21 November 2005

The City Most Dangerous, blame Police & Economics

Another mainstream newspiece that gives crime, murder and corruption a free pass. Again they fail to place the blame on the real causes. The blame should be placed firmly at the feet of the criminals who live there and at the "community activists" (Jesse and Al) who rake in the money but don't do anything constructive to solve the issues that are confronting their community. It is interesting to note that the most dangerous places to live in the US are predominantly black and, they all have very strict gun laws. The end of the story mentions how the police department has been "restructured" (newspeak for: there was a problem before, but now it's fixed - nudge, nudge, wink - wink!). They compare Camden to a city with the lowest crime rate - Newton, Mass. The piece says that they are basically the same cities except for all the crime. They say that it is just a matter of more money and more police. How simple! I wish I'd thought of that...

Camden, New Jersey, was the most dangerous city in the United States for the second consecutive year, according to an annual survey released on Monday.
The survey ranked the rates of serious crimes including murders, rapes and robberies in 369 U.S. cities, based on 2004 statistics reported by the FBI last month.
Camden, a city of 80,000 people near Philadelphia, was listed as the most dangerous, followed by Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Flint, Michigan, according to the Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities survey by Morgan Quitno Press, a research and publishing company based in Kansas.
Camden's murder rate was more than 10 times the national average and its robbery rate was seven times the national average, the study said.


Camden police drew criticism this summer when they failed for two days to find three missing boys who suffocated in the trunk of a car parked in the backyard of one of the victims.

Just keepin it real, ah-ite?!?

19 November 2005

Embedded Journalist keeps it real

Michael Yon, a journalist embedded with the "Deuce Four" Stryker group - 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment based at Fort Lewis – documents the successes, losses and heartbreaks of living day-to-day with a tight-knit group of soldiers in Iraq. The Punishers had much success in curbing insurgent attacks in western Mosul, the Sunni Arab part of the city where militants were most active.

These guys are real Americans - putting their lives on the line and taking the fight to the enemy, before the enemy brings their terrorism here. One of the more touching stories is about Sgt. Walt Gaya.

"Lying in the hospital, still in Iraq, Walt Gaya was in the United States Army, but he was not an American. Not on paper, anyway: Walt was born in Argentina. He survived the blast, but his new wounds would preclude his flight from Mosul to Baghdad in time
to participate in a swearing-in ceremony that would have been his official welcome as a new American."

He lost much of the vision in his left eye due to his stryker being hit by a IED. His courage and determination are much to be admired and I send my heartfelt thanks and prayers to him and his family. I wish him all the best on his new citizenship, as well. Welcome to America. Now it can be truly said to be the 'home of the brave.'

Semper fi !

18 November 2005

American WarZone

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths - that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. (Doesn't include those who died due to IEDs).

The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.

(from an anonymous emailer)

11 November 2005

Christian Calendar is Disrespectful

In a new spin on Muslims-Behaving-Badly, an organization has taken up the extremely important issue of which calendar the worldwide community should be using. (hat tip: No Pasaran blogspot)


The International Committee Against Christian Calendar Imperialism in U.N.O. (ICACCI) says, among other things, that -

* the UN that supposedly speaks and rules impartially for all nations of the Earth, is still using the Christian calendar which is viewed as being disrespectful for all other religions of the world.

* There are only 1 billion Christians in the 6 billion people world population.

* This clearly indicates that Christians are a minority. So how can this minority’s calendar be imposed on the UN body which supposedly represents the other 5 billion people?

* Why should Muslim or Buddhist countries have to participate in a world’s organization that denies their dignity by using another religion’s calendar?

Hhmmm. Could it be that it's because back in 45BC when the Julian Calendar was established, Islam was still almost 600 years away from being founded? These goofs need to relax and get a life. It was hard enough to try to convert the US and Britain to metrics - and that is still 30 years in the making. And it hasn't really caught on here.

I never hear any of my compatriots at Brubakers say, "Hey Jimmy, how about a .521 liter glass of Guinness?"

Have an Honored Veterans Day

Today is Veterans' Day. A day to honor the men and women who served this country and kept the fires of liberty burning all throughout the world.

May God continue to bless our troops and their mission.

President Bush takes on the Cindy Sheehans of the Left (thanks Michelle Malkin):

"While it is perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs. They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein.
They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his
development and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his
position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: 'When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security.' That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.
"The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who send them to war continue to stand behind them. Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our Nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less that victory."

The darling of the Left, former President Clinton, bombed Iraq and killed 500 people all to distract us from the Monica Lewinsky affair. The press doesn't ever bring that up, do they? Irrational hatred for Bush is the rule of the day.

09 November 2005

Comic strip - hold the comedy

Our culture is going the way of the Romans - mediocrity is now our cultural motto. As a microcosm of this type of malaise, I give you "The Boondocks". The banner that flies over the castle of Political Correctness has a scowling visage, cornrows and a balled up fist.


Comic strips used to be funny. The Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, Marmaduke and Beetle Bailey were written to entertain. They are classics that are peppered with humor, intelligence and moral values.

