So why have we haven't had any followup attacks by the Muslims in the last 13 years? Just wondering.
Seriously, I take with a huge grain of salt any information coming out of DC via the MSM. We have a highly partisan Congress selectively doling out information to biased news organizations and we're supposed to take at face value anything we're told? It reminds me of an old joke supposedly making the rounds in Soviet Russia during the Cold War. Their two major news outlets were Pravda & Ivestia, words that mean "Truth" and "News".
Anyway the joke went that in Pravda there was no Ivestia and in Ivestia there was no Pravda. Lucky them, the Soviets only had two government mouthpieces to deal with.
Even if everything being screamed from the rooftops is ironclad fact, my reaction is "so what"? Yeah it's a whole different ball game when you're the one being water boarded, I got that. I also roger up that Catholic teaching expressly forbids torture, got that one too.
But one thing I've consistently had trouble wrapping my mind around is how does refraining from certain practices that result in saving innocent lives constitute Christian practice? Do we then view any lives saved due to "torture" as fruit of a forbidden tree? Do we consider those innocents saved from extinction to be somewhat morally flawed? How many lives of innocent civilians are acceptable to be lost if we refrain from "torture", is it fifty, a hundred, how about an entire metropolis?
I'm just a retired submarine mechanic who feels the people should know whats done in their name for their safety. For that reason I'm glad the results of the investigation are starting to see light. Don't bother me with analogies such as the popular one regarding making sausage, i.e. everyone likes the result but no one wants knowledge of how you get it. If we need strong stomachs when presented the information than so be it. But lets own up to being damned glad of any positive results from these practices and lets protect the ones working in our names. They deserve that much loyalty.
As it stands now I've no doubt we'll see a parade of sacrificial lambs led to the bloodied altar of political correctness and hypocritical self righteousness.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
So why have we haven't had any followup attacks by the Muslims in the last 13 years? Just wondering.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Watching the steady parade of race hustlers run their yaps about Ferguson and NYC brings to mind the 70's and the hollow military we had then.
For anyone reading this who might be unfamiliar with the term, "hollow military" refers to the post Viet Nam military. It was when the armed forces were often held up for contempt and ridicule in popular entertainment, the MSM and even on the floors of Congress, where one Representative who was pushing for reduction in military pay & benefits contemptuously opined, "...they can vote with their feet if they don't like it." when told of the inevitable detriment to morale his actions would have.
"Vote with their feet" is exactly what many good men did back in those days. Whether they couldn't support their families properly, didn't like being treated as second class citizens or they just got fed up with being portrayed in a bad light, many just left. Some of them ended their service well after the ten year mark, the point at which it's often assumed if you go past it you're making the service a career.
Consequently we had undermanned boats which often had crew members that were in the Navy because they couldn't cut the mustard in civilian life. There weren't TOO many men like that, just more than we'd had in times immediately prior and after that interesting decade. In many minds there was the feeling if war broke out we'd be getting our butts kicked from here till breakfast until a draft was instituted and the nation played "catch up" as had happened initially after Pearl Harbor was bombed.
So how does this tie into the denigration of our nation's police in general and specific spots like Ferguson & NYC in particular? Stay with me please, I'll try explaining.
If our nation's police keep getting slammed you can bet there will eventually be an exodus of a lot of qualified men and women. Their places will be filled all too often (after the recruiting standards are lowered) by less than optimum candidates. There will also be a fair number of police departments undermanned and it won't be coincidence that they'll be the ones in the worst areas experiencing crime.
Therefore crime will increase, John & Joan Q. Public will avail themselves of their 2nd Amendment rights, corruption will increase with the attendant increase in bad press from the MSM, vigilante committees will begin cropping up in various hot spots.
We'll either get a national police force (not a good idea, I'll explain in a bit) or we'll descend into permanent chaos, much like out national neighbor to the immediate south of the border.
The idea of a national police force, controlled from D.C. would be bad due to a few factors: A) With such an entity local problems don't get solved locally, they get taken care of by some desk jockey hundreds of miles away from the problem. How effective has that ever proven in other areas? B) Inevitably the members of a national force will be shuffled around, the idea of a local cop who grew up in the same part of the state he presently works in will die off. Along with the end of that locally rooted cop goes a lot of empathy on both his part and that of the local populace for him. C) A national police force is just a bit too much like an occupying army, for proof of that look to Spain under Franco when the Guardia Civil kept firm control of the nation. It wasn't pleasant, at least according to the locals I spoke with at that time.
So it's time for the American people to take a collective deep breath, step back a bit and think of where we're heading. It's time to shut down the professional scaremongers that fan the fires of popular indignation every time some dumbass commits suicide by cop.
Because unlike a "hollow military" where all problems with it are a bit removed from the public eye, a nationwide plague of "hollow police departments" will have immediate and very evident effects.
And it won't be pretty.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Here is the link:http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/04/top-navy-brass-mum-about-suspected-filming-of-naked-women-on-submarines/
Maybe its a case of assuming too much but speaking as a retired sub sailor I can say this was to be expected. Especially given the close quarters aboard a boat.
You can also bet this is just the tip of the iceberg and a small taste of things to come.
Lord, I am SO GLAD to be retired from the sub force right now!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
So the grand jury refused to indict and now rioting is in progress, not just in Ferguson but in cities across the nation. Who'd a thunk it!
