Apr 18, 2009


"Sergeant Reese gave his rifle to another sniper to cover him while he tried to cut away a Taliban fighter’s ammunition pouches with a four-inch blade. The fighter had only been pretending to be dead, the soldiers said. He lunged for Sergeant Reese, who stabbed him in the left eye."

Apr 17, 2009

... bu... how... wha? 

Every picture is worth a thousand words, yet this leaves me speechless.

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Hugo Chavez: just another guy that POTUS pals around with.

Apr 14, 2009

Oh by the way... 

I may be an enemy of the state... as may be you, just by your very reading of this blog.

Ex-Marine gets yet another bye 

After being honored with an award from the Secretary of the Navy, Rep. John Murtha - Corrupt, Lying Porkocrat (Pa.) - has now managed to skate for defaming Marines accused (but never convicted, or for the most part even brought to trial) of the "massacre" in Haditha. His defense? "I'm above your laws, petty mortals."

Murtha, a former Marine, used his congressional immunity as his defense, arguing that he made those statements to the press in his official capacity as a member of Congress. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ruled that Wuterich can't sue Murtha.
Semper I, huh motherf@cker? Way to sea-lawyer the $hit out of the actual law, you tool. So here's to John Murtha and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals - co-winners of Douche of the Week.

Apr 11, 2009

Guerra contra latrunculi... or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and go Roman 

"...the various new substitutes for "unlawful enemy combatant" abolish an important distinction in traditional international law. As the eminent military historian Sir Michael Howard argued shortly after 9/11, the status of al Qaeda terrorists is to be found in a distinction first made by the Romans and subsequently incorporated into international law by way of medieval and early modern European jurisprudence. According to Mr. Howard, the Romans distinguished between bellum (war against legitimus hostis, a legitimate enemy) and guerra (war against latrunculi, pirates, robbers, brigands and outlaws).

Bellum became the standard for interstate conflict, and it is here that the Geneva Conventions were meant to apply. They do not apply to guerra. Indeed, punishment for latrunculi, "the common enemies of mankind," traditionally has been summary execution.

Though they don't often employ the term, many legal experts agree that al Qaeda fighters are latrunculi -- hardly distinguishable by their actions from
pirates and the like."


Obviously, if the United States Navy hanged some eyepatched peglegged blackguard from the yardarm or made him walk the plank, pious senators would rise to denounce an America that no longer lived up to its highest ideals, and the network talking-heads would argue that Plankgate was recruiting more and more young men to the pirates’ cause, and judges would rule that pirates were entitled to the protections of the U.S. constitution and that their peglegs had to be replaced by high-tech prosthetic limbs at taxpayer expense.

UPDATE II: Latrunculi assume room sea temperature courtesy of... well DoD ain't sayin', but I'd put dollars to donuts that a SEAL Team just got some trigger time.

Apr 8, 2009

Dedicated to the crew of the Maersk Alabama 

I know it didn't happen this way, but in my mind it went down something like this...

In all seriousness though, I do hope the Navy can get the captain back safe and sound.

Apr 7, 2009

Fair and balanced 

In light of the link I put up two days ago regarding the comparative appearances before a group of troops by both the current POTUS and the former one, I now provide you with the vid of Mr Obama's visit to Baghdad today. Is this event more comparable to the one when W. visited Anbar? Sure it is. Does Obama get some love in Baghdad? Sure he does. Is it to the same level of fervor? I'll leave that to you to decide.

Regardless of what the troops thought of him, no one seemed to think more highly of his impact in Iraq than the man himself, though.
"It's important for us to use all of our influence to encourage the parties to resolve these issues in ways that are equitable. I think that my presence here can help do that."
Sure, why not? Sunni and Shi'ite have only been at each other's throats for the last thousand years or so in that region. America - through many different organizations, but mostly the military - has been trying to bring order to chaos for the last 6-plus years. But one afternoon in country and that $h!t's wired tight, just by his mere presence.

And to prove once again that the press neither knows nor cares about anything related to the military, ABC happily reports that "The president was expected to hand out 10 Medals of Valor" while he was there. Exqueeze me? Just WTF is a 'Medal of Valor'? No such animal exists in the US military. Was he giving away the Israeli Medal of Valor? Because that would probably piss off the Iraqis. Of course, they probably mean "medals FOR valor" which could be any of a plethora, especially when you start adding on that "Combat V".

All that being said, I leave you with the inside scoop on POTUS' Baghdad trip, as provided by TOTUS.

Apr 6, 2009

"...and we will write you a letter telling you how angry we are." 

Death, taxes, the UN's complete lack of relevance. Some things never change.

By the way, no clicky the below with the kiddies present... but of course, I'm sure you already knew that.

Meanwhile, the Jonger is grooving to his new satellite radio service.

*Apparently, Hans Blix actually was consumed by sharks, because he ceased being relevant (assuming he ever was) shortly after Team America's release. Even his Wikipedia page gives up on him after 2006.

Apr 5, 2009

I ain't sayin'... I'm just sayin'... 

For your viewing pleasure. Make sure you actually read the part below the video, as it contains all the "yeah, but" arguments that I don't feel like going round and round about here...

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