20081030

Home Invasion Thwarted, go figure, armed Alaskans!

Anchorage Daily News story! Go figure, they don't celebrate thugs getting shot while caught in the act though... Damn Liberal paper!

Other stuff going on, and as always, there is much more to the story that the Anchorage Daily News isn't saying...

Anchorage Daily News, 28OCT08

Defense commander resigns after complaints
NO MORE GUNS: Alaska State Defense Force stripped of many powers.

By ZAZ HOLLANDER
zhollander@adn.com


(10/28/08 21:03:06)

WASILLA -- Brig. Gen. Thomas Westall has stepped down as commander of the Alaska State Defense Force after an official investigation into complaints about his conduct.

And, in a major decision proving unpopular with at least some of the force's roughly 280 members, the state is taking away the brigade's guns.

Westall, a Wasilla resident and Wasilla's former airport manager, had led the Defense Force since 1996.

The force -- or 49th Military Police Brigade as it's been called since 2004 -- operates under the auspices of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is a volunteer, armed militia that meets once a month and responds to emergencies around the state, often natural disasters. Created to support military and civil agencies, members took on additional homeland security duties after Sept. 11, 2001.

Westall said his departure was motivated by the state's decision to remove the brigade's military policing powers -- a decision triggered in part by the investigation.

Westall, 71, submitted a request to retire after serving 25 years with the force, mostly as a peace officer or a military police officer.

Given a national trend toward civil affairs for defense forces around the country, Westall said he figured it was time for him to go.

"It's just an opportunity for me to retire. Can't I do that gracefully?" he said, laughing.

Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell, the state's military and veterans affairs commissioner, however, said Westall's resignation came as a surprise.

Campbell said he and Westfall met Oct. 7 to talk about a report on the investigation, and talked about meeting again at the end of this month. Westall sent in his request to retire the next day.

"I was surprised," Campbell said. "I really was expecting he'd spend a couple weeks thinking about it and come back and give me some guidance."

Deputy brigade commander Col. Joe Williams is serving as Westall's temporary replacement.

BRIGADE NO LONGER ARMED

Campbell initiated the investigation after a former brigade member discharged by Westall filed a complaint with the governor's office last year.

This summer, state military officials received the results: a 12-page report by an investigator with the Washington National Guard. The report doesn't specifically take Westall to task but does question brigade practices during his time at the top.

The report critiqued the brigade's lack of specific policies, especially regarding termination of soldiers, said Campbell, adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard.

It also found that administering a part-time civilian force brings a high liability risk to the state, he said.

"The report does not say Westall was a bad commander," Campbell said. "The report says the state defense force, it's a voluntary organization, it's part time, it's dedicated volunteers serving their state, but they don't have the intensity of training, the skill sets the National Guard has."

As a result, Campbell recommended to Gov. Sarah Palin that brigade members should no longer be armed.

In a still-evolving mission shift, most force members will instead serve civil roles in support of the Alaska National Guard, Campbell said. The Guard is taking on MP duties under a new national mission, another major factor in the decision to disarm the brigade.

Force members will likely provide support in engineering or security areas, but "not necessarily armed security" except for maybe a platoon in Valdez, Campbell said.

DISCHARGED AFTER COMPLAINT

The investigation into Westall's conduct was triggered by an April 2007 complaint filed with Gov. Sarah Palin by former defense force member Larry Wood, a soil remediation contractor who lives on Lazy Mountain.

Wood's complaint describes Westall's "desire to control" and the force's out-of-date manuals. His concerns included the commander's exaggeration of troop numbers, removal of soldiers without due process and failure to support training.

Westall discharged Wood from the brigade in November 2007. Wood said he doesn't know why.

Westall said he didn't want to discuss the particulars.

Campbell said the state will convene a board to review Wood's termination, as well as other brigade members released in the last few years.

The investigator, among other things, concluded that the lack of well-defined force policies "may have resulted in (Wood) being separated incorrectly or maybe without cause" from the force, Campbell said.

Wood said he felt vindicated as far as Westall's leaving, but criticized the state's "extreme reaction" to the investigator's report.

The loss of policing powers offends some brigade members, many former military who want to continue to serve. They are not paid for training or equipment, investments that can run to $4,000 a person, several members said.

Past assignments have included manning a security checkpoint on the Dalton Highway, traffic control after a Valdez-area landslide, and safeguarding flooded homes in Houston against looters.

