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Monthly NewsletterJuly 2011
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Dave's Message
Voice of the Soldier
Word of Truth
The Blue Warrior
Warrior's Wisdom
Special Forces History
Aesop's Fables
Embroidered Items
Featured T-Shirts
Special Product Coupon
Quotes & Jokes
Featured Items
Featured Tactical Gear
Featured Watches
Monthly Sale
Clichs of Socialism
What Has Really Changed?

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Thanks guys
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Dear SF company.

Thank-you for sending another t-shirt it looks great the boys in the unit will want one when they see it. I'll be sending them right to you.

Thanks again.

Another happy customer
Bob Miller

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Thank you for being so prompt with my order, and the refund as well.

I thought a little constructive thoughts were in order.

The "HRT" boot knife is well constructed. I had to "hone" the edge though, both sides,to get it up to spec.

As for the "GI USMC Combat Knife"......Well, it wasn't really a K-Bar, at least not one that I've ever seen. It read "US", and above that it read "Ontario". No worries though, after I used a ceramic sharpening stone on both the small back edge and the full length edge, I'm quite pleased with them both. Oh, I almost forgot, both were very pretty well balanced.

I'll be purchasing again from you in the near future.

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Thank you,

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Just to let you know all items have been recieved, fantastic quality as all ways.

Cheers Andrew and best wishes for the New Year.

Dave's Message


4TH of July



      These are serious times for the patriots that love their country, its heritage and the American culture that united Americans at one time to sacrifice everything including even their lives for independence and freedom.  


      As a result God blessed us with the creation of the United States of America a great nation that under its Constitution derived from Biblical principals provided one of the freest countries and the greatest Industrial complexes the world has yet to know providing a land of opportunity for all. Our Great Country has weakened and a lot of our freedoms have been taken away mostly due to lack of appreciation for what God has given us. We must know our past and protect our culture if we are to have hope for the future of our nation.


      In light of all the negative news we are bombarded with each day I selected this true story that took place in the mid 1800s in Central America to hopefully cheer you up.


A Tale of Revolution  

The Patriot that was Sent Home   


      My tale begins with me and three friends hunting in the Jungles of Honduras where I decided "I wouldn't kill a monkey now any more than I would a human. I quit my three partners and went to Greytown with a capital of a thousand dollars. There I met up with an Englishman who had mining interests in Honduras and went with him to Tegucigalpa, the capital of that country. Something entirely different happened to break up this Honduras venture.


      "I'd been managing the mining property out in the mountains near the capital for a year and began to feel like a real mining magnate on my way to millions when along comes the Fourth of July and with it a feeling to celebrate. I concluded I would give the natives a regular old-fashioned Kentucky barbecue. We were making lots of money and I staged the fiesta lavishly, telling the native miners to go into Tegucigalpa and bring out all their friends.


      "The day arrived, and how things hummed! Unwisely I had supplied the camp with aguardiente and that's what worked our ruin. There were several native bands of music, enthusiasm ran high, everybody got mellow, I along with the rest. I spoke Spanish pretty well than, but I couldn't seem to get them to take much interest in my speech until I began reading from a copy of our Declaration of Independence and translating it as I went along.


      "The first time I used the words, 'Independencia y Libertad," they all began to prick up their ears and a few yelled out 'Independence and Liberty forever!' Then I began talking about tyrants, the bands began playing patriotic airs and the whole gang started yowling like demons. They all thought it was a pronunciamento, a declaration of revolution, and began calling me General and shouting, 'On to Tegucigalpa! Down with tyrants! Viva el General!'

      "There was a mad rush toward the capital and I was borne along on the current. Such excitement I never saw in my life. We emerged from the mountain road onto the Camino Real leading to the city and rushed headlong down it, the crowd screaming all the time, 'Viva el General!' and brandishing machetes. Speak to them! Explain!  Might  just as well have tried to reason with a Kansas cyclone or a Dakota blizzard.


     "As we rolled along we gained in numbers and when we neared the city there were at least a thousand of us. The garrison of the capital had been warned of our approach and as we reached the city gates they were ready for us. They just naturally gathered us in without firing a shot, and that night I slept in the calaboose.


      "The next morning I had a drum-head court martial and was sentenced to be shot at sunrise. The American consul came to see me and when I explained how it had all happened he interposed on my behalf and got the sentence changed to immediate expulsion from the country. All of my property was confiscated and all I had to get to San Francisco on was a purse that my American friends made up for me. I got back to California with just four-bits in my pocket after an absence of four years and experiences that cost me several little fortunes.


      On this 4th of July I urge you to understand that real hope is confidence which only comes from knowledge of God and country.




      Why exactly was July 4, 1776, chosen as the date to mark the nation's founding? The reason is that the Declaration of Independence was approved on that day by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. It is an amazing document and, in eloquent language, it announced the Colonies' determination to free themselves of British rule.


      The only person to sign the Declaration on July 4 was John Hancock (1737-1793) of Massachusetts, an extremely wealthy man who risked his life and his fortune on the success of the Revolution. He was president of the Continental Congress. When the Continental Congress adjourned on July 4 after debating the Declaration for three days and having voted to adopt the document with some revisions, Hancock was charged with authenticating the revised document, signing it, and sending copies to the colonial legislatures for approval. When Hancock affixed his boldly-written signature to the Declaration, he did so in an empty chamber.


      The only other person present was Charles Thomson, a Pennsylvanian serving as secretary of Congress. Thomson was never a signatory. His name appeared on printed copies of the document due to his position as secretary of Congress.


      Thus, it is apocryphal that, on signing the Declaration with a flourish and in big letters, that Hancock declared, "There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles." Like many great historical legends, it apparently never happened.


      Most of the other delegates signed the Declaration on August 3, 1776, and the last of 56 signatures would not be added until five years later.





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Remember the guy who wouldn't

take the flag down?


You might remember a news story several months ago about a crotchety Old man who defied his homeowners association and refused to take down The flagpole on his property and the large flag that flew on it. Now you can Find out who, exactly, that old man was.

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg -- probably
Didn't make much news back then.

Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy,
Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the US Army in 1940, set out to
Flank German machine gun positions from which fire was coming
Down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a minefield,
Took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned
With 17 prisoners of war.

If that wasn't enough for a day's work, he later took on and 
Destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn't make much news either, given the scope of the
War, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after
Also serving in Korea and Vietnam, a Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make news was a neighborhood association's quibble with
How the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside
His suburban Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be
Flown on a house-mounted bracket, but,  for decorum, items such
As Barfoot's 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.

He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and was
Facing court action if he didn't take it down. Since the story made
National TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position
And agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among them.

"In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag without Interference," Barfoot told The Associated Press.  As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to read his Medal of Honor citation.  It indicates he's not real good at backing down.

Van T. Barfoot's Medal of Honor citation:

This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:


Most of the old time entertainers were made out of a lot sterner stuff than today's crop of activists and whiners.The following is from an Army Aviator friend who takes another trip down memory lane:

It was just before Thanksgiving '67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of   Pleiku , Vietnam . We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (CH-47  CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back.  All of a  sudden, we heard a 'take-charge' woman's voice in the  rear.

There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a Special  Forces beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard.  'Maggie' had been visiting her Special Forces 'heroes'.

We took  off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku. As we all started unloading our sad pax's, a 'Smart-Ass' USAF Captain said to Martha.... Ms. Ray, with all these dead and wounded to process, there won't be time for your show!

To all of our surprise, she  pulled on her right collar and said.....Captain, see this eagle?  I am  a full 'Bird' Colonel in the US Army Reserve and on this is a 'Caduceus' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty.  Now take me to your wounded.

He said, yes ma'am.... Follow  me.

Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would cover a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.

Martha is the only woman buried in the Special Forces cemetery at Ft. Bragg.

H a n d  S a l u t e !

Ya Gotta Love Em - They're Ours!



Word of Truth
Loss of Freedom
The Word Of Truth - Alive and Powerful

By Rev G.J. Rako

LTC (Ret)



Happy 4th of July

Government of the people, by the people, and for the people...the land of the free and home of the brave is becoming the land of the enslaved and the home of the spineless.  The have-nots are taking from the haves, through redistribution of wealth.

Every problem we have in this country can be directly traced back to the five hundred or so tyrants that make up our three braches of government.  We elected them.  Therefore, "we the people" only have ourselves to blame.  The constitution of the United States has become little more than a list of suggestions that most of our government servants refuse to follow.  They trample the constitution under foot every day of their miserable lives.

The proposed (and original) hate crime legislation "Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act," which is better known to conservatives as the "Pedophile Protection Act" is just one in a string of insane legislation.  The "poison pill" amendment mirrors House bill, H.R. 1913.  This has already passed 249-175 along strict party lines, which makes "sexual orientation," "gender," and "gender identity" into federally-protected classes under the law, and codifies federal protection of up to 547 types of sexually deviant behaviors, including: 
  • Incest - sex with one's offspring (a crime, of course)
  • Necrophilia - sexual relations with a corpse, also a crime
  • Pedophilia - sex with an underage child, another crime
  • Zoophilia - a crime in numerous states
  • Voyeurism - a criminal offense in most states
  • Fronteurism - a man rubbing against an unknown woman's buttocks
  • Coprophilia - sexual arousal from feces
  • Urophilia - sexual arousal from urine (seeks to create a protected class of people.)  
Whatever happened to equality under the law?  Hate crime legislation makes the motivation of a crime the crime itself.  Motivation is thought, so therefore government can now regulate your thoughts.  Since when is thinking a crime?  Only since hate crime legislation was signed into law.  Thoughts lead to words, so then, not only is freedom of speech gone, but now freedom of thinking is also to be regulated.