Seriously when I look at the morons caught on camera they seem to fall into one of two categories; A) Black and ready to destroy what they can't steal, all in the name of civil rights. B) White and incredibly stupid, not believing that given half a chance their black compadres of the moment would rape, rob and beat the shit out of them. But they've found a "cause" to promote so all is good.
The hell of it is that we won't see an end soon. Look at how long the "Occupy" movement was allowed to drag on and they never really seemed to have any focus for their protests. The phony baloney justifications offered for the present riots will afford them a cover story for being allowed to destroy whatever city they're in. That will happen as long as the politicians, MSM and other fools give the "grievances" the sham of thoughtful consideration.
So stand by folks, we're going to get screwed for a very long time over the complete nonissue of a thug committing suicide by cop.
Just remember, if you don't agree you're either a racist or "Tom".
Thursday, October 30, 2014
She's brought the "right to die" argument onto the front burner for many folks. Paradoxically, by refusing to kill herself as originally planned she has become an asset for those of us who oppose suicide.
Who'd a thunk it?
May God forbid any one of us suffer from a long painful fatal illness, but IMHO there may be an obligation for such folks to live as long as reasonably possible so that others may actually benefit from their suffering.
I realize that last paragraph sounds like crap. Let me try to elaborate.
My three children all fall onto the autism spectrum. It sucks. I worry constantly about their future lives. Yet in dealing with them and their conditions I've had to change for the better. I've had to become more loving, patient, understanding and tougher in ways I'd not have ever conceived. It happens. Would the same have occurred if my three kids had all been "normal" (whatever in hell THAT is!)? I really can't say.
But their autism has forced me to grow.
So perhaps anyone with a condition like Miss Maynard's would unintentionally bring about similar changes in those close to her. Hell, I don't know. I'm just a fat old sub sailor with too much time on his hands and a computer to play with.
But I don't see anything positive about suicide. Period. It's just a bit too final for my tastes and denies any possibility of God's actions in our lives.
God's will be done, may He have mercy upon us all.
UPDATE: Evidently she's killed herself. May God have mercy on her soul.
Proponents of the "right to die" will undoubtedly cast her in a heroic role. Nuts. For some reason I'm reminded of the Gore Vidal novel, "Messiah" where the founder of a cult that glorifies death is killed off by his followers. Don't ask me why, its a thought that just drifted through my mind.
UPDATE 2: I realize now why that particular novel came to mind. In the final pages the founder of the cult changes his mind about dying. Since the perpetuation of the new religion depends on the founder's death, which provides a poster child for the cause, his followers very enthusiastically put him down. He becomes the face of the faith, similar to Christ on a crucifix.
In much the same manner the "right to die" crowd now have their poster child, i.e. a young, attractive, middle class white woman. Take away any of those attributes and the effectiveness of the PR campaign diminishes.
What is striking to me is the fact that just a few days ago Brittany Maynard had expressed a change of heart. How does one flip flop on such a serious decision; it isn't like she decided something trivial such as wearing the brown shoes instead of the black. I wonder if the advocates of euthanasia brought some pressure to bear on her? No, I don't think they actually put her down against her wishes. But I wonder if they began cajoling her to revert to the original pro-death stance she had. We'll probably never know.
In any event, the euthanasia crowd now has their poster child. Again, may God rest her soul.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Yeah, that is about the distance the family and I live from Ebola Central. I hear North Dakota is lovely this time of year....
People here a scared shitless. That was the conclusion I came to recently. It's easy to understand when you remember that almost NOBODY in this country has first hand knowledge of how to deal with Ebola. All of the experts are in Third World shitholes right now, suited up in full hazmat gear as they walk the local streets. IMHO when anyone from the CDC, HHS, etc. make a statement to reassure the public, they're talking out their ass. So yeah, anyone with a lick of sense is paying close attention to whats going on.
Whats going to happen? Hell if I really know, I'm just an old retired submarine mechanic. But I think back to other diseases that came over here with the greatest of ease, diseases such as swine flu, avian flu, Asian flu, West Nile virus, etc. Nobody could come close to stopping their migration here, why should we believe it'll be different with Ebola? Look at how they've spread and lingered on. I mention flu type sicknesses because Ebola mimics flu, at least until you pass blood out of various orifices of your body.
But think back at how persistent and easily transmitted those diseases are. Then consider that Ebola has a mortality rate that is through the roof. Even in the Third World toilets that spawned the West Nile virus the death rate of it was nowhere near what we see with this latest scourge.
Nobody really knows shit. All the verbiage being spouted about keeping calm is just an attempt to secure the lid on the pressure cooker. That baby is going to blow soon and it won't be pretty.
Despite the prevalence of the disease, the African nations suffering from it don't have a tremendous failing of their infrastructure (what there is of it). So it isn't time to go completely prepper, fortify the home, stock up on survival gear, etc. When it starts hitting us hard the basic services will still be somewhat intact (remember, I'm only a retired sub sailor so my expertise is open to question).
The various other diseases I've mentioned are now spread worldwide. When Ebola really grows legs we're going to have a mortality rate rarely seen in recorded history. It'll hit every damned country in the world. Stand the fuck by, it's going to get really interesting.
God's will be done, may He have mercy on us all.
Posted by Subvet at 8:10 PM