Brigade member Mike Coons, a Palmer resident who works in security, was critical of Wood for starting an investigation that led to the loss of the brigade's armed capacity.

Without the 49th, who will handle security during natural disasters or potential attacks when the Guard is called out of state and local enforcement agencies are stretched thin? he asked.

Tom Westall was an "honorable man" who did an outstanding job maintaining morale and training even as state agencies provided poor direction, Coons said.

"I can't say enough good about him. I hated to see him ask for retirement. I can't say I blame him."

So, I'm no longer training to be a Constable... So I'll let you all know whats going on when the information is disseminated to my level...

20081026

Stolen Valor, fakes, I hate them!

Nothing angers more than fake veterans, or veterans wearing fake ribbons and medals which they never earned.

Take this Senator Obama supporter from a Washington Times News Report:

Lets take a closer look with milblogger, This Ain't Hell:

So, if you are veteran, a closer inspection reveals lots of discrepancies that a career NCO wouldn't have made. On top of that, this man is committing a FEDERAL CRIME by wearing awards he did not earn. Possibly a felony if his Bronze Star with Valor device are fake.

Here is just one paragraph from This Ain't Hell's blog,
"Willie is wearing medals and ribbons that didn’t come into existence until after he left the service since he says he was in Korea and Vietnam. He wears a star on his CIB so that means he had to have been in the Korean War before July 27, 1953. Since his Good Conduct Medal has five knots, he must’ve served between 15-18 years (each knot is three years of service) but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he did twenty, that means he retired before July 1973 and many of the medals he wears didn’t even exist at the time he retired and they’re awarded for service he couldn’t have."

I recommend reading his analysis. Its fascinating, I just about blew a fuse because I get so mad at this crap. The Chicago Tribune did an article about the fakes too, they even found obituaries that had medals listed that the deceased never earned when it was looked into more closely. Well, the dead can't be punished...

This infuriates me! Woe to fakers!

The highest medal I ever earned was an ARCOM, short for Army Commendation Medal, I'm proud of that one, I earned it after my second tour in Iraq for a job well done. I'm praising God I never earned anything with a Valor device, that means trouble came my way... While I've seen some crazy things, I was real lucky when I was over there in Iraq, and I can only put it to Divine Intervention.

Here is the website of B.G. Burkett who wrote the book "Stolen Valor" which every journalist should be forced to read as curriculum, especially prior to covering ANY Veterans issues. stolenvalor.com

Now, an issue involving a true veteran, and the hypocrisy of the Left and DNC...

I'm sure they have forgotten all about Gen. Powell's involvement with Iraq, twice...

20081025



Spc. Heath K. Pickard

Initial painting of Spc. Heath K. Pickard, KIA 21OCT08 due to wounds suffered from indirect fire. Assigned to Ft. Wainwright's 1-25 SBCT "Lancers".

Still needs refinement, done about 0100 hours this Saturday morning with the GIMP and my handy Wacom tablet

20081024

A Hero comes to rest, Honor another, Vista SUCKS still, rules for civilians

Today there was a motorcade brining the body of Cpl. Jason Karella to Fairhill Christian Church. My heart goes out to his family, and my thanks to all the folks who have helped this family during this time. My prayers also for the family and friends of Spc. Heath K. Pickard who was stationed here out of Ft. Wainwright with the 1-25 SBCT.


Lyrics to "The Soldiers Song" in the video by the band Demon Hunter (my personal favorite song of all time...)

Through the clouds of fallen ash, a lonely mothers cry
Among the fields of broken glass the loyal few will arise
Faith now regained
Finding strength within the void, a raging fire ignites
A spark of everburning power and conviction to fight
Pride be your name
They will spit upon the honor that you guard with your life
And run to hid in selfish fear when threat of death is in sight
Lay down your shame

Armed with resistance and blind to the cost
They say your purpose is mindless and lost
But we don't adhere to the slander they spill
We mourn with you losses and stand by your will

These tears we spill
They haunt us still
The cries of the weak lie quiet in sleep
Beneath our feet

We are the sons of holy wrath, a shining light in the dark
The ones who walk amongst despair, no sign of fear in our hearts
Stand in deaths way
Shut out the voice of mindlessness, open your eyes to the truth
Believe the words that stand the test and not the slurs of the youth
You're not what they say

Turn over the tables and watch them run
You'll be the weapon they can't outgun



Well, on the 17th of October, I went out and paid for a brand new Acer computer from Office Max in Fairbanks. The computer works great, and I got a good deal for a factory standard non-custom computer. Kudos to Office Max for carrying it! Its a slick little Acer Aspire with a Dual Core Intel E2200 processor that cranks out at about 2.2 GHz and is the fastest computer I've used to date. What the big selling point for me more than processor speed was the 4.0 GB of RAM that I really need for doing my artwork digitally! The on-board video graphics aren't too shabby either, they are NVIDIA GeForce 7300! Not the greatest, I still need a video card later on down the road (when I get the money!), but its a start. There ends the good stuff.

I'm still having trouble. Yes, I can't chat on the KFAR 660 AM page with my new computer because Java doesn't seem to install properly on either MS Explorer 7.0 or Mozilla Firefox 3.3... In VISTA... However with my good ol' reliable IBM Think Pad and Windows XP Pro, I cans still access the chat rooms. Funny how that works.

I've also got game compatiblity issues I'm trying to over come. So, my transition to a 64 bit OS is going rather bumpy, and rough, and painful. I'm missing the action at the KFAR chat site. Its just fun to get involved that way. All well... I'll just have to run both computers at once. What a shame!

Interesting email going around, Vets stand proud and pass on the info:
Rules for the Non-Military

Dear Civilians, 'We know that the current state of affairs in our great nation has many civilians up in arms and excited to join the military.

For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand.

Here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:

1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the National Anthem - kick their ass.

2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in protest - kick their ass.

3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans.
If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second.
Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great.
Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.

4. (GUYS) If you were never in the Military, DO NOT pretend that you were.
Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others that you used to be 'Special Forces,' and collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old. Now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.

5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask them, 'Do you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot.
Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).

6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard 'non-military', inform them of their mistake- and kick their ass.

7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your
heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking.

8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran.
We are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party affiliation.
Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-Chief (CinC).
The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC regardless of political party.
We have no inside track on what happens inside those big important buildings where all those representatives meet. All we know is that when those civilian representatives screw up the situation, they call upon the military to go straighten it out.
If you keep asking us the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get your ass kicked!

9. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me -stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore could kick your ass!

10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop saying 'Let's go kill those Commies!' And stop asking us where he is! Crystal balls are not standard issue in the military. That reminds me- if you see anyone calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know, so I can go kick their ass!

11. 'Flyboy' (Air Force), 'Jarhead' (Marines), 'Grunt' (Army), 'Squid' (Navy), 'Puddle Jumpers' (Coast Guard), etc. are terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them could get your ass kicked.

12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families.
Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families.

Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day.
Without them, our country would get its ass kicked.
'It's the Veteran, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
'It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
'It's the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
'It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

20081022

Air Strikes, the Military Vote, and TNSTAAFL!

First off near and dear to my heart is the smear against the US military for an airstrike in Helmand Province in Afghanistan which the media claims killed civilians. The Story I found on Black Five is interesting... It seems that while the airstrike was called in, there was some enemy activity (maybe why the airstrike was called in...) and more enemy activity afterward. Something along the lines of rocket strikes against civilian homes at the same time as the airstrike and shortly thereafter... Interesting, however my brothers in arms are going through hell right now with an investigation after this due to popular opinion. Go figure, big bad US dropping bombs on innocent children. Never mind that the GBU-12 500lb Laser Guided Bomb is one of the finest urban warfare weapons to ever exist due to a delayed fusing allowing it to destroy one building with little damage to others around it... Mean while the Taliban and Al Queda forces use Katusha rockets (about 200mm projectiles) resting on rocks that only go the general direction fired and line up about 15 or so with washing machine timers, useless beyond disruption value aka terror.

Next, another interesting finding from the Military Times!

"I thought it was funny that in those (CNN) "polls" I didnt see the percentage of active duty represented in this election.........Now I know why.

A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin.

The Military Times, which publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times, polled 80,000 subscribers from Sept 22 to Sept. 29. The non-scientific survey gathered 4,300 respondents -- all of them registered and eligible to vote.
A racial divide was immediately evident among the respondents. Nearly eight in 10 black servicemembers chose Obama, while McCain captured 76 percent of white voters and 63 percent of Hispanic voters.

