Tuesday, September 02, 2014

ERIC CANTOR

“THERE IS NO SHAME. Eric Cantor just landed a job on Wall Street for 3.4 mil. He has no shame. And, for this 3.4 mil, he will be going to his old friends in Congress who will look with favor on him. They have no shame.”
Opinion by GdA

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ROBERT SHERRILL

It was the first time I had thought of him in a long time. He was a hell raising journalist that seemed to take on everybody if he saw them soft peddling the truth. There were several quotes which were titles usually for his writing. "Military justice is to justice as military music is to music." Here's another that I loved. "The Saturday Night Special: and other guns which Americans used to win the west, protected bootleg franchises, slew wildlife, robbed countless banks, shot husbands purposely, and ... killed presidents--I loved this guy. God bless him on his journey. Sherrill, an original maverick where God only made one. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

EARTHQUATE

“In Northern California, the idea is never “if” but “when” an earthquake. We had a 6.0 this morning. It seemed to go on forever. It woke me. I immediately remembered the La Prietta on Oct 17, 1989. I was at Letterman Army Medical Center on the Presideo, standing in the Lobby, talking with a family about withdrawing life support from
their terminally ill father. The earthquake happened. Everybody scattered. Suddenly, I was by myself. A chunk of the outside structure had fallen. The Marina was burning. We were rushing docs to help. The Bay Bridge had collapsed. We had an earthquake!!!!!!!”
GdA

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FERGUSON

What else is there to say about Ferguson? There are so many things that are intertwined. To have a "clean" statement is impossible. I have done an informal discussion with these old guys I hang out with two or three times a week. Plus, I am part of an email group with close to a dozen retired military types. All the whites pretty much see it the same: "Unfortunate police action but can't tolerate lawlessness. Rioting, etc puts it in different category. Now, thugs have come in to take advantage."

 Most African Americans deal with the heavy handedness of the police, the brutality. Even the most hardcore would have to admit, "shooting a teenager six times in the head is a bit much." Issues like no jobs, president's fault, too much military style policing. Questioning of heavy handedness. All over the map. 

Regardless of where we stand on Ferguson, we can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, "we have not solved the issue of race in our country." 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

RACE

Are race relations as bad as ever in America. I don't think so. Much is the media. Never forget that the media wants a story, not necessarily the truth. 
 
THE SIXTIES REVISITED. I was on the way to Vietnam when riots erupted  over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Amazing that few things have changed about race in the country. African Americans accusing  the police of being heavy handed and the police accusing the protestors of being violent. 

I thought the former mayor of Ferguson was close to the truth. On the "News Hour" when asked about racial profiling, he said something like, "When a policeman sees a car with expired tags, he is going to pull it over. The vast majority of the time, the car owner is an African American who can't afford to pay for tags. This is 80% of the time. Is that racial profiling? So, issue is as much economic as race?

These little townships around St Louis have the vast majority as blacks. Yet the elected officials and police are mostly white. What is this?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IRAQ REVISTED

I opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning as it was built on fraud. George W f..k up, let's face it--Listened to the neocons who still are in denial. 
We finally got out of Iraq luckily through the bungling of Nouri al-Maliki
who has maintained a crazy hold on power. 

We lucked out. Now, a weary nation (at least those who care), are faced with what to do again in Iraq? The president has taken a courageous stance in bombing. We can't turn our backs on defenseless people like the Yazidis. It is not in our nature.  The bombing seems to be working. We have stopped the advance of fanatics who kill indiscriminately anybody who doesn't agree with them. I think I would take a little riskier tacict than just bombing. Forget those like John McCain. What the f..k is wrong with him. He was a POW for God's sake and ought to be bigger than all this criticism he constant levels. He is still a sore loser I think. And Hillary, politics. Give me a break. But, with what I've read, we are dealing with murderous fanatics. Vicious fanatics like ISSI must be confronted. And we should be prepared to facilitate their martyrdom. Air strikes alone will not do it. There is no winning this war on terrorism, they continue to multiply but we can win this battle. We should deploy the 82d Airborne. They are the premier large scale fighting force in the American military. The 82d Airborne trains and lives for this moment. Already, they have prepared a scenario exactly for this moment. They are trained. Their mission means ready to "rock and roll" in 72 hours. In this case, they are sitting on the runway, waiting on the green light. It is time to do it. And, once the mission is completed, "wheels up" on the way home, the Kurt's have the mission.

Friday, August 08, 2014

BOBBING ISSIS

Ordinarily I would oppose a decision to even think of doing anything with Iraq but I think Ryan Crocker is right, “This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate." People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”

The President has made a courageous decision. Politically,  he can't win.  The fact is, ISIS will kill innocent people indiscriminately and we have "try" to prevent it. God bless us.