Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VIEW OF PARIS, SUMMER 1886


Click on this image, stand away from your computer screen, about five or six feet, squint your eyes a bit and look at this picture, and then you will see the scene as the artist saw it, with his own eyes.

This is the genius of Vincent Van Gogh.

My father taught me to appreciate Van Gogh this way.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

JAMES GARNER - April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014

Today we honor actor James Garner – a Korean War veteran who received two Purple Hearts – who died Saturday night at 86. An infantry soldier before he made it big in movies and television, Garner took a USO tour to Vietnam in 1967. He will be missed.


Maverick has gone to that Big Riverboat Casino in the Sky . . .

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TOLERANCE

Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario, says. "I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto."


"I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs. Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque.

We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, "The Turban Cowboy," and the other a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot."


Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called "Iraq of Ribs."

Across the street there could be a lingerie store called " Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret," with sexy mannequins in the window modelling the goods.


Next door to the lingerie shop there would be room for an adult sex toy shop, "Koranal Knowledge," its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store called 'Morehammered.'


All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so their mosque issue would not be a problem for others."

Yes, we should promote tolerance . . .


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

CRISIS-GATE

It's just getting crazier and crazier out there, people. No sooner than one crisis erupts and begins to gather traction than another emerges to replace it on the national consciousness to the point it is overwhelming. At some the rational mind begins to wonder: does all this never-ending madness serve to benefit the one who's stated goal is to "change America"? - S.L.

Anyone who ever went through Basic Training or Boot Camp knows the most effective way to change or alter a group of individuals is to totally break them down through a sort of controlled mind-numbing chaos and confusion, then build them up again to function as a cohesive team, a single body.


This kind of behavior-altering indoctrination is absolutely necessary for military organizations but I do not want to be part of a civilian society conformed to group-think on so many issues that not so very long ago were considered unconventional, unorthodox, and just plain weird.

What was so wrong with America that needed such revolutionary change? The only country in the history of the world founded on the principles of freedom and the rights of the citizenry over the power of the government, 238 years of unparalleled prosperity . . . what were we doing so wrong that required breaking it to re-build it again?

Do we really need to hobble our productivity, our prosperity, and our very individualism in exchange for government-funded birth control? Obamacare has broken our healthcare system to the point that it is now significantly more expensive than before; and just ask any veteran about the benefits of Federal government mis-managed medical system - I can tell you personal horror stories.

Please somebody explain to me the benefits to our culture of gay marriage, homosexuals serving openly in the military and acceptance of transsexuals as some kind of artificial third sex? What possible gain is there from the surrender of our sovereignty to unending waves of third-worlders who are given free reign to the benefits our society - at taxpayers expense - without medical screenings and criminal background checks?

As incident and scandal pile up on top of one another with ever-increasing frequency one loses track . . . a snapshot of where we're
are at this moment in time:

Ukraine: Bodies Rained Down From the Sky - Stench of Death Permeates Crash Site

50 billion reasons to worry about stocks


Berlusconi acquitted in sex-for-hi​re case - No big surprise here; their Parliament of Whores is more out-of-control than our own.

Pentagon: Russia helped deploy missile that hit plane


No shit, Sherlock. Does anybody imagine for a minute that this "Separatist Movement" is anything other than a Russian-sponsored insurgency? Where are these "separatists" getting their rifles, machineguns, grenades and RPGs? Systems like the 9K37 Buk (NATO SA-11 'Gadfly') are incredibly complex not to mention very expensive. There is no question the origin of that weapons system, and the men & officers manning it and it's associated radar array. The man who pushed the button on the missile that shot down MH17 possesses a Russian military ID card, no doubt about it.

BUK (NATO codename: SA-11 GADFLY) Self-Propelled Surface-to-Air Missile (SPM) system with four-round launcher traversed to the rear. Credit: Christopher Foss

Russian TV reporter quits over crash coverage - Even a Russian can take only so much dis-information.

Malaysia Airlines faces doubtful future - I'll be surprised if Malaysia Airlines even exists six months from now.

