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I’ve Wondered About This…

I’m old enough to remember the Watts riots in L.A., Detroit.  Rodney King?  And a multitude of others.  And something has always bothered me:

WHY do these folks feel the need to violently destroy THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS to make a point?

In days of yore, I participated in protests.  I remember one at the State Capitol, wherein we stood in the Summer heat (all 250 or so of us) to protest The Clinton so-called ‘Assault Weapons Ban’, and our own State legislature considering similar legislation.  This was in the 90’s – the temperature was around 100°.

And not one of us engaged in violence, criminal looting or destruction.  We had been advised not to come armed, and we didn’t.  We carried signs (and American flags), signed petitions, talked amongst ourselves and drank lots of water.  And listened politely to speakers like Sheriff Mack.  And watched media trucks circle us deciding whether or not we were worth a spot on the 10 o’clock news.

Apparently we weren’t.

Here’s one opinion as to why they foul their own nests:

The borderline-Jacobins at Slate, who believe spanking is child abuse, and personal responsibility is out of fashion, try to explain looting away as a social phenomenon: “Why would anyone burn down the only CVS in their neighborhood?”

The reason, I think, is likely the same reason that poor black Americans in cities across the country burned “their own” neighborhoods in the late 1960s:

They did not experience those places as their own. Then, like now, police brutality was a precipitating cause of the violence, but it was the long-term experience of the indignities of the ghetto that gave shape to the riots. Then, like now, commentators compared the rioters to animals who had run wild and needed discipline. Rioting, to these bystanders, was not proper political protest but the criminal actions of poor people who merely wanted to grab what they could for free. This narrative, which I heard throughout my childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1980s, put the blame not on the depredations of the ghetto, but on the character of its residents. It completely misapprehends the political economy of our poorest neighborhoods.

In other words:  they riot because society has ignored them.  Not only is that a specious argument, but it also highlights the fact that Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1968So which party is responsible for ignoring the downtrodden social class?

Told another way, Abraham Miller at National Review wrote:

More @ Red State
Of course, the writer above seems to think the only answer lies with which flavor of government.
What do YOU think?
h/t Brock Townsend

Whither Jade Helm 15?

Military watchers – from both the Left and Right – have been watching, warning, and expressing (how do I state this with delicacy?):

DOOM!

It has been reported that regular military folks will be conducting a ‘training operation’ in Texas, beginning July 15.  The Texas governor has even ordered the National Guard to observe the ops, just in case things get hinky.

Following the ease with which martial law was imposed on Boston (post the terrorist bombing), some folks are suggesting this might be the next step.

Practicing to handle civilian populus in a hostile environment (Texas versus Massachusetts) should martial law be imposed THERE!

And obvious comparisons have been made comparing The President to some Austrian-born Reichschancellor who engaged in similar behavior!

Operation Jade Helm 15

Much ado about nothing?  Or should we be concerned?

What do YOU think?tin foil hat

h/t Theo Spark, The Political Commentator, Now The End Begins

A Libertarian Nightmare

I was fortunate to have pizza (and salad) delivered for lunch! (This was last week.)

Was NOT so fortunate to have taken yet another strong pain med today – this is probably 10 days I’ve needed the ‘extra’ medication above-and-beyond the daily pain med I take.  For diabetic neuropathy and arthritis pain.

There have been weeks I’ve not needed to take any!

And, I chose to have one (one) bottled beer with my lunch.   A special white chocolate brew.  (I wasn’t driving anywhere.)

And after lunch I took a nap.

And this is what I dreamt…

HUGE numbers of people lining every street,
and our troops advancing down the street.
And the people trying to stop their advance!
I don’t know why they were advancing, or why we were trying to stop them.
But, it wasn’t pretty.
Libertarian nightmare?

But…But…Bush LIED!

Times Reporting on More Non-Existent Iraqi WMDS

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BorakSarin
At least 400 non-existent Borak rockets loaded with Sarin nerve gas were secretly purchased and destroyed by the CIA in 2005 and 2006, despite Saddam Hussein’s regime, as we all know, having been merely pretending to possess undeclared WMDs as a bluff.

New York Times:

The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.

The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said. Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.

The buying of nerve-agent rockets from an Iraqi seller in 2006 was the most significant recovery of chemical weapons until that point in the Iraq War.

A New York Times investigation published in October found that the military had recovered thousands of old chemical warheads and shells in Iraq and that Americans and Iraqis had been wounded by them, but the government kept much of this information secret, from the public and troops alike.

So, President Bush LIED about those WsMD* to get us into a war in the Middle East to (pick a conspiratorial answer involving oil profits and V.P. Chaney).  And there was no evidence of them (except those they already found in Syria, moved across the border from Iraq) and these.

Yeah, right.

And Saddam Hussein would never have used them, especially against his own people.

Yeah, right.

*I simply refuse to write WMDs, as it’s grammatically poor.  Just as as I refuse to say Favre as FAHR’VE.

 

h/t JDZ

Executive Protection

Firehand wrote:

Why Britain is so screwed: they don’t even trust the Royal Guard with loaded weapons…

‘Where do we draw the line? Do you allow these soldiers to be armed? I think that could cause a greater problem.

These Guardsmen carry rifles equipped with bayonets but as a rule their rifles are not loaded with live ammunition.

The Guardsmen may carry up to six rounds in a belt pouch and may load their rifles in event of a terrorist attack, but that would take valuable time.
Pardon my dropping into bad language:
The elite Guards, chosen from the very best, are allowed SIX FUCKING ROUNDS, and they’re not allowed to have them in the magazine, oh no.  Because troops chosen from the best can’t be trusted to be armed when guarding the palace…
And one of his post commenters replied:
Bob said…Same reason that the Secret Service routinely orders soldiers and Marines disarmed when the President visits an armed camp overseas (in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example): they fundamentally distrust even their own people. They believe that one of them will go berserk and kill elites. And, judging it strictly on cases of green-on-blue violence – – Afghan Army “allies” that suddenly go Jihadi and start killing Americans – – they are right to do so.

(end)

It was reported one reason so many of the White House interlopers were able to get as far as they did (last year) were the standing orders regarding those inside was they were not to possess loaded firearms.

If that is the case, how stupid are we to emulate our British cousins?  Whether or not we agree with the demeanor or policies of any particular White House resident should have no bearing on how efficient the protectors of the Seat of Government are.

Talk about setting us up for failure – from the top down.  The line troops to those tasked with protection of the Executive.

And all those regular folks at military installations, worldwide.  Largely unarmed.

And don’t even get me started about the Fort Hood ‘workplace violence’.

We should be ashamed.

Veterans Day

honor_redditMost holidays for me traditionally meant either two things:  I had to work or I had the day off.  Of course, Christmas was big when I was a kid, but other adult holidays had no meaning.  Veteran’s Day used to be one of those.
The Vietnam War brought the sacrifices of veterans to my attention, largely because I wanted to be in the military but was denied membership due to my physical disability.  Friends left, some didn’t return.
And I always tried to make it a practice at TMCCC to stop by the desks of veterans with whom I worked and thank them for their service.
Lonnie, Glenn, Glenn, Mark, John, Stan, Jim, Jodie, Ardith, John, Gloria and Clive (who had served in the U.K. Armed Services – with a name like Clive, how could he not have?  We miss you.)

To all my military friends on Facebook and WordPress, Thank You for your Service.

A Navy Seal Uncloaks

The identity of the Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden has finally been revealed. His name is Rob O’Neill, and his resume reads like it should for one of the most highly trained special operators in the world.

According to the Daily Mail, O’Neill is the one responsible for putting three rounds into the former Al-Qaeda Commander.

O’Neill has served in over 400 combat missions. In addition, he has earned 52 distinguished awards.

He helped in the mission to save the life of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates.

After serving as a SEAL for sixteen years, O’Neill now works as a motivational speaker, sharing his SEAL experience and encouraging others to “Never Quit.”

O’Neill was planning to reveal his identity on Fox News in a few weeks. However, the Daily Mail’s exclusive interview with O’Neill’s father has clearly changed things.

When asked whether he or his family is worried about being targeted by terrorists, O’Neill’s father said they were not concerned, stating, “‘I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us.”

And that last paragraph outlines the crux of this post.

A United States Navy Seal – who took an oath and was sworn to secrecy – has come forward and identified himself.  If I recall, as recently as last week, the Navy ORDERED the personnel involved in the Bin Laden operation to keep quiet about it.  Other sources claim he revealed himself because the Defense Department was reneging on promises made him, and he isn’t getting full retirement benefits as he didn’t finish his requisite 20.

“Never Quit” – but he quit(?)

Now, certainly we desire open government in this Republic, but we don’t want those who serve us or their families to be put at risk because of this openness.  And, certainly the government has been remiss regarding many promises made to our service personnel.

I’m proud he and his team (not the politicians) got Bin Laden, but I’m a little unclear as to his motivation or ethics here.

Any veterans care to expound on this issue?

Stolen Valor

Courtesy of ENDO…

This tool. Derp:

Stolen-Valor-memeThere are few things lower than stolen valor.  It’s even more irritating when these idiots don’t even do proper research like in the video. *smh*

It’s too bad there are laws that would get people in hot water, for making douchebags like this drive home naked (at the very minimum).

As a 102nd Chairborne Ranger keyboard black ops veteran, I take people who pretend they are bloggers VERY seriously. (end)

 

As for me, I was never in the military – not for lack of trying.  But my disability was too much for them, even at the height of Vietnam.  My paternal grandfather was a Marine, and I aspired to follow in his footsteps.

But it was not to be.

I’ve thought, on occasion, about buying one of those sets of sweats.  You know, with the word MARINES emblazoned on it.  To honor him and all who have served.  But I cannot bring myself to do it.  Not only do I not qualify (not being a former Marine, and all) but I would HATE to hobble around in them and have someone at the supermarket or gun show think I was some kind of wounded warrior!

How these bastards put on a uniform and medals they didn’t earn is just beyond me!  They are beneath contempt!

It’s too bad there are laws that would get people in hot water, for making douchebags like this drive home naked (at the very minimum).

Minimum indeed!

A Right To An Opinion

Lotsa folks opine on the Internet, Facebook, blogs, et al.

One of the best things about this Nation is our right to free speech – to speak our mind, regardless.

Witness those vile Kansas ‘church’ folks who protest military funerals, or the Klan, or the New Black Panthers.

I tend to gravitate toward folks on the Internet like-minded to me.  That makes sense, because I’ve enough blood pressure issues w/o stroking out after reading WaPo, or the Nation, or other collectivist crap.

But, having no military experience (not for lack of trying) in these issues, I defer to folks who have some.  Sometimes we agree, sometimes not.

rangerOne of my go-to guys is AmericanMercenary.  Not just a rank-and-file grunt (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an Army Ranger!

He recently wrote regarding the ongoing issue of women in military combat elite units.  My understanding is some other nations have tried it and kept it, some eventually rejected it (in combat roles).

While I understand the whole equal rights thing, I don’t think political correctness is a good reason for policy change in this instance.

But my blogfriend(tm) American Mercenary disagrees with me!

Who knew?

Bring it on.

Once again the “fairness at all costs” crowd has succeeded in opening up more opportunities for women to act like men.
I remember Don Brown teaching us in college that women shouldn’t be patrol officers, because they are inherently weaker and one day may be raped in the back of their patrol cars! (1973).
A friend of a friend is a retired city detective, an expert in sex crime investigation, a crack shot and can bench press over 400 pounds!  She is also a very nice lady.
If you can do the job, go for it!
HOO-AH!

“Fat Man’s Letter”

 

arrested_redditI see permutations of the above on the streets more and more.  Our tax dollars being used to support out-of-shape police personnel who’s ACLU lawsuits have made such a thing possible.

Yes, I understand many officers spend most of their shifts at a desk, or behind the wheel, and it’s more difficult to keep in shape when constantly seated.  And of course, the whole police-doughnut meme.

But, there was a time when keeping in condition was part of the job.

Back-in-the-day, there was a time when a patrolman’s sergeant would send out a fat man’s letter to the officer, advising him that he had X number of days to lose weight or be put on desk duty.  Or worse.

Now, with police unions, their right to be fat like the rest of us seems to be engraved in stone.  Or cellulite.

I remember when I worked for John’s Uniforms back in the 80’s.  At that time, there was no Internet, and very few independent uniform and equipment stores.  As a result, we sold mail order all over the country.  And our business was booming.

We filled many special orders for equipment not available through regular retail channels.  I specifically remember an order for a black, basket-weave Sam Browne duty belt (from a department in Georgia I believe).  THE WAIST MEASUREMENT NINETY-FOUR INCHES!! (94″)  It took a whole steer hide to get one in one piece.

Seriously, how does such an officer pursue a suspect on foot?  Or get into a squad car?  Or even a restroom stall?

I understand the military (with the exception of The Marines and Spec-Ops guys) have a similar problem.  Our tax dollars at work…

daily-morning-awesomeness-204At least he’s using a bicycle.  How he caught him I’ll never know!

Now, I’m overweight and disabled.  But I’m not tasked with public safety, either.

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