Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing (3 Feb 14)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

— Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on their Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Denver Broncos.  [final score 43-8]

 

— The twitter-verse racist trolls were outraged over the Coca Cola advert that featured the song America the Beautiful in several languages.

A couple of things for the ignorant

1) America the Beautiful is not our National Anthem. Not knowing this pretty much invalidates any argument you have about the commercial.  [Knowledge is Power]

2)  Just because something is labelled (or mis-labelled) as multicultural doesn’t mean it is automatically bad or good. [That is prejudice.  DUH!]

3.) White, English speakers are not the source of all evil in the world, nor are they the source of all good.  Every race, culture, ethnicity, have done very nasty things, and every one has done glorious, beautiful things.  [Educate Yourself.]

 

— Bill O’Reilly interviewed the President with part showing before the Super Bowl and the rest airing tonight on Bill O’Reilly’s show on FNC.  It won’t be the typical hero-worship crap the President gets when he does “The View”, MSNBC, or Katie Couric, but don’t expect an overly aggressive interview either.  Expect no novel information from the President, as he will dance around the answers, in what appears much like an elephant doing ballet, amazing but completely ineffective, oddly no one ever calls him out on it, so it will end up being an exercise in not throwing the closest heavy object at the TV screen.

So watch at your (and your flat screens’) own risk.

 

On that note, some Nat King Cole

Monday Morning QBing (27 Jan 14)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

Some more Monday morning QBing…

 

— You would think that the UN would have better things to do with the ongoing violence in Syria, Ukraine in near open rebellion, Mugabe continuing his ethnic cleansing of Zimbabwe, craziness in Iraq returning, the largest terrorist threat to the Olympic games since Munich, China bullying its smaller neighbors, Sudan, AIDS, starvation around the world and Congo, amongst many others, but NO, the UN wants to debate the mascot of the NFL’s Washington franchise, affectionately known as the Redskins, with the image of a proud native American warrior.  [sark alert]  Good thing we don’t waste money on the UN.

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— Tomorrow is the State of the Union address, we are expecting some major reveals from the president, well not really we rather expect a heavy dose of “ladders of opportunity”, and other class warfare rhetoric that the President is so very fond of, and a blueprint of what we should expect from the administration for the year.

President Obama

President Obama

—  On a vein more in keeping with QBing, beleaguered Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman was unfairly attacked via twitters from the same intolerant racist trolls who attacked Stacy Dash last year (again via twitter) for her support of Mitt Romney.

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Monday Morning QBing (28 Oct 13)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

A few thoughts from this weekend…

 

1.  The Dallas Cowboys HAVE to get a new RB.  I love DeMarco Murray, but he is too fragile for full time play in the NFL, and nobody else on the team can run the ball.

 

2.  Megatron is pretty damn good.  As if that is news.

 

3.  I hear CBS is finally reporting actual news.  Welcome to journalism.

 

4.  What happened to the ObamaCare girl?  I surmise the young lady is in witness protection.  No doubt hiding from some Sebelius-concocted scheme to blame her for the entire website failure.  Poor girl.

 

5.  Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, and DHS Do their Best KGB Imitation.  What was the Coast Guard there for?  Good thing we have DHS to protect us from those dangerous and legal potato guns.

 

6.  Isn’t it cute, how all the European Politicians are upset NOW that it came out that the NSA was spying on one of them.  Funny thing is, these governments all knew that the NSA was spying on them, they knew because they are spying on the US.  Nixon and Obama are notoriously paranoid, but they aren’t unique amongst politicians, just famous.

 

 

** As a side note, I’m feeling particularly grouchy today, the pain has been aggravating for the past couple of days.  Anyway enough whining for me today.  😀  Stay safe and Be Good.

