I see that Iraq is not as pacified as we might have been led to believe.
al-queda has staged a little comeback and thumbed their noses at us by temporarily planting their flag in Baghdad, along with killing a number of people who had no wish to die before old age took them.
The fools currently in charge (and I have no problem with civilian control over the military, as long as those civilians are responsible adults) of our military strategy in both Iraq and Iran remind me of nothing so much as the Dynamic Duo of Nixon and Kissinger in the late 60's & early 70's vis-a-via the late lamented police action in Republic of South Vietnam. You remember...
...the one we withdrew from with our tails between our legs, which led to a decade of American sniveling.
The lessons learned by our then serving and future military and civilian leaders at the expense of 58,000 + American lives, over 7,000 of our SEATO Allies lives, 600,000 South Vietnam (ARVN) military lives, over 1,100,000 North Vietnam regular army lives, another half million Vietcong lives, and God only knows how many civilian lives on either side of the issue.
I think I want to throw up a little.
General Norman Schwarzkopf certainly remembered when George Bush the 1st told him, "General Win me this war", in our first little tussle with the Iraqi's. But then he retired in disgust when he was stopped short of Baghdad. (Of course that's not how it was reported).
Seems like it was something like 106 days and only a few more than that number of American deaths before the surrender of Saddam.
We've been in Iraq, What,... 7 years now. Not quite as long as we were getting killed in Vietnam. The first American pilot was shot down in 1954 at Dien Ben Phu, we fled with south Vietnamese hanging off the tail end of Chinooks from the Embassy roof in 1975, splatting to what was surely a more merciful death than the North Vietnamese had planned for them.
So roughly 25 years.
I know we've said we'd be out next year. Just like in Vietnam we've given the opponent a timetable to hiss us off in ignominy. That has to embolden and encourage them.
My Question, asked several years ago, is why we didn't promise every Iraqi a share in the Oil proceeds if they would agree to live in a peaceful democratic Iraq. Give them something to fight to save. The average Iraqi has no stake in the current government and surely non in the coming Mullah's Dictatorship. Afghanistan is no different. You want to win their hearts and minds.......give them something more than suffering at the hands of whoever is in charge to look forward to.
The point is that that just as in Vietnam, our overlords negotiate our hard one victories away for political or personal gain, counting as dross the blood our men and women have watered the sand with.
During my litte adventure in SE Asia I was an aircraft commander of an AH-1G Cobra gunship. Part of a Hunter Killer Team assigned to patrol the area from the South China Sea to the Laotian border along the DMZ. For a year we fought, bled, some died to report where the enemy was. Our Assessment......15 Armored Divisions inside the DMZ on the Northern Side in complete violation of the Agreements, just poised to come across the Que Viet River, and come across they did in the Easter Offensive in 1972, about six months after I'd left. And thankful to be gone.
An offensive that We completely won, kicking their asses back to whence they came at huge losses in personnel for them, only to be held back and told to stand down while politicians negotiated away what American and South Vietnamese blood had won.
If you go to war with any other point of view other than the complete destruction of your enemies until they beg you for mercy and are willing to do anything at all to stop the slaughter you are playing games with the men and women who have been sent to do your dirty work and, in my opinion many of our current and former serving elected officials are guilty of war crimes against their own country for not playing to win.
They say we have the best trained, best equipped military force in the world. I believe that to be true. Many of them are re-inlisting to stay in the fight as long as their brother and sisters in arms are in harms way, but they have been forged in the fire and if their leaders keep breaking faith with them there may come a day of reckoning at the hands of those very pissed off people that once went overseas gladly, happy for an opportunity to serve Truth, Justice and the American Way Or it may be at the hands of their fathers and brothers who we bloodied in another place and another time.
A friend of mine says it's time to move to the hills and woods with our guns, ammo and stores.......I hope it doesn't come to that, but, if it does.....I've been shot at before so it won't be as much of a surprise as it will to those strutting peacocks in DC.
If not now........when?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I see that Iraq is not as pacified as we might have been led to believe.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Do you know what happened 160 years ago this fall back in 1850?
California became a state.
The people had no electricity.
The state had no money.
Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
There were gunfights in the streets.
So basically nothing has changed except back then the women had real boobs
and the men didn't hold hands.
Oh, and yeah, They didn't owe 42 Billion $ they can't pay and people were racing in covered wagons to get there to grab some of the golden prosperity that was waiting on them in the creeks and rivers.
That, my friend, is your history lesson for today.
