Regarding bin Laden, yet another narrative change

Earlier in the week Reuters reported this.

The U.S. special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a U.S. national security official told Reuters.

“This was a kill operation,” the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, is saying this.

Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president.

He said: “The authority here was to kill bin Laden. And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him.

There is no doubt in my military mind that the former report is true. It would have been a disaster of epic proportions to take bin Laden alive, hold him prisoner and deal with the trial of the millennium. I just cannot believe that the Administration would have given the military operators on the ground the ability to make a decision of such epic proportions.

It would have been a disaster to take him alive.

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Wastin Away Allday In Memphis, Tennessee

So I’m a little pissed.  For a fun send off to all of those who are meeting in Memphis, I was going to give you a little treat.  I had my camcorder, Ukulele, a Pabst, a Real Revo T-shit, and a little song i wrote for you folks.  After about 29 takes, and 9 beers I had it down as good as it could get for someone who just had 9 beers.  I was satisfied.  Problem is, I discovered after my creation that I didn’t have the CD-ROM needed to install the handy-cam onto my computer.  I have no idea where it’s at. 

With that being said, I bring you my creation….in lyrics.  (You are actually lucky.  My singing voice resembles a Wookies mating call)

Wastin’ Away All Day In Memphis, Tennessee (sung to the tune of Margaritaville)

The Revo is Real, You’re sittin’ on Beale,

Listenin’ to RD who sounds just like Spock.

Mad Brad is drinkin’, Jim is just thinkin’,

And Locke n Load he is ready to rock.

(chorus)  Wastin’ away all day in Memphis, Tennessee.  Searchin’ for that last glimmer of hope.

Some people claim that it’s a burned out flame, but I know, we’re all gonna cope.

Notamobster, well he’s not a monster,

Loves to hear people bitch and moan.

Sortawitte, ain’t it a pity, that he can’t call Mama Cass his own.

(Chorus)

Air Force Brat and Tennessee Cat,

Kenneth, Van-a-gram, Roy Rider and Uke.

BaconNeggs, Brun Dawg and James,

Jacksonsdad Slaphappy and Jude.

Wish we were all there in Memphis Tennessee.  searching for that last glimmer of hope

Some people claim that it’s a burned out flame,

But I know, we’re all gonna cope.

Bman has left the building.

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That isn’t a Blackhawk at Osama’s crib

I have no idea at all what the hell this is. Something stealthy and not in the general inventory.

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Hitler Finds out OBL is Dead

And one more….

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Watch Nancy dance!

Pelosi engages in the spinning dance of a contortionist.

Here’s Nancy Pelosi from a press conference on September 7, 2006:

    [E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. He has done more damage the longer he has been out there. But, in fact, the damage that he has done . . . is done. And even to capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer.

And here’s Nancy Pelosi yesterday:

    The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. . . . I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. . . . [T]he death of Osama bin Laden is historic. . . .

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Obama says no photo

Release the Conspiracy Theories!

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and other officials are expressing concern that there’s too much risk and too little benefit attached to releasing a photo of Usama bin Laden’s body.

Details emerging about the image suggest that it is, as the White House claimed, “gruesome.” Fox News has learned that the image shows a large, open gunshot wound on bin Laden’s forehead, revealing brain matter. A senior U.S. official who has had access to the images said one of bin Laden’s eyes is open while the other is “completely gone.”

Anybody who would get angry about the release of the death photo is already angry that bin Laden was killed, don’t you think?

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We’re the kids in America!

The Twitter Generation…

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It’s All About The Benjamins

Once again we see that tragedy is always the fault of others who must pay

I get that losing your child in this manner must be horrible and will haunt you forever.  But suing for $3 million and getting almost $2 million?  How does this help in any way?  I live within minutes of AF Canyon, have camped there a few times, and can tell you there are signs everywhere warning campers that the mountains are bear country and not to leave food out and not to eat in your tent. 

My heart goes out to the family for losing their son, but this lawsuit is just another example of people refusing to take any accountability for their actions and demanding huge payouts for their loss.  It is also yet another example of what happens when we rely on the government for too much–we inevitably become less self-reliant.  If it’s solely the government’s role to keep us safe, then we end up making poor and reckless decisions, like:

1. Camping in an area that likely has bears
2. At a time of year when bears are active
3. Without carrying a firearm
4. Without locking up our food
5. Sleeping essentially exposed inside a thin fabric tent

All because, hey, it’s not my job to protect myself and my family, it’s the government’s responsibility.  Their victory in this lawsuit only makes the problem worse, because now more people will assume that it’s clearly the government’s job to keep them safe from bears, so there’s no need for them to take precautions–let the government worry about it.

This is the same reason many people don’t keep guns in their home for self-defense . . . because it’s the government’s job to keep us safe.  Same reason people don’t have food storage in case of a natural disaster. . . because it’s the government’s job to feed them. Same reason people whose homes are being foreclosed are seeking redress from the government . . . because it’s the government’s job to save them from bad financial decisions.

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I Think I Can’t

Entitlement programs are a hot topic right now.  The debate has continued for many years over whether or not these should exist, to what extent, and how they should be funded.  I’ve talked to many people who support and oppose these programs.  I’ve heard many people say they create a group of people who are lazy and idle and who expect the handouts of the government to sustain them.  I think that is true for some.  However, I think the greater and more devastating issue is that these programs have created generations of people who truly feel like they cannot survive without the government taking care of them.  They have lost any thoughts of being able to take care of themselves and having the courage to get through hard times without the help of others. 

I was a single mom for a period of time and, through the sharing of experiences, came to know many other single moms.  The life of a single mom isn’t an easy one.  Being on my own meant I had to make many sacrifices.  I had to move back in with family, I had to change my lifestyle and find creative ways to make ends meet on only my salary.  Maybe it was my stubbornness and pride but I refused to apply for or receive any government assistance in any form. I was surprised at how many other moms I interacted with felt like they had to participate in these programs in order to survive.  The result was that they became dependent on these programs and remained stuck in their situations.  Many turned down promotions or pay raises because it would make them ineligible for the benefits they relied upon.  These weren’t lazy or bad women, but women who had been inadvertently taught that they didn’t have the capacity to take care of themselves or their families and needed assistance. 

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Poverty to Conservatism

Note: I adapted this from a comment I made in another thread in response to this accusation:

“You could see someone starving on the street and never once think–hey, I’m an American, that just can’t happen.”

Again with the straw men. I don’t know who you think you are arguing with, but it ain’t me.

I grew up in poverty. My folks parted when I was eight. My mother never had a job and we moved from Podunk Iowa into a larger city. We moved into a small apartment and my mother worked multiple crappy jobs. She never went on the dole. She also never told us we were underprivileged. She told us we were broke and that it was temporary.

All around me everybody was poor. It was painfully evident that at least half of them deserved their poverty. They brought it on themselves with self-destructive behavior. That was clear to me by the age of ten.

The other half were like us. They were just broke and it was a temporary state. Even as a child I could tell the difference. They were just moving through a rough patch.

I went in the Army and, like millions of other citizen soldiers got out. I went to college and got a degree. I struggled to raise a young family. We were, again poor. I then got a job. I was still poor and, for a couple years, worked three jobs. After a while at began starting businesses. After that I became much better off.

So what did I learn from a childhood in crappy apartments surrounded by crime and despair? I learned what I now know intuitively:

1) There are a substantial number of people who deserve to be poor. They are criminals and drunk and drug addled and just lazy. These people exploit welfare to subsidize the attributes that make them poor. Welfare makes them dependent and weak. Welfare removes the worry of homelessness and starvation and these are the only real worries they have. Welfare keeps them in poverty.

2) The vast majority of people who don’t deserve to be poor don’t stay poor and it sure as hell isn’t the government that gets them out of poverty. It is hard work, decent living and, most importantly, an unwillingness to become dependents of the state.

I am a conservative because I grew up in poverty but I am now financially comfortable. People in my family didn’t go to college, but I did. Nobody paid my way. I worked my way through. I made my own success. If I can do it, anybody can do it. There are no excuses, just rationalizations.

As for people starving in the street…. Show me a child, an injured person, a handicapped person or an elderly person and I will take care of that person. My church and others care for millions of them daily. So do secular charitable organizations.

Welfare for the able bodied, however, is theft. There is no excuse to steal money from productive people to give it to an able bodied idle person. Show me an able bodied person starving in the street and I will show you an able bodied person who deserves to starve. It is called “social justice.”

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More Proof Of Global Whining

I love the summertime!  Especially living here!  It was a long, cold, snowy winter.  It was the type of winter that really tried men’s souls.  I’m very glad summer is getting near.  But with summer comes  the usual hysteria that we have been getting used to.   It’s global whining season.  You see, snow and ice are melting!!    Oh the horror!!  We’re doomed!! We’ll all be killed!!

The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says.

They just won’t quit will they?  Frankly, even making fun of them is getting to be a bore.

 

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UPDATE:

The Bay Area must start prepping for the whens, not the ifs, of climate change – like building cooling centers for use during heat waves, propping up homes on stilts in flood-prone areas and even abandoning roadways vulnerable to sea-level rise, according to an influential urban policy organization.

