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Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / Send em' up
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:29:37 PM »
Send Em' up. I'll wait

Faith Discussion / Battle lines drawn
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:24:54 PM »
This sounds very much like 1930?s Germany and their control of religion plus anti-semitism. Pray that Kavanaugh can be confirmed so that justice will prevail.


Battle Lines Drawn Over Supreme Court Pick?s Christian Faith
It?s easy to chalk up the far left?s hysteria of Brett Kavanaugh?s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court as yet another instance of Trump Derangement Syndrome. But this time, battle lines have been drawn squarely over his devotion to God.

Almost every Democrat in the U.S. Senate has lined up to assassinate the character of the federal judge who serves as a husband, father and Christian. His reputation as a fair and impartial jurist has raised no red flags. His rulings from the bench demonstrate a brilliant and rarely-equaled knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

Without question, Judge Kavanaugh ranks among the utmost qualified people to be nominated to the high court. But, he?s a church-going Catholic and liberals won?t stand for it.

In an effort to slow-walk and defeat his nomination, Democrats have requested more than one million documents about Kavanaugh. The outlandish request has been infused with hateful remarks about the man who coaches in his daughters? Catholic basketball league.

?Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous criminal,? Hillary Shelton of the NAACP reportedly said.

Kavanaugh also tutors underprivileged elementary school children, serves meals to the homeless and guest speaks in church. Everyday Americans can expect to bear witness to one of the most unhinged Congressional hearings with his Catholicism as the left?s red line in the sand.

Since the days when Judge Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Pres. George W. Bush in 2006, things have dramatically changed in Washington.

Kavanaugh ascended to his post with relative ease. Christianity wasn?t quite the bad word liberal Democrats view it as today. A more recent dust-up between California Sen. Diane Feinstein and Circuit Court nominee Amy Coney Barret shows that the left will not tolerate Christian judges.

?When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,? Sen. Feinstein criticized Judge Barrett.

Barrett, also a Catholic, was taken to task by Democrat senators over her devout faith. Many saw it as a reason to disqualify her for a judgeship. To that end, several Senate Democrats are refusing to even meet with Kavanaugh as the process ramps up.

Only in states that are mostly conservative and Christian have Democrat senators agreed to meet. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the first to extend his hand. West Virginia was won overwhelmingly by Pres. Donald J. Trump.

One of the primary reasons that liberals rally against Christians is that God stands between them and a country in which they can preach secular values. Moral issues such as abortion and racism are addressed in the Bible. The good book opposes both and that creates a central problem for Democrats who garner votes by dividing Americans.

Despite the fact that religious tests are forbidden under Article VI of the Constitution, Democrats plan to shrug off their oath and apply one regardless.

Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already covertly called for a litmus test for Pres. Trump?s nominations. Religion and the exclusion of Christians is at the center of his thinking when he said the test should be ?an affirmative statement of support for the personal liberties of all Americans.? Sen. Schumer is advocating for abortion, same-sex marriage and a far-left worldview.

During the confirmation hearings of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, New Jersey liberal Sen. Corey Booker threw mud asking whether he believed homosexuality was ?perverse.? Now-Secretary Pompeo would not dignify the radical senator?s line of questioning. In response, Booker soiled twitter saying, ?At his confirmation hearing, Mike Pompeo repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: Do you believe being gay is a perversion??

The Kavanaugh hearings are expected to sink to even lower depths. Political analysts expect unsubstantiated claims of bigotry, misogyny and framing Kavanaugh?s Christianity as cult-like.

Conservatives, on the other hand, may hold their noses and vote yes, disappointed that Kavanaugh is not conservative enough for them. His appointment would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy whose views are similar to Kavanaugh?s. Consider where Judge Kavanaugh stands on important Christian issues.

Catholicism:Judge Kavanaugh remains an active practicing Catholic and lector at the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. His volunteer work includes tutoring at Washington Jesuit Academy and helping the homeless through Catholic Charities.
Abortion:Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion that an unaccompanied illegal immigrant teen did not have a right to a taxpayer-funded abortion while in U.S. protective custody.
ObamaCare:The judge wrote a dissenting opinion that Obamacare?s mandate that employers be forced to provide contraceptive care ?substantially burden the religious organizations? exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs (submitting the form) or else pay significant monetary penalties.?
In terms of religious makeup on the U.S. Supreme Court, Kavanaugh would maintain the status quo. Retiring Justice Kennedy is also a Catholic with similar views about the law and faith. Secular Democrats may attempt to tarnish another loving Christian?s reputation. However, America will wake up a more religiously tolerant place after Republicans and a few conservative Democrats cast 50-plus votes for Brett Kavanaugh.

~ Christian Patriot Daily

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / A cowboy walks into a bar...
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:21:45 PM »
A cowboy walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud.

He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.

The bartender tells the cowboy, "You know the beer would be colder if you bought one at a time..."

The cowboy replies,  ?I have two brothers. One is an Airborne Ranger, the other is a Navy Seal, both serving overseas. When we all left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."

The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way.

One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent.

When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."

The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just that my wife and I just joined the Church of Christ and I had to quit drinking."

D.O.T. / Belong here or in the humor section???
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:18:42 PM »
Honestly, I'm not sure where this belongs...I mean we do not have a "Stupid" section...

D.O.T. / Some NFL player have a problem that's not knee related...
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:15:17 PM »
I am sickened by this sort of thing. Black men and women need to self police and get this fixed. So many fatherless children when we all know a father is essential to proper development.

But with examples like these POS NFL players, it is no wonder why they are failing.

Not  Only  the  Knee . . . !

The knee is not the only problem . . . 68 children by 52 women!  7 players!


Children raised in fatherless homes, especially black children, are far more likely than children raised in two parent homes to engage in criminal behavior and thus, have contact with police.


Ergo when they father a child with a woman to whom they are not married---or at least living with---they are contributing to the problem against which these football players are taking a knee

            If you look at many of these players' records on out-of-wedlock children, you find that they are contributing significantly to the problem against which they are protesting.

            For example, Antonio Cromartie has 12 children by 9 different women.  Apparently the NFL had to shell out $500,000 before he could even play football for them. Travis Henry has 11 children by 10 women, Willis McGahee has 9 children by 8 women, Derrick Thomas has 7 children by 5 different women, Bennie Blades has 6 children by 6 women,  Ray Lewis has 6 children by 4 women and Marshall Faulk has 6 children by 3 women.

            They forgot to include Adrian Peterson: 11 kids from 7 different women.

        Before these guys take a knee they should take a good look in the mirror.


It appears that their problem is  not the knee.

Six Months? Worth of PC, Diversity and Leftist Destruction in the US Military ? Part I
Ray StarmannAugust 2, 2018
By Ray Starmann
It sure as heck ain?t your grandfather?s military anymore; nor is it your father?s or your uncle?s. It?s not even your older brother?s military anymore.

Whose military is it now ? Kirsten Gillibrand?s, the LGBT mafia, soccer moms, Obama-worshipping fools, cultural Marxists and walking, talking, clueless cannon fodder.

Our military is focused on just about everything except preparing for war and for war against enemies who are going to be bringing navies, armies and air forces to the fight; enemies like the Chinese, the North Koreans and the Russkies; enemies who are not insurgents in the Middle East.

The Chinese are building hypersonic missiles and super carriers. What?s our focus ? closing our eyes while Mary Jane is given her 200th chance to pass a patrol at Camp Diversity, aka Ranger School, while at Camp Murray, the ?Sergeant Major? rejoices at the fact that the new Mamava lactation station has a Bose sound system.

The military has become nothing more than some kind of fantasy playground for wacko leftists, feminists and low testosterone candyasses, while providing a welfare state to people who care less about service to their country, but more about paid maternity leave, pensions, Tricare and reporting their commander to the Zampolit Diversity Officer.

What you are about to read should alarm any American. Our national security is in jeopardy and it appears that no one is prepared to do anything about it.

The attitude in the Pentagon is pray that we never go to war against a serious enemy because truth be told, our PC armed forces can?t fight their way out of wet lister bag. Even worse, those leading them are undoubtedly the worst generation of senior officers this nation has ever fielded. The nation?s senior military leaders may have rows of fruit salad, they may have multiple degrees and some may even have served multiple combat tours. But, because they are either America last globalists or simply gutless wonders lacking professional courage, they have allowed our military to be destroyed by a Maoist Cultural Revolution that continues to this day.

The following is a list of the last six months? worth of policies, events and situations that have occurred in the US military:
All can be confirmed online, either at US Defense Watch or at other news outlets.
Yesterday, the Air Force announced that it has given new mothers approval to wear a special breastfeeding T-shirt under either the Airman Battle Uniform or Operational Camouflage Uniform.
Airman Battle Uniform Special Breastfeeding T-Shirt. That?s normal, in the dystopian Kafkaesque world that the military has become.

The announcement came 24 hours before the 75th anniversary of Operation Tidal Wave, the daring mission in 1943, when B-24 Liberators from the Ninth Air Force hit nine oil refineries in Nazi occupied Ploesti, Romania.
This mission was one of the costliest for the USAAF in the European Theater, with 53 aircraft and 660 aircrewmen lost. It was the second-worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission and its date was later referred to as ?Black Sunday?. Five Medals of Honor and 56 Distinguished Service Crosses along with numerous others awards were awarded to Operation Tidal Wave crew members.
I don?t know about you, but I have a hard time picturing lactating women on an operation like that.
The Air Force breastfeeding t-shirt was preceded by the Army?s recent acceptance of the shirts. In April, the Army issued guidance for postpartum mothers to purchase the commercial clothing, manufactured by Miss Military Mom.
The website, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, gives some helpful tips for women who will be pumping breast milk during field exercises or on overseas deployments.

You will be on the move constantly and most likely you will not have any electricity or refrigeration available. Despite all this, you can continue to pump while in field conditions or on the range. There are a number of items you will want to think about and prepare for before you leave. Download the Deployments, Schools and Trainings handout, or go to the Handouts page for more topics.

Speaking with your leadership is vital. Don?t go into the FTX or out to the range hoping that you can pump without anyone knowing about it. Let your command know that pumping while in the field or on the range will be necessary in order to keep from developing mastitis (you can request a note from medical).  Your leadership also needs to know your requirements for pumping, such as the amount of time you will need (15-30 minutes a couple of times a day) and where a suitable place in the field or at the range might be, ahead of time as well.

Operation Tidal Wave, bombing oil fields, Luftwaffe, Nazis, field exercises, deployments, breast milk?
The Big Red One, the famous First Infantry Division, a unit that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, among a thousand and one other campaigns it fought, announced that August 22, 2018 is Women?s Equality Day. If there?s anything more important to the country?s national security, it?s certainly women?s equality in infantry units.

This week, stories circulated around the Internet concerning the Army?s new physical fitness test or PT test, that will go into effect in 2020. The test, is both gender neutral and age neutral. The old test, in existence for nearly 40 years, had both age and gender standards in three categories: push ups, sit ups and a two mile run. In order for the Army?s leaders to convince themselves and idiots in Congress that there is no difference in the sexes, all standards are dissolving quicker than an Alka Setzer tablet in a glass of water. The Army has yet to create a scoring method for the new test. I?m betting there will be none, as everyone gets a trophy!

On July 20th, the Army Times reported that Captain Brittany de Barros, assigned to the Army?s Psychological Operations Command was under investigation after she went on several Twitter rants concerning her hatred for the racist, Islamophobic war mongering executive branch, and the nation that she serves. Captain de Barros is also a supporter of the Marxist terrorist group, Black Lives Matter.

Spencer Rapone, Brittany de Barros, Reality Winner, Bowe Bergdahl, Chelsea Manning, Jeffrey Nance. Uh, Arlington, we have a problem.

On July 19th, Fox News reported that the gutless commander of F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming has agreed to replace a Bible on a POW/MIA table with a generic ?book of faith,? the Military Religious Freedom Foundation revealed this week. The MRFF is a militant organization that has fought against Nativity scenes, Bible studies and any outward expressions of the Christian faith on U.S. military installations.

The Air Force is leading the way among the services with its open hostility to Christianity and its promotion of secularism.
In an article on Task and Purpose from July 9th, Major Jenny Gunderson argues that the problem with the Army War College is that pregnant officers are not allowed to enroll in the school. No doubt, the Army needs more pregnant field grade officers and particularly ones to command battalions and brigades and divisions.

Once again, we find ourselves with this disturbing equation: Army + War + Women + Combat Arms + Pregnancies = Total Chaos

On June 21st, the Marine Times reported that two women had graduated from the Marine Corps? Infantry Officer Course. With Pravda-esque fanfare, the graduation of two women from the course was celebrated with deluded feminist pomp and circumstance.

What the Marines didn?t tell you was that several weeks before the Corps had decided to drop the grueling combat endurance test that had been part of the course for 40 years. The reason for dropping the combat endurance test was obvious ? no women could pass it. Drop the test and lo and behold women are now Marine Infantry Course graduates! Isn?t diversity cool?
The giant lie rolls on?

Speaking of diversity at the Army?s Camp Diversity in late June, a female Ranger School candidate was dropped from the course after it was discovered that she was pregnant.

No worries, Operation Bun in the Oven will march on. The female will be allowed to recycle and start again at Ranger School next year. Diversity is so wonderful.

