Out and About on a Sunday

Sources say female troops were given special treatment to pass Ranger School. The thing is no enemy of the United States is going to cut us any slack. Any woman who wants to be in a combat unit should have to meet the exact same standards as the men – and no lowering of standards. In fact, I’d like to see the standards raised for all military services – perhaps even a smaller overall Army and Marines, but each soldier and Marine trained up to Special Forces quality. 250,000 such soldiers and Marines could make mincemeat of most global military forces.

Bill Clinton has identified the culprit in the Hillary e mail scandal: the Republicans.

Trump is claiming that his GOP rivals want to start World War Three over Syria. This is an exaggeration, of course – but that is Trump in a nutshell. But it must be kept in mind that unless we decide we want to back the Assad regime (and there is a case to be made for this – I’d set our price at the removal of Hezbollah from Lebanon), there is a risk of war with Iran and Russia, who are backing Assad (so, if we decide to fight Assad, they might decide to fight us). Careful thought is necessary in the Syrian mine field.

Hey, fellow Conservatives, just because it is a defense program doesn’t mean it isn’t a boondoggle. I’m pretty sure that about 1 in 3 dollars spent by Uncle Sam is waste, fraud or abuse. And that goes for military spending, as well. British Admiral Jacky Fisher in the early 20th century managed to reduce Naval spending while also providing Britain with a vastly more powerful Navy – big spending doesn’t necessarily translate into a strong military. I bet we can actually cut defense spending and get a more powerful military – and as we set about trying to get rid of regressive, anti-human social spending, we’ll need to find some military cuts so that our proposed reforms don’t come out as “cut welfare and spend on military”. Politics is an art – and you’ve got to play the game to win.

Corporations are selling each other corporate bonds in order to buy back their own stocks. I’m sure this will end well…

A lot of my fellow conservatives have taken strong issue with some statements by Pope Francis. Well, here’s something he said which will make you happy:

In this place which is symbolic of the American way, I would like to reflect with you on the right to religious freedom. It is a fundamental right which shapes the way we interact socially and personally with our neighbors whose religious views differ from our own. Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.

In other words, liberals, religious liberty means we’re allowed to act upon our religious beliefs even in the public square.

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20 thoughts on “Out and About on a Sunday

  1. Retired Spook September 27, 2015 / 9:57 am

    In an ideal world those up the military food chain would be held accountable when those female rangers get someone killed because they’re not up to the task? Just like the Marine Major General who decided that their recruiters would hide behind desk partitions rather than be armed, they’ll retire with an exorbitant pension while the parents of those for whose safety they were responsible bury their sons and daughters.

    • M. Noonan September 27, 2015 / 10:30 am

      It is a sad reality that we’ll always have senior officers who will go along with just about anything to get another star on their shoulder – and, you’re right, it isn’t such who will pay the blood price. For the liberal leadership, I suspect they believe a real war will never happen, and so military efficiency isn’t an issue. But, we’re playing around with people’s lives here…

    • Amazona September 27, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Given the attitude of the administration (and by extension the military) I have to wonder if Eric Fanning’s recent appointment as Secretary of the Army is based exclusively on qualifications other than his homosexuality. If there are two or more equally qualified candidates for a job, and the choice amounts to a kind of coin toss, I can see how convenient political considerations might come into play, but in this atmosphere I no longer have confidence that true qualifications have much to do with anything.

      We see it all the time, on the Left: They got a black president, now they want a woman president, next it will be a gay president, then a vegan president, then an albino president, and so on. Evidently someone decided we needed female Rangers. Who’s to say there was no decision that “We need a gay Secretary of the Army”.

      So much for the concept of a meritocracy……..

      • Cluster September 27, 2015 / 2:06 pm

        If you believe in a meritocracy, you’re probably a racist, homophobic xenophobe.

      • Amazona September 28, 2015 / 10:10 am

        The very WORD “meritocracy” is a microagression, a shaming by the abled of those with less ability, in a nation where “merit” is defined in a normalist matrix of societally imposed arbitrary standards exclusionary to diversity of outcomes.

      • Cluster September 28, 2015 / 10:23 am

        Congratulations. You’re a progressive. 🙂

      • M. Noonan September 28, 2015 / 10:52 am

        We cisnormative XY persons of pallor have much to atone for, after all…given that we stole things like indoor plumbing from…oh, well, someone, you see?

      • Amazona September 28, 2015 / 10:11 am

        I think I’m getting the hang of this……….

      • Amazona September 28, 2015 / 8:26 pm

        I bow, in humble admiration, to the brilliance of “cisnormative……. person of pallor”. Well played.

      • M. Noonan September 29, 2015 / 1:13 am

        I like it, too – shows the complete insanity we’re getting.

