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None of what you want is going to happen before the next President takes office. I would suggest you direct your attention to seeing that something positive has a chance of happening, then. That is what I plan to do.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on Chattanooga at BlackFive
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Oh, I hope so, too. And I hope the people in the majority-Muslim countries continue to wake up to the dangers to themselves posed by the Islamist Perverts. It is interesting to see that, historically, weak and stupid kings were the direct impetus to such innovations as the Magna Carta and the US Constitution. Perhaps the chaos caused by Jimmy Carter and now Barack Obama will nudge the miserable tyrannies in the Middle East into a more tolerable form.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on Adam Gadahn dead? at BlackFive
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Oh, go for it. And while you're at it, you can put on Alan Jackson's "She's gone country" for background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlUR9XT_-Wk I, too, been reading science fiction since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, when it had about the same status as comic books. I read those, too. When I got to college, at first I thought it was nice that the intelligentsia had finally discovered Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, but actually, no. These people were not fans of good reading. They were fans of Important Reading. While I was inhaling everything I could find, they were talking about books they had not read, and I knew it, because they would say things that were vapid, if not false. So now, the Hugo Award has become commercially valuable, and therefore infested with people gaming the system like Ronulans. It has to be fun, pointing this out, and clearing a space for good writers. Meanwhile, take heart. That big sci-fi section in the bookstore has a huge following, and that following is not inclined to limit themselves to Hugo-blessed titles or authors. If the discrepancy gets too big, the award will no longer be any kind of a draw, and the readers will know it. If you want, you can make up your own, idiosyncratic award. It might just become a thing.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2015 on On The Hugo Awards... at BlackFive
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I recall a couple of my favorite photos somewhat like this: in one, a kid was hiding behind a soldier, and in another, the soldier had taken a knee to talk to a kid, and the kid had his feet curled up over the toe of the soldier's boot. Our normal US troops are the best ambassadors we have.
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Oh, do tell us exactly what office Dick Cheney currently holds with Halliburton, that he would be capable of signing a contract on the company's behalf. Please provide a credible cite, not some piece of speculation originating with a fabulist, like Howell Raines. If you come up with something legitimate, I promise to forward it to my daddy, who really, really hates Cheney, and has admitted that he "knows" Cheney had a corrupt relationship with Halliburton, but "I just can't prove it."
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You should have asked that question of somebody who knows something about economics, not to mention the differences between the USA and Europe. There is no place in the whole world for getting things done, like the United States. The reason is, we limit the choices fake big shots, such as ignorant bureaucrats, can make for us. One of those choices is how many days a company must pay for its employees to take off. Making laws that dictate extra burdens on companies in this manner leads to inefficiency and bad service. I recall being told by an American about how he was visiting in Germany, and needed something from the office. However, he could not get into the office, because nobody at the time was available. They were all gone, it was after their hours, and they were not going to be disturbed. Europeans let so many things get in their way, that Americans do not tolerate. You see, people in America who are not unionized employees do take off, but they get their work done first, and they are flexible about the needs of the business. I work holidays and weekends if I need to. I also take time off. It depends on the workload.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on What Difference Does It Make - take 2 at BlackFive
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Yes, let's trust Iran over everybody else, including our allies who actually have good intelligence assets in the area, because nothing says trustworthy like exporting religious terrorism worldwide, for the purpose of bringing about the Appocalypse.
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Your "facts" -- aren't. The nonsense about Netanyahu's failure to notify the WH was a lie. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/02/figures-reports-to-promote-anti-netanyahu-talking-point-that-israel-blindsided-obama-was-based-on-a-lie/ "Bibi Netanyahu, and his allies, have no desire for accommodation with their Arab neighbors short of a Jewish state that encompasses all the lands (Judea and Samaria) prescribed in the Old Testament." Utter bullshit. Israel has given up land for peace, and it did not produce peace because Hamas wants them dead. http://middleeast.about.com/od/palestinepalestinians/a/me080106b.htm In fact, Hamas denies ANYBODY the ability to agree to peace with the Jews. Actually, the Islamists have taken an old notion, that God won't destroy the world unless and until the last Jew has died off (a variant of the Soddom and Gomorrah story) and perverted it into a plan to kill al the Jews to bring about the end of the world. Know the enemy.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2015 on Free Fire Zone- Bring it Bibi at BlackFive
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I am glad you made the distinction between strategy and tactics. That introduction merits a look at the link.
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I am not surprised. This administration is the one that launched a hashtag campaign (#bringourgirlsback), INSTEAD of taking any kind of effective action, in response to a terrorist attack. The word "feckless" does come to mind.
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Place it so our friends and allies who happen to be Muslim can buy in wholeheartedly, and we win that much sooner. I know very well that the Islamists claim to be the very best Muslims, and that all their atrocities are committed in the name of Islam, Mohammed etc., etc., etc. I also know that 25% of the population of Egypt physically turned out to peacefully demand an end to their elected Islamist regime. I submit there is also other, ample evidence that the Islamist claims are FOS.