Monday Morning QBing (23 Sep 13)

After a particularly bloody weekend of Islamic violence throughout the world, I thought this would be a good time to take a quick review of the “War on Terror”.  In case you missed the events of this weekend, here is a quick review:

Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Zamboanga, Philippines, bombing [link] 3 dead

Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Shabwa, Yemen, attack [link] 65 dead

Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Qalqiliya, Israel, murder [link] 1 dead

Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Samarra, Iraq, bombing [link] 18 dead

Saturday, 21 Sep 2013, Sadr City, Iraq, bombing [link] 72 dead

Saturday, 21 Sep 2013, Nairobi, Kenya, attack [link] 62 dead *ongoing*

Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Peshawar, Pakistan, bombing [link] 81 dead

Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Bagdad, Iraq, bombing [link] 50 dead

Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Tabasaransky, Dagestan [link] 2 dead

 

That is a total of 354 dead, and hundreds more injured.

While none of these attacks were on American soil, and none were specifically directed against Americans, all of the attacks were conducted by al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda affiliates.  These attacks do not include the ongoing civil wars in Libya and Syria, the unrest in Egypt, or the war in Afghanistan.

So how is that war on terror going?

It seems that terrorism is still with us,

al-Qaeda is still with us,

and most importantly after 12 years of fighting in Afghanistan, we have little to show for the blood and treasure we have dumped in there.

 

Now perhaps, we should attack the root of the problem which is not the agents of terror hiding in caves in Afghanistan, or fighting as insurgents in Syria, or even leading the protests in Egypt, no the root of the problem is our pseudo-ally, Saudi Arabia, and their particular brand of hate, Wahhabism.  Make no mistake, Wahhabists are not the only people in the middle east that hate America, there are lots of others, but Wahhabists have the money (via oil profits) to fund an unending war against us.

 

I am not a member of the conspiracy theory club (CTC), but one does have to wonder why (I mean besides the boatloads of cash some people are making) Saudi Arabia holds a special place on our ‘friends list’.  If Saddam Hussein was bad, Bashar al-Assad is bad, and Hosni Mubarak was bad, why is the Saudi Royal Family not bad? (bad, of course being a subjective term, but suffice to say persons who violate human rights)

 

Much like in the Vietnam War, the political establishment’s unwillingness to allow the military to fully strike the staging areas of our enemy (North Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos then, Saudi Arabia now) makes all of the other efforts significantly less effective.

If we are unable or unwilling to take the war to our enemies, then we should settle for [a] peace (of sorts).

Assuming that we our willing to accept the terms of a peaceful solution, which is not guarantee and which no doubt would be painful and political disastrous.  It would also mean, getting the majority of our oil from somewhere else (rather than Saudi Arabia, and other middle eastern countries).

None of which, I foresee the current administration or any future one, willing to adopt.

 

So to sum up today’s Monday Morning QBing, it seems we have reached an unfortunate impasse, one where we are unwilling to do what needs to be done to win, and unable to extract ourselves.

 

Belated Monday Morning Quarterbacking (20 Aug 13)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

Yes I know this is Tuesday, but better late than never right?

I was over-thinking the whole NSA eavesdropping thing, and I am just wondering why, if the NSA is reading our e-mails, following our blogs, monitoring our web searches, how is it exactly that they missed, the Boston Bombers, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, and the other lesser known Islamic extremist attacks here in America?

 

Now using my extremely sub-par to fair analytical skills, I came up with a couple of possibilities:

 

1.  [Conspiracy Theorists this one is for you] They knew ahead of time and let it happen, for the purpose of putting US troops in Palestine and Chechnya.  I find this highly unlikely simply because, well even the Palestinians and the Chechnians (sp?) don’t want those shit holes, so why would we?  BTW there is no credible evidence to oil being in Chechnya.

 

2.  [Most Dangerous]  The NSA was obeying their idiot politico masters and dipping in on those evil Patriot types (you know those people who think the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and is NOT a living document), as opposed to the dangerous wack jobs who want to kill innocents to further their backwards-ass, misogynist, hate-filled view of the world posing as a religion.