  2. Amazona September 27, 2015 / 10:28 am

    I’m a woman who has often worked in jobs thought of as male jobs, and have experienced discrimination when denied jobs I could do, such as driving a truck. Having said that, I despise this trend to giving women special treatment. If I am in a fire, the last person I want to see coming up the ladder to help me out a window is a 5’6″ woman who could no more carry me out than she could fly. Quite simply, there are some jobs that require a kind and level of physical strength that few if any women have—and the “few” are probably professional body builders.

    I think women can be excellent pilots even in combat. My brother told me the other day, on the anniversary of 9/11, that one of the planes sent to bring down Flight 93 was a woman. The fighters were unarmed, so the only way they could “bring down” the passenger plane would be to fly into it, and she and the male pilot in the other fighter jet agreed that one would fly into the cockpit and one into the tail. She was quite competent in her job and willing to do what had to be done for her country. There are a lot of military jobs women can do. But when there are extreme requirements of strength and endurance, those requirements are there for a reason, and should not be waived or diminished to accommodate those who can’t meet them.

    I am with you, Spook. It is time we have accountability. That means every single person who makes a decision that puts, or might put, people in danger should have his or her name on that decision. I was thinking that about the Dems who voted to support Obama’s Iran agreement—if Iran is not stopped by people wiser and braver than they are, the consequences will go far beyond “blood on their hands”—-they will be covered in the blood of those who died because of their stupidity, because they put party loyalty ahead of decency.

  3. Cluster September 27, 2015 / 1:43 pm
  4. Cluster September 27, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    The resignation of Boehner is just another step towards common sense Americans shedding themselves from the Progressive Political Class that through crony capitalism, the tax code, and political favors has nearly destroyed this country. I hope Mitch McConnell is next. We have seen this movement unfold at the State level in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections where common sense American conservatives now control the majority of State Governor seats and legislatures.

    Democrats don’t like to acknowledge this but it is what is happening. Hillary’s interview on Meet the Press this morning was a text book case of how the political class lies, spins and distorts issues and those lies, spins and distortions do fool many people, our resident progressives are a good example, but many Americans have seen the results of the political class and are no longer susceptible to their spin or accepting of their failures.

    Plus, when you have an opposing political party that passes legislation to save Osprey eggs in their nest, but blocks legislation that would save a fully formed human baby in the womb, in addition to condoning the rape of young boys at the hands of Afghan soldiers – it wont take much to expose their dangerous extremism and complete incompetence.

  5. Cluster September 28, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I would like to commend Mark and Amazona for putting their best “progressive” foot forward in trying to understand the insane logic of the left but there is something missing, and that missing component is called common sense. Something of which they both have too much of, precluding their admission into the progressive movement. Sorry.

    On another note, the leftist media has suddenly found themselves a friend in John Boehner and are saddened by his resignation citing his willingness to compromise and work within the “system”, which is the very reason why conservatives like myself are glad to see him go away. I have no interest in compromising with people who have a stated desire to “fundamentally transform” this country and of whom are in the process of doing just that. Common sense Americans need to understand that anymore, we have very little in common with Democrats. After all, this is a party that is willing to shut down the government in defense of a small organization that performs late term abortions in a manner that is outside the law, and in a manner of which is intended to keep organs intact for resale. There is nothing more deplorable.

    The GOP needs a back bone, and needs people who are willing to fight harder than the left in restoring this country to the traditions that made us who we are.

    • Amazona September 28, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      You really think I am trying to UNDERSTAND “…the insane logic of the left..”? I can’t speak for Mark but scathing parodies of Leftist insanity is about as far from “trying to understand” anything about the Left as you can get. True, sanity and common sense would preclude both of us from adopting Leftism, but it’s not a matter of lack of understanding. I do understand the Left, which is the basis for my disdain.

      Ridicule is in no way an effort to “understand” anything but rather a form of contempt for the subject of said ridicule. And, as a side note, it is fun, trying to find a way, some way, ANY way, to sound more ridiculous than they do. The sad thing is, the crazier we sound, the more like the Left we sound. “Cisnormative person of pallor” is pure genius…………

      Spoken as a cisgendered normative nativist Slavic/Irish/German/Sino/gyno/American person of pallor, waiting for a government form with enough room to identify myself

      • Cluster September 29, 2015 / 8:37 am

        Slow your roll player. Obviously there is no understanding the left. I was being as sarcastic as you and Mark. Don’t ever take me too seriously.

      • Amazona September 29, 2015 / 9:40 am

        “Slow the roll player”? You know ME well enough to know that I will take advantage of every opportunity to expand a comment and even add to it, so when you toss a slow one over the plate you have to expect me to swing at it.

  6. Retired Spook September 28, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out, Mr. Speaker.

    • M. Noonan September 29, 2015 / 1:14 am

      It was high time for him to go – and I liked the guy. There was just no fight in the man – and maybe that is just the way he is. And that’s fine – we are what we are; but we need a lot of fight.

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