Friday, February 28, 2014


Thursday, February 27, 2014


I'm just going to throw this one out there and see what y'all have to say about it . . . S.L.


Monday, February 24, 2014


"I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism." - P. D. James

I grew up in Southeast Asia and was taught by my parents to respect all religions. In Thailand, where I spent most of my time, the King himself sets this example as "Guardian of All Faiths". During the course of my life I have visited and paid my respects at the Vatican, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, and the holy sites in Jerusalem.

In fact, when I was in Jerusalem I went to the Temple Mount on Friday and inspected the al Aqsa mosque - originally a Christian church* - and the Dome of the Rock. Saturday morning I went to the Grand Synagogue on King George Street, and I attended Sunday services at the Anglican Cathedral in East Jerusalem. After that I considered I'd had my batteries charged.

In the time since then, I have lived and worked in several Moslem countries. On two of my tours to the sand countries, I lived with the Arabs, ate from the communal bowl with them, and upon occasion I dressed like them. I was deep in the desert, my life was literally in their hands, and on one occasion my life was saved by a Muslim. During this time, I learned that Muslims believe that we are all born Muslim, that we have to make a conscious decision not to be Muslim.

Islam considers itself to be the natural way of all creation. That is, Islam is the original, perfect state of being. So, when a person "converts" to Islam, he or she is actually reverting to their own original nature. Islam considers anyone who adheres to this state of being to be a Muslim, regardless of when or where she or he lived. For instance, Islam believes that Jesus was a Muslim, though he died hundreds of years before Islam's historical founding.

Allah, the Islamic name for God, refers to the same God worshiped by Christians and Jews; the "Abrahamic" God. Thus, Muslims revere the prophets of Christianity and Judaism, including Jesus, Moses, Elijah, etc., and consider the Bible and Torah to be divinely-inspired, albeit corrupted.

In fact, to become a Muslim, all you need to do is recite the Shahada, the declaration of faith:

أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله الحقيقي، ومحمدا رسول الله

"I testify that there is no true god but God, and Muhammad is God's messenger (prophet)."

Of course, if by saying the Shahada you become a Muslim, then I am a Muslim. I would like to go back to Jerusalem some time soon and get my batteries re-charged. I don't know about the al-Aqsa Mosque, however. Times have changed, unfortunately.

Bottom Line Up Front:

At some point between the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th 2001, the Muslim religion was hijacked by fanatical Fundamentalists. In every single Muslim society on Earth, if you talk with them long enough it always goes to the lowest common denominator: America is the Great Satan and Israel is the Little Satan. We are Crusaders and the two blue stripes on the Israeli flag represent the Jew's plan to expand out to the land between the rivers - Tigris and Euphrates - and of course this must never be allowed, Israel must be driven into the sea.

They will look you right in the eye and tell you this like they're discussing the weather.

It doesn't matter that the United States has done more than any country on Earth - to include the oil-rich sheikdoms of the Arabian peninsula - towards an autonomous Palestinian state. It doesn't matter that we stopped the Serbs and the Croats from slaughtering the Bosnian Muslims, or that we stepped in and waged a war against Serbia on behalf of the Kosovar Muslims, resulting in the establishment of a Muslim country on what is sacred ground to the Serbian Orthodox Christians.

All of the above is simply besides the point.

Nowadays Islam is at war with the West, led by al Qaeda. The ultimate de-centralized guerrilla movement, all you have to do to be a part of Team AQ is speak up. They will find you, they will fund you and they will send you on your way to martyrdom. Witness: the Shoe Bomber. Witness: the Underwear Bomber. Witness: the Times Square Bomb Plot.

Hasan the Fort Hood shooter, and the Boston Marathon Bombers are examples of self-recruited al Qaeda operators.

And these are only the examples in the United States. Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists have been active throughout Europe, of course, where it is easier for them to operate given proximity to arms and explosives in the Middle East, and to hide out in the Muslim colonies that flourish nowadays in every large city on the Continent. The Bosnian Muslims were an exception to the rule but since the NATO incursion that ended the Bosnian war, their country has become infiltrated by Fundamentalists.

Not all of the Muslims are for al Qaeda, but none of them dare speak out against the terror organization. Not all Muslims believe in the extreme interpretation of Islamic Law - Sharia - but none of them will speak out against it. Witness: Salman Rushdie. The assassination attempts against the author of The Satanic Verses and lethal attacks on several critics of Islam warned Muslims early on the penalty for anything remotely perceived as blasphemy, or anti-Islam. The result is there is no longer any such thing as a 'moderate' Muslim.

