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Haiti Relief; The Political Backstory

February 2, 2010 | By | No Comments

John Howland from USNA-At-Large, sends this along. It deserves a wide audience.

TJ Hanley and Bob Marsh send; further below Dick Nelson comments –

From a Retired Special Forces Sgt Major:


I served in the SOG (Special Operations Group) in Vietnam with Brockhausen and Hebler, they have both been involved with various disaster relief programs for the last several years to include Hurricane Katrina.

They have both always been straight shooters and known to call a spade a spade, as well as sometimes using very “colorful” language which had to be cleaned up a bit. So I have no doubts as to the truthfulness of what he’s saying.

News back from Nick Brockhausen.

He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.

To All,

I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact.

Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble.

There are easily 200,000 dead, the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompetents or outright anti American.

Most are French or french speakers, worthless every d*** one of them.

While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little Obamites and communists that openly speak against America) These two organizations exemplar their parochialism by:

USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, while we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.

Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn’t release a drop of it to the rescuers.

No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.

No latrine facilities, less digging a hole, if you set up a S****** everyone was trying to use it.

I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically, berate a full bird colonel in the Air Force, because he countermanded her orders, while trying to unscrew the air pattern. ” You don’t know what your president wants! The military isn’t in charge here, we are!”

If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don’t waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.

If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans. Where the h*** is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society.

Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn’t need democracy, what Haiti needs is Papa Doc. That’s not just my opinion , that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. The French run the UN and treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa Doc ran the country.

Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAY’s home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us. The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn’t give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.



I worked as a political asylum officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the old INS) in Miami, after retiring from my law firm. About one third of our “clientele” came from Haiti, and we were required to learn a lot of information about Haiti’s history, culture, language—and its violent ways. What I am going to say is not a racial statement, it is a cultural statement. Bottom line: an influx of Haitians into the U.S. would be a disaster. The Haitian culture and history are founded on violence, and plenty of it.

There are exceptions, as always, but a mass immigration of Haitians as “refugees” would yield a new population that is largely uneducated, non-English speaking, and which would exist for years on two sources of income: crime and public welfare.

Because the Haitians are now located within their country of nationality, they do not qualify as “refugees” under current law. However, they do have a possibility of using the Asylum laws to get into the U.S, which are administered by USCIS. From that agency’s web site, here is how you qualify for political asylum:

“How Does The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge Determine If I Am Eligible for Asylum?

The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge will determine if you are eligible by evaluating whether you meet the definition of a refugee. The definition, which can be found in section 101(a)(42)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), states that a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home country or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The determination of whether you meet the definition of a refugee will be based on information you provide on your application and during an interview with an Asylum Officer or at a hearing before an Immigration Judge.”

Unfortunately, it is ridiculously easy to qualify, on the basis of a 90 minute interview. If the applicant has been coached, and is willing to lie, he/she can say the right things and the asylum officer is required to accept that testimony, unless the officer has contrary evidence. You will not have much evidence on the applicant, because you are not allowed to contact their country of origin—that might cause “more persecution.” Once they are in, they get permanent work status (“green card”) and often qualify for public benefits. In effect, they are permanent legal immigrants. If they are convicted of a crime, their status can be revoked. However, there is no data link between law enforcement and USCIS, so the feds will never know, in actual practice.

Aside from that, I now worry about our 10,000 troops that will be on the ground in Haiti to maintain order. What rules of engagement will they have, to quell the ubiquitous Haitian street violence? This is a “country” where gangs run the streets, often with the sharp edge of machete. Inevitably, our troops will be placed in a position where they must use lethal force to protect themselves, property, or innocent people. It is simply a matter of time.

When that occurs, and a soldier or Marine takes out a bad guy, are we going to have a turbo-charged version of the Haditha mess or the current SEAL case? I believe we should stay completely out of Haiti, and leave it to the United Nations, who are in business (theoretically) to keep the peace. We should remember that Bill Clinton tried to fix that place for eight years, and could not make a dent.

Dick Nelson ’64

McDonald’s: Funding Homosexual Activism

May 6, 2008 | By | 6 Comments

McDonald’s is funding homosexual activism–and I’m NOT lovin’ it!