The totalitarian government we now have will take this legislation and parlay it into imprisonment for anyone that dares to disagree with their progressive agenda.

They will shut down all media that opposes their evil plans.  They whine and complain about the alleged atrocities at Abu Ghraib, and GTMO while dreaming of the day they can lock you up as a dissident.  Sounds like the old Soviet Union.  Happy forth of July!  

The progressives have an idea to lift up the poor and downtrodden.  How noble this sounds, no more poverty.  Yet Jesus Christ, the creator of the universe, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end said, "the poor, you will have with you always."

The progressive system is to take from the rich and working and give to the sick, lame, and lazy.  Their great cause is to make us all equal by destroying the middle class and the wealthy.  We will all be poor and dependent on government (the great messiah.)  Why should you have freedom to work hard, be successful, and get ahead by creating wealth and jobs?  Those that are lazy, criminal, or stupid cannot, or will not achieve wealth, so we must take it away from you and give it to them.  Redistribution of wealth was a campaign promise of the "one", remember Joe the plumber? 

This is treason!  As members of the armed forces, we took an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America, against all enemies foreign and domestic.  Do you see any domestic enemies?  Are our enemies holding elected office?  These same people are systematically dismantling our nation and incredibly, they took that same oath.

If I tried to list every anti constitutional law, bill or pending legislation the stack of paper would reach the moon.  Each of you knows that our freedoms are eroding at a mind-boggling pace, and each of you can compile your own list of evils perpetrated by our elected servants of the people.  The question is, what people are they serving?  And yes, they are both democrats and republicans.  Happy 4th of July!

The government cannot save you.

Jeremiah 17:5  Thus says the LORD, " Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Psalms 146:3  Do not trust in princes (elected or bureaucrats), In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

Psalms 118:8  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Jeremiah 17:7 " Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.

The answer to the end of prosperity in America is not found in mankind.  The problems of this once great nation will not be solved by political activism.

Your happiness, security, or prosperity does not depend upon who is in office, but rather in the living God who is on His throne in heaven.  The solutions to our problems, whether they are personal, or national are found in the unique person of the universe.

If you have not yet made that most important of all decisions, the decision to believe in the name of the uniquely born Son of God, Jesus Christ, then take a few moments to consider the issue.

There is a God in heaven and He loves you very much, His name is Jesus Christ.  In order to benefit from the Word of God you must be a member of God's family. 

John 3:16  "For God loved the world so much, that He gave His uniquely born Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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.

Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

John 10:30  "I and the Father are one."

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."

John 17:11  "I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.

John 17:21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Galatians 2:16  Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

Romans 4:20-22  Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,  and being fully assured that  what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  Therefore, IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Once you have made this most important of all decisions you become a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  As a new spiritual being you can understand the things of the Spirit.

John 4:24  God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine). 

Understanding the cause of our problems will lead us to the solution to our problems.

Isaiah 5:13  Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst.

Hosea 4:6   My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,  because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest (nation).  Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.   

If you are interested in becoming part of the solution instead of being part of the problem then you must make the Word of God a priority in your life.  True Christian patriots will fulfill the Biblical commands to take the high ground of the spiritual life.

2 Chronicles 7:14  and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Eph 4:13 Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:20  Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

Hebrews 5:14  But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Hebrews 6:1   Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.

Romans 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (thinking), so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 2:5  Have this thinking in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

Spiritual maturity is attained only by transferring Bible doctrine from the pages of scripture into your soul (thinking).

Ephesians 4:14  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.

Titus 1:9  holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

2 Peter 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There is absolutely no place for a Christians to involve themselves in revolution, armed violence, or destruction of property.  Government is an institution created by God to protect the human race from itself.  Gods plan for the human race is nationalism.  Internationalism or globalism is evil.  God made this clear at the destruction of the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9).

We are to obey those in government no matter how much we may disagree with them.

Romans 13:1-14   Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?  Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good.  But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them tax to whom tax is due, custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Mark 12:17   And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."  And they were amazed at Him. 

Our lives can be full of happiness, security, peace, and contentment.  These things are guaranteed to those believers who love God.  

Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you 

Philippians 4:9  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord

2 John 1:3  Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love

Gal 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things  there is no law.

Living your life in the light of eternity changes your focus from your insignificant problems to the One who has provided solutions to all problems.  God has a perfect plan for your life.  Learn the Word of God, trust what you learn, believe that what God has promised, He is also able to deliver (Rom 4:21).  Happy 4th of July!

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Tactical 24-7


Policing in today's society has become somewhat glamorous thanks to reality television shows and the moviemakers in Hollywood. This pop culture romance with police has influenced the way many officers conduct themselves off duty.


I am surprised at how many officers are willing to share their professional information on social media web sites such as Facebook and others. We all have a drawer full of t-shirts that say police in some form or fashion on them. Many of us chose not to carry a weapon off duty and how many cops do you know that have a police logo license plate or their police union sticker on their back windshield?


In tactical training I would refer to this type of behavior as "target indicators". I understand the root of this behavior is displaying pride in what they do. I too am proud of my profession. However, I have asked my wife from to refrain from sharing what I do with others we don't know in social settings. My children also conduct themselves in this manner. My oldest (24) will tell you that growing up in a large suburban setting was easier by not being tagged as the "cops" kid. I suspect that this wouldn't work in small agencies but I think you get my point.


Policing in the past:


I learned from the Vietnam era cops as a rookie not to display my profession off duty due to the potential danger it places my family and me in. These men joined the brotherhood in the early 1970's when policing was just as unpopular as the war they just came home from. I certainly think the public perception of policing has changed dramatically since the decade of free love and drugs. A lot of that can be accredited to the realty television shows of the 1990's and cop movies of the same era. However, even though the general perception has changed to a more positive one all it takes is one nut job to create havoc for you and your family. I am sure that many of you reading this article have a couple stories of off duty mishaps. Usually when it's said and done and you have time to put things into perspective you realize the burden the incident has become.  


A dose of reality:


Consider this, statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports indicate approximately twelve percent of officer murders occur while the victim is off-duty. The 12% sited in the report has maintained itself for the most part over the past few years but has been as high as 16%. Lets face it that is too high of a percentage to ignore and we should work hard to see that number significantly reduced.


Living and policing in a world of active shooters, mass murders and threats from terrorist requires you to take your off duty tactics seriously. Today's society and the threats that we face require you to maintain a strong tactical mindset 24-7. 


It can happen to anyone:


Some time ago I was living in the city I work for and while my wife was cooking dinner two men knocked on my front door. I was off duty at the time and answered the door. To my surprise a man that lives in the same condo complex was standing on my doorstep. Here's the problem, I was familiar with this man because our Narc's had advised me to be careful with this guy as he was currently under investigation for trafficking narcotics and known to carry a handgun.


Luckily I peeked out of the doorwall before I answered the door. When I saw this dirt bag on my porch I was surprised to say the least. I grabbed my forty off the refrigerator and slipped it in my waistband. I advised my wife to call 911 if the conversation goes south. I opened the door and stood there with my Glock ready for action and listened to what he had to say. He stated in an arrogant tone, "hey you're a cop, can you fix my cousins ticket" as he pointed to the second man standing beside him. I quickly responded by advising him to promptly leave my property, which he did.


I didn't give this incident much thought afterwards other than the Narcs were correct about this guy, I will have to watch him. Less than a year later that same dirt bag was arrested by narcotic officers from a neighboring jurisdiction for narcotics trafficking. While being booked in the lock up he shot and killed one of their veteran detectives. I don't want to get into how he got a gun into the jail because that's not the topic of this article. However, the moral of the story here is that could have been me dealing with this idiot off duty on my front porch in front of my family.


Lesson learned:


How did knucklehead know I was a cop? Because, I would park my squad car in my driveway every night when I came home for dinner. That was a mistake and I learned a valuable lesson from that day.


When I started twenty years ago the old timers were very cautious of sharing the fact that they were cops. I always assumed it was because they started the profession in the seventies Vietnam era when policing wasn't so glamorous. They lived their private lives very discreetly back in those days.


Dealing with modern day threats:


Why aren't we modern day cops as discreet as our training officers were twenty years ago? The fact is we may live and work in a more dangerous time. Sure the 1970's had a slightly higher police murder rate but body armor; advanced medical technology and an increase in training surely have a significant impact on those numbers. It was discovered recently after Bin Ladens capture that Al-Qaeda has plans to take out officials of the Government on U.S. soil. Al-Qaeda has demonstrated that they are efficient in assaulting police stations in Iraq. What stops them from walking up to your house and assaulting you and your family?


What about the past accounts of off duty officers reacting to an active shooter in a mall or school? How about that nut case neighbor of mine?


Although I work and live in Metro Detroit any cop, anywhere and anytime can be the subject of some type of assault. Rural cops may even have it tougher because of response times. Either way the fight will be yours and if you're not prepared for it who wins? 


Off duty tactics:


There are several tips that can help you stay safe at home or anywhere else for that matter.


1)      Situational awareness must be active and high all the time. No matter if your walking in a crowded mall or sitting with your back to the wall watching the door in a restaurant always be aware of your surroundings.


