Military hospital emblem

There are times when it feels like common sense is being assaulted every minute.  Just one of the many things that irritated me today as I read the news.

DENVER • A religious watchdog group says a cross and motto on the emblem of an Army hospital in Colorado violate the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state and should be removed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation asked the Army this week to change the emblem of Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson.

The emblem says “Pro Deo et humanitate” or “For God and humanity.”

He said the emblem had been approved by the Army Institute of Heraldry and has been in use since 1969.

Wollman said references to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christianity Greek physician.

Wollman said the cross, which has a pointed base, is both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said that’s a reference to the Crusades and could embolden U.S. enemies who want to portray the war on terror as a Christian war on Islam.

“This continues to add more fodder to the argument that we are Crusaders,” Weinstein said. “It’s exactly what fundamentalist Muslims want.”

Here’s a thought.  We don’t cater to the anger or beliefs of the Muslim fundamentalist.  So (self censored) 

 

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Immigration

So what do you think of Arizona’s new law.  If you haven’t actually read it take a look.  The law itself

I have heard this law refered to as “Draconian”.  Wow that’s pretty harsh.  It has stirred up some controversy though.   Mexico’s president Caldron says the new law will encourage hate, discriminations and hurt relations with mexico.  We certainly don’t want that. 

Is it wrong to ask people to have their ID’s with them?  I’ve carried mine everywhere I’ve went for nearly my entire life, even while doing Physical Training (off post).

Look our immigration system is broken and I for one would love to fix it.  I’d love for Mexico for example to have a strong work program with the US.  A program that allows hard-working people to provide labor in a market that needs labor.  However, I don’t like companies getting labor at a devalued cost.  I don’t like these companies making the rest of us pay for their employees healthcare or anything else.  So any reforms I would support will have jail time for company owner/CEOs that hire illegals. 

In addition, drug cartels, gangs and general thugs need to stay the hell out.  Luckily I’m not in charge since I would show the country what “draconian” really is.  I don’t think I’ll say anymore on that for now. 

Anyway:

Key points:

Arizona’s new immigration law

• Prohibits state, city or county officials from limiting or restricting “the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law” and allows an Arizona resident to sue an official or agency that adopts or implements a policy that does so. The bill contains a “loser pays” provision meant to deter frivolous lawsuits.

• Requires law enforcement to make a reasonable attempt “when practicable” to determine the immigration status of a person if reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally. Officers do not have to do so “if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation.”

• Makes it a state crime to be an illegal immigrant by creating a state charge of “willful failure to complete or carry an alien-registration document.”

• Makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to work or solicit work in Arizona.

• Makes it a crime to pick up a day laborer for work if the vehicle impedes traffic and also makes a day laborer subject to criminal charges if he or she is picked up and the vehicle involved impedes traffic.

• Makes it a crime to conceal, harbor or shield an illegal immigrant if the person knows or recklessly disregards the immigrant’s legal status. It does create a legal defense for someone providing emergency, public-safety or public-health services to illegal immigrants.

• Allows law-enforcement officials to arrest a person without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe the person has committed a public offense that makes him or her removable from the U.S.

• Requires employers to keep E-Verify records of employees’ eligibility.

• Reiterates Arizona’s intent to not comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, including the use of a radio-frequency ID chip.

Africa, a picture of the future?

Jeffrey Gettleman has a very depressing article at Foreignpolicy.com on the state of African un-wars.   Take a look.

…I’ve witnessed up close — often way too close — how combat has morphed from soldier vs. soldier (now a rarity in Africa) to soldier vs. civilian. Most of today’s African fighters are not rebels with a cause; they’re predators. That’s why we see stunning atrocities like eastern Congo’s rape epidemic, where armed groups in recent years have sexually assaulted hundreds of thousands of women, often so sadistically that the victims are left incontinent for life. What is the military or political objective of ramming an assault rifle inside a woman and pulling the trigger? Terror has become an end, not just a means…

For the rest, there are the un-wars, these ceaseless conflicts I spend my days cataloging as they grind on, mincing lives and spitting out bodies. Recently, I was in southern Sudan working on a piece about the Ugandan Army’s hunt for Kony, and I met a young woman named Flo. She had been a slave in the LRA for 15 years and had recently escaped. She had scarred shins and stony eyes, and often there were long pauses after my questions, when Flo would stare at the horizon. “I am just thinking of the road home,” she said. It was never clear to her why the LRA was fighting. To her, it seemed like they had been aimlessly tramping through the jungle, marching in circles.

This is what many conflicts in Africa have become — circles of violence in the bush, with no end in sight…

SEAL on Trial

UPDATE:  SEAL Cleared of dereliction of duty in not trying to stop the abuse of prisoner.

