Plain Words; Well Spoken

In some ways, I’m cleaning out my files today but, you’ll find these are connected. In each case they involve the author telling the plain unvarnished truth as they see it. I find it very refreshing. You may or you may not agree with everything each author says, as it happens, I mostly agree with them. But then, I make no claim to be completely objective. I think you can learn from each of them.

Churchill’s Words on Obama, Congress, World.

Elizabeth Scalia (The Anchoress)

His scorn was withering. . .He had described his foes in Parliament as “good, honest men who are ready to die for their opinions, if only they knew what their opinions are.” Of Baldwin’s government, he said: “So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift…all powerful to be impotent.”
– Leo Rosten, on Winston Churchill**

Well, I read that last night and thought, were Churchill around here, he might rerun those sentiments about Obama and the Congress. He might also note with great sadness that upon the world political stage, there is currently no great leader, no one person capable — when the world is crying out for focus, as it is, today — of stirring a people to greatness by exchanging partisan postures for a larger, sharable vision and for decisiveness.

We are pursuing ISIS with the heart of Bartleby-the-Scrivener, who would prefer not to. Even as evidence mounts that they are here, and likely on every continent.

Churchill’s Words on Obama, Congress, World.

 

SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop!

Father Z.

As you know, not to long ago Bp. Howard Hubbard was retired from his looooong tenure as Bishop of Albany.  He was succeeded by Bp. Edward Scharfenberger.

Recently Bp. Scharfenbeger gave a speech to an interfaith group in Albany.   At least one Protestant didn’t like what he had to say.

From the Times Union of Albany, NY.

Rev. Sam Trumbore
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany[Unitarian Universalist… what is that, I wonder.]

Bishop Scharfenberger’s after dinner speech last night at the Capital Region Theological Center Fall fundraising dinner seriously missed his audience and likely ruffled a few feathers in the interfaith, largely Protestant audience of about 230 community leaders.

Many of us in attendance were very interested to hear the recent replacement for long serving Bishop Hubbard, to hear what his message to the interfaith community might be. The Capital Region Theological Center is a wonderful ecumenical organization founded by the collaboration of the founding partners: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Reformed Church of America, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. […] Their values welcoming and supporting all faith communities seeking peace, justice and a more sustainable planet and a spirit of collaboration, discussion over judgment, and diversity rather than uniformityline up well with the values of my Unitarian Universalist congregation.

SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop! | Fr. Z’s BlogFr. Z’s Blog.

 

Speaking Truth To Wussies.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD

Great Satan’s avuncular Veep spoke truth and really p.o.’d some of our valuable fickle on again off again ‘Allies” and have hurt their feelings LOL

“What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

“Now you think I’m exaggerating? “Take a look! Where did all of this go?”

“All of a sudden everybody’s awakened because [of] this outfit called ISIL [or ISIS], which was Al Qaeda in Iraq,” said Biden. He sketched the organization’s history: it was “essentially thrown out of Iraq” but “found open space in territory in eastern Syria,” then it worked with the al Qaeda subsidiary al Nusra, which the United States “declared a terrorist group early on.” And, still, according to Biden, “we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them. So what happened? Now all of a sudden — I don’t want to be too facetious — but they have seen the Lord, [and] the President’s been able to put together a coalition of our Sunni neighbors, because America can’t once again go into a Muslim nation and be seen as the aggressor. It has to be led by Sunnis to go and attack a Sunni organization.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Speaking Truth To Wussies.

What Islam Is and What To Do about It

Enza Ferreri

The following only reflects my position and not necessarily that of my party Liberty GB.

Islam has been distorted by Western politicians and media to such an extreme point that this doctrine is almost completely the opposite of what is being described as.

It is not a “religion of peace”: it is a non-religion of war.

It is not a religion in the sense that we in the West understand, through the experience of our own religion: Christianity. It doesn’t make human beings better, but worse.

Whereas Christianity establishes a separation of powers between church and state, Islam is a political ideology. Men’s laws are imperfect and should be rejected. Only God-given law, Sharia, should rule the state. Notice that “law” here doesn’t mean “moral law”, but the country’s legislation. Sharia has to be enforced with all available means, peaceful or violent, democratic or totalitarian.

Islam’s holy scriptures say – and real Muslims believe – that the world will be a much better place for human beings to live in if Islam and its law govern the whole planet. Under Islam’s domination, there will be justice, equality and all the good things that communists have also promised humanity. And in both cases (Islam and communism), followers are prepared to cause mayhem and slaughter to attain this utopian “paradise on earth”.

Read more: http://enzaferreri.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-islam-is-and-what-to-do-about-it.html#ixzz3FgWE81we

So there you are, around the world in about a thousand words, telling the truth, as the authors see it.

Strategy and Stuff

B52BomberOK, I gather we lost our strategy for ISIS, maybe it got left in the Roosevelt room or something, but the President can’t seem to find it. That’s bad, things work a lot smoother when you have one.

See, a strategy is nothing more really than a plan for a specific area. We should have several running right now, one for Russia-Ukraine, one for the Mexican border, one for illegal immigration, one for countering ISIS, and to be honest, one to get your favorite Congresscritters reelected. If you’re a Democratic president, I might perhaps agree with some of your goals, although it’s very, very unlikely I’ll agree with all of them. I rather liked John Kennedy for not entirely valid reasons but, I didn’t agree with everything he wanted to do. Similarly with Reagan, although I agreed with more of what Reagan said than I did with what Reagan actually did. That’s life, essentially, we all have to deal with it to make this Leviathan called America work at all.

But what I’m really concerned about here is ISIS. What, Mr. President, do you want to happen to them? I have my givens and druthers, and so does pretty much every American, and likely every middle east resident, and European as well. There some people out there that think the proper thing is to convert and surrender, there are also people who think a few hundred megatons of nuclear fire from space will fix it. I’m somewhere in between, so likely are you, and most everyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together.

See the problem is, what is the overarching thing we want to do with them; whether it’s degrade and manage them or drive them to (wouldn’t through be better in that case) the gates of Hell. Or I suppose we can stick our head in the sand and hope we live till your replacement shows up, that’s highly unrecommended, though.

Likely, I’m different from most Americans, I don’t, in general, care if anyone likes us or not. We’re not running for Miss Congeniality here. I want everybody from the most American loving Brit on the street to our worst enemy in Damascus (or Moscow) to be afraid. Not only afraid of what he thinks we might do but especially afraid of what we might do that he never even thought of in his worst dreams. That save lives (ours). The thing is when you get right down to it, in a war zone there are only two animals, ‘sheep’ our people, civilian and military, and ‘goats’, which defines as everybody else.

It’s desirable to not kill too many non-combatant goats, it’s easier on the conscience and generally less of a health hazard, but it’s not a critical thing, ask the Germans who survived Dresden in 1945, if you can find one. Uncle Billy said it “War is Hell”. And Americans have been pretty good at proving that since long before there was an America.

Now pay attention here, Mr. Obama. I don’t want you up there blathering about how Company C of the 506 PIR will do such and so. One, you don’t know what you’re talking about, and second, I have no need to know, and its better for the sheep if the goats don’t know. I need to know, really know, that you’re going to fight the war through to victory, somehow. That’s all, really. I know it doesn’t sound like much. But it’s apparently a big deal, because you, and your predecessors, back to Truman in Korea, especially the ones with a D behind their names, have never managed it. Granted the Rs haven’t been all that much better, but they seemed to have some clue.

A tip from the old Soviet Union seems in order here. You see the Sovs were a thoroughly political culture, every damned thing was political, kind of like Washington is now, maybe even a bit worse. That sort of thing leads to believing your own bullshit, which works short-term at best in politics. Long term it brings you to 1989, oops! But if you do that in a wartime military you get dead rather quickly. The Sovs recognized that, and their military ran on ‘objective conditions‘ in other words the truth, or as close to it as they could get hold of. I recommend that policy.

What would I like to see done. I’d like to celebrate 9/11 this year. Maybe with some fireworks. Like every strategic bomber in the inventory (read that as every airplane that can both get there and carry a bomb) over Syria/Iraq (the parts being destroyed by ISIS) taking out every obvious emplacement, every leadership group, every communication node, every group of more than 5 rifles. Yeah, we’ll miss some, and we’ll kill some innocent people but, you know probably not as many as ISIS will in the next month.

The last plane in parachutes a big billboard down to the survivors, it says this, from AoSHQ

35 Posted by: ace at September 04, 2014 01:02 PM (/FnUH)—-

Pithier version.

Invade their land.
Flatten their capital.
Kill their leaders.
Hang a sign on the gate.

“Up to you now. Don’t make us come back”
Leave.

Posted by: fixerupper at September 04, 2014 01:04 PM (NaV4z)

Emphasis mine.