The opposite of those virtues resides in "The Boondocks."

It is a controversial and politically charged cartoon that showcases two inner-city hoodrats named Huey and Riley Freeman. The show is seen through the eyes of these two. They are pulled from their South Side (Chicago) neighborhood and dropped into the suburbs, thus the name "Boondocks". I know it sounds like such a stitch already, doesn't it? I've watched a few episodes and it is laugh-out-loud funny (not!). Huey is 10 and is already a Leftist revolutionary (how cute) and his brother is no better as he dreams of becoming a gangster rapper (what high aspirations~). He even has a tattoo that reads "Thug Blood." The show gets even MORE funny as the viewers endure Huey's bitter meditations on race in America. Of course it is the usual black racist agenda on full auto: they are victims of the military-industrial complex, white corporations, and republicans (who evidently hate all black people). The excuses continue : They are allowed to commit crime and sell drugs because "day need ta eat" .... all the ususal pablum that passes for black power politics.

As the rap group "Ghetto Boyz" say - Damn it feels good to be a gangsta! That is because it is liberating to have no responsibilities - not to the babies you create, the women you impregnate then abandon, the people you sell drugs to, the people you rob, hurt and kill, and then turn around and blame institutional racism and the police for all of it. It is sad and pathetic that a 'comic strip' like this gets any public attention - let alone it's own television show. It also speaks volumes about our liberal press, who are choking us to death with their political correctness, when they give this show a pass and even have the audacity to give the author an award!

Do everyone a favor and boycott this show. Spend that hour instead, with your children - teaching them how they're not to blame for the dysfunction, the unemployment, the crime and the squallor in the black community.

They have no one to blame but themselves. The first step to fixing a problem is in identifying it.

07 November 2005

And now a word from our sponsor

This "Letter of Apology" was written by Lieutenant General Chuck Pitman, US Marine Corps (Ret):

For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre.

I humbly offer my opinion here:

I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.).

I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11.

I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs.

I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships.

I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth.

I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media.

I am sorry that Yassar Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian "cause."

I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems.

I am sorry that our own left wing, our media, and our own brainwashed masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society like radical professors, CNN and the NY TIMES).

I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the "food for oil" money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered.

I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death.

I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in "paradise."

I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are legitimate targets.

I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making.

I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group.

I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state. 
I am sorry we don't drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah.

I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient "Holy Site."

I am sorry they didn't apologize for driving a jet into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - one of our Holy Sites.

I am sorry they didn't apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc....etc!

I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa.

America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do.

We hang out our dirty laundry for the entire world to see. We move on. That's one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don't hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology.

Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like - so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure, it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we're supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated?

Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujahans.
If you want an apology from this American, you're going to have a long wait! You have a better chance of finding those seventy-two virgins.

Chuck Pitman
Lieutenant General, USMC


02 November 2005

"The shades of the prison house begin to close in ..."

The title is from Wordsworth's poem "Intimations of Immortality". It is a beautiful flowing homage to the poets' lost youth and how the one thing that all adults want is to return to the splendidly innocent days of childhood - when your only care was would you have Captain Krunch or Count Chocolate for breakfast.

It's one of my favorite poems - so it is with a heavy hand that I reference this potent lyric to a dullard's past-time: Smoking.

In today's USAToday, the legislature in Washington state considers outlawing smoking outdoors.

On Tuesday, Washington state voters will consider the first statewide ban on smoking within 25 feet of buildings that prohibit smoking. That would mean lighting up near offices, stores, theaters, restaurants and government buildings could bring a $100 fine.

I don't smoke. I don't think that smoking is a healthy activity. It contributes to increased cancer rates, increased mortality, higher medical costs and, thereby, higher insurance premiums. I've lost many relatives to lung and throat cancer.

But I do not think that smoking should be banned and I don't think that the Big Tobacco lawsuit was a good thing.

That lawsuit established a dangerous precedent. It said to all US citizens, "You have no control. If you smoked cigarettes, you can sue Big Tobacco and get a big payout." So now, if 10 years from now you get sick and, you've eaten beef once a week - you can find some weasel attorney to sue the US Beef Council on your behalf because, obviously, the Beef Council showed up at your door and made you eat the Beef.

"If you ban smoking outside near a door or window, essentially you have no place to smoke except your own home - and maybe not even there," Sullum says."What's next? Smoking in a house with children will be considered child abuse. Smoking around pets will be cruel to animals."

It's just another indication that our freedoms are being legislated away. Los Angeles radio talk-show host Dennis Prager also argues that the “war on tobacco” represents a dangerous misplacement of moral values: “The next generation will ask: What preoccupied America in the final decade of the twentieth century—while unprecedented numbers of its children were being raised without fathers, while the country was living with rates of murder far higher than in any other advanced democracy . . . [while] rogue nations built stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons . . . ? The majority of [America’s] national politicians, state attorneys general and educators will be able to answer together, ‘We fought tobacco.’ Shame on them all.” (hat-tip: www.enotes.com/1984)

The tyranny of the minority goes on....