Current reading

The Jedburghs – LTC (RET) Will Irwin.  Irwin was my company commander in 1/10 SFG.  So far a good book on the operations of the combined OSS/SOE/French resistance of WWII.

To Dare & To Conquer  Special Operations and the destiny of nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda – Derek Leebaert.  I just started this book.  So far pretty good.

Liberal Fascism – Jonah Goldberg.  I just started this book also.  Interesting so far.

The Dark Knight

Well hell yeah I went to see this. After Batman Begins I was sure to see this one on the big screen. I do wish I’d seen it on an IMAX screen though. So to begin with yes it’s a damn good movie. It’s not just a comic book super hero movie it’s a good movie in general. It is better than Batman Begins and I thought that was the best batman.

I don’t buy hype so I didn’t expect Heath Ledgers performance to be more than good. I was surprised. But it wasn’t just his acting it was a character that was great also. Darker and more psychotic the Joker is evil. Evil that want’s nothing more than complete chaos, to see good people turn bad.

Christian Bale is still a very good Batman and his back up Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman of course don’t disappoint.

The other Characters of Harvey Dent (two face) and Rachel are fine also. I mean they were all good.

Of course Gary Oldman as Gordon was outstanding. He is my personal favorite in the movie.

Quote to think on.  Lt. James Gordon: Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now…and so we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not a hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector…a dark knight.

The Dark Knight left me with some questions though.  Why do super heroes think it’s somehow wrong to kill villains?  I mean hell how many innocent people would be saved by one bullet in the Jokers head right off the bat.  Yeah I know it wouldn’t have been quite the movie if that happened but damn.

Oh yeah best answer to a question came as Bruce Wayne asks Alfred “That man in Burma, did you ever catch him?”   “Of course”.  “How?”  “We burned the forest”.  From Michael Caine as Alfred you can believe it.

So I give it 4 out of 4.  I don’t do that often.

Note:  I Ironman was also great.  In a different vain perhaps but for comic book hero movies smoking hot.

I’m not great at reviews so here are some other links. I thought the first one interesting.

What Bush and Batman have in common

The Dark Knight Review – Todd Gilchist

The Dark Knight Review – Brad Brevet

The far left left out, the media shifting and Obama the war president

Will the anti-war left follow Obama’s turn? With Obama flipping in what appears to be a pretty hard way on Afghanistan and I predict a slower departure from Iraq will the fanatics follow? I’ve already seen the left’s media punditry start the turn. Reading today’s commentary by Lanny Davis, I see the left moving to the obvious. But would they have acknowledged the success of the surge for without Obama? At least Lanny admits he was wrong. Will the true believers admit they were wrong?

Nope. This is the typical liberal response. They see they were wrong but will mostly play it as if they’re whining has help the cause. With Obama the potential president they know that he cannot follow previous policy.

Obama now claims the Afghanistan is vital and we must send more troops their right now.  His immediate withdraw from Iraq has turn into nearly two years. Not bad I suppose but a change isn’t it? Of course the liberal left began the mantra that Afghanistan was the real war and Iraq a distraction a while back.

So what will code pink do?

What you will see is the media moving to the center so they can support their candidate. The anti-war and far left will be forgotten as soon as they can be. Moveon.org well will have to move on I guess.

Diplomacy often seen as weakness in middle east

What I want to say here is that the Middle East has a different
understanding of diplomacy than the West. Acceptance of demands or opening up to dialogue can very well be mistaken for weakness. On one hand, it will frighten America’s allies and those sitting on the fence. On the other hand, it will embolden Iran and will most likely lead to further more ambitious demands.

Dialogue and giving diplomacy a chance is not a bad idea, but
understanding the mentality of the people sitting across the table is
an important prerequisite.

Omar Fadhil is spot on. This has been a major failing in US foreign policy. Too many think we are still dealing with Russians. We are not. The mind set is much different. It is a European mentality that continues to dominate the State Department. It has failed in the past and will continue to fail. Strength is the only thing understood in the Middle East.

We lost so much time in Iraq with all the self doubt and hesitation. Once they believed we would stay and we sent more troops to reinforce that idea minds on the ground began to change.

Iranian nuclear talks stall? No way.


GENEVA — A U.S.
decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks fizzled
Saturday, with Iran stonewalling Washington and five other world powers
on their call to freeze uranium enrichment.

I’m shocked I tell ya. Just plain shocked. I mean Iran wasn’t serious about a freeze on their nuclear program? It doesn’t seem possible. Would they really stall more?

I’m pretty sure after reading all the media reports that Iran really just wants to get along with the US. We must have been completely unreasonable with them in these talks.

Sarcasm off….

Phill Gramm leaves McCain Campaign. Truth doesn’t pay.

Phil Gramm seems pretty darn accurate to me. But speaking the truth during an election year isn’t allowed.

Gramm, a Texan who now is the No. 2 at the
Swiss bank UBS, told The Washington Times last week the United States
has benefited from globalization but most Americans are misguided by
constant reports that the economy is at its worst in 30 years.

“We have sort of become a nation of
whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining
about a loss of competitiveness, America in ‘decline’ despite a major
export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the
economy.”

The economy isn’t the worst in 30 years. Although the press continues to call this a recession it still hasn’t met the definition of a recession.

Yet everyone bitches about how bad things are. Yeah fuel is up. Who’s fault is that? How about our own country and the “whining” fanatic environmentalist (which includes all those that go alone with them) since we depend on others to produce our fuel.

Mortgages? Well if people took some personal responsibility and stopped buying things they can’t afford we wouldn’t be worrying about foreclosures. No, it’s easier to blame everyone else and well… “whine”.


What is a quota then? Colorado Springs Police

Motorcycle officers in Colorado Springs should each be writing a
minimum of 11 tickets a day, and their counterparts in patrol cars
should issue at least one, according to internal police documents.

But these aren’t quotas, Police Chief Richard Myers said.

Ok I just had to LMAO. So do you think an officers jobs would be in jeopardy if they didn’t write the suggested guideline number (Quota) of tickets?

This comes after a story where a couple of Officers falsified the number of tickets written in internal reports.

Just so you know, I support law enforcement in general but feel the creation of a number of laws are for revenue not keeping the peace which I believe should be law enforcements primary mission.

Fact is we have way too many laws on the books now.  I would bet nearly everyone violates some law nearly everyday.

Suggestion:  reduce the number of laws to just those needed to insure peace and shred the rest.