Archive for July, 2011

Ask an adult

July 28, 2011

Andrew Klaven Where money comes from. Via Instapundant and PJTV

Humm good Job!

July 27, 2011

BEIJING (AP) — GE Healthcare, a maker of diagnostic imaging equipment, said Monday it is moving its X-ray global headquarters from the United States to Beijing as it seeks to tap China and other emerging markets.

The General Electric Co. unit is the first business of the industrial and financial giant to relocate to China.

Anne LeGrand, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare Global X-Ray, told a news conference that the decision to move from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was made two years ago and will be completed by early fall.


The Seattle Times’s Jon Talton

President Obama continued to exhibit a pleading weakness in his prime-time speech Monday night, so it’s no wonder Monday was the same day that his "jobs czar," General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, chose to announce the company will be moving the headquarters of its health-care X-Ray division to China. You want compromise, Mr. President? In your face, sir, with all due respect.


Well that’s just perfect.  Is this Obama’s jobs plan?  Obama’s job Czar is sure creating jobs…in China..  I’d laugh but it’s not really funny.

Lots of assassinations going on

July 27, 2011

Seems like a fella just can’t trust another fella in this place called Afghanistan.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The mayor of Kandahar was assassinated on Wednesday by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban — the third top-ranking official to be slain this month, Afghan officials said.

The NASCAR prayer

July 24, 2011

You know I’ve never really been a NASCAR fan. Watching cars run circles for hours just never did anything for me but this prayer is pretty entertaining.

Hat tip to Hot Air

Traveling safety…

July 21, 2011

Jeffrey Goldberg has some good advice for military and military contractors traveling in foreign lands.

Some Safety Advice…

…It became instantly obvious that this flight was going to carry a large number of Afghanistan-based American contractors and active-duty military personnel back home. It wasn’t that the soldiers were in uniform — American soldiers don’t travel in uniform on international flights, for security reasons — but they may as well have been. One small example: I was sitting, at one point, next to an American man of obvious military bearing, a real barrel-chested freedom fighter sort, who wore a polo shirt inscribed with the words, "Army Aviation Association." He was also carrying a camouflage tactical rucksack with his last name stitched on the back. He seemed like a senior-enough guy to have a Google profile, so I typed into my iPhone his last name, plus Afghanistan, plus "army aviation" and came up with his exact identity in 20 seconds. He is one of the key leaders of the military’s drone programs in Afghanistan. Now if I weren’t a patriot, but instead an anti-American jihadist, I might have seen this as an opportunity to do some damage…

…I counted, in the crowd waiting to board the flight, five different guys wearing "Dyncorp" hats or shirts; Dyncorp is one of the biggest military contractors. I saw others wearing shirts labeled "General Dynamics" and "Iomax" and still others were wearing "Bagram Air Base" t-shirts, and almost all of these men — dozens and dozens of them — were wearing khaki tactical pants, Caterpillar boots, the whole non-uniform uniform…

I’ve seen this quite often. I don’t know who started the whole 511 fashion statement but it’s not very low key. While it’s nearly impossible to not look American it is possible to not look like “Joe” on leave or the Mil Contractor. Many guys I know go the opposite route and just look like bums.  I’m not sure that’s much better but probably safer.

To keep the illegal vote at all cost

July 16, 2011

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said that every state governed by a Republican is attempting to prevent the poor, minorities, seniors and students from voting by requiring individuals to present photo identification at the polls.

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So, by requiring states to insure that legal voters are the only ones voting is an attempt to prevent the poor, minorities, seniors and students from voting? Its arguments like this  many Americans accept that are helping us along the path to ruin.

The fact is the Democrat party has been and continues to be the party of the lawless.

Finally something I approve–Pakistan

July 10, 2011

This seems like a much smarter tactic that we’ve been using.  I would probably go much further but then that’s just me.


U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively…


…But many of the recent aid curtailments are clearly intended to force the Pakistani military to make a difficult choice between backing the country that finances much of its operations and equipment, or continuing to provide secret support for the Taliban and other militants fighting American soldiers in Afghanistan.

“We have to continue to emphasize with the Pakistanis that in the end it’s in their interest to be able to go after these targets as well,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters on Friday en route to Afghanistan…


…Comments last week by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also reflected a potentially more confrontational approach to Pakistan. Admiral Mullen, who is retiring in two months, became the first American official to publicly accuse Pakistan of ordering the kidnapping, torture and death of the journalist, Saleem Shahzad, whose mutilated body was found in early June…

Ethnic leaders against Karzai

July 10, 2011

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on renewed cooperation of former Northern Alliance leaders.  Here are some excerpts. 