Charmaine and the Penta-Posse

at a McDonald’s

somewhere in Middle America

circa 2005 Buying a McDonald’s hamburger now promotes the homosexual lifestyle. Here’s a sample open letter to the McDonald’s leadership, supplied by the Family Research Council,

Dear Chairman McKenna,

We are writing to request that you end your “Corporate Partnership” with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and refrain from making corporate contributions to this or other homosexual organizations.

[If individual members of the board of McDonald's wishes to give to any charity, have it your way, so to say -- but a corporation should not

use earnings for charity. Charity is a test of the individual heart -- not corporate or government largess.]

We also request that you adopt a policy which would prevent your corporate officers from using the McDonald’s corporate name to lend legitimacy to work they may do for such organizations. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce exists to generate business for companies that are owned by homosexuals. While we do not object to McDonald’s doing business with any suppliers who can provide a quality product or service at a good price, we also do not understand why anyone would engage in affirmative steps to seek out suppliers based on their sexual behavior, or assist in promoting businesses for that reason.

[Your Business Blogger(R) has spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in McDonald's PlayPlaces. I'm not sure I've ever seen a homosexual in a McDonald's. The demographics do not fit the fast food market segment.

No. The homosexuals do not want to eat at McDonald's any more than they really want to serve in the military. Homosexuals are on a marketing campaign for normalcy. And they are looking for a stamp of approval in basic cultural institutions: Ronald McDonald, marriage and the military.]

However, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce does not exist just to promote the economic interests of their members. They also promote an extensive political agenda, including explicit support for legislation and litigation that would:

* Undermine the unique treatment granted to marriage between one man and one woman under the law

* Treat homosexual and “transgender” behavior on the same basis as race under federal civil rights laws

* Label disapproval of homosexual behavior a form of “hate” under so-called “hate crime” laws.

[Parents should ask if McDonald's will embrace open unisex restrooms where transgenders and transvestites and cross-dressers can have proximity to the wee ones.]

The NGLCC promotes a controversial social and political agenda that is offensive to tens of millions of your customers. A corporation like McDonald’s, which prides itself on providing a family-friendly product in a family-friendly environment, should not be associated with any narrow political agenda. Thank you for considering my views.

Let the homosexuals dine on fast food at Starbucks. With the rest of the liberals.

Nope. The next time I need to take the Penta-Posse out for fast food — Lord, the money we spend — we will not go to McDonald’s. And neither should you.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Market Research for McDonald’s

Your Business Blogger(R) has enjoyed eating at McDonald’s the world over. I’m not sure of the support for homosexuals in, say, China. See China’s New Statue for Brotherhood and World Peace. And learn where the ad, I’m Lovin’ It was developed.

Absolut Ad: Obama’s Map for America?

April 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

Obama talks about Change. He talks about avoiding conflict and leaving lands where some people may not want us there.

If there is a fight for a country, Obama will surrender.

On all fronts.


Obama can then take the Stars off the American Flag he won’t salute; the Flag pin he won’t wear.

Obama’s only Absolut .


Thank you (foot)notes:

mymanmitt has alternatives to Absolut Vodka.

Before Obama surrenders, maybe we can get a refund on the Gadsden Purchase?,

In return for this vast territory, the United States gave [Mexico] $15,000,000 and assumed responsibility for paying $3,000,000 in claims of American citizens against the Mexican Government. A large body of public opinion in the United States had opposed the war against Mexico and felt that the Southern republic had been treated badly. The territory desired by Gadsden and his group was then a sort of no man’s land, experiencing frequent Indian raids. The United States wanted to make certain “boundary adjustments”; Mexico needed money and wanted a settlement of her Indian claims against the United States; and Gadsden and his friends wanted a route for their railroad. In 1852 Gadsden agreed to pay Santa Anna $10,000,000 for a strip of territory south of the Gila River and lying in what is now southwestern New Mexico and southern Arizona. Many Americans were not especially proud of the Guadalupe-Hidalgo Treaty and considered the price of the Gadsden Purchase as “conscience money.” The Gadsden Purchase has an area of 45,535 square miles and is almost as large as Pennsylvania.

