Wednesday, April 30, 2003
RECITATION OF THE BATTLE OF CAMERONE
This battle took place on the 30th of April 1863, during the campaign of
Mexico. It is celebrated each year, on the anniversary of this date, by all the regiments of the French Foreign Legion.
History: The French Army was besieging Puebla.
The mission of the Legion was to ensure the movement and safety of the
convoys, over an 80 mile distance. On the 29th of April 1863, Colonel
Jeanningros was informed that an important convoy was on its way to Puebla, with a load of 3 million francs, and material and munitions for the seige. Captain Danjou, his quartermaster, decided to send a company to escort the convoy. The 3rd company of the Foreign Regiment was assigned to this mission, but had no officers available. So Captain Danjou, himself, took the command and 2nd lieutenants Maudet, company guide, and Vilain, the paymaster, joined him voluntarily.
On the 30th of April, at 1 a.m., the 3rd company was on its way, with its 3 officers and 62 men. At 7 a.m., after a 15 mile march, it stopped at Palo Verde in order to get some rest. At this very moment, the enemy showed up and the battle began. Captain Danjou made the company take up a square formation and, even though retreating, he victoriously drove back several cavalry charges, inflicting the first heavy losses on the enemy . By the inn of Camerone, a large building with a courtyard protected by a wall 3 meters high, Danjou decided to stay, in order to keep the enemy and so delay for as long as possible, any attacks on the convoy. While the legionnaires were rapidly setting up the defense of the inn, a Mexican officer demanded that Captain Danjou surrender, pointing out the fact that the Mexican Army was greatly superior in number. Danjou's answer was: "We have munitions. We will not surrender." Then, he swore to fight to the death and made his men swear the same. It was 10 a.m. Until 6 p.m., these 60 men who had had nothing to eat or drink since the day before, in spite of the extreme heat, of the thirst and hunger, resisted against 2,000 Mexicans: 800 cavalry and 1,200 infantry. At noon, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died. At 2 p.m., 2nd lieutenant Vilain was shot in the head. About this time, the Mexican colonel succeeded in setting the inn on fire.
In spite of the heat and the smoke, the legionnaires resisted, but many of them were killed or injured. By 5 p.m., only 12 men could still fight with 2nd lieutenant Maudet. At this time, the Mexican colonel gathered his soldiers and told them what disgrace it would be if they were unable to defeat such a small number of men. The Mexicans were about to give the general assault through holes opened in the walls of the courtyard, but Colonel Milan, who had previously asked 2nd lieutenant Maudet to surrender, once again gave him the opportunity to. Maudet scornfully refused. The final charge was given. Soon, only 5 men were left around Maudet; Corporal Maine, legionnaires Catteau, Wensel, Constantin and Leonard. Each had only one bullet left. In a corner of the courtyard, their back against the wall, still facing the enemy, they fixed bayonets. When the signal was given, they opened fire and fought with their bayonets. 2nd lieutenant Maudet and 2 legionnaires fell, mortally wounded. Maine and his 2 remaining companions were about to be slaughtered when a Mexican officer saved them. He shouted: "Surrender"!
"We will only if you promise to allow us to carry and care for our injured men and if you leave us our guns".
"Nothing can be refused to men like you"!, answered the officer.
Captain Danjou's men had kept their promise; for 11 hours, they had resisted 2,000 enemy troops. They had killed 300 of them and had injured as many. Their sacrifice had saved the convoy and they had fulfilled their mission. Emperor Napoleon the 3rd decided that the name of Camerone would be written on the flag of the Foreign Regiment and the names of Danjou, Vilain and Maudet would be engraved in golden letters on the walls of the Invalides, in Paris. Moreover, a monument was built in 1892, at the very place of the fight. The following inscription can be read there :
HERE, THEY WERE LESS THAN SIXTY
AGAINST A WHOLE ARMY
ITS MASS CRUSHED THEM
BUT LIFE RATHER THAN COURAGE
ABANDONED THESE FRENCH SOLDIERS
THE 30TH OF APRIL 1863.
TO THEIR MEMORY THE NATION BUILT THIS MONUMENT.
Since then, when Mexican troops pass by the monument, they present arms.
