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About an hour to go before the big show and the High School girl’s penchant for cyber bullying is in full flourish. A packed house, sans the petulant Democrats, awaits the Benjamin Netanyahu address to the full Congress. No one from the Obama Administration will be present, no State folks, no Israeli ambassador, the President can’t even be bothered to watch, butt hurt indeed.

Netanyahu went out of his way yesterday, while addressing the folks at AIPAC, to dispel any rumors of a rift between the two governments, as if. They don’t call it “diplomacy” for nothing. But the folks, both here and in Israel, know better.

How funny, the guy that threw our most valued ME ally under the bus ( or thrown them to the wolves, pick your own metaphor), the guy that started his presidency with the most wild eyed pie in the sky notion of eliminating all nuclear weapons world wide, just guaranteed every kid in the ME block going nuclear themselves.

So now we have a bad deal in the works, with the school yard bully, the same bully that continually bloodys our nose even after taking our lunch money, yet we still think that the biggest sponsor of world wide terrorism can be trusted to honor a treaty, a treaty btw that no one knows the particulars of, and with a party that has never honored treaties in the past, this is the Chicago way.

TBH, I am surprised that the Israeli AF has not taken out the Iranian nuclear factories ala Osirak, long before now. To put your very existence in the hands of Obama and his ability to deal, or in the IAEA and their inability to accurately monitor the cheaters in Tehran? Ridiculous.

Bibi will make a passioned case about the consequences, not only for Israel, but for everyone who fears a terrorists approach to nation building, and the need for real sanctions, the stick, to shape the manners of a nation who has shunned them in the past.

Obama has made this speech more than just historic, a not to be missed affair. Normally it is Boehner who gets manipulated with this type of alacrity.

As an aside, just heard that Boehner is now calling for a House vote on a clean DHS funding bill, he is such a playable light weight.

So, break out the popcorn, Bibi is about ready to rock the house.

CRASH!!!

Well, the site went tits up. I posted comments on two separate threads, neither showed up in the comments section. I imagine everyone is now unable to post comments. Thus, we find ourselves adrift.

“What in Hell goes on in New York?”

Entering Hard Hat Area

As opposed to emailing the relevant folks for status and in the interest of addressing any uncertainties as to who now has the car keys to the blog and what changes cosmetically are afoot, I thought I would post a repository, a place where those in charge can identify themselves.

The last few posts related to the subject intimated that either Thrill or Alex (or both jointly) would handle the admin duties and tackle the Herculean task of exorcising all the gremlins that have taken up residency on our blog. Not an enviable chore, but necessary. A number of good suggestions were offered up in the other post, but for now just getting the basics to work would be nice.

So far only Cress and Xetrov have volunteered to guest author, how do we get these guys author privileges? I still have the author template that Jim sent me originally, I would be glad to forward it over to both and help them get started, but they need permission from the admin guy.

On my “dashboard” to the site I have access to all the commenter’s email address. Since the PM services and the “contact” button are still busted, if anyone has questions or concerns they can shoot me an email, I have gotten a few already. I don’t mind being a buffer for admin so they don’t get overwhelmed, but since somebody needs to be “The Man”, he can come here and post anything he wants to disseminate to the group.

Collaboration Is Needed

I expect everyone has read Jim’s post and his subsequent frustrations in getting the site glitches fixed. The good news is that the author tools appear to be restored. But the appearance of the site has been altered. No progress has been made on fixing the Registration issues, so as it stands now no new members can be added.

As a community we need to decide what is to become of this blog. I suspect that just about everyone would like it to survive, and beyond that, to thrive. None of this will happen without some effort.

Jim needs to turn over the admin reins to someone willing to maintain the site. The way I see it, the admin guy does not have to be an author. I think once everything is up and running, very little work will actually be involved, but there does need to be someone in charge of this. I would volunteer but my computer skills are somewhat limited. I am going to look into WordPress and try to figure it out so eventually I could help out with the admin duties, but right now I am pretty worthless in this area. Are there any on the regulars that would like to take this on, even on a temporary basis? I have reached out to some one in particular and am awaiting his reply but a contingency plan is always beneficial.

The other issues we need to discuss is author duties. The consensus of the comments in my Suggestion Box post was that more authors are needed, could not agree more. A suggestion, how about we find out who wants to contribute, get a list of volunteers than choose 2 from the last to start, see how that works out with the option of adding more at a later date, thus keeping it somewhat controllable and not too cumbersome? A process also needs to be decided on who gets authorship duties.

Once a new admin is chosen and things are functional again, I am all for tinkering with the look and its ability to mesh with other social sites. Of the blogs I visit regularly, they all morph with the times, evolve, and get better, more user friendly.

So there you have it. Hopefully we can get input from everyone, put the suggestions to practice and make this a blog that will grow in time and be relevant.

Suggestion Box

I wanted this post to be a collaborative effort involving the other main authors, a pooling of ideas if you will in an attempt to resuscitate a dying blog, but was unsuccessful in reaching out, so everything that follows is of my own doing (thus offering plausible deniability for the others).

Although the writing was clearly on the wall, Section8 ‘s comment a few days ago put a face on it (figuratively), and identified the obvious, namely that what was once a great thriving vibrant blog, as turned dull and barren. Although I understand the sentiment of the comment, he is wrong when he says ,” Conservative interest left this place a long time ago”. We, OK, I continue the fight when I feel so inspired to post here, which I admit has become less and less urgent. I also don’t think it is time to bail, although I get that sentiment as well, it is hard watching the patient wither away with only a feeding tube and heart monitor to keep him company.

Part of the problem, as I see it, is the way the blog is being administered. It has very basic structural deficiencies which makes it cumbersome for the users. All the author tools we had before for comments (hyperlinks, quotes, bolding, italics, and the all important EDIT button) disappeared. The PM (private messaging) service is bollocks, a useful tool for contacting members individually and something that I used regularly, now broken and unusable. The CONTACT button is also useless, said comment getting lost in cyberspace.

Part of the problem, is the paucity of contributing authors and comment worthy posts. A post a day, sometimes less, hardly promotes the type of traffic successful blogs get. I admit that in this area I am part of the problem, often finding post worthy topics but end with ,”Why bother?”, and go on to something else.

Part of the problem is the practices exhibited at times that drives regulars to leave. Although some could say that the ease at which they capitulate and flee says more about them and their convictions of argument, I would prefer that all would feel welcome, that pejoratives like “idiot” and “moron” be used less often, and more effort be made understanding the comment and not the motives behind it. Several of our old regulars, guys like Thrill, Mook, Blameme, Salinger, Kimpost (although given the state of Sweden nowadays I figured he just converted and spends all his free time praying to Allah) they have moved on, pity.

The other day I went to my local library, and attempted to register on the site as a new user. The last step involved the site emailing a password so I could log in and post comments, guess what? No email. This tells me that if somebody new stumbles on our site, likes what we offer and wants to become a regular, he can’t do it, no new members allowed, more evidence of a broken blog.

OK, here’s the deal, assuming it is even possible to fix these things, to make a more user friendly site and allow new members to join (maybe Hal has admin tools or someone knows a guy who knows a guy, etc.,etc.) what do you guys think we can do to up the traffic? Are there any suggestions coming to mind as to either content or individual postings? Do we need more authors? What could we be doing that we are not doing now?

I am coming at this from a frame of mind that I care about this blog (having been around since pretty much day one) and am tired of it getting sand kicked in its face. Maybe the handful of regulars are happy with the status quo and don’t welcome change. If that is the case, we can that it, we can do nothing and limp along. Some blogs exist out there with no readership, just some mope writing stuff to write. We are not far from that.

Any ideas?

Impotence Rendering

The right wing blogosphere is literally on fire over a report (trying to confirm it as these things tend to take on a life of it’s own) that the Marines guarding our Yemen Embassy were ordered to give up their weapons to the local rabble;

Central Command reportedly is furious over a State Department order that Marines guarding the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were told by the State Department to turn their rifles over to Yemeni officials before boarding a private plane to evacuate the country, Fox News reports.

The order is humiliating to Marines, who are essentially being told to break an oath they take during training, Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”

“We’re surrendering our embassy. And now we’re asking U.S. Marines to surrender their dignity, give up oaths they made, creeds that they lived by, and surrender their rifle,” Hegseth said. “I’m no Marine, but I know a lot of them and fought alongside a lot of them. Without their rifle they are nothing. They are taught you never give that up.”

The Rifleman’s Creed reads, in part, “My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.”

You can see some of the video here;

This duplicity never exists in a vacuum, so once exposed the tap dancing ensued;

Fox News later reported that the Marine Corps clarified that no “crew-served weapons” were turned over to anyone, but were destroyed at the embassy before the evacuation. “They say their personal weapons were not destroyed at the embassy. They were instead ‘rendered inoperable’ at the airport and the destroyed components were left behind at the airport,” Megyn Kelly said.

Like that is any better? This action still renders the Marine as useless since he is without his weapon. The symbolism of destroying the weapons first, rendering them inoperable rings hollow and is laughable on it’s face. And how about the destruction of government property? What signal does that send? More taxpayer money pissed away by grocery clerks at the State Dept. with way too much power and a distorted sense of their own self worth.

Honestly, I am so sick of the Obama minions politicizing our military and making it a laughing stock around the world. Again, stuff this outrageous needs verification but if it went down as portrayed here, heads really need to role. But they won’t, more humiliation from the income re distributor.

