Archive for November, 2010

Why Pay for Newspaper Lies?

November 23, 2010

Recently published figures indicate newspaper circulation continues to decline. The economy and the Internet certainly play a role in that decline. Another reason may be that people don’t see any reason to pay to be lied to about political issues.

Many editors and political reporters have ceased being journalists. Most of them have become propagandists for the Democratic Party with a smaller number supporting the Republican Party.

Media Democrats seem more inclined to take orders from politicians. Republicans like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity prefer to try to give orders to Republicans.
MSNBC recently suspended Keith Olbermann for contributing money to three Democratic candidates, but has never complained about him giving free advertising worth tens of millions to Democratic candidates.

Keith Olbermann and other partisan Democratic “journalists” are nothing more than “media sheep” for the Democratic Party. In George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” the pigs take charge of the revolution that overthrows the farmer.

Napoleon makes himself the chief pig and uses the sheep to spread his propaganda. He controls them so completely that he is even able to get them to change their message without complaint. For example, he initially has them bleat “four legs good, two legs bad” to indicate that the animals are good and humans are bad. Later when he and the other pigs learn to walk on two legs he gets them to bleat “four legs good, two legs better” to indicate that the pigs are superior to the other animals.

The Democrats’ media sheep don’t understand that blindly following any Democrat who mumbles the right catch phrases has hurt their party. The media sheep’s unwillingness to look behind the curtain of the self proclaimed wizards of the Democratic Party has allowed charlatan and incompetents to take over the party.

The media sheep like to repeat the old Democratic mantra that it is the Republican Party that is the party of the rich while ignoring the fact that supporters of the Democratic Party like George Soros and Warren Buffett aren’t poor folks. The media sheep ignore the fact that during the Clinton administration Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat, wrote legislation approved by a Democratic Congress that allowed Enron to flourish and rip off its stockholders.

Democrats and their media sheep are the ones pushing the carbon dioxide cap and trade scheme pushed by the late dinosaurs Enron and Lehman Brothers along with other wealthy financial interests. Enron wrote the Kyoto accords for the Clinton administration.

It’s been easy to identify the Democrats media sheep since the election. Media sheep believe that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress were taking the economy forward. They claim that Republicans will take us backwards.

The media sheep are either too lazy to research the facts or don’t care if they are telling the truth or not.

Unemployment went up early in the administration of President George W. Bush because of the small recession at the end of the Clinton administration, the collapse of the dot.com businesses and 9/11. However, by January. 2007, when the Democrats took control of Congress unemployment had fallen from 6.3% to 4.65% according to Labor Department statistics. .

After two years of the Democratic controlled Congress unemployment rose to 7.7%. After Barack Obama moved into the White House unemployment rose to 10.1% before stabilizing at about 9.6%.

Cowboy, if you think those numbers indicate the economy has been going forward under the Democrats, you’re facing the wrong end of the horse. If Republicans are taking us “back” it’s because they have to go back along the wrong road the Democrats have been on before taking us forward.

Newspaper publishers need to decide whether they want to serve the Democratic Party, regardless of the quality of its candidates, or the readers who buy their papers. The recent election disaster for Democrats demonstrates that the media’s efforts to help Democrats isn’t working because voters are smart enough to recognize incompetence in those holding public office. Voters can recognize when the emperor has no clothes. Media sheep cannot.

“Nobody Wins a War” – General Savage

November 12, 2010

“Nobody wins a war. Some just lose more than others.” B.Gen. Frank Savage, commander of the WWII 918th Bombardment Group in the tv series “12:00 High” made this statement in the episode “P.O.W: part 2”.

Savage provides a different view of victory in war from the one that assumes the country that controls the battle field after the war is the “winner”.

We usually consider WWII to be a war we won, but what did we actually win?

We didn’t gain any large territory. Instead, we gave the Philippines its independence.

We didn’t take money or other wealth from the losers. Instead, we helped rebuild them.
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We had significant losses with over 400,000 deaths and a huge debt. Our enemies suffered much heavier losses with deaths in the millions and destruction of their cities.

What is important about WWII is not what we “won” but what we didn’t lose. Thanks to the efforts of men like my dad and my uncles we didn’t lose our freedom.

The countries we defeated had to accept rule by others with the victors determining their form of government. Germans had to accept division of their country for several decades after the war.

This form of evaluation can be applied to the current conflict in Afghanistan. We’re not trying to win control of Afghanistan or to take whatever mineral wealth it might have. American firms could purchase those minerals without a war.

We’re not in Afghanistan to “win” anything. We’re there to prevent losses like those that occurred on 9/11.

Success in Afghanistan will depend not upon how much we win, but on how much we don’t lose. Afghanistan is part of the War on Terror that may last as long as the Cold War.

Lame Duck Session May Do Nothing

November 12, 2010

Those who are expecting the Lame Duck session of Congress to deal with controversial issues like taxes and immigration may be disappointed. The lame duck Demcrats who lost their reelection bids may not have to worry about voter reaction to their votes, but the Senators racing reelection in 2012 have a lot to worry about.

Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2012 may prefer to avoid dealing with any controversial issues because a vote either way could reduce the chance of being reelected. A Democrat who votes one way on an issue could motivate a strong Republican to run in 2012. A vote the other way might provoke a fellow Democrat to challenge in the primary.

The Democrats who were first elected in 2006 have the most to worry about because voters chose them more to protest President George W. Bush than from any real support for the Democratic Party.

Those facing reelection in 2012 will be in the spotlight during the lame duck session. No one cares what the lame ducks do. There won’t be much interest in those Senators up for reelection in 2014

After the new Congress takes over in January some of the media attention will shift to the House and the new Republican Senators.

45th Anniversary Operation Hump

November 12, 2010

November 8 marks the 45th Anniversary of Operation Hump the first major battle fought by the 173rd Airborne Brigade which arrived in Vietnam in early May, 1965. A note to World War II vets, battles in Vietnam generally were just as intense as your battles but involved small military units, often only a few companies, on both sides in a relatively small geographic area.

Operation Hump began on November 5, 1965, when 400 American and Australian forces entered War Zone D on a search and destroy mission against War Zone D, also known as the Iron Triangle, had been established 20 years earlier by the Viet Minh as a base during its war against the French. It was 20 miles northwest of Saigon and contained a vast underground complex providing a supply and support base complete with medical facilities and munitions factories.

The Triangle covered about 125 square miles bordered in part by the Saigon and Song rivers along with the Than Dien Forest. The area contained rubber plantations, triple canopy jungles and a few hamlets.

The Australians were deployed south of the Dong Hai River to serve as a blocking force for retreating enemy troops while the 1st Battalion of the 503rd was helicoptered into the area north of the river.

The Sky Soldiers made little contact through November 7 when B and C companies set up a night defensive position near Hill 65 which was covered by triple canopy jungle. At about 6 A.M. company C began moving toward Hill 65 while Company B headed toward Hill 78.

Company C made contact with a sizable enemy force at about 8 A.M.. Company B was ordered to move toward Hill 65 to assist Company C 45 minutes later. Company B arrived at about 9:30 and also encountered an enemy force determined to number 1,200 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. .

B Company commander Capt. Lowell D Bittrich has provided a detailed account of his company’s actions online. The account includes a poem describing the scene by SP4 Joseph M. Kenny, the B Company, lst Battalion 503D Infantry artillery team radio operator (RTO) from Battery C, 3D Battalion, 319th Artillery.

The enemy at one point moved in close to the American positions with some hand to hand fighting to reduce the ability of the Americans to use artillery and air support. The enemy broke off contact by the next morning.

Although surrounded by a much larger force the Sky Soldiers held their ground like the paratroopers of their fathers’ generation did at Bastogne in World War II. Country stars Big and Rich have immortalized the battle in their song “8th of November“.

Both sides suffered heavy losses with 48 paratroopers killed and numerous others wounded. Viet Cong and NVA losses included 403 dead and an unknown number of wounded.

The American wounded included a medic, Specialist 5 Lawrence Joel, the first black American to survive a battle in which he was awarded a Medal of Honor since the Spanish American War. Joel, though wounded himself, continued to assist the wounded in spite of heavy enemy fire.

The 173rd would return to the area two years later as part of a force of 32,000 in Operation Cedar Falls. As often happened with large scale operations the enemy fled ahead of the force’s arrival.