Numbers among men and women respondents were also visibly different. Men overwhelmingly said they would vote for McCain, 70 percent to 22 percent. But among women the margin was much closer: 53 percent support McCain, while 36 percent support Obama.
U.S. troops also said in the poll that they prefer McCain to handle the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- 74 percent said McCain would perform better, while just 19 percent said Obama would.
Four years ago the Iraq War was the single most important issue on which the military voted. But the war now ranks third in importance to these voters. The most important issue among the respondents was character (42 percent), followed by the economy (25 percent) and the Iraq War (16 percent).
There was a racial divide on these issues, as well. Black servicemembers said the economy was the No. 1 issue that affected their vote, and white troops said character was paramount.
The Military Times offered certain caveats for its poll, which was open only to its 80,000 subscribers. Responses were entirely voluntary and were not focused on a representative sample of the public, as scientific polls are. The troops polled were also somewhat older than average enlisted servicemembers and included more officers than is representative of the military as a whole.
Yet judging by the numbers, it appears that the Democratic party has not made many inroads into the traditionally Republican military. (www.onemarinesview.com) Maj Pain

(Story from Fox News & Military Times)"

Quoted from: onemarinesview.com

Nothing new in that story at all really. It follows what I saw in 2004 with President Bush being favored over Senator Kerry by about 75% for Bush and only 25% for Kerry. This also follows that survey Michael Dukes has quoted from 29 Palms Training base done by a Marine Officer that asked if his fellow Marines would follow UN Orders to impose UN rules upon the United States. There again, the only ones who would do it were in the 25% category and the ones who said "HELL No!" were in the 75% category... Liberalism isn't going to take over our military anytime soon despite very high profile cases like Gen. Barry McCaffery and recently Gen. Colin Powell's defection to Senator Obama.

TNSTAAFL- There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch! In other words, folks need to get off they're buts and pull they're own weight around and start actually paying into taxes before whining about not having something that they're neighbor has! Its understandable that there are some who cannot work or take care of themselves, Christ told us to take care of them! Understood! Its something along the lines of charity. The only reason the mentally ill suffer on the street is not that the Government has failed, its because "We the People" have failed to have a conscience and offer charity to those in need. Which leads mis-guided activists to blame the Government for this failure. Go figure, remove Religion from schools, and you remove the "Golden Rule" and the best teaching of charity there is. Its been proven time and time again, philanthropy will never replace religious charity, and neither can any government welfare.

I'm currently reading and finally finishing a great book by one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time. No, its not the Fascist advocate H.G. Wells... Its the Libertarian Robert A. Heinlein! The book is "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Its fantastic! Of course, maybe I just enjoy it more now that I'm in the unforgiving environment that is Alaska where the ill-prepared will suffer the most and have many times (and still do) die due to the elements. Any colonization of space will more than likely follow this principle. TNSTAAFL! Everyone needs to be there for a purpose, or the society won't accept them. Either the society or the environment will dispose of said individual in a rather unforgiving manner. For example, in the book, newbies who refuse to pay attention suck vacuum. Either they piss off someone locally, or they don't put on a pressure suit right and go outside... Kind of like someone attempting to rob you here when you are carrying your pistol, or not having a coat on along the Parks Highway during early October in the middle of the night and having a tire blow-out during a snow storm with an on coming 18 wheeler that is sliding down the hill...

However, I've noticed something here. We in Alaska are charitable by nature. When we see that poor sucker on the side of the road, 9 times out of 10, we or someone else, or five other people who are passing along the road will reach out and assist or stop and see if said sucker needs help. So, what do we need handouts for from the government when we have each other to help out? Oh wait, if someone promises us money, we'll just put them into power to get our cut... Or at least some will. We've been duped, and someone has offered a free lunch to too many people for far too long.

Personally, I don't want to see disaster. However, the rough times ahead aren't all doom and gloom. I think we'll suddenly re-discover ourselves here and find out just how independent we really are. I think that's what has scared the pants off of most of the US Left Coast, North East, and big cities. Middle America understands TNSTAAFL and they like our Governor who espouses TNSTAAFL. Those living in crystal palaces, University castles, and along the coasts are scared shitless of the concept that they might be required to provide they're own lunch. They aren't ready for independence, they have moved toward dependence! They just aren't ready for what our Governor will bring to the table in DC! No wonder they panic, no wonder they can't fathom "Joe the Plumber".

20081020

New Computer! Great Hardware, but Vista SUCKS!

Well, I went and bought myself a good new computer, and have had problems since...

