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February 2012

Indy-Area Red Robin Fundraiser

Bumping up to remind that tomorrow is the big day. 

Short Version:  The Red Robin at 9965 N. Michigan Road in Indianapolis (Carmel) will donate ten percent of their proceeds on Wednesday 29 February to Cooking with the TroopsBaen Books has donated 100 books for Michael Z. Williamson to sign and give to those coming in to eat between 2-4. Please help us spread the word, full info below the fold.

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D-list actor compares “Act of Valor” to Nazi propaganda film

This yahoo feels entitled to spout his nonsense, and I feel just as entitled to respond:

Star of TV’s Parenthood, Dax Shepard, compared the pro-U.S. military film that stars actual Navy SEALs, Act of Valor to Adolf Hitler’s Triumph of the Will. On his Twitter feed the one time Ashton Kutcher prank boy from Punk’d wrote: “Saw ‘Triumph of the Will’ tonight, oh wait, I mean ‘Act of Valor’ great action.” Apparently the reaction to Shepard’s obnoxious tweet, comparing this week’s #1 movie starring active duty Navy Seals to a Nazi propaganda movie was immediate, as he attempted to walk back his comments.

Shepard lamely claimed he was: “not comparing our military to Nazis. Pointing out the exceedingly high level of propaganda in both.”

Yeah, and Hollywood never puts out propaganda, do they dimbulb?

Froggy made the prediction some time ago that this would be the reaction to the movie by the Hollywood set and critics.  He was right on.  (The critics hate it – 30%, the people love it – 86% and oh, by the way, it owned the box office this past week)

Jackwagons like this goob are always ready to pitch their edgy comments because, you know, they’re cool.  Or at least they think they are.  They’ve been in a movie or something and are considered a “star” by others.

Of course, they couldn’t hold a Navy SEAL’s jock or in anyway understand the reality the film actually brings to the screen vs. his career of stupid pranks he calls acting.

He has no idea what is or isn’t “propaganda” in a film or he’d condemn half of what Hollywood produces.  But because his reality (and mindset) is so far removed from that which those men and their families in “Act of Valor” live everyday he feels entitled to dismiss the film as comparable to Nazi propaganda?

Well, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave and the sheepdogs welcome and defend the right to free speech.  In fact, the very men he denigrated by his immature and thoughtless remark are out there guaranteeing it right now.

That doesn’t change the fact that he’s a consummate dumbass and a D-list actor of marginal talent though, does it?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Montenegro Medical

Doc lift hires_120223-A-OD503-092U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Campbell, assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, helps lift Darko Nisavic, a doctor with a Montenegrin emergency medical team, into an Army UH-60A+ Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter during a humanitarian mission in northern Montenegro on Feb. 23, 2012. Campbell is part of a U.S. task force providing assistance at the request of the government of Montenegro after record snowfalls left tens of thousands in the country's mountainous north cut off and unable to receive food, fuel or medical assistance.   DoD photo by Spc. Lorenzo Ware, U.S. Army. (Released)


Book Review: Kill Shot

This book review is a special for BlackFive from Elise Cooper:

Kill shot 151360108Kill Shot is the second prequel in the Mitch Rapp series.  Just knowing that it is a Vince Flynn book centered on the main characters Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy will put it on the New York Times Best Seller list, currently number two.  Although fans of Flynn will have no doubt about the resolution of issues, they will get from the book an understanding of the character’s personalities: intrigue, jealously, rivalry, and loyalty. 

Kill Shot begins a year after Mitch Rapp graduates from “The Farm.”  He sees his job as making sure terrorists are eliminated, not caring about the rules of engagement.  Rapp wants the terrorists to constantly look over their shoulder, to fear him.  A great quote from the book, that Mitch wanted the terrorists to “lie awake at night and wonder who was after them…Thousands of people the world over lay awake at night in agonizing pain, lamenting the loss of loved ones at the hands of these cowards.”

The book has Mitch killing a Libyan diplomat in Paris.  The kill goes wrong and he must fight his way out, leaving behind many dead and unanswered questions.  The theme of the book becomes evident when his superiors question his motives.  Flynn intertwines the trust issue through many different areas.  Mitch is not sure whom he can trust. He is unsure about his fellow CIA operatives, his longtime nemesis Stan Hurley, or his handler Irene Kennedy. Not knowing his friends from his enemies, he decides to go silent. There is also the conflict between other CIA operatives, the French police who do not trust the French Secret Service, and the CIA Director who must decide whose instincts to trust, Irene Kennedy or Stan Hurley.

