Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri City Government Elected by Black Apathy

Good morning to a riotous day (pun intended), so the message is, do it our way or we will burn your world down. Ua, well not your world but ours, it was all black-owned businesses that the punks burnt last night. If this is as Democratic Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadali said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, “As it was said earlier today, and because of the systematic racism that we have in our state government, and our state party, and we do not bring the truth to bear, then we will not recover from what we are going on. What we are experiencing right now, and I have to tell you, this is St. Louis’s race war. We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the this is our race war. country. and people have to be open, and they have to be honest. and they have to earnest, and they have not been earnest for decades…” The war is black against black, with the cops trying to protect black property, at leas that is the picture painted last night.

The Democrats chickens are coming home to roost, for decades and decades they have been building up the black welfare class into a dependent class, dependent upon the government for its substance in return for their near 100 percent turnout of all who go to vote, but depending upon welfare has a price:

“Black unemployment is three times that of white unemployment,” Lou Dobbs said on Aug. 19’s America’s Newsroom. “The community itself has a 13 percent unemployment rate, more than double that of the national average. The household net worth in that community is $10,000, a third less than the national average.”

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,203 people in Ferguson, the racial makeup of the city was 29.3% White, 67.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population. Yet Ferguson has a near total white government, five of its six city council members are white, as is its mayor, why? Had they a mind to they could have voted in a whole black city government and had all black policemen. They are not forced to vote for white but during local elections last April, just 1,484 of the 12,096 registered voters in Ferguson cast ballots.

I read that more than 3,000 people have registered to vote in Ferguson, Mo., since the death of Michael Brown, that bright the total of registered to about 15,100 voters, had they truly wanted to change things in Ferguson they could have done so at the poles a long time ago, and since the next election is a presidential election the Obama Phone voters may get out and bother to vote for a city government of their liking. Don’t lay odds on it.

May the Lord God IAUA bless us with enough this day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Rednecks Response to “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.
From White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack  by Peggy McIntosh, my responses will be in red.
I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. Black do this as well, in schools, and in public meeting, kind like kind. 
  1. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me. I know no one who has been trained mistrust anyone, she must be speaking for herself.
  1. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live. I cannot do that, I nee five acres at least and room for horses.
  1. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. This is bullshit, getting a good neighbor is the luck of the draw. I have numerous black neighbors who are as welcome as any whites. I do have one black neighbor down the street that bought a house with at least a $150K barn on it next to the house.  Shortly after he moved in it burn down, he blamed it on racist neighbors who did not like having a black living there.  The insurance paid out, and he rebuilt a little $5K, at best, storage building.  He has had no further incidents of racist behavior since then, and still lives there 5-6 years latter..  Had I wanted him gone, it would have been his house I would have burnt, not an empty barn!  Draw your own conclusions.
I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. I see black in                  this part of the world going about their business along or otherwise without being 
           I see black in this part of the world going about their business along or otherwise without being harassed. she must            live in a different neighborhood than me.
  1. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. Now this too is a reflection of a different age that Progressives/liberal like to ignore.  You cannot watch a news channel. sitcom, movie, or even a commercial that do not have blacks in them.  And it is getting as though it is obligatory to have gueers in as the new shows as well.
  1. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. For the most part, this is true in the New World, and in in Europe, like it or not.
  1. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.  What the hell does that mean?  She lost me there.
  1. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege. I sure wish that I could get published as easily.  I have to self-publish.
  1. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race. Sometimes true, sometimes not, let he fo to Ferguson and try telling the black there that they should abide by the juries decision and  not riot, that Officer Darren Wilson deserves due process and if it is found that he acted accordingly he should be allowed to live his life in peace. 
  1. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person’s voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race. So can black, bet she cannot give an example otherwise, just assert that it is so.
  1. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair. What town does she live in to not see the same services provided for black folks? Supermarket will sale what they can make a profit on, and not bases upon what the race of the purchaser is.  If the neighborhood is 80-90 percent white they will pick products to sell to white purchasers.  If the neighborhood is 80-90 percent black they will pick products to serve that market.  The same thing goes for Mexican and Asians, etc.  No store is going to stock stuff for an occasional shopper as opposed to the regular shoppers.
  1. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability. I see black using both without incident, although I also see them using EBC along with white, no one in my present has anyone of them ever been questioned about their means of payment.  How many do you reckon that McIntosh has saw and how many has she just heard stories about?
  1. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them. And how does she perceive that black cannot?  Can she protect them from the risk of people seriously hurt, and even killed by the unprovoked attacks by blacks on white playing the “Knock Out Game”?
  1. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection. I wonder if she makes them aware of racists like the likes of those in the Black Grievance Industrialists who milk $billions upon $billions from the taxpayers from scams like the Pigfordsettlements for an example  “TheNew York Times reported Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has likely enabled massive fraud in the Pigford series of legal settlements, in which black, Hispanic, female and Native American farmers have claimed to be victims of past discrimination.” 
  1. I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others’ attitudes toward their race. ” if they fit school and workplace norm” therein lies the rub.  Blacks set in trouble in school mush more for their behavior than for their race.  And no the Federal Government is pushing schools not to dispalein black kids with “A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Holder said upon the release of first-of-its-kind school discipline guidance in January.”  It is because of pressure like this on the school systems that Trayvon Martin’s possession of stolen property  was not reported to the police. See The Curious Case Of Trayvon Martin’s Backpack With Stolen Jewelry and Burglary Tool…
  1. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.  I wonder when she saw thiis happen to a black person, I never have
  1. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.  In spite of her assertion, this does not happen to black people either.
  1. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.  So do the black people I knoe, the last two Commandants of my Marine Corps League Detachment have been black, and they have no problem speaking up.
  1. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race. That is another thing that is in out history, and not our present.  When is the last time you have heard it uttered?
  1. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.  Name me the names of blacks who have been asked to do that?
  1. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.  You live in this country, not there, and the most of us will never go there.  Our lives and concerms are here in America, not where this world’s majority live.
  1. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider. Who in America are not free to do these things?  It is when you want to change our laws to suit your customs that you run into problems with the people hop like the Constitution.
  1. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race. Would that be true if you lived in India, Pakistan, China, or Egypt? Why should it be different here?  
  1. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race. How, the TEA Party were singled out for their political believe, that they were mostly white Christians.
  1. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.  That again depends upon where are shopping, not because of racism or white privilege.
  1. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared. If your are outnumbered your are outnumbered.  Could you say that is you live in India, Pakistan, China, or Egypt?

