Friday, December 12, 2008

Balls. Big shiny ones.

Our armed forces are paid to do two things really well: kill people and break things. Oh sure, they do good humanitarian work along the way and sometimes are asked to help out with disasters when Mother Nature gets pissed, but their primary mission is to eliminate threats to this country. Most folks forget that with what Roger Waters calls the "bravery of being out of range".

One group of Special Forces soldiers had bravery but were very clearly in range, and now ten of them are being awarded the Silver Star for their actions in an unbelievable battle in Afghanistan.

A harrowing, nearly seven-hour battle unfolded on that mountainside in Afghanistan's Nuristan province on April 6, as Walton, his team and a few dozen Afghan commandos they had trained took fire from all directions. Outnumbered, the Green Berets fought on even after half of them were wounded — four critically — and managed to subdue an estimated 150 to 200 insurgents, according to interviews with several team members and official citations.

Today, Walton and nine of his teammates from Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 of the 3rd Special Forces Group will receive the Silver Star for their heroism in that battle — the highest number of such awards given to the elite troops for a single engagement since the Vietnam War.


"We were pretty much in the open, there were no trees to hide behind," said Morales, who with Walton pulled Behr back to their position. Morales cut open Behr's fatigues and applied pressure to his bleeding hip, even though Morales himself had been shot in the right thigh. A minute later, Morales was hit again, in the ankle, leaving him struggling to treat himself and his comrade, he said. Absent any cover, Walton moved the body of the dead Afghan interpreter to shield the wounded.


As Ford and Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding returned fire, Walding was hit below his right knee. Ford turned and saw that the bullet "basically amputated his right leg right there on the battlefield."

Walding, of Groesbeck, Tex., recalled: "I literally grabbed my boot and put it in my crotch, then got the boot laces and tied it to my thigh, so it would not flop around. There was about two inches of meat holding my leg on." He put on a tourniquet, watching the blood flow out the stump to see when it was tight enough.

Un-frigging-believable these guys are. I would have been crying like a little girl with a skinned knee. Damned glad (and proud) we have guys like this on our side.

Monday, December 08, 2008

This is delicious

Sounds like some Lefties have buyer's remorse now with Barack Obama.

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it's all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn't there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

Did anyone really believe he (or any candidate for that matter) was going to give you all he said he would? Campaign promises are made from the cheap seats, and once the daily briefings kick in after the general election, the President-elect always gets a sobering wake up call about the state of the nation.

But it is delicious to see this happen, given the euphoria over his election and the near-orgasmic joy that emanated from the liberal media outlets when he was elected.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

In this day and age?

I think it's a total load of crap that the election has been over for nearly a month and there's still no winner in the Coleman/Franken race in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democrat Al Franken caught a couple of breaks Tuesday as the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race drew closer to a finish, though not enough to undo Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's persistent lead.

As Ramsey County wrapped up its recount, officials there discovered and tallied 171 ballots that weren't counted on election night. Franken gained 37 votes on Coleman's lead.

Coleman led by 215 votes out of 2.9 million cast before the recount. The lead has bounced up and down since the recount began, but the exact margin is difficult to know because both sides have put thousands of ballots in limbo through challenges. The disputed ballots won't be sorted out until a canvassing board meeting that begins Dec. 16.

Why is it so frigging difficult to computerize and automate the voting process? You can go on the Internet and order black rubber dildos in any quantity you like these days but when it comes to choosing an elected official, you may as well forget it.

We ask ourselves every day why it is that manufacturing and innovation has left this country and gone overseas. Look no further than examples like this for your answer.