Monday, June 30, 2014
"Sean, Iran has sent troops across the border into Iraq. They're here!
Huge stockpiles of US armor, weapons, heavy artillery, mortars, armored vehicles, tanks, the entire main weapons depot and the main helicopter base, have been captured, mostly intact, by ISIS
The largest oilfield in Iraq has also been captured by ISIS. No US airstrikes, and none are likely any time soon.
Bumbling US State Department is providing zero support to contractors and other Americans still here.
Water, ammunition, and other critical supplies are not being delivered to what few Iraqi troops there are who have not already ripped-off their uniforms and fled.
All Americans, including me, are trying desperately to get out.
Fighting is bitter! ISIS does not take prisoners. ISIS is murdering/slaughtering captives and non-combatants alike. Like the NVA in Vietnam in the 1960s, ISIS has hit-lists with names of government officials, opposition, police military personnel. All are marked for death. The ultimate slaughter will defy imagination!
Kurds in the mountains are establishing their own state. They, correctly, have zero faith in any US-sponsored central government. No surprise!
In short, it is total chaos here. Extremely dangerous. It is the fall of Vietnam all over again! Anyone who trusts the USA as an ally is a fool!"
Comment: We've elected an amoral incompetent, and he has predictably surrounded himself with dithering buffoons and lying criminals. No one trusts us any more, and no one believes any statement coming from the White House, nor the State Department, nor should they . . .
"When the bus is going over a cliff, it really doesn't matter if you're sitting in the front or in the back."
Sunday, June 29, 2014
I've known guys who grew up on Mom, Apple Pie and the Fourth of July - if you cut them they bleed red, white and blue - I'm not one of them. I wish I was, but I've always felt a bit out of place here in my adopted country. I love NFL football even though I only understand about 50% of what's happening when I watch it. I love the American "Can-Do" spirit and the American dream, most of all I love America The Idea.
America The Idea is the concept that each person is a free individual with unalienable rights, as described in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. See this piece of paper, Mister President? This is where your power stops and my rights begin.
This is American Exceptionalism. No other country on the face of the Earth has such a charter. The UK comes close but they lack fundamental freedoms we take for granted. We are the exception to the rule.
It is not by accident that America became the Superpower. There are several countries with as much land and resources as ours, even more so. Why is not Russia a Superpower, or China? What about Africa - why is there not a United States of Africa? With their natural resources, geographic location surrounded by water and almost unlimited manpower the Africans should rule the world. One thing makes America stand out and drives our system to the top: American Exceptionalism.
The Idea is open to everyone in the world, because every human being on the planet has a burning desire to be free - it is as instinctive and natural as air, water, food and shelter. We didn't invent The Idea - it goes all the way back to Aristotle in Ancient Greece - but our Founding Fathers brought it as close to perfection as is humanly possible. The Idea is basically our guaranteed-in-writing individual right to The Pursuit of Happiness.
I love America. Most of all I love the freedom I enjoy here and the almost unlimited opportunity this country offers - all you have to do is want something bad enough and be willing to work hard for it and you can be whoever you want to be, have whatever you want - it is all within all of ours reach.
But nowadays fundamental American values are being torn down more and more every week to the point it seems we don't have too many American values left to lose. I love America and I don't want to lose her. It's not too late for America - it's never too late. We can do it. We can be great again. I saw it done before - after the turmoil of the Seventies - and I was a part of it. I was a part of Reagan's Army.
We can do it again. It's going to take a lot of sweat, toil, pain and tears but we can make America great again. It might take ten years, it might take a hundred, but it is worth it. No matter what it takes, its a million times better than holding our grandkids on our knees and hear them ask, "Tell us about when America was the Superpower, Grandpa. Tell us what happened, Grandpa?"
Oh my God, how I dread the day I have to answer that question . . .
I've been very upset for a long time, more and more these days. Nowadays I cling to the hope that, despite everything that is going wrong with our country, the underlying spirit that is America will stir in people and overcome all the idiocy that plagues us at the moment.
There is an underlying spirit in the people of America. It will rise to the surface again, you cannot quash something like that with petty laws and bureaucracy . . .
I didn't do it for the money because I could have made a hundred times more on the outside, and I didn't do it for glory. Quite honestly, at first I signed up for the adventure - its in my blood - then I stayed in and made soldiering my profession. Somewhere along the line it became a calling.
This Iraq thing is what's snapping my head around. I saw firsthand the results of America turning its back on our allies in Southeast Asia and now I'm seeing it again in the Middle East. America retreating on all fronts, and our enemies gaining ground. Just like the late Seventies when the Soviets were snapping up countries left and right, and our policy was "détente" - which means there's nothing we can do about it so lets just learn to live with each other.
Operation Urgent Fury - the liberation of Grenada - was the turning point of the Cold War.
But I was a part of the rebuilding of America as a Superpower - if it wasn't for Ronald Reagan's leadership there'd be a lot more oppression in this world and a lot less freedom and prosperity.
Now I know why I'm here. Now I know my mission in Life. We can make America great again and we will, and I am going to do everything I can in my power to drive it.
"Pro Patria est . . ."
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Any house improvement project, such as a sliding patio door installation or installing vinyl siding, is a big one. While some owners tackle these projects themselves, many understand their own limitations and choose to hire a professional contracting company to handle major projects. If you're considering hiring window replacement contractors or other professionals, consider each of what's known as the 'Four P's.'
Problems: What Are You Trying To Solve?
