4-19-2003 Calm before the storm


We’re gonna smoke ‘em out. We’re gonna get ‘em running and we’re gonna kill ‘em.--George W. Bush

Remember that? Grieving Americans cheered those words after 9/11, but now all I seem hear is “No war for oil.”

I’m reading all of this gibberish from the anti-American Americans and the American apologists about how we faced no real military challenge in invading Iraq after the fact. Guess what kiddies? We stomped on them and their vast array of aging Russian weapons. Get used to it. Russia is and has been for decades the leading exporter of arms to our various and sundry adversaries. Last year the Russian defense industry posted record sales. The United States military had been preparing for war with Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) for the past fifty years or so. In other words, most of our planning has been devised to defeat Russian weapon systems. If most of the entire world has decided to stock up on their weapons and we’ve been spending billions to counter them, what does that suggest as to where the balance of military power is right now?

I know it’s hurts many of the anti-American types among us to think that we might be close to unstoppable when we‘re properly motivated and possess capable leadership, but there it is folks. T-72 tanks are now little more than fodder for our attack aircraft. Russian SAMs rarely is ever take down American aircraft anymore and there is no defense against our Tomahawk missiles. The Russians sold two cruisers to China last year who’s main purpose is sinking American aircraft carriers with Sunburn sea-skimming missiles. Imagine how long those two ships would remain afloat if China ever decided to step up to the plate with the big boy on the mound? They would both be displacing zero tons of water before they ever even got within a thousand miles of our carriers. The Chinese also took delivery of eight brand new, Russian-made diesel-powered submarines. When did we stop using the extremely noisy and easy to track and destroy diesel-powered subs? Before we were born I believe.

I also keep reading that Republican presidents tend to be war hawks with their fingers never very far from the kill button. I’d don’t think that’s necessarily true. Since 1980, it seems that when Republicans have given the order to go, they used whatever means necessary to achieve the objective. Conversely, the Democratic presidents seem to have taken a kid glove approach when unleashing the dogs of war. Why were our dead soldiers dragged by the neck through the streets of Mogadishu in 1993? Because they were sent into a hornet’s nest WITHOUT the armor they had requested. We wouldn’t want to be too heavy-handed, would we? No M1A1s. No Bradleys. Just a friendly bunch of soldiers out for an urban ride in their Humvees. Our Democratic president was more concerned with his “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and supporting a woman’s right to get shot through the cornea or get gang-raped if taken prisoner than he was giving the soldiers that he sent into Harm‘s way the equipment necessary to do their job and ultimately survive doing it.

Jimmy Carter and his hand-picked military advisors were shocked and horrified to learn that deserts are comprised of mostly sand after their ill-fated rescue mission resulted in nothing more than downed helicopters, dead soldiers and the perception that America’s military was inept. At least give Bush some credit for giving our soldiers everything they needed to succeed and survive when the order came to wage war.

In conclusion, the world has armed itself with mostly outdated or new, but inferior weapons. Deal with it you “One World Government” types. If anybody wants or deserves a significant military spanking, it shouldn‘t be that difficult to provide them with one. I can‘t help but to wonder why the Democrats at the top always find it so damned difficult to achieve, being that we are the lone remaining superpower.

I heard a guy on the radio saying that Bush should be charged with war crimes because “his“ war resulted in the deaths of innocent Iraqis. I feel that by using overwhelming force and achieving a quick and decisive victory, Iraqi lives that would have been lost in a protracted war were actually saved. Presidents from both sides of the fence go to war, make no mistake about that, but it seems that only one party seems to do it right these days. Maybe we should charge Clinton with war crimes for sending our troops into battle without the armaments they had requested.

Check this out. It is not imported from Russia, so it might actually work to some degree.

Tickle Robot

I received lots of e-mail concerning the Leaders quoting me in today’s paper about the “Paving for Votes“ program. I responded to three questions e-mailed to me and the Leader printed most of my response. This was the entire e-mail I sent to the Leader:

What do I think of the repaving?...of Thompson

It's nothing short of a pathetic last gasp from a failed administration. Pave as many trails as possible to create as much press as possible. The administration should have provided a street map so we could figure out exactly where these little used trails are located. Ruttle Street? Gore Street?

Was it necessary?

Absolutely not. There was nary a crack in the asphalt on this street which gets very little traffic. The folks on this street were shaking their heads in disgust at such a complete waste of resources so close to an election.

Why do you think the mayor chose it?

Originally, I figured Thompson was paved because it was tiny and would be inexpensive to pave as were the other numerous trails and alleys that have generated so much press since late last year. Recently I was put on notice by one of the mayor's cell phone cronies that it was paved to shut me up. Another ill-advised plan.

You tell me. I am wrong?

Why wait until it appears on top of a cigarette machine or on the toilet tank at your local eatery. Here’s a sneak preview of Allah had no son:

Allah had no son

This is not an internet gag. CNN actually posted quite a few obituaries on it’s web site this past week, if only for a fleeting moment or two. The only problem was that the folks in the obits have not actually died yet. Does anyone still watch this chicken sh*t outfit?

They miss Clinton

I saw the letter that Christine Katsock had published in the Leader today and I have to say that I agree with 95% percent of what she opined. One thing though, the “Democrat for a day” plan is more or less a pre-emptive strike in the minds of us registered republicans that switched to democrat for the primary. Many of us are so tired of chaos as usual that we decided that we can’t wait until November to know that Wilkes-Barre has a chance. A future if you will. We have rallied to put an end to the current regime right now, rather than later. This primary election is by means the norm’ and will not lead to the extinction of the republican party within the city.

It seems to me that the outnumbered republicans and their hierarchy in this city have not done a good job of rallying around their candidates or getting their message out to voters. If they had, there wouldn’t be a 3-1 majority of democrats. I feel that Christine is probably the best mayoral candidate the republicans have had in at least the past twelve years, but in all honesty, she is fighting an extremely uphill battle. The fact of the matter is, I intend to vote for Tom Leighton in May and also in November despite being a registered republican when 2003 began. I see him as Wilkes-Barre’s best chance for a quick turnaround, if in fact that is still a possibility. I do not believe that the Leader’s recent editorial imploring republicans to switch parties was irresponsible. I think they were simply dealing with the political realities as they currently are in this city and feel that the time to act is now if Wilkes-Barre is to have a bright future. I agree wholeheartedly.

May 20, 2003. “Democrats for a day.”

PENNDOT has apparently caught on and is attempting to steer motorists clear of danger.

Skip the next right

Check this e-mail. A ringing endorsement:

******I promise you this: RICK GAZENSKI WILL NOT ALLOW ANY MAYOR TO PAVE STREETS FOR VOTES, BECAUSE HE HIMSELF IS AFRAID OF LOSING THOSE VOTES! BEFORE HE APPROVES A "TAN" OR ANY OTHER CREATIVE FINANCING, HE WILL INVESTIGATE THE ENTIRE SITUATION AND VOTE WITH HIS HEART AND BRAINS NOT BECAUSE THE "PRESSURE IS ON" TO PLEASE SOMEONE! AND FINALLY, HE WILL NEVER TURN INTO A POLITICIAN AS WE CURRENTLY KNOW THEM!!!! I HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR 35 YEARS AND HE WILL NOT CHANGE THE MAN THAT HE IS FOR A VOTE! HE WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS FAILING CITY IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO STRONGLY ABOUT A CANDIDATE AND I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED CITY GOVERNMENT FOR 30 YEARS. I HAVE SEEN THE WORST AND RICK GAZENSKI IS THE BEST!!!

TAXPAYER WHO KNOWS******

Here’s one sentence I snatched from the BLOG:

******Truth is from my sources he is juggling the terms and conditions by which he can acquire these items from the state and feds in order to look good for the primary.******

There are currently a lot of rumors of the “juggling the terms and conditions” of grant monies making the rounds in this city. Some rumors might actually grow some legs. It wouldn’t surprise anyone in this troubled city. We’ve been robbing Peter to pay Paul and neglected paying numerous patsies for seven+ years now. The house of file cards might be about to collapse.

Check this one:

******Mark,

I love IT!!! The Times leader quoting Mark Cour. I love it!!

(name deleted to avoid retribution)******

The amazing duo, Gage Andrew and Taylor Kate are spending their Easter Day in New Jersey. The kids are all grown-up and have to work tomorrow. This is the first year we’ll spend Easter without the ham, the yams, the Easter baskets and without a single kid being home. I know it’s bothering wifey immensely, but I guess it’s all part of growing up. The 2003 Easter Day menu? Pastie pies with brown gravy.

I’m trying to figure out how the lot of us can end up living in the same city again, but it’s a daunting challenge. Oh well, enjoy your Easter. Eat, drink and be merry, and come Monday, let’s get this election thing rolling. It should prove to be very interesting and unsettling at times. This Easter weekend should prove to be the final calm before the approaching political storm.

If any loud music complaints come from 911 today about Thompson St., please advise them to “clear it out.”

TLFM