I think drones are an absolute force multiplier and have their purpose. I have taken exception – many times – on this site to the manner in which they a used. The extra-constitutional murder of American citizens is at the top of the list of reasons they must be judiciously employed. Secret kill lists and the like are not the stuff of American exceptionalism. We are on the wrong path. How long before that path leads to my door, or yours?
I have not watched this video so I make no claims as to the veracity of it’s content.
Crude Content Warning! I will cuss, make sexual references, mix metaphors, and take off all of my filters in the rant below. Enter at your own risk:
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The Obama administration still thinks talking with dictators will work. They have learned nothing from their failures.
The dictators, however, have learned a lot from successes in negotiating with Obama. They can get whatever they want.
HAVANA – The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro’s government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country’s struggling economy.
Following the highest-level open talks in three decades between the two nations, Cuban officials remained firm in rejecting significant reforms pushed by the United States as part of President Barack Obama’s surprise move to re-establish ties and rebuild economic relations with the Communist-led country.
“One can’t think that in order to improve and normalize relations with the U.S., Cuba has to give up the principles it believes in,” Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs, Josefina Vidal, told The Associated Press after the end of the talks. “Changes in Cuba aren’t negotiable.”
From Yahoo Canada
…Filmed an anti-oil video aboard his private palace with a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity. He has no problem flying an entire fleet of aircraft and vehicles halfway across the globe to take the kids on vacation, but drilling in ANWR? That’s a bridge too far.
Artillery strikes recently killed dozens in Mariupol, Ukraine. The United States has provided “lethal aid” to Ukraine in their battle against Russia. The $5 million for “military education & training” (below)was just the tip of the iceberg.
We provided a $20M drawdown for “commodities” and a huge laundry list of other stuff. In case you are curious what kind of “military education & training” they are talking about, they’re talking about the primary mission of the guys in the funny green hats. The reporter in the video says “Tell me, what happened here?” To which, the man in a Ukrainian military uniform responds (in perfect NE US English):
We have been doing everything we can to hammer on Russia. The only thing surprising to me about this is that Barry hasn’t taken credit yet. The situation in Ukraine is critical to our global efforts to contain Russia. I think it will prove to be a fool’s errand, ultimately, but it’s critical nonetheless. As the most under-reported story of 2014, the situation in Ukraine has all of the hallmarks & red flags of a proxy war.
Uke, please call the Principal’s office…Uke, please call the office.
1,000 paratroopers from Panther Brigade headed to Iraq this week
Image from Weaselzippers
The 82nd Airborne, and more specifically its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, are no strangers to Iraq.
Since 2003, parts of the brigade have deployed in support of U.S. efforts there on at least three occasions.
Now, more than three years after the U.S. military presence in Iraq was thought over, about a quarter of the Panther Brigade will return with a new mission to help train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.
About 1,000 paratroopers from the brigade will deploy this week as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission.”
From the Fayetteville Fayobserver
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So, what to do if you are shot? Well, if you are aware that you are shot, that’s a plus. Statistically, most gunshot wounds don’t kill. I wish I had a nickel for every thug I have operated on and discharged or ED -treated and released, for nonfatal or nonthreatening gunshot wounds, but, again, that’s with state of the art care, not post-SHTF. Next, assess where you’ve been shot and what you’ve been shot with. A deer rifle or 5.56/7.62 round to your abdomen post-SHTF in a remote location probably means it last rites time. Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but it is what it is. Rapid infusion of IV fluids can briefly maintain pressure, but may paradoxically also maintain bleeding. This is where morphine is important, and a selfless attitude not to get your team killed futilely trying to save you. Military survival rates from such injuries in Iraq/Afghanistan are impressive due to efficient air evacuation and rapid, specialized treatment. Certainly similar rounds to head (you’ll never know), neck or extremities kill as well. Internal bleeding from abdominal or chest wounds cannot be controlled with external pressure. Bleeding from extremity soft tissue wounds and smaller vessels is controllable with pressure.”
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It’s a beautiful Sunday morning in Revo World. As such, perhaps it is that someone out there could use an encouraging word from one of God’s anointed ministers. Everyone of any or no Faith is welcome here at the Revo Chapel, should you be inclined to come on in and sit a spell.
The unseen Missionary – A message by Pastor Herb Reavis of North Jacksonville Baptist Church
For the second time ever we hear the stark truth from MSNBC instead of parroting White House talking points.
The king could not stand President Obama because the president was supportive of the Arab spring, because the president did not support Hosni Mubarak in Egypt – in fact turned his back on Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.”
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Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s Friday night and it’s time to get this party started. We leave behind another week on the grind and the rituals that go with the beginning of the weekend must now be observed. We take comfort in our rituals. You never have to ask when the next showing of our featured presentation here will be. You never have to look at your watch here either. You are here. The time here is always Now. Our featured presentation for the evening is now showing.
We have had a strong run of excellent movies for our Friday Night Flights of late. Last Friday night left me wondering how to fill the Theater this weekend. I was going to go for a double dose of Polish War Movies. So I began my search for another movie by doing some historical research on the history of Warfare in Poland. I’m beginning to think that the fact that the Polish people still exist is evidence that they may well be the toughest people on Earth. I’m from a Scottish Clan that has been traditionally governed by women because the men seem to get killed off in Wars a lot through history, mostly due to the fact that they had a knack for fighting as or for the underdogs in any disagreement. I would like to think that they simply had balls and fought for what they thought was right, regardless of the odds.
Go check out some Polish history and you will see a lot of fighting as underdogs. I raise my kilt to you Poles.
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