sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Colorado Shift

What happened to Colorado?
Is Colorado still a free state?
John Morse (D-CO)
Opposes the Bill of Rights
I've heard that Colorado has become a living destination for urban Californians looking for a place to retire. What once was a red state is now a blue state.

Every year I spend a week or two in Colorado driving in some of the most scenic country on Earth between Montrose and Durango. I must admit to avoiding the Denver metro area and the urban slums in that part of the state (Blue State stain). I can't imagine a situation where Colorado would proclaim itself a gun-free zone, but the drama unfolds on the evening news.

Even the Colorado hippies that I've met are armed to the teeth. Those dope smoking, free-love, save the planet green freaks aren't opposed to the Bill of Rights. So what happened to Colorado to turn it?

What natural disaster broke the back of a free state?

The area in RED is referred to by many locals as "Dumbfuckistan"
Until recently, I encouraged my daughter and son-in-law to relocate to Durango for work so that I'd have a free place to stay when I came to visit (that's how I roll - I also encouraged my daughter to become a commercial pilot so that I could get discount air fare -- and she didn't do either). I can no longer do that in good conscience. I would prefer that my family live in Free America where the Bill of Rights is respected. A friend of mine who lives in Colorado refers to the Denver Corridor as "Dumbfuckistan". 

Colorado legislators crow about how a pink whistle and a woman defecating on herself is now the local cure for rape. I must admit that it's clearly a 'progressive solution' to a crime problem.

Colorado is clearly not the Old West anymore.

Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories and ammunition magazines, said on its Facebook page that it would have "no choice" but to leave if the magazine bill was signed, causing an opening for states eager to prove they're more gun-friendly (such as Texas and Alaska).

In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that would require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds

Magpul employs more than 200 people and generates about $85 million in annual taxable revenues, but Colorado is a rich state and it seems that they would rather not have "their kind" in the state.

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Women of VIKINGS (Series Review)

Katherin Winnick
In the long anticipated first season of VIKINGS, the upstart - turned Jarl and soon to be King, Ragnar Lothbrok has two wives. The historic Ragnar had three and I expect that the third, Thora Town-Hart, will turn up as the series progresses (bearing Ragnar more sons). This is where the casting people have taken it so far. I'm not posting these actresses/series characters in this order: Jarl Ragnar's wives and Jarl Harlson's wife/widow. They're all singularly beautiful women.

Katherin Winnick plays the role of the shield maiden, Lagertha, who fights along side her husband, Ragnar, in the shield wall (above) and accompanies him on raids. Lagertha is a very strong character who brooks no interference. In Ragnar's absence, she sits as Jarl in his stead. As I watched the first season of Vikings, I can't help but wonder at times whether or not Winnick was "playing herself" in this role.
Katherin Winnick  (Lagertha)
Katherine Winnick - Shield Maiden
Vikings cast two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the roles of Ragnar's wives. Katherin Winnick is a very talented and aside from acting, is a licensed bodyguard. So it's likely that it is simply the black belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do showing through when she plays the shield maiden/warrior in the series.

Alyssa Sutherland (Warrior Queen Aslaug)
Alyssa Sutherland
We haven't seen much of Alyssa Sutherland  yet since she just entered the scene in the season finale. We don't know what reaction Katherin Winnick's character Lagertha will have when Ragnar brings a new (pregnant) bride home from his visit to Gottland. However, one can anticipate that the shield maiden Lagertha will not be charitable.

Alyssa Sutherland - Warrior Queen
Alyssa Sutherland's career has centered on the fashion industry with forays into the movie industry with roles in The Devil Wears Prada, New Amsterdam, and Law and Order, but I'm sure she will rise to this challenge well.

Jessalyn Gilsig
Stunningly beautiful Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), plays the widow of Jarl Haralson. Ragnar, the central character in the series, defeated her husband (Gabriel Byrne) in single combat. Gilsig a very talented actress who built her career through the theater and in television series work like Prison Break, Glee, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, Imaginary Bitches, etc. As expected, she delivers solid performance after solid performance in this television series. 

As important as Katherin Winnick's role is to the series, Jessalyn Gilsig's contributions to its success can't be over-stated. Her character has a tragic cast to it. Her sons were killed in distant clan skirmishes, her husband, the Jarl, recently met his demise at Ragnar's hands and her daughter dies of the plague. It's a tough role and Gilsig makes it look effortless.

Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy)
Jessalyn Gilsig - The Jarl's Widdow

Ben's New Look

A new style $100 bill will enter circulation on October 8th, 2013. The new note was unveiled in 2010 and includes a number of new security features, including a blue 3D security ribbon and a disappearing Liberty Bell inside an orange inkwell that is more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The Federal Reserve was created with the Federal Reserve Act, passed by Congress on December 23, 1913, immediately before the legislators headed home for Christmas...much the way ObamaCare was. Between then and now, the Federal Reserve expanded significantly. The Federal Reserve backs the currency the the United States Department of the Treasury creates the currency. The Federal Reserve's monetary policies don't have to be approved by Congress or by the President of the United States. Its Board of Governors operates independently of the government.

How strange - a nation that doesn't control it's own money.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Boko Haram Jihad

The northern portion of Nigeria is generally Islamic. The southern half if Christian - for the most part. There are animistic elements to even "pure" Islam and "pure" Christianity in much of Nigeria. However it's Nigeria. 

In the North, Boko Haram (officially: The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism of Jihad) is working to purge Nigeria of Christianity through the practice of Jihad. The Name Boko Haram is said by some to mean "western education is harmful" but many of the jihadis don't really grasp the subtleties of politics and propaganda. They just know that they are poor and living in mud huts and the Christians are doing better, so jihad and thuggery brings in money. It's the oldest game in the book. As one would expect, the roots of the jihadist movement are tribal with the Kanuri tribe in northeastern Nigeria comprising most of the members. It's interesting to note that most of the suicide bombers sent out from the Boko Haram are non-Kanuri, or "cannon fodder". 

Both the US Intelligence Community and the US Dept. of Defense (AFRICOM) are trying to untangle the Boko Haram knot. Some (including the US) feel that they are influenced by Al Qaeda, and others dispute that Al Qaeda has any form of guiding influence on them.  I don't dispute that Boko Haram embraces Al Qaeda the way any good jihadi would under the doctrine that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

Last week 228 people were killed in a running gun battle between the Nigerian government and jihadists. (Reuters) The actual number of combatants accounts for roughly 25% of those killed. The balance were civilians caught between two factions exercising the standard "spray and pray" fire control discipline that one would expect.

Ansaru (Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa) broke away (sort of) from Boko Haram and has joined the jihad in Mali. Ansaru fighters are currently fighting the French there. They've kidnapped and murdered French and British people in Nigeria in the past. One can say that they're typical jihadist Muslims without being accused of stereotyping to any significant degree. The tactics are the same.

The United States Africa Command flies its four star flag from Kelly Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.

The selection of Stuttgart (a really nice place to live) doesn't surprise me if you want the Africa Command in a nice place to live. There are no locations in the entire continent of Africa that could be said to be as nice.  There are only about 2,000 military people assigned to AFRICOM per se. Attached personnel from the intelligence community and foreign service increase that number somewhat and the US Seventeenth Air Force (also in headquartered in Germany) oversees the African Theater. The US Army's presence (USARAF) is headquartered in Vincenza, Italy. The US Navy (NAVAF) covering Africa is located in Naples, Italy. The US Special Operations Command (SOCAFRICA) operating in Africa is also headquartered in Stuttgart.

And there are thousands of people uncounted in the official record who are working for Private Military Companies (PMC) and Private Intelligence Organizations (PIO) who are doing a lot of the heavy lifting in Africa. Most of those have headquarters presences within the Washington DC Beltway.

There are also "secret drone bases" in Niamey, Nigeria and Camp Lemonnier, Djbouti. They also fly U-28 aircraft and other non-standard aircraft from those bases, not just drones.

Which brings us back to the Boko Haram Jihad. Boko Haram (and Ansaru) are one of the three big jihadi groups in Africa. The US has a lot of hardware on site. There are spooks who have difficulty operating because the different PMC's, PIO's and SPECOPS guys keep running into each other -- but what are they accomplishing? The answer would seem to be - not that much? I'm sure that Nigeria would welcome a helpful hand from the US in wiping out Boko Haram - but the US is not doing that. We're spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to watch.

