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CIEMR / I Love it, I Love it, I really, really Love it...
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:40:00 AM »
Jeff Bergner: The vanishing Obama presidency

?        By Jeff Bergner     The Virginian-Pilot      Jan 14, 2018   

?        ONE YEAR AGO, Barack Obama?s presidency came to an end. His election as the nation?s first black president was a major accomplishment for him and for the nation. Time will never erase that achievement.

But as time passes, this may be just about his only lasting political accomplishment; his legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives are disappearing rapidly. On domestic policy:

? Energy: The Keystone XL Pipeline has been approved. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been approved and is operational. U.S. energy production is up, and gas prices are down. Deep Obama administration reductions in offshore drilling leases are in the process of being reversed.

? Education: The Obama Education Department?s Title IX ?guidance? to colleges and universities mandating how to treat sexual assault cases has been rescinded. Numerous Education Department programs begun in the Obama administration are being terminated.

? Environment: The Obama EPA?s Clean Power Plan to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, the implementation of which was already blocked by the Supreme Court, has been rescinded.

? Labor: The Obama-controlled National Labor Relations Board rule treating franchise chains as single employers for the purpose of collective bargaining has been repealed.

? National parks: Obama?s vast additions to U.S. national monuments in Utah have been rescinded.

? Internet: Net neutrality has been repealed.

? Immigration: The Obama executive order on Deferred Action Against Parents of Americans, which was blocked by a federa l court, has been rescinded. His executive order on Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals has been rescinded, awaiting potential congressional action.

? Health care: Obamacare has been significantly modified by regulations to allow new, less costly forms of health insurance and by the repeal of the individual mandate. Additional regulatory changes are coming this year. As the health exchanges continue to shrink, the principal impact of Obamacare will be the expansion of Medicaid enrollment.

? Consumer protection: The structure of the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been ruled unconstitutional by the District of Columbia Circuit Court because it is unanswerable to any elected government official. The CFPB is facing additional legal and legislative challenges.

? Economy: The economic recovery beginning in 2009 produced historically slow economic growth, a declining labor participation rate, stagnant wages and increasing food stamp usage. Today?s economy is growing more rapidly, the labor participation rate is up, wages are beginning to rise, and food stamp usage is down.

On foreign policy:

? Military: Reductions in military spending and U.S. troop levels are being reversed.

? ISIS: Changes to the Obama rules of engagement for using military force led to the rapid defeat of ISIS.

? Environment: The United States has announced its intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

? Trade: The United States declined to join the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership.

? Iran nuclear deal: The president has declined to certify the Iran nuclear agreement, which the Obama administration negotiated, setting the stage for withdrawal or modification.

? Syria: The president has used military force to enforce Obama?s ?red line? against Syria?s use of chemical weapons.

? Ukraine: U.S. policy toward Ukraine is changing; the U.S. will now send lethal weapons to assist Ukraine in resisting Russian aggression.

? Cuba: Obama?s opening to Cuba has been put on hold.

? Israel: The United States and Israel have restored their historically close relationship.

? Egypt: The flirtation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been replaced by U.S. support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Overall, with the exception of a shrinking Obamacare and the CFPB, no significant initiative of the Obama administration remains in place. The near doubling of the federal debt during his eight-year presidency ? from $10 trillion to $19 trillion ? seems like a very high price to pay for such ephemeral results.

The Obama presidency is vanishing before our eyes. In only 12 short months, the legacy of Obama?s presidency is best captured by the motto of a well-known disaster restoration company: ?like it never even happened.?

Jeff Bergner served in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He lives in Norfolk

Don's Comment: I know that society seems to have moved on and nowadays, cats and dogs living together, men dating men, and young girls having their sex changed all with the blessing of the people around them seemingly now normal. But none of this is normal, healthy, nor Godly in my view. In the case of this abomination which has occurred in a so called chapel at west point points to an ungodly sickness which has gained a solid foothold in a sacred institution of this once great nation. I say once great because in my view greatness is not all physical. It is not necessarily defined by engineering marvels, or advancements of science, or other things of that nature. In my view, greatness is equally related to the strength of the conviction of men, of their courage, moral fiber, and submission to the idea that we were created by a living God, the very one who is responsible for the book George Washington Concentrated this nation to in the 18th Century.

There is nothing normal about marriage of two men. There is nothing normal about joining them in (what holy matrimony?????) in a place where God once called home. There is nothing good about asking men who were raised believing that Jesus is their savior, to accept this abomination of the laws of God and of nature. None of this is right, in fact it points to death. Death of our Christian culture, Death of moral courage. Death of leadership of any kind. Death of common sense, and the killing of the spirit that is in a man of war that is needed most of all in that crucial second that spans the gap where he either succumbs or rises against all odds and wins the day. That is dead and dying, and I greatly mourn its passing.

But not with me. Call me a dinosaur, old guy, whatever. Men do not belong together. They should now be married. They should not have sex, they should not be honored in any way, and NEVER, NEVER should our warfighters have to put up with any of that nonsense!

This happened before and with catastrophic effect. It is well written about and violently ends when two places, a Sodom and a Gomorrah are vaporized by a slow to anger God.

I would so much rather America die on a battlefield, giving its last breath in a last heroic battle against a vastly superior force than to have the sickening  cancer of homosexuality rot it from within.

WEST POINT, N.Y. ? Two Army captains who met at West Point returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage of active-duty personnel at the storied New York military academy.

The New York Times reported Captains Daniel Hall, 30, and Vincent Franchino, 26, both stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, were married at West Point?s Cadet Chapel on Jan. 13.

The men met at the school in August 2009, when Franchino was a freshman and Hall was a senior. Their first date was in February 2012 in Washington, some months after the ?don?t ask, don?t tell? policy was repealed in September 2011.

That policy, in place since 1993, barred any gay person from disclosing their sexual orientation or talking about any same-sex relationship.

?It?s really frustrating when two people have feelings for each other but are not allowed to act on them,? Hall said. ?We were serving under a policy that was telling all of us ? perfectly capable soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines ? to lie about ourselves.?

The men wore their uniforms during the ceremony, and left the chapel under an arch made up of sabers held aloft by several of their guests. They also used Hall?s officer saber, a graduation gift from his grandparents, to cut the cake.


CIEMR / Millenials perfer socalism and communism over capitalism
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:17:36 PM »
Today's kids love socialism ? but it's not because of their radical professors
James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley, Opinion contributors Published 9:38 a.m. ET Jan. 10, 2018 | Updated 6:27 p.m. ET Jan. 10, 2018

American Millennials say they would rather live in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist democracy.

Professors have little influence on student political beliefs compared with peers, 'student life' administrators and campus activists.
Why are young people growing more sympathetic to socialism?

According to a survey conducted late last year by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a third of Americans and as many as 44% of Millennials would prefer to live under a socialist system than a capitalist one. This is more than a little puzzling at a time when socialism has proved a catastrophic failure in its remaining strongholds in Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba.

Some observers blame leftist professors for this development. This makes sense. The renewed sympathy for socialism seems most pronounced among recent college graduates.

It is demonstrably true that professors are overwhelmingly liberal and have become more so in the past three decades. But it is far from clear that classroom indoctrination is driving students to the far left.

In a study published in 2009 of 7,000 students at 38 institutions across the U.S., professors Matthew Woessner and April Kelly-Woessner found that students? political beliefs did not change much during their college years. Even in cases where students? opinions changed, there was little correlation between the direction of the change and the political leanings of their professors. When contacted about these conclusions, Woessner confirmed that although campuses today might seem more radical, his current research suggests that those earlier conclusions are still true.

But if professors are not swaying student opinions in the classroom, what is making them more sympathetic to socialism and less tolerant of conservative views about free markets and limited government?

Author Lenore Skenazy has suggested that students? upbringings are a large part of today?s problems on campus. In her book Free-Range Kids, she argued that parents who try to protect their children from every possible threat or danger deprive them of the freedom to grow up. Naturally, when they arrive on campus as 18-year-olds, they look to professors and administrators to take over the parental role of protecting them from life?s challenges. Thus, ?helicopter parenting? yields ?snowflake? students unable to tolerate uncomfortable opinions.

While this may be true, there are nevertheless organizations and constituencies on the contemporary campus that are in position to gain from protest and unrest. In response to perceived slights, however artificial or exaggerated they may be, activists demand and often receive compensation: greater funding for their programs, promises to hire more members of victimized groups, the creation of programs and courses to promote diversity and multiculturalism on campus, and other concessions of tangible kinds.

In these efforts, there seems to be an unholy alliance of students, diversity administrators and faculty members representing multicultural programs. These alliances are rarely formed in the classroom or in the traditional research disciplines. The growing radicalism on campus seems to originate instead in the broad category of student life that takes place outside the classroom.

A 2014 study, for instance, found that students who spent a greater number of hours on extracurricular activities on campus (as opposed to classroom studies) were more likely to see their politics move toward one extreme or the other, in most cases toward the far left.

Kyle Dodson, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California-Merced, looked at data from the UCLA?s Freshman Survey and the College Senior Survey. He found that time spent in academic pursuits has a moderating influence on students? political views. Students who are occupied with classroom studies are less likely to engage in disruptive or illiberal activities on campus.

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This is an encouraging conclusion as it suggests that students who are more serious about their academic work are more likely to think for themselves and less likely to be drawn into disruptive political activities.

But there is a catch: College students are spending less and less time in classrooms and academic study. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed by the Heritage Foundation in 2014, college students spend fewer than three hours per day on classroom-related activities. It is thus not surprising to find that professors have little influence on student political beliefs compared with the enormous sway of peers, ?student life? administrators and activists who are in charge of campus extracurricular activities.