They’re really starting to put their money where their mouths are, huh. Dont fret, though. Someday you can live in a house like this!

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The Real Revo in Words

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

~Presbyterian clergyman William Boetcker (1873-1962)

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Want a government contract?

First show us how much you have spent in support of Obama and his opponents.

As part of an application for a government contract, the White House wants to require the company to report all the company’s political activity. The administration presents this as a way to increase transparency. It strikes me as a way to further politicize the process of government contracts.

Yeah, there is no frickin’ moral hazard here, is there?

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Peoria Carp Hunters

Not a Hump-Day-Hottie but worth a watch. These guys know how to have a good time.

Wonder if they are in the Mississippi yet.

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Global Depopulation is Underway …. a couple hundred folks at a time.

Okay, so it caught your eye… Now, on to the reason for the title.

I opened an email yesterday entitled with the subject: ” re/End Times”

It is shown, in it’s entirety, below.

As most of you know, I am a former liberal (not a flaming Gern-liberal, but an uneducated 20-something ghetto  “liberal”). I am a former muslim. I still receive emails from some other liberals. I have actually quoted this man on the Revo, before. Some of his stuff is decent. He doesn’t buy the AGW myth…etc. Most of it is simply a bridge too far.

To be clear, he is crazy.

My question with all of this nonsense is simple. “IF” the (globalists, NWO, etc) were trying to “depopulate” the planet… (big IF here folks)… why – in GOD’s green earth – would they fuck around with penny-ante shit like tornadoes and earthquakes?

There are very real ways to “deal with” the human problem. If I were bent on global domination and depopulation, I wouldn’t waste time on HAARP control of tornadoes. Just sayin.

Also, why are these folks who believe our government “can’t hide a tornado-maker”, so intent upon believing that the same government can hide their intent to depopulate the world?

With that, I give you the email:

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Hostile and Abusive? It’s Sioux-prisingly Not

Remember kindergarten?  Remember being told to sit on the floor Indian style?  (Demeaning!)  Remember after school, the neighborhood kids would get together for another round of cowboys and Indians? (Hostile!)  And do you also remember singing along out loud with the rest of the class, “One little two little three little Indians…” (Abusive!)    Well, them days are long gone.  Many people have deemed these things wrong and derogatory.  Who knows?  Maybe they are right.  Its hard for me to judge because for one

  • I am not a dog and don’t sit on command
  • I am not a cowboy
  • I am not little
  • Oh.  I’m also not an Indian.

I was never offended by any of those activities because I’m not Indian, so I assumed they were all just fine.  But lets put ourselves in the shoes of a dog, if the particular one you’re looking at happens to be wearing them.  Would it be offended?  Possibly.  Would the cowboy?  Maybe.  How about the little person?  Hard to tell.  It’s hard for us to know exactly how others feel when they are offended by something you may not be.  Really listening and trying to understand their feelings gets us one step closer to empathy and understanding.

Take a look at those who oppose American Indian nicknames for sports teams.  Frankly,  I don’t think I have a say in the usage one way or the other because , again, I’m not an American Indian.  How could I possibly understand how it may affect some people?  I can’t.   This is an issue going on with the  University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux .   After 80 years of that nickname, there is a very strong possibility that the NCAA may force the university to ban the usage of the logo and name.   They think it is “hostile and abusive.”   At one time, I half-arsed agreed with them.  But wait a minute.  I’m not an Indian, so how can I know exactly where to stand.   How can I possibly understand what an American Indian, Sioux to be precise, feels about this issue?  Then I got to thinking.   How could the NCAA possibly understand the feeling of the Sioux people as well?  It seemed to me that the do-gooders of the NCAA think that the American Indian cannot speak for themselves on such matters, so they will make the decision on their behalf.  The NCAA knows what the Sioux Indian wants and that is to force retirement of the name and logo.  Right?

Wrong!  In an August 2009 referendum on the Spirit Lake Reservation, the support of the name and logo overwhelmingly passed by almost 70%!  It can’t be!  Why, the  NCAA surley knows what is hostile and abusive towards the Sioux Indians!  Right?  Nope.  In fact, I visit this reservation for my work once a week.  Everywhere you look, folks are not just in UND garb, but also other college and professional sports teams that share similar nicknames.  It seems the vast majority of Sioux Indians on that reservation do not see the logo or nickname hostile, abusive, racist, or deragatory.  They actually seem to have a sense of pride of who they are, and that others give them the honor of using their tribal name.

