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@BrandonWebb Thank you Chief, I'm planning on it.  We'll wet our wings.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Three Reasons Why SEAL Leaders Are Upset at O’Neill & Bissonnette

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   Been around since "The Death Star Days" as Brandon once put it. I was an early defender of Bissonnette's obligation to correct the false narrative put out by the Administration when OBL got his facelift courtesy of an ST-6 housecall. To me, It just seemed like a much bigger event in history than just another autobiography about one SEAL's experiences on the Teams.  An important chapter in history that needed to be told.   Then it turned out Bissonnette's version had its own problems.  Now we have the O'Neill book that conflicts with Bissonnette's account. 


  So what was a very proud moment in US military history, the culmination of over a decade of hunting and searching for the worst Islamist terrorist in history is now the stuff of mockery on the news and social media.  Even the bullet that killed  OBL is writing a book now according to the Duffle Blog and the Navy is even considering a new rating; "Special Warfare Authorator" SWA.


    Back in the beginning, SOFREP.com's stated mission was to try and correct the errors about SOFs that appeared in the media.  It's not lost on me that SOFREP now finds itself trying to correct SOF guys that are appearing in the media.  So, Bravo Zulu and carry on Chief Webb.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Three Reasons Why SEAL Leaders Are Upset at O’Neill & Bissonnette

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@Waterborne It's not outdated as much as it is a totally inaccurate representation of the Left versus Right political spectrum which is actually quite simple.  On the Left you have political systems which seek to expand the scope and reach of the State at the expense of individual freedom, on the Right, those who seek to expand the scope and reach of individual freedom at the expense of the State.  At the extreme Right is Anarchy, or no government at all. On the Left an all encompassing State that exerts its will on the People. You may pick between Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Nazism or Monarchism on the Left as its extremes.

 It's not lost on me that all of these totalitarian systems originated in Europe.  They all have their roots in European Monarchism where all political 'Rights' are vested in the monarch who then lends a portion of them to the People to exercise on his behalf. All power is concentrated at the top and goes down.  What's the difference between a King having all the power and a Dictator?  Or the apparatchiks of a Central Committee? Or the 'scientific social experts' running the socialist model?  The American model stood all that on its head.  All Rights and all Political power are vested in the Individual who then lends a portion of that to the State to exercise on their behalf.  Power is diffuse and starts at the bottom and goes up.   And we have a Republic, where certain rights are unalienable and out of reach by the tyranny of a majority, which is what occurs in a 'pure' democracy like Greece once had before it destroyed itself.

2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Waterborne There are people working for the government who need to go to jail over this.  The evidence points to a coordinated effort to use the IRS to violate the civil rights of an entire class of citizens.  It cannot stand.

2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@LadyHW I think worse, more like Johnny Walker.  But Snowden's volume was much greater.

2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) That the IRS used the tax code to harass, intimidate and violate the rights of American citizens who were overwhelmingly conservative in their politics is not a matter of speculation, but is a fact.  Proven by documents released by the IRS.  What is at issue currently is who ordered it?  Who participated in it?  It is not bias or emotionally charged to relate the facts and draw logical conclusions from them.    Did you really think attacking my motives would be good cover for you not addressing my points?   That's high school debate team stuff.

2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA)  Forgetting for a moment your own advice about not stuffing people into buckets, but If Progressives and Conservatives seek the exact same thing,  the acquisition of power,    why make any political distinction between them at all?.   Lol.  The acquisition of political power is not in and of itself a bad thing.  Any political structure the shifts policy and decision making to others is going to bestow that structure with 'power.'  The good and bad of it is measured in how much power is vested in the state, how it is used and to what ends. If you've reduced Progressives and Conservatives to the absurd reduction of mutual power seeking, you really haven't looked into it.  You're missing major and important distinctions between the two regarding the role of government in society, a struggle between collective and individual rights, the intrusion of the State in matters of life, liberty, self determination and property ownership.  Its easy to temporize that a guy who pushes an old lady in front of a bus and a guy who pushes an old lady out of the way of a bus are both the same;  They are pushing old ladies around after all. But both are doing it for very different reasons that ought to be considered before pronouncing a pox on both their houses.


And I did read the article, several times actually.  You make several points, some good and some weak as we have been discussing..  The strongest tends to be your assessment of Snowden's motives for doing what he did.  I agree with you and others who think Snowden is exceptionally bright.  But that can be a fatal flaw in some people.  The very bright can sometimes come to think that their own intelligence is the conclusive proof that everyone else is stupid and unworthy.  That they know best always and that they are smart enough to handle anyone and anything that confronts them.  I suspect some of that exists in Snowden.  Had I been in the position to advice him at the time, I would have encouraged him to take the legal whistleblower route.  At least he would have the protection of US law on his side rather than the law trying to indict him under the Espionage Act.   His political views are a muddled mash of utopianism and radical egalitarianism which is not really surprising given his age and political immaturity.  However, that political immaturity combined with his hubris resulted in his passport being revoked and then finding himself the 'guest' of Putin's rebranded Soviet Union.  


    I think you are also on the money regarding the manipulation of Snowden by Greewald.  Though it may have escaped your notice that the Open Secrets peeps of the world like ANON, Wikileaks and Greenwald never 'expose' the nefarious secrets of the Chinese, Russians, North Koreans, Islamists or Cubans, just the US and other western democracies.  I guess these totalitarian regimes can keep their secrets and reputations as good actors on the international stage unblemished.


That being said, I think Snowded has a point, though he is not the first person to try and make it.  There have been others, more highly placed, more mature and more seasoned in their craft who have been very badly treated as Whistleblowers. Guys like Bill Binny and Russ Tice.  If these programs are so above board, why blast people who raise concerns within official channels?


I also think it's in error to ascribe delusions of persecution to everyone who suspects the NSA is going further than it ought to.  (Speaking of reconceptualizing people)    People can have concerns about these programs without being a Snowden acolyte in a tin foil hat looking for chem trails in the sky and a Fed under their beds.  




2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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Boot Camp at Great Lakes through November(it blew so cold it made your eyes and nose water and burned your skin), SERE in Maine in December(months before I got feeling back in my toes). and some cold water jumps as a SAR Swimmer in a wetsuit(nothing like 50 degree ice water to make your hands and feet ache for hours).  Hot is much preferable to cold.  And I agree with the writer, military people live and die by what the weather will be in 1 hour, 4 hours, after nightfall, the next day.  Cause if the weather sucks, someone higher up is gonna have you out in it training.


Since the military, I don't think I've ever really been as cold.  But when it does dip into the 30s here in SW Florida (Global 'Warming' my ass) my memory always returns to snatching mere minutes of sleep on the side of a mountain under a shelter made of pine brows scrunched inside two wet  Air Force feather down sleeping bags, shivering to the point of exhaustion and even anger at not being able to control it. And I think "Ha!  I'll never be that cold again" 

2 weeks ago on Bury Me In My Smoking Jacket

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@Coriolanus @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA)  Speaking of moving the goal posts. 


Yes, I do assume certain qualities of Conservatism because it has certain qualities that make it recognizable from say Progressivism which has its own qualities.  Do you really think you can fall back on a "It depends on what the meaning of 'is', is" kind of dodge?



Was it unreasonable to assume that since you are talking about an American breaking American laws regarding warrantless surveillance of American citizens, that you are also talking about the reaction as it relates to the American  form of politics?  


And political graphs are subjective if you make them so intentionally.  But reasoned comparisons can be made from political systems and philosophies and clear and fair distinctions can be made. Assuming one is doing so to illustrate rather than indoctrinate the reader.