The first thing to consider is what you want done. What type of project are you doing on your home? For instance, if you're replacing windows, then hiring dedicated window contractors is what you want to do. If you need to install vinyl siding, it's important to find a business that's knowledgeable about the different types of vinyl siding. Hiring a contractor that follows the Vinyl Siding Institute's guidelines is important as well!
Products: Do Your Contractors Know What's Best?
There are a number of different products available for any home improvement project. The right contractors will take a look at what you need and match your home up with the products that best fit your needs. For instance, if you're looking at a sliding patio door installation, a knowledgeable patio door installer will be able to tell you if the item you've chosen won't work on your home. Because they work with a number of different brands and products, they'll be able to help guide you toward what's best for your house structure. These professionals take a number of factors into consideration, such as price, the reputation of the brand and how it provides a solution for your home.
People: Are Your Roofing Contractors, For Instance, Well Known?
Whether you're installing vinyl siding, or having a sliding patio door installation done, you'll want to make sure the company you choose is well known locally. Particularly after a storm, roofing contractors can come from all over and start giving local homeowners quotes on repairing the damage. While some of these companies may be reputable, hiring an out-of-town company can be a risk. Instead, look for a company with a constant presence in your area. While problems with a reputable company are typically rare, working with one that's established means you'll have some recourse if there's ever an issue.
It goes without saying that any company you hire for a project like a sliding patio door installation or installing vinyl siding should be certified and insured. A reputable remodeling company will be happy to tell you about their certifications. If you can't get a straight answer, run, don't walk, the other way.
Price: Lower Doesn't Mean Better
Price is obviously a factor in any home improvement project. A low-ball quote often means that workers are unskilled or that you'll find customer service to be lacking. Instead, realize that a higher price means that you'll be receiving qualified, skilled laborers, customer service that you can count on and a company owner that's committed to you, the homeowner.
Considering more than just price is a smart idea when undertaking home improvement projects. If you're about to hire window replacement contractors, are considering replacing your vinyl siding or doing any other type of project, make sure to find a qualified contractor.
“Keep Calm and Carry On” is now one of the most recognizable slogans in British history. Its resilient message has become extraordinarily commonplace, with the phrase used to sell everything from mugs to flight bags and baby clothes. Its formula is instantly recognizable, whether referring to zombies or Vikingism.
This pervasiveness has served to reinforce a popular view of life on the Home Front during World War II. It also obscures the complicated history of a poster that was designed on this day 75 years ago, but surprisingly was not seen in public until very recently, in 2001.
Lost and found
The slogan was coined following a meeting between Ministry of Information officials and the Treasury on 27 June 1939. It was designed to lead a series of three “Home Publicity” posters that would be issued in the event of war and 2.45 million copies were printed in the days before World War II was declared. But its display was never officially authorised, and so never went ahead.
Only a handful of the originals survived when stocks were pulped during an extensive wartime recycling campaign. Some of the posters had been distributed to police stations for safe-keeping and were accidentally overlooked, but even these remained hidden from view for more than 60 years.
This would all change when a dusty copy of the “Keep Calm” poster was re-discovered at the turn of the 21st century. It was found in 2000 within a box of books bought at auction by Stuart and Mary Manley, the owners of a second hand book shop in Alnwick, Northumberland. The Manleys decided to display the poster it in their shop and began to sell reproductions in 2001.
Read the rest of it HERE
Friday, June 27, 2014
Request to Congress comes as US searches for effective alternatives to Isis, which has overrun parts of northern Iraq
US-trained Iraqi military was routed in Nineveh Province by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in recent weeks. Pic: AP
Unless we're willing to back these guys up with aerial resupply, air strikes and a conventional force coming in when the time is right including a LOT of heavy artillery, we will only be extending the pain & suffering . . . we should have never gotten involved over there in the first place. When this Syria business first kicked off we should have said, "Putin, this one's in your sphere of influence . . ." and let him handle it.
More to follow . . .
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Before I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man who's not a creep.
One who's handsome, smart and strong,
One who loves to listen long,
One who thinks before he speaks,
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I pray he's rich and self-employed,
And when I spend, won't be annoyed.
Pull out my chair and hold my hand.
Massage my feet and help me stand.
Oh send a king to make me a queen.
A man who loves to cook and clean.
I pray this man will love no other,
And relish visits with my mother.
A MAN'S POEM:
I pray for a deaf-mute gymnast nymphomaniac with
big tits who owns a bar on a golf course,
and loves to send me fishing and drinking. This
doesn't rhyme and I don't give a shit.
Would you really believe that at one time people usually built their own houses? At that time, the entire family involved itself in the project and shared the labor.
It's just the same which many people are currently doing, though these self build houses are among the most labor intensive ones. As these projects now come in DIY kits, the entire task of building them is now becoming much less complicated.
If you see the entire building project, it may appear very daunting to you though in reality it is not so. It is a fact that it is very labor intensive, but if a person is not afraid of labor, then surely this can be too rewarding for him. If you take this as a project as one which has many small interconnected project culminating into this larger one, the entire task will become much easier for you.
At first you will have to construct the foundation of cement and this is surely the largest of all interconnected tasks. First of all you need to dig the footings and then have to set the forms which may take about two weeks of time and surely there is no margin for any error. Then comes a "pour day". Many people who are in this for the first time also call it "a hell day".
A great thing about the next part is that the walls usually come in the pre-framed form. All the doors and windows are already there and you just need to locate and erect them on the foundation.
The next part of this project is to bolt the walls successfully to the house foundation, which is sometimes called by carpenters as "rolling" these ceiling joists. All the ceiling joists normally come pre-cut in length and a map usually accompany them so there is no chance of any error taking place.
