Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oh look--a pissing contest

Yes indeed, that's what I said. It would seem a pissing contest (sorry, but that's the most accurate, if not polite, term as I can think of) has started between Michael Yon and a bunch of the milbloggers. Each side accuses the other of libel, poor reporting, copyright violations and various and sundry misdeeds. Major Chuck has a post here that is as good as any to get you started. If you're on Facebook, you can follow Yon and get his side to the story. There is much name calling at this point, so get ready for the level of disagreement you're going to find.

I have not idea who is right or wrong or if anyone is mostly either. My suspicion is that the war has dragged out so long that it is becoming internally politicized, much as Vietnam did. That indicates that it's either time to get this thing won quickly (probably impossible at this point) or pull a Nixon, declare victory and bring the troops back home.

It seems that we truly never learn.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

As with everything, it's Bush's fault

(Via the Drudge Report)

Doddering Chris Dodd fingers George W. Bush as the person responsible for the BP oil spill.

This only adds to his record of responsibility for events such as the Great Plague, Tulip Mainia, World Wars I & II, the death of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean's wreck and Hurricane Katrina.

If the man lives long enough, he'll be implicated in the death of the dinosaurs--just so oil could be created in the first place.

Happy Birthday!

To a man who is still larger than life. Happy Birthday, Duke.

Peak water?

Many have worried about "peak oil", but maybe we should have worried about another resource--40 years ago.

For oil, using it involves a chemical transformation that won't be reversed except on geological time scales. Using water often leaves it in its native state, with a cycle that returns it to the environment in a geologic blink of an eye. Still, the authors make a compelling argument that, not only can there be a peak water, but the US passed this point around 1970, apparently without anyone noticing.

Some warn that resource wars are in our future. We've had them in the past; I wouldn't find it unbelievable if we did again.

Monday, May 24, 2010

More "fundamental change"

Now it seems that the Big O is either A) running for President of the World or B) becoming enven more transparent with his plan to destroy US power and prestige or C) both.

Obama, delivering the commencement speech Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said that "stronger international standards and institutions" and stronger alliances can "resolve" challenges ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation to climate change to economic decline.

"Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power," Obama said. "So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation."

The president added that efforts by America's armed forces need to be "complemented" with greater diplomatic engagement "from grand capitals to dangerous outposts," more humanitarian assistance to needy nations, better communications among intelligence agencies, first responders to act after earthquakes, storms and disease and "law enforcement that can strengthen judicial systems abroad, and protect us at home."

Now here is what makes me the most curious: He said this in front of the 2010 graduating class at West Point. You know, a bunch of folks who are about ready to swear an oath to "protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic"?

After listening to his remarks, you have to wonder which column, in the privacy of their minds, they decided to place him in.

Comment moderation

After one time too many having to delete a spam comment, comment moderation is now on for all comments. For those of you who comment, I apologize, but I will not be a party to this sort of misbehavior if I can help it.

And for you spammers, I hope there is a very special hell waiting for you. Jerks.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

One Trick Pony

(Via the Drudge Report)

You know, it was crazy that Obama got to run against George W. Bush in 2008, especially since the man wasn't running for anything. It was even carzier that voters didn't call him on it.

Now, it's just pitiful. Let's just hope that the electorate has gotten a bit more intelligent.