Saw this from my Senator http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20141210-editorial-honor-and-valor-at-fort-hood.ece
1 week ago on Fort Hood Massacre Site Torn Down
@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Frumentarius "Love and a .45, are you need to get through the night..." Chris Knight song
1 week, 2 days ago on CIA “Torture” Report: An Honest Debate?
@Recon6 @KineticFury @Frumentarius Every rose has its thorns but not all thorns have a rose....if she has one I don't know about it...
1 week, 3 days ago on CIA “Torture” Report: An Honest Debate?
@Recon6 @KineticFury @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I meant more along the line of reverting to ISIS-type of moral reasoning....
1 week, 4 days ago on CIA “Torture” Report: An Honest Debate?
Read a lot of stuff I agree with, a lot I don't agree with, and some I'm not sure about.
Define Your Terms: Of course it must be defined with the word "interrogation" and that is not simply an alternative to torture or CYA legalese. Messing with someone once they are captured and in a cell is different than when the subject is out and about. Otherwise you can make the argument that you "tortured" someone (e.g. Saddam) by roughing him up when he was apprehended. "He hit me- I'm being repressed!" or "I was put until mental strain when they shot bullets past my head in my house" or "I was on the toilet when they broke my door down and now feel humiliated."
The "enhanced interrogation" term is ESSENTIAL if you want any accountability or checks and balances in the system. There must be a way to define and limit what you're doing so you don't stray too far. So keep that in mind.
I agree with @YankeePapa that not all "torture" is defined as permanent physical wounds, but I also agree with @Frumentarius in that not everything done was reckless or baseless "torture."
- The argument that torture doesn't always bring the truth out works both ways. Being nice doesn't always give you the truth.
- Torture can be defined as merely inflicting pain or inflicting pain to get information or confessions
- Timing. what have we here.....Gruber, outgoing officials, small steps of campaign promises coming to fruition (Gitmo), increased negotiations with terrorists (Bergdahl) Hagel, etc. yada yada
- If the elected officials want to call it torture, they must take responsibility for it as well."Yes we approved it." will do even if they are against it now. Otherwise they're essentially paving a future for people in Congress to blackmail people in the intel world from actions Congress authorized the intel world to do.
- I try not to hate people but some like Feinstein don't make it easy
- Maybe some instances where wrong (possibly innocent) guy was punished? Or excessively? I don't know the details of how and when "enhanced" techniques used, but maybe a process to verify needed?
- don't let buzzwords oversimplify things...the truth is usually more complicated.
- saw a quote somewhere today (don't know who) on the subjetc that said "In the intelligence profession, that is called politicization." Which means some people behind the report aren't primarily concerned with the moral aspects of it.
And finally, at least this means it won't have a Manning or Snowden along for the ride.
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) "The Geneva Accords were written in the attempt to outlaw the very kid of warfare that AQ and other Islamist barbarians are engaging in."
Boom baby! Well said. Not that it implies there should be no moral basis for dealing with others.
@YankeePapa @Ntwa Dumela "designed to generate vastly more heat than light."
Haven't completely agreed with anyone on this thread and subject, but that's a good way to put it.
Great post! Any info that can potentially let the enemy know what to expect can either compromise the mission, cost lives, or "nip it in bud" where the enemy knows how to prepare or increase security so that future missions are deemed to risky or costly.
These "Silence Propaganda posters" would work as well. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/take-a-closer-look/silence-propaganda-posters.html
1 week, 5 days ago on Yemen SOF Raid Details Makes US Troops Vulnerable
Everybody including myself likes to be "in the know" but
I've been wondering when this phase would come since I first heard of SOFREP's World Domination plans.haha. ...just glad that I can support in some small way. You've got my moneyy. Hat tip to ya for being willing to level up and not merely sit and atrophy. I was just watching Ravi Zacharias on Youtube and he had this relevant quote from Malcolm Muggeridge. "....it has become abundantly clear in the second half of the twentieth century that Western Man has decided to abolish himself. Having wearied of the struggle to be himself, he has created his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, his own vulnerability out of his own strength; himself blowing the trumpet that brings the walls of his own city tumbling down, and, in a process of auto-genocide, convincing himself that he is too numerous, and labouring accordingly with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer in order to be an easier prey for his enemies; until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keels over a weary, battered old brontosaurus and becomes extinct.”