Islam has been converted into a misogynist suicidal death cult, engaged in total war against the West - Jihad - holy war. The ultimate goal of the most extreme fanatics is to kill each and every one of us who does not convert, keeping only some of our women as breeders and our children as slaves.

A dilemma exists: if we declare this conflict to be a holy war, then we have just lost. This is because we will have played into the extremists' hands, and turned against us whatever 'moderate' Muslims that still do exist.

And so we do not focus on Muslims in our security operations. We tolerate their oppression of women and say nothing. Christians are killed and churches burned in Moslem countries and we say nothing. Muslim intimidation of businesses and individuals exists in the cities of Europe, and yet to speak out against these outrages and atrocities is somehow perceived as intolerant, bigoted.

The ironic thing is that we afford political correctness to the most intolerant group of individuals on the planet.


* the original building where al Aqsa mosque now stands was a Christian church built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 530s, consecrated to the Virgin Mary and named "Church of Our Lady."


... one is a maniacal, scheming product of the Communist system with a mysterious background, bent on wiping out all opposition and establishing total government control over the words, thoughts and deeds of all citizens . . .

. . . and the other is the President of Russia . . .


Sunday, February 23, 2014


This is the follow-on Maersk Alabama story to this week's earlier story about the Captain Phillips ship . . .

. . . word came over the secret Special Forces unauthorized back channel freq these guys were using heroin:

These days horse is cheap and easy to come by, it's coming back in the younger circle. It's not like the old tar heroin that had to be cooked down, it's being processed different . . . inject, snort, smoke, what ever makes you happy; the majority are snorting it now. Most likely these guy's shit was "too pure" and they OD'd. Also some is mixed with coke or other chemicals to make speed balls the same as what killed John Belushi and Chris Farley.

The stuff is shockingly common. A colleague reports his brother - a banker at a large, well-known bank - is a user! Apparently, for some people taking a shot of heroin is about like having a daily gin and tonic.

I say you have to be crazy to go near that shit. Heroin is nothing like scotch or gin. Heroin turns people into the lowest kind of life form imaginable who only care about their next fix and will do anything to get it - to include ripping off their own family.

Another retired SFer reports on his first job in Iraq, a fixed site security gig at a small isolated site with no Big Army close by. He had two ex-SEAL heroes there; one was a zit-covered steroid-raging musclehead, the other a drug addict. They would break into the clinic at night and steal syringes, needles and narcs. He had to then keep the narcs on his person 24/7 to stop them, hid the needles and syringes too. When they broke in one night and came up empty handed, in retaliation they emptied cups of dip spit all over his rack. Some seriously dangerous scumbags; one a berserker jacked on steroids and the other on heroin and of course everyone was armed.

If I become aware of that shit being used on any team I'm on, that's it, that individual is PNG'd for life. There is absolutely no room in my left & right limits for illicit narcotics, none whatsoever. You simply cannot trust a drug addict. I even look at a guy real hard depending on what kind of prescription drugs he's on; I have a buddy who's on so many (legitimate) pharmaceuticals - treating everything from pain from HALO injuries and war wounds to PTSD - that he is walking around sedated and for all practical purposes he is non-deployable. These days I don't even take Ambien.



For God and Country . . .

Friday, February 21, 2014


A friend asks when this technique came about, the support arm forward . . . I see it all the time now but haven't tried it . . . S.L.

There's varying points of view about support hand placement (along side the rail or thumb-over aka 'C-Clamp') and how the support arm is positioned (elbow turned up or down). Depending on what is on the front of your rifle (lights, sights, lasers, grips) will essentially influence what position you may prefer most for shooting.

Some people find a more stable platform by shooting with the weak hand/arm extended forward, recoil management is a lot better.

Guru of CQB replies:

I first saw variations of this in the mid/early 90's, but it began to gain prominence around 2001. I personally think it came from trap and skeet shooters (what I learned to shoot as a youngster) and was modified for action rifle.

The closer your support hand is to the muzzle the more control you can exert during movement. You have "snappier" movements of the muzzle from aiming point to aiming point with less wobble and over/under correction. You also are able to control the rifle better because it's recoil movement pushes it into your shoulder at 90-degrees instead of a more acute angle which in turn causes the muzzle to rise up and away from your body. You can "drive" the gun with your firing shoulder which essentially is fighting the recoil with positive forward force.

All of these things lead to faster and more controllable "fast" shooting.

A Little Bit of History:

A “rifle” shooting historian (Old guy with cred's . . . to keep it simple) advises that the origin of the C-clamp was from the Browning Automatic Rifle, Caliber .30, M1918A2 with bipod. FM 23-15, pg 67, fig 21, Assault Fire Position.