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, Merrills? Marauders, Blackhawk Down, Mommy Rangers?
Rangers Lead the Way?to the Maternity Ward!
Also, in late June, the Chair of the Military History Department at the Army War College, Jen Mittelstadt, a woman who wouldn?t know a tracer round from a Twinkie, argued in an OPED that the Army War College needs to focus less on war and more civilian college in the curriculum.

Absolutely, Jen, where has the Army been for 200 years? It?s been focusing on military type stuff when all along it should have honed in on topics like: gender in battle, diversity in the counter-recon mission, using PC to mass combat power.

God help us all?
To be continued?

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / Extortion 0ne-seven
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:16:35 AM »
Extortion 17: What Really Happened On America?s Deadliest Day In Afghanistan

David Tarrant, The Dallas Morning News

on August 6, 2018

Editor?s note: This story originally appeared in October 2017.

On a moonless night, an Army Chinook helicopter swept low over the Tangi Valley, a strip of forbidding terrain in eastern Afghanistan teeming with Taliban and located just 35 miles south of Kabul.

Among the 38 occupants inside the Chinook were some of the most highly trained and battle-seasoned fighters in the U.S. military, including 15 commandos from the Navy?s SEAL Team 6, the unit that three months earlier had killed Osama bin Laden. Their target was a Taliban commander responsible for ambushes and other attacks against U.S. and Afghan forces.

Missions like this one to insert or remove an assault force are the military equivalent of a perfect 10 in the Olympics ? equal parts skill, experience and daring.

Flying low, the pilots have to maneuver a machine weighing up to 50,000 pounds over mountains, under cover of darkness, in swirling wind and dust, wearing night vision goggles. Then they have to stick the landing. At any moment, they could come under rocket attack.

Despite the risk, operations like these were taking place with such frequency in Afghanistan they only made news when they produced a spectacular success, like the bin Laden mission. Or when something went terribly wrong.

On this night, Aug. 6, 2011, something went terribly wrong. And to this day, people are still debating what really happened.

Austin Williams visits the gravesite of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher C. Campbell, one of the U.S. service members killed during Extortion 17, in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

The Texas commander
Justin ?Buddy? Lee will never forget that night six years ago. Lee is 36 now, a civil attorney in Dallas, a world away from Afghanistan. He grew up in Tyler, went to Texas A&M, joined the Corps of Cadets and stared in shock at the news that two planes slammed into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. That same day he obtained a medical waiver he needed to pursue an Army commission ? to serve an eight-year hitch before going to law school. A junior, he was ready to fight, but the war would be over, he figured, before he even got out of college.

Lee earned his wings at Fort Rucker, Ala., then deployed to Pakistan, where he did humanitarian missions, learning to fly into and out of mountainous terrain.

In 2006, he was called into Afghanistan, where he turned 25. He would eventually do two tours and become commander of a Chinook unit during his second deployment in 2011.

Hs unit called itself ?Extortion Company.? One of his Chinooks, flying under the call sign Extortion 17 (?one-seven?), was tasked with the special operations mission the night of Aug. 6. He knew the pilots and crew members aboard Extortion 17. They were part of his command. He would not have hesitated to fly with any of them.

Lee had just flown the night before on a similar mission with one of the pilots, David Carter. A chief warrant officer 5, a member of the Colorado National Guard, Carter had over 4,500 flying hours, including more than 1,000 hours during combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He taught helicopter pilots how to fly in high altitudes at an aviation training site in Colorado.

?He was probably in the top 1 percent of Army aviators,? Lee said. ?The guy was incredibly skilled.?

The co-pilot, Bryan Nichols, was one of Lee?s closest friends in the Chinook company. They were part of the same Army Reserve unit, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment based in Gardner, Kan. Nichols, with three combat tours of duty, also had plenty of experience flying dangerous missions.

Joining the 15 members of SEAL Team 6, two pilots and three-man crew inside Extortion 17: ten other Navy and Air Force personnel, eight Afghans and a combat assault dog named Bart.

That night, nearly 10 years after the U.S. had gone to war in Afghanistan, Lee believed they were the best team for this dangerous mission.

Extreme conditions
Nothing tests the capabilities of a young helicopter pilot like flying in the extreme conditions of Afghanistan.

?So much of the war is fought in areas where these helicopters have to fly at high altitudes,? where the thin air can strain the performance of the engines and rotor blades, said Ed Darack, author of the recently published book, The Final Mission of Extortion 17: Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in Afghanistan. (Smithsonian Books, September 2017).

A typical combat mission in Afghanistan leaves little margin for error, requiring Chinook pilots to land on tiny, makeshift sites on mountain slopes where any tree, bush or rock could be hiding an enemy fighter with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

?They?re going after [enemy fighters] in very hostile environments, who know the terrain very well, who know the battlescape very well,? Darack said. ?It requires the highest level of skills from the pilots ? because they are some of the most dangerous operations.?

Every mission is potentially life-threatening.

?The reality is, every time a helicopter lifts off the ground in a war zone, it might get shot down,? Darack said. ?There is still a tremendous level of chance for a tragedy of such huge magnitude.?

Chinook workhorse
The workhorse in Army aviation, the tandem rotor, heavy-lift Chinook helicopter is used for carrying troops, equipment, supplies and even the mail. The Chinook is often used to assist in disaster relief, delivering food and water after earthquakes and floods.

In combat, its mission is to transport large teams of elite assault troops, including Army Rangers and Navy SEALs, to and from the battlefield.

On such missions, the Chinook pilots nearly always fly at night, wearing night vision goggles, or NVGs. While the goggles are better than nothing, they turn everything green, distort depth perception and limit peripheral vision.

?It?s like taking a paper towel roll, cutting it in half and strapping it to your eye,? Lee said.

Landing in deserts or mountainsides, the helicopter rotors kick up clouds of sand and dust, causing brownouts that can blind a pilot.

?I had to learn how to land while browned-out, wearing NVGs, on the side of a mountain or an uneven field,? Lee said. ?It?s crazy how many times I can think of where me or the guys I was with had to do that.?

On his first deployment, he felt fortunate to be surrounded by veteran pilots he could learn from. ?We had guys who had flown in Desert Storm, guys who had just come off active duty,? Lee said.

?The sheer amount of experience with our pilots, flight engineers and back-seaters and mechanics offered a wealth of knowledge,? he said. ?We were told at that time we were the first unit to make it through a rotation without having anyone killed.?

Bin Laden killed
Lee?s second deployment started in May of 2011. The night before he left to go to Fort Hood, where he would board a plane to Afghanistan, the biggest event of the 10-year war occurred: Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan during a raid by Navy SEALs.

Lee?s wife, Christy, hoped the news would bring a sudden end to the war. She had just given birth to their first child. In fact, the conflict was heating up.

Lee, now a captain, was placed in command of a Chinook helicopter unit at Forward Operating Base Shank. Located in a remote and dangerous province in eastern Afghanistan, the base was the target of near-constant rocket attacks from Taliban insurgents. Six weeks into his deployment, Lee experienced his worst day as a helicopter pilot to that point.

That June, the U.S. military launched Operation Hammer Down to drive out insurgents entrenched in remote strongholds of eastern Afghanistan. Lee and his friend Bryan Nichols flew their Chinook into battle several times the first night, dropping off troops at a landing zone (?LZ?) almost 10,000 feet above sea level.

?The hardest LZ I?d ever been into,? Lee said.

The next night, the pair had orders to drop off more troops in the same spot. As they made their approach, there was a line of thunderstorms nearby. Winds whipped through the fir trees. As they started their descent, Lee heard a loud popping noise. The aircraft jerked. ?I thought I hit a tree,?he said.

The helicopter plunged tail first. A catastrophic crash seemed unavoidable. ?I was terrified. I didn?t want to die.?

He remembered the words of his old flight instructor: ?Never stop flying the aircraft.?

He pushed hard on the cyclic stick to tilt the helicopter forward. As he did, he felt the craft leveling off. The Chinook smashed into the ground, the force ripping off his goggles. The front rotor shattered, and the back pylon sheared off. One of the engines flew off, and the other caught fire. It was a hard landing, but it would have been worse if they had landed tail first.

About a dozen of the 33 troops in the back of the helicopter suffered broken bones, heavy bruises and scrapes. But no one died. The worst of the wounded was one of Lee?s crew members, who suffered what was later diagnosed as a severe traumatic brain injury.

Two investigations of the incident proved inconclusive. Whether enemy fire brought down the Chinook or a tree strike would never be known for sure.

For Lee, there was no time to reflect on how close he had come to dying. The tempo of the missions did not decrease. Neither did the risk he and his pilots faced every night.

U.S. Navy photo

Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, right, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, right, and Force Master Chief (SEAL) Stephen Link salute as taps is played during a memorial dedication ceremony at Naval Special Warfare Command in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Extortion 17 helicopter crash.

Fallen angel
Six weeks later, at around 10:40 p.m., an assault team of Army Rangers and Afghan special operations forces were dropped into an LZ on a mission to capture or kill a Taliban commander named Qari Tahir, who had been responsible for a series of attacks and ambushes in the Tangi Valley, not far from Shank.

That assault team captured Tahir?s compound and some of his men. But Tahir and a group of his fighters escaped. The mission?s commanders decided to insert another team to go after Tahir while the Rangers held the compound.

Darack did extensive research of what happened next. The quick reaction force included SEAL Team 6 and other special operations personnel. The team boarded Extortion 17 with Dave Carter and Bryan Nichols at the controls. The Chinook headed to a different landing zone than the first assault team ? one in the narrowest part of the Tangi Valley.

?You never want to use the same landing zone twice,? Darack said. ? You also want to come in from a different direction for the element of surprise.?

The landing zone was small, and the commanders didn?t want to split up the strike force. So the whole team went in one Chinook helicopter ? Extortion 17. As is routine on such missions, two Apache attack helicopters provided extra cover and security for Extortion 17, while circling above was an AC-130 aircraft, a gunship that also provides surveillance.

At the pilots? request, the AC-130 flashed an infrared spotlight, which could be seen only through night vision goggles, to light up the landing zone.

In the dark
Nearby, there were two enemy fighters with rocket-propelled grenade launchers. ?The insurgents had no way of knowing the helicopter would be coming in, at the speed it was coming and at the altitude,? Darack said.

?They heard a helicopter coming, they grabbed their RPGs, and they fired in quick succession,? Darack said.

They got lucky.

The first grenade missed Extortion 17. The Taliban shot at the Chinooks all the time with RPGs and rifles, Darack said. ?It?s almost always a miss.?

The second shot hit the rear tail rotor assembly.

Around 2:40 a.m., an Apache pilot flying in support came on the radio and shouted: ?Fallen Angel. Fallen Angel.?

Lee heard the call, and he knew what it meant.

The RPG that struck Extortion 17 threw the helicopter into an uncontrollable spin.

?The extreme G-forces killed everyone on board within a fraction of a second,? Darack said.

The shootdown was the single, deadliest loss of U.S. forces in the war.

U.S. Army photo

Soldiers with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry march through a ravine in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 12, 2011. Deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas, the troops are working with Afghan security forces to build stability in the region.

Conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories started almost immediately.

An Afghan official, speaking anonymously a few days after the attack, speculated that the Taliban had laid a trap, that they had purposely put out false information about a meeting involving the Taliban commander.

Some news stories reported that investigators couldn?t find the helicopter?s ?black box,? referring to the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. The helicopter crashed into a creek bed and a flash flood shortly afterward washed away some parts of the wreckage.

But the CH-47D has neither a flight nor voice recorder, only an engine performance data recorder for maintenance.

The conspiracy theories didn?t bother Lee at first. He was too busy. But over time, they became more disturbing, including one that suggested the Taliban had been tipped off by someone inside the Afghan government as revenge for bin Laden?s killing.

?Just as ridiculous as saying [President George W.] Bush was responsible for 9/11,? Lee said.

An official investigation found no evidence of a pre-planned ambush, though it did suggest that other helicopter activity in the area could have tipped off Taliban fighters that more helicopters could be approaching, according to the report.

?This was preventable only if they just had not taken off that night,? Lee said. ?If this [operation] was survivable, that was the right crew to have. There was a lot of experience in that cockpit, the flight engineers and the door gunners. It was a good crew, it really was. One of the best crews in my company. It wasn?t preventable. It just wasn?t.?

Finding meaning
Lee remained in Afghanistan flying combat missions for another eight months before returning home in the spring of 2012. He finished his contract with the Army shortly afterward, and that September enrolled in Southern Methodist University?s Dedman School of Law.

For the last two years, he?s been an attorney with the law firm Jackson Walker. When asked what lessons Americans can draw from the crash of Extortion 17, Lee?s answer is simple: Americans should care about what happens in Afghanistan because they?ve sent Americans to war there.

?We?re asking people to do incredible things. We?re handing rifles to 20-year-olds and asking them to shoot people. And that?s fine; that?s what you signed up for,? Lee said. ?But at least you should care about them and appreciate what we?re asking of them.?

Caring is more than just slapping a bumper sticker on your car, he said. It means being informed.

?No one is planting victory gardens, and we?re not rationing. But we are still sending people to another country to fight, and we need to understand why we?re doing that,? he said.

As for himself, he speaks out about Extortion 17 because he wants to remember the men on that mission. On his right wrist, he wears a bracelet with the names of the five crew members of Extortion 17.

?One of the things I vowed, I will never forget. I will never forget what they did,? he said.