 

3.  [Quite Possible, and in my limited Experience Most Likely]  The intelligence analysts at the NSA were completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of raw data coming in and were unable to sift through the pile of crap [ie all those googles for naked pictures of Mila Kunis] for the kernels of vital intelligence [like the Tsarnaev brothers googling how to build a pressure cooker bomb] in time to disseminate such intelligence to the people who do the killing (and less preferably the arresting).

 

Obviously I don’t put a whole lot of faith in the first one, and while we all hope and pray it isn’t the second one, we need to overhaul the entire system even if it is the third possibility.

Raw intelligence is of NO VALUE if it is not analyzed and disseminated correctly.

 

On a side note:

The entire world of intelligence has changed, no longer are intelligence analysts desperately seeking any and every scrap of raw data available to see if it fits into the big picture and where, rather the analyst is confronted with massive volumes of data, a convoluted big picture, and a shortened amount of time to do the analysis.

This is not to say that they should not be held accountable for their failures, merely the should be focused on achieving the achievable rather than attempting to do it all, and failing miserably.

 

Monday Morning Quarterbacking (12 Aug 13)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

 

Good Afternoon Sports Fans,

If you are here for sports, I am sorry to tell you, that today’s post is not about sports but about a few questions that have been bouncing around my head for the last 11 months.  So here it goes:

On 11 Sep 2012, we knew that day is the 11 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, shouldn’t have all US facilities in high threat level areas been on high alert?  One assumes that a country engaged in a civil war, with a healthy dose of Islamic extremists running around armed to the teeth, would constitute a high threat level area.

If there was a high alert status, in Libya on 11 Sep 2012, why was OUR ambassador at the Benghazi consulate, which did not meet the minimum security thresholds for a consulate to say nothing of an embassy.  Ambassadors stay at embassies, consul generals stay at consulates.  I least that is how I understand the whole thing, maybe I am just confused.

If the consulate came under sustained attack at approximately 2140, word was passed by telephone, teletype, and e-mail to the State Department, where was help?  [How much would that suck if you were under fire, trying to hold out for ‘the cavalry’ and the cavalry never even left the fort?]

On the note of help, We don’t have a force/unit ready to move out at ‘a moment’s notice’?  Or at least in the 6 hours between the initial attack on the consulate and the secondary attack on the CIA annex.  If we don’t which I am to say the least quite dubious of, we need one, uh DUH, I shouldn’t have to be the one stating that.

 

If forces were available why were they not aiding our people who were under attack?  The lame-ass excuse that we didn’t know what was going on at ground level is total BS, it was combat if you are waiting for clarification, you will get it, once the war is over and the historians start writing about it.  Why were US Forces not intervening in the battle?  [this includes the rumors that are swirling about there was not 1 but 2 UAVs overhead and at least 1 of these were the armed predator type UAVs]

After the brave actions of civilian contractors in rescuing the remaining US personnel in the CIA annex, an immediate investigation should have been initiated.  FBI agents did not hit the ground in Benghazi for more than 2 weeks, How much vital information was lost in that time?  Why were the sites not secured?  Are you trying to tell us that the US Marine Corps could not have secured the entire city of Benghazi in 2 weeks time?

Why did UN Ambassador Susan Rice go on 5 Sunday news shows and claim incorrectly that the attack was caused by some archaic film on YouTube?  As if in some way, shape, and or form that matters, in the slightest.

I’m not going to get into the debate on whether the words ‘an act of terror’ means the same thing as a ‘terrorist attack’, since tbh that is total BS, stupid lawyer BS, we all know what was implied, and if one of the allegedly worlds greatest orators can’t make himself clear that would be on him.

It has been almost a year, and where are we?  No one has been arrested for the attacks, Hell the FBI only released pictures of the suspects in May of this year.  So much for justice for those victims.

Just a few thoughts on this hot Monday summer day.  BTW I know it is not actually morning, at least here, but it is a Monday 😀