In my feeble attempt to make up for not posting regular I will make multiple comments today on a couple of subjects.
[b]France: [/b] Americans always put down France. Itís in are nature I guess. The weakness the government shows is a bit grating for us. We harp continuously about the lack of hygiene, the arrogant rude attitude and the filth of Paris, but are we being fair? Well I was in France a few years ago. I didnít make it to Paris however, no, I was in a couple of smaller towns near Nancy and Verdun. My take was that the people there were extremely friendly, the food was excellent, and yes everyone took showers. The country side was some of the most beautiful Iíve ever seen.
We made a parachute jump with the French Army into some farmerís fields with approximately 700 French paratroopers. The sky was full with parachutes. Thankfully I was on the first aircraft and not in the middle of that. After the jump we waited for transportation in a small country village. Give me a retirement check and I would have moved there.
Unfortunately, on our way back to Germany (I was stationed in stuttgart at the time) we stopped in Strasburg. There we found those French that I suppose live in Paris. Rude! We entered a restaurant and for 15 minutes we werenít even acknowledged. Once the decided to speak to us they were very condescending. Why? I have no idea. We were a small group of SF soldiers, not a platoon of 18 yr olds raising hell. We just wanted some dinner.
So stay away from larger cities in France and all is good.
Now to their politics I think they suffer from the same problems that Germany has. They believe themselves the epitome of civilization and hate not being the center of attention. They have been protected so long and handed so much that they donít believe they need to work harder and change with the times to gain respect but rather they are somehow owed respect inherently. They have become slaves to a socialist system.
[b]Richard Clarke:[/b] Now here is a fellow. For how many years was he involved in Counter-Terrorism? Exactly what are his accomplishments in this field? When the administration he praises did very little to fight terror in any real way and the administration he blast has done more to fight terror than any modern government in the world. The idea that in eight years the Clinton Administration could do more yet the Bush administration somehow after a bitter fight to get into office and all that forming a new cabinet entails was supposed to do more. He sounds like a bean counter that was essentially demoted and is bitter. As to being a counter-terrorist expert, when he puts a rifle in his hands and breeches a door in hostile territory Iíll begin to think about giving him that title as it is heís just a bureaucrat.
It looks like Condoleeza Rice will now testify. This may get interesting.
[url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,115587,00.html][b]Major Anti-terror bust in UK:[/b][/url]
Here is the interesting bit.
[i]Press Association, the British news agency, said all eight were of Pakistani descent, but police would not comment on that. [/i]
This reminds me of one of my favorites scene from the first Billy Jack movie (Born losers) where Billy is surrounded by a motorcycle gang yet has the drop on the leader with a rifle. He tells the leader heíll count to three and they had better make an opening for him and a girl. He counts, the leader laughs then dies. Billy points the rifle at the next guy and tells him your in charge oneÖ twoÖ they get out of the way.
I know that this is a movie but sometimes itís takes being a hard ass to get dumb asses to move.
(Hey quit laughing I know you secretly like the Billy Jack movies too) It's a hippy warrior sort of thing.)
[url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114784,00.html][b]Hamas leader killed in strike[/b][/url]
Well the standard EU condemnations of Israel for killing Shiek Ahmed Yassin are hitting the airways. Once again the cowards of Europe canít see the need to eliminate a terrorist leader, one who authorizes the death of hundreds of innocents. They can easily condemn Israel but never the Palestinian leaders that teach hate and murder to their children.
Are they so wrapped up in fear they canít see that continued appeasement wonít work? No, that would require them to open their eyes and lift their heads from the sand. That is something not likely to happen soon.
Well here is my take; there is still at least one more Palestinian big fish to get; now lets get on with it. Itís time those responsible for terror start paying.
Hamas has threatened not only Israel but also the US with retaliation. I can live with adding one more organization to the list of those about to fall. I believe that constitutes a direct threat that must be eliminated.
Kofi Annan says the strike goes against international law. Well what law says that a self admitted terror leader can plan and conduct terror operations without consequences? If it exist we need to shit can that law.
[i]Calling Yassin was an "archterrorist" who plotted attacks that killed hundreds of Israelis, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - who personally authorized the strike - said Monday that Israel will press ahead with its war on terror. [/i]
[b][url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114760,00.html]Report that Al Qaeda has nuclear weapons[/url] . [/b] A report out from Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir says Al Qaedaís second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri claims they have briefcase nukes. Now if this is true why havenít they used them? It sounds like BS but who knows for sure. That is just one more reason the War on Terror must continue and be intensified. If they donít have nukes you can bet they are trying to get them. We must keep up the pressure and eliminate this threat completely.
