Man's Best Freind

>> October 31, 2009

I came home Thursday night, strolled through the kitchen to the back door, as always, to check on my dog (Darth) Vader, and proceeded to watch that mutt kick the living sh*t out of whatever it was that fell out of the backyard tree. He had evidently been worrying the villainous intruder for quite a while, because as soon as Vader lost attention, for the split nano-second he acknowledged me, the tree hugger jumped down, and almost made it over the wooden fence. Oops! No such luck. (Thank you for playing. Tell him what his won Don Pardo!) My muddy mutt pulled from my grasp and tore that sucker up, whatever it was. Eventually, the varmint got loose, and dragged it's happy a** over or under the fence, thankful to be alive, and was free. I still don't know what it was. I don't care. I was proud of my dog's unrelenting  protection of his space. He showed no concern of the strength of the enemy. None. No thought of his own safety, or well-being, just primal instinct to protect his provider and his space. That's it.

This lack of self-regard caused me to think again of our selfless fighting men and women. This is, I think in essence, what they volunteer for and the ideal they strain and train to be: unrelenting protectors of their country, our backyards.

They volunteer to be dogs. Trained, disciplined dogs of war, Hoping, like any other dog that loves it's master or country, to be of use. In a dog's case, to fetch the bird, or herd the cattle, or protect it's master. In the case of the soldier, to take the hill, to hold the perimeter, or to root out the enemy wherever he may be, in short, to be an asset. Sure, a dog can't vocalize those desires, but if you have ever known and loved a dog, you can surely attest to the "willfulness to please" nature of man's best friend.

Disclaimer: While I certainly don't think of any soldier truly as a dog, or any animal, with some personal exceptions (you know who you are), I do admire the tenacity and audacity with which a soldier goes about their business. So, if any offense is taken to this analogy, please, rest assured that it is not my intention to offend, but to admire and to acknowledge the sacrifices given by those in service to our country.

Now, go hit the Valour-IT banner. Help those who, in the act of protecting us all, have given more than their fair share.

God Bless You All, you Dogs of War, you Protectors of Freedom.

HT Sharon for the photo of Vader.




While Obama 'Consults'

>> October 30, 2009

"...our troops fight on with what they have..."
From Christian at Defense Tech


Clinton: "We Tax Everything That Moves"

Via Gateway Pundit: Hillary Clinton Tells Pakistanis: "We Tax Everything That Moves"
There's some news to me.


Thanks Cassandra, Now The World Is All Watery

I could post a quote but, you would just go finish reading anyway. So go on, git.
It's well worth your time.


Good Commentary From Serr8d on the TARP Fiasco...

>> October 29, 2009

"Overshot the runway by more than just a hundred miles... ~ Serr8d's Cutting Edge

Click it to make it bigger.


Valour-IT - The Beginning:

Found this at Something... and Half of Something
"Project Valour-IT began when Captain Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss was wounded by an IED while serving as commander of a tank company in Iraq in June 2005.

During his deployment he kept a blog. Captivating writing, insightful stories of his experiences, and his self-deprecating humor won him many loyal readers. After he was wounded, his wife continued his blog, keeping his readers informed of his condition.

As he began to recover, CPT Ziegenfuss wanted to return to writing his blog, but serious hand injuries hampered his typing. When a loyal and generous reader gave him a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred software, other readers began to realize how important such software could be to CPT Ziegenfuss' fellow wounded soldiers and started cast about for a way to get it to them.

A fellow who writes under the pseudonym FbL contacted Captain Ziegenfuss and the two realized they shared a vision of creating libraries of laptops with voice-controlled software that could be brought to the bedsides of wounded soldiers whose injuries prevented them from operating a standard computer. FbL contacted Soldiers' Angels, who offered to help develop the project, and Project Valour-IT was born"

Remember this: "Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of voice-activated laptops for wounded servicemembers."
How many charities can say that?

Read the rest here...
HT Mostly Game


em i cee kay e wye em oh you es e

Caution: Harsh language...

I am in a world of shit. Yes. But I am alive. And I am not afraid.
God Bless Our Troops. Amen.


Lemme See Your War Face!

Caution: Harsh Gunny language...

There is something wrong with this. I'll have to keep watching it til I figure out what it is.


Another Silent USMC Drill Platoon

>> October 28, 2009



USMC Silent Drill Platoon


Valour-IT: Have You Donated Yet?

Just click on the thermometer. It's easy. Look, I'll show you...

