Yemen raid gone bad

December 8, 2014 by

Did the President do the right thing in allowing a raid in Yemen?


In an attempt to rescue an American held hostage by a Yemen faction of Al-Qaeda, US forces raided a terrorist base. In the aftermath the hostages were killed. Along with the American Luke Summers a South African teacher Pierre Korkie was also killed. Five terrorist were killed and no American forces were injured. The SEALS apparently walked in over 10 kilometers of rough terrain and lost the element of surprise the last 100 meters according to reports.

There are some that are critical of the operation. Was in necessary to conduct the raid while negotiations for the South African were ongoing? I won’t go into the idea and former policy of “not negotiating with terrorist” as this administration have shown they certainly will. The administration claims that recent intelligence indicated Summers was in grave danger of being killed this weekend and felt the need to act.

It’s hard to say if US officials knew about the ongoing negotiations for Korkie. 

I can’t find any reason to doubt this intelligence and don’t see any issues with this raid. Military actions and raids deep into enemy territory are always difficult. There will always be risk. The military units that carry out these raids try very hard to minimize the risk and it is always at the heart of their planning. Unfortunately things happen when dealing with terrorist and criminals. You can never know for sure what they will do or how they will react.

This was the right decision even if the outcome is tragic. The fault lay in the hands of those that committed the initial crimes that created this situation. They should be tracked down and killed as the savages they are.

The race discussion

December 7, 2014 by

There is much talk these days about having a discussion on race relations in America. Since the first black American President was elected it seems race relations have deteriorated. From all of the media hubbub it would appear we are nearing a civil war on race. But are things really that bad? Could it be that a country so racially divided could elect a black man then turn on each other? To the first question the answer I don’t think so. Daily most of us go to work and interact with many races and think nothing of it. Most people I know and work with, don’t interact differently with each other based on race as far as I can see. I work in a pretty diverse office where the profile percentages are probably close to the national statistics. Frankly, there isn’t much time to think about race relations as we are pretty busy.

But you have to understand that for us to get along would not be productive to certain organizations and personalities. These people make a very nice living keeping the populace riled up. Do you think it’s just luck that we always see the crowds in close so as not to see the total numbers? This makes the event more spectacular. Do you think it’s just coincidence that there are cameras around when the violence starts? Of course not, there’s no money in people behaving and working through issues. Have you not seen the agitators in the crowds that push and yell when things calm down? It’s organized and often has nothing to do with the issue at hand but rather it’s about someone making money.

What of the discussion though. Certainly we can’t have a discussion on race with so many calling others racist before the discussion starts? We could if there weren’t those that wish to control the discussion by banning words or arguments that disagree with their narrative. The stigma of so called “hate speech” is destroying our ability to talk to each other. Disagree and you are a hater. If you should believe anything that goes against their “truth” you are labeled a racist and any further discussion is halted. There is no room for compromise. This is quite convenient when the discussion heads in a direction one side doesn’t wish it to go.

How can one talk about race relations if you can’t name the race? How can you talk about police actions if you can’t talk about criminal actions, about cultural and moral actions? I guess you could but you wouldn’t reach any conclusions that would have any real affect.

When we can talk to each other in a civilized manner, minus the insults and begin the conversations assuming the other participant wants a just solution like us, we might have this conversation but at this time too many people have an agenda that has nothing to do with us all getting along. When we wake up and stop letting the national media, the race baiters and profiteers run the discussion we might have a chance.

More posts soon

December 4, 2014 by

Yeah I know, I’m slacking here.  It’s been busy and while a lot is happening in the world it would be a mistake to post too quickly on many events.  So, I hope to have a lot more out this weekend.

Till then…

Just playing with Photoshop a bit. Doing a little dodge and burn practice.

jbburndodge copy

Ferguson MO. a shining light?

November 22, 2014 by

It will be interesting to see what happens in Ferguson MO, once the grand jury decision on Darren Wilson is released. I wonder if it even matters what the result is, indictment or not. I would be willing to say there will be unrest regardless. If it’s an indictment there may be celebration in the streets with the usual destruction, looting, assaults and so on. If there is not an indictment there will of course be a riot with destruction, looting, assaults and so on.

I don’t understand why they continue to let a nearly all white police force stand. I say remove the police force completely and let the good people of Ferguson create their own more diverse police force. Maybe they can show us how it’s done.

Interrogation truth and lies

November 14, 2014 by

The weekly standard has an interesting piece on interrogation and the forthcoming Democrat report to come out.

Stephen Hayes writes in the Weekly Standard:

The Central Intelligence Agency repeatedly tortured suspected terrorists, regularly lied about it to Congress and the White House, and, for all the pain and trouble this caused the agency and the United States, didn’t end up extracting a single piece of valuable information not readily available by other means.

That, at least, is the conclusion of the forthcoming Feinstein report, a long and, in certain quarters, much-anticipated review of the CIA’s detainee and interrogation programs during the Bush administration. A steady stream of leaks in news stories over several months has provided the public a preview of its contents.

The goal of those leaks, and the report itself, is not hard to discern: to ensure that the coming debate over enhanced interrogation isn’t so much a debate but a public condemnation of those who conceived and participated in the program.

Stephen points to a new document by a possible lead interrogator that may shed a little more light on the reality of Enhance Interrogation Techniques (EIT) and the purpose of the Feinstein report.

Stephens article and the article with the interrogators document are here and here.

The point of all this are the realities of EIT and the political show. The show which is very dangerous and give the American public a false narrative on interrogation and torture. 

Read the pieces yourself and you can decide how you feel. 

I remember something told to me a long time ago.  We all have a breaking point no matter how we are trained and our only goal was to hold out long enough to make the information irrelevant.  This is possible for current ground ops at a certain level.  The point is you will tell what you know eventually. 

If we believe being nice and holding hands will gain that same information, that the individual being questioned won’t hold back knowing there are know real consequences than we are being fools.

Excerpt from James Peale (pseudonym) document.

That said, some have suggested that our use of enhanced techniques put our country in the delicate position of demanding fair treatment of our prisoners while at the same time using harsh techniques on Al Qaeda detainees. They wonder what’s to stop our enemies from using the same tactics we used, and what right we would have to ask them to stop.

I would submit that the immediate adoption of the entire CIA interrogation program by every combatant entity currently engaged in any war or battle in any corner of the world would be the greatest thing that ever happened to modern detention and prisoner/hostage/detainee well being. Were the Secretary-General of the United Nations to propose and enforce the adoption of the CIA interrogation program and conditions of confinement on every battlefield on earth, the number of lives improved and saved would qualify him for a Nobel Peace Prize. There would be no more torture

yes, I mean actual torture. No detainee would ever be subjected to any treatment more severe than that we inflict on our own American servicemen every month in SERE training. All prisoners and detainees would be adequately fed, clothed,housed, and given health and dental care. There would be no beheadings, no beatings, no cutting off of hands, fingers, ears,or noses. No starvation of prisoners. No slow deaths from disease and dysentery. No snuff films, or propaganda videos featuring staged confessions or abuse. No beating of the undersides of feet, or genital mutilation. There would be no rape, no sexual abuse, and no blackmail of families.

It’s kind of chilly

November 11, 2014 by

Damn, it’s going to be chilly tomorrow morning.


Mid-Term Elections

November 10, 2014 by

I’m not completely surprised that the GOP did well. With the country in the state that it’s in that would seem obvious, but of course nothing is obvious these days. The question is now what? Will the GOP play it safe and continue to play political games poorly or will they take control and unite the country with straight forward bills and proposals that no one could honestly deny.

I have little faith. How many times have the Republicans had some control and let it slip away. The fact is many republicans held their noses when they voted. There are only a few the inspire at all. But sometimes you need a tourniquet before you can do any surgery.

So, will weepy Boehner finally find some backbone? Will Tippy Turtle McConnell rise up and lead with conviction? I don’t know but I’m not giving up any ammo just yet.

Canada, terror and Ebola

October 24, 2014 by

Aha it’s been too long I suppose if I plan to keep this site alive. But frankly life often gets in the way of posting regularly.

So, as I do at times this is a general post covering a couple topics.

Attack on Canadian Parliament:

First thing to say here is well done to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers. His quick reaction along with other law enforcement and security personnel certainly curtailed what could have been much worse. And to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, my heart goes out to you.

The problem is that this once again shows how Islamist are winning the war of propaganda and recruitment. Polling, as much as I despise it, shows how little most people think of our (western) government(s). Western society seems to have given up on itself. Unable to defend its own ideas, the west has let the un-civilized, the un-tolerant (left), take control. We are seeing the results now. Incompetence and barbarism are growing out of control and we are afraid to call it what it is, let alone protect ourselves from it.

In US prisons for example, Gangs of all types thrive. Arian Nation, Islamic, Biker, Mob, MS13 all recruit and expand their membership inside our own system. Why is that allowed? Why do we give more rights to convicted criminals than to our citizenry? It’s not even a matter of human rights. Our prisons are more dangerous to the occupants if they actually try to turn their lives around. Our prisons have become training academies for crime and terror.

Our borders just another example, have been opened not to hard working families looking for a better life but the underclass of thugs, deranged and diseased. We have become the dumping ground of our enemies. When our citizen stand up and say enough, they are pilloried in the media, our government and the oh so tolerant ideological left. In fact those “hard working” families can’t get in this country without paying lots fee’s and waiting for years. Yes, immigration needs to be reformed but not by opening the door wide, but rather selecting and removing undesirables. Does that sound racist? Too damn bad. It’s not. It’s called common sense and survival.


Even after the CDC stepped up monitoring of incoming travelers a doctor who worked a few weeks in Guinea travels back and self-monitors, self-quarantines himself by traveling on the subway and goes bowling. Did he expose hundreds? I don’t know. But I do know that checking for a fever at the airport isn’t nearly enough protection with a 21 day incubation time. What if he hadn’t been a doctor and checked himself regular?

There are many claiming there is too much hype about Ebola and that there are people trying to create panic. But it’s not panic to be vigilant. It’s not panic to be cautious. We have become so sensitive to hurting someone’s feelings that as I’ve stated before we cannot protect ourselves.

Now that the polls show a pretty strong disapproval of the way the US government has handled the Ebola crisis and others, there is finally some movement. But how can it be ok to regulate travel and protocols now if it wasn’t smart/good in the beginning of this crises? Must the administration always wait till the polls tell us what to do?

I don’t think Ebola will get out of control here in the US. But I do feel more people will be affected than was necessary. I don’t believe in panic but caution and prudent measures for safety seems a good idea.

Fortunately for us an Ebola Czar has been appointed. Of course, he is not a health professional or an emergency management specialist, but I’m sure he’s on the job. Oh wait, didn’t he miss the first Ebola crisis meeting after his appointment? Hummm.

Ebola is difficult to catch, umm maybe

October 12, 2014 by

(CNN) — A female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, officials said.

The nurse was involved in Duncan’s second visit to the hospital, when he was admitted for treatment, and was wearing protective gear as prescribed by the CDC: gown, gloves, mask and shield, Varga said.

The Important thing to remember her folks is that Ebola is very difficult to contract.  (SARC)

Once again we see a continuing problem with our government, the inability to identify a problem and it’s actual risks then work to mitigate that risk.  There is no need to panic but there is a need to actually put into place real safety practices, not just talk and laser thermometers.  But that’s the problem, our government has lost the ability to take real action.  It’s all talk and more talk. Talk in itself is ok but misinformation may just kill us.

Based on (World Health Organization) WHO’s bulletin, states :

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, feces and vomit.

That’s not too bad is it?  But wait there’s more.

The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Humm that doesn’t sound good. But still the risk is LOW right?

Theoretically, wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently, could transmit the virus – over a short distance – to another nearby person.

This could happen when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.

WHO is not aware of any studies that actually document this mode of transmission. On the contrary, good quality studies from previous Ebola outbreaks show that all cases were infected by direct close contact with symptomatic patients.

“Not aware of” seems to be a key part of this overall statement. That theoretical part may be changing soon.

What’s the US President saying?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I just explained to them that the nature of this disease — the good news is, is that it’s not an airborne disease.  We are familiar with the protocols that are needed to isolate and greatly reduce the risks of anybody catching this disease, but it requires us to follow those protocols strictly, and that’s exactly what we are in the process of doing.  And the CDC is familiar with dealing with infectious diseases and viruses like this.  We know what has to be done and we’ve got the medical infrastructure to do it.  But this is an extraordinarily virulent disease when you don’t follow the protocols.

The biggest problem we have isn’t Ebola it’s a total lack of trust and confidence in our governments ability to tell the truth and work to fix problems rather than ignore them.

CDC idiot

October 5, 2014 by

A travel ban to the countries facing an Ebola outbreak could paradoxically make the problem worse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said during a Saturday press conference.

Frieden said the CDC would consider any and all precautions, but warned that a travel ban could make it harder to get medical care and aid workers to regions dealing with the outbreak.

See, it’s not like we could just ban travel of tourist and not health professionals.  Why is it our government wants to regulate saying “Redskins” on TV but can’t regulate air travel to and from locations where health issues are a danger, where the consequences are not hurt feelings but dead people?  They can regulate water to Farmers because of a small fish and destroy family businesses but can’t enforce our border laws. 

Seriously, we are run by idiots that are dangerous.


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