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I am so very sorry...our canine friends are such a special part of our lives.  You wrote beautifully of him...

6 months, 2 weeks ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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@ArcticWarrior@Recon6@momengineerIn every zombie story I have read, the virus or whatever caused them to be the walking dead also slows down decay...otherwise, yeah, the south would be the place to be- they wouldn't last a summer. :)

7 months ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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@Rod NYep...It frustrates me that they have a seemingly unending supply of gas...which would be bad/useless at that point anyway...

7 months ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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@JohnChristopher1You raise a good point, I didn't consider the "hey watch this!" factor....

7 months ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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@Recon6@momengineerRecon...but they are bottom feeders, and in a zombie apocalypse, I don't want to be eating anything that might be nibbling on a zombie.  (I have a much too boring commute where I have actually considered this aspect).  Catfish are actually the only thing on my list that I have eaten irl ;)

7 months ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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As one of the few females around here, I'm going to chime in on the female issue...it's the same argument as women in spec.ops units. "generally" speaking, men are stronger, faster, more physically able to outrun the "zombies", etc. so the %of women to survive is probably lower...(and then the % that y'all would consider hot is probably lower still)...just numbers, although I have yet to see helga the Russian weightlifter on any of the episodes...;)

7 months, 1 week ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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My frustration is when they are "starving"... Um, kudzu is edible. Ever been to the southeast-can't kill the stuff.. No reason to be hungry unless you are an idiot.

Granted, it wouldnt be fine dining, but between kudzu, cattails, craw dads (streams), fishing (no catfish, they will eat anything) and tree rats...you would survive.

7 months, 1 week ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

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@Virginstateofmind @ColonelProp 

I would also check inter-library loan, at your local library, to see if they can get it for you.  (I have gotten some "obscure" books not available in my more rural area that way)...

7 months, 1 week ago on An Addition to Eeben Barlow’s ‘Future Conflicts and Wars in Africa’

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@DanielMarkert@qdogg691@JackMurphyRGR.." slather on some dates..."  


oh the comments one could make.  Also good on dried figs ;)


7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator

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@dm8471@JohnChristopher1 simply an analogy, guys...

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator

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From a purely scientific view, it will be interesting to see the resulting side effects of this trend in a few years (I'm thinking how the USSR routinely doped their athletes in the 60s/70s/80s and how after the fall the athletes went public with the later side effects).....i.e. when the genetic results are in the other direction, what happens to other genes as a result of tampering with a select few...

When we start screwing around with mother nature, she generally has the last word, imho

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator

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Virginstateofmind...Ignorance does not equal stupidity.  Stupid is choosing or being unable to learn.  Ignorance is not having the chance yet to learn- for instance..

...if  am *ignorant* in algebra as a 5 year old, I am not stupid- I have not been exposed to it- I may still have the capability to comprehend it.  If as an adult, I believe santa clause exists, I am stupid.    See the difference? 


7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America

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Just to be clear...i am NOT saying that you (or any other ptsd vet) is unsafe with a gun. 

 Just that the "other side" most likely will say that.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America

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Brandon, thanks for clarifying your positions.  FWIW, you have my vote.


Here is my concern and what I have told my daughters many times (and as always Majrod articulated it much better below)...  Most government laws are passed with the best of intentions.  However, generally its the implementation of those "intentions" that gets messed up.


So, while common sense tells you that yes, you should have a safety course prior to owning a gun (and yes, I did complete a course prior to purchasing a handgun)...when the government gets into it (especially the federal level)...I can almost guarantee its going to get screwed up....for the reasons Sean detailed below.  One size rarely fits all....what works in flyover country is rarely applicable in the urban coasts and vice versa.


The other intention that is bound to get screwed up is the mental health issue.  Its one that most can say with all good intentions ...yes, the mentally ill should not own guns.  Now, the defining and implementing of that is the woolly booger.  Most vets do have a PTSD diagnosis on the DSM scale-so most "anti-gunners" (for lack of a better term) would automatically rule a vet out, who in most instances has the most training. OR another scenario...while going through martial struggles/illness in family- I was briefly on anti-depressants (not now)...would that one period in my life keep me from forever owning a gun......My other concern is that the DSM scale is more "subjective" in nature.  Its not a blood alcohol level type test- it depends upon the pscyh. doing the observing and their own (potential) bias.


While I don't agree with the NRA tactics, and definitely not their PR wing...I do believe that some things are a slippery slope...and whenever I hear "compromise" when it concerns my rights- whichever one is being debated...I pay close attention...


7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America

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Why now? The changing of "presidents" in Iran? Sanctions effective? Obama the great negotiator ? Wait...I know, Kerry?

Seriously though....why now? What has changed/shifted ?

8 months ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies

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@14charlie @momengineer Thanks 14Charlie...I try to have a basic knowledge of whats going on in the world, but the odds of me ever encountering these guys is low.  I *have* though seen MS-13 graffiti scattered around, and the odds of encountering those guys/ones like them CONUS are much more probable.  Especially post-natural disaster, ala Katrina style...which is why I asked...I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us!

