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August 31, 2005

Big Weekend Planned

Filed under: — Chap @ 10:49 pm

I had a hard time choosing between the tractor pull, the drag racing or the demolition derby, but I think the great David Burge would be proud of me for going to any of the three (of course all are expressions of true highbrow American Culture, much like the Japanese Living Treasures program but smelling different). It of course had to be the demo derby. That and the fiberglass cow milking demonstration, the beef judging and the 4-H fashion show.

Plus, Styx is playing, and you can definitely get your Mister Roboto on.

Styx. At the Nebraska State Fair. As Enrevanche would say, Good God, y’all.

Also in the other direction is a stealth music festival–in conjunction with an Ag Expo, of course, and with free soup on Monday!

We have special rates at the Super-7 on I-29 in North Council Bluffs, just 10 minutes from the festival. Single $30; Double $36, but you must tell them you are with the festival. 712-328-0553.

Take that, New York City residents!

August 30, 2005

Some Things Never Change

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:48 pm

I was a Navy vet in college trying to explain why the guy unhappy with me was wrong a couple of decades ago.

Looks like it’s still going strong.

I hope for their sake these kids realize how shameful their actions were when they grow up…

I Don’t Think He’s Kidding

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:42 pm

Just because this law is politically unfeasible to enforce, doesn’t mean that those of you that are engaging in this sort of activity are not seditious and traitorous slime. You are. If I happen down the street and see you mocking the sacrifices of my comrades, you’re likely to catch the beating of a lifetime.

Better Than A Zamboni

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:30 pm

This post describes a counterprotest at Walter Reed…

Of course, Code Pink people are not really pacifists who oppose war. They just oppose America in this war.

Code Pink has cleaned up its protest. They got rid of the flag-draped mock coffins that did not sit well with the wounded troops or really anyone with any sense. They ditched the really obnoxious signs like “Maimed for Lies” and “Enlist here and die for Halliburton.” They have sanitized their demonstration quite a bit, probably due to unfavorable publicity. But you can’t hold an anti-war protest without having some moonbats fly in, like this guy.

Six hundred grand from Code Pink to jihadis…

You Go, Girl

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:12 pm

…says Kris to the author of a very brief conversation.

Carl Spackler makes an appearance.

August 29, 2005

Offutt Air Show

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:24 am

Went to watch the airplane guys do their thing today. Not quite “watching the submarine races”, but worth a trip. A few little highlights:

Air Force training pipeline for nuggets starts pretty basic…

Flight Training

Here’s a plane you don’t see every day. Any guesses what it is? I forget what the tail markings are; think I saw it somewhere on a uniform…

Rear cockpit

How about a Yak 52?

We also saw a little acrobatic flying. First guy took off and–no lie–hovered 50 feet off the tarmac, sideways, as soon as he got off the ground. Amazing acrobatics, complete precision in the turns (90 degrees tight and quick about three complete revolutions while running right above the runway, playing with stall versus thrust, great work). The single in-service fighter they had (the Thunderbirds had a midair, from what I hear a wingtip-to-wingtip meeting, so didn’t show) did similar things with much more power but in a manner slightly less nimble than the little biplanes and acrobatic prop jobs.

August 28, 2005

Big Easy Becomes Big Schwacked

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:23 pm

Yup, looks like 160-170 miles per hour straight at New Orleans.

Courtesy NOAA and Wunderground

This is the strike probability map. All the models are merging right on the same spot.

Went to the air show today. The Red Cross professionals I know were recalled from the air show to begin the disaster work for the hurricane.

We’re in Omaha, and the Red Cross is bringing in folks from here, that’s how big this thing is. Whoof.

At times like this I tip my hat to guys like REACT Especially the Baton Rouge chapter. We just might need ‘em this week.

August 27, 2005

Cats. In Sinks.

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:30 pm

Minimalism done endearing.

And fur. Possibly damp fur.

(via blogjam dot cow, who also does Kittenwar. I bet his house smells funny.)

August 26, 2005

One of those alternately funny and make-you-cry things

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:36 pm

about the Topic I Stopped Wanting To Talk About.

Seems people react pretty predictably

More From Michael Yon’s Post

Filed under: — Chap @ 10:16 pm

Courtesy Hugh Hewitt and Radioblogger, more information about the Deuce Four action described on Michael Yon’s blog.

August 25, 2005

Go Read Michael Yon.

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:00 pm

Yon’s newest is here. Send him money. Help the people he talks about. This post is going to hurt.

You all know the drill.

Speaking Of The “No Right Answer” Game…

Filed under: — Chap @ 8:37 am

Looks like Jack Kelly’s cheatin‘.

Good on ya, Jack.

How To Deal With These People? Can I Use A Zamboni?

Filed under: — Chap @ 8:34 am

You ever get that feeling Kim du Toit calls the Red Curtain of Blood?

This’ll do it, boyo.

Navy Chiefs Rock

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:08 am

As this year’s crop of Chief Selects go through their ritual training and harassment, perhaps a link to a rather entertaining article from a Chief might be good reading.

The fun never stops when we play the ‘No Right Answer’ game. If we centralize our military infrastructure, the experts tell us that we are vulnerable to attack. We’re inviting another Pearl Harbor. If we decentralize our infrastructure, we’re sloppy and overbuilt, and the BRAC experts break out the calculators and start dismantling what they call our ‘excess physical capacity.’ If we leave our infrastructure unchanged, we are accused of becoming stagnant in a dynamic world environment.