After all these ceiling joists are successfully set by nailing in place, the time comes for properly sheeting the second floor by OSB or plywood. This is a very easy task but you must leave about 1.5 inches of overhand on the top side of stairwell as you start trimming its edges.
After accomplishing this, now is time for setting the topmost walls of floor in their place, bracing them and getting ready for stacking the trusses of roof. Now it is just the matter of successfully nailing these trusses in their place, properly sheeting the house roof and the house frame is totally done.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
C-Rats you know yer hard when ya Like 'em . . . Love 'em . . . Live 'em . . . nuthin' better in the bush than a C Rat party with Lao Khao rice whiskey white lightning to wash 'em down . . . oh yeah those were the good old days . . . ten million times better than the dreaded MREs . . . "Meals Ready to Excrete" . . . the Gurkhas called them "Meals Rejected by Ethiopians" . . .
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I drank a Martini . . . ONCE . . . it was twenty years ago and I thought I was going to DIE . . . S.L.
Step-mother Miss Ruth came over this week and I got a class on Martinis . . . Miss Ruth makes her Martinis with gin - I wanted to try a vodka Martini and this is what I learned: if you're going to pollute your vodka with that vermouth poison, go with the cheap stuff. Save your Stoli, Absolute and Finlandia for drinking straight up, on the rocks with a slice of lime.
Better if you avoid Martinis like the plague . . . I've had two Martinis in my entire life and that was two too many . . .
I don't know what vermouth is or where it comes from but I believe that in Ancient Greek mythology, vermouth originally came to Man from the Ass of the Evil Fire Breathing Man-Eating Dragon that lived at the End of Space and Time . . .
Kerosene actually tastes better . . . has more medicinal qualities, even . . .
When we talk about home improvements it is the process of renovating, remodeling, replacing or making additions to one's home. Home improvement projects have basically one or more goals that include comfort, additional features, safety measures, maintenance and repair and the beautification of the home. Inspiration is one of the main reasons we want to upgrade our home by remodeling or renovating it at a budgeted prices.
There are three main approaches to better manage a home improvement project: First is by hiring a general contractor. Basically, a general contractor can either be a group or an individual responsible for the means and methods to be used in the construction execution of a project. It acts as project manager who coordinates work schedules, provide access to the site, and perform some aspects of the work. Second is hiring specialized contractors-these contractors are specialized credentials, licensing and have experiences to perform renovation services. The third one is the "do it yourself" approach or what we call DIY. Majority of the home owners report they will do some work themselves when they remodel their home according to Remodeling Sentiment Report.
For most homeowners, home maintenance can be tough and difficult. But remember, it is very essential for us to maintain our home, make it clean and should always be taken care of. Some people wanted to maintain and repair their homes but for some reasons, they can't do it. Either they don't really have much time to do this and no intended budget for the maintenance. Maintaining our houses 'conditions can help us save much since it prevents frequent house repairs, general constructions or renovations. Our household is indeed our shelter and our sanctuary where we are most comfortable with. At least we have to make sure of its safety and comfort for the sake of each member of the family.
Safety and security is also an important factor when we improve our homes. We always have to prepared with whatever incidents that might occur in our homes. Consider in investing security systems such as burglar alarm systems and fire alarm systems. This is the best option to be safe and be prepared whenever terrible circumstances arise. This may cause more, but at least it's worth the investment. Safety and security of your family is the most vital of all and no one would ever risk the safety of one's family.
At the end of the day whatever we may decide on how to better improve our home we just have to make sure the best quality improvement ideas that best suits our household. Always stay safe when renovating your home and enjoy what you do best were you are most comfortable with because one's home also reflects the owner's ideas, character and personality.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
This past week the Obama administration announced the arrest of Benghazi al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Abu Khattala. Many in the media, including Fox’s James Rosen asked the question: “Why now?" The terrorist leader had been living openly in Benghazi and had actually conducted press interviews.
As unbelievable as this might sound, the most likely answer is within the Bergdahl deal, the release of the GITMO-5 to Qatar.
Ahmed Abu Khattala is directly connected to the covert transfer of US arms from Qatar to Libya in the initial 2011 decision to arm the Libyan rebels.
It was recently discovered that Qatar gave some of the aforementioned arms, specifically Stinger missiles, to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Khattala suddenly became a risk of exposure to the Whitehouse. The man needed to be rolled up and shut up.
This is complex so bear with me.
Reuters News Agency reported on 30 March 2011 that President Obama had already signed a secret order authorizing the CIA to provide covert support to the Libyan opposition, an operation that would become known as “Zero Footprint”:
U.S. officials also have said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whose leaders despise Gaddafi, have indicated a willingness to supply Libyan rebels with weapons.
Ultimately a joint decision between the State Department (Hillary Clinton) and CIA (General David Petraeus) was reached to use friendly nations as cover for direct shipment of U.S. arms into Libya as part of Operation Zero Footprint.
In the event a covert operation is deemed necessary, the President is required by Federal law to advise the leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the chairman and ranking members of the Intelligence Committees in both chambers.
In the intelligence community, this group is referred to as “the Gang of 8″ - John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Rogers, Ruppersberger, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss. This group includes leaders from both parties.
The Gang of 8 should have known about Operation Zero Footprint. Consider for a moment all the political people who have stalled any investigation into the Benghazi attack, over the past two years.