On Friday the 12th, call Putin and ask very nicely, “Hey Vlad, are you going to behave in the Ukraine?” and hang up.

Having solved all other problems, Obama to fix your dishwasher

Seal of the United States Department of Energy.

Seal of the United States Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, guys, Apparently, our appliances still aren’t efficient enough. Of, course you know, and so do I that every time the government mandates things for your own good, the aforesaid things get worse. How many times do you flush your new super efficient toilet? Yep, so do we all. How many time do we have to flush a low flow toilet before it uses more water than the old one? 2 maybe 3.

You know of course that washers and dryers made in the 60s and 70s will last forever, you probably also know that new ones won’t, a couple of years is it. Why? because they are efficient. Sounds counterintuitive, but really, it’s not. You make things efficient by making them just barely good enough. Very little margin involved, just enough water on average, just enough motor, don’t use 16 gauge metal when 22 gauge will work, and so on. You make long term dependability by over engineering things- making them better than they absolutely have to be. You can’t have both, and you can’t choose anymore either.

From Hot Air

I guess he really was multitasking out on the golf course. The President’s team has been hard at work behind the scenes, coming up with a strategy … well, maybe we should say plan, to address the nation’s many challenges.

Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.

The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere.

After what we’ve been through with energy regulations, you’d think the administration would be at least a little hesitant to leap in for another grab at that brass ring. I mean, won’t a sudden raft of new requirements for the products everyone has to purchase have some, er… unintended consequences? William Teach seems to have been thinking along the same lines.

While the rules may save a bit of energy (and there is nothing wrong with that, though it should be the consumer choice, not Government Mandate), it will also drive up the cost of the appliances/devices, which will harm the lower and middle classes.

Having solved all other problems, Obama to fix your dishwasher « Hot Air.

Good v.Evil

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know it is rare in the case of moral men, for an opponent to be so unequivalently evil as to gain condemnation from every responsible statesman, and the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury. In fact, never in the lifetime of living men has the Pope issued a statement calling for the use of armies in a war of suppression. But he has in the case of ISIS.

And so the armies of freedom are gathering right? No they are not. Because in the world of relative humanism evil is the same as good. Any thinking person knows that acquiescence in evil is evil as well, and today, as the United States and Great Britain stand aside in the face of pure evil, we understand why that is so.

There are few thing so despicable as a man who will not defend his weaker brother, let alone his sister and children. This is who Obama and Cameron are. If they were better men they would be cowards, but they don’t even rise to that craven level.

There is a new Trifecta series out, as always, it is outstanding.

and

In a closely related matter, I understand that the White House has halted resupply to Israel of Hellfire missiles. The reason? Israel’s Army talked to the Pentagon instead of the White House.

I guess we all know what happened to the strawberries, don’t we.

We all know how this ends, don’t we? Pastor Niemöller pretty much said it all

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

And so civilizations die, from the rot within, God help us.

 

The Rhymes of History: OODA Edition

156635-ISIS-largeThis is pretty interesting, and we would be well to file it in the “Rhymes of history” file. Whatever happens-it has before, probably often. Here’s Thomas Fleming bringing advice from George Washington to our present problems.

Another way to phrase this, that I use, it was developed by an Air force officer, is the OODA Loop. It’s a good guide to gaining and maintaining the initiative. I wrote some about it here. The problem here is mostly with the ‘Observe’ part. our NCA seems to be totally oblivious to anything except fundraising, and when he does do something it is too little-too late, and often the wrong thing anyway.

Channeling George: Regaining the Initiative

“By the spring of 1972, President Nixon’s decision to ‘Vietnamize’ the war was in full swing. He had withdrawn almost all our combat troops. Only a few hundred advisors remained behind, working with various South Vietnamese divisions. The overconfident North Vietnamese launched an offensive aimed at ending the war. It was a disaster for them. They were defeated everywhere. Their worst humiliation came in the town of An Loc, where a South Viet force, outnumbered five to one, held out while American airpower pulverized the attackers. Suddenly we saw a way to seize and keep the initiative without recommitting large numbers of American infantry.”[…]

“Like President Truman in Korea, President George W. Bush found a commander who knew how to deal with the situation. General David Petraeus saw that the real problem was our inability to retain control of towns and cities where we had defeated the enemy. As we moved on to other embattled sites, the enemy, in standard guerilla fashion, infiltrated men and weapons into the supposedly pacified territory, and resumed their destructive tactics, with the help of the intimidated local population. Petraeus’s answer to this was “The Surge.” With forty thousand reinforcements, he was able to keep the places we pacified under our control, and the peace-hungry majority soon turned pro-American. That is how we regained the initiative in Iraq and won the war.”

