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August 05, 2014

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Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

Thanks, Henry, and blessing and all respect to your grandfather.


I recall my father saying (WWII, Army specialist, 2x purple heart) that the various tactical units he was with hated to get new "green" troopers, becaause they'd get everyone killed. No experience, no SA (situational awareness).

If Greene was not needed for the last 13 years during all sorts of combat and training efforts and technology roll-out etc (certainly was a LOT for engineers to do, and I just don't mean the bridge-building engineers, or the explosives engineers) then he certainly was not needed during the last 13 months of Obama's Afghanistan Debacle.

narciso

When one recalls, the struggle, Petraeus had in the promotion of officers with counterinsurgency experience, you will find
a good size cross section of the US General Staff, in World War 1, with Pershing on down, had served in the Phillipines, the long CI operation at that time

Shinseki, a conventional artillery officer, with premier apple polishing skill, was festooned with encomiums, because he 'spoke
truth to power,' of course he did nothing of the sort,

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

narc @ 1034: nicely put.

NKLoggin'IN?

One of the reasons I admired Gen Al Gray and Don Rumsfeld was their determination to minimize officer career 'ticket punching' advancement without earning tactical leadership skills. The military is a huge organization so careerists are a fact of life and military doctrine is undergoing a huge upheaval in the last decade+ and those adjustments must continue. But the principle that advancement should come from tactical and leadership skills earned, and careerism minimized should never change.

Jack is Back!

Sandy,

You had a recent Chair of the Joint Chiefs in Mullen who never saw combat, correct? Also as I understand it Greene and the German general were visitors and Greene was acquisitions, sort of like the chief purchasing agent for the Army. At least that is what I read.

Why a two star in purchasing was visiting Afghanistan as we are withdrawing puzzles me unless he was looking over assets and deciding which to leave and which to take back home to give to the Cleoville PD.

NKLoggin'IN?

JiB-- I assume gen greene was assessing the Afghans use of equipment given to them by the US Army

henry

My grandfather's role int he ME and China involved asset disposal and log chain shut down. Lots of meeting with the locals (Saud, Chiang, etc.) for handover ceremonies. Appears similar to Greene's task. At this point the Afghanistan environment is much less stable than even post WWII China, so a more dangerous job.

Beasts of England

Was this your USMA-educated grandfather, henry?

NKLoggin'IN?

How low can Obummer go? down to 40% approval in NBC/WSJ -- IN N-B-C poll. He'll probably be 38-39% Gallup routinely now. I think that is his firewall, but can he go lower? http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/americas-fed-obama-approval-rating-hits-all-time-low-poll-n173271

henry

Beasts, yes. USMA '15

Pagar

Poor Richards news.com

Has a report that a Russian hacker has stolen over a billion passwords
Plus lots of stuff associated with them.
Can't get it to link.

Rick B

Narciso,

What part of the Klaus analysis do you find unconvincing? He left out the obvious EUtopian desire to manage the Ukrainian BK to its benefit while saddling Russia with disproportionate losses but I would hardly expect a participant in the fantasy to acknowledge the dead unicorn lying at center stage.

jimmyk

Pagar's story about the stolen passwords is on Drudge.

Exasperated

May I remind you that you asked for it? You thought
that it would be cool to have out first black president.

Threadkiller

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/06/new-allegations-of-misconduct-in-mississippi-this-time-against-chris-mcdaniels-campaign/

A twist.

Beasts of England

The class the stars fell on! Nice to have had Ike and Bradley as classmates! Impressive...

Danube on iPad

The indispensable Noemie Emery on our genius president:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/intellectual-hubris-hampers-presidential-geniuses/article/2551712

Jack is Back!

Exasperated, who is "you"?

Except for Dana, DuDa,KaKa and BuBu, no one here at JOM asked for the JEF by any other name. You have the wrong site.

Threadkiller

On Fox it was reported that the assassin that murdered the general served for three years with the Afghan army.

