13 May 2010

Thank Goodness a Courageous Restraint Medal is Being Proposed

By |May 13th, 2010|The Blog|0 Comments|

When I first heard of the possibility of a medal for “courageous restraint”, I wondered when I would get mine. God only knows how many times I had to restrain myself from telling off that one “Joe” who always stood in front of me at the PX or the chow hall.

Anyone who has served knows the guy. The guy who tells the unbelievable war stories. The ones that start out with ” It was me, my .50 cal, and a couple hundred rounds”. The guy who never shuts up and makes an already long and excruciating wait even more so. Anyone deserves a medal for sitting through that and either not calling B/S or not decking the blowhard.

Sadly the medal is in fact not for that. Instead there has been discussions in the military circle about awarding the aforementioned medal for “holding fire to save civilian lives”.

First off, do the leaders of the military honestly feel as if our troops are a blood thirsty lot hell bent on killing and maiming civilians at the drop of a hat. Seriously, we are not the bad guys. I am sure most if not all civilian casualties taken are caused by some crazy Islamist hanging out in a crowd of  “innocents”. I’ll also state that most troops would rather not engage said kook while these civilians are present. But given the circumstances and the enemy we are fighting our troops have very little choice but to sometimes fight in crowds.

Next don’t those proposing this understand that the ROE as it stands is stifling enough. Now they want to reward soldiers for “holding fire to save civilian lives”. I as many would say limiting collateral damage is important for the mission. But the idea of rewarding combat troops in such a way seems a bit off. This award seems more fitting for a police or peace keeping force. Not a force designed for war.

Finally, I agree 100% with this Veterans of Foreign Wars Spokesman when he states:

A spokesman for the 2.2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars, the nation’s largest group of combat veterans, thinks the award would cause confusion among the ranks and send a bad signal.

“The self-protections built into the rules of engagement are clear, and the decision to return fire must be made instantly based on training and the threat,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. “The enemy already hides among noncombatants, and targets them, too. The creation of such an award will only embolden their actions and put more American and noncombatant lives in jeopardy. Let’s not rush to create something that no one wants to present posthumously.”

I wonder how many leaders are prepared to give this award posthumously?

Cross Posted to The Inside Straight

Hat Tip to The Navy Times

29 Apr 2010

Oh Boy! A Naval Ship Named After John Murtha! Well, At Least Nancy Is Happy

By |April 29th, 2010|The Blog|0 Comments|

Here is a shout out to my brothers and sisters who have served or do serve in the Navy.

It appears the Department of the Navy, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to name a ship, LPD 26, after the late and not so great Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, John Murtha. The ship is reported to be a 10th San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport vessel, which holds a crew of 360 and can carry 700 fully equipped Marines.

As many might guess, the Democrats are super duper excited, while those of us with some long term memory and something called “common sense” are taken aback by this decision.

Actually let me rephrase this. You see Democrats remember his service as a Marine during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, but somehow forget the shady dealings he has done in the past. And although the Dems do not remember, we won’t forget his opposition to the Iraq War and his false accusations about Marines in Iraq.

Apparently House Speaker and Wicked Witch of the West Nancy Pelosi are pretty stoked. Talking about “our dear Jack” she stated:

“Whether on the battlefield, or on the bedside, he thanked them for their courage, listened to their concerns, and asked them for comment — and he answered their needs, and responded to their calls, whether it was for body armor, up-armored vehicles… radios, you name it,” Pelosi said. “In those minutes [together], he bonded with them especially because he would share his own personal military service with them, and cared for them as a father. They knew it, and they returned his respect.”

Sure Nancy, he really cared when he spoke of how Marines were murderers even before they went to court. Listen to what “our dear Jack” had to say. How did that go for “Jack” anyways?

Finally the Department of the Navy or better yet, Ray Mabus, needs to consider if someone so willing to throw our troops under the bus for political capital truly deserves to have a ship named after him.

At some point someone should recognize not only the alleged good he has done, but the bad as well.

Our men and women serving in the Navy deserve better than this. Naming LPD 26 after Murtha is a disservice to all who serve in the Navy and those who will be chosen to serve on the ship.

Hat tip to The Navy Times

Cross posted to The Inside Straight

27 Apr 2010

Are the Anti-Fatty Fun Police Taking the Happy From the Happy Meal?

By |April 27th, 2010|The Blog|0 Comments|

The Happy Meal isn't so Happy in Santa Clara.

Is there anyone fed up with the nanny state antics of the few?

Now there are some do-gooders in Santa Clara, California looking out for the kids by trying to ban toys from McDonalds Happy Meals (or any meal with over 485 calories, 600 mg of salt, or high amounts of sugar or fat which could affect a good number of food chains). The bottom line here is they feel the cheap little toy inside some how promotes obesity in children.

Check out the whole story here

So imagine if you would taking little Missy and Junior out for a trip to the local McDonalds. As you enter facility you notice that instead of the el cheapo toy display always present at the front of the restaurant there’s a picture of that creepy clown with a jump rope or on a bike.

As your kids search in vain for the display that always seems to have different toys than the ones offered by the staff their tear filled eyes look up at you.

“Dad/Mom where are the toys?” Missy asks.

“You know the ones you step on and break or the dog chokes on?” Little Junior adds.

Sadly you say, “No more toys in Happy Meals here, The anti-fatty fun police made sure of that. But Hippy Hals Tofu Shack has toys with their Happy Hippy Meals.”

A little dismayed and a bit confused Missy and Junior look to one another, then back to you and both say, “Ewww no way Dad/Mom. We guess we will just have a Large Double Quarter Pounder w/Cheese meal hold the onions and chocolate shake to wash it down.”

“Nice choice kids” you think to yourself “Take that do-gooders”.

The point being made here is that as a parent, I feel it is not the government’s place to tell a person how to raise their children. Taking away these toys probably won’t stop kids from getting fat, in fact as the above story alludes too, it could cause kids to get fatter.

Let the parents choose what is best for their children. Because contrary to what the government, MSM, and the many do-gooders might believe, most parent actually care for and about their offspring. In fact I would even go so far to say that in this day and age most parents do not give their children a diet of Sugar Puffs for breakfast, Mickey D’s for lunch, and KFC for dinner.

In other words, there is enough education out there that most parents know that the aforementioned meal plan is not in their child’s best interest.

Now before I get the inevitable “blah blah blah Childhood obesity blah,” let me first say this. I realize that there is a problem. But to take this stuff to the extremes they have been pushing is bordering on turning the good old US of A into a nanny state.

Most Americans I am sure have very little issue with educating our children on what to eat and proper exercise. But at the rate the country is going, it won’t be long until husky children are sent to fat camp (if it is not already being done). In fact it won’t be long until we all forced to eat 200 calorie composed of some disgusting tofu product.

At some point people need to stand up and say enough is enough. Children are children true. They will eat what they think tastes good and go to the places that have the coolest “el cheapo” toys, but we as the parents also reserve the right to say “Not today kids we are eating Mom’s tofu and asparagus surprise tonight, bon appetite.”

Cross posted to The Inside Straight

Photo Credit: Cosmic Kitty