Archive for April, 2010

Open letter from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan

Posted in Cool Stuff, Culture, Take back America on April 30, 2010 by DaMook

I get a lot of forwarded emails, as I’m sure most of you do. Most often I say Yeah right, I’ve seen this before (like a million times) and delete them. Every once in a while I get a gem that needs to be passed along like this one (thanks Mom):

From the Sand Pit it’s freezing here.  I’m sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar ‘yoi Pomir River , watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave.  Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.
I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting.  I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod.  Hurts like a bastard..  The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water.  That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.  I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.

It’s all about intelligence.  We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet.  These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for.  We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.

I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge my nickel-plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe.  But you know me, I’m a romantic.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man.  It’s not even a country.  There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.  This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes.  There are no jobs here like we know jobs.

Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That’s it.  Those are your options.  Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party.  But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtuns, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure:  These guys, all of ’em, are Huns…  actual, living Huns..  They LIVE to fight.  It’s what they do.  It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves.  They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor.  Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism.  Cavemen with AK-47’s.  Then again, maybe I’m just cranky.

I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.  Oh yeah!  You like to write letters, right?  Do me a favor, Bizarre.  Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban ‘smart.’ They are not smart.  I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, cowardly.  They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart.  Pfft.  Yeah, they’re real smart.

They’ve spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil.  They’re still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter.  Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.

OK, enough.  Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole.  Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives.  The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials.  We’ve got this one under control The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we’re doing over here, because you have no idea what we’re doing, and really, you don’t want to know.  We are your military, and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

Saucy Jack
Recon Marine in Afghanistan
Semper Fi
“Freedom is not free…but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share”.

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.’

Semper Fi Saucy Jack – thank you for your service to our country…

Moron of the Day – Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL)

Posted in Congress, Culture, UGH! on April 30, 2010 by DaMook
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Moron of the Day

Today’s Moron of the Day award goes to Florida congressman Connie Mack (R) who compared Arizona’s new immigration law to Nazi Germany. (story here from TheHill.com)

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) ripped into the new Arizona immigration law today, comparing it to Nazi Germany.

“This law of ‘frontier justice’ – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause,” Mack said in a statement.

Anyone who makes such an asinine statement is not only ignorant of the Arizona law itself, but willfully stupid about federal immigration laws as well. This assclown should know better – he’s a f**king congressman.

I am so bloody tired of the Nazi thing. Like the term “racist,” it has so often been used that it has no meaning anymore. Anyone who uses the word “Nazi” obviously has no understanding of what it means.

So, rep. Connie Mack (Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV), this one’s for you:

stfu

Got it, Corney?

Great analysis of the upcoming UK elections

Posted in BIG Government, Culture on April 30, 2010 by DaMook

Great Britain (there’s an oxymoron for you) is heading into a general election with 3 major candidates. As this once-great country slides into a moral, social, and financial abyss, it’s interesting to note how little the differences are between the 3 party platforms. This post describes the situation and how no matter who the Brits elect, they’re totally screwed.

Political parties on both sides of the imaginary left/right divide are in near total agreement that question at hand is not “how do we change the state of affairs that got us into our current predicament” but rather “how do we manage this crisis best in order to preserve the status quo”. The one thing that everyone in politics agrees on is Britain’s vast regulatory welfare state is an immovable given. This is literally beyond debate and exists at the meta-contextual level …all that is actually up for discussion is how best to preserve it.

Commentary in the mainstream media accepts as axiomatic that the parties represent the struggle between laissez faire and regulation, between capital and labour, between right (whatever that means) and left (whatever that means).

Indeed the parties themselves employ the same rhetorical markers to differentiate their products as they have always done: the so-called ‘conservatives’ speak of “prudence” and “responsibility” and “living within our means”… Labour and the LibDems speak in terms of “fairness” and “equality”… and these terms are simply accepted at face value and repeated by most of the media as if the choices on offer were between chalk and cheese, and as all the parties benefit from this differentiation, this linguistic legerdemain is unchallenged and uncontroversial.

Yet the choices on offer are in truth more akin to that between Coke or Pepsi… the ‘sacred rite of democratic empowerment’ actually comes down to being given the option of selecting rapist A, B or C and then being told not to complain when you get raped because, after all, you got to vote.

Whereas in the last presidential election we had the choice between the lesser of two evils (Hopey Changey socialism vs More Of the Same), the Brits have the lesser of three evils. Otherwise there’s little difference.

