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Nurse! Nurse!

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Huh.  I could see this being protocol for an op-check AFTER the transplant….  The Smoking Gun gives us the details.

A female nurse “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse” with a hospitalized Illinois man who was awaiting a heart transplant, according to a lawsuit filed Monday

Cantone, whose wife Laura is co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, charges that Shaper “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients.” The nurse, he added, “had attempted and/or succeeded” in initiating similar contact with other patients in her care.

One has to wonder if this is covered by Obamacare.   And where the hell was she when I had to go in for my kidney stone?

I cannot say it surprises me that wife Laura is a co-plaintiff.   Sorta gives a new meaning to “bedside manner”, though.   I wonder if the VA is hiring?

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Syria Chemical Weapons in the Hands of ISIS?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

From US News and World Report:

U.S. officials are concerned that secret stockpiles of chemical weapons remain within Bashar Assad’s arsenal despite international efforts to destroy them, and that they may have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State.

You don’t say.  Well, you shouldn’t be concerned in the least.  I mean, Bashir Assad is at least as trustworthy as Saddam Hussein.  And then there are the Russians supervising.  What could go wrong?  And besides, there is “no proof” that Assad would do such an underhanded thing.  And as of yet, no remaining stockpiles have been located.

The issue first caught international attention in early September when Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., suggested there may be gaps in the Assad regime’s accounting for its chemical weapons.

Some can be explained by the haste with which the Syrian government had to declare its stockpiles, said Holgate. But international observers must also consider “less benign” moves by the historically evasive Assad regime as well, she said, including purposefully hiding chemical agents and weapons.

This is all a ruse so that Obama can go to war in Syria.  Right?  I mean, there is NO EVIDENCE.  None.  Whatever intelligence there is regarding these weapons has likely been “cherry-picked” to justify Obama’s reckless “cowboy” foreign policy.  Sure.  See how utterly stupid such tripe sounds now?

At least old friend Ben Connable adds some common sense and perspective to the discussion.

Those who study the region agree that the Islamic State’s potential access to chemical weapons would achieve one of the fundamental goals of a terrorist group.

“The strength of chemical and biological weapons is the fear factor,” says Ben Connable, an intelligence analyst with the RAND Corporation and a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer. “That’s what really separates them apart from other munitions: There’s something inherently terrifying about chemical and biological and radiological weapons.”

“I’m not terrifically concerned about it,” he says, “except for the use in terror attacks.”

So NOW chemical weapons in the hands of Islamic terrorists, taken from hidden stockpiles of a brutal dictator, are a problem.  Unlike 2003, when another brutal dictator was looking to peddle them for hard currency.  Tsk.  Trusting the Russians?  Just icing on the cake.  Darned good thing we have secure borders.

Shame on those who shrieked, and continue to shriek, that Saddam didn’t have any chemical weapons.  And that some in Syria don’t have Iraqi origin.  More shame on those who willfully ignore the stockpiles since captured in Iraq by ISIS.  To what should be the surprise of nobody, a nearly identical scenario is now playing out in Syria, as the childish and naive stupidity of John Kerry and the Obama Administration has evaporated like the morning dew.

The Bush-hating far left began and perpetuated a pack of lies regarding Saddam Hussein’s chemical stockpile that didn’t pass the first blush of the test of common sense.  It was perpetuated incessantly by the beholden media and the liberal elite like a North Korean propaganda effort.  The litany was so pervasive that the unthinking masses began to parrot it back en masse.  Well, it was all a contrived lie, promulgated by any and every left-leaning entity whose hatred of George W. Bush trumped objective truth.  Those of you out there who continue to cling to such abject foolishness need to re-examine everything you have been told, and everything you have come to believe about the origins of the Iraq War.

As for the hypocrites who so virulently trumpeted the “Bush lied!” meme and now sound the alarm over ISIS, you are as intellectually dishonest as it gets.  And are not to be trusted with a thing you say.

Perhaps we can find the hidden Syrian chemical weapons.  I nominate John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Fareed Zakaria, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, and Sean Penn to go look for them.  Don’t come back until you find them.  And if ISIS finds you, perhaps we can send a rescue mission to save you from beheading.  Or not.

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DB: First Sergeant Relieved For Not Being Enough Of A Dick

Priceless stuff from the hilarious folks over at the Duffel Blog:

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — 1st Sgt. Martin Blunt has been relieved by his command for failing to keep his rifle company properly demoralized, as he refused a direct order to be a raging cock at all times, Duffel Blog has learned.

Blunt, the company first sergeant for Echo Co, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, was removed from his position after his battalion command lost confidence in his ability to maintain a toxic climate within his company.

“It’s like he was trying to undermine the entire command,” said Battalion Sgt. Maj. Jim Richard. “I’ve never once seen him publicly humiliate a Marine for walking on the grass or anything. I mean, why does he think we do this job?”

“I knew I had a problem on my hands when he recommended leave for a Marine and it wasn’t during one of the command approved Christmas leave blocks,” said Blunt’s company commander, Capt. Armando Verga. “What kind of leader allows Marines to go on leave outside the leave block? Next thing you know Marines will want to attend their sister’s summer wedding or their nephew’s bris or something. We need to stress to our Marines their families need to schedule that crap during the leave block.”

Blunt’s handling of legal issues were particularly alarming to the battalion’s adjutant, 1st Lt. Richard Peck.

“Every time he advised a Marine of their Article 31 rights, he sent them to legal. Every friggin’ time,” Peck said. “How the hell are we supposed to ramrod Marines into volunteering to throw away their rank and half a month’s pay if they get actual legal advice from the SJA?”

Definitely worth the read!

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Load HEAT – Laura Linney

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World Premiere of The Exorcism of Emily Rose- Red Carpet

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The 77th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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I consider Laura Linney to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.  And she is incredibly talented as an actress, giving magnificent performances in Mystic River, Breach, and The Truman Show, and a great many other films.  She had also been the star of HBO’s The Big C, but I consider her most impressive performance to be as Erin Bruner, an agnostic lawyer who takes on the wrongful death case of a Catholic Priest, in the The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a haunting 2005 film based on a true story. 

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Laura Linney also became a new mother at 49 this past January, and managed to do so in private, which is a refreshing change from the usual publicly-examined private lives of publicity-seeking celebrities.  She also is a great example in an industry that positively worships youth above almost all else, that a woman in her late-40s and early-50s (she is a few months older than I) can be as stunningly beautiful and attractive as any ingenue 20-year-old.

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September 1st, 1939

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Much rightful attention will be paid to the events of the First World War as we mark the centennial of the events of the “War to End All Wars”. 

Not to be lost in those observances of the Great War is tomorrow begins the marking of the 75th anniversaries of the events of the Second World War.  It was seventy-five years ago tomorrow, September 1st 1939, that the Wehrmacht of Hitler’s Third Reich crossed the Polish border and unleashed the savagery and bloodshed of that global conflagration. 

A great deal of what is in the news today can lead one to believe that the world is literally going to hell.  Perhaps it is, but the last century shows us that it has been there before.  Imagine in 1939 being a man or woman in your early 40s, who experienced the war of 1914-18, lost family and loved ones, perhaps your home and possessions, only to see war again come to your land and your people.  Again, for the second time in your short life, you may send a loved one (a son, or a husband) to war. Millions of men who fought in the Second World War had done so in the First.  Even without yet more personal participation as a soldier, the horrors of war were again manifest in the lives of hundreds of millions of souls, many of whom would perish before the uneasy peace ended the carnage. 

In 1914, the world was plunged accidentally into a bloodletting that spiraled out of control, by incompetent and irresponsible leaders in the nations of Europe.   In 1939, the world was again plunged into bloodletting, this time deliberately so by monsters who spewed their hatred and made no secret of their plans for conquest and subjugation.  Following a half a decade of weakness and appeasement from the Western democracies, whose desperation to avoid war only fueled the appetite of the dictator.

There are lessons aplenty from 1914, and many more from 1939.   Which are most applicable to 2014?  As the storm clouds gathered in the late 1930s, the words of Berthold Brecht must have echoed forlornly across the great cities of Europe.

Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

If one listens to the cries of “death to the Jews” in the Muslim protests all over Europe, and watches the death squads murder thousands in Iraq, those words should echo still. 

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The Vanishing Polar Ice Cap Has Grown 43% Since 2012 (and gotten thicker, too)

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The UK Daily Mail has the story.  Despite some logical tap-dancing by a number of “experts” in the article, the fact remains that the predictions of doom and gloom regarding the polar ice cap are complete hogwash.   And I cannot shake the feeling that, like so much else about the “environmental movement” dominated by anti-capitalists with a statist communist agenda, these “experts” knew it all along.  Which is why there has been massive fraud and dishonesty in the body of research regarding Global Cooling Global Warming Anthropogenic Climate Change.

Al Gore, inventor of the internet, once ominously forecast that by this summer (2014) it would be possible to have “ice-free” polar waters.   The predictions of the acceleration of global warming that would cause sea levels to rise (global cooling alarmists were predicting sea levels to fall back in the 70s) have proven entirely inaccurate.  Even given the widespread manipulation of scientific data, the warmest year on record was some sixteen years ago.  The twelve months between March 2013 and March 2014 were the coldest on record in North America.   The snow cover in the Himalayas was supposed to have melted, but we know that the snow cover is as deep as it has ever been.  Massive hurricanes, we are constantly told, will destroy coastal US cities because climate change will make them so much more powerful and intense.  Yet, we have had the longest drought for a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) striking US soil in a century.   It has been nearly NINE YEARS since Hurricane Wilma struck the US mainland in October of 2005.

Each and every prediction has been wrong.  All of them.  So why do they persist?  Why is it that the EPA is allowed dictatorial powers as a mere regulatory entity of our government?  Because “environmentalism” is yet another path that the far-left is employing to engorge the power of government, enrolling the ideologically rabid but wildly ill-informed and poorly reasoned (you listening, Sam Locklear?), to erode capitalism and make private business and private citizens in this country subject to the extra-legal authority of unfettered and ideologically-driven bureaucratic apparatus.  And that authority will be wielded by distinctly far-left zealots who despise capitalism and see mankind as a dangerous inconvenience to the perfect world they seek.  And, of course, there is money in it.  Lots and lots of money.  Taxpayer money.  For research.  For bureaucracy.  For enforcement, often at the end of a gun that the far-left purports to despise when it is in the hands of a private citizen.

Barack Obama partakes of the lies, and perpetuates them to the American people.  There are enough addle-headed and smug Prius drivers to nod grimly and resolutely when Obama talks of the next draconian measures that will stifle free enterprise and once again increase the scope of government power to have the complicit media tell us that such measures are not only necessary but popular.   New carbon rules, choking regulation of industry, emphatically demanded from the man who demands his dog be put on a separate airplane to join him on vacation.   After all, the environmental omelet requires the breaking of eggs.   Those eggs just happen to be the liberties of American citizens, which once again are so inconvenient to the Socialist-Communist Secular Paradise that Hope and Change will bring us.

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Tannenberg

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One hundred years ago today, the greatest German victory of the First World War was won in the East, against vastly superior numbers of Russian forces, at the Battle of Tannenberg.

In mid-August 1914, the two large Russian armies in the East had made incursion on German soil, and threatened to subsume much of the German countryside.  In the weeks leading up to the massive action, the German 8th Army was roughly handled at Gumbinnen, and its commander, General Maximilian von Prittwitz, ordered a withdrawal behind the Vistula.  German Chief of General Staff von Moltke (the Younger) dismissed Prittwitz, replacing him with General Paul von Hindenburg, who had been called out of retirement (He had retired in 1911, and had first seen action almost a half century before, at Königgratz in 1866.).  Barbara Tuchman’s description of the elderly Hindenburg waiting at a siding in a Prussian railroad station in his sky-blue Prussian General’s uniform is a striking one.  Hindenburg’s Chief of Staff was to be General Erich Ludendorff.  Hindenburg was most fortunate to retain Prittwitz’s Chief of Operations, the brilliant Colonel Max Hoffman, who would be the true architect of the great victory at Tannenberg, though contemporary opinion gave nearly all the credit to Hindenburg and Ludendorff.