This should be a wake-up call for faculty and administrators who still believe that a college education should involve classroom learning and the exposure of students to important ideas. As faculty have stepped back from their roles as the primary intellectual guides for students ? teaching fewer hours, spending more time on research and publishing for their colleagues in the field, requiring students to take fewer general education requirements ? other adults and peers have stepped in to fill the void, much to the detriment of academic learning and liberal ideals on campus.

If moderate and liberal professors want to take back the campus from illiberal activists who reject open debate and a marketplace of ideas, then a good place to start would be to reemphasize academics as the raison d?etre of university life. ?Student life? should first and foremost be the life of the mind. 

Medical Corner / You're Alone and have a Heart Attack...
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:19:52 AM »
 1. Let?s say it?s 7.25pm and you?re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You?re really tired, upset and frustrated.
3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

 4. Unfortunately you don?t know if you?ll be able to make it that far.

 5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

 6. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!
10. A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we?ll save at least one life.
11. Rather than sending jokes, please... contribute by forwarding this mail which can save a person?s life.

12. If this message comes around you... more than once? please don?t get irritated... You should instead, be happy that you have many friends who care about you & keeps reminding you how to deal with a Heart attack

Make sure if you fall, you fall backwards!

CIEMR / Food Stamp Balance...
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:09:08 AM »
Why did we ever allow these idiots to be in control of anything?

CIEMR / Tear Down the Statue of Liberty: New liberal idea
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:06:42 AM »
This was written by Rosemary LaBonte to the editors of a California newspaper in response to an article written by Ernie Lujan who suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the immigrants of today aren?t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. The paper never printed this response, so her husband sent it out via internet.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.

Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made LEARNING ENGLISH a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, NO WELFARE, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.

I'm sorry, that's NOT what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill.

I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Construction and Building / Paint out buildings same or different color??
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:53:30 AM »
So, as you knuckleheads (and some boneheads) know, I am off building yet another shed/building/thing down at the farm.

I am at the point where I need to decide and go buy the paint for the thing.

Now the main shed/house/building/barn thing is red with green trim and a green metal roof, and so is the outhouse, they match.

The camper is light-mid gray with green trim and a gray roof, and so is the water containment structure built along side it.

The pavillion and the newly constructed deck is unfinished as of now awaiting more woody parts before staining/painting

Further down, maybe 200 meters south, and visible are two large hunter green water storage tanks and they will reside alongside a similar colored pump house (Because I wish that all to sort of blend into the landscape.

My thoughts were to stain those structures an oxford brown with maybe a hunter green trim, and both of them have green metal roofs.

This new shed will sit across from the shed, perhaps 25 feet away in a landscaped flower bed and rock wall looking area.

I am not really wanting to do red/green with a green roof scheme again, but I was wondering if it may make the arrangement look a bit junky

But I want to do something a bit different and "pretty" for the lady. She is a bit tired of my OD green theme all the time, and all that

So, not that I am going to pay any attention what so ever, but what say yee?  Poll time??

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Lou Holtz
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:09:12 PM »
Inspiring...Words to live by


Our Presidents comments mean different things to different folks...

You might be deploying to a ?_hit Hole?:


1. If your boss tells you to update your Gamma Globulin, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dysentery, Tetanus and other fun immunizations- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


2. If the Mobilization NCO tells you not to waste your time bringing a radio, or any other electronics, as there is no electricity and there are no signals- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


3. If the Travel Pay folks give you a travel advance and the Per Diem rate is only $8.00/day, for everything- You might be deploying to a crap Hole.


4. If the ?Area Cultural? briefing is only 30 minutes long, but the briefing on communicable diseases is 3 hours long- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


5. If the ?Area Cultural? briefing includes facts that some leaders in the host country keep young boys as sexual slaves- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


6. If the ?Area Cultural? briefing includes facts that male members of that society have multiple wives, but also engage in sexual activity with barnyard animals- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


7. If the ?Medical Briefing? includes recommendations not to walk barefoot, drink the local water, or eat ANY food on the local economy- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


8. If the ?Medical Briefing? includes information that the roadside ditches not only serve as flood control, but also as a common latrine- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


9. If the Daily Report for your new assignment includes an area for ?Number of Personnel Med-Evaced? from theater for unknown diseases- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole.


10. If the monetary exchange rate is greater than 50 to 1 for local currency to US Dollars- You might be deploying to a _hit Hole

a potato.
a small, narrow spade for cutting the roots of plants, especially weeds.
a short length of pipe that is used to connect two components or that takes the form of a projection from a fitting to which a pipe may be screwed:
"a spud washer"
a chisel-like tool, as for removing bark or digging into ice.
dig up or cut (plants, especially weeds) with a spud.
make the initial drilling for (an oil well).

I am the proud owner of a brand new Kubota SVL 75-2 Compact track Loader

Gun Control / Yea, so let's get to know the gun control gurus
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:22:09 PM »
Nobody wants to take your guns?
Bringing this forward from my old blog:
Whenever I, or others, object to registration or bans on transfers, or other forms of gun control and firearms restrictions as steps toward an eventual complete prohibition and the confiscation that such would necessarily entail, we get told we?re paranoid and ?nobody wants to take your guns.?
Well, perhaps we should consider these nobodies?
A gun-control movement worthy of the name would insist that President Clinton move beyond his proposals for controls? And immediately call on Congress to pass far-reaching industry regulation like the Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act? Which would give the Treasury Department health and safety authority over the gun industry, and any rational regulator with that authority would ban handguns. Josh Sugarmann (executive director of the Violence Policy Center)
My view of guns is simple. I hate guns and I cannot imagine why anyone would want to own one. If I had my way, guns for sport would be registered, and all other guns would be banned. Deborah Prothrow-Stith (Dean of Harvard School of Public Health)
I don?t care if you want to hunt, I don?t care if you think it?s your right. I say ?Sorry. It?s 1999. We have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison.? Rosie O?Donnell (At about the time she said this, Rosie engaged the services of a bodyguard who applied for a gun permit.)
Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option, keep your gun but permit it. Andrew Cuomo
I do not believe in people owning guns. Guns should be owned only by [the] police and military. I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state. Michael Dukakis
If someone is so fearful that they are going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, it makes me very nervous that these people have weapons at all. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman
In fact, the assault weapons ban will have no significant effect either on the crime rate or on personal security. Nonetheless, it is a good idea? Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic, purely symbolic move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation. Charles Krauthammer, columnist, 4/5/96 Washington Post
Ban the damn things. Ban them all. You want protection? Get a dog. Molly Ivins, columnist, 7/19/94
To get a permit to own a firearm, that person should undergo an exhaustive criminal background check. In addition, an applicant should give up his right to privacy and submit his medical records for review to see if the person has ever had a problem with alcohol, drugs or mental illness . . . The Constitution doesn?t count!?  John Silber, former chancellor of Boston University and candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. Speech before the Quequechan Club of Fall River, MA. August 16, 1990
I think you have to do it a step at a time and I think that is what the NRA is most concerned about. Is that it will happen one very small step at a time so that by the time, um, people have woken up, quote, to what?s happened, it?s gone farther than what they feel the consensus of American citizens would be. But it does have to go one step at a time and the banning of semi assault military weapons that are military weapons, not household weapons, is the first step. Mayor Barbara Fass, Stockton, CA
Handguns should be outlawed. Our organization will probably take this stand in time but we are not anxious to rouse the opposition before we get the other legislation passed. Elliot Corbett, Secretary, National Council for a Responsible Firearms Policy (interview appeared in the Washington Evening Star on September 19, 1969)
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe. Senator Diane Feinstein, 1993
If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them? Mr. and Mrs. America, turn em all in, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren?t here. U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) CBS-TVs 60 Minutes, 2/5/95
Banning guns is an idea whose time has come. U.S. Senator Joseph Biden, 11/18/93, Associated Press interview
Yes, I?m for an outright ban (on handguns).Pete Shields, Chairman emeritus, Handgun Control, Inc., during a 60 Minutes interview.
I am one who believes that as a first step, the United States should move expeditiously to disarm the civilian population, other than police and security officers, of all handguns, pistols, and revolvers? No one should have the right to anonymous ownership or use of a gun. Professor Dean Morris, Director of Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, stated to the U.S. Congress
I feel very strongly about it [the Brady Bill]. I think, I also associate myself with the other remarks of the Attorney General. I think it?s the beginning. It?s not the end of the process by any means. William J. Clinton, 8/11/93
The Brady Bill is the minimum step Congress should take, we need much stricter gun control, and eventually should bar the ownership of handguns, except in a few cases. U.S. Representative William Clay, quoted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on May 6, 1991.

I don?t believe gun owners have rights? Sarah Brady, Hearst Newspapers Special Report Handguns in America, October 1997
We must get rid of all the guns? Sarah Brady, speaking on behalf of HCI with Sheriff Jay Printz & others on The Phil Donahue Show? September 1994
The House passage of our bill is a victory for this country! Common sense wins out. I?m just so thrilled and excited. The sale of guns must stop. Halfway measures are not enough. Sarah Brady 7/1/88
I don?t care about crime, I just want to get the guns. Senator Howard Metzenbaum, 1994
We?re here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true?? U.S. Representative Charles Schumer, quoted on NBC, 11/30/93
My bill establishes a 6-month grace period for the turning in of all handguns. U.S. Representative Major Owens, Congressional Record, 11/10/93
I?m convinced that we have to have federal legislation to build on. We?re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily? Given the political realities? Going to be very modest. Of course, it?s true that politicians will then go home and say, this is a great law. The problem is solved. And it?s also true that such statements will tend to defuse the gun-control issue for a time. So then well have to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen that law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we?d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal? Total control of handguns in the United States? Is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition? Except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors? Totally illegal. Nelson T. Shields of Handgun Control, Inc. as quoted in `New Yorker? Magazine July 26, 1976. Page 53f

 Our goal is to not allow anybody to buy a handgun. In the meantime, we think there ought to be strict licensing and regulation. Ultimately, that may mean it would require court approval to buy a handgun. President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Michael K. Beard, Washington Times 12/6/93 p.A1
Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, December 1993
The sale, manufacture, and possession of handguns ought to be banned. We do not believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep them. The Washington Post Legal Guns Kill Too?  November 5, 1999
There is no reason for anyone in the country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use, a handgun. The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to Change the Constitution. USA Today, Michael Gartner Former president of NBC News Glut of Guns: What Can We Do about Them? January 16, 1992
I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, 2012
 4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution :
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations. Legislation introduced in Missouri.2013
And you can repeat the exact same thing for Minnesota
Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence. If coupled with a gun buyback and no exemptions then it could be effective. NIJ Memo on a new Assault Weapon? Ban. 2013
The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection? (Warrantless searches by law enforcement?) Washington State Senate Bill 5737 (2013)
The state of Iowa should take semi-automatic weapons away from Iowans who have legally purchased them prior to any ban that is enacted if they don?t give their weapons up in a buy-back program.  Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them, Iowa state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) 2013
California Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg 2013) would expand the definition of Assault Weapons to include ALL semi-auto rifles (including rimfire calibers) that accept a detachable magazine.
SB374 would ban on the sale and possession of ALL Semi-Auto rifles and require registration to retain legal possession in the future. California Senate Bill 47 (Yee 2013) would expand the definition of an Assault Weapons to include rifles that have been designed/sold and or equipped to use the bullet button or similar device.
SB47 would ban on the sale and possession of ALL those Semi-Auto rifles and require registration to retain legal possession in the future.
California Assembly Bill 174 (Bonta 2013) would ban the possession of any firearms that were grandfathered for possession if registered in previous Assault Weapons gun control schemes.
Californians that trusted the State of California and registered their firearms will be required to surrender the firearms to the Government or face arrest. Passage of AB174 would make SB374/SB47 (above) into confiscation mandates.
California Senate Bill 396 (Hancock 2013) would ban the possession of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than 10 cartridges. ALL currently grandfathered high-cap magazines would become ILLEGAL to possess and the owners subject to arrest and the magazines confiscated. (High-cap means a capacity that has been standard, that the firearms were designed for, since the 40s AK pattern rifles or 60s AR pattern rifles.)
We want everything on the table. This is a moment of opportunity. There?s no question about it? We?re on a roll now, and I think we?ve got to take the you know, we?re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.? Illinois Rep Jan Schakowsky says assault rifle ban just the beginning, a moment of opportunity and seeks to ban handguns (2013).
People who own guns are essentially a sickness in our souls who must be cleansed. Colorado Senator (Majority Leader) John Morse. 2013 (Cleansed?  Final Solution anyone?)
We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate. Discussion among Senator Loretta Weinberg (D37), Senator Sandra Cunningham (D31), Senator Linda Greenstein (D14) of New Jersey?s State Legislature, May 9, 2013
No one in this country should have guns. Superior Court Judge, Robert C. Brunetti, Bristol, CT. September, 2013
Proposed Missouri Bill to ban assault weapons.  4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
New York sends out Confiscation letters.
It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion. Leland Yee, California State Senator.
Shannon Watts (head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense?): @MikeBloomberg and I want guns gone. Period. It doesn?t matter what it takes. (Twitter, 2014).
Upon review of all the parties evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake. (The assault weapons being described are semi-automatic weapons meaning one shot fired per pull of the trigger of fairly modest power, near the low end of center fire rifles.)  As for the claim that said weapons are not particularly useful for home defense.  I address that here.
2. No person, corporation or other entity in the state of Missouri may manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell, or transfer any assault weapon or large capacity magazine. Bill introduced in Missouri House.
NJ.com editorial boards advocates for mandatory gun buybacks.


So do all the voluntary gun buybacks you want. But until they are mandatory, and our society can see past its hysteria over gun confiscation, don?t expect it to make much difference.

Gun Surrender without the anonymous provision:
We?ll take that weapon into safekeeping as a matter of practice. It?s pretty easy, he said of the surrender process. We are working to find ways in which we can make it easier for people to turn in weapons and firearms.
Callers will provide their name, telephone number and address, and the reason for surrender. Once the firearm has been checked to see if it was involved in a crime police will mark it for destruction.
(So, basically, people with illegal guns, or guns used in crime, will stay away in droves.  The only purpose of such a provision is to take legally owned guns from people.)
Another shooting in another gun-free zone (Florida requires guns on college campuses to be locked up and cannot be carried) leads to calls for gun prohibition:
I?m talking about flat-out banning the possession of handguns and assault rifles by individual citizens. I?m talking about repealing or amending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Gun Control / Never ending assault upon our basic rights
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:20:16 PM »
Ya know, I just don't get it.

Why do socialists, liberals, democrats, and a host of others seek to control guns, register them, prevent their purchase, regulate them, remove them from us, modify their operation and invade our privacy?

We all know that removing the guns from legal citizens will not remove all guns

The military will still have them
Law enforcement will still have them
and, right
Criminals will still have them.
But wait, then if a criminal uses a gun he is not allowed to own to kill someone, is he then committing a crime?

It's backwards day again folks, and we need to pay attention to what's going on.

I for one have an idea I wish to have my congressman examine and somehow craft into what would become the law of the land.

Gun control activists try to invade my privacy every chance they get. Lists, gun registration, forms and tests to carry a weapon concealed, and so forth.

Here's what I propose:

I'd like to see the medical records of everyone who has some authority over this issue as it pertains to me. If you are a congressman or senator, governor, state version of the prior listed, I want access to your health records.
You see, I want to see if YOU are in any way mentally handicapped, ever diagnosed with any mental disorder, taken any psychosomatic drug, or similar.

Hey, fair is fair, right? You gun grabbers want to say we military are mentally handicapped...You do that by having your VA hospitals say that everyone who ever served in combat as having some degree of PTSD. They you say PTSD is a mental disorder...OK, fine, if that is the standard, then let's apply it equally. I'd say if you were ever diagnosed as ADD, or any of those new big pharma money making brands, then you too are mentally incapacitated. Used certain drugs? Same boat. Ever been under the care of a physician for any mental issue, attempted suicide, broke down over stress? Well, then would you then still be legally capable of enacting legislation?

Say you drink a lot...hmmm... You made public statements displaying your hatred for the dreaded gun? Does this perhaps hint of a greater problem? A full blown phobia perhaps? Well, I certainly think so, Let's do a mental exam if you please, and can I pick the doctor? I know a good one fresh out of SOCOM who you may not agree with, but boy, can he write a report!

Yea, so let's just level the playing field. I call this game, "You show me your stupid, and I'll show you mine!

Fun eh?

CIEMR / Navy Jack again
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:41:34 PM »
NavyJack - The DeepState Endgame

Immediately following the election we commenced Operation Hypo. As I noted in the after action report, a new phase of infiltration and investigation was launched to penetrate the "resistance" movement that had been formed to obstruct the President and attempt to remove him from power.

Our efforts started by infiltrating a George Soros led group named "Democracy Alliance".  This organization is singularly focused on undermining the President and financially supporting a myriad of efforts towards that objective. We learned early on in our investigation that high ranking Government officials that had tried to undermine Candidate Trump prior to the election had created an "insurance policy" strategy to undermine his administration both during the transition period and following inauguration. We also learned that the coordinated effort included a significant number of Republicans who had been active in the "NeverTrump" movement during the primaries and lead-up to the General election. You can learn more about these efforts and the individuals involved here.

Using foreign agents like Chris Steele (former MI6) and his Russian counter-intelligence sources the document we now refer to as the "Dossier" came into existence.  What people do not seem to realize is that the Dossier was never intended to be an opposition research document to aid the Clinton campaign against the GOP candidate Donald Trump. The Dossier was always intended to provide justification and cover for CIA and FBI counter-intelligence operations led by Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.

McCabe was supported by a host of Obama Administration cabinet members, including James Clapper, Susan Rice and John Brennan. Their plan was simple; never allow Donald Trump to occupy the Oval Office. Their plan failed. They did have a backup "insurance" plan now named "RussiaGate".  The RussiaGate insurance policy has but one purpose; to remove Donald Trump from office as quickly as possible, to ensure the survival of what many have labeled "DeepState".

The "RussiaGate" plan required the neutering of the incoming administration's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. To that end, reports were provided to the media and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to attempt to force his recusal on issues related to "RussiaGate", the 2016 election and any matter concerning Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was instrumental in this element of the plan. He successfully convinced Mr. Sessions that he would be able to complete an investigation of Russian Interference and possible collusion with the Trump Campaign without the need to hire a Special Counsel.  This assurance was the basis for Mr. Sessions to agree to recuse himself from these matters. Mr. Rosenstein then immediately set off to create the conditions necessary to require a Special Counsel assignment by convincing President Trump that the removal of James Comey as Director of the FBI was warranted. Following the President's removal of Mr. Comey, Mr. Rosenstein immediately moved to assign Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. You can learn more about this aspect of the insurance policy here.

What many people do not seem to appreciate is that RussiaGate and the efforts to undermine and remove President Trump from office are not related to any loyalty to Hillary Clinton. They are motivated by the need to ensure the continued cover-up of illegal activities perpetrated by our Nation's intelligence community under the Obama administration.

Since early 2009, the FBI and the CIA with the assistance of the DOJ have been instrumental it the cover-up of events, including the arming of ISIS, Fast & Furious, Uranium One and Benghazi. These events would have quickly been exposed if the FBI and the DOJ had pursued charges against Hillary Clinton for her the home-brew email server. All of the evidence is in her emails.

I would love to tell you that the efforts of the resistance and DeepState to undermine the current President and his administration are coming to an end, but that is simply not the case. I would love to tell you that the efforts of the DOJ Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz, would fully expose the depths of corruption that have been uncovered by our efforts documented in the links above. That too is simply not going to happen. I am certain that the DOJ will never prosecute its own leadership or the leadership of the FBI involved in these criminal activities. From my perspective, justice can only be achieved with an outside prosecutor, armed with the ability to subpoena witnesses, convene a Grand Jury and issue indictments.

We will continue to keep a close eye on the individuals involved in the DeepState Endgame going into 2018. Interim updates are posted on my twitter timeline and moments here.

Construction and Building / "12 Square" a 12' X 12' shed project
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:33:15 PM »
I will be building a 12 X 12 X 8 shed in my basement in panels which I will break down, transport, and reassemble on site at the farm. I have found this to be a pretty easy way to get things like a shed assembled in the warmth of a shop, then quickly re-erected at the field site.

I will be laying the deck tomorrow, much as the Navee lays a keel, then later welds a ship to it.

The project is meant to be easy enough to easily be duplicated (Too many "easy's) by any of you boneheads.

It will live at my Hide Site farm which is located here:

Here is the stack of lumber:

CIEMR / California Road Signs: Somebody is callina a spade a spade!
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:08:29 PM »
Tells it like it really is!

What I don't understand is why the real citizens of Kali aren't burning Jerry Brown's administration to the ground

CIEMR / Farm Equipment sales on the rise!
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:50:49 PM »
 Last Friday I went to my local truck stop for dinner and sat next to a truck driver and he seemed to be in a good mood so as we waited for our dinners we started to talk.  He is a few years younger than I and has been driving long-haul trucks for the past ten years.
  As many of the other long-haulers, the career change was forced for a reason and it was his farm went bankrupt.  He kept the house and five acres of land and the rest went to auction, so he took up long-hauling.
  I asked him why he was so upbeat and he said he just got a job offer from a local farm equipment dealer.  It seems that because of Trump's tax cuts, farmers are now ordering new equipment and he needed a new salesman.
  Thank you, Pres. Trump!

Take that you commie OB lovers!
Another win for the Trumpster, and another kick in the teeth to the establishment

Good times!

Faith Discussion / New western religion...No, I'm not kidding
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:36:03 PM »
Called Jediism...

Like sheep being led to the slaughter...


D.O.T. / Titles
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:28:05 PM »
Over the Christmas holiday, while in my softer mood, I have thought about how to me, all of you are "knucklehead" or "Bonehead" or similar.

Not fair lumping you all into a group where you obviously belong, however not taking note of who you really are

While thinking about it I realized that:

Shawn is the instigator of things and agitator of people (ITAP or "The I-Tap")

Kenneth, his alter-ego is just a nice guy...Part bonehead, we can all agree, but a nice guy. He serves to be everyone's friend, their buddy. So I guess for now on, he's "Buddy-Ken" or just "B-K"...Edit: Naw strike that. I just watched Shawn take another shot at Ken. I immediately realized Ken's nick name ought to be "Dart-Board"

Mikey, aka Cudda kid (or something like that) is the cunning one. Able to twist anything anyone said in earnest into something pun-like and humorous. A great twister of the truth, he shall be "The Pun man from Chicago"

Charles, the Texas Red Neck watches from the shadows and waits for the perfect time and setup. While we go about debating this or that, he comes in with the precision of a supreme court justice and fires the kill shot. He shall be "The Sniper"

Bobby, Bobby is just plain old grunt! Can I get an amen...Grunt it is!

Blaine is a grunt as well. A killa at heart, he still carries a badge, so we aren't going to mess with him for now...Staunch-Up!

JR is this big lovable old (Emphasis on old) guy, once a cop, with the heart of a servant. Him...??? I'm feelin, "Pops"

We have a couple Daves'. Heck walk in any room with three men, and you have a couple Daves'! ;-)) One is a smart butt, and, well, the other one is too. We probably have twenty or thirty other daves, but who's counting. Whenever I think of either of these two some words immediately come to mind: Shut Up Dave! So either one of then is SUT! Make the louder one SUT-up, and the close contender SUT-JST (Just stop talkin')

There's more, but I just ran out of Quoffee...

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Dewalt 20Volt impact gun
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:45:18 PM »
Well, with an advertised torque rating of a whole bunch, I purchased Dewalt's premier impact gun a few months ago, and used it (Tried to anyway) on the GJ suspension project.

In a word: It's a total waste of money and plastic. I doubt it could loosen a rusted #4 screw!

Im evaluation never really took place because that thing never actually loosened a single nut...NOT ONE!

I started on the lug nuts. Nada...Just noise and ratchet like sounds. I pulled out my 1/2" harbor freight earthquake tool and bam! Lug nuts spun off like butter!

Tried to loosen the lower shock bolts and again it failed. I switched batteries twice, one time pulling one off the charger. It couldn't loosen anything.

Piece of junk, evaluation complete.

My recommendation is to gift it to that liberal hippie cousin we all have, first telling them it is a skilsaw, and at least get a laugh out of this useless POJ!

D.O.T. / Christmas Score!
« on: December 25, 2017, 12:16:01 PM »
Merry Christmas all!

Thought I'd provide a spot to show your gifts to make the rest of us jealous!

I like Broadway and good musical shows. Looks like I scored big time in that department!

Looks good to me!

EXCLUSIVE: Six U.S Agencies Conspired to Illegally Wiretap Trump; British Intel Used as NSA Front to Spy on Campaign
Posted on September 20, 2017 by Investigative Bureau

From the beginning it was a set up to find dirt on Trump campaign insiders and if possible to topple Donald Trump?s presidential aspirations.

Before and after the 2016 election. And while this operation had many moving parts and alternating players, the mission to unseat Trump never changed. And it remains ongoing.

Paul Manafort was wiretapped. Cater Page was wiretapped. Donald Trump Jr. was wiretapped. Jared Kushner was wiretapped. Gen. Michael Flynn was wiretapped. And likely there were others.

And none of it was very legal.

In fact, most of it was very illegal, according to federal law enforcement sources who are blowing the whistle on a sweeping scheme to undermine the Executive branch and the electorate?s choice for president of the United States.

 And according to high ranking FBI sources, the Bureau played a definitive role in plotting this sweeping privacy breach. But the FBI had much help from the NSA, CIA, the Office of of the Director of National Intelligence, Treasury financial crimes division under DHS, and the Justice Department, federal law enforcement sources confirmed.

The Deep State caretakers involved are familiar names: James Comey (FBI), John Brennan (CIA), James Clapper (ODNI), Loretta Lynch (DOJ), Jeh Johnson (DHS), Admiral Michael Rogers (NSA). And then-director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan who has since resigned from the esteemed British spy agency.

President Barack Obama?s White House too could be implicated, sources said. But while evidence certainly points to involvement of the Obama administration, sources said they did not have access to definitive intelligence proving such a link.

Here is what we now know, per intelligence gleaned form federal law enforcement sources with insider knowledge of what amounts to a plot by U.S. intelligence agencies to secure back door and illegal wiretaps of President Trump?s associates:

Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearhead by CIA?s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.
To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies freelanced the wiretapping of Trump associates to the British spy agency GCHQ.
The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.
GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. In fact the spy agency worked from NSA?s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.
The illegal wiretaps were initiated months before the controversial Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
The Justice Department and FBI set up the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner with controversial Russian officials to make Trump?s associates appear compromised.
Following the Trump Tower sit down, GCHQ began digitally wiretapping Manafort, Trump Jr., and Kushner.
After the concocted meeting by the Deep State, the British spy agency could officially justify wiretapping Trump associates as an intelligence front for NSA because the Russian lawyer at the meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the June sit down was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.
By using GCHQ, the NSA and its intelligence partners had carved out a loophole to wiretap Trump without a warrant. While it is illegal for U.S. agencies to monitor phones and emails of U.S. citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so. Even if the GCHQ was tapping Trump on U.S. soil at Fort Meade.
The wiretaps, secured through illicit scheming, have been used by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s probe of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election, even though the evidence is considered ?poisoned fruit.?
Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who spearheaded the Trump Tower meeting with the Trump campaign trio, was previously barred from entering the United Sates due to her alleged connections to the Russian FSB (the modern replacement of the cold-war-era KGB).

Yet mere days before the June meeting, Veselnitskaya was granted a rare visa to enter the United States from Preet Bharara, the then U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York. Bharara could not be reached for comment and did not respond the a Twitter inquiry on the Russian?s visa by True Pundit.
Thomas Paine
Replying to @PreetBharara
Mr. Bharara, @PreetBharara Why did you sign off a rare visa allowing Ms. Veselnitskaya into the United States? She was banned by @StateDept

Federal law enforcement sources said Bharara was simply following the orders of Attorney General Lynch, who lobbied the State Department to issue the disavowed Russian a B1/B2 non-immigrant visa. This permitted Veselnitskaya entry into the United States for the sole purpose of entrapping Trump associates to use as fuel to commission wiretaps, federal sources said.

Veselnitskaya may have been paid as well by the U.S. government, FBI sources said. It was reported last week that Steele, who compiled the Trump dossier was paid at least $100,000 from FBI funds as well. But that came later, after the wiretapping was well underway.
The illegal eavesdropping started long before Steele?s dossier. Federal sources said the wiretaps on Trump insiders began in late 2015, almost a year before the 2016 election. The targets then were Flynn and Page, sources confirmed. When no smoking gun was recovered from those initial taps, U.S. intelligence agencies moved to broaden the scope through their newly-formed alliance.

Intelligence garnered from the British eavesdropping, which again was merely a front for the NSA, was then used in August 2016 to secure a legitimate FISA warrant on Manafort, Trump Jr. and Kushner. That warrant was issued on or about September, 2016, federal sources confirm.

It was the third time the cabal of U.S. intelligence agencies sought a FISA warrant for the Trump associates and this time it was approved.

FBI sources said finally obtaining the FISA warrant was important because it provided the agencies cover for previous illegal wiretapping which they believed would never be discovered.

?This would make for an incredible string of Senate hearings,? one federal law enforcement source said. ?I don?t think they ever thought he (Trump) would win and information would come out about how they manipulated evidence.?

D.O.T. / According to Federal Statistics...
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:24:55 PM »
Obama's 8 years in office:

CIEMR / Koran Primer
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:20:11 PM »
We of the Christian belief should make some attempt to learn and understand this growing Islamic culture.

A veteran of several wars and many combat tours of duty, I really wish it were otherwise, but the truth is striking in its blatent hatred for us

Today's lesson:

 Koran 3:28, 4:89, 4:144, 5:54, 6:40, 9:23 all have the same message; 58:22 simply states that true Muslims do not befriend non-Muslims?"even if they be their fathers, sons, brothers, or kin." But Koran verses further call on Muslims to have enmity?hate?for non-Muslims: "We [Muslims] renounce you [non-Muslims]. Enmity and hate shall forever reign between us?till you believe in Allah alone"

Just sickens me

Bad enough that Islam is awash with homosexual sodomy any Thursday night with the use of younger boys, that is reason enough to bar that culture, but now this???

New term, courtesy of Islam: Erotic zoos!


CIEMR / The NFL's moral compass is all screwed up!
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:09:42 AM »
And this is the biggest part of the reason I no longer view or support the NFL:

In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.

In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.

 In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness..

 In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence.(Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem...)

In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.

In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression, all of a sudden...It seem quite clear based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue:  For God, social causes such as mental health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily for being cops, for the Memory of 9/11...

But, they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for our National Flag, our National Anthem, for America, and for the American People, if it will help mollify a particular group and its supporters such as BLM, and other leftists..

Firearms / Black Ace Tactical DT Shotgun
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:20:07 PM »
OK, gents I just purchased a magazine fed shotgun

And the next one of you who volunteers me for anything is fired forever, no chance of ever even thinkin' about talkin' to anyone about returnin'!

Am I clear, Charles!

So, called out because of my own trap, I was challenged to pick up that Remington tactical shotgun.

Knowin' that the bonehead from Texas could be "dun one better," I went to Black Ace Tactical, who build a bunch of short barreled ATF approved non-NFA guns for we consumers.

I wanted a more concealable and more CQB friendly long gun for the church security teams I am helping, so this gun just begs to be used for defense of our father's house.

Its a model DT. Has a 8.5" barrel, shortened wrist stablizer and stock thing, and is a 12 gage.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Dewalt 20volt Scroll saw
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:31:41 PM »
I picked up a reconditioned Dewalt 20 volt scroll saw for a killer price, $114! I think it costs $269 or something like that, so I couldn't pass

CIEMR / Dangerous times
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:34:12 PM »
Obama has had an extremely difficult time relinquishing the power he was held as president of the Untied States, as he?s spent every waking moment in recent months obsessing on ways to take out President Trump with his ?resistance movement.? Despite now being a civilian, Obama has been holding diplomatic meetings with world leaders, which is a direct violation of the Logan Act and a very serious federal crime. As Obama continues to try to assert his power over President Trump, now a former United Nations ambassador is going rogue, revealing that Obama is now actively engaging in the first coup d??tat in Amercican History against a sitting president.

Over the past couple of weeks, Obama?s Asian tour has been underway, where he?s been going around bashing President Trump?s policies to world leaders across the globe. Obama was first suspiciously seen with President Xi Jinping of China, following Trump?s successful visit just a few short weeks ago. Obama then made his way to France, claiming that the United States is suffering from a ?temporary absence of American leadership.?  While he was in India, Obama mocked President Trump with a teenage girl-like jab, saying that he has more Twitter fans than Trump.

While Obama?s ?Bash Trump World Tour? seems to be motivated out of his obsessive jealousy of Trump holding the office he once had, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton revealed that there?s something far more malicious at play, as he believes that Obama is actively trying to overthrow Trump?s Administration, and isn?t hesitating to break federal law to get the job done. The Gateway Pundit reported:

Lou Dobbs and Ambassador Bolton discussed the latest developments in the Mueller witch hunt and Barack Obama?s latest tour across Asia to attack sitting President Trump. ??this is the first coup d??tat in American History,? Bolton stated.  ?It?s a mini coup d??tat but it goes right along with the idea that they (liberals) should have won the election..They are trying to prove the administration is illegitimate.

Working with foreign governments to overthrow the President of the Untied States as Obama is actively doing is a serious federal crime as spelled out in 18 U.S. Code 2385 that could land him 20 years in behind bars. Working with foreign governments is additionally a violation of the Logan Act, as citizens are prohibited from negotiating with foreign governments in order to undermine our government. Here?s the exact definition of Local Act that Obama is directly violating with these meetings with world leaders via Wikipedia:

The Logan Act enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government?s position. The Act was passed following George Logan?s unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798, and was signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799. The Act was last amended in 1994, and violation of the Logan Act is a felony.

D.O.T. / Costco sales are killin' me!
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:00:40 PM »
Anyone notice these Costco 12 days of Christmas specials which pop up every day?

Well, if you are getting notifications in your in box, DO NOT OPEN that email.

I have been buying stuff every single night...C-A-N-'T  R E - S I S T

Two days ago, I scored a 22' little giant ladder for $149

Last night a Covercraft tactical Molle seat cover for the chebby

and now, in my inbox

is today's specials

Just lying there like a siren's song luring the hapless sailor to his doom...

Faith Discussion / Mini-Sermon 1: God, in spite of ourselves
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:23:15 AM »
God, In Spite of ourselves.

I think that God is the same today as he was in some distant past, and he will be the same God throughout all days of some unimaginable distant future. He just does what he does all the time. He gets through, whether we work to promote him or not. A poorly delivered message from him is just as effective as a lifetime of preaching by Billy Graham. He just will win every time, all the time?Thy will be done.

Ever feel called to do something for him? Do you know the voice of the messenger? Is it a voice at all to you? Some claim to hear it, others not. I did once. My sheep know my voice, he tells us and at that moment I knew it was God himself speaking, yes actually speaking, but so far down as to be just above the threshold of hearing.
He is always there, never does he take his eye off of us. He is always working for us or through us for others that his perfect will be done. So please be suspect when a sudden feeling or urge to do something which ?feels? like it may have come from him emerges in your consciousness. I would encourage that you have a ?my sheep know my voice? moment, act on it. You just may have a major impact on someone and possibly avoid consequences in your own life. Remember that God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and he wants our attention.

Consider Jonah for a moment. God asked him to do something ?Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.? (Jonah 1:2). But Jonah, even with full knowledge that he actually just heard God himself speak decided not to obey. Nope, he thinks to himself, this Nineveh is a city of Assyrians who were always bitter enemies of the congealing Jewish nation, I just think I?ll bypass this one and catch a boat ride home.

Well we know how that turned out?Not so well to be cast out of a boat at sea and then be eaten by a really big fish. Probably wasn?t all that much fun for the fish either, come to think about it. So here we can see in this well-known biblical story that disobeying God has its consequences, kind of like sin. Speaking of Sin, one night at a men?s group meeting years back I was listening to a man who had lost his wife and family, job, and friends because he chose pornography over them. With teary eyes he stood in our group and reached into his pocket to pull out some loose change. He said if you sin it?s like taking this hand full of coins and tossing them into the air. There are consequences to sin. With that he tossed the coins up, maybe six feet and they separated and rained down and ran every which way on the floor. Looking at us, he continues, ?You end up picking up the pieces of what you had and trying to put it back together if you can.?

But in that visually encapsulating moment where the rolling and bouncing pennies and nickels were going everywhere, it was clear that a once neat and gathered collection of coins were now scattered and some undoubtedly having been lost.

Jonah tossed God?s command out the window of his SS Camaro, downshifted to third, and smashed the skinny pedal. Heck with that business, I?m outta here he thought. And this is just his disobedience and the effect it had on him. But what effect did it have on others? God had something in mind, and he asked this early prophet to do something, which Jonah refused to do.
Let?s read further in the scripture to see the overall consequences to this disobedience. So God asked Jonah a second time to go to the city of Nineveh and tell them to repent, and this time Jonah did.
Nineveh was so big that it took Jonah three days to traverse its breath and width and he proclaimed to everyone he could find, ?Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.? (Jonah 3:4). So we see that he was finally obedient, and in that obedience it is clear that he was under God?s protection. Just like a special envoy of the president is endowed with special authority and privilege, so was this messenger of God.
Looking further into this we can see that when ?on a mission from God? (Blues Brothers movie) you are in the will of God, and being in the will of God means you are safe, and you will succeed. Do you see that? It?s important to walk away with knowing that if you live and act within the will of God and not the will of me, you will be successful.
Jonah goes into the heart of the enemy city where if anything he was not safe, and told them, ?You knuckleheads are all wrong and you have to change your ways to honor my God or he?s gonna take you out!? Gutsy eh? In the secular view, sure is. But we Christians see it as something else. Exercising faith to the highest degree. Yup, I should be dead here, coming into the heart of my enemy?s city and calling him out, but no harm has come to me, he must have thought.
Then look what happened, the people repented and put on sack cloth (That burlap that was wrapped around that new pear tree in the front yard, sack cloth) (Jonah 3:5-9) and even the king put the sack cloth on and sat down in a pile of dust.
This single act of obedience turned an entire city, perhaps an entire nation from evil to repentance. That likely saved the Assyrian from God?s wrath which often worked against them with death and destruction.
Doing what God commands us to do is a good thing. It aligns with his will. It protects us. He provides everything we need to take the ball in for the touchdown. Obedience to his commands spreads peace, staves off death and destruction, and heals. Obedience to the perfect will of God and to his prompting produces a world of good.

So next time you?re in the middle of the conversation where your buddy is sharing his fear of losing his job, or of having cancer or not knowing how to make things right with his wife, do not set aside the chance to align with God?s perfect will. That perfect will was sent to us in the person of Jesus, the Christ. Tell that person about him. Do not be ashamed, don?t worry how it makes look. I guarantee that regardless of how the world may view it, you father who is always watching will be well pleased?And that, my friend is something you dearly want.

CIEMR / Going around: The Angry Man
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:06:38 PM »


The Angry Man is difficult to stereotype. He comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from sophisticated urbanite to rural redneck, Deep South to Yankee North, Left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.

No matter where he?s from, Angry Men share many common traits; they aren?t asking for anything from anyone other than the promise to be able to make their own way on a level playing field.

In many cases, they are independent businessmen and employ several people. They pay more than their share of taxes and they work hard. Damn hard, for what they have and intend to keep.

He?s used to picking up the tab, whether it?s the Christmas party for the employees at his company, three sets of braces, college educations or a beautiful wedding or two. Not because he was forced to, but because it?s the right thing to do.

The Angry Man believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written. It is not as a ?living document? open to the whims and vagaries of appointed judges and political winds.

The Angry Man owns firearms, and he?s willing to pick up a gun and use it in defense of his home, his country and his family. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone if necessary to achieve those goals gives him only momentary pause.

The Angry Man is not, and never will be, a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina. He got his people together and got the hell out. Then, he went back in to rescue those who needed help or were too stupid to help themselves in the first place. He was selfless in this, just as often a civilian as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.

Victimhood syndrome buzzwords; ?disenfranchised,? ?marginalized? and ?voiceless? don?t resonate with The Angry Man. ?Press ?one? for English? is a curse-word to him.

His last name, his race and his religion don?t matter. His ancestry might be Italian, English, African, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, Russian, Hispanic or any of a hundred others. What does matter is that he considers himself in every way to be an American. He is proud of this country and thinks that if you aren?t, you are wholeheartedly encouraged to find one that suits you and move there.

The Angry Man is usually a man?s man. The kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, go hunting, play golf, maintain his own vehicles and build things. He coaches kid?s baseball, soccer and football and doesn?t ask for a penny. He?s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, design a factory or work the land. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant so that you can keep the lights on while never knowing everything it took to do that. The Angry Man is the backbone of this country.

He?s not racist, but is truly disappointed and annoyed, when people exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity. He?s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they?re willing to work hard and play by the rules. He expects other people to do the same. Above all, he has integrity in everything he does.

The Angry Man votes, and he loathes the dysfunction now rampant in government. It?s the victim groups being pandered to and the ?poor me? attitude that they represent. The inability of politicians to give a straight answer to an honest question. The tax dollars that are given to people who simply don?t want to do anything for themselves. The fact that, because of very real consequences, he must stay within a budget but for some obscure reason the government he finances doesn?t.

Mostly, it?s the blatantly arrogant attitude displayed implying that we are too stupid to run our own lives and only people in government are smart enough to do that.

When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.

But when government officials are repeatedly caught red-handed breaking the law and getting off scot-free, The Angry Man balls-up his fists and readies himself for the coming fight. He knows that this fight, will be a live or die situation, so he prepares fully. Make no mistake, this is a fight in which he is not willing to lose and he will never give up.

Obama calls him a Clinger. Hillary calls him Deplorable. Bill calls him Redneck. ISIS calls him an Infidel. Donald Trump calls him an American.


There are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are 12 that I try to remember:

1) That God is sovereign and in complete control of the intensity and the duration of your affliction.

I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ?My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose? Is 46:9-10

2) That God?s love and mercies never cease

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23

3) That Jesus will never leave nor forsake you.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ?I will never leave you nor forsake you.? Heb 13:5

4) That God is with you in your affliction

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Is 43:2

5) That God hears your every prayer

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry. Ps 34:15

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles. Ps 34:17

6) That God is using this affliction to make you like Christ.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28?29

7) That this affliction is momentary and light compared to the eternal reward it is producing

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison? 2 Cor 4:17

8) That Jesus is your sympathetic High Priest who intercedes for you constantly

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25

9) That God is near you in your pain

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps 34:18

10) That Jesus is your refuge, strength, and strong tower you can run to.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1, ESV

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Pr 18:10

11) That God has saved you, washed away your sins, and adopted you as his own child.

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Rom 4:7

12) That someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from your eyes and you will see his glorious face.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:4

CIEMR / Logical??
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:10:16 PM »
We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics,  but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few  lunatics.

CIEMR / Oldie, but still just as true as it was when written
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:41:45 PM »
The new breadwinner in the family..
An emergency room physician in Chicago tells of a woman in her late 20's came to the ER today with her 8thpregnancy
She told the doctor: "My Momma told me that I am the
breadwinner for the family."
He asked her to explain. She said that she can make
babies, and babies get money from the State of Illinois
for the family. It goes like this:
The Grandma calls the Department of Child &
Family Services, and states that her unemployed daughter is not capable of caring for all of her kids.
DCFS agrees, and tells her the children will need to go into foster care.

The Grandma then volunteers to be the
foster parent, and receives a check for
$1,500 per child each month in Illinois.
Total yearly income:$144,000
tax-free and nobody has to go to work!
In fact, they get more if there is no husband/father/man in the home!
Not to mention free healthcare (Medicaid), plus a monthly card entitling them to free groceries and a voucher for 250 free Obamaphone minutes each month. This does not include WIC and other welfare benefits...that they are "entitled" to.
Indeed, Grandma was correct that her fertile daughter is the "breadwinner" for the
And now Illinois is hopelessly overrun
with people who vote only for those who
will continue to keep them on the dole....
No wonder our country is broke!
Worse, the Muslims have been paying attention, and by mandating that each Muslim family have eleven children, they will soon replace the voting bloc above and can be running this country within 25
years. Muslim populations are growing faster in Illinois than any other State. Read the above again, until it sinks in, and then ask yourself if your Children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren will survive these severe changes to America !!!
Are You alarmed yet?   Is anybody listening?
Is this a GREAT COUNTRY or what....?
Don't forget to pay your taxes!
There are a lot of "breadwinners" depending
on you..forward this to as many as you can!!!!

Construction and Building / The Oracle...Jared's Corner
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:34:56 AM »

Jared did not start this, I did. I did because it is my custom to recognize intelligence and at times brilliance (No, not you Tex, Shawn,Ken ;-) And push them into the limelight.

So Jared has shown himself worthy of advising men who, have questions about building techniques, has shown himself to restrain the DOT in him (Unlike others here) and I believe is capable of herding cats (Managing the men here).

Therefore by the authority vested in me (Cause I pay the bills!) here on this noble web site, I hereby knight thee, Sir Jared, and declare he be from this day fortwith

"Knower and Sayer of All Things Buildith" (NATB)

So let it be written, so let it be done.

Set by decree on this, the day the third day of the twelveth month in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen.

Now get your butt busy!

CIEMR / Good news...Trump math
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:19:55 PM »

Matt Lauer (Today Show / NBC)
Charlie Rose (CBS / PBS / Bloomburg)
Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion)
Harvey Weinstein (Hollywood Producer)
Kathy Griffin (Comedienne)
Kevin Spacey (Actor)
Mark Halperin (Political Analyst / MSNBC)
Glenn Thrush (Reporter / NYT)
Jeffrey Tambor (Actor / Transparent)
Andrew Kreisburg (Executive Producer / CW)
Louis C.K. (Comedian)
Brett Ratner (Director)
Michael Oreskes (NPR)
Matt Zimmerman (Senior VP / NBC)
Jeremy Piven (Actor)
Mark Halperin (NBC)
Terry Richardson (Photographer)
Leon Weiseltler (Atlantic Magazine)
James Toback (Director)
Roy Price (Director / Amazon Studios)
Andy Dick (Comedian)
John Lasseter (Pixar / Disney)
Chris Savino (Nickelodeon)
James Toback (Director)
Mathew Weiner (Writer / Mad Men)
Anthony Weiner (Former Congressman / NY)

Sen Al Franken
Rep John Conyers
Ben Affleck (Actor)
Many other Senators, Congressman, Hollywood & DC elites

Donald J. Trump

CIEMR / Good move!
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:09:01 PM »
Mayor of Baltimore...Nice piece of work

I grew up 30 miles north of that city. It was a wretched place of white/black violence and hatred. I grew up thinking it was normal to hate blacks and the notion was reinforced by all the evil coming out of that place. It took an awakening born in my serving in the Army to learn that color means nothing. So although I am not prejudiced toward races, I find myself heavily inclined to agree with the truth that is so sadly highlighted here focusing on some of Baltimore's noteworthy (In a negative sense) statistics.

Mayor of Baltimore removes statues


"Praise" needs to be given to the mayor of Baltimore. For years the black community has been under assault by 4 Confederate monuments. These monuments were relentless in their destruction of the black family as over 70% of black children were born out of wedlock.

So terrified by the presence of these monuments, over 60% of black men in the city could not work a job and found comfort in fathering numerous children with numerous women that they could not feed.

Just knowing that the monuments were there made black school children have the lowest test scores in the Nation and many turned to drugs to relieve the sting of the monuments presence.

