These days, it is pretty easy to check if someone actually has been awarded the Medal of Honor. Wikipedia has a list of living Medal of Honor recipients. There are (as of now) only 81 of them. If someone claims to have a Medal of Honor, and he ain't on the list, he is a poser and deserves whatever he gets.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
My favorite is the guy who served in the special SEAL Team 9, you know, the unit only for SEALs with psychic abilities.
This Ain't Hell is an excellent stop, in my opinion.
I used to know a ninja who couldn't beat me up a flight of stairs. Point is, if you are not, don't do it. If you are thinking about it, stop and re-group. You have an issue, identify it and solve it. Better yet, if you want to wear the paperwork, sign up. Chevrons on a pop singer are about as embarrassing as a gangsta rap from a suburbanite.
I despise posers, they are identity theives at heart even if protected by free speech.. Quiet around comrades, work voice around assholes. Sure I'm not the only one here who got in a shouting match with an engine or looked at a fuel load on-fire ten yards away.
As I had a conversation with some 82nd dudes, thez said I was crazy for going into a closed space with a sleeping bag tied around me with only 10 minutes to work, I sayz, well at least the fire ain't thinking of a way to kill me, it just is.
Last night I was at my favorite tavern listening to a guy regaling people with his exploits as a trooper in the 101st while in Vietnam in '69. First he said he was a mechanic then went on to explain how as a door gunner he was shot down and spent days walking out of the jungle with 2 other guys. Sheesh.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
My cousin was a helicopter mechanic in Vietnam. Would have flown occassionally, but not into intentional combat. And not as an intentional door gunner. But since that was a wrap-around war, it could have happened. Can't ask him though - he blew his brains out a few years ago.
This guy was Mr. BS. Whatever you did, he had done more.Been everywhere, done everything. A huge braggart. He finally shut up after telling me some BS story and I said, "Well, I got laid in the 4th grade.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
But you didn't tell him you were 16 in the fourth grade...
As I was a freelance journalist, I don't see what the big whoop is.
It's easy to fact-check this kind of stuff.
As a pleb reporter, we had a local swim coach (I forget his name), who claimed to be a former Navy Seal in Columbia, Mo.
Something didn't pass the smell test. Sure enough, he was lying.
Sure enough, a couple hours of shoe-leather work, and the truth will come out. He left after that season.
The DOD should think about setting up a searchable database of these things, though.
>>> Dress up like a firefighter, go to a scene and start bossing people around and see what happens with the response, "Well no I'm not, I'm just pretending to be a retired firefighter."
>>>Or Police. Or Secret Service. Or FBI. Really any official gov job granting authority and requiring ID.
The weirdest analogue to this I've ever encountered was at a con in Bonn, Germany, where "Stormtroopers" went out, stopped cars, and inspected them. It was amazing how people would allow every nook searched, like the Star Wars characters really had authority.
WASHINGTON DC - Jubilant scientists at the DNC's High Speed Word Collider (HSWC) announced today they have conclusively disproven the existence of Roberts' Taxon, the theoretical radioactive Facton particle that some had worried would lead to the implosion of the entire Universal Health Care System.
"I think it's time to pop the champagne corks," said HSWC Director David Plouffe. "Then blaze some choom."
The landmark experiment in Quantum Rhetoric began early this week after legal particle cosmologist John Roberts published a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Tortured Logic that solved the long-debated Pelosi's Paradox in Universal Health Care Theory.
"Pelosi's Paradox states that in order to find out what is in a health care bill, it would have to be passed," explained physicist Steven Hawking. "But in order to be a law it would have to be constitutional, which means someone would have to know what was in it, which would mean it couldn't have been a bill in the first place. Think of Schroedinger's Cat, except with a lobotomy."
To solve the paradox, Roberts proposed the existence of the Taxon - an ephemeral, mysterious facton particle that in theory would allow the Universal Health System to be constitutional, without directly observing what was in it. DNC scientists at first cheered Roberts' findings, but it soon came apparent that it opened an even deadlier dilemma.
"If Roberts' Taxon were really to exist, and was woven throughout the Health-Government-Time continuum, the merest realization of it would create a giant black hole in Gallup Space and cause free healthcare reality to collapse upon itself," said Plouffe.
In order to disprove the Taxon, scientists at the HSWC devised a test experiment in their enormous CarneyLab bullshit accelerator. This test involved speeding a small mass of Facton - theoretically containing Roberts' Taxon - and smashing it at near-light speed against a flaming super-dense ionized clod of purified bullshit.
"It was a complete success," said Plouffe. "The collision produced only inert crap particles like Feesons and Penaltyons, obliterating any traces of a single highly radioactive Taxon. What's more, we were thrilled that it also resulted in over 300 milliaxlerods of of positive Fernstroms."
While super high-density bullshit was critical to the experiment, Plouffe said other key variables were necessary to keep potential Taxons from escaping to Gallup Reality Space.
"We were careful to shroud the collision within the Beltosphere, which is protected with a thick sheath of inert, pliable media," he noted. "As additional protection, we surrounded it with a negatively-charged gaseous squirrel field."
Base on the success of the test, Plouffe said the HSWC would soon begin work on destroying traces of a new deadly Facton particle, the Unemployon.
You will be taxed as a state for not participating in No Child Left Behind. A thought the other day. Yes, we light some fireworks but the big deal this year was teaching my daughter about what Independence is, and I think it took. Taught others in the family coming up on teens.
