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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



17 hours, 54 minutes 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.

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 6 days 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.

1 month, 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

2 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?

2 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.

2 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?


2 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'.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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?

2 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

2 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.'

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.



2 months, 1 week 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/

2 months, 1 week 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.


2 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.

2 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.

2 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.   

2 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.

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

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@LawyerHandle It's so easy isn't it?

2 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 I agree with your point.  Bush was President some 9 months prior to the 9/11 Attacks.  But I would remind you that Clinton was President for 8 years, 


 December 29, 1992, AQ attacks a hotel in Aden Yemen where US troops had been staying while transiting to Somalia.



 August 1998, AQ bombs the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing over 200 people and injuring more than 5,000 others.


In Jan. 2000 AQ made a failed attack on the USS Sullivans. The bomb boat was too heavy.


Oct 2000, AQ attacked the USS Cole killing 17 and wounding 39.


Finally, the Sudan offered to give us Bin Laden just to get rid of him.  Clinton declined after consulting with the Justice Department which said we didn't have enough evidence to try him in court.


So, the question I always ask of those criticizing Bush for not stopping the 9/11 attacks is; Why didn't Clinton have to do something to stop AQ AFTER they had attacked US property, citizens and military personnel for 8 whole years?  Why does Clinton get a pass on this?


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

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@joesig @LawyerHandle No, no Joe.  You made the claim that something should have and could have been done to prevent those attacks, not me.  



There is going to be an attack on NY or DC using a 747 reported in early June.  So what enhanced security could we have taken?  We didn't know who we were actually looking for, when, or how they would attack or what manner of attack they would attempt.


The terrorists were also here legally under tourist or business Visas.


"National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Aug.21, 2004: All but one of the hijackers presented visitor visas that immigration inspectors used to decide whether to admit them as tourists or on business. All but two of the nonpilots were admitted as tourists and were granted automatic six-month stays. This allowed them to maintain a legal immigration status through the end of the operation. One of the two nonpilots admitted on business was granted a one-month stay; he, along with another of the nonpilot operatives, was in violation of immigration law for months before the attack.

The one pilot who came in on a student visa never showed up for school, thereby violating the terms of his U.S. visa. Another of the pilots came in on a tourist visa yet began flight school immediately, also violating the terms of his U.S. visa. This pilot came in a total of seven times on a tourist visa while in school. In both cases, the pilots violated the law after their entry into the United States."


So you get to be Bush and Rice and tell us how it all could have been different.   Instead of just sniping from the bushes you gotta put  something forward.



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

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@LawyerHandle You know what we should have and could have done?  When the Sudan offered to hand us Bin Laden in chains Clinton should have taken him instead of listening to the DoJ saying they didn't have enough 'evidence' to try him court.

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

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@joesig @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @leiber I've read those warnings.  They seem to only say that a major attack was "imminent" by a group inside the US that wanted to attack with explosives and hijack airliners, but that was about it in terms of specificity.   And that attack was imminent(as in any moment) back in June of 2001, we waited 3 more months for that 'imminence' to occur.


So what was Bush suppose to do, exactly?  

Pass the Patriot Act then and there? 

Create the Department of Homeland Security then and there? 


Shut down air travel in the US until they found 11 hijackers among 320 million people(remembering we can't profile or single out Muslims for special scrutiny)?  


Should we have immediately armored all the cockpit doors on airliners installed CCTV cameras on planes and loaded them up with Air Marshals? 


Shit out thousands of full body scanners and reworked our entire airline passenger screening system? 


Armed pilots? 


Bomb and invade Afghanistan to root out Al Qaeda?  


Because those are the things we did AFTER the 9/11 attacks to prevent further acts of terrorism on our shores.  I doubt any of them would have been do-able prior to the attacks.  Look at how controversial they were after the attacks.  Hell one guy sued all the way to the Supreme Court over having to show a photo ID to get on planes claiming that it was an unConstitutional requirement of having to have an internal passport to travel.


I'm fine with folks who say we should have done something after the fact, but they never seem to say what should have been done.

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

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@Waterborne Recalling Ventura's remark in the video that he was offered money by the publisher but didn't take it, because it wasn't about the money but about him being labeled a traitor and clearing his name.  I think he was speaking of being a traitor to the UDT/SEAL community rather than being a traitor to his country.   Now he has a $1.3 million judgement against the Kyle estate.  If it isn't "about the money" then Jesse can give it all to one of the charities that support the SEALs or to the families of SEALs who have been lost.  