Posted by kdzu at 6:45 PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Now there is a weak ass heading for you, indicative of the ennui which seems to have stricken this particular denizen of the Kudzu Grotto (KG) this evening. I find myself, clad in my Bull Moose PJ's, slouched down and back in the office chair, having to use my right eye which is adjusted for distance viewing instead of the left which is adjusted for reading distance. My slipper clad footsies propped on the rail under the desk, I'm in real danger of saying, "th' hell with it", and go watch the History Channel with the better half who is learning all about air combat in the first world war (WWI) and the swath of destruction cut by the infamous Red Baron, and his subsequent death, shot out of the air by a ground pounding machine gunner by a single .303 caliber round to the chest. An inglorious end to an eagle of the skies. With 80 kills to his credit in one on one aerial combat, you'd almost hope he got his come-upptance from another Ace of the Allied persuasion.
But then the ol' Scythe Swinger is no respecter of persons, cutting both the righteous and the un-righteous off at the knees with equal glee, in his own good time, if not necessarily ours.
Tis the silly season it seems, if not a particularly joyous one for many people who having lost their jobs are rapidly losing their bigger-than-they-now-can-afford-homes, their fine jewelry bought with surplus funds or credit when the good times were rolling, their gas guzzling SUV's which they try to sell but are too much upside down in them.
There seems to be no solid foundation under many of the things which we, happy in our ignorance and comfortable with it, had never paid much attention to before.
The French, for God's sake, are declaring WAR. Not the best timing Pierre, what with the currant limp noodles in power in Washington. It may be a while before the US can pull your chestnuts out of the fire again. Or it could be they know something I don't.
That Massachusetts Fudge-Packer slobbering Barney Frank gets in a pissing contest over one measly dollar when his sorry slack ass is as responsible for the debt crisis the US is facing as anyone. Maybe more, but then I think there is blame enough to go around.
Why even one of our beloved hollywood icons has had to issue an apology for succumbing to a severe case of head-up-ass-itis.
It's almost enough to make one slink back into the underbrush covering the Kudzu Grotto (KG) and wait until reason reigns once more.
Nah, that might take more time than I want to devote to it, although I do have a few bayonets that could do with a bit of sharpening, and I need to make another raid on Wally World in hopes of adding a few more rounds to the smallish hoard I already have.
No, I'll probably do as I did today, continue to get up in the morning with no plan other than visit a friend who asked me to drop by, and see if, as today, I come back home with pockets bulging and work for the next several days ahead of me.
Perhaps if more people showed by their actions that the pronouncements and proclamations emanating from The Asylum on the Potomac and other places of similar ilk really don't concern us enough for us to waste time with, that eventually they would get the message and crawl back into the sphincters they oozed out of.
A boy can dream, can't he?
Posted by kdzu at 7:50 PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Exodus 20: 16
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
With all the supposedly religious members of the NAACP such as the Right Reverend Jessie Jackson, the Reverend Al Sharpton and the Reverend Wright who has meant so much to PRESBO, you'd think they might be careful about who they were calling racists.
Herman Cain has some plain and simple words for them.
Calling Tea Party people racist is a S.I.N.
July 18, 2010
By Herman Cain
The NAACP is doing the dirty work for the failed policies of the Obama Administration and the Congressional Democrats. Accusing the Tea Party movement as being racist shifts (S) the attention from the mishandling of the Gulf oil tragedy, the failed $862 billion stimulus spending bill, the lack of private sector job growth and an economy stuck on stalled.
The NAACP’s accusation also shifts attention away from the problems in the black community which they ignore (I) in their name calling (N) rhetoric, such as increased high school drop-out rates, increased incarceration rates, increased out-of-wedlock birth rates and unemployment rates among blacks that are 50 percent higher than the national average.
Although my invitation to the NAACP annual convention in Kansas City got lost in the mail, I suspect there were plenty of speeches blaming George W. Bush and greedy capitalists for those problems.
When NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell says “hardcore white supremacist organizations have participated in and occasionally lead Tea Party rallies”, the mainstream lapdog media jumps all over such a blatantly baseless claim. When asked what the claim was based on, she said academic research on the Tea Party movement.
Of the nearly two dozen Tea Party rallies at which I have been a keynote speaker, I have yet to see or hear of anyone doing a survey, poll or research asking attendees if they were white supremacists. Nor has any of the Tea Party organizers indicated that such research was ever requested or being done.