It is significant to point out that our involvement in the Libyan conflict excluded AFRICOM, under General Carter Ham. The mission was handed over to NATO. Nothing moved in and out of Libya without the approval of NATO. Admiral Stavridis, NATO commander, had to authorize any of the armed shipments that came in there.
Chris Stevens was embedded in Benghazi to help coordinate those arms shipments. At the instructions of State and the CIA, Stavridis (via NATO) used the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the financier of the weapons.
Qatar was the go-between for all the logistics and shipping of the weapons in and out of Libya.
Ahmed Abu Khattala in his position as the insurgent commander within the Libyan Islamic Fighting group, and as leader of Ansar al-Sharia (which is the Muslim Brotherhood link in Libya), was the recipient of all those arms flowing into Libya.
Khattala was the commander within the actual fighting force on the ground. Khattala was the leader of what Hillary called “the rebels”. A year after the attacks on the US COnsulate and the CIA compound in Benghazi – on December 31, 2013 - the State Department designated Ahmed Abu Khattalah a terrorist.
Khattalah was the senior leader of the group Ansar al-Sharia, known for its extreme hostility toward the West. Khattalah had spent most of his adult life imprisoned by the Qaddafi regime for his Islamist views, fueling his hatred for the dictator.
Because of the unique construction of the entire Libyan operation, the Department of Defense and the FBI had no knowledge of Operation Zero Footprint, which is completely consistent with the US Senate Select Committee’s finding after the Benghazi attack.
In addition - as has previously been reported - AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham was not aware a CIA Annex even existed in Benghazi at the time of the attacks.
As the Senate Select Committee pointed out:
We are puzzled as to how the military leadership (General Ham) expected to effectively respond and rescue Americans in the event of an emergency when it did not even know of the existence of one of the US facilities.
Details of the covert weapons operation Zero Footprint were tightly guarded among select members of Congress (the Gang of Eight), the CIA (Petraeus), the State Department (Clinton) and the White House (Donilon), who were all trying to manage a covert operation that would expose a US policy decision to arm al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist militias. A decision that would ultimately lead to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
When the Whitehouse made the political decision to use Bowe Bergdahl as a head feint to draw attention away from the growing VA scandal, the backlash against the release of the terrorists for a deserter (and possible traitor) caught the Obama Administration totally unawares. The entire decision became a political hot-potato, and the release of the GITMO-5 brought Qatar back into the picture.
The White House did not anticipate Qatar re-emerging into focus, and Qatar’s previous less-than-honorable follow-through with the Libyan missiles; some of which ended up in the hands of the Taliban and were used against US forces in Afghanistan.
Suddenly Ahmed Khattala was a risk that needed to be under control. At the same time ISIS, the Syrian al-Qaeda insurgency, was in the news all over Northern Iraq holding the same - albeit a different batch - Stinger missiles previously ID’d to the Taliban.
So last Sunday they threw a bag over him.
Now take some time to watch this video you’ll see how it all comes together:
Pay close attention at the 23:00 minute mark.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Kristin Beck is a transgender who served in the Navy SEALs as Chris Beck. Beck was recently in a CNN biography Lady Valor and also is the subject and co-writer of the book Warrior Princess.
Beck served on Navy SEAL Team 6, also known as US Navy Special Warfare Development Group.
Beck’s transition started in 2011 after his retirement from the military. Revealing this information any sooner would have resulted in immediate discharge from the military.
Making this news public was very important to Beck because he is now be able to live in a manner consistent of his life-long gender awareness as a female. Beck currently is leading the fight for acceptance of transgender soldiers in the military, which is currently not permitted.
A large part of his book, Warrior Princess, focuses on the suicide rates among transgender individuals. As of June 2013, when the book was published, the suicide rate among transgender individuals was exponentially higher than in the general population. The prevention of suicide of transgender combat veterans is a very important issue to Beck.
I was not aware there were enough tranny combat veterans to be able to collect data suitable to make quantifiable analysis.
Notice I use the male pronoun in reference to Kristin Beck. For the record - a dick-ectomy doesn't make one a woman any more than wearing a dog collar makes one a dog. To maintain this myth is an insult to women, and it's striking that this point of view is propagated by women who label themselves feminists.
Am I the only one who remembers it was not that long ago transsexuals were labelled freaks and weirdos? When did this become acceptable, to the point that it is being forced upon us by the politically correct crowd. Nowadays, to openly speak out against this kind of sexual perversion is to label oneself as bigoted and intolerant, with penalties for "discriminating" against what is one hundred percent unnatural.
Please take note: there is no DNA involved here. There is no "Gay DNA" - at least none detected by scientists when they mapped the entire human genome. For all we know, "gay" is nothing more than a sexual kink, and yet we are to embrace this lunacy as if it is a viable alternative, a third sex for all practical purposes. What this really represents is a significant chunk of the cultural rot that is consuming our society.
Personally, I find this creepy and disgusting . . . so disturbing, my soul recoils in horror . . .
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1. Creating Clutter and Disorganization
One of the biggest interior design mistakes people make while interior decorating is cluttering the home with too much accessories and items. Cluttering can make the room appearance smaller and even bring anxiety if not handled properly. Eliminate extra and useless items that you never or seldom use; it will provide you more living space. You can avoid this by buying only those things that you absolutely love and you think is essential for the room.
2. Selecting Wrong Type of Furniture
Another common mistake is choosing the wrong type of furniture that is either too large or too small as compared to the space available in your room. All the measurements should be made prior to purchasing pieces of furniture. Decorating your home with an appropriate furniture type that complements your living space will definitely give a pleasant and welcoming feel to your home design.
3. Ignoring Color Coordination
It is a very common and frequent interior design mistake that most people do not consider. Selecting the right colors will always be one of the most important decisions in the interior design. Choosing the shades and tints for the wall paints that fit best with fabrics and furniture will greatly depict the mood and nature of the habitants. Adding different contrasts in your color scheme can set the mood you want in your dream place.
4. Incorporating Bad Lighting
This is the worst mistake that people usually make within their home. Lighting is the one of the most significant features of the interior decor that truly influences on the emotion of the room. Incorporating lighting that fit best according to every room will improve the overall ambiance of your home decor.
5. Choosing Improper Height to Hang Artwork
Another pitfall which is often observed while interior decorating is hanging artwork on improper height that are either too low or too high. Selecting an elegant artwork that complements the room style and surface with a correct proportion is decisive to format the appearance of the walls. It will certainly give an aesthetically and pleasant appearance to your room.
The ultimate goal of interior design is to create a more functional and aesthetically appealing look for your home. The above mentioned points are some common mistakes that people generally make while decorating their home designs. Getting the help of a professional interior decorator is a worthwhile option to avoid these common mistakes.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
During the 30s and 40s the forces of true evil were on the march in the world. The Nazis and Japan conducted a brutal style of warfare that was directed not only at the Allied armed forces but at the citizens of the countries that they conquered. War, total and unrelenting war, was the only thing that defeated this worldwide evil. In the end we resorted to vaporizing cities to shut down Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. If only we had listened to Winston Churchill, who warned us against appeasement. We could have stopped the Germans when they were weak.
Today we again face a force of Pure Evil. The terrorist enemy's stated goal is the re-establishment of the Caliphate (Baghdad) and total domination of the world. This means the subjection of every man, woman and child under its system and beliefs. They will kill us all, sparing only a few of us to keep as slaves, women of childbearing age as breeders, and kids under the age of 12 as slaves and sexual playthings. This is not hyperbole, this is the actual stated goal of these fanatics, all you have to do is listen to what they say.
Outnumbered 20-to-1 Islamist militants ISIS decimates Iraqi Army in its rampage towards the capital
The man in the upper left is the Islamic extremist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. We had him, apparently, and when we released him, he laughed in our faces and said, "See you in New York!"
Remember, they put Hitler in prison and he used the time to write Mein Kampf, the book that would become the Nazi bible. How much better off would the world have been if they'd simply put him in front of a firing squad? It's hard to imagine that such a crazy once owned all of the European continent. If - yes it's a big if but not outside the realm of possibilities - Hitler had taken Britain, his next target would have been New York.
Here is how al-Baghdadi's terrorist army conducts itself on the battlefield:
Click HERE and see for yourself the images that were simply too gruesome for me to post here.
What happened is obvious. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda splinter group, got tired of getting its ass kicked by Assad in Syria. So they looked south and realized a whole lot of real estate was theirs for the taking.
This is pure Sun Tzu: "Military tactics are like unto water, for water in its natural course runs away . . . Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows . . . "
Last time I looked we were still involved in the Global War on Terror and the enemy is on the verge of achieving their strategic objective. Meanwhile, we seem to have lost sight of any objective. To me, this is the worst war crime. When you find yourself involved in a war, to commit to anything less than victory is an absolute waste of blood and treasure.
The terrorist enemy is parading openly in the streets.
They are deploying tactically.
They even have tanks.
We are letting a historic opportunity slip between our fingers. When a guerrilla force presents itself openly on the battlefield it is most vulnerable. If we dropped the 82d Airborne, the Ranger Battalions, the Green Berets and Delta Force right on top of these savages it would be a one-way fight. Rotor in a couple regiments of Marines and let the A-10s and Spectre gunships do their grim work. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel and we'd be doing the world a favor.
If we do not make a stand we will lose this war, possible not in this generation but surely in our children's or grandchildren time. We must fight but not as we have, we must fight totally and with a resolve to defend freedom for every person on the earth who wants it. We must fight to win because this is nothing less than Good versus Evil.
Although I believe we are not the "world's policeman" I believe that this country, as President Reagen said, is the last beacon of hope and freedom loving in the world. We cannot lose or become weak. We must stand and fight if we believe that this country and what it stands for is right.
We fight them now when they are still relatively weak, or we let them take an entire oil-rich nation and all its resources, ally themselves with Iran and let your imagination take it from there.
The threat is not far away, the threat is close by. If you are too old to serve stand your ground, protect your family, friends and neighbors. If you are young enough to serve do not shy away.
"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." - Captain John Parker to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775.
God bless all our Armed Forces and God bless this great country.
Special thanks to my brother Blue who contributed towards this post - "Good on ya, Mate!"
Saturday, June 14, 2014
First, search the web for reviews. You can find reviews for most any type of furniture you could think of, from all of the top brands. Using reviews can give you a great perspective of a piece of furniture before you spend your money. No matter your budget, ensure that you are shopping with a trustworthy company.
When shopping with a trustworthy company you can count on getting high quality furniture that meets your price range. Again, reviews are a great way to find a reputable company. Consider shopping on the web as well. Many times furniture can easily be found on the web, and you are always assured a larger selection than what can be found sitting inside of local furniture stores. And, the costs may be less when using the web to find your furniture. You can shop online any time that you like, and might even prefer doing a bit of online browsing and shopping as well as a bit in store as well.
Do not settle for less. It is your home, and having furniture that you like, that meets your style, will ensure a happy home is made. Even if it takes a bit of extra time and searching, don’t stop until you are satisfied, even thrilled, with the furniture you are getting. This is a true statement regardless of the room or rooms you are buying for.