Anyone wanna bet the pass line on that one?  

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

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@bharrison @leiber @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I don't know if it was contested by local authorities as false much as they said, "we don't have any record of that happening", or "It didn't happen round here."    Those aren't really denials.  And it was in Marcus Luttrels book.  He never said where it happened beyond a gas station along Hwy 67.  I'm not accusing you of this, but people claim the government is capable of these massive, complex coverups that are poisoning us with chemtrails or rigging the Twin Towers with explosives, or hiding alien spacecraft but Unlce Sam couldn't possibly make the bodies of two dead criminals disappear.  Did any one check to see if anyone reported any armed car jackers missing?

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

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@leiber @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) No, See I got a problem with this statement by you;


"That shows nothing he just disagrees with the Political establishment which is consistent with all his views, you can disagree with the wars and how a country runs its foreign policy and not be hateful of your own country men and especially service men."


  Ventura's claims that 9/11 was an inside job is a calumny against his country and his countrymen.  If "A"(9/11 was an inside jog) is true then "B"(It involved a conspiracy by Americans in government and the military) must also be true.  "A" cannot be true without "B" also being true and that is not politics. It's totally disloyal and breaks the faith with our country and our men and women uniform.


Ventura also claimed that the US provided Iraq with the Mustard gas they used to murder some 5,000 Kurds.  That's accusing the United States of a war crime.  The US is a signatory to a treaty against proliferation of such weapons. The Swedish anti-proliferation group that studied that and other attacks by both Iran and Iraq did not lay the blame at the feet of the US.  It stated that the mustard strain used was of a previously unknown type.  And that unknown type was unknown because the treaty nations provided samples of their strains(secret as they are) to ensure proper oversight of the treaty terms.  Yet, Ventura offered no proof of his claims and was unswayed by the Swedish report(if he ever even read it), he simply stated it as if it were fact.  That was disloyal to his country and countrymen as well.



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

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@leiber @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I think it would be helpful in preserving your claims of "neutrality" to state which of Ventura's claims you specifically take issue with and why.  Then I will answer you more fully.

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

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For those who find it utterly impossible to imagine that Ventura could have said the things he is alleged to have said to Kyle.  Here is a list of notorious quotes by Ventura where he adopts the more radical line of descent expressed by Code Pink or in any of  the in-patient waiting rooms at Think Progress, Huffington Post or Daily Kos. 


http://www.ontheissues.org/celeb/Jesse_Ventura_War_+_Peace.htm


Reading his views it not hard to imagine that he would transfer his disapproval for Bush to the troops fighting on Bush's orders.  It really doesn't seem implausible.  I think it's also fair to say that most of the injury to Ventura's "good name" was mostly self inflicted.

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

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@Txazz Jesse Ventura is the "victim" in all this now.  Oh boy is that rich. Lol

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

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@JohnChristopher1 Good point about Bob Hope.

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

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@joesig @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @LadyHW @Waterborne  I didn't call you or your dad any names.  But you certainly did.  If I cared what someone like you thought of  me I might even be offended instead of mildly amused.  You seem to personally attack anyone who disagrees with you or gets the better of you in an argument.  How can someone in your line or work be so thin skinned and emotionally fragile?



But, you do follow the line of Wayne bashing common to the Left, which hated Wayne for his anti-communism.  


In any event I didn't expect to change your mind.  You don't strike me as the sort of person who thinks there is any opinion to consider other than your own.  You seem to have an emotional investment in being right, even when you aren't.  So be it.


That being said, I stated the facts as I know them, and cited sources. Readers may decide for themselves whether John Wayne was a draft dodger or not.


People, as disappointing at they may be are the sum of their many parts.  Audie Murphy was a violent drunk and a serial womanizer who fucked around on his wife for his entire marriage.  Those facts don't invalidate his battlefield heroism at all or make him any less worthy of the Medal of Honor he was awarded.  And John Wayne in his own way made a valuable contribution to the war effort, doing morale movies, bond drives and USO tours.  He continued to do that his entire career even during Vietnam when "war heroes" like Fonda didn't support the troops.  Fonda actually approved of his daughters anti-American activities and used an awards show speech to tell her critics to "Shut up", because "she's perfect."  You would have gotten along with Henry Fonda very well I suspect. Lol



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

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@JohnChristopher1 John, the jury was not charged with deciding whether the fight really happened or if Ventura said what he said at Mc P's. As I read it, the jury was instructed by the judge to consider only if what Kyle said publicly after the fact was defamatory to Ventura and harmed him financially as a result.