Basically just keep a sharp edge on your knife!
1 week, 5 days ago on Taking SOFREP to the Next Level
@Fred82 Normally if say a person is selling frozen meat door-to-door, law enforcement will just tell them to move along, next town/city. Using their judgment on the ground level. The Garner case thus far appears to a case of "Heil, mein Führer!"
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@BrandonWebb @KineticFury Agreed. But their belts are full...need a chest rig...oh wait militarization of police!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on I Can’t Breathe: NYPD Needs More Non-Lethal Options Or Things Will Get Worse
@Recon6 @toril Hey now, that's not fair. They are on the run until the air power goes home.... But really, you know things are FUBAR when Bashar al-Assad calls the airstrikes ineffective. http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/world/meast/syria-isis/
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Save the Last Bullet for Yourself
Good to have eyes and ears on the ground that aren't restricted by, eh, "other people."
Question. I'm getting tired of hearing every mouthpiece in a suit in the media and D.C. saying we should simply, "arm and commit X-million dollars." Media thinks it'll work, D.C.'ers most polite term I could come up with) give vague answers like "a substantive sum could really accomplish things."
Heck we sent fighter planes and trainers to the Russians in WWII but that didn't give them victory or stop the horrific meat grinder of Stalingrad. Do you or anyone else believe that any significant form of victory is possible for "YPG" without a Western presence?
I can't bring myself to believe that all they need are beans and bullets and bombs, without Western eyes, ears, and trigger fingers.
I haven't been following this story closely...but that's the question no one is asking. I hear of how people "feel" about instances like this but no one is thinking everything through...
"What do you expect law enforcement to do in this situation?"
"Having our own TV channel lets the guys and I create our own content, avoid (what Charlie calls) non-essential personnel, and control the entire creative process from beginning to end."
This is why I'm a paying customer. Keep up the good work!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Exclusive: New Indie TV Channel Launched, “The Spec Ops Channel” on SpecialOperations.com
Oddly specific details given that it's the SAS. Welcome to the new normal, I guess.
And I'm not gonna lie...sounds like a cool job. Ride a helo, drive a 4wheeler, surprise some bad guys, leave and repeat. I'm just waiting to see a contractor company develop "suicide drones" that can be piloted by kids playing "call of duty" to harass the enemy in a very efficient proxy manner.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on SAS conducting raids behind ISIS lines
@YankeePapa @majrod @KineticFury I was going to mention that 20-slave "rich man's exemption."once I saw majrods comment. Conscription was not popular and many in the South failed to report for duty...and of course the 20-slave rule did not go over well with the soldiers in the field, where their war of secession seemingly turning into a rich man's war.
Some say the Confederates conscription act was the first "real draft" in American history.
The War wasn't just started over slavery, (yes it was a huge issue, but their freedom was really a by-product of the war. Missing that leads to "totalitarian thought" as @majrod mentioned. Some fought simply for a new idea of a country that was "theirs" and others simply because Yankee's were in their land. Right to Secede vs.Maintaining the integrity of the Union was the battle, but thank God abolition finally had a catalyst.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality
@majrod @KineticFury I'm in agreement with you...now. Once upon a time I thought anything related to the Civil War quite dull. The three things I mentioned are good for grabbing your attention, arousing curiosity, to pull you in. That's what those did for me and obviously a lot of people.
Plenty of folks wouldn't want me to even point a non-fiction historical book at them. That's why I like some fiction, it opens the door to more learning. (Of course, probably only 10% of my collection is fiction.)
Thanks for the link...reminded me I have an Amazon gift card to use...SOFREP e-book on the list, and one of these days I'll own this volume as well!
@JRomeoWhiskey While it this case it refers to "of or relating to people that live in a country," I've never liked the term either.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality
@YankeePapa See Don Troiani's "the Last Salute."
Good to see the letter in it's entirety, can't say I've read it all through before. I can't turn down an opportunity to encourage learning about the Civil War and the people of the time, so here are three starting points off the top of my head. (In three different media forms!)
-Ken Burns PBS series "The Civil War" on Netflix/etc.
- Jeff & Michael Shaara Civil War book series...very good reads, historical fiction, so also easy to get into.
