"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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"The era of small government is over ... government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." ( Tim Pawlenty 2006)

"You're just petty politicians, who'd sooner sign onto the wisdom of a tyrant in another country, than the demands of ticked off voters in your own." (Neil Cavuto June 2008)

“I didn’t question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment.” Mr. Cheney went on: “The point I made and I’ll make it again is that Al Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That’s their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we’ll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of Al Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it.” (Vice President Cheney NYT Feb. 2007)

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. (Ronald Reagan March 1, 1975)

"Oh, no! First of all, if I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." (Al Franken Time Magazine, 9/1/03)

About RF

Started in January 2005

The name- I am using the defense department version.

residual forces- (DOD) Unexpended portions of the remaining United States forces that have an immediate combat potential for continued military operations, and that have been deliberately withheld from utilization.

According to St. Paul at Fraters, I am the Strategic Reserve for the MOB (The Minnesota Organization of Bloggers)

Residual Forces is a solo operation, and is authored entirely by me. To find out who me is, Check out the About Me page.

Useful/less background on why I started blogging
I was asked by some one once, “Why I don’t join the military?” The guy said that I am so adamant in my support for it and its use, why not join?

One answer was that I exceed the height to weight ratio for the US Marines. The other answer is that some people need to stay behind to provide rear support. With out some one at home keeping the home front aware of what is happening and the truth, the soldiers oversees will be criticized and demoralized.

One of this country’s darkest days was the Viet Nam era. Men and women who gave or risked their lives were not welcomed home as the heroes they were. They were winning a war in Asia, only to be defeated at home. I can only be glad I was not old enough to be a part of this disgusting period in American history.

Soldiers were spit on. They were accused of crimes that may never have happened. There was little or no evidence that they happened, but the accusations were accepted as widespread and standard operational procedure for the military, by the public, but more dastardly, the media.

It was one of this countries darkest days in my opinion, and I will do what I can to make sure the will of the people is not corrupted by ideologues.

Why would I do this, blog that is?
I started this blog to have an outlet. I used to spend countless nights crafting letters that I’d send into the local papers for their editor’s consideration. It was quite unsatisfying to have my letters turned down and see the garbage they actually did print. Watching the “news” had gotten to be quite depressing, if you are a conservative who can’t believe what he is seeing the media portray as fact. I watched day after day the way that the media slanted their stories, subtly, but slanted nonetheless. It wasn’t so much what they reported, it was the way they reported. Using negative words for one thing, and then positive words for the opposite. Subtle. But effective to the unaware viewers.

The media is also guilty in my mind of censoring the news. They may call it editting, but they are doing damage to America. Their refusal to admit that there is a Red America (I hate the hole red state blue state thing) and report on its views. Since the 2004 election, some media corporations (yes there are corporations in the news media, all you progressives!) have sent out reporters to find Red America. I have heard only one or two accounts so far, but they seemed astonished that there weren’t tall builings everywhere and the people could actually speak in complete sentences.

And so one night after finishing Blog “Understanding the Information Reformation That’s changing Your World” by Hugh Hewitt, I was in. I finally got it. Blogging was the new printing press. Any one could say anything. We are no longer beholden to the ideologes in the media. It almost seems that the first amendment was written for blogs.

So on January 16, 2005 I registered the domain name, got a host, and wham!
Residual Forces was born

With the rise of other social media formats the last couple years, the blog has stopped being my sole output of content. I am very active on Twitter, trying to force myself into the whole Facebook fad, and have even started a Tumblr page. Links to each can be found in the sidebar.

“A Stream of Consciousness by Andy Aplikowski on His Life, His Politics, His Dogs, His Truck, and for other things”

You never know, nor do I sometimes, what exactly will appear on the blog.

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