Yeah baby! If the winds are with us, I should have a Chinook Jumpmaster and a couple of Huey blasts in the morning. Itís good to see we have aircraft again. The worst part of this whole deal is Jump Master Refresher. There isnít much you can do to make that fun. But thatís ok. Hopefully by the end of the jump tomorrow I can check in and see an HVT caught or killed in Pakistan. That would make Sunday bearable.
Well it seems we have a couple more oxygen thieves. Two PFCís in a medical unit have applied for conscientious objector status. I guess they just wanted the college money.
[url=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040316/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_conscientious_objectors_1][b][i]Two U.S. Army medics in Iraq have applied for conscientious objector status and want to be honorably discharged from the military because the idea of killing is "revolting" to them, their company commander said Tuesday.[/i][/b][/url]
Maybe they didnít understand that Basic Rifle Marksmanship taught in Basic Training wasnít for playing video games. Well I hope life sucks for them. I bet they donít inspire confidence in their fellow soldiers now.
I know a lot of support units never thought of actually going to war but damn. They did join the military.
Well, I havenít been keeping up with my posting very well lately. I wish I had a good excuse but Iím afraid I donít. Some days I just donít have anything to say about whatís going on or Iíve read what I feel somewhere else and feel redundant to write the same things. Besides work has been pretty busy also.
But here goes some thoughts on a few of the issues of the day.
Spain: I think the Spanish have made a huge mistake. What they have done will only invite more terror. Itís amazing how some people never understand that bad people (bullies, criminals, religious zealots) attack when they see their prey shows weakness and Spain along with much of Europe have shown a lot of weakness lately.
[url=http://www.steynonline.com/index2.cfm?edit_id=69][b]Mark Steyn has a nice little article about the death of Europe. Check it out.[/b][/url]
The [url=http://www.midway.org/][b]USS Midway [/b][/url] will soon be opening as a Museum in San Diego. This is something I want to visit since my father did some time on her back in the 60ís.
Some of you no doubt have read about the Anti-War Soldier, Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia who refused to return to duty and now claims Conscientious Objector status. Well I hope they hang his ass.
Prince voted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. This is a WTF story. Donít misunderstand what Iím saying here folks I like Prince. But has he done enough for this honor. They must be getting desperate for inductees.
I find this interesting. A woman can refuse a C-section and be charged for the death of a child but abortion is legal. Am I missing something?
[url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114016,00.html][i]As Melissa Ann Rowland's unborn twins got closer to birth, doctors repeatedly told her they would likely die if she did not have a Caesarean section. She refused, and one later was stillborn.[/url]
Authorities charged 28-year-old Rowland with murder on Thursday, saying she exhibited "depraved indifference to human life,"[/i]
Note: I have no real position on Abortion although I generally think it's a mistake and certainly brings up moral dilemmas for those involved.
If you couldn't get to the link on the last post here is the story.
[i][b]Accidental condom inhalation.
Arya CL, Gupta R, Arora VK.
Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital, Meerut, India.
A 27-year-old lady presented with persistent cough, sputum and fever for the preceding six months. Inspite of trials with antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis treatment for the preceeding four months, her symptoms did not improve. A subsequent chest radiograph showed non-homogeneous collapse-consolidation of right upper lobe. Videobronchoscopy revealed an inverted bag like structure in right upper lobe bronchus and rigid bronchoscopic removal with biopsy forceps confirmed the presence of a condom. Detailed retrospective history also confirmed accidental inhalation of the condom during fellatio.[/b][/i]
Hello all, I just returned from a short trip to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Itís been a while since I was there last. Has it changed? Well, yes and no. You see many of the older buildings are now gone. There is construction everywhere. Lucky for me, I was with someone who has been there recently.
The really big change I saw was Camp Mackall. Unbelievable. The million-dollar latrine is no more. Two story buildings and more construction on the way.
Of course the other thing you notice is that Bragg and Mackall are locked down pretty tight.
Fayetteville looks a little better. They cleaned up Hay Street but overall the feel is about the same. I didnít get a chance to go inside the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. I only saw the outside, which was pretty impressive. I hope to have time on my next trip.
I attended the SFQC Beret donning ceremony. Not like I had but ok.
We accomplished a lot in just a couple of days so it was a good trip. Now I must catch up on all the news and blogs. That will surely take the weekend.