- Don Troiani's paintings. Have a book of 'em "Don Troiani's Civil War" very accurate representations
The PBS series is good because it gives context and there is no fluff, it simply tells how people felt and acted, in their own words. Book series puts you in the action. The paintings help you visualize and leave a lasting impression.
So begins the chapter "Red Line the Second..."
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Pres Obama promises to commit combat troops if ISIS gets nukes
Good call. Does anyone believe the Abbottabad Raid was a a capture mission? I think not.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on How Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Really Met His Fate
Very interesting subject. The "fallling out like teeth" statistic was shocking to me, until I realized it was in China. Saw this video a couple months ago and thought it very interesting. "I refuse to sit back, and have to explain to the next generation, when the ask me 'well, what were you doing when rinos went extinct."
1 month ago on How Intel Fusion Can Save 50,000 Elephants From Poaching Each Year
Might get this one this year. I want a green light! I love my PrincetonTec RemixPro "tactical"(w/ the cr123 battery) for the tan color, red start mode, and its lightweight (66grams!). But for much recreational/stateside use the AAA battery option is better because of it's availability.
I've found that headlamps make great Christmas gifts for friends and family, MIL/LEO or not. Once bought several at a discount and gave them to family. Easy to carry in a pocket, purse or pack, wherever you go. They're much better than cheap flashlights that break or are easily lost due to their lack of value.
1 month ago on Review: Petzl Tactikka +RGB
Seems like everybody and their brother has one of these. I picked one up as an impulse buy...I got it for under $20, can't remember exact price.Unfortunately, I haven't needed to break glass with it yet, but I'm sure it's up to task.
Nylon is cheap as mentioned, and the top forward grommet (top left in picture) broke off, which can cause the top edge/corner of the blade to be exposed when the sheath shifts, as there is a little play in it.
Besides the sheath, the only thing I'd add would be more aggressive checkering or anything to make for a more secure, non-slippery grip. With some gloves it feels too slippery, and you won't be letting a hand ride down as with an axe.
Recently had an 8yr old use it to cut branches up to 5" thick for firewood after a storm knocked 'em down.
So it is nice and lightweight, fits any pack/bag easily, even carried it in a cinch sack before. For the price it does it's job, but you may want to find a more secure and durable way to sheath and carry it.
1 month ago on SOG Fast Hawk Tomahawk
Also liked the bit on "Persecutory Delusions." Sounds like it could also be called "limited perspective." Or to dumb it down further it's like a kid who believes there's a monster under the bed. They won't be satisfied til you said you scared the fictional beast away...
Oh and warn me before the commie links!"He spoke this year at Socialism 2014 and last year at Socialism 2013" I thought that was a sarcastic joke so I clicked on the link.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents
"Most journalism is not based on any empirical data, but rather a narrative where the author begins with the aforementioned premise and then uses human sources to verify or reject the premise. Human sources (from my own experience) are unreliable in vacuo."
@Coriolanus I will refer to this gold nugget as "the Proclamation of Coriolanus."
Great piece, really appreciate how you approached it. "Picking a side" can drag you down a road that doesn't lead anywhere.
I'm always up for good history and I have some indian (funny, Livefyre says that's not spelled right, more PC), or "Native" blood...though I'd look more at home among William Wallace's rebels than Quanah Parker's Commanches. However my primary indian roots lie within some of the "Five Civilized Tribes."
Point 1. Create allies with the hostile’s enemies.
Chickasaws fought off the French and their Indian allies, and became friends with the British, and remained rather peaceful towards Euro-American settlers. Indian Removal Act come along, then the Civil War, wherein Chickasaw and Choctaw lost land again because they/we fought for the South.
Come to think about it, I'd add a "Point 8. Don't use Points 2-7 on allies."
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Total War Part 2: Historical COIN
Saw this:"Three women dropped from Marines' infantry officer course will not reattempt"
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Marines Graduate “Infantrywomen”
I've read Al-JZ for a couple years, as you mentioned specifically for Middle-East related topics. Some bias and some questions they raise are pretty obvious, but most stories actually read like real news instead of rehashed AP "articles" that are nearly identical in every national news media platform.
Though I think they were "in the news" for some policy change/controversy last month regarding opinion pieces.
But I think you'd still have more elbow room working for Al-Jazeera than you would with ESPN...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Al Jazeera and Source Agenda
Saw a good quote yesterday went something like "Although the ebola threat may be hyped, government incompetence is not."