Mexico reconquers California? Absolut drinks to that!,

The latest advertising campaign in Mexico from Swedish vodka maker Absolut promises to push all the right buttons south of the U.S. border, but it could ruffle a few feathers in El Norte.

The billboard and press campaign, created by advertising agency TeranTBWA and now running in Mexico, is a colorful map depicting what the Americas might look like in an “Absolut” — i.e., perfect — world.

The U.S.-Mexico border lies where it was before the Mexican-American war of 1848 when California, as we now know it, was Mexican territory and known as Alta California.

Following the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo saw the Mexican territories of Alta California and Santa Fé de Nuevo México ceded to the United States to become modern-day California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. (Texas actually split from Mexico several years earlier to form a breakaway republic, and was voluntarily annexed by the United States in 1846.)

The campaign taps into the national pride of Mexicans, according to Favio Ucedo, creative director of leading Latino advertising agency Grupo Gallegos in the U.S.

Full Disclosure: Charmaine, the wife of Your Business Blogger(R), served as Senior Advisor to the Huckabee for President Campaign.

UPDATE: Read a first-hand account of John McCain on the campaign trail in Pensacola, Fl, Service to America Tour, courtesy, John Howland, USNA-AT-Large, at the jump.

Terry Pruitt, former military, has more on rendering a salute and respect for the Flag at Obama Seems to Get It Wrong.

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Wheeled Vehicle vs Tread: Range Rover vs Challenger Tank

March 25, 2008 | By | No Comments


Sherman Tank vs Ford Mustang,

Fort Knox, KY, ca 1978

credit: Your Business Blogger(R)

Back in the days of the horse cavalry, Your Business Blogger(R) served a tour of duty as an Armored Officer.

And volunteered at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, KY. Working on restoring vintage military hardware.

One of the first lessons taught was that large armored tracked vehicles, ie, tanks, had limited fields of vision in close quarters. So a ground guide — a human walking in front and behind — was routinely assigned to keep the masses of metal from unnecessary collisions.

Not always successful.

Sometimes deadly.

Watch the video comparison test between another wheeled and a tracked vehicle. Surprise ending.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Credit to Marshall Manson from London for Twittering this comparison .

And no, I was not driving either vehicle…

Please email your comments.

The Dreamer Goes To Peru…Without Her Mao Bag.

July 21, 2007 | By | 6 Comments


Boo, The Diva and The Dancer

with Your Business Blogger’s

Mao Man Bag (for diapers) I asked the woman why she wanted to work for us.

“The Terrorists are trying to kill me.”

I knew this was not to be an ordinary job interview.

Charmaine and I were hiring a housekeeper in the early 90′s, and Mrs. C was referred to us, because she was well qualified. She used to own a day-care business.

In Peru.

And her husband was a manager for a manufacturer for a US based company. The rebel communists, the Sendero Luminoso — or Shining Path — had picked up the local company organization chart and began picking off the managers in quick order.

A well executed plan.

Like a good org chart shaped like a pyramid, the terrorists started at the bottom and were working their way up the corporate ladder fast.

The hierarchy of the career path was easy to follow for the Shining Path. The communists are nothing if not consistent. Just as they were in Stalin’s day, the communist’s were executing the managers, killing their way up the org chart.

Mr. C thoughtfully decided to leave the company, wanting to spend more time with the family…in another country.

So Mrs. C packed up her two girls and hubby and moved to America and was given earned asylum. I admired her resilience. Her ingenuity. Her gumption.

Her green card.

Filled with compassion, as is my nature, I hired her and her valid status.

We learned a bit about Peru and the kind of terrorism that kills immediately and immediate family. The terrorists, with the accent on the last syllable. We learned that the people of Peru loved freedom, hated communism.


Cameron Diaz

with Mao bag in PeruSo we were surprised that the well-briefed commie babe Cameron Diaz would go to Machu Picchu, Peru with her trendy, yet practical, Mao Bag with bold Red Star and well-placed slogan Serve the People in the ever- popular military drab olive green.

Peruvians did not appreciate her “style.”

