Day By Day Cartoon

Friday, March 31, 2006

Welcome to the party, pal !

It's always nice when someone wakes up to the fact that there are tigers in the jungle.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Good to be first

There's plenty of blame to go around in the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. But when you elect terrorists to lead you, don't be shocked if other countries aren't thrilled.

Yay Canada!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Mark Steyn says it best,

as usual. His thoughts on the recent problem in Afghanistan with Christian converts is priceless.

"In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of 'suttee' - the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Gen. Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

'You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks, and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.'".

Read the whole thing.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Yes, you are

That's why it's called illegal immigration.

Now, that being said, I'm in favour of looser immigration laws and more immigrants. (I mean, if they let me in...). The fact is, they're needed here, and they want to come here. But please, let's not call those who break U.S. law to get here anything other than what they are: criminals.

A study in contrasts

Rescue hostages who can't find it in the hearts to thank their liberators.

Use doctors sympathetic to the "insurgency" to kill wounded soldiers in hospitals.

Moral equivalency, indeed.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

*fingers in ears*

Nope, no connection between invading Iraq and the war on terror. None whatsoever.

Especially if we can ignore things like this.

The first lies we tell are to ourselves.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Never again

Will we see this.

You done did good, have fun in retirement.

Smart. Very Smart.

Christopher Hitchens is (almost) the last of a dying breed: The Liberal Hawk.

And when he speaks, he speaks well.

Dodged a bullet here...


And the world yawns in boredom. Again.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The thinking grunt's think tank

Great idea. I especially like the fact that it's a two-way conversation.

The side that learns the fastest, wins.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

./~ You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind ./~

And you don't mess around with an Arleigh Burke class destroyer and a Ticonderoga class cruiser. (Meh, so it doesn't rhyme. Never liked Jim Croce that much, anyways...)

ESPECIALLY if all you're packing is a few AK's and an RPG. It's a wonder they weren't reduced to flotsam and jetsam on the spot.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hmmmn, in America, do we make them watch a Cardinals Game?

Naw, that'd be too cruel. We'll leave that for the prisoners in Gitmo.

The Netherlands introduces a "culture test" for potential immigrants.

Saddam expected *France* to help him out?


No wonder he lost...

"Judging from his private statements, the single most important element in Saddam's strategic calculus was his faith that France and Russia would prevent an invasion by the United States."

Read the whole thing. Fascinating stuff.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Never been prouder,

to be Canadian.

Sounds like a quagmire to me

Recruiting for the National Guard is at an all-time high due to soldiers returning from Iraq talking about what they're doing overseas.

Yep. Quagmire.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Uh-rah, Recruit Staat!

Inspired by Pat Tillman, one of his teammates from ASU turns his back on football to join the Marines.

"I never felt right about making the money I was making," he said. "We pay millions of dollars to professional athletes and entertainers, yet we pay military service people pennies to a dollar, and they're the ones risking their lives."

Friday, March 10, 2006

The best surprise is no surprise

It shouldn't come as a shock that the Stryker is well-suited to Iraq. Long before there were terrorists in Iraq, there were "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, where the British found the best vehicles for fighting urban guerillas were wheeled APC's like the Stryker. Between the Saracen, the Humber Pig and the Saxon, the Brits used wheeled APC's for years to great effect in places where their tracked FV432's were too slow or too noisy, much like the Bradley's and M113's of today's Army.

Now, if we could only get something like an up-gunned version of the Fox with perhaps a 25mm chain gun and a coaxial automatic grenade launcher. That might put the fear of God in the bellies of some of Al-Qaeda in Iraq's members...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Not bad

I watched the premiere of The Unit this week, and aside from a minor quibble as to what ordance to drop on a warlord's hideout, it was solid, getting the details right, and with servicable, but not snappy writing.

One of the things that pleased me was that the bad guys were, for once, Islamic terrorists, and not home-grown Nazis. While it's true that up until 9/11, the worst attacks we had on U.S. soil were done by fascist-types, since 9/11, our enemy is radical Islam, and while Law&Order and other shows may blissfully ignore that, it's nice to see a show that doesn't.

Tony Stark,

call your office.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

First strike

Back in November, I suggested that the Dems better come up with a version of the Contract On America if they want to take back the House:
And on a related note, it's not 1994, either. Newt &Co. were able to march into power on the back of The Contract On America by being combative, feisty and confrontational, but they also had an agenda to put through. Just fighting against something isn't enough, you have to have something to fight for. And know your limits, too. The American public has some finely tuned. B.S. sensors. They knew who to blame when the government shut down in 1995, and they know who to blame when Harry Reid shuts down Congress because of a spat about pre-war intelligence.
It looks like the GOP is trying to sink that ship before it ever leaves the dock.

The window of opportunity is rapidly closing for the Democrats. Unless they can get on message, and fast, they'll be shut out again in 2006. the fullest extent of the law

Tilly was/is a hero of mine.

So if his death was negligent homocide (or worse), the bastard(s) who did it deserve to have the book thrown at him.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Divide and conquer is easier,

when they're already divided from the start.

Remember, the side that learns quickest, wins.

We Stand On Guard For Thee

The PPCLI's in town. Taliban, beware.

The Princess Pat's have long history of kicking @ss and taking names in Passchendaele, Sicily, Holland and Korea. The Taliban don't stand a chance.

Good luck and God bless, guys.

This makes a lot of sense

While I'm usually the first to run away from any Boogeyman/Area 51/Orbital Mind Control Laser - type story, this article at Aviation Week And Space Technology piqued my interest, as AWST isn't exactly the Weekly World News of the aerospace industry...

The pieces for an suborbital/ low orbit space plane are certainly in place, with the XB-70, Dyna-Soar and the X-15. And testing wouldn't be as much as a problem as it was in the 60's, as 2 hours of computer simulation today can yield results that would have needed months of flight-testing in the 60's.

Stay tuned.

Friday, March 03, 2006

The head of the snake

Keep in mind that even though we're rounding up Al-Qaeda terrorists by the score, to some, the war in Iraq is completely separate from the war on terror.

"Critical facilitators" were captured in this latest sweep. Which begs the question: Who was the highest-ranking Coalition officer killed in Iraq so far, and how does that compare to what we've done to Al-Qaeda? I'll leave the capture of Saddam, the death of his sons, etc out of the equation, for now, along with other losers gone to meet their maker outside of Iraq.

Us: Abu Asma, Northern Bagdhad leader - KIA, Muhammad Khalaf Shakar, Mosul Commander - POW, Abul Abbas, aide to al-Zarqawi, POW.

So it looks like we've got at least three terrorists the equivalent of a full colonel,
each in charge of a city, or better (Abul Abbas would be at least a one-star in a real army), along with countless lesser figures.

Them: Col. William Wood, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Lt. Col. David S. Greene, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring, Army Central Command Headquarters.

So far, I think we're winning.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The right hand doesn't know,

...what the left hand is doing.