Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lost and Found – October 24th Edition

What to remember about October 24th…

  • 1861  Western Union completes 1st transcontinental telegraph line
  • 1901  Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel; it is her 63rd birthday
  • 1929  “Black Thursday” begins a  stock market crash that starts the 12-year Great Depression
  • 1944  American Navy sinks Japanese both an aircraft carrier and a battleship at the Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • 1945  United Nations is formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Charter
  • 1949  Cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters in New York is lain; construction financed by $65 million loan from U.S.
  • 1951  President Truman proclaims that the war with Germany is officially over
  • 1992  Toronto Blue Jays become 1st team outside of the United States to win Major League Baseball’s World Series
  • 2003  Supersonic Concorde passenger jet makes its last commercial flight
  • 2005  Civil rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks dies at home in Detroit, Michigan (b. 1913)

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Obama Full Of Horsesh*t At Last Debate

So last night,  true to form, the President decided to deliver a whole host of whoppers and zingers instead of substantive answers on important national security issues.  As Commander-in-Chief you would expect Obama would acknowledge that lower numbers of ships spread across the same size oceans results in longer cruises, more crew fatigue, and shorter equipment life cycles.  You would expect that he would understand that the Marine Corps and Army still have procured over 500,000 bayonets since 1984 and they continue to train extensively in their use for the close quarters engagements that are so common in low intensity conflicts like Afghanistan.  At least he should be familiar with recent conflicts and how our troops have been engaging and destroying the enemy.  This last item is especially telling as his own Vice President attended last years dedication of the America’s Response Memorial.

I mention this memorial specifically because it was raised, through private funding, to recognize those special operations soldiers deployed in the first weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001  It depicts a special operations soldier mounted on an Afghan war stallion while traversing mountainous terrain..  Sculpted by Douwe Blumberg, it was inspired by photos shared at the announcement of troop involvement in Afghanistan.

Alex Quade produced an award winning mini-documentary called Secret Mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11.  The Daily Caller has been kind enough to host it on their site.  The soldiers profiled in the film share a lot of inspirational stories and details about the early days of America’s response to the 9/11 attacks.  This is one of my favorite bits:

“It was like out of the Old Testament,” says Lt. Col. Max Bowers, retired Green Beret, who commanded the three horseback teams. “You expected Cecil B. DeMille to be filming and Charlton Heston to walk out.”

President Obama’s callous and politically calculated amnesia at the debate dishonors these warriors and all those who followed behind them.  They deserve a real Commander-in-Chief even more than America needs a new president.

If you want more information on these heroes who rode to war on horseback, you can read the fantastic Doug Stanton book called Horse SoldiersAlso, you should check out the U.S. Army M-9 bayonet and the U.S.M.C’s OKC3S bayonet.  You can never be too prepared.

UPDATE:  My father was in the Navy so I can’t let this tidbit slide.  Someone needs to remind America’s self-anointed 4th Smartest President that ships that go under water have been sunk.  Submarines are called “boats”.

Lost and Found – October 21st Edition

What to remember about October 21st…

  • 1797  USS Constitution is launched in Boston Harbor; 44-gun frigate was commissioned to defend American shipping from muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast
  • 1833  Swedish chemist, manufacturer, and founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel is born (d. 1896); inventor of dynamite
  • 1867  Leaders of Plains Indian tribes sign Medicine Lodge Treaty establishing system of reservations in Oklahoma
  •  1910  Los Angeles Times building is destroyed in bombing attack orchestrated by union organizers
  • 1917  Legendary jazz musician John Birks “Dizzy” Gilespie is born in South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1921  President Harding gives a speech in Alabama condemning lynchings
  • 1944  1st recorded Japanese kamikaze attack occurs as Battle of Leyte Gulf begins
  • 1945  Women in France are allowed to vote for the st time
  • 2003  U.S. Senate votes to ban partial birth abortions

The Truth About What Happened In Benghazi

Why they aired this on a Friday night in an odd slot, I don’t know.  But, this 40 minute analysis of exactly what happened in Benghazi and when is a must see.  Opening with an examination of the security situation on the ground before the attacks, then a walk through of the events of September 11, 2012, and finally the fumbling and deceptive reaction of the Obama administration are all laid out.  The implications for American security in the Middle East and at home are profound.

