sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, August 25, 2013


I was visiting the blog at Brighid's Place and she discussed monikers. I thought about that.

Almost everyone that I worked around had one. The Prince of Darkness (Prince), WoFat, Monkey King, and others earned their nicknames. There was Taz (Tazmanian Devil), Cue (Cue-ball), Super Six, Genghis, Nemo, Badger, Short Stack, Eagle, Monkey Hands, Earp, Dimples, Lightning, Daisey, Nig, Hyde, County Slut, Fish, Strut, Lucifer, Plug, Horn, the White Dove, and I was either called Lambo (a take-off from Rambo) Mr. White (only the Prince of Darkness called me that), or Scary Larry, depending on the time, place and peer group. One guy named Jason, kept his given name because of the horror movie character, Jason.

Nig - dated a black girl once and the guys found out about it.
Hyde - turned from Dr. Jekyl into Mr. Hyde after one drink of demon rum.
Monkey Hands - liked to fiddle with his and other people's equipment. Some people called him "Rat Claws".
Eagle - had a nose like an Eagle's beak. Sometimes called "Snout".
County Slut - chased every woman that he ever met - almost always with success.
Horn - packed impressive gear.
Earp - liked to quickdraw.
Dimples - good looking lady slayer
Fish - shortened from Fish-Face, was part Chinese.
White Dove - went to church at some point in his life, but nobody could remember that happening.
----and so forth.
Any nickname could be shortened for ease of use. Rat Claws became Rat. County Slut became Slut, White Dove became Dove, Scary Larry became Scary, Cue-ball became Cue.

If you have red hair, you could be called Rusty or Torch or if you gained weight, any nickname could be instantly changed to Shamu.

Guys gave other guys girlfriends nicknames too: Assquatch, Butterface (killer body, but-her-face), Clearing Barrel, Poke-a-hauntas (looked like the Disney character, actually Italian), Sleeping Booty, Panther (her given name was Becky Panther, and she was part Blood Indian from Canada), Muffin, Poptart, Crack of Dawn, Dumpster, Cherry, Tag-Team (two identical twins, both of the same name. Sometimes referred to as Alpha and Beta, but nobody could tell them apart) ---- I left off the really insulting nicknames.

There was a flap in the Navy a few years ago where an administrative officer assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 136 picked up the name, "Romo's Bitch"(voted in by the squadron) because he was a fan of Dallas Cowboy's quarterback, Tony Romo, believed to be gay. Sometimes they stick forever. Another aviator who participated in the 1991 Las Vegas Tailhook blow-out had his moniker changed from Grouper to Groper. So no moniker is necessarily forever.

I nicknamed my daughters Mouse, Wishbear, Angel and Elmo the Magic Baby -- or just plain Elmo. They still answer to those names. My daughter's named their mother "The Wicked Witch" and called me "The Handsome Prince" or "Mr. Moneybags"...

Monikers don't always tell a story but they usually do. Military Pilots and aviators all have nicknames and they often paint them on their aircraft.

When Asiana Flight 214 smashed into the sea wall at San Francisco International Airport a month or so ago,  the media released fictitious monikers, tacked onto the hapless air crew as a joke. It went viral.
Some navy squadrons have collective names for their aviators. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 members are called the Screwtops.  
The Pukin’ Dogs of Fighter Squadron 143 were originally known as the Griffins, which is a mythical creature that had the head and wings of an eagle and a body of a lion. Squadron lore holds two versions of how it got its new name, both of which involve someone mistaking the Griffins insignia’s down-turned head and open mouth for a vomiting dog. 
There was VA-12, the Flying Ubangis (changed to the Clinchers in 1982 because of possible racial overtones); VF-191, Satan's Kittens; VXE-6, Puckered Penguins; and HS-8, Eightballers.
American Indians only had monikers - Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Man Afraid of His Horses, etc. And they named their adversaries. Col. George A. Custer was called, "Son of the Morning Star" by the Cheyenne because he liked to attack before dawn. They called Gen. George Crook, "Gray Wolf".