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

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@leiber I don't think you're really following on what happened in that trial.  The Jury did not find that Kyle made up a story about punching Ventura out.  It did not find that Ventura never made the statements that Kyle claimed he made.    The judge instructed the Jury to only address whether the things Kyle said after the fact were defamatory to Ventura.  And on that the jury was hung at first.  It wasn't a slam dunk for Ventura or a vindication of him personally.  His attorney asked told the jury the book made over $5 million and wanted all of it.  The Jury awarded less than half of that. 


Speaking of undisclosed biases, are you a fan of Ventura's or something?

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

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@Loren Schofield @LadyHW @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I think the economic exploitation of these people and the political exploitation should factor as well.  Make no mistake, the Democrat Party hopes to gain 5 million new voters out of this, people dependent on subsidies from the Government to survive.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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@joesig @Waterborne Got any opinion on John Kerry you'd like to share with us?  He served honorably too.

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

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@joesig @LadyHW @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Waterborne Joesig, You write as if you have first hand knowledge and insight  into what John Wayne did and thought at the time.  Hope you aren't too disappointed to hear that I find your claim to clairvoyance totally unconvincing.


I recognize that some people will never forgive John Wayne for opposing communism, but that isn't a good reason to savage the guys public reputation just to make yours look bigger.


You  accused Wayne of being a draft dodger.  The facts in the public record(which are available to anyone motivated to know the facts) don't support that claim.  His lack of military service is more aptly explained by  the plain facts of his age, physical infirmities, his contract with the studio and his draft status.  It still didn't prevent him from trying to join the OSS(which is a matter of official record) and his attempt to join John Fords combat camera crews, which were exactly that.  Combat camera crews.  They were at Midway, Leyte Gulf, D-Day, Okinawa and Iwo Jima, filming combat,....while the bullets were flying and the bombs were dropping.


As for Henry Fonda being a bigger star, that is a matter of opinion.  Fonda's film career began in 1935, by 1941(when we entered WWIi) Fonda had made just 27 movies.   John Wayne's film career began in 1926, by 1941 he had already appeared in nearly 100 movies.  


And Fonda did serve in the Navy for three years as an enlisted man and rose to PO3 and became and officer and made it to Lt(jg).  Pretty good getting promoted every 6 months, must been on merit alone.  There are claims that he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, but I've seen the actual medal, there is no "v" affixed to it.  


I do agree with you that people are disappointing, for all kinds of reasons.

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@surfb4work @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I appreciate and welcome your correction on that point but it is at odds with the statements made by his publishers,  William Morrow, and DeFelice.

DeFelice claimed that Kyle donated his royalties to the families of two Navy Seals, Marc Lee and Ryan Job, who were killed in a fight that Kyle was also in back in 2006. 


I seem to recall another interview that Kyle gave saying money was also going to charities as well.  I've also seen quotes by Taya saying they were trying to find the right charities to give that money to.  Don't know how the publishing world works in this case, whether the original run of hard copies constituted the donation to the Lee and Job families or that additional runs and paperback proceeds are earmarked for charities.  But I agree that the record on this point is not clear.



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@Bombsqd318 I don't think it can be accurately said that Kyle made the whole thing up.  A juror on the that trial said the following about the eyewitness accounts. 


“It was confusing that no one could see all the events,” the juror said. “It was hard to see that no one saw everything.” Someone saw him punched, some saw him on the ground, but didn’t see him punched, and others saw him getting up he said.


http://www.startribune.com/local/269697941.html?page=1&c=y


Hat tip to LawyerHandle for the source.

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@leiber SOFREP doesn't make any pretenses about having an editorial bias.  It's out in the front window.

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@Loren Schofield @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) And the economic exploitation is likely to come from other mexicans and latinos already here in the US and Naturalized citizens.  They will help them obtain forged documents, pay them under the table, etc', etc' and keep them from joining the larger society on their own terms.

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@LadyHW @NVShawn @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @LawyerHandle Yeah, I wouldn't use slavery as an analogy either.  Slavery is treating persons as if they are property that you own and have the right of life or death over.  Slavery actually a better description of abortion than the human trafficking problem at the border.

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@Loren Schofield @Jaycel Adkins @NVShawn @LadyHW Yeah, that'll be the IRS doing that when conservative groups file for tax exempt status.

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