Just a suggestion, but you might want to take the PJ Media model. They offer free trial run for 30 articles or so... then ask you to subscribe. Your email is linked to the account. It is a way to read content and see how the system works without risk.
Just a suggestion...
1 year, 2 months ago on Why SOFREP is Switching to Subscription Membership & Going Underground
@ArcticWarrior @Recon6 @Eric Pope @hjw1dr Got to see an Apache up close and personal on the ground. (Texas national guard grounds) ... beer is definitely called for! :)
1 year, 2 months ago on Combat Controllers Bring Doom on Al Qaeda & The Taliban
@ArcticWarrior Also ( @Tango9 will like this) he was thinking of doing a masters in physics and wanted to go into studying astrophysics. (that's smart---)
@ArcticWarrior Met an apache pilot (dated briefly) before he was deployed to Afghanistan 2011 and he was one of the most calm, quiet spoken, smart guys I've ever met. One of the most gentle, unassuming guys too.
@majrod @hjw1dr @Wingman Tone? No, your tone was fine. BUT I have seen your tone when you're really irked.... you have SUCH a winning style! ; ) (still laughing)
1 year, 3 months ago on The Fear That May Keep Women Out of Special Ops
@majrod @hjw1dr @Wingman I realized in my original post... I failed to put in one VERY important word before experimental (there should have been the word "failed" there...)
too much of a hurry today. Oh well. Discussion was started.
@majrod @hjw1dr @Wingman Hey, I guess I pushed a button on that one, Majrod! Good rebuttal -- I love stirring the pot of discussion! I'm not angry at all... actually I'm laughing! :)
It's just a prediction... nothing all that important. A gut feeling. I suppose the only way we'll find out how it rolls out, is by how it plays out. I'm cynical about political maneuvers, and I think you agree this is political. It has nothing to do with the efficacy of the policy. My point was the shortcoming were going to be swept under the rug, for political reasons. I don't think the Military is exempt from political maneuvers. However, I will defer to your experience with the pentagon.
But in my limited experience, stats are always ignored when the issue is political or ideological. The agenda is what counts... failed missions are the price. That is my cynical point of view. (not wishful).
@majrod @Wingman I predict you will have women pass the tests (for women). The military will claim success, then after a few experimental deployments, women will be relegated to other alternative or support combat roles. a few messed up missions will be the price. It will all be handled very quietly --
@LaBelleHelene @hjw1dr A white wolf And yes, there is meaning behind that picture. :)
I predict the comments will go over 500 on this one. Bring up women in SpecOps and it's like setting off a flare. Come and get it! lol
Good article, though. I've commented so often on this subject that I almost hate to repeat myself. Women want to serve. They want to have the same opportunity as men to advance their careers. This is not the way to do it however. Reality is a bitch sometimes.
Bravo! SSGT Kline. The recognition comes to all PJs. (About time)
1 year, 3 months ago on Pararescueman awarded Silver Star
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@dm8471 @hjw1dr okaaaay. :) I was 15 yrs old and watched too many horror movies at the time. Let's just say my "elf" looked like a lumberjack carrying an axe dripping with blood. He liked to stand in the closet in my room, never moved. just stood there, staring at people as they walked in and out of my hospital room. I knew he wasn't real, but scared the shit out of me. I'll never take Percodan again.
1 year, 3 months ago on I Thought I Was Going To Die: An 18X Green Beret’s Story
@dm8471 @hjw1dr I guess it depends on your metabolism. In my case the reaction to the narcotic was not so funny either... but I won't go into detail.
@dm8471 Fred the Elf... dm,...what, you never had a visit from him? I had when I was prescribed Percodan once... damn annoying little bastard. Stopped the Percodan ASAP:)
Excellent! thanks for the link.
another thing to put on my 'must do' reading....
"I am a firm believer that a battle is won or lost before anyone ever steps foot on the battlefield. The preparation and attitude of the participants determines the outcome before two opposing forces meet. I have applied this principal to all aspects of my life. "
"This determination to succeed no matter what was a gift from God that was fostered and developed by my parents, brothers, wife, extended family and community. Everyone is given innate abilities from God, but they truly burgeon with the help of those around you. If it were not for the influences in my life that helped to foster my work ethic, I would have failed at my recovery."