But it was this that sealed the deal for me on this issue.   I noticed this just 2 weeks ago, took a picture from my camera phone and saved it.   This is smack dab in the middle of the Spirit Lake Reservation. The photo or sign  has not been altered in anyway possible.

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You mean there is a chance he might have said no?

There were two responses Obama could have given to the bin Laden raid: Go or No-Go. Evidently, the decision to go was not a foregone conclusion.

The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

All smiles: President Barack Obama beamed broadly as he presents Michelle Shearer at the National Teacher Of The Year awards at the White House in Washington today

But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think – and disappeared out of the room.

‘I’m not going to tell you what my decision is now – I’m going to go back and think about it some more,’ said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added ‘I’m going to make a decision soon.’

The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president’s decision.

But the next morning after 16 hours, Obama summoned four top aides to the White House Diplomatic Room. Before they could speak, the president put his fist on the table and declared ‘It’s a go’.

The left is praising Obama as a military genius because he gave the decision to go. I always thought that was a bit silly since it really wasn’t much of a decision. I mean, what, was he going to say no? Don’t be ridiculous.

Underestimating Obama is never ridiculous.

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Bin Laden was unarmed when shot

So says the White House.

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was confronted by U.S. commandos at his Pakistani hideout but tried to resist the assault, the White House said Tuesday as new details emerged about the audacious raid that killed the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Interesting. The same administration that insisted that pouring water on the face of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a terrible crime and that he deserved to be given a civilian trial is okay with just whacking an unarmed, defenseless combatant. Basically, we are talking about the shooting of prisoners here. The shooting of unarmed LAWFUL combatants is obviously in violation of the Geneva Convention. The distinction here is that bin Laden was an UNLAWFUL enemy combatant. Shooting him dead even unarmed was, therefore, allowable.

Therefore, we now have the “Obama Doctrine” for the handling of unarmed, unlawful enemy combatants. Don’t take them into custody and use rendition to turn them over to foreign states. Don’t take them into custody and transfer them to Guantanamo. Don’t subject them to military tribunals. Don’t even transfer them to New York for trial at Ground Zero. Just shoot prisoners on the battlefield.

The interesting thing about this development is that, if it is legal to shoot unarmed, unlawful combatant prisoners without due process, it is pretty hard to argue that ARMED enemy combatant prisoners are deserving of more protection than unarmed combatants.

This pretty much resolves the problem of what is to be done with the formerly armed enemy combatant prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, doesn’t it? Trials schmiles. Let the firing squads assemble. It is the Obama Doctrine.

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Birthers? What about the racers?

Birthers and racers are cut from the same cloth. Birthers believe that Obama was born outside the US and no evidence will dissuade them of that belief. Racers believe that any disagreement with Obama is based on his race and no evidence will dissuade them of that belief. This is laid out beautifully by Tea Partier and talk radio host Tony Katz while appearing on MSNBC News Live Contessa Brewer…

To put this “nobody ever questions a white man about his status as a citizen” myth to bed, read this:

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Donald Trump isn’t the only celebrity dropping F-Bombs at big events

Yes, this F-Bomb is directed at the same target as well.

This is becoming a popular choice of ordinance. Do I detect a rising level of animosity here?

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Biden on Waterboarding by hotairpundit

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Big Red One Celebrates It’s Youngest-Ever Command Sgt Maj

FORT RILEY, Kan., April 15, 2011 — The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stood tall April 15, as the 1st Infantry Division’s newest command sergeant major strolled into Barlow Theater on Fort Riley.

All eyes were locked forward as Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Field ascended the stairs to the theater’s stage and turned to face his unit. With a small smile playing around the corners of his mouth, Ian quietly told the Soldiers standing before him to take their seats and, in a wave, every one sat down.

It may have been the first time in history that a group of tough, battle-tested infantrymen took orders from a 7-year-old child.

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The domestic anti-war movement is dead

Obama killed it. Victor Davis Hanson explains.

The world must now realize that the domestic antiwar movement is dead, kaput; it cares not a whit whether we assassinate bin Laden or a son of Qaddafi or go into Libya. Everything is on the table now and there are no self-restraints, no snickers on The Daily Show, no quirky insider winks on Letterman, no Barbara Streisand crazy faxes. A Nobel peace laureate is now the Left’s totem and he can send quite deadly Americans on quite deadly missions as he sees fit — and without worry about a New York Times op-ed barrage or an ACLU lawsuit. That gives the U.S. newfound advantages, a veritable blank check, from keeping Guantanamo open indefinitely to using a Cheney “assassination” team and valuable water-boarded intelligence wherever it wishes to. A Harold Koh is not going to be filing any more lawsuits against his government — he is the government.

Three more salient points here.

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