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Does Israel have the right to self defense?

http://tinyurl.com/UN-on-Isreal

Palestinian U.N. envoy, Riyad Mansour, said the Palestinians’ understanding is that the cease-fire should go into effect immediately.

Really asshole.  So when you send several hundred rockets into Israeli residential neighborhoods, you know, aimed at innocent civilians that is ok.  Israel sends several sorties of guided missiles at legitimate military targets and there needs to be an immediate cease-fire?
 
He said the Palestinians will be watching closely to see if the Israelis respond to the council’s call, stressing that if they don’t “we have a lot of tools in our arsenal.
 
Really asshole, if you had more tools you would be using them. 
Suicide bombers, seen them
unguided rockets – meet iron dome
knife and gun wielding terrorists attacking children, seen that too
 
why don’t you try some economic sanctions – oh wait, you don’t have an economy
What about a stand up fight – oh wait, you don’t have an army … or discipline
 
 
When I was a little kid, my dad gave me some good advice.  Don’t start a fight you can’t finish, and if your smart don’t start a fight you can’t win.  But, its even better if you can avoid the fight.  For those fights you have to be in, be sure to win.
 
Somehow, I think the Palestinians didn’t have that talk with their dad.  It looks like they just run and hide behind mom’s skirt and pray mom will protect them from their own stupidity.
 
I say, buck up little boy.  You pick a fight with the Big Guy, expect to get you ass handed too you.  The right to self defense and all that.
 
If I was Israel, I would be seriously tempted to pull up all the reserves and drive all your people back to where they came from and build a fence. Like the one we need on our Southern Border.

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4th Equals freedom… or something

Some other Bloggers got me thinking.

http://olegvolk.net/blog/  at http://olegvolk.net/blog/2014/06/26/united-states-going-the-way-of-the-ussr/

He was speaking about the things he noticed in his move from living in the USSR and then living in the USA.  The jist of the post was incrementalism,  regarding the loss of freedoms.  Go to his post, read the whole thing.

His post along with Paw Paw  http://pawpawshouse.blogspot.com/2014/07/good-point.html  have me examining the loss of freedom through apathy, enemy action and our own inaction.

In the mid 60’s my father was in the Navy.  He was stationed in Jacksonville FL but his family all lived in NJ.  This meant he drove or flew back and forth when he got a leave of decent length.  On one of those leaves, he chose to fly round trip.  One of the reasons he chose to fly was because there was a rat issue that he wanted to take care of and his .22LR rifle was in NJ.  On the way back to Jacksonville, he took his rifle to the airport.  At the airport he informed the counter people that he had his rifle and needed to take it with him to Florida.  They asked if he had unloaded it, then asked if he wanted to check it or store it in the coat closet up by the first row.  He assured them it was unloaded (no one checked) then opted for the coat closet.   He was told to just hold it until boarding and be sure to remember to take it when he disembarked in Florida.

I will point out, this was departing from Newark NJ.  A man sitting in the boarding lobby of Newark airport with a rifle between his knees.  If I know my dad, he had no gun case for it.  Maybe  it was wrapped in a towel or a roll of newspaper.  No one made any kind of stink.  He boarded the plane, put the gun in the coat closet again with no stink.  No one grabbed the gun and attempted to hijack the plane.  No one screamed bloody murder at either end of the flight.  When he got to Florida, the gun was used to kill some rats and no one cared.

In comparison,  I flew to Pennsylvania about a year ago.  As many of you know, I don’t go anywhere without a gun.  I left from the local Florida airport.  I had called my airline ahead of time and figured out THEIR take on the rules.  I printed up THEIR take on the rules and packed them on top of my carry on, just in case.  Then I followed their rules when I got there.

locked gun case with unloaded gun inside

locked secondary case with ammunition and magazines inside

both hidden in a larger locked case with clothes etc surrounding it.

At the check in counter, I declared it – was forced to to move to a different location where I had to unlock and open both small cases and prove the gun was unloaded (slight bit of stupidity there) – then re-lock and repack everything

Then the TSA genius plasters a tag to the handle that says gun inside – well actually it didn’t say that, but it was the ONLY bag they screened that had that color tag on it.  HMMMMM  makes one wonder

Arriving at PA, my bag was unceremoniously dumped onto the carousel like all the others except it had that day-glow identifying tag.  I managed to get it before some miscreant saw the tag and stole it.

Then there are:

Seat belt laws

Motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws

Big Gulp bans

transfat fryer oil bans

beachside bikini bans

ID demands for pseudoephedrine based cold medicines

laws against carrying more then a certain amount of cash

ID checks / citizenship paper requirements within 100 miles of a border or coastline

and it goes on and on and on

 

 

 

 

 

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What D-Day should tell the world

June 06, 1944

D-Day was the name given to any date that an attack was to be initiated.  Since June 06, 1944, it has meant the beginning of the recovery of Europe from the Nazi scourge.  Those who are not familiar with military jargon only know of this one day as D-Day.

