most Muslims are not Muslim Supremacists.

As I write this blog, the Hizb ut-Tahrir (CLICK FOR LINK) is holding a conference in Chicago (home base of President Barack Hussein Obama) titled, "THE FALL OF CAPITALISM and the RISE OF ISLAM". Call the Chicago Hilton-Oak Lawn and ask about it or call the Hilton Corporate Office at (310) 278-4321 and demand an explanation.

Hizb ut-Tahrir focuses on indoctrinating/teaching young people from 9 to 18 years of age in the formation of an Islamic Empire (khilafah) which will rule the planet under the Sharia (Islamic law), using any means including jihad to achieve it.

I understand they have the right to free speech.

I wonder how America would have reacted to that sort of conference on September 12, 2001?

To say that America has a short memory is to understate the facts to an obscene degree. In the photo above, United Airlines Flight 175 is about to strike the World Trade Center. I wonder how the people looking out the window of the World Trade Center (who, by the way, were people of all faiths including Muslims) would feel about the conference?

Yes, I know that America has its first Muslim president and I know that he's none to fond of many of this country's citizens based on his actions. We're tolerant people. We're inclusive people. The president is relocating Hamas terrorists from Palestine to the US.

But is there a frigging limit?

Hat tip to the other bloggers who have
also posted on this matter. It's important
enough that we combine our collective voices.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

They Muddled Through - somehow...

The photo below was taken in 1927 of the Chief of Police (in a business suit) in front of the old Anaheim, California City Hall.

I served with the Anaheim Police Department for a couple of years before moving on in my career and treasure the experience and the friendships.
In 1927, the police didn't have to worry about a lot that they worry about today and the restrictions on their actions were more or less those imposed by the Constitution without the significant burden of judges who re-interpreted the law-of-the-land from the Bench.

It's amazing that the country muddled through for roughly 200 years without these liberal judicial guardians who have helped craft the model civilization we see around us today.

When I worked for the Anaheim police department, the watch commander and occasionally the chief-of-police drove by your house to make sure that the lawn was mowed and that the place looked appropriate. Police officers were expected to be model citizens in their lives, in their homes and in the community. Today liberal judges would defend the right of officers to be slovenly where once the standard was very high. Today the bar has been lowered in so many ways, not just for the police, but throughout society that we have a model of mediocrity to measure ourselves against.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Obeying Orders

"You guys keep working on the runway. Sergeant, see that they are diligent in their duty. I'm going to the O-Club for a beer and a sandwich. Don't worry about the C-17. I think he's doing touch-and-go's."

Bagram Air Field, Parway Province, Afghanistan

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Booty Patrol - Another Bill Clinton?

While I was in Mexico City, the President of the United States was "checking out the butt on that one" while the President of France looked on with amusement.

Dare I say the woman that caught the President's eye has a rather robust tush? At least we know which body type he prefers? I can only hope that the woman does NOT have a blue dress. Or if she has one, that she's willing to launder it before the "evidence probe" reaches her.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Is it more fun to Victimize Women?

The answer is - only if they are defenseless, since an armed society is a polite society. Armed women are less fun for criminals to beat, rape and steal from.

The scenario below offers three measures to protect your daughter. Which is the most effective?

Women benefit more than any other group when one is discussing the right to arm and protect yourself.

Something to think about.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Guns in Chicago

It's President Obama's home state - the rules are clear. There are two standards. One for those who are "in" politically and another for those who are not. He would like to spread that double standard nationwide. Depriving honest citizens of the right to own firearms is a violation of the Second Amendment but your president doesn't seem to worry much about that. Is this the man who should be Chief Executive of the United States?

Donations and Gun Control

I have a neighbor who is a proud supporter of President Obama and who shares his vision for the new Obamanation. Ok, he's not my immediate neighbor. My immediate neighbor is a police officer who, like me, is armed to the teeth. The neighbors across the street are likewise armed. There's always one whacko on every street and "AL" is ours.

Having been inspired by WoFat, who reads this blog, I'm thinking of distributing fliers throughout the 'welfare section' of town:

I am a proud socialist and supporter of President Obama's program to divest the workers of all they have to the shiftless. I am totally unarmed - and I believe in absolute gun control. Therefore, you should feel free and take whatever you see inside my house or outside because (a) I'm defenseless (b) I've pledged my trust in Obama's plan, which means I'll put my money and my family's security where my mouth is.

Once looted would the state-controlled media tout him as a poster child for the great society that's a-commin?

My son-in-law is a police officer in town. I'm not asking him to comment on whether or not the police should bother responding to any complaint from "AL". Would it really be a crime if his brothers came and emptied his home. I mean, it's socialism in action isn't it?

Friday, July 3, 2009

So you want to date my daughter?

Young men have to ask politely. Dominic G (above) wasn't as polite as I thought he should have been when he made his request.

He enlisted in the US Army recently, off to lick his wounds...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This oil platform in the Persian Gulf was occupied by Iraqi armed forces at the same time as the main combat force invaded Kuwait in 1991. They mounted 37mm anti-aircraft guns on it to protect it from the forces of the Great Satan.

The attack began before dawn with fire suppression from US Marine Corps Cobra gunships. When SEAL Team 5 Alpha Platoon hit the platform from combat rubber raiding craft and soon after, the Iraqi Army surrendered. The SEALs were most unhappy that the Iraqis surrendered rather than providing acceptable targets for the operators who wanted trigger time. It's hard to shoot people who are slobbering, crying and kissing your boots.

Once the Iraqi prisoners were evacuated by helicopter we called in F-18 Hornets and they rendered the platform incapable of sustaining enemy combat forces. The platform had belonged to the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Iraqi Army raided and over-ran it... Oh well.

This is the result of SEAL operators from Team Five, Alpha Platoon calling in fire support on a company of Iraqi armor that was moving south toward Khafji, Saudi Arabia, January 30, 1991. The SEALS were based at Ras al Mishab, about thirty miles south of Khafji. We took this photo on a battle damage assessment fly-over about three days later in early February. It's amazing what a couple A-10 Warthogs can do to a platoon of Russian-made armor. Based on what the guys said who called in the aircraft, it was over in less than five minutes after the Warthogs arrived and started working the column over.

The Russians were dismayed that their equipment fared so poorly against US and British equipment and tactics. (sorry, Ivan - think how much worse it would have been if you tried to push through the Fulda Gap into West Germany)