The nation of Peru is still healing from the almost 70,000 murdered by the Shining Path. Not quite the head count of Stalin or Mao, but still a not-too-shabby benchmark in the Commie Accounting.

Cameron Diaz did apologize for her thoughtlessness.

But it is not just the thoughtless commies in Hollywood who are insulting the people of Peru. Our very own (elected) commies Democrats in Congress are insulting Peru.

Democrats are insulting the government of Peru by modifying trade deals. Not content with attempting to run our lives here in the States, the Dems are micro-managing in Peru. And are screwing up a good trade deal.

But Your Business Blogger wants to assure our friends in Peru that the American People are not represented (so to say) by the Democrats in our Congress. That our government really wants free trade and free people to do business.

So we put The Dreamer, our first born, on Copa Airlines this morning out of Dulles Airport with a suitcase full of new shoes for children in Lima.

The Peruvians fought communism and are now fighting Democrats, the least we can do is support these freedom fighters.

The Dreamer, being brighter than Cameron Diaz, did not take her Mao bag to Peru. She is taking our good will and a big heart and a suitcase full of shoes.

To make a difference one child to one child.


The Penta-Posse minus The Dreamer

at a Potomac Nationals minor league game in

Northern Virginia. We won beating the Salem Avalanche,

farm team for the Houston Astros.


Thank you (foot)notes:

The Dreamer blogs at A Different Kind of Drama. Visit for another shot of the Mao bag.

Last year, when our church went to share Jesus with the people of Peru, they found many children arriving to Bible studies in bare feet. . . this year, our group from McLean Bible Church will arrive with over 500 pairs of shoes so that they can practice “Feet-First” evangelism.

Your Business Blogger bought the Mao bag on a trip to China. It was, I believe the only item in the entire country that was not violating American intellectual property.

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London Bombings: July 7, 2005, An Anniversary

July 6, 2007 | By | No Comments

Two years ago Your Business Blogger sent the Little Woman to the G-8 with the B3: Bono and Branson and Bush. Scotland and England are still being bombed by the jihadists.

Not the US of A. Not yet. We must be doing something right.

Follows is a re-post of Charmaine’s reporting from Edinburgh and London on 7.7.05.


Charmaine on the plane with Richard Branson

Following is an edited cross post from Charmaine’s Reasoned Audacity, July 1 – 7, 2005.

A year ago, Charmaine calls early morning from Edinburgh. “I’m having trouble flying into London,” she says.

I’m still waking up. I ask, “When can you come home?”

“I don’t know,” she says, her voice unsteady, “They’re still clearing the bodies.”

A wake up call.

London, welcome to the war.

It started, as most things these days do, with Powerline.

Following is original posting from London as Charmaine called it into me, when her site went down. Any inconsistencies may be due to transcription overload.

This is Jack, the husband: Charmaine called. Her site is still down, but she wanted to file a report to Powerline.

“Flew into Heathrow airport and took a $150 cab ride into north London to conduct interviews and document the bombsites. Bobbies cordoned off area around the sites sealing the scene of the explosions. I got to within a block or so of Edgware Tube station entrance with Londoners sitting calmly, relaxing in pubs. Everything is strangely calm, business as usual. I interviewed a woman, an interior designer, expecting some emotional display. There was none. “We don’t do a lot of group hugging in England,” she said, making me think of the stiff-upper lip. “We are not sentimental.”


And she seemed to reflect the mood of the London population. Not for what they were doing but for what they were not doing: No candles, no out-pouring of grief, no hoards of gawkers milling around police tape, no teddy bears, no bouquets of flowers. No movement. No tears. Everything normal, except, maybe for that bus with the top blown off. Workers cleared and cleaned up the area real well. Spiffy. And got back to their pints.

I visited hospitals and learned that ‘only’ 37 were confirmed dead at that time. More confirmations were expected.

There were no moms with little children in downtown London. I interviewed middle-aged businessmen on cell phones and kids with Mohawks, none who were surprised.

Londoners gently reproached me about my concern over the bloodshed, “You Americans get sentimental over silly things. We’re used to getting bombed.” The IRA Troubles had hardened hearts as well as the London infrastructure.