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Friday, April 25, 2003
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Eight of Spades picked up.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Monday, April 21, 2003
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Today's clueless dumb-ass award goes to George Clooney for his brilliant display of how he just don't know shit from Shinola with this statement about President Bush:
"I believe he thinks this [war against Iraq] is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore...We can't beat anyone anymore"
Great comment from a rather liberal friend of mine:
"Anyway, who really cares what Actors (Tim Robbins and his mom Susan Sarandon) and the Like have to say about anything? Its not like they actually live in the world they pretend to care about so much... Not only do they have the easiest job in the world, but they also do not even need to TOUCH money, and only have worries that they make for themselves. Makes one wish they could shut thier word holes and focus on trying to make good little stories to entertain the groundlings, what?"
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Friday, April 18, 2003
These look like the right signs to carry at a so-called peace rally...
Ok, so the "priceless" one is an obvious photoshop job...
Here is one that isn't. Check out the sign at the bottom.
"ABC News on Wednesday night raised the specter of McCarthyism and blacklists in condemning how some have dared to criticize the antiwar views of celebrities, as if celebrities must be accorded the right to pontificate without anyone having the right to say anything adverse about those views" -- Brent Bake, Media Research Center
Left Wing Extremists wished for more US Military deaths:
"I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings." -- Gary Kamiya Executive editor of the left wing Salon.com, reported in the Inside Politics column of the Washington Times, April 18, 2003
Thursday, April 17, 2003
Five of Clubs captured.
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
From The Wall Street Journal's Online Opinion Journal's Weasel Watch
"An American backlash against French products and businesses has started to bite," the Washington Post reports from Paris:
American importers of French wine are reporting sharp drops in sales in the past two months, and other French products also have been affected. The Federation of Wine Exporters has called a meeting Thursday to discuss how to respond.
The nation's principal business federation took the unusual step of publicly acknowledging the problem, conceding today that sales, recruitment and business contacts have been hurt. It appealed to consumers and businesses to keep political differences from affecting commerce.
Well, three cheers for free trade--but if consumers want to express their disgust with France's arrogant unilateralism by eschewing Bordeaux and brie, that's just democracy in action.
Found on Doug Berry's site
The Ballad of Baghdad Bob
to the tune of The Ballad of Jed Clampett
Come and listen to my story 'bout Baghdad Bob
A poor Iraqi just tryin' to do his job
And then one day he was talkin' on TV
When rollin' into town came the 3rd Infantry
Division, that is
Tanks and Bradleys
Well the next thing you know old Bob was on the air
Said, "Them tanks ain't really over there"
Look out the window and you'll see 'em in the street
Republican Guards runnin' in defeat
The whole can
They done bought it
Now it's time to say goodbye to Bob and all his kin
Please stand back 'cause JDAM's will soon be droppin' in
You're not invited back next week 'cause this locality
Will be a smokin' crater and Saddam a memory
Take your shoes off
in the palace
No need to come back now, hear?
You are the Spanish Inquisition sketch! Nobody
Which Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketch are You?
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Well, they certainly got that wrong
"Steadfast, but his war cluelessly flings open the gates of hell, making any sort of victory Pyrrhic."
Newsweek's April 7 "Conventional Wisdom" column, explaining why President Bush deserved a down arrow for the week.
Left wing Union Busting
From the today's Washington Times
"It's not the textile mills of the South. But when it comes to union-busting, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (or Acorn) apparently can be as ruthless as any corporate fat cat," the Wall Street Journal says.
"That's not our view. That's the finding of the National Labor Relations Board. In upholding an earlier ruling by an administrative law judge, the board found that when workers in the Dallas branch of the left-leaning Acorn expressed interest in unionizing, management responded by giving them the old heave-ho. What makes this even more hypocritical is that Kimberly Olsen, the head of Acorn's Dallas operation, was at the time leading the charge for a Dallas 'living wage' ordinance," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"The ruling doesn't appear to have attracted any media attention, but it is available in the 'Decisions' section on the NLRB Web site (www.nlrb.gov) ? and well worth the read. The union, Ms. Olsen told an employee, was 'trying to destroy' Acorn, and she said she didn't see why she should have to take orders from employees. Spoken like a true robber baron.
"The employees in question were paid $18,000 a year for a 54-hour week. And just what were these latter-day Oliver Twists demanding? Well, one request was that Ms. Olsen and the powers-that-be see their way to granting them one weekend off a month."
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Just shut the censored up! Just where was Tim Robbins when the Clinton Adminstration was using the IRS as weapon against their political foes?
Now he's on his bloody liberal soapbox whining about the horrors of blacklist because the Baseball folks told him to cop a walk.
Gee, aren't liberals telling us that boycotts and economic sanctions are the way to go in order to effect political change?
The way it works is he's got the right to say what ever he wants, and other folks have the right to disagree.
If they disagree with him, they don't have to throw their hard earned cash his way.
That's the way it works in a free society. Learn to deal and quit whining.
Found on the Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal:
Why I'm a Bush Democrat
Kelly Colgan Azar - Philadelphia
How right you are! I've read the [New York] Times every day for years, having moved to Philly from New York City. Since George Bush has taken office, they've been rabid at the Times, over the course of his presidency creating a paper that is now a seamless anti-Bush article. From stories in the Arts section to those in Health, one can find embedded therein negative editorial commentary against the Bush administration, the war, or one or the other individual cabinet members. I'm a boomer, a life long, registered Democrat; I accompanied my parents working for John Kennedy's election and I voted for Al Gore. But no more. Mr. Bush is an extraordinary man, possibly a great president. I will certainly vote for him in 2004 and I will work for his re-election. The Times? I wish I could sue them!
Headline on an Associated Press item Friday by Jeff Donn: "Antiwar Groups Worry About Losing Momentum After War."
Monday, April 14, 2003
A note on Social Security taxes
For those of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that they are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the federal government to "put away," you may be interested in the following:
Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it in the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic party.
Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.
Q: Which party decided to give money to immigrants?
A: That's right, immigrants moved into this country and at 65 got SSI Social Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they never paid a dime into it.
Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the Republicans want to take your Social Security.
And the worst part about it is, people believe it
So much for the Left's value of Freedom of speech...
Take "CodePink," purportedly peaceful ladies.
"The peace movement has two mantras, one is 'War is not the answer,' and the other is, 'If you're in a peace march and there's an opposing view on the sidewalk, hit them,' " says Raoul Deming of Takoma Park.
CodePink, he explains, organized a protest around the White House, "and I was part of a dozen counterprotesters. We were assaulted by the CodePink marchers at least six times. Their violent anti-American antics also included the use of force to take our signs."
Gentleman that he is, Mr. Deming let the ladies have their way ? and his sign.
"Patriots are people who love, support and defend their country," he says. "As their slogans and actions confirm, the peaceniks are not patriots. They are simply citizens exercising a right won for them by patriots."
From today's Washington Times
Sunday, April 13, 2003
Our Friends the French
U.S. forces discovered 51 Roland-2 missiles, made by a partnership of French and German arms manufacturers, in two military compounds at Baghdad International Airport. One of the missiles he examined was labeled 05-11 KND 2002, which he took to mean that the missile was manufactured last year. The charred remains of a more modern Roland-3 launcher was found just down the road from the arms cache. According to a mortar specialist with the same unit, radios used by many Iraqi military trucks brandished MADE IN FRANCE labels and looked brand new. RPG night sights stamped with the number 2002 and French labels also turned up.
"Political consultants often talk about the importance of a candidate staying "on message." For a good example of why they're right, consider the case of Sen. John "The Patriot" Kerry. He voted in favor of the war with Iraq, then denounced the president for getting us into a war, then demanded "regime change" in America, then raised questions about his own patriotism." -- Wall Street Journal Online Opinion Journal
Friday, April 11, 2003
Some thoughts on CNN news chief Eason Jordan's New York Times op-ed (see my first blog entry for today).
According to Slate's Mickey Kaus:
This Eason Jordan piece is pretty amazing, and suggests that what some conservative friends have been telling me may turn out to be true -- that the human rights case for ousting Saddam could turn out to be strong enough to compensate even for a U.S. failure to find WMD.
Here is what Eason Jordan said on October 25, 2002 about CNN in Iraq:
"I mean we work very hard to report forthrightly, to report fairly and to report accurately and if we ever determine we cannot do that, then we would not want to be there;"
"We'd very much like to be there if there's a second war; but -- we are not going to make journalistic compromises in an effort to make that happen..."
Here is what Scott Ridder said in Time Magazine last year:
"The prison in question was inspected by my team in Jan. 1998. It appeared to be a prison for children - toddlers up to pre-adolescents - whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually I'm not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I'm waging peace."
"I went to the UN and even the guidebook was spineless." -- Dennis Miller on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
It's not the war so much as it's their flat out hate of President Bush:
....Actor Mike Farrell, best known for his role as Trapper John's replacement in "M*A*S*H," has emerged as a leading antiwar activist. This month, he even engaged in a surreal debate on geopolitics with former Senator Fred Thompson on "Meet the Press." "It is inappropriate," Farrell declared, "for the administration to trump up a case in which we are ballyhooed into war."
But in 1999, Mr. Farrell defended the Clinton administration's rationale for war in Kosovo: "I think it's appropriate for the international community in situations like this to intervene. I am in favor of an intervention." To avoid casualties, the Clinton administration had bombers fly at such high altitudes that "collateral damage" to civilians was bound to increase.
Singer Sheryl Crow is appalled by George Bush's moves against Iraq, but she had no problem with Bill Clinton's intervention in the Balkans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the singer accompanied Hillary Clinton on a USO tour to entertain U.S. troops in Bosnia. "Once over there, I felt extremely patriotic," Ms. Crow told a reporter that year. "Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music."
See the full article
Who's making shit up?
Michael Graham, a radio talk show host, recalled seeing a sign at an anti-war march proclaiming, "We Support Our Troops...When They Shoot Their Officers," Janeane Garofalo doubted it ever existed and flew into a rage about how "that's what all you right-wing radio guys do. You make shit up all the time."
See a photo of the actual sign at the MRC.
Here is another copy of that photo from a very liberal source
The truth finally comes out:
" in the mid-1990's one of our Iraqi cameramen was abducted. For weeks he was beaten and subjected to electroshock torture in the basement of a secret police headquarters because he refused to confirm the government's ludicrous suspicion that I was the Central Intelligence Agency's Iraq station chief. CNN had been in Baghdad long enough to know that telling the world about the torture of one of its employees would almost certainly have gotten him killed and put his family and co-workers at grave risk."
"The [Iraqi] secret police terrorized Iraqis working for international press services who were courageous enough to try to provide accurate reporting. Some vanished, never to be heard from again. Others disappeared and then surfaced later with whispered tales of being hauled off and tortured in unimaginable ways. "
"An aide to Uday [Saddam's oldest son] once told me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with pliers and told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be paid for upsetting his boss."
"A 31-year-old Kuwaiti woman, Asrar Qabandi, was captured by Iraqi secret police occupying her country in 1990 for "crimes," one of which included speaking with CNN on the phone. They beat her daily for two months, forcing her father to watch. In January 1991, on the eve of the American-led offensive, they smashed her skull and tore her body apart limb by limb. A plastic bag containing her body parts was left on the doorstep of her family's home. "
All events known to CNN, but not reported by CNN until after the fall of Saddam Hussein regime.
These quotes are from Eason Jordan, chief news executive at CNN.
Read the full article in the New York Times
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Good Advice from Scott Adams
"Here's a fun hobby of mine: When I get e-mail SPAM that includes an
800-number, I save the number for later. Then when one of the hundreds of
Nigerian scam e-mails hits my e-mail box, I reply enthusiastically and give
the 800-number of the spammer as my own. I feel that people in the DNRC
have a responsibility to introduce A-holes to each other."
It may not eliminate the problem completely, but it does seem to offer a
certain bit of emotional satisfaction.
Let's review some history
According to ex-President BJ Clinton, "we ought to let the United Nations decide the future" of Iraqi. (according to the Wall Street Journal).
Remember that Mr. Clinton sent US Troops to Haiti to remove their leader Raoul Cedras and put in to power, by raw military force, Jean Bertrand Aristide. After six months, the US troops were pulled out and replace by UN so-called Peacekeepers. Since Mr. Aristide's party fixed the 2000 elections (like Mr. Clinton's party tried to do here, but thankfully failed), Mr. Aristides' lust for raw power has resulted in commonplace government violence against it's political foes, harrasement of journalists and a strong desire for it's citizens to get the Hell out.
Haiti, another "win" of the Clinton administration and the UN.
Left Wing Litmus Test
Remember how liberal democrats denounced judical litmus tests when applied by the conservative right?
Litmus Tests were BAD!
It seems they are peachy keen when applied by the far liberal left...
Check out this article from today's Washington Times' Inside Politics column:
Sen. John Kerry vowed yesterday to choose only pro- choice candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president.
The Massachusetts Democrat made the pledge yesterday to female Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa, where the nomination battle will kick off in January, the Boston Globe reported.
The Massachusetts Democrat also said he would lift a ban imposed by President Bush on aid to overseas groups that provide abortion counseling or assistance in receiving an abortion.
In making his pledge about Supreme Court nominees, Mr. Kerry denied he was establishing his own litmus test, an accusation that congressional Democrats routinely level against Republicans who say they favor appointing only judges who oppose abortion. The difference, Mr. Kerry said, is that Roe v. Wade has become settled law since the court rendered the decision in 1973 and now defines a constitutional right.
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
According to the Iraqi Ambassdor to the UN, "The game is over."
I'm watching a live video feed of Iraqi citizens working to take down a statue of Saddam in the middle of Bagdad.
I'm reminded of the last Russian Revolution, bringing down the Communist Soviet government and all the statues of Stalin that were pulled down.
The compassion of the so-called Peace Movement:
"[A] DoD family member while driving her vehicle and stuck in traffic was identified as having a DoD sticker," the advisory states. "At the time there was an anti-war protest under way. When her vehicle was observed by the demonstrators, a member of the group yelled out 'war bitch' and her vehicle was immediately surrounded.
"While some of the members pounded on her vehicle with their fists, others 'keyed' it and wrote the word 'peace' on the paint finish."
A team of Harvard University scientists examined 1,000 years of global temperatures and reviewed more than 240 scientific journals from the past 40 years and concluded that despite man's influence on our environment, current temperatures are not as high as during the Middle Ages.
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Monday, April 07, 2003
NPR is reporting that missiles with chemical warheads have been found in Baghdad.
I heard it on the Radio, and you can read about in the The Washington Post on line.
"BM-21 missiles, were equipped with sarin and mustard gas and were 'ready to fire.'"
"[French foreign minister] De Villepin may pose in the United Nations as the great defender of reason, prudence and international law against an arrogant, foolhardy and unreasonable America. But his book quickly dispels his pose. It suggests that, in fact, he is a man lacking firm political principles, romantically besotted with raw political power and ready to overlook misdeeds committed in its name - but only when the power in question is the French." -- David Bell, Time Magazine, April 14, 2003
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Dennis Miller was on the Tonight show and made the following statement, which I think is very accurate:
"Michael Moore simultaneously represents everything I detest in a human being and everything I feel obligated to defend in an American. Quite simply, it is that stupid moron's right to be that utterly, completely wrong."
Friday, April 04, 2003
From today's Washington Times:
A correction that ran in yesterday's New York Times: "A front-page article on Tuesday about criticism voiced by American military officers in Iraq over war plans omitted two words from an earlier comment by Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of V Corps. General Wallace had said (with the omission indicated by uppercasing), 'The enemy we're fighting is A BIT different from the one we war-gamed against.' "
Freedom of Speech does not exist on NPR.
Reported in today's Washington Times:
An NPR radio host in Ypsilanti, Mich., was fired yesterday for expressing his support for the troops in Iraq and President Bush.
Terry Hughes of WEMU-FM told his listeners, "Bush has the guts to get up to do the right thing after 18 attempts to get everybody to help."
He also said: "We know if you want a current assessment of what's going on, you're sure not listening to us. You'll be over at Fox TV where they're not bending the news. It ain't happening on NPR."
Station manager Art Timko said Mr. Hughes was fired over "philosophical differences," according to the Detroit News.
Thursday, April 03, 2003
In today's Boston Globe, Presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry (left wing liberal democrat, Taxachussetts) is calling for a "regime change" in the US because President Bush did an "end run" around the UN.
Now Senator Kerry can say what he wants, as he sucks up to the far left in an early primary state (he made the comments in New Hampshire), but his words sound like far left wing partisan rhetoric. Where were his harsh words calling for a regime change when President BJ Clinton did his "end runs" around the UN? President Clinton sent US troops to invade Bosnia & Serbia with out even bothering to go to the UN or the UN Security Council.
If you check the records, you'll find that Senator Kerry fully supported those examples of Unilateral US Military Invasions. The main difference, BJ Clinton belonged to Senator Kerry's party.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
"I’ve got an antiwar sticker on my car, but I can't stop worrying that someone will flatten my tires" whines M. Elizabeth Dick in Newsweek Magazine
Hardly surprising, this far lefty has it backwards.
In France, a British war cemetery, containing British soliders who gave their lives to free France, has been vandlized
In Rome, Arsonists attack cars belonging to staff at a US air base
TWO WEEKS into Operation Iraqi Freedom, the talking heads who once warned of a fierce, bloody, and protracted struggle can't believe that total victory has yet to be achieved. writes Chris Weinkopf in Frontpage Magazine