Thursday, October 15, 2009

With All The Labels

With all the labels that come with a liberal administration, I've decided to give one to myself. No longer will people like me be referred to as "Gun owning, god fearing, racist, hillbillies."

From now on, I'd prefer to be referred to as a Constitutional Storm Trooper.

Please address me as such from now on.

Todays Bit Of Insanity

So what is in the headlines today, October 15?
Let's see:

Well for starters, the Russians have gone from snubbing us on the missile defense, any missile defense to "warning" us again. No surprise there. Obama's hair must be damn near pure white by now.

BTW, as was noted yesterday, Russia has re-written their pre-emptive strike doctrine for nuclear weapons. Apparently the Obama Admin took that as a signal to review our pre-emptive strike doctrine. Only Obama's crew decided we no longer need the pre-emptive strike clause and more likely than not will drop the entire thing.

The Talib's and al-gayda are launching a series of attacks in Pakistan hoping to break the Paki government before the impending invasion of the Talib stronghold in the Swat valley.

Obama, just like his homie Bill Clinton has sold our military tech out to the Chinese. The "One" has decided that the White House no longer needs to be bothered with review the sale of missile tech to China, instead dumping that matter of domestic security on the commerce dept.

And in a story that should surprise absolutely NO ONE, it was revealed today that ever since the ambush they suffered in Afghanistan, where they lost about a dozen troops, the French have been paying the local Taliban to leave them alone.

That's all for now. Have a groovy day

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cyber Warfare and Cyber Defense

Below is a link to one of the most comprehensive studies of cyber warfare and defense I've ever read. If you are interested in this subject, I suggest making a pot of coffee, putting on your comfortable slippers and settling in. You will NOT be disappointed.


"For operational cyberwar-acting agianst military targets during a war-to work, its targets have to be accessible and have vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities have to be exploited in ways the attacker finds useful. It also helps if effects can be monitored."

Cyber warfare is the future of combat. As the Rand report rightly states, so long as developed, (and to a lesser extent undeveloped) nations rely on computer networks for military, economic, and personal information exchange they are at risk of suffering a critical, and crippling cyber attack.

Couple quick examples of how cyber warfare leads to real, tangible results:

#1.) In an attempt to block Western Europe from importing natural gas from the Soviet Union, the CIA, through a proxy, sell the Soviet Union a computer program designed to monitor and control gas flow in pipelines. The software was embedded with a "Logic Bomb", a malware program set to initialize after a certain, specific parameter is crossed. The result? The threshold, (in this case, the flow of gas from the Soviet Union to Western Europe) was crossed, the logic bomb was "detonated" and caused the natural gas pipeline to explode.

#2.) Israel is tipped off that North Korea is exporting nuclear materials and scientists to Syria. Israel tracks the shipment, and monitors the construction of the nuclear site deep inside Syrian territory. An air strike is the best option, however the facility is protected by overlapping layers of anti-air defenses. These aren't the normal POS equipment we're used to seeing in the Middle East. These are the newest, most state-of-the-art Russian anti-air missile systems. The S-300PMU and the S-400. Despite facing these formidable defenses, Israel conducts a successful insertion/excersion of SpecOps soldiers and air strike on the facility. How did they do it without taking a single hit? No one knows for certain, but the consensus is a complex cyber attack on the Russian anti-air systems radar and tracking software blinded them to the Israeli aircraft.

The above examples are real. They're not pulled out of a sci-fi comic book. They show with brutal clarity how domination of the cyber realm may the deciding factor in conflicts from now on.

The Rand Corporations "Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar."

It's a complex subject and this report doesn't miss a thing. Enjoy.

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Islamic Spies Working On Anti-Terror Commitees?

The only shock here is that so long for a story like this to come out.

"Four House Republicans are accusing a Muslim advocacy group of trying to plant spies on Capitol Hill.
Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have tried to plant “spies” within key national-security committees in order to shape legislative policy."

From The Hill.

Geo-Political Changes? Well Not So Much

There's a couple important things going on right now, in relation to our communist friends in Russia. To begin with Russia is to be given unprecedented on-the-ground access to secret American nuclear sites. Putin, the true leader of Russia, has re-written their military doctrine to allow for "Pre-emptive" nuclear strikes. Lastly, despite the pleading and begging of the Obama admin, despite flushing our own national security interests and cancelling the European missile shield, Russia has stuck to the no sanctions approach to the Iran problem.

These reactions to the "open hand" style of diplomacy will only surprise those who are to young to know geo-political history, or those completely ignorant of it. The Russians don't want our friendship. They want works towards their own interests, which is fine. That, in the end, is what every nation wants. It's foolish to sacrifice our own interests in the name of "friendship" with those who historically could care less.

Russia has a vested interest in a nuclear Iran. There is a long history of Russian/Iranian relations. A solid position to mediate middle eastern affairs is what Russia seeks, and what a nuclear Iran will deliver.

One can only hope that all this public failure in diplomacy is simply a smoke screen for more successful negotiations in secret. Were this anyone other than Putin, a die hard cold war, KGB man, I would be more inclined to entertain that idea. When dealing with agressive, hard-line nations, the "open-hand" must never be substituted for the "closed-fist".

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lincoln Redux?

Obama fell just short of claiming he was Abe Lincoln reincarnated during the election. He was even tactless enough to take the oath of office on Lincoln's bible. Considering his politics and policies since taking office, one has to wonder just how well Obama knows Lincoln after all:

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

~~Abraham Lincoln

Nice One

In my travels around the great state of Michigan, I've kept a close eye on the road projects and workers from the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

Now I've seen about a half dozen major road projects. None of them at any point day or night had more than ten guys working on them. Today near I-96 I watch a crew of ten road workers Ala' the ARRA. Seven were standing around talking. Two were sitting on the grass smoking. One was actually working.

I drove by there while going about my business several times today. That's what they did all day. Stand around, on our dime, fixing a stretch of road that was in pretty decent shape to begin with.

Gotta love it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pretty Much What I Thought

Obama has sent another 13,000 troops to Afghanistan. The general said he needed at least 40,000. My prediction was Obama would split the difference. He didn't even do that. Shouldn't be surprised. In fact, I'm not.

Some Good News!

Found this over at the Drudge Report. (The only place you need for news.)

Good News From Those Evil, Greedy Oil Companies:

"America is not going to bleed its wealth importing fuel. Russia's grip on Europe's gas will weaken. Improvident Britain may avoid paralyzing blackouts by mid-decade after all.....Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, said proven natural gas reserves around the world have risen to 1.2 trillion barrels of oil equivalent, enough for 60 years' supply – and rising fast......"There has been a revolution in the gas fields of North America. Reserve estimates are rising sharply as technology unlocks unconventional resources," he said.......The US is leading the charge. Operations in Pennsylvania and Texas have already been sufficient to cut US imports of liquefied natural gas (LGN) from Trinidad and Qatar to almost nil, with knock-on effects for the global gas market – and crude oil."

Read the whole story here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So What's New?

Well let's see.

It's getting really, really cold out.

School is going well.

Houses are still emptying out faster than they are filling up around here. (So that would make this entry "nothing new" technically.)

I added a "Hit Counter" to the blog, not realizing that it would reset my total counts. So now I'm back to less than a half dozen hits. This kinda irked me because I was over 30 hits total!!! (jk\)

It's getting into the holiday season where we're gonna have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas in short order. That means lots of good, free dinners.

That's about it.

Another Inconvenient Fool

"Graham Backs Push for Climate Change LegislationSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., co-authors an op-ed with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in The New York Times calling for action on climate change legislation."

Man made climate change is the biggest scam that's been pushed on people in the last few hundred years, rivaled only by the argument that the earth is flat. Real scientists using real data all around the world are backing away from the claims CO2, human created or not, is driving a global temperature rise. Considering the planet is hasn't warmed in almost a decade, and every prediction shows cooling for the next ten or so years, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

What is a surprise is the Lindsey Graham jumped the shark on this and teamed up with the perennial lib-hack Kerry to write a climate bill that's entire premise is built upon the idea that man-made CO2 is actually warming the Earth up.

Shame on you Graham, you're one of the reasons why the GOP is in the trouble it is.

Read the whole story here.

Summers Definitely Over Now....

Well, I just cut the lawn for the last time this year. Put the mower and the kayak away and got out the snow shovel. That's the official end of the warm season for me and the beginning of the long cold Michigan winter. I have a feeling that this one is going to bring us lots of snow.

See ya next year summer, don't
take to long to come back.