I can't remember who to attribute this quote to: "We have timetables, they have time."

When Bori speculates that the border problem isn't so bad because we haven't seen 9/11 type attacks here on a daily basis I wonder if he understands that quote.

Threadkiller

My guess is "you" refers to the weeping pollsters, JiB.

Miss Marple

TK, I am continually worried about Muslims who seem normal, pro-western, and then suddenly go off and kill someone. Examples include that restaurant guy who cut off his wife's head in New York, the underwear bomber, the doctor who was the husband in "Not Without My Daughter," and this soldier who shot the general.

What IS it that causes this? Do they get some sort of latent brainwashing when children? Are they exceptionally good spy-assassins who reveal themselves when the orders are given? It is something that really worries me.

Pagar

mrc.org has a report that CBS said this morning that the govt can't find 619 billion . Apparently it is not an important story because I can't find it on the CBS site.

619 billion missing and no one seems concerned. Unbelievable!

Miss Marple

Pagar,

Someone should be tracing that money. It doesn't just evaporate.

Threadkiller

The suburban poverty map from MM's cnbc link looks like an ICE airlift for border jumpers destination chart.

Ignatz

--our genius president--

Every boast is born of insecurity and is the first cousin of projection.

We all know someone who boasts of how moral or honest they are should never be left alone with the silver, so what else is there to make of the incessant leftist claims about how brilliant they are and how dumb those who disagree are other than they're just not that smart, they know it and to compensate they accuse of others of their own faults?

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

Well, JiB, don't know how instructive the Mullen example is, he was a member of the infamous if not notorious USNA Class of 68, as a shoe he had several afloat assignments. He displayed a Vietnam service ribbon with a bronze star, but unless he was brown water sailor like John Effing Kerry, not sure what that ribbon connotes. Smarter among us, please chirp up.

(For the record, I was pleased with Mullen--initially--a good buddy was a plebe year roommate, I briefed Mullen in Iraq, and also got to hear his comments in a small group gathering); but IMHO he has disgraced himself through acts of commission and omission, he'll understand what that means having attended St. Charles Borromeo Church Elementary School in North Hollywood and graduating from Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks in 1964.

As to MG Greene, reports say he was assigned to Afghanistan in January as deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

Threadkiller

Do they get some sort of latent brainwashing when children? 

Yes.

Not trying to create a dustup, but this is why I believe my opinion of the eligibility requirement for President as well as the language of the 14th Amendment were designed to put a hint of American exceptionalism into a child's mind.

Birthright citizenship is a two step process. First, your parents declare that they are in on the American dream and second you are born to American parents.

Our sovereignty is our citizenship and our citizenship is our sovereignty.

That is gone. We have removed the height limit from the E-ticket ride.


Ignatz

An excellent Zombie post from a few months back expertly juxtaposing lefty's claimed reasons for their stances on various issues with the actual racist origins and underpinnings of what they believe.

Beasts of England

Notorious as in Charles Bolden, USNA '68?

Threadkiller

...why I believe my opinion is correct...

Jane

"the real working class,the people who actually work,love Lepage."

As of today he is my #3 choice to be President.

Ignatz

Observations from the UK Spectator on how porn is changing middle aged behavior and attitudes.
I have to say he seems to hang around people who discuss different things at parties than me. Perhaps I'm an outlier.

clarice

Noemie's article is, as usual on the button.

Some Guy

Apparently the Today Show did a segment on narcissism this morning. I didn't have the stomach to waste time watching, but I'm willing to bet that the Narcissist in Chief was never mentioned.

Bori

When Bori speculates that the border problem isn't so bad because we haven't seen 9/11 type attacks here on a daily basis I wonder if he understands that quote.

TK,

You completely missed my point, this soldier is more proof of what I am trying to say.

