I have watched this perennial candidate for almost 20 years and still can’t fathom the appeal. Like a blind hog, he occasionally finds a conservative principle. But, his prior racist, anti-Semitic, and truther speeches and newsletter articles are baggage that he will not drop. When confronted on these, Dr. Pul has become the master of the “non-answer”. Is this so he won’t lose the support his early base like Lew Rockwell, Stormfront and David Duke or losing the new support that just fears another Obama Presidency more than reason.
Check out this recent ad from Revolution PAC for a taste of how they compare America to China and Russia. Sorry, this just doesn’t cut it.
In honor of the Hawker Siddley Harrier’s first flight on April 1, 1969 , I present you with the latest edition of our ongoing “Warbirds” series.
The Harrier, as most people consider it, is actually a family of aircraft. The first and only operational family of jump jets ever developed. The main versions of the family in order of development are the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, British Aerospace Sea Harrier, Boeing/BAE Systems AV-8B Harrier II, and BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II. Initial work began on the series as early as 1957 in cooperation between airframe maker Hawker Aircraft and engine manufacturer Bristol Engine Company on the project P.1127.
What came from this project was a fixed-wing aircraft that absolutely embodies the spirit of aviation innovation. First operational jump jet. First capable of hovering. First to fly backwards (WHAT!).
When you think of the Harrier, the first thing that comes to mind is often the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina in 1982. Deep in the South Pacific and over 8,000 moles from home, the Harrier saw her first combat in some of the world’s worst flying conditions. While deployed, Harriers flew over 2000 sorties – over six per aircraft per day. though 10 Harriers of various types were lost to ground fire or mechanical failure, none were lost in air-to-air combat.
After the war, the first generation of Harriers saw continued Cold War tasking, but declining service with British and American forces.
Most of the continuing production was earmarked for export to NATO and allied countries. But, this wasn’t because of any failings. Rapid advances in avionics, navigation, and propulsion would give birth to a next generation of jump jet. A new partnership between McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace would soon bring the world the Harrier II. These aircraft serve still today and have seen combat during the Gulf War, Yugoslavia, the Iraq War and Afghanistan. Though slated to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, the Harrier II still serves the USMC, British armed forces (G-5/7/9 series), Spanish Navy, and Italian Navy.
I have heard often times that the first disqualifying characteristic of a presidential candidate should be that they desire the office at all. I can understand the sentiment and only partly disagree.
Service to your country and your fellow citizens is an honorable career choice and only the individual holding the job can know what their true motives are. Results can be judged any number of ways but what is in a man’s heart is known only to him and God. However, service in the public sector or even the military is no indicator of virtue. As power corrupts so does absolute power have the potential to corrupt absolutely. Where else than in the service of the government – where your dictates can carry the weight of law and be enforced at gunpoint – can such ultimate power be found.
In more than 200 years of American history, the citizen soldiers that step forward to serve have forged a tradition of selflessness, sacrifice, and honor. In the early days of the Republic, the military could have easily installed Washington as the first American king. The choice to uphold their oaths is now now set as the weigh-stone against which today’s military leaders measure their own actions. These traditions of our armed services have also benefited the nation by providing a testing ground – a crucible if you will – that helps identify leaders worthy of being followed.
Though I believe military service would be beneficial to any holder of the Presidency, I am loath to change the Constitution to make that service a requirement of office holders. First, the political creatures that structure their lives around the attainment of power would be funnelled into our armed forces where they could cause untold damage. Also, like a peacetime draft, the “required” service can create an institutional resentment against the military that would drive away those actually desiring to serve and not attain. And finally, the founders saw that civilian control of the military was indeed another check against the totalitarianism that they had just recently escaped.
With all that said I thought I would post a short (haha) poll to see what people remember of our Presidents. Do you know which 12 never served? Make your selections and then check below for the answers.
Highlight the area below to see the correct answers. You may be surprised.
General George Washington and the remains of his rag-tag army make an historic attack on Hessian mercenaries during massive snowstorm. Crossing a river at night and marching with bloody feet to attack Trenton, “victory or death” was their passphrase. Against all logic, the Americans capture hundreds and inspire the birth of an army and a nation. Watch this great video from Newt Gingrich on this historic battle.
1610 Investigator for King Matthias discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing torture session of young girls; believed most prolific female serial killer and part inspiration for Vampire mythology
1776 America’s 1st real victory; after bringing his army across the Delaware River at night, General Washington’s troops capture Trenton, NJ and nearly 1000 Hessian mercenaries
1862 4 volunteer nuns board USS Red Rover; 1st female nurses aboard U.S. Navy hospital ship; forerunners of Navy Nurses Corps
Winston Churchill is 1st foreign leader to address Congress
1944 General George Patton turns his 3rd Army 90 degrees and races to Bastogne relieving the beleaguered 101st Airborne
1956 Visionary automaker Preston Tucker dies (b. 1903); though unable to produce his dream car, his ideas change the industry
1966 Holiday designed by California black studies professor Maulana Karenga is 1st celebrated; Kwanzaa is born from amalgamaton of many nations harvest festivals
1972 Former President Harry S. Truman dies (b.1884)
1996 JonBenét Ramsey case switches gears when her body is found beaten and strangled in basement of her family home
2004 Underwater earthquake spawns 500-mph Pacific tsunami that will leave 230,000 dead; effects felt from Sumatra to Somalia
2006 Former President Gerald Ford dies at home California (b. 1913); only office holder never elected president or vice-president