Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective… ENORMOUS!
Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
1. Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
2. Carries over 80 combat aircraft
3. Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet
1. Towers 20 stories above the waterline
2. 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State
Building is tall
3. Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
4. 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
5. 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
6. 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet
1. Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
2.Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
3. 18,150 meals served daily
4. Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2,000 homes
5. Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
6. 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
USS BILL CLINTON
The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver , BC
The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton
‘for his foresight in military budget cuts’ and his conduct while holding the (formerly dignified) office of President.
The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which, although they cannot be launched on the 100 foot flight deck, form a very menacing presence.
As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board.
This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.
An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may seem hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.
In times of conflict, the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada .
USS BARACK OBAMA
Details are as vague as his past, his economic policies and his credentials to lead.
But don’t you worry……….he has a plan!
Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as ‘Iron Mike’ or just ‘Gunny’. He is on his third tour in Iraq . He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.
Then, on September 19, he got blown up… He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. ‘You can’t react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,’ he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term ‘the longest walk’, stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.
The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. ‘I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,’ he says. ‘That’s when I knew I was screwed.’ Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant’s feet ‘A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,’ he recalls. ‘As I was in the air I remember thinking, ‘I don’t believe they got me..’ I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.’
His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there ‘My dad’s a Vietnam vet who’s paralyzed from the waist down,’ says Sgt Burghardt. ‘I was lying there thinking I didn’t want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that… They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, ‘Good, I’m in business.’ As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in.. ‘I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn’t going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.’ He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. ‘I flipped them one.. It was like, ‘OK, I lost that round but I’ll be back next week.’
Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.
Sgt Burghardt’s injuries – burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks – kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father – who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam – he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.
Are you proud enough to send this on?
YOU BETCHA I AM!!!
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum – or “If you wish for peace prepare for War”
(Roman Military Writer Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus ~390 A.D.)
Thank you so much Emily for inspiring me to this blog.
On the verge of the 2010 Midterm elections a wraith seems to be going around among the conservative Tea Party movement and the GOP – the wraith of “Arrogance and Ignorance”.
And this is happening not only in Texas but all over the country.
Yesterday I read a post of my dear friend Emily, who was agitated over an interview the Talk show host Glen Beck held with the Gubernatorial Candidate for Texas Debra Medina. She is an uprising Candidate from Southwest Texas who emerged from the Tea party movement (Read here: http://is.gd/8dsai). In this interview Glen was just being himself and as usual doing what he does best: Slapping Medina and the Tea party movement in their face – or bottom line being a controversial jerk.
In my reply I said I feel for Debra but she had better get used to it because compared with what the Democrats will be pulling in the fall of 2010 this interview was nothing more than a beginning warm up, she answered me that (quote): She is not worried about the Dems here in Texas for 2 reasons: 1) They have yet to produce a decent candidate and 2) after the mess that they have created in Washington I don’t think Texans will look twice at them. Besides, Texas has and always will be a predominantly Republican state.
Well, you are partially wrong Emily and that mistake is weaving itself like red yarn through the entire Country. First of all Texas has not always been a predominantly Republican State. The truth of the matter is Texas was a Democrat State until the 1980’s (Source: Texas Politics University of Texas: http://is.gd/8dwan), but Texas later was re-conquered by the Republicans, and Rick Perry concreted that power through re-districting in 2003.
The Democrats are not beaten yet – they’re just regrouping
There is a huge danger here with over confident thinking and I have warned about that all along in a previous Blog Post under the title: “Open Letter to the GOP – A wake up call” (Read here: http://wp.me/pF1Ot-2b).
After taking the vast majority away from the Democrats by electing Scott Brown to the Senate, the Republican Party is running around the country feeling like a winner, acting like a peacock, having their heads in the clouds, celebrating Scott Brown’s victory as their own (though this is not the victory of the party but rather the victory of the Tea Party movement) and overlooking the danger that is coming from behind. In one of my next Blogs under the title “Is Obama out of touch with reality” I will prove to you that the Democrats have never been more dangerous than now.
This was not the GOP’s victory – this was the Victory of the Tea Party movement.
The actions the democrats are performing right now are Military tactics 1:1 called reinforcing and regrouping. And the GOP and conservatives just don’t seem to see it.
After Brown’s election Obama and his grassroots Democrats definitely acknowledged the fact that the 2010 Midterm elections will not be an easy task for them. Obama’s Hope and Change policy failed and the trust of the people and the poll numbers are decreasing. The signs are all there and obvious, but why is nobody capable of seeing them?
- Obama immediately changed his course from “Lone-ranger-Ruler” to “Please work with me together” – giving voters the impression he is willing to work bipartisan on all issues. This way he can take the position as a victim of Republican stubbornness during the election and blindfold the voters with his eloquent appearance.
~~ The Perfect Oscar certified Media show ~~
- Right after his State of the Union speech Obama went media-affective one on one with the Republicans accusing them of digging into the partisan ship on healthcare rather than working with him – truth is, it was the Democrats that refused to work Bi-partisan, and except for 2 – yes only two – Republican Senators all stayed quiet.