My point is that the graph muddies the waters of your own argument.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@LadyHW @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Maybe, Supreme Court Justices are appointed to life terms.  They might have been the better choice in making those appointments for oversight judges.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus Can't have it both ways. You can't claim that Congress is doing it's job inquiring about how many times the IRS Director visited the WH and then say who cares anyway.  The comparisons to DNI visits and past iRS directors has already been made by others in Congress and the Media.  And its not a favorable one.  And we really won't know until the government employees of the IRS actually submit themselves to the Congressional oversight that is part of their duty as public servants.


And if its all the same to you I'd rather be asked about my positions on things rather than just have you write strawman positions for me that you can stuff into your "They're all paranoid cranks" theory of dissent. (Sneaky Morton Daemons? WTH?)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus If I said Hitler hated communists it wouldn't make him a conservative Republican either.   Adolf Hitler was a Vegan, non-smoking, animal loving, pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, back to nature socialist who declared himself the enemy of free market capitalism and organized religion.  


If someone is an American Progressive Liberal what's not to like about that?


There is nothing in the Platform of the NAZI Party that I could identify as Conservative.  I defy you to.  At the time, the NAZIs were big fans of FDR's Progressive movement.  Praise of the New Deal in the NAZI  press was so effusive that it was hurting FDR politically here in the States, so they knocked it off.


http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/naziprog.html


As for Fascism it did come from Italy and Germany to a lesser degree.  As Mussolini himself described it   "Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state."   That describes liberalism's politics of everything better than the Hobbesian and Lockean notion of Rights and political power being vested in the Individual. That the State be restrained  by enumerated powers and be an expression of their political will, rather than the People being forced to act as the instrument of the State's will. Next time you hear a liberal say you shouldn't be able to buy a softdrink beyond a certain size, or that only certain people should be allowed to speak at a college campus think about that.


2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus Did I move the goal posts?  You were making a point about the protections in the law that should prevent abuse of it by government officials.  I actually agree that the Patriot Act can be used legally but question whether this administration enjoys the confidence of the American People to act within the restraints of that law.


I used the IRS scandal (which is more criminal than political as scandals go) to claim that such a lack of confidence isn't irrational.


As for collusion between the White House and the IRS.  The IRS director visited the WH 157 times before the scandal broke. He testified his visits were for things like Easter Egg hunts.  Lois Lerner is a public servant, working for an agency that Congress had oversight of. She took the 5th Amendment rather than submit to being questioned by that Oversight Committee.  I submit  that the IRS did a lot more than make mistakes.  You don't plead the 5th for mistakes.  You take the 5th to avoid implicating yourself criminally.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@LadyHW And I'm not so sure that Federal judges appointed by the President are the right people to oversee and restrain the President and his appointee if they overstep their bounds when it comes to the Patriot Act.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Coriolanus @HonestBroker247 I think any trust that the Patriot Act would not be abused is intimately tied to the faith that people have in their government not to abuse the power that something like the Patriot Act vests in the state.    Given this administration's use of the IRS to abuse the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendment rights of its political enemies on the right, you can hardly blame people for being suspicious of it when it comes to being restrained when it comes to the Patriot Act.  Congress was also suppose to have oversight with the IRS, but that didn't stop IRS officials from criminally colluding with the White House did it?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@HonestBroker247 @Waterborne The philosophical claim that human Rights are God Given does not mean you automatically have a grant to the political rights of a government that protects them. Men must make such governments for themselves. If it's true that Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed then it is no contradiction to not apply laws to people who have not done something to indicate their consent to be governed by our laws.. Like seek citizenship?


And I would not accept that God is "uniformly in charge everywhere"  as you put it.  Man have free will, to do good or evil.  To seek Truth or self delusion.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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Umm, that Right Versus Left political spectrum is Waaay Off.  The Right is defined in this country by its reluctance to see the government expand beyond enumerated powers.  The extreme right of a less government political philosophy would be no government at all or anarchy.  Certainly not an all encompassing Nationalist Socialist Workers Party(NAZI).  That is from the Left.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents

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@Loren Schofield To keep things in perspective, in a cycle of Indian warfare that spanned 3 centuries, there was only one documented case of Small Pox infected blankets being given to Indians.  Small Pox was nothing to fuck around with, you were just as likely to infect your own troops with it.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Total War Part 2: Historical COIN

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@BrandonWebb Hmmm, would have had a tough time trying to disguise themselves as short and skinny. lol

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

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@LawyerHandle They probably had a refueling station already set up on the ground on the egress route just in case.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

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@Volcomhcky69 I think if the PAF had scrambled F-16s they would have had problems intercepting the helos.  Afghanistan really didn't pose any air threat to Pakistan, so their Air Search Radars are all oriented to cover their border with India.  In the mountain border between Pakistan and Afghanistan you would have had huge gaps in radar coverage(if any Air Search Radars were even pointed that way) down in the valleys that we would have known about and exploited.  Just about any helicopter below 700 ft AGL is 'radar avoiding' which is really about as 'radar stealthy' as you can make a helicopter.


The PAF is modelled on the Russian ground controlled system.  The ground controller vectors fighters into missile range.  Following a helicopter into a valley in a jet fighter at night is a good way to get yourself killed by smacking the side of a mountain. The PAF is not renowned for their night flying abilities which is a specialized skill that only a few countries are proficient at.



3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

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@majrod @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Riceball My remarks were in compliment to yours, no intention of contradiction on my part.


I agree on the Firefly though I'm not sure that any of the ones ordered by the US were ever delivered to our forces.   I would point out that the 17pnd gun in the Firefly fired a shorter cartridge with a lower muzzle velocity than the carriage gun. It was a difference of 3500 versus 2500 fps for the tank version. I think the reason was the need for a shorter breach block in the tank version which could not withstand the higher pressures exerted by firing the stock round.


I agree about Patton, he was an advocate of the Sherman seeing it as fast and maneuverable and made for the US version of Blitzkrieg he unleashed on Germany.  If I could get inside his mind though I think he figured that air support and massed arty would support the Sherman in its advance.  I think his rational was born out by events like the trapping of German Army Group B in the Falaise pocket.  The Germans simply couldn't withdraw faster than the Shermans could advance and encircle them.  I've actually talked to a couple of WWII vets that served in Shermans and both told me the same tale.  That they really hoped not to run into German tanks but the real fear was the 88mm AT gun.  That they used the Sherman in a scouting role to sniff out German guns and then withdrew as fast as they could and called down artillery or TACAIR which was generally present.  That they knew the shortcomings of the Sherman quite well and tried to avoid being in the open at distances that an 88 could engage them.   That doctrine when fired upon by AT guns was to unload with .50 and .30 cal in the direction of fire, pop smoke and get out of range or behind cover if possible and call down Arty or Air.  

4 weeks, 1 day ago on “Fury” Movie Review

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@majrod @Riceball Will, you make very good points on this.  I would expand on just one or two of them regarding the Sherman.


1)  One of the reasons the Sherman went ashore at Normandy almost unchanged is that they had proved very adequate in North Africa, Sicily and Southern Italy against Pz Mk III's and IV's where they could and did go head to head with them. The Mk. III had a 50mm gun and the Mk. IV was using a howitzer barreled 7.5 cm.   The weapon US Tankers truly feared up to that point was the 88' multi-purpose gun in a fixed mount.  It was lethal out past two miles with a high rate of fire and superior sighting optics which gave it a real stand-off kill ability against the Sherman.  In fact the 88 could drill through 2 Shermans with a single round.


2) As for the 75mm gun on the Sherman, it seems to me that the real issue was the lower muzzle velocity of the gun versus the German 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 40.  The US 75mm had an MV of 619 m/s while the German 7.5 had an MV of 740-790 m/s depending on barrel length.  This translated to greater armor penetration and range for the German gun with a result that the Germans found they wore out the barrel in about 1200 fired rounds versus nearly 5,000 rounds fired before the Sherman barrel was "shot thru" and had to be replaced.  I guess the Sherman designers figured the Sherman would be around long enough to fire 5,000 rounds from its main gun.