Although it was not a scientific test, at a Georgia Tea Party event I attended last Friday July 16, which included a live broadcast of my radio show, I asked all of the white supremacists and KKK members to raise their hands. There were none. When I asked a show of hands of all the people who want the big government spending to stop, the legislative abuse to stop and the coming tax increases to be stopped, the over 3,000 attendees almost cheered the roof off the place!
Since there have been thousands of Tea Party and citizen rallies across the country beginning in early 2009, those researchers obviously attended the ones I did not attend. I would love to see the research, or hear or see one audio or video clip of a Tea Party speaker uttering one racist word. It does not exist!
It is unfortunate that a once-relevant and impactful organization is looking for relevance in the wrong place, namely, race. It should be about solving problems and uniting people instead of dividing people with baseless claims of racism.
I have also been called a racist among other names for disagreeing with the president’s policies and those of the Democrat-controlled Congress. But that does not discourage me or other black conservatives from fighting for what we believe, or challenging so-called black establishment organizations such as the NAACP.
Tea Party people are not racist. They are patriotic Americans who want the greatest country in the world to remain the greatest country in the world. We are exercising our right to speak out against bad public policy, even if the president is black.
This isn’t about race. This is about results, and the results by this administration and this Congress are missing in action.
The NAACP has lost its relevance and its way forward. That’s a sin.
If you haven't heard of this man, you could do worse that check out his website.
Posted by kdzu at 9:11 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
A hive of bees is in a field,
Within a climate sunny.
It will survive to multiply
If work supplies the honey.
The queen supplies a stream of eggs
Which soon turn into workers.
Except for one dependent class
Who live full-time as shirkers.
These are the drones, and every hive
Supplies them with a living.
They dance and sing and whoop it up,
Consuming, but not giving.
The drones spend days and nights enthralled
By pleasures of a season.
Convinced that life is far too short
To waste on prayer or reason.
They are supported by the queen,
The mistress of seduction.
She has a plan to make them wish
They'd labored in production.
But that comes later, this is now.
Each drone, content, relaxes.
So, worker bees work extra hard
And grumble at the taxes.
And so, drones while away their time
In games and food and squander.
That is her plan, because she knows
That drones are prone to wander.
The drones play on and on for weeks,
Oblivious to hunches
That there might come a time to pay,
For hives have no free lunches.
To serve the drones, some other bees
Supply a range of vices
That only queens can subsidize
So high are vices' prices.
But where, you ask, does cunning queen
Accumulate the treasure
That celebrating hordes of drones
Can waste in weeks of pleasure?
The hive itself, without a plan,
Produces streams of honey.
The system runs on payments made
In liquid golden money.
The queen has passed a law of iron
That drones must gain a portion
Of honey gold, which they will spend,
Which workers think extortion.
So, in the hive two classes form
Which scheme like rival brothers
To profit from the hive's output
Without the claims from others.
One class grows rich by selling goods
To drones, who live by spending.
The other class works day and night,
In labor never-ending.
The drones grow fat, and specialize
In ever-greater pleasures.
While worker bees begin to plan
A host of counter-measures.
The workers come before the queen
Ten thousand wings a-humming.
She says to bide their time instead;
Payday is surely coming.
They are not sure she speaks the truth,
But great is their devotion.
They give her time to prove her case,
Suppressing dark emotion.
The merchants of the drones grow rich.
For honey flows like water.
The hive's economy hums on,
And drones foresee no slaughter.
The drones resent worker bees
Who grouse about the favors
Displayed to drones, who spend the wealth
Produced by others' labors.
They set aside some honey sweet
To hire a solution.
A group of masters of the arts
Of specious elocution.
These hired experts write reports
That show that flowing honey
Can only be preserved intact
If drones are spending money.
They say that worker bees do not
Perceive what makes hives wealthy.
To stop the flow of funds to drones
Is fiscally unhealthy.
You see, they say, the flow of funds
Must without drones be severed.
Without our drones, the stimulus
Can't save the banks, full-levered.
Without the banks, which serve the drones,
As well as worker legions,
The wealth of all will disappear
Into the nether regions.
So, we must save the hive without
The envy-driven blaming
Of useful drones who make us rich
By partying and gaming.
The worker bees do not perceive
How this concatenation
Of arguments implausible,
is valid explanation.
But these are experts with degrees
From famous institutions,
Which get their funding from the queen
And rich bees' contributions.
Therefore, the worker bees begin
To doubt their own suspicions
That drones are liabilities
Not worthy of provisions.
