I need some creative (real) suggestions to help me get to either Indianapolis or Lafayette on Thursday, earlier the better, then back down to Atlanta. A car rental is $600 (best deal so far) with more than half of that being insurance I have to have. If anyone knows of anyone travelling that way, or has other constructive or creative suggestion, would love to hear it.
Two, it appears that Normandy is a go, at least in terms of transport. Now, I need lodging, car, and some food would not be amiss either. Please donate to either the Indigogo fundraiser or at my site if you would. Anything helps!
Finally, if you are a company or organization that would like some targeted and productive advertising, please contact me here. I will be glad to share information on demographics and options with you.
Things are starting to move, and your help in making the most of them is very much appreciated.
That's right, the U.S. participation in this year's Normandy ceremonies has been reduced to one general officer, a color guard, and a bugler. The Germans and the Dutch will be supporting the airborne operations, but no U.S. paratroopers will be taking part.
More than ever, I want to be there to document and record this year. My Kickstarter did not get enough funds, but I have a new fundraiser going that will get me some funds, if not all. For I do want to be there to record the veterans that are able to attend, to document this year, and share it with the world.
In addition to donations, looking for advertisers/sponsors who are interested in this and more. Drop me a line if interested.
The Intricate Richard-Dance of The Mentally Insane....
Posted By Deebow
I had no idea when I was young that adults were going to be this foxtrotting dumb when I grew up. It appears that the US Army has now demonstrated that they are capable, on the grandest of scales, of reaching a level of mental midgetry and political correctness that has no limit or bottom.
“The vendor etched those inscriptions on scopes without the Army’s approval,” Army spokesman Matthew Bourke told Fox in a written statement. “Consequently, the modified scopes did not meet the requirement under which the contract was executed.”
Bourke said the vendor (which is Trijicon--ed.) agreed to remove all Bible references on future deliveries.
“Some of these scopes had already been fielded,” Bourke explained. “Corrective measures were taken to remove inscriptions during the RESET/PRESET process in order to avoid a disruption in combat operations.”
Our enemies are laughing at us as they watch us dance around trying to kick their ass without hurting their feelings, using bad words or getting some gravy from their lemon chicken on their precious holy book; as they ambush our soldiers with explosives and gunfire.
So, following along with your idea there Mr. Big Army spokesman Matthew Bourke, in order to be intellectually consistent with this galactically stupid idea that religion should not be part of our operations overseas, or part of the identity of our army, or part of the values of our soldiers; and that soldiers deployed in combat operations should not be in possession of anything that makes reference to bible verses and by their extension, religious materials; I demand that DoD take the following action immediately:
Every Chaplain in every service located at every post, on every ship, at every airfield and forward base be redeployed or PCS'ed and upon arrival in CONUS, I want them immediately out processed and given an RE-4 re-enlistment code. I also want every piece of religious material taken from every post and base here and abroad. I want every chapel on every post and base torn down. I want AR 670-1 changed so that every soldier is prohibited from carrying, wearing or being in possession of while in uniform and religious symbol or piece of religious jewelry; whether visible or not. I want every pocket copy of the New Testament confiscated from all soldiers in theater.
If the giving of offense by religion and the possibility thereof needs to be removed from our rifle scopes, then all of these things, according to your definition, will "disrupt" combat operations and need to be removed from our forces. In fact, we probably need to complete this little circle of ass-hattery you have got started here by ensuring that from this time forward, we only recruit atheists; you know, just to make sure.
And, I am not certain if you know, and this part comes from someone who has looked down a rifle at them, the Muslims aren't going to be more pissed at us because we wrote a bible verse on a rifle scope, and removing them isn't going to increase the likelihood of mission success, so what is your objective exactly with this order?
We are not talking about knocking down a burr on a firing pin that causes negligent discharges or making a work around for up armoring a truck, you are talking about removing part of a serial number on piece of US army equipment; which I think will get you some UCMJ action,
I know this is all about the stupid premise of not somehow making this a "crusade." If it really was, we would have wrapped this up about 8 years back and had them all converted by now.
Mostly though, this kind of shiznit just makes our society look weak, as if we have no courage of our convictions to stand for what we believe in; and I understand how our enemies would get this impression, given the well documented love of America by our current Secretary of State, Occupant in Chief and the rest of the most inept and clueless administration in history.
If I were the King; I would have this inscribed on the upper receiver of every rifle in the inventory:
Blessed be the Lord, My Rock who trains my hands for battle and my fingers to war.
I say if you are going to inflame their passions, I want them to be on fire.
Via Carrie (Marine Wife/Marine Mom), comes this seriously badass, awesome, can't-say-enough-about-it, video. She also says to grab a a hanky (I always listen to Carrie). This is the true meaning of Semper Fidelis. If these American Fighting Men don't make you proud, you're at the wrong blog. Please share this.
It Was What We Thought, And What We Could Learn....
