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@IreneBarton Irene, criminals have to have guns to ply their own trade and protect themselves from other criminals.  The IRA had fully automatic machine guns and even landmines in a country with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.  Gun control laws only deter the responsible and law abiding from owning guns.  They have virtually no influence over the criminally minded or Islamist terrorists.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Australia’s Military and the Gun Debate (Pt.1)

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@toril If anything the gun confiscations in the UK and AUS confirm the wisdom of our own Founding Fathers in ensuring an individual Right to keep and bear arms was added to our Constitution.  They knew without a specifically enumerated right the State could disarm the populace and proclaim itself their masters.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Australia’s Military and the Gun Debate (Pt.1)

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Looking briefly at your laws in Australia it seems your Parliment has managed to decouple a Natural Right to Self Defense(which Aussies have) from possessing an effective means of  exercising that Right.  Firearms ownership in the US is first and foremost about an effective means of self defense and in Australia they specifically remove it as a legal reason to own and possess a firearm.   In effect, you have no real right to self defense at all unless you are bigger and stronger than your opponent and can overpower them physically.



 That makes no sense. 



I'm surprised no one in Australia has been able to make it stick in the Courts that a right to self defense directly implies that you have a concomitant right to an effective means of self defense.  As it is now your laws allow the strong to prey upon the weak, the many to victimize single and isolated. 


Not good. 


I think the Islamist killers in Great Britain and Canada relied on the fact the the soldiers (and most citizens) are utterly disarmed in public.  It's also obvious that Aussies trust the State to protect them much more than the State trusts its own citizens to protect themselves.  You might point out to your countrymen that the gov't of the most powerful nation the world has ever known utterly failed to protect its citizens from the 9/11 attacks, where most of the dead were civilians. 


 Blind faith in the notion(or political promise) that the gov't  will protect the average citizen is just that;...blind.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Australia’s Military and the Gun Debate (Pt.1)

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Yeah, I can only imagine the Mainstream Media shit storm if that map had read California as "Hostile"(which isn't far from the truth) and the other states as "Friendly".(also pretty close to the truth).    


This kind of thing isn't really new.  Doomsday prognosticators like Alex Jones are a lot like psychics, they can be wrong over and over until they finally get one right and then; Ah-Ha!  See? They were right all along.  Jones will find a plot in everything until he finally uncovers a real one, then that will be he proof offered to show all the other ones were right as well.  They just covered them up so well we just don't know about them.


Anyway, there was a time when fluoridated water was a government plot to kill us all.  20 years ago "black helicopters" roamed the skies presaging a government takeover using Russian troops secretly based on US soil.


Just a tip to the conspiracy minded.  The States will not not blindly follow an arbitrary and unconstitutional order of Martial Law by a President.  Neither will Congress. Neither will the Media. Neither will the military. Neither will the People.  I suspect this is because most of don't have a 5 year supply of food and 10,000 rounds of .223 laid up in our backyard bunker.   Martial Law would be mighty inconvenient for most of us.


Secondly. The largest invasion in history was the D-Day Landings in Normandy.  These preparations were done in the most complete secrecy possible in the 1940's.  And that was to invade a FOREIGN country with about 60 million people.  Imagine the level of secrecy needed to take over our own country with over 300 million spanning a whole continent?  (Hint- It's not secret when you conduct exercises out in the open and announce them ahead of time).  Easy to say its to; "get us used to it" But I would point out we didn't half heartedly invade Germany a few times just to get them used to the idea that the Normandy landings were just around the corner.


And the more people you bring into a conspiracy the harder it is to keep it secret.  The idea that the military, which would have to be in the know at the highest levels, would participate in planning the mass subjugation of the US under Martial Law is insulting as it impunes them all as traitors.  Such a charge really says more about the conspiracy theorist and his mindset than anything else.


As for Alex Jones, he's an opportunistic but predatory entrepreneur (Like a Copier Salesman but not as classy) who's found a slick way to sell "prepper" supplies to suckers.  He preys on their paranoia and their anti-social distrust of their friends and neighbors and then plucks them like chickens.  Of course, to Jones acolytes the above remark means I'm in on it too. A government agent sent to spread disinformation.  My nefarious appearance conveniently coincides with a half off special Jones is offering on gas masks and iodine tablets. Better act now before his website is shut down.  Have your credit card ready.