“But it hasn’t stayed won, alas.”

“That’s because President Obama, pressured by the left wing of the Democratic Party, withdrew too many troops too soon, and there were enough guerrillas still in the game to take advantage of it. When a President listens to domestic politicians instead of to his generals, we have a veritable formula for losing the initiative.

- See more at: http://hnn.us/article/156635#sthash.cTIYFW28.dpuf

via History News Network | Channeling George: Regaining the Initiative.

He’s indisputably right, of course. What he doesn’t talk about is the parallels with Carter as well. Especially the utter inability to see that not everybody in the world is like them, some are far more ruthless, and likely motivated by things that we do not even start to understand.

To me, our biggest problem here, though is that we have utterly lost the initiative to a bunch of rabid barbarians, and the Iraqi minorities are paying a horrendous price for out cluelessness. Obama can blame the intelligence agencies all he desires, it’s an utterly transparent lie. It has been obvious for months, if not years, even in the middle of the country. The only reason for not seeing it, is an unwillingness to face reality.

Unless, and until, we regain the initiative, it is going to get worse, maybe much worse. This is not the mostly rational Soviet Union we are (sort-of) fighting here.

Cavafy comes to mind again.

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What laws can the senators make now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate
on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.
He has even prepared a scroll to give him,
replete with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home so lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
And some who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution

The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

tumblr_m2qaxvmgvF1rpyyq4o1_500As I read about IS (whom we all pray will soon be WASWAS) I often think something is missing, especially from our governments. And there is, Elizabeth Scalia The Anchoress, has named it accurately, and well, as usual. Our elites have come to have faith only in themselves, in essence they have become gods in their own minds. And they are false gods worse than useless.

We all, I hope, know the old adage “Nothing can not stand against anything“. That is the position our politicians have put our countries in. We, the people, who generally know better, may fight and fight well, but we will at best hold our own, with God’s help.

Here’s The Anchoress

In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State IS, New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.”

Few would disagree. Do not click here if you do not wish to see Horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their existence — along with news that there are no more Christians in the Nineveh Plains and that genocide awaits ancient peoples — all serve to confirm Crocker’s assessment. Yes, this is evil; this is hell on earth. As I wrote back in July, “The evil of ISIS [sic] is not simply a ‘Muslim evil’. . . It is the same cursed anti-Christ that has raised its head in history before, and been beaten back, only to slither away and arise from a new location.”

The well-funded IS may not yet be equal to the Third Reich in troop size, but the evil that drives it is of a similar scope, ambition and thrust. That being the case, we know that air strikes will likely not suffice. President Obama, in a brief press conference held as he was leaving for a vacation no one should begrudge, given what we face, acknowledged that our involvement will be long, but promised it would be limited in nature.

He is perhaps willfully, even understandably, deluding himself because no one wants to see more war; Americans are tired of war, and in general the West, like Bartleby the Scrivener, would prefer not to.

Unfortunately, just as half-doses of chemo will not defeat a cancer, half-measures against “evil incarnate” can never defeat it.

via The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS.

We should be aware that Martin Luther had this to say on the Turk:

If however, the antagonist is your equal, your inferior, or of a foreign government, you should first offer him justice and peace, as Moses taught the children of Israel. If he refuses, then — mindful of what is best for you — defend yourself against force by force, as Moses so well described it in Deuteronomy 20 [:10-12]. But in doing this you must not consider your personal interests and how you may remain lord, but those of your subjects to whom you owe help and protection, that such action may proceed in love. Since your entire land is in peril you must make the venture, so that with God’s help all may not be lost. If you cannot prevent some from becoming widows and orphans as a consequence, you must at least see that not everything goes to ruin until there is nothing left except widows and orphans.

This has troubled me for quite a few years as I have watched our country drift further and further into secular humanism. We have commented occasionally on how our young people are searching for something, sometimes it is revealed in an almost religious display of patriotism. I yield to no one my love of America but, you know, as do I, America is not God, we may be the ‘City on the Hill’ but we are still a country of men, and we have lost our way.

We will be on our way to victory when we can again sing without irony, as our grandparents did.

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