  1. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.  That again an unproven assertion, that would depend upon many thing other that race, meritrocity also plays a role, as well as time on the job and personality.

  1. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.  Why should a program ever be centering on race?  And why ius she assuming that this would not be true if she was not white?

  1. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.  The Supreme Court is all but one white.  She says, “…my race will lend me more credibility…”  This has not been the case in any organization I have ever worked for, nor in the Marine Corps.  Right and wrong have been/are judge right or wrong on the rightness or wrongness of the matter, not upon the race of the one in disagreement.  I do wonder who she has been hanging out with.

  1. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices. How?

  1. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.  Tell that to the black cop or Black Judge.

  1. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.  
    I have been asked to use underarm deodorant, was that a reflection upon my race?

  1. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.  Only if it is white racism and not the racism of blacks.

  1. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race. If you got it because they needed a woman to fill their diversity needs you may not be thought to have gotten it because of your race, but because of your sex.  Many black are put into schools they are not prepared for and failed in their effort because of their race.  Today we have this headline: Harvard And UNC Sued Over Race-Based Admission Policies

  1. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones. Good for you, how many black do you know have to do this?  Would it not have to do with the type of work they were doing?  A carpenter would not have these concerns, nor a plumber or electrician (I know blacks who do all of these jobs) and do you reckon black doctors and lawyers  have these thoughts?

  1. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally. And you know blacks canno,t how

  1. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do. Name just one that blacks do not do?

  1. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race. Now she is just getting ridicules.

  1. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen. Where in America is this not true?  Oh, I know, would she move here: Family Beaten For Being White In Black Neighborhood or  here: The woman who was murdered for being white while campaigning for Barack Obama in a black neighborhood.  Yes, I know that blacks get killed by whites too, but not near in the proportions that blacks kill whites.  I am just referring to her white pl9ivlage protecting her from this, which is bullshit, what protects her from it is her staying safely away from it.

  1. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.

  1. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.  gGive me an example of where a person race prevented them getting medical care, being poor is much more of a problem than being black.  Being poor cuts across all the races, and affect them equally.

  1. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.  How? Would that not also be a function of the group you were in?  If it was a liberal, conservative, northern, southern, western, white or a black group would make no differance?

