I wish all of you had had the opportunity know him first-hand, as I mentioned in an e-mail earlier today, "... among those who had the privilege of meeting him, there were no dissenters... everyone loved Trip."
I wish all of you had had the opportunity know him first-hand, as I mentioned in an e-mail earlier today, "... among those who had the privilege of meeting him, there were no dissenters... everyone loved Trip."
Colorado's Perchance to Dream -- "Tripoli"
22 February, 1998 -- 23 May, 2007
The Southern Command will be dark for awhile.
My best friend... sometimes my only friend... died suddenly this morning. Tripoli was my soul mate since he took over my life nine incredibly short years ago. Through the best of times and the worst of times he was there... until this morning.
The only person he ever bit was my ex-wife--the infamous PsychoBitchFromHell. If only I'd had the good sense to follow his lead.
In the dark times, late at night, bathed in the blue white light of the television, with a bottle of whiskey and my Glock, we defied The Bastards... and won.
The house is now terribly still, quiet... my guess is it will remain so.
At this point, I have but few words. Tripoli kept me from thinking about my own mortality... hyper-alter, hyper-active and hyper with his love... of food and, well, all things that moved.
He changed my life when he came, and now I really don't know what I'll do.
I'd appreciate it... if those who are so inclined would say a prayer for Tripoli for his journey.
I know we'll meet again... because all Good Dogs go to Heaven.
I hope I can make the cut.
Reporting on a just released, landmark Pew Poll of 60,000 Muslims in the U.S., Associated Press says..."nearly 80 percent of U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings of civilians to defend Islam can not be justified..."
Of course the real news is... among Muslims under age 30, one in four said suicide bombing can be justified often (2 percent), sometimes (13 percent), or rarely (11 percent).
"Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"
Of course this should be in war type, above the fold in every newspaper in America, and lead the evening news... have you noticed it getting such treatment?
Here's the Washington Post column by Emil Steiner: "Are U.S. Muslims Cool with Suicide Bombing?"
Could the Post treat it more frivolously?
Steiner concludes: "Given the findings I'd like to take a very unscientific look at what OFF/beat readers feel about the subject. Are these numbers "hair-raising" as Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy put it, or are they par for the course? Is America's foreign policy the root cause or is it perhaps Islamic extremism? And finally, do statistics like this matter or are they just a red herring that stirs up irrational fear?"
Now for the math: estimates of Muslims in the U.S. are all over the place… from a low of 1.1 million to a high of 6.7 million, the Council on American-Islamic Relations states that, in its opinion, no scientific count of Muslims in the U.S. has been done, but CAIR's estimate is 6 to 7 million.
Bottom line: Since 25 percent of U.S. Muslims polled favor rarely, sometimes or often mass murdering your grand-children in their schools or playgrounds... that means there are between 260,000 and 2.6 million young, male potential IslamoNazis... by their own admission... willing to carry out such atrocities, like the Beslan School Massacre (left) in 2004.
Just to focus a little more on your neighborhood... that's an average of between 500 and 52,000 motivated suicide bombers in each of our 50 states. Cut that in half and then half again if you want.... that's 125 and 13,250 bombers, respectively, for every state in the Union.
Don't forget that the Fort Dix Six (three of whom crossed the Texas border to enter the US) were intent on attacking a military base and murdering "hundreds" of soldiers, worked in American neighborhoods, installing roofs, driving cabs, delivering pizzas and baking bread.
And your friends are worried about global warming?
... meanwhile, George Bush and the cut and run dem/libs won't even close the borders or really fight this war.
Can't improve much on the White House bitch-slap response to Jimmah Carter (clearly suffering from short-term memory loss) had the gall to say "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this (Bush) administration has been the worst in history."
Carter is one of history's worst presidents and hands-down, the worst ex-President in history.
Carter is indeed, "increasingly irrelevant."
In Carter, as a president, as a person, we find the complete arsenal of the leftist: anger and rage, tax and spend, self uber alles, one-world government, a foreign policy that favors our enemies. and only a flaccid use of our military.
In Carter's world, TR's "Big Stick" should a toothpick.
Life under Carter? Let us take a look back:
He pardoned the draft-dodging cowards of the Vietnam war and restored wholesale all their benefits as citizens... wholesale, while overseeing the worst treatment of veterans since the Bonus March.
This is the enduring and most accurate image of Carter's four-year leadership (sic).
The Marine Security Detachment inside the US embassy in Tehran was ordered to surrender to a gaggle of rag-tag student rag-heads, instead of defending what was considered American soil.
Not long after his repatriation, I spoke with Marine Sgt. William Gallegos, a member of the detachment from Pueblo Colorado. He was glad to be free but firmly believed that a quick and lethal Marine response would have prevented one of America's greatest embarrassments.
Carter did nothing for six months, then ordered a rescue attempt that failed before it got off the drawing boards (if there were any) and cost the lives of five Air Force personnel and three Marines. Under Carter, our military had become the punchline to a bad joke.
And I have no doubt the hostages were only released the day after Inauguration Day 1981 because they knew Ronald Reagan was not James Earl Carter.
-- It was Carter's failure to support the Shah of Iran against the Islamic Revolution helped pave the way for IslamoNazism now threatening the entire world.
--A virulent anti-Semite... Carter embraced every Arab strong man in the Middle East.
-- Here are more Greatest Hits: IInflation rate climbed each of Carter's four years in office, beginning at 6 percent 1976 to more than 12 percent by 1980; unemployment-- 7.5 percent; and interest rates climbed to 20 percent or more twice during 1980.
American business widely believed that Carter "lacked a coherent strategy for taming inflation without causing a painful increase in unemployment." I agreed... I had an 11-percent used car loan.
Carter's response, in his infamous "malaise" speech, was to blame us for not having confidence in his policies:
"We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation. The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America."
Waiting in line for gasoline and setting the thermostat to 55 in the winter while the Peanut Farmer put on a sweater... ahh, those were the days.
American finally came top its sense and handed Carter an electoral defeat of Biblical proportions: Reagan won 91% of the electoral vote with a popular vote margin of almost 10 million, leaving Carter with but six states.
Today Carter, has no sense of the absurd or much anything else; had he any self-awareness whatsoever, he would never speak in public and hope that we all forgot about what 1976-1980 was really like.
He gave us The Gang of 14 which ensured no strong constructionist, SCOTUS nominee would ever get out of committee, and McCain-Feingold which is widely known and practiced as the Anti-First Amendment/ Congressional Incumbent Protection Act.
Now, his partnership with Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy on proposed legislation...the Illegal Mexican-Full Employment & Amnesty Proposal or a version thereof... will likely pass at some point, and will mean a sure democrat White House win in '08....
At the same time, it will hand 12-20 million criminals legal residency and even American citizenship, and has driven a stake through the heart of remaining, slight chance McCain may have had to Straight-Talk his way to the Oval Office.
But far more importantly... and not to be outdone in sneering at conservative America, President Bush said the proposed legislation ``will help enforce our borders, but equally importantly, it will treat people with respect.''
"Equally importantly"? EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY?
Kiss my quesadilla.
I suggest we save all the time and money, and just hand the keys to Air Force One over to whomever wins the dem primary.
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Drivel Alert: Algore keeps looking for a legacy as his enviro-global warming fraud begins to lose steam. If you have kids in freshman English... give him or her this as an example of pretentious witting and how to avoid it.
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The day after he received his "green card" he enlisted in the Marine Corps and headed for MCRD in San Diego.
He is being considered for a posthumous Medal of Honor stemming from his actions in Iraq in 2004. The subject of an hour-long documentary "Act of Honor" now being broadcast on the History Channel, the seriously-wounded Sgt. Peralta saved four members of his squad by pulling an enemy grenade underneath him just before it exploded.
Arlington National Cemetery welcomed another of America's best Thursday; Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec led from the front... for him it was the highest honor. Los Angeles Times reporters Tony Perry and Rick Loomis did a fine job... especially for such a leftist publication.
Then Capt. Zembiec is shown (above, in a photo courtesy of the family) on patrol in 2004 during a previous tour of Iraq.
A World War II veteran is on 65-year mission to see Pearl Harbor hero, Doris "Dorie" Miller (shown right, after being awarded the Navy Cross... our second highest award for valor) receive the Medal of Honor.
And lastly, documentarian Ken Burns ("The Civil War") gets a lesson in WWII and Medal of Honor History.
Bonny Prince Harry has been sidelines by weak-kneed civilian (considering PM Tony Blair's impending departure) and military power brokers.
So Third-in-Line Harry will not be joining his mates as a Scimitar armor vehicle officer in the next few weeks as the Blues and Royals Regiment departs for service in Iraq.
This follows the despicable and craven behavior of England's Gilbert and Sullivan squad of Marines and sailors who surrendered to the Iranians without firing a shot a couple of months back.
Such a decision ignores England's long and even quite recent history of Royals serving in harm's way.
King George VI and his family remained in London during the Blitz, sharing the same risks as his subject during the terror attacks of the German Luftwaffe.
The King also set a great example by visiting his troops in various overseas theaters, and his daughters, Elizabeth (the present Queen) and Margaret, both served in the military during WWII.
Prince Andrew, Harry's uncle, served as a Sea King helicopter pilot in the Falklands Islands War despite similar pressure to have him remain behind when his squadron set sail aboard HMS Invincible. His mother, the Queen, insisted that Andrew remain at his post.
All this mirrors The UK's precipitous decline as a military power, a service nation and an ally of the United States. The Royal Navy which once ruled the seas... all the seas... the Royal Navy, which we once counted on to protect our oceanic right flank, will soon be down to 25 war vessels.
Forty years ago the Royal Navy was second only to ours... now its toy navy is in the same size as Indonesia and Turkey.
God Save England ... from the politicians.
Senator John McCain... darling of political moderates everywhere, prattled on again about torture last night during the debates. "We could never gain as much from that torture as we would lose in world opinion," he said, noting that those with military service side with him because of the threat to U.S. soldiers who may be captured. "This is not about terrorists, it's about us, what kind of country we are?"
Blah, blah and... blah. A "threat" to captured US troops? My God, (with exception of the Army's 407th Maintenance Bttn.'s few survivors) every one of our men who has been captured and summarily executed or tortured to death. I don't think breaking some sub-humans finger is gonna make a bit of difference.
McCain also played the "Vietnam POW" card which only he possesses, asserting that when he was being tortured by the gooks in the Hanoi Hilton… he knew that if the situation were reversed we would not torture them. He suggested that cheered him... I confess to having doubts that is wholly true.
That was then, this now; the NVA had no plan. let alone the capability to attack the U.S. with biological or nuke WMD… or even airliners.
Besides… the Geneva Convention specifically does not apply to raghead terrorists. In fact, the entire purpose of the Convention was to separate the honorable profession of arms during war from murderers such as the subhumans we now face.
The Senate today overwhelmingly voted down the dem leaderships' latest sneak attempt to get a surrender bill passed that would cut off funds for combat operations in Iraq.
Once again the dems prove they are unworthy to have any hand in the conduct of a war... let alone the only hand.
But... cheer up, I just read that some enviro-whacko group has determined that if we don't save the planet in five years we're doomed.
Sorry... I can't worry about the Earth, I'm too busy being concerned about the World.
The thousands of troops searching for the missing U.S. soldiers, assumed to have been captured south of Baghdad, are making a superb, good faith effort, as only comrades can; ... but it's clear the search is for corpses, not POWs.