- Pelosi became the role of the hardliner making several media-affective comments that she is willing to move on with the healthcare no matter what, even against the new course of Obama.
- Harry Reid changed his mind on an hourly basis, depending on what Media he was talking to. One time ready to work bi partisan the next moment playing hardliner – Getting ready to take the stand that suits him best.
- With Pat Kennedy announcing his retirement February 11, 2010 the 14th Democrat is backing out of the current administration. Why would they back out just now when they have a chance to rule the country? Pretty simple – Reinforcement. Obama needs to replace some of the faces of his current administration in order to stay in Power. He needs new and unencumbered faces. Everybody right now would just be associated with the past failures.
All of those things are nothing but diversions. When an army needs to re-group and re-enforce, the standard system is to remove the troops from the battlefield to safety, have a few specialists attacking the enemy, keeping his mind and his force occupied and then reinforce the main troops with manpower, arms, and ammunition.
And this is what the Democrats are doing right now. All their appearances on TV, their contradictory Statements, and them changing their minds are nothing but a diversionary tactic to occupy the opposition, the movement, and the voter’s, period. And in the meanwhile Obama performs and occupies the media with his “Nice-Guy from the neighborhood Obama show” knowing that this worked during his Presidential campaign and it might work again now.
But that is not what bothers me, what really bothers me is what is behind the scenes. The Democrats will not sit down and just wait to see what happens. No – they are charging right now, they are getting dossiers on every candidate, background checks, every word that has ever been spoken, and every move that has ever been made.
Manpower, Arms and Ammunition
The democratic machine is working right now – ready to strike as of April until November. And in my opinion this will be the bloodiest Midterm election in History. The Democrats won’t just sit back waiting to be attacked they will strike first throwing dirt wherever they can.
And I said it before and I say it again – when it comes to playing the media the Democrats are way ahead of us. The Democrats have learned that America is a country that loves two things
1) A good Drama show
2) The underdog – and as soon as Obama can position the Democratic Party as the victims of Republican Grass root stubbornness he WILL take the position of the Underdog in this Midterm election.
Always remember Sun-Tzu’s “The Art of War”:
It is not the Giant on the battlefield that worries me – but the troops hiding behind the Giant
So if Debra Medina thinks Glen Beck was tough on her: Here is some good advice for her from my military time:
Preparation is half the war.
Prepare for the worst and be happy if you don’t need it
Prepare yourself for below-the-belt attacks because should you be victorious over Governor Perry in the primaries; Glenn’s interview was a walk in the park compared to what the Democrats will do to you.
And while Glen hung himself on one comment from YOU and attacked YOU – the Dems will go way beyond that – They will go after you, your children, your friends, and even your dog if you have one.
Your friend, supporter, fellow Texan, proud Member of the Tea Party movement and Reagan-Christian Republican
THIS WILL CURDLE YOUR BLOOD AND CURL YOUR HAIR
Pictures do not lie. Obama’s affiliation for Socialist and Anti-American Literature is well established. Here is another proof with what our Commander in Chief is spending his spare time. Reading Anti American Literature called
The Post-American World, and it was written by one of Obama’s fellow Muslim.You don’t believe what Obama says, believe what he does.
Pictures speak louder than words.
Why is this not on the front page of every Newspaper? What does Obama read? Well here is another picture of the book.
“Post” America means the world After the United States.
Time to stop Obama with his radical ideas and his intent to bring down our beloved United States of America.
God Bless the United States of America
|Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams and a tough old U.S. Marine Sergeant were captured by terrorists in Iraq . The leader of the terrorists told them he’d grant each of them one last request before they were beheaded and dragged naked through the streets.|
The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chicken. Couric ate it all and said, ‘Now I can die content.’
Charlie Gibson said, ‘I’m living in New York , so I’d like to hear the song, The Moon and Me, one last time.’
The terrorist leader nodded to another terrorist who had studied the Western world and knew the music. He returned with some rag-tag musicians and played the song.
Brian Williams said, ‘I’m a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what’s about to happen. Maybe, someday, someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end.’
The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Williams dictated his comments.
The leader turned and asked, ‘And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?
‘Kick me in the ass,’ said the Marine..
‘What?’ asked the leader, ‘Will you mock us in your last hour?’
‘No, I’m NOT kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass,’ insisted the Marine.
So the leader shoved him into the yard and kicked him in the ass.
The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead.
In the resulting confusion, he emptied his sidearm on six terrorists, then with his knife he slashed the throat of one, and with an AK-47, which he took from one of the already dead terrorists, sprayed the rest of the terrorists killing another 11.
In a flash, all of them were either dead or fleeing for their lives.
As the Marine was untying Couric, Gibson, and Williams, they asked him, ‘Why didn’t you just shoot them all in the first place? Why did you ask him to kick you in the ass?’
‘What?’ replied the Marine, ‘and have you three idiots report that I was the aggressor…..?’
If You Are Not Willing To Stand Behind Our Troops, Please, Please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them