  1. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.  If you are black you can, black colleges are the only that have their race in their name, They are the only one with a college fund dedicated to their race.  Name me one white college where only white people go to.  This is another example of conflating the past with the present.

  1. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race. How does this help a white person in any manner?  How dies it hurt a black person?  And agin I ask the question, would it be true if you lived in India, Pakistan, China, or Egypt? If you lived there would the privilege belong to another race, what would it be, a brown privilege? 

  1. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.  That is the power of the market, not any privilege and would not be true if you lived in India, Pakistan, China, or Egypt

  1. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.  Most other races can do that in America unless you are white in a hostile black neighbourhood.

  1. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.  I discussed that above with my own black neighbors.

  1. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership. I guess that she is talking about queers here.

  1. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.  Frome the holier than thou attitude she projects I do not think that she would feel normal in my social life.  She would take offense, I am sure, at how I phrase things, my comment to freedom, including freedom of association which implies a freedom to disassociate for whatever reason a person decides be they of any race.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Knowing And Understanding

I was having a discussion the other day about how you know when you know something? According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word “know” is a verb tense that means one of four things. The first is “to be well informed about.” The second is “to be aware of.” The third is “to be acquainted with.” And the final is “to recognize or distinguish.”  I have came to believe that our question should have been, “How do we know when we understand something.”

We cannot understand anything that we cannot explain in words, for understanding requires reasoning and reasoning requires words.  If you think that you know something try explaining it to someone who does not.  You may find that you cannot find the words to describe your understanding of what it is that you think you know, which is a sure sign that you do not know it, but just ‘think’ that you know it.  We all some assumptions about what words and ideas mean, and what it means to understand or “know about” something.  Now what would you have to do in order to make an inference that another person actually understands what they said they understood?

You would listen to or read their words, evaluate what they said and the authority with which they spoke.  Now a bum on the street is as capable of understanding and explaining that understand as well as any man, but if he was explaining how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging was able to draw a picture of the inside of your brain you would not give him the same credence as you would Radiologists who read the pictures.  As well, you would discount his explanation even without ever talking to a radiologist or a physicist just because he was a bum on the street.  In most cases, your dismissal would be justified, but what about the bum who had made his living for 20 years working on NMRIs?  His explanation would be as sound as any radiologists or physicist, but his status as a bum would close your ears to his understanding.
“The acid test for understanding is rather simple; if a person says he or she understands something, then the person should be able to explain to others what it is that is understood. It come down to the premise that if you can’t explain what you know, then chances are you don’t know it. But there are functions of knowledge that go beyond explanation. In addition, as has been stated many times on the ADPRIMA site, “anything not understood in more than one way is not understood at all.”  WHAT IT MEANS TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING
There is a further complication, just because you, or another, knows a subject well enough to explain it well does not assure that which being explained is a true depiction of what is being explained.  How do you know how the universe was created?  There are numinous explanations, all explained well and well understood by those doing the explaining.  To touch on just two:

The  Materialist holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all phenomena, including mental phenomena and consciousness, are the result of material interactions.  They believe in a cause and effect universe with each and every effect caused by a previous cause, with the first affect being the Big Bang which set everything into motion and is still setting down.  They believe that even the motion of the neurons and the firing of the synapses in our brains are just a continuation of the event set into being by the Big Bang, the Big Bang is their god creator.  However, what caused the Big Bang is not considered.  They deny  the present of a soul or any god other than the ones created by man.  This is indeed a religion! Its name is Scientism, which is the belief that only science can deliver the answers as to what the universe is, how it came about, and how it works.  They do not concern themselves with such question as to why there is anything instead of nothing.

On the other end of the spectrum are people like me who hold that God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Advent of Obamacare

December 24th, 2009 – The Government Took Over Our Healthcare.
Of the 60 Democrat Senators who voted for Obamacare, only 31 remain in office today as 28 Senators who voted for Obamacare either lost their re-election, retired or died.

