Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Two War Heros, One Named Kerry ...

Sweat, War Hero

John Kerry was introduced at the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Wade Sanders, a retired Navy Captain and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy who served as a Swift Boat officer in Vietnam. Like Kerry, Sanders was the recipient of a Silver Star for gallantry in action. During the 2004 campaign, Sanders functioned as Kerry lead attack dog against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, repeatedly denouncing the veterans on the air as liars and comparing them to Nazi propagandists.  [American Thinker]


In the July 18, 2011, issue of the Navy Times, it was announced that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus revoked the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest valor award, which was awarded nearly 20 years ago to retired Capt. Wade Sanders of San Diego. A spokeswoman for Mabus confirmed the secretary's decision, which he made in August 2010 following a review and recommendation by the Navy Department Board of Medals and Decorations. "Mabus signed a memorandum in which he revoked the previously awarded Silver Star," said Capt. Pamela Kunze.[2] [3]

"Had the subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself been known to the Secretary of the Navy in 1992, those facts would have prevented the award of the Silver Star," Kunze said. [Wiki]
Kerry- War Hero
As one might imagine, the media has ignored this story. Even the Navy Times declined to post its own article online.

Marc Miller

Boner offers Kool-Ais to GOP Reps.

House GOP revolts against Boehner plan
- Boner-Aid

House Republicans do not have enough support to pass their debt-ceiling increase plan on their own, a top conservative said Tuesday as his party’s leaders tried to cobble together a coalition of Republicans willing to drink Kool-Aid and join Democrats to put the bill over the top.

- Boner-Aid

Lots of luck with that Boner

NASA's Magic Carpet

Now that our future is behind us and America is through with all that outer space stuff, NASA can zero in on what director Charles Bolden calls its primary mission, helping Muslims feel good about their alleged scientific accomplishments. Maybe this will allow us back into space after all: - [Moonbattery]


More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
But ...this is a Washington Post-ABC poll

But Americans’ discontent does not stop there. The survey also found that Americans harbor negative feelings toward congressional Republicans. Roughly as many people blame Republican policies for the poor economy as they do Obama. But 65 percent disapprove of the GOP’s handling of jobs, compared to 52 percent for the president. ... and  a majority of Americans still blame former president George W. Bush for the state of the economy.

Now DO Me. NOW Damn You. NOW!

 Did I say "Rabid Dog Alert?"   This is the article introduced on DRUDGE as:  WASHPOST/ABC: Blacks, liberals flee in droves..., and OBAMA'S BASE CRUMBLES, so guess who was polled?  That's right, Obama's base. The WaPost made me laff and dance a jig.

Contingency Fees: Another Name for Champerty

Torts Contingency Fees: Another Name for Champerty
The Wall Street Journal Monday, November 10, 1997
I have a rather extensive file of articles I posted on Free Republic during the Clinton Terror, and from time to time find one that still has legs. This is one. 

Note: Barn Army JAG Officer Chuck Martel is of course excepted, absolved, and applauded in all his endeavors.


How did a crime under common law become a common practice of modern American law? It began in 1848 with the repeal of New York state's statutes regulating lawyer's fees. Known as the Field Code, this allowed victims of then-common industrial accidents to retain a lawyer. It was, as we still hear the contingency fee described today, "the poor man's key to the courthouse door."

A century and a half later, on almost any given day in America, the newspapers bear witness to the evils that jurists have been warning about for centuries and are still fighting off in the courtrooms of Europe. In Florida, a settlement was just struck in the second-hand-smoke suit against the tobacco industry. This $5 billion class-action case was begun on a contingency-fee basis in 1991 by lawyers Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, who will get $49 million. Their 60,000 clients, so far as one can tell, will get little or no money.

"Fee litigation," in which lawyers specialize in defending the fees of other lawyers, is now a thriving field. There is even a publication called Mealey's Attorneys Fees to keep tort lawyers up to speed on what other lawyers are getting, lest anyone settle beneath the going rate. At the American Bar Association meeting in August, a packed seminar called "Proving and Defending Attorney Fee Petitions in Employment Litigation" was devoted entirely to instruction in the latest techniques in bill padding for employment lawyers. [Full Article]

Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting in Afghanistan? ...

Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting in Afghanistan?

British MP Rory Stewart, a quite brilliant speaker,  asks "Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting in Afghanistan?"  I didn't want to watch this, and did only because of cuzzin ricky's recommendation.  Even then I thought to quit listening several times, but could not.  I  now recommend it to you.

The truth is I'd have been delighted to see us out of that wretched country long ago, save for this nagging thought.  Although never really articulated by The Great Unarticulater G.W. Bush,  central to our strategy in taking on Iraq and Afghanistan simultaneously was a need to isolate Iran within the region.  I still see that as a worthwhile, even necessary strategy.  So there's that.

A thought too far
I know what you're thinking.  "Okay braniac, if you were in charge, what would you do?'  Fair enough.  I'd turn both Pakistan and Afghanistan into a huge crater lake and stock it with bass. Seriously though, my answer lies in the question "How would Reagan have handled Iran over the past decade?"  I think we all have a general idea, but it never happened, so it's prolly too late.  So, this.  Get rid of Obama;  elect a government that will promote tapping 100% of our energy resources;  build that missile shield;  reinvoke the Monroe Doctrine; drive leaded gas muscle cars to our hearts content, and let the middle east rot. All of these are doable. 

Let’s Lower the Debt Ceiling

Thinking Outside the Box: Let’s Lower the Debt Ceiling

Today, I introduced a unique bill that goes in a completely different direction than everything else we’ve been hearing out of Washington. It would force politicians to start practicing what they’ve been preaching by lowering the debt ceiling from $14.3 trillion back down to $13 trillion.
Admittedly, this is not your run-of-the-mill kind of law, but it would make it imperative for Congress to think outside of the box and come up with ways to pay off a portion of our debt while drastically cutting back spending. Since 1996, the national debt has increased by an inexcusable $8.79 trillion. I firmly believe that this calls for emergency measures to reduce the debt.

Moreover, in this time of crisis, liberals are pushing for a $2 trillion increase in our debt ceiling. And their only answer for our financial fiasco is to cut nothing and raise taxes on everything —  [more Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R GA)] 

Say Amen

She'll have to be put down Timmy.

Rabid Dog Watch
Democratic Rep: Debt Crisis Has Been ‘Manufactured by House Republicans’
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) released a statement Monday saying the “debt crisis” has been “manufactured by House Republicans” who are “attempting to advance an extremist agenda.”

What is it Lassie?

What is it Lassie? SondraK slipped in the shower? Woof! Bark! Woof!  Show Me!

What is it Lassie