The computer is great for the price, its an Acer Aspire desktop with a 22" LCD monitor, Intel E2200 2.2 GHZ dual Core processor, 4 GB RAM, and NVIDIA 7100 onboard graphics. Not to shabby hardware wise...

...which brings us to the biggest pain in arse, Windows Vista Home Premium. It sucks. I've spent the last couple days trying to configure it to run what I have. Too bad I have games like Knights of the Old Republic II: Sith Lords from back in 2005 when XP ruled. Now I can't even run that one because there is no reverse compatiblity for it with Vista! However, other games like Medieval II: Total War run just fine.

So I bought it on the 17th, and I'm still fighting with it today. But then, I did work the gun show this last weekend so time has been limited...

I'll be looking for either XP Home (since I have the Pro upgrade for an OEM XP Home machine) or working Ubuntu Linux and WINE (Windows Emulator). Yup, I'm pissed at Microsoft today.

20081016

Star Spangled Banner, fourth verse

In Honor of Corporal Jason Karella



O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd home, and the war's desolation,
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land,
Praise the Power that hath made and perserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto- "In God is our Trust;"
And the star spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
O'er Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave



I was driving down the road when I heard this brave man from here in the Fairbanks area died in Afghanistan. I took my hat off and paused a moment in his honor. My prayers are with his family.

Whats sad is how few folks know the first verse, much less the fourth. I first stumbled upon the forth verse in a science fiction short story collection "There Will Be War" edited by J.E. Pournelle published in 1984 dedicated to the US Military that my Dad (a Cold War vet during that time) passed down to me when I went to Iraq the second time.

Painting of Cpl Karella was done from a reference, KTUU Channel 2 was on the lower right of ref. photo. A better picture would be much appreciated, and I'd be willing to offer it to the family if someone could help me with that, email me at sutherlandsink@gmail.com

Healthcare CON and more, being researched....

Well, I'm doing my homework on this con called a Certificate of Need (the CON) that seems to affect our healthcare up here. Lucky me, when I first moved up here I was in the military and therefore had Tri-Care to back me up for all my medical needs. Theres good and bad things about government run health care. I must say, the government can't do it right with the military, I'd hate to see how they'd screw it up for everybody under an Obama/Biden administration...

...which brings us to the Fairbanks Socialized medicine program in the form of Banner Health, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Tananna Valley Clinic. Thus far, I think my wife and I have received good health care when it comes to the medical side of things. However, on the billing and insurance side, the bureaucracy, we've had major problems that weren't uncovered until a collections agency sent us a letter on behalf of one of the hospitals. NOT that the way you want to find out about clerical errors that happened when a procedure didn't get billed to your health insurance provider properly.

However, a recent survey finds that most people have found the health care in this area wanting, and that its far more expensive than flying down to the lower 48 and getting the same procedure done. Or they find that we only have one specialist in this entire state (in Anchorage) while clinics in the lower 48 might have seven or eight specialists... whom are competing for your business... Which won't happen here due to a Certificate of Need program that wipes out any choice by the patient and sets up a "community owned hospital" that cannot have any competition from outside sources. Logic being that competition would endanger health care for the community... SO the second largest city in the state of Alaska cannot have more than one hospital according to the CON.

I come from Colorado Springs, we had at least three major hospitals... And Colorado has NO CON. Competition breeds lower health care costs, and increases the quality of health care due to the fact that a bad hospital will suffer. This brings in good care management process, careful billing practices, and reduces sloppy medicine. Not to mention, allows patients to go down the street to another hospital to get a second opinion from someone not working for the same HMO (Banner Health...).

So, I'm planning on naming names, and doing some research. Recommendations for the Simple Analysis Cartoon are more than welcome! I just want to thank our North Pole State Representative John Coghill for his effort to remove this CON and get us better health care the good ol' fashioned American way, through removing a monopoly and allowing competition to breed higher quality health care!

20081014

Oktober Fest Hotspot! Irbil Iraq!


Link to story!

Yes, beer and brats in Iraq! Of course, no US military personnel are authorized to partake in the alcohol or else they will face Court Martial for being in violation of General Order One....

20081013

Lets honor a Hero, and curse a Villain!

The Hero, who died this last week on Oct. 9 was US Army Col. Retired Bob Murphy, the first man to jump out on D-Day as a Pathfinder on June 6 1944 with the 82nd Airborne.