I expected some grief, at least as much as there was when Lady Di died. And grief I got. I interviewed three very ordinary, normal teenaged English Muslims, one with short spiky hair (dressed not unlike my 10 year-old-dude). All three seems to be parroting Muslim talking points. “The bombings were a conspiracy by Blair to generate support for the war,” they recited in a charming British accent.

The bombers were quite indiscriminate. Edgware is not far from the heart of Little Beirut, a Muslim ethnic neighborhood.

A young British black woman told me, “The bombings are Tony Blair’s fault — they killed a 100 thousand Iraqis — and it’s like a boomerang [coming back at the British].” Most everyone I talked to believed that the British caused the bombing or had it coming.

Of the dozen or so people I interviewed only white males in business attire expressed surprise that anyone would think the British were at fault in anyway.

But these gentlemen were the minority. Most felt that the Brits were complicit. The people at London’s ground zero were sounding like the “wobbly” Spanish after their train bombings.

The day is a cloudy, cold, rainy 7.7.”

Charmaine is still out on the streets — 9pm local London time and will be sending pictures soon.

Read the entire story at My Wife Flew off with Bono and Branson; Bombed in London 7.7.05 .

See Charmaine and Michelle Malkin work to keep the Muslims from sawing off more heads.

CMR Salamander points to HotAir with video.

The Queen’s Previous Visit: A lesson in attention to detail

May 9, 2007 | By | No Comments


George H W Bush

41st President Attention to detail. The White House got it right this time with the Queen’s visit.

But perhaps not on her last visit here with George H. W. Bush. Your Business Blogger received the following from Alert Reader Bob Morrison,

“When George H.W. Bush [the first Bush -- 41] welcomed the Queen to Washington, a bunch of us FRC staffers were invited to be part of the crowd of happy natives on the White House South Lawn. I was 30 yards away from the President, but could clearly see that the microphone had been left at the high position for the 6’2″ Bush.

I could also see the red carpeted box inside the podium that was there, presumably, for the shorter Queen. Joseph Reed, the U.S. Chief of Protocol, was chattering away with Barbara Bush. I couldn’t yell “HEY JOE, THE BOX, JOE!” When the Queen came to the podium, the only thing visible was her hat.

The Washington Post had a field day. When she later spoke to Congress, she drily commented: I hope you can all see me now.

Two weeks later, in a little notice in the Post, Joe Reed was made ambassador to one of those troubled little countries where you wouldn’t want to vacation.”

If the White House has trouble with getting the basics right, goodness, do mere mortal middle managers have a chance?

Alert Reader Bob Morrison was able to anticipate, adapt and learn because he had almost made the mistake that Joe Reed had committed,

I saw the crash coming because I had been a junior protocol officer in the Coast Guard. I was talking to the Commanding Officer’s wife one time and almost missed standing for the American flag passing in review. When I saw it out of the corner of my eye, I shot up like a rocket. It was my duty to give the cue to the entire reviewing stands so I’d better not miss my moment. I got teased unmercifully by my buddies about being a super patriot then–and I still do!

Management challenges are not confined to government. This protocal reminder is a lesson for continuing education. According to a recent study released by Accenture and reported in Training and Development, 30 percent of middle managers worldwide from North America, Europe and Asia believe that their companies are “mismanaged.”

Which is why the American Society for Training and Development reports that 2006 saw over $109 billion in the United States invested on “employee learning and development.” Even board level leaders are continuing their continuing education tripling high-end executive seminar attendence.

Management training and the Management of Management Time is critical.

The manager can improve his attention to detail and reduce screw-ups with a three P process:

Plan, Practice, Praise, (or Punish)

The White House had all of the resources and equipment and the logistics ready for the Queen. But Plans are nothing; planning is everything. said Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the act of planning, staff will study and generate options and make recommendations — learning what might go right or, more important, wrong. Because something will always go wrong. The Planning looked good for the Queen’s speech.

But it is not known what rehearsing was done. Charmaine tells me from her White House days that the pace is so fast and brutal that a detailed dress rehersal was probably not done — time wouldn’t allow. And security would also complicate — the guys with ear pieces don’t like too many staff as stand-in actors moving about the stage before hand. A dry run is always needed for your business performance. Practice.