3)  The Tiger I and Tiger II were developed for fighting on the Eastern Front with it's flat steppe terrain that gave long sight ranges.  They were not offensive weapons as both were very slow moving, 9-12 mph cross country, but they could dominate miles of open country on the steppes of Russia.  There are stories of a platoon of Tigers annihilating an entire Regiment of T-34s.  

    Tigers were actually rare to find on the Western Front because of the difficulty in moving them.  They were so heavy(at 60 and 80 tons respectively)  that even paved roads collapsed under them and very few of the thousands of bridges that crossed the many rivers and streams of Western Europe could support their weight.  They travelled mostly by specially designed rail cars and were partially disassembled to distribute their bulk. So, that limited their utility on the Western front to a large degree.  Generally, wherever you unloaded a Tiger tank from its rail car, it was not going to move very far before it ran into a bridge it couldn't cross or was regulated to off road travel so it didn't ruin the road net  for the lighter vehicles behind it. 


Like all weapons the Tiger had its weaknesses that the Sherman could exploit.  The Sherman was much faster on the move.  If the Tiger did not have a long sight range the Sherman could literally run around behind it or on its flanks and disable it.  The Tiger was diesel powered at its plumes of black smoke at idle gave away its position and because the turret and gun were electrically powered you had to run the engine. The Tiger had a slow traverse to its turret and was prone to throw tracks on uneven terrain.  If it wasn't carefully concealed it would draw artillery and airstrikes.(and no tracked vehicle in the world then could withstand 155mm plunging fire or a 500lb bomb)


4) As for the Pershing not being rushed into production I think the words "rushed" and "production" really can't be used in the same sentence.  A tank is not an airplane.  Tanks are 'heavy' manufacturing compared to making airplanes.  Virtually all our tanks were based on the Sherman supply train, engines, guns, bogey wheels, tracks, wiring, ammunition etc'.  The Pershing would have required an entirely separate production and parts line and a big retooling lag time.  in raw materials you could produce 3 Shermans for every 2 Pershings.  That may not seem like much.  Make it 300 Shermans for 200 Pershings, that makes the point more obvious.  

   Finally, and probably most compelling, we were winning the war with the Sherman, variants of which were sporting flame throwers, several different calibre long guns, rocket launchers, howitzers, long artillery, dozers, engineer tanks, recovery tanks, prime movers and even amphibians. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on “Fury” Movie Review

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Saw it last night with a group of Vets.   We liked it very much.  It was a dark, gothic tale of WWII tank combat.  It's not a movie to take kids to, the violence is brutally graphic.



We all joked that Pvt. Ellison must have been the 1st. cousin of Pvt. Upham from Saving Private Ryan.  The was also some great but dark military humor in the movie that was too inside for most of the audience and it was well placed.  Typically as a way to lighten the nervousness about going into or surviving combat.


We were also pleased with the producers attempt to portray the period accurately. (except those were the quietest, least smokiest Shermans in the ETO)


We picked a few nits tactically; like German 50 mm AT guns missing at point blank range, Collier's platoon not hosing the tree line with .50  and .30 cal fire after the first round wizzed by them.  


Tank platoons going out on missions without any supporting infantry in jeeps or half tracks. 


Taking on a Henschel Tiger I head on in line abreast formation.


The Tiger missing several times at 700 yards(It had outstanding sighting optics that enabled it to get kills at over 2 miles).


The crew using verbal commands inside the tank during combat instead of the taps, kicks and hand signals experienced tank crews actually used in WWII.


For an interesting read on the subject check out 

"Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II" by Belton Cooper.  He was a 3rd Armored Div. Officer in charge of a tank recovery platoon in Europe.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XUAETO?btkr=1



1 month ago on “Fury” Movie Review

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@Old PH2 @gunslinger6 Kind of an urban legend.   There has never been a reliable attribution that I've seen for it.  Anyway, the Japanese never intended to invade the US.  They wanted to conquer asia for oil, rubber and steel and complete the conquest of China.  They might have invaded Hawaii(a Territory back then) that would have forced the US Navy to sortie from San Diego which would have limited the logistical reach of the US into the Pacific quite severely.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Civilian Operator: A Whole New Kind of Covert Work

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And I would just add that anyone who intends to lawfully carry a firearm in public know the laws(and know them cold) regarding the use of deadly force and where you can lawfully carry a firearm.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Civilian Operator: A Whole New Kind of Covert Work

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I think this is fraud.  Insurance cannot be sold without a license.  The agent for the insurance company has a fiduciary duty to the insured to explain the coverages and terms to the insured.  The agent cannot knowingly sell insurance to someone they are not qualified to have.  Selling a unmarried man life accidental death insurance that only pays a benefit to a surviving wife and/or children is insurance fraud.  Glen's family and roommate are going to win.


They should also file a complaint with the Insurance Commissioner in the State which was his address of record.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Glen Doherty’s Family Forced To Sue CIA, State Department, and CIA Insurer

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@chunkielover63 I think your compassion and empathy makes you a little naive to think Russia will simply hand this guy over to us.  Russia is not our friend or ally and there is never been a treaty signed by the Russians(including extradition treaties) that they did not break or violate.


And Snowden is not a "defector."  He did not renounce his citizenship and ask for political asylum in Russia.  In any event one does not legally defect after stealing classified documents by the hard drive full.  That is the act of a criminal and a traitor.  Whatever his political reservations about the nature of surveillance in this country, that is not an excuse to steal classified material and make common cause with the enemies of your country.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@LawyerHandle @Jaycel Adkins "WTF is wrong with you?"  I made a list of that once.  I'll see if I can find it for you. Lol

3 months ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Just a few things that are in my head watching these riots.


1) The media just could not wait to get it all wrong.  The initial media reporting was that according to an eyewitness(an accomplice of the victim as it turns out) Brown was shot in the back 8-10 times with his hands up trying to surrender.  Everything that happened after that seemed to stem from that false narrative, stenographically reported by the media.  I think the media has been complicit in these events and driving an agenda.  It almost seems as if they have a fill in the blank; "Racist Cop Shoots Black Child in the Back!" story already written and are just trying to fit the facts into it.  Media coverage since then seems exist follow two tracks.  One in which the mob is justified in rioting and the other where the reporter makes the story all about him/her and their experiences inside the riots.  Some have been hilarious, like the HuffPo reporter who was convinced that foam rubber ear plugs were rubber bullets fired by the police.


2)  The authorities in Ferguson and Missouri in general are irresponsible in the way they have pandered to criminals burning, rioting, looting and assaulting police officers and even each other.  There is no such thing as looting for justice, or killing a cop for peace, or Molotov cocktails for healing.  The Governor reminds me of the guy in the science fiction movie who greets the aliens with a white flag saying "We're your friends, we come in peace."  Then he get vaporized by the death ray.  And do you know why?  Because the aliens already decided what they were after before they even arrived and "Peace" wasn't it.  The Governor, the Major, the Chief of Police and Capt. Johnson have all made "We're your friends, we come in peace" statements to the rioters and every night they get smoked again by the death ray for their troubles.  They are making things worse and the proof of that is on TV every night.


3)  I'm not too concerned about the militarization of police forces.  That being said,  I do agree that SWAT teams aren't needed to serve every search warrant.  I agree they should not be all Vader-ed out in black.  But the Police in this country have almost always been Para-military.  Go look at Highway Patrol uniforms from as far back as the 1930s.  They looked like Officers on the fucking Death Star. 


http://psp-hemc.org/museum/images/highway_patrolman_more.jpg


As for their weapons. We'll just forget all the anti-gun folks who say only the police should have military grade weapons and are now pissing and moaning about it.  They're hypocrites and phonies. Just a reminder that Bonnie and Clyde were killed in an outright ambush 1934 by Texas Rangers and cops armed with a BAR. Thompson sub-machines guns and Remington 8.35 automatic rifles with 15 round high cap magazines.  The Thompson and BAR were both military weapons in use at the time.




