Whose Ox

22 11 2015



The new home for National Geospatial will either be near Scott, or at the old Pruitt-Igoe.  Which one wins depends on which member of the Senate Obama wants to make happy, Dick Durbin or Claire McCaskill.  That’s all there is to it.

Treehouse Mode

6 11 2015


If these fibs wind up hurting or sinking Ben Carson, the people that will be hurt the most are the GOPee establishment, who was puffing him up to foil Trump.  The person helped the most will be Trump himself, for the same reason.

Politico is the source that RINOs and establishment Republicans leak to the most when they want to peddle a meme, push a narrative or bitch about conservatives.  Since Politico broke this, there is the temptation to think that this is a RINO hit.  The problem with that theory is twofold:  One, this is Carson’s own confession, and two, the timing is wrong.  Remember the Treehouse’s notion, that the GOPee is pushing Carson to try to keep Trump’s numbers down, in hopes that this ruins Trump, and then after Trump is ruined, the GOPee swoops in and ruins Carson (or waits for him to do that himself), and then Jeb! rides to the “rescue.”  If Trump had already fallen flat on his face, then it would make sense for the RINOs to leak to Politico right now, but Trump has not fallen on his face.

As for the substance of the matter, I don’t think there’s really much there there.  The reason I think that is because I can say two words that hardly anyone else seems to want to do because of PC paralysis and because the left has successfully retconned recent history to keep people from noticing how long the left has been running things and to leave people with the impression that the Nazi Klan ran everything until January 20, 2009:  Affirmative action.

Let’s jump into the Blogmeister Hot Tub Time Machine (no skinny dipping) and head back to 1968.  The Vietnam War was on its second year of being unpopular and controversial, and that year, LBJ bounced William Westmoreland out of the command of the U.S. Army in Vietnam.  The Civil Rights Revolution was in the process of being enforced and implemented a few years after its major legislation was passed.  There were major urban black riots the year before (Newark, Detroit) and three years before (Los Angeles), and that year, there would be many more.  The assassination of Martin Luther King in April.  And, two years before, Lyndon Johnson signed EO 11246 (there we go with the pen and phone again) that, in theory, only prohibited discrimination in the hiring practices of Federal contractors, but in practicality, mandated that their personnel departments give special preference to blacks.  That very executive order used the phrase “affirmative action,” which is where we got the phrase from and the idea that the definition of it is preference to certain minority groups.  Since then, the madness has spread — In British parlance, it is “positive action,” in French, it’s l’action positive.  Even though officially, France does not practice it.

So, you throw all these things together.  One day that year, Westmoreland visits a JROTC unit at a high school in Detroit.  He sees our then 17-year old magic negro, and finds out that he’s pretty good in JROTC.  Light bulbs go off in his head.  Westmoreland starts doing the West Point hard sell on Carson.  Carson walks away from the thing thinking that Westmoreland had so much pull that he could have unilaterally gotten him into West Point, but knows it’s not going to be his career track, so he mentally checks out of it.  Years later, after internalizing Westmoreland’s hard sales pitches as a de facto offer of guaranteed admission, Carson relays to the people that ghost wrote his books that he in essence got into West Point.

Far more of a misunderstanding than a fib.

However, even as a 17-year old, as good as JROTC participant as he was said to have been, he should have been pretty adept on the process of getting into a service academy.  Either that, or he was so star struck by Westmoreland’s rank that he thought that Westmoreland could have bypassed all that on his behalf.

Mostly a nothing burger.

Forty One’s Lament

5 11 2015



New Book Claims Bush 41 Trashed Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld


Jon Meacham has a book out in which he has talked to George Bush 41.  It’s a biography.  The new Jon Meacham biography, Destiny and Power:  The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, i.e., George H. W. Bush, i.e., 41.  And in this book it is said that Bush 41 has some harsh words for the actions of his son’s administration. In particular George Bush 41 is said to have objected strenuously to how Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld reacted to 9/11.  He feels that they were too hawkish, that they took a harsh, inflexible stance that tarnished America’s reputation around the world.

In a way, 41 is rapping 43’s knuckles in a roundabout way.

41 be like:  “Hey numbskull, I only did Iraq myself to keep Saddam Hussein in bounds and to keep him from forcefully expanded his borders at the expense of another country.”

41 could have saved the world a whole lot of hell by explaining it in just that way when he did Iraq in ’90, then coming out against his son when 9/11 gave him the opportunity to propose to do what he thought his father should have done but wisely didn’t.


Penis Propaganda

26 09 2015

Arlington, Virginia

The Pentagon’s WWII anti-STI posters, though back in those days, those maladies were called VD, Venereal Diseases.

Back in 2010, I asked:

Need help from an amateur or professional historian:  Was there a particularly bad outbreak of gonorrhea about 1920?  If so, I could imagine that it happened for the same reason that the 1918 Spanish Flu happened, that being World War I.  For the first time, young American men were mass involved in military conflict outside the United States.  They probably picked up a lot of diseases from European prostitutes, and spread it back and forth between themselves and other soldiers and other prostitutes, and even other European women who weren’t morally loose but were destitute because of war damage, so they had no choice but to trade sex to soldiers for money.

This article has the answer:

According to a history published in the journal Military Medicine, “In World War I, the Army lost nearly 7 million person-days and discharged more than 10,000 men because of STDs. Only the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 accounted for more loss of duty during that war.”

Of course, WWI also fueled the flu pandemic of the two immediate postwar years.

Also something else interesting:

Of course the big question is, did all of this “penis propaganda” keep the troops from getting STDs? Here’s the U.S. Army Medical Department’s Office of Medical History: “It can be stated very simply that the lowest venereal disease rates in the U.S. Army occurred during 1943 and that the rates began to rise in 1944, further increased in 1945, and showed marked increases after the cessation of hostilities.”

That’s not a big mystery.  We were focused on bellicosity in ’43, but as we started turning the tide with win after win and after win in both theaters in ’44, and actually won in ’45, the men who helped bring about those wins and the ultimate victories turned their excitement and exuberance toward carnal pleasures, many times, to the point of criminality.



Invade the World, Invite the World

3 09 2015



Colonel: U.S. Soldiers Should Not ‘Impose’ on All Afghan Customs, Including Child Rape

United States soldiers should tolerate all Afghan customs, even if they go against American moral values, suggested Col. Steve Johnson, referring to a decorated Green Beret who has been reprimanded by the U.S. Army for “striking” a child rapist in Afghanistan back in September 2011.

“You cannot try to impose American values and American norms onto the Afghan culture because they’re completely different… We can report and we can encourage them,” Col. Johnson told The News Tribune. “We do not have any power or the ability to use our hands to compel them to be what we see as morally better.”

If we go there, we can’t impose our customs on them. If they come here, we can’t impose our customs on them.

Get it?

We’ll See

1 08 2015


This “news” that the Navy wants to string up Timothy White who heroically shot back at Yabadabadoo:

My spidey sense is telling me that it’s one of those “National Report” style hoaxes.

Looks Like It’s Going to be Up to Me to Say It

24 07 2015



Because, Baraq Obama looks at the Chattanooga shooting and feels a more personal connection to the shooter than the victims.

Earl of Taint isn’t that far off the mark.


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