What Would a US - Russi​a War Look Like? - Vladimir Putin is getting increasingly bolder in his bid to re-establish the post-Soviet Russian Empire because he knows NATO and the United States will let him get away with mass-murder.

Reports: Iran Nuclear Talks Extended - We reward & assist Iran in it's bid to become a nuclear-armed terrorist state.

Video Evidence Shows Illegal Immigrant Children Arriving at BWI Early Friday Morning - Uncleared, Uneducated Third Worlders Bringing Crime & Disease to a Neighborhood Near You

Islamic State Kills 270 in Syrian Gas Field 'Massacre'
- Where the heck is John Kerry. Whatever happened to Barack Obama's 'Red Line'?

Christians in Iraq City Told by Islamists: Convert, Pay or Die
- An Islamic tradition going back to before the Crusades, in accordance with the Koran.


Where is Barack Obama? Conflict spreads as the U.S. steps back from world stage
- YEAH - where the hell IS Waldo?

The Greatest Possible Problem for Europe - There are now at least twice as many young British Muslims who have gone to Syria to fight alongside ISIS and other such groups than there are fighting for Queen and country here in the British armed forces. The Israel-haters are no real problem for Israel, but they are the greatest possible problem for Europe.

Hiding Hamas’ Weapons at the UN - Hundreds and thousands more reasons to despise the UN.

Peace never gets off the ground with this crew.

Russia Has Become Dangerous Again - The illusion of a stable Europe died yesterday with the murdered passengers of MH17.

Violent MS-13 Gang Members Leave Graffiti On 'Child' Processing Center Walls


And lastly, a start point: something we CAN do:

My Simple, 4-Step Plan to Stop the Invasion of Illegals

As Obama executes head ducks and weaves from one outrageous scandal to the next, it is becoming obvious that his strategy is a cultural shock-and-awe campaign on the American people.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

From The Wonderful People Who Brought You World War One

Israel's newly elected President Reuven Rivlin prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on June 10, 2014. Much of today’s conflict in the Middle East has its roots in contradictory promises made by colonial powers to different ethnic groups during World War I. Getty Images

First World War Centenary – Middle East Conflict
by Laurence Eyton


On Nov. 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Baron Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community. Published in the Times (of London) newspaper one week later, the letter said: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

The manner in which the nascent Jewish state was created by the British has had far-reaching consequences.

Confronted with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as a result of the war, Britain and France signed an agreement to divide up the territories. This deal contradicted promises to local Arabs of self-government should they successfully rebel against the Ottomans.

Realizing that the U.S., which had recently entered the war, didn’t look kindly on colonial land grabs, the British made a commitment to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine, something for which leading Jewish groups had been campaigning for since the 1890s. The British hoped the declaration would get American Jews to pressure their government to allow Britain to keep control of Palestine after the war, valuable to Britain because it could secure the east bank of the Suez Canal, a waterway of strategic importance to its empire.

After the war, Jewish immigration proceeded apace. Land was a major bone of contention. Settlers bought it, sometimes from absentee landlords living in Syria or Lebanon liquidating foreign assets, sometimes from local Arabs. Many of these owners, according to the British high commissioner in Palestine, John Chancellor, were so mired in debt to moneylenders that they had little choice but to sell.

The settlers, wanting to farm the land they bought, then relied on British authorities to evict Arab farmers who wouldn’t leave. Evictions produced resentment, then attacks. The settlers created their own militia; Arabs responded in kind.

By 1930, Chancellor was calling the Balfour Declaration “a colossal blunder” as the British found themselves trying to keep the peace between two increasingly bellicose communities. Eventually an Arab revolt broke out in 1935, which persuaded the British to try to restrict Jewish immigration.

The end result was a Jewish revolt, secretly backed by the French, which led directly to the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, and numerous Arab attempts to destroy it thereafter. Much of the animosity that has roiled this region for almost a century can be traced back to the policy-making and colonial rivalry immediately after the end of World War I.


from 100 Years, 100 Legacies - WSJ 16 July 2014

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE SHOOTING NEVER STOPPED . . . SOUTHEAST ASIA, 2014

From the Small Wars Journal . . .

