April 25, 2014
Don't shoot at men in parachutes
Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 25, 2014 1:33 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
Like a John Wayne movie plot: frontier justice. Only in the skies over Europe.
Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 25, 2014 2:15 PM
This is the model for today. You and I should play by the rules UNTIL the people trying to enslave us demonstrate they will not play by any rules. THEN we stop and deliver justice and win. I'm not saying it is time for violence. I don't think it is. In fact, right now, resorting to violence is the worst possible action we can take. But I am begging all of the nice people that dream about how things were back in Mayberry, stop playing by Mayberry Rules when we are faced with officials and supporters that will not limit their actions against us by any rule other than "just win baby."
Being nice isn't nice. It's sacrificing nice people to evil people. The sooner we break out of this preemptive resignation to future defeats the more good we will save in the system and the less harm will be done to the system. Choosing to play nice or waiting for future outrages before we start implementing "direct action" like showing up in large numbers at people's offices and homes and flooding hearing rooms, etc is letting the people that "shoot at helpless people in parachutes" return to base, reload, and come back to shoot more people in parachutes.
There is no nice path forward. There is no magic candidate around, or possible, that can fix things who won't require more conflict. Our situation is one that will either become a Leftist Tyranny or will demand civil strife and drive the Leftists out or underground. If you think smart people can find some other alternative you are choosing to be the weak link in the chain and you put the rest of us at risk. You have no right to throw the rest of us away simply because you want to believe in a fantasy.
The Left will come after you and the other nice people just as they will persecute anyone they see as a threat. The Left will lie about their enemy and nice people on our side will stand aside and watch the target destroyed simply because the target may/may not be in violation of some Mayberry Code of Conduct. You can just as easily be isolated, slandered, and destroyed. The facts won't protect you. Only group resistance will save you.
You must choose fighters and accept the fight so that one day we can return to Mayberry Rules. Stop choosing grey men who seem comfortable, but fail to change the system. The Left is brittle and a little mass resistance will go a long way. But, don't fool yourself, without active resistance there will be no change. This habit of retreating from The Left will ruin us all, you included. Putting off this fight only increases the numbers of us that must fight and the destruction from that fight.
I propose we strongly urge state legislators to support Mark Levin's Article 5 Convention of the States. We elect only people with a history of fighting, not working within the system. And we tie up elected official's offices with phone calls, emails, office visits such that regular business comes to a halt. The system isn't going to change itself and the usual suspects will not upset the system. Pick a fighter, not a comfortable dinner guest.
The greatest Generation had to go to war to save the world. We are only being asked to visit offices, makes some phone calls, donate some money, and keep doing it.
Posted by: Scott M at April 25, 2014 3:25 PM
Vengeance is solely the province of the Lord...
but he subcontracts.
Posted by: John at April 25, 2014 4:30 PM
There are rules.
Rule One: Don't abide evil.
We seem to have forgotten that.
Evil walks the world...
Posted by: TmjUtah at April 25, 2014 6:02 PM
Would just love to know what that SOB thought those last couple of seconds, staring out from under his parachute...
Posted by: Norm at April 25, 2014 6:37 PM
Many years ago I was working for a small office of a major IT consulting firm. "George" was a new consultant who wasn't working out. Several clients had asked for him to be replaced. Older hands like me had tried to mentor him, but truth be known he just was not a fan of hard work, and tended to blame everyone and everything except himself for his lack of success. So one day I was called in to have a chat about him with our "HR guy", Joe. Joe was reluctant to let George go, because Joe wanted to be everybody's friend and I think he wanted me to tell him to pull the trigger, so he didn't have to feel so guilty about it. Well, I did and in no uncertain terms.
Joe says to me "You're a hard man, Ray." I replied to him "No Joe, I am not hard guy, I am actually pretty sentimental. When I see George screwing the pooch, I worry about all the new guys whose jobs might be at risk because of how George is dragging down the numbers. And you know how we get premium rates because we say to our clients that we have only the best people? Well, I want to be telling the truth about that, because I really care about our clients getting their money's worth - I am kind of old fashioned about things like that too. So I see that if we keep carrying George, we are screwing our clients and our good performers, because we won't do the right thing and protect them, and instead we focus on protecting George!"
George cleaned out his desk that afternoon, and as long as I worked with him, I understood that Joe lacked the clarity of thought to really do his job well, and never really trusted him after that.
That's how I feel about the go-along to get-along leaders of the Republican Party - they lack the clarity and integrity to act on the principles required to protect those who have placed their trust in them. They are worse than George, they are Joe. And they gotta go.
Posted by: Ray Van Dune at April 25, 2014 6:40 PM
Do NOT deploy the canopy until below 1000 feet.
It takes 2.5 seconds for a 28' canopy to fully inflate reducing speed from potentially 120mph to 30 mph. Yes, you'll go upside down and the veins in your eyeballs will explode and you will most likely break a leg or 2, or fracture your pelvis in 7 places like I did, but you may, just may, live.
Posted by: ghostsniper at April 25, 2014 6:41 PM
"...leaders of the Republican Party - they lack the clarity and integrity to act on the principles required to protect those who have placed their trust in them."
I think I disagree. Democrats are well protected, are they not?
Posted by: Anonymous at April 25, 2014 6:55 PM
I don't believe the story for variety of reasons. Among them are the following:
1) Germans flew their fighters in pairs. Single "hunters" were not an operational mode as a single fighter was apt to be shot down in the mustang rich environment of later WW2.
2) The historical record shows that the Brits and Americans were frequently found to be the ones who fired at German pilots who bailed out as they descended by parachute.
3) It would be stupid for a German pilot to slow down so as to be able to shoot Americans as they descended by parachute given that American bombers were accompanied by mustangs flying high cover who would be on the spot to get the slower flying German plane.
I am not saying it was impossible but it would have been highly unlikely.
In the book The Blond Knight of Germany the story is told of a meeting between E. Hartmann and a flight of mustangs over the Balkans during which Hartmann shot down 5 or 6 Americans at which time he ran out of Ammunition. He managed to bail out and open his chute at a low altitude and get on the ground and avoid being shot by the remaining American mustangs. The authors of the book were two Americans BTW. They said that the American pilots would have shot Hartmann had the German not gotten down as fast as he did.
Posted by: Dan Kurt at April 25, 2014 9:30 PM
You disbelieve this story because this man could not have ever encountered something like this? That there could not have been, there, that day, a Luftwaffe fighter pilot who was shooting at bailed-out bomber crews? That a fighter pilot would have targeted him for that?
That is pretty weak.
Posted by: Mikey NTH at April 26, 2014 1:29 PM