@JohnChristopher1  could you possibly point me to a particular website/etc that you find helpful?  Sounds like you have some experience in this area...THANKS!

8 months ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups

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@YankeePapa  Sorry...fwiw, I would assign myself as "random ewok in scene 764" getting stomped by a stormtrooper...;)  

8 months ago on Obama’s Special Operations Death Star

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@BrandonWebb I'll be honest, I had to look twice to see that this was written by you and not Jack. You have always been the voice of moderation against the anti-obama crowd here.  The fact that you wrote this is weighty to me in its significance.

Although the irreverent part of me immediately starting assigning a cast of characters...lets see Laura Walker as Princess Leia, YP as Yoda, perhaps... ? ;)

8 months, 1 week ago on Obama’s Special Operations Death Star

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great visual....does one exist for organizations operating inside the US (perhaps not true terrorist orgs but gangs, perhaps?)  THANKS!

8 months, 1 week ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups

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"Now I know..."   yep...truer words never spoken.

Congrats on the little guy...wonderful pictures!! 

8 months, 1 week ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons

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@majrod @LT G  see, this is one reason I like this site....Majrod, that applies to *any* freakishly big organization...just good life lessons there..

8 months, 1 week ago on Where Did Special Operations Go Wrong?

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What else do you expect from the "everyone gets a trophy" generation??  smh



8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Vets We Reject & Ignore For Good Reason

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@majrod @Jaycel AdkinsMajrod...the fact that the US is not longer the "biggest" importer of oil might be a factor in this.   (see http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-21/china-now-world%E2%80%99s-largest-importer-oil-what-next)  The US is also increasing its internal production of shale oil/nat. gas and that factors into this...the SA are diversifying their customer base

While China still needs the US market (for now at least), they seem to be focusing on the mid-long term, imho.  Making inroads to the developing economies (such as SA) and purchasing up resources in Africa.  Add to that their increase in space activities (troubling to me), the decrease in purchases of US treasuries (still have alot, but not buying as many, plus their internal agency downgraded the US credit rating)....

Interesting times...interesting times...

9 months, 1 week ago on Saudi Arabia Threatens to Cut Diplomatic Ties With America

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@majrod"It's a wonder this sort of thing has not happened stateside."

My first thought was...what the h*ll would I do if it happened here, with my kids in tow....shudders...scary thought indeed..

while I am definitely not SF material, I do think I am much more situational aware now and I thank SOFREP for that...

10 months, 1 week ago on Kenyan Mall Complex Terror Attack

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@JG1000DLX I honestly think its just indicative of our culture as a whole...look at how (the collective) "we" latch onto anyone of any "fame"...sports stars, movie stars, etc.  We are a fame-obsessed culture, and as the SEALs are currently getting some press (what with the OBL raid, etc)...they are bound to attract the fame hounds of both male and female variety (although admittedly with different motives).


Basically, its like trying to hang out around the cool kids in high school, hoping some of that will rub off on you, and if you can't get in the cool crowd, making a stink about them/it...at least that way you get *some* attention...

11 months ago on Exclusive: Dan Bilzerian Talks To SOFREP “For The Record”

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@majrod @momengineer It does very much!!  Which, like all great answers, leads to more questions in my mind...like, would Israel take this opportunity to try to strike the Iranian nukes?  (I personally think no...but I would also guess that if it gets really messy they might try it...) 

Basically this is all just a case of chest-puffing out posturing (i.e the bulls are bellowing at each other, and pawing the ground but haven't locked horns)...but with limited strikes in play, am I interpreting that correctly?

11 months ago on John Kerry’s Statement on Syria: Building Up to a Course of Action Already Decided

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Okay, hypothetical here... we (US) institute missile strikes into Syria.  What is the next chess move on the board, i.e. what does Russia, China, Iran do??? thoughts??

11 months, 1 week ago on John Kerry’s Statement on Syria: Building Up to a Course of Action Already Decided

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@majrod @momengineer EXACTLY!  some the sequestration cuts in my area were to base security...namely the guards that man the gates.  There has been a news crew outside the gates reporting on the "horrrible back-ups caused by sequestration" for months now..(eye roll)....its all a game...

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Combatant Command Shake Up Being Considered

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Hmm... I personally wonder if this is the political equivalent of saber rattling.  "ooh look how bad it would be, so you need to give us more money"  Its all a political game at this point, in the fight for dollars.


Personally, I think the AO to watch in the future is Africa, so I hate that they are looking at putting it back under the EUCOM, but hey...what do I know? (seriously, I know that I don't know)...

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Combatant Command Shake Up Being Considered

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@HM1 (FMF) Ret. yeah, my first thought was to sloowwwly back away from the rabbit boiler.   I wouldn't have responded either.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on War Stories: Self-Righteous and Entitled

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YP...I recieved an email that you commented to me, but can't see it here..wierd.

Anyway..yes, I look about as Cherokee as Elizabeth Warren, but have an uncle and cousins that are dead ringers..genetics are a funny thing.  In my area, there are alot of people of all races that have some NA heritage...its a source of pride now, although at the time it was scandalous....