I watched the tactics used by the police in the riots and I did not see "Close with the enemy and destroy them" but tear gas and flash bangs used to keep 100 yards distance between the rioters and the police as they reclaimed the streets from the looters and arsonists.  I also see the need for armored trucks when you are facing bricks, rocks gunfire and Molotov cocktails.  Crown Vics and Chargers aren't going to hold up well under that kind of punishment.  So what do cops need with a Rhino Armored truck?  The answer of course is riots like we been seeing in Ferguson. Why do they need body armor, Kevlar helmets and gas masks?  Because rioters in Ferguson were throwing rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails and shooting at them,....silly.  I don't think the argument against Mil-ing up the cops was weakened by the Ferguson riots,  I think it is being justified by them.


4)  If I lived in Ferguson I would move.  If I owned a business I would sell it and leave.  The first duty of the police and local government is to protect lives and property not spout platitudes and clichés to criminals.  It almost seems as if they just accept their lawlessness as the default condition of their existence.  If there is any racism in that town it shows in that. 


And where are all the towns people lining up behind the police to protect their homes, lives and businesses from these hooligan rioters?  Where are the counter protests against the violence, arson and looting?  For the people of that town who have had their businesses destroyed and the employed people who have now lost their jobs, where does their justice come from? Why are the police and government in Missouri, from the Governor down to the mayor more interested in making nice with a violent mob than protecting the law abiding and peaceable citizens of Ferguson?

3 months ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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I've seen the picture of that seawall before.  The Canadians advanced to it in the dark and took it for cover.  In the dark they couldn't see that machine gun bunker at Left upper frame.  It cut them to pieces.

3 months ago on The Dieppe Raid: 72 Years Ago

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@majrod @LawyerHandle "Where has the President ever learned from a mistake?"  


Where has the President ever even acknowledged one?


3 months ago on RUMINT: Kurds Seeking To Establish Their Own State

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If the Kurds want help from this Administration they might want to consider naming their new country; "Kurdish Point Country Club."  Jus sayin'.

3 months ago on RUMINT: Kurds Seeking To Establish Their Own State

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@LadyHW @HonestBroker247 I aced the test.  High School civics stuff.  Well, what used to be HS Civics anyway.

3 months, 1 week ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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@Allwet @HonestBroker247 I don't actually think being a citizen of the United States 'makes' you an American automatically.  Whittacker Chambers and Alger Hiss were both American citizens, they were also communists spying for Stalin and undermined the safety of all Americans by their actions..  Are they as American as Audie Murphy or John Adams?


If being "American" can mean anything then being "American" means absolutely nothing.

3 months, 1 week ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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I don't think it will end up being a scene from Schindlers List(Sorry to ruin a perfectly good hysteria for some commenters).  Once the word gets out that illegal aliens are being invited to leave voluntarily with assistance or be caught and ejected involuntarily with a criminal record.  I think most will go of their own accord.  And they can set about fixing the problems with their home countries that make them such unattractive places to live.

3 months, 1 week ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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@HonestBroker247 @LadyHW HB, your treatment of her point was condescending and dismissive.  Did you really expect her to answer you with deference to your feelings?

3 months, 1 week ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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Alfonzo Rachel"s devastating take down of Jesse Ventura.  Ouch.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjGe1QBad2s

3 months, 1 week ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@KESStrong And that sclerotic, bloated, wasteful bureaucracy is just bigger now.  The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.  About half the country thinks that the government will protect, feed and nurture them from cradle to grave. 


But the plain truth, whether we are talking about the US at Pearl Harbor, Tet or on  9/11, Italy at Taranto harbor, France at the Maginot Line or Israel during the 6 Day War, is that surprise attacks tend to work because they are 'surprises.'