The border fixation only serves to hide the bigger issues caused by immigration. My point is that the terrorist attacks are not being done by done jumping the border, but by those that legally let in (the 9-11 hijackers, Boston Bombers, Times Square failed bomber, etc.)

Just like this Afghan soldier was allowed to serve in the military, terrorist are legally allowed into the country, with no supervision. There is no need to risk a dangerous border crossing, when a legal visa is to be had. Once here there can disappear and re-appear when they do what they intended. Even if the border had been 100% secured this would not have stopped the terrorist attacks we have faced.

Fact is that most of those that come here through the border illegally do not come to harm the country but in search of a better life for them and families. This does not mean that I support their lawlessness, I think they should be sent back, until the message is clear, that only those allowed legally will stay.

Having said that, the border "crisis" is being used to gain political advantage by both side while ignoring the other problems and their danger with our legal immigration policy.

For instance, those worried about Ebola getting into the country, should be worried about a plane or boat with legal immigrants or visa holding travellers, than someone who is sick, surviving the desert and making it successfully into the country.

Man Tran on iPhone

Sandy or other military experts:

How come Major > Lieutenant while LG > MG?

Captain Hate

We all know someone who boasts of how moral or honest they are should never be left alone with the silver, so what else is there to make of the incessant leftist claims about how brilliant they are and how dumb those who disagree are other than they're just not that smart, they know it and to compensate they accuse of others of their own faults?

Probably the most revealing vignette of the last 5+ years was in the conference where 404 revealed what a dumbass he was about what was covered by auto insurance. Not only was he ignorant on the difference between liability coverage and collision, he couldn't comprehend that other people might be injured by his actions and deserve compensation.

Danube on iPad

"He displayed a Vietnam service ribbon with a bronze star, but unless he was brown water sailor like John Effing Kerry, not sure what that ribbon connotes."

Almost nothing. To get the ribbon you did not need to set foot in country; the Tonkin Gulf or the South China Sea would suffice. The endless period of the war (for ribbon purposes it was something like 1962-75) was broken into a number of different periods, maybe a dozen or more. Those periods seemed entirely arbitrary to me; an announcement would be made that one period had ended and another begun. One day in the requisite territory entitled you to the ribbon. If you came back for at least a day in a later period you got the little bronze star to put on the ribbon (not to be confused with the Bronze Star).

This is all from memory. I think I'll go to Google and see how badly I butchered it.

I think both Ollie North and Jim Webb were in '68.9

Some Guy

Not trying to create a dustup, but this is why I believe my opinion of the eligibility requirement for President as well as the language of the 14th Amendment were designed to put a hint of American exceptionalism into a child's mind.


YMMV, but in my experience, very few people whose families go back several generations in the U.S. actually believe in American exceptionalism. Most seem more embarrassed than proud. The people who do believe in it, and do so with passion, are overwhelmingly 1st or 2nd generation immigrants.

The problem is NOT where Zero was born, it is how he was raised, how he was educated (or not educated), and most importantly what he believes and thinks.

Danube on iPad

There were 18 periods ("campaigns") from 1961-73. You had to spend 30 consecutive days (not one day) in the zone to qualify.

Danube on iPad

The Marquis de Lafayette and Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko were passionate believers in American exceptionalism.

Threadkiller

Speaking of missing the point, Some Guy shows up on cue.

Sorry bori if I misunderstood.

Ignatz

Another lefty worth a few hundred million decides he is not yet at some point where he's made enough and also that he is very much opposed to paying his fair share [and like all rich people may very possibly cook and eat young black and Hispanic children] as Robert Redford sues New York state because he's being overtaxed.

NKLoggin'IN?

DoT-- Ollie and Jim Webb were indeed both USNA '68 (remember the boxing match.)

NKLoggin'IN?

Ignatz-- I meant to link to that. For Leftists such as Redford... taxes for thee, but not for me!!

