Friday, September 01, 2006

Phooey

I won't make a habit of this, but I stumbled across three unrelated items via FR that need to be noted and I don't have time to do them justice.

Critic: Americans in danger of 'slavery' WND tends towards too much hyperbole my taste, but this article does a good job of focusing on the issues.

“War is all hell”

But where are the Pattons?

Where are the likes of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, or Nathan Bedford Forrest? Senior-level risk-takers who literally seem to draw strength from a fight, and who would think nothing of launching huge independent operations against the enemy: Circling him. Cutting him off. Terrorizing his forces. Landing in his rear time-and-again when he least expects it.

Where is a Union Admiral David Farragut, who – when warned of mines (in those days called ‘torpedoes’) – ordered his sailors, “Damn the torpedoes!” and full speed ahead!

Where is an Admiral Chester Nimitz, whose leadership, boundless optimism and aggressiveness following the attacks on Pearl Harbor led him to decisively defeat massive Japanese Naval forces at Coral Sea, Midway, and the Solomons, all the way through the successful landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

And where are the American people who would support those leaders and their charges in their efforts.

Shoot to deceive

When is an anti-gunner a pro-gun advocate? The obvious answer is never, but that’s too simple a response. The actual answer is “any time a member of the media wants to portray the anti-gunner in a pro-gun light”. Take, for example, a new article in The New Republic entitled “Gun Crazy: The Revolt Against the NRA” by Michael Blanding. Blanding, a freelance writer from Boston, profiles the group calling itself American Hunters and Shooters Association. AHSA bills itself as a “moderate alternative to the NRA”, but in reality it’s an organization founded by leaders in the anti-gun movement who have strong ties to the Brady Campaign.

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