Even the lessons of history are not sacrosanct. When we learn from the mistakes we made in past wars, we are accused of failing to adapt to emerging realities. When we shift our eyes toward the future, the critics quickly tell us that we’ve forgotten our history and we are therefore doomed to repeat it. If we somehow manage to assimilate both past lessons and emerging threats, we’re informed that we lack focus.

Where does it come from: this default assumption that we are doing the wrong thing, no matter what we happen to be doing? How did our military wind up in a zero-sum game? We can prevail on the field of battle, but we can’t win a war of words where the overriding assumption is that we are always in the wrong.

I can’t think of a single point in History where our forces were of the correct size, the correct composition, correctly deployed, and appropriately trained all at the same time. Pick a war, any war. (For that matter, pick any period of peace.) Then dig up as many official and unofficial historical documents, reports, reconstructions, and commentaries as you can. For every unbiased account you uncover, you’ll find three commentaries by revisionist historians who cannot wait to tell you how badly the U.S. military bungled things. To hear the naysayers tell it, we could take lessons in organization and leadership from the Keystone Cops.

We really only have one defense against this sort of mudslinging. Success. When we fight, we win, and that’s got to count for something. When asked to comment on Operation Desert Storm, the U.S. Army’s Lieutenant General Tom Kelly reportedly said, “Iraq went from the fourth-largest army in the world, to the second-largest army in Iraq in 100 hours.” In my opinion, it’s hard to argue with that kind of success, but critics weren’t phased by it. Because no matter how well we fought, we did it with the wrong Army.

August 24, 2005

New Robert Parker Bio

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:37 pm

Seems there are a lot more wine snobs on the net than beer snobs. A bio of Robert Parker is now out, and it’s discussed here (Prof. Bainbridge, who I’d call a paleocon just to bug him if it wasn’t for who called him one) and here (OxBlog, with a quote about the famous blind wine tasting that smacked the French around when they found out the good wines in the tasting were all Napa wines).

If what I’m saying is unfamiliar I’d recommend a browse through this Langesweiche Atlantic article (subscription required, unfortunately) on the man, who managed to improve French wine while still badgering them to death.

The Atlantic article caused me to spend some money on Beaux Fre’res and Belles Soeurs wines, the chateaux partially owned by Parker. It’s in the “one of these days I’ll need a really good wine” pile…

The Other Reason I Like Ralph

Filed under: — Chap @ 5:20 pm

The first reason is that with a few exceptions he’s abrasively correct about some tough subjects.

The second is that he’s a former intel officer who can imagine and write evocatively, a rare combination.

Here’s Peters on Africa and “the other jihad“.

Even in the United States, Saudi-funded Quranic schools encourage religious apartheid. While events have forced their mullahs to tone down public hate-speech directed toward the West, Saudi madrassas never encourage young people to integrate into their host society. They praise rigid separation.

In East Africa, this takes the form of pressuring the young to devote themselves to studying the Quran. This prevents Muslims from getting a practical education. As a result, they remain unqualified for the best jobs, which are taken by Christians with university degrees, further exacerbating antagonism.

The Saudis and their accomplices know exactly what they’re doing. They don’t want a “separate but equal” system. Separate and unequal does the trick, creating a sense of deprivation, of being cheated, among Muslims and driving a wedge down the middle of fragile societies. The last thing the bigots of the Arabian Peninsula want to see would be prosperous, patriotic, well-integrated Muslim communities in Africa.

Nor is this slow-motion jihad confined to the coast. It takes still uglier forms in the interior. Saudi money and arms smuggled from Yemen keep tribal strife alive in northern Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and, of course, Somalia.

During my stay in Kenya, nearly a hundred tribal people were massacred near the Ethiopian border. The religious undertone of the slaughter – which included the executions of schoolchildren – was played down. The Kenyan government fears a wider conflagration and quietly accepts its inability to control its northern borders. But extremist sentiment is growing, while Kenya’s policy of benign neglect collapses.

Worth a read.

Updated: 101st Fighting Chickenhawks

Filed under: — Chap @ 5:09 pm

The charge is raised.

The charge is blasted into little tiny pieces, leaving but a smear on the pavement.

An affiliate of the smearee attempts to declare victory.

I think I’m getting more short tempered this week.

Willy Shake Agrees

Filed under: — Chap @ 5:05 pm

I mentioned it in a link below, but confused things by a messy cut-n-paste.

Good link here.

Sorry, Shakes…

The Best Hope I’ve Seen Today For The Resurgence Of Two Viable Political Parties

Filed under: — Chap @ 1:46 pm

Kos declared “war” on the Democratic Leadership Council.

Kos has also been something like zero for 16 on the candidates he’s supported.

Therefore I preemptively congratulate the DLC on their revitalization.

/snark

Someone Fire The QAO 101st Fighting Chickenhawks?

Filed under: — Chap @ 10:27 am

Update: Bad quality control at Chap HQ. Two posts got confused. And I unneccessarily worried the Bard.

Beg pardon. Fixed links up above.

The charge is raised.

The charge is blasted into little tiny pieces, leaving but a smear on the pavement.

An affiliate of the smearee attempts to declare victory.

I definitely am think I’m getting more short tempered this week.

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