As they say here in Virginia, Sic Semper Tyrannis.
In the men’s room, one stall over from me on our trip back from Arizona. Kids are great.
Son: Why’s the seat like dat? Is it broken?
Father: No, its just that way.
Father: No, its just up.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Lessee, Ethiopia decides to act against Somali infiltraitors who are violating their common border. Somalia has no functional government, Ethiopia has not only a government, but an air force, and a national bank that is buying gold in large amounts.
With the means, money, motive, and opportunity to beat the snot out of their enemy, don’t expect Ethiopia to just bend over. This could be easy for them, if the international community stays out of the way. Fortunately, given their record in the Sudan, they just might.
Then again, the winning side in that fight was the Islamists …
BOLDEN, PAUL L.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company 1, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Place and date: Petit-Coo, Belgium, 23 December 1944. Entered service at: Madison, Ala. Birth: Hobbes Island, Iowa. G.O. No.: 73, 30 August 1945-. Citation: He voluntarily attacked a formidable enemy strong point in Petit-Coo, Belgium, on 23 December, 1944, when his company was pinned down by extremely heavy automatic and small-arms fire coming from a house 200 yards to the front. Mortar and tank artillery shells pounded the unit, when S/Sgt. Bolden and a comrade, on their own initiative, moved forward into a hail of bullets to eliminate the ever-increasing fire from the German position. Crawling ahead to close with what they knew was a powerfully armed, vastly superior force, the pair reached the house and took up assault positions, S/Sgt. Bolden under a window, his comrade across the street where he could deliver covering fire. In rapid succession, S/Sgt. Bolden hurled a fragmentation grenade and a white phosphorous grenade into the building; and then, fully realizing that he faced tremendous odds, rushed to the door, threw it open and fired into 35 SS troopers who were trying to reorganize themselves after the havoc wrought by the grenades. Twenty Germans died under fire of his submachinegun before he was struck in the shoulder, chest, and stomach by part of a burst which killed his comrade across the street. He withdrew from the house, waiting for the surviving Germans to come out and surrender. When none appeared in the doorway, he summoned his ebbing strength, overcame the extreme pain he suffered and boldly walked back into the house, firing as he went. He had killed the remaining 15 enemy soldiers when his ammunition ran out. S/Sgt. Bolden’s heroic advance against great odds, his fearless assault, and his magnificent display of courage in reentering the building where he had been severely wounded cleared the path for his company and insured the success of its mission.
Headline: Bill Clinton Supports Dialogue With Iran
This means that the right thing to do is to not talk with Iran. And why should we? They want to eradicate one of their regional neighbors. Should Chamberlain have sat down with Hitler and given away the Sudetenland, or should he have sat down and calmly drank his tea while he told the teppichfresser to go pound sand?
At least Chamberlain changed his mind when the shooting started. Clinton doesn’t realize the Iranians are shooting at us by proxy, so his advice is wrong.
And whatever happened to former presidents staying in retirement?
Of course, I’m not trying to say that Clinton is wrong all the time. He was right to sign the tax cuts passed by the Republicans 12 years ago, cuts that repealed his new taxes. But when it comes to judging their advice, reflexive rejection is usually the best reaction.
Lesson: You tax things you want to curtail, and subsidize things you want to encourage. Corrolary: You regulate what you don’t like and deregulate what you do like.
Question: What does Western Culture advance, in light of these two articles?
- Better that this happen now than under hostile fire. My boss from my old job doesn’t think missile defense will ever work, but that’s like saying man will never walk on the moon. It’s a statement that lacks foresight, that misunderestimates human potential.
- Thank God for men like Isaac Campbell Kidd and their fellow sailors, airmen, soldiers and marines they left behind 65 years ago today. I’ve never had the honor of meeting a Pearl Harbor survivor, but I hope I do before they all meet at their final muster. There is a bottle of fine alcohol that will be shared between the last two survivors – an 1882 cognac, according to my Commemorative issue of Life from 1991 – Le Cognac de la maison godet.
- There’s been lots of talk the past few days about how the Medal and other medals are not being awarded frequently or fast enough. I agree. There’s keeping up the integrity of the awards, and then there’s bureaucratic delay. Less of the latter, more of the former. There’s no excuse for having the Dunhams wait more than two years for their son to be recognized for what he is, and no reason for Rafael Peralta or Michael Monsoor to not join that esteemed rank.
Wanted: One spine, standard size, abnormal strength. Donor must be of extremely rare character, and unusual moral fiber.
Why is it that the Republicans don’t seem to have the will to do what’s necessary in foreign affairs all of a sudden? Where’s the Federalist party when you need them?
I suppose the only silver lining to this cloud is that the UN is as ineffective as Bolton was effective, so at least his loss will not be detrimental to the effectiveness of that august group. There are some floors you can’t fall off of. I can’t imagine that the UN would be more ineffective than it already is, regardless of who we have at Turtle Bay trying to drag that corrupt bunch to do what it should do anyway.