Posted By Deebow
First of all; God Bless the sheepdogs for taking it to these two ass-clowns in a very manly manner When you find the other one; Lather, Rinse, Repeat and wash that Islamist terrorist right out of your hair. The Chechens have a reputation for unbelievable savagery. And turds like Cenk Uygar talking about how these cats are white (we saw men in the 'Stan that could have passed for white BTW, and my guess is that they were Chechen, and they were still Muslim)
With what now is appearing to be an ad-hoc Mumbai style delayed attack going on in Boston; I would like to suggest that police departments start getting on board with how the Israelis deal with these types of problems.
With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice brother robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.
And you better get some first rate PR help from someone who can explain it to people who are going to be wholly unaccustomed to the level of deadliness and the apparent immediate denial of civil rights this is going to look like (I always have some free time on Fridays). But we will not take up precious space here, but get to it after the jump.
Hero: Officer Sean Collier Killed Because He was a Sheepdog
Posted By Blackfive
"...if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed." - Colonel Dave Grossman on Sheepdogs"
A much-loved MIT campus police officer with less than two years on the force is the Boston Bombers’ fourth victim, authorities said.
Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville Mass., was shot multiple times in his squad car by the bloodthirsty brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev around 10:20 p.m. after the pair attempted to rob a 7-Eleven, according to police and news reports.
One thing is certain, Sean Collier is a Hero. End of watch, Officer Collier, Godspeed.
One heck of a way to wake up: The two suspects in the Boston bombing appear to be Chechen brothers, oe is dead, and there are now reports of explosions heard as police surround a house.
Short version is that apparently the two brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarneaev may have been involved in a robbery attempt, that led to a carjacking, which led to multiple run-ins with law enforcement.
Sadly, an MIT police office, name unknown at this time, was killed by the brothers in one of these events. Godspeed to him, and thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
In addition, a MBTA transit police officer, Richard H. Donahue, Jr., has been wounded and is hospitalized. Thoughts and prayers out for him.
UPDATE 1: Clarification -- Tamerlan was killed last night in a gun and explosive firefight with police.
UPDATE 2: Boxing card for Tamerlan here, Gym where Tamerlan was training here, photo of him boxing here, slideshow of him during training here.
UPDATE 3: BBC coverage here, WCVB Boston here, WHDH Boston here, MyFoxBoston here.
UPDATE 4: Interesing article where AP claims to have talked with suspects father. If true the disconnects are interesting and telling.
NOTE: Not an update, but keep in mind a couple of things today and the next few days. First, the information we have now is fragmentary, unconfirmed, and WILL change. Two, by noon the internet will be flooded with experts on Chechnya and the problems within. Might I suggest our own Blackfive actual and Grim as two who have a passing familiarity with that region and problems from/with same? I have a modest knowledge, but will not call myself an expert.
UPDATE 10: Right now, what is going on really isn't known. It appears one suspect may be down, and EOD involved, but there may be hostages, may be more suspects, etc. So, no speculation until we know something.
NOTE 2: For Ifni's sake: If you are media, social media, etc: Please don't broadcast addresses or specific locations as it can compromise officer safety and investigations. There are credible reports that at least one suspect does have/did have online access.
THOUGHT TO SHARE: If it had been one person, I could believe that
only one was involved. When you have two involved, there are usually
more involved. Suspect we will learn a lot more here soon, and would
not be surprised to find more arrests, deportations, etc. Pure speculation, but speculation based on experience.
UPDATE 11: According to police media briefing, person in house is not the missing brother. No more information right now.
There is more to come, but not on this post. New post if needed, bump of this if critical.
MOST INTERESTING: Decided one more update needed, as very interesting that Hagel is now at the WH. Update, WH says previously scheduled meeting on national security. Should have lots to talk about...
UPDATE: She made it! Despite being sick, she pushed on and was selected in the final audition last night. Congratulations Kaiti C, and thanks to all who voted for her!
Yes, this has been going on a while, blame the Colt's for that. :)
We are down to the wire, and the final auditions are the17th. Kaiti C. has made it through the process so far, so let's get her off to a great start in the final audtions and selections by putting her in the top 10 vote getters going in. You can vote once a day for her.
Also, though the Colt's IT people don't see it, a lot of people are getting a warning about the site. As of today, that warning is only coming up if you try to login via https versus http. The http is fine as best my diagnostics can tell, so get on over and vote.
An Open Letter to the Wounded of Boston From Wounded Veteran, Army Sergeant Peter Damon
Posted By Blackfive
Via Facebook and emails, this message is going viral and it should. From Peter Damon who lost both arms in Iraq and is now a very accomplished painter:
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WOUNDED OF BOSTON - As a veteran, double amputee, and fellow Massachusetts resident, I'd like to offer my condolences and deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of yesterday's attack. I'd also like to offer words of comfort and support to those whose lives were forever changed yesterday by traumatic loss of limbs. Although it's undeniably tragic , you will recover. And you must have hope that this terrible trauma will in no way stop you from living a full and productive life. In fact, this will be a defining moment in your life. In the coming days, weeks, and months, you will find a strength and resilience you never knew you had. Take solace in the fact that we, in the veteran community are recovering with you. Look to the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have lost limbs for support and inspiration.
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
Email: wpaisley AT comcast DOT net
Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
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Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
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A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.