2)      Carry a handgun 24-7. Crime occurs everywhere and the time you need that weapon and you don't have it may be the worst mistake of your life. At least carry off duty to protect your family! 


3)      Don't wear those police T-shirts that we all have overloading our dressers out in public. Obviously, you're an easy target when you're advertising you're the police. My wife gets all my police t-shirts for nightshirts.


4)      Take those stickers off your cars that indicate you belong to a police union or support the police. In my home state of Michigan they even have FOP license plates. Do your wife a favor and don't put her in a position that may endanger her and your family when dirt bag is having a bad day and targets them for revenge. Lets face it the only reason guys put those plates on their cars is vanity or hopes that it will keep them from getting pulled over. The problem is every cop supporter out there has a sticker or license plate and I know those stickers never stopped me from making a traffic stop. The only thing that will save your butt (or not) on a traffic stop is a badge, department identification and professional courtesy.


5)      Some guys advocate carrying two wallets. I have never been a big fan of that so I carry my drivers license, charge cards and cash folded up and secured with a rubber band in my front pocket. If you get robbed hand over the folded money and cards and leave your badge and wallet in your pocket until it's time to take action.


6)      Walk with your wife and family on the opposite side of your holstered weapon to free up your shooting hand.


7)      Have a queue that only you and your wife know of such as: "lets go get a smoke". I don't smoke but she knows if I say that it's time to bug out.


These are only a few tips and I bet you guys have many more but the goal here is to reduce that off duty murder rate. Stop assuming it can't happen to you.  I wonder how many of our fallen brothers felt the same way before sacrificing their lives?


Stay safe,

Sgt. Glenn French


Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".

Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

Warrior's Wisdom

Warrior's Wisdom




I believe this axiom from Napoleon to be appropriate in light of the President's announcement giving the Taliban a complete time table to plan around. Although there are mixed feelings about us pulling out most would agree the way this is being done can only be seen as a sign of weakness.


At the commencement of a campaign, to advance or not to advance is a matter for grave consideration, but when once the offensive has been assumed, it must be sustained to the last extremity. However skilful the maneuvers, a retreat will always weaken the moral of an army, because in losing the chances of success, these last are transferred to the enemy.


- Napoleon


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The Primitive Skills Checklist


The original Primitive Skills Checklist debuted in an article entitled Going Wild - Organizing a Primitive Living Experiment by Alice Tulloch in the Fall 2007 edition of the Society of Primitive Technology's Bulletin of Primitive Technology. This updated version just as in the original article is for discussion purposes only and it is not really intended for one person to have every skill mentioned. Nor is it supposed to be a complete list.


Ideally a person would bring a set of skills to a group and hopefully the group could meet its goals. In a SHTF scenario, most of us would be reduced to living much like the early pioneers. While we may elect to remain in the suburbs or our country homes for a while, the likely hood of marauders (armed bandits) coming to raid is a realistic threat that may drive us from our homes or planned places of refuge.  


Social Skills

  • Ability to work in a team, for the common good
  • Ability to receive criticism and to effectively offer constructive criticism
  • Desire to work harder than others, and take the initiative to get things done for the common good
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude
  • Knowledge of primitive games, fun, music and celebrations



  • Ability to hike solo over unfamiliar terrain without getting lost (navigation)
  • Ability to guide others, physically and verbally, to a location unknown to others
  • Ability to read the landscape to anticipate the easiest route of travel, and the location of water, game, plants and useful materials
  • Knowledge of safe stream crossings, snow crossings and rough terrain travel
  • Knowledge of long distance travel strategies and the economic calendar of the area
  • Good physical condition, moderate body fat, tough feet
  • Ability to hike 5-15 miles per day with a 30-50lb. pack



  • Can consistently start fire by friction using a variety of materials
  • Made a successful friction fire set from materials on-site using stone-age tools
  • Consistently made friction fire in the rain, snow and dark
  • Experience using fire for cooking with pottery, stone boiling and pit baking
  • Experience banking fire or other methods to maintain coals overnight
  • Ability to carry fire from one camp to another
  • Ability to utilize alternative and modern fire strategies when available
  • Used fire to coal-burn a container



  • Made a nearly waterproof wickiup, lean-to and debris hut and slept in them
  • Made a coal bed and slept on it
  • Slept in a primitive shelter using only natural, local bedding and stone-age gear
  • Made a primitive shelter in the rain or snow and slept in it
  • Ability to make/create bedding from natural materials


Food (See also next two categories)

  • Has lived completely off the land for one week
  • Ditto, in each of the four seasons in your area
  • Proficiency with a variety of food storage techniques and pest controls, including smoking, drying, rendering, granaries, and caches



  • Has a thorough knowledge of plant families and their characteristics
  • Has a thorough knowledge of original people's plant uses, harvesting, processing, and storage methods in the area
  • Has a thorough knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses in the area


Trapping, Fishing, and Hunting

  • Has a thorough knowledge of the habitats and habits of the fish and wildlife in the area
  • Has an understanding of sustainable harvesting
  • Has skill in reading animal signs and tracks
  • Has captured animals with primitive deadfalls, snares and traps
  • Can construct 4 kinds of triggers on site using stone tools
  • Can construct 2 kinds of snares on site using stone tools
  • Has caught fish using primitive line and lure, spear, fish trap and/or gill net
  • Knowledge of stalking and skill hunting techniques
  • Harvested a big game animal with stone- age equipment
  • Made and is proficient with primitive bow and arrow, atlatl and dart, and throwing stick
  • Butchered and skinned an animal with stone tools



  • Can/has made buckskin using only stone- age tools and brains of the animal
  • Made a complete set of buckskin clothing including shirt/dress, leggings/skirt and moccasins
  • Sewn buckskin with only stone- age tools and materials
  • Tanned fur-bearing animal and made garment from the fur
  • Knowledge of rawhide processing and construction methods
  • Knowledge of bark tanning process
  • Made clothing out of plant fiber (examples: tumpline, sagebrush sandals, cedar bark blanket)
  • Made and used winter footwear in wet or snowy weather. Knowledge of greased or insulated footwear
  • Knowledge of clothing, equipment and methods to deal with cold and rainy conditions


Basketry and Cordage

  • Made baskets from a variety of materials and techniques including a burden basket and water-tight basket (without pitch and sealant)
  • Made baskets sealed with pitch or other sealant
  • Knowledge of netting techniques
  • Knowledge of stone boiling in a basket
  • Made cordage from a variety of materials and techniques
  • Made rope from many strands braided and multi-plied



  • Made a fired pot holding 1 gallon from wild harvested clay
  • Knowledge of cooking with pottery on a fire



  • Competency in basic spalling, percussion and pressure flaking, pecking and hafting
  • Made uniform thin, straight blades, 5 inches or longer, using stone- age tools (no copper)
  • Made and proficient in use of scrapers, burins and drills
  • Made and proficient in use of stone axe
  • Knowledge of heat treating stone
  • Made tools from a variety of stone
  • Knowledge of useful stone materials in the area


Bone and Antler Tools

  • Made bone and antler tools with stone- age equipment, including fish hooks, spears, awls, needles
  • Used bone or antler for wedges, cutting, stabbing, sawing, pounding and knapping  



  • Knowledge of security measures regarding wolves, bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, scorpions, etc
  • Awareness of weather changes and patterns
  • Awareness of wildland fire behavior and safety measures
  • Has developed their intuition and woods savvy
  • Awareness of changes in natural flow (bird and bug chatter, wind direction, etc)
  • Knowledge of collection, preparation and use of pitch and glues, mineral pigments
  • Knowledge of useful knots including fisherman's, bowline, square, clove hitch, tauntline, and stopper knots
  • Knowledge of lashing and splicing
  • Knowledge of telling time by the sun and stars



  • Knowledge of primitive hygiene concerns, preventative measures and remedies
  • Thorough knowledge of backcountry first aid, CPR and evacuation methods
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases, adverse syndromes, hypothermia, parasites and poisonous plants that occur in the area; preventative measures and modern treatment
  • Knowledge of how a wild diet and primitive activities impact nutritional needs


Security & Self-Defense

  • Know how to identify dangerous areas and people
  • Know how to fight
  • Know how to utilize hand held and improvised weapons
  • Know how to operate and maintain firearms or several common types

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'That's amazing!' his Dad says 'How do I get Ol' Blue in that program?'


'Just send him down here with $1,000,' the young cowboy says, 'I'll get him in the course.'


So, his father sends the dog and $1,000.


About two-thirds through the semester, the money again runs out. The boy calls home. 'So how's Ol' Blue doing, son?' his father wants to know.


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'Read?!' exclaims his father. 'No kidding! How do we get Ol' Blue in that program?'


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The money promptly arrives. But our hero has a problem. At the end of the year, his father will find out the dog can neither talk nor read. So he shoots the dog. When he arrives home at the end of the year, his father is all excited.


'Where's Ol' Blue? I just can't wait to talk with him, and see him read something!'


'Dad,' the boy says, 'I have some grim news. Yesterday morning, just before we left to drive home, Ol' Blue was in the living room, kicked back in the recliner, reading the Wall Street Journal. Then he suddenly turned to me and asked, 'So, is your daddy still messing around with that little redhead barmaid at the Blue Sky Cafe and Tavern?''


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"I'm a middle-of-the-roader."


ARISTOTLE, some twenty-three centuries ago, developed the idea of the middle way or, as he thought of it, "the golden mean." He used the term to describe certain virtues which consist of an intelligent moderation between the extremes of two opposite vices.


One concludes from his reflections that courage lies midway between cowardice and rashness; liberality between stinginess and extravagance; ambition between sloth ad greed; modesty between the Milquetoast type of humility and the strutting dictator's kind of pride; frankness between secrecy and loquacity; friendship between quarrelsomeness and flattery; good humor between moroseness and buffoonery; self-control between indecisiveness and impulsiveness.


A century or so later the idea was given a perverse twist in Ecclesiastes-perilously close to the modern view:


"In my vain life I have seen everything; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his evil-doing. Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself over wise; why should you destroy yourself? Be not wicked overmuch, neither be a fool; why should you die before your time?"


In the twelfth century the eminent rabbi, Maimonides-again on the high road-was counseling his followers to choose the golden mean. His middle way, like Aristotle's was that ideal route which leads between two extremes of opposite vices.


In our day, "middle-of-the-road" is more an excuse for intellectual sloppiness than a guide to moral discipline. There is nothing golden about it and it does not qualify as a mean. For instance, there is no middle way, as George Schwartz put it, between monogamy and polygamy. Nor is there any golden mean that can be derived from subdividing a single vice. Halfway between the theft of a small amount and the theft of a large amount is robbery all the way, no matter how you slice it!


In the jargon of our times, "I'm a middle-of-the-roader," has only political connotations. It means when the drift is socialistic, that its advocates waver midway between a modicum of socialism and whatever extreme of socialism happens to be in popular favor. Thus, the middle-of-the- roader always finds himself wherever the currents of opinion dictate; he has no other basis for judging where his stand should be. The more extreme the socialistic view, the deeper he will be engulfed in socialism.


Quite obviously, there is no virtue in being a political middle-of-the-roader. This position sounds something like the golden mean, but there the resemblance ends. What we have is a confusion of sound with sense. The Middle-of-the-roadism is but a platitudinous position riding inexcusably on the reputation of a splendid philosophical conviction.                                                  


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What Has Really Changed?
What Has Really Changed?

When a Company Dies
Everyone Pays for the Funeral


The successful company benefits not only its owners but everyone - it carries its part of the tax load, provides more and better jobs, supplies goods at a fair price to the public. Everyone benefits.


The unsuccessful company provides fewer and fewer jobs and not opportunities for young workers. It pays less and less share of taxes. It cannot afford research to improve its products and values. It finally dies and so provides no jobs, no taxes, no future for workers, no values for anyone.


Isn't it wise, then, for tax laws and labor leaders to work with management to do everything possible for business success




 Mexican Troops Cross U.S. Border

June 27, 2011 by Personal Liberty News Desk



Mexican troops crossed the U.S. border via the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, also known as International Bridge Two, at Laredo, Texas.


Mexican troops in three trucks crossed the U.S. border on Thursday in what is a violation of international law.


The incursion, which occurred at International Bridge Two at Laredo, Texas, was reported by KGNS-TV. A photo on the station's website shows gun-wielding soldiers riding in the back of three military pickups.


"Mexican leaders say the soldiers, who had just been deployed to Neuevo Laredo, didn't know the area, got lost and then made their way through Bridge Two," according to the television report.


In a separate story, KGNS-TV reported that several hundred Mexican soldiers and marines were in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in an effort to combat drug cartels and the city is under martial law.


"More troops are expected to move into the city to beef up security, and it's not just in Nuevo Laredo but the whole state of Tamaulipas," the television station reported. "Last week demonstrators took to the bridges to protest the military presence. Many claim those holding signs and chanting 'no more military' were paid as much as $100 a day by the cartel members to protest at the bridges.


"Drug cartels don't want that information out; therefore, the Mexican media is not reporting it."


2 Green Berets Get Silver Star,12 Get Bronze With'V'

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Two U.S Army Green Berets were recognized with Silver Stars during a ceremony on Monday in Stuttgart, where 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group troops were honored for heroic actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan.


During the ceremony at Patch Barracks, which included a special videotaped message from the commander of the Afghanistan mission, Gen. David Petraeus, 12 other servicemembers received Bronze Stars with the "V" device for valor. Two additional Soldiers received the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device.


Master Sgt. William J. Dickinson was awarded the Silver Star for leading a special operations team that thwarted an attack on Bagram Air Base on May 19, 2010, when insurgents dressed as American Soldiers stormed the base.


Staff Sergeant Adam B. Dorner was awarded the Silver Star for leading a team of Green Berets and Afghan National Security Forces in response to an ambush in Logar province in 2010. Dorner ran more than 150 meters through open terrain to reach his unit's mortar system to return fire on the enemy at "grave personal risk."


"Matchless courage, relentless commitment ... and, of course, quiet but very impressive professionalism," said Petraeus, in his videotaped message from Afghanistan, of the 16 servicemembers who were recognized. "Their courage not only saved lives, but also inspired, and continues to inspire all of us here."


The ceremony included multimedia presentations detailing the troops' actions. In it, Dorner said of valor: "It just kind of comes out when it needs to come out."


Humble in ordinary life, the troops are anything but that on the battlefield, said Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, commander of Special Operations Command Europe.


"These are men of deeds, not words," Repass said.


Following the ceremony, the medal recipients were whisked away to a private reception.


Here are more detailed accounts of the actions that resulted in the Silver Stars:


Master Sgt. William J. Dickinson:


On May 19, 2010, Dickinson and his five-man special operations team were getting ready for bed in the early morning hours at Bagram Airfield when explosions reverberated around the north end of the base. Dickinson immediately mobilized, according to a unit account of the events.


He and the other men gathered their gear and moved toward the sound of fire, exposed to enemy rocket-propelled grenades. Special Operations Task Force 10 pressed forward, killing three insurgents who had breached the outer perimeter wall of the base, according to the unit account. Dickinson and two other team members cleared through to the outer perimeter wall, evading thrown grenades.


Countering with their own grenades, Dickinson and his team secured their position and observed that the three insurgents from their first engagement were dressed in the U.S. Army Combat Uniform and equipped with suicide vests, hand grenades, RPGs and AK-47 assault rifles.


"Though exposed to enemy observation, MSG Dickinson led four other team members over the wall," according to the unit account. "Four additional deceased insurgents were identified immediately on the other side. Another, still living, tried to arm his suicide vest and was quickly neutralized by MSG Dickinson and members of the HQ element."


Meanwhile, 20 more insurgents were massing 800 yards southwest of Dickinson's position. Dickinson's five-man team and eight volunteers assembled to hunt down the enemy.


"MSG Dickinson fearlessly took point in the front, skirting the (base) perimeter to close with and engage the assaulting enemy," the unit stated.


During the patrol, one team member stepped on a land mine and was severely injured. Dickinson ran 20 yards from the front of the patrol to deliver first aid. After helping to get the injured Soldier back over the wall and out of harm's way, Dickinson grabbed a mine detector from an engineer on the perimeter, scaled the wall a final time and cleared a path for the four patrol members still in harm's way.


In the end, eight insurgents were killed and the synchronized assault on Bagram was thwarted.


Staff Sergeant Adam B. Dorner:


On Aug. 17, 2010, Dorner's team of Green Berets was conducting route reconnaissance in Logar province with 20 Afghan National Security Forces members when insurgents launched a complex ambush, using roadside bombs, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, according to the unit account.


Dorner, who was dismounted at the front of the convoy, returned fire despite lack of cover until his weapon malfunctioned. Dorner then ran more than 150 yards through open terrain to reach his unit's 60mm mortar system, despite RPG rounds detonating within 30 yards of his location. He took hold of the mortar and delivered 10 rounds on the insurgent positions, according to the account.


Dorner then led a maneuver element consisting of seven Afghans and three Soldiers from his Special Operations Task Unit 0116 and "fearlessly took point of his element and led a bold assault across 300 meters of mostly open terrain and dislodged the enemy from their established position," the unit account of the events stated.


Dorner accepted "grave personal risk" at four separate stages of the firefight.


"His tenacity and leadership were the vital ingredients in finally ending the engagement, directly enabling the safe return of all U.S. and ANSF service members," the unit account stated.


Fourteen other troops were honored on Monday. They were:


Bronze Star with "V" device


** Capt. Craig Bighouse


** Sgt. 1st Class Michael Murray


** Sgt. 1st Class McKenna Miller


** Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Reshel


** Staff Sgt. Sabriel Ashley


** Staff Sgt. Robert Murray


** Staff Sgt. Patrick Roberts


** Staff Sgt. Richard Telck


** Staff Sgt. Robert Malcher


** Air Force Staff Sgt. David Ibsen


** Air Force Staff Sgt. Theodore Hofkneckt


** Pfc. William Langley


Army Commendation Medal with "V" device


** Staff Sgt. Ricky Streeter


** Staff Sgt. Sean Pridemore


Texas Vets Told Not to Use 'God' During Services

Accuse VA, cemetery director of religious hostility.

Houston Veteran Affairs 




They fought for their country, now they're fighting against it.


A trio of Houston area veterans groups is suing Veterans Affairs and the director of the local National Cemetery claiming they're trying to censor religious freedom during funerals and other ceremonies.


This all started just before Memorial Day when a pastor giving the annual prayer at the National Cemetery was told he could not use Jesus' name.  A federal judge blocked the VA's attempt to censor him and the two sides were back in court Tuesday.