4 days, 21 hours ago on Jade Helm: What It Is, What We Shouldn’t Make It Into

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Supposedly the reaction of the Iranian People on the street to this nuke deal is "Still no Whiskey?"

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@Fred82 @LawyerHandle Fred, I don't think the Iranian people are going to have much to say about any martyrdom chosen for them by the Mullahs.  I don't think they get a vote in any of that.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@asimd Yes, with the correction that Iran HAS hidden stuff as a matter of course.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@LawyerHandle Japan did the same thing.  It called the kamikaze's thunder gods and other nonsense and had a full blown propaganda campaign going to prepare the populace for mass suicide attacks against US forces when we invaded the mainland.  Of course those two nuclear bombs we dropped made all that moot.  You suppose Iran took that lesson to heart?  That having nuclear weapons would allow them to act with a certain impunity in the world?

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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When it comes to Iran the Left reminds me of the people in a science fiction movie walking towards the alien space craft that has just landed.  They are smiling, waving a white flag and saying "We're you're friends. We come in peace.".....Then they get vaporized by the death ray.  


Because what these people didn't understand about the aliens and what the Left doesn't understand about Iran is that both already know what they want already.  In the case of the aliens its domination of the world.  In the case of Iran, well its also domination of the world by Islam with them overseeing it.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@E Jones @majrod Mr. Jones, I think you are missing a fundamental point about Iran;  That while Iran is a State with a government that might be a rational actor when it sets ifs trade policies with Europe,  it is also led by a religious council that believes Iran is an instrument being used by Allah in order to bring about an apocalypse has to fulfill certain prophecies laid out in the Koran.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@majrod I agree on nutjobs being able to stay in power.  Castro, Kim in NORK and the ayatollah clones in Iran all seem to be able to stick it out.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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Enjoyed reading your remarks here Fru.  I agree with you that issues of National Security, Foreign Policy and Veteran's affairs are very much in SOFREP's purview  as a website.  For SOFREP.com to engage in discussions about such issues or express a point of view is not to engage in "politics."  To seek to influence public opinion on those subjects,  that's politics.  Again I don't think that is off the table for SOFREP either as long as it sticks to those three subjects.  (I really wouldn't turn to SOFREP to hear their studied position on agriculture subsidies or their expressed outrage over the 100% trade tariff on imported

roquefort cheese ).


Anyway I would add a couple of questions to your list;
1)  As President would you be inclined to view the War on Terror as a effort primarily addressed as a function of domestic law enforcement or as a matter of foreign policy requiring a military response? Do you think it better to try and raise the drawbridge against further attacks on our soil and people or to sally forth and fight them where they hide to train, plot and plan terrorism?
2)  What do you believe America's role is on the national stage?  Are we just one nation among many or does the United States as a maritime trading nation require us to take an active role in ensuring a certain level of international stability and tranquility so that we may trade freely on the high seas?

1 week, 4 days ago on So, You Want to be President?

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I could also see Iran believing they could benefit from getting some real combat experience for their Officers and NCOs against a force they should be able to beat;  the light infantry of ISIS. 

3 weeks ago on Iran, Er, “Iraq” Opens Tikrit Offensive

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Hmm, the 125Th FANG is a really good outfit.  Air Defense Wing.  Active on coastal patrol from South Carolina to the Keys. Very popular unit with pilots going off active duty because they are stationed in JAX and fly a lot.  


I remember seeing all the Air Guard Unit tail fins sitting on runways in Saudi Arabia in the 1st Gulf War(South Carolina, NY, Texas, Iowa Indiana, Alabama & the 125th FANG)  and thinking 'Uh-oh, Bush isn't playing we're going to war.'  Contrary to popular misconceptions Air Guard units are no joke.  They have some of the most experienced pilots in the Air Force 'yanking and banking' those Vipers and Eagles around.


Sending a Det of the 125th FANG is the US sending a message to Putin. 


Don't know if he considers Obama or NATO a credible messenger. 

3 weeks ago on Florida Air National Guard Deploys F-15s to Europe

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On the 25th, German police raided various offices of the radical Salafist organization "Tawheed Germany". In several cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein.


Der Spiegel reporting;


http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/tauhid-germany-innenministerium-verbietet-salafisten-verein-a-1025646.html

3 weeks ago on How Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane

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@A7Dave @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Sorry, but you've got that wrong, little too quick to pull the trigger on that one.  Your clue should have been that its against "leftist ideological “political correctness.'  It would be hard to be anti-American and anti-Leftist at the same time I think.


