August 30, 2011

Bank of America

So president Obama walks into the Bank of America to cash a check. As he approaches the cashier he says "Good morning Ma'am, could you please cash this check for me"?

Cashier: "It would be my pleasure sir. Could you please show me your ID"?

Obama: "Truthfully, I did not bring my ID with me as I didn't think there was any need to. I am President Barrack Obama, the president of the United States of America!!!!"

Cashier: "Yes sir, I know who you are, but with all the regulations, monitoring, of the banks because of impostors and forgers, etc I must insist on seeing ID"

Obama: "Just ask anyone here at the bank who I am and they will tell you. Everybody knows who I am"

Cashier: "I am sorry Mr. President but these are the bank rules and I must follow them."

Obama: "I am urging you please to cash this check"

Cashier: "Look Mr. President, this is what we can do: One day Tiger Woods came into the bank without ID. To prove he was Tiger Woods he pulled out his putting iron and made a beautiful shot across the bank into a cup. With that shot we knew him to be Tiger Woods and cashed his check. Another time, Andre Agassi came in without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and made a fabulous shot whereas the tennis ball landed in my cup. With that shot we cashed his check. So, Mr. President, what can you do to prove that it is you, and only you, as the President of the United States?"

Obama stood there thinking, and thinking and finally says: "Honestly, there is nothing that comes to my mind. I can't think of a single thing."

Cashier: "Will that be large or small bills, Mr. President?"

August 29, 2011

Colin Powell: All Around Swell Egg

For a good read check out Jennifer Rubin's expose on the continuing character deficiencies of America's favorite affirmative action figure, former sec-state Colin Powell.

I earlier took Powell to task for his continuing sham republicanism despite his pronounced liberal tendencies and support for his fellow no-talent bud, Barry Obama. 

Army Drones Not Just for Reconnaissance Anymore

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has seen fit to ban "toe shoes" according to the Army Times. Chandler, and his merry band of nanny state busybodies, don't like innovation:
“The decision was based on the lack of conformity with the Army’s conservative professional appearance,” said Hank Minitrez, a spokesman for Army G-1. “The Army continues to foster a professional, conservative, nonfaddish image in its soldiers, and they believe this type of shoe detracts from this appearance.”
How the Army can claim it's conservative and nonfaddish after DADT repeal is beyond me. I'll tell you what's non-faddish in the 21st Century: unimaginative drones who wouldn't know creativity if it stepped all over them. The only service to ban these shoes, you get the impression Army leaders are like a bunch of dinosaurs stomping around Jurassic Park waiting for the asteroid.

Central leadership is no match for the challenges of large, complex organizations where the demands of competitiveness require constant change and innovation. While I think "toe shoes" look goofy and agree they don't mesh with the conservative Army culture, military athletes swear by them.

All good organizations resist the impulse to micro-manage allowing maximum latitude at the periphery. I'd imagine that thousands of soldiers ARE operating in their own best interests and picked these shoes because they ultimately enhance fitness and reduce injury.

Given Lao Tzu's observation that the best leaders are those you barely know exist, perhaps it's time to ban the sergeant major and his board of directors. 

August 25, 2011

The Difference between Bush and Obama


George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam Hussein:
The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate 'them.
And then, there's this from our community organizer-in-chief:


Barack Hussein Obama speech, Sunday, May 1, 2011:
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Kids, the word for today is ... Hubris, also hybris, means extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power. These qualities often make for great actors, performers and snake oil salesmen, but not so good in the cause of self-less service to the nation.

Hat tip to Ray Manzano.

August 20, 2011

The America of Shared Memory

I Am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare.

I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker.

I am a Master leatherworker. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.

I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don't push it on others.

I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and drive American-made cars, and I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.

What the Troops Really Think of DADT Repeal

"When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual, then it became Optional, and now it's Legal. I'm getting out before Obama makes it mandatory."

GySgt Harry Berres, USMC

August 16, 2011

Where do you stand?

All politics is the contest between the unproductive but political, and the productive but non political.

Bowl-O-Bama

A bowling alley in Clearwater, Florida, Bowl-O-Bama, is doing record business despite a bad economy. The alley also reports a record number of 300 games.

Since opening in November 2010, 963 patrons have bowled a perfect game, including strikes in the warm-up frames.

This alley also has the highest bowling league average in the country, with a 237. And that is the senior league.


Hat Tip to Michael Staves

How Bad is the Recession?

The recession has hit everybody really hard...

