Monthly Archives: September 2010

Only one slight problem …

… err nevermind, we are talking about Chicago politics after all. However, there seems to be one little hitch in Rahm’s plans on trying to become the next mayor of Chicago.

To run for mayor, a candidate must be a Chicago resident for at least one year before the Feb. 22, 2011, election. Generally, if a candidate leaves the state for work yet retains ownership of a city property, maintains his voter registration and continues to vote absentee, he should not have a problem, according to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections.

“We don’t know what nature an objection might be so I don’t want to prejudge the facts that might be filed, but when someone maintains voter registration in Chicago we consider that person a resident,” Allen said. “It’s no different from someone (who is) in the military or travels a great deal on business.”

Ok, who are we kidding, this asshat is a Democrat, and one of Obambi’s insiders, a long standing member of the political “machine” which is Chicago (Democratic) politics,  of course he is going to be allowed to run.  And chances are, will be the Democratic pick for mayor!

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“In The Navy”

“Where can you find pleasure
Search the world for treasure
Learn science, technology
Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true …”

Source: “In the Navy”/”The Village People”


Lt. Barney Greenwald: You’re learning that you don’t work with a captain because you like the way he parts his hair. You work with him because he’s got the job or you’re no good!

Source:  “The Caine Mutiny”

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy””


– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I found my way to the local Navy Recruiters office back in March of ’73. This was a number of years before “The Village People” arrived on the national music scene, or their song featuring the Navy was riding at the number three spot on the pop charts even while it was being “torpedoed” by oversensitive (Naval) top brass, from being used as a recruiting tool. However, the “learning science (and) technology, … begin to make dreams come true” angles of their song, would be more then a little applicable to me. Aside from the song, getting out of suburbia, seeing the world, and striking out on my own, would also be right up there.

I was still in the last few months of my senior year of high school, and a month away from my eighteenth birthday. My parents signed the paperwork, and on a spring day in April of 1973, found myself in the Navy’s Delayed Enlisted Program, with the following August 4th, being the day I would head off to Basic Training.

Fast forward to late September. Now a recruit, doing my time in “Company 295” at Great Lakes Naval Recruit Command, aka “Boot Camp” .

The Cast:
“The Company Commander” ; A short, stocky Petty Officer who has done time out in the fleet, and is now imparting his wisdom, knowledge, and experience with his first “solo” Company of Recruits.
“The Recruit on Watch” ; A young man fresh from the burbs of Chicago, in pretty good shape physically, but not quite as on top of either common sense or wit as he sometimes thinks he is. (Much like most young men of his age.)

The scene: One of the barracks housing a company of Navy recruits. They are in their final weeks of training. Currently, they have a few minutes to themselves before it is off to afternoon chow. The Company Commander (The Navy’s version of a Marine Corp DI) is not in the spaces at the moment. At the entrance to this berthing area, home to some 50 Sailors, is a young man, he is the posted “Watch”. This recruit is wearing a crisp clean uniform, with his rifle (his ‘piece”) at his side. He is standing at the position of “Parade Rest”, facing toward the entrance (the “hatch”} of said spaces.

The Company Commander approaches, and enters the spaces.

Recruit on watch: “ATTENTION ON DECK”
Recruit comes to “Attention” at the same time as shouting out the above command. He is also bringing his rifle up to the position of Attention as well … unfortunately in the process of doing so, said rifle was brought up “backwards”, the sight at the end of the rifle facing toward the bridge of the recruits nose.

Upon entering the spaces the Company Commander, with what appears to be a smile on his face, proceeds directly to the Watch, “palms” the end of the “wrong way rifle” barrel, sending the “sight” smacking into the upper lip of the Watch.
Company Commander: (now leaning/getting into to the Recruit’s face) “what in the FUCK do you call that? Is that supposed to be “The Position of Attention”? You’ve been in Basic Training HOW LONG, and you fuck up this up?!?!?” (While this tirade is going on the Company Commander is advancing on the Recruit, while the Recruit is backpeddling, and then bending over backwards when he comes to a table located against the bulkhead [that’s a wall to you landlubbers].) “Put your piece under the mail box, get into my office, assume push up position, and stay that way until I get in there and tell you otherwise… IS THAT CLEAR??”

Recruit: (while placing rifle on the deck under the company “mail box”) “SIR, AYE AYE SIR!!” (Much the same as “Sir YES SIR!” is used in the Marines and other branches of service.)

Company Commander (to the rest of the Company of Recruits in the barracks, who are all paying complete attention to the drama playing out in front of them): “All right you assholes, assemble out on the grinder, in formation. RPOC (Recruit Petty Officer in Charge) march them to chow! Now MOVE!! ON THE DOUBLE!!!”

While the Company Commander is directing the Company of Recruits, the Recruit of the Watch is “at push up position” in the Company Commander’s office. He has been there for between 5-10 minutes. And though he is not physically exhausted, the adrenal rush of having had the Company Commander’s “personal attention”, along with the pool of blood from his lip and the sweat from his brow forming a pool just south of his nose, on the deck, as given him a slight case of the shakes. In any case he awaits the arrival of the Company Commander, to see what fate has in store for him.

Company Commander (arriving in his office, after the company has gone to chow) : “Get up off my deck, go to the head clean yourself up. Then get back here and clean your mess off my deck!”

Recruit: (standing up and coming back to “Attention”) “Sir, Aye Aye Sir!”

The Recruit goes and cleans his face, brings applicable cleaning gear to get rid of the puddle on the Company Commander’s deck, returns the cleaning gear to it’s proper place, and returns to the office, assuming the position of “Attention”.)

Company Commander: (Looking at the cut on the Recruits lip, wondering if the Recruit is going to pass on the events of the day to the folks back home in his next letter home, along with insuring his Recruit has not sustained more “damage” then what appears to be the case.) “Stand at Parade Rest. You going to be okay, Recruit?”

Recruit: “Sir, Yes Sir.”

Company Commander: “Come to Attention!” (Recruit does so) “What are “The Eleven General Orders?” (Recruit recites them correctly, from memory.) “What is your Chain of Command?” (Recruit recites that correctly.)
“Okay, go and get your piece, and return to this office!”

Recruit: “Sir, Aye Aye Sir!” (Recruit does so. Returns and assumes the Position of Attention … CORRECTLY this time.}

Company Commander: “Okay Recruit, assume “Parade Rest”. (Recruit does so) “Eight count manual arms … Begin!” (Recruit does so, with out missing a beat, correctly.) “Sixteen count manual arms… begin!!” (Recruit does this correctly, as well.) “Go and secure your piece in its proper place Recruit, and return to my office!”

Recruit: “Sir, Aye Aye Sir!” (Recruit does as instructed, and returns to the office, assuming “The Position of Attention”.)

Company Commander: “What in the hell is your problem? You executed all the commands I gave you correctly, you answered all the questions correctly with no hesitation … what have you got to say for yourself?”

Recruit: “Sir, I don’t know. I have no excuse for what happened. But once it did, and I realized it was wrong, it was too late to change it. And in any case it wouldn’t have mattered if I did or not, once the mistake was made, I couldn’t undo it, so I stayed the way I was. I knew I would have been chewed out regardless. Sir”

Company Commander: “That is true enough Recruit. We both know this is not going to happen again, is it?”

Recruit: “Sir, NO SIR!”

Company Commander: “Very well then. The Company is through with chow, change out of the uniform of the day, get in to your working uniform. Then go ahead and double time to where the Company is now.” (Hands the Recruit, a pass to allow him to travel “unescorted” to where the Company is at.) “Attention!” (Recruit comes to attention) “Dismissed!!” (Recruit exits smartly from the office, and quickly goes about his business.)

The above incident is true. The names have been changed to protect the stupid (that would be “The Recruit”, for all you sensitive progressive types out there). It happened just about 37 years ago, but seems almost as recent as yesterday. Some “rites of passage” are never forgotten.

big tip of the old “Squid Lid” ™ to Curtal Friar over at Fountain Abbey, who prodded more than a couple of memories front and center, with this post, and request.

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Pointing Fingers at “Evil” Guns …

… and going for the easy pulling of heart strings, while omitting (or outright ignoring) what the real problem(s) are. I would have expected this out of the “Sun-Times”, or “Chicago Defender”. Sadly, it resides over at “The Chicago Tribune”.

The .45-caliber handgun found feet from the body of Officer Thomas Wortham IV passed through three states and many hands before a chance encounter at a convenience store set it on its tragic course for Chicago.

It is terrifically hard not to respond with massive amounts of snark at the sentence above. Just the implied imaging of “the gun”, under it’s own volition, wandering through three states before it committed it’s hinus acts in Chicago, without benefit of any human interaction, got my hackles up.

To be fair, the rest of the story gives the details on how this weapon, this tool -improperly used -. arrived in Chicago. But the story which is told, is not the complete one.

1. Why was there a need to go “out of state” to get firearms (of any sort)?
2. Why was an officer shot?
3. Why are gangs as big a problem as they are, and why are they (or must they) be so heavily armed?
4. Why, with the city of Chicago’s and the state of Illinois gun laws being some of the tightest in the nation, are they (the criminal element/gangs) able to circumvent said laws?

These are just a few of the questions (some of which are obliquely addressed in the article) which should have been of more importance.

Questions 1 and 3 are tied together. The criminal element (in any city/state) is going to get what they think they need in order for them to continue doing “business”. If they feel they are “threatened” by other gangs/criminal elements, or by law enforcement agencies, any of which are perceived to have superior firepower, then they will, if possible, “up the anti” and escalate things on their side. If they have to go “out of state” in order to meet their needs (or even “out of the country”, they will do so.

Question 2 sadly is much easier to answer on a couple of levels. First, if you have no real fear of either the law (LEO’s) or the ultimate judicial consequences for your acts/actions, then taking the life of a cop is no longer any big deal to you. This holds true for many of the gangs, especially those tied into the drug cartels. Secondly, if you place no value on the lives of human beings (I would have said “other humans”, but that is not applicable here), it would follow that you will take what you want, from whom ever you want, when ever you want. After all, your needs/wants/desires, are the only ones which matter.

Question 4 is almost rhetorical. The short answer is, “Because they can”. They will continue to do so as long as the system (be it the political “machine”, the judicial, or the local society in general) allows them to do so. If the public would consistently raise a hue and cry over the gang/drugs/general lawlessness, vote in (or demand they were appointed by the powers that be) judges who seek to convict and not circumvent/interpret the law, work WITH law enforcement instead of promoting an environment of “them or us”. Oh, and how about allowing the citizens to arm themselves (as provided for by that pesky Constitution). When a society has the option to either arm or not, one tends to find a large chunk of the criminal element goes elsewhere. (This is a proven fact, I’m not going to provide a link, those of you who know this already don’t need it, and those who refuse to believe it, are welcome to google or bing it.) Perhaps had the local citizenry been armed the thugs may have thought twice about trying to take the cycle (thinking it is bad enough having to possibly deal with LEO’s, we have the very real risk of being shot at by anyone).

I feel bad to see yet another of the “thin blue line” has been taken from us. The “good ones” are hard enough to come by as it is, that one was lost for any number of reasons, many of which should have been addressed long, long ago, is figuratively and literally, criminal. That the Chicago Tribune chose to print an emotional heart tugging story about “the evil gun” (and the sad misguided folks who “interacted” with it, on it’s “journey to Chicago”) which is nothing more than a thinly veiled “anti-gun” rant, is …. well let’s just say it goes to show “yellow journalism” is not only alive and well, but happily resides at the Chicago Tribune.

(Cross Posted at The Colonel’s)

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Here in lies the real issue

The book burning was looked upon as being “hateful”, “idiotic”, “insensitive”. A case of one agent of one religious sect willingly seeking to denigrate another’s “holy book”. But here is the bottom line. The pastor from Florida, Terry Jones, has every right under our constitution, to openly destroy as many Korans as he can lay his hands on. You may personally agree with him or disagree, but it doesn’t change the fact he has that right. Same goes for the flag burners, the Christian icon destroyers/blasphemers, and all the other folks out there who are wanting to vocalize (via speech, print, or other art form) their point(s) of view.

Now it would seem to me, any and all members of the military would be among the first to recognize this. And, in recalling what their sworn oath said, would take a strong exception to those who seek to dissuade anyone from exercising said rights. Further more, if the enemy they are currently engaged in armed conflict with, gets their panties in a knot over this, wouldn’t that be considered a major propaganda coup?

Take a gander at the letter below. This fella says it about as well as anyone ever has. And by all means, spread the love. Take said letter and repost it. Get as many folks to see (and read) it as possible.

OPEN LETTER TO GEN. PETRAEUS (Please re-post to anti-jihad sites)

“Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”
– Gen. David Petraeus

General, I ask you this: what in hell is your “mission” if We The People jeopardize it by exercising our First Amendment rights in our own homeland? Is your “mission” to defend our rights against foreign enemies, or to defend foreign enemies against our rights?

You made your choice, and you justified by claiming that you and those under your command have been taken hostage by our 7th Century terrorist enemy, and that the ransom demand you deliver to us is that we submit to your captor’s restrictions on our natural and constitutional rights – or they’ll kill you.

I remind you and your captors that we do not negotiate with terrorists.

