Chris Muir's Day By Day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Well, They "Tried."

Tried to rescue Foley before he was beheaded, that is.

U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News today.

President Obama authorized the “substantial and complex” rescue operation after the officials said a “broad collection of intelligence” led the U.S. to believe the hostages were being held in a specific location in the embattled Middle Eastern nation.

When “several dozen” U.S. special operation members landed in Syria, however, they were met with gunfire and “while on site, it became apparent the hostages were not there,” one of the officials said. The special operators engaged in a firefight in which ISIS suffered “a good number” casualties, the official said, while the American forces suffered only a single minor injury.

The American forces were able to get back on helicopters and escape.

Gee, why does this failed rescue attempt seem so familiar?

At least they tried.

What? Master Yoda has something to say?

Try is for Democrats. Do is for Republicans.

Another One Bites the Dust*

US Navy: USS Saratoga (CV-60) to be scrapped.

Any non-nuclear aircraft carriers left at this point on active duty?

*when I attended US Navy boot camp in Orlando, Florida, in the fall of 1980, Queen's hit Another One Bites the Dust was a hit song. It was appropriate as our company was reduced in size from nearly 100 young men to around 80 at graduation, would have been even lower than that but we picked up some sailors from other companies who had been held back for one reason or another.

Headline of the Day

"Obama: 'We will be relentless' against terrorists who beheaded American."

A few minutes after his statement he was back on the golf course.

Now watch this drive.

Obama White House Staff: Frankly, He Makes Things Worse...

...ever time he opens his mouth.

The problem is the White House no longer believes Obama can bridge divides. They believe — with good reason — that he widens them. They learned this early in his presidency, when Obama said that the police had "acted stupidly" when they arrested Harvard University professor Skip Gates on the porch of his own home.The backlash was fierce…

If Obama's speeches aren't as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It is as likely to infuriate conservatives as it is to inspire liberals. And in a country riven by political polarization, widening that divide can take hard problems and make them impossible problems.

Pretty sad, when your only acknowledged skill is making speeches. Click the link to read the rest.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fossil Shark's Teeth

A fun hobby, and interesting to science.

I used to find them often as a boy in Florida. The banks of Hogtown Creek, which flows through the middle of Gainesville, abound with shark's teeth and other fossils. I've also found shark's teeth at the beaches of Rota, Spain.

Pic from the article:

The teeth I used to find at Hogtown Creek were usually in good shape, having just been washed out of the banks of the creek. They usually were polished like gemstones, and in the case of the Carcharodon teeth, they were razor-sharp. Biggest one I ever found was three inches long, shiny as a new penny, and I cut myself when I ran my finger along the edge of it. Wish I still had it.

Day Late and a Dollar Short, David

"David Gregory Slams Obama: ‘Big, Expansive Terrorist Threat Amassed On His Watch.'"

You had years to bash the Obama administration, David. A little late to show even-handedness now that you've lost your job at Meet the Press.

Professor Attacked Protester Because...Wait For It...Slavery!

"If I'm lyin' I'm dyin'," as Jerry Clower used to say.

The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.”

A bunch of her Social Justice Warrior fellow professors come to her defense, offering various excuses, including pregnant woman fury.

Click the link to read the pathetic rest. Since it's California she'll probably get a slap on the wrist, if not a medal.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yet Another Historic Ship Destined For the Scrapyard

USS Williamsburg, once a presidential yacht used by Harry Truman, now sits quietly rusting in an Italian shipyard.

She's a pretty thing:

At a cost of $55M to spiff her back up, though, there won't be too many willing to take on the project. A shame.

They Also Serve Who Only Have a Club*

"101-year-old veteran pays visit to Museum of the Forgotten Warriors."

First, I didn't know that there was a Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, and the article doesn't do a very good job of explaining why they were forgotten. I had to go to the museum's website to discover that:

MISSION STATEMENT: The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors and Library Center is dedicated to all veterans. TO REMEMBER, RESPECT AND HONOR VETERANS.

Well, that is indeed a worthy mission.

I was tickled by this passage in the article:

As a doctor, he wasn't allowed to have a gun, so for training they issued him a club.

While on guard duty, he had to use the club instead of a gun and ask, "Who goes there?"

*I paraphrased this from a line from a famous poem. Points awarded for guessing the poem and poet.

Friday, August 15, 2014

World War I In the Back Yard

Gotta love those British eccentrics.

Sample pic:

Viking Ship Unearthed In Memphis*


Ship dates from between 990 and 1050 A.D. To put this in perspective, William the Conqueror didn't invade England until 1066, and Columbus didn't "discover" America until 1492, nearly 500 years after this Viking ship came to rest on the shores of the Mississippi River.

What this means is that the ship probably hugged the coast of what is now the US, rounded Florida, and followed the coast to the Mississippi, where it headed north. The article suggests that the crew fought the local indian tribes.

This latest discovery might give authenticity to the Kensington Runestone and other purported Viking artifacts found in the US.

*Update: The story is a hoax. I apologize to my readers for the error.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Throw Us In That Briar Patch, Please

"Major Democratic Donor Supports Southern Secession: South ‘dumbing down’ America, donor declares."

His proposal is to let the South have its own country AND relocate the Usual Suspects™ up to the Great Liberal North.

When do we start?

h/t Free North Carolina.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Treasure Blog: Coins In the Walls

St. Cloud, Florida:

Police in Florida have seized 60 pounds of silver coins that had been stashed for decades inside the walls of a recently demolished home. According to officials in St. Cloud, Fla., glass pickle jars holding more than 2,000 coins shattered while city workers were leveling a 1915 bungalow, turning the demolition into a momentary slot machine.

"It was like a treasure hunt — the more you dug the more you found," one of those workers, Melissa Howes, told the Orlando Sentinel. "We thought we might be able to keep it like finders keepers, but it was city property."

The most recent owner of the 776-square-foot house, Lamarr LoMax Lowe, a former Walt Disney World employee, abandoned it after racking up $511,500 in code-enforcement liens, the paper reported.

The seizure included 861 half-dollars, 1,016 quarters, 202 dimes and three nickels, police records show. Some of the oldest coins were dated 1917, officials said.

Either Stay Out or Go Full Roman

Don't think you can get away with practicing imperialism on the cheap: