You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Name one good thing Joe Biden has done

Look. I know it’s only been a year, but six months into the Biden rein of incompetency, most of us were asking, could it get any worse.

And then the BLM/ANTIFA riots happened.

And then Afghanistan happened.

And then the crime wave happened. And then runaway inflation happened. And then the Putin/Xi accord happened. And then Americans, even those who actually (not figuratively) voted for Joe Biden stopped asking if it could get any worse. They already knew the answer. Instead, they started asking what’s next.

Yet, there are still Biden supporters who can’t see the naked emperor. I work with one. He’s a good guy.  Also, he knows that I write this blog, but because he’s a staunch progressive and liberal to his core, he refuses to read anything I write. I can safely publish this post knowing that he (let’s call him Bernie) and I will still be friends.

The other day at work, we were talking about Joe. Why? Because there’s a TV in the employee lounge and Bernie never misses an opportunity to tune in CNN. They were talking about some nonsense or another, and I happened to blurt out, “Name one thing Joe Biden has done right.”

Bernie laughed that sarcastically demeaning way all liberals do when someone from the right speaks. Then he says, “Biden stopped the war!”

Bernie is older than me, and I consider him a friend even though he’d be a communist if he were truly honest with himself. Still, he’s older, and out of respect, I do my best to give him as much leeway as possible.

    I simply said, “No, he didn’t.”

    Bernie did his liberal laugh again. “Yes, he did—he ended a twenty-year war.”

    “NO. Joe didn’t end the war.”

    “Oh yes, he did.”

    “No, he didn’t.” At this point, it was time for me to leave because there was only one thing left for me to say. “I’m running late. Gotta go guys. Drive safely out there.” I started to walk away.

    There were the normal return salutations, You Too, Be Safe, Have a Good One, and then there was Bernie and his ideology. “Remember! No more war … No War!”

What I wanted to say, but didn’t, out of respect for Bernie, was this. “Joe Biden didn’t end a war; he surrendered it. There’s a big difference. It’s why there are still American hostages in Afghanistan. It’s why the Taliban had a big victory parade with 85 billion dollars worth of our military equipment. It’s why Putin and Xi are becoming so aggressive on the world stage. Biden didn’t end a war; he laid the groundwork for a new one.”

In hindsight, maybe I should have said something. But it wouldn’t have registered with good ole Bernie, so I didn’t risk an argument.

Suffice it to say, Joe has driven America off the road and fallen asleep at the wheel with his foot on the accelerator. He’ll never learn to do what’s right for anyone but himself. And Bernie? Good ole Bernie will never learn to see the naked emperor cloaked in communist ideology.

Old dogs—no New tricks.

Name one good thing Joe Biden has done.

The Art of Not Saying (II)

What they want you to think

I just so happened to be looking at an old post I wrote back in October titled The Art of Not Saying when I came across this. Fauci said that the spread of covid wasn’t caused by immigrants. His exact words, “This is not driven by immigrants.”

Again he was referring to the spread of Covid-19, and he was absolutely right. Click on the link above to find out why. Don’t worry. It’s a quick read.

Why am I bringing this up again? I think it’s the same logic being used by the Biden administration when they say the Build Back Better/Hyper-Inflation Bill won’t cost a penny and will actually reduce inflation.

I had two RBDBE’s about this while driving last week, but they turned out to be duds. I never figured out the hook. How are they contorting the words so that it isn’t a lie? They had me stumped. So much so, that I started to worry because maybe, just maybe, there isn’t a hook.

If there isn’t a hook then, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! Could it be true?

What do you think?

Would you believe any of them?

Where’s the Truth?

PS – Alas, while typing this post, I had another RBDBE, and this one didn’t fizzle. The answer is as terrible as it gets for democrats and the facts.

They simply don’t care that they have to lie about their ideology and policies. So they do. Whether it’s the border crisis, Americans left behind in Afghanistan, inflation, Hunter’s ties to the CCP, just lie about it until something else comes along to lie about.

Shoo….. Thank God for RBDBE’s.

PPS – Democrat Senators, are you smart enough to listen? Your Representative Brethren in the House did not.

What Would Douglas Say (part-1)

General Douglas MacArthur, General Mark Milley, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

Right from the beginning let’s address the elephant in the room. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller spoke out publically against the military while actively serving. In military circles, this is tantamount to betraying your family. By saying the wrong thing even for the right reasons, you risk the lives of your fellow soldiers. It’s a fact that among other things, necessitates fervent trust within the military services.

It’s why when a soldier of any rank is given an order; that order is expected to be carried out. If an order is so wrong, so corrupt in its very nature that it defies all reason and must not be carried out, a soldier has only one recourse. Resignation. It’s intended to be a drastic remedy and there’s a purpose behind the intention.

War is a dirty business and it’s conducted in a way that civilians wouldn’t understand or tolerate. You can disagree with an order, you can even question an order given the right circumstance, you may even be able to proffer alternatives, but in the end, you do what you’re told. Just because you don’t agree with an order doesn’t mean you don’t have the responsibility to carry it out.  It’s not comfortable and it’s not uncommon.

Soldiers on the battlefield don’t know what their commanders know; the commanders don’t know what the generals know. It’s called the chain of command for a reason and it’s essential to a proper military.

Where am I going with all this? Well, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller knew what he was doing when he posted his grievance on social media. I can understand the frustration; I can understand the necessity to do something drastic when nothing else seems to work. But he made a mistake.

That’s right. In my opinion, the Lt. Col. put the cart in front of the horse. I think he should’ve resigned first, and then spoken out. I know there are time constraints but the symbolism is almost as important as the act. That said. He posted his objections to the Afghanistan retreat and requested accountability for its failure while still active duty. Of course, after the post was made public, the Marine Corps should’ve requested his resignation; it should’ve been submitted and accepted. The end. The ordeal is resolved.

This type of civil disobedience in the military is virtually always resolved by administrative penalty. He lost his career and his pension; it’s a huge sacrifice for speaking out and he chose to make it. Case closed. So why, after his resignation attempt, was the Lt. Col. arrested and thrown in the brig without formal charges? Answer. He isn’t woke.

General Mark Milley (mouse), on the other hand, is as woke as they come, and has publicly admitted to congress (by not denying it when asked) that he made phone calls to a hostile Chinese government intent on someday destroying America. He planned to warn the enemy of an impending attack should there be one. The telephone calls confirmed it. By anyone other than General Milley (mouse) and his woke cohorts, this is treason. He’s a traitor and the man (if you could call him that) should not only be fired, he should be rotting in the brig, not Lt. Col. Scheller. Scheller’s actions might have been extreme, but they weren’t treasonous.

I recently saw a historical piece on WWII and of course, General Douglas MacArthur was mentioned as a hero. In light of what’s happened in the last nine months with the Afghanistan debacle, the southern border invasion, the economic suicide regarding inflation that the Biden administration is presiding over, and let’s not forget the Lt. Col.’s imprisonment; I asked myself, what would MacArthur think.

You may be surprised by my take on the subject. See part – 2.

I’ll Say What You Can’t

(if you’re in the military)

If you serve in any branch of the military, no matter your rank, you are expected never to speak out publically in opposition of your commanding officers or your commander in chief. If you do you suffer the consequences as did Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. While to those outside the military, this might seem wrong and counterproductive, it is necessary. The point of such a rule is this. Only those who lead have all the facts, the big picture. And just because an order may seem wrong, it isn’t necessarily wrong, therefore orders must be followed, not questioned. It’s the only way a well-functioning military works.

Orders given—orders followed. There is trust on both sides of the equation. Leaders trust that their orders will be followed and those who are ordered trust that their leaders are doing what is right and just. Under normal circumstances and with competent leadership, the system works as it should. But there is an exception to this rule and there is only one solution: albeit a drastic one. If an order is so blatantly wrong that it can’t be obeyed, a soldier has a responsibility to his or her God, country, and fellow soldiers to disobey. But the cost is high, as it should be. It literally means losing everything.

You can see samples of this over and over in Hollywood productions both movies and TV where a junior officer refuses to carry out an order that a commanding officer issues. Usually, the commander has a personal agenda that doesn’t include the best interests of their country. Other times the leaders in charge are just bungling (woke) fools who are a disgrace to the uniform they don. But when push comes to shove and the cataclysmic end is near there’s always that lone soldier who stops the excrement from rolling any further down the hill, stands on principle and risking it all, disobeys an order. That’s the moment he or she becomes a true hero. In Hollywood it’s just a script, in the US armed forces, it means the end of your career.

Lt. Col Stuart Scheller had enough. There wasn’t one bad order or one bad commanding officer in Washington, the Afghanistan retreat is a hornet’s nest full of both. The list must be a mile long and at the top is Joe (the buck stops with me if I can’t find a way to blame Trump) Biden. Next comes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (mouse), then there’s the rest of the JCOS who have been conspicuously silent. Amongst all these decorated commanders, we have to go down the chain of command to Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller to find a man willing to risk it all.

That’s true heroism. But hell, what do I know, I’m just a bus driver.

For more perspective regarding the subject of me saying what those in the military can’t, please reference my previous posts The Tail is Wagging the Dog, where you’ll hear more about Gen. Milley (mouse) and also Shoes Before Socks, where some of the weak links in the chain are exposed.

PS – If by chance you are an active soldier and you like what you read, please do NOT share or retweet this content. You’ll probably get in trouble. But if you’re retired military and you like this stuff, feel free to spread the word.

The Tail is Wagging the Dog

(a real-life saga)

Starring in no particular order of relevance: DOD Press Secretary John Kirby, JCOS Gen. Mark Milley (mouse), Maj. Gen. William ‘Hank’ Taylor, Sec. of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, and last but not least US Sec. of State Antony John Blinken.

For the past few weeks (and probably more) these are the people responsible for the Afghanistan debacle. Joe Biden is just the fall guy. All you need to do is listen to a Joe Biden press conference and if you can make it to the end, the proof is in the pudding. The tail is wagging the dog.

Last week John Kirby said he had no indication that the Afghan Army would fall so fast. But the good news is our mission to secure the airport is a success.

Also last week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (mouse) took every opportunity to say that we had no indication the Afghan Army would fall so fast and the Taliban would take over equally as fast. But our mission to secure the airport is a success. Does this sound familiar?

It seemed as though Maj. Gen. William ‘Hank’ Taylor was a one-trick pony as well. Every question was answered pretty much the same way. Our mission was to secure the airport and the airport is secure. Wait, isn’t that what the other two guys said?

Sec. of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, in a total lapse of judgment and completely off the reservation, told the truth. He stated that regarding the ability to go out and rescue our citizens and allies the way the British, French, and even the Germans were able to do, we had no capability. I haven’t seen or heard from him since.

And Sec. of State Antony John Blinken who still thinks the best way to get our hostages (oops), I mean Americans and allies out of harm’s way is to negotiate with the Taliban. By the way, in case you don’t already know, the Taliban is harm’s way. You don’t negotiate with the Taliban. You tell the Taliban how they will die if they don’t comply.

Suffice it to say, if Blinken’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

If I were allowed into the Pentagon Briefing Room, I would have only one question for each of our illustrious stars. Why?

Why Mr. Kirby did you not have indications? Is it because Gen. Milley (mouse) didn’t inform you?

Why Gen. Milley (I’ll explain the mouse thing shortly) did you not have any indication whatsoever that the Afghan Army wasn’t up to the task? Isn’t it your job to know this fact? And isn’t it a dereliction of duty that you didn’t? Or maybe you were too wrapped up in Woking our military. How’s that working out for you?

Why Maj. Gen. Hank, didn’t you know? Gen. Milley (mouse) is far removed from boots on the ground but in a real way, aren’t you his backup? Why Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor didn’t you have any indications — oh wait. I already know the answer. The mission was to secure the airport and the airport is secure.

Why Sec. of Defense Austin III, did we not have capabilities similar to the British, French, and Germans? Is it because our Woke Generals in Washington and our Wokepolitical leadership suck Taliban donkey-di … Kong?

Why Sec. of State Antony (I don’t have an H in my first name because …) Blinken are you letting the Taliban … Oh never mind. If I ask you a why question your lips would move and quite frankly, I’ve had enough of the lies.

So the Tail is Wagging the Dog. It’s been that way since Biden took office and it will stay that way until we do something about it. If Joe gets impeached or removed from office because he’s incapacitated (physically and mentally), then Kamala becomes President and the Tail Continues to Wag the Dog (it’s called a sequel).

We need to reelect President Donald J. Trump if only so we can hear those immortal words, You’re Fired.

Now! For the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Why Gen. Mark Milley (mouse)? What gives me the right to criticize JCOS Gen. Mouse? Aren’t I not only disrespecting the man but also the uniform and this country? I submit to you that the answer to these questions is an emphatic NO. Read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Joe Biden blows monkey-chunks as President of the United States. This statement disrespects the man, not the office he holds. General Milley-mouse is the Chairman JCOS and as such, is the man, the last man in the military hierarchy with the responsibility to put himself between danger and the American people. Somewhere along his career path, he forgot that he’s a soldier and became a politician. When President Biden ordered a full-scale retreat from Afghanistan prior to securing the safety of our American citizens and allies, Gen. Mouse had a duty to say NO.  I will not give that order. At that moment, while not risking life or limb, Gen. Milley would have become a national hero. But because his career is more important to him than his duty, he became what he is today.

Gen. Milley-mouse I have another question for you. How do you find the courage to stand there at the podium in the Pentagon briefing room while wearing that uniform — and lie? I suppose I can understand why you would lie to the American people and even the world; hell … you’re a politician. But wearing that uniform implies that first, you are a soldier. How do you lie to the men and woman you command?

There are pictures of soldiers at the closed airport border gate that Joe Biden said was open and free-flowing … Sir, there are pictures of soldiers defying your orders and pulling women and children over the top of this gate. These Sir, are the heroes. Any one of them could take a sniper bullet at any moment. Yet they risk their lives, and yes, even their careers to save those who are innocent. My words don’t disgrace that uniform, Sir, you do. It’s time you do what you should have done before you gave the order to retreat, you should resign.

Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, are you listening?