Some Guy

I guess projection isn't just for breakfast anymore TK.

narciso

therein lies the point, Howard Dean is the same variety of educated idiot, Sheldon Whitehouse is the other pea in the pod from
the North East

So David 'Abbott' Kirkpatrick 'removes all doubt with an interview with Musa Marzook, who apparently was in Cairo, unlike his Hamas pal, Meshaal in Doha, of course he is unaware of the vast fortunes that they have appropriated from the people of Gaza

Threadkiller

Tell more about the American Citizenship attained by those people, Danube.

James D.

Hey, DC-area folks - if anybody hears of any job openings, especially in the marketing or fundraising field, please let me know.

I lost my job Monday, and the $2-5/day I'm making on the books will not pay the bills, so I need to find something new pretty darn quick.

Danube on iPad

"Tell more about the American Citizenship attained by those people, Danube."

The fact that they were not citizens is precisely my point: one's place of birth tells us little or nothing about their belief in American exceptionalism

Noam Chomsky, Edward Snowden, Ward Churchill, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Philip Agee: all born right here in the USA.

jimmyk on iPhone

Sorry to hear that, James. Best of luck to you. DC seems to be one of the few non-oil areas booming, so I suspect you'll land on your feet.

clarice

Janes This is the best I can do:https://www.linkedin.com/job/home?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_jobs

Ignatz

--Tell more about the American Citizenship attained by those people, Danube.--

I don't understand that comment.

Threadkiller

Danube, I was answering MM's brainwashing question. Place of birth was not mentioned.

narciso

Sorry to hear that, James,

Ollie if memory serves, was originally with the class of '67, but he had an auto accident, sophomore year, and that set him back, a year,


Danube on iPad

Robert Reich, friend of the working man:

"Robert Reich, who served as U.S. secretary of labor for four years under Bill Clinton, is currently a public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The ultra-progressive economist — inasmuch as a mere law school graduate can be an economist — raked in an impressive income of $242,613 from the taxpayer-funded school in 2013, according to EAGnews.org. For that sweet salary of $20,217 per month, Reich is slated to teach exactly one course this fall."

Ignatz

Now that it's been answered I still don't understand that comment. :/

narciso

Earlier in the day, the Ewok ticked me off:

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=350975

Marlene

The northern border of Maine will be hosting the 2014 World Acadian Congress Aug.8-24. 50,000 people are expected during the festivities. Maine law enforcement and the Mounties have worked closely to co-ordinate efforts. The International Bridge between Madawaska(ME) and Edmundston (NB) will be open to foot traffic,as various events will be held on both sides. The #1 piece of advice from LE and border patrol is don't forget your passport. Just another example of the contrast between the northern and southern border.

Danube on iPad

I was responding to this passage:

"...I believe my opinion of the eligibility requirement for President as well as the language of the 14th Amendment were designed to put a hint of American exceptionalism into a child's mind."

Ted Cruz's father has a better understanding of American exceptionalism than nine-tenths of the natural born citizens in this country.

Thus ends my participation in this discussion.

Threadkiller

Some Guy having a sad. Big surprise.

Ig, I was trying to figure how Danube's comment related to my comment to MM.

Threadkiller

Danube, tell me about Ted Cruz's father's naturalization.

Extraneus

What IS it that causes this? Do they get some sort of latent brainwashing when children? Are they exceptionally good spy-assassins who reveal themselves when the orders are given? It is something that really worries me.

I think I can understand it somewhat. We're talking about people who have turned their backs on Islam in order to attain a better life, rewarding career, etc. Deep in the backs of their minds, they know that Allah wants them to kill the infidels, but they're doctors, merchants, engineers, professors. They've lived and studied and worked with the infidels for years, and have truly befriended them - against Allah's wishes.

At some point, they can't take the guilt and want to get back on Allah's good side.

BOOM!

