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@M1k351x I have been mulling over your response this morning...
"Its not about winning or losing. You see that mindset is why we may be in our current hate cycle we find ourselves"....
I think you might misunderstand what I am saying..I don't believe I am in a "hate cycle"- if anything I pity those who live their lives consumed by hatred for the things of the "west" - free speech, equality of the women, freedom of religion, etc. and are truly missing out of having those of differing opinions/ideas/races/religions than themselves. (Same could be said for the extremists within the US who inherently distrust someone of another color, religion, etc)
But I do believe there are "winners" and "losers" in this conflict. Ask the women being sold a sex slaves within IS conquered territory if they think they "lost" Ask the imans who dare to speak out against the radicals within their own religion who are lashed or beheaded if they "lost" Ask the police officer in the video if he "lost"
When we become afraid to exercise our God given inherent rights of speech, etc...then yes, we have lost. Both individually and collectively as a nation. Whether that loss of a right is from fear of retribution from a terrorist organization or a government- its still a loss....I don't see how it can be anything else??
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Attack in Paris: The Hunt is On
I have no doubt that the professionals are currently doing and will do their job. Unfortunately, they are gaining much experience in responding to these type incidents over the last few years.
My question is (as an observer from across the sea) is did the terrorists win today?
That question will only be answered in the next few years....Did they win in stifling the press? Will a reporter hesitate to call a terrorist a terrorist, preferring to use "attacker" or "gunman" or some other less offensive term? Will a cartoonist hesitate before publishing a cartoon critical of any facet of Muslim life? If so, then did the terrorists not accomplish their objective yesterday?
Or, as I still hold out hope...will the press finally take the blinders off and realize that you cannot expect tolerance from an intolerant person? That the comments from clerics such as Anjem Choudary (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/01/07/islam-allah-muslims-shariah-anjem-choudary-editorials-debates/21417461/) are the mindset of those seeking to destroy/harm Western civilization and replace it with Sharia law? Will they realize that yesterday was Charlie Hedbo but tomorrow could be NBC? CNN?? and that the only way to banish such evil is to shine the light on it?
We shall see....
might I add...you shouldn't go to college if tech school is all you want/need.
Look, obviously engineering falls under the category of "need a degree" and I still have friends from the years I spent in college... BUT there is always a need for skilled trade- linemen, pipe-fitters, electricians etc. Yes the work is dirty, often in rough weather conditions but not everyone WANTS to do a desk job, etc (or dare I say it- has the intellectual/educational skills to make it through college) and its worth throwing out there as an option....
3 weeks, 4 days ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part Six)
Jack- you lay out a logical, concise series of steps...which the cynic in me says is precisely why it will never be implemented.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How America Can Help the Kurds Beat ISIS in Rojava
@Coriolanus @Blake Miles The only thing I might venture to add is to expand this from a purely cerebral look at power vs an underlying resource/user ratio issue.
The Chinese in general have polluted their own land, and water resources- hence the pivot toward Africa, and other third world areas rich in natural resources. Now when I say pollute, I don't mean in a Greenpeace/flower child/save all the animals kind of way but really in a POLLUTE as in dead pigs floating down rivers, rivers turning red with industrial dumping, smog so bad in large cities that you must stay indoors, etc. And if one simply looks at a google earth map of China one will note that roughly half of the land in China is arid and not suitable for farming to begin with.... And while the upper levels of the Party may not care about the lower classes, they know enough history to realize that hungry people are generally prone to violence....Watch what/where they are acquiring assets
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Harmonious Fist Of China: Twenty Years of Strategy In The Making
@JohnChristopher1 I understand what you are saying...actually the most dangerous thing for me is my daily commute, not terrorists attacking my children's soccer game...and the commute may or may not be attributable to my own aggressive driving- I'll never confess!! ;) I was just trying to state that once you have your eyes opened, its hard to go back to being a sheep again ..but thanks for the reminder to floss!!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America
The thing is, once you have your eyes opened to what "COULD" happen, you never rest easy again...take me, your average soccer mom...once I started reading stuff like this, do you ever think I have relaxed on the soccer field (talk about a target rich environment- wide open fields with tons of kids/parents...it would be a slaughter fest)...or everyday when I drop my kids at school (have you read Forstchen's newest: Day of Wrath?) Its one of the reasons I like SOFREP, b/c it gives me intell....
But I refuse, utterly refuse to live in fear. I flew days after 9/11, I take my kids on trips/concerts and the terrorists can get a big middle finger from me...
I do think that reactions to any of the scenarios listed will vary GREATLY depending upon where you live....look at the difference between urban areas reaction to Hurricane Sandy/Katrina vs the rural areas of Mississippi/Florida where people pulled together more. So would there be localized rioting in regards to the power grid going down...yes, but it would be in those areas that riot over the latest sneaker release or win/loss of their favorite sporting team...
3 months ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America
Sadly, the aid (ie troops) to Africa is too little too late. Doctors without Borders were pleading for help back in spring/early summer. The *best* our troops can hope to do is 1) not get infected themselves 2) figure out what does (more like DOESN'T) work and bring those lessons home.