@Recon6 @hjw1dr 6, just a guess on my part. I really don't know AW accept through here. LaurainKC might know more. She might. Or Red might know some... but I haven't heard anything.... out of that loop now! and happy to be out of it too. :)
1 year, 3 months ago on Esquire Is Screwed: Duped By Fake UBL “Shooter”
@Recon6 Hey 6! I have no idea if AW was involved with that. He's been in the hot zone before though. But even if he was, not sure he would announce it. you know.... OPSEC and all that. :)
@BrandonWebb Just an uninformed question here (hence the question to you as an expert). considering the helicopter crash in the compound during the UBL raid, how would that affect backup plans during the raid? DEVGRU is so highly trained, I assume the adrenaline download from the crash would ratchet it up a notch or two -- anticipated or not. then add destroying the copter, gathering sensitive information, other tasks that would have to be done to get out on a tight schedule--- anyway, how would that affect backup claims (as you reference above)? Or because DEVGRU is so well trained, it wouldn't be a factor?
No disrespect... just thinking out loud.
@blkreggren The worst are the types who claim valor in order to get folks to give to their false charity. The con men. Those are the ones I want to have the book thrown at, spend time in jail, and throat punched. BW has targeted a few. But they always come out of the woodwork at the worst moment... (Chris Kyle's death comes to mind).
1 year, 3 months ago on How to Identify a Military Fake
True, multiple major events is a sign... but not that alone. I think bragging or whining/ pity party is bigger tip off.
I know a person who was present at a lot of major events (some historical) or witnessed or participated in during their life... but here's the kicker... that person never made any big deal of the events. I would never have known anything -- if I hadn't learned about it from other sources. It was like, "Oh, yeah, I guess I was there... but you know life goes on." Nothing more. Didn't want to tell a story about it at all.
I think that's when you know it's real.
You nailed that one! Great article, Ski.
@Julesy Looking forward to it! When it's ready let us know. We could spread the word! Wide following here for Chris kyle.
1 year, 3 months ago on Jesse Ventura Sues Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
@ThePatriots @LauraKinCA The warrior's song. brotherhood. Kick ass!
1 year, 3 months ago on Happy 4th, SOFREP
@SEAL76 @KCCO I agree, SEAL76. Best summation that brings the practical realities home from someone who went through Female Marine training Perspective is everything. Thanks for your service KCCO.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers and SEALs to Train Women By 2015/2016
Second part of the document: (livefyre won't let the whole thing post-- too big, I suppose)
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1Georgia: Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall George Walton
Column 2North Carolina: William Hooper Joseph Hewes John PennSouth Carolina: Edward Rutledge Thomas Heyward, Jr. Thomas Lynch, Jr. Arthur Middleton
Column 3Massachusetts:John HancockMaryland:Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of CarrolltonVirginia:George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton
Column 4Pennsylvania: Robert Morris Benjamin Rush Benjamin Franklin John Morton George Clymer James Smith George Taylor James Wilson George RossDelaware: Caesar Rodney George Read Thomas McKean
Column 5New York: William Floyd Philip Livingston Francis Lewis Lewis MorrisNew Jersey: Richard Stockton John Witherspoon Francis Hopkinson John Hart Abraham Clark
Column 6New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett William WhippleMassachusetts: Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine Elbridge GerryRhode Island: Stephen Hopkins William ElleryConnecticut: Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington William Williams Oliver WolcottNew Hampshire: Matthew Thornton
As a way to remember the 4th of July, below is the full text of the Declaration of Independence
A direct ancestor of my mother signed it, knowing his head would be put in a noose if the enterprise failed. I suppose if he had died, I wouldn't be here either.
Anyway, hope you have time to read the whole thing. The list of grievances is interesting considering today's climate around the world.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offencesFor abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
@Julesy Do you have a link to the lyrics or song? Would love to hear it. itunes? or similar?
From the guardian: July 3rd, 2013
The 22 November (2012) Bombshell
That was a month before a referendum on a new constitution that leaned towards Islamist and conservative positions. Opponents called it a naked power-grab. Supporters argued that it was necessary to resist a conspiracy against newly established institutions.
The way the constitution was written was seen as a glaring example of unilateral and divisive action. Morsi is generally criticised for failing to build consensus, though allies blame this on an shambolic and fragmented opposition that has been unwilling to co-operate and is demanding his departure.
1 year, 3 months ago on Egypt SITREP
@jckingvt @PeteN Keep in mind that Morsi claimed rights reserved for a dictator, disbanded the parlement back in December 2012, replaced judges. The people had enough. What would US citizens do if a similar set of events happened here? That the US President continued to back the Muslim Brotherhood in the face of those events does not bode well for future relations with Egypt.
