Sunday, April 12, 2009

Just shoot the bastards

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." David Lloyd George

Piracy, I once thought was a thing of movies. My first knowledge of pirates, when I was a child living in the UK, was seeing Burt Lancaster in the movie The Crimson Pirates, it was all very exciting and swashbuckling. Later, in grade school, I learned about the Barbary pirates and Americas reaction and then of course the Roman, Julius Caesar, who was captured and ransomed by pirates. Pirates who paid a price with their lives for his ransom.
Now today in the 21st century we have pirates, and they hold up the world. Just this week French commando units took back a yacht and killed a pirate and unfortunately one of the hostages. The American navy has rescued Capt. Richard Phillips while killing three pirates and capturing one. The French set the standard and now the United States has responded as it should. The pirates seem to be having a bad week.
The Somali pirates have announced that they will respond in kind to any country of their captives that kills any of them. "Captives," they are not taking captives, they are kidnapping innocent people and threatening their lives, and these morons are upset that the world treats them like the criminal scumbags that they are. Piracy on the high seas should warrant immediate execution after a speedy trial. These pieces of shit talk like they have been wronged. I say go get em Obama. Lets put some decoy ships out there loaded with armed troops and when these lowlife asshole pirates climb on board just shoot the bastards. The problem will be solved quite quickly if they die in large numbers. The world won't miss them and the sea lanes will be safe again, and lets not worry about the European hand wringing about the poor unwashed misunderstood pirates or Somali sensibilities. That is a failed state that has descended to the level of a street gang. It is time time to get tough and kick some ass and not be nice about it.

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"…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan…" Abraham Lincoln; March 4, 1865 These words are appropriate today as they were more that a hundred and fifty years ago. It's a national disgrace to treat our veterans like this, they deserve more, in fact they deserve our very best.
"I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD"
"A secret recording reveals the Army may be pushing its medical staff not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder. The Army and Senate have ignored the implications."
Salon.com

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"The Obama Economic Team's Flawed Cosmology: Still Believing the Universe Revolves Around the Banks"
"Luckily, there is a plethora of economic Galileos out there who recognize that the old bank-centric cosmology is just plain wrong. But while Joseph Stiglitz, Simon Johnson, Jeffrey Sachs, Nassim Taleb, Niall Ferguson, Paul Krugman, etc. are not being imprisoned for life for their heretical views -- they are also not being listened to. Which is really surprising for an administration that has prided itself on a "team of rivals" approach.
Worse, as the fundamental flaw in the administration's cosmology becomes more and more evident, the economic team around the president is closing ranks. Even David Axelrod, once the administration's champion of a more skeptical view of a bank-centric universe, appears to be peering through the Geithner-Summers telescope."
Arianna Huffington: HuffingtonPost.com

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Recommended book: Naked Republicans
From Publishers Weekly
"No need to avert your eyes-there's no photos of Karl Rove's bare ass here, but there are plenty of swift kicks to it. Uninhibited and unapologetic, the co-creator of liberal talk-radio network Air America unleashes a barrage of scorn-from grave accusations of high crime to ultra-personal mudslinging-on a rogue's gallery of Republicans, selected from the crop currently in power and the Contract with America revolutionaries of the 1990s." more



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SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

"CO2 damage to oceans could lead to a global calamity
Surface ocean acidity has increased by 30 per cent in the 200 years or so since we started burning fossil fuels on an industrial scale, with half of this increase occurring in just the last 30 years. Experts now project that ocean acidity will have doubled by 2050.

The pace of change in the pH levels of the oceans is occurring at around 100 times faster than any recorded natural rate. Last week’s International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen heard that acidification is now as profound a threat to the world’s oceans as climate change is to the land surface."
John Gibbons www.Irishtimes.com


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HONOR THE FALLEN



April 03, 2009
  • Army Sgt. Daniel J. Beard, 24, of Buffalo, N.Y.; assigned to the 147th Postal Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; died April 3 in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen F. Dearmon, 21, of Crossville, Tenn.; assigned to 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 3 in Anbar province, Iraq, as a result of a non-hostile incident.

    April 04, 2009
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip A Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Va.; assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom; died April 4 near Helmand province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.

    April 05, 2009
  • Army Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias, 28, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Grafenwoehr, Germany; died April 5 near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when a mine detonated near him during combat operations.

    April 06, 2009
  • Army Spc. Adam M. Kuligowski, 21, of Arlington, Va.; assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Apr. 6 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

    April 08, 2009
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Blaise A. Oleski, 22, of Holland Patent, N.Y.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 8 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
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