If you are on a tight budget, compare costs before you buy. This is great even for those who are not, however essential for those who are. This is a free service most easily completed on the web. It will take you only a few short minutes to compare prices, and doing so could result in taking home savings of as much as 50%!
Finding bespoke furniture is an important decision when wasting your earnings is a no-no. You want stylish furniture made to last that looks great inside of your home. Take these tips with you when shopping and great furniture that you love will always be yours. You might even save a little bit while you are at it!
If we hadn't needed bones,
an adamantine structure of reality,
perhaps we could have lived in our dream world
at the point where line met arc,
where desire blossomed,
flowered to love
high on passion and adventure --
If we hadn't needed bones,
we mightn't have broken
under the stresses
of jungle and desert and distance.
If we hadn't needed bones,
we could have flowed together
in an endless fantasy of possibility,
sharing a stream of stars.
We could have stayed within
the blue realm of sunfish
and skirted the abyss,
if we hadn't needed bones.
Also known as Poem Number 3 . . .
. . . curious as to your thoughts . . .
Friday, June 13, 2014
NRA Life of Duty presented by Brownells - Defending Our America sponsored by Sig Sauer
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The First Rule is: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
The Second Rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.
The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, Political Mentor of Barack Obama
Choosing Roofing Contractors
Any type of remodeling done to homes comes with costs. But just because it does, letting any part of your home to decay is not the best alternative. One part of the house that should not be left to rot is the roof because it protects the interior. So, when it is time to repair or replace your roof, the work should not be left to amateurs. You need to find roofing contractors who can meet your needs as well as your budget.
Good roofing contractors do not only work on your roof, they also work with you to keep the costs low as possible and help you with insurance companies. You can search for them in the industry's directory or you can ask your friends and acquaintances for any referrals of roofing contractors that they have used before. The latter is usually the best option but it would not hurt to check whether a roofing contractor has a good standing with the industry's directory. The Internet is also another way of checking past performances of roofing contractors on your list through opinions from previous customers.
Checking the standing of roofing contractors before hiring one is a wise choice. Past job performances speak a lot about how a contractor takes a roofing job seriously. The opinions should not be the main factors that guide your decisions. But, be vigilant with the feedback of past customers. You do not want to hire the services of someone who have received more than a few negative comments from their previous jobs. It is also a standard in the industry that roofing contractors should comply with standards and regulations according to the current building code. So, make sure your prospective roofing contractor complies with the industry's regulations.
A roofing job should be taken seriously because it can be costly and even disastrous if done haphazardly. With the current state of the economy, it is always wise to try to do any home remodeling the first time. If you are still not satisfied with your list, do more research because you will ultimately get the value for your money for that roofing job.
Determine the Type of Painting Services Your Home Needs
A painting project for your home is a serious endeavour so, finding a contractor that can provide painting services for your home should be taken seriously. Before hiring any contractor, determine first the type of painting job you need. Different types of painting jobs may also require different types of painting services from different contractors. That is, if the contractor you have chosen specializes on certain painting jobs.
Before hiring painting services from a contractor, assess whether your house needs paint for the exterior or does it only need paint for its interior. Although most contractors are capable of offering any type of painting services, it is still advisable to know what your house needs in order to assess how much it will cost.
If you need a painting job for the exterior of your house, assess first what needs to be done. Exterior areas of your house need to check the condition of the area that needs to be painted. Some materials may need some repair before any painting can be successfully done on it. Doing this avoids the hassle of painting rework and additional costs.
Painting the interior of your house is another matter. It is not only about applying paint on walls, it includes some improvements on cabinets or putting textures on certain walls. So, interior painting is more detail oriented than the exterior. The contractor you hire to provide the painting services should be exceptionally detail oriented but does not lose focus on the quality.
Choosing the right contractor to do the painting services for your home will give you satisfaction. So, to avoid headaches and a lousy job, consider hiring the services of a trusted and tested contractor. Ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations of contractors they have hired for painting services in the past. You can also check a list of contractors who offer painting services in the industry's directory. Another method is to check opinions of previous customers on the contractor's website. Although it is not always advisable to rely on those opinions, you would not want to hire someone who have received more than a few negative feedback.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men did what they did. They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us. They want to know why these men were not arrested before they did something so terrible. The media is in a tizzy about this new era of homegrown radicals, and about why they could live among us and still hate us.
A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me: “Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us. I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter.
I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me; I know it will bite me because it's a rattlesnake and that's what rattlesnakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake . . . I just kill it. I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me. I just kill them. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.
I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non-poisonous rat snake . . . I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No!
Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes! And because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve . . . I kill them . . .”
"I never saw a horse that needed stealin' but I met a lot of men that needed hangin' - Judge Roy Bean
Sunday, June 8, 2014
HMS Belfast today is on permanent display in the River Thames, London:
Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the background.
Most of the things you can do yourself tend to be somewhat minor improvements, but they can nevertheless have a major impact on the look and feel of your home. One of the best ways to see what you can do yourself is to stroll up and down the isles of your local home improvement store and see what catches your eye. These stores cater to the do-it-yourself crowd and are staffed with employees that can offer their expert advice when asked. It's true that these stores also sell their services too, but by and large they cater mostly to people that are looking for materials so they can do the job themselves. Almost anything is fair game at these kinds of stores. If you're new to home renovation you'll probably want to start with something easy before progressing to a difficult project. Consult the staff there to figure out where you can start. You might also want to get a book to help guide you through the steps. Also don't forget that the internet is a great resource for such projects.
