Archive for December, 2008

Airborne!

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 in Uncategorized, Video
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Anyone Airborne out there?

Here’s one you’ll enjoy.

Not safe for work, or kids.

Airborne Babes

It’s a Dutch commercial. Click on the top one. It will ask if you are over 18, in Dutch.

Hero from the Past.

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 in Military
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I have decided that I will endeavor to find a hero from the past and post it here. I will try to make this a weekly feature.

Only 3,448 Americans have been awarded Medals of Honor.

This Special Forces Soldier was recommended for the award three times. The law prohibits the awarding of the Medal of Honor more than once to a Serviceman. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross three times, this is the second highest medal that can be awarded.

This Soldier is actually the highest decorated Soldier, ever. Yep, more than the vaunted Audie Murphy.

Here’s his awards:

Medals of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2d Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, (*That means he has four, just add one to the oak leaf number and that’s how many he was awarded) Purple Heart, 7th Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement, Air Medal for Valor, 2d Oak Leaf Cluster,Army Commendation Medal for Valor, 3d Oak Leaf Cluster,Air Medal for Aerial Flights,Army Meritorious Service Medal, 2d Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement, 2d Oak Leaf Cluster,Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal 4th Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Ribbon W/2 device, Army Overseas Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,Expeditionary Medal, 2d Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Honor Medal 2d Award, Vietnamese Wound Medal, Vietnamese Civil Action Medal 2d Award, Army Presidential Unit Citation, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Valorous Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Korea Samil Medal , Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Aircraft Crewman’s Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnamese Ranger Badge, Army Ranger Tab, Special Forces Qualification Tab, Thai Master Parachute Wings, Vietnamese Master Parachute Badge, French Parachutist Badge, Korean Master Parachute Badge, Thai Balloonist Badge,

This is one bad ass. Bravery is what he lives. He got a field promotion from Master Sergeant to LT and ended up retiring as a Colonel.

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Howard (then SFC.), distinguished himself while serving as platoon sergeant of an American-Vietnamese platoon which was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy controlled territory in the Republic of Vietnam. The platoon had left its helicopter landing zone and was moving out on its mission when it was attacked by an estimated 2-company force. During the initial engagement, 1st Lt. Howard was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion. 1st Lt. Howard saw his platoon leader had been wounded seriously and was exposed to fire. Although unable to walk, and weaponless, 1st Lt. Howard unhesitatingly crawled through a hail of fire to retrieve his wounded leader. As 1st Lt. Howard was administering first aid and removing the officer’s equipment, an enemy bullet struck 1 of the ammunition pouches on the lieutenant’s belt, detonating several magazines of ammunition. 1st Lt. Howard momentarily sought cover and then realizing that he must rejoin the platoon, which had been disorganized by the enemy attack, he again began dragging the seriously wounded officer toward the platoon area. Through his outstanding example of indomitable courage and bravery, 1st Lt. Howard was able to rally the platoon into an organized defense force. With complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Howard crawled from position to position, administering first aid to the wounded, giving encouragement to the defenders and directing their fire on the encircling enemy. For 3 1/2 hours 1st Lt. Howard’s small force and supporting aircraft successfully repulsed enemy attacks and finally were in sufficient control to permit the landing of rescue helicopters. 1st Lt. Howard personally supervised the loading of his men and did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely. 1st Lt. Howard’s gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


Corruption; it should be the watchword of every American. Congress is full of corrupt assholes. The problem with getting rid of the corrupt assholes in Congress, is that the assholes in Congress that are charged with investigating/prosecuting said corruption in Congress, are themselves corrupt.

It is a vicious cycle, and Americans keep electing the same assholes, over and over again. Why? Because the majority of Americans are fucking clueless.

If you don’t read a newspaper/site, you are uninformed. If you read a newspaper/site, you are misinformed. You have to shop around and dig a little. Just a little and you will be better informed and would in all likelihood, never vote for an incumbent douche bag ever again.

