Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Doc Swap

Let's make a deal

El Jefe

The Ghost of LBJ

The "Karzai 12" rules
Filed under "Democrats and war," & "Impeach Obama"

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

 I missed this entirely, and learned about by chance after turning on the car radio while Sean Hannity disclosed it.  The "it" being handcuffs American soldiers in Afghanistan will wear from now on.

The WaTimes (Nov 16) compiled an informal list (7) of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them:

No night or surprise searches.

• Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.

• ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.

• U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.

• U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.

• Only women can search women.

• Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.

These rules are nominally by order of Gen. McChrystal:

In his Aug. 30 assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, which was leaked to the press, Gen. McChrystal said that the legitimacy of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had been "severely damaged … in the eyes of the Afghan people" because of "an over-reliance on firepower and force protection."

To succeed, he wrote, "ISAF will have to change its operating culture to pursue a counterinsurgency approach that puts the Afghan people first." This entails "accepting some risk in the short term [but] will ultimately save lives in the long term."

If that doesn't sound like the voice of LBJ/ Robert S. McNamara, nothing does.  The fact that the military haven't issued the list in written form, it seems to me, means they know as much.

Kicken' em while they down here boss


Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

Professor Ian Plimer condemned the climate change lobby as “climate comrades” keeping the “gravy train” going.

In a controversial talk just days before the start of a climate summit attended by world leaders in Copenhagen, Prof Plimer said Governments were treating the public like “fools” and using climate change to increase taxes.

He said carbon dioxide has had no impact on temperature and that recent warming was part of the natural cycle of climate stretching over ­billions of years.

If you have to argue your science by using fraud, your science is not valid.

Professor Pilmer

Prof Plimer - author of Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, The Missing Science ...  [CLIMATE CHANGE 'FRAUD' ]
 Can you tell I'm really torqued over this?

Gun Liars

blood dancing clogging the intertubes

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
 The prollem with never being challenged  by an obedient press is that, if it happens, you don't have the skill to do anything but call Fox News "an arm of the Republican Party."   Similarly, the prollem with getting away with "making science," is you no longer have appreciation for truth, let alone the moral character to stab at it.  It's pervasive, and on the subject of gun rights,  the rule.  The Freeholder wields  the scalpel:

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
There is much in the typing (sorry, but I can't bring myself to call it "writing"), but the number of cherry-picked facts and outright lies (sorry, but I can't bring myself to call them "inaccuracies") is astounding.

As many as there is, this one is my favorite:

But Time magazine tells us:

Each month American Rifleman, the journal of the National Rifle Association, features about a dozen such accounts of armed citizens defending themselves against criminals. Based on newspaper clippings submitted by N.R.A. members, the stories dramatically show how a gun can sometimes prevent a crime and perhaps even save a victim's life.

The only trouble is that is from Time, August, 1989

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
The NRA's American Rifleman Magazine doesn't feature that news anymore, there isn't any listing of guns saving anyone's life on their website, just a lot of ads for weapons and accessories.

Now, I just happen to have, here on the desk, the December 2009 issue of American Rifleman

[continued good stuff]

via  my mam

Tiger Woods, The Movie

Oh my, it's come to this, ROR?
 Where Chinese Commiemofos get it right?


The Great and Powerful Climate Oz
Global warming fearmongers say restaurants must stop serving ice water.

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

Never mind, too, that the University of East Anglia has admitted to discarding much of the raw temperature data on which its heavily massaged "proofs" of global warming are based. Mr. Pachauri has good reason to want to gloss over inconvenient facts. The man who joined Al Gore in sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize is too busy calling for an end to the Western lifestyle. "Today we have reached the point where consumption and people's desire to consume has grown out of proportion," he tells The Observer, a British newspaper.

  • In the near future, he explains, car use will have to be "curbed,"
  • hotels and restaurants will stop serving ice water,
  • guests will have their energy use monitored.
  • Heavy taxes will also have to discourage people from flying and force them to take the train.
Last year, he called for sharp cutbacks in meat consumption because of the greenhouse emissions livestock are responsible for. [full]
 Last night I paused  for a moment on the National Geographic channel, at a point where all the lights were going out in Europe.  For good.  But it is still daylight in the United States says the voice.  The scene is apocalyptic NYC.  No shit, I was expecting Godzilla to make an appearance.  The voice  says "even now, these idling cars throw 17 tons of carbon into an already clogged ..." [Click]

I didn't catch the title of this crap film, but take your pick.  And get ready for yet another cable onslaught of Algore's, now hysterically funny titled fakeudrama, An Inconvenient Truth.  It's what they do.   The problem is, the mush-minded watch this tripe, and it becomes their reality. The solution?  That's right.  We nuke Nat Geo too.  Fair warning.

Gun reliquaries

rel·i·quar·y    (rěl'ĭ-kwěr'ē)  
n.   pl. rel·i·quar·ies
A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics.

 I can understand a "Trigger Finger of Santa da Guerra"  reliquary, but  this?

The Vibrator of Santa Guerro 

Thought Bubble

If I was a political party,
I'd sue any state that allowed people
not a registered member to vote
in primaries that select
party candidates.

Our Tyrants

Gibbs: Despite falsified science,

'climate change is happening'

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

 My first instinct, and I hope yours, when running into a bully like this Obama mouthpiece, is to punch him in the nose.  The facts may not support our case, but we're still right damn your lying eyes.   Which explains my growning antipathy for the anything Democrat Party. I was reminded of this, went looking for it, and found it.  It could have been penned today. 

The liberal media apologists at Columbia Journalism Review took time from their tofu and watercress sandwiches and decaf soy lattes to look down their noses at the blogosphere for exposing Memogate.

Corey Pein’s article, “Blog-gate,” states that CBS “screwed up badly in Memogate — but so did those who covered the affair.” For all of Pein’s indignation, little is aimed at Dan Rather and The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. The article is quite the contrary, as if this whole situation is the fault of the blogosphere, not the idiots at the Tiffany Network who didn’t do their homework.

Right off the bat, it is obvious what tone Pein is going to take:

It's the "formula."
Okay Rodge, point made, now exit gracefully. [Last five paragraphs deleted]  What's the use of taking appropritae action against these tyrants?  It never works, and those involved invariably lose everything. Sigh

Some ugly people and Sarah Palin

In Passing ...
 I found poseurs

Famous warmer backtracks - Newt 's statement on Climategate
CYA money shot "I have always warned against the dangers of  ... "

The Palin brand
Interesting prescription for returning GOP to power: Act like Sarah Palin.  Act?  Why not get people who are?

Sarah Palin's Fake Bus Tour
College Democrats Implicated in Election-related Bribery
"darling Dems ... if you bring a friend from 4th ward they are more then a friend, they're 5 bucks!"

Joe the Plumber: A Campaign Issue Again
Ohio's corrupt Democrat regime can't let go

Lyndon Baines Obama takes Afghan reins
President Johnson's Vietnam strategy rejected decisive military action in favor of a policy of gradual escalation that conveniently allowed more funding for his Great Society programs at home ...

Dick Cheney = Ted Bundy
The Rosetta Stone tool for identifying great Americans - Daily KOS - affirms Cheney's placement

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Calls West Point the ‘Enemy Camp’
Which says more about the MSNBC All-Stars than the military academy.