From the beginning, the planning for D-Day accepted that it would be a difficult task and a large portion of the men who assaulted would likely die.  The task was originally assigned to three assault divisions with two division as reserve and reinforcement.  Fairly quickly, this was bumped up to five assault division, two reserve division and three paratrooper divisions dropped behind the lines.  The biggest issue with enlarging the assault was haul capacity.  You can only move so many men and so much equipment in a ship.  The ships can only travel so quickly and expecting none of them to be combat casualties is a fools errand.

We, along with the British, designed and tested a “floating” tank.  These were known as DD tanks “Donald Duck” tanks by the crews. On Omaha Beach, 29 of these modified tanks were launched into six foot seas at up to two miles from shore.  Of the 29 so launched, 27 sank prior to reaching shore.  No less than five of the crews took the time to radio back to the higher ups the specific difficulties and suggested solutions for their brethren who were scheduled to do a similar assault in a few hours.  This tells us something.

The first day’s assault at Omaha beach consisted of roughly 12,000 men.  Of these, roughly 2400 died.  Many of those casualties occurred prior to even making contact with dry land.  Despite many units fighting strength being halved, despite most of the units landing far from their objective, despite most of the officer and NCO corp becoming casualties; they pressed on.  This tells us something.

Due to an error in timing / inclement weather, the pre-invasion bombardment of the fortifications did not happen.  The planes arrived as the last of the first nine companies where exiting their landing craft.  In order to no inflict friendly fire casualties, the pilots dropped their bombs behind the shore zone.  The entire German defense was designed to repel invaders at the shore.  No significant damage was done to the defensive effort by this close support air assault.  The soldiers pressed on.  This tells us something.

Due to bad luck, poor navigation, smoke obscuring the landing zones, high casualties, immense loss of leadership only one company was fighting as the force it originated as.  They were seriously depleted at roughly 120 men (from roughly 200).  They pressed on.  This tells us something.

Groups of combat engineers were assigned to sixteen objectives / obstacles on Omaha Beach.  Of these sixteen assignments, five groups landed within operational distance of their objective.  Three other groups landed with ZERO supporting infantry or mechanized units.  Despite these hardships and roughly a 40% KIA loss, they pressed on and cleared six of their objectives.  This tells us something.

I have no hard documentation for what I am about to write, but several sources have indicated that one significant reason for beach assignments in Operation Overlord was by nationality.  If there was a huge problem with assaulting a certain beach, send in the Americans.  The theory was, add a few extra units and let the Americans figure it out.  In each case, the adapted and pressed on.  This tells us something.

This something that D-Day keeps telling us, is that there is such a thing as American Exceptionalism.

American Exceptionalism has been drilled into the American psyche since before the birth of our nation.  We never had enough to do the job according to the manual.  So we re-wrote the manual.   We were sick of Kings telling us how to do things from the top down.  So we re-wrote the manual.  US Constitution – Bill of Rights.  We accepted the idiom that an idea that works is not a stupid idea.  This basic belief catapulted the USA from a backwater colonial rebel to the only Superpower in just over 200 years.

An idea so powerful as providing philosophical, educational, economic and spiritual freedom to the citizens of a nation; is what lead to American Execptionalism.  Look very carefully at those four broad areas of freedom.  Think for a minute.  Then thinks of all the ways those four areas are under ATTACK.  Now, ponder for a second if that is an accident.

The men (and women) who rode the first wave of the attack at D-Day knew what to do when an organization threatened them.

Do we, anymore?

 

 

 

 

 

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More money for the VA???

http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-senates-failed-irrelevant-plan-to-throw-20-billion-at-veterans-affairs-problems/article/2549159

 

The VA needs more money like a drowning man needs a drink of water.

The Senate democrats want to throw $20 BILLION extra dollars at an organization that has roughly $4.5 BILLION in carry over from the last 5 years.  That will help how exactly?  They already can’t fraud, corrupt, bonus or misuse the money fast enough so we will add an additional $2 BILLION per year for the next 10 years.

I do realize we are talking about Senate democrat, but really.  Who possibly thinks that is a good idea?  Show of hands.  Anyone?

Didn’t think so.

Now, lets set down some basic figures then do some basic math.

Annual VA budget  68.3 BILLION in discretionary resources — 95.6 BILLION in mandatory funding  or $163.9 BILLION                    2015 presidential request numbers from the VA site.  An increase of roughly $2 billion from last year

There are currently about 23 million people in the VA system.  That means the per capita expense is roughly $7200 per person / per annum.  The increase would be roughly equal to $87 per capita / per anum.

The $87 is fairly meaningless when you look at it that way.  What is important is if you look at a VA alternative.

One such option is to Close the VA effective immediately.  Sell the assets to private companies: hospitals, equipment etc.  Then take  the budget and use it to fund / subsidize insurance vouchers for the Vets to purchase their own private insurance coverage to be used in private healthcare systems.

At $7200 per year, that provides $600 per month in premiums per Veteran.  It also allows for self determination of benefit levels required.  It allows the vet to shop for services and pick the provider and time frame of their choice.  There may need to be some scaling of premium voucher based on injury / age / … but the basics are there.  The rest is just fiddly bits.

I realize my idea is not as simple as I have stated it.  I realize that a federal agency has NEVER been closed, so the likelihood of it happening is approaching ZERO.  But I see way more upside to my plan then I do with the socialized disaster that VA is.

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June 2, 2014 · 21:15

Since when has using one scandal to bury another been a good idea

The obama administration is neck deep in a VA scandal.

Some basics;

During the transition over from the Bush administration, the obama administration was made completely aware of the issues

The VA had been faking their reports since the Bush administration.

The obama campaign machine made a huge deal out of Bush “incompetence” over the VA.

Fast Forward to 2014 – 40 people die waiting for their first appointment in Pheonix.  Untold others die at the 50-80% of other VA facilities doing the same bullshit.

The President refuses to hold anyone accountable.

The President insinuates it is a problem of the previous administration

Even professional Liar jay carney retires as opposed to spout the corporate line on the VA scandal.

As the ship is OBVIOUSLY sinking.

RIGHT ON CUE. Throw the savages a bloody squirrel.

Bergdahl trade for five of the worst TERRORISTS at Gitmo.

Hey it got the VA out of the news cycle.  Win or something.

 

 

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I, am Not a real American

I got a new job recently.  I like the job and it is a significant improvement over my last job.  Less drama and more pay.  Sweet.

One of the disadvantages of the new job is that I have to show my driver’s license to get on the property.  Not a big deal except that I failed to put my license back in my wallet, then promptly lost my license.  Not a big deal, but annoying.

Seeing as I am not completely stupid, I hit the intrawebs and figured out the appropriate ID documents the DMV would require for a replacement.  I made a list, gathered the items and headed out for an early morning trip to the DMV.  All is good in the kingdom.  I arrive at the DMV and have a conversation with the gatekeeper.  I exchange pleasantries with the DMV lady then hand her over my stack of documents.  She types in my social security number and starts shaking her head.

DMV  “These documents are not going to work.”

Me  “What? This is the exact list from your website.”

DMV “Yes that is true, but you are not a Real American.”

Me “Huh, what are you talking about?  I am not a REAL AMERICAN? Are you saying your computer says I am not a US Citizen?”

DMV “Um, no.  I said that wrong. You do not qualify as a  Real ID American.”

Me  “And what exactly does that mean?”

DMV  “it means you have been flagged as not qualifying for basic level documents for proof of ID.  We need additional ID to prove you are who you are.” 

Me  “Social security card – illegal to use as ID, Voter ID card – illegal to use for anything other than voting, Birth certificate and my vehicle registration – not sure how this can prove anything.  Ok so here is my CCW STATE ISSUED ID.  I know I can use a STATE ID to get another STATE ID.  Correct?

DMV “No, DHS will not allow us to use that.  Do you have a US passport?”

Me  “Yes, but it is expired.  So it is useless.”

DMV “No, DHS will allow us to accept that.”

Me  “So now I have to drive home and get a document your website and the law says is not a valid ID, so I can prove that I am a REAL AMERICAN?  

DMV ” y…”

Me “could I just switch a hablar espanol?  Es mas facil por una persona que es illegal, no?

DMV ” uh, … oh, no being an illegal does not allow you to get a driver’s license in this state. .. pause… But, I get your point.  Sorry.”

So a US Citizen (who admittedly was born in a communist leaning state) must provide FIVE items to be issued a replacement Driver’s License.  One of which CANNOT be a state issued picture ID that allows me to carry a firearm most anywhere I go.  But if I had not been flagged by DHS, I could show four items that had NO picture and are fairly easy to forge.  Upon further review, for those below the age of 21 – a mommy note will suffice as one of the documents.  But my STATE ISSUED CCW PERMIT will not suffice.

It was a Black Flag day and it was my Birthday. 

Some days I crave the upcoming revolution.

 

 

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Contempt of cop (linky)

So when I am out and about living my life, I have no expectation of privacy.

Go to Lowes, they can video tape me.  Go to work, they can video tape me.  Drive through a toll booth, they can video tape me.  Drive on the highway and have a member of the LEO community take notice, they can video tape me.

Now lets say said LEO decides to pull me over.  How does that suddenly become a private situation?  Is said LEO no longer taping the event with his /her dash cam?  Does the LEO have a duty and responsibility to inform me that I am being taped?

In case you aren’t sure, the answer is no to both questions.

So why is it that if I have a Gopro pointed at the driver side window, I am potentially a felon?  If some random stranger decides to video tape the encounter (third party), that is legal; but as an active participant, somehow I am not allowed to self protect with video.  Help me understand how that makes sense?

This woman will win a five figure award.  Good for her.

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February 21, 2014 · 08:45