Bureaucracy can kill, but then I guess I don't need to remind soldiers dependent on the VA of that fact, eh?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Looking for Ebola in All the Wrong Places?!
@majrod Overseas? Heck, I can spot the military guys (and some gals although I admit its harder for me) HERE stateside, yall stick out no matter how you are dressed. Difference is, its reassuring stateside.
4 months ago on The Night Train and the Jihadist
Before anyone does anything, I would suggest taking a deep breath and making a list. What? You ask...yes, a LIST. List any and all threats you think you would face- from hurricanes to zombies, then assign each a ranking of how probable it is...and the possible items you need to prepare for (power outages, social unrest, etc) for each.
Then focus on the most probable threat first. Get (reasonably) ready for that then move to the next item.
For instance, where I live (deep south) the probability of a massive earthquake is low (not zero, but LOW)...but the probability of tornadoes is freaking high. Conversely, if I lived in California, the threats would be reversed. Now, in each scenario (earthquake or tornado) the main threat is the same- physical danger from the natural disaster, power outages, food disruptions, potential social unrest but you would tweak how you respond to each... Make sense?
I'm pretty much used to handling tornadoes, I haven't made it down my list to zombies yet...
4 months ago on Prepping 101: Real World Prepping for Real World Problems
Excellent article, however I feel that there is a component lacking..the lack of critical thinking skills of the audience. Propaganda has always been a tool of war, but I feel like in years past, the general "public" was perhaps more skilled in recognizing it as such. It makes the necessity of an effective "counter-message" even more urgent when the enemy's message is swallowed hook, line and sinker.
I may be showing my age, but I feel like there is a definite gap in my peers and especially my children's peers when it comes to questioning what the message is that is coming across the airwaves/twitter/FB/etc. Or perhaps I have always been a paranoid, questioning person!
4 months, 1 week ago on Social Media and Countering Terrorism
I am so very sorry...our canine friends are such a special part of our lives. You wrote beautifully of him...
1 year ago on My Buddy Passed Today
@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. :)
1 year ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
@Rod NYep...It frustrates me that they have a seemingly unending supply of gas...which would be bad/useless at that point anyway...
1 year, 1 month ago on Navy SEAL Advice For The Writers Of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
@JohnChristopher1You raise a good point, I didn't consider the "hey watch this!" factor....
@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 ;)
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...;)
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.
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)...
1 year, 1 month ago on An Addition to Eeben Barlow’s ‘Future Conflicts and Wars in Africa’
@DanielMarkert@qdogg691@JackMurphyRGR.." slather on some dates..."
oh the comments one could make. Also good on dried figs ;)
1 year, 1 month ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator
@dm8471@JohnChristopher1 simply an analogy, guys...
@BrandonWebbAnd on the opposite spectrum, we have eye implant jewelry. idiots. smh
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
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?
1 year, 1 month ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
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.
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...
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 ?
1 year, 1 month ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies
@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!
1 year, 1 month ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups
@YankeePapa Sorry...fwiw, I would assign myself as "random ewok in scene 764" getting stomped by a stormtrooper...;)
1 year, 2 months ago on Obama’s Special Operations Death Star
@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... ? ;)
great visual....does one exist for organizations operating inside the US (perhaps not true terrorist orgs but gangs, perhaps?) THANKS!
1 year, 2 months ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups
"Now I know..." yep...truer words never spoken.
Congrats on the little guy...wonderful pictures!!
1 year, 2 months ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons
@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..
1 year, 2 months ago on Where Did Special Operations Go Wrong?
What else do you expect from the "everyone gets a trophy" generation?? smh
1 year, 2 months ago on The Vets We Reject & Ignore For Good Reason
1 year, 2 months ago on Interview with Oz, the SF Medic from Rhino Wars
@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...
1 year, 3 months ago on Saudi Arabia Threatens to Cut Diplomatic Ties With America
Great job Colonel!
1 year, 3 months ago on SOFREP Discusses Orbital Weapons in China & More With a Rocket Scientist
@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...
1 year, 4 months ago on Kenyan Mall Complex Terror Attack
@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...
1 year, 4 months ago on Exclusive: Dan Bilzerian Talks To SOFREP “For The Record”
@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?
1 year, 5 months ago on John Kerry’s Statement on Syria: Building Up to a Course of Action Already Decided
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??
@majrod filled up this morning ;)
@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...
1 year, 5 months ago on Combatant Command Shake Up Being Considered
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)...
@HM1 (FMF) Ret. yeah, my first thought was to sloowwwly back away from the rabbit boiler. I wouldn't have responded either.
1 year, 5 months ago on War Stories: Self-Righteous and Entitled
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....
1 year, 5 months ago on A DISTANT GLORY: The Ethiopian Imperial Guard In Korea
*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...)
I think I speak for many...we're just privileged to be under the wire...
1 year, 5 months ago on Why I Think Jesse Ventura Has No Class
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
1 year, 5 months ago on Al Qaeda, Liquid Explosives and This Weak-Kneed Reactive Mess
@BrendanDoran @momengineer Ma'am...not sir :)
1 year, 6 months ago on Dear Friends in America…