When government fails, citizens rise

This is an election year, mid-term for many congressmen and senators — you can expect the rhetoric to steadily ratchet up between now and November, but with National issues there are only three that will carry through to November & potentially impact results. How will they play in the mid-terms?

Right now the three top national issues are gas prices, illegal immigrants, and the war.

The war I expect will take care of itself, while violence does continue, by November with a real government in place and the people of Iraq starting to turn on the jihadis, I don’t expect this to decide local elections except for the hard-core who are already committed. By a year from now we will begin seeing “Iraq — the Forgotten War” leads from the MSM.

By November, the gas prices will be forgotten, unless they stay high until then. If so, expect a major bloodbath among all Congressional incumbents.

Illegal Immigration is the one issue with definite staying power, and congress-critters had better tune in to the mood of their constituents and quickly, because it’s not about peace love and understanding anymore.

School-bus Nagin disallows trailer trash by his gated communities

Another episode in the FEMA trailer drama, School Bus Nagin finally allows some trailers in after a stern talk from Chertov.

In an excellent article, Von Mises institute explains better than I did last night why Congress is responsible for the gas shortage, and why they are the only ones who can fix it.

Meanwhile, 73 percent of adults in america now cruise the internet regularly. Farewell dotcom bust, farewell MSM — it won’t be long before most of america is screaming for bandwidth that isn’t there, and the “dark fiber” we have today will be lit brighter than a thousand suns.

Japan is faced with Defense cost sticker shock now that we are asking them to become more self-reliant.

China is building nuclear reactors at a pace of two per year.

Virginia Postrel points out some interesting demographics on church governance.

Oil burning you up?

There you are reading this, fuming mad about the forty bucks it took you to fill your tank on the way home… and looking for someone to blame.

Big oil is not to blame. The biggest oil company in America, Exxon, sells about 2-3% of the oil sold worldwide in any given year. Compared to the foreign state-run oil consortiums, Exxon is a pissant. Exxon is also not composed of a bunch of greedy fat-cats, all out to get you through some dark, price setting plot either. Continue reading “Oil burning you up?”

Body Armor Debate

This is from an email from my dad, a Viet Nam veteran who usually doesn’t vent about things unless they are important, so I thought I better share this one with all. Thanks again for the two tours Dad, I am proud to be your son.

From someone who’s been to the valley of the Jolly Green Giant

Military.com has been running an article on the testing of body armor for our troops in Iraq. The Military has stated that they will not pay death benefits on deaths of troops who have purchased their own armor. There are several things here that need to be addressed. Continue reading “Body Armor Debate”

Alas Babylon

This via Jerry Pournelle’s UK correspondent, Roland Dobbins.

In an act of at least partial contrition, an officer in charge of the US military occupation of Babylon in 2003 and 2004 has offered to make a formal apology for the destruction his troops wrought on the ancient site.

Colonel John Coleman, former chief of staff for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq, said yesterday that if the head of the Iraqi antiquities board wanted an apology, “if it makes him feel good, we can certainly give him one”.

 Full story in Belfast Telegraph here.

Imperial Islam

It’s not about Al Qaeda, it’s not about Israel, or any singular terrorist group. It’s not the Taliban, or other states like Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran etc. who supported terrorism in the past, or those who still do.

It’s all about Islamic Imperialism — all of these groups and countries are allied in ideology, Israel is just their stalking horse. Jihadism or Islamic Imperialism is a dangerous ideology, and it’s time that America recognizes the consequences of winding down the war on terror prematurely, especially now that malaise for the efforts in Iraq has set in. Continue reading “Imperial Islam”

Sense of Wonder

Some days I need to re-acquire my sense of wonder, many times I end up here.

I’m a sucker for a good turn of phrase

I am really a sucker for a good turn of phrase, great poetry, or good lyricism in a song. Growing up I read “Look Homeward Angel” to rags simply because Thomas Wolf’s prose is so good. I completely disagreed with his manic depressive angst, sturm and drang, but I kept coming back for lines like “Oh most weary unbright cinder.” etc.

Yeat’s Second Coming also really sang to me, even though it’s very apocalyptic. However nowadays I look for things a bit more inspirational, and less depressing.

For my previous post I was poking around the net for inspirational poetry / prose when I remembered the great soliloquoy from Savannah at the end of “Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome”. Continue reading “I’m a sucker for a good turn of phrase”

The Tell

“This you knows: the years travel fast and time after time I done the tell. But this ain’t one body’s tell; it’s the tell of us all, and you’ve got to listen it and [re]member, ’cause what you hears today you gotta tell the newborn tomorrow.

I’s lookin behind us now, into history back. I sees those of us that got the luck and started the haul for home and I ‘members how it led us here and how we was heartbroke cause we seen what they once was. One look and we knew’d we’d got it straight. Those what had gone before had the knowin’ and the doin’ of things beyond our reckonin’, even beyond our dreamin’.

Time counts and keeps countin’ and we knows now, findin’ the trick of what’s been and lost ain’t no easy ride. But that’s our track. We gotta travel it and there ain’t nobody knows where it’s gonna lead.
“Still, in all, every night we does the tell so that we member who we was and where we came from. But most of all we ‘members the man who finded us, him that came the salvage, and we lights the city not just for him but for all of ’em that are still out there, cause we knows there’ll come a night when they sees the distant light and they’ll be comin’ home.”

Savannah from “Beyond Thunderdome”

Exit strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan

Poor Harry Reid isn’t getting much notice in the press, even after his master plan for Dem congresscritters during Spring break. In his latest attempt, he states that we “don’t have the resources” for a military response to Iran.

Ignoring the fact that our troops not involved in Iraq and Iran number aproximately 2 million, we could still take action in Iran if needed. Remember that we took both Afghanistan and Iraq, both in weeks, both with forces less than 500,000 in strength. Iraq not only knew when we were coming, they also knew how thanks to the Russians. We still rolled them up like used tinfoil. (Thanks and a hat tip to the great troops, General Tommy Franks, and Stefan Possony, Jerry Pournelle, and Francis X. Kane.)

We might have to carpet bomb the road there, but make no mistake — we could make it part of our exit strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan to bring our troops home via Tehran International Airport.