?Over time, certain memories will fade, certain details will fade. But one thing that doesn?t fade is never forgetting what they did.?

CIEMR / Treasonous! We need justice for the sake of our republic
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:28:38 AM »


Here's what it looks like when all the pieces are sewn together. It smells like conspiracy and treason.
Everyone Should Read this. Slowly, and Patiently.
        From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A Grand Jury had been empaneled.
Governments from around the world had donated to the "Charity".
Yet, from 2001 to
2003 none of those "Donations" to the Clinton Foundation were declared.
Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.
Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?
Bet you can't guess.
Non other than James Comey.
Now, that's interesting, isn't it?
Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?
Your friend and mine, Lois "Be on The Look Out" (BOLO) Lerner.
Now, that's interesting, isn't it?
It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?
Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to
No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.
Now, that's interesting, isn't it?
Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
I know, it's a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.
What do all four casting characters have in common?
They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Now that's just a coincidence, right?
Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.
        Let's fast forward to 2009.
James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.
Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.
The Uranium One "issue" comes to the attention of the Hillary.
Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America's best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.
Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn't, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.
However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.
Ok, no big deal right?
Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.
Guess who was the FBI Director during this time frame?
Yep, Robert Mueller.
He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.
Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney's Office in Maryland.
No other than, Rod Rosenstein.
Guess what happened to the informant?
The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.
How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?
Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?
~145 million dollars in "donations" made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.
Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?
No other than, Lois  Lerner.
Ok, that's all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?
        Let's fast forward to 2015.
Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 "investigations" the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.
He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her "Public Service" as Secretary of State which was required by law.
He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.
Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this...... they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary. Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?
Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.
No other than James Comey.
Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?
Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the "Clinton Email Investigation" after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner "Matter" at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.
Nope couldn't find any crimes there.
Can you guess what happened next?
In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.
They didn't even convene a Grand Jury.
Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true "Gangsta" Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.
Can you see the pattern?
It goes on and on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.
FISA Abuse, political espionage..... pick a crime, any crime, chances are...... this group and a few others did it.
All the same players.
All compromised and conflicted.
All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.
All connected in one way or another to the Clinton's.
They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.
How many lives have these two destroyed?
As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Let us not forget that Comey's brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.
And, See the person that is the common denominator to all the crimes above and still doing her evil escape legal maneuvers at the top of the 3 Letter USA Agencies.
Let's learn a little about Mrs. Lisa H. Barsoomian's background.
Lisa H. Barsoomian, a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law, is a protege of James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Barsoomian, with her boss R. Craig Lawrence, represented Bill Clinton in 1998.
Lawrence also represented: Robert Mueller three times;  James Comey five times;  Barack Obama 45 times;  Kathleen Sebelius
56 times;  Bill Clinton 40 times; and
Hillary Clinton 17 times.  Between 1998 and 2017, Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times.
You may be saying to yourself, OK, who cares?  Who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman? Apparently someone does, because someone out there cares so much  that they've "purged" all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton  representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals Court dockets (?). Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been "purged" of all information pertaining to Barsoomian. Historically, this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.
Additionally, Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community. And, although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney, her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov. The NIH stands for National Institutes of  Health. This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.
It's a cover, so big deal right? I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter.  It deals with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uni-party unrelenting opposition to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent
14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix .... and last but not least Mueller's never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians. Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention?
BECAUSE....She is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's WIFE....That's why!!


So here's the REAL story:

Ambassador Stevens was sent to Benghazi to secretly retrieve US made Stinger Missiles that the State Dept had ILLEGALLY supplied to Ansar al Sharia in Libya WITHOUT Congressional oversight or permission.

Sec State Hillary Clinton had brokered the Libya deal through Ambassador Stevens and a Private Arms Dealer named Marc Turi (https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/marc-turi-libyan-rebels-hillary-clinton-229115) but some of the shoulder fired Stinger Missiles ended up in Afghanistan where they were used against our own military.   On July 25th, 2012, a US Chinook helicopter was downed by one of them.  It was Not destroyed only because the idiot Taliban didn't arm the missile.  The helicopter didn't explode, but it had to land and an ordnance team recovered the missile?s serial number which led back to a cache of Stinger Missiles kept in Qatar by the CIA.

Obama and Hillary were in full panic mode, so Ambassador Stevens was sent to Benghazi to retrieve the rest of the Stinger Missiles. This was a "do-or-die" mission, which explains the Stand Down Orders given to multiple rescue teams during the siege of the US Embassy.

It was the State Dept, NOT the CIA, that supplied the Stinger Missiles to our sworn enemies because Gen. Petraeus at CIA would not approve supplying the deadly missiles due to their potential use against commercial aircraft.  So then, Obama threw Gen. Petraeus under the bus when he refused to testify in support of Obama?s phony claim of a ?spontaneous uprising caused by a YouTube video that insulted Muslims.?

Obama and Hillary committed TREASON!

THIS is what the investigation is all about, WHY she had a Private Server, (in order to delete the digital evidence), and WHY Obama, two weeks after the attack, told the UN that the attack was the result of the YouTube video, even though everyone KNEW it was not.

Furthermore, the Taliban knew that the administration had aided and abetted the enemy WITHOUT Congressional oversight or permission, so they began pressuring (blackmailing) the Obama Administration to release five Taliban generals being held at Guantanamo.

Bowe Bergdahl was just a useful pawn used to cover the release of the Taliban generals.  Everyone knew Bergdahl was a traitor but Obama used Bergdahl?s exchange for the five Taliban generals to cover that Obama was being coerced by the Taliban about the unauthorized Stinger Missile deal.      Can you IMAGINE?     Obama traded 5 Taliban Generals, who would all be KILLING Americans again, for a TRAITOR to the United States, that we would eventually try for the reduced charge of Desertion!      What could be More Traitorous & more disgusting than that?

So we have a traitor as POTUS (President Of The United States) that is not only corrupt, but compromised, as well and a Secretary of State that is a serial liar, who perjured herself multiple times at the Congressional Hearings on Benghazi.    Perhaps this is why no military aircraft were called upon for help in Benghazi:  because the administration knew that our enemies had Stinger Missiles that, if used to down those planes, would likely be traced back to the CIA cache in Qatar and then to the State Dept?s illegitimate arms deal in Libya.

Forward this again and again and again until everyone reads the true story of Benghazi.

More than half of US citizens DO NOT KNOW THIS.

Medical Corner / Water and Aspirin...
« on: August 02, 2018, 04:03:57 PM »
Water and Aspirin...





 A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.

Good Thing To Know.  From The Mayo Clinic.  How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night?

Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack.



Something else I didn't know .... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much
at night time

Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: 
Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell).  When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier.  I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps.  Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin -
Dr. Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


Most attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. 
Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened.  Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night

The Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system

2. lasts a really long time in your medicine chest ? years! (When it gets old, it smells like vinegar).


Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.  They work much faster than the tablets.


Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?

It's about Heart Attacks - There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides
the pain on the left arm.  One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.


Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.  However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.  If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: -
Call 911 -
Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.

 Say "Heart Attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and
........DO NOT LIE DOWN!

CIEMR / Trump's 5 rules
« on: August 02, 2018, 04:01:06 PM »

It?s the middle of 2018. And after spilling several small rivers of black ink (digital and virtual) analyzing, smearing, belaboring, insulting and fact checking President Trump, the media still doesn?t understand him.
That?s not surprising. The media has been writing about America for much longer than that and has even less of a clue about how people live outside its preciously hip urban and suburban bubbles.
But there are 5 simple rules for understanding President Trump. They define how he?s lived his life until now. And what still drives him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If you understand them, you will get what he?s doing. If you don?t, there?s always a job waiting at the New York Times.

    1.   Act, Don?t React
Trump hates reacting, he loves taking the initiative and forcing others, rivals, competitors, media syndicates or foreign dictators, to react to him. That?s the essence of strategy and he nails it the way few have.
When UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson muttered that there was a ?method to his madness?, that was it.
The method is becoming the driving force in an escalating conflict. Instead of reacting to attacks, Trump forces his attackers to react to him. He takes the initiative and leaves his opponents sputtering.
That?s how he became the President of the United States. It?s what he?s doing internationally.
By acting, Trump takes control of each encounter. What happens next may not be ideal, but Trump cares more about maintaining the initiative than about forcing a specific outcome.
He doesn?t see politics as a chess match, but as a boxing match. He doesn?t get locked into predetermined goals. Instead he lets the kinetic confrontation create opportunities by exploiting his opponent?s reactions.
Picking a fight with the North Korean dictator, led to a peace summit. A trade war with China has already led to some serious concessions. A trade shoving match with Europe and Canada offers potential wins.
Unlike previous administrations, Trump isn?t satisfied with the status quo. And that means that he tries a lot of things.
That takes us to Rule 2.
2.   Try Everything
Critics have poked fun at Trump?s failed business ventures. But you don?t succeed without trying and failing.
Trump is comfortable with failure. He knows that if you?re willing to knock on 100 doors, you might get 1 sale. His approach to politics is trying a lot of different approaches and policies to get to a win.
When Obama expressed a willingness to meet with dictators and terrorists, it?s because he was already sympathetic to them. The seeds of the Iran deal were always in him. The negotiations just took him where he already wanted to be.
Trump however isn?t meeting with Kim Jong-un because he likes him. He?s doing it because it might pay off. Or it won?t and then he?ll try something else.
Obama needed Iran. Trump doesn?t need North Korea. He can take it or leave it. He?s hungry for wins, but he also sees the potential for them everywhere so he doesn?t overcommit to any individual deal.
Political professionals scoff at that scrappy attitude. They insist on the importance of posture and position. Trump knows all about posture and position, but he refuses to be its prisoner. He can insult Kim one day and flatter him the next. Politics is just business with countries instead of companies.
Trump?s approach is the same to both politics and business. Do whatever it takes to get the deal. And then decide if the deal is worth taking.

    3.   Chaos is Power
Most people want to minimize chaos. Countries and companies spend fortunes, fight wars and dedicate decades to reducing chaos. Trump however thrives on chaos. Instead of trying to control chaos, he generates it, causing uncertainty and then offering a sense of security in exchange for a good deal.
That?s what Trump is doing with trade. It?s what he did to China and North Korea.
Trump tries everything (Rule 2) and escalates confrontations (Rule 1) so that his opponents have no way to counter him except by escalating the confrontation and creating more chaos. And then Trump forces them to negotiate by proving he can function in a chaotic and uncertain situation better than they can.
That?s how he got North Korea to the table. After decades of the Norks intimidating previous administrations by creating chaos with their threats, Trump topped those threats. The media warned that a nuclear war would break out. Instead China and North Korea chose a peace summit.
The summit may come to nothing, but Trump had already broken the Nork ability to intimidate us.
China, Europe and Canada don?t want a trade war. They have nothing to gain and plenty to lose. By creating economic chaos, Trump also became the only man who can end the chaos and restore security.
Chaos is power.
When the United States became a world power, its administrations emphasized stability over everything. Trump welcomes chaos because it?s a much more effective negotiating strategy. Entities that seek order can be intimidated with chaos. But politicians who seek chaos can?t be intimidated.
Trump doesn?t seek order. He wants victory.

4.   Never Show Your Hand
Conventional politicians have a narrow window of agenda items. They?re very clear on what they want, what they don?t want, what they?re willing to do and what they?re willing to give up to get it.
Trump has always been ambiguous. Parse his sentences and you can read them three different ways. Each assertion eventually uncovers a contradiction. That?s confusion. Tactical confusion.
As Trump has mentioned plenty of times, he loves being unpredictable.
Trump is the only president in a century who is able to go into negotiations with a completely unpredictable outcome. And the roster of competing figures around him only creates more chaos.
To truly create chaos (Rule 3), you have to be unpredictable. That creates insecurity. It forces your opponents to read things into every move you make. And then to be stymied by the futility of it.
Ambiguity leaves the other side unable to assess what the United States would actually settle for. Instead it ends up offering far more than we would settle for just to restore that sense of security.
Trump is the most famous man in the world. And yet his decision-making remains mysterious.

    5.   Don?t Be Afraid to be the Bad Guy
If Americans have a fatal flaw, a weakness that undermines our domestic and international politics, it?s a need to be liked. Most other countries don?t wonder whether the rest of the world likes them.
Blame Hollywood, dime novels or comic books, but as Americans we see ourselves as the heroes. And our enemies, foreign and domestic, know that they can break us by making us question our goodness.
It?s how they did it in Vietnam, in Iraq and too many foreign policy debates to count.
One of Trump?s great strengths is that he?s not afraid to be the bully, the heavy and the jerk. He can flatter Kim Jong-un, Trudeau and any other leader. Or call them names.
He can say shocking things and take unacceptable positions if it gets him what he wants.
That?s the attribute that upsets and infuriates Never Trumpers. But it also gives the United States far more negotiating leverage and freedom than it ever had before. And that?s why the people chose him.
Trump embodied all the things that had been going unsaid and all the truths that needed telling.
Past presidents valued their personal relationships with foreign leaders. But Trump is willing to throw a punch at the boy band leader of Canada if it gets a farmer in Wisconsin a better deal for his dairy.
On the global stage, President Trump has forced North Korea, China, Europe and Canada to react to him. He?s trying everything. He?s creating chaos. He?s hiding his hand and he?s winning.
The media shouts that Trump is isolated. If he were isolated, the world wouldn?t be revolving around him. The world doesn?t stop when Putin or China?s Jinping issue a statement. But a single Trump tweet can upend the priorities of international diplomacy for days, weeks and even months.
Trump isn?t reacting to the world. The world is reacting to him.
And as long as he can keep the world reacting to him, he?s the one setting the agenda for the world

CIEMR / Obama, the Kenyan
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:19:50 AM »
Listen carefully to what this traitor says starting at about 00:57


CIEMR / Kissenger on Trump
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:14:44 AM »
Kissinger is now 94 years old.

Recently, Henry Kissinger did an interview and said vary amazing things regarding President Trump.



https://christianjournal.net/ podcast/henry-kissinger-suppor ts-trump-calls-trump-phenomeno n-foreign-countries-havent-see n/



He starts with:  ?Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven?t seen before?!


The former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gives us a new understanding of President Donald Trump?s foreign policy and predicts its success:  ?Liberals and all those who favor (Hillary) Clinton will never admit it. They will never admit that he is the one true leader. The man is doing changes like never before and does all of it for the sake of this nation?s people.   After eight years of tyranny, we finally see a difference.?


Kissinger knows it and he continues with: ?Every country now has to consider two things: One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities. And secondly, that there is a new president who?s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it.?


Then Kissinger puts it bluntly:   ?Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes.?  When he boasts that he has a ?bigger red button? than Kim Jung Un does, he so transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.


Kissinger once wrote:  ?The weak grow strong by effrontery ? The strong grow weak through inhibition!?


No sentence better captures the U.S.-North Korea relationship.


Trump is discarding the inhibitions and calling the bluff on North Korea?s effrontery:  His point is that the contrast of American retreat under Obama and its new assertion of power under Trump creates a new dynamic that every one of our allies and of our enemies must consider.  Our allies grew complaisant with Obama?s passivity and now are fearful due to Trump?s activism. And they must balance the two in developing their policies:  They realize that the old assumptions, catalyzed by Bush 43?s preoccupation with Iraq and Obama?s refusal to lead are obsolete.  So, Trump is forcing a new calculus with a new power behind American interests.  Those ? here and abroad ? who rode the old apple cart worry about its being toppled.


But, as Kissinger so boldly stated:   ?Trump is the one true leader in world affairs and he is forcing policy changes that put America first! ?



This is the most accurate statement of what the American Citizens who live outside of the swamp want and expect from their government.

CIEMR / Slowly but surely the real hunter bags his prey!
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:10:14 AM »
Trump and his inner circle - that includes not a SINGLE political pundit or TV talking head or radio show guy or blogger or former WH official - set the timetable for rolling out this stuff they've known about since even before Trump took office.
Rand Paul went to the WH publicly today to suddenly URGE President Trump to yank the security clearances of Clapper, Brennan & other coup plotters.

Why did this only happen TODAY? 🤔

Didn't Trump & his team know Clapper, Brennan, et al have been leaking for over a YEAR?
But all of a sudden RAND PAUL SHOWING UP AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO PUBLICLY URGE TRUMP TO YANK THESE CLEARANCES, and Trump slaps himself on the forehead "Oh wow, gosh you're right! Why didn't *I* think of that! I should've done this long ago! Thanks for bringing this to me, Rand!"
Surface skaters will NEVER figure out what's really going on. The *cover story* is that inept, helpless, lazy Trump was suddenly moved to take action because Rand Paul had to talk some sense into him.
Trump is only now moving to yank security clearances from leakers who've been allowed to leak for over a year & a half because
Now let's add a second poll question:

Trump had NO IDEA that Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Hayden, Rice, etc. were leaking class. info to the media for past 1 1/2 yr or he knew & did nothing about it or he knew and he tricked them.
Sessions and Rosenstein announced a YEAR ago that a special, new FBI counterintelligence unit had been created to do NOTHING but track down leakers and catch them.

Everybody just dismissed that out of hand. Of course it wasn't real, or something.
The Wolfe indictment showed you EVERYTHING you needed to know. When they find a major leaker like Wolfe, they LEAVE HIM IN PLACE and they begin feeding him canary traps and disinformation.

They left Wolfe in place for over 6 months after they braced him in December.
And during that six months, from December to early June, was there a SINGLE LEAK about the fact there was a major leak hunt underway inside the US Senate?

There wasn't a single leak. When they rolled out that indictment of Wolfe it send shock waves throughout DC.
The FBI's new crack Leak Hunting Unit? had SIX MONTHS of uninterrupted peace & quiet to learn who Wolfe was leaking FOR and who he was leaking TO.
They caught Wolfe with a canary trap involving the SSCI version of the Carter Page FISA warrant. He sent 82 text messages containing pics of the FISA warrant to Ali Watkins.
That document was marked, and the pics Wolfe sent Watkins directly implicated him.

Then they left him in that job for 6 more months.


Why did they wait six months instead of arresting him immediately?

Well if you think about it, it's obvious why they waited.
So he could further implicate himself and they could gather EVIDENCE implicating the members of Congress who were using Wolfe as a *middleman* to facilitate leaks to media reporters.
Understand: professional leak hunters and US Attorneys and OIG people exposing all this aren't on YOUR timetable. They operate on THEIR timetable.

They don't move until THEY are ready, no matter how many people on your TV are screaming for Trump to do something.
Trump knows EVERYTHING that's going on. Every now and then a *cover story* is necessary where Trump must pretend he JUST NOW RIGHT THIS MINUTE learned something at the same time that evidence is publicly rolled out to Congress from the OIG or something like that.
Trump's already SEEN the unredacted Carter Page FISA warrant. He read it long ago. The point is to wait until all the pieces on the board are in place and it's time to move. That's the timetable.

Horowitz, Huber, the leak hunters, they are all coordinating together.
When all the pieces are in place, the nukes start falling from orbit.

It was time for that FISA warrant to come out because Horowitz is done with his FISA Court Fraud report, it's likely coming in just a few weeks.

The leak hunts are also almost done.
Because there's nothing left to learn by leaving Clapper & Brennan's & Comey's security clearances in place, it's time to yank them.

The leak hunters now think they fully know the full map of the leak network, which members of Congress were involved leaking to which reporters.
Like Wolfe, the leak hunters have been feeding these leakers disinformation & marked canary traps for some time.

Recall the Don Jr. WikiLeaks email story from last year? 3 different leakers told the media they saw the date of Sept. 4?

Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents
Donald Trump, his son and others received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional inve?
How did THREE DIFFERENT LEAKERS all tell CNN they saw the date 'Sept. 4' on that email, when the real email said 'September 14'?

Somehow, people bought the story that THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE got the date wrong.


They *DID* see a document w. a Sept 4 date.

That is a CLASSIC canary trap. You alter *one thing* on the document give it to a suspected leaker, and if that version of the document is what shows up in the media, you've identified your leaker AND the reporters he/she is leaking to.
How patient is Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein?

Try to grasp this:

They've left KNOWN LEAKERS in place for almost a year so they could feed them canary traps and map out the entire leaking networks. In Congress, St. Dept, DOJ, all across the Fed. Gov't.
While TV talking heads and pundits and radio guys have SCREAMING for people to be locked up for over a year, patient, calm, dead serious professionals have been patiently, calmly and with dead seriousness going about their work.

And their work is almost done.
IF Trump and Co. had been STUPID, and rolled up the known leakers/plotters last year, as all the TV talking heads were yelling for them to do, they wouldn't have even gotten 1/3rd of all the people involved.
Instead they ID'd the plotters/leakers, left them there, took careful notes, fed them disinformation, and mapped out the entire network Obama/Hillary oh so very carefully built and left behind them, a network that spanned the DOJ, the State Department, the Intel community.
They wanted to make sure they didn't miss ANYBODY.

And they likely didn't.

They spent a year and a half giving these people more and more rope, but the trap doors are about to drop.
They know everything they need to know at this point. There's nothing more left to learn, about who the plotters are, what they leaked, who they leaked to, etc.

So it was time to release the FISA warrant and yank the security clearances.
Next comes the unredactions of the FISA warrant, then comes DOJ IG Horowitz's final draft of the FISA Court Fraud investigation.

While that's going on the leak hunters will be rolling out more indictments.
So to sum up: these coup plotters/leakers had their security clearances left in place because the leak hunters were TRICKING them with false info to map out the entire leaking network that Obama & Hillary left behind them.

Nothing more to learn? Time to yank the clearances then.
APPEARANCES can be deceiving. Yes, it *looked like* these traitors were being left alone, nothing was happening to them while they leaked and plotted away against Trump, and Trump was like, paralyzed or outmaneuvered or blind to the danger or whatever.
And so we got a fun year of people screaming on the TV and in to the radio how Sessions is useless and Rosenstein is a dirty rat and Trump has his hands tied and is being forced to fume impotently on Twitter about it.
There are a lot of people who think they are inside Trump's 'inner circle' who really aren't. They got fed the same disinformation everybody else got.

Because this was a SERIOUS intelligence operation. The conspiracy being mapped out ran through DOJ/IC/St Dept, all of it.
"Yeah, my WH sources tell me Sessions is paralyzed. In over his head. Nothings happening. He's too scared. They're all going to walk."

Great! That's what the PLOTTERS HEARD TOO. You got the same disinfo they got. Awesome!
I've said for over a year this is a serious intelligence operation being run by professionals. If you manage to call one of them up on the phone and ask for the 'real scoop' & you aren't among the 5-6 people read into this operation?





Op sec is a real thing. "But I'm your friend, I'm your buddy, I'm your pal!"

It doesn't matter.

You're not 1 of the extremely small # of people read into this intelligence operation? You're going to get the same cover story everybody else gets.

It's nothing personal.
I've said for a year the people running this thing will move when all the pieces on the board say they are ready. Not before.

But you will see signs on the road to the endgame.

Today is another sign. It was time to yank the clearances because there's nothing more to learn.
Brennan, Clapper, Comey, the other plotters have been watched like hawks by serious people who know their stuff. I believe many of these leak hunters are current/former military intelligence.

They know everything by now. No need for any more canary traps or barium meals.
So no need for these plotters to have those clearances any longer. So it was time to take this step.

Rand Paul played a role in providing a cover story for this, so good for him.

Trump knows what he's doing.

Correction: "They ID'd the plotters/leakers, left them there, took careful notes, fed them disinformation, mapped out the entire network Obama/Hillary carefully built and left behind them, a network that spanned the DOJ, the State Department, the Intel community & the CONGRESS"

Financial Prep / Comment on traditional investing
« on: July 20, 2018, 12:29:27 PM »
Copied from another thread

I will comment here, but it may not be what you want to hear

I have not seen investments pay off in very many cases

Being truthful, instead of buying into the short term hype of folks having millions of dollars for retirement, most people, and really, most of them including myself were lucky to break even or retain some of the money you saved

These investment companies are smart. They keep one focused in on the current rate of return, or focus on a five year or a ten year return. None of those matter for someone who is saving 40-50 years.

I had accumulated a pretty nice nest egg starting in the early 80's. I was a high risk oriented investor (Definitely the wrong approach in my view) and well set up for the october 1987 black thursday event. I'd say I lost about 100% of my gains for all the years i saved and maybe 75% of the actual money I invested

I noted though, that each and every year, the investment managers were paid from my funds, something I barely noticed while earning 20% on some investments.

The point I really want to make is no matter where you invest in the stock market, you can plan to have regular "adjustments" that cripple you causing you to have to reset and start over. But the managers will already have made their money, so they do not care. If you leave, others will come.

There was the dot com bubble where I lost money...We purchased a larger home and then saved most of the mortgage which I had invested while I worked in Afghanistan as a pilot. On the days the market collapsed again, I was in no position to pull out of the rapidly collapsing investments that this time were killed by the sub-prime real estate collapse. We lost over $300K on that one.

I would estimate I have lost over a million dollars of liquidity over the years, and the only investment which ever maintained its value was precious metals. I did accumulate quite a bit of that, which I liquidated here and there to purchase my farm, some heavy equipment or this and that.

But the silver and gold market are artificially manipulated, so you will really not make any money by buying these metals, but will only keep pace.

at the turn of the 19th century, a custom tailor silk suit would cost you like $15 or an ounce of gold. Today having that suit made will cost you well over a thousand dollars, or about one ounce of gold.

If you invest in any of these 401K's or IRA's managed by any company, you are just sheep fleecing out the beds of the managers.

That is why I created my own investment company, approved by the IRS that I control. I invest in whatever I want and benefit from the tax break. That is likely the only benefit in terms of money made you will ever realize. If you want to invest in a 396 SS Chevelle, have at it. Buy some gold and you will at least have the gold when the market has it's next collapse or adjustment.

Not wishing to rain on anyone's parade, but I have invested for 40-50 years and my experience is a fact, and does not match the hype and sugar coating you get from those who make their money on controlling your money

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / US Contribution to NATO
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:25:13 PM »
Just to be clear about it:

CIEMR / The real Peter Strzok
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:14:08 PM »
EXPOSED: Peter Strzok Grew Up In Iran, Worked As Obama and Brennan?s Envoy To Iranian Regime

Tore Lindeman

Jul 17, 2018


A former co-worker of Peter Strzok tells Big League Politics about Strzok?s extensive background in the intelligence community, including the fact that he grew up in Iran. Many intelligence officers like Strzok are complete ghosts with questionable history and gaps in their life story. But now we have some insight. (RELATED: Strzok Worked For CIA And FBI At Same Time, According To Document).

Peter Strzok was born in the late 1960?s ? he attended the American School in Iran up until 1978 when it closed down and then he attended the American School in Saudi Arabia. He supposedly attended a Catholic School, St. John?s Prep in Minneapolis (the school refused to confirm or deny attendance) and then completed a Bachelors at Georgetown and some form of graduate degree after that.

The truth is that after Peter Strzok III turned 18 his life is arcane, which is the usual story of many like him. Did you know that Peter Strzok II (Strzok?s father) and Hillary Clinton have a lot in common? It turns out after advocating for Khomeni in Iran and then working in Saudi Arabia to calm the waters of an Iranian government (appeasing them with anti-Semitic rhetoric), Strzok?s father Strzok II also dabbled in ?charity work.? Strzok?s father was involved in so-called charity work in Haiti but also helped dismantle and reassemble Upper Volta..now known as Burkina Faso.

Despite Deep State efforts to scrub information, the Internet is forever. Below you will see a very controversial happening in the early Eighties. Peter Strzok II (Strzok?s father, also known as Peter Strzok Sr.) was an employee of Catholic Relief Services and was interviewed by the New York Times in 1985 over his testimony or statements regarding mishandling money intended for Ethopia. In the article he identifies himself as a former employee of the charity and he is a retired US Army Corps Engineer who served the agency in Africa and Haiti. So Peter Strzok II worked in Haiti with a charity? That sounds eerily familiar. Can we all guess which charities partnered to help Haiti?

The Clinton Foundation and The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) seem to work in tangent. Coincidence? Peter Strzok Sr. was actually the director of CRS in Haiti. If we look into CRS financials they seem to overlap and feed into Clinton Global initiatives and balance sheets.

In the early 80?s Upper Volta was in turmoil. It is said that mineral disputes with neighboring countries brought about great duress and so in 1985 the country of Upper Volta ceased to exist and was then named Burkina Faso during Strzok II?s term there. Specifically, in 1981 he was advised of a government visit to Upper Volta, which places him in Upper Volta for a period of 4 years as his son Strzok III was at the American School in Saudi Arabia from 1978- 1980. This happened after their sudden move from Tehran when Khomeni attained power over the Shah. Looks like whenever there is a regime change in modern history a Strzok is lying in the shadows waiting.

We know Peter Strzok III, the man who sent those vile text messages about our President. The man who was biased and wanted to ensure a Clinton Presidency was raised in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Our source reveals how Strzok and his father both talked about Iran favorably and both accidently reminisced about the rose water smell of the ju-jeh kebab by Shemiran Hill? something that disappeared after 1987 and only those who are old enough to remember can discuss.

Peter Strzok?s Persian is impeccable.

Our insider tells us that Peter Strzok III is the key Middle Eastern Intel operative for the Iranian airline Mahan Air?s purchase of United States government planes during the Obama administration from 2011 to 2013 (when Iran sanctions were in place). He handled the Iranian relations from start to finish. Just like his father did for Reagan and just like he?s been doing for years under cloak and dagger says the BLP insider.

Peter Strzok Sr. and of course John O. Brennan were involved with Iran. In fact, our source tells us that Strzok Sr. was involved in the Iran-Contra scheme that led to a six-month prison term for Reagan national security adviser John Poindexter. Back in the Eighties the government was just as corrupt as it is today and for some reason we keep giving weapons, planes, and planes full of money to Iran. Even Barack Hussein Obama sent money to Iran on a plane in his last year of office ? $1.4 Billion worth. Just a few weeks ago, Iran demanded Germany send them 300,000 Euros in cash on a plane to them, and of course Angela Merkel complied. What?s the deal with Iran? Why are they so important?

Here is a clipping from the Wisconsin-based Leader-Telegram newspaper from 1979 in which Strzok Sr. describes his activities in Iran and expresses good will for the Ayatollah.

What were Strzok, Brennan, and Obama really doing? That is a very good question that maybe President Trump can get answered for us if a Summit with Iran can happen early this fall. One thing that is constant in modern history over the last five decades with anything involving Iran: There is a Peter Paul Strzok involved.

The BLP insider who?s worked with both Breannan and Strzok tells us that Strzok was never FBI he was part of the highest level of covert operatives, sliding into posts within the CIA or FBI to infiltrate, influence and observe. This is exactly what we saw with the Special Counsel appointment that resulted after a failed operation.

Peter Strzok Jr. was placed in the FBI to ensure a win for Hillary Clinton and buffer negative press (like the Weiner laptop case, which he covered up). That?s the real deal. Revealing Peter Strzok?s identity would have been a problem because it?s called unmasking but since he is in the limelight and out of the shadows it?s time to lay all the cards FACE up on the table for all to see who Peter Strzok really is.

Spooks feared him, but like our source they still maintain secrecy ? simply connecting the dots of publicly and privately available information.

CIEMR / "Face" of the FBI
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:04:46 PM »
Words that come to mind:






D.O.T. / Great gouge!
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:29:00 AM »
Loads of survival oriented ideas and information


CIEMR / A bit of history for current patriots
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:17:14 PM »
This, the truth, is disturbing at the very least...


Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / My wife is missing!
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:44:57 AM »

Husband: My wife is missing.

She went shopping yesterday and has not come home!


Sheriff: Height ?                   

Husband:  I'm not sure.  A little over five-feet tall.


Sheriff: Weight ?

Husband:  Don't know. Not slim, not really fat.


Sheriff: Color of eyes ?

Husband: Sort of brown I think. Never really noticed.


Sheriff: Color of hair ?

Husband: Changes a couple times a year.  Maybe dark brown now. I can't remember.


Sheriff:   What was she wearing ?

Husband:  Could have been pants, or maybe a skirt or shorts. I don't know exactly.


Sheriff: What kind of car did she go in ?

Husband:  She went in my truck.


Sheriff:   What kind of truck was it ?

Husband : A 2016 pearl white Ram Limited 4X4 with 6.4l Hemi V8 engine ordered with the Ram Box bar and fridge option, led lighting, back up and front camera, Moose hide leather heated and cooled seats, climate controlled air conditioning.    It has a custom matching white cover for the bed, Weather Tech floor mats. Trailing package with gold hitch, sunroof, DVD with full GPS navigation, satellite radio, Cobra 75 WX ST 40-channel CB radio, six cup holders, 3 USB port, and 4 power outlets.    I added special alloy wheels and off-road Toyo tires.    It has custom retracting running boards and under-glow wheel well lighting.


At this point the husband started choking up.


Sheriff:   Take it easy sir, we'll find your truck !!!

CIEMR / Something to consider...
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:42:44 AM »
Maybe not the best business decision...

Kinda like eating Halal food

CIEMR / ...And these men are admired by some??????????????
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:39:09 AM »
What's the word??




Come on, what's the word???

CIEMR / Makes Sense if you really don't think about it!
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:34:54 AM »

Liberal Logic...

CIEMR / Ya just have to admire Muslim Real Men!
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:33:08 AM »

CIEMR / Just so you'd know...
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:43:59 PM »
And Trudeau is upset with us???!!!

CIEMR / California : The American Nightmare
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:13:36 AM »
California : The American Nightmare

by Wayne Allyn (April, 2018)

Remember the famous (but sad) saying, ?If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth.? Well I have the number one lie in America for you- ?Diversity makes us stronger. Immigration makes us more prosperous.?

Sorry, but not always.

California is Exhibit A. It?s filled with immigrants. Ten million to be exact. Many of them illegal. Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi , New Mexico , or West Virginia , but California- where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That?s according to the Census Bureau.

While California accounts for 12% of America ?s population, it accounts for one third of America ?s welfare checks. California leads the country in food stamp use. California has more people on welfare than most countries around the world.

But I thought immigration made us more prosperous?

Homelessness is exploding in California- with tent encampments overrunning schools, businesses and upscale neighborhoods. California is now home to 22% of this nation?s homeless population.

California leads the nation in debt. Total state and local debt is almost $1.5 trillion. Combining state debt with California?s share of federal debt produces a debt to GDP ratio of 153%- higher than the PIGS of the EU (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), which are all facing economic collapse and ruin.

The traffic is suffocating, miserable and unlivable. The highways and infrastructure are crumbling. The public schools are an unmitigated disaster (and that?s with the highest per pupil spending in America ).

If immigration is so great for our country and illegal aliens ?contribute a net positive? to society?how do you explain what?s happening in California ?

I haven?t even gotten to the taxes. The income taxes, business taxes, sales taxes and gas taxes are all the highest in the nation. Why do you think that is? To pay the enormous costs of illegal immigration. To pay for the education costs, healthcare costs, police, courts, lawyers, prisons, and hundreds of different welfare programs for millions of California ?s illegal aliens and struggling legal immigrants too.

But you haven?t heard the worst yet. California- the immigrant capital of America- is filthy. Perhaps the filthiest place on earth. Filthier than the slums of Calcutta . Filthier than the poorest slums of Brazil and Africa .

NBC journalists recently conducted a survey of San Francisco . They found piles of smelly garbage on the streets, used needles, gallons of urine and piles of feces- all near famous tourist attractions, fancy hotels, government buildings and children?s playgrounds.

Medical experts say the used drug needles they found can infect anyone who steps on them with HIV or Hepatitis. NBC News filmed hypodermic needles scattered on the ground as a group of preschool students walked by on their field trip to city hall.

The hundreds of piles of feces they found can also prove deadly. Medical experts report as the fecal matter dries the germs become airborne and if inhaled by children, they can lead to death.

Infectious disease expert and UC Berkeley professor Dr. Lee Riley told NBC journalists the streets of San Francisco are worse than any of the world?s most notorious slums. ?The contamination?is much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India .?

I guess diversity isn?t always so grand. I guess illegal immigration isn?t always the strength of America . Clearly, immigration- in the wrong form- does not lead to prosperity. California has become unlivable. The middle class are fleeing in record numbers- many of them to Las Vegas .

California is no longer the American Dream. For native born Americans, it is the American Nightmare. A cautionary tale of what happens when you combine open borders; a pathetic welfare state; and radical liberal politicians who see taxpayers as targets to be fleeced and illegal aliens as their core constituency.

44% of Californians don?t speak English at home. It is a foreign state inside America . Soon expect to see employment ads that say, ?Americans not wanted.?

California is following ?the Mexican model? ? i.e. a population with a tiny sliver of super rich elites at the top?and everyone else is dirt poor. Just like Mexico , the middle class is becoming extinct in California . This is the express train to hell.

Thanks to illegal immigration (which is always a net negative)?thanks to the joys of diversity (which doesn?t always work)?thanks to liberal politicians and voters?

California is quite simply a hellhole

CIEMR / Just Sayin'
« on: July 07, 2018, 09:46:35 PM »
Funny, our priorities...

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / I Flew
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:27:54 PM »
I Flew...

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Thinking of buying a XJ
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:57:59 PM »
So the oldest Pre-Ranger is coming up on driving age

He will be needing something to drive

I have always just loved those simple Jeep XJ's with their simple squared off muscular and all business fenders and rooflines.

Leaning on the strength of the 4.0 inline 6, these things last a goodly long time

So around here they run from a low of $1,500 for a rough one up to $8995 for a beauty not far from here.

The median seems to fall between $4K and $5K

And here's the thing. I actually want one for myself as well!

THought I'd do a father son build thing, adding to each as we go.

These things OK to modify lightly and motor along with?

One thing that scares me is the front and rear diffs. They seem pretty small and I would see the things wearing 32" or 33" rubber soon after purchase. Can those diffs stand up to that?

What else can anyone tell me about what to look for in these cool old boxes?

D.O.T. / Wolves
« on: July 03, 2018, 01:13:02 PM »
Wolves are good!

CIEMR / Dreamers...
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:11:07 PM »
This has been around, but pertinent.

1.      792,000 dreamers are over 25 years old. (That?s 88% of the official number)

2.     900 dreamers serve or have served in our military. (That?s 0.11 percent)

3.     743,000 dreamers do not attend College or have a College Degree (That?s 82%)

4.     189,000 dreamers dropped out of High School early (That?s roughly 21%)

5.     9,000 + dreamers are incarcerated (That?s 1%)

6.     657,000 dreamers receive welfare and pay no taxes (That?s 73%) but all are eligible to receive medical support via Medicaid.

7.     None have properly applied for or ever been awarded US citizenship?  (That is 100% remain illegal immigrants)

So the question is: Exactly what positive impact are these Dreamers having on our communities and society?  And, what is the media trying to prove by focusing on the few (less than 1 in 1000) who have tried to structure their lives around the American way?   What type of scam is our government running against Americans?    You can see the the DEMOCRATS want to keep these people here - Guess how they vote?

Construction and Building / Adirondack Chair Project
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:52:41 AM »
This will be a project thread on how to build Adirondack chairs.

I did not invent these plans but sourced them from a talented lady who has a web site, "Skip to my Lou"

The classic and simple outdoorsy chairs are beautiful and very comfortable in my opinion and my plans have always been to make a bunch of them and set them about my farm and primary home. They make great house warming gifts as well and possible heirlooms for the kids/grandkids.

Here is a link to the website and free download of the plans for the chairs:


Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / From an Army wife...
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:57:01 AM »

A Reminder to be Grateful


Four years ago today, I got up ridiculously early in the morning to say goodbye to my husband as he was leaving for a six-week training exercise.


"What are you doing up? You didn't have to get up."


"I just wanted to say goodbye."


I gave him a hug and a kiss as he walked out the door.


"I love you. Have a good exercise. I'll see you in six weeks."


I locked the door and as I turned, I tripped over an extra pair of combat boots he had discarded on the floor. Muttering under my breath,  I picked them up and threw them in the closet on my way back to bed. Just as I had a thousand times before over the previous twenty-one years.


Later that morning, I followed the trail he?d left behind him.


An unfinished bowl of congealed oatmeal and blueberries on the dining room table beside his laptop that he forgot (or never bothered) to turn off. Half a cup of cold coffee on the counter by the dishwasher. Pajama pants in a heap at the top of the stairs by the living room (where one naturally would leave their pjs). A plastic army clipboard on the desk in the entryway.


As I made my way around the house tidying up after him, I wondered if he would ever learn how to clean up after himself. He was a make-work project in so many ways. Never deliberately. He was just forgetful, and scattered, and was so clumsy. He was forever losing or spilling things.


I had absolutely no idea that was the last morning I would ever clean up after him.


Or that he would never come home again.


When someone we love dies, they leave a vast void in their stead. Where a life once existed, now only memories.


Those memories suddenly become our most precious possessions. We gather them close to our hearts and replay them over and over on a loop; like a movie reel of a life. We cling to them desperately, hoard them even, for they are all we have left of the person we lost.


We can?t help but think of all the memories that will never be made; all the should-have-beens and momentous occasions they will miss? graduations, weddings, grandchildren born.


We think of all the unfulfilled hopes and dreams; the aspirations and plans for the future that are now all gone.


We think of the things they will never get to do, the trips they won?t get to take, things they won?t get to see.


But gone isn?t just those big momentous events or the things they?ll never do.


Gone is so very much more than that.


Gone is a thousand tiny seemingly insignificant, ordinary things that we took for granted every single day. Things we may have even once complained about.


Gone is no more dirty dishes: no half-eaten bowl of oatmeal, no cold cup of coffee


Gone is no more pajamas abandoned in a pile in the most random spot.


Gone is no more PT gear or uniforms to wash.


Gone is no more blackberry constantly buzzing.


Gone is no combat boots in front of the door to trip over.


As I was leaving for my run this morning, I paused in the entryway by the door. I stopped and I listened to an echo of a memory,


?Seriously Daniel, can?t you just once put your damn boots in the closet??


 I looked down at the floor.


There was nothing there.


Just an empty space.


Sometimes you don?t fully comprehend the significance of something so simple in your life until it is no longer there.


All too often we don?t appreciate how fortunate we are until what we have is gone.


Not that we are purposely ungrateful. We just get so caught up in the chaos of life, so busy hurrying from one day to the next, we forget to stop and be grateful for all that we have.


And sometimes in all of the stress, all of the rushing to and fro, we don?t even see how much we have to be grateful for.


We don?t realize just how meaningful a pair of combat boots by the door really are.


We very rarely stop to think about what gone actually is because, well, we never really think it will happen to us.


Gone isn?t just some throwaway term or trite clich? used to define the absence of someone. Gone is real, and it?s enduring.


And gone, it does happen to us. Randomly; unexpectedly. On a sunny May afternoon.


Four years ago today I didn?t know the true meaning of gone.


I didn?t know just how hard it would be to start over at 43.


I didn?t know about the challenges of only parenting three teenagers.


I didn?t know about the long lonely years ahead of me.


And I certainly didn?t know how profoundly sad an empty entryway can be.


I locked the door behind me and as I turned, I caught one brief, final glance of the empty entryway through the window. I brushed away a tear. Just as  I have a thousand times before over the last four years


What?s gone is gone, forever.


As I ran down my street, I couldn?t help but wonder how many wives were muttering under their breath this morning as they tripped over a pair of combat boots.


Or how many husbands were grumbling because their wife bought yet another pair of shoes.


It?s so easy to be annoyed by those things; to roll our eyes and shake our heads.


The inconvenience, the cost, the clutter. And why do your combat boots need to be there? Why can?t you put them away? And really who needs that many pairs of shoes? I don?t even want to know how much they cost.


It is only after they are gone that we realize their true value.




In one heartbreaking instant.


This morning stop for a moment and look around you. Take it all in? the combat boots, the laundry, the dirty dishes, the blackberry that never stops buzzing, the shoe collection.


Stop and think about what it all represents.


Appreciate it.


Savour it.


Now, while you still can, before it becomes but a memory.


And as you do, know just how fortunate you are to have it. Every annoying, ordinary, lovely bit of it.


Because someday you might just find yourself like I was this morning, standing in an empty entryway with nothing but your memories, longing for the musty smell of mud and boot polish on a pair of combat boots that will never be worn again.


Be grateful for those combat boots by your door.


You truly will miss them when they are gone.


More than you could possibly ever imagine

CIEMR / Islamophobic: Oxymoron!
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:10:07 PM »

CIEMR / I hope this is true!
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:34:00 AM »
Whether this is fact or proves to be otherwise, I love this president and what he is doing for our nation!
I stand with him!

Thought you?d like to be informed, since the media won?t let you

Know?The White House....short report..... it's called ?Trump

Derangement Syndrome? - as titled by Rush Limbaugh.

 Nothing Trump does - to the good - will ever make it on the

National news. The media have their agenda and they're going to

Stick with it, no matter what.

On Friday, the Trump administration released
Their annual report to Congress on White House Office
Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and
Position title of all 377 White House employees.

The report also said that Trump decided not
To take a dime of his salary. Instead he donated it to
An amazing cause! (see below).

The report also showed that President Trump
Is far better at saving money than Obama was.
The total annual White House salaries under Trump are
$35.8 million vs. $40.9 under Obama, a savings of $5.1
Million. Here are some other key findings. There are
110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump
Than under Obama at this point in their respective

Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The
First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently,
There are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs.
24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009)

However, it's what the report said Trump did
With this salary that has everyone talking. Instead of
Taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the
Department of the Interior where it will be used for
Construction and repair needs at military cemeteries!
AMAZING! It's so great to have a President who loves
Our brave military men and women so much!

Oh, and where's the media coverage of this?
Oh that's right, they don't cover anything good that the
President does.


D.O.T. / SR-71
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:56:50 AM »

Intel / Ross Rant 05162018
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:21:46 PM »
World history is about to change in Asia and the Mideast, and all for the better.  It will be a change that affects events for multi generations:


The press is now widely reporting that the N Korea mountain where the nukes were tested, and Kim had his main nuke facilities, has collapsed, and killed maybe 200 workers and scientists. In short, Kim possibly has no nuke program any longer. China has seen radiation in the air near their border, and they will not tolerate this. The sanctions have really had an impact, and it is getting worse, and China is not bailing them out.  In short, Kim has no alternatives left but to do a real deal with Trump. There really will be an agreement that works. Trump, unlike Obama, is not hung up on human rights as a priority, but instead wants the end of nukes and missiles first. China wants no part of any war on their border. Kim no longer has a viable nuke program when the mountain collapsed. This is the ideal time to strike a real deal, as opposed to the disaster of the Iran deal where we had Iran collapsing and Obama and Kerry bailed them out, and funded all their efforts to control the region. I predict there will be a real agreement in N Korea, and it will hold because Trump and Pompeo and Mattis are realists and not ideologues, and because Trump and Xi understand each other. There will be no desperate deal with all the money up front.


Iran is now in a bad situation, and there is a real opportunity there to crush them. This time, the Arabs are with Israel, Trump has made it clear he will have Israel?s back,  the  Sunni Arabs want to see regime change in Tehran as much as Israel does, and Israel just taught Iran that in a war, Iran will get crushed. Israel wiped out all of Iran?s military bases and equipment in Syria in a couple of hours, at no cost to itself. It showed that its missiles and fighter aircraft can penetrate at will. That happened while Netanyahu was sitting next to Putin in Moscow. That was very meaningful. Putin seems to know backing Iran against Israel will be a loser for him.   He gets it far better than Merkel and Macron. He did nothing at all when Israel attacked, and said nothing after. Note that not one Arab nation stood up for Iran. Even Assad did little.  If Iran tries to rebuild its bases in Syria, Israel will just destroy them again.  This changes all of the calculus of Iran?s plan. They lost their capacity to launch attacks on Israel other than thru Hezbollah. We just had a major historic inflection point, and most of the US media barely noticed. Israel would never have done this under Obama because he did not have their back, and he would probably have publicly condemned Israel. Trump changed everything. And now with the end of the US in the nuke deal, and major sanctions being reset, Iran has real problems. Iran only has Hezbollah and Hamas now, and Hamas is coming apart in Gaza.  We see now that all Hamas can do is send fools to be killed trying to breach the fence.  They are impotent, which is why they are of no help to Iran. Israel has found a way to stop the tunnels and they seem to have no more rockets. The economy there has collapsed, and no Arab nation is funding them.    As my friend indicated, the Palestinians are on their own now, and have no financial capacity. Gaza is in a state of economic and social collapse. They are no real threat to Israel, and Iran cannot be of much help in Gaza with new sanctions by the US. Egypt maintains a tight blockade. Many will get killed this week when they try and fail to crash the border. Iraq is not joining any war on Israel or the US. That leaves Assad and Hezbollah. Assad is not able to attack Israel, so he is a nonstarter. Hezbollah has 125,000 rockets to fire at Israel, but you might notice, Israel is not attacking Hezbollah. There have been stories lately that the people in the areas that supply the fighters for Hezbollah are seeing hundreds of their sons killed or badly wounded fighting for Assad and Iran, and for no benefit to the Lebanese. Some speculate that initiating a new war against Israel on behalf of Iran will not be the first priority of these people. The Houthis are slowly being killed by the Saudis, and the siege of the area they hold, so they are no help to fight Israel.  Putin is not going to start a war with Israel to help Iran, and have to deal with Trump and Mattis. It is one thing to support Assad in Syria, and a very different thing to take on Israel and the US. Trump has now demonstrated that he is not afraid to use military attacks in the Mideast, even when Russian troops are close by. With Obama gone, the calculus is completely changed. The Saudis and Emirates will quietly help Israel, as will Egypt and Jordan.  Egypt needs Israel to destroy ISIS in the Sinai, so they owe Israel now. So Iran is alone in an all-out war with Israel.  This is not 1967. Iran cannot win a war with Israel.  Trump will cut Iran off from the US dollar banking system, and he will force the EU to stop their deals. With all of this, the Iranian people are already having strikes and protests. 35% of Iranians are really Azerbaijanian. They do not want to be Iranian. As the sanctions start to really disrupt the economy., the people will protest more and make it harder for the regime to start a major war with Israel. If Merkel and Macron would get aboard, this would accelerate the problems for the regime, but that is not likely. Merkel does not get it. She is still more interested in business deals, than terminating the regime. It is too bad she remains in power. Ironic that it is the Germans who do not get it.


The Israeli attack in Syria was very large and detailed. It had to have been well planned for weeks, just waiting for Iran to do something to trigger it. There is no way Israel would be able to pull this off in the detail accuracy and complexity without the US somehow involved in intelligence sharing. The GPS coordinates, cyber-attacks to debilitate Syrian anti air, and the aerial photos likely had some input from CIA and the Pentagon. Despite Hilary, Kerry and others working to derail Trump on Iran, it is becoming even more clear ending the nuke deal is the exact right thing to do at this time. Now the US can reimpose severe sanctions and bring about much more unrest inside Iran. All the statements by many on the left that ending the deal will prevent a deal with N Korea are already being proved completely wrong. We don?t know most of what is really going on, but based on past Mossad efforts, and now with CIA involved aggressively, you can be sure there are things happening to undermine the Iranian regime and the military.


Iran could attack Israel, but the blowback to them would be severe. They have only two ports, and those would quickly be destroyed by Israel, as would much of their military capacity. Their economy would collapse. Their missiles would be shot down by Iron Dome and Israel?s other anti air systems. This time Israel is ready for war. If Iran attacked a US ship in the gulf, then Trump would launch an all-out attack, and joining with Israel and the Saudis, Iran would get crushed quickly. I am sure Netanyahu is coordinating with Trump, and Israel and the CIA and Pentagon have joint planning and joint cyber warfare attacks on Iran. Hezbollah would likely attack, and it would be ugly with all those missiles, but then the US might join in to attack Hezbollah under the theory we are coming to the aid of an ally. It would all be very messy and a lot of dead, but in the end Iran gets wiped, Hezbollah loses its only support, and everything in the world changes. I believe Iran knows all this, and Trump will now squeeze them until they bleed, with or without the EU. He does not care what the EU or the left in the US  says. As my friend said, he has already told Merkel and Macron, ?you have accomplished nothing, and look what I have accomplished in N Korea?. Trump gets it, the EU, as usual, does not. The next several months in the Mideast are going to set the stage for the next several decades, and Trump ending the nuke deal with reestablishment of sanctions, and fully supporting Israel, is the difference. Ending the nuke deal, and moving the embassy will prove to be absolutely the right thing. (my liberal friends are by now going nuts with my view).


Bottom line, N Korea will get resolved because Pompeo has done a great job preparing the ground, China is on board, and Kim has no choices now. After the air attacks, Israel has the upper hand, and Iran is now isolated. There might be a war, but Israel and the US would win quickly, and there would be regime change in Iran eventually. Iran does not have a powerful military compared to Israel and the US. War with Iran might be the best strategy now, and would result in a massive change in the Mideast for the better.  It might be the only viable solution now, just as war was the only solution for Hitler. The situation is analogous. Obama was Chamberlain, and Trump is Churchill who was also hated by the left. (go see Darkest Hour). For my liberal friends, that likely sounds dreadful, and just feeds their view of Trump as dangerous, and me as nuts. I see it as geopolitics and  power politics played as it should be, with the US in control of events again. Regan revisited. War is often the only real solution where there is a regime like in Iran, which is analogous to Hitler. In the end, we would win, and Putin would have to fall in line. Xi will also see that he needs to work with Trump, and not get into a military confrontation with the US just as we are rebuilding our military power. Lots of people would be killed in an Israel -Iran war, but that is what happens when there is a crazy ideology and maniacs in power as we have in Iran, and as we had in Nazi Germany and the various kingdom?s before and during WWI.  Chalk the dead up to Obama and the nuke deal and failure to support the revolution taking place in 2009. Add those dead to the dead in Syria due to Obama failure to act. War now would be better than a bigger war later, if that is what it takes to get regime change in Iran. There are no nice diplomatic solutions or agreements like Obama did that will work.  Surely by now it should be obvious to all that the nuke deal only fed Iran?s ability to become aggressive with $150 billion and the lifting of sanctions. With Iran defeated, the entire world geopolitics changes, and I think Trump, Pompeo, Mattis, and Bolton understand this, and they are willing to go for it. Now is the moment. Especially since they will have Israel lead the battle, and not the US. We will see what happens over the next few months, and what Iran does about being wiped out in Syria. This is one of those major historic inflection points. Stay tuned in. Obama?s nuke deal and his dissembling of the US military, just made it all far worse than if he had dealt with Iran eight years ago. History repeats. Strength by the US matters, and horrible regimes eventually have to be destroyed.


If both N Korea and Iran are dealt with ,then  Republicans keep the House and Trump is unbeatable in 2020.  But the press prefers to focus on a stripper, Michael Cohen, and an investigation that has no basis.


Joel Ross

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Missed Approach
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:13:41 PM »
Went just a little long...

« on: May 14, 2018, 04:45:19 PM »

 This is an article from Victor Davis Hansen, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University (Emphasis added by Mr. Hansen

The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption.

      During this unscientific experiment, three times a week I rode a bike on a 20-mile trip over various rural roads in southwestern Fresno County. I also drove my car over to the coast to work, on various routes through towns like San Joaquin, Mendota, and Firebaugh. And near my home I have been driving, shopping, and touring by intent the rather segregated and impoverished areas of Caruthers, Fowler, Laton, Orange Cove, Parlier, and Selma. My own farmhouse is now in an area of abject poverty and almost no ethnic diversity; the closest elementary school (my alma mater, two miles away) is 94 percent Hispanic and 1 percent white, and well below federal testing norms in math and English.

      Here are some  general observations about what I saw (other  than that the rural roads of California are fast  turning into rubble, poorly maintained and  reverting to what I remember seeing long ago in  the rural South). First, remember that these areas are the ground zero, so to speak, of 20 years of illegal immigration. There has been a general depression in farming - to such an extent that the 20 to100 acre tree and vine farmer, the erstwhile backbone of the old rural California, for all practical purposes has ceased to exist.

      On the western side of the Central Valley, the effects of arbitrary cutoffs in federal irrigation water have idled tens of thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, leaving thousands unemployed. Manufacturing plants in the towns in these areas - which used to make harvesters, hydraulic lifts, trailers, food-processing equipment - have largely shut down; their production has been shipped off overseas or south of the border. Agriculture itself - from almonds to raisins - has increasingly become corporatized and mechanized, cutting by half the number of farm workers needed. So unemployment runs somewhere between 15 and 20 percent.

      Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World. There is a Caribbean look  to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps  substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos  cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls  unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens  roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business - rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, and constant inspections - but apparently none of that applies out here.

      It is almost as if the more California regulates, the more it does not regulate. Its public employees prefer to go after misdemeanors in the upscale areas to justify our expensive oversight industry, while ignoring the felonies in the downtrodden areas, which are becoming feral and beyond the ability of any inspector to do anything but feel irrelevant. But in the regulators' defense, where would one get the money to redo an ad hoc trailer park with a spider web of illegal bare wires?

      Many of the rented-out rural shacks and stationary Winnebago?s are on former small farms - the vineyards overgrown with weeds, or torn out with the ground lying fallow. I pass on the cultural consequences to communities from the loss of thousands of small farming families. I don't think I can remember another time when so many acres in the eastern part of the valley have gone out of production, even though farm prices have recently rebounded. Apparently it is simply not worth the gamble of investing $7,000 to $10,000 an acre in a new orchard or vineyard. What an anomaly - with suddenly soaring farm  prices, still we have thousands of acres in the world's richest agricultural belt, with  available water on the east side of the valley  and plentiful labor, gone idle or in disuse. Is credit frozen? Are there simply no more farmers?  Are the schools so bad as to scare away potential agricultural entrepreneurs? Or are we all terrified by the national debt and uncertain future?

       California coastal elites may worry about the oxygen content of water available to a three-inch smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, but they seem to have no interest in the epidemic dumping of trash, furniture, and often toxic substances throughout California?s rural hinterland.  Yesterday, for example, I rode my bike by a stopped van just as the occupants tossed seven plastic bags of raw refuse onto the side of the road. I rode up near their bumper and said in my broken Spanish not to throw garbage onto the public road. But there were three of them, and one of me. So I was lucky to be sworn at only. I note in passing that I would not drive into Mexico and, as a guest, dare to pull over and throw seven bags of trash into the environment of my host.

      In fact, trash piles are commonplace out here - composed of everything from half-empty paint cans and children's plastic toys to diapers and moldy food. I have never seen a rural sheriff cite a litterer, or witnessed state EPA workers cleaning up these unauthorized wastelands. So I would suggest to Bay Area scientists that the environment is taking a much harder beating down here in central California than it is in the Delta. Perhaps before we cut off more irrigation water to the west side of the valley, we might invest some green dollars into cleaning up the unsightly and sometimes dangerous garbage that now litters the outskirts of our rural communities.

      We hear about the tough small-business regulations that have driven residents out of the state, at the rate of 2,000 to 3,000 a week. But from my unscientific observations these past weeks, it seems rather easy to open a small business in   California without any oversight at all, or at least what I might call a "counter business." I counted eleven mobile hot-kitchen trucks that simply park by the side of the road, spread about some plastic chairs, pull down a tarp canopy, and, presto, become mini-restaurants. There are no "facilities" such as toilets or washrooms. But I do frequently see lard trails on the isolated roads I bike on, where trucks apparently have simply opened their draining tanks and sped on, leaving a slick of cooking fats and oils. Crows and ground squirrels love them; they can be seen from a distance mysteriously occupied in the middle of the road.

      At crossroads, peddlers in a counter-California economy sell almost anything. Here is what I noticed at an intersection on the west side last week: shovels, rakes, hoes, gas pumps, lawnmowers, edgers, blowers, jackets, gloves, and caps. The merchandise was all new. I doubt whether in high-tax California sales taxes or income taxes were paid on any of these stop-and-go transactions.


[The hi-lighted paragraphs are ways in which at least some of the nearly 47% of U.S. non tax payers are able to get by]

      In two supermarkets 50 miles apart, I was the only one in line who did not pay with a social-service plastic card (gone are the days when "food stamps" were embarrassing bulky coupons). But I did not see any relationship between the use of the card and poverty as we once knew it: The electrical appurtenances owned by the user and the car into which the groceries were loaded were indistinguishable from those of the upper middle class.

      By that I mean that most consumers drove late-model Camry?s, Accords, or Taurus?s, had iPhone, Bluetooth?s, or Blackberries, and bought everything in the store with public-assistance credit. This seemed a world apart from the trailers I had just ridden by the day before. I don't editorialize here on the logic or morality of any of this, but I note only that there are vast numbers of people who apparently are not working, are on public food assistance, and enjoy the technological veneer of the middle class. California has a consumer market surely, but often no apparent source of income. Does the $40 million a day supplement to unemployment benefits from Washington explain some of this?

      Do diversity concerns, as in lack of diversity, work both ways? Over a hundred-mile stretch, when I  stopped in San Joaquin for a bottled water, or  drove through Orange Cove, or got gas in  Parlier, or went to a corner market in  southwestern Selma, my home town, I was the only  non-Hispanic - there were no Asians, no blacks, no other whites. We may speak of the richness of "diversity," but those who cherish that ideal  simply have no idea that there are now countless  inland communities that have become  near-apartheid societies, where Spanish is the  first language, the schools are not at all  diverse, and the federal and state governments  are either the main employers or at least the chief sources of income - whether through emergency rooms, rural health clinics, public  schools, or social-service offices. An observer from Mars might conclude that our elites and masses have given up on the ideal of integration and assimilation, perhaps in the wake of the arrival of 11 to 15 million illegal aliens.

      Again, I do not editorialize, but I note these vast transformations over the last 20 years that are the paradoxical wages of unchecked illegal immigration from Mexico, a vast expansion of California's entitlements and taxes, the flight of the upper middle class out of state, the deliberate effort not to tap natural resources,  the downsizing in manufacturing and agriculture, and the departure of whites, blacks, and Asians from many of these small towns to more racially  diverse and upscale areas of  California.

       Fresno?s California State University campus is embroiled in controversy over the student body president's announcing that he is an illegal alien, with all the requisite protests in favor of the DREAM Act. I won't comment on the legislation per se, but again only note the anomaly. I taught at CSUF for 21 years. I think it fair to say that the predominant theme of the Chicano and Latin American Studies program's sizable curriculum was a fuzzy American culpability. By that I mean that students in those classes heard of the sins of America more often than its attractions. In my home town, Mexican flag decals on car windows are far more common than their American counterparts.

      I note this because hundreds of students here illegally are now terrified of being deported to Mexico. I can understand that, given the chaos in Mexico and their own long residency in the United States. But here is what still confuses me: If  one were to consider the classes that deal with  Mexico at the university, or the visible  displays of national chauvinism, then one might  conclude that Mexico is a far more attractive  and moral place than the United  States.

       So there is a surreal nature to these protests: something like, "Please do not send me back to the culture I nostalgically praise; please let me stay in the culture that I ignore or deprecate." I think the DREAM Act protestors might have been far more successful in winning public opinion had they stopped blaming the U.S. for suggesting that they might have to leave at some point, and instead explained why, in fact, they want to stay. What is it about America that makes a youth of 21 go on a hunger strike or demonstrate to be allowed to remain in this country rather than return to the place of his birth?

      I think I know the answer to this paradox. Missing entirely in the above description is the attitude of the host, which by any historical standard can only be termed "indifferent." California does not care whether one broke the law to arrive here or continues to break it by staying. It asks nothing of the illegal immigrant - no proficiency in English, no acquaintance with American history and values, no proof of income, no record of education or skills. It does provide all the public assistance that it can afford (and more that it borrows for), and apparently waives enforcement of most of California?s burdensome regulations and civic statutes that increasingly have plagued productive citizens to the point of driving them out. How odd that we over-regulate those who are citizens and have capital to the point of banishing them from the state, but do not regulate those who are aliens and without capital to the point of encouraging millions more to follow in their footsteps. How odd - to paraphrase what Critias once said of ancient Sparta - that California is at once both the nation's least free and most free state, the most repressed and the wildest.


       Hundreds of thousands sense all that and vote accordingly with their feet, both into and out of California - and the result is a sort of social, cultural, economic, and political time-bomb, whose ticks are getting louder.

      Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the editor of "Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the fall of Rome?, and the author of "The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern."

D.O.T. / Concealed carry
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:35:21 PM »
Armed citizenry!

D.O.T. / The building of a 737!
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:08:56 PM »
I believe Boeing builds a 737 in 18 hours, well assembles all the sub assemblies into a flyable airplane

Boeing currently builds 40 every month, nearly 500 a year!


Let's have a general discussion about vehicle reliability/vs longevity

So I already believe that these full sized diesel trucks last an "Uber-Long" time. I'd say one could plan for 300K miles with little maintenance on a duramax like truck, then expect to get at least another 100K out of it, perhaps 200K

But when it comes to small gassers, like these mid-sized SUV's or jeeps, or cars we also buy.

So my wife does not know how to stop driving. I bought her a Rubicon, the "GJ" in March of 2016, so we have just passed the two year mark. That jeep now has over 30,000 miles on it. I financed it for a bunch of years, but I wonder if it will last to the end. Whenever I start seeing over 100K miles, me, personally, I begin to get nervous. But I am obviously skewed toward the ultra conservative, as most of you happily drive vehicles with 130K-150K and more like it is nothing

So, generally speaking, when are these vehicles starting to time out?

Side note: When the GJ starts to hit that point, and we do not decide to sell it or trade it in, I may re-engine it and build it into a proper off roader

CIEMR / Racist Republicans! (and cruel conservatives!)
« on: May 01, 2018, 11:12:34 AM »
You think there is just a little bit of corruption in DC ? ................


Read this ............It might help explain it all.

