Let's call them Daesch
The first week in the new year and it is a slow news day. The politicians aren't back to work yet -- not a bad thing. No change in the hopefuls running for president since the end of last year. Trump is full of bombast and no plan laid out on how to get things done. Cruz I like and Rubio not a bad choice either. Hillary and or Bernie too horrible to contemplate. Politics!
Another new word to learn and that is Daesh. I Googled it and came up with the following: Depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, the word can mean "to trample down and crush." But it can also mean "a bigot." ISIS has reportedly threatened to cut out the tongues of anyone it hears using the term. "It's a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them," said Evan Kohlmann, a national security analyst at Flashpoint and a contributor to NBC News. "It would be like referring to Germans as 'Huns.'"
Oh my! Don't tell Snoopy the World War I ace in Charlie Brown and Peanuts comic strip fame. Snoopy dreamed of defeating the dreaded "Hun" in aerial dogfights.
Daesh then it is, the preferred term by modern day fighter pilots flying real A-10's in Iraq. Daesh, not ISIS or ISIL. The more the insult for the enemy the better.
The A-10 is the premier air to ground fighting machine of our Air Force today, none better in the world. The A-10 pilots consider the Daesh to be pure evil as well one might after watching their propaganda videos chopping prisoner's heads off and burning a captured pilot alive in a cage. Evil they are and it is with no regret the A-10 pilots hunt them down and hose them with their awesome 30 mm gun. The more the better and we are killing something like 1,000 a month. That count pretty closely offsets the number of recruits that ISIS brags of attracting to their evil organization each month.
A recent visitor to an A-10 unit noted that following a meal the pilots sat eating ice cream and talking about missions flown that day. They observed that although the Daesh consider death in combat the most honorable thing possible they always run away from the awesome sound of that 30 mike mike gun! Any bad feelings about shooting to kill other human beings? Not these fighter pilots!
Remember that these young men, women too, could have been the kid that grew up next door. Many of the A-10 units are National Guard and Reserve outfits so if you live close they could be the repairman that comes to your house to fix your refrigerator or maybe the airline pilot you ride behind as he does his civilian job. Our American Fighting Men & Women. Incidentally current U.S. Congressman (lady?) Martha McSally flew the A-10 in combat in Iraq and Kuwait.
To date this observer hasn't been very favorably impressed with the performance of new House Majority Leader Paul Ryan. In my opinion he caved to President Obama in getting the House to approve the bloated omnibus spending bill. Record debt, funded Planned Parenthood, lots of pork, the usual. I still haven't found out how our Representative Adrian Smith voted on the bill but I suspect FOR. Proud of our state's U. S. Senators who both voted NO.
Anyway there may yet be hope for Ryan, ugly new beard aside. I've been watching the recess performance of Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Republican, U.S. Representative from Kansas 1st District and our next door neighbor to the south.
Tim currently owns and operates a large farm even though he also attained a doctorate in political science back in his college days. Huelskamp was on the Agriculture committee a natural fit for a Representative from a very rural state. He voted against the Republican 2012 budget and Speaker Boehner kicked him off the Ag committee. Just the kind of D.C. politics that we on the outside hate.
Huelskamp believes in town hall meetings and hosted gatherings in each of the 63 counties in his 1st district. He is a farmer that can talk to farmers and more important listen to their concerns and needs. He also is a strong Christian, a Catholic, has four children and understands the meaning of work.
Speaker Ryan has now reassigned Huelskamp to his insider steering committee. It is an influential position in that the steering committee evaluates the background and strengths of each Republican in the House and suggests their assignment to an appropriate committee to use their best talents.
Now our own Representative Smith seems to me to be a go along to get along kind of guy. He hails from Scottsbluff, rural but considerably different country than western Kansas or Southwest Nebraska. Is not a farmer, actually I don't think he ever held a job of any kind outside politics. I prefer the likes of Virginia Smith who did a fine job of representing us over the current version of Smith. Or perhaps a fighter like our neighbor Tim Huelskamp would be a better fit. Vote wisely.
That is how I saw it.
[Adrian Smith did vote against the omnibus bill. This version also revises an earlier version which indicated that U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith was single. He and his wife, Andrea, were married in November 2014 and live in Gering. -- editor]