See how easy that was?


Video Exposes Health Care Bill Written By Democrats In Secret

Republican senators and members of the media highlight President Obama's failure to live up to his pledge to conduct health care negotiations in full view of the public. Senators and media members also highlight the White Houses alarming tendency to seek to punish those who dont share its views.

I'm hoping for a change in 2010.


Project Valour IT

"...helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:

Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD."

"...It is comforting to know there are people who care so much.  After a year of surgeries, treatment and therapy, it can be discouraging. Although I am a trained attorney, due to TBI, it is unclear what my future will be.  The computer will help with my therapy and my transition back to civilian work." – Captain V, U.S. Army Reserves

I have to admit, I saw this on Villanous Company's blog and Miss Attila's blog the other day and am ashamed I didn't post sooner. Please forgive my tardiness. I just didn't realize the short time frame. This Project ends Nov. 11th so, maybe I'm not too late.

Man-up and dig deep my loyal readers, we are few, I know, but we can still make a difference in the life of a wounded vet.

ooh rah!


TEA Party Patriots Contract FROM America Update: Need Your Help

I've suggested to the TPP-CFA the idea that big pharma spread their R&D across the world market and allow drug imports from other countries. As suggested in my earlier post. I didn't see it in the list so, it is there now.
If this idea is going to gain any ground, it needs some votes (ratings), so, those of you that are TEA Partiers or are interested, sign in or register here and rate/vote here (click on the "vote now" button, then click on the amount of stars you wish to give that suggestion. I'd go five *hint*). All of the other ideas that I listed are represented on the health care portion of the CFA pages in some form, so, no need to suggest them again (Although some do. Why is that? Read the list before you post something that has been suggested.) Also,  rate (vote) for your other favorite health care initiatives.
There are other categories as well. Check them all out.
I really like the idea of the Contract FROM America. It is truly grassroots to the core.
Join the TEA Party Patriots today!


Marco Rubio Q & A on Morning Joe

>> October 27, 2009

HT Backyard Conservative


Republicans Are Losing The Conservative Base

Ok, check this out: I'm quoting a comment from the "Quote of the Day" section of Hot Air, who is quoting Reagan. My head is spinning. It's like one of those crazy mirrors where it just keeps getting deeper and deeper. Puleeeze make it stop!

"How much more clear can we possibly get, for the Party to understand our discontent, our disconnect, and our disatisfaction with what the Party has become? They are now trying to "brand" us as the "Radical Right"–this is why people are not identifying with the Party. They are trying to marginalize us, in the same way that Obama has done to the Republican Party. This the losing strategy of the Party.
What part of the saying, "I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Party left me" don’t they understand?"
lovingmyUSA on October 27, 2009
Spot on. I say Oust the RINO's in 2010 & 2012!

I'm loving "lovingmyUSA". You hang in there. ~ I hope you're not a guy, cause, you know, I'm loving you. But hey, if you are, I still love you anyway, cause I can do that. It doesn't make me weird(er).


Get Government Out of Health Care

>> October 26, 2009

I am not a doctor. I've never played one on TV so, me speaking about healthcare reform is like Nancy Pelosi and a bunch of bureaucrats changing the entire health care system over a small, but inflated minority of people who supposedly slip through the cracks. Oh, wait. The liberals are already doing that aren't they.  Ok, so maybe if some legislators who know nothing can spout off, then I can too. I think I will. With the main rule being: "Get Government Out of Health Care". Quite the opposite from current events, don't you think?
Conservatives might be slow, but we are thorough. So, without further ado (or government intervention)...
Here are some ideas that I've heard and liked plus a few of my own:

  • Continue state regulated tort reform.  According to an ongoing NCSL review of state legislative work on medical liability insurance costs and medical malpractice lawsuits: "2005 State Activity Review - Medical malpractice tort law has always been maintained at the state level..."    "Traditional supporters of federalism have turned their backs on their states in favor of intrusive legislation that will nullify the work of their state legislatures executed over the last three years. It will completely eliminate any opportunity for states to continue to craft laws addressing further malpractice issues and formulating responses applicable to specific problems. Federal legislation will also mean that areas of law traditionally regulated by states – torts, evidence and civil procedure – will no longer be under the purview of the states, but rather the federal government." ~Emphasis mine
  • Offer employer provided HMO/PPO plans but also offer individuals alternative group plans such as community or profession based. (If state barriers are removed, I believe  competition will bear out these options along with others not thought of yet). Free the Free Market!
  • Offer High Deductible Accident/Disease Insurance (HDA/DI). With a HDA/DI you would pay out-of-pocket for check-ups, minor doctor visits, (like for a cold) and prescriptions (see below) You don't buy insurance to have your oil changed in your car. Health care should be no different.
  • Allow Personal Health Savings Plans to be tax exempt/deductible and allowed to carry over year to year. Accruing interest at the prime rate. You should be able to use this money for any check-ups or doctor visits or HDA/DI deductibles.
  • Privatize Medicaid and Medicare. (Awaiting the flame mail in 3, 2, 1...)
Ok, that's enough to get started. And it only took a lowly designer/drummer about an hour to compile.  Try that Nancy.