Worst of all, the mere presence of the monuments caused death. Not being able to handle the hate and violence that the monuments represented, the black males in the city took to killing each other by the thousands. Just in the last 2 years alone, they have murdered 500 of their own.

Praise be to God and the wisdom of the mayor... It is a new dawn for black Baltimoreans!...

The shackles have been removed and all that can be said is....  "Free at last, free last, Lord God Almighty, we're free at last"

OK, the factory batteries made it a little past six years for me. I purchased the truck in October, it was built in July or August. I replaced the batteries, AC Delco in November of 2017. Call it six years and a month of service.

Here's the candidate, my 2011 2500 Silverado with a LML diesel and 80,000 miles on the clock

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Stihl MS311
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:58:02 PM »
So, this is my second Stihl MS311 chain saw.

The first one met an untimely death when I acidentially drove over it with my tractor, somewhat crushing it. It may come back to life if I can find enough of the right parts at a reasonable price.

So this saw is a beast of a machine. It is not a pro saw, those cost much, much more and are of an old school more robust design. This saw is made for the guy who owns a farm and uses his saw often and for cutting big trees.

It sports a .050, 3/8" wider chain that would just drag down a smaller saw. While most decent saws the happy homeowner owns have 3-3.5 horsepower (Husky 450, 455, 460, Stihl 251,271,291, etc) the Stihl 311 has 4.5 horsepower. That's a whole chainsaw better than those previously mentioned very capable saws. Those smaller saws even with a 20" bar use a .325" gage, whereas this monster uses a .375". The smaller saws derive their cutting power from pulling a smaller kerf cutter through the wood. I thought about pulling the sprocket off my 311, bolting it onto a MS271 farm boss and bolting on a 20" bar, but the stihl dealer said that chain would bog the motor in the smaller saw. Considering I already own a bunch of 3/8" MS311 chains, it made sense to just go back with the same saw.

Donations / Christmas 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:17:49 AM »
Well, thanks to a member donating $50 just now, we are off and running on the Christmas 2017 project. That's an early start to what has become a really cool thing we get to do here for some peeps we don't even know.

I think that many of you get about as excited about this as I do. Heck last year I was out in little girl stores buying stuff I had no idea about, and it was FUN! This, honestly is one of the coolest things we do from this RealMan corner of the interweb.

So, no decisions have been made yet but I do have some candidates for our giving this year. First is a place called "The Talbot House." It is a place where children of drug addicted parents who are in rehab get to stay or are cared for from afar while their parents try to fix their broken lives. There is a christmas gift tree out that I could pull names from, as in a gift per name and see what we could do to sow some happiness into an otherwise bleak situation.
Second on my list is a local old folks home. Living there are some guests who no longer have any family and are wards of the state just living out their days. I don't know how many people there are or how we might respond, but that would be a worthy cause. And frankly I DO NOT care about this policy or that which restricts things like not playing Christian music, or saying "Merry Christmas" or speaking of our savior. In a word, "To Hell With All That!" Well, a bit more than a word, but that's how I feel and given my size and fearsome (Ugly) look, no one will say anything when I raise a might word of praise for our king!

Next (and I may be leaning this way a bit, I know of a woman with two girls, one four, and one older, living in an apartment, whose worthless husband walked out abandoning his family. We could sow into that family like last year's effort.

So with no particular goal in mind, I guess we're off to the races to make a CHRISTmas ho-down for some needy people. Like always we will do it mostly anonymously and keep our generosity between us and our God (The way he likes it).

So boyz and girlies, if you are so so convicted, donate away and watch the amount grow over on the donations page. And check this out...a DP (Don Prediction): This year's amount will be more than last year's amount...and I bet (because the Lord likes this) it will be a bunch more!

Oh and if you have something to say as far as which direction you'd like to go with our giving this year, please share it here. Of course, like always, I won't pay any attention at all and end up doing whatever I think, but at least you'll think you influenced the decision. And that will make you a happy person!

Intel / Guardian mindset
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:59:52 PM »
A Warrior's Mind, A Guardian's Heart: Character Traits and Mental Disciplines for Executive Protection Operators

By Mike Parks
Senior Protective Intelligence Analyst, Stratfor
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This report was first published on Threat Lens, Stratfor's unique protective intelligence product, on Nov. 18. We think that Worldview readers would benefit from the author's insights and we are sharing this column over the Thanksgiving weekend. Designed with corporate security leaders in mind, Threat Lens enables industry professionals to anticipate, identify, measure and mitigate emerging threats to people and assets around the world. Mike Parks is a senior protective intelligence analyst at Stratfor.
We were gratified not long ago to hear that one of our readers ? a senior officer in a global security company ? had messaged his executive protection team leaders with a rhetorical question after reading some of our work: "How come these Threat Lens people know more about protection than we do?" (or words to that effect ? we did not, after all, see the actual email).
After we regained our composure and made sure our hats still fit our heads, we reflected that there were a number of reasons why it might seem that we know something about protection. First of all, several members of our team have the "been there, done that" street cred that comes with many years of protection surveillance operations in some very dicey places, both in government and private sector work. Equally important is the fact that other members of the Threat Lens team have, in lieu of hands-on tactical experience, developed deep analytic skills on the subject, unpacking one high-risk encounter after another, seeking, explaining and publishing useful and actionable details on the tactical "how" of terrorist and criminal attacks around the world.
We regard those tactical "hows" as a core principle of our service to readers. At the same time, we always remember that there are deeper and more universal subjects that deserve study, and our admirers' kind words reminded us of the fact that one great advantage of having served on executive protection teams is the ability to step back after all those years and contemplate what we learned from both our successes and failures ? and with the added benefit of being far removed from the daily churn of events.
Occasionally, we make the time and space to discuss these matters, and we want to share some of our reflections here. What readers find below will likely seem strange because they are subjects that are often taken for granted or otherwise not discussed in the busy daily life of an executive protection team. But we think they should be ? especially in cases in which the hiring and promotion of leaders is being contemplated. Some of us have experience in consulting with private clients in training and evaluating potential security operators; in doing that, we have always kept these principles very much in mind.
Like few other professions outside the military ? whose work is characterized by long periods of boredom punctuated by short periods of chaos ? executive protection teams face a potentially counterproductive dichotomy in their work. Much of their time and energy is spent facilitating the daily lives and travel of their protectees. While there are good security reasons, for instance, why it is important for the protectee not to stand on the sidewalk outside her hotel waiting for her luggage, we tend to forget those reasons when we find ourselves handling such seemingly trivial matters for them on a daily basis. We are intimately familiar with our protectee's schedule, right down to the next five minutes ? and of course, if we're smart, we have a close working relationship and ability to instantly get in touch with her personal assistant back at headquarters. All of these ancillary duties (which are not strictly central to the real reason we are there) inevitably distract our attention from core principles, and are one of many reasons why we recommend hybrid teams that consist of close protection supported by protective surveillance operators who can constantly scan the environment without distractions.
Every executive protection operator ? including those doing close protection ? is there for a far more important reason, however, than mere facilitation. Just as how every U.S. Marine, regardless of his daily duties, is first and foremost a rifleman, it bears remembering that every executive protection operator's working life should be built around the potential for tactical response in a high-risk encounter. Absent the potential for such encounters ? however rare ? there would be no need for us: We could be replaced far more cheaply by limo drivers, bell staff, etc.
Years ago, a co-worker teased us in a round of friendly banter: "I make money for this company's bottom line. What do you actually do?"
So what justified our paycheck? We answered with a brief thought experiment. "What have we trained you to do in the event of an active shooter here at headquarters?" we asked.
"Run, hide, fight," he replied.
"In that order, right?"
"Well, we only have one option, not three. We fight." And that, in a few words, spells out the difference.
Becoming Socrates' Guardians

In Plato's Republic, Socrates proposes a class of "Guardians" whose duty is to protect and rule over the ideal city. Guardians are selected in early childhood, at which time they begin receiving education. Like the very best guard dogs, Guardians must be "gentle with friends and savage with enemies," among other qualities. Socrates conceived of the Guardians as individuals of high intelligence and sophistication, not mere warriors, meaning that, as far as most of Plato's past and present students are concerned, Achilles would have probably failed to make the grade as one of Socrates' Guardians, his CV as a consummate warrior notwithstanding. In contrast, the Trojan hero Hector ? defender of his city and its people ? probably would have. There is agreement on this front from modern scholars such as George Lucas, editor of the Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics, although Lucas mentions only Achilles ? negatively ? in this context.
Like the very best guard dogs, Guardians must be ?gentle with friends and savage with enemies," among other qualities.

Although we have used the term "warrior mind" elsewhere to describe the ideal security operator's mindset and attitude, we think that Socrates' Guardian formulation reflects most accurately the character of elite executive protection teams and the people who serve in them. Our use of "warrior mind" has focused primarily on tactical issues. We want to emphasize here that beyond tactical considerations, there are salient character attributes and states of mind that distinguish elite executive protection operators from others in the security industry. As such, we think Plato's "Guardian" concept is more apt. What follows are some of those attributes.