Even Sailors Want To Get Lucky

A mini rant before the main one, I hate salacious tag lines without the pay off. If you’re going to hook me with ,”Navy Admirals charged with bribery for trading state secrets for free pussy”, I want to know exactly what they gave up, albeit missile diagnostics, carrier deployment schedules, or specific nuclear launch codes, whether Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wears boxers or briefs does not qualify.

OK, on to the topic at hand. 3 top Navy Admirals got busted for accepting bribes in the performance of their duties;

Three more Navy admirals have been reprimanded in connection with the Fat Leonard bribery scandal after they accepted expensive gifts in exchange for Navy secrets but none will face criminal charges, the Navy said.
The widening ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal has seen senior sailors implicated in a long-running bribery scheme that included rewards of prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and payoffs in Southeast Asia.
So far, the massive bribery scandal has cost the government $20 million and the admirals censured represent the highest-ranking officers to be punished in the case so far.

All manner of booty {snark} was used to entice, everything from kobe beef (those bastards) to Lady Gaga tickets (what, no Starland Vocal Band reunion tour tickets?).

I remember reading about this Fat Leonard dude before. After making tens of millions involving illegally obtained navy contracts and supply procurement orders, he got caught, most greedy bastards of his ilk usually do (looking at you, Sheldon Silver, you putz).

So these 3 get cashiered but do not face criminal charges, a sweet deal and they did not even have to desert to get it. But does the punishment fit the crime? The article points out that this will involve career ending reprimands, like this is somehow sufficient justice. I think an immediate dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank, and an order for restitution to pay the fair value amount of the bribes rendered. I’m sure some Navy clerk can determine the dollar equivalent of all the happy endings that occurred with their bang bang girls.

Admittedly, one of my pet peeves is rendering swift proportional justice to those public figures that abuse powers and duties given to them by the people. Whether it be military, politicians or LE, with power given comes the responsibility and duty to wield it in the manner given and when abuses of authority are committed, to come down hard with extreme prejudice.

Too bad they don’t go after tax cheats, even those that break bread with the president, as enthusiastically.

Alex, Hide Your Cat

Fortifying the old adage that misery loves company, I am always amused at fellow progressive states trying (and many times succeeding) in out California-ing California, taking progressive-ism to a whole new level, like that could even be construed as a good thing. That wannabe state of Connecticut (sorry, but we on the west coast sport higher individual state income taxes, so you are still pikers in that comparison) isn’t satisfied with just the concept of religious freedom, no, they want to bring back the old testament as well, including animal sacrifice;

According to the NY Daily News, one of the holidays that the Waterbury school district has decided to ‘honor’ is Eid al-Adha:

The board voted to recognize Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, and Eid Al-Adha, an annual feast day, by giving observant students the day off to celebrate with their families. It also voted to instruct educators not to schedule any field trips, major tests or class events on the two holidays, according to the FoxCT channel.

Walid Shoebat points out that Eid al-Adha isn’t just a day of prayer and family, but it also includes the sacrificing of an animal at the end of the day:

The separation of church and state? Only when it comes to Christianity, Muslims are special, short fused, and prone to violence, hell yes we must make special accommodations for them.

Sure, the kids are thrilled, more holidays where there is no school, and the teachers are for it as well, those hard working civil servants never say no more days off.

Of course if the school district is really serious about immersing the kids in the Islamic culture and promoting tolerance for other religions, classes should be taught in the proper away to sacrifice animals, including mandatory participation. And like sex ed, no need to get the parents of dhimmies involved, the schools know what’s best for promoting harmony in a multicultural society.

It should not surprise anybody, the length and breadth at which school districts bend over backwards to accommodate the squeaky wheel, and if Muslims are known for anything it is how much they squeak in the face of any blowback to their demands.

About as often as Hal and I go round and round over budgetary issues, the Old Testament and it’s relevance towards modern day Christians, is also debated (and for the life of me I still do not get the confusion). But here is the fundamental difference, yes, in the OT days, the Jews conducted animal sacrifices, stoned adulterers, treated women like property, adopted strict guidelines in dress and food preparation, even outlawing having sex with a woman who is menstruating, but they don’t do that stuff anymore. And Christians never did because they are not bound by the “Old Covenant”. Today every other religion acts like adults, except the Muslims, no, they still get their Sharia and all the barbaric practices that go with that.

Even our goofy President loves his talking points, namely that 99 percent of all Muslims are peaceful and willing to live in a modern world, even though this flies right in the face of all the polling in those predominantly Muslim nations, the polls that identify large (not the majority, certainly, but higher than what is rational) numbers that sympathize with terrorists, want Sharia and would welcome the Caliphate, regardless of the death involved in achieving it.

I would expect this sort of nonsense in England, they gave up their national identity years ago, but here?

Keeping Their Feet To The Fire

One of the main reasons I was glad that the GOP took both house of Congress in the last election is that now Republicans will chair the various sub committees. A residual benefit is that congress critters (Harry Reid) will not be able to derail the process, run interference for the president, or sit on legislation that deserves at the very least a passing purview. But back to the sub committees, congress will now be allowed to remove itself from the personal bidding of the president and actually do it’s job, separately as was intended. With the GOP at the helm, the administration will not be allowed to sweep things under the carpet or hinder any attempt at fact finding. Although the president and his supplicants have turned manipulation and subterfuge into an art form, it is encouraging to know that folks like Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Lois Lerner should not get too comfy or complacent, retribution (hopefully) is inching toward fruition.

A GOP packed Senate Armed Services committee will make it even harder for Obama to fulfill a 2009 promise that still gnaws at him, closing Gitmo. Even McCain has seen the light;

Just last month, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) promised to help Obama close the detention center where terrorism suspects have been held for years without being charged. But on Tuesday, McCain and three other Republican colleagues introduced plans to sharply restrict the removal or transfer of detainees from the facility, which has served as a long-standing target of worldwide criticism.

Although it has not been for lack of trying. And no, we will not forget about the 5 high level AQ terrorists traded for the cowardly deserter, or allow them to delay the out come indefinitely. The final report is finished and from what I have read, desertion charges will be filed. Although I don’t expect Bergdahl to serve a single day behind bars, a conclusion to this whole sordid affair is owed, both to his fellow soldiers and the rest of the nation. And a further delay, orchestrated by WH pressure on the pentagon, should not be allowed to stand.

And speaking of Gitmo;

Tom Cotton just achieved Trey Gowdy status.

My opinion of Gitmo has evolved a bit over the years, not because of it’s need or relevancy in caging terrorists, but as with pretty much everything with Obama, we spend way too much money keeping these vermin housed. We all heard about the multi million dollar soccer field, the lavish buffets offered at every meal, and the palatial digs they use for their worship services. Whatever happened to prisoners making little rocks out of big ones, and eating only when they work? This Mottle Coddling of killers is infuriating.

I am starting to doubt the efficacy of keeping any bases open in Cuba and if a better (cheaper) solution can be found for housing captured terrorists, I am willing to listen. But for now Gitmo stays open for business, and bring on a top to bottom analysis of the costs. Prison should be a hardship, this should not be Clubmed.

Anarchy Is Right

It has been a great ride, but tonight it ends, carnage and mayhem to follow.

For those interested, I wanted to throw up a quick post before the last episode of SOA, we can discuss any prognostications out there or what you want to see happen once the dust settles.

I have always had a fondness for the show, for several reasons, not least of all because I have traveled the San Joaquin valley extensively, have ridden Harley’s for a good portion of my life, have conversed and shared beers with ex motorcycle gang members, and understand, to some degree, the life and affection for clubs like this.

Once Tara died in the last episode of last season, I pretty much knew Sutter was going to blow the whole thing up this season, leaving no one unscathed or unharmed. But what we have seen so far, holy crap.

Two characters I have grown to love and am sorry to see them go, Juice and Unser. Unser should have gone all doped up on Morphine dying of cancer, or at least taking a stray bullet for Jemma. For Jax to gun him down like that, ouch. Like a son who craved a father’s love but could never get it, as a last ditch effort for redemption, Juice went out in the end helping the club.

Throughout the show, Jax has been a sympathetic figure, trying as he might, doing all the wrong things for the right reasons, hoping to find his moral compass, but never really willing to do the heavy lifting. Almost all of his decisions could be rationalized, the greater good and all that, but this year he went totally off the rails and now is deserving of a bullet in the head. This year I was actually rooting for anarchy and the expansion of the collateral damage circle. I expected Jemma and Nero to live out their days, helping Wendi raise the two kids, trying to minimize the damage and the trauma already inflicted on them.

If a Charming chapter of the Son’s can exist, Chibs is the natural selection for pres, although Happy is such a loveable guy (smiley face tattoos on abdomen for every kill, classic). Sure, the love affair between Chibs and the local sheriff, ridiculous, but a minor distraction.

So, on to the ending tonight. What I don’t want to some Dexter like let down, an ending so preposterously stupid and un fulflling that fans are left wanting bloodshed for the writers. Sutter has many options here. Jax can survive, booted out of the club, of course, this is a given for killing Jury, earning a meager living as some low paid mechanic somewhere but having a life with Wendi and his two kids, having to live with the bad decisions he made in life and how miserably he failed at fulfilling the vision John laid out for him in his manuscript. Or, Marks could put a bullet in his head, not unwarranted.

I gonna be pissed if anything happens to either Wendi or Nero, two folks who have tried to walk the straight and narrow. Somebody needs to raise those two boys. Although now that Jemma is gone, Nero might just be the odd man out, hope not.