To do this after passing a bill that originated in the House they took it into what is called reconciliation, where they stripped every word out of the original bill, and inserted Obamacare, which was so massive that Pelosi said that “we had to pass it so we could know what was in it”. The 60 Democratic Senators then pass the ACA without debate and without a single Republican vote.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quotes about Marines

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
Ned Dolan

A Marine is a Marine.  I set that policy two weeks ago – there’s no such thing as a former Marine.   You’re a Marine,  just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life.  But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico.  There’s no such thing as a former Marine.
General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.
Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

Hell, these are Marines.  Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima.  Bagdad ain’t shit.
Marine Major General John F. Kelly

We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn’t go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.
Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC; Afghanastan, 20 September 2001
As reported on page 1 of the New York Times

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights. 
Navy Times; November 1994

Why in hell can’t the Army do it if the Marinescan. They are the same kind of men; why can’t they be like Marines. 
Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918

The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. 
Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997

For all of those that have son’s or daughter’s atbootcamp let me pass on what I found. Let me give you a little back ground first. When my son left home he had no motivation, he was lazy,slobby, no pride, no self worth. This is the boy that got off the bus March 18th at Parris Island. The man that I met on Thursday for parents day is AWESOME. There is no way I can describe to you all the difference. He looks different, he walks different, he talks different, he has such a sense of bearing and pride all I could do was look at him in awe. Oh yes, the training is hard, what he went through is unimaginable to any one that has not been there. They are definitely taught to be Warriors. Let me tell you the surprise of what else they are taught. My Marine son has better values, better morals, bettermanners than any one I know. It is so much more than Yes Sir, Yes Mam…so much more. He cares about how he looks, he cares about what he does, and its not a boastful, bad ass thing. He is a true gentleman. I saw patience, and a calmness in him that I have never seen. I could never express my gratitude enough to the Marine Corps for what they have given my son. I knowthis, I have an 11 year old Devil pup still at home. When the time comes for his turn if I had to I would take him kicking and screaming all the way. Although I’m sure that will not happen. The hero worship I see in my younger sons eyes for his Marine brother tells me I will have two Marines in the family, and I will be one very proud mother. 
“Cybil”, Mother of a Marine writing to the myMarineGroup

The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years. 
James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy; 23 February 1945
(the flag-raising on Iwo Jima had been immortalized in a photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal)

I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world! 
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on? 
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff
during the assault on Grenada, 1983

The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps! 
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem. 
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat. 
RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or “we’ll blow you away.” And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, “Igaralli ahow,” which means “Excuse me, I didn’t mean it, my mistake”. 
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles. 
Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever? 
GySgt. Daniel J. “Dan” Daly, USMC
near Lucy-`le-Bocage as he led the 5th Marines’ attack into Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918

Gone to Florida to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over. 
Colonel Commandant Archibald Henderson, USMC
in a note pinned to his office door, 1836

Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you! 
Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC
rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

Marines die, that’s what we’re here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever. 
the mythical GySgt. Hartman, USMC; portrayed by GySgt. R. Lee Ermey, a Marine Corps Drill Instructor using his own choice of words in Full Metal Jacket, 1987

You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me! 
Capt. Henry P. Crowe, USMC; Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943

We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess. 
Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past. 
Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994

I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold. 
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC
in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918

Courage is endurance for one moment more… 
Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam

My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter. He has far more guts, courage, and better officers… These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost. 
2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II

A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors. 
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just having air power or ship’s fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops. 
Gen. Colin Powell, U. S. Army
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
During Operation Desert Storm

This was the first time that the Marines of the two nations had fought side by side since thedefence of the Peking Legations in 1900. Let it be said that the admiration of all ranks of 41 Commando for their brothers in arms was and is unbounded. They fought like tigers and their morale and esprit de corps is second to none. 
Lt Col. D.B. Drysdale, Commanding
41 Commando, Chosen Reservoir, on the 1st Marine Division Division

The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves.
even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.
“Semper Fidelis”
General Louis H. Wilson
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Toast given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Camp Lejueune, N.C. 1978

You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are. 
Father Kevin Keaney
1st Marine Division Chaplain
Korean War

There was always talk of espirit de corps, of being gung ho, and that must have been a part of it. Better, tougher training, more marksmanship on the firing range, the instant obedience to orders seared into men in boot camp. 
James Brady, columnist, novelist,
press secretary to President Reagan, television personality and

The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. 
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC
to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue. 
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy

Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there. 
LtGen Victor H. Krulak, USMC
April 1965

The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, ‘The elite of this country.’ I think it is the elite of the world. 
Admiral William Halsey, U.S. Navy

I still need Marines who can shoot and salute. But I need Marines who can fix jet engines and man sophisticated radar sets, as well. 
General Robert E. Cushman, Jr., USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps, 17 May 1974

I can’t say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like ‘brilliant,’ it would really be an under description of the absolutely superb job that they did in breaching the so-called ‘impenetrable barrier.’ It was a classic- absolutely classic- military breaching of a veryvery tough minefield, barbed wire, fire trenches-type barrier. 
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, U. S. Army
Commander, Operation Desert Storm, February 1991

I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world. 
Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchhill

The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle. 
Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing, U.S. Army
Commander of American Forces in World War I

Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army. 
Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;
shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered
to not wear their khaki leggings.