And I remind you that you are the most revered general in the present day, commanding in the most powerful military in all of history, during the most justifiable war in the last seventy years. So please either remember your priorities and slaughter your captors, or resign in disgrace so that we may replace you with a warrior. And if you resign, you should do so right along with President Obama, Gen. Caldwell, Pentagon Spokesman Lapan, Sec. of State Clinton, Atty. Gen. Holder, NATO Sec. Rasmussen and all others in all branches of government and in all alliances who echoed your request, whether they did so mindlessly or with surrender aforethought.

To have our own military leaders beg us to refrain from exercising our Constitutional rights on our own soil is completely un-American. And to have you make that request of us in the name of cowardice is a shocking and unthinkable perversion I still don’t have the words for.

But I do have the plan for it. We The People will force the issue right here and now. We don’t want harm to come to our military, but if peacefully exercising our rightful freedom on our own property here in our own homeland endangers you, then we will endanger you!

We will burn the Koran for freedom and post the videos for all the world to see. We can be overt or covert, named or anonymous, sparse or numerous – but ultimately we will be unstoppable, and eventually we will be effective.

We will do this because you have no fucking right to sell our freedom down the river for the sake of our enemy’s sensitivity. We will do it because you more than have the power to defend yourselves against that enemy if only you would use it. We will do it because facing danger to defend our rightful freedom is why we pay you, train you, equip you, promote you, appoint you, deploy you, and – formerly! – revere you.

You work for us, General, not for our enemy. Therefore we will regain control over you and over this war from the command center of our own backyards. We will force you to end any of your appeasement and nation-building which would restrict our Constitutional rights. We will force you to defend yourselves and us, and to do the job you were appointed to do: destroy the enemy in defense of our freedom.

Our military has the power. We hired you to use it. Now we’ll make sure you do.
When Americans can burn our own copies of the Koran on our own soil without credible threats from jihadists or appeasement of those threats from our President and our Generals, then we will gladly stop burning them.

We are a free people, and although we clearly live in occupied territory psychologically, we do not yet live in occupied territory legally or physically. We will do as we please, and we will continue to expect all branches of our government to secure our right to do it.

I remind you that securing our rights is the only legitimate reason that governments are instituted among men in the first place, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
And not everybody among the governed consents to surrendering our rights to terrorists.

Freedom for all,

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!!
Respectfully reprinted from the good folks over at Eternity Road
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Looks like a solid “eleventy” to me!!

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911 Hard Hats

Found this site on face book today.

If nothing else, take a couple of minutes and watch the video. If you have the means to do so spend the couple of bucks it will take to send the applicable post cards to the powers that be.

The cynic in me wonders if it will really do any good. But the optimist (he is the one, lately on anti-depressives) thinks if enough cards find their way to the congressional, senatorial, administrative, mayoral, etc, etc, offices and or mail boxes … well, at the very least, it will annoy the hell out of them. And maybe this close to an election cycle, they might just do something. Or in the case of the Usurper in chief, perhaps he will shut his pie hole for once, having said far too much already.

In any case, the union folks (and all other trades folk) need to know when they are on the right page. If enough people from around the country are sending cards, especially back to the folks in NYC, they might just get the message, that the majority of the American people are behind them in their collective efforts to prevent this travesty from ever being built.

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Remember

Remember
What ideals and principles this country was founded on.

Remember
The ransom paid by not only our forefathers, but the common men and women, forever branded “patriot”, so they and future generations of Americans would have formally recognized; the inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

Remember
Freedom isn’t (and never has been) “free”. It is continually being paid for by the blood of good men and true, answering the call to defend same, time and time again.

Remember
When liberties and freedoms are chiseled away in order to gain, or be granted some measure of security, sooner or later you end up with neither liberties, freedoms, or security.

Remember
Hate may indeed be all consuming, destructive of the heart, mind, and soul. But a passion controlled, an anger well defined, focused and directed, are, in and of themselves, not the same as hate, and not to confuse the three.

Remember
The anger and passion you felt … after the towers fell? The Pentagon burned? A quiet Pennsylvania field exploded in flames, twisted metal, and human wreckage?

Remember
The response around the world from those who followed, or professed to follow, the “religion of peace”?

Remember
“Let’s Roll!” A war cry rallying brave souls against the mock-courage of terrorists?

Remember
Your history, your past, where you were one September morning, nine short years ago?

Remember
Let the anger, passion, the memory of that day fade, and those who embrace the agents of darkness and their actions, will, sooner or later, win.

Never forget …

Remember.

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This needs to go viral

And once again, it’s a “country tune” which strikes to the heart of the matter. This one does it very well indeed!

and a big h/t to Fran & Co. at Eternity Road

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