11 months, 3 weeks ago on A DISTANT GLORY: The Ethiopian Imperial Guard In Korea

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*this* is one of the reasons I had no problem in financially supporting SOFREP.  The more I read, the more I realize how little I know....

Thank you Yankee Papa

(oh, and I have a small bit of Cherokee in me too...)

11 months, 3 weeks ago on A DISTANT GLORY: The Ethiopian Imperial Guard In Korea

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I think I speak for many...we're just privileged to be under the wire...

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I Think Jesse Ventura Has No Class

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I don't want to wear my tinfoil too tight, but I swear, every month seems more and more "1984ish"....just substitute AQ for Oceania, etc

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Al Qaeda, Liquid Explosives and This Weak-Kneed Reactive Mess

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@BrendanDoran @momengineer Ma'am...not sir :)

1 year ago on Dear Friends in America…

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@Bart "Sergei" Norman well, if I ever "beard on", then I will join the circus, but I get what you are saying...

1 year ago on Dear Friends in America…

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@FateofDestinee @hartcreek I'd love a review of the flashbang-type holsters as well...not so sure about the location in regards to accidental discharge (a thigh or appendix carry is bad enough, but it seems like the FB would be right around vital parts)...thoughts??

1 year ago on Ladies’ Concealed Carry: Dressing for CCW Part 3 – The Right Holster

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@HonestBroker247panem et circenses???

1 year ago on Dear Friends in America…

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The only problem I have with your post is this....we are the wrong audience.

Most of us who (and I would say especially us civilians) who seek out SOFREP for information are unfortunately awake and aware of all that you mentioned.  And have attempted to educate those around us, to the point of being shunned... *how* to awake those around me, who seem to care only about the next football season, or what reality show is popular, would be most helpful...

Oh, and I love the "TBOC" reference...

1 year ago on Dear Friends in America…

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Question...with the "revelations" from US officials that Israel was indeed behind a recent strike against the Syrians...is this possible that its war via proxy (i.e. US supporting Israel's efforts while not "directly" involved) or is Israel basically saying to the US, screw you, we're not waiting any longer? http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/06/world/meast/syria-civil-war

Like I have posted before, I'm not too bright and grew up on a farm, but I learned early on that if two dogs are fighting you don't get in the middle of them....kinda looks that to me....


1 year ago on Washington’s Half Ass Effort in Syria

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As one of those "people" you mentioned who come here to get the "real deal" I appreciate you doing this.  

Back when I first started posting, I was (pleasantly) surprised at how welcoming the vets were on here to a civilian....I don't want jerks like this to mess it up for the rest of us, who as you stated come here to : get real, no shit insight into current events and topics affecting our country and the world. 

 So well done, and I owe you another beer....my tab with many of yall is getting fairly large by now...


1 year ago on How to Identify a Military Fake

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Am I the only one who immediately thinks they are in trouble till they read the "banned" part of the post? Guilty conscience I guess...All joking aside...I appreciate the mods and all the work they do...

1 year ago on Editor’s Note To The SOFREP Community

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Okay, perhaps I am simple minded, but what is the purpose of having a military?  Defense, right?


Now, we are going to allow someone who we (theoretically we could be "defending" ourselves against one day) to provide the materials by which we defend ourselves?? 


Next you will be telling me that we are going to allow the Russians to launch our space missions, and the ME to supply our oil.... wait....what I was I saying again?

 


1 year ago on Can We Trust China to Make American Special Purpose Uniforms?

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@HugeFan @momengineer Yes HF, we are very fortunate for not having to experience that (and yes, those areas do see a huge amount of violence, but its still, what? 1%, 2% of the population as a whole??)  

Like Minou stated below...its being governed (and those that go along with it) by those not grounded in reality that is troubling..  I read the other post on the army and have to agree with as well...I go back and forth with this with my own children- I want them to have a better (i.e "easier" ) life than I had in many aspects, but I worry that in doing so, I am not equipping them should hard times come their way.  (and lets face it, they always do..)

I don't have the answers, just theorizing as to perhaps why some are pushing this ('cause as a woman- its completely baffling to me)

1 year ago on Women in the 75th: Strap On Your BFAs

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@Minou_Demimonde Spot on.  As an engineer, I can go toe to toe with any of my male coworkers (well, except for a few who are stinkin brilliant and way more smart than me).  But physically??  I'm smart enough NOT to do that!

1 year ago on Women in the 75th: Strap On Your BFAs

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I think some of this is because we are so insulated to reality as a society.  Let's face it, "war" has become nothing more than the few flashing pictures on the tv screen (if even that much for your average American). 

We don't see people die in our society- whether it is in war, accidents or illness.  We are insulated from the reality of death by hospital rooms, nursing homes, wars in far off lands.  Death is not like the movies.  (yes, I have actually see people die, although granted not in war/gunshot)

Reality is...size, strength, training matters.   But when you are in a "civilized" society, those things can be glossed over by tech/laws etc.  But war is not civil.  And to discount *that* reality is foolish at best, and disastrous at worst.

1 year ago on Women in the 75th: Strap On Your BFAs

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