The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it. 
General Mark Clark, U.S. Army

They (Women Marines) don’t have a nickname, and they don’t need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines. 
LtGen Thomas Holcomb, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1943

I’ve always been proud of being a Marine. I won’t hesitate to defend the Corps. 
Jonathan Winters, comic and Marine

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary. 
Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps

A Ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons. 
Adm. David Dixon Porter, USN in a letter to
Colonel Commandant John Harris, USMC, 1863

The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand. 
Attributed to Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)

If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war. 
General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea,
overheard and reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Finally, Harry Reid is GONE !!

A Divided Republic

You will hear a lot of talk about how close most of the elections were last night, and how that goes to prove that we are a divided country. They will be talking about us being divided between voting for Democrats or Republicans, but that is not the divide, the true divide was apparent last night when they showed how the counties and precincts were voting. With few exception, the folks that lived in large cities were voting Democratic while the Republican vote was primarily from the rural parts of the states all across the Republic.

This is the true divide, city folks against country folks. Here in North Carolina Charlotte, Winston/Salem, and Raleigh went heavily for  Kay Hagan, while places like Rowan County, and the rest of the rural counties voted solidly for Thom Tillis. I am sure that the Progressive have noticed this just as plainly as I have, and will be modifying their game plan to get us to move into cities as they try to figure out how to Community Organize us country folks.

From Facebook:
Abby Normal

Dear Democrats, sorry for your loss. It was inevitable. It's just time for another change. Sure, we know there have been 63 months of economic growth, a deficit reduced by two thirds, stock market at record heights, an unemployment rate that dropped from 10.2% to 5.9% (for my friends that watch Fox News, that means better), and gas prices are way down,..... but you know what, DEMONRATS!? (sic) People are getting tired of all that positive crap. Let's turn this country around! (P.S. - This is comedy. Please don't send me hate mail.)

My reply:  

At the end of FY 2008 the debt was about $10 trillion, today’s Federal Debt is about $18 trillion, and you want to brag that the trillion dollar deficit has been cut by 2/3, bringing it to what it was in 2008? 

The stock market at record heights because of the free money the Feds keep printing for the banks who lend it out at very low rates, they call it Quantitative Easements. 

The unemployment rate that dropped from 10.2% to 5.9% b because people have dropped out of the In June of workforce. In 2009, the labor force participation rate was 65.7%, it is now at a 36-year low. People are leaving the workforce in record numbers, and it’s not all because Baby Boomers are retiring. Over half of those leaving the workforce have simply given up on finding a job, Down from 62.9% in July to 62.8% in August of 2014. 

Gas prices are down in spite of the Democrats, not because of them. Fracking, which they have fought tooth and nail, and still will not allow on government land, is the reason gas prices are down. To keep gas prices up Obama has refused to allow the Keystone Pipeline from being built on behest of Progressives who oppose it

 It is obvious that a lot of Democrats voters have falling hook line and sinker for the Progressive's propaganda. Please, if I am wrong in any of this assessment point out the error, and show me your proof.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Columbus Day

Again the clarioning call, abandon the myth that Columbus discovered America, the Indian were already here (forgive me, Indigenous Peoples), theViking set up housekeeping long before Columbus, the Chinese discovered America in 1418, and A nautical chart, lost for five centuries, gives evidence that Portuguese captains had found the New World by 1424.  It is also claimed that of the various people who reached America before Columbus, Black Africans appear to have made the most contacts and to have had the greatest impact.

My response is, so what!  None of these explores changed how America relation with the rest of the world like Columbus’ did, it was Columbus’ visits that changed the world.  For better or worse is an opinion, that his trips changed the world is a fact.