3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@KESStrong Darling, that guy is an actor.  He's just pretending.....Jus sayin too.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@joesig @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @LawyerHandle With all due respect, if you were more interesting, the questions would be too.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@dc3denny Yep, a red/green deficiency matters a lot in aviation.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In

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@M99 @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @majrod I don't disagree.  I was speaking specifically about what was related to me by a Navy Flight Surgeon about the near total absence of African American SAR Swimmers in the Navy at the time.    So you aren't disrespecting me by disagreeing with him, but I don't think he was just off the cuff about it.  Given the athletic ability that Rating required, (Which was not just about swimming) I didn't see why blacks were so under represented.


I'm sure many factors are in play.



3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In

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@JohnChristopher1  "Black People Better Runners, White People Better Swimmers: Race, Science, and Athletics"


Biomechanical researchers analyzed 100 years of athletes' heights, weights and running and swimming records, and demonstrated how the placement of one's center of gravity affects one's athletic performance. No big deal, right? People got jumpy, however, when the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics published the paper: “The Evolution of Speed in Athletics: Why the Fastest Runners are Black and Swimmers are White.”


We talk with two of the scientists behind the study: Dr. Adrian Bejan of Duke University and Edward Jones, of Howard University, about why their team embarked on this project, the science enlisted in their research, and the specifics of the study’s outcomes.


http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/89219-are-race-based-studies-racist/

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In

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@Txazz @leiber I'd like to see the depositions of the 5 witnesses that Kyle states were present when he hit Ventura.


3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@JohnChristopher1 I think we are talking more about genetic differences that relate to athletic ability rather than drug treatments.  Even among Africans there are differences in athletic abilities.  If you check you will find people of East African descent tend to win the long distance running medals while West Africans tend to win the sprints.  Then, oddly, caucasians of Scandinavian descent tend to win the deadlift competitions.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In

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@majrod Will, I saw that same thing regarding blacks and swimming.  We had one AA in my SAR Swimmer class and he was a competitive diver in HS.  So he did fine.  When I got to the squadrons I saw the same thing among the other aircrews.  Virtually no African Americans.  


Sometime later during a flight physical the subject came up between the flight surgeon and I, who told me I needed to put on some fat,(I was under 4%).  He asked if I felt heavier in the water swimming(In the squadron we'd alternate runs and mile swims every if we were not flying).  I said yes and he said that was a problem for African Americans as well.  Denser bones and low body fat made them feel 'heavy' in the water.  Apparently(as he explained it) it isn't that they can't swim, but as children, when they get into the water, they feel like they are going to sink rather than float.  So the comfort level that comes with being buoyant, that makes you "like" being in the water isn't there.  It's sink or swim.  And there are other sports that don't involve getting wet to play.  Anyway, your reference is the only other time I've heard that in 25 years. 


I can see the point about African Americans coming from urban areas,  I would offer one more.  Americans are a seafaring people. We are descended from people who took to the sea to come here, which during the original migration was a risk like a spaceflight  to the moon.  So maybe that is part of it too.  


Coincidentally, Cullen Jones, the 3rd African American to make the US Olympic Swim Team, learned to swim after nearly drowning in a splash down pool at Wildwater Kingdom in PA when he was 5.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In

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@leiber @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Your question seeks my response if Ventura declines to seek the judgement amount against Tata Kyle if the publisher doesn't have to pay.  My response would be that Ventura was in it for the money when it looked like the publisher was going to pay, but had a sudden attack of "principle" when the debt landed on Kyle's widow.


 I'm not sure the publisher is even liable for statements that Kyle made that the publisher believed to be true at the time. I always figured the judgement would be against the estate.   

3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@KESStrong @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @joesig @leiber Then why even mention Bush?  If AQ was a threat during the 8 years Clinton was Presiden(which it was)  why aren't people saying; "Goddam Clinton had 8 years to get Bin Laden and did squat. He could have done more to stop the 9/11 attacks than Bush could have in 9 months." That's what I mean about Clinton getting a pass. And he does.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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