@LauraWalkerKC @hjw1dr She was ambassador during the riots that over ran the US embassy in Egypt, right? during the same time as the Benghazi event.
From her speech: "After 30 years of political repression and the resulting lack of responsibility for making political decisions, it is understandable that some would resort to conspiracy theories to explain what they see and hear."
Slightly arrogant, don't you think? Not to mention demeaning to the Egyptian people. Wow, such adroit handling of a powder keg -- way to get them to cooperate -
Mike, like the videos by the way. Noticed that the passwords have been passed around too much though.
1 year, 3 months ago on Battlefield America: Literary Reflux in 500 Words or Less, #4
Corruption in both Afghanistan and the corresponding US political structure make effective change nearly impossible. It has become a way of life, so its easy for people to hide in the system, and companies as well as government depend on the pay offs to stay in power. I suppose it's always been that way... but now its endemic to the system. Doesn't matter which party... the games continue.
@Recon6 @hjw1dr @ArcticWarrior @JHR13 6- the best always do run toward the fire... ! :)
Makes their friends and families nervous, but .. I know I'm always proud they do. Just want them to be careful so they can tell about it later!
1 year, 3 months ago on Edward Snowden Charged under the Espionage Act – flees Hong Kong
@Recon6 @hjw1dr @ArcticWarrior @JHR13 6, I haven't heard anything. AW posted a day ago. Haven't heard anything from Matt.
@ArcticWarrior @Recon6 @JHR13 Where are you, ArcticWarrior? (Talk about misnamed!) Death Valley?????
No no... don't answer. I just had to ask. : )
@3StarJohn @hjw1dr @majrod @chiphires
Agreed. Not only the perpetrator who refused help to them. Hopefully we will also find out exactly where the command (or lack of command) happened so if another US official calls for help, they will actually get a active response.
I feel for anyone working overseas in the diplomatic corps. Right now, this suggests that if anyone targets US State Department personnel, the US response will be ineffective --like a loose sail luffing in the wind---making a lot of noise but powerless to move in any direction.
1 year, 3 months ago on Breaking: The Benghazi Diary, A Hero Ambassador’s Final Thoughts
@majrod @chiphires @3StarJohn
Stop politicizing? I agree. But with these caveats:
1) The Benghazi incident was politicized before hour 1 of the attack when security concerns in Benghazi were downplayed by the State Department because of "concerns on how the optics might reflect on the touted success in Libya" -- though increased security was requested repeatedly by Amb. Stevens.
2) It was political from the moment (as Mr. Hicks stated under oath) that The State Department (presumably with the approval of the administration) disavowed the influence of terrorist links and blamed it on a video-- though by stating such, this created a HUGE political problem overseas. It was a crtitical loss of face of the Libyan Prime Minister who had already stated Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Hicks stated that the administration's statement was a drastic set back to diplomatic cooperation between US and Libya. (Hick's was "stunned." And I think this is likely a factor that interfered with US attempts to capture the perpetrators).
So, this has been political from the beginning. It boils down to "optics." (in political speak). It started with the optics that this administration had to deal with during an election year. The horror is that 4 people died because actions were not taken, before, during, and after the Benghazi attack. That is not an optic. That is a disgrace.
@Recon6 @shagstar @ToddStanley @StormR
Silly rabbit... Trix are for kids. :)
@majrod @hjw1dr @StormR @SEAL76 @YankeePapa YankeePapa already made the points I was going to make, so I won't reiterate. A woman in senior role can be pivotal when dealing with BS in training. I would use that as a method to weed out the bad actors IMO. As for combat and all those issues, I will defer to those who are experts. That is why I am here... to listen and learn and think.
on another topic, of course, combat is not the place for PC weed whacking or social engineering. Can't agree with you more. In a perfect world people would look at the practical difficulties of applying a change to complex organization, and TRY to make rational changes. But, obviously that's not happening at this time in our history. (has it ever????)
What I do know: In reality females DO socially organize differently than males. There is a hierarchy of female leadership (as in male hierarchy), but it is modeled different than in male models. I won't go into gender differences and social learning stuff, but I will say It's stupid to do a social experiment on as large a scale as what is going on here. The risks are legion, after all the Military fills an important role in National Security. the US Admin is playing with fire, and when that happens... well you know the saying.
Still, women are also patriotic and want to serve or make a career of it. Come to think of it, some of the PC push may boil down to advancement (combat promotes, right?). I don't know enough to speculate, so I will refrain.