So I take a minute to chuckle at the very witty and quite right Iowahawk.
Back to work. Go State. I do not see how if the Fed refuses to enforce Fed law in State, then why should the State enforce Fed law? No, not talking immigration or choom laws, talking taxes.
While the new sanctions will inflict a significant measure of pain against Iran's already struggling economy, virtually no one in Washington believes that they will compel Iran to make unilateral concessions at the bargaining table over its nuclear enrichment program. And, experts say, Iran can get along fine for the foreseeable future with a little belt-tightening.
"The reality is not that 'Iran is on the verge of a choice between having a nuclear program or an economy,' as Cliff Kupchan, a senior analyst on the Middle East at the Eurasia Group, insists. [The] Islamic Republic will still rake in an estimated $40 billion from oil this year. That's roughly twice as much as when Mohammad Khatami was president a decade ago." The only way sanctions against Iran make sense is not as policy, but politics.
Since 2009, when the first round of talks stalled between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the so-called P5+1, the Obama administration has used economic sanctions as a way of kicking the can down the road. Rather than make real concessions to Tehran, including recognition of Iran's right to enrich, if Iran accept[ed] air-tight international oversight by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the White House used the sanctions as a way of deflecting pressure from neoconservatives, hawks, and right-wing backers of Israel in the United States who demanded confrontation with Iran. Inside the administration, few if any officials actually believe that sanctions will work as intended, namely, to force Iran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions that demand a stop to enrichment.
Since 2009, President Obama has opposed, deflected, and tried to weaken sanctions legislation enacted by Congress. Were sanctions too draconian, and were the United States to move overtly toward military confrontation with Iran, the P5+1 coalition would instantly shatter and both Moscow and Beijing would align more closely with Tehran.
So, even as it huffs and puffs, the United States last week took steps to undermine the very sanctions it cites as pressure against Iran. Using a loophole in the law, the administration simply exempted China, Singapore and other countries from heavy financial penalties that might be levied against nations that buy Iranian oil. As a July 2 editorial in the Wall Street Journal succinctly summarized the toothless nature of the sanctions law: "It's so weak, in fact, that all 20 of Iran's major trading partners are now exempt from them. We've arrived at a kind of voodoo version of sanctions. They look real, insofar as Congress forced them into a bill President Obama had to sign in December. The Administration has spoken incantations about their powers. But if you're a big oil importer in China, India or 18 other major economies, the sanctions are mostly smoke."
In the United States, anti-Iran hardliners fumed over the seeming futility of the sanctions policy and the exemptions granted to China, India and other countries in Asia. It's precisely to head off such critics that the Obama administration has adopted its curious hybrid policy of 'negotiations-plus-pressure'. And, for the same reason, it's very unlikely that the Obama administration will make any concessions to Iran in order to win tit-for-tat concessions from Iran in 2012. Better, they calculate, to stall, look tough, and if need be engage in a military buildup in the Persian Gulf now and then.
That U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Iran aren't likely to force Iran to back down doesn't mean that Tehran isn't feeling the pain. Problem is, in order for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, to be forced into concessions, he'd have to conclude that the very survival of the clerical regime was threatened by a popular revolt triggered by economic crisis, and there's no sign that Iran is anywhere close to that.
Using the FDR model, if we have a full blown shootout with Iran instead of these proxies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somolia, Kenya, Syria, etc., maybe the war economy will cure the disease his stupid monetary policy caused.
The US Economy was in full recovery when FDR started meddling and put us into a deeper hole. The only think that saved FDR was the war.
We don't vote people out of office in wartime and wartime is a great way to put people to work. You can fund a lot of DoD work that builds things you could not get past your lefty peacenik buddies in peacetime.
It is either war or martial law that's the only way he stays in the White House. AND he has plans for both.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
[Dawn] THE most obvious implication of the burning of a man to death in Bahawalpur is the brutality of Pak society when it comes to alleged blasphemy cases. In this instance the victim was also mentally ill, proving once again that the law is blatantly abused and punishment doled out without evidence or reason. But Tuesday's incident is also a reminder that in the face of blasphemy allegations, the country's justice and law-enforcement systems are helpless. The victim was pried out of a cop shoppe that was also set on fire. This follows two similar incidents in June, when mobs attacked cop shoppes in Quetta and Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... to demand that blasphemy suspects -- one a drug addict and the other mentally ill -- be handed over. Last year some lawyers and religious groups demanded that the judge who sentenced Salmaan Taseer's killer to death be handed over to them, though thankfully he did not meet the fate of Justice Arif Bhatti, who was killed in his office in 1997 for striking down allegations of blasphemy against two Christians. Over a decade has passed since that incident, and the state has yet to make clear in no uncertain terms that vigilante justice is not acceptable simply because the case happens to be one of blasphemy. The Punjab government is particularly guilty of this, turning a blind eye to the way in which right-wing groups abuse and support the law in that province.
The other alarming aspect of the incident is that it is yet another instance of a mob taking justice into its own hands, a problem not limited to blasphemy cases. The size of these groups makes it difficult to hold anyone responsible; who will be held to account in the Bahawalpur case, for example, when 2,000 people have been booked and no one named? From rioters destroying shops and vehicles to protest energy shortages, to the Sialkot lynching case, to the blasphemy incidents mentioned here, all the evidence says that intolerance and lack of compassion, combined with lack of faith in the state and the justice system, has turned Pakistain into a shockingly brutal society.