The hired experts collect their pay
For having duped the masses.
Then chortle in contempt of those
Whom they regard as asses.
They take their graphs and charts and chalk
And go back to their places
Of tenured and secure success
With academic graces.
And so the drones indulge themselves,
Which they find stimulating.
For that's what stimuli are for:
"Let's not be hesitating!"
Whenever their accounts run low,
And bankers grow suspicious,
The queen expands the flow of funds,
Which bankers find delicious.
And so the lending class gets rich,
For drones have endless shop lists.
To lend to them is safe, they think,
The queen will never stop this.
The lending class then borrows short
To lend long-term to spenders,
Short rates are low, long rates are high:
The system has defenders.
The experts back on campus see
The many permutations.
They think that they may strike it rich:
And so the tenured quants come forth
To serve the lending classes.
Who borrow even more from fools
Who wear rose-colored glasses.
And so the permutations spread
Throughout the hive's insiders
Complexity now reigns supreme,
With kooks the sole deriders.
And then, one summer's day, the queen
Calls forth her close attendants.
She lays the eggs that will decide
The future of descendants.
Each egg is fed, at her expense,
To test the heirs' survival.
One will emerge first and impose
A death sting on each rival.
Then up she flies, drones in pursuit
In hope of one last action.
A few achieve what all would like:
Their last full satisfaction.
"Payday has come," the queen declares.
"Free lunches now have ended."
The worker bees blockade the hive,
The golden fund defended.
The drones, now spent in every sense,
Beg for continued feeding,
But worker bees ignore their pleas:
The new hive needs no breeding.
Word spreads among the lending class:
The formulas so splendid
Have crashed the flow of funds outright:
And then the sellers who rode high
On drones' relentless spending
Discover they must switch careers:
Their sector is descending.
The money that the drones had spent
Will now be spent by others.
The queen cuts taxes and declares:
"You now can have your druthers."
The flow of funds continues on,
Though drones are not surviving.
The experts with their charts and graphs
Were wrong: the hive is thriving.
The lending class must now survey
The shape of new conditions
Without the hope of queen-backed funds
To guarantee ambitions.
The tenured experts, still employed,
Release a memorandum.
They all insist that these events
Were all black swans and random.
And so we see that scarcity
Asserts its jurisdiction.
There's greater wealth for workers now,
Due to the drones' eviction.
The worker bees survey the scene
Of greater wealth for labors.
There's always more down at the store
When drones are not your neighbors.
One worker bee begins to think
About the drones' defenders.
The tenured masters of the charts
Who justified the spenders.
"It seems to me," declares the bee,
"That other drones are living
High on the hog, beyond the rules:
They're taking without giving."
Considering consumption by
Those bees in tenured splendor,
The other bees begin to doubt
Their claims to legal tender.
Why should these experts with their charts
And graphs and dense equations
Be paid by all to generate
What is the use of expertise
When experts tell you little
Of what will happen next, and why?
They're always noncommittal.
And so a wave of terror spreads
In tenured education.
To meet a market on your own:
A frightening innovation.
They live secure from having to
Explain their public errors.
Without the queen's own guarantees,
The world is filled with terrors.
And so they send a delegate,
A master of compliance,
To once again persuade the queen
Against their self-reliance.
She welcomes him into her court,
And smiles at his submission.
She loves to see her experts squirm
When facing competition.
"My queen," he says, "you must beware
Of worker bees' complaining.
You still get value for your grant
Of pay for all our training."
"We serve the court, and serve it well,
Delaying that dark day.
When worker bees at last decide
It's time to disobey."
"I see your point, and see it clear,"
She says to feckless minion.
"You serve me as the shapers of
The climate of opinion."
"And so I'll still extend your pay,
To guarantee the ridding
Of competition's terrors,
But you all will do my bidding."
"We've always understood the deal,"
Is his firm declaration.
"When it comes time to praise the court,
Expect no hesitation."
And so the minion brings the news
For academe's elation.
Between the market and the school:
A wall of separation.
So now I end my poem short
Of hival operations,
Of politics and pay and deals,
And queenly expectations.
But this one fact I hope prevails
From concepts you've now seen.
There's always value rendered sure
For benefits from the queen.
Bernard Mandeville, 1705
Posted by kdzu at 9:52 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Those days "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and Phrensies"
I had to look up phrensies too.
I have to blame the lack of blogging on something, don't ya know?