And it isn’t just Democrats. It’s both sides of the aisle. In fact, I think they are all in it together. How can we screw the American people? Let me count the ways… 538

Here’s Judicial Watch’s top ten. Each one has the description on their site. Go check it out.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY):

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT):

Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett (D-IL):

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA):

President-Elect Barack Obama (D-IL):

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY):

Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ):

Former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK):

Rep. Don Young (R-AK):

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC):

Former Rep. William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D-LA):

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Back to the economics front. I just can’t seem to stay away from this. So, I’ll defer to the professor. After all, they are the ones that usually know what the hell their talking about. This particular professor has his ducks in a row. The second paragraph is a lesson that many need, and few learn. In my opinion, you should read this article.

When Professor Williams speaks, you need to listen.

Teaching Economics
By Walter E. Williams
December 31, 2008

Many professors, mostly on the liberal side of the political spectrum, use their classrooms to proselytize students. I have taught economics for the past 40 years and challenge anyone to find even one student, among the thousands who went through my classes, who can say, “Professor Williams used his class to proselytize students.” While acceptable at most universities, it is nothing less than academic dishonesty to do so. Like others I have my own values and opinions, such as those expressed in some of my nationally syndicated columns, but they never become a part of classroom discussion.

Learning how to think straight, as opposed to what values and opinions to hold, is the crucial part of education. Part of that learning is to be able to understand the distinction between subjective statements, for which there are no commonly accepted standards of proof, and positive statements for which there are. For example, the statement “Scientists cannot spit the atom” is a positive statement because if there’s any disagreement, there are facts to which we can appeal to settle the disagreement. Just visit Stanford’s linear accelerator and watch them do it. By contrast, the statement “Scientists should not spit the atom” is a subjective statement. There are no facts to which we can appeal to settle any disagreement. Disagreement can go on forever. A fairly good proxy for whether a statement is subjective is the presence of words such as should and ought. This lesson is closed by telling students that it is not being suggested that they purge their vocabulary of subjective terms such as should and ought because they are excellent tools to trick others into doing what you want them to do. However, in the process of tricking others, one need not trick himself.

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Politicians lied, everyone believed them. Same old, same old…Only morons are fooled by these lying assholes.

The Art Of The Impossible
By Thomas Sowell
December 31, 2008

Whoever called politics “the art of the possible” must have had a strange idea of what is possible or a strange idea of politics, where the impossible is one of the biggest vote-getters.

People can get the possible on their own. Politicians have to be able to offer the voters something that they cannot get on their own. The impossible fills that bill perfectly.

As a noted economist has pointed out, nothing “could prevent the California electorate from simultaneously demanding low electricity prices and no new generating plants while using ever increasing amounts of electricity.”

You want the impossible? You got it. Politicians don’t get elected by saying “No” to voters.

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This is from the L.A. Times, no less.

Fallen Marines to be awarded Navy Cross

Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, 19, had just arrived in Iraq.

Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter saved Iraqi police and fellow Marines from a truck-driving suicide bomber, Marine brass say. The April attack could have slain dozens.

Reporting from San Diego — They had known each other only a few minutes, but they will be linked forever in what Marine brass say is one of the most extraordinary acts of courage and sacrifice in the Iraq war.

Cpl. Jonathan Yale, 21, grew up poor in rural Virginia. He had joined the Marine Corps to put structure in his life and to help support his mother and sister. He was within a few days of heading home.

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Rest in peace Marines. Your duty has been done, above and beyond.

This is a serious breach of the American people’s trust in the President’s office. There should never be a Czar of anything in America. It is completely against everything that America stands for.

I didn’t agree with it when President Reagan did it either.

America Does Not Need More Czars

by Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson is a research fellow at the Cato Institute.

This article appeared on Marketplace on November 19, 2008

Remember America’s can-do, point man in the war on drugs, the so-called “Drug Czar?” Well, if you like czars, you’ll love President-elect Barack Obama. He’s proposing a new “technology czar,” he’s considering a “climate czar,” and he’s even floated the idea of a “car czar.”

In tough times like these, America does not need a dose of tragic Russian authoritarianism. America does not need more czars.

Did you know that the Constitution does not mention czars even once? I know, weird. The president’s cabinet is composed of heads of various executive offices. These offices, like the Department of Education, are generally proposed by the president and approved by Congress. But the president can create new sub-cabinet-level offices more or less at will — which is where most so-called “czars” dwell.

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