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A strategy that works…

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During the Obama Administration,  the Iranians harass our ships and even captured a pair of riverine boats and 10 sailors.   Last year there was a 60% drop in such incidents,  and this year there have been none thus far.  That’s  the result  of having a president who won’t tolerate such behavior and is prepared to strike back.

 

 

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July 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

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Iranians change…

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When His Oneness was in the Oval Office,  Iranian patrol boats habitually harassed U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf,  correctly figuring they were in no danger that Barack Obama would actually retaliate,  even when they kidnapped U.S. Sailors and held them for ransom.

They are not so sure about Donald J. Trump,  and they probably suspect,  after seeing him unleash our military on ISIS,  that the rules of engagement and a lot else has changed.   They are probably correct about that as well.

A great deal has changed within Iran since     Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist,  who was nearly twelve when Khomeini’s revolution triumphed. At the Oslo Freedom Forum last week,  Bahari touched on what it  was like  to grow up under the Ayatollah.   Only the mullahs will  shed a tear when they are gone.

 

 

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June 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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Some Christmas music….

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A group of veterans owns and  operates the Black Rifle Coffee Company.   I haven’t had the opportunity to try their coffee,  their  take on  playing Christmas carols is outstanding!

 

 

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December 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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Merry Trump Christmas…

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Pres. Trump upset the press corps by leaving the White House unannounced.   He was going to visit  our wounded  warriors,  having finished with the official  Christmas portrait  and such.    You may not have any military personnel to visit,  either in your neighborhood or at a nearby VA hospital,  but at least you can  think of them  and the sacrifices they make for your benefit.   POTUS held  a video  conference.   I would have just stayed in the deliciously decorated Red Room and probably eaten my weight in goodies.   But one day I’d like to participate  with Wreaths Across America.

Not to worry — Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has already issued all the  necessary permits  for Santa’s worldwide journey.   You can  see here  the travel scramble,  and you can zero in on Santa’s progress   with this tracker.   Never  mind the Canadian  government’s stupidity.   We shall see if the  forecasters anywhere  get this one right.

My home is nowhere nearly  as glamorous  as the White House,  and I’m certainly no model figure like the First Lady,  but I’m a great fan of the Christmas spirit,  and I certainly understand the pull of  one’s home during the holidays.   I do not appreciate the  Left removing  Christ from Christmas,  and I am most curious as to whether  the bones  of a saint currently being examined in Italy are those belonging to a man whose name has been given to Santa Claus.   Unlike  these pets,  I will neither protest the season nor destroy its trappings!

I learned about Christmas the easy way,   not like  Michael Mackinnon.  And while my own display of lights is pretty well limited to battery-powered LED candles in the font windows,  I certainly appreciate those who  lights are  far more lush during this holiday.  I am grateful to Eric Owens for his crisp dismantling of the  fake holiday  of Kwanzaa,  created in 1966 by a violent,  radical black nationalist.   I don’t mind poking fun at liberals,  so Kurt Schlichter’s  comments amuse  me.  I love the Christmas shoutout  I received from Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu,  and I like Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas  message inspiring  and quite personal for a British  monarch.

 

 

 

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December 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Veteran’s Day, 2017…

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It used to  be Armistice  Day,  for the fallen of WWI.   Now it is a special day intended to  honor all  those who have served,  whether living or dead,  which distinguishes it from Memorial Day,  though most people today don’t seem aware of the difference.

We citizens tend to treat them better nowadays than many of us did the returning Vietnam vets,  but too many of them commit suicide,  and I strongly suspect the Veterans Administration still hands out too many psychotropic medicines instead of  getting to the root of veterans’ mental and emotional difficulties.   All who served honorably deserve  our thanks and eternal gratitude from the rest of us,  as do their families.

Perhaps the remembering and the gratitude because a bit easier this past Thursday when ground  was broken  for  the National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park near the White House.  Freedom or death  — that’s the  password used  by Gen. George Washington as the Colonial Army prepared to cross the Delaware River to mount a surprise attack on the Hessian soldiers camped in Trenton, NJ.   There  are many  charitable organizations urging us to remember veterans,  and telling us why.  I never forget,  because every generation of my family has rendered military service to the USA.  But is yours is not a  military family,  carry this around  with you for a while,  won’t you?   And do your part to make veterans a  rallying point  of unity for us all,  and every day Veterans Day if you can.

 

 

 

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November 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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Trump on killing terrorists…

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Oh,  how fine it is to have a president who understands that soldiers are meant to  kill bad guys and break things.   Who believes that field commanders should have the flexibility to fight effectively,  which requires rules of engagement that actually allow them to fire weapons without approval from the White House after going up a very long chain of command and being vetted and considered by a large number of people who have never dodged a bullet in their lives.

President Trump very smartly  used the  examples of unity and common purpose consistently displayed by our armed service members to encourage unity amongst the American people,  but don’t think for an instant that the Lefties in the media  —  but I repeat myself,  don’t I? —  will give the man much credit for it,  and they will forecast failure instantly.

I don’t find Sen. John McCain’s praise for the  speech helpful,  since he mischaracterized the malfeasance of the Obama Administration and to some extent his own previous criticisms of Trump,  but I grudgingly give him credit for the praise.  I was far  more interested in the view  of Rich Lowry and   that of  Quin Hillyer,  and Roger  Simon,  with the most interesting being from  the Conservative  Treehouse.

 

 

 

 

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August 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Robocop of the seas…

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Russia has unveiled its new  Pantsir-ME,  a ship-borne version of the Pantsir-S  missile system  which could be installed on Russia’s next generation warships.

The semi-autonomous,  smart system can operate in foul weather,  firing missiles with independently targeted warheads which explode,  destroying their target with a “cloud” of razor-sharp steel rods.

Meanwhile,  thanks to His Oneness and the Democrats,  our own military is plagued by aging equipment,  plus  over a billion  dollars of items which have mysteriously gone missing.

 

 

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August 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

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