Attorney Jeff Mateer represents the Liberty Institute; he says the cemetery director won't allow the use of "God" or "Jesus" unless the family submits the prayer in writing for her approval.


"In addition, director Arleen Ocasio has stated the National Memorial Ladies cannot tell families 'God Bless,' they cannot communicate in writing or orally," says Mateer.  "And that violates the U.S. Constitution."


Marilyn Koepp is with the National Memorial Ladies.  "I would have been appalled if when the VFW did my father's funeral in 2004, if they could not have said 'God,' what is happening to our country?" she asks.


Vietnam veteran Nobelton Jones hands out shells from the 21-gun salute to families, but says the cemetery director is trying to censor him as well.


"On March 15, she said that at the District 4 ceremony, that I could not say 'We wish that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace,' she specifically said that," claims Jones.


The case also has caught the attention of incoming state VFW president John Spahr.


"It is our contention and our concern that we be allowed to give this most humble and important tribute to brothers and sisters as they pass away," says Spahr.  "They are our comrades, and this probably the most sacred ritual in the Veterans of Foreign Wars."


Calls seeking comment from cemetery director Ocasio were not returned, the VA says it can't talk about ongoing litigation.


The two sides are due be back in court next month.


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Barbara Walters comments on Jane Fonda


She can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can forget the past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment and see her "honored" as a "Woman of the Century".


Never  Forgive A Traitor


For those of you too young to remember, Hanoi Jane is a bad person and did some terrible things during the Vietnam war. Things that cannot be forgiven!!!!


For those who served and/or died. . .




and now OBAMA wants to honor her......!!!!


In Memory of LT. C.Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days  at the Hanoi Hilton





She really is a traitor.




This is for all the kids born in the 70's and after who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers,  mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear.


Jane Fonda to be honored as one of the '100 Women of the  Century.'





Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.


The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat.                        


In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the 'Hanoi  Hilton.'          


Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American  'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.


He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away.   During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.


In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.


From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton', the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive.  His group, too, got the  cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.           


They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still  survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand.


When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?'  Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.               


She took them all without missing a beat.  At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper.


Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.


I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.


I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in  Cambodia; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi.  My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.)


We were Jane Fonda's 'war  criminals....'


When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her..


I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we  POWs received....and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'


Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.


I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released.  I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV.  She never did answer me.


These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....'100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.


There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will  eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.



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It is always better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6.
And you can take that to the bank..........  


The Three Eyed Monster.


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A home invader's worst nightmare.


Words of Wisdom


If you own a gun, you will appreciate this.  If not, you should get one and learn how to use it.


Shooting Advice:


Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.


Never let someone or thing that threatens you get inside arms length and never say "I've got a gun".  If you feel you need to use deadly force for heaven's sake let the first sound they hear be the safety clicking off, and they shouldn't have time to hear anything after that if you are doing your job.


'The average response time of a 911 call is over 23 minutes... the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.'


Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is a drill instructor (Thunder Ranch is a firearms training facility in Arizona ). Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self-defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.


"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win - and cheat if necessary."


"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."


"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."


"If you're not shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading', you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to cut your head off and put it on a stick."


"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy... and you're going to be one of 'em pretty soon."


"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."


"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."


"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?"


"Don't shoot fast, unless you're also shoot good."


"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work, but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."


"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.  How long you live depends on how well you do it."


"You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family."  


Global Warming or Climate Change? 


Professor Ian Plimercould not have said it better! Professor Ian Plimer  is a member of the  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide . He is also a joint member of the School of Civil , Environmental and Mining Engineering.


If you've read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.


Okay, here's the bombshell. Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano The volcanic eruption in Iceland , since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.  This Seismic activity started at the end of 2009 and gradually increased in intensity until on 20 March 2010, a small eruptionstarted rated as a 1 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index.   Beginning on 14 April 2010, the eruption entered a second phase and created an ash cloud that led to the closure of most of Europe 's IFR airspace from 15 until 20 April 2010. Consequently, a very high proportion of flights within, to, and from Europe were cancelled, creating the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War.


Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all animal life.


I know, it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.


The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.  And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time - EVERY DAY.


I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth.  Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it.


Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.


And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the brush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years.  And it happens every year.


Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping new carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus "human-caused" climate change scenario.


Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention "Global Warming" any more, but just "Climate Change" - you know why?  It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.


And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme - that whopping new tax - imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.  It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.


Just remember the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland on May 21, 2011.


But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!



USSOCOM Outlines Restart for Precision Sniper Rifle


Written by: Scott R. Gourley on June 7, 2011


A student of the Special Forces Sniper Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School fires at four inch targets from distances of 600 meters to 1000 meters at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Jan. 27, 2011. The students of the 8-week course practice techniques of marksmanship, fieldcraft, and communication to become elite Special Forces snipers. Photo by Sgt. David William McLean, 22nd MPAD


Representatives from United States Special Operations Command used a recent "Industry Day" venue to outline the anticipated restart of the command's Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program. The PSR weapon system will consist of a rifle, an enhanced round of ammunition, and other associated subsystems.


Following the anticipated formal cancellation of the original PSR request for proposals in early May, the subsequent Industry Day was designed "to provide an update to the current program changes." Although not mandatory for program participants, the event reportedly provided interested vendors with an overview of the revised PSR program against the backdrop of current requirements and future needs of United States special operations forces operators.


According to the overview, the newly revised PSR solicitation will include: rifle, enhanced round of ammunition, suppressor, bipod, cleaning kit, operator's manual, drag bag, spare parts, magazines, sling, and hard carrying case.


The new solicitation is not caliber-specific.


Significant solicitation changes from the previously cancelled solicitation center around an "increased product focused approach" featuring the go/no-go assessment involving weapon and ammunition performance, conducting operational suitability/operational effectiveness assessment prior to entering proposal evaluation, and use of a critical threshold matrix as opposed to the "performance specification" process used in the initial approach.


The recent Industry Day event also included an overview of several "Draft" go/no-go requirements. Examples included: "The PSR product sample shall weigh no more than 18.0 lbs with 12 o'clock MIL-STD 1913 rail, and an unloaded magazine. Weight excludes any protective MIL-STD 1913 rail covers and all other ancillary equipment...The PSR rifle shall have an overall length of no more than 50 inches in the fully extended configuration, less suppressor...The PSR shall have a safety mechanism that prevents the weapon from firing when the trigger is depressed and the safety is in the 'safe' position."


In terms of the ammunition performance, announced "draft" requirements range from: "The projectile shall have a remaining velocity no less than 1,228 feet per second under nominal conditions at 1500 meters (1640 yards)" to "The projectile shall have a minimum of 700 ft-lbs. of kinetic energy at 1500 meters (1640 yards)."


During the assessment process precision capability "shall be demonstrated by the vendor at 914 meters (1000 yards).  A total of twelve (12) five shot groups shall be fired for record. The offeror shall fire two of the product sample rifles for six groups each.  The offeror shall select five of the six groups from each product sample to submit for the Government to acquire an average.  The 10-group average shall be 1.0 MOA or less.  Groups shall be measured for Extreme Vertical Spread (EVS).  The offeror has the option to shoot his rifle from a fixture (to be supplied by the offeror), off the ground/bipod or from a bench rest to demonstrate precision. "


The government expects to release the new PSR solicitation in June 2011.



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U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms

Jun. 7 2011


UCSON, AZ - JANUARY 15: A woman shoots a gun...


Image by Getty Images via @daylife


It may not come as surprising news to many of you that the United Nations doesn't approve of our Second Amendment. Not one bit. And they very much hope to do something about it with help from some powerful American friends. Under the guise of a proposed global "Small Arms Treaty" premised to fight "terrorism", "insurgency" and "international crime syndicates" you can be quite certain that an even more insidious threat is being targeted - our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms.


What, exactly, does the intended agreement entail?


While the terms have yet to be made public, if passed by the U.N. and ratified by our Senate, it will almost certainly force the U.S. to:

  • Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
  • Confiscate and destroy all "unauthorized" civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
  • Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull - one single "bang" manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
  • Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
  • In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights. 


Have no doubt that this plan is very real, with strong Obama administration support. In January 2010 the U.S. joined 152 other countries in endorsing a U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution that will establish a 2012 conference to draft a blueprint for enactment. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to push for Senate ratification.


Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton has cautioned gun owners to take this initiative seriously, stating that the U.N. "is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control."


Although professing to support the Second Amendment during her presidential election bid, Hillary Clinton is not generally known as a gun rights enthusiast. She has been a long-time activist for federal firearms licensing and registration, and a vigorous opponent of state Right-to-Carry laws. As a New York senator she ranked among the National Rifle Association's worst "F"-rated gun banners who voted to support the sort of gunpoint disarmament that marked New Orleans' rogue police actions against law-abiding gun owners in the anarchistic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


President Obama's record on citizen gun rights doesn't reflect much advocacy either. Consider for example his appointment of anti-gun rights former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate U.S. representative to the U.N., and his choice of Andrew Traver who has worked to terminate civilian ownership of so-called "assault rifles" (another prejudicially meaningless gun term) to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Then, in a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama administration quietly banned the re-importation and sale of 850,000 collectable antique U.S.-manufactured M1 Garand and Carbine rifles that were left in South Korea following the Korean War. Developed in the 1930s, the venerable M1 Garand carried the U.S. through World War II, seeing action in every major battle.


As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama was an aggressive advocate for expanding gun control laws, and even voted against legislation giving gun owners an affirmative defense when they use firearms to defend themselves and their families against home invaders and burglars. He also served on a 10-member board of directors of the radically activist anti-gun Joyce Foundation in Chicago during a period between 1998-2001when it contributed $18,326,183 in grants to anti-Second Amendment organizations.


If someone breaks into your home when you are there, which would you prefer to have close at hand: 1) a telephone to call 911, or 2) a loaded gun of respectable caliber? That's a pretty easy question for me to answer. I am a long-time NRA member, concealed firearms license holder and a regular weekly recreational pistol shooter. And while I don't ordinarily care to target anything that has a mother, will reluctantly make an exception should an urgent provocation arise. I also happen to enjoy the company of friends who hunt, as well as those, like myself, who share an abiding interest in American history and the firearms that influenced it.


There are many like me, and fewer of them would be alive today were it not for exercise of their gun rights. In fact law-abiding citizens in America used guns in self-defense 2.5 million times during 1993 (about 6,850 times per day), and actually shot and killed 2 1/2 times as many criminals as police did (1,527 to 606). Those civilian self-defense shootings resulted in less than 1/5th as many incidents as police where an innocent person was mistakenly identified as a criminal (2% versus 11%).


Just how effectively have gun bans worked to make citizens safer in other countries? Take the number of home break-ins while residents are present as an indication. In Canada and Britain, both with tough gun-control laws, nearly half of all burglaries occur when residents are present. But in the U.S. where many households are armed, only about 13% happen when someone is home.


Recognizing clear statistical benefit evidence, 41 states now allow competent, law-abiding adults to carry permitted or permit-exempt concealed handguns. As a result, crime rates in those states have typically fallen at least 10% in the year following enactment.


So the majority in our Senate is smart enough to realize that the U.N.'s gun-grab agenda is unconstitutional, politically suicidal for those who support it, and down-right idiotic-right? Let's hope so, but not entirely count on it. While a few loyal Obama Democrats are truly "pro-gun", many are loathe to vote against treaties that carry the president's international prestige, causing him embarrassment.


Also, don't forget that Senate confirmation of anti-gun Obama nominee Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Many within the few who voted against her did so only because of massive grassroots pressure from constituents who take their Constitutional protections very seriously.


Now, more than ever, it's imperative to stick by our guns in demanding that all Constitutional rights be preserved. If not, we will surely lose both.



"Send 'em up, I'll  wait!"




Love it!  This has got to be one of the greatest quotes of all time.


I thought this might make you smile. :-) 


...conversation overheard on the VHF Guard  (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.



Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'


Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'


Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'


Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter.  Send 'em up, I'll wait!'


Air Defense Site: ( ... total silence)


God bless our troops.  There is something about a Marine that makes other countries listen to reason.



Wounded Ranger to Be Awarded Medal of Honor

June 01, 2011


Wounded Ranger to Be Awarded Medal of Honor


WASHINGTON -- An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow Soldiers will be the second living Medal of Honor recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


On July 12, 2011, President Obama will award Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Petry will receive the honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008.


Petry now serves as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.


"It's very humbling to know that the guys thought that much of me and my actions that day, to nominate me for that," said Petry, on learning he had been nominated for the medal.


At the time of his actions in Afghanistan, Petry was assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Petry's actions came as part of a rare daylight raid to capture a high-value target.


On that day, he was to locate himself with the platoon headquarters in the target building once it was secured. Once there, he was to serve as the senior noncommissioned officer at the site for the remainder of the operation.


Recognizing one of the assault squads needed assistance clearing their assigned building, Petry relayed to the platoon leader that he was moving to that squad to provide additional supervision and guidance during the clearance of the building.


Once the residential portion of the building had been cleared, Petry took a fellow member of the assault squad, Pvt. 1st Class Lucas Robinson, to clear the outer courtyard. Petry knew that area had not been cleared during the initial clearance.


Petry and Robinson, both Rangers, moved into an area of the compound that contained at least three enemy fighters who were prepared to engage friendly forces from opposite ends of the outer courtyard.


The two Soldiers entered the courtyard. To their front was an opening followed by a chicken coop. As the two crossed the open area, an enemy insurgent fired on them. Petry was wounded by one round, which went through both of his legs. Robinson was also hit in his side plate by a separate round.


While wounded and under enemy fire, Petry led Robinson to the cover of the chicken coop. The enemy continued to deliver fire at the two Soldiers.


As the senior Soldier, Petry assessed the situation and reported that contact was made and that there were two wounded Rangers in the courtyard of the primary target building.


Upon hearing the report of two wounded Rangers, Sgt. Daniel Higgins, a team leader, moved to the outer courtyard. As Higgins was moving to Petry and Robinson's position, Petry threw a thermobaric grenade in the vicinity of the enemy position.


Shortly after that grenade exploded -- which created a lull in the enemy fire -- Higgins arrived at the chicken coop and assessed the wounds of the two Soldiers.


While Higgins evaluated their wounds, an insurgent threw a grenade over the chicken coop at the three Rangers. The grenade landed about 10 meters from the three Rangers, knocked them to the ground, and wounded Higgins and Robinson. Shortly after the grenade exploded, Staff Sgt. James Roberts and Spc. Christopher Gathercole entered the courtyard, and moved toward the chicken coop.


With three Soldiers taking cover in the chicken coop, an enemy fighter threw another grenade at them. This time, the grenade landed just a few feet from Higgins and Robinson.


Recognizing the threat that the enemy grenade posed to his fellow Rangers, Petry -- despite his own wounds and with complete disregard for his personal safety -- consciously and deliberately risked his life to move to and secure the live enemy grenade and consciously throw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers, according to battlefield reports.


As Petry released the grenade in the direction of the enemy, preventing the serious injury or death of Higgins and Robinson, it detonated and amputated his right hand.


With a clear mind, Petry assessed his wound and placed a tourniquet on his right arm. Once this was complete, he reported that he was still in contact with the enemy and that he had been wounded again.


After the blast that amputated Petry's hand, Roberts began to engage the enemy behind the chicken coop with small-arms fire and a grenade. His actions suppressed the insurgents behind the chicken coop. Shortly after, another enemy on the east end of the courtyard began firing, fatally wounding Gathercole.


Higgins and Robinson returned fire and killed the enemy.


Moments later, Sgt. 1st Class Jerod Staidle, the platoon sergeant, and Spc. Gary Depriest, the platoon medic, arrived in the outer courtyard. After directing Depriest to treat Gathercole, Staidle moved to Petry' s position. Staidle and Higgins then assisted Petry as he moved to the casualty collection point.


Higgins later wrote in a statement, "if not for Staff Sergeant Petry's actions, we would have been seriously wounded or killed."


Petry is the ninth servicemember to have been named a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of prior recipients, all but Petry and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta were awarded the honor posthumously.


Included among those recipients are Spc. Ross A. McGinnis, Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Marine Corps Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, all for actions in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti and Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.


Petry currently serves as a liaison officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition-Northwest Region, and provides oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured servicemembers and their families.


He enlisted in the Army from his hometown of Santa Fe, N.M., in September 1999. After completion of One Station Unit Training, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program -- all at Fort Benning, Ga. -- Petry was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.


Petry has served as a grenadier, squad automatic rifleman, fire team leader, squad leader, operations sergeant, and weapons squad leader.


He has deployed eight times in support of the war on terrorism, with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan.


Petry and his wife Ashley have four children, Brittany, Austin, Reagan and Landon.



The Tipping Point and the Future U.S. Navy Fleet 



Written by: George Galdorisi on  

May 26, 2011


The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) leads a formation of ships from USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The U.S. Navy seems headed for a "Two-Hub" scenario, concentrating on the Western Pacific and the Middle East and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas     


The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) leads a formation of ships from USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The U.S. Navy seems headed for a "Two-Hub" scenario, concentrating on the Western Pacific and the Middle East and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas


The first 10 years of the 21st century have seen profound change for the U.S. Navy, the United States, and the world. Today, as the Navy takes on increased responsibilities in a globalized world, its ability to influence events may be challenged - even compromised - unless far-reaching and substantial changes in Navy force structure and force laydown are put into place.



In 2001, the U.S. homeland experienced its first attacks in more than 50 years - resulting in two conflicts with an enormous cost in lives and national treasure. We are engaged worldwide in a war with radical extremism at the same time that the United States continues its drawdown in Iraq and surge of combat operations in Afghanistan. We are watchful of the rise of a "peer competitor" that looks intent on becoming a global superpower. These dynamics are complicated by the ambitions of regional powers. We have also witnessed a re-ordering of global political and economic power not seen since the end of World War II and the Bretton Woods accord. It is little wonder that the National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World" predicts daunting change will accelerate and broaden:


The international systems - as constructed following the Second World War - will be unrecognizable by 2025 owing to the rise of emerging powers, a globalizing economy, an historic transfer of relative wealth and economic power from West to East, and the growing influence of nonstate actors. By 2025, the international system will be a global multipower one ...


And this change has accelerated in the past several years in the wake of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the economic pain still being felt by all Americans, and the spiraling national debt, a fact of life that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, termed the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Add to this China's growing economic and military strength, as well as Beijing's intransigence regarding maritime claims in the South China Sea - a position that is totally without substantiation and one that turns the entire idea of the global commons on its head - and there is little question that this decade will see continued conflict and strife. Concurrently, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will have a less robust funding posture than it has today.


