Thursday, October 01, 2015

Obama's grinding it in .....

There are no words ...

                                                                Right: New US Army patch

That new U.S. Army patch with scimitars is downright creepy

The United States Army has created a new patch for soldiers who are fighting ISIS in Iraq.

USA Today reports that “the Army's patch features crossed scimitars, a palm wreath and stars. The scimitars, short swords with curved blades, are meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIL, and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents. The palm wreath is symbol of honor. While the stars and the buff-and-blue colors on the patch indicate the three-star command and the land, air and sea forces involved in the fight.”

Sure. Whatever.
AT readers, you be the judge. As featured at Atlas Shrugs, here is an image of the new patch on the right, next to an image of a Muslim Brotherhood symbol on the left.



Living Lincoln

a major award                                                 

Living With Lincoln

When I was 11-years old our familyme, sister, mom, dad, and Granny Schultz,  piled into our black '52 Chevy.  The cheap model.  So cheap it didn't have an ashtray, so mom had a little bean bag ashtray on the dash.  No radio.  And man was it hot. We  drove to New Salem, Illinois and the restored village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.  We stayed in a motel, on site, a first for me.  The room was knotty pine; I can still smell it.  After  taking the tour I took off  on my own to investigate.  Walking down a dirt trail I, for some reason, turned onto a little unmarked path and came upon an as yet unrestored building with a marker "First Lincoln house," or some such.  Wow.  Why had I walked with seeming purpose to this house?  Possibly influenced by the Bridey Murphy story that was dominating the news, I decided that the reason was that I was Abraham Lincoln reincarnated.  Really. I've been  a Lincoln scholar without portfolio ever since. 

This documentary really rang my bell.  It's so good that I'm kind of shocked it's an HBO product (HBO, in my mind, is a haven for leftists who were fired for cause from their real jobs, and other perversions (but did you see that last Game of Thrones ending?!)   Anyway, this isn't so much about Lincoln as it is about a family's collective five
generation journey as caretaker of just about everything Lincoln.  Yes, Peter Kunhardt's great-grandfather began collecting photographs of Abraham Lincoln, but also tracked down the photographs of every Union, and all but three Confederate Great Rebellion officers. Wow! And that was just the beginning.  FIVE STARS.

"The Great Game" continues...

"The Great Game" continues...

and, this ....

"The Great Game": the term was coined by British intelligence officer Arthur Connolly and popularized by Rudyard Kipling.  

Regarding Vladimir Putin bringing Russia into our (otherwise non-existent) "War on ISIS", a friend wrote yesterday:

Putin will defeat ISIS. The American rules of engagement are don't shoot unless they are shooting at you. The Russian rules of engagement will be: have a shot of vodka and kill everything in front of you.

Today, with the news that Russian forces (after warning U.S. forces to vacate Syrian airspace -- a warning apparently unchallenged and readily complied-with by the Obama regime) have bombed not ISIS but U.S.-armed Syrian "moderates" who oppose Syrian strongman (and Russian client) Bashar al-Assad, Obama and Kerry just may have learned a basic lesson: Unless you're Bobby-Fucking-Fischer, don't try to play chess against a Russian.

Then again, it may be even more complex than that. A case can be made that (as stated by Lee Smith of the Hudson Institute): 

"...Obama’s underlying goal in Syria is the same as Putin’s—to protect Assad. That aligns Washington with Moscow—and with Iran, as it happens—and pits all against Israel, which sees the Iranian axis as an existential threat. Well, as critics of the U.S.-Israel relationship are quick to note, Israeli and American interests often diverge. That’s certainly the case here, with the Obama administration tying American interests to a confederacy of despots, terrorists, and mass murderers."

                                                                                                            The Stu and Skoonj Show

Reminds me of a story, maybe apocryphal: A lad comes home from college and informs his parents that he's leaving school and will travel to the Syria to join ISIS.  His mother, startled at first, recovers and  plunges a steak knife into his eye.