PI-News is pro-American and Pro-Israel.  


"Politically Incorrect was founded in 2004, soon after the re-election of George W. Bush, by a German teacher named Stefan Herre "to do something against Anti-Americanism"; its popularity surged in the wake of the Muhammad cartoons controversy the following year.[1] It is one of the most successful German blogs,receiving several tens of thousand visitors each day and ranking among the thousand biggest German websites in terms of traffic. The site ranked ninth in March 2013 among German blogs in terms of public resonance in virtual social networks.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politically_Incorrect_%28blog%29  (I know its wikipedia but the footnotes are extensive and can be checked)


Is it a credible source to you now that it is known to be pro-American and pro-Israel?

3 weeks ago on How Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane

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 There are reports coming out now that the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz took a break from flight school claiming he suffered from burn out and depression.  During flight school?  Several thoughts occur to me on this.


1) Does the radical egalitarianism in European countries like Germany reach so far that they don't screen pilots for mental disorders?  A trainee having to take a break from flight school because of depression should have set off warning alarms at any airline looking to hire him.  If the pressures of learning to fly a plane induce a depressive state, how would this person react to the pressures of flying an actual AirBus a320 with passengers.......I guess we know the answer to that question in Lubitz's case, in all its tragic magnitude.


2)  Did the worlds Airlines in the attempt to secure the cockpit from a group of terrorists taking over the plane now leave us wide open to unstable pilots who want to create for themselves a spectacular suicide? One that will be remembered in aviation history?  Not a death in a hotel bathtub, not a hanging in a closet, but a spectacular crash that kills hundreds and spreads the suffering of the unstable pilot to others all around the world.  That armored cockpit door and the procedures to open it in an emergency worked as designed and made a significant contribution to the loss of that aircraft and its crew and passengers.  


 This is important so I will say it again.  This catastrophic loss of a plane crew and all its passengers occurred in no small part because the secure cockpit door functioned EXACTLY as it was designed. 


 The Co-Pilot was able to toggle the door to the "lock" position from the cockpit door control panel and thus disable the exterior keypad for 5 minutes, which is why the pilot was trying desperately to break down the door. The emergency entry procedure using that exterior keypad didn't work because a conscious pilot in the cockpit was stopping it using another procedure that worked perfectly.


If any other piece of equipment on an airplane worked as designed and contributed to a crash the way this cockpit door did, it would be yanked from the airplane immediately as a safety hazard.  But that isn't going to happen in this case.  Or in the cases that preceded it.


Since these cockpit doors were installed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, this is the 3rd crash of a commercial airliner by the direct action of a flight crew member.(We will probably add Malaysian Airlines MH-370 as well at some point)   The fatalities have run into the hundreds.  While there have been 13 hijackings of commercial airliners since the 9/11 Attacks, there have only been a handful of fatalities.  


I'm not sure how to solve the problem of the unintended consequences that these armored cockpit doors seem to have created.  Perhaps the flight crews need to be screened much better for their mental stability on an annual basis.  Perhaps deviations from the filed computerized flight plan that would bring the plane down need to be confirmed by both pilots by a pin number on a keypad, and by the head flight attendant in the case of incapacitation of one of the flight crew. Perhaps another emergency procedure for opening the cockpit door needs to exist. One that can't be overridden by anyone on board, like an electronic unlocking signal sent to the plane by the Airline or Air Traffic Control Center.  But this contribution the door made to this crash needs to be addressed in several ways so that a clever, but deranged pilot can't do this again.




3 weeks, 2 days ago on How Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane

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Oh yeah, that looks like loads of fun.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on In The Cockpit With Brandon Webb From Seattle To San Diego

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How would you describe relations with the Indigs over there?  What was dealing with their culture like for you?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on CIA Base in Afghanistan: Day in the Life

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@A7Dave @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Primary?  You mean German or French Authorities?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on How Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane

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@majrod @YankeePapa I had a similar experience with SA Navy in SAR school in Jacksonville.  Two Saudi E-5s were sent to Rescue Swimmer school in 1982. They were in the US representing their country and their Navy to the best Navy on the planet.  We expected they would be pretty motivated to make a good showing.   Well, they both sucked.  They could barely swim, they were out of shape and were as motivated as Gen. Picketts men when he mentioned a second charge at the guns at Gettysburg.  They didn't graduate with us and were sent home in the 3rd week because they just couldn't cut it on any level. 

  Now, these were the first two guys SA had ever sent to Rescue Swimmer School.  You can figure the Saudis had the gouge on what a tough school it was and would have carefully picked the two best people they could find in their entire navy.  And they still sucked and didn't make past the 3rd week.  No different in 92 during Desert Storm and unlikely they are any different today. 


 I do hear their fighter pilots are reasonably good though.  


What is that? 50 pilots?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on US SOF Leaving Yemen, Unstated Ramifications…

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I review of this book by a SOFREP writer would be interesting in the area of comparison and contrasts between the Jaegers and our units.

1 month ago on SOFREP is Proud to Present Jaeger: At War with Denmark’s Elite Special Forces

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The "Spoonts Theorem" is that a corrupt, inefficient and powerful State cannot help but attract corrupt, inefficient, power hungry people to itself to run things.  By its very nature this State will seek to push out frugal, honest people from its midst as a threat to its own existence and the status quo.


There is no band aid like term limits or a balanced budget amendment that can correct this.  Because a Leviathan State has the bureaucracy to thwart the expressed wishes of the voters as it has done so recently with immigration reform and the IRS intimidating Tea Party groups.  The solution is to drastically reduce the size and scope of government at the federal level in favor of the state governments.

1 month ago on One Step Below Treason is Politics as Usual

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Read this piece earlier off site at Warfighter.  It's good work.  Kyle's death left millions of people wondering what kind of person could do something like this?  I'm happy to know that the reports from a year ago still appear to be correct.  That the killer was not suffering from PTSD, that he was likely suffering from a more severe and untreated mental illness. Not that the insanity defense will avail him.  


Perhaps the military will think twice before lowering enlistment standards to allow mental defectives into the military next time.  Perhaps the civilians(Who control the purse strings thru Congress) will call for raising the pay instead to spur enlistments.  I think quality people mean more in the military than just about any private sector job.  If they need more people at McDonalds they offer higher pay, they don't drop the ability to read, or ignore a criminal record.


Perhaps the military could also do a better job with their exit screenings for mental illness for service members leaving the military too. Military service tends to be transformational.  Maybe we should take more care in seeing just what kind of transformation the service member experienced?


Perhap the VA could take more care in correctly diagnosing and treating veterans who suffer from PTSD or other mental issues.  I think this was a factor in the Routh case.


Finally, this doesn't have to be the complete story of Routh to be an interesting and valuable lesson  for readers. You don't have to be a trained head shrinker to draw certain reasonable conclusions about routh's state of mind which is probably the only mitigating factor in this whole tragedy.  It's part of understanding why what happened happened.  The trial will be fairly simple, there is little doubt as to his guilt.  It's really about proper legal process now rather than a nail biting who-dun-it. trial. When it's over perhaps the Kyle family can recover a little further from this profound loss. That family lost a father and a husband....while America lost a humble, decent minded hero.  Maybe we can start to recover from that loss as well.

2 months ago on Eddie Ray Routh: The Untold Story

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@LadyHW @Loren Schofield What surprises me is that Maher can't make the connection between the extreme forms of Leftism(Communism and Fascism) which also kill you for non-conformity with their dogmas though they be atheist and secular in nature.  Nice of him to point to Islam but he ought to look in the mirror. 

2 months ago on Bowling for Cowardice: Michael Moore and Snipers

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@Loren Schofield @JohnChristopher1 I think the operative word you mentioned is "hate."  At it's center Liberalism is animated by hatreds; of people, ideas, religions, things and attitudes.  

2 months ago on Bowling for Cowardice: Michael Moore and Snipers

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@BrandonWebb1 @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I think the same could be said of you too Chief Webb.  I'm glad you're around to be able tell you that.

2 months ago on A Navy SEAL’s Opinion of American Sniper “The Movie” and The Moral Cowardice of Moore, Rogen, and Maher

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Liked your review Brandon.  I think you touched well on the point that people like Moore, Maher and Rogen live in a world that is Encino Man narrow in scope and warped by a Twilight Zone kind of morality that see's people like Chris Kyle as cowardly while lauding people like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen as heroes.  Hollywood spent the last 12 years making nearly a score of preachy, anti-American, shitty anti-war movies like Rendition, The Kingdom, Body of Lies,In the Valley of Elah, Traitors and Lions for Lambs which all lost heaps of money in the box office trying to make the audience feel bad about their country, its cause in this fight and its fighting men and women who were portrayed as either mentally deranged or helpless pawns driven to slaughter.  So a movie like American Sniper, which affirms the traditional American hero as someone not born to greatness but made so by circumstance, serves to repudiate everything Hollywood has been trying tell us is wrong with America all these years.  American Sniper also did so while being the top grossing R rated movie of all time.   The movie's popularity with audiences is what people like Moore, Maher and Rogen probably find most galling. 


I saw the movie with a group of veterans several of whom had multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We picked at things too. 


That was an M-60 tank with an Abrams turret CG'd on it in the opening scene.


There weren't any burned out M1A tanks littering any battlefields. We didn't lose very many and they were recovered within hours typically.


Doesn't anyone look up when they are moving down those streets with multi-story buildings on them?


The Mooj didn't just run into our guns to be shot down.  Some just stood out in the streets and blazed away til they got popped but in cities they mostly had to be rooted out of their holes like rats.


We did notice good attention to detail in uniforms, muzzle discipline but hooted at the popped collars on Cooper even in desert cammies.(Is the popped collar now the Navy SEAL identifier in movies?)


After a short time we settled in and realised this wasn't a movie about those things.  We even forgot that Cooper wasn't really Chief Kyle.  Bradley Cooper really did the job on that role.  We also realized that the movie wasn't the book(or it would be 8 hours long).


Afterwards, we stood and clapped with the rest of the audience(in a still packed house more than 3 weeks into the release) and went to eat and drink booze.


As the liquor flowed we all took turns bloviating on the movie and kind of agreed that it wasn't a movie about war as much as it was about how war changes the people who fight in them.  This may be a view unique to veterans who are all transformed from their former selves by serving, but we all agreed that Chief Kyle came out of his war a better man than when he went into it. Before the Navy Kyle was a shiftless cowboy living from rodeo to rodeo.  After the war, he was a father, a husband, an accomplished warrior, a philanthropist, a devout Christian and an advocate for veterans.  Indeed, on the last day of his life Chief Kyle was trying to help a fellow vet having a hard time getting his shit back together.


That may be the thing that bothers people like Moore and Maher the most;  The notion of going to war and coming out a better person in the end.  Hollywood types like these guys tell themselves that by not serving they preserved their humanity.  It's really just an excuse for their moral and physical cowardice.  The fact of the matter is that Chris Kyle didn't lose his humanity in war,  he actually found it there.



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2 months ago on A Navy SEAL’s Opinion of American Sniper “The Movie” and The Moral Cowardice of Moore, Rogen, and Maher

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This is yet another case of the White House not being able to play a hand even when they deal it to themselves.


A desertion charge means they traded five terrorist mastermind criminals for one dim bulb, deserting criminal who had to ask his Sgt. what would happen if he lost his weapon.  A PR nightmare for the White House.


Not pressing the desertion charge means back pay, promotion and VA benefits for someone who probably actively collaborated with the enemy and violated the Code of Conduct as a prisoner.  Another PR nightmare for the White House and a serious morale hit for the US Military in general.


I think when the facts do come to light they will reveal that Sgt Bergdahl was just a convenient pretext to cut terrorists loose from GITMO. The White House would have traded those five terrorists for Bergdahls boonie hat and called it a victory.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Deal with Bowe Bergdahl

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The interview with Teamroom member Roger Shulz was great. He made some great points.  

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Episode 130: Shot Show 2015 Recap

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@TimothyWittmer @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Waterborne We really can't have an intelligent discussion on this unless you are willing to own the things you say without quibbling and prevarication.  


"TERRIBLE job blaming the police for something that was not their fault."


That is a clear, unambiguous, exonorating statement of the deputies conduct.


In the common understanding of plain English, to say that someone is not a fault is to hold them exactly and completely blameless.


Your point about the constraints on release of information are noted.  But it doesn't refute mine.  Which is, that if the victim/suspect was armed there is no legal restraint that prevents them from saying so.  At minimum they could have said; "At this point it appears the suspect was armed and threatened the deputies with a weapon."  But they did not do that.  Instead, they said the deputies "felt threatened" without tying a weapon to the issuance of that threat or saying that the threat was of a deadly nature..  Now, the PIO might be an idiot, but these public statements are carefully prepared, usually passing over the desk of an attorney that works for the Sheriff's office.   It seems to me that in this case they can't plausibly claim the officers acted properly and this statement reflects that doubt. 




