Saturday, November 17, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Iraqi teaser Rates
Tom Toles, via Yahoo!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Quote of the Day
via the Long Tail
"Admit it - back in the 20th Century, none of you imagined that World War III would be Robots vs. Muslims. Seems obvious now."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Deprogramming Islamic Terrorism
Its the only appropriate item I found for today . . .
Monday, September 03, 2007
How to Survive Anything
Popular Mechanics on how to survive anything: Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes tornadoes -- 55 ways to save yourself:
• How to Survive Anything Mother Nature Throws at You
One hundred years of technological progress can be erased in minutes by nature’s fury. Recent disasters have left not only destruction, but also heroism in their wake, and we can learn from the experiences of the survivors.
• 5 Steps to Get Ready for Disaster (Not Stuck in It)
If it becomes necessary to leave your home, there may be little advance notice. Here's how to prepare for an evacuation, while staying healthy and in touch, plus tips on which gear and documents to have by your side when it's go time.
• 22 Steps to Save Yourself When Natural Disaster Hits
If there are only moments to spare, you need to know how to react to everything from an earthquake to a tornado and a flood to hurricane. Study up on the basics so you can be decisive during the destruction.
PLUS: How to Shut Down Your House in 5 Minutes
• 7 Steps to Eat, Drink and Be Smart When Worse Comes to Worst
A healthy family of four typically consumes a lot more than you'd think—50,400 calories and 14 gal. of water a week. Get a menu for four different lengths of time away from the fridge, plus smart tips on where to find good water.
• 4 Steps to Power Your Home When the Grid Fails
Generators fill in to juice your home, but you need to be smart about buying the right generator and installing it safely. Inside, we compare three top portable power sources—and make sure they can handle your load.
VIDEO: How to Safely Install a Generator
• 5 Steps to Fix Your Home After a Crisis
The damage is done, and you need answers. Here's how to get everything at home in order when the worst-case scenario plays out, from personal safety to insurance, emergency repairs to water damage.
DIY: 3 Quick Home Projects for Disaster Recovery
• 107 Pieces of Survival Gear for Your Car, Home and To-Go Bag
A well-stocked disaster kit can save lives in a crisis. Relief agencies recommend keeping three days’ worth of essentials in the house at all times, but we recommend you go further. That way, when disaster strikes and there’s no time to think, you won’t have to.
DOWNLOAD: Print Out PM's Ultimate Survival Checklist Right Now!
Popular Mechanics, August 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Cheney on why America shouldn't invade Iraq
No one seems to understand that in the modern era, whatever you say or do is recorded for posterity.
Here's Dick Cheney, explaining why invading Iraq is such a bad idea?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Way Too Right of the Target . . .
Tom Toles via Yahoo!
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Iraq Ending
Tom Toles via Yahoo
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Retired Gen. George Washington Criticizes Bush's Handling Of Iraq War
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Revolutionary War veteran noted that while Hussein was a tyrant, that alone did not justify a "conflict that seems without design or end."
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* Thousands More R Thousands More Dead In Continuing Iraq Victory December 18, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC—Breaking a 211-year media silence, retired Army Gen. George Washington appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to speak out against many aspects of the way the Iraq war has been waged.
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Washington likens Vice President Cheney to controversial British Chancellor of the Exchequer and Stamp Act architect George Greenville.
Washington, whose appearance marked the first time the military leader and statesman had spoken publicly since his 1796 farewell address in Philadelphia, is the latest in a string of retired generals stepping forward to criticize the Iraq war.
"This entire military venture has been foolhardy and of ill design," said Washington, dressed in his customary breeches and frilly cravat. "The manifold mistakes committed by this president in Iraq carry grave consequences, and he who holds the position of commander in chief has the responsibility to right those wrongs."
Washington noted that while Saddam Hussein was an indefensible tyrant, that alone did not justify a "conflict that seems without design or end."
"The Iraqi people did suffer greatly under unjust rule," Washington said. "But in truth, it is the duty of any people that wishes to be free to fight for its own independence. Had France meddled in our revolution beyond the guidance and material assistance they provided, I should think similar unrest would have darkened our nation's earliest hours."
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Washington made the cable news rounds, telling Wolf Blitzer that the war was a "tragic mistake for our nation."
The Virginia-born Revolutionary War veteran and national-capital namesake also expressed his worry over the state of the American militia, the unchecked powers of the executive branch, and the lack of a congressional declaration of war.
"The very genius of the American presidency is that it is an office held by an elected representative of the people, not by a monarch who can rule by fiat and enact policy at will," Washington said.
The retired general asserted that many of the current problems in Iraq could easily have been predicted by wiser civilian leadership.
"I can say from personal experience that even a malnourished force with feet clad in rags should not be underestimated, even by a far superior power," added Washington, who has disavowed further comparison between the Iraqi insurgency and the American colonists. "There is nothing a committed fighting force cannot accomplish if bolstered by the strength of its convictions."
Washington's critical comments echo those of other retired generals, including Maj. Gen. John Batiste and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark, who attacked Bush's Iraq policy in a series of television ads run by political action committee VoteVets.org during the 2006 midterm elections.
"We're very happy that someone of General Washington's stature is speaking out," said Jon Soltz, cofounder and chairman of VoteVets.org. "He has impeccable conservative credentials, extensive foreign policy experience, is a true citizen-soldier with a proven commitment to his country, and, if that's not enough to get Bush to listen, he's the face on the dollar bill."
However, White House response to the former general's criticism was swift and sharp. Spokesman Tony Fratto dismissed Washington as "increasingly irrelevant" and "a relic" who "made some embarrassing gaffes" during his own military career, such as the Continental Army's near destruction in the Battle of Long Island in 1776.
"The general's reckless and irresponsible comments show that he clearly does not understand the realities of 21st-century warfare," Fratto said.
Conservative pundits moved quickly to discredit the decorated general.
"I don't care who you are—or if you cannot tell a lie—it's un-American to question the president in a time of war," Sean Hannity said on his radio program Monday. "Plus, I find it very interesting that a man who owned slaves and sold hemp thinks he's entitled to give our Commander in Chief lessons on how to run a war."
Toward the end of his Meet the Press interview, Washington expressed fears for the future of Iraq, Middle East policy, and America itself.
"These convoluted foreign adventures were not what I envisaged for my young nation," Washington said. "Certainly the citizens of the republic deserve better than this. Had I but known this was the fated course of my country, I might not have found the strength to liberate Her from the mantle of King George."
Monday, May 14, 2007
M249 Automatic Weapon
Contractor: FN Manufacturing
Cost per item: about $4,000
Size of 2007 contract: $48.3 millionThe Army’s primary machine gun can spit 850 bullets per minute. FN Herstal developed the gun in the early 1980s for the Pentagon, which wanted a lightweight automatic weapon (the one here is 17 pounds). The Belgian company’s South Carolina factory makes about 550 a month for the Army.
Full article is here:
Weapons of Mass Production
Portfolio, May 2007 Issue