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

401k's are now 201k's

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

August 14, 2011

Question Time with Obama

Obama goes to a primary school to talk to the kids to get a little PR. After his talk he offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand and Obama asks him his name.

" Walter," responds the little boy.

August 13, 2011

Best Obama Joke of All-Time

One day in the future, Barack Obama has a heart-attack and dies.

He immediately goes to hell, where the devil is waiting for him.

August 12, 2011

Strategic Lessons from the Game of Thrones

Rory Medcalf over at the Interpreter has some nice advice for policy and decision makers based on HBO's fantasy series, Game of Thrones. It's probably the worst kept secret that diplomats, and policy and security wonks, tend towards the progressive persuasion and can use the instruction. However, I'd quibble with Metcalf's assertion that a doctorate equals ten years of hard policy experience. 

Here are Medcalf's ten strategic lessons from the Game of Thrones with my notes in italic:

August 11, 2011

What's Really Important to the White House

Obama at Dover AFB. White House Photo
Greeting the remains of our troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Obama's narcissism proves yet again that selfless service is for suckers.

Major Pain has a good wrap-up on why Barrack "Operational Security" Obama isn't much of a man.

August 7, 2011

Special Ops Deaths: Did White House Blow Operations Security?

We don't yet know if the downing of the Chinook and our special ops team was related to the outing of Seal Team 6 after the "clown car" Obama victory lap celebrations post bin Laden. This wouldn't be an issue had the White House kept its mouth shut and maintained what is, to any competent policy and decision maker, basic operational security (OPSEC).

In my June post Obama: Nacissist-in-Chief I wrote,
What the White House should have done after we got bin Laden was - nothing. No news, no conflicting streams of consciousness, no strutting for several weeks. That would have given our intelligence analysts and operators time to exploit the information found with bin Laden and roll up the vulnerable parts of his network.
It should be clear, even to his democratic supporters, that Obama is the albatross around America's neck. There is one good thing to come out of Obama: the coming death of liberalism. Only we had to nearly destroy the nation to save it. 

August 5, 2011

A Modern Political Parable

A woman in a hot-air balloon realized she was lost.

She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me?

I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied,"You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

"She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem.

You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

August 4, 2011

Hope and Change: When Reality Attacks

Failure to Launch.  Metaphor for the Obama Administration?

Obama supporter, Captain Numb-nuts, skipper of the U.S.S. Pick-Up Truck, reportedly told on-lookers, "I guess I got confused!"

Fun with the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau didn't like my answer to, 'Do you have any dependents?'

I answered . . . '12 million illegal immigrants, crack heads,
unemployable bastards, 140,000 people in the penal establishments
in Florida, leftovers from Hurricane Katrina, half of Mexico, some of
the Congress, most of the Senate and one Sorry Ass President!'

. . . Apparently it was not an acceptable answer.

Hat tip to Michael A. Staves

Thanks to Linkiest

To Brian Garst over at Linkiest, appreciate the link to What Confucius Didn't Say.

August 3, 2011

More Signs California Slides Towards the Abyss

To follow up on my continuing infatuation with the slow motion train wreck that is our most populated state, here's some stats from The Other McCain on Who's getting rich in California:
The city manager of Santa Ana, for example, collects an annual salary of $262,272 and benefits worth $75,079;
Anaheim’s city manager gets $258,351 in salary and $80,077 in benefits;
Irvine’s city manager gets $250,307 in salary and $85,485 in benefits.
By comparison, a U.S. Senator’s annual salary is $174,000.
The Secretary of Defense gets $199,700 a year.
The FBI director gets $165,300 a year.
But city manager of Anaheim . . . that’s an important job!
Its taken years of progressive governance for our Pacific "Greece" to make the federal government look frugal by comparison. 

Explicit Knowledge and Thinking on Defense

I quote these thoughts by Robert Farley at Info Dissemination, and a response from the British blog Think Defence, because they represent an uneven and distant take on the complex realities of aligning national defense priorities. Farley:

What Confucius Didn't Say

Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Better to be pissed off than pissed on.

August 1, 2011

Intelligence Tech Job Opening

The Washington State Fusion Center in Seattle has an opening for an intelligence tech to work automation. If anyone is interested please email me for the details. 

DADT Repeal

CJ Grisham over at A Soldier's Perspective speaks for many when he notes President Obama's statement certifying repeal of DADT was, like many of Obama's pronouncements, a sham.

I won't bother quoting Obama - his words are meaningless. Apparently, after extensive training, Panetta and Admiral Mullen report that the military is ready for repeal. Grisham: