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A Message from Dave
Freedom of Speech
First off, remember this:
What can we do as individuals to keep our Freedom of Speech?
- Never be afraid to say the right thing at the right time in an appropriate setting.
- Always apply the golden rule--don't say anything about others you wouldn't want them saying about you.
- Always think before you speak.
- Always act responsibly and pick your battles carefully.
- Never back away from the truth.
Freedom of speech has always been at the forefront of our history in the United States and lately it has caused me to give it a lot of thought because freedom of speech is paralleling everything that is wrong with our country.
Freedom of speech is being taken away by activist groups like the politically correct, gay groups, feminist groups, minority groups, socialists, secularists, etc. Because they do not want the truth to be known so they can push their own agendas unopposed.
The following is excerpts from some speeches giving a sampling of how Freedom of Speech was approached in our history.
Patrick Henry's famous speech, delivered in the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was a fiery call to arms against British oppression. "In defense of a "great and arduous struggle for liberty," Henry argued for a "well-regulated militia" for the colony of Virginia, and the convention subsequently passed his resolution. Henry (1736 – 1799) was a member of the First Continental Congress and was the first governor of the state of Virginia. William Wirt re-created the address in his Life of Patrick Henry (1817)
"Mr. President. No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subjects in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery, and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a
time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst and to provide for it."
James Madison's argument in favor of the adoption of the Constitution was essentially a rebuttal to a speech against ratification made on the previous day by Patrick Henry. Madison's support was instrumental in reversing opinion against a federal constitution. In addition to writing The Federalist (1787) with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, Madison (1751 – 1836) served as secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson, whom he succeeded as president in 1809.
"We ought, sir, to examine the Constitution on its own merits solely. We are to inquire whether it will promote the public happiness; its aptitude to produce this desirable object ought to be the exclusive subject of our present researches. In this pursuit, we ought not to address our arguments to the feelings and passions but to those understandings and judgments which were selected by the people of this country, to decide this great question by a calm and rational investigation.
I hope that gentlemen, in displaying their abilities on this occasion, instead of giving opinions and making assertions, will condescend to prove and demonstrate by a fair and regular discussion. It gives me pain to hear gentlemen continually distorting the natural construction of language, for it is sufficient if any human production can stand a fair discussion. Before I proceed to make some additions to the reasons which have been adduced by my honorable friend over the way, I must take the liberty to make some observations on what was said by another gentleman (Patrick Henry).
'Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric? Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened..."
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) Elected third president of the United States in 1800.
"During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety; they might, indeed, have been corrected by the wholesome punishments reserved and provided by the laws of the several states against falsehood and defamation: but public duties more urgent press on the time of public servants, and the offenders have therefore been left to find their punishment in the public indignation.
No inference is here intended that the laws, provided by the state against false and defamatory publications, should not be enforced; he who has time renders a service to public morals and public tranquility, in reforming thee abuses by the salutary coercions of the law; but the experiment is noted to prove that, since truth and reason have maintained their ground against false opinions in league with false facts, the press, confined to truth, needs to other legal restraint; the public judgment will correct false reasoning's and opinions, on a full hearing of all parties; and no other definite line can be drawn between the inestimable liberty of the press and its demoralizing licentiousness. If there be improprieties which this rule would not restrain, its supplement must be sought in the censorship of public opinion."
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910) Began writing under the pen name Mark Twain in 1863.
"The press has scoffed at religion till it has made scoffing popular. It has defended official criminals, on party pretexts, until it has created a United States Senate whose members are incapable of determining what crime against law and the dignity of their own body is – they are so morally blind – and it has made light of dishonesty till we have as a result a Congress which contracts to work for a certain sum and then deliberately steals additional wages out of the public pocket and is pained and surprised that anybody should worry about a little thing like that.
I am putting all this odious state of things upon the newspaper, and I believe it belongs there – chiefly, at any rate. It is a free press – a press that is more than free – a press which is licensed to say any infamous thing it chooses about a private or a public man or advocate any outrageous doctrine it pleases. It is tied in no way. The public opinion which should hold it in bounds it has itself degraded to its own level. There are no; laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press. A libel suit simply brings the plaintiff before a vast newspaper court to be tried before the law tries him, and reviled and ridiculed without mercy..."
Newton Minow's 1961 speech before the National Association of Broadcasters introduced the infamous description of television as "a vast wasteland."
"Ours has been called the jet age, the atomic age, the space age. It is also, I submit the television age. And just as history will decide whether the leaders of today's world employed the atom to destroy the world or rebuild it for mankind's benefit, so will history decide whether today's broadcasters employed their powerful voice to enrich the people or debase them... and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.
You will see a procession of game shows, violence, audience-participation shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly, commercials – many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you will see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, try it...
Why is so much of television so bad? I have heard many answers: demands of your advertisers; competition for ever higher ratings; the need always to attract a mass audience; the high cost of television programs; the insatiable appetite for programming material – these are some of them.
I do not accept the idea that the present overall programming is aimed accurately at the public taste. The ratings tell us only that some people have their television sets turned on and of that number, so many are tuned to one channel and so many to another. They don't tell us what the public might watch if they were offered half a dozen additional choices. A rating, at best, is an indication of how many people saw what you gave them. Unfortunately, it does not reveal the depth of the penetration, or the intensity of reaction, and it never reveals what the acceptance would have been if what you gave them had been better – if all the forces of art and creativity and daring and imagination had been unleashed. I believe in the people's good sense and good taste, and I am not convinced that the people's taste is as low as some of you assume...
Certainly, I hope you will agree that ratings should have little influence where children are concerned... If parents, teachers, and ministers conducted their responsibilities by following the ratings, children would have a steady diet of ice cream, school holidays, and no Sunday school. What about your responsibilities?
It is not enough to cater to the nation's whims, you must also serve the nations needs..."
The power of instantaneous sight and sound is without precedent in mankind's history. This is an awesome power. It has limitless capabilities for good – and for evil. And it carries with it awesome responsibilities, responsibilities which you and I cannot escape.
I think these questions need to be asked. What is freedom of speech? Is their really such a thing as free speech? Are their rules or boundaries to free speech, and if so what are they? I will attempt to answer those questions. In terms of absolutes in a perfect world the answers are obvious, but in this vast world of deception and power struggles at best its hard to stay oriented to reality. So we will see what happens here.
Here are some thoughts to stimulate your thinking on Freedom of Speech.
- National Security has been quite often overlooked in the name of Freedom of speech. We all lose to protect the right of a selfish irresponsible liberty taken by a few.
- In the Military we are taught to respect the rank not necessarily the person. We have people in our nation undermining the authority and office of the presidency. They openly in public venues call our president names (Hitler) falsely accuse him of fabricated lies. We have all seen and heard this on radio, television, public speeches, and politicians. They call themselves Bush haters and they use hate as a justification to say or do anything they please no matter whom it hurts. This is what Abraham Lincoln said about this "Anyone that speaks against the Commander and Chief should be shot" By attacking the office and institution of the presidency who really gets hurt? Our nation and ultimately everyone in it.
- Verbal treason through Freedom of Speech we have all witnessed from individuals all the way up to our public officials in our time of war aiding and comforting our enemies. Who gets hurt by this? Our country.
- Journalists and the press constantly attack our soldiers judging them, Monday morning quarter backing and bringing charges against our soldiers through something very popular today guilt by accusation. Who gets hurt by this? Of course our brave soldiers some with careers destroyed others with their fate hanging in the wind, but in the end the whole nation will suffer for this.
- I was taught as a child that a person was innocent until proven guilty, but now it seems you are guilty until proven innocent and you are subject to two trials one is in a court of law and the other in the media called the court of public opinion by the press. Who gets hurt by this? Obviously the innocent, but also the whole nation.
- Does a person have the right to yell out fire or bomb in a crowd causing panic where people are stampeded?
- Does a person have the right to go around spreading lies to manipulate the public? We see this all the time out of some candidates to sway votes. They call it manipulation of the facts, I call it deceit.
- Does a person have the right to malign and gossip spreading rumors about individuals causing them harm? I like to think what goes around comes around but the innocent always suffer along with the guilty.
- Does a school teacher or professor have a right to teach opinions and revisionist history with no basis in fact to inculcate our young with false information?
"I am old enough to remember when America's colleges and universities seemed to be the most open-minded and intellectually rigorous institutions in our society. Today, something very much like the opposite is true: America's colleges and universities have become, and have been for some decades, the most closed-minded and intellectually dishonest institutions in our society. Colleges and universities today almost universally have speech codes, which prohibit speech deemed hurtful by others, particularly those who are deemed to be minorities (including women, who are a majority on most campuses these days). They are enforced unequally, so that no one gets punished when students take copies of conservative alternative campus newspapers left for free distribution and dump them in the trash. But should a conservative student call some female students 'water buffaloes,' he is sentenced
to take sensitivity training – the campus version of communist re-education camps. The message comes through loud and clear. Some kinds of speech are protected, while others are punished." - Michael Barone.
I think you can see a pattern here. The basis of liberty is to choose for yourself, but with that freedom comes consequences and in the end we all can get hurt by poor choices.
- What is freedom of speech? Freedom of speech is no different than freedom, which means responsible speech. Freedom is responsibility. Under the same rules freedom is maintained by the responsible so is freedom of speech.
- Is there really such a thing as freedom of speech? The answer is no. There are always consequences both good and bad for our decisions on what we say. No one is truly free of consequences.
- Are there rules and boundaries to Freedom of Speech? Yes.
- The right to exercise a liberty should never be taken at the expense or harm of another under the principle Freedom is maintained through responsibility just because we have a right or liberty doesn't mean we should take it. If you are driving and have the right away doesn't mean its ok to cause an accident or run over some one. That's being responsible.
What can we do as individuals to keep our Freedom of Speech?
- Never be afraid to say the right thing at the right time in an appropriate setting.
- Always apply the golden rule don't say anything about others you wouldn't want them saying about you.
- Always think before you speak.
- Always act responsible and pick your battles carefully.
- Never back away from the truth.
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Never point an RPG at a US Marine
We have room for but one flag, the American (US) flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Do not open if the death of an Iraq insurgent will bother you. Next time you see a serviceman/woman... thank him/her for standing up to this!!!
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Three men are sitting stiffly side by side on a long commercial flight. After they're airborne and the plane has leveled off, the man in the window seat abruptly says, distinctly and confidently, in a loud voice, " Admiral , United States Navy, retired. Married, two sons, both surgeons."
After a few minutes the man in the aisle seat states through a tight lipped smile, " Admiral , United States Coast Guard, retired. Married, two sons, both Judges."
After some thought, the fellow in the center seat decides to introduce himself. With a twinkle in his eye he procl aims, " Master Gunnery Sergeant , United States Marine Corps, retired. Never married, two sons, both Admirals.
During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another jeep stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel.
"Your jeep stuck, sir?" asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside.
"Nope," replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, "Yours is."
Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door. Conscious of his new position, the colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir." Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"
"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook up your telephone."
Officer: "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier: "Sure, buddy."
Officer: "That's no way to address an officer! Now let's try it again!
Do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier: "No, SIR!"
An Air Force chief master sergeant and a general were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces. The general shouted, "Hey, don't put that stuff on me! My wife will think I've been in a whorehouse!"
The sergeant turned to his barber and said, "Go ahead and put it on me. My wife doesn't know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like."
The elderly American gentleman arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he fumbled for his passport.
"You 'ave been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. The old gent admitted that he had been to France previously. "Zen, you should know enough to 'ave your passport ready for inspection."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. You Americans alwayz 'ave to show your passports on arrival in France!"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach in '44 I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."
USAA Insurance Claim
This story comes from a retired SF LTC when he filed a telephonic claim to have his digitial camera replaced after it was damaged in Iraq. It is pretty funny.
I called USAA Insurance claims earlier today to file a claim for my camera.
It's a kickass camera too, a Canon PowerShot SD 450. I've had that camera since last Christmas, whence my parents bequeathed it to me in order to capture footage of this mystical middleastern environ known as Iraq. That being considered, I was quite annoyed to find that it was irreparably damaged...well it's not in tiny bits and pieces, but the screen is cracked. Anything else, I would have just sucked it up and bought a new one, but for a $250 camera? Well, somebody's gotta pay for it, and I'll be damned if it's going to be me!
I was fortunate enough to get through to a USAA (whom I use for Auto and property insurance as well as banking) representative with no wait. The nice lady on the other end asked me what I needed to file a claim for.
Yes, my digital camera was damaged three days ago beyond repair, I need to file a claim for it.'
"No problem sir...Okay, so can you tell me how it was damaged."
"'Sure, it got hit by a rocket propelled grenade three days ago."
Silence. Not unexpected to say the least, but I still found humorous the mental image of a woman on the other end of the phone in shocked quiet, her brain struggling to grasp what I told her.
"Uhm...could you say that again please?"
"Yes, it got hit by a rocket propelled grenade. I'm in Iraq right now."
Granted, I could have told her that up front, but I decided to let her wrestle with the idea of somebody in Average, US, having a camera destroyed by a random rocket propelled weapon. But then again, for all she knew I could have been in Detroit.
"Ah, I see...soo, it got hit by a rocket...propelled....grenade?"
"Yeah. I'm on a tank see, and we were out on a mission, we got attacked, and the RPG hit the stowage box that I had my camera in. It didn't shatter it or anything, it just broke the LCD screen."
"I see...okay, let me get this form started...so you are in Iraq...which city?"
"How do you spell that?"
Ahhh, a mental genius. If she's ugly, then I'd say there's a 100% chance of her being single, as nobody dates girls that are stupid AND ugly. Except maybe perpetual drunkards.
"Okay...and do you have a street that this occurred on?"
Wow. How to answer this one. I could just tell her, but then again the names we have for streets here are hardly official, and she sure as hell wouldn't be able to pull out a Frommer's and look up where 'Michigan' is on the Ramadi map. I'd have to send her a copy of the city map graphics we have, which happen to be classified, for her to believe me saying 'Why yes ma'am, it happened at the intersection of 'Durka Durka' road and 'Dumb Shit' alley...I'm sorry, I meant 'Shit Creek' alley, I always get those confused.' However, since she holds the key towards me getting a camera that I don't have to pay for, I opt to curtail my standard smartass antics. That and not having footage of her facial expression just didn't make it worth it.
"Yeah...the streets here don't really have actual names. We give them code names and stuff, but there aren't any official street names. That won't be a problem, right?"
"'No sir not at all...okay...lets see, damage caused by...hmmm...what should I put here..."
I offer my assistance. "Enemy fire, maybe?"
"Ohh, that works. Okay, enemy fire. And party responsible...Hmmm....did you manage to get the name of the person that fired the rocket at your tank?"
Times like these really try my better nature. As much as I wanted to say something witty like 'Why yes I did, his name was Bob. Bob the Insurgent. Not to be confused with Bob the Bombmaker or Bob the Beheader. Just Bob the Insurgent.' As for that question, what the hell is that? Like I'm going to stop my tank, get out of my 68 ton rolling sanctuary, walk over to the hadji, and then say 'Excuse me good sir, but that rocket you fired damaged my digital
camera, which I must assume you had no intention of doing. Would you mind giving me your insurance information so that I may promptly file a claim?' 'Why yes mistah! My name is Ahkmed AbdullahDurkaAkbar, and I live at 1352 Dumb Shit Road!'
Again, I must suppress my base urges in exchange for a payoff.
"'Uh...no ma'am, we weren't able to catch the name of the guy who shot it at us, but he's no longer among us."
Wait for it...wait for it...
Yes, that's right. He shot an RPG at me and broke my camera, so I killed the prick. Don't judge me.
"'Yes, but unfortunately I don't have a name that I can give you."
"Oh, that's okay sir...that's quite okay, I assure you.' It's funny how people's attitudes change once they realize that they're talking to somebody that's had to kill people. It's not like I'd shoot her (unless of course she has the new Air Jordans, which are always worth killing over), so her apprehension waa misplaced.
"Okay sir, it's been sent to the claims adjusters, they should be emailing you within a few working days."
"'No problem, thanks for your help. Quick question though."
"You don't get a lot of calls like this, do you?"
Yeah. I could tell. But at least I'll be getting a new camera now.
BOB on the FOB
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In the Pentagon, Hugging Suddenly OK
By Noah Shachtman
January 11, 2008 | 10:54:00 AM
Man-on-man touching is not exactly encouraged in the U.S. armed forces. But, in the Pentagon, at least, there's been a sudden outbreak of all-male embraces; the boys in the five-sided building have started hugging.
"During my first tour of duty in the Pentagon, from the middle of 2002 through the end of 2004, there was no such phenomenon," says DANGER ROOM pal Lt. Col. Bob Bateman. "Although the 'guy hug' had become fairly common in the civilian world (I suspect it leaked over from professional sports) by the late '80s and early '90s, mine is a somewhat more restrained sub-culture. Indeed, there are aspects of Army culture that are clear throw-backs to the 1950s."
So why the sudden change in the Pentagon? Why has our culture made this leap? ...There are certain rules that seem to apply, and I should note that I am speaking only of what I have seen, and that is only within the Army.
Rule #1: A hug is only appropriate between two men who have not seen each other in at least a year. It only occurs on the first meeting of those two after such a gap.
Rule #2: During that period one or both of them have been to combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Neither has died or was crippled beyond repair. Both now know too many who have been so.
Rule #3: The hug occurs in conjunction with a forearm gripped handshake. It is brief. Right arm in shake, left arm over the other man's shoulder, two or three hearty slaps or punches to the back. No more. Release. The sentiment is as direct as the action, "I am glad you are not dead."
In other words, what changed us was war.
C-130 Hercules & The Fulton Recovery System
This video documents the use of the Fulton Recovery System by C-130 Hercules aircraft at Edwards AFB in 1966 and at Phang Rang AB in 1968.
The Fulton surface-to-air recovery system is a system used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy for retrieving persons on the ground from a C-130 Hercules aircraft. It involves using an overall-type harness and a self-inflating balloon which carries an attached lift line. An HC-130H engages the line with its V-shaped yoke and the individual is reeled on board. Red flags on the lift line guide the pilot during daylight recoveries; lights on the lift line are used for night recoveries. Recovery kits were designed for one and two-man recoveries.
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Word of Truth
The Word of Truth
Loss of Freedom
By Rev G.J. Rako
We are losing freedoms everyday. Freedom of speech is being replaced by political correctness. More insidious than the loss of freedom of speech is the loss of freedom of thought through the advent of federal hate crime legislation. This legislation is an attempt to control your very thoughts. Hence, if you commit a crime your motivation (thought) is examined to determine if hate motivated the crime. If hate motivated the crime, the sentence is increased. This is ludicrous; a crime is a crime regardless of the motivation. Motive should only be used to aid in the establishing of guilt or innocence. Those who hate Christianity will use the hate crime paradigm as a rationale to persecute Christians. They already are! Biblical Christianity excludes all other gods and religions. The Bible tells us there is only one way to a relationship with the living God.
Acts 16:31 - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Acts 4:12 - "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
John 14:6 - I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.
John 3:16 - For God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten (uniquely born) Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:36 - "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the [command to believe in the] Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
There is no other way. God has only one plan of salvation. God's plan eliminates every other religion or preconceived idea on how to get to heaven. Therefore, it is exclusionary and because of this, those who seek to destroy it are construing Christianity itself as a hate crime. The federal government has played right into their hands by enacting this freedom limiting legislation.
At the moment of salvation we became ambassadors for Christ, and as such we are to represent Christ to a lost and dying world.
Acts 1:8 "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
However, if you fulfill this command to be a witness you shall offend some and leave yourself open for the persecution to come. They will hate you as they hated the Lord. Listen to the words of our Lord.
John 15:18 - "if the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you."
John 15:19 - "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world because of this the world hates you."
John 15:20 - Remember the word that I said to you, "A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also."
John 15:21 - "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me."
John 15:24 - "...but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well."
John 15:25 - "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, [Psalm 35:19, 69:4] They hated Me without a cause."
There are many other governmental and social ills existing today which are eroding our freedoms, it would take volumes to list them all. I could talk about taxation (confiscation of private property) the redistribution of wealth (now that it has been confiscated, give it to those least deserving), internationalism, failure to protect our borders, disregard for the constitution, giving weapons technology to our enemies, leaving millions of our countrymen rotting in prisons, the growing power and control of government, etc, etc, etc.
Identifying the problem is relatively easy; the solution however, is not as transparent to those who have rejected the absolute standard of the Word of God. The only solution is a spiritual solution. All men are inherently flawed.
Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that our politicians have perverted the constitution and their oath of office. Corruption is commonplace in our government. They will say and do anything to be elected and then do what is in their best interest not what is best for the nation.
The solution is found in the infallible Word of God. Briefly described, the solution is Divine Establishment, which includes Divine institutions for all people (believers and unbelievers alike), the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for believers only, the execution of the unique spiritual life of the church age.
The four Divine Institutions:
- Volition or free will
Volition is the guarantee of freedom for all mankind; Freedom of will and, freedom to choose for or against God. From this we derive that God views all men with this inherent freedom. Even in the status of slavery, freedom exists to accept or reject God. We should be free in every area of life to function without government interference in our lives. Free will must have freedom for maximum function. Freedom includes private property, privacy, free enterprise, freedom to give the Gospel, teach the Word of God, and send missionaries abroad. In other words total freedom to do as you will as long as you do not infringe upon someone else's freedom.
Marriage is the basis of freedom in a nation. It is the core unit of responsibility, authority, and self-determination. It is designed by God to be a permanent relationship between one man and one woman. It is the most basic organization in the human race. Marriage, as a divine institution provides the stability necessary to form a strong freedom loving and authority oriented society.
Family is the provision of God to provide authority, training, discipline, care, and nurturing to children. Christian parents have the responsibility to instill in their children respect for the Word of God, authority and grace orientation. Above all, parents have the responsibility to clearly present of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Deut 6:7-9 - "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Nationalism is God's protection, preservation, and blessing of a national entity. God preserves, perpetuates, and protects the human race by the institution of nationalism. Internationalism is evil. The United Nations and all other international systems of authority are an abomination to this principle of freedom. While exceptions to freedom exist in countries ruled by evil despots, freedom flourishes and functions to the maximum under God's design.
Gen 10:5 - From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
Deut 32:8 - When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples...
Acts 17:26 - and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
The loss of freedom in this country is a manifestation of our ever-growing hostility toward God. Individually, we can make a difference by adherence to the four Divine institutions, which provide maximum individual freedom, for both believers and unbelievers. For Christians the solution is attaining the freedom that Jesus Christ provides for those who fulfill His Biblical commands to grow to spiritual maturity.
John 8:31 - So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you live in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
John 8:36 - "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Matt 11:28-30 - "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Romans 8:2 - For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
1 Corinthians 7:22 - For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.
Galatians 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:1 - Walk by the Spirit It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
This freedom becomes part of your soul, and it is with you in any circumstance of life. This supernatural freedom is freedom from worry, fear, anxiety, and guilt; freedom of thought. Even as a prisoner or a slave, the freedom Jesus Christ provides to the mature believer ensures a calmness and stability of soul that no government can take from you.
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Overall Length: 10.2"
Blade Length (inches): 4.50
Blade Material: CTV2
Blade Detail: ComboEdge, Spear Point
Handle Material: Aluminum
Lock Style: Back Lock
Carry System: Pocket Clip
(The Following is by blogger Robin "Brownie" Brown on the StartoFighter)
The StratoFighter is a BIG KNIFE open or closed. It made my Chinook2 [which I have carried for over a year] look small in a side-by-side comparison.
The edge was sharp but not as sharp as I like to keep them. This is normal for me as very few knives have been as sharp from the factory as I want them. I put the edge to the Spyderco sharpmaker course stones. 4 light passes on each side brought it to what I call a "working" edge that was as sharp as I like them for the purpose of hard use.
I’ve sharpened over 500 knives for various people over the last decade. Experience in doing so with a multitude of various makers knives shows that the CTV2 steel used on the blade of this knife will take an aggressive edge fairly quickly once it has been used to the point of needing to be resharpened. That’s a good thing if one finds themselves in the field and needs to put an edge back on the blade quickly a small course stone or perhaps even a smooth rock which I have used in the field a few times over the years on several others knives with varying success.
The blade is 1/4" thick. This knife is not designed to slice tomatoes. It looks like it has something of a Moran convex edge that I've always liked as well. If it had an acute angled grind that led to a fine edge, it would defeat the purpose of the design for hard use. It would be the weak link in the knife and I think has been well thought out for this knifes intended use.
The quartz impregnated inserts in the handle are more than adequate at keeping sweaty, wet hands from slipping while working.
The pocket clip was tight as hell when I received the StratoFighter. I could not get it onto my dungaree pocket after much effort. I have had to bend pocket clips on other knives before to loosen them some to give me the retention I want on the pocket.
I tried to bend the pocket clip by hand and it was nearly impossible to do. I went to the garage and got a length of twine that I slipped under the clip and then pulled outbound from the frame. This worked better and I had some minor success at loosening it enough to get it onto the pocket. This clip is STRONG [a good thing to have for this knifes intended use as well].
The inserts destroyed the inside of my pockets edge after inserting and withdrawing the knife 20-30 times over the course of the next half hour. I talked with Frank Miller about this over the phone and he told me to remove the clip, remove the insert under the clip and re-attach the clip. He stated that the clip is that tight so that when the knife is attached to a vest in combat it will not be lost. I certainly agree that the knife would not be lost under hard use with the way the clip came on mine. I removed the quartz insert under the clip as suggested, not that hard to do actually, and it then was much easier to insert and retract from the pants pocket and did not further destroy the pocket it was clipped into.
While speaking with him, he also mentioned to make sure I loctited the pivot to the desired tension. When I checked the pivot, it was finger tight only. Good thing he told me to loctite it to the tension I desired when we spoke.
I tightened the pivot with an allen wrench. Then it was too tight and the blade would not open at all. Thing is, I tightened it with very little tension. I backed it off and tightened it a few times to get the desired tension I wanted after putting blue loctite on the pivot threads, let it sit overnight and it has not loosened nor been an issue since.
While on the subject of the blade pivot, it appears to be of adequate size and not be a weak link in strength while locked open and potentially used for prying laterally or from edge to spine. The pivot also protrudes from the sides of the knife. A designed feature in the knife that increase it's lateral strength proportionally IMO.
While loctiting the pivot tension, I also loctited the cross bolt secondary safety/locking bar in position so it could not be accidentally engaged, which when in that mode prevents the blade from opening or closing, depending on the position of the blade when activated.
I had issues with a similiar secondary safety with another makers knife engaging unintentionally and lock the blade closed while in the pocket. I had loctited that one in the “off” position and did so with the StratoFighter. I used blue loctite which will hold the cross bolt safety in the “off” position but will also allow me to engage it if and when I feel I need the added security of not having the blade unlock in the field.
The StratoFighter will go on search and rescues into the Superstition Mountains of Arizona with me. I feel confident that should I have to make an extended stay in the mountains overnight while searching for lost or downed/injured people, it is all the knife I'll need for any purpose that one might need a knife/pry bar/hatchet/digging instrument for.
I'm so confident that the StratoFighter will survive anything I'll likely put it through/need it for in a real world environment [the harsh Sonoran desert in this case] I have taken the sheathed straight blade off my rescue pack where it was strapped externally so I could access it without removing the pack off my back.
I no longer feel I need to carry a straight blade along with a folder, and feel comfortable in not doing so, which was not the case while carrying the Chinook [which is still one hell of a strong knife].
We carry 40-45 pound packs [minimum] into rescue operations of up to 10 miles on foot over mountains in excess of 6000 feet in heat that can exceed 115 degrees F. in the summer and every ounce of weight saved not carrying redundant or unnecessary equipment is that much more water I can carry for myself and those who are in trouble when we find them.
At times we may be inserted by DPS choppers to an area that is remote enough that we can't access by foot because of the terrain. When one is that far "in" without any support but the gear one takes with them until extraction, which could be 2-3 days, one needs to be able to rely on the equipment on them explicitly. The StratoFighter brings my confidence level where a blade or worst-case pry bar may be necessary to new heights.
I can rely on it for getting up and over some of the rock cliffs if I had to use the StratoFighter as an emergency piton, shoving it into a crevice as far as I could, I can pull my full weight [185 pounds] up and could trust this knife not to snap and subsequently fall. I know I can rely on it thusly as the accompanying photos demonstrate the StratoFighter being tested for just such a possibility.
The StratoFighter came through the above testing with NO damage. The blade opens as smooth as before, the blade still sits centered in the handles when closed, the lockup is still solid. The blades pivot suffered no ill effects from the considerable stresses applied to it during testing. The finish on the handle of the knife was not scratched at all with dirt from the desert while standing on it and only required that I wipe it off with a soft t-shirt and put it back in my pocket. The finish on the knife seems tough enough as well.
I also tested the locks strength by performing the customary spine whack test where the opened folder is hit against a hard surface to see if the lock fails under pressure. I used a telephone linesman glove for the testing in the event it failed for any reason. I lowered the tailgate of my truck, put 2 foot x 3 foot piece of 5/8” plywood on the tailgate and proceeded to slam the spine of the opened blade as hard as I could 6 times. The lock did not release in those six attempts to get it to fail and release the blade.
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Quotes & Jokes
"Theres no one running for office who Id let walk my kids across the street...Burn D.C. to the ground and let them start all over."
~ Demolition Dick Marchinko, AKK Rogue Warrior and Form er Navy SEAL on those runnign for Preseident in 2008
"I was providing security for Americans in Afghanistan when they were taking pictures, and going back into Pakistan providing them security... [he hates Al Qaeda and the Taliban. He added that Americans believe in God, whereas the Russians "believed in nothing.]"
~ tribal elder Haji Liwani Qumandan, a CIA trained a mujahideen commander during the jihad against the Soviets, two decades ago
"...Australian Special Forces... have been accused of fighting [ the Taliban in Afgahnistan] too aggressively..."
~ a Time Magazine report, says. [Ed. Note: "Hoo-yah! Aussies ! Give 'em Hell!
"...Officials in Washington noted that Pakistan has launched a new offensive against the militants in the tribal areas and are willing to send Special Operation Forces soldiers and technical experts. The US Special Forces personnel, however, will not directly engage the militants..."
~ US Government Officials
"The SAS, SBS and indeed most of the British armed forces are too good for this country[England]. They are underfunded, badly housed, treated with disdain and given a total lack of respect. To protect their identities is the least we can do."
~ P. Phillips, birmingham, England
"At least they have stopped eating other people, so our work here is done..."
~ a young South African Air Force pilot remarks casually at Kamina in the Democratic Republic of the Congos Katanga province, Jan 30th 2008
From October, 1998:
"The 19th century might properly be called the century of the rifle, but the successful employment of this artifact has continued on into the 20th. I am a man of the 20th century, and my rifle has lived with me as my intimate companion since I was old enough to carry it. It is interesting to note that in this age of the scientific revolution relatively little improvement (a part from the mighty Garand) has been brought forth in the rifle itself, this in opposition to the enormous changes which were seen in the 19th century. Now as the 20th century winds down and we look forward to the future, I consider that there are three noteworthy forward steps in the design and fabrication of the rifles themselves. These steps are embodied in three rifles: the Blaser R93, the "Co-Pilot" of Jim West, and, of course, the Steyr Scout. Each of these three weapons has created its own niche, as opposed
to those rifles which fill a niche already there. In a sense, you can do certain things with each of these three that could not have been done as well with any weapon previously existing. That is a broad claim, but I am confident that it can be supported."
~ Jeff Cooper
GUNS & AMMO®, SEPTEMBER, 1996 On the wonderful .50 Alaskan Round: "I was able to deliver the...Co-Pilot from Wild West in Alaska to it's new home in Africa [with Danie van Graan]...It was much admired in the field and one of it's most admired features was the sighting system I proposed, which consists of a brilliant red shrouded bead front and a...ghost ring rear . This is about the fastest arrangement I have seen... The action handled a sock full of 500 grain reloads without a hitch, and the muzzle brake holds recoil down to a surprisingly comfortable level."
~ Jeff Cooper
"Language is often described as man's essential accomplishment, yet nothing threatens the world's languages so much as human progress."
~ Elizabeth Kolbert ('Last Words' an article on the Eyak Language Preservation Project) New Yorker Magazine June 6, 2005
"We were the last "founded," or rediscovered, tribe in North America and we are the first language and race of Alaskan Indians that will be wiped off the face of the earth [when Marie dies]. We were recognized as a tribe by anthropologists in 1933 and now, 60 years later, we are facing extinction. So more than anything, we want people to learn from this sad story and grasp its meaning so it never happens again."
~ Dune Lankard ,is part-Eyak and has served on the board of the Eyak Corporation. [Marie Smith Jones] was the last full blooded Eyak Alaskan Indian and chief of the traditional Eyak elders council established to protect the remaining heritage of the Eyaks, and with her death on January 2008 she also will be forever honored with the title of "The Last of the Eyaks." See : Interview From Stewards to Shareholders - Eyaks Face Extinction - An interview with Dune Lankard and Marie Smith Jones
A Cold War redux is seen on the horizon
By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 29, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Growing friction between the United States and Russia over Iran is only part of an increasingly difficult relationship that many diplomats and experts consider to be in its worst shape since the end of the Cold War, and at risk of further deterioration.
Although U.S. officials are publicly playing down the rising tension, a series of conflicts has prompted some within the Bush administration to conclude that, for domestic and geopolitical reasons, Russia is now more comfortable with the U.S. as an enemy than an ally.
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Special ops teams are assets for falling spy satellite
By Steve Hammons
January 27, 2008
You can bet that U.S. special operations teams will be ready when a disabled and out-of-control American spy satellite comes crashing to Earth.
According to the Associated Press, "A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit Earth in late February or early March, government officials said Saturday (Jan. 26)."
The AP also reported, "Such an uncontrolled re-entry could risk exposure of U.S. secrets, said John Pike, a defense and intelligence expert. Spy satellites typically are disposed of through a controlled re-entry into the ocean so that no one else can access the spacecraft, he said."
This kind of situation is one of many that U.S. special operations teams train for, and the kinds of scenarios books are written and movies are made about.
Like more conventional military search and rescue groups, advanced special ops personnel are trained for insertion into various environments and, and as in this case, recover or destroy a sensitive piece of technology or accomplish other unique tasks.
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Special forces win the right to take their secrets to the grave
Michael Evans, Defence Editor
All members of the special forces are to be guaranteed anonymity in death as well as throughout their lives as part of a new move to raise morale in the countrys most elite military units, The Times has learnt.
Defence sources said that the head of the special forces had intervened to demand a new no-identity policy because of concerns that morale was being damaged.
Coroners at inquests into the deaths of special forces members are to be told only to refer to them as Soldier A or Soldier B.
Families of members of the SAS and Special Boat Service (SBS) killed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or elsewhere had expressed anger that the Ministry of Defence appeared to have sanctioned the publishing of their names. They made it clear that having been obliged to maintain absolute secrecy about the role of their husbands, fathers or other relatives, it was unacceptable for names to be published after their deaths, making them vulnerable to unwelcome media attention.
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2 Marines grilled in secret war; special unit killed 19 Afghan civilians
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
daily news staff writer
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A Marine special operations outfit in Afghanistan was trying to help the CIA wage a secret war against Al Qaeda infiltrators along the Pakistan border last year when they mowed down 19 civilians, the Daily News has learned.
"They were looking to freelance themselves out" to the agency, said a source familiar with the Marine unit's activities.
Two officers in charge of Company F of the Marine Special Operations Command are now facing a rare court of inquiry to find out why their convoy opened fire on civilians the morning of March 4, 2007, after a suicide car bomb exploded harmlessly next to a Humvee.
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Special Ops Fighting Each Other in the Sandbox?
By James Gordon Meek
Do Americas secret soldiers play well together? There is fresh evidence that the post-9/11 military still is plagued by inter-service rivalries that may be impacting critical counterterrorism operations. The revelations have come out in the extraordinary case unfolding in a tiny makeshift courtroom at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where a Marine court of inquiry - the first convened in a half-century - is probing the killings of at least 19 Afghan civilians the morning of March 4, 2007, by a company from the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
On Sunday, I reported in the New York Daily News that at the time of the alleged shooting spree, the units commander, Maj. Fred Galvin, was trying to offer up his small force of specially trained Marines to the CIA for secret counterterrorism missions along the Afghan-Pakistan border. The unit was neither trained for, nor permitted to engage in, covert CIA operations, sources have told me. But the inquiry has also revealed how units primarily engaged in classified missions against Osama Bin Ladens allies have clashed with each other.
Witnesses in this fascinating case have included Marines, soldiers and Afghan victims of the March 4 shootings, including one man who provided security for CIA operatives as a mujahideen commander during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Their testimony has described not only the complex command structure that governs sensitive military operations along Afghanistans eastern border with Pakistan (Regional Command-East), but the fact that the Marine special ops Company Foxtrot - called MSOC-F - was treated like an ugly stepsister by just about everybody after they arrived at Jalalabad Airfield three weeks before their convoy opened up on civilians.
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Diggers (Aussies...) could face 15 more years in Afghanistan: report
By James Gordon Meek
A new Australian report on the future of Afghanistan says international troops will still be required to help security in the country in 15 years' time.
The analysis, by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, predicts that Afghanistan is likely to be divided geographically by 2023, and insurgency groups will still be operating in some provinces and border areas.
The Institute says Australian special forces patrols will still be needed for at least the next five years.
It recommends the Federal Government's aid program be focused on basic infrastructure and should consider sponsoring districts which do not rely on the opium trade.
It is also suggesting a bigger role for Australian Federal Police officers to train local forces and recommends an increase in opportunities for Afghanis to receive professional training and education in Australia.
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Australian soldiers take out Taliban targets
Herald Sun (AU)/p>
AUSTRALIAN Special Forces have reportedly assassinated several "high-value" Taliban targets in Afghanistan, but have also killed many Aghani civilians in the process.
A Time magazine report says the Australians are playing a major role in the fight against a resurgent Taliban, but are also building a bad reputation among civilians because of their aggressive behaviour.
In one recent night raid, Australian troops killed an entire family of six, including women, who had allegedly been hosting a meeting of Taliban leaders.
But they have also killed a former Taliban boss of Uruzgan and 33 fighters in a single day of fighting.
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U.S. officials: CIA kills top al Qaeda terrorist in Pakistan
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Abu Laith al-Libi, a wanted al Qaeda terrorist, was killed in Pakistan by a CIA airstrike, three U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.
Al-Libi was described as a senior al Qaeda leader believed to have plotted and executed attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, including a February 2007 bombing at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney.
He was on a "most wanted" list of 12 accused terrorists which was issued in October by the Combined Joint Task Force-82 -- an anti-terror unit in Afghanistan.
Earlier, a knowledgeable Western official and a military source confirmed al-Libi's death to CNN. The same official said al-Libi is "not far below the importance of the top two al Qaeda leaders" -- Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The officials said al-Libi was killed by a missile from an airplane.
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Former Delta officers book to shed light on Tora Bora
The Delta Force officer who commanded U.S. ground forces hunting Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in late 2001 will publish a book in October that he promises will explain how the al-Qaida leader managed to slip through the grasp of the United States.
But the authors plans have put him on a collision course with U.S. Special Operations Command, which he says is threatening to take him to court for revealing classified information.
The author, who spoke on the condition his identity not be revealed, wrote the book under the pseudonym Dalton Fury. At the time of the hunt for bin Laden in the mountainous region of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan, Fury was a major commanding a Delta Force troop, and was placed in charge of an additional Delta troop (for a total of about 40 Delta operators) plus assorted other special operations elements at Tora Bora.
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Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces Detain Terrorist Facilitator
Balad (Courtesy of CJSOTF-AP Public Affairs, Jan. 31, 2008) An Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Team, with U.S. Special Forces advising, detained a suspected terrorist facilitator during a Jan. 29 raid in Mosul.
According to intelligence reports, the suspect supports terrorist activities by providing financing for attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. He is also believed to be involved in facilitating the movement and housing of foreign fighters.
No Iraqi or U.S. Forces were injured during this operation.
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Special forces of S. Korea, U.S. jump hand-in-hand in friendship exercise
Members of special warfare units of South Korea and the United States jumped hand-in-hand Thursday (Jan. 17) from hovering helicopters in a friendly parachuting exercise, the South Korean Army said.
Lt. Gen. Kim Sang-ki, commander of South Koreas Special Warfare Command, and Brig. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces here, were among the first to jump in the joint event, also attended by 80 South Korean and 50 U.S. parachutists, the Army said in a press release.
"Todays joint friendly jump will provide the basis for the strengthening of ties between the militaries of the two nations and maintaining their joint defense posture," Gen. Kim was quoted as saying.
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Author, former SEAL talks about terrorism in the Middle East
By Louis Hansen
VIRGINIA BEACH - From a bar stool at the Hilton Oceanfront, Dick Marcinko tilted a bottle of Sam Adams and offered a threat assessment of Washington, D.C. He didnt need his fictional doppelganger, Rogue Warrior, to detonate any bombs. The power of words seemed enough.
Theres no one running for office who Id let walk my kids across the street, he said.
Hes been there too long, answered the decorated Vietnam War veteran.
He raised his hand and drew the sign of the cross. Dead on arrival.
His solution to politics as usual?
Burn D.C. to the ground and let them start all over, said the man known as Demolition Dick.
Marcinko returned on Wednesday to Virginia Beach where he spent many years as a Navy SEAL and commander of an anti-terrorism unit to speak to the Virginia Beach Forum at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
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Fighting With Sticks and Stones
By EUGENE KIM
On March 23, 2003, a convoy of the United States Army's 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed near Nasiriyah, Iraq by Saddam Hussein's forces. In the course of the ambush, the Iraqi forces employed rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, and even tanks to attack a small column of supply trucks that had taken a wrong turn into enemy territory. The ambush cost the United States eleven of its finest and also resulted in the capture of seven brave American soldiers, including the now-famous Jessica Lynch.
Admittedly, the circumstances that permitted the ambush were unfortunate. But ineffective weaponry, more than bad luck, was what left the 507th defenseless in the face of the enemy. In Lynch's case, her standard-issue M16A2 rifle had jammed so badly that it was "about as useful as a hockey stick."
Sadly enough, malfunctioning weaponry isn't a new phenomenon in the War on Terror. Equipment failure has been a constant problem in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, and despite much public criticism and even a Congressional investigation, little has been done to actually address the issue. Regardless of the politics involved, America's war fighterswho have already put their lives on the linedeserve the best equipment possible. Unfortunately, what passes for standard-issue these days doesn't even come close.
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Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center
Don't know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States, especially burn victims. There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time.
While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.
The question I have is why does: Alec Baldwin, Madonna, Sean Penn and other Hollywood types make front page news with their anti-everything America trash and Denzel Washington's Patriotism doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the Local newspaper in San Antonio?
Ronald Reagan Quotes Remembered
You don't realize how much you miss him, until you read and remember some of the stuff he said and stood for:
"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose." - Ronald Reagan
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan
"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong." - Ronald Reagan
"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan
"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." - Ronald Reagan
"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." - Ronald Reagan
"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program." - Ronald Reagan
"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan
"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - Ronald Reagan
"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." - Ronald Reagan
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address
White House, Washington, DC, January 11, 1989
My fellow Americans: this is the 34th time I'll speak to you from the Oval Office and the last. We've been together eight years now, and soon it'll be time for me to go. But before I do, I wanted to share some thoughts, some of which I've been saving for a long time. It's been the honor of my life to be your president. So many of you have written the past few weeks to say thanks, but I could say as much to you. Nancy and I are grateful for the opportunity you gave us to serve.
One of the things about the presidency is that you're always somewhat apart. You spend a lot of time going by too fast in a car someone else is driving, and seeing the people through tinted glass - the parents holding up a child, and the wave you saw too late and couldn't return. And so many times I wanted to stop and reach out from behind the glass, and connect. Well, rnaybe I can do a little of that tonight.
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Is Pakistan Pivotal for al-Qaeda?
Source: Wall Street Journal, Jay Solomon & Siobhan Gorman, 03 Jan 08 Page A9
Islamist groups losses elsewhere raise its stake in South Asian strife.
The current chaos in Pakistan could turn into a defining moment in the fight against Islamist extremism. Al Qaeda-linked groups have been surging across the country, feeding fears in Washington of a prolonged offensive against Islamabad's secular establishment. At the same time, the U.S. and its allies have notched a string of wins against militant groups in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. This conflicting dynamic leads many U.S. strategists to argue that what happens in Pakistan this year could be pivotal: If al Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups gain a greater toehold, the terrorist network will have its strongest base of operations since the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s. But having been backed into a corner in other parts of the world, losses in Pakistan could be a major blow, these officials say. In Iraq, the Pentagon, working with Sunni tribes, has largely
forced the group al Qaeda in Iraq -- which has declared itself to be a unit of al Qaeda -- out of its onetime stronghold in western Anbar province. American allies, often with U.S. assistance, have significantly weakened terrorist groups operating in countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Just a few years ago, terrorism experts were predicting al Qaeda's ideology could solidify major bases in these countries. The U.S. has "had a number of significant tactical successes, but in the aggregate, they haven't yet affected the strategic balance," said Bruce Hoffman, a counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington. He said that as al Qaeda has suffered losses in Iraq, it has shifted "the center of gravity" of its struggle to South Asia. Last week, Pakistan's government accused al Qaeda of overseeing the assassination of former Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto on Dec. 27. Intelligence officials in Washington and London are still scrutinizing this charge, with some weighing the possible involvement of Islamabad's own intelligence service or some purely homegrown Pakistani militant groups. But U.S. intelligence analysts are increasingly concentrating their attention on a Pakistani militant with ties to al Qaeda, Baitullah Mehsud, according to a U.S. counterterrorism official.
U.S. officials have been watching with growing alarm what they say is the spread of the Taliban and other Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda across Pakistan. They note that a few years ago, these organizations were largely confined to the remote tribal regions along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. But now they're pushing east and building support in major Pakistani cities. The fear now is that al Qaeda and its allies will expand their influence as the country faces instability fueled by Ms. Bhutto's death. Counterterrorism experts say they expect more attacks on secular Pakistani politicians and military leaders as militants seek to expand the power vacuum. Experts note that al Qaeda's No. 2 commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has repeatedly exhorted Pakistanis in recent months to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf's military government. "In order for Pakistan to marginalize the
extremists, you need to have a compelling leadership who can marshal the forces," said Robert Grenier, the Central Intelligence Agency's Islamabad station chief from 1999 to 2002. "Musharraf can no longer do it." Pakistan's deteriorating situation has fueled calls for radical solutions. One theory among some counterterrorism officials says U.S. forces should now directly engage al Qaeda and Taliban militants operating inside Pakistan. Previously, policy makers worried such a move would undermine Mr. Musharraf; his weakened state diminishes such fears. Most Pakistan experts believe this would only further radicalize the country's population.
U.S. counterterrorism officials, conversely, are seeking to learn from successes Washington has achieved in other places. In Iraq, the Pentagon succeeded in wooing tribal leaders away from al Qaeda by offering economic and political incentives, and by exploiting ideological differences.
In Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials are lauding a government strategy that has directly targeted senior al Qaeda leaders while also working to rehabilitate lower-ranking members of militant groups. The Saudi government recently released hundreds of onetime fighters from prison who had gone through the program. U.S. officials believe it has significantly reduced the threat of terrorism inside Saudi Arabia, though they still worry it is being exported into countries such as Iraq.
"The Saudi program is about the best program in existence today," said Dell Dailey, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism. In Lebanon, too, U.S. allies weakened the Fatah al Islam militia that led a mutiny in a northern Palestinian refugee camp. The Lebanese army fought the militia with light arms and logistical support provided by the Pentagon and Arab allies. Washington and Islamabad have arrested hundreds of top al Qaeda figures in Pakistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, but have failed to damp a broader growth of radical Islamist ideology among the local population, according to current and former U.S. officials. This campaign has been undercut by a failure by the U.S. to develop effective allies in the tribal regions, say former counterterrorism officials who have worked in the region. In the coming months, these officials say, the U.S. needs to find
common cause with tribal leaders who could prove willing to break with al Qaeda, as they have in Iraq. These tribal chiefs could also assist Washington in dispensing $750 million that the State Department has earmarked for economic development in the tribal areas. "The way for the central government and for the U.S. to deal with it is to figure out a way to co-opt these guys," said Frank Anderson, who was the CIA's Near East Division chief from 1991 to 1994.
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."
We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.
Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.
It is the fanatics who march.
It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide.
It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.
It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill.
It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.
It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority" the "silent majority" is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population, it was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs , Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, can contribute to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.
So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on!! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this - think about it - and send it on.
Taliban now seriously in the fight, war begins: NGO
Date: 18 January 2008
KABUL - The Taliban last year "seriously rejoined the fight" in Afghanistan, an NGO security group said Friday in a report that concluded the country was "at the beginning of a war, not the end of one."
It has also become clear that the Taliban's "easy departure" in 2001, when a US-led invasion drove them from power, was "more of a strategic retreat than an actual military defeat," the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO) said.
"A few years from now, 2007 will likely be looked back upon as the year in which the Taliban seriously rejoined the fight and the hopes of a rapid end to conflict were finally set aside by all but the most optimistic," ANSO said.
About 1,980 civilians were killed in 2007 -- half by insurgents and the rest almost equally by soldiers or criminal groups, the group said.
Insurgents killed 15 NGO workers, four of them foreigners, last year, compared with 24 in 2006 and eight in 2005, the group said. Eighty-eight NGO staffers were abducted in 2007, most of them by insurgents, out of a total 555 kidnappings, it said, without providing numbers for previous years.
Abductions and killings were likely to escalate this year, with growing links between insurgents and criminal gangs increasing the threat, ANSO said.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which is helping the government fight insurgents, is "in fact just now entering a period of broad and deep conflict, the outcomes of which are far from certain," it said.
ISAF may number about 41,000 soldiers but "realistically" could not have more than up to 7,000 for combat, with the rest mostly support staff or prevented from fighting because of national restrictions, the group said.
The size of the Taliban force was unknown, but estimates ranged from 2,000 to 20,000.
"There would not appear to be any capacity within ISAF to stop or turn back anticipated AOG (armed opposition groups) expansion," the report said.
"In simple terms, the consensus amongst informed individuals at the end of 2007 seems to be that Afghanistan is at the beginning of a war, not the end of one."
Shotgun preteen vs. illegal alien Home Invaders Butte, Montana November 5, 2006
Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11 year old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home.
It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay shooting champion since she was nine.
Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quick ly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.
Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.
When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive. Now that is Gun Control!
It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45 caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest. Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC , CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news....
Thought for the day: Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist"
Flight or fight, is Europe lost?
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
I've been reading a lot lately about what appears to be an exodus from Europe by non-Muslims.
They seem to be fleeing in the face of increasing adamance from Europe's growing Muslim population that the nations of Europe submit to the fundamentalist Islamic will. That the non-Muslims are leaving tells me they don't wish to become Muslim or live under Islamic rule. But it also tells me that there's a pervasive unwillingness to stand up for their right to live as they choose over there. And that wasn't always the case.
No matter what blame some national leaders place on themselves for their Muslim immigrants not having assimilated, the population knows better. They know the Muslims have no desire to become European. They want Europe to become Muslim.
That's the plan, and it's working.
The most frightening and tragic part of what is fast becoming a terrible and possibly irreparable situation, is witnessing Western civilization slink away with its proverbial tail between its legs.
In World Wars I and II, Europeans fought. They joined armies. And even when their governments fell, they joined partisan groups to combat what they knew was evil. They didn't just lie down or flee.
I think that the United States' willingness and insistence upon acting as Europe's protector and sponsor since the end of World War II has leached the spirit out of the populace. They've become lazy and complacent, and unable to get sufficiently indignant over the rape of their culture by "the other."
The Islamic enemy is using an interesting and unusual arsenal of weapons to defeat the West, most of it involving using the West's own freedoms against it, and helping the weight of its own guilt tip the scales in their favor.
Those hoping to see the black cloud of Islam overtake the planet are not above using the specter of the Holocaust to keep their detractors at bay. They draw analogies between what happened to the Jews the kinds of things anti-Semites said about Jews and anything negative said or any actions taken to slow the spread of Islam.
The irony of this is breathtaking, of course, since the first thing the Islamo-fascist will do once they've taken control, will be to massacre the world's Jews, and everybody knows it.
That will not be the last thing they do, however, and anyone in the still-free world who doesn't relish the mental image of living under Sharia law in Belgium, Berlin, Boston or Bakersfield, had better wake up and smell the falafel.
The problem, of course, is that the malady is so massive, and the options so distasteful, that most just ignore it and hope it will go away.
It won't... What's needed is a several-pronged approach, all engaged simultaneously.
We need an alternative energy source, the development of which needs to begin yesterday. Once oil is unnecessary, the money stops flowing and the terrorist funding dries up. As alternative fuel development is accelerated, immigration to the West from Muslim countries must cease completely, and Muslims already in western countries must be removed, at least temporarily, to their nations of origin.
This contains the problem to a wide but definable geographic location.
As it stands now, the infection is within the host and the only way to cure it would be to kill or severely damage the body.
And a way must be devised to weed out intransigent and intolerant Muslims wishing to come to the west to do us harm from those genuinely seeking a better life by coming west and westernizing.
Now, I'm sure I'll get death threats for making these suggestions, but that's a symptom of the problem, isn't it?
Cannibalism, cricket all in a day's work for South African peacekeepers ...SA Special Forces officers help train local military to deal with instability spilling over from Sudan's Darfur region
"AT LEAST they have stopped eating other people, so our work here is done," a young SA Air Force pilot remarks casually at Kamina in the Democratic Republic of the Congos Katanga province.
He is one of a small group of South African pilots and crew stationed at the Kamina Air Base, built in the 1950s by Belgium when the DRC was still known as Belgian Congo.
These days, most flying from the base is done by two South African Oryx helicopters, painted in white, with the large UN letters stencilled on the sides. The choppers also sport door-mounted 7.62mm machine guns.
Not that the machine guns have been used much; relative peace has returned to Katanga. Even reports of cannibalism, which the United Nations took strong exception to, have died down.
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HealthSport's Enlyten SportStrips Included in Special Operations Forces Nutrition Guide
SOURCE: HealthSport, Inc.
AMHERST, N.Y., Jan 15, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX) -- HealthSport, Inc. (OTCBB:HSPO), a fully integrated developer, manufacturer and marketer of branded nutritional supplements in a one-of-a-kind edible film strip delivery system, announced today that its thin-strip electrolyte delivery system, Enlyten(tm) SportStrips(tm) (http://enlytenstrips.com), has been included in the United States Military Special Forces 2008 Nutritional Guide.
Pursuant to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), HealthSport and the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) have been working together on a joint project to assess the effectiveness of Enlyten SportStrips and Enlyten Survival Strips on military performance sustainment.
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Feedback from Our Readers
Question: What do you think about New Years?
New Years to me, means a second chane , another chance to make my mind & body stronger to read a book that i wanted to read, to gane knowleged & to futher my abilteys of surviving in peace with my freinds & family. And most of all to thank god for anoyher year...
I was told that it was "HUA". Meaning Heard you, Understand you, Acknowledge you. Thanks for clearing that up!
RE: Last Month's Word of Truth
As a former Marine and Combat Vet (Scout) the "Word of Truth" was and is a great thing. Thank you for entering it in your news letter. God/Christ got me through 4 Purple Hearts and a lot of combat in Viet Nam...Blessings to you and our people in combat.
Dear Special Forces:
I had wanted to put up an article on my hobby Web site (run it retired in NC), which I received in the e-mail about a Chaplain who told a story of what happened while 1,000 Marines were watching a movie in Iraq.
Trying to be responsible to my surfers, I like to verify these stories and I finally traced this one back to your Web site. I then researched the Chaplain's name you attributed and came up with his Blog, his now serving as a pastor outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He did verify in an e-mail that the story was penned by him, but that the movie was not Superman 3 but instead Spiderman 3, which you now might want to correct.
I also change it and then posted the short story on my Web site as an independent page with the US Navy Band playing the National Anthem in the background. However, in honor of those Marines, I added a picture of a political fund raiser last year that makes a statement about the politics of those who are running for president today, saying nothing else.
Enjoy the short Web page (if off, turn on your sound) and thank you for putting Chaplain Higgins' story up on your site for all of us to read. It certainly has inspired others.
(Retired from NJ)
Erich Kaestner, 107; believed to be Germany's last World War I veteran
From the Associated Press
January 26, 2008
Erich Kaestner, a soldier believed to have been Germany's last World War I veteran, died Jan. 1 at a nursing home in Cologne at the age of 107, his son said Friday.
When France's next-to-last surviving veteran from World War I, Louis de Cazenave, 110, died Jan. 20, the news made international headlines.
But in Germany -- which lost both world wars and has had to cope with the shame of the Nazi genocide for more than six decades -- there is not even an organization keeping track of the remaining veterans.
"That is the way history has developed," Kaestner's son, Peter, said in a telephone interview. "In Germany, in this respect, these things are kept quiet -- they're not a big deal."
The news did not even trickle out into the German media until this week, and the articles were more about how Germans remember than about Kaestner's death.
"The losers hide themselves in a state of self-pity and self-denial that they happily try to mitigate by forgetting," the daily Die Welt wrote Friday in its obituary of Kaestner.
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Milton Wolff, 92; led U.S. volunteers in Spanish Civil War
By Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 23, 2008
Milton Wolff, shown in 2007, was the last commander of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which fought against the forces of Francisco Franco in Spain. He spent much of his life engaged in causes worldwide.
Milton Wolff, the last commander of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, American volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War, died of heart failure Jan. 14 in Berkeley. He was 92.
A child of the Great Depression, Wolff dropped out of high school at 15 and started coming into his own politically.
He worked in a millinery factory in Manhattan and joined the Young Communist League, which provided an international lens through which to view the world, including the problems in Spain.
The situation there was dire. Beginning in 1936 the elected government of Spain, considered liberal and reformist, faced a military revolt led by the conservative Francisco Franco. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Germany's Adolf Hitler supported Franco's forces, while the Spanish government had the support of the Soviet Union. The U.S. government, like that of other Western nations, abided by a non-intervention agreement.
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Fallen Green Beret gets battlefield salute
Army Times - Staff Report
Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, who was killed in action Friday in Afghanistan, was honored by hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who lined the tarmac and roadway at Bagram Airfield on Sunday to pay their last respects.
Miller was a member of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
According to a press release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command, he was killed by Taliban fighters as he protected his fellow Operational Detachment Alpha soldiers during combat operations near the Pakistan border.
The firefight took place near the village of Barikowt in the Nari district in Afghanistans Konar province during a security patrol with Afghan border police in the Chenar Khar Valley, the release said.
On Sunday, Millers flag-draped casket was carried in a tactical vehicle to a waiting Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft, and as the vehicle passed the line of his uniformed comrades, each stood at attention and saluted him for the last time.
Soldiers from Special Operations Task Force 33 formed a cordon leading to the ramp as his brothers in arms serving as pallbearers escorted Millers remains into the aircrafts empty cargo area, the release said.
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Hundreds honor fallen Special Forces Soldier
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Courtesy of CJSOTF-A Public Affairs, Jan. 29, 2008) Hundreds of U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coalition partners lined Bagram Airfields main roadway and tarmac Jan. 27, to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert James Miller, of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Force Group (Airborne), was killed Jan. 25, by Taliban fighters while protecting his Operational Detachment Alpha teammates during combat operations near the village of Barikowt, Nari District, Konar Province, Afghanistan.
Miller and his team were supporting an Afghan Border Police and Coalition Forces security patrol in the Chenar Khar Valley near the Pakistan border when they were attacked.
A tactical vehicle carried Staff Sgt. Millers flag-draped casket to the waiting U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft. As the vehicle passed, service members stood at attention and rendered a final salute to their fallen comrade; hundreds more soldiers lined the tarmac. Soldiers from Special Operations Task Force 33 formed a cordon leading to the ramp as his brothers in arms serving as pallbearers escorted Staff Sgt. Millers remains into the aircrafts empty cargo area.
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Navy SEAL Shot, Killed During Training
By CHELSEA J. CARTER
"We will take any and all appropriate actions as required and needed to limit this from ever happening again."
Navy officials are investigating the death of 22 year-old Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Ghane Jr. of Las Vegas, NV.
At a private combat training facility in remote northern Mississippi. The joint investigation will include a criminal investigation by the Desoto County Sheriff's Office along with JAG and NCIS officials.
Wednesday afternoon, the San Diego based SEAL was killed by a single bullet during close-quarter combat that used live rounds. By all accounts, a death of a Navy SEAL during live-fire training is rare.
Sheriff's investigators say charges are not likely. Commander Mark Blackson says, "I've not seen anything like that occur before. It's almost like a freak accident that occurred."
Blackson says the 22-year-old died while clearing rooms in a shoot-house. The seal was given on-site medical care, but died after being airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.
"It is always tough when we have one of our teammates, one of our SEALs who are lost," says Lt. Tommy Crosby, a Naval Special Warfare Group One spokesman. "I would say that it is a rarity, but understanding also the nature of the job that our Navy SEALs do, it is inherently dangerous."
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Special Forces soldier remembered at funeral
By Katie Ryan, The Jamestown Sun
CARRINGTON, N.D. - Carlo Meth had two loves, friends said, his daughter and the Army.
Meth, 35, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Special Forces, died Jan. 16 in a military training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. His funeral and burial were held in Carrington Friday.
Meth was killed during a HALO - High Altitude, Low Opening - parachute jump. The jump usually executes from 12,000 feet, with the parachute not opening until about 3,500 feet from the ground.
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