Guardians recognize and calmly accept that while most humans are decent and ethical in thought and behavior, there are also many who are prepared to willingly take advantage of those who cannot or will not defend themselves. Guardians also understand that even as political and religious motivations ebb and flow, there will always be some who fantasize about violence. Some of these people, in turn, will act on those fantasies, regardless of the "why" ? there is always a spurious "why" available at any point in history. They also know that mental illness ? with its attendant potential for violence depending on the nature of the condition ? will always be a factor in any society. Because of this, Guardians tend not to obsess over adversaries' motivations unless they have good tactical reasons to do so, but they will always strive to understand the "how."
Guardians take mature responsibility for their own safety and security ? and in many cases, responsibility for their family members, teammates, protectees (of course) and more broadly, humanity as a whole. Their core instinct is to protect the weak, which distinguishes them from many, though not all, others who engage in similar work, such as in law enforcement or the military.
They calmly accept that their line of work entails the possibility, however remote, that they may have to risk their lives to save others. Ultimately, this is their job, and when they perform it in those rare few seconds, they have earned their pay a hundredfold. If not for this plain fact, much of what they do could be done far more cheaply by mere facilitators. And the common phrase heard in law enforcement: "Whatever happens, I get to go home" is not part of the true Guardian's ethos. They are not nihilistic or death-seeking, but their priorities are driven by their protective instincts.
Guardians recognize and calmly accept that while most humans are decent and ethical in thought and behavior, there are also many who are prepared to willingly take advantage of those who cannot or will not defend themselves.They develop the self-discipline to practice appropriate situational awareness for their environment, adjusting smoothly to changes in those environments. Usually without conscious thought, experienced Guardians use some version of tactical expert Jeff Cooper's "colors," which ranges from white to red, to help them adopt the state of mind appropriate to each tactical situation. The U.S. Marine Corps later added "black" to the list, indicating, according to Massad Ayoob, that "combat is in progress." (Note: Cooper's colors are not to be confused with the useless color-coded terrorist threat levels promulgated by government agencies. Instead, they refer to appropriate states of mind for the levels of violence operators experience in real confrontations, as well as the responses appropriate to each.)

Guardians habitually practice two kinds of situational awareness. Tactical situational awareness addresses the immediate environment and circumstances. Equally important, however, is strategic awareness, which involves understanding the broader geopolitical factors that can affect the situation on the ground. With all that said, we believe successful operators have a high degree of tolerance for ambiguity, and seldom chain themselves to inflexible procedural manuals. Real Guardians are beset by neither paranoia nor excessive fear, nor do they exude complacency or a sense of denial. Instead, they are watchful.
Guardians make a balanced assessment of the potential abilities of the adversary, neither downplaying them nor exaggerating them. Simple respect for an adversary's capabilities helps them prepare a proportionate but decisive response in high-risk encounters. When such encounters occur, they are seldom blind-sided by the level of violence they must deal with. Metaphorically speaking, Guardians do not bring a knife to a gunfight, but they do not eschew the sledgehammer and reach straight for the tactical nuclear weapon in an effort to kill a fly either.
Guardians make a balanced assessment of the potential abilities of the adversary, neither downplaying them nor exaggerating them.Within an infinite continuum of potential threats, Guardians know when they must engage and when to retreat or avoid confrontation. They understand that high-risk encounters are fraught with the possibility of injury or death, both to themselves and to their protectees. They put most of their effort and skill into identifying and avoiding threats rather than satisfying a very human but ultimately counterproductive urge to triumph over their attackers.

They have the will to fight on even if incapacitated or cornered. True Guardians will not passively allow themselves or others to be harmed, as long as they are conscious and their bodies are functioning.
They understand that emotion has no place in the midst of a high-risk encounter; that must be saved for afterward, when the situation is resolved. They avoid excessive emotional attachment to a desired outcome while the encounter is continuing, and they understand that fear is always about the future: It is impossible to "fear" a situation that is already happening. Thus, when they are engaged, they are fully in the moment like elite athletes who are "in the zone," dealing with the situation confronting them at that instant, not something that has not yet happened (and may never occur).
Above all, Guardians understand that these character traits and mental disciplines may help them overcome the less desirable effects of adrenaline/cortisol responses, such as constriction of the muscles, tunnel vision and the attenuation of small motor skills. But they also know that the skills they need to control the "lizard brain" response are perishable. Only with training, education and frequent practice can they control the influence of millions of years of evolution. They take personal responsibility for nurturing those skills.
But enough philosophy. Let us talk about some practicalities.
The Benefits of Stress Inoculation Training

In a wide-ranging survey of available scientific research, Dr. William J. Lewinski and Dr. Audrey Honig assert that "physical and mental limitations are the same for everyone" in high-risk encounters ? no exceptions. There are, they say, "no superhuman people."
But though the adrenaline/cortisol response, which is triggered by the amygdala or "lizard brain," may well be involuntary and inevitable given a sufficient level of stress over a short period of time, the authors also state that certain training will mitigate some of the less desirable symptoms, which include perceptual errors and failures to act appropriately due to "tunnel vision" (they call it "selective attention," and so will we, because selective attention involves other senses as well as vision). Other effects include physical limitations caused by involuntary blood starvation and muscle contraction, all of which ultimately reduce speed, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Lewinski and Honig know what they are talking about here. Lewinski is the founder of Force Science Institute, a resource we have tapped many times for peer-reviewed scientific studies of human behavior in high-risk encounters. And at the time of their survey, Honig was providing psychological services to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Despite a somewhat pessimistic view of peoples' ability to overcome nature, the Lewinski-Honig study does offer recommendations to police departments for how to mitigate its more undesirable effects. The authors' primary recommendation is stress inoculation training, which presents scenarios designed to mirror the reality of high-risk encounters as much as possible within acceptable safety parameters.
One good example is Close Quarters Defense's "Box Hood Room" scenarios which we've cited elsewhere. Some of us have trained with CQD, and we can attest to its intensity and effectiveness. In the Box Hood Room, students are told to stand on the one solitary "safe spot" in a poorly lit room. A box-shaped black nylon hood is lowered over the student's head and shoulders as distracting noise ? heavy metal music, screams and shouting, loud drumming ? is played at high volume. The student must wait for the hood to be raised before he can act, as his vision is shut off and the noise robs him of hearing. In the meantime, he will be re-breathing his own exhaled carbon dioxide inside the hood, which further attacks perception and the functions of the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive decision-making.
While the student waits in his hood, highly trained role players ? some of whom are active duty special operators ? prepare one of dozens of scenarios, perhaps donning protective gear and helmets with face shields that both protect them and hide their identities. When the box hood is raised, the noise volume is increased and strobe lights exacerbate the feeling of disorientation ? all of which is intended to simulate the effects of a real combat situation. The student is immediately confronted with a simulated high-risk encounter, sometimes with multiple role players attacking him; at other times, the role players might pretend to be innocent bystanders, hostages or kidnap victims. The student must decide in a moment how to respond. In many scenarios, physical attacks, which are carefully monitored and controlled, play a role, and it is not unusual for students ? and indeed role players ? to end the evening with a few bruises. Each encounter is videotaped and subsequently evaluated by training staff with the student present. It does not get much more realistic than this. We offer the CQD training as a benchmark, and note that more common video-based training or pop-up paper targets in a "shoot house" pale by comparison.
But the beneficial effects of stress inoculation training are perishable, Lewinski and Honig stress, duly recommending frequent repetition by police departments. We agree, and not just for the police or military. In fact, it stands to reason that executive protection teams ? who are less likely to experience high-risk encounters on a regular basis ? have a greater, not a lesser, need for frequent stress inoculation training than do cops or soldiers.
Mindfulness in High-risk Encounters

The benefits of stress inoculation training have long been known anecdotally to professionals. Now, thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Force Science Institute, evidence-based scientific veracity has come to lend empirical weight to what we have always known intuitively. But while we respect the authors' adherence to peer-reviewed experiments as the only benchmark for their recommendations, we hold that stress inoculation can be augmented by some practices for which scientific verification is only beginning to emerge. Although there are many current studies exploring how the brain functions under the general umbrella of "mindfulness" and other meditation practices, we know of no scientific work looking at mindfulness practice as specifically applied to high-risk encounters.
At the same time, mindfulness training has long been applied for centuries, if not millennia, in cultural martial arts, which always feature some short guided meditation at the beginning and end of each training session. Also, most martial arts teach and encourage practitioners to remain in a state of heightened awareness ? be "in the moment" ? throughout the training experience, including during full-contact sparring. And it is well-known that if matters such as size, skill and fitness are equal between two fighters, the fighter who maintains his calm will prevail over the one who gives way to emotion and directs his battle solely from the amygdala.
Increasingly, U.S. special operators are experimenting with and, in many cases, adopting mindfulness techniques to control adrenaline/cortisol responses. U.S. Navy SEALs practice "4-4-4 breathing" to relieve stress and prepare themselves for high-risk encounters. The technique is simple: breathe deeply to the count of four, hold for four and then exhale for four, all while concentrating on your breath and letting extraneous thoughts drift away. Anyone familiar with meditation or yoga will recognize breathing awareness and control as one of mindfulness meditation's foundational principles.
Indeed, on a grassroots, unofficial level, guided meditation sessions are catching on with some Marine units ? and not only for stress relief but with a view to combat effectiveness as well. Instructors conducting the off-duty meditation sessions have reported success in overcoming the Marines' natural hesitation by pointing out that medieval Samurai ? who knew a thing or two about combat ? practiced deep Zen meditation techniques both in preparation for and during combat. The practice lives on in modern times in traditional Japanese martial arts such as Iaido (sword technique), Kyudo (medieval archery) and the empty-handed art of Aikido. In fact, at least one modern combat art ? Systema, as taught to Russian special operators ? has elements of mindfulness practice built in. This knowledge should resonate with any soldier, law enforcement officer or executive protection operator, and we would not be surprised to see specifically focused mindfulness training officially adopted by U.S. special operations units in the future.
To the extent possible given human limitations, mindfulness practice correctly applied ? especially in conjunction with regular stress inoculation training ? could help reduce the negative effects of selective attention, enhance muscle relaxation during the encounter itself ("Smooth is fast!"), and improve decision-making under intense pressure by broadening and deepening the operator's awareness of all pertinent information instead of focusing on a single object.
Does it all sound a bit too new-agey? All we can do is resurrect an old saying: "Tell it to the Marines"... And the Samurai ... And the SEALs?

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