I'm tired, taking a break-- hydrating. Was outside for a short run on a hot Friday to shake some stress. Got back inside, looked at the temp. 109 F(n) degrees in the shade!
didn't feel like it. Maybe I'm getting used to the heat? Figures... Texas always has to be bigger or badder. (tho, Arizona take the heat awards in my mind).
@majrod @hjw1dr @StormR @SEAL76
Hope you can respond to this tomorrow, and your BS meter doesn't go into the red zone. : )
Interesting summary of the 4 cases, thanks! Explains a lot. How long ago did those events happen? And how many women were in senior positions while you were there? (There is a reason for this question.. explained below).
I agree. Female predators exist and I have had a few interactions with 1 or 2 back in the late 1990s, so I totally get your point. I think what makes the difference (from my experience) -- was the presence of more than one senior female executive in authority to deal with the accusations. Women who have built a career on hard work and ethical advancement are furious when tactics like these are used. We won't tolerate it, because it reflects on women in business, our professionalism, and competence as a whole. In a way, In some ways it is similar to stolen valor--most strong, ethical women will be disgusted and furious and close ranks against these manipulators.
In my case, I was in an executive position at the time and had to deal with the accusations (on an ethics and performance oversight committee). in one case, I and another female exec formally confronted the woman with her intent to extort money through fraudulent claims. (We had proof-- a taped conversation. She was manipulating the situation, including plans instigate an affair and use the information later for money or advancement). Lawyers became involved due to possible slander and damages -- etc. Can't say the man involved in that situation was exactly smartest cookie in the batch either... he said some pretty stupid things publicly. (It takes two to tango). She was not charged, but she didn't get the money, though she was trying to get a pay off. Payback was a bitch--literally in her case -- she couldn't find work in the field after that-- (no one would hire her-- word gets around). She moved to another city. In the man's case, he was asked to resign. that sort of thing also sticks -- not sure what he did after that.
So there are ways to handle predators, but admittedly if all the executives had been male.... that would have made it FAR more complicated. And likely, she would have gotten a settlement.
So, what is my point? I wonder because the Military was male dominated if it is easier for females to exploit sexual harassment charges (at least at that time). Course, the same accusations might also be employed for unwanted homosexual advances now that the Military is allowing gays to openly serve. Hmmm... that would be unlikely, I suppose. Alpha males don't play victim very well.
But a thought...
@linwood @Tango9 Sounds like my training in the Emergency Room. :)
1 year, 3 months ago on The SOF Mentality
@linwood I think there is the added factor of enjoying competition, and as you said, striving for perfection. Not sure if the is type A or Type B you referred above. But it is there.
@majrod @StormR @SEAL76 If 4 women used their sex to promote their interests over the group -- may I ask for what interest? and was it overt sex (proven by conduct) or sexual harassment proceedings were threatened? Just want to know the particulars, if possible.
I've read many times on SOFREP - stories of males also guilty of promotion of self over group interests-- and how that is also deeply resented. Is that less frequent? Or is it how self interest is pursued, is that the issue?
just curious about where you are coming from)
Brandon and Jack. Well done.
@Tango9 @VarianWrynn Tango, really? I may need eye bleach for that image.
Cowboy hat and yoga pants (uh, what color?)
1 year, 3 months ago on Texas ABC News Reporter Busted As Phony SEAL: Bobby Hallmark Jr.
@Tango9 @hjw1dr @michaelkhill1954 Don't you know in Texas, we have a motto: Drive Friendly.... or else.
Then again... "you can't cure stupid" is another one of those mottos. :)
Hey... just got this release from the Administration (on the NSA and phone records).
Below: Obama Administration Releases Phone Records
Quote: "Now, everyone in the country will know who’s calling whom, and when, and how often, and for how long. My administration doesn’t have any secrets, and from now on, neither will you.” Obama noted that, for the sake of national security, personal emails, consumer reports, and medical histories will remain the exclusive property of the federal government."
WASHINGTON—On the heels of reports that the National Security Agency has secretly been amassing the private telephone records of Verizon’s more than 120 million customers, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that his administration is releasing the entire country’s phone records to the public in an effort to handle the situation with complete transparency. “Honesty and openness have always been the hallmarks of my presidency, which is why I believe that everybody should have free access to this essential information,” the president said at a press conference, encouraging the public to visit a newly created online database containing the time, duration, and location of every wireless and landline phone call made by all 315 million Americans.
Okay... gotcha! it was an Onion Article. :)
@Tango9 @michaelkhill1954 Texans OWN the road. That's why they drive the way they do! :) And I'm a Texan (by choice) ... so watch out. :)