Off patrol with Royal Thai Army Special Forces

The RTN Victory

Regarding the battlefield victory on 13 February, Royal Thai Marines (a branch of the Royal Thai Navy) and Royal Thai Navy SEALs ambushed and routed more than 60 insurgents that attempted a nighttime raid on a Marine base in Bacho, Narathiwat. The insurgents had laid intricate assault plans for a complex nighttime operation. They sported camouflage uniforms, assault vests, and some had attached flashlights to their assault rifles. The flex cuffs some of them carried indicate they were aiming to secure prisoners, possibly to use as leverage in up-and-coming peace talks. The insurgents even covertly inserted a forward attack element within 100 yards of the base hours before the assault began. They had indeed done their homework on the base, demonstrating their professionalism.

Thai authorities, however, had obtained detailed intelligence on the raid beforehand. One report has RTN forces killing a top insurgent who had the raid plans on his person. Another says insurgents had infiltrated the village next to the Marine base, and villagers informed on them. It could also have been a combination of these two scenarios, or neither. In Thailand, there are usually multiple explanations for such happenings, and back-stories abound as well.

Thai "Tahan Praan" mercenary - these lethal operators seem to be everywhere the action is and they have wide open "Rules of Engagement".

Regardless, the RTN exploited intelligence quickly for use by direct action (DA) forces. Commanders quietly inserted Recon Marines and SEALs into the camp. These elite forces set up an ambush, and then patiently watched and waited. When they spotted the insurgents’ forward assault element low crawling into position at around 9 pm, they held their fire, exhibiting high discipline. They wanted the entire assault element to come into their kill zone, which they knew would happen a few hours later.

When the insurgents finally launched their assault, they ran into a hail of weapons fire as the Recon Marines and SEALs quickly established fire superiority. Within 20 minutes, they had killed 16 insurgents. Realizing their mistake, the insurgents broke off the attack, still under fire, and Thai government forces pursued them, following blood trails and tire tracks. They continued into the next day, checking medical clinics and hospitals for people with gunshot wounds.

Badly defeated, the insurgents were in dire need of flexing their muscles so as not to lose recruits and let morale slide, so they struck back quickly. They tried to bomb 50 civilian targets throughout the south but were only partially successful due to the amateurish placement of the devices. They did manage to firebomb several businesses in downtown Pattani and assassinate a few people, however.

The RTN’s victory suggests the government is following Sir Robert Thompson’s COIN adage (paraphrased): “Get in place that which is correct, and that which is sustainable, and play for the breaks.” Bangkok had an intelligence system up and in place to exploit insurgent missteps, it had DA as­sets plugged into the intelligence system ready for deployment, and it had the leadership and expertise to bring it all together and make it happen. And the RTG also caught a lucky break, an unspoken requirement in COIN.

Thai Border Patrol Police - these guys take care of business.

National police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree visits border patrol officers in Kantharalak

I trained Royal Thai Army Special Forces, SEALs, and I actually completed the jump that earned me my star & wreath on my jump wings leading a stick of Thai Border Patrol Policemen out of a Royal Thai Air Force C-47 Dakota over Haadyai, South Thailand - the same place this battle took place - I gave the jump commands IN THAI and once I hit the ground I didn't speak a word of English the rest of the week . . . its good to see our efforts were worth it. Like they say in Thailand: "Chok Dee!" (Good Luck)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

PHONY WANNABE POSER ALERT

Stopped in MO, Saline County, told the Officer he was trying to get to Ft. Bragg so he could board a Blackhawk to be deployed.


Schwartz, Joseph M. of 705 Front St, Apt 1, Georgetown, SC 29440




That looks like a lot of weed ... definitely more than a possession rap this guy is going down for trafficking. I hope the judge considers his disgraceful behavior - disrespect to the uniform - and sentences him for a long stay in the Big House.

I have been on those super-secret Blackhawks with a range of half way around the world . . . THOSE Blackhawks are painted with SUPER HIGH SPEED paint! Top Secret! Only for the Elite . . .

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