Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Honor Killings in the US

As the muslim population in the US increases, don't be surprised to see more these - coming to a town near you soon.

Muslim Television Channel Founder Charged With Beheading His Wife

Here's what this prick had to say about the founding of his TV station.

"Every day on television we are barraged by stories of a 'Muslim extremist, militant, terrorist, or insurgent,'" Hassan said in the 2004 release. "But the stories that are missing are the countless stories of Muslim tolerance, progress, diversity, service and excellence that Bridges TV hopes to tell."
Good job asshole, hope you rot in hell. The other travesty on this is New York is charging this guy with SECOND degree murder. WTF? Where is CAIR on this?

Oh that? Hey, how about those Broncos? (Job searching Blues)

Two times in the past week, I have been asked during job interviews if I thought I could be deployed again anytime soon. Ughhh.

Never mind that this is a completely inappropriate, possibly illegal, question. In both cases the person asking had a feeling they shouldn't be asking, based on their sudden awkwardness, trying to make it sound like idle conversation. Clearly it wasn't and it could be a knock-out criteria when it comes to the positions I am interviewing for. It is the same reason I was told I would never make the step in a previous job, and should consider whether I want to focus on my career or the Guard.

So how do you answer this? I can't just refuse to answer or tell them indignantly that they can't ask such questions. I can't just turn around and sue - that would ruin my reputation in my field and I'd be done. So I did what any good "mess-kit repairman" would do and fudged the answer and deflected the conversation in another direction. Both interviews went well, but of course I walked away with a rotten feeling.

It seems to me this is emblematic of the broader attitude citizens in this country have taken for the war - thank you for your service, as long as it doesn't inconvenience me or affect my ability to buy more useless crap.

It's not that I don't understand - no one I knew had trouble after the Gulf War, but we are now in a protracted struggle (Iraq/Afghanistan/Iran?Hezbollah/Pakistan/Somalia/Yemen/Saudi Arabia/etc.) that we are only half fighting, and as a result will drag out for years. The impact on America's businesses and especially Emergency Services (many, many Reservists are police, firefighters, and EMTs) is really poorly understood. It is hard enough to lose any staff and have to protect their jobs in an uncertain economy, but senior positions are impossible. You have to replace the person immediately for the sake of the business. And then you just pray for the best upon return. I guess that is why you don't see many talented business people in the service. The only exception is Defense Contractors. The reliance on the Guard and Reserves has pushed many to the point of getting out. I have often thought we should either increase the size of the AD Army and Marines, or just call everyone up for the duration and fight to win, like in WWII. Constantly switching back and forth between civilian and military life is extremely taxing.

Either that or Guard Soldiers need to have a sugar momma/daddy and then just be Guard bums. I guess I missed that one!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Assault on Gun Rights Begins

I was going to start writing some war stories, but this got my ire up.

You would think what with two wars and an economy in dire straights that gun control would be a back burner issue, but the assault on the rights of gun owners and hunters has begun. I am not going to go into a long rant, but I encourage my readers to contact their representatives and let them know how you feel, and sign this petition, and challenge people you know who support gun control.

I'd also challenge anyone to let me know how gun control is going to do anything to stop gun violence. Criminals do not buy guns legally and would not be subject to these new laws. This is a Big Brother mentality far worse than the Bush administration's anti-terrorist wire tapping, which has real potential to keep America safe (I know this from the inside, so don't bother trying to argue). These laws hide behind sound bites of "reducing gun violence", but in reality introduce vast and onerous regulations in an attempt to make it impossible to comply.

Besides all that, this is an issue the several States already regulate. The differences in regulation are based on the differences in the values between places like Colorado, Texas, New York, and California. I choose to live in a State with loose gun laws because I value the right of protecting my family, and I am not some chicken shit who is afraid to hold a gun, let alone use it on someone who threatens my kids. If you want to live in a society where only criminals have weapons, then move to CA or the East Coast. But don't shove that down my throat

Or wildlife for that matter - my 90 lb dog was killed by a deer and a 14 year old in a nearby town was attacked by a Coyote. I need firearms to protect my family, and me and my fellow rural citizens should not have big city folks telling us how we should live.

I also have seen around the world what happens to people who don't have the means to defend themselves and their families when government fails. At the least they are taken advantage of, in the worst they are slaughtered. Don't think it applies to us here in the land of plenty? Civilization is a thin veneer, and it doesn't take much for you to be on your own. Witness LA after Rodney King, or more seriously New Orleans - I was deployed there after the storm, and the only property owners who weren't robbed were the ones who had "will shoot trespassers" signs on their laws. Even some of the police were robbing people's houses there.

By moving on gun control so early in Obama's administration, the liberal members of the Democratic party are confirming the worst fears of gun owners, validating the fear-mongering of the right and costing him good will when this country needs it the most. Obama and the Dems should leave this issue alone until we are out of crisis and then we can bloody each other.

UPDATE: Follow coverage of this here, and consider joining the NRA today. Active Duty Servicemembers can join for free.

UPDATE: For folks that don't read the comments, please read CI Roller's response to this post.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Obama's "Taxing" Problem

Just why is it that so many Democrats, who have no problem telling us plebians that we should be happy "sharing the wealth", seem to have so many problems paying their own taxes? Discuss.