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon
Date Added: 10/8/1997 Who:Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) (Kongra-Gel)
Would like to hear what people think of this...delisting the PKK as an FTO. Sounds like it'd only complicate US/Turkey relations even more.
This ain't London during the Blitz and you won't be joining the RAF, be advised.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Should You Go Fight ISIS?
@Coriolanus @aGrimm Where and how are "defense articles" defined?
Also, am I correct in considering that to join/aid/abet officially non-state, yet autonomous, military/militia like Kurds have in N. Iraq is more trouble legally for (specifically) U.S. citizens as opposed to a sovereign nation with whom we are not at war with?
There has always been a few American's who like to join a fight before Uncle Sam does (obviously not all with the most noble of intentions.) But it seems to me to aid a quasi-state within a state when the quasi-state is affiliated with an organization that is still on our "FTO List" is probably a bad idea if you don't have explicit permission from your home country (read: government).
Look both ways before you cross the street.
"...they somehow provoked the ire of whistle guy. Probably displaying too much affinity for normal breathing."
Yeah you'd think they would've known better...
Great story, much respect!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Combat Diver Qualification Course: Death is Just a Breath Away
Oh yes I got all that. Guess I didn't ask the question well.
My question is more related to the performance history of the round. Are there Any factors that make the round better now than it was when g. Luger first dreamt it up that would've caused people to question it in days if old?
What are all of the "select projectiles"? How do they outperform? in what areas? I'm quite aware of how 9mm can be easier to place and along with easier follow up shots. I've used 9mm,.40, & .45 and am not trying to bash the round, just to learn more about it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The FBI is Going 9mm: Here Comes the Science
@YankeePapa @KineticFury @majrod Like the kid who wants the toy just so the other kid doesn't get what he wants....I have an A-10 scale model hanging from the ceiling I pieced together, impressive-looking platform.
Some people mocking the F22 being used in Syrian strikes, saying A-10s would better serve. I'm not on either side...F-22 has much greater speed and range..Stil hate to see the A-10's go the way of the dino's but then again I say that about P51's. P47's, and more!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider Light-Attack Helo
I don't mind .45 but really don't care for it in a small commander sized 1911...so as long as handgun size/weight tradeoff is appropriate to the caliber used. And mag cap..of course.
Will use this as a reference for myself and others when the topic comes up.
My main question in regard to the 9mm vs. .40 - somrthing debates is this: I often hear that "modern advances" in 9mm nulls any advantage .40/.45 previously had.
Is there any tangible truth to that or is it another misconception?
Privately funded...200mil, 75% from Sikorsky.
So like @majrod said, nonexistent.
@YankeePapa @majrod Bureaucrats be like "yo we just got the Osprey, isn't that revolutionary enough for you @majrod?"
Of course if the the Kiowa's will be sold at the local Army surplus store at surplus price I'm all for it!
@YankeePapa It's amazing to see photos of how veterans and amputees of all types were able to get along with their life, especially from 19th/early 20th centuries. Saw a book once about the subject, one old photograph had a man firing a rifle using his toes and feet, had lost both arms.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on You’ve Lost a Limb, Don’t Lose Your Life to Bad Prosthetics
I now naturally default to the right eye when shooting, but otherwise I think its difficult to change dominant eye. I once heard to read with an eye patch to force your non-dom eye to work.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Do You Shoot With Both Eyes Open?
Try more this:
3 months ago on ISIS Gone Wild: State Department Videos No Match For Jihadist Propaganda Machine
@asimd @14Charlie @Mitchell McAlister "They're convincing the convinced."
My thoughts as well. It was "good" that they showed the atrocities but their text reads like a PSA like "click it or ticket."
Just feel like a bystander letting some punk bludgeon a kid to death.
Oh wait, that's putting reality mildly.
I'm going to write my representatives again...not enough. Just let me know if anyone decides to "Samruk up" if I can't join I'll pay for bullets. Pardon the rant.
3 months, 1 week ago on ISIS Sexual Slavery and Human Trafficking
Deleted several sentences I wanted to say. Anyone else hate sitting around listening to NFL crap when you've got a rifle collecting dust while this goes on?
"But those were foreign children and it really didn't matter."
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The United Nations Throws the Yezidi Under the Bus