Be polite. 
Be professional. 
But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Jihadi in the Boat

Re-framing the debate on gun control
I do not suggest that every American needs a firearm. Those are personal decisions that people make. However, that is not the debate. There have always been people who have dropped out of the gene pool because they were  unable to remain viable for one reason or another. The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights understood that. They simply provided the RIGHT to keep firearms and it falls to individuals to decide how they will provide for their own defense. Progressives are very uncomfortable with giving people that decision. They prefer laws prohibiting because those laws provide a measure of comfort (don't ask me how they reconcile the comfort). Liberals feel that having 911 on speed dial is protection enough.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Iain Banks

You have to be completely cool to enter the short list of my favorite authors. Iain Banks is on that list and he's tied with a hand full of others who vie for the top slot.

Today, I was most distressed to hear that he's gravely ill. Some of my distress is found in selfishness because I enjoy his work so much.
(The Guardian) Iain Banks, whose darkly humorous presence has enlivened Scottish literature for 30 years, has announced he is "officially very poorly" with gall bladder cancer and may have only months to live. 
Banks, 59, is recovering from jaundice caused by a blocked bile duct. "But that – it turns out – is the least of my problems," he said on his website. 
The author's trademark deadpan humour was to the fore as he broke the news: "I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps)," he wrote.
For those of you who would like to review his work -- AMAZON.COM

His last book, The Quarry, has yet to be published. His publishers are trying to bring it out within the next four months so Mr. Banks will be around when it hits the shelves.
(The Guardian - cont'd) The cancer is inoperable. He said  that he and his new wife intend "to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us". 
Banks said he was still deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy "to extend the amount of time available". He told friends and colleagues about his cancer diagnosis a few weeks ago. "The way Iain has reacted to his situation is not really with a sense of unfairness but more that it's just the way the universe works, the way matter works, that there's nobody out to get us, nobody to blame for it all," said MacLeod. "It's a very courageous and stoical attitude in his situation. There's no doubting the style of the man. What you see is what you get, and the Iain who comes across in his books is very much how he is."
Banks is said to think of himself as principally a science fiction writer who happened to have published a literary novel first. To be completely fair, I prefer his Sci-Fi novels, all of which I've read two or three times. Some maybe four or five times, simply because I enjoy his writing style and his wit so much.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Senkaku Islands Dispute

The East China Sea (Wikipedia)
Both China and Japan ratified the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the application of that law is creating a problem in the East China Sea.
On 23 April 23, 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to "expel by force" any Chinese landing on the islands in the East China Sea, and promised "decisive action." 
"We would never allow a landing," Abe told parliament in response to questions from lawmakers, adding: "It would be natural for us to expel by force if (the Chinese) were to make a landing," he said.
In 1995, the People's Republic of China discovered the Chunxiao Gas Field in the East China Sea. China feels as though the field exists within their Economic Exclusion Zones (EEZ). The Japanese admit that most of the field is in Chinese territory but that a portion of the gas field is within their territory and that they too have a right to tap into it. The gas reserves on the sea floor are extensive.

In 2008, both nations agreed to jointly develop the Chunxiao Gas field but today the love is gone. The Chinese position has a degree of "mission creep" as they move from the position of joint development to one of exclusivity. Intrusions by Chinese government ships, not navy ships, have increased in frequency and size since the reorganization of the civilian maritime agencies in early March 2013. President Xi's speech to the National People's Congress and the recent Defense White Paper leave no doubt about the Chinese leadership's determination to claim the islands and install facilities (including military defense facilities) on them.
(Nightwatch) Chinese intrusions appear intentionally designed to probe Japan's military response capabilities as well as the attitude of the Japanese population towards a confrontation with China, while asserting China's claim. China is arousing Japanese nationalism. With neither side backing down, clashes and tests of political and military resolve are unavoidable. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Movie Review: Oblivion

No Spoilers

If you are inclined to watch Oblivion, it's better if you do so without knowing what's coming next. That's part of the charm of most good SciFi films. I went to this movie with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. 

In 2017 (not all that long from now) an alien race attacks Earth and all but wipes it out. During the course of the war, the Moon is shattered, resulting in tectonic upheaval and ecological disasters. The Earth employed a lot of nuclear weapons to fight off the alien invaders.

In 2077, Technician #49 ("Tech 49") Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is now one of the last few humans stationed on the planet; the other survivors have migrated to a massive tetrahedral space station now in orbit around the Earth. Other survivors have established a colony on Titan (a moon of Saturn). Jack lives in a space age penthouse towering thousands of feet above the Earth where he and his communications officer and lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are part of an operation to extract the planet's remaining resources for the Titan colony's use, especially water. 

Jack has recurring dreams that are disquieting and suggest that things may not be quite as they appear at first glance.
Jack and Victoria underwent a "security wipe" five years prior, which erased their memories and prevents them from giving up information under interrogation. Jack's primary job is the maintenance and support of 'drones', autonomous airborne machines that patrol the landscape to hunt the remaining alien resistance and protect the resource extraction machines. They maintain contact with civilization via a video link with their commander on the space station, and have two weeks left on their tour of duty, after which they will be allowed to join the rest of humanity. (h/t Wikipedia)
Things get really interesting when Jack meets Julia Rusakova (Olga Kurylenko) and the plot thickens further when he runs into Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman).

If you are not a SciFi fan, the movie may not blow your skirt up, but I enjoy a good SciFi yarn and I enjoyed this movie.

Recommendation: GO AND SEE IT.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What's in a Shirt?

When a woman wears a shirt that says, "Guess", my first reaction is along the lines of, "36D" or "32A". But I don't feel that they should be ejected from the shopping mall for asking me to speculate. I'm simply not that sort of man.

When a woman wears sweat pants that say, "Juicy" on the rump, I usually give them the thumbs-up sign but they look bewildered. I never explain, but I understand their attempt at advertising a particular status. I would never suggest that they be removed from a common carrier like a train or an airplane for simply trying to explain.

Furthermore, I have never seen any indication that young women wearing such suggestive apparel are removed from a school campus because of their clothing choices.  Quite to the contrary, young women in high school seem to wear just about anything that they want to with the approval of administrators.

Given that, why was fourteen year old Jared Marcum of Logan, West Virginia arrested for wearing this t-shirt?
A shirt encouraging others to protect their Constitutional rights as set forth in the Bill of Rights is now sufficient cause for arrest? Did he disrupt a class by wearing a shirt or did the faculty disrupt the class by their reaction to his t-shirt? Why was he handcuffed and hauled from school by the Logan City Police Department? The teachers say that since he didn't remove the shirt as ordered, he was "resisting the police". In WHAT UNIVERSE is that a crime? The school district's dress code prohibits any profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, but images of hunting rifles and slogans encouraging others to uphold the Bill of Rights are not. 

The kid didn't spit on the flag, he's acting patriotic. Which makes me wonder what the faculty of the Logan Middle School is teaching the teenagers attending there.


What do you keep in your briefcase?

Kifaru bag with a trauma bag. Ruler is 18"
I use a Kifaru bag (above) with an attached trauma bag. Kifaru (based in Colorado) makes durable, quality equipment and I'm proud to tout their products. Everything that they make is designed to last. I first became acquainted with their products when I did extreme 'sports' with the US Gov.

I'm not going to outline the entire contents of my go-bag, but for the sake of discussion, I will share the non-kinetic equipment. It goes with me almost everywhere, so if you meet me, you can rest assured that  I'll have stuff close at hand - because it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.

The load-out varies from country to country based on local regulations but this is the baseline stuff.
Eagle Talon Tomahawk

I'm old fashioned. If it's worked for 2,000 years or more, it is likely to work today. Axes are legal everywhere in the world and you never know when you will need an axe. My choice is the Eagle Talon by RJM Forge. In medieval Europe, they were war hammers, the Vikings called them "short axes" and carried them with great effect, and the American Indians found them useful. The RJM Forge products are simply the best available and they're carried by the US Military's SPECOPS people in the harshest environments on earth. They are very useful as climbing tools or ice axes, as pry tools or to chop wood. I've used this tool in extreme environments since RJM first produced it. The blade holds an edge suitable for shaving.

MPT titanium knife
In the 1990's the US Navy selected the titanium Multi Purpose Knife (MPK) as its knife of choice for the SEAL Teams after exhaustive testing. I participated in that testing and came to know Rick Schultz, the guy who made the MPK. He since sold Mission Knives and the successor company came out with the Multi Purpose Tactical (knife) or MPT, pictured above. I have an original MPK, and the MPT has a couple of features that I like even better, so that's what I carry. My personal knife is slightly modified from the version available on the civilian market. It's constructed of titanium, and once very sharp -- stays razor sharp with very little attention to the blade. Titanium doesn't oxidize (rust) under any circumstances and it's non-magnetic.

Medical Gear - I might need it for myself or I might need it for you.
I focus on trauma gear because most normal wounds can be stabilized without fancy equipment.
2 x Halo Seals (for sucking chest wounds. One for the entrance and one for the exit.)
2 x Celox (controls bleeding in moderate to severe situations where direct pressure isn't working)
1 x Tourniquet (industrial grade) for when Celox isn't working.
4 x Five Hour Energy (because sometimes you need to stay awake). I prefer the grape flavor.
Prescription meds - because I'm a mess and need pills to keep everything normal. (I'm aging)

Misc Gear - Adaptable components
50 ft. 550 Cord
Chem Lights (green, red, IR) because marking things for yourself and others is often useful.
Surefire flashlight
Spare Sunglasses
Black Watch Cap
Pocket Knife (along the same general lines of the MPT above but you can carry it in your pocket)
Spare Batteries
Spot Messenger (because sometimes you need to send an SOS, or to just let friends know that you're OK.)
Energy Bars
Mini-Extreme Water Purification System w/collapsable cup
Small metal mirror
Pop-flares (military aviator issue)
Scissors (industrial grade)
Pens/paper (because it is a briefcase) Sometimes there is a Kindle in there too to keep me entertained.

I didn't list a cell phone/satphone because it wouldn't usually be in the Go-Bag. The same is true of a few other small misc. pieces of travel gear that I keep separate. I simply inventoried the bag this morning and that's what's in it.

Fully loaded the bag weighs - a lot. It's not intended as a backpack. It's just a briefcase that I can throw onto the seat next to me in a car and buckle it in as a passenger, or take with me on a trip. Naturally if I fly commercially, the sharps go into my checked luggage. Kinetics vary from country to country. It's not "survival gear". It's "getting by gear". There is a difference. It's what I keep in my briefcase.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jihadi Sleeper Cells

Sometimes it's difficult to know how much more screwed up that the USDOJ could be.
Deputy US Attorney James Cole,
Classic Goofball
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole declared Wednesday at a conference in Washington that he had “recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security.” This “reevaluation” will remove all references to Islam in connection with any examination of Islamic jihad terror activity.
DAG Cole suggested that these training materials did damage domestically:
(DAG James Cole) “One of the many, tragic legacies of 9/11 has been an increase in prejudice, discrimination and hatred directed against persons of the Muslim and Sikh faiths and those who are, or who are mistakenly perceived to be, of Arab or South Asian descent. Some have wrongly sought to blame the horror of 9/11 on Arab-American, Muslim American, Sikh-American and South Asian American communities. It has led to attacks against places of worship and other hate crimes, to job discrimination, and to the tragic harassment of children in our schools.”
Ineffective intelligence and lack of aggression in that collection activity guarantees failure to suppress threats in the future. If you wonder how this blogger has come to that understanding, it's through having been through this in the past. 

Sometimes it seems as though this administration needs to install a glass belly button to see out.
Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, emphasized that training materials for the FBI would be purged of everything politically incorrect: “I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.”
The controversial training materials did not claim that all Muslims are terrorists or that all terrorists are Muslims, and it is noteworthy that DAG Cole had to resort to dismissive caricatures to make his point. Never the less, while not all devout Muslims are terrorists, all Islamic terrorists are devout Muslims. 


Given this situation, how is the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security ever expected to find and neutralize Jihadi sleeper cells before they strike again? It is not "politically correct islamophobia" to conduct intelligence operations against terrorists on American soil. However, the Obama Administration in its zeal to pander to Muslims, is forcing law enforcement to ignore threats from sleeper cells despite evidence that they pose a clear and present danger to the United States and its people. 

How is the FBI to find sleeper cells when it is forbidden to examine the motives and goals of the targets that it's working to exploit --- because to do so would be "islamophobic"?
"Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist 'sleeper cell' linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," from the Mirror
Preventing another Boston style terrorist attack requires that the US Government acknowledge who the enemy is and adjust its rules of engagement accordingly.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Psychoanalyzing American Progressives

I'm trying to make sense of American liberals/progressives.

