This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used. — Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
what kind of gun are you?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Neptunus Lex highlights this article. Things in the Air Force are not looking that great as it is...
The word within the U.S. Department of Defense
is that the White House wants to collect six to eight "scalps" -- major program kills -- in this year's Quadrennial Defense Review.
Some of the cuts already are being considered as Defense Secretary
Robert Gates rewrites the 2010 budget. You can expect to hear a lot of rumors about which programs are being targeted between now and when the Pentagon releases details of its budget request in April. But while most of the military services are scrambling to protect programs, at least one is getting ready to offer up a signature weapons system. The U.S. Navy will propose removal of one aircraft carrier and air wing from its posture, dropping the number of carriers to the lowest number since 1942.
I wonder what it is the Air Force will have to give up? A friend thinks the F-35 is already too far along to stop production, which is good news. But aircraft are big ticket items. I can imagine the numbers of requested F-35's will most likely shrink.
What really scares me is what will happen to existing weapons systems. First there were problems with the F-15C, then it was the F-16s, followed by the A-10, and now the mighty C-130. What's next?
The United States has enjoyed air superiority since for the most part since WWII. If the current administration allows numbers in aircraft and personnel to dwindle even more, who can guarantee that we will continue to control the skies?
Go here for the state of aircraft around the Air Force, put together the president of the AF Association.
My colleagues and I joke about buying our own office supplies and toilet paper in the next fiscal year, but what will our Air Force look and act like with an aging fleet and pilots flying less training hours due to budget cutbacks? In my opinion, not good.
tax day protests
So I'm diggin these Tea Party Protests. There will be a big push on April 15th, tax day of course! If there's one in Northern Mississippi, I'll be there.
I highly encourage anyone, no matter what you believe, to either show up with your own sign or watch the action, maybe have a lively discussion. I'll try to post video and photos after the fact.
You can go here for more info on the movement or planned protests in your state.
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Sunday, March 08, 2009
Instapundit linked to this a few minutes ago, saying that those who once called dissent the "highest form of patriotism" and now labeling conservative protesters "domestic terror wannabees."
I guess its all in what you dissent against....
I've been wondering what would happen if conservatives started giving Mr. Ayers and his cohorts a taste of their own medicine?
Our intention is to engage the enemy, to wear away at him, to harass him, to isolate him, to expose every weakness, to pounce, to reveal his vulnerability.
Our intention is to encourage the people, to provoke leaps in confidence and consciousness, to stir the imagination, to popularize power, to agitate, to organize, to join in every way possible the people's day-to-day struggles.
Our intention is to forge an underground, a clandestine political organization engaged in every form of struggle, protected from the eyes and weapons of the state, a base against repression, to accumulate lessons, experience and constant practice, a base from which to attack.
Now I have my answer.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
dubya vs. barry
An interesting video. I think it says less about the Marines' feelings toward each man and more about each president's feelings concerning how he should be treated.
One wanted to be among those riflemen, the other, to shake hands with the brass. One among the people, one above. I'm sure you can imagine which illicits more respect from those men and women in uniform.
From Roger Kimball via Instapundit.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
i wanna come too
I'm looking through all the photos from the Tea Parties around the country. I am totally impressed and I wish I could have gone to one. Michelle Malkin has a good round up and Instapundit has a ton of links.
I was thinking about what I would put on a sign if I went. Searching for quotes on socialism, I found some hum-dingers. Some of my favorite people, Churchill, Reagan, were in the search. Some other guys that I hadn't thought of, Sowell and de Tocqueville, have some great quotes too.
Here's a Sowell one I liked, but it wouldn't really fit on a sign...
“The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to 'help.'”
What would you put on a sign? Any good ones you have seen?
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