From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

A Grand Jury had been empaneled.

Governments from around the world had donated to the ?Charity?.

Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those ?Donations? to the Clinton Foundation were declared.

Ok, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.


Guess who took over this investigation in 2002 ?

Bet you can?t guess.

No other than James Comey.

Now, that?s interesting, isn?t it ?

Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?

Your friend and mine, Lois ?Be on The Look Out? (BOLO) Lerner.

Now, that?s interesting, isn?t it ?

It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right ?

Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005 ?

No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.

Now, that?s interesting, isn?t it ?

Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time-frame ? ?

I know, it?s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.

What do all four casting characters have in common ?

They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.

Now that?s just a coincidence, right ?

Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.

Let?s fast forward to 2009.

James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.

Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.

The Uranium One ?issue? comes to the attention of the Hillary.

Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America?s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.

Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn?t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.

However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.

Ok, no big deal right ?

Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.

Guess who was the FBI Director during this time-frame ?

Yep, Robert Mueller.

He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.

Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney?s Office in Maryland.

No other than, Rod Rosenstein.

Guess what happened to the informant ?

The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.

How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?

Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved ?

~145 million dollars in ?donations? made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.

Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division ?

No other than, Lois  Lerner.

Ok, that?s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right ?

Let?s fast forward to 2015.

Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 ?investigations? the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.

He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her ?Public Service? as Secretary of State which was required by law.

He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.

Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this?? they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.

Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013 ?

Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.

No other than James Comey.

Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh ?

Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the ?Clinton Email Investigation? after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner ?Matter? at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.

Nope couldn?t find any crimes there.

Can you guess what happened next ?

In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.

They didn?t even convene a Grand Jury.

Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true ?Gangsta? Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.

Can you see the pattern ?

It goes on and  on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.

FISA Abuse, political espionage..... pick a crime, any crime, chances are...... this group and a few others did it.

All the same players.

All compromised and conflicted.

All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.

All connected in one way or another to the Clinton's.

They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.

How many lives have these two destroyed ?

As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.


Let us not forget that Comey's brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / Brotherhood
« on: April 27, 2018, 09:24:05 AM »

I don't know why I get in these moods, but sometimes I just can't get my mind off of my brothers in arms, and of the times we spent together. They were such an investment of my life, and they invested and trusted in me as well. I think of Jody maybe once a week. I remember that smiling face of a WO1, brand new warrant officer who showed up when I reported to the 101st once. A HMMWV dropped me off in a field in the middle of no where, and up comes Jody walking and smiling. He announces himself, "Hi, I'm Jody, you must be the Big Don we've been hearing about." He was one of those instant best friends.

But a friendship between a W4 and a W1 was not something that ever took place. He was supposed to be a magnet for abuse and I was the giver of misery to all around me according to our rightful roles. But Jody never stopped smiling and his friendship won in the end and we were just the best of friends, sharing life together.

And then one day I had to bury him. Standing before a crowd of thousands, his parents had chosen me to say the words that would resonate in their minds for the rest of their lives. You see, even though the desire was always there to be a warrior, I had created him. I sowed into him so much, and one dark night when I was riding his jump seat and at low level, we entered a snow storm and was immediately blinded, that cool calm and collected kid simply started a level turn on 180 degrees and within a minute or two, we were out of that storm and we made it on to the target, on time. Procedure called for an immediate power application to climb up to some minimum safe altitude to get away from towers and power lines and such, but he leveled off and turned staying out of trouble and off somebody's radar screen.

I asked him why he did that after the flight. He looked at me saying, that some old warrant officer had taught him how to do that. I knew then that he had learned, that he was the one. And indeed, he became that "One." He died in a place where no one even knew we were fighting on a daring rescue mission to free two American missionaries from the clutches of Communist guerrillas. The bad guys mostly died, and so did one of the missionaries, but we got one out, and Jody was heroic in all that. His Chinook however didn't last and crashed in some deep water. Everyone died who was on board. They were mostly all my friends. Jody, Bart, Sergeant Dorrity, all my friends.

Then so many more in Iraq and Afghanistan. I would choke back the emotion on so many occasions as I'd listen of a desperate attempt by aviators to pull some amputee out of a fight. I'd hear them taking hit after hit, getting chopped up trying to save someone. I did it myself, we all did, but God has his time and we have ours, and nothing we can do can extend God's time a single second.

But we get to live that moment. Like in the furnace of a steel mill, great metals are created, in those moments when you throw your own life to reckless abandon, and go for it, something is forged right there between you and someone you don't even know. Later there is this thing which I can't explain where you recognize each other instantly. Maybe at a party or sitting in Atlanta waiting for a flight, but you see them and they recognize you. "You in Iraq?" "Yea, with the 82nd in "O" six in Telafar, You?...and so it goes

But it stays with you and it changes you, and nobody who hasn't shared that sting will ever get it, and that's OK, but you are annealed and bonded into a group of people called warriors. We all share the same nervous system it would seem, because when one is in danger, we all feel it. WHile others are watching some movie and a bloody scene comes up, they see actors, we see the kid in the back the medic is trying to piece back together. When I see jets coming in for landing at cincy, I see a lone blackhawk, with a female pilot going at max speed for the medevac pad while all of us are yielding way, even the C-17 on final and the Mirage fighter running on fumes. We give way and all of us are hoping that the kid(s) on board make it.

We are a brotherhood...

Mini Sermon 7: Does God punish you? Is it a good thing?

Does God punish you? Do you get angry with him when he does?

Well for me the answer is yes and yes. And what if I told you there is a silver, (Actually a gold) lining in all of that? Yep its true and I?m gonna prove it to you. Our God the father is exactly that. He is a father. He is the father of your father and every father in existence. He created every momma, and he?s their father as well. Unlike this dad (Me) who forgets to sign notes from his boy?s teachers, forgets about upcoming games and a myriad of other things, the big father in the sky doesn?t miss a detail. Nope, knows every hair on your head! (Luke 12:7)

Dads are not always your buddy. They try to be but when you cross a line they have set down, they often hold that line which then places you on the offender column. That may be an unpleasant place. Depending on your age it may involve a spanking, or a time out or giving up the car keys for a week or two. The manner of punishment changes, but the fact that you just got body slammed by the big authority figure never changed. From then to now a good father is consistent.

A godly father tries to stay connected to his father in heaven so that he will know the boundaries, gain in wisdom, and be a fair adjudicator of justice. Would we even need laws and police and even a military of fathers were all Godly, and they all did their job? Think about it. So right there I have identified a failing in human fathers, but that?s not news we see it on every street corner, and in most homes across this land.

But remember I started off saying there was a silver lining to when God punishes us. Assuming you were called by him and invited to accept his son, and you now live with Jesus as your one and only king, well then you are part of God?s system of justice. If you cross a line or continue to do so, he may in time punish you. His term for the act is to ?Chasten? you. Chasten and punish are roughly the same thing. The act stings and sets you on notice that you just crossed a line which the Father does not like. It invites us to make a heading correction to get back on course and back into the good graces of a loving father. Remember that a loving father is not always your buddy, but he always has your back. He always wants you to make the right call, take the right road, and choose the correct course of action. That?s a guy I like to call ?Coach.? In my military mind, life is not meant to be easy. Easy is for, well, now that I?ve given up cussing, I am struggling to find a word. But taking the easy road is not for men of courage, for the warrior clan if you will allow.

This isn?t meant to be long, but only to show you something and that is found in Hebrews 12:4-9

Hebrews 12:4-9 4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the LORD's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the LORD disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined-and everyone undergoes discipline-then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

Look carefully at what verse 6 says: 6 because the LORD disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son

Get this: He accepts you as a son! And where exactly does God live? Say it, say: Heaven. YES HEAVEN!!!!! And that is the place where the streets are made of what??? Say: Gold. You see the old Warrant Officer has a point here. If God took the time to whack you, he did it because he knows you are one of his and therefore you can see proof, even in the midst of sin, that he has your back, and your eternal destination is a really great place with a friend in the name of Jesus, and reigned over by our eternal Father, God himself

Yea, I?m liking that. Takes a bit of the snap out of that sting I received just two days ago for strayin? when I should have been sailing a true course. Yes Sir, Father God, I got that, Please forgive me sir, I?m back reporting for duty?again!

Faith Discussion / Mini Sermon 6: The Sin of Apostasy
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:17:36 AM »
The Sin of Apostasy

?For if we are willfully sinning after receiving the full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice concerning sins.? Hebrews 10:26-29 warns against the sin of apostasy:

26 For dif we go on sinning deliberately eafter receiving the knowledge of the truth, fthere no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 gbut a fearful expectation of judgment, and ha fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 iAnyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy jon the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one kwho has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned lthe blood of the covenant mby which he was sanctified, and has noutraged the Spirit of grace?

Apostasy is an intentional falling away or defection. Apostates are those who move toward Christ, right up to the edge of saving belief, who hear and understand the Gospel, and are on the verge of saving faith, but then reject what they have learned and turn away. These are people who are perhaps even aware of their sin and even make a profession of faith. But rather than going on to spiritual maturity, their interest in Christ begins to diminish, the things of the world have more attraction to them rather than less, and eventually they lose all desire for the things of God and they turn away. The Lord illustrated these types of people in the second and third soils of Matthew 13:1-9:

That same day Jesus went out of the house oand sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, pso that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And qhe told them many things in parables, saying: r?A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but swhen the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, tthey withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among uthorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some va hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 wHe who has ears,1 let him hear.?

And in Matthew 13: 18-23:

18 k?Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of lthe kingdom and mdoes not understand it, nthe evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately oreceives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but pendures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately qhe falls away.2 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but rthe cares of sthe world and tthe deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and munderstands it. He indeed ubears fruit and yields, in one case va hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.?

These are those who ?receive with joy? the things of the Lord, but who are drawn away by the cares of the world or turned off by difficulties they encounter because of Christ.

?Willful sinning? in this passage carries the idea of consciously and deliberately rejecting Christ. To know God?s way, to hear it preached, to study it, to count oneself among the faithful, and then to turn away is to become apostate. Sinning willfully carries with it the idea of sinning continually and deliberately. Such a person does not sin because of ignorance, nor is he carried away by momentary temptations he is too weak to resist. The willful sinner sins because of an established way of thinking and acting which he has no desire to give up. The true believer, on the other hand, is one who lapses into sin and loses temporary fellowship with God. But he will eventually come back to God in repentance because his heavenly Father will continually woo and convict him until he can?t stay away any longer. The true apostate will continue to sin, deliberately, willingly and with abandon. John tells us that ?No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God? (1 John 3:9).

Apostates have knowledge, but no application of that knowledge. They can be found in the presence of the light of Christ, mostly in the church, among God?s people. Judas Iscariot is the perfect example?he had knowledge but he lacked true faith. No other rejecter of the truth had more or better exposure to the love and grace of God than Judas. He was part of Jesus? inner circle of disciples, eating, sleeping, and traveling with Him for years. He saw the miracles and heard the words of God from Jesus? very lips, from the best preacher the world has ever known, and yet he not only turned away but was instrumental in the plot to kill Jesus.

Having turned his back on the truth, and with full knowledge choosing to willfully and continually sin, the apostate is then beyond salvation because he has rejected the one true sacrifice for sins: the Lord Jesus Christ. If Christ?s sacrifice is rejected, then all hope of salvation is gone. To turn away willfully from this sacrifice leaves no sacrifice; it leaves only sin, the penalty for which is eternal death. This passage is not speaking of a believer who falls away, but rather someone who may claim to be a believer, but truly is not. Anyone who apostatizes is proving he never had genuine faith to begin with.
John 2:19: 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

D.O.T. / So, I'm writing another book
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:23:16 AM »
Yepper another book should be coming out someday.  :lipsrsealed:

I hope to presale a dozen copies if the market is big enough!  :facepalm:

Nothing like setting your sights low enough to ensure success  :cool:

And as if anyone in their right mind would read the mindless ramblings of this old crusty Warrant Officer.  :sad:

But, some do, and on the shoulders of those boneheads I hope to make my millions!

Yea, so I was thinking about Distant Thunder and how it talked about the experiences we have going off to war and living a military life, but I wanted to do more. I wanted to write about the Christian aspect or side to that story. Then one day I was talking with a long time friend, Jeremy who said I should do it. HE said write it up in such a way as to be a self-help book sold on the Christian market.

He is a bit of a wizard about such things, so we dove in a bit deeper. He just seemed to know how to promote the thing and steer its development, so i started writing.

Then one morning I awoke with the idea that he should become my agent and promo and market the whole thing. So I approached him with the idea, and he said of course, he would love to do it.

So he plans to create a web site where peeps (Not yous, none of you boneheads...I need thinkin' people)! Just kiddin! So he builds this web site where you can talk with the author, and news about the new book and Distant Thunder can be had. He would arrange for speaking engagements and interviews and all of that and I would pound my fingers to the bone whilst figurin' out how to get sarge unstuck or this darned turbo removed from my truck!

So I started some time ago and I now find us some 405 chapters deep and something over 23,000 words. I shoot for 70,000 words which makes for 240 or so pages and add or subtract as necessary to make my point

So the way this one lays out is that I first have a concept, like, say, "faith." That concept is supported by a story which occurs somewhere in my military experience. I develop the story and lace it with scripture and in the end one can see where God was present all the time.

Anyway, off we go to the races, we'll see where this one leads!

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