Story from Black Five

The villain in a suit:

Did Senator Obama violate the Logan Act? No surprise if he did, the Bush Administration doesn't even have the Ka-hoonahs to enforce it when Rep. Nancy Pelosi was negotiating with Syria... Washington Times Article Go figure, the DNC scum bag decided to pressure Iraq without authorization from the State Department to delay saying our troops were near completion of said mission. Again, Senator Obama by-passes the ground commanders, by-passes the State Department and the Bush Administration, and acts like he is in charge already and delivers the message to attempt to politically damage his opposition in this election. ANYTHING to win an election! Never mind that soldiers lives are at stake, or a war is being fought and that as a politician he needs to stand behind the current Administrations policies when dealing in foreign affairs in order that our nation shows a united front overseas. Dissent is fine when its within our own borders and you disagree with the current President. However, you don't go negotiating on your own representing the Opposition as the will of the United States! Unless of course, you get a tourist visa and leave your Secret Service detail behind and travel like everyone else as a private citizen, but wait, then you might actually get tried for treason! Never mind, if you are a liberal, you'll get a way with taking pictures of terrorist shooting at US soldiers, just ask the New York Times.

Here is a June article from the Washington Times also... The reason I'll never vote for Barack Obama or any other anti-Iraq War candidate. They were wrong in November 2006 when they said there was civil war and we should pull out. Hell, I deployed to Iraq the second time with 4-25 BCT (ABN) and flew out of Fairbanks International Airport on OCT 31st 2006. I saw what a shithole it was and how violent it was, and it CHANGED dramatically about three months later! Yet the Anti-Iraq War rhetoric didn't change. I came back in May 2007, the rhetoric was the same despite the obvious fact that Iraq changed and the Surge was work. I remember Gen. Petraeus coming back and getting slandered by MoveOn.org as "Gen. BetrayUs" because MoveOn.org claimed the Surge failed. I know differently, which is why I'm NEVER going to vote with the anti-Iraq war crowd bet they Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Constitutionalist Party, Alaska Independence Party, or Independent. Iraq is being won, and politicians need to get the hell out of the way.

Not to mention this interesting Hitler Youth look-a-like squad from You-Tube (I take it with a grain of salt... However, there are several sources that confirm its actual existence.)





Is Senator Obama even a Natural Born US Citizen elgible for even running for Presidency:


More villains after scaring you with those You-Tubes...

I read this from the Telegraph this morning, its sad. Another politician who treats the troops like crap, in England. Go figure, he's probably trying to get cozy with EU!LINK

20081012

Updated from WWII to reflect GWOT!



Based on an old WWII propaganda poster that referenced what would happen to Alaska in the event of invasion, or should I say what did happen in some cases... And what will happen now with terrorists attempting to strike here. There is good reason the United States hasn't suffered a major invasion since the War of 1812, and only a minor invasion of its territories since. Three islands here were occupied, and the Japanese forces stopped. Had they known what Alaska contained, they would have learned a lethal lesson in the environment and what the peoples can do (something Hitler found out in Russia!).

20081010

Research!

Well, I've just spent my kids nap time not doing much in the way fun really. However, it is informative. I've been researching the history of our fine National Guard and State Defense Forces. I've found they run parallel in history until after the Spanish American War and became separate in 1933 officially. In 1903, you had the Militia Act of 1903 or the Dick Act named after Senator Charles Dick, a Major General in the Ohio National Guard at the time. It gave the militia greater federal funds, with the strings of complying with greater Regular Army and federal regulations. The National Defense Act of 1916 made them all the "National Guard" and turned them into a reserve component of the US Army. In 1933, US Code Title 32 did separate them from the State Guard and State Defense Forces that only had State obligations to fulfill.

What concerns me is really the idea behind Federal forces in the United States being used to respond to disasters within the United States. After the Civil War Reconstruction, it was determined that US Federal Forces shouldn't ever be used against American citizens again, so they wrote the Posse Comitatus Act which hasn't been repealed yet. However, just last month, the 1st BCT 3rd Infantry Division has been put on alert for Northern Command for duty WITHIN THE UNITED STATES in event of disaster. This is purely a knee jerk reaction to Katrina and the need of the Federal Government to save face from 'lack' of federal aid. Really, its the state of Louisiana and especially the City of New Orleans that failed to be prepared and caused the disaster for they're residents. Are so many states really so lazy that the Federal Government must pick up that much slack? Why aren't these people writing they're GOVERNORS demanding that the State form a State Guard or State Defense Force to deal with the problems without having to worry about being deployed overseas like the National Guard? Why aren't these men and women VOLUNTEERING for service in existing State Guard and State Defense Forces? I guess they're just too damn lazy to stick they're necks out for the local community. So they leave it to the Federal government, and then bitch about the possibility that the federal government might declare martial law.