Were they alive, there would be the typical videos posted on Al Jazeera accompanied by the usual threats and lofty praise for the scumbag god they worship.
Sadly... there will be no Jessica Lynch end to this story... the last time this went down, the five troopers were found, shot execution-style with the CNN talking heads speculated about demands the terrorist would make.
Welcome to the Longest War.
The brave young men fighting this war have known the score for a very long time while the rest of the country deludes itself.
I met one of those very fine young combat veterans last fall at the Medal of Honor Convention in Boston. He was there with his father, only two weeks after returning from the horrific grinder that is Iraq. A Marine fire-team leader and scout/ swimmer, he, instead of doing what young men do when released from the crucible of war, came to pay his respects to the nation's greatest heroes of previous wars.
All you had to do was look at his beaming smile to see that he had no doubt he'd made the right decision.
Clearly, he and his dad had stretched their budget to travel from Pennsylvania to such a Gathering of Eagles; they couldn't afford the high-priced luncheons and dinners the Boston put on to raise money for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The men with the blue ribbons around their necks knew this and saw to it that Grant Loether, Corporal of Marines, late of Iraq, attended everything... including the black-tie banquet which featured Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, as keynote speaker.
But let me get to my point....
I questioned Cpl. Loether closely about how different his war was from mine; going room to room in a house full of Hell, rather than setting a night ambush in the middle of gawdknowswhwere at 2 a.m., facing a howling monsoon. "Any clime or place...."
We talked tactics and manpower and medevacs and casualties.... I asked The Question.
"Do you guys have agreements with one another if it gets... really tough?"
He answered immediately with a focus that was as brave as it was matter-of-fact... filled with common sense and the evenness of a man who had already made the decision about how he would die... should it come to that.
As long as there have been weapons... certainly as long as there have been military firearms, soldiers have made pacts with one another regarding how their end will come if necessary... if there was a time that all hope was lost.
It is not so with this war.
The IslamoNazi videos of what happens to those captured in Iraq leave a nightmare in your soul, but for Cpl. Loether and his comrades... the images simply mean that it's decision time.
I'll take care of you, my friend; you make sure that you take care of me.
It was an honor to spend time with this fine young man... I told him I'd be happy to serve in his fire-team anytime; I hope he'd be okay serving in mine.
After the convention he began training for his second tour.
A little known talk show... The War Room with Quinn and Rose, broke the news Thursday that Kansas dem Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was directed by Screamin' Howie Dean to blame President Bush and the Iraq War for her state's inability to adequately respond to the aftermath of the tornado that hit the town of Greensburg.
"As you travel around Greensburg, you'll see that city and county trucks have been destroyed," said Sebelius, a Democrat. "The National Guard is one of our first responders. They don't have the equipment they need to come in, and it just makes it that much slower.
“I don’t think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower,” she said. “The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”
Quinn's source said that Sebelius called Kansas Sen. Bob Brownback and apologized, saying she made the allegations because of pressure from Dean and the Democrat National Committee, and that it did not represent her views.
Dean and the dems responded in typical fashion to a political jousting point... they've threatened to sue, not only Quinn and Rose, but Freerepublic.com as well for reprinting the story. I've alerted my attorney.
First Amendment? What First Amendment?
Quinn, et all, called Dean's bluff and said, see ya in court. Curiously, both Brownback and Sebelius have declined to respond to reporters' questions on the story.
The difference between the Greensburg and Katrina disaster survivors is that the people of Greenberg didn't sit on the asses by the side of the road waiting for someone else to do something.
... and far as I know, nobody in Greensburg has pocketed a $2K debit card, either.
May is "National Military Appreciation Month".
Oh, you won't read of hear much of it outside the blogosphere or in your community because it recognizes the altruistic motives of millions of active duty, reserve and National Guard troops who have and will serve protect us every day of our life.
Apparentrly it's not as important as "Take Your Non-Aborted Daughter to Work Day" or "Black History Month" (which never seems to end, despite its time-limited title) which is curious because the military is a paragon of equal treatment behavior, regardless of race, creed, color or gender.
Actually, I won't do anything more this month than usual regarding the military... because I recognize, think, write about and pray for our troops every day... all year, espeically for the three soldiers taken prisoner by the enemy in Iraq two days ago.
Take a couple of minutes with this outstanding slide show and reflect; it's humbling; it should be.
The plot was foiled by a single American who took action. They call him a "whistle-blower"... there should be a more appropriate term for someone who goes up against terrorists; whistle blowers are usually people who turn in government executives for padding their expense accounts.
Nonetheless, House Republicans in March introduced a legislation amendment that would protect such "whistler-blowers" from civil action should it happen that the action taken in good faith and caution turned out to be incorrect. Without the protection, whistle blowers such as the Circuit City clerk, could be sued for violating constitutional rights or for racial discrimination.
The amendment was passed unanimously by the Republicans, yet supported by only 105 democrats. That means that another 100+ dems voted against protecting someone who dared to take action to prevent a terrorist attack.
Hardly a surprise; you don't need to know any more about our two political parties.
Even though it's only the second inning, Team Hillary has gone to the bull pen. That rangy southpaw and White House intern inspector is coming in to act as the surrogate candidate while Hillary! does what she does best... hide, avoid, take softball interviews with her media pals and appear in highly staged photo ops. Perhaps she'll even 86 her fake Pseudo-Afro-American accent.... y'all, before someone hits her up side her head.
Patty Kennedy was last seen driving his car into a Capitol Hill barricade, obviously intoxicated (a good indication of his condition was that he told cops he was late for a vote on the House floor.... about 3 a.m.
Using his personal experience, Patty testified Tuesday before some committee about drug rehab.
Kennedy's explanation for his driving and tardy voting in 2006 was that "a sleep aid" had caused him to get up and drive in his sleep. Un-huh... but but he was spotted at D.C. watering hole shortly before.
At least he was alone at the time... at least there were no bridges or bodies of water.
Some of Patty's greatest hits:
Said Linda Mason, "I'm just surprised... that Katie is having such a tough time being accepted by the public, which seems to prefer the news from white guys, and now that Charlie's doing so well, from older white guys. I guess they want the reassurance of a Walter Cronkite."
This is what passes for insight at the highest levels of the drive-by new media.
Nope, Linda ... the reason The Perky One has tanked is that no one with an IQ beyond room temp believes that she is a news anchor, let alone a real journalist.
She spends most time giving interviews, posing for magazine covers and hobnobbing in NYC and D.C. social circles than she does at work.
She's nothing more than a copy reader who would do best on the E Channel.
Marine MSGT Michael Wert, the intel chief for Cherry Point Maine Corps Air Station, and his family were at the beach for a relaxing day.
At some point cries for help could be heard from beyond the surf. Wert saw two children struggling against a rip tide.
He ran to the sound of the cries, followed by his daughter, Katrina, who grabbed a small surf board. A member of a Marine Corps family, she did not hesitate. Through the heavy surf she pushed the board toward the children and then noticed her father was not with them.
She turned and began pushing the boys to shore.
“The one little boy told her he had to let them go and had died,” Wert's wife, Debbie, said. “We realized at that point we were only seeing three heads on the board and that Mike was missing. Katrina got them to help kick that board in, and all of them were safe.”
Only two years from retirement, MSGT Wert, was described as Cherry Point's "go-to guy" both professionally and personally, as a Marine, a husband and father.
“He was always there to help,” Lt. Col. William Conley, commander of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 said Wednesday morning at a memorial service for Wert. “Saturday afternoon, Master Sergeant Wert responded to the need for help. As always, he didn’t hesitate — he went to help. He tragically lost his own life in doing so.”
Wert will most certainly earn the rare Navy/Marine Corps Medal for giving his life to save others.
Semper Fi, Top. Well Done.