 

Today Navy Seal, Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas goes on trial for the alleged assault of Ahmed Hashim Abed.  Abed was arrested for the killing of four Blackwater security personnel in 2004 and burning their bodies then hanging them from a bridge.

It’s alleged a Navy Seal hit Abed.  Not beat mind you but hit, bloodying his lip. 

If Huertas is convicted of anything I wonder how this will reverberate throughout the Special Operations community. 

This incident should never have reached this level.  But in our continuing politically correct military the trial will go on. 

But heaven forbid we remove an openly hostile Muslim Army Major.  He kills other soldiers on American soil then the administration refuses to release the complete findings of that investigation to congress.  Hummm.

Funny how the world works.

Arizona’s new Immigration law

It’s a sad day when you have to pass a law to enforce a law that’s already on the federal books.   But  if that’s what it takes….

Now lets pass some laws to jail employer’s of illegals.  Forget fining them.  They save too much hiring illegals and just paying the fines when caught. These are the people contributing to the candidates that refuse to enforce the law so they can maintain cheap labor.

Arizona passes tough illegal immigration law

PHOENIX Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:30pm EDT

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial immigration bill on Monday requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United States illegally, a measure critics say is open to racial profiling.

UPDATE: Does anyone honestly believe John McCain would support this if he wasn’t in a contested primary?  hummm????

AL-Qaeda in Iraq top leaders killed

2 Most Wanted Al Qaeda Leaders in Iraq Killed by U.S., Iraqi Forces

 

The U.S. military said Monday that Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi were killed early Sunday morning in a raid led by U.S. and Iraqi forces, after a week of operations led them to a safehouse where the terror chiefs were hiding.

Odierno said that Iraqi intelligence services and U.S. special forces operations have continued to "degrade" Al Qaeda in Iraq over the past few months.

 

Good job fellas

Taxes and misdirection

The coverage of the Tea Parties has been interesting.  They are not as easily ignored these days.  But a slant I’m seeing bothers me.  The misdirection attempt by those that seems to love to spend our money is in full force.

These forces want you to think that since 47% of Americans don’t pay income tax that you aren’t paying taxes.  They want to focus on the most confusing tax the income tax to draw your attention away from the other tax issue which is the massive amount of hidden taxes on nearly everything now. 

I don’t mind paying income tax at all.  But what I and many others are tired of is a system where the rich have built in loop holes and the poor don’t pay at all.  Across the board it should be the same for all.  Why does the left always complain about fairness yet never mention this problem?

The bigger issues are the hidden taxes you find in nearly everything you buy or subscribe to.  These are fees that have been added to you monthly bills that no one can explain.  Whether it’s at the national level or the local level these additional fees are taxes. 

Now add to that the horrible spending record of most governments, local or national, and we are just tired of the game.  Seldom is anyone held accountable.   As governments fail to plan for the future and consistently spend more than they bring in we must rein them in. 

The tax revolt we are seeing isn’t about not paying taxes, it’s about accountability and simplifying our system so we can understand what we are paying for and as citizens decide if we want it.

Like the health care bill it’s not that anyone is against affordable healthcare, it’s that the laws are too complicated and never read.  It’s about transparency (you know what the President campaigned on) and common sense. 

How many of you actually know what you paid in taxes?  I would bet a mojority just know how much they got back or extra they owed. 

State Department and booze

So it seems the State Department is spending a lot of money on Booze.  Last year’s bill was $300,000.00 for just booze.  Now before we go beating up on Hillary we must remember this was a once up and coming mover and shaker.  Now She’s been relegated to umm… nothing.  So really it’s quite understandable. 

Seriously though, remember when you see that State Department plane landing in Bagram and you’re not able to sip a damn beer they are probably loaded on board.  Nice comforting feeling isn’t it?

Fixing Intel, there is hope

Major General Michael t. flynn, USA, Captain matt pottinger, USMC and Paul D. Bachelor, DIA have written a very good paper on fixing intel.  It’s worth the read.

Some key items in his report are:

* Select teams of analyst will be empowered to move between field elements, much like journalist, to visit collectors of information at the grassroots level

* Analyst will divide their work along geographic lines, and write comprehensive district assessments covering governance, development and stability.  The alternative – having all analyst study an entire province or region through the lens of a narrow, functional line (e.g. one analyst covers governance, another studies narcotics trafficking, a third looks at insurgent networks, etc) – isn’t working.

There is more and I recommend reading this paper if intelligence issues interest you. 

Hat tip to Brad Thor at Big Jounalism.  All of his articles are good.