sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Movie Review: Act of Valor

This movie has been promoted to the public because the producers elicited active duty naval special warfare operators to star in it.

I was torn - should I go or not? I expected that the movie would not live up to the hype and would be something like the Charlie Sheen Navy Seals movie that came out in the late 1970's.

That's really not what the movie did and if you want to read more about the film, is a good article:
"Waugh and McCoy based the script on real-life acts of valor they came upon by speaking informally with the SEALs over a six-month period. “They kept sharing all these acts of valor that had happened in their community — that you really wouldn’t believe until they said, ‘yeah that happened to Mark right next to me.’ And you were like, ‘what, that really happened?’” Waugh explained.
Read more on Navy SEALs Reluctant Stars but Shine in 'Act of Valor' 
The movie is rated R because it's violent in places and there are head-shots, but I don't think that the violence was over-the-top. Truthfully, it's fairly close to accurate from a Hollywood perspective. The acting isn't stellar, but that's not what the story is. Should you go see it?

I say, YES.

I particularly liked the scenes shot in Mexico...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rooting Through the Trash

When I heard about reports of 'Qur'an Burning in Afghanistan', it seemed very strange to me and I immediately commented that it had to be a hoax because it's typically uncharacteristic behavior by Americans. Most Americans don't care enough about the Qur'an to waste the time to burn it and US Servicemen know better because it's culturally insensitive. I commented that, "I can see an American simply throwing a Qur'an in the trash, but not burning it."

As it turns out, the Joint Services (many nations) Facility at Bagram Air Force Base, near Kabul, Afghanistan burns their trash.
Afghan workers said they rescued the books from the incinerator and then smuggled them off the base to show to local leaders. That ignited an escalating series of violent protests that have targeted coalition military bases, Afghan government buildings, United Nations offices and other symbols of Western presence in the country.  Wall Street Journal
So to put this in perspective, some Qur'ans were thrown out with the trash, which is burned at Bagram Air Force Base, and Afghans rooted through the trash and found the partially burned books. If true, it would mean that there are not seventy virgins reserved in paradise for the soldiers who took the trash to the dump.

As a result, there is rioting in the streets of the major cities in Afghanistan and President Barack Obama is apologizing for the people, presumably Americans, who threw the Qur'ans into the trash - and were subsequently burned with (the rest of the) garbage.

I'm not going to blog further about the ignorant people in Afghanistan and their choice of faith because while it's the flavor of the moment, in the long run, who cares? 

The problem here runs much deeper because the Islamic World holds the tap to the oil spigot.  -- Yes, I know that there's no oil in Afghanistan. Yes, I know that the US Invasion also had to do with a natural gas pipeline that the Taliban opposed, which the (former Afghan) Rabbani Government had approved.

A Case for Energy Independence

My rant here and my plea is that America work to become energy independent from the rest of the world, or at least the Islamic World to the extent practical.  It's a vain hope because EVERY single American politician of note takes money from the Saudis. The bigger the politician, the larger the bribe/contribution made by the Saudis.

Sleeping with the Devil is an interesting book by Robert Baer that illustrates the problem... If you're interested.

The question of whether or not the West is compatible with Islam is the central question here. And the answer that it's not is complicated by our energy dependence. I'm not suggesting that there shouldn't be freedom of religion to the extent that it's practiced without barbarity such as female genital mutilation, honor murders, murder of women 'suspected' of adultery, etc. I'm speaking of Political Islam.

We either force our politicians to stop taking bribes from the Saudis and other Islamic States or we continue to be held captive by their hold on us. (and keep apologizing)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Understanding the Democratic Party's Position

(h/t) Johnny Alamo

In order to believe that Democrats have the answer today, you would have to believe:
  • That you can grow the entitlement class beyond the taxpayer class and never hit critical mass where there is no money left.
  • That using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2003 was criminal, and using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2011 was noble.
  • That the best way to grow the wealth of the private sector is to take all the money out of it.
  • That the best way to make us energy independent is to block any effort to produce more petrocarbons in this country.
  • That the best way to create jobs is to increase taxes and regulations on the job creators.
  • That the best way to stop arms from this country from getting into the hands of the drug cartels in Mexico is to provide arms to the drug cartels in Mexico.
  • That all the ills of the economy are due to the fat cat banks and other corporations, and the best way to deal with that is to provide billions in bailouts to the fat cat banks and other corporations.
  • That more unemployment checks create more jobs.
  • That investigating the background of George W Bush to the point that you have color photographs of his colon is proper vetting of the Chief Executive, but asking for Barack Hussein Obama's college records or for information on his association with a known terrorist is racist.
  • That somehow making firearms illegal will prevent criminals from using them.
  • That the life of a murderer on death row is sacred, but an unborn baby's is not.
  • That the best way to overcome our racist past is to enforce racist affirmative action policies.
  • That people who are too ignorant to get a free state issued I.D. card are smart enough to vote.
  • That the best way to overcome our current spending crisis is to spend more money.
  • That the federal government with no competition can provide a better health care product than the private sector with competition can.
  • That a grandma in a wheelchair is a bigger potential threat on an airplane than a guy with a name that takes phlegm to pronounce.
  • That we need to be sensitive to the feelings of people that subscribe to a religion that teaches that we all should submit to their version of righteousness or face beheading, but should demean and diminish those that believe in the religion that teaches we should love and embrace our neighbors no matter what religion they belong to.
  • That poll watchers who want to ensure that election laws are observed and the vote is without fraud are intimidating voters, and black radicals with clubs in front of a polling place are not.
  • That ice ages and the warming periods in between were not caused by man's influence on the earth but a half degree rise in average temperatures over 30 years is.
  • That using the equivalent of two gallons of fossil fuel to produce one gallon of ethanol makes sense because it is "renewable."
  • That a picture of a female guard in Abu Ghraib pointing at the genitals of a terrorist and laughing is deplorable but those same goofballs setting off an IED and killing our troops are just freedom fighters.
  • That a 70 year old woman with a Gadsden flag is a radical but an OWS protestor that defecates on a police car and breaks windows of businesses is a frustrated citizen.
  • That in spite of the fact that one third of the world is hungry it makes more sense to use food for fuel than drilling for a fuel source that nobody can eat.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Wishes (Rule 5)

There's something about a lady in red...

There was that lady in the red dress in the Hollywood feature film, THE MATRIX.

There's fashion super model Nanette Lepore, who looks especially fetching in red.

And Maryln Monroe, who lived her life like a 'candle in the wind' - wearing a red dress.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kick Back, and Enjoy the Weekend


Sometimes it's difficult for people to know my mind...

Hallelujah I love her so...

A different side of the actor, Hugh Laurie.