Again we can see how “not optimal” the President and his policies are.

Lost and Found – October 20th Edition

What to remember about October 20th…

  • 1774  Continental Congress calls for ban on all trade between America and Great Britain
  • 1803  U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1931  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle is born (d. 1995)
  • 1944  General MacArthur fulfills his promise and returns to the Philippine Islands with U.S. forces
  • 1947  The House Un-American Committee begins investigations of communist infiltration of Hollywood
  • 1964  31st President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover dies in New York City (b.1874)
  • 1977  Members of legendary rock band Lynard Skynard die in plane crash
  • 1981  Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army terrorists kill 2 police and a guard in an armored car robbery
  • 2007  Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (R – LA) becomes the first Indian American elected governor
  • 2011  Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is killed by rebels (b. 1942)

Obama – Not The Optimal President

While recording an interview for The Daily Show on Comedy Central, we get to hear this exchange between John Stewart and America’s 4th Greatest President:

Stewart – ‘Is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions? Not just what happened in Benghazi, but what happened within. Because I would say, even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page.’

Obama – ‘Here’s what I’ll say. If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.’

In an interview with MailOnline today, the mother of one of the four slain diplomats spoke out saying:

How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don’t think the President has the right idea of the English language.

It’s insensitive to say my son is not very optimal – he is also very dead. I’ve not been “optimal” since he died and the past few weeks have been pure hell.

I am still waiting for the truth to come out and I still want to know the truth. I’m finally starting to get some answers but I won’t give up.

There’s a lot of stupid things that have been said about my son and what happened and this is another one of them.’

The pain, frustration, and anger of this woman and the other families of those slain in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 must be near overwhelming.

The President made sure in the most recent debate to speak gravely of meeting the returning coffins of the dead.  What he wouldn’t speak to was the truth behind the confused, contradictory, and misleading statements given to the American people for weeks following the terrorist attack in Libya.  That is what is not optimal.

Additionally, his lack of leadership in this situation is not optimal.  His lack of candor about the attack is not optimal.  His lack of honesty with the public is not optimal.

If you want to really see what is “not optimal”, keep scrolling down.

Most of these pictures lifted from Facebook.

Lost and Found – October 19th Edition

What to remember about October 19th…

  • 1781  Formal British surrender at Yorktown; Cornwallis sends his second-in-command to surrender his sword
  • 1789  John Jay is sworn in as the 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1864  Union forces avert disaster after surprise Confederate attack at Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia
  • 1935  Fascist Italy invades Ethiopia; League of Nations votes for ineffective sanctions while hoping for peace
  • 1950  Chinese Peoples Liberation Army invades Tibet to capture city of Chamdo and annex the nation
  • 1965  Thousands of North Vietnamese troops attack Camp Plei Me; a dozen Green Berets and 400 Montagnards repel attacks for almost a week
  • 1982  Automaker John DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine deal
  • 1983  Prime Minister of Grenada is assassinated in military coup; President Reagan will soon dispatch 6000 troops to liberate the island
  • 1987  Black Monday; stock market loses 22% in one day; largest percentage loss in history
  • 2005  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity

Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

  • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
  • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre; celebrated as Alaska Day
  • 1898  During Spanish-American War, U.S. forces formally take control of the island of Puerto Rico
  • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
  • 1939  Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
  • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)
  • 2011  Spaceport America, the world’s 1st commercial purpose-built spaceport’ officially opens

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

Michelle Obama’s “Huge Recovery”

Investor’s Business Daily has taken a look at what Michelle Obama has described recently as the “huge recovery” her husband has fostered.  They agree with the First Lady that the current state of the economy is the result of “what this president has done”.  While the graphic below sums it all up, I urge you to read the entire story.