SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. (Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere.) Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.
TO ALL MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2012
Monday, December 19, 2011
SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS:
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I was in WalMart yesterday & saw a guy walking through the store with an HBCU tee shirt on. That stands for Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and the shirt listed all of the members of the HBCU organization. While the shirt itself wasn't offensive, all I could think was, "Damn, if I had a shirt that mentioned Historically White Colleges & Universities, I'd be a racist."
Therein lies the racism double standard. Racism, which doesn't just work both ways but EVERY WAY, seems only to be racism when it's propagated by a white person. If the white person encounters reverse discrimination, reverse racism, or any hostility towards them, whether real or merely perceived, then that's not racism. That's just someone being proud of their race or heritage, and Whitey be damned.
I'm 42 years old, born in 1969. Yeah, I was born after the Civil Rights Movement, and after desegregation, and grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood in the Washington DC suburbs. We all got along just fine with no hard feelings or problems, and no one would know that just a few years before there'd been riots less than 20 miles away. I never experienced segregation or race riots or marches. We were just kids who all got along & played & learned & hung out together at recess.
It's a double standard that we have a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but don't you DARE call them colored people, because only they can do that.....and if we have the same association to promote White People, we're racists. One dares not say the word "negro" anymore because it's racist, but those kids don't seem to mind getting scholarship money from the United Negro College Fund. I myself got college money from the US Army because I couldn't find a United Caucasian College Fund...oh, wait; that'd be racist.
Last February, during Black History Month, I ran a particularly successful series of daily posts highlighting heroic, inspirational black Americans throughout our nation's history, while it took the NAACP website several days to start highlighting anyone. How do I know? Because I checked their website DAILY to see when they'd catch up to what a white Conservative Tea Party military veteran was doing. For several days the first thing I saw on the front page of their website was a request for donations. Feel free to blow up the picture below, which is a screen capture I took as late as March 1st, showing that same request for money so that they can keep spreading the liberal doctrine of social justice from the ballot box to the classroom....
Here in Charleston, SC we have an annual event called the Black Business Expo, or more rather Black Expo South, that promotes black businesses locally and brings in famous black business leaders & celebrities and vendors galore....and if there was a White Business Expo the backlash would make Sherman's March look like a Sunday stroll. We have a local Black Pages phone directory.... the local White Pages is all-inclusive, like the Yellow Pages. If there was a Caucasian Pages it'd be racism. We also have a Black News newspaper, which of course isn't racist, although a White Times would be.
As you may recall, I have taken on the issue of racism in the past a few times here at G.D.T.A.I., most notably in April of 2010. Find that little gem right HERE. And as I have said in the past, I am absolutely 100% sick to effing DEATH of being referred to as a racist or potential racist for being a middle-aged, white, Conservative military veteran. I disagree with the current denizen of the White House, so I must be a racist. I vote Conservative so I must be a racist. I served in the United States Army, an Army that according to organizations like the Black Panthers sent blacks to fight Whitey's wars for him, so I'm not only a racist but a likely terrorist too, if the administration is to be believed. I vehemently disagree with the policies and actions of my Representative to Congress, Jim Clyburn, so I must be a racist, despite being a fervent supporter of the Representative from the next district over, Tim Scott. Both are black.
That leads to another ugly facet of this racism thing; black Conservatives are accused of being racists themselves, or Uncle Tom's. I simply cannot fathom why black Americans continue to drink the Kool Aid of the Democrat Party, a party formed by the very people who subjugated & enslaved them. (Oh crap...I said Kool Aid; that's racist). Congressmen like Tim Scott or Allen West, and former Presidential candidate Herman Cain, they get lambasted by the black community for believing in smaller government, fiscal responsibility, protecting our borders, and upholding the Constitution. You know; being Real Americans.
Look, I'm no racist. I hate everyone pretty much the same. I believe in Steve's Equal Opportunity, in that everyone, daily, has an equal opportunity to piss me off and incur my wrath. No one has a monopoly on stupid, or on ignorant. If you're an idiot, I'm gonna' call you out.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Yeah, I know; I haven't written much lately, yet again. I just don't feel like making much commentary on the GOP nominees and I've been pretty busy with my day job & some other pursuits. However, I'm still here & still alive. Time to poke fun at Liberal Fail once again!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an attack that cost 2,390 American lives and launched the United States into full-fledged involvement in World War Two. Fifty-five Japanese airmen were killed and 29 of their aircraft were shot down in the attack.
Hardest hit at Pearl Harbor were the “battlewagons”, the battleships moored together along Battleship Row. Hard hit, yes, but obliterated, no.
USS Nevada, the only battleship to actually get underway during the attack, was hit by a torpedo and six bombs and was beached. She was refloated in February of 1942 and after repairs returned to duty in October of the same year. She served as a convoy escort in the Atlantic and as a fire-support ship in four amphibious assaults: the Normandy Landings and the invasions of Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
USS Maryland took two bomb hits and after repairs returned to service in February 1942. Already in dry dock for repairs, USS Pennsylvania was severely strafed and took a bomb hit. After repairs she returned to duty in April, 1942.After taking two bomb hits, USS Tennessee was repaired and returned to duty in late February, 1942. After taking two torpedoes and a bomb hit, USS California had her bow plates ruptured by a near miss bomb. After three days of continual flooding, she settled into the mud at the harbor bottom with only her superstructure remaining above the surface. She was refloated in March of 1942, sent for repair and rebuild, and returned to service in January, 1944.Two bombs and seven torpedoes struck USS West Virginia, also putting her on the bottom. She was eventually refloated on 17 May, 1942, and in May of 1943 she was sent for a complete rebuild, coming back into service in July, 1944.
Not all the ships, however, returned to the war. Within 12 minutes of the beginning of the attack, USS Oklahoma had taken five torpedo hits and capsized. Salvage began in July of 1942, and after 8 months of preparation and 4 months of efforts she was righted and refloated in June of 1943, too badly damaged to be saved. She was decommissioned in January, 1944 and sold for scrap in 1946. As she was being towed to a salvage yard in San Francisco she sank in a storm 540 miles out of Pearl Harbor in May of 1947.
USS Utah, an obsolete training battleship, capsized during the assault on Pearl Harbor. Partially righted to clear the shipping lane, it was declared surplus and never refloated. Major portions of the hull still rust on the bottom off Ford Island. And, finally, USS Arizona; about 7 seconds after her fourth bomb hit, her powder magazine exploded. The explosion killed 1,177 of the 1,400 crewmen on board at the time, almost half of the lives lost during the attack.USS Utah before the war, and today...
The USS Arizona Memorial
The battleships of Pearl did have their revenge however at the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the invasion of the Philippines. USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, USS Maryland, USS California and USS Pennsylvania all were part of 7th Fleet providing fire support to the troops going ashore. When the Japanese fleet appeared steaming through the Surigao Strait, Admiral Jesse Oldendorf sent them to meet the oncoming foe. They helped send the Japanese battleships Yamashiro and Fuso to the bottom, along with the cruiser Mogami and the destroyer Asagumo. West Virginia led the assault, firing 96 shells into the Japanese ships to make up for the torpedoes and bombs she took at Pearl Harbor.
Just the Utah and the Arizona still lie in the dark blue waters of Pearl Harbor, memorials to the sailors still entombed in their wrecked hulls. And only survivors of those vessels may return in death to their ships to rejoin their lost shipmates. You see, many survivors of Pearl have over the years opted to either have their ashes scattered in the harbor or in the case of former crewmembers of Utah and Arizona, placed in the ships themselves.