Praise in the after action report or evaluation is the most critical part of the learning process. The professional manager anticipates, adapts and learns — with his staff.

Pay Attention to Detail. Or you, too, will suffer the final, alternative P: Punishment — and be reassigned to some God-forsaken outreach of the org chart.


Thank you (foot)notes:

One of the first lessons I learned in the Army was to Praise in public and reprimand in private. See the Chief Happiness Officer for more on 4 kinds of Motivation.

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger is in league with the William Oncken Corporation presenting Managing Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?

The British are Coming: The Queen of England Visits the White House

May 7, 2007 | By | 5 Comments


The Royal Visit

credit: The Dude I have never let my schooling interfere with my education, said Mark Twain.

So in keeping with the spirit of Samuel Clemmons, Your Business Blogger and Charmaine chose education over (public) schooling today and dispatched The Penta-Posse to the South Lawn of the White House for a glimpse of the Queen.

The Dude has pictures and the story of lessons learned at Panzer Commander.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Rob Bluey was also in crowd of 7,000. With more great shots.

Senator Wayne Allard Wants the USS Pueblo Back

April 19, 2007 | By | One Comment


The USS Pueblo

is a popular propaganda tourist attraction

on the Taedong River in Pyongyang

North Korea US Senator Wayne Allard, R-Colorado, (Republican, of course) reintroduced a resolution demanding the return of United States Navy property from North Korea.

The Pueblo is the only active-duty U.S. warship in the hands of a foreign power. It was taken Jan. 23, 1968, after being sent defenseless on an intelligence-gathering mission off the North Korean coast. Reports the Washington Post (with misplaced indignation).

The USS Pueblo may have been out-gunned, but she was armed and was not defenseless.

The reporter, Jennifer Talhelm, is a female feminist from the Washington Post; I’m not sure military armaments is her forte.

Allard said the USS Pueblo “belongs to the United States Navy and we should pursue all possible options to return her to a rightful resting place.”

The USS Pueblo and her crew have been in the blogosphere recently. The Pueblo crew was a noble comparison with the ignoble captured British sailors. The Brits were subservient and groveling when held by pirates.

Americans were defiant. Americans gave our captors the Digitus Impudicus. As Mark Steyn says America is Alone.

That is not quite right: It is Conservative Republicans who are alone.


Pueblo Crew

Time Magazine 18 Oct 1968 Jennifer Talhelm from the Washington Post continues,

Navy records show the Pueblo was in international waters when it was captured, though the North Koreans insist it was inside the Korean coastal zone. One person was killed in an explosion during the attack, and 10 of the 82 surviving crewmen were wounded. All 82 were held 11 months before being sent to South Korea on Christmas Eve.

The North Koreans display the ship as a trophy and a monument to the rocky relationship between the two nations.



Pueblo Crew with

“Hawaiin Good Luck Sign”


Thank you (foot)notes:

See USS Pueblo Coming Home?

See Little Green Footballs British Sailors Party on Iranian TV

Kill, But Don’t Insult

March 27, 2007 | By | 3 Comments


Translated below The Navy’s nixed-mixed messages making the rounds with mil-bloggers from last year.

U.S. Navy Directive 16134 [Inappropriate T-Shirts]

The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East, and it was obviously directed at the Marines.

To: All Commands

Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts

Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K

All commanders promulgate upon receipt, The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:

“Eat Pork Or Die” [both English and Arabic versions]

“Shrine Busters” [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]

“Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy” [Both English and Arabic versions]

“Goat – it isn’t just for breakfast any more.” [Both English and Arabic versions]

“The road to Paradise begins with me.” [Mostly Arabic versions but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs]

“Pork. The other white meat.” [Arabic version]

“Infidel” [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]

Your Business Blogger’s favorite: “Guns don’t kill people. I kill people.” [Both Arabic and English versions]

The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.

In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

“Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily.”

“Do we really need ‘smart bombs’ to drop on these dumb bast*rds?”

All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.


Thank you (foot)notes:

See I love Jet Noise.

Arabic above: I am NOT a terrorist.