It's Been A While
First off, an apology to several bloggers, whose postings I have commented on and the comments seem to have slid into a black hole as Haloscan seems to be rejecting my comments. I don't know what the problem is but I think it's at my end.
Barr and the Libertarians
In many ways I like the Libertarians, but I certainly don't agree with them in everything and will not vote for them because it's a wasted vote and journey down a three foot dead-end hallway rather than a proper path for America to take. I would rather see those who support the libertarians abandon that party entirely, come to the GOP and help us take that party back. As long as they call themselves "Libertarians" they will not win any major elections and anything said to the contrary is wishful thinking. I feel the same way about the Constitution Party with whom I am in even greater agreement. The GOP will come storming back soon and it's partly up to these groups what kind of party we will have.
I was most fortunate in that I served during a time of peace and only one real military operation took place while I was in (and then I was not yet active duty!) I can't complain that I never saw combat, but often I feel like a faux veteran when I hear combat vets tell their stories.
Anyway I have nothing but praise for the courageous men and women who truly put it all on the line, not just for America, but for the freedom and prosperity of all mankind.
The only thing I saw that came close to combat was that (expletive deleted) E-2 with a blue rope on his shoulder in boot camp; the blue rope used to be a cursed magic item that gives E-2s and E-3s delusions of godhood and but the now the Navy gives them to Petty Officers in training to train recruits - - who are probably much better qualified for such a position. (When I was in Boot Camp it was the insignia of an Assistant Company Commander who was generally fresh out of Boot Camp themselves and suddenly had authority that most of them were totally unprepared for. Scuttlebutt later told me that they had an unusually high "A" School failure rate and frequent problems when they returned to the normal Navy. I had one former Blue Rope as roommate in "A" School and he at least had a lot of problems. )
America is More Serious About Terror?!?
America is making a half-hearted attempt to combat the terror threat at best. We are stuck in a Politically Correct rut which keeps our government from acknowledging the true nature of Jihad and taking the steps that are necessary to protect ourselves from it and ultimately defeat it completely and forever. Some of it is wishful thinking, or the idiotic delusion that all violence can be traced back to the class struggle. It's true that we are doing things but we are not doing enough. What we have to do will be unpopular with the multi-culturalists and moral relativists, but - - quite bluntly - - to Hell with what they think.
Yet the Times OnLine has an interesting article saying that Great Britain needs to follow America's example and take terrorism and the threats of Jihad and Sharia more seriously. Both countries have to do that but Britain needs to do more than just follow our example because we are not doing enough. Perhaps they should do it right and show us how it's done. I for one would genuinely praise any country that properly stands up to Mo's Bullies.