The book is slightly low on action but heavy on understanding the personalities Flynn fans have come to know and respect.  Readers will understand where they are coming from and how their thought process works.  For example, Mitch is self -confident, a loner, and someone with tunnel vision.  Irene Kennedy is analytical, loyal, calm, and unemotional. 

What is absolutely amazing and incredible is that Vince Flynn wrote this book while undergoing treatment for Stage III metastatic prostate cancer. Readers of Flynn have never been disappointed with any of the previous Mitch Rapp novels and will not be disappointed now. As usual Flynn is able to write about events before they happen. This book is no different since a sub-plot involves fellow CIA officials outing Rapp, which has recently happened in real-life as well.  This book should be read for its insightfulness, realism, and character development.


God Speed, Brothers

On 18 Feb 2012 at night in the Horn of Africa, AFSOC and the USAF SOF community lost 4 warriors.

A U-28, a modified Pilatus PC-12, is a single-engine turboprop used by the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).  The aircraft crashed while returning to its temporary assignment at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Camp Lemonnier is a major staging area for AFRICOM operations in the theatre.

U-28a

During a briefing held on Feb 21, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said "There is absolutely no indication of any kind of enemy involvement in the downing of the plane."

Those of us who have strapped a piece of our country's aeronautical hardware to our backsides know that sometimes this is the price we pay when we write that blank check to our nation.

Lost in the crash were:

Captain Ryan P. Hall of Colorado Springs, CO. (7 deployments and 1300 U28 combat flight hours)

Captain Nicholas F. Whitlock of Newman, GA. (5 deployments)

Lt. Justin J. Wilkens of Bend, OR. (3 deployments)

Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten of Upper Marlboro, MD. (3 deployments)

God speed, gents.  Prayers go out to their families and loved ones.  You will not be forgotten.


Bellavia for Congress

Man I like the sound of that....Bellavia for Congress. Allan West could use a wing man and I can't think of anyone better than my good friend and compatriot, David Bellavia.He will be running, God-willing and the creek don't rise. Go to the link and check out his video and support the man if you can.

David Bellavia, 35, grew up in Western New York. He and his wife have been blessed with three children and they live in Batavia - the heart of the 26th Congressional District. David is a recognized authority on the Middle East, terrorism, foreign policy, and veterans' affairs. He has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox News, CNN and other major national news outlets. He is also the critically acclaimed author of the book "House to House," a personal account of his combat service in Iraq.

David enlisted in the United States Army in July 1999, served for six years and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He led a squad of men in combat.

David is a highly decorated veteran of the Iraq War and one of the most decorated veterans of his generation. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah and received the Bronze Star and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

David was also nominated for the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. In 2005, he was inducted into the New York Veterans Hall of Fame. Since his active duty military service, David has served in non-profit organization management. He cofounded Vets for Freedom, a veterans service organization devoted to achieving bipartisan support of the United States' national security and the defense of its citizenry. Today, Vets for Freedom is one of the largest global war on terror veteran's organizations in America.

NATO promises Afghan government it will submit “perpetrators” of Quran burning to “open trial” and “justice” [UPDATE]

A press release from the Afghan government’s website concerning the Quran burning incident.  Note bullet 3:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

Following the insulting and shameful act of burning Quran in Bagram airbase that injured the religious sentiments of the Islamic world and particularly of the Afghan Muslim nation, two delegations comprising of representatives from government, the National Council of Ulemma and the National Assembly were assigned and dispatched to investigate the circumstances and causes that have led to the inhumane incident.

The delegations, while deeply touched by the religious sentiments shown by the Afghan Muslim and Mujahid nation, inform our citizens of the following:

1. In view of the particular security situation in the country, we call on all our Muslim citizens of Afghanistan to exercise self-restraint and extra vigilance in dealing with the issue and avoid resorting to protests and demonstrations that may provide ground for the enemy to take advantage of the situation.

2. After the shameful incident by the US soldiers stationed in Bagram, senior NATO and American officials expressed their deep apologies to the Muslim nation of Afghanistan and assured that such incidents will not happen again.

3. NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible.

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What does that mean?  Since when do we submit US service members to “open trial”?  Who will be bringing these “perpetrators” to “justice” and who will be dispensing “justice”?  If it is to be military trial, what is the UCMJ charge?

Did NATO officials seriously “promise” this?

Clarification, please.   And if this is true, it redefines “outrage”.

