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4/29/2006

Six Arrested in Minn. Antiwar Rally

Filed under: — Gunner @ 12:14 am

Okay, I lied. One more post before I call it a computing night. Sorry, but I’m motivated by disgust.

I told y’all about the vandalism done to ROTC buildings at two N.C. universities this week. Well, now a recruiting office in Minnesota has fallen prey to paint and protest.

Six people, including a man who allegedly splashed paint on a recruiting station, were arrested Friday following a rally of area high school and college students at the University of Minnesota to protest the war in Iraq.

Police estimated the crowd at more than 200 people, who chanted and listened to nearly a dozen speakers for about an hour.

[…]

When it came time for a march downtown, organizers changed course and went to a U.S. Army and Navy recruiting station near Washington Avenue and SE. Oak Street.

One person, with face covered and dressed in all black, splashed a bucket of red paint on the station’s windows. Other protesters pounded the windows and scribbled messages including a peace sign over a sticker of the American flag.

“They’re exercising their rights,” said Army Capt. Val Bernat, adding that campus police alerted the office days earlier of a potential incident. “However, we don’t appreciate the vandalism.”

The protest group then dispersed at the nearby Coffman Memorial Union, where police arrested the man who apparently threw the paint, according to campus police Deputy Chief Steve Johnson. Five others also were cited for disorderly conduct and released, Johnson said.

As military workers began cleanup outside the rented storefront, a group of students pitched in.

“They disgraced our country and our military,” Ole Hovde, 19, a freshman, said as he wiped down the windows.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin, who adds the following:

This is not “freedom of speech.” This is vandalism. It is a crime. The punks responsible for destroying property and trying to intimidate our volunteer military and potential recruits need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

OpFor‘s Charlie Munn looks at one of the story’s pictures and questions the imagery entailed.

For the life of me, I don’t understand this. From the picture, I get the symbolism: red paint=blood, but the peace signs? What this image shows me is the inherent fallacy of the “peace” movement. These protestors, who advocate a “peace” in our time, are actually demanding inaction in the face of genocide, murder, and ethnic cleansing. Millions of people should be allowed to die, according to this logic, but if one US combat brigade moves to stop it (and heaven forbid if it lines up with US national interest) then the only recourse can be “No Blood For Oil.”

This picture shows me that the modern peace movement has blood on their hands. They have blood on their hands from the deaths of thousands of South Vietnamese that we didn’t help after our withdrawal. They have blood on their hands from the genocide in Cambodia that occurred when the “Domino Theory” came to fruition and Pol Pot got to enact his crazed thesis of societal equalization and wealth distribution (communism carried to its ultimate end state, where children killed their parents with machetes at the behest of the government).

Mr. Munn goes on, citing more blood to date and potential blood to come. He’s right.

I look at the picture, though, and I see shades of future dhimmitude brought on by misplaced and misdirected idealism. It is not the radical Islamist enemies fighting to destroy our civilization that sacrifice for these protestors’ freedom, but those enemies would quite happily bring the the peace of slavery or death to these idiots stained literally in paint and actually in blood.

4/28/2006

Nothing Tonight but Work and Wedding

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:17 pm

Sorry, folks, but I drew pager duty this week, my last before my wedding and honeymoon. Tonight, it bit me.

As to the wedding, I am now roughly seven days and nineteen hours away from being married. Alas, there’s still a few details to be worked out before things are set.

  • Marriage license … check
  • Beer brands and quantities … check
  • Wines and quantities … workin’ on it
  • Rehearsal and reception dinner menus … check
  • Attire decisions … check
  • Ceremony music … workin’ on it
  • Reception music … workin’ on it
  • Reception order (cake, first dance, toasts, dining, etc.) … workin’ on it
  • Song for father-bride dance … check
  • Song for first dance with my wife … workin’ on it … and could use any suggestions y’all have

Oh well, that’s it for tonight. I promise more blogging, or at least some tasty links that I’m currently digesting, tomorrow.

4/27/2006

Dear MilSanta

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:36 pm

OpFor‘s Charlie Munn has compiled an interesting wishlist of ten miltech developments he would like to see. While some of them almost seem to border on science fiction, like really good sci-fi they maintain an air of believability.

Go give it a read and feel free to chip in on the comments. Charlie’s post certainly has given me something to ponder — not exactly an unusual occurence for OpFor readers.

Hmmm … now just how could we improve tanks, increasing their relevance in our current efforts against our Islamist enemies while keeping an eye on future threats like the massive Chinese numbers?

Sci-Fi Announces BSG Prequel

Filed under: — Gunner @ 9:52 pm

Sci-Fi channel has announced plans for a new prequel series to the best show on television today, Battlestar Galactica.

Caprica would take place more than half a century before the events that play out in Battlestar Galactica. The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better.

But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television’s first science fiction family saga, the channel announced.

Okay, I’m intrigued in the Caprica concept … a bit. Hat tip to Dean, who greets the news with even less enthusiasm.

Trapper at the Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog, a great resource for news, episode reviews and commentary, has a mixed reaction on the news.

I am really trying to figure out if this is good or bad. Sure more sci-fi is a good thing, but three seasons in? It seems a tad ambitious… Sure I will watch the hell out of both shows, but still… I can’t help but think it is a bit premature. I don’t think I have ever heard of a show that split its time lines being on the air at the same time. Stargate is parallel. Star Trek was parallel. This is going to be crazy!

At least Trapper will probably have a little bit more material to work with for a while.

4/26/2006

Betrayal Within

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:56 pm

Cal Thomas opines very strongly on the developing Mary McCarthy leak story.

What do you call someone who, in violation of her oath, reveals government secrets to a reporter, who then prints them and exposes a clandestine operation designed to get information from suspected terrorists that could save American lives?

Here is what one dictionary says about that word: “One who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.” The word so defined is traitor.

Ah, the dreaded T-word.

All too often it has been bandied about, usually of late in the form of pre-emptive defensiveness much like unfounded claims of attacks on the patriotism of leftists and defeatists. Still, though facts may eventually show otherwise as much is yet to be known, it really is probably time for the T-word to at least enter into the media dialogue, as everything revealed so far seems to paint the picture of at least one rogue individual in our intelligence community, perhaps for personal or political reasons, deciding unilaterally and without legal authority what classified material should be exposed.

If the accusations are shown to be true, the T-word is accurate and the actions are criminal. Mr. Thomas presents the key question.

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest won the Pulitzer Prize for printing secrets allegedly leaked to her by Mrs. McCarthy. Miss Priest also won a George Polk Award and a prize from the Overseas Press Club. Leonard Downie Jr., The Post’s executive editor, said people who provide citizens the information they need to hold their government accountable should not “come to harm for that.”

Would Mr. Downie have felt the same if Americans were leaking information to the Nazis or the Japanese during World War II? Imagine this scenario: A terrorist has information that, if revealed, could save tens of thousands of American lives. But interrogators cannot question him because leaks to the media prevent them from engaging in practices that would pry loose the critical information. Would Mr. Downie be defending the “right” of government employees to undermine the security of his country in the aftermath of a preventable attack?

Former CIA operative Aldrich Ames went to prison for selling American secrets to the Soviet Union. Mrs. McCarthy allegedly gave hers away. If she is prosecuted and found guilty, her fate should be no less severe.

This isn’t a political game in which a Clinton administration official serves as a mole for the Democrats within a Republican administration and then leaks information that may benefit her party; this is potentially harmful to the nation.

Has politics come to this: that the national security of this country can be compromised for political gain?

In-freakin’-deed.

If you didn’t catch the McCarthy story at the beginning, feel free to go here for links to an intro and some advanced coverage.

Vandals Hit UNC, N.C. State ROTC Buildings

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:14 pm

EagleSpeak brings us the story and images of cowardice and criminality in North Carolina. As Eagle1 acknowledges, this one strikes at his heart for a reason.

Over the decades, thousands of outstanding young men and women have passed through the doors of the ROTC buildings at Chapel Hill and in Raleigh. Men and women of character, courage and conviction. The slimeballs who marred the exterior of those buildings will never be able to lay claim to any of those honorable adjectives.

And, yes, I have a personal stake. I graduated from the UNC Naval ROTC program in 1971 and my older son graduated from the UNC Naval ROTC unit in 2001. And we were just part of the long Carolina blue line.

Go see the images [UNC images courtesy of Blackfive] and realize that our military, serving honorably and professionally on a scale unprecedented in military history and policing its own members who fail to do so, is already enduring the acts of a disgusting campaign against it at home.

4/25/2006

ANZAC Day

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:40 pm

April 25, ANZAC Day.

Doesn’t ring a bell? John at Argghhh!!! does an amazing job of explaining a treasured day of some of our staunchest friends and allies, those blokes in Australia and New Zealand.

As for me, I’ll mark the with the haunting Gallipoli-based tune “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by the Pogues.

And now every April I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me
And I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving old dreams of past glory
And the old men march slowly, all bent, stiff and sore
The forgotten heroes from a forgotten war
And the young people ask, “What are they marching for?”
And I ask myself the same question
And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men answer to the call
But year after year their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

[full lyrics can be found here]

Sources: Snow to Be Named White House Press Secretary

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:19 pm

While not a zero-sum game, there’s certainly a downside to this apparent addition to the Bush administration.

Tony Snow will be named new White House press secretary on Wednesday morning, FOX News has learned. Snow is expected to be at the White House for the announcement. He has been mulling the offer for the last several days.

Long before the announcement, oddsmakers were banking on Snow, host of FOX News Talk’s “The Tony Snow Show,” to be tapped for the highly visible White House post.

“I expect to see him at the podium in just a few days, in the press room at the White House,” Fred Barnes, editor of The Weekly Standard and a FOX News contributor, said Tuesday.

The talk radio host was given a clean bill of health by his oncologist Tuesday, following a CAT scan and other tests that were undertaken last Thursday. Sources said Snow was President Bush’s first choice, but he needed the all-clear from his doctors before he takes the job. Snow is recovering from colon cancer.

“He would like to do it. If he gets an OK from his doctor, I expect it will be Tony Snow and the press will welcome him with open arms,” Time magazine columnist Margaret Carlson said during the day.

Loss: my radio, which usually brings me about an informative hour-or-so of the Tony Snow show each weekday. I’d probably go to the effort of catching more if it was carried live on the DFW airwaves.

Gain: a talented, intelligent and well-spoken frontman for a White House beaten down by a disgustingly-adversarial media. Snow is an informed individual, comfortable in front of the camera, who does his research and has often called out the Bush administration for doing a poor job of rallying support for our military and the administration’s own efforts. If anything is missing, perhaps it was time someone was brought in with a little more willingness to actually confront the White House press hounds when the situation practically begs for it. That said, I probably place a higher value on bitter but well-deserved sarcasm than the average American. On the other hand, just how much does the average American pay attention to press briefings by the White House press secretary? I’ll wager it’s less than I check the nutritional information before doubling the tasty, greasy, strangely-orange chili beef on my beloved Steak ‘n Shake chili mac.

McCarthy CIA Leak 101

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:37 pm

Have you fallen behind in the Mary McCarthy story and need to play a little catch-up? Allah, writing over at Hot Air, Michelle Malkin’s new endeavor, has put together a great CIA leak primer.

This is one of those stories where, if you miss the first 48 hours, you end up feeling so far behind the curve that you tune it out and never bother with it again. So here’s a round-up of news and blog coverage which, while longish, will bring you up to speed.

Hat tip to Ace.

Over the last few days, this story has continued to throw chum into the water, and several bloggers appear to be on the verge of a feeding frenzy. Keeping a calm head but happily tearing into the mess, Protein Wisdom‘s Jeff Goldstein adds his thoughts to those of two heavyweights in the political opinion arena, James Taranto and Christopher Hitchens. I highly recommend you start with Allah’s primer before venturing into the world of Goldstein, whose work will be considered extra credit for this intro course.

Quote of the Week, 25 APR 06

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:18 pm

Our warfighting concept has to take account of the fact that almost nothing ever works right. As with the game of golf, our only real hope is to make smaller mistakes.

—General Merrill McPeak

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