Lee Soucy decided five years ago that when he died he wanted to join his shipmates killed in the attack. Soucy passed away this past January at the age of 90 and yesterday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank, a Navy diver took a small urn containing his ashes and put it in a porthole of the ship. The Utah lost nearly 60 men on December 7, and about 50 are still entombed in the battleship.
The ceremony for Lee Soucy was one of five memorials being held this week for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind. Soucy's three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 11 family members altogether, attended the sunset ceremony Tuesday. His wife Peggy also died earlier this year, and Soucy's children also will spread ashes belonging to their father and mother at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Honolulu, where the pair were married in January 1945. Peggy Soucy was a Navy nurse who met her future husband at Pearl Harbor.
Tonight, an urn carrying the ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was among the 334 on the Arizona to survive the attack, will be interred in a gun turret on the ship. He passed away in April at the age of 91 after a bout of pneumonia.Vernon Olsen during the war...
Three other servicemen will also have their ashes scattered at Pearl this week. Pearl Harbor interment and ash scattering ceremonies began in the late 1980s, and started growing in number as more survivors heard about them. Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies, has helped 265 survivors return to Pearl Harbor. The vast majority have had their ashes scattered, however he's arranged for the remains of about 20 survivors to be placed in the Arizona and about a dozen to be put in the Utah.
Each year, the number of Pearl Harbor survivors shrinks as their members pass away. Each year it becomes harder and harder for survivors to gather at Pearl. Sadly, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association has decided to disband at the end of the month. So if you are fortunate enough to ever meet a Pearl Harbor survivor, consider yourself blessed to be in the presence of one of the remaining heroes of The Greatest Generation.
Divers prepare to take an urn carrying the cremains of Petty Officer Charles Guerin, Jr. below to be placed inside USS Arizona on December 7, 2008.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It was a long day at work today; an eleven-hour shift. As I was driving home I passed a Chili’s restaurant and was lamenting the fact that once again work kept me from partaking in any of the free offers from various establishments on Veteran’s Day, I happened to glance over at the car in traffic next to me. Actually, it wasn’t the car itself, but rather the Gold Star Family license plate. I instantly stopped complaining and sucked it up like the soldier I once was.
Unfamiliar with what a Gold Star family is? Look it up & educate yourself.
I come from a very long line of military veterans on both sides of the family. It’s just a higher calling that seems to be embedded in our genes.
I’m always grateful and humbled by the thanks I get from my friends & family on Veteran’s Day. I actually feel somewhat awkward when someone thanks me in person; I mean, I sort of don’t know what to say in reply. I feel weird saying “You’re welcome”, and instead I simply thank them for their kindness. No soldier I served with did it for the thanks, or for the praise, or for medals & glory. We do it out of a sense of duty and of giving back to our country. Like I said, it’s a calling and a belief in serving what we feel is the greatest nation on Earth.
Allow me to stray a moment and talk about the ideal of American Exceptionalism. I don’t speak of it flippantly, nor do I say it with the arrogance often attributed to many Americans. I’m proud of my country and firmly believe that I live in the greatest nation on Earth, but in saying that I’m not implying that other countries are inferior. I think all people, no matter where they hail from, should be proud of their country and their culture and to feel that they, too, live in the greatest country on Earth no matter what country that may be; it inspires us to better our nations and our peoples and ourselves. I had the great fortune to spend two wonderful years as a guest of the German people during my enlistment and it was an experience I will always treasure.
Okay, back to Veteran’s Day…
I only served for four years. I did not do a full 20 and retire. I did not see combat or engage an enemy in battle. But serve I did, willingly and gladly. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Today I salute you, my fellow veterans…we few, we band of brothers. My fellow soldiers of the United States Army, the sailors of the Unites States Navy, the airmen of the United States Air Force, the few & proud of the United States Marine Corps, the intrepid members of the United States Coast Guard…
To my fellow soldiers of the 285th Military Police Company, it was an honor and privilege to serve with you. To my squadmates and the entire community in Goeppingen, Germany…those two short years profoundly affected the man I grew to be.
To my platoon mates at the US Army Correctional Brigade at Fort Riley, it wasn’t Hell but we could see it from there. Thank you for making a wretched situation bearable and, at times, fun.
To my friends from other countries who served their own nations…be it the RCAF, the British Royal Navy, the German Bundeswehr, the Norske Marine, or another branch I salute your service.
To my fellow veterans among the Traip Academy graduates of the Class of 1987( and there are actually quite a few of us) and the other veterans from Traip, what a long strange trip it’s been. We’ve known each other over 2/3 of our lives and you still put up with me.
To the families of veterans…the sons & daughters, the spouses, the parents…Thank You. We couldn’t do it without you at home to back us up.
And to the Gold Star Families…God Bless You for your sacrifices.
Yup, that's me...January 1988 in boot camp..............
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I found the above picture on the Facebook wall of one of my screaming liberal friends. They found it a clever high-five to their chosen god The Most Exalted Obamessiah. However.... some things need to be clarified.
1. Obama did not kill Osama bin Laden. He just happened to be the ass in the seat when US intelligence finally found him. He gave the go-ahead. It was US Navy SEALs that killed him. Ain't semantics a bitch? But the truth, as they say, shall set you free.
2. Obama did not topple Muammar Khadaffi (I spell it MY way. Get over it). In fact, Obama just flailed his arms around calling for MuMu to step down and told NATO to do it themselves after the first few airstrikes. He at least did that much right by letting NATO do the dirty work for a change instead of just us. The Libyan people toppled Khadaffi with help from the outside world.
3. Didn't screw up a hurricane? PLEASE. He sat on his ass on vacation during the earthquake and into the hurricane, playing golf and eating Wagyu beef, AS USUAL. And to clarify, you're implying that Bush screwed up a hurricane in a back-handed way without saying so in so many words; dude, FEMA is a MANAGEMENT agency that comes in AFTER THE FACT to coordinate the cleanup or relief....if anyone screwed up the EVACUATION (or lack thereof) and the subsequently delayed deployment of the STATE'S National Guard units, it sure as hell wasn't Bush, it was liberal Democrat zipperheads like Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin . In fact, Bush declared a state of emergency for selected regions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana two days before Katrina made landfall. The day before landfall, Bush urged Blanco to issue mandatory evacuation warnings. If you can blame Bush for anything it would be a badly worded declaration of emergency that failed to include certain coastal parishes but the state should have found that mistake and rectified it quickly instead of sitting on their hands waiting for the Feds to rescue them.
4. Prevented a second Great Depression? Look at the effing economy, stupid, and tell me he's improved it. This, by the way, is the economy he inherited from a DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED Congress, the same Congress that was in power through the majority of Bush's Presidency. Remember, kids, Congress controls the purse strings.
5. You brought donuts? How sweet of you. Will that heifer you married now swoop in and eat them all whilst telling us that we need to exercise and you tell us to eat our peas?
Now how about we eat some true Food for Thought? Feel free to blow the below graphic up and read the numbers.
And here we have some true Obama Achievements.
And, in general, let's look at a lifetime's worth of liberals controlling major US cities. I say "lifetime" because they took numbers since 1965, which is 4 years before I was born.
That's right, Man Child... you suck. Your Presidency is a disaster. Your policies are a failure. You've undermined and weakened MY country. Your legacy will put you surpassing even Jimmy Carter as the worst President in United States history. Go away. Soon.
I found this on Facebook and thought it was brilliant...written by a Conservative law student.
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:
We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce.... I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).
We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .
You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.
You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute " Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".
We'll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete.
John J. Wall
Law Student and an American
P. S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, & Jane Fonda with you.
P. S. S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.
There's no way in hell you can tell me that colleges and universities aren't force-feeding a liberal agenda to our kids. This ad is looking for a brainwasher to operate a Soros-funded program....