UPDATE: From the guy we, for some reason, keep in power in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai (during an address on Afghan TV) three days after President Obama’s apology:

"We all know that regrettably some days ago an American soldier burnt our Holy Koran,” Karzai said, according to the BBC translation. “We condemn this vicious act in the strongest terms. The government and the people, scholars, tribal dignitaries, spiritual figures of Afghanistan, the educated people of our country all share the people's feelings... Our people's sensitiveness is right and is laudable.”

"The US government says that such act was carried out because of ignorance and lack of knowledge,” Karzai said. “This incident happened as a result of the ignorance of the US military officer about our vision about Islam and not recognizing the Koran. It was not deliberate."

"Today,” Karzai said, “we had a detailed session attended by jihadi leaders, prominent scholars, speakers of both houses--the lower house and the senate--the esteemed chief justice, vice presidents and other dignitaries and our government. We discussed the matter of the burning of the Holy Koran. Representing the Afghan nation and their pure sentiments, in fact the Islamic world, once again we call on the US government to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice and put them on trial and punish them."

Boy, that apology sure helped.

Any question about the expected and desired result of this “open” trial?  Any doubt about what will happen if they aren’t punished as a result of the trial or the punishment doesn’t satisfy the expectation?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


The wages of weakness

You have to ask yourself if anyone on Obama's team understands the mentality of the savages who form the profane cult of extremist Islam. The answer is no, but you still have to ask yourself. The list of barbarities they have performed around the world is far too long for a full accounting here. They love nothing better than a chance to get all spun up and chanting about some perceived defamation of their "religion of peace" and then respond with some good old religious violence. Well their outrage-o-meter was pegged recently by a non-existent insult against their holy book and US troops have died as a result of their tolerance.

The Obama team has responded by going into full kowtowing and apology mode and as usual that has simply shown the uncivilized swine that we are weak. So they attack and again we prove that we are not the Strong Horse. Here we have a lovely example of the reaction to ass-kissing grovelry.

ObamaPakistanNoose

These are our allies the Pakistanis and they think a noose around the neck of the US President is the answer. We at BLACKFIVE deplore this image, PERIOD! but it is certainly instructive as to the folks we are trying to influence.

They slaughter innocents to further their religion, stone rape victims, hang homosexuals, mutilate their girls, enslave their women and lower the standard of living everywhere they infest. But hey, maybe if we tell them we still love them it'll all work out, right? Not bloody likely.


Book Review: “Outlaw Platoon”, by Sean Parnell

If you’ve ever wanted to understand what it means to be an infantry platoon leader in Afghanistan, I can’t recommend Sean Parnell’s upcoming book “Outlaw Platoon” too much (scheduled release date, Feb. 28th).  It is a book that will open both your eyes and your heart to what those who choose the infantry face in that war. 

Parnell (who wrote the book with John Bruning) manages to write a book that deals the issues of command and the internal dynamics of platoon of men at war while still offering an extraordinarily good read.   His, in reality, is a timeless story that grabs you from page one and won’t let you go until you finish the book. 

The story of “Outlaw Platoon” follows a platoon of the 10th Mountain Division through its deployment in Afghanistan and the coming of age of its young platoon leader.  It also tells the story of the warriors in the platoon.  If you’ve ever been a commander at any level of a combat arms unit, you’ll immediately identify with this book.  And even if you haven’t, you won’t be able to put it down.51O3kWHbrnL._SS500_

I found Parnell’s descriptions of the platoon’s development from a collection of soldiers to a “band of brothers” forged in the crucible of combat to be incredibly compelling.   Just as compelling was the growth of Parnell as a leader enabled by the careful mentoring of his senior NCOs.  That’s how it is supposed to happen and as you’ll see, that sort of development creates a synergy that makes a unit more capable and devastating to the enemy than their numbers would have you think they’d be. 

You’re also in for a few surprises about that war in general that will leave you less that certain about its eventual successful outcome.   What won’t surprise you is how damn good our warriors are, how well they fight and the odds they routinely face. 

Parnell also covers the internal politics and problems endemic to US forces engaged in a war such as Afghanistan.  The two cultures that uneasily co-exist (the combat element v. the FOBBITs) in that theater is given an airing.  Additionally, the stark reality of how convoluted the alliances in the area are and how really no one outside of other US forces can be trusted.   You’ll also see that even within the combat side of things, there are those who don’t or won’t do their jobs and because of that, jeopardize the lives of the warriors.  There is no attempt to paper over the problems our soldiers face in that war.

It is a tremendous read, a page turner that wouldn’t let me put it down until I finished it.  Do yourself a favor, buy it and read it, it’s worth every penny.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO