Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama is Milk Toast on the Somali Pirates

“Don’t tread on me” is definitely not the motto of Pres. Barack Obama. It is beginning to look like Obama’s is more comfortable as a “milk toast.”

The Somali pirates didn't suddenly appear over the last few years, they evolved over more than a decade of trial and error. A major assist with this is that the international anti-piracy patrol off Somalia is obsessed with avoiding violence, or punishment. The warships rarely fire on pirates, even when they catch the pirates in the act. When pirates are captured, they are usually released. When four armed pirates, and an American ship captain, were cornered recently, the president of the United States would not allow force to be used, until after first letting negotiations proceed for three days. Finally, on the fourth day, a local commander put his career on the line, and ordered the SEAL snipers to kill the recalcitrant pirates, and end the standoff. But that was the exception. 1

The President risked the life of Captain Phillips for three days? According to the quote above, it appears that the Naval Commander acted without the President’s concurrence.

I give the President the benefit of the doubt. In the future, perhaps the President can just be honest and say, “Baaa, Baaa.” The possibility that the President is far worse is too horrifying to contemplate.

“Uu-ah!” to the Naval Commander.

Link in this Blog:
1. The Silent Somali Piracy Pact

Know the Enemy

Go to this link and view “An Alarming video every Westerner should see.”

Monday, April 20, 2009

Beyond the Century of the Wolf

I dubbed the Twentieth Century the “Century of the Wolf.” A hundred years despoiled and drenched in blood by Wolves in the macro. Opening with German aggression and World War I, it continued: with World War II, courtesy of German, Italian, and Japanese fascism; and endured the ravages of Communism; and closed with the rise of Islamo-fascism.

Standing between the people and totalitarianism are SheepDogs. The U.S. Commander-in-Chief is supposed to be the top SheepDog because he is at the head of the Free World.

Let’s review: What is this SheepDog and Wolf imagery?

Most people in the world are Sheep, and they share that commonality regardless of whether they live in freedom or under the suppressive thumb of tyranny. Sheep are everyday people struggling down the path of life looking to provide for their families. The key characteristic of Sheep is that they do not prepare for nor actively engage in self-protection. The ostrich with his head stuck in the sand is a competing analogy.

Sheep are preyed upon by Wolves who include criminals, fascists (Islamo and otherwise), and Communist tyrants. Wolves come in micro and macro versions, individuals and political systems respectively.

Wolves and SheepDogs share common ground in that they are both predators, but 180 degrees apart on the moral compass. SheepDogs battle Wolves and protect the Sheep by running toward the Wolf’s gunfire; gunfire which sends Sheep stampeding in the opposite direction.

There are not enough SheepDogs to protect the people. Fortunately, under dire communal circumstances a portion of the Sheep rise to the occasion by responding to a SheepDog attribute hidden deep within their Sheep DNA. If it were not for this covert characteristic, society on a world-wide scale would degenerate into anarchy and despotism. On the flip side, another portion of the Sheep likewise responds to and facilitates the leadership of enslaving despots.

What are freedom loving people to do when the default leader of the Free World does not demonstrate a SheepDog persona, and he panders to and sucks up to the Wolf leaders of antagonist countries?

Pres. Barack Obama’s recent trips abroad don’t portend well for freedom loving people when he doesn’t see the necessity to underscore traditional American values, values that lead the world to freedom. Where was the President’s strong response when the Latin American Wolf pups nipped at his heels?

Latin American leaders railed against the U.S. during President Barack Obama’s first trip to the region, turning what was intended to mark a new direction in relations into a history lesson that chastised “Yankee troop” interventions and U.S.-dictated economic policies. 1
Instead the President cheerfully accepted a leftist book excoriating the United States and Europe. If the United States had not actively combated the spread of Communism, more Latin American countries would have endured the Communist slaughter visited upon Cuba.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chaves, who last month called Obama an "ignoramus” when it comes to Latin America, today gave Obama a Spanish-language copy of Uruguayan historian Eduardo Galeano’s book “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.” 1

The Twenty-first Century finds the Wolf alive and snarling. Too bad the world’s greatest hope for freedom is now led by a president who appears all too willing to suckle and take comfort at the tit of leftism, fascism, Communism and tyranny. The new President is actively dismantling the previously gutted intelligence and military apparatus that was reviving under the leadership of President George W. Bush.