Q: How do yo tell a drummer from a musician?
A: The drummer drools a lot, and hangs out with musicians. parrrump splash!

Anyone care to add anything?     Bueller...    Bueller?

While looking for a graphic to go along with my assertions, I found this chart summarizing the state of health care coverage over the last 10 years. Hmmm, it seems that NOTHING has gotten worse in TEN years. In fact, according to these stats (adjusting for population growth) the amount of coverage has increased by one percentage point from 1998 to 2008. Which begs the question: Where is the crisis except in the minds of Democrats, those with their hands out, or those watching the MSM? I contend that there is no crisis. This debate is, and always will be about control. Sure, we may be able to improve the health care system, but not without doing proper Root Cause Analysis: Establish that there is a problem. Diagnose the problem.  Find the cause of the problem. Find the best ways to fix it or prevent the issue from arising in the future, if socially and fiscally possible.

And that my friends, is all I have to say about that.

Ciao for now.


Conservative Candidate Roundup - Updated 11/18

>> October 25, 2009

UPDATED 12/8/09
The other day I was looking for a list of conservatives running for offices across the US. I couldn't find one. Thus is born the CCR (not the band). I'll be posting links to blogs discussing the candidates along with their websites. If you have any suggestions for true conservative candidates, you can email me at pbgreen at hotmail dot com.

Virginia: Statewide roundup of Conservatives at REDNoVA

BackyardConservative: In Florida Senate race: Rubio Rising: Yes He Can
BackyardConservative: Rubio Climbing Higher and Higher
Marco Rubio Q & A on Morning Joe

FL District 22
Col. Allen West news at RS McCain
Allen West

Blonde Sagacity: BLACKFIVE's Matt Burden is running for State Representative in Illinois' 41st district.
AceOfSpadesHQ: Vote Matt Burden (BLACKFIVE)
LorieByrd: I Wish I Could Vote for Matt Burden
Help Matt Burden here.

UPDATE: Added 12-7-09
US Congress in Illinois 8th District - Joe Walsh endorsed by blogger Paul Mitchell who is also running in Illinois for State Representative in the 62nd District, Paul's blog can be found here and in my blogroll as Thoughts of a Regular Guy.

Reboot Congress: Ed Martin's race to unseat Russ Carnahan in Missouri's third Congressional District
Ed Martin's site can be found here.

Also at Reboot Congress: Paul Curtman running for state representative in Missouri's HD105 - link goes to  video which, I think, launched him to the forefront.
Paul Curtman's site is here.

Sister Toldja comments on Michelle Bachmann, who is running for congressional re-election in Minnesota
UPDATE: Just found a video at Legalize the Constitution recorded earlier of M.B. on the House Floor summing it all up. Love Michelle.
Help Michelle Bachmann here.

Added 12/ 8/09
Danny Tarkanian for US Senate - Opposing Harry Reid
The Other McCain has more on Danny Tarkanian

UPDATE: It ain't over?
UPDATE: Hoffman did concede again in order to concentrate on a vigorous 2010 run. Good luck Doug.
Doug Hoffman NY-23 - RS McCain has continuing coverage of the race.
Also, from Hot Air: NY23: Ordinary Americans Make Miracles Happen — Start Doing What You Can!
Update #1: Fred Thompson endorses Doug Hoffman
Doug Hoffman's website is here.

Pat Toomey is running for Senator in a tight race in Pennsylvania LGT NRO article
Hat Tip to Blonde Sagacity
Pat Toomy's website is here.

Where I Stand: Sam Filder announces for Utah State Senator
Blackfive: "Sam Filder is the kind of man you want protecting your family"
Help Sam Filder here.

Related: A couple of political event calendars leading to and including the 2010 elections -
Here is the link
Here's another for 2009

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