Read the whole thing…

Wanna get rich? Work for the federal government

Posted in BIG Government, UGH! on April 30, 2010 by DaMook

Here’s a tip for all you schleps working in the private sector: If you want to make some serious jack, find a job in the federal government. It actually shouldn’t be hard since the feds have been on a hiring spree of late. (story here from the Washington Examiner)

For decades, public sector unions have peddled the fantasy that government employees were paid less than their counterparts in the private sector. In fact, the pay disparity is the other way around. Government workers, especially at the federal level, make salaries that are scandalously higher than those paid to private sector workers. And let’s not forget private sector workers not only have to be sufficiently productive to earn their paychecks, they also must pay the taxes that support the more generous jobs in the public sector.

Data compiled by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals the extent of the pay gap between federal and private workers. As of 2008, the average federal salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private sector employee. In other words, the average federal bureaucrat makes twice as much as the average working taxpayer. Add the value of benefits like health care and pensions, and the gap grows even bigger. The average federal employee’s benefits add $40,785 to his annual total compensation, whereas the average working taxpayer’s benefits increase his total compensation by only $9,881. In other words, federal workers are paid on average salaries that are twice as generous as those in the private sector, and they receive benefits that are four times greater.

And while the private sector has shed millions of jobs, government jobs at all levels have increased. Not to mention some of the other important perks like:

Sheesh!

Arizona’s immigration legislation roundup

Posted in Culture, Take back America on April 29, 2010 by DaMook

With all the hoopla on Arizona’s new immigration laws, I thought it would be appropriate to link to a few posts that present a different view (different from the state-run media and amnesty proponents, anyway) of the situation.

This post (from NRO) takes apart the myths being presented in the state-run media.

On the unfortunate matter of “presenting papers”: I have done that numerous times this year — boarding airplanes, purchasing things on a credit card, checking into a hotel, showing a doorman an I.D. when locked out, going to the DMV, and, in one case, pulling off a rural road to use my cell phone in a way that alarmed a chance highway patrolman. An I.D. check to allay “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” is very American.

JWF has this on how Mexico is indifferent to abuses suffered by migrants while bashing Arizona.

Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.

The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.

The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.

This article says that Arizona’s new laws might already be having an impact on illegals.

Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.

“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

Supporters of the law hope it creates jobs for thousands of Americans.

Finally, JWF has this proposal for the illegal immigration problem: Send the Arizona illegals to “sanctuary cities” where they’ll be welcomed with open arms (or not).

Here’s the reality: These cities are likely overwhelmed by the burden and costs of paying for all the illegals they idiotically allowed to overrun their cities but are just too stubborn to admit their policies have failed miserably. In other words, liberalism in a nutshell. But since they’re the ones who set the policy, let’s help them out.

It’s time to start the ball rolling by helping Arizona relieve themselves of their illegals and allowing these loudmouths to put up or shut up. Before the law actually begins this summer, how about a program be set up where illegals can come forward and be given temporary amnesty and they can be given a choice of sanctuary cities to relocate to?

Enjoy…

SEC porn surfing – no firings

Posted in BIG Government, Government Folly, Government Waste/Fraud/Abuse on April 29, 2010 by DaMook

Recent stories (here and here) revealed that SEC employees and contractors were surfing porn on government computers while the economy was tanking and Bernie Madoff was stealing billions right under their noses.

In one instance, a regional office staff account admitted viewing pornography on his office computer and on his SEC-issued laptop while on official government travel. Another staff account received nearly 1,800 access denials for pornography Web sites in a two-week period and had more than 600 images saved on her laptop’s hard drive, the report said.

A senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington admitted he sometimes spent as much as eight hours viewing pornography from his office computer, according to the report. The attorney’s computer ran out of space for the downloaded images, so he started storing them on CDs and DVDs that he stored in his office.

How was this handled by the SEC? According to this article (from Federal Eye), about as you would expect from a government agency.

None of the Securities and Exchange Commission employees caught using government computers to view pornographic images has been fired, according to the agency.

The SEC inspector general investigated 28 employees and five contractors for accessing inappropriate images and Web sites, according to a report released late last week.

Of the employees, eight resigned and six were suspended for periods lasting one to 14 days, the inspector general, H. David Kotz, said in an letter Tuesday to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Five were issued formal reprimands, six were issued informal counseling or warning letters, and three are currently facing disciplinary action.

All five contractors caught were removed from their contracts, Kotz added.

The SEC comes up with different numbers, but they also add up to no firings.

How would your employer handle this situation?

More evidence that Dodd’s financial “reform” bill is a gift to Wall Street

Posted in BIG Government, Congress on April 29, 2010 by DaMook

Just sayin’ here, but if Goldman Sachs (more here) and Citigroup (and here) both support Chris Dodd’s financial “reform” bill, how can we believe that it will really reform Wall Street?