Samuel Adams would roll over in his grave if he knew what the American public has done to his beloved country. Heed Adams’ words,

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"
With the backdrop of a morally bankrupt main stream media, a combination of Sheep passivism, leftist ideology, disdain for the arrogant Clintons, and American voter ignorance and shallowness came together and elected a slick talking, no credentialed, minor league Senator who had the good fortune to come along at a time when Americans are eager to demonstrate that they have moved beyond the corrosiveness of slavery and racial prejudice.

The survival of the Free World depends upon a SheepDog American president. A presidential Sheep or a possible Wolf in Sheep’s clothing is suicidal. We lived through the “Century of the Wolf,” but it looks as if the Wolves are breeding, and we are in for a rough Twenty-first Century.

Link in this Blog:
1. Obama Gets History Lesson From Latin American Leaders (Update1)

Update 4/21/09: After doing the research for this piece, I thought that the phrase “Century of the Wolf” was first created by me. Subsequently, I’ve found a reference showing that Osip Emil'evich Mandel'shtam (1891-1938?) used the phrase as the title of a poem.

Friday, April 10, 2009

My Wish for the Somali Pirates

Without making a judgment on the performance of our military at the site of the Somali pirates holding Captain Richard Phillips hostage in the life raft, I wish that the military was in the position to cancel the tickets of the pirates when the Captain jumped overboard in his bid to escape. A Navy patrol boat could have laid down suppressive fire with the largest caliber weapons on board and not released the trigger until the lifeboat was reduced to flotsam. Then the Navy could have plucked the grinning Captain Phillips out of the water before the sharks began feasting upon the Somali pirate detritus.

Update 4/12/09: Navy SEAL Snipers hit the pirates and the Navy rescued Cpt. Phillips. Uu-ah!

Basketball Game Worth Watching

Is the March Madness insanity over? Oh well, it is college basketball and has some redeeming value. But, what can you say about those pompous, self-centered basketball pros who are worshiped by Americans without a life?

Get back to the real value of sports. Watch this video of a basketball story worth seeing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Hairless Court of St. Baldrick’s

Once upon a time, luxurious dark tresses cascaded below the princess’ shoulders, and her many suitors dreamed of the day that they might win the favor of combing their fingers through the object of their desire. The fantasy dissolved on March 19, 2009, as Cynthia’s locks tumbled to the feet of the barber. Inconsolable with grief, the SheepDog pack of 13 stepped forward in allegiance with their heroine, who sacrificed her locks to benefit children with cancer. In turn, each SheepDog was shorn, and his anguish transformed into joy as he joined his brethren encircling their idol to create the Jackson Police Department’s Hairless Court of St. Baldrick’s.

A few months back, several of my partners and I were rendered bald for the cause of defeating children’s cancer. The event sponsor was the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Here’s how the foundations describes itself.

St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. The St. Baldrick's name is a whimsical twist on St. Patrick's Day. At St. Baldrick's events all throughout the year, brave volunteers shave their heads, raising funds for childhood cancer research. Like runners in a marathon, "shavees" collect donations from friends, family and associates. The St. Baldrick's Foundation receives these funds and makes grants to research experts to find new and better cures for fighting kids cancer. 1
For many guys getting bald is all the rage, so I did not consider it a particularly big deal to cut off my hair for the kiddies. But, women deliberately going bald?

It may be news to the public-at-large, but it’s not news to the St. Baldrick’s community that most women are willing to shave their heads for a good cause. 1

A recent poll conducted by the Oxygen television network revealed that 75% of women polled (ages 18-34) would shave their heads to save the life of a stranger. News to us? Not at all. Since 2000, over 7,100 women have shaved their heads to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Add to that another 1,886 currently registered to go bald in 2009! 1

The employees and friends of the Jackson, WY, Police Department joined the cause. The team raised $8,531 with top fundraiser Cynthia Riedel coming in with $3,980. Way to go, Cynthia and team!

Volunteering in the benefit of charitable organizations, beyond just donating money, is a marvelous way to contribute to a positive aspect of society. Besides doing something good for others, the personal benefits are inestimable.

SheepDogs, there is so much more that you can do, so much more to contribute, other than running toward the gunfire.

Members of the flock, there is so many more of you than SheepDogs. You can make the biggest impact. Step forward and walk the path holding the hands of your fellow humans in need.

Cynthia and her Hairless Court of St. Baldrick’s is one way to do it. Pick your favorite and dive in. The water is fine.

Links in this Blog:
1. St. Baldrick’s Foundation

2. Jackson Police Department and Friends