Extraneus

Hey, TK. You were asking the other day how to avoid arguments. Read your last few comments.

narciso

there was much to commend in Klaus's analysis, Rick,particularly the tortured path of Ukrainian independence, but he sees more intent in the European side of the ledger
than is warranted

lyle

Just die already, you flipping old fool.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/08/05/jimmy-carter-will-not-go-quietly-into-the-worst-ex-president-night/

Sorry to hear about your job loss, JamesD. Best of luck.

Extraneus

Hagel rejects top commander's call for more flexibility in Afghanistan drawdown

STUTTGART, Germany – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is rejecting suggestions that the military should have greater flexibility to rethink its complete withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2016 based on the conditions in the country.

Hagel says President Barack Obama's decision to cut the number of troops in Afghanistan to less than 5,000 by the end of 2015 and to about 1,000 after 2016 will stand.

Jeff Dobbs

JamesD...I'm very sorry to hear about the job.

Extraneus

Me, too, James. Hopefully you find something that you truly love doing.

Porchlight

Really sorry, James D. Good luck in your job search and please keep us posted.

Threadkiller

Why don't you highlight the offensive parts for me, Ext?

I asked Danube how he and I can avoid hostile arguments. As far as I can tell we have been civil to each other.

I also note that Bori said I misunderstood him and that I apologized.

I also note that some guy jumped in head first with a complete misrepresentation of the nature of my conversation with MM.

This isn't the first time he has done that.

narciso

I think Tourette's syndrome, would look on this as 'grifting' no?

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/350986.php

Threadkiller

I wish you luck in finding something, James. Terrible news.

Beasts of England

Sorry to hear that news, James D...

Some Guy

"I also note that some guy jumped in head first with a complete misrepresentation"

A direct quote is a "misrepresentation"?

Who knew?

TK, you consistently project your faults onto other posters. You complain people aren't polite or civil, yet you tend to be the least civil commentator here. You complain that I missed the point, yet it appears you've made a hobby out of it.

I'm tired of it, and will refrain from commenting to you further.

Cheers

DrJ

I'm so sorry to hear the bad news, James, and good luck with the search!

Beasts, I have a boat question. Could you send me an email message to info at sonatabio dot com please? Others with powerboat experience are invited to do the same.

Threadkiller

To bad you didn't refrain a little earlier.

Then you wouldn't have blown the quote.

NKLoggin'IN?

JamesD-- sorry to hear about the job news. Best of luck for a quick new position.

Beasts of England

Will do, DrJ!

lyle

From NRO's piece on the invaluable Sen. Sesssions:

Three days after the election, former George W. Bush aide Mark McKinnon opined, “The best thing about Republicans’ losing is that it will likely force them to cut an immigration deal.” An NBC News headline declared, “GOP resistance to immigration reform could be a casualty of 2012 election.” The Washington Post explained that “the GOP needs to do immigration reform — now.” The Republican National Committee, in its postmortem election report, came to the same conclusion.

So touching that those GOP stalwarts like NBC and WaPo standing up for what's right and good for the country.

Top. Men.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

RIP Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr.. This happened near Raymondville. Why are Americans in South Texas expected to put up with this dangerous, lawless chaos?

"The pair, who have been living in Texas illegally, confessed after being interviewed multiple times Monday to killing Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. in front of his wife and two kids and his parents Sunday night while they were fishing in Santa Monica, Sheriff Larry Spence told FoxNews.com."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/05/suspects-in-murder-border-patrol-agent-arrested-and-deported-numerous-times/

Pagar

Good luck on the job hunt, James D.

lyle

Read the whole thing:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384665/amnestys-worst-enemy-eliana-johnson/page/0/1

Jack is Back!

The story of Lidia, if you have 16 minutes to spare.

Amazing plane recovery in the Antarctica. You could call it Canadian Exceptiomalism, eh?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9ruArctYYbM?feature=player_detailpage

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

The RNC should go to South Texas & start hollerin'!!!