Actually it's not that there is nothing to blog about, but rather, too much that pushes my buttons these days. It's almost as if all the idiots in the world got together in one big group and decided to march around naked all day and fling shit at each other and the onlookers outside the cage as well.
Harry Reid says that there are no illegal construction workers in Nevada.
Big Sis tries to squeeze more of our nuts in her man hands.
That paragon of virtue Al Gore is being divorce by his wife of many years for being such a prude in public while he is sticking his tongue down the throat of massage therapists. But then again, he invented the internet so he could download porn. Maybe he has been watching too much.
Another one of the Kennedy Wives is having alcohol problems, and getting divorced.
BHO doesn't write his own speeches. Well Duh!!
Which leads, apparently, to some sort of credibility crisis.
We're all going to Die!!
We Owe More than we can pay and we're spending as if the party would never end.
And I'm having a hard time working up much of a give a shit.
Next year for sure I'm gonna go to the Redneck Riviera and bake in the sun.
Posted by kdzu at 7:57 PM
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
That's all I can think to say about the inimitable LL of Chromed Curses after she gave me a shout out on this blog-o-thingy we spend time on.
Wow! the most visitors I've ever had in one day and it's not over yet.
Thank you dear, I am in your debt even farther now. If you've only come by here for the first time I have to give LL thanks for this blog-o-lanche as well as the header on top for she took the photo 'lil toni (who I still miss greatly) took of the kudzu and melded it with the words you see. So thanks again. I still take a look at the photo of you on the motorcycle every once in a while. Getcher motor running.....heading down the highway..... doesn't begin to do it justice.
This is for You
Crank your speakers up.....best enjoyed when heard through the soles of your feet.
Posted by kdzu at 7:56 PM
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Come on......what else can you call the decision to make the foremost "Mission" of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) to be making the Islamic world feel better about it's self.
While it may be true that we have to give credit for the algebraic system of mathematics to thinkers from the middle east (not sure of the religious preference of said inventor or inventors) and without it or some other method of mathematics not know by this writer we couldn't have accomplished as much as we have, the mullah's have an inferiority complex so huge that they try to keep full one half of their populace in virtual bondage, forcing them to hide under voluminous swaths of (preferably black) coverings in an attempt to marginalize women, thereby making up for the smallness of their own inadequate male equipage.
Do we in the west have a responsibility to instill in them the self-esteem they think they deserve?
Did they set out to and then achieve the goal of sending men to the moon? I don't think so.
Did they invent the Aeroplane or build ocean going vessels capable of circumnavigating the globe? Again, don't think so.
They did however succeed in keeping most of their population in poverty and, educationally, the dark ages, herders of goats and raisers of poppy to dull the agony their despotic leaders were determined to keep them in.
Do we have a responsibility to make them feel good? Or rather should we show by example what can be obtained by free peoples, acting freely in what is in our own best self-interest?
There is an old saying here in the South that, "you can lead a mule to water but you can't make him drink."
There will always be those who strike out at those who have succeeded greater than they. We have seen much of that in the last two or three decades.
No doubt there have been things we should not have done. Anytime a person or society tries to impose their will on another person or society they have committed a crime against freedom as great as murder, for if you bend me to your will against mine, you as much as murder my freedom of choice.
But to think that the Islamic world has to be given some sort of wergild to pay for our success as opposed to their perceived lack of same just seems to me to be Idiocy on the part of the Obama administration.
You don't apologize for success. Rather you say, I did it, you can too, and if you do, we'll applaud your success and wish you well, but don't seek, because of envy, to tear down what we have built.
That way leads to Doom....... for us, or for you.
Posted by kdzu at 6:53 PM
Thursday, July 01, 2010
You don't have to be very bright to be elected to Congress from California. Hey, they elected Sonny Bono.
But you do have to be some kind of dumb to be elected from California, become the Speaker of the House and make a statement like this........
Sorry Nancy, when there is free money passed out for anything you get more of what you are passing money out for......
Witness all the welfare babies that were not born because the government paid young girls to download a shitpot full of young'uns since the mid 60's. That really worked out well, didn't it.
If you give people free money they will take it and spend it, but since it's not as much (hopefully) as when they are working, earning a paycheck, they don't have enough to spend to cause the economy to grow. It just sinks deeper and deeper into a funk as people realize that they don't have to work...those that do work can be robbed and forced to support more and more moochers.
If I was a conspiracy nut I'd almost believe it was planned.
Things of this nature never stop until the pain of providing them becomes too much to bear and the producers go John Galt on you.
Posted by kdzu at 8:53 PM