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The Irony of Staff Sgt. Bales and Major Hasan

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 25, 2012

From a retired Navy Captain I served with when he was a lowly Ensigns:

“After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan
civilians, I couldn’t help noticing an irony. There is all the clamor to
try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a
traumatic brain injury. Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood
while screaming Allah Akbar, still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still
debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his
motive: Slay as many infidels as possible.

So we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed
immediately. But this Muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice
safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to
argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to
real soldiers who had actual battle experience. Two and a half years later,
they still haven’t tried the murderous bastard.”


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Ron Paul Sweeps the 36th and 46th District Caucuses

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 19, 2012

In a display of organization, devotion and dedication, the Ron Paul campaign won all 21 delegates to the Washington State Republican Convention from the 36th Legislative District Caucus and all 20 in the 46th. The first test of strength came in both districts on the election of a permanent chair of the caucus. Generally, the legislative district chair acts as caucus temporary chair and is pro forma elected as permanent chair. In each district, the Paul campaign not only challenged the temporary chair but also took the highly unusual step of nominating a woman from outside the district. In the 36th they were successful and also initially in the 46th. However, a motion was made to revote for permanent chair in the 46th because of confusion regarding abstentions. While the new chair pondered the motion, a cell phone google found evidence she was a hard line Paul supporter and a question from the floor revealed she lived not in northeast Seattle’s 46th District, but (cue an audible gasp) Bellevue. The revote confirmed the temporary chair as the permanent caucus chair. It turned out to be a pyrrhic victory.

There were 96 people nominated for the 20 delegate positions allotted to the 46th District. The district chair (now also caucus chair) published a recommended slate consisting primarily of people who had volunteered their time on district work. There were at least two Paul supporters on the slate, a few undecided and the rest split between Romney and Santorum. Additionally, someone distributed a flyer addressed to the “Santorum, Gingrich, Paul Delegates” that attacked Romney and called for a brokered national convention. A third handout titled “Prolifers for State Delegate” listed ten names, all Paul people but not identified as such. Total non-Paul delegates out numbered Paul delegates so the purpose of the anti Romney and pro life material was to divide the opposition to Ron Paul. It worked. Two Paul delegates were elected on the first ballot, twelve more on the second, and four on the third. By rule, the fourth ballot would elect the final two delegates from four remaining names. This final ballot pitted the 46th District Chair and the 46th District Mitt Romney Chair against two Paul candidates; the Paulistas prevailed.

It was hardball politics won by the best coached team with unified members that stayed for the whole game. As the meeting wore on, many non-Paul people left but the Paul team hung in all six plus hours and swept the delegate elections. Eventually enough people left, some on purpose to force a quorum call, that the chair declared a lack of a quorum. He was sustained by a four vote margin and adjourned the meeting without electing any alternate delegates. Had alternates been elected, no doubt they would have gone to the Ron Paul team.

These two caucuses demonstrated the power of a dedicated minority to control an outcome. Were delegates selected by a primary election, the results would be similar to other states, few if any Paul delegates. It was also the opening battle in a war by the Libertarians to take over the Republican Party in King County and the State of Washington. I asked several Paul delegates if they would support the presidential nominee of the Republican Party? Their answers were the essence of equivocation. It will be a helluva war.

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Gas Prices

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 15, 2012

Remember when gas was last over four bucks a gallon? It was Bush’s fault and it was bad, or so said the Democrats. Now that Obama is President and gas is north of four dollars, why it’s not his fault and by the way, high gas prices are good when seen through liberal eyes. Watch the You Tube video. Do you laugh or cry?

Click on: You Tube Video

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On the Nuclear Carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 14, 2012

Thanks to FC for reminding me of the below video:

The Discovery Channel presentation of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) has been around since 2010 but it is still a thrill to watch, at least for us former Navy types. Since then, one of two fighter/bomber aircraft shown on the video has been retired and the other upgraded. The retired one is the F-14 Tomcat of the movie ”Top Gun” fame and is characterized by twin engines spaced wide apart and twin vertical tails. The other is the F-18 that has twin engines placed close together and twin tails set at an angle.

The commanding officer of the Stennis from April 1996 to August 1999, Captain Douglas Roulstone, appears in the video. After leaving the Navy he worked in the private sector and in 2006 ran for Congress from the 2nd Congressional District in Washington. Not a good year or district for Republicans, he lost to the incumbent Democrat.

The Stennis is named for Senator John Stennis (D-MS) who served many years as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Click HERE and enjoy.

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The “War on Women” Trap?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 10, 2012

The Democrats are having some success changing the subject from Obama’s abysmal performance by charging Republicans with gross insensitivity concerning women’s health. How did it happen?

The Trap

Back on Republican Presidential Debate number twenty something, George Stephanopulos, former Clinton aide and now unbiased TV journalist, asked Mitt Romney an off the wall question about the power of states to ban contraceptives. An incredulous Romney responded that no one has proposed that or would want to do it. There was some media comment about such an odd question but it faded quickly.

Baiting the Trap

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a policy requiring religious organizations such as a Catholic university to include coverage for contraceptives in their health care insurance plans. This sparked a huge outcry over religious freedom. In an attempt to make the new requirement more palatable, President Obama offered a bait and switch compromise. Insurance companies would have to offer the coverage for free, no charge to the insured or the institution providing health benefits. Of course it all depends on the meaning of free.

The Trap is Sprung

Congressman Issa, California Republican, held a hearing on the question of religious liberty. Two panels of speakers, one of four males and a second that included two women, were scheduled to testify. At the last minute, Democrat members of the committee, including Nancy Pelosi, demanded that a law student from Georgetown University be invited to testify. Chairman Issa rejected the request noting that the subject of the testimony was to be on the constitutionally of restricting religious freedom not a right to contraception. Snapping the trap shut, the Democrats walked out and held their own hearing where the law student expounded on the need for someone else to pay for women’s contraception needs.

Conservative media, most notably Rush Limbaugh, jumped into the fray but only caused the teeth of the trap to sink further into the ensnared Republicans. The female law student became the abused little girl assaulted by those mean old white men and an instant heroine of the media left. But beyond that, most people found Rush’s use of slut and prostitute over the top offensive. He did apologize but too little too late. Democrats saw the dust up as a twofer, a chance to label Republicans as anti women and bring down Rush, a major thorn in the liberals side.

You would think Republicans experienced in the ways of politics, perception and the media would have seen this one coming a mile away. They should have allowed the law student to testify, listened to what she had to say, shown sympathy for her statement that birth control prescriptions given for medical problems such as ovarian cysts should be covered and moved on.

True, the whole controversy has allowed conservatives to once again point out the hypocrisy of the left but it has also opened a potential wedge issue, true or not, that could be significant in a close race. It just was not necessary.

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OK to Offend Conservative Women?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 9, 2012

Rush Limbaugh used highly inappropriate and offensive words to describe a Georgetown law student for which he apologized. Bill Marr, contributor of $1,000,000 to the Obama reelection effort, called Sarah Palin the “c” word for which he has not apologized. Think a different standard applies to Republican women, read Michelle Malkin’s column but be careful, the language may offend.

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