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Then there are other home renovation jobs that will be very hard for the weekend warriors. It may even be next to impossible to complete for them. It's not because they can't do it. It's because those kind of jobs either require a team of professionals or require a lot of skill and precision work. Expensive materials could be involved as well. An example of such a job would be a replacing an air conditioning unit. Such a unit is heavy and expensive, and so installing it yourself could prove to be difficult and multifaceted. Some amount of improvisation may also be required to accommodate the unit in your home. It would probably be best to let a professional install it for you. Another example would be installing new windows in your home. Modern windows can be a lot more expensive than you might think, but they can offer many advantages over previous generation of windows. Actually, they often work in conjunction with air conditioning systems because they provide better insulation. They can help keep your home cooler when it's hot and warmer when it's cold. Eventually all homes will have advanced windows, but in the meantime it's only for people that bother to initiate the upgrade. You probably cannot perform window replacement yourself, but there are many professional companies out there that consistently produce quality results.
Kenneth "Rock" Merritt landed alone in a briar patch.
It was dark - Merritt said his regiment jumped about 2:30 a.m. - and the young soldier was alone in the middle of a historic invasion.
Just a short time earlier, from his position in the plane, Merritt had watched the sea below him.
"Flying over, you could see all the ships on the English Channel," Merritt, 91, said from his Fayetteville home. "It looked like you could walk across without getting your feet wet."
The jump itself was cold and windy, Merritt said. He was weighed down by about 100 pounds of equipment before landing in the middle of a field surrounded on all sides by massive hedgerows.
"I look up and I see a C-47 on fire coming right at me," Merritt recalled. "It came as close as 50 feet overhead."
Alone, the paratrooper gathered ammunition for his machine gun and set out into France, hesitantly testing each hedgerow for German fighters while also contending with the occasional snap of a bullet intended for him.
Each hedgerow was 5 to 6 feet high, Merritt said, and sat on a 3-foot mound of dirt - the perfect hiding place to ambush disoriented paratroopers trying to regroup.
"I prayed to God to live to daylight," said Merritt, nearly 70 years after the first of two combat jumps he made during World War II. "I wanted to see the (expletive) who wanted to kill me."
Eventually, Merritt found a chaplain, then slowly the group grew until there were nearly 40 American soldiers, all with the 82nd Airborne Division.
When daylight came a short time later, the Americans found they had stumbled upon a German battalion.
"All of a sudden, all hell broke loose," Merritt said.
For three days and nights, the men stood their ground.
Read the rest of it: D-Day by Parachute: A Soldier Alone In the Middle of the Invasion.
In the Fort Bragg area you meet dozens of these men who served as paratroopers during World War II and made the backbone of the 82d Airborne Division in the subsequent decades. I've always been humbled in their presence . . .
Saturday, June 7, 2014
June 6, 1944: After months of careful planning, deceptive tactics and ingenious misdirection, 150,000 Allied troops descended upon the heavily-guarded beaches of Normandy—all of them knew that victory could come at a terrible cost. The early morning hours brought about a scene unlike any other; the crash of the waves; the spitfire of bullets raining down from low-flying planes zooming overhead; bombs bursting on the shore. For WWII veteran paratrooper John Perozzi, the vivid memories of that day have stayed with him for 70 years.
LtCol Oliver North and the Frontlines team joined 94-year-old Perozzi on what is likely to be his last journey back to the site of the D-Day invasion, where they visited the graves of the
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Friday, June 6, 2014
D-Day was coming up and it was the 60th Anniversary. The 173d Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy was running the jump, which these days is a US military tradition. I was the battalion Air NCO at this time - had already done my last tour on a team - so I picked up the phone and gave The Herd a call. "You got space for us on the Normandy jump?" I could never get a straight answer from them, could not get them to commit to giving us hard slots. "Just show up," is what they said.
Just show up - that's one Hell of an Airborne Op Order.
Turns out that was the theme for the entire operation. Our group launched in private vehicles and of course a bunch of Harleys. Before we left I handed everybody a copy of their Hazardous Duty Orders and their jump logs in plastic document holders, and told them, "Make sure you've got your dog tags and your helmet." I spent five years in the 82d Airplane Gang before going down the street to Speckled Feces, and I anticipated all kinds of Regular Army Reindeer Games.
We spent the night camped in a hotel parking lot just south of Caen. It took the British two months to take Caen, their objective for the first day. They took it on the chin - the Germans were fighting tooth and nail with everything they had, practically pinning down the entire British Army while the Americans maneuvered on their flank.
I studied the terrain; this was the commanding high ground to the south, between Caen and Bourguebus, that became the ultimate British objective, more important that the city itself.
The next morning at a café on the other side of Caen we met with a group of British World War II veterans in their distinctive blue blazers and adorned with decorations, and their berets. We were in uniform, of course - BDUs and berets. We paid our respects to the Old Guard and moved on to our objective: Ste Mère Église.
On June 6th 1944 Ste Mère Église became the first town liberated in Occupied France. Nowadays Ste Mère - as she's known to American paratroopers - is a shrine to the entire Battle of Normandy and specifically to the Airborne forces who fought here.
When the aircraft carrying the 82d Airborne Division hit a cloud bank immediately prior to the planned drop zone, they veered off course. As a result the paratroopers landed directly on top of the town and the battle raged all around the town square and the iconic church.