The battle, which began on 26 August, featured some of the first instances of what is now called signals intelligence.  The Russians, inexplicably, transmitted orders and messages over wireless communications sets entirely in the clear, giving Hindenburg and Ludendorff the Russian plans and intentions from the two Russian commanders, Samsonov and Rennenkampf (whose full name, Paul von Rennenkampf, seems far more suited for German than Russian high command), and from the Russian Army Chief of Staff Zhilinski.

Hoffman’s plan reversed the withdrawal over the Vistula for the German 8th Army, and instead set a series of traps for the widely-separated and badly coordinated Russian armies.  On the narrow end of a 1:3.5 force ratio (The Russians with almost 800,000 combined between Samsonov and Rennenkampf, and the Germans with about 210,000), Hindenburg gambled with an economy of force action that a thinly held line could halt the Russians long enough for the trap to be sprung on Samsonov.  Rennenkampf, who personally despised Samsonov (the feeling was mutual), did little to come to his aid.  Near Konigsberg, Samsonov’s army was surrounded, and between 29 and 30 August was annihilated.  The numbers staggered the imagination.

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Samsonov’s 150,000 engaged troops lost nearly 30,000 killed and 90,000 captured. More than 500 guns and mountains of supplies and ammunition were captured by the Germans or abandoned by the fleeing Russians. It is estimated that the ordnance and equipment required sixty trains to be transported to Germany. Samsonov, for his part, famously killed himself as he and his staff wandered in the German woods. Rennenkampf withdrew from the battle largely intact, but would be ejected for good from German soil at the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes in the second week of September.   Russian forces would not set foot on German soil again until January of 1945.

Hindenburg, with a strong grasp of history, insisted that this decisive battle of encirclement be named for one of the villages which had been the scene of a Teutonic defeat five centuries earlier.  His written summary of the great battle included the following:

On August 24 I motored with my small Staff to the Headquarters of the 10th Corps, and thus entered the village which was to give its name to the battle so soon to blaze up.

Tannenberg!  A word pregnant with painful recollections for German chivalry, a Slav cry of triumph, a name that is fresh in our memories after more than five hundred years of history.

Before this day I had never seen the battlefield which proved so fateful to German culture in the East.  A simple monument there bore silent witness to the deeds and deaths of heroes.  On one of the following days we stood near this monument while Samsonof’s Russian Army was going to its doom of sheer annihilation.

The Battle of Tannenberg featured another interesting situation, which is an object lesson in the high quality of German military leadership.  Ludendorff had ordered I Corps commander General von Francois to attack Sazonov’s flank on 25 August.  Francois, desperately short of artillery ammunition, abjectly refused.  He informed Ludendorff that he would not attack without sufficient artillery support, and was due an ammunition delivery on 27 August, and that the tactical situation allowed him to afford the wait.  Interestingly, intercepts of Russian messages showed Francois to be correct, and he was neither relieved nor punished.  He was instead allowed to begin his attack on the date he stated, when the supply of artillery ammunition would be adequate.

On 31 August, Hindenburg was able to dispatch the following message to the Kaiser:

I beg most humbly to report to Your Majesty that the ring round the larger part of the Russian Army was closed yesterday.  The 13th. 15th and 18th Army Corps have been destroyed.  We have already taken more than 60,000 prisoners, among them the Corps Commanders of the 13th and 15th Corps.

The guns are still in the forests and are now being brought in.  The booty is immense though it cannot yet be assessed in detail.  The Corps outside our ring, the 1st and 6th, have also suffered severely and are now retreating in hot haste through Mlawa and Myszaniec.

The Russian threat in the East, so ominous in those August days, was shattered.  It would be eliminated for good at Masurian Lakes in September.  Hindenburg, for his part, was largely complimentary of the Russian soldier, of his toughness and bravery.  His descriptions of the magnanimity of the German soldier toward the Russian prisoners, while accurate in 1914, stands in stark contrast to the events of the next war.

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