"Words" have power, emotion, and consequences, depending on how they are interpreted by those hearing or reading them. In his latest statement on the Muslim massacre in France, Pope Francis, for whatever reason, avoids pointing the finger at Muslims and attacks "fundamentalists." He basically says the only purpose of fundamentalism is to control people. That IS the purpose, and always has been, of Islam. But there is no reason to paint fundamentalist Christians or others with the same bloody brush.
Different dictionaries pretty much agree the definition of "fundamentalism" is "strict adherence to the basic principles of any subject or discipline." Where a religion is concerned, that could also mean simply staying as close to the truth as possible. That is not a bad thing. Violence in that adherence is the bad thing. When dealing with violence of any sort, plain speaking and truth are important. The Chinese warlord Sun Tzu, writing on warfare, listed as one of the basic precepts, "Know your enemy." That is a primary building block for strategy. Fundamentalism is not the enemy. People who murder people are the enemy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/pope-francis-religious-fundamentalism-terror-attacks_n_6454708.html
Take a minute and read this. It may convince you now is the time to dig in
your heels and refuse to back up. It’s
titled “Where Have All the Fighter Pilots Gone?”, but it exposes more than
I think it is meaningful that there is another post out
there on the Internet about where all the real cops went. Society wants real men of action to solve its
problems when diplomacy fails, but the PC crowd of limp-wristed failures and
assorted wannabee liberals is aimed directly at the subjugation of such
warriors. They fear leadership they can’t
control. Society is now geared towards driving
adult, mature, individualistic hero attributes out of our men and women who
have always had those attributes and applied them to our benefit. The result is
that they have very nearly succeeded in crushing the warrior culture and
excising any would-be warriors from our midst. In other words, they have almost assured our
inability to protect ourselves from brute savagery.
From Richard R. Waters via Richard Bugda….
Where Have All The Fighter Pilots Gone?
I think we have plenty of Fighter Pilots and heroes at the Lt., Cpt. and Major
level who have been great leaders in the recent wartime environments.
The problem is that these young warriors are astute and smart enough that they
can see what is happening to the military leadership over the last six years
(& probably much longer) and they are vacating the services as soon as they
are eligible. Just look at the fifty or so General Officers that the Obama
Administration has relieved!
What a future for the brightest and best to look forward to. Only the
politically inclined are staying and moving on.
Where Have All The Fighter Pilots Gone?
This is a sad commentary, below, on what political correctness has done.
Beginning with McNamara the powers that be decided to run the US Air Force like
an 8 to 5 business. Warrior leaders of General LeMay's stature were no longer
to be found. The fundamental job of the military, "kill people and break
their things", became seriously hampered by "rules of
engagement", whose guiding logic is political, not successful combat.
I agree with the author. If and when the US military is defeated, it will be
running the best Day Care centers in the world. We used to go to the Officers
Club or NCO Club Stag Bar on Friday afternoons to drink, smoke and swap lies
with our comrades. Think about this when you read the rest of the letter below.
What happened to our Air Force/Marines/ Army/Navy (or Military)?
Drinking then became frowned on. Smoking caused cancer and could "harm
you." Stag bars became seen as 'sexist'. Gradually, our men quit
patronizing their clubs because what happened in the club became fodder for a
performance report. It was the same thing at the Airman's Club and the NCO
and/or Top 3 clubs. Now we don't have separate clubs for the ranks.
Instead we have something called "All Ranks Clubs" or "Community
Clubs." They're open to men and women of all ranks....from airman basic to
general officer. Still, no one is there. Gee, I wonder why. The latest
brilliant thought out of Washington is that the operators ("pilots?")
flying remote aircraft in combat areas from their plush desk at duty stations
in Nevada or Arizona should draw the same combat pay as those real world pilots
actually on board a plane in a hostile environment.
More politically correct logic? They say that remote vehicle operators are
subject to the same stress levels as the combat pilot actually flying in combat
REALLY... you're bull-shitting me!!!??? Now that I've primed you a little, read
Here is a rant from a retired fighter pilot that is worth
"It is rumored that our current Secretary of Defense recently asked the
question, "Where are all the dynamic leaders of the past?" I can only
assume, if that is true, that he was referring to Robin Olds, Jimmy Doolittle,
Patton, Ike, Boyington, Nimitz, etc.?
Well, I've got the answer: They were fired before they made Major!
Our nation doesn't want those kinds of leaders anymore. Squadron commanders
don't run squadrons and wing commanders don't run wings. They are managed
by higher ranking dildos with other esoteric goals in mind.
Can you imagine someone today looking for a LEADER to execute that Doolittle
Raid and suggesting that it be given to a daredevil boozer -- his only attributes:
he had the respect of his men, an awesome ability to fly, and the
organizational skills to put it all together?
If someone told me there was a chance in hell of selecting that man today, I
would tell them they were either a liar or dumber than shit. I find it ironic
that the Air Force put Brigadier General Robin Olds on the cover of the company
rag last month. While it made me extremely proud to see his face, he wouldn't
make it across any base in America (or overseas) without ten enlisted folks telling
him to zip up his flight suit, get rid of the cigarette, and shave his mustache
I have a feeling that his response would be predictable and for that crime he
would probably get a trip home and an Article 15. We have lost the war on
rugged individualism and that, unfortunately, is what fighter pilots want to
follow; not because they have to but because they respect leaders of that ilk.
We've all run across that leader that made us proud to follow him because you
wanted to be like him and make a difference.
The individual who you would drag your testicles through broken glass for
rather than disappoint him.
We better wake up!
We're asking our young men and women to go to really shitty places; some with
unbearable climates, never have a drink, have little or no contact with the
opposite sex, not look at magazines of a suggestive nature of any type, and
adhere to ridiculous regs that require you to tuck your shirt into your PT
uniform on the way to the porta-shitter at night, in a blinding dust storm, because
it's a uniform.
These people we're sending to combat are some of the brightest I've met but
they are looking for a little sanity, which they will only find on the outside
if we don't get a friggin' clue.
You can't continue asking people to live for months or years at a time acting
like nuns and priests. Hell, even they get to have a beer.
Who are we afraid of offending? The guys that already hate us enough to strap
C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd of us? Think about it.
I'm extremely proud of our young men and women who continue to serve. I'm also
very in tune with what they are considering for the future and I've got news
for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and our so-called military
leaders. Much talent has and will continue to hemorrhage from our services,
because wanna-be warriors are tired of fighting on two fronts - - one with our
enemies, another against our lack of common sense.
Take it or leave it....that's just the way it is, no ifs, ands, or buts...................
Worthy of passing on???
For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not
understand, no explanation is possible.
Editor's Note:Recent events, decisions and federal actions tell us group
think is in; individualism, initiative, and thinking are out. As a result in
our military, some of the most talented field grade officers are leaving the
military well before they have served 20 years. All that training and education
go to the private sector where the federal government holds them hostage to
liberal groupthink.The only ways out,
for them, are illegal initiatives.Why
are we surprised?