We parked our vehicles on the outskirts of town - the streets were so jam packed with people and every description of vintage World War II fighting vehicle there was no way to drive in. Everything from US jeeps to German BMW motorcycles with sidecars, Kubelvagens, Sherman tanks, DUKWs, halftracks, you name it. I saw a quad-50 mounted on a 1/4 ton Dodge truck, all oiled up and lubed and shiney, looked like you could fire it.
A strange feeling overwhelmed me as I walked those streets - I have studied this battle in particular for so long, looked at so many photographs and relics in the Airborne museums at Fort Bragg and downtown Fayetteville - everything about the place felt so strangely familiar.
It became an almost out-of-body experience. Even though the people in streets were shoulder-to-shoulder and there was a festival air about the place, to me it seemed the streets were as empty as the morning of June 6th, 1944. I could see the place for what it was then.
The streets of that little French town were literally packed with tourists, re-enactors in World War II uniforms, D-Day veterans in their World War II uniforms, soldiers from all over the world - the crowd was a sea of berets - the French Foreign Legion was there pulling security in combat fatigues & green berets, toting submachineguns - and throughout there was this incredible VIBE
A sound stage was erected in the plaza in front of the church with a large screen showing clips from The Longest Day interspersed with footage of the events taking place at the memorials on Utah and Omaha beaches, and the British and Canadian beaches Gold, Juno and Sword, with the theme music from The Longest Day.
It was all about the veterans, of course. I had several memorable conversations, one stands out: "I landed over there, in that courtyard. There were Germans all over the place, and the sky was being lit up with anti-aircraft fire, rifle fire, machinegun fire, everything. I killed a German right over there, on that street corner. Here, let me show you something."
The old veteran walked me over to a ivy covered building, which was a pub with tables and chairs out front. He reached up and yanked some ivy off the wall to reveal German writing in distinctive Gothic lettering. "This was their headquarters. My company commander took about four of us in there and we cleaned out the joint. Then we went to the top of the street there," He pointed to the high point, across the street from the Hotel de Ville (French for City Hall), "and we set up a machinegun position, to get ready for the counterattack."
It was all so real. It was like listening to something as if it just happened yesterday. I was totally blown away.
We walked around in uniform the whole time we were there. It was like our uniforms were passports to this amazing hospitality that was happening everywhere. It was like being in V-E Day or something. The three days I was there I didn't have to pay for a beer the whole time.
At one point I was hanging off a bar waiting to be served and noticed seven American generals to my left.
Seven. General. Officers.
I hollered at the French barmaid, "Alor! quelques bières pour les généraux américains!" The next thing you know these generals are all hanging around me, slapping me on the back, saying things like "Hey, how are you? WHO are you? Stuttgart, huh? How are things over in Ol' 'Bigger-Than' these days?"
I could go on all day with the Ste Mère Église stories. Then there were the beaches, which were amazing in and of themselves - the foreboding cliffs of Omaha beach - and of course Point du Hoc. The place is just like it is in the pictures we've all seen in the books and in museums and now on the Internet.
Then there was the jump itself.
We went to an airfield outside of Cherbourg and met with the 173d. We all had our paperwork in our hands, ready to prove we are Airborne qualified and on jump status. They didn't even look at it. They just said, "Special Forces? You guys are over there. You've got your own bird. Chalk 21."
They handed me a Xeroxed map of the drop zone and everybody in my chalk looked at me. Well the story of D-Day - especially for paratroopers - is lead, follow or get the Hell out of the way. There I was with a map in my hand and a set of master parachutist wings on my chest so it was obviously my turn to be in charge.
I looked at the map of Ste Mère Église and surroundings - I could have drawn them from memory - and said, "This is the drop zone - the 505th's original drop zone for D-Day - this river here is obviously the Merderet, don't fall in there - here at the trail edge of the drop zone we have elevated train tracks and powerlines so be aware of that. We're flying northeast to southwest, the town is due east of the DZ, so when your chute opens, turn and track towards the town and you'll stay away from the powerlines."
That out of the way, we did pre-jump training, then it was back to Ste Mère to the best rock concert I have ever attended.
The next day when we showed up at the airfield, our chalk had grown. Now we had a compliment of international soldiers; some Canadians, Germans and even a Turk. To make it even more interesting, the Germans and the Turk didn't really understand English, and they sure as hell didn't understand French. I whipped out the map and used hand and arm signals and one of our German speakers helped me get the point across.
That was weird, briefing German Fallschirmjaeger for a jump into Normandy. I guess the war really is over . . . that one at least.
Then it was time to get on the bird and do the jump. I was jumpmaster so I did a good old-fashioned 82d Airborne-style door check where you hang your entire body outside of the plane and enjoy the ride. That got some attention inside the bird. Then the DZ was coming up and it was time to get serious, give the jump commands and get my people out of the bird.
Then after we landed and turned in our chutes there was a big audience on the drop zone. A lot of the vets were there and of course it's all about the veterans. I was interviewed by a journalist who knew my brother and recognized my name tape.
The march back to Ste Mère was reminiscent of those World War II scenes where the townsfolk cheer and the women are all smiles. As I walked past a pair of French women one said to the other, "Qui allez-vous libérer ce soir, l'Amérique?" So I turned to them and fired right back, "Je vais libérer chacun de vous!" and that got me an "Oooh La! La!"
It was crazy. It was amazing.
Honor and respect to the Greatest Generation who fought the Big One, so that we can live in Freedom and enjoy the Good Life.
I'll be updating the D-Day posts all day - have to search through every storage device I've got floating around this place to find the rest of the pics from this journey . . .