Now let us turn to the people who were already here when Columbus made his voyage of discovery, the so called Indigenous Peoples.  Indigenous means, “produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment ‘indigenous plants’, ‘the indigenous culture’. ‘Indigenous people’ means the first people who lived in any region, and not later immigrants.  Well lo  and be hold this knocks out the people who lived in North America when Columbus made his visits.   If we are to believe the Scientists the inhabitants of America came in waves.
While there is general agreement that the Americas was first settled from Asia by people who migrated across Beringia, the pattern of migration, its timing, and the place of origin in Asia of the peoples who migrated to the Americas remains unclear.  Wikipedia
But even this has came into question:
About 12,500 years ago, they left what is now Siberia and walked over the Bering Land Bridge, now covered by water and called the Bering Strait, to Alaska. The descendants of these first people may have eventually spread out into all parts of North and Central America, possibly reaching South America.But some scientists are beginning to think that the Bering Land Bridge was not the only route to the Americas.Remarkably, some people may have arrived by boat thousands of years before others walked across to Alaska.They probably came at different times and from across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to both North and South America.
Consider that stone tools have been found in sediments 15,500 years old, before the Clovis people are thought to have arrived in America.
Humans first arrived in North America more than 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, according to an analysis of ancient stone tools found in Texas. And the people who left them appear to have developed a portable toolkit used for killing and preparing meat.
Researchers found a haul of thousands of artefacts near the state capital, Austin, some of which were identified as blades and other tools. The material was buried in sediments that are between 13,200 and 15,500 years old.
Until now, the oldest evidence for human occupation in North America has come from the Clovis site in New Mexico. Scientists think that these people came to North America around 13,000 years ago by crossing the Bering Land Bridge from northeastern Asia. From there, they are thought to have spread across the northern and southern American continents.
There are problems with this story, however. Clovis-like tools, known for their distinctive fluted points, have never been found in northeastern Asia. And stone tools found in Alaska are too young (and too different) to be associated with Clovis.
Michael Waters from Texas A&M University led a team of researchers to study the Debra L. Friedkin site in Texas, about 40 miles northwest of Austin. Buried underneath the layer of rock that has been associated with the time period for the Clovis humans, his team found more than 15,000 objects that indicated the presence of an older civilization.
“This discovery challenges us to rethink the early colonisation of the Americas,” said Waters. “There’s no doubt these tools and weapons are human-made and they date to about 15,500 years ago, making them the oldest artefacts found both in Texas and North America.”
This suggest (to put it the way scientists like to put it) that now only were there successive waves of immigration before Columbia made his discovery, but successive campaigns of conquest.  The tribes that lived in the Americas were not living in a utopia all at peace with one another,  They were at war with one another all over the Americas.  It was this enmity between the tribes that led to the Indigenous people’s down fall.  In his conquest of the Aztecs Cortés made alliance with a tribe called the Tlaxcalans, who were enemies of the Aztecs. They became an important ally for Cortés during his siege of Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital city.
The same was true in North America where in theFur Trade Wars the Tribes aligned themselves with the French, English, or Dutch according to who was on the other’s side.  These furs were mainly supplied by Indian traders, especially the Huron and Ottawa tribes. In Wisconsin the Winnebago tribes blocked the fur trade routes. They were attacked and defeated by the Ottawa and Huron. New tribes such as the Sauk, Fox, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe began moving into the area that is now Wisconsin.
Competition between tribes over hunting grounds became more pronounced after the Europeans’ arrival. Tensions also caused conflict among the English, the French, and the Dutch. The competition between the English and the French culminated in the French and Indian War. The Native American chiefs saw that each side was using them, but because of the Indians’ dependence on white goods, they had to become involved in these conflicts. While there were many honest traders who dealt fairly with the Indians, others were greedy and unscrupulous men who cheated and exploited the natives. Alcohol was an important and permanent part of the trade. It had devastating effects on many Indian tribes. Numerous witnesses have written of the violence that the liquor trade brought to Indian villages.
From The Impact of the Fur Trade on Native Americans
A tribe that traded directly with the whites had the most favorable situation, fully supplied and better armed than its customers and possessing the power of any monopoly. Consequently there were trade rivalries, trade diplomacy, and trade wars. For most Indian tribes war had always been a sport, a cult, and a vocation. But the trade with industrial Europe made it for three centuries a fundamental condition of Indian society. Trade wars produced tribal displacements and migrations. The attacked fled before the attackers; those who had firearms or iron for points pushed back those armed with bone- or stone-tipped weapons. New frictions, tensions, and population pressures followed.
Like I said above, so what if any or many had found America before Columbus, they left the world unchanged while Columbus’ discovery changed the world, and there is no going back.
Happy Columbus Day!