The Bitch of Benghazi

It's been nearly 12 months since the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the US Consulate at Benghazi, Libya. Let's take a retrospective journey.

Hillary R. Clinton, former First Lady to Bill Clinton, wants to be the next President of the United States (and Leader of the Free World). As Secretary of State to President Barack Obama, she knew that she had to put her own stamp/stain on foreign policy that could be differentiated from the general appeasement that Barack sold to the Middle East. The Arab Spring gave her the perfect opportunity to do something spectacular that nobody else had ever done and it emboldened her. She took a risk with the Libyan "freedom fighters" even though she knew that they were Muslim Brothers and al Qaeda affiliates. The jihadis on the ground who were intent on overthrowing Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi fought with a disadvantage because of Libyan national airpower. The balance, Ms. Clinton reasoned, would be to provide them with American made, man portable surface to air defense systems (MANPADS). 
Karl Rove explains here
that Hillary is a viable
option in 2016.

Secretary Clinton went to the Central Intelligence Agency and Director/General David Petraeus said, "no". However, Clinton had the stroke to go it alone and pull weapons for foreign sale/gift to the Muslim Brotherhood all on her own, drawing them from the CIA's inventory, so long as she signed off on it, and President Obama had a classified finding that covered the gift. So the transfer of FIM-92, Stinger missiles went forward.

Secretary Clinton and Director Petraeus didn't see eye to eye on a number of issues, and he didn't intend to take the blame if things went horribly wrong with the surface to air missiles. The FBI received marching orders to expose the director's love affair with Paula Broadwell, which ruined him in office and forced his departure. Petraeus was replaced by Leon Panetta, a Democratic Party functionary with no intelligence or military credentials -- but a history of following orders in the Clinton White House. Five days before the Benghazi Massacre, Panetta became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Clinton dispatched the late Ambassador Chris Stevens to Benghazi to try and treat with the Muslim Brotherhood and buy back the unused missiles, which would be handed over to the Central Intelligence Agency at the nearby annex.

Obama Bloody Handprint Flag
Things went horribly wrong and everyone knows that part of the story now. The Brotherhood stormed the Benghazi Consulate, killed Americans, and stole the money that was to be used to buy back the missiles.

If aid had been sent and more people had been exposed to the Secret of Benghazi, the backlash against Hillary Clinton could have been substantial. This better that NO aid be sent. In the words of the pirate captain, "dead men tell no tales."

Hillary (what does it matter) Clinton was caught in a vice and her staff advised her to spin the Benghazi story to coincide with an unrelated riot in Egypt. Susan Rice (now US National Security Advisor to Barack Obama) went on the Sunday talk shows and lied. And Secretary Clinton lied. And Barack Obama lied. Because telling the truth would mean that Hillary Clinton would be exposed and that exposure would ruin any chance that she had to be President of the United States and Leader of the Free World.

There weren't a lot of people in the buy-back loop. CIA had been instructed to stay out of it and those orders remained in place from the Petraeus days at CIA. (Panetta had been there less than a week when it hit the fan) Those who credibly knew were and remain constrained from talking because of security clearance agreements, violation of which would force them into the apartment next to the one where Edward Snowden lives in Moscow.

  Will Hillary Clinton, the Bitch of Benghazi,  
  become President of the United States?  

History hasn't written that chapter yet. Her campaign slogan is "are you ready for Hillary?" Clearly, Hillary is ready to be leader of the free world. She's out dragging the sack big time for her candidacy with that $2 billion number (the amount that she needs in her war chest) hanging high in the sky. Many Democrats believe Hillary is owed the nomination and the presidency and assume that America is now ready – braced, even – for her ascension to the pinnacle of power.  That's pretty scary. Sort of like rolling over in bed and seeing her homely face staring at you from the adjacent pillow. (Who can really blame Bill for preferring Monica and almost anything else in a skirt?)

Where are the missing surface-to-air missiles? So far as anyone knows, they remain in the hands of al Qaeda, and could be used anywhere in the world. Hillary Clinton expressed her feelings: "What does it matter?"