A family out fishing...& the father is gunned down in front of his family. A Latino family, mind you!
How sad for the Vega family. It is sickening to see our federal government failing to do their basic, legitimate, core functions of securing our borders & facilitating LEGAL immigration. Again, why are Americans in South Texas expected to put up with this lawlessness? Why is it acceptable for their communities, homes, neighborhoods, schools, properties...to be overrun with citizens from other countries?
It is easy for Dem. politicians & elite liberals on TV to lecture us about open borders....but they aren't living with the consequences of the lawlessness & chaos.

Every pro-border chaos politician & TV talking head should be asked if THEY PERSONALLY will adopt & be monetarily responsible for an illegal.

IF not, they need to shut the hell up & start dogging the federal government to do its job.

Miss Marple

James D., I am so sorry to hear about your job loss. I know how stressful this is.

I am sure you know about contacting people for leads, etc. Consider taking a part-time job doing something for grocery money. Or do like I do and sell on eBay for some extra cash.

I hate to see anyone got through this. It's just terrible. I will keep you in my prayers.

James D.

Thanks for the good thoughts, everybody!

(A)Nuther Bub

As we await Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio:

Last evening I drove to the little shopping center close to us to pick up an Rx for Mister. It was worse than Christmas eve — took me 20 minutes to find a parking place via following a grocery-laden guy back to his car. Stores already had sad little signs in their windows: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are sold out of batteries, water and Spam.”

Only in Hawaii.

lyle

They still make Spam???

Some Guy

James D.

Could you post a link to where to purchase your books?

Thanks

Jack is Back!

Spam. The Hawaian National Dish:)

Mrs. JiB room-mate in college who lives in Hawai'i has a book of Spam recipes. There is nothing it can't do. Sort like bacon on the mainland.

centralcal

So sorry to hear about the loss of your job, JamesD.

Golly, stay safe (A)B. Hurricane and tropical storm sound like potential power outages assured. Bet you cooked up stuff ahead of time (not Spam).

Extraneus

Why don't you highlight the offensive parts for me, Ext?

I asked Danube how he and I can avoid hostile arguments. As far as I can tell we have been civil to each other.

Ok, and I'll leave Some Guy out of it.

The Marquis de Lafayette and Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko were passionate believers in American exceptionalism.

Posted by: Danube on iPad | August 06, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Tell more about the American Citizenship attained by those people, Danube.

Posted by: Threadkiller | August 06, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Ted Cruz's father has a better understanding of American exceptionalism than nine-tenths of the natural born citizens in this country.

Thus ends my participation in this discussion.

Posted by: Danube on iPad | August 06, 2014 at 01:21 PM

Danube, tell me about Ted Cruz's father's naturalization.

Posted by: Threadkiller | August 06, 2014 at 01:24 PM


Jane

James I hope your book sales skyrocket so you won't need another job.

Threadkiller

How is that a hostile argument, Ext?

James D.

Some Guy:

http://viewAuthor.at/jjdibenedetto
(that's my Amazon page)

If you're not an Amazon person, this page on my website has links to all the other places you can find them (Barnes & Noble, iTunes bookstore, etc)

http://writingdreams.net/buy-the-books/

henry

James, I bought your collected works last week (dead tree editions)... that might yield a cup of coffee for you after tax.

Hang in there, you will find something good.

Some Guy

Thanks James!

Good luck, and chin up.

daddy

test

Threadkiller

I was explaining to MM that I believe brainwashing a child is the most likely reason that the child grows up to be a true believer in their parents cause.

My thought on the subject was that the same brainwashing has been used on American children whose parents were true believers in American Exceptionalism*.

I laid out my opinion on how I believe the Founders and the Congress that put forward the 14th thought the same way.

Danube pointed to two people that may or may not have had anything to do with the point I was making. I asked him to tell me how they applied to my comment.

Danube also mentioned Ted Cruz's dad. I thought it would be interesting to find out if such a person felt it was important to become a citizen or if merely feeling like a citizen was enough.

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