These dynamics will make it even more challenging for America and its Navy to execute the strategy articulated in its first new maritime strategy in a generation, the 2007 tri-service "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," a strategy that some have said has the U.S. Navy trying to be everything, to everyone, everywhere. And while the Navy comprises far more than just ships, for most people the number of ships is the measure of naval capability and capacity. The U.S. Navy today is half the size of the Reagan-era Navy, and while some point to improved capability of today's U.S. Navy ships, the fact remains the U.S. Navy can no longer be everything, to everyone, everywhere with today's approximately 280-plus ships, nor can it do so in the future, where most observers predict ship numbers will further decline.


The Tipping Point

Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the inexorable decline in the number of U.S. Navy ships and the concomitant stress on the Navy's ability to carry out its myriad missions. And in light of the aforementioned DoD and Department of the Navy budgetary pressures, and in spite of the Navy's strategy and posture statement that call for a naval force that is second to none, there is no believable scenario that envisions the Navy achieving the capacity to do everything, for everyone, everywhere. As a result, some observers began to ask whether the U.S. Navy needed to consider changing its strategy, shipbuilding plans, and force laydown to be able to carry out its missions in the future.


Aircraft Carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV

63), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sail in formation at the start of Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. A "Surge Navy" would be based on a powerful but smaller home fleet comprising high-end platforms such as carrier and expeditionary strike groups, and would seek to maintain global influence based on the ability to quickly deploy a combat-credible force worldwide. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call


Enter the "Tipping Point." In late 2009, the Chief of Naval Operations asked the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) to evaluate the characteristics of a globally influential navy and address the tipping point at which the U.S. Navy would no longer be globally influential. The study "The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?" concluded that although a Navy of fewer ships than today's fleet of 285 or so could still be influential globally, the potential is great for tomorrow's fleet and especially the Navy-after-Next to lose this capability unless decisions are made - and soon - to reverse current trends.


"The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?" study has sparked a spirited debate within the Navy, Department of Defense, Congress, think tanks, and numerous blogs regarding CNA's five alternative futures for the Navy. As one indicator of the intensity of this debate, the authoritative U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings featured two substantial articles on this subject in just a four-month period.


The Tipping Point study draws what it calls the "inevitable conclusion" that a shrinking status quo Navy (meaning a Navy that evolves as current shipbuilding trends suggest it will) will do all things, but none of them very well, and that this steady erosion in capacity would be a de facto hollowing out of the fleet that could easily erode combat capability. It suggests that this "thin slicing" of the Navy, where no major changes are made and capacity continues to dwindle across the board, is the worst of all possible scenarios and asks the question, "At what number of ships does the Navy reach a point where it is no longer able to project combat credibility with constant forward presence?" The study then suggests five potential choices or scenarios for U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown that the Navy could employ to attempt to meet its worldwide commitments (see sidebar at bottom).


But what the Tipping Point study did not do was to draw a conclusion as to which of these five potential scenarios seemed the most likely, and to those who are comfortable with a straightforward solution, that was unsatisfying. And as the study suggests, even as the conversations wax and wane, prevailing trend lines and dynamics will result in one of these futures (or an extrapolation) for the Navy, almost by default. Indeed, the momentum pointing toward a most-likely alternative future is powerful and, absent dramatic changes, one of the five already looks to be the Navy we will have in 2025 and beyond.


The Geostrategic Context

To understand some of the impetus behind the Tipping Point study, it is important to understand the overarching geostrategic context and the "high-end" missions the U.S. Navy may be called on to perform. As Norman Friedman points out in the Spring 2010 Year in Defense Naval Edition, nations such as China and Iran are fielding substantial anti-access/area denial (or A2/AD) capabilities that could substantially inhibit the U.S. Navy's ability to carry out its missions. In the case of China, according to Friedman, "The Chinese are interested in convincing the U.S. government that the U.S. Navy's carriers cannot survive anywhere near Taiwan."


The compelling nature of this threat has raised serious concerns within the DoD regarding the ability of the Navy and the Air Force to project power in East Asia and the Arabian Gulf. This concern led directly to two studies conducted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in early 2010: "Why AirSea Battle?" and "AirSea Battle: A Point-of-Departure Operational Concept." CSBA analyzed possible options to deal with compelling A2/AD threats nations such as China and Iran possess. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) provided greater clarity on the scope and raison d'tre behind this concept. As part of its guidance to rebalance the force, the QDR directed the development of the AirSea Battle Concept in order to:


Defeat adversaries across the range of military operations, including adversaries equipped with sophisticated anti-access and area denial capabilities. The concept will address how air and naval forces will integrate capabilities across all operational domains - air, sea, land, space, and cyberspace - to counter growing challenges to U.S. freedom of action.


It is important to recognize that neither the term AirSea Battle Concept (ASBC), nor the concept itself, are brand-new. This integration of sea and air forces has roots that extend back more than half a century and was highlighted two decades ago by then-Cmdr. James Stavridis (now admiral, Supreme Allied Commander Europe) in a 1992 National Defense University paper where he suggested, "We need an air sea battle concept centered on an immediately deployable, highly capable, and fully integrated force - an Integrated Strike Force."


What is new is the compelling nature of the A2/AD capability of nations that threaten to use them against U.S. power-projection assets and especially against U.S. Navy carrier strike groups. As the CSBA studies and other analysis suggest, China and Iran are investing in capabilities to raise precipitously over time - and perhaps prohibitively - the cost to the United States of projecting power into two areas of vital interest: the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf. By expanding their A2/AD capabilities, these potential adversaries seek to deny U.S forces the sanctuary of forward bases, hold aircraft carriers and their air wings at risk, and cripple U.S. battle networks. In other words, strike at the weak point of U.S. power-projection capability. (This, too, is not new, as the Chinese military philosopher, Sun Tzu, explained 3,600 years ago: "The Army led by the wise general avoids the strong and rushes to the weak.") To understand the compelling A2/AD challenge facing the U.S. Navy, a word or two regarding China and Iran's capabilities and capacity is in order.


China's impressive store of missiles hedges against a "Taiwan contingency" while simultaneously undergirding its anti-access/area denial efforts in the Asia Pacific region. One notable effort in this regard is the development of the world's first anti-ship "carrier killer" ballistic missile, the DF-21D. Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote, "The DF-21D is the ultimate carrier-killer missile." Moreover, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Robert F. Willard, in August 2010, warned that the DF-21D is "close to being operational."


Iran continues to be a source of instability throughout the Central Command area of responsibility. Even with national and international sanctions in place, the rhetoric from the regime has not abated. More troubling, Iran's nuclear program continues to vex regional and international powers, with no resolution in sight. CSBA's Andrew Krepinevich characterizes the Iranian threat mainly in terms of its development of A2/AD capabilities. These include mobile anti-ship cruise missiles, submarines, small high-speed coastal vessels, and sea mines. He noted that "while the situation may be manageable for U.S. maritime forces over the near term, Iran seems determined to continue developing more formidable A2/AD capabilities that could impact commercial shipping and energy production throughout the region."



The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a mass formation of ships from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, France, Canada, Australia, and the United States through the Pacific Ocean July 24, 2010, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise and is designed to increase mutual cooperation and enhance the tactical capabilities of participating nations in various aspects of maritime operations at sea. A "One+ Hub" Navy would focus on a "combat-credible visible forward presence" in the Western Pacific to the exclusion of much else. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor, U.S. Navy


Clearly, the ASBC has traction, as subsequent to publication of the QDR, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates directed the Navy and the Air Force to operationalize the ASBC and there is compelling evidence that the two services are formulating plans and strategies to do just that: take ASBC from concept to reality. And as the focus of the U.S. Navy shifts to the high-end threat in both theaters of operations, it will likely lead directly to a U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown along the lines of one scenario laid out in the Tipping Point study.


What Navy Will We Have?

By raising the issues it did in "The Navy at a Tipping Point," CNA highlighted several realistic options for a future U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown. And the report has sparked a vigorous debate as to which option would be best to enable the Navy to fulfill its missions and to provide combat credible power to the U.S. combatant commanders.


Importantly, the Tipping Point study also defined what type of Navy the United States wants: one that is influential, dominant, and ready. These three criteria form the case for U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown. As the study explains:


A global navy is influential. It exerts international leadership in peacetime and in war. It provides a framework for coalition operations. It is a visible force for reassuring allies and partners that a global navy's government is committed to them and that it has the resolve to place military forces in harm's way in their support. It is a force flexible enough to exert influence at any point over a range of operations.


A dominant naval force must be compared with its potential adversaries and challengers. This has traditionally meant the capability to exert sea control when and where needed, to sustain operations in these areas indefinitely, to support and influence operations on land, and to ensure freedom of movement for the nation's military forces.


A global navy is a ready navy. Both its deployed and surge forces are trained, manned, and adequately equipped. They are deployed globally so they can be ready to quickly respond to crises. They also have the capacity to call in forces from other global deployments to areas of instability or to serve as a home fleet that can surge forward for major operations.


Given these criteria for an influential, dominant, and ready U.S. Navy, the Tipping Point study suggests several ways the Navy can achieve this end-state with its future fleet. Each option has trade-offs and there is no perfect "school solution." And while it is impossible to predict the future, and wild-cards or "black swan" events could dramatically change the way the world looks even a decade hence, given today's geostrategic realities and the extrapolation of these trend lines into the near-, mid-, and distant-future, one Tipping Point scenario looks to be first among equals. The compelling nature of the threats presented by two powerful regional actors, and especially their increasingly robust A2/AD capabilities, strongly suggest that regardless of what kind of future Navy advocates of various U.S. Navy force structure and force laydown want, the Navy America will have is one that is heavily focused on two major hubs: the Western Pacific and the Middle East and Indian Ocean.


But as the Tipping Point study points out, strategy is about making choices regarding what to do, and just as importantly, making choices as to what not to do. The "Two-Hub" option is not without its challenges and risks. By choosing to focus on the high-end and on two distinct regions, this Two-Hub Navy would be less capable of supporting today's low-end operations and have less surge capacity for unanticipated/emergent domestic and global tasks. But it is a risk the United States will almost certainly have to take.


The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts flight deck certification with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. A Navy based on the "Two-Hub" model would have to reduce the "emphasis and force structure for amphibious forces and low-end, tailored mission presence ships, such as the LCS." U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Laird


The reasons for this Two-Hub model

gaining traction are as compelling as they are clear, especially given the U.S. commitment to operationalize the AirSea Battle Concept. The United States has compelling national interests that depend on security and stability in both regions. Further, these interests must be supported by influential, dominant, and ready naval forces continuously deployed to both regions to assure allies and friends and to also deliver combat-credible power. In 2011 it appears that challenges in the Western Pacific and Middle East will almost certainly drive tomorrow's fleet to a Two-Hub construct.


A Call for Action

This is more than an intellectual exercise or a process to watch passively. It is about setting priorities and making hard choices. The long-term nature of naval investments demands a deliberate process to commit to a force structure and force laydown model and then make the investments and long-term resourcing and basing decisions that support this choice - and commit to them again year over year. Most importantly, the Tipping Point study highlights decisions needed today and in the next few years for the United States to provide a U.S. Navy that is influential, dominant, and ready.


Clearly, such an effort will need to enlist the support of a wide range of stakeholders, from the other U.S. military services, to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, to the executive branch, to Congress - as well as many others. But clearly, the first step is the most important, and that is for the U.S. Navy to decide it can no longer be everything, to everyone, everywhere, and focus instead on meeting America's most compelling security needs.


Sidebar: Five Scenarios

In cooperation with the Chief of Naval Operations' Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X), the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) addressed the hard question - "At what point might the U.S. Navy cease to be globally influential?" - examined the dynamics that would shape five possible futures for the U.S. Navy, and presented five scenarios of future force structure and force laydown:


In the status quo scenario, no hard decisions are made and the Navy continues to try to meet all its commitments from an increasingly wide-ranging and demanding mission set, but without adequate resourcing. The Navy attempts to maintain a combat-credible set of two hubs simultaneously, while at the same time continuing to substantially - some would say dramatically - grow its ballistic missile defense forces for strategic leverage as well as continue to perform a breathtaking array of peacetime engagement missions such as proactive humanitarian assistance. This scenario has the Navy trying to do everything but managing to do none of it well. CNA dubs this "salami slicing" the fleet, and the study points out this is arguably the worst possible scenario and one that will lead almost inevitably to a breaking point from which the Navy may never recover.


U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships under way in formation on the final day of Keen Sword 2011. The exercise enhances the Japan-U.S. alliance, which remains a key strategic relationship in the Northeast Asia Pacific region. Keen Sword caps the 50th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. alliance as an "alliance of equals." The Tipping Point study's "Shaping Navy" scenario focuses on continuous engagement and interoperability with partners such as Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore


The "One+ Hub" Navy focuses on "combat-credible visible forward presence" in the Western Pacific, partly as a counter to North Korea but explicitly as a hedge against the People's Republic of China. Forces in this scenario are centered on strike assets and especially on carrier strike groups, providing assurance to allies and partners in the region (such as South Korea, Japan, and Australia, among others) and fully capable of performing strike, deterrence, and sea denial missions for extended periods. The One+ Hub Navy would remain engaged in the Central Command Area of Operations (CENTCOM AOR), but in a more limited capacity. This force structure and force laydown scenario would be far less capable of responding to surge requirements worldwide and especially increased demands by CENTCOM. Without putting too fine a point on it, this scenario is a de facto "all eggs in one basket" one.


In the "Two-Hub" scenario, the Navy would be centered on robust forces forward based and deployed in the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific. The emphasis would be on combat-credible forces designed to meet peer and near-peer competitors, principally comprising carrier strike groups in both hubs as well as a heavy complement of additional strike and projection assets such as Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile-equipped submarines and surface combatants. This high-end-focused Navy would inevitably result in "reducing the emphasis and force structure for amphibious forces and low-end, tailored mission presence ships, such as the [littoral combat ship]." This force structure/force laydown would provide tangible reassurance to allies and partners in the most-challenged regions and ensure U.S. naval dominance in areas where future threats to U.S. core interests as well as regional stability are judged most likely. The obvious downside of this scenario is that presence and engagement outside of the hubs would be substantially - and even dramatically - decreased, perhaps even to the point of foreclosing options to respond to crises in other regions. And clearly, by choosing to focus on high-end warfare and on two distinct regions, this Navy would be less capable of supporting today's low-end operations.


In stark contrast to either the One-Hub or Two-Hub models, the Shaping Navy focuses on continuous engagement and interoperability with partners - a goal that is consistent with "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" and one well suited to an uncertain world of irregular threats and challenges, but no peer competitors. By design, this Navy maintains a strong amphibious force, leveraging these assets as afloat staging bases for a range of operations ashore and as large assets to carry personnel and bring training and expertise to many parts of the world, especially to perform the proactive humanitarian assistance efforts that undergird the Navy's slogan: "A Global Force for Good." This scenario envisions the largest ship numbers for the U.S. Navy but achieves these numbers by sacrificing high-end combat capability and capacity.


Rather than focusing on particular regions or choosing to be engaged in shaping activities worldwide, the Surge Navy is instead based on a powerful but smaller home fleet comprising high-end platforms such as carrier and expeditionary strike groups. Low-end forces available for engagement and security operations would be reduced, with resources instead devoted to training with naval forces of allies and partners. It would seek to maintain global influence through virtual presence - the ability of the Navy to quickly deploy a combat-credible force worldwide. This Surge Navy assumes that U.S. foreign policy shifts toward one that relies on deterrence rather than on engagement.


This article first appeared in Defense, Spring 2011 Edition.


The Thinking of our Earliest Educators and Founders  


Historically, establishment of most private and public academic institutions for the young was, first and foremost, for the purpose of reading the Bible. Indeed, most Christian denominations established schools, colleges and universities to train clergy. The nation's oldest academic institution, Harvard University, was established in 1636 and named for Puritan minister John Harvard. A 1643 college brochure identified Harvard's purpose: "To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches." Harvard alumnus John Adams (class of 1755) wrote in 1776, "It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe." In his Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, Adams wrote, "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers."


Yale, the nation's third oldest academic institution, was established in 1701 by royal charter "wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State." Yale alumnus Noah Webster (class of 1778), wrote in the forward of his 1828 Webster's American Dictionary, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. ... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."


Princeton was founded by "New Light" Presbyterians of the Great Awakening for the purpose of training their ministers. Jonathan Dickinson, a Presbyterian minister and leader of the Great Awakening of the 1730s, was the school's co-founder and first president. Princeton alumnus James Madison (class of 1771) observed, "The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it."


Virginia's College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, was Anglican. Baptists founded Rhode Island College, now Brown University, in 1764. Congregationalists established Dartmouth College in 1769 to extend Christianity to native populations.


Founder Benjamin Rush wrote, "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." But teaching reliance upon Essential Liberty as "endowed by our Creator," in support of Rule of Law as affirmed by "the Law of Nature and nature's God" and as outlined in our Declaration of Independence, is in direct opposition to those who would advocate for tyrannical rule of men.


Benjamin Franklin asserted, "A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."


The importance of government education as a tool for denying Rule of Law has been advocated by generations of tyrants. In order to achieve totalitarianism, they must undertake to expel God from the academy.


Karl Marx wrote, "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." His student Vladimir Ilyich Lenin concurred, "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." As Josef Stalin understood, "Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."

Leftists also understand that the earlier socialist indoctrination is applied, the greater its force, and the greater the likelihood it will stick.


Obama promised in his inaugural speech that he would "transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age." It was a promise that he'd previously fleshed out in "The Audacity of Hope," the second of his self-congratulatory autobiographies: "It's time to redesign our schools -- not just for the sake of working parents, but also to help prepare our children for a more competitive world. Countless studies confirm the educational benefits of strong preschool programs, which is why even families which have a parent at home often seek them out."


Likewise, its sunrise-to-sunset year-round application could provide further assurance of successful indoctrination. "The same goes for longer school days, summer school, and after school programs," writes Obama.


To that end, according to the Communist Party Education Workers Congress, "We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists. ... We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists."


Of course, the Left's indoctrination agenda has been subject to exposure since its inception.


Benjamin Disraeli, the conservative 19th-century British prime minister, noted, "Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." His contemporary, John Stuart Mill, warned,  


"A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body."


The great 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke observed, "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." Indeed, that delusion is dependent on erasing the knowledge of the past, as 20th-century philosopher George Santayana concluded, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "If a nation expects to be ignorant -- and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."


Caveat emptor, my fellow Patriots! The ultimate objective of Leftist Apparatchiks in the Democrats' dumbed-down Directorate of Indoctrination is to disenfranchise Liberty.


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