Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mumbai Terrorist from Pakistan? 

MUMBAI, India — The only gunman captured by police after a string of attacks on Mumbai told authorities he belonged to the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, a senior police officer said Sunday.

Seems to me that if one of the goals of the terrorists in Mumbai was to maximize the mistrust and enmity between India and Pakistan, then he'd say something like that whether or not it was true. The Indians are predisposed to believe such a story, and maybe the Pakistanis are too, The jihadis probably benefit from chaos in any event, and if they're sponsored by the Iranians, then a nuclear war between India and Pakistan is just what Ahmadinejad wants--it would essentially neutralize the two biggest local threats to Iran.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I first posted this on Veterans Day 2005. I have decided to make this an annual tradition on this blog (with amendments). I am very pleased to report that "Ol' Sarge" is still doing very well, all things considered. He will be 89 on his birthday next week. He has his share of physical complaints that one would expect for that age, but his mind is sharp as ever, and he still enjoys his Budweiser on occasion.

To My Dad: A Veterans' Day Tribute

My dad retired from the US Army in 1972 after 30 years of service to his country. Not too many can honestly wear that baseball cap he has on (it says WW II - Korea - Vietnam Veteran), and membership in that elite club gets smaller with each passing year. I honor him today for his service.

Pop retired as a Command Sergeant Major. He was in the Medical Corps, and achieving CSM rank was probably a higher hurdle for him than for those serving in the combat arms. He achieved much and overcame many obstacles. In his own way, he is as courageous as any combat soldier.

Since retirement he has lived in Japan. This picture was taken (I believe) at Camp Zama in 2003.

Thanks, Pop, and thanks to all your comrades in arms who have served or are serving (including my two sons), living and dead, who have sacrificed and are sacrificing so much so that we may enjoy our freedoms.

God bless you all!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

President-Elect Obama 

The people have spoken and for better or worse Barack Obama will be our president until at least January 20, 2013. I can only pray that my worst fears will not be realized and the faith that the voters have put in Obama will be vindicated.

That said, anyone who says the United States of America is a racist nation is full of crap!

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Election Day 

I got up, turned on Fox News, and was treated to five minutes or so of live video of Barack Obama voting while the morning crew commented. Big whoop. Is it just me, or is it really a waste of bandwidth for TV news to show more than about 30 seconds of live video of a political candidate (or anyone, for that matter) voting? What is the point?

One thing I am thankful for on this election day is the end of all the stupid commercials, the pundit round tables and the obnoxious phone calls.


BTW, I voted by mail after I got to the point where I was certain nothing more anyone could say was going to change my mind about the candidates or the issues. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it provided a relief to the soul denied even to prayer.

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