Bibliography so far:
Internet Sources
“State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Alaska State Defense Force” http://www.ak-prepared.com/asdf/ October 10, 2008
Brinkerhoff, John R. COL USA(RET), Bankus, Brent C. LTC USA (RET), Peterson, Fredrick LTC USMC (RET) “State Defense Force National Standards Recommendations” [Online] Available http://www.sgaus.org/SDFStandards06.pdf October 10, 2008
“Army National Guard History” [Online] Available http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/arng-history.htm
Carafano, James Jay LTC USA (RET) “A Well-Regulated Militia” [Online] Available http://www.legion.org/national/divisions/magazine/release?id=63 October 10, 2008
“State Defense Forces” [Online] Available http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Defense_Forces October 10, 2008
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“Posse Comitatus Act” [Online] Available http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act October 10, 2008
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Books
Introduction by Bernstein, R.B. The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation Barnes and Noble 2002.
Hamilton, Alexander “The Federalist No. 29” The Federalist Papers Bantam Classic Edition 1982, pgs 138-143.
Holmes, Richard “Home Guard” The Oxford Companion to Military History Oxford University Press 2001, pg. 411.
Holmes, Richard “Militia” The Oxford Companion to Military History Oxford University Press 2001, pp. 588-589.

20081007

More David Drake from Black Five TV! and some neglected news!

Part IV


Part III


Battling the "Army of Heaven"
This happened in my Area of Operations, shortly after we had lost four of our own soldiers in a kidnapping at REO in Karbala with 4-25 BCT(ABN) "Spartans" based out of Ft. Richardson Alaska.



Yup, I was there in the area when it happened! I was only able to provide support for the guys running the fight. Literally all I did during my TOC shift at the time was run and grab food for the JTAC and ALO on who ran coordination for the Close Air Support for this battle. I'm proud to have even just done that! There is good reason terrorist never gather in one place for too long, it just makes it so much easier to kill more of them in one swipe!

VOTE! And I think I've found my pick for US Senator from Alaska while simultaneously preserving my conscience.

Did you vote in the Borough Elections today?

"Don't Vote? Don't Bitch."

I voted today, about 0900 this morning. I made darn sure I voted for the Interior Taxpayers Association Tax Cap, Ballot Proposition B; while voting NO on the Borough's Tax Cap of Ballot Proposition A. No more loop holes! I should have done a bit more research on the candidates running. I did vote for the ones that came on the radio that sounded like good solid Conservatives and were dedicated to the ideals of limited government and lower taxes and more choice for parents for education.

Now about the US Senate Candidate for next month's National Election, I think I'll go with David Haase Libertarian Candidate for US Senate from Alaska.

Why? Ted Stevens the incumbent Republican from Alaska is just shy of getting convicted for corruption, the Democratic candidate Mark Begich is a party line Democrat claiming to be Independent. Bob Bird, the AIP candidate believes in a pull out of Iraq, immediately. So that leaves me with David Haase.

Mr. Haase doesn't believe in an immediate pull-out of Iraq, because the job needs done first and done right. We are real close to that, and since I don't want to see that fall apart, he'll get my vote based mainly on that point along with the other main points I look for in a candidate.

I also heavily consider how Pro-Life the candidate is. Sen. Stevens, Mr. Bob Bird, and Mr. David Haase all pass this important issue for my vote.

Along with Pro-Life comes Pro-Second Amendment, an interpretation of which views the terms "well regulated militia" and "people" as one in the spirit of the Federalist No. 29 as written by Alexander Hamilton. Thus far, the above mentioned three, and perhaps even Mayor Begich all support that belief (how far Mayor Begich will go to respect that remains suspect, once a politician goes to DC, its too easy to find themselves in lockstep with the likes of senior fellow party members).

