Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Syrians will march. Reporters are barred.
The haunting words of Thomas Friedman echo in my ears:
_From Beirut to Jerusalem_ (p 81)
Will the son perform as the father?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
In his grave, the great man.... yet his strategic writing has tremendous merit.
Libya. A mission in search of a strategy.
Today I pulled Winston Churchills _Hinge of Fate_ off the shelf and read the chapter on "Strategic Natural Selection".
I recommend the readership take about forty-five minutes of time to read the thoughts of a man who gave careful consideration to the viability and consequences of military actions which were being considered. He was unafraid to declare certain operations unworkable and not in the best interest of the Allies. His choice of chapter title reflects what is true of war: Survival is dependent on the fittest of strategies.
Mr. Churchill never leap-frogged a mission in front of a strategy. Libya is a leap frog at best.
"With visions of sugar plums, dancing in her head...."
Now that I actually have three steady blog readers it seemed appropriate to add PayPal to the site.
My husband, because he loves me, made the first donation.
Starbucks is running $1.72 for a tall coffee - in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.
If in six months I have not received a coffee donation I will be forced to add the pay-for-view striptease.
The terror alert will go up....
My guess is the little old man in Florida found his backbone after the SCOTUS ruled that the intellectual dwarfs from Westboro Baptist Church (an inbred and incestuous looking family church) had a protected speech status. They retain a right to taunt the families of our dead soldiers and claim that God hit the "smite button" because He hates homosexuals. Having Westboro members show up at a military funeral is as desirable as acquiring a raging case of genital warts.
WE ARE AMERICANS:
If we believe that an American citizen does not have a right to burn a Qur'an then we must criminalize the act.
WE ARE AMERICANS:
If we criminalize the act then we must willingly embrace this:
WE ARE AMERICANS:
If we enact a suite of anti-blasphemy laws which will indeed fly under the radar of our freedom-loving noses as "hate crimes" we must embrace this:
If we embrace hate crime laws for religious intolerance it must include this:
I AM AN AMERICAN. FOR THIS FREEDOM I STAND.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Let me think on it a bit. I covered this topic the first time Mr. Jones threated to burn a Qur'an.
Here is the reaction in Pakistan. There will be hell to pay in Muslim nations where Christians are a minority demographic.
Yeah, let me think a bit on how I wish to cover this again.
Link to article
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
She looks good. But she is unworthy to be the next President of the United States of America.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Personal correspondence with a friend
"My eyes are sore and my legs are thin, but I will stand by you...."
If you cannot attribute these words from the seventh century, your own grasp of the Shi'a is minimal.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Yemeni forces are shooting and killing citizens. Libya's foreign minister now raises the banner of peace in the face of a U.N. resolution. Saudi Arabia has moved to assist Bahrain and sweep up protest leadership into a security net. But Syria is popping right now. Since Syria functions as a nice little land bridge for the underground commerce of terror this whole thing has the look of FUBAR.
Link to video
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Daniel Boyd: Part II
There is much ground to cover and I like to keep blog posts to about a ninety-second reading. So let me determine what is the most beneficial regarding this topic. I am leaning toward one particular school of thought, but may bifurcate the blog a bit.
Next blog: Blood Money: Justice and Economic Renumeration
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We must pray for the Japanese. They require the prayers of the American people.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Let's not talk about talent. It is better to identify wasted talent.
I am suffering from HMS. What about you?
Friday, March 11, 2011
"The genius of Tragedy and Comedy are essentially the same, and they should be written by the same authors."
It is an old joke. The title is "Double Coyote".
A man gets hammered at the bar and picks up a woman.
The next morning he awakens to see the ugliest woman he has ever laid eyes on sleeping on his arm.
Very quietly he gnaws his arm off to make his escape.
Later, he thinks a bit and gnaws off his other arm.
He wants to make sure the woman does not look for a one-armed man.
Double Coyote! Naturally, it is always the women who receives the brunt of such jokes.
So what does the joke have to do with the next blog?
The next blog will be titled:
"Days of Rage" Protests: Aftershocks and Micro-Instability Factors.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Images are pulled from a recent post on a jihad forum. Pictures and videos continue to be posted on a regular basis from Libya and Egypt. News moves in from Iraq, Morocco, and Bahrain. But there has been a virtual shutdown regarding news on the March 11th protest slated for Saudi Arabia for several days now. It seems to be a deliberate act of self-censorship on this primary site with an average mix of several thousand members and guests at any given moment. There has been no issue of a stand down for Saudi Arabia activists on this site which boasts cameo appearances by a handful of players with tremendous "star power". But neither is there an information stream as in prior weeks. Saudi Arabia no longer exists on the map of the site. What does this mean? I cannot speculate. But absence of communication and signals are as important as the signals which are captured. Perhaps the news is moving via human carriers as opposed to digital footprints. But my gut tells me that if the protest is mounted as planned it will move asymmetrically across the landscape and there will be nothing to define a set-piece battle such as Tahrir Square.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
*Taken from a speech given at the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy, United States Chamber of Commerce
Full text here
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
But the tactic will be used to force reconfiguration of Saudi military police and assets.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Tales from the Crypt:
The Wall Street Journal article is on page A3.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Already, there are imbeciles who claim Shahbaz Bhatti was "negligent" for his own death because he lacked a security detail when he left the home of his widowed mother to be brutally murdered by members of the Taliban seconds later. Undoubtedly, he lacked confidence in his own "security detail" due to the fact that it was a member of Mr. Taseer's own security who took his life in a hail of more than two dozen bullets. His death can only be attributed to the ones who pulled the trigger.
Two Christian Pakistani men now find their bodies returned to the soil of a nation which grants them little mercy with regard to the penal code. Less, the mercy of their neighbors.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
This is a war by increments. Never forget. Do not forget the cost of freedom.
LCDR Tammy Swofford, USNR, NC
Tuesday, March 01, 2011