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How dare they? How dare those bastards take "offense" at drawings on paper? Right now, "ISIS" is using videos of the actual decapitation of human beings, which they explicitly claim as being done in the name of Mohammed, Islam and Allah, as recruitment advertising. "ISIS" are the purveyors of the worst pornography on the Internet -- snuff films done in the name of their religion. There is an insult to Mohammed, Islam and Allah, here, by the Islamists. All the drawings do is draw attention to the crimes of these blasphemers.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2015 on Last Night in Paris... at BlackFive
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Hollywood's bad taste can't be blamed on the consumers. They make what they want, and then try to sell it.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2014 on Ironic is one word at BlackFive
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One of the privileges of driving in San Diego is watching the Ospreys train. Granted, I prefer being a passenger at the time…..
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2014 on Photo - Marines Find a Rainbow at BlackFive
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Nah, we still have the high ground. People overseas, especially english writers from Iraq and Egypt, laughed their asses off when they found out about Abu Ghraib, and what Ted Kennedy called "torture." One of them suggested that Victoria's Secret should be asked to donate women's undies to be placed on terrorists' heads, because it wigged them out so bad. Pile 'em up nekkid? Take pictures of them? Make one stand on a box, tape wires to his fingers, and (lie) tell him he'll be electrocuted if he steps off the box? Even in the US, these are known as fraternity pranks. I had a nice older gentleman, a friend, come up to me at the gym and say "I don't understand this. Pledging for my fraternity in college was worse than this. How can they call this torture?" After the Abu Ghraib hearings, the police in Egypt killed a blogger, who was taken into custody for blogging. They beat him until he was barely recognizable and raped him with a broomstick, before he died. There was no investigation. The Egyptians decided that, if the Americans could hold their government accountable for Abu Ghraib, and they could not get an investigation of a murder, it was time for them to change their government. High ground, we got it just fine. The whole world knew that Egypt does real torture, and the US does not.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- Torturing the CIA at BlackFive
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"American torture" is to torture as "American Imperialism" is to imperialism.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- Torturing the CIA at BlackFive
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He understands the game. Look for one deal in english, and a different deal in farsi (or whatever language the Iranians choose to use). This time, the differences should not be attributed among the American people to language differences, confusion, or bad faith on the part of the Iranians. He has used that tactic, before in dealing with Iran. And, he is playing poker, but not with Iran. He is playing poker with the American people. He is applying the tactic that was successful in bringing about the passage of the Obamacare legislation to foreign policy. http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/11/video-stupid-voters-would-have-killed-obamacare/
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- Iranian Nuclear Poker at BlackFive
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During the run-up to the Iraq war, I wrote to Pres. Bush, and told him that I did not want to hear about anything that might come back to haunt us. I do not write this to say he followed by advice, only that even a civilian can understand the need for reticence in these matters.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2014 on The SEAL Community and Fight Club at BlackFive
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What your are talking about is, in the language of socialists, breach of the social compact. In socialist theory, breach of the social compact by the government is to be either done, or provoked, for the purpose of securing Revolution. This kind of action has been more vividly described as a game, "F*ck the System." This administration appears to have been deliberately playing "F*ck the System" with the American people, and it has secured a revolution. Only in America, "revolution" has a different name. It is called "election results."
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"something about Islam is causing many of its followers to slaughter innocents. " You will find a contract to enter into an advertising campaign to convince Muslims that they have an individual, religious duty to kill every Jew on the face of the earth, and re-conquer every square inch of land ever held by a "muslim" regime in this document. http://middleeast.about.com/od/palestinepalestinians/a/me080106b.htm This advertising has been going on since 1988. If the Jews do nothing to offend, Hamas just makes it up. The Hamas Covenant must be repudiated. Hamas has sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- A Pack of Lone Wolves at BlackFive
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I hope the people involved in this operation carefully go over every aspect of their equipment and protocols, and then train with anal care. I do not see anything remotely like adequate guidance coming from above.
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Just do NOT reduce the standards for passing the tests. I know I don't need to tell you this, but I am repeating it for the benefit of others. I do not want anybody killed because some person with political aspirations decided a few losses for the sake of "larger issues" is acceptable. It is not.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2014 on Women in the Combat Arms at BlackFive
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We have already seen that we are talking about vanishingly small numbers of women. I well understand the impulse to move to what seems to be a straightforward conclusion based on overwhelming experience. In my opinion, there probably is not ONE such young woman available right now or in the next several years in the US. Indeed, the poor level of physical fitness of our children suggests that there will be fewer, not more men, much less women, capable of handling a combat arms position, because we are raising our children inside. But God distributes talent and ability where He wills. If ever a woman turns up that is well-suited to a combat arms position, and she wants it, everyone will see her coming, because she will be unique. She will have a history, too, one that will tell you that she is not just peaking temporarily, but has the solid foundation to stay fit under that kind of stress. In the meantime, everybody else (female) will fail a physical test, sooner or later. Just do NOT reduce the standards for passing the tests. And, train the women in those other MOSs to use weaponry, because given the fluid nature of combat these day, some of them will surely be caught in combat, and may need to pick up a weapon and use it.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2014 on Women in the Combat Arms at BlackFive
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Given the range of human potential, I am sure that there will be, at some time, some woman with the genetics and the physical raising to allow her to qualify for a Combat Arms position. Who knows? Such a woman might also want to apply. In that event, let her test. It would be perfectly rational to screen candidates by using relevant criteria: size, perhaps, plus demonstrated ability to do certain tasks. All you have to do is refrain from saying that women cannot apply because they are women. Do not change the tests to allow weaker people to qualify, where strength is required to complete the foreseeable tasks.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Women in the Combat Arms at BlackFive
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The jury has been deliberating for a MONTH??
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