2 months, 3 weeks ago on Arizona Veterans Affairs Failure Kills Veteran in Crisis

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@TimothyWittmer @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Waterborne It would appear from the facts presented so far that the officers were responding to several 9/11 call hang-ups from that address.  They would have arrived on scene ready for trouble.  You will recall that the victim/suspect was shot with a handgun and a patrol rifle.  The patrol rifle would have come out of a trunk of the cruiser at some point.  If that rifle was produced upon arriving at the scene that would support Derek's contention that they arrived ready for battle rather than ready to provide help. If the officers arrived in separate vehicles and not in a single cruiser that would also suggest that they expected trouble rather than rendering public assistance.  Given that they were responding to several 9/11 hangups that may have been Dept. procedure. 


Here are the problems I see with this shoot right away.


1)  There were two officers responding.  A question in the inquiry will be whether a 2 against 1 ratio would have allowed them to make a non-lethal response to the 'threat' presented.


2)  The language used by the MCSO did not clearly describe a 'deadly threat' presented to the officers.  I surmise that if that threat was clearly a 'deadly' one, they would have said so.


3)  MCSO does not state what kind of weapon the victim/suspect was in possession of.  Open or concealed carry is legal in Nevada without permit and the victim/shooter was in his own front yard.  He would not have been breaking the law simply by possessing a weapon.  I surmise that if the victim/suspect was brandishing a deadly weapon to the officers the MCSO would have clearly said "He brandished a handgun,knife, axe, machete, lead pipe, etc'."  Instead the MCSO has declined to say what kind of weapon he had or if he threatened officers with it.


The non-disclosure of certain facts that would have clearly made the shoot justified suggests those facts may not exist.  I'm willing to wait until more info comes out, but I don't think it's rash or reckless to suggest there may be a problem with the manner in which the officers reacted.  I don't think that reveals any anti-LEO bias either.


 I am pleased that you now want to wait for more facts to come out as well.  Previously, you were ready to hold them blameless on incomplete facts;  


"TERRIBLE job blaming the police for something that was not their fault."


2 months, 3 weeks ago on Arizona Veterans Affairs Failure Kills Veteran in Crisis

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@TimothyWittmer @Waterborne Actually, Tim you offered a strawman  of your own to knock down;  "police have to kill every single person they come in contact with regardless of threat or provocation."


And there will probably be an inquiry about whether the 'threat' they perceived warranted the use of lethal force.  The legal rules for cops are the same for civilians.  You may only use as much force as is needed to deal with the threat.


A cop can shoot a large dog that is biting him, but would get hammered for shooting a puppy that nipped his finger.  Both are dogs, both attacks are considered aggravated assault but the response should be different depending upon the force required to deal with the threat.  You misstate the known facts by claiming the officers faced a threat of "deadly force."   The Department spokesman did not describe the threat they faced as deadly;


“The officers felt threatened and fired at the man, one with a handgun and the other with an assault rifle."


The MCSO did not say what the nature of that threat was or what kind of weapon they were threatened with.  That matters a lot here.



There aren't really enough facts above to know whether the officers reacted properly within the law and department procedures.  But a guy shot dead in his own front yard needs to be carefully investigated to assure the public that the trust they place in LEOs is returned with prudence and restraint on part of law enforcement.



2 months, 3 weeks ago on Arizona Veterans Affairs Failure Kills Veteran in Crisis

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@NicholasAB  "seems to be a gross overreaction to what is essentially an acknowledgment of honest similarities"


What are those similarities as you see them to be?

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Are Elitist Cowards

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@RebeccaSummers That was a classy thing to do. BZ.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Are Elitist Cowards

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Both Moore and Rogan suffer from a terrible affliction.  They just can't rise above who they are.  Each in their own way, Moore making propaganda movies for Castro and Rogan being unfunny in one movie after another, are not just sitting in a sewer but feel compelled to add all they can to it.  That is the legacy of their achievements.  In 100 years history will still remember Chris Kyle but Moore and Rogan will be obscure footnotes, unsung, unmourned and unmissed.  They probably realize that too.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Are Elitist Cowards

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This may well be the finest piece of Journalism that Lindy has ever done. 