Here are some quotes from the Federalist No. 29, quotes of interest that point out the intent behind defining the Second Amendment to clarify the Right to bear Arms.
In regards to keeping everyone in the US as an active member of the militia, it was not practical:
" To attempt a thing which would abridge the mass of labor and industry to so considerable an extent, would be unwise: and the experiment, if made, could not succeed, because it would not long be endured. Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year."
Note: However, it seems that it was considered a wise idea that all men be armed and ready as such, and inspected to ensure compliance! ALL MEN, meaning every citizen.

From what I can ascertain, Mr. Haase interprets the Second Amendment in this light; along with Bob Bird, and even possibly Sen. Stevens and Mayor Begich (however, I don't know for sure, I need some input for further research on Mayer Begich's background in regards to gun rights).

Of all the issues, Mr. Haase will likely get my vote mainly based on his belief that the mission started in Operation Iraqi Freedom needs finished. That, and he's not in trial right now with recorded phone calls as evidence that he committed an actual crime. Senator Stevens is a real American hero in many respects, he is WWII veteran of the "Flying Tigers" and served for the most part with distinction as Senator for the State of Alaska. However, he lost his way and his Honor in the process. While he can't get my vote, if he were to admit his wrong and resign, I know he'd get his Honor back and more of my respect.

20081005

I typically avoid political posts on Sundays....

...however, this one just kinda struck a nerve. Its a good commercial put out by Veterans for the Truth. I think I might joint this cause! Seeing as how I can't stand Iraq Vets Against the War (despite having a very good friend who did join that organization).

20081002

YIKES! Korea on my mind too...

This is a remix of the creepy Obama kids:


Now if that don't scare you silly!

Which makes me think of Korea, and brings us to this entry into the conceptart.org Panels of the Week Competition that I've submitted some cartoons into. I used to try a weekly or monthly called Simple Analysis, see earlier blog entries, but I got bored with it. Actually, I tracked the news too much and started suffering insomnia again, and had to quit. Yes, I got that stressed! Dr. Gilboy would be very concerned about that...



While we are on Korea, its not a forgotten war for me. I served my year in the Korean War, lucky me, its still in Ceasefire. I went to Korea in May 2003, and was there for the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Ceasefire. I even got a gift from the Republic of Korea for protecting them, a little framed piece of the DMZ wire with commemorative information in Korean and English. I've walked on the hill tops that our Korean War Veterans from 1950-1953 re-captured bloody inch by bloody inch. Very humbling to run across trench lines that date back to that era, and see the current defenses. Nothing humbles you like driving along the country side and an artillery tube is pointed North toward North Korean artillery that is pointed South... Every month there, South Korean soldiers shoot back at North Korean soldiers who shot at them along the DMZ. The US has even had hundreds of soldiers wounded, and even killed along the DMZ in the last 55 years of 'ceasefire'.

I just want to thank all the soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who came before, especially those who fought during the hostilities! This is one American who knows the war is far from over.

20081001

Slander and Hypocrisy

Slander!


Rep. Murtha even has the gall to have a campaign flier "Honoring our Troops and Veterans is a Top Priority for John Murtha" even after he basically called the Hadithida Marines "Cold blooded murderers". Of the eight Marines who faced Court Martial, seven have been exonerated, only one still faces charges.

Hypocrisy!

"WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband's real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the "culture of corruption" when Republicans did it.

The Washington Times is reporting that the California Democrat's husband, Paul F. Pelosi, owns Financial Leasing Services Inc., which has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history.

Last year, Pelosi supported a bill that would have banned members of Congress from putting spouses on their campaign staffs. The bill banned not only direct payments by congressional campaign committees and PACs to spouses for services including consulting and furndraising, but also "indirect compensation," such as payments to companies that employ spouses.

The bill passed the House in a voice vote but died in a Senate committee.

Last week, Pelosi's office defended the payments, saying they were legal because she is compensating her husband at fair market value for the work his firm has performed for the PAC.

Ethical watchdogs called Pelosi's arrangement "problematic." "
Link to Story!

Biased Moderator, no surprise there! But if they had a Fox News moderator, Senator Biden would whine about Fox News being an evil right wing news agency. There is no longer any objective journalism in the "Fourth Estate"! We have to think for ourselves and piece the information gained from various sources due to the failure of our media to be anything like fair and balanced! Though I must say, Fox does a decent job of it, they only appear more 'conservative' because they are the closest to middle I've seen in my lifetime!

Finally, a Democrat Representative gets something right! He admits failure on his part and apologizes to the American People! God Bless him!

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