…KABUL—A group of former warlords who helped the U.S. topple the Taliban regime in 2001 have launched a political alliance against Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s rule, in a re-emergence of old civil-war divisions as the country looks ahead to the departure of U.S. forces.

The leaders, each representing a minority ethnic group, say they are concerned that Mr. Karzai will seek to claim more power following President Barack Obama’s announcement last week of plans to begin withdrawing U.S. troops.

The announcement of the renewed alliance last week followed a decision by a special court backed by Mr. Karzai that disqualified a quarter of all parliamentarians elected in September polls. The decision weakened the contingent of lawmakers that is trying to turn the legislature into a check on Mr. Karzai’s authority.

Mr. Karzai had argued that the election wasn’t representative of the public’s wishes because it diluted the power of the Pashtuns, the country’s largest ethnic group—to which Mr. Karzai and the Taliban belong.


The new opposition group is led by former key figures in the Northern Alliance, which banded together mostly Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara militias to fight the Taliban regime during civil war in the 1990s.

Along with Mr. Mohaqiq, the group is led by Gen. Rashid Dostum of the Uzbek community and Ahmad Zia Massoud, a prominent Tajik whose brother, Ahmad Shah Massoud, led the Tajiks against the Taliban before his assassination by al Qaeda two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Among the opposition’s objectives is to put enough pressure on Mr. Karzai to reverse the decision to disqualify lawmakers from parliament; ensure the Taliban don’t gain power through peace talks; and to field their own candidate for the next presidential election, in 2014—the year that foreign forces plan to hand over full authority to Afghanistan…


So would this be a good thing for the country? Could it be worse than a Karzai government full of corruption and Pashtun loyalties which fall pretty closely along Taliban loyalties? Is it strange these leaders of the Taliban routing aren’t more prominent in the current government? Did we sell out to the wrong people? Just wondering.


dostumGen. Abdul Rashid Dostum The leader of the main party of Uzbek Afghans, Gen. Dostum has been a military leader and influential player in Afghanistan for decades. He served as deputy defense minister after the fall of the Taliban regime, supported Mr. Karzai’s re-election in 2009, and was appointed by the Afghan president as chief of staff to the commander in chief for the Afghan National Army.

haji mHaji Mohammad Mohaqiq Mr. Mohaqiq is the founder of the People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, the main party of the Hazara minority. Hazaras practice Shi’ite Islam, a branch considered heretical by the country’s hard-line Sunni Muslims. After the Taliban regime’s fall in 2001, Mr. Mohaqiq was appointed as a vice president and minister of planning in President Karzai’s interim government.

AhmadZiaMassoud_000Ahmad Zia Massoud Mr. Massoud is a senior leader of the Jamiat-e-Islami party, the main grouping of the country’s Tajik population. Mr. Massoud’s brother, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was the commander of the Northern Alliance, which fiercely resisted Taliban rule, until his assassination in 2001, days before the Sept. 11 attacks. Mr. Massoud served as vice president during President Karzai’s first term.

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Transformers – doesn’t work this time

July 9, 2011

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The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. IMDB

Last weekend our family went to see Transformers – dark of the moon. My 9 year old son likes the transformer movies so a day out together seemed like good way to start the weekend. Unfortunately the movie wasn’t as good as we’d hoped. Now my standards aren’t real high for this type of movie. It’s a fantasy and so implausible that you just have to go with the premise without too many questions. It would be silly to nit-pick a movie based on a robot war where the robots can change shape to any form and size, I mean how does a giant robot change to a small car? Where does all the metal go?

This movie however didn’t even reach my low standards. It was pure whining chaos. I don’t think two minutes of the entire film made any sense. While I’m no fan of the transformer concept the first film wasn’t too bad. But here the characters haven’t grown a bit. Shai Lebouef’s character Sam seems to have regressed in age, mental age anyway. He spends the whole time running around complaining about how he gets no credit for saving the world twice. Great hero?

Then there is the new girl, Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley who only attribute is a top lip that looks like she was repeatedly punched in the mouth. Look I don’t know who’s telling these Hollywood women that a fat lip is sexy but stop. Plus her character provided nothing to the movie.

With that said there are a couple high points. Ken Jeong plays a pretty funny part, but then is killed. Leonard Nimoy voices one of the Autobots with some references any Star Trek fan will recognize. Yeah that’s about all the good points I can think of.

Having said all that my son thought it was ok and we did have a good dinner afterwards. Even a bad movie is good with the family.

Another country added to the list. Pace of life-SLOW

July 4, 2011

I just got done with a sailing vacation with the family and good friends to the British Virgin Islands. What a great stress reliever. It really reminds me to slow down. I bought a hat that says, ‘Sail Fast, live slow’. I’m going to try and remember that when things get too spun up.