(For mature audiences, you will be watching 6,000 Calorie a day scarfing pre-diabetic slowly committing suicide here.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMJS2k_vBY0

3 months, 1 week ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration

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@SOFREP @shooten And buy the book and see the movie. Tell em' Lindy sent ya.

3 months, 1 week ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration

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@HM1 (FMF) Ret. Lol. Imagining Tony rewriting and trying to tone it down 5-6 times before finally posting the above.

3 months, 1 week ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration

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Here is Lindy West in her own words accidentally describing herself; 


"Internet trolling is not random, it is not inevitable, it is a deliberate force with a political agenda—a strong-armed goon."


In a year who is going to remember Lindy as anything more than just another faded brown skid mark in the discarded Skivvies of the interweb? ....Not me, I'll be at the movies.


Tell Lindy you saw it because of her review.

3 months, 1 week ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration

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"U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hacked and was about to be used in terror attack', claims former airline boss"


(And the proof offered is a fisherman who says he saw the plane near the Maldives and a fire extinguisher that someone claimed to have found.  From that we have the US military shooting down the plane?)


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2883651/U-S-military-shot-MH370-thought-hacked-used-terror-attack-claims-former-airline-boss.html

3 months, 3 weeks ago on “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?

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@mrspaul @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @A7Dave @CarpeNoctem In Colorado the State imposed a 30% tax on weed, so the price went up, not down.  People will still be going to jail but it will be for selling untaxed weed rather than possession.  Given the that State approved stuff is so expensive the illegal market will still thrive, not effecting the revenue to the cartels very much.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@LawyerHandle That low margin, combined with its bulk and transport costs is probably the reasons the Mexican cartels got into the business.  Everyone else was getting out of the pot business.  The successful eradication efforts of home growers opened the market to Mexico. If we had a secure border we might have stopped that trade too.  There is something really shitty about people smoking pot from mexico knowing how many innocent people die over there to get it to them.

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@JohnChristopher1 A Pharma company that makes a insect resistant, or draught resistant cannabis plant would be able to patent it.  If they genetically modified the plant to increase the THC level, reduce the carcinogen level or give it a different flavor that could also be patented.  And the gov't, interested in only having to collect taxes from a few large companies would be very willing to help them secure those patents to the disfavor of the small growers.  They would end up being able to grow a pound or so a year for personal use, with jail time for reselling it.  Much like personal distillers are regulated now.

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@Waterborne Currently, 24 States allow cannabis and cannabinoids to treat certain medical conditions.  I'm in favor of doctors using every tool at their disposal to treat disease and disorder.  But, my point remains, that what is behind cannabis for "medicinal" use is an agenda  for cannabis for casual recreational use.  Like we just recently saw in Colorado.


And the proof of that is fairly obvious.  How many other life saving drugs or treatments have to be put on ballot initiatives to be approved?  Was Open Heart Surgery made available by a voter referendum?  Did Penicillin have to have voter approval to be given to patients?

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@A7Dave @CarpeNoctem And their bio chemists will enhance the THC levels,  enhance the taste, try to mask the nasty odor, add filters to extract the carcinogens in the smoke, package it and market it.  And, since the Gov't stands a better chance of reaping a bigger return of tax revenue on large conglomerates marketing pot over Ma and Pa Stoner growing it in their backyard the gov't will pass regulations to put the small farmers out of business in favor of the big Agro or Pharma companies.

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@mrspaul @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @CarpeNoctem From the National Cancer Institute's website;


The main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis was identified as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In 1986, synthetic delta-9-THC in sesame oil was licensed and approved for the treatment of chemotherapy -associated nausea and vomiting under the generic name dronabinolClinical trials determined that dronabinol was as effective as or better than other antiemetic agents available at the time.[7] Dronabinol was also studied for its ability to stimulate weight gain in patients with AIDS in the late 1980s. Thus, the indications were expanded to include treatment of anorexia associated with human immunodeficiency virus infection in 1992. Clinical trial results showed no statistically significant weight gain, although patients reported an improvement in appetite.[8,9]


http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page3

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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@mrspaul @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @CarpeNoctem Yes, which is why pot legalization isn't really about medical patients.  It's about drug addiction explained away as; "Its my medicine."  

4 months ago on Is Legal Pot Crippling the Cartels?

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