The BAR was held in this position when assaulting so that it could be raised quickly due to the overall weight of the rifle and fired with accuracy and precision on close range targets when conducting CQB type operations. Because it is a .30 caliber with a wooden stock the recoil was a major problem and using a C-clamp hold allowed you to drive the rifle with your firing shoulder which helped to control the recoil.

While the FM does not actually show the C-clamp on page 67, I can see how this interpretation of the C-clamp from the Assault fire position would assist in using the BAR for quick aiming point targets. I have shot the BAR many times and after careful thought felt this explanation has some merit so I decided to share it here as well.

Personally, I believe the only reason you see people at the gun club shooting this way is because they watch too many You-tube videos of operators practicing CQB and they are simply mimicking what they watch. Over the last two years I have asked many people why they shoot with the C-Clamp grip and most just say “because so-in-so told me to do that”. What I have found is that it is very dependent upon the rifle length and style of shooting that you use most and what you train with.

I’m not certain about the skeet shooting method mentioned but it passes the sniff test to me . . .


Thursday, February 20, 2014


"May You Live In Interesting Times" - Ancient Chinese Curse . . . S.L.

I'm presenting this as an example of how a story may be slanted in any direction - in this case by agents on the Right - and also as an attempt to dissipate some of the despair that's out there. Before you click on the headline linked below and read this story, try substituting "FBI interviewed..." instead of "interrogated", and see if this affects your perception of the situation:

FBI interrogated man after comment about American “Police State” on Facebook

Now then, let me just say this: as far as I know it is VERY illegal to espouse insurrection against the United States, its agencies or officers. Despite political satire and critique, this blog does NOT support anyone who calls for the overthrow of the Government of the United States; I will not tolerate anybody who espouse such sentiments and in fact I delete any comments that even stray into that direction. I don't even like seeing the American flag flown upside down, unless it's a bona fide sign of distress.

Despite what the Liberals claim, the TEA Party does not call for violence of any sort and the Gadsden Flag does not represent a secessionist movement. TEA stands for "Taxed Enough Already" and as one of the first flags of the United States, the rattlesnake flag represents patriotism, or love of country, nothing more.

To me, this young man expressed an impassioned post on Facebook, and somebody in law enforcement alerted the FBI. As a trained interrogator, what ensued does not equate what I consider an interrogation; he was released after apparently being determined as not being a threat. What is telling is the degree of their investigation:

“They had every Facebook post I had ever made in a huge file, along with all my wife’s information, and parent’s information . . .”

I hope the FBI investigates situations like this; that's part of what I pay them to do. There are enough nutcases out there capable of dangerous mischief.

Despite my concerns at the militarization of law enforcement in our country, and the ever increasing intrusiveness of government, we still have a Constitution and it still includes the Bill of Rights. Read it & familiarize yourself with it, be courteous & cooperative with law enforcement and Federal agents, but the conversation should include key phrases such as "Not without a lawyer present," "Not without a warrant, " and "Can I go now?".


Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Please help me honor Master Sergeant Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah Kentucky, died 15 February 2014 of wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

God bless him for his selfless sacrifice.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Saul Alinsky . . .

Born: Saul David Alinsky, January 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Education: University of Chicago, Ph.B. 1930, University of Chicago Graduate School, criminology, 1930–1932.

Occupation: Community organizer, writer, political activist

Notable works: Reveille for Radicals (1946); Rules for Radicals (1971)

Awards: Pacem in Terris Award, 1969

Saul David Alinsky(January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals. From that book here are Saul's thoughts on how to create a social state:

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.


I have just been informed that I am guilty of distributing disinformation. The above is not from Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, rather they are a modern variant of the decades-old, apocryphal Communist Rules for Revolution which was originally passed along without attribution until Alinsky's name became attached to it.

The closest analog (in form, if not in content) to the above-reproduced list of "How to Create a Social State" to be found in the writings of Saul Alinsky is the following list Power Tactics" from Alinsky's Rules for Radicals (1971):

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.

The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings.

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying "You're right — we don't know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us."

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Potent stuff for revolutionaries . . .



Sunday, February 16, 2014


I miss a president who loved this country and its military . . . this came over the Email Machine, one of those 'That was then, this is now' reflections . . . S.L.


1. If a hug is needed, don't be shy!

No one appreciates a firm handshake more than a soldier.

2. If they prefer not to shake hands . . .

. . . then a chest bump will do.

Just make sure you do a duck face afterward so they can laugh at you.

3. Admire their medals. They were hard-earned.

4. Always treat their families with great respect.

They have been through more than you could imagine.

5. Laugh with them!

Laughter is a medicine that works 102% of the time.

6. Its important that you treat a soldier the way you would treat your own family.

7. If you know a soldier, call them on the 4th of July.

It will make their day!

8. Or you can Skype them.

9. Each soldier has an amazing story.

10. Listen.

Listening is often the best gift you can give someone.

11. Give them a hug!

Soldiers love getting hugged because most of them are big softies deep down.

12. Do a sport with them.

Soldiers love being active.

President Bush golfs with wounded veterans at the Warrior Open tournament.

13. Make sure you are respectful.

14. Serve them a big dinner if you can. Lots of meat.

15. But if you only have a minute, look them square in the eye . . .

. . . and say, "Thank you."

We promise you they will appreciate it.

God Bless America!

Very heartwarming . . .

Somehow, I can't imagine the current Occupier of the Oval Office doing anything like this!!!


Saturday, February 15, 2014


. . . and now they’re going to pay . . . S.L.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Police in the City of Colorado Springs were forced to pay $23,500 to a man they arrested by mistake for carrying his weapon in public. James Sorensen sued and won after he was arrested at a festival in July, one day after the Aurora shooting occurred. The entire incident was caught on camera and when the officer who disarmed him told him to get a lawyer, that’s exactly what he did.

The three officers and four sergeants involved were not aware of the law that made it legal open carry in city parks since 2003.

“I knew the law. I knew that it was legal for me to carry. My rights were trampled on,” Sorensen said.

The way 'Open Carry' was explained to me by a lawyer in Fayetteville NC - it's legal within city limits but they'll get you on something called 'Brandishing' . . . STORMBRINGER SENDS

Friday, February 14, 2014


Those words sure don't seem to mean quite the same thing any more . . . S.L.

Go to just shy of the 4:00 mark: this police officer goes bonkers when he's told he needs a warrant to search this guys car.

Know your rights! Don't allow cops to search your car or home.

The way it was explained to me, the operative phrase is: "Can I go now?"



In case you're wondering, this is why blogging has been slow . . . S.L.

Three hours doing battle with the Frost Giants yesterday, two hours today.

We got 12" snow drifting to 18" in places . . . then a nice crusty layer of ice . . . then four MORE inches of snow on top of that ! ! !

It's colder here and more snow than at the Snow Olympics in Sochi!!!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Exclusive: My Name is Brett Jones, I Am A Navy SEAL, And I Am Gay

What's yer point, Gay Blade? Who gives a rat's rear end anyway what yer kink is? This just confirms what everybody already knows about the Navy: "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash!"

Compare the Navy SEALs and their constant lust for publicity with Army SF getting, getting the job done and bringing home the bacon. In this case, literally.

Video obtained by The Washington Post shows the abduction of suspected al Qaeda operative Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, also known as Anas al-Libi, in Tripoli, Libya, in October 2013. The operation was a joint mission of the CIA, FBI and U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta a.k.a. Delta Force.

No press conference, no movie, no books published, no 60 Minutes interviews, no publicity . . . just "Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action". This is the way it should be, and this is the way it's done by the Quiet Professionals . . .


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Slow news day today folks - all they're talking about is the weather, and I've got a VERY busy day today . . .


Monday, February 10, 2014


I never thought in a million years my hero would be an ex-KGB officer ruling over the Oligarchy that is the remains of the failed ex-Soviet Union . . . but when you think about it from the point of view of a laissez-faire capitalist privateer - which is what I am - it all makes perfect sense . . . S.L.

You're right on both counts, Vlad . . .

Putin has to wear special goggles to prevent inadvertantly vaporizing people with the laser beams that emit from his eyes . . .

"I will CRUSH YOUR NUTS!" - Vladimir Putin the Statesman, addressing the EU Parliament

"You talkin' to ME, Asshole?"

"So then I said to this Obama ass-clown, 'You gonna do somethin' about it? You ... and WHOSE ARMY???' HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!"

"And then I grabbed this Biden idiot by the balls, squeezed REAL TIGHT and lifted him up off the floor and said to him: 'LISSEN TO ME YOU PISS-POOR PIECE OF SH*T EXCUSE FOR AMERICANSKI VICE-PRESIDENT: I AM PUTIN! I WILL CRUSH YOUR NUTS!!!' "


Putin, the Animals trust him . . .

. . . FISH FEAR HIM . . .

Putin keeps the situation in check by personally pulling sniper missions against select targets in Chechnya and Syria . . .

Putin plays Tchaikovski at the Royal Albert Hall . . .

Putin communicates with the wild birds . . .



Putin doesn't care what anybody thinks! Anybody who stands up to him, he will LAUNCH CRUISE MISSILES at them from his personal RED OCTOBER NUCLEAR SUBMARINE ! ! !

Vladimir Putin, A Man for All Seasons . . .

If we chose our leaders by gladiator fights, mano-a-mano, is there any doubt who'd win?