Socially Destructive Behavior and the Progressive Response                            

Drunk Driving   -    BLAME THE DRIVER - not the car

Terrorist Bomber   -   BLAME THE BOMBER - not the bomb (though they'd be a lot happier if it was a white male American than if it was a Muslim)

Knife Attack   -   BLAME THE MURDERER - not the knife

Firearm Attack   -   BLAME THE GUN - not the person shooting it.

Over the past decade, how many terrorist attacks worldwide were conducted by Muslims? And how many were perpetrated by Catholics? So why are Catholics considered an extremist hate group by our present regime in Washington? 
To American liberals/progressives, an extremist hate group is one that opposes the wanton murder of the unborn (abortion), opposes homosexual marriage, and is concerned that most terrorists happen to be Muslims.
I understand that Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the entire staff at MSNBC are very upset that the Boston Marathon bombers turned out to be Muslims from Chechnya. They were so hoping that they would turn out to be white males from Nebraska or Idaho. The problem that Matthews and his viewers have revolves around the issue of hatred and 'who are the real haters'.  I understand that statement could be translated by progressives as being Islamophobic. But it's not. It's simply factual. I understand that progressives are never daunted by facts.

Progressive/Democratic Party Strongholds

Detroit, Michigan
Chicago, Illinois
Newark, New Jersey
Washington, DC
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA

In each of these cities:
  • The crime rate is very high. 
  • Gun control laws are extremely strict.
  • Only about half of the children graduate from high school.

Yet they are progressive paradises. 

Progressives/Liberals are therefore judged - insane.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Rules - Posse Comitatus Act

The new rule states: "The President is authorized by the Constitution and laws of the United States to employ the Armed Forces of the United States to suppress insurrections, rebellions and domestic violence under various conditions and circumstances." (Link Here)
"Planning and preparedness by the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense, for civil disturbances is important due to the potential severity of the consequences of such events for the Nation and the population. The employment of Federal military forces to control civil disturbances shall only occur in a specified civil jurisdiction under specific circumstances as authorized by the President, normally through issuance of an Executive order or other Presidential directive authorizing and directing the Secretary of Defense to provide for the restoration of law and order in a specific State or locality." 
This new rule, which forms part of the Code of Federal Regulations, is almost identical to DOD Instruction 3025.21 on "Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies" that was issued on February 27, 2013.  (noted by on April 11).
Support of civilian law enforcement agencies by DoD personnel shall be provided in accordance with sections 112, 351, 831, 1116, 1751, and 1385 (also known and hereinafter referred to as “The Posse Comitatus Act, as amended”) of title 18, U.S.C. (Reference (n)); chapter 18 of Reference (d); section 1970 of title 2, U.S.C. (Reference (o)) (for support to the DoDI 3025.21, February 27, 2013
No, I don't wear a tinfoil hat, but it's remarkable that this came out right before the big push toward increased domestic firearms control in the United States. It's also very interesting that one month ago in Colorado, the US Department of Homeland Security threatened to replace/supplant elected county sheriffs who were unwilling to enforce new federal firearms regulations. It also came as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked the Obama Administration to clarify the circumstances (if any) that it would use drone aircraft to attack American citizens on US soil who had not been convicted of a crime.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. - James Madison

In the past, if there was a civil disturbance in a state in the United States of America, the elected governor of that state had the option of using the National Guard (State military department) to assist local law enforcement. That really no longer falls to the states anymore. It's now in the hands of the President of the United States.

Today the President of the United States can issue an executive order and send the military into an area where a "civil disturbance" (not defined further under the law) exists. That military force while theoretically aiding civilian law enforcement agencies, supplants the control of those agencies and exercises power under "martial law".
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The change went almost unnoticed and nobody on MSNBC or even Fox News has discussed (a) the change in the law, (b) the implications of that change, or (C) the odd coincidence of federal pressure to change the laws regarding private ownership of firearms.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who Should Order Drone Strikes?

At present, the hit list has to be given to the Counsel to the President who prepares a secret document referred to as a 'presidential finding'. Once the President signs it, the name goes on the list and the CIA and/or US military carry out the assassination. There have been over 370 drone attack assassination events under President Obama and an unknown number of other non-drone assassination sanctions.
A presidential finding is an executive directive issued by the head of the President of the United States which is similar to the more well-known executive order.
The US Special Operations Command would prefer to make the call, but that's tricky. This is the problem: State-sanctioned Assassination is an act of war. Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and the North Koreans were flying drones over the United States selecting people for sanction based on their criticism of Dear Leader. How would Americans view the attacks? In that scenario, it would immediately trigger a war between the US and North Korea.

Richard Holm, a retired CIA case officer has been making the rounds at the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He says, "The decision to kill via drone should instead be made "at the level of a colonel or brigadier general." Holm (age 77) served with distinction, but is he correct?

Earlier this year, Senator Rand Paul filibustered on the floor of the US Senate to force the Executive Branch of government (Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama) to clarify their intent to use drone aircraft to strike American citizens, not convicted of a crime, on US soil. 

Does this style of warfare simply make enemies of nations which are not powerful enough to retaliate against the US as the American President decides which of its citizens needs to die? Or is it essential for the security of the US?

BREAKING NEWS: Predator Drone Nominated -- for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Old Whore: A Novel of Cartel Wars

In the parlance of the Central Intelligence Agency, old whores are clandestine operators who would do anything to get the job done.
"Sanctioned assassination, extraordinary rendition? You weren't sitting in the big chair that you're in today, but the Outfit handed it off to the Special Activities Division for resolution two years ago." He leaned forward in his chair. "Why not do it again? They're very good at that sort of thing." 
"Not possible under the present guidelines. We ran it past the Director of National Intelligence and he ran it past the President's godfather, the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He said that we should forget about it." 
"So we forget about it?" 
"Uh, no, Frank, definitely not. We simply can't do anything directly, but we can use a cat's paw."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Crazed Bomber IQ Test (warning - politically incorrect)

A series of bombs detonate in Boston killing people participating in the Boston Marathon. A suspect is in custody. Who is the suspect?

(a) A white housewife from Cambridge, down on her luck who can't find a job and wants to get even with an unfair society.

(b) A Catholic priest - remember that the US Department of Defense has labeled Catholics as a hate group because they oppose both abortion and homosexual marriage (sodomy).

(c) A US Marine Corps veteran recently returned from Afghanistan - Remember that the US Department of Homeland Security labeled returning veterans as a particular threat to America.

(d) An Evangelical Christian - Evangelical Christians top the list of the US Department of Defense hate groups.

(e) A member of the Tea Party (detested by all progressive people).

(f) A Muslim fundamentalist.

You can use historical precedents in citing your response if you'd like. I'm giving you some time to think this over before you post a response, below.

While you're deciding on your answer, I have a suggestion for the next round of government weapons registration efforts to keep us all safe.

The Federal Government needs to register everyone who buys a bottle of wine to insure that we know who they are in the event that the empty is used as a fire bomb.

Wine Bottles traditionally have been used as incendiary bombs. Made famous in name by Russian General Molotov, father of the "Molotov Cocktail". 

It's only right that somebody keeps track of these improvised explosive device components, sold nationwide without any oversight what-so-ever. Please call or write your congressman to get the ball rolling on wine bottle registration. We should start the registration program in New York City.

My next suggestion is that all backpacks be registered. Kids haul their books to school and back in them (now that lockers have been banned in many parts of the country). People can carry a backpack anywhere and who knows but what it may contain a bomb. By registering the backpack, we can determine who owns it in the event that it is used to contain a bomb. Somebody call Mayor Bloomberg or Governor Cuomo and let's get this ball rolling! 

Time for the answer to the question above: The New York Post reports that the Boston Police Department have a Saudi Arabian/fundamentalist Muslim in custody for the bombing. Boston police have surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to the blast site, according to CBS News. If you answered "f" to the question above you are Islamophobic and need to report yourself to the White House.

There were two people murdered in the bomb blast and fifty injured. It's a tragedy. But registering backpacks wouldn't have stopped the crime. Registering fundamentalist there's a thought.

Review of the First Four Obama Years.

Sometimes you don't know what our leadership is saying or thinking in private. Here are a few snips from the past four years of the Obama Administration as the nation looks forward to four more years of "hope and change" and "summers of recovery".

h/t John Coffey