20090423

23APR09 Is the FBI watching, me? Installing Spyware on my machines?

Network World News ran a decent editorial with some links to Wired and the documents Wired filed a Freedom of Information Request for regarding the Bureaus use of computer spyware to obtain evidence. Under Court orders with a search warrant and authorization to use electronic surveillance, its a reasonable idea. After all, not everyone uses encryption to protect personal finances or intellectual property (such as digital paintings and the like); there are those who use it to hide rather sick illicit activities. When reasonable cause and actions combine to warrant an investigation, and a Judge issues a search warrant, this could save lives and get criminals off the streets.

However, its also reasonable to be concerned about. We have rumors flying around right now about FBI Memos detailing how they were to monitor the Tea Party movement and capture the Tea Parties on surveillance and investigate the organizers. However, nothing verifiable has been found, and it could be just rumors. Considering past actions by the FBI however, it wouldn't surprise any of us considering the post 9/11 powers and current administrations paranoia about 'right wing' extremism. I've never liked the Patriot act mostly based on the abuse of power that could happen in the hands of the wrong Congress and President...

These articles are well worth a read. The Network World News article points out that the way the FBI's program works leaves the FBI vulnerable, and leaves us vulnerable if software bugs are left open as back doors for the FBI spyware to exploit and some enterprising hacker (perhaps a pissed off FBI employee/former FBI employee/terrorist/organized crime member with inside info) utilizes something similar to the FBI spyware and hits YOU or I using the backdoor, say Microsoft, left open in its Explorer or Outlook program for the FBI to use. Something that needs to be addressed. We know the need for what the FBI does, we know its been limited thus far to court ordered warrants, we want to see it continue that way to get the kiddie porn pukes, but we don't want to be left vulnerable to hackers/terrorist exploiting the FBI spyware or an abuse of power by the FBI against political enemies of the ANY Presidential administration or Congress.

Also, keep an eye out for a virus that might hit a Mac! Mac is now getting more and more vulnerable to attack!

So far, its just a computer geek INFO SEC blog day.

Yesterday, I worked, then Barbecued! After all, its warmer and it my youngest son's FIRST birthday!

20090420

20APR09 10 Years ago today...

Columbine High School was the site of a massacre by two disturbed individuals.

Many factors were blamed, and many of us going to school in Colorado remember the fallout from that shooting. The paranoia in school, from the administration towards students, and toward particular students. When I was a student, I drew cartoons and comic book style art in school. I was a NJROTC cadet, and knew I was going to join the military without a doubt.

Most of my subject matter that I drew up usually involved military subjects, which incidentally led to drawing firearms in the hands of my characters. While this sounds innocent, it was treated dramatically different from 20APR99 onward until the end of that school year.


Art from my junior year

Some teachers, in particular the ones who bragged about marrying Vietnam Draft Dodgers really didn't like the idea of students drawing guns, or violence, period. Especially students that didn't hold they're own political philosophy...


Art from my Junior Year

In fact, one of my favorite teachers was my Electronics/CAD teacher who took me to the side and warned me about the intentions of some of the more paranoid teachers. Mr. Wallace was a gem of a high school teacher, outside my NJROTC instructors, he and Mr. Artz (the shop teacher) and Mr. Cunningham (my World History teacher as a Sophmore) were the only teachers I could relate to. Mr. Artz was a US Navy Corpsman in Vietnam, and Mr. Cunningham was a retired US Army Drill Sergeant during the Vietnam Era (no wonder I liked them so much...). Funny how the veterans and the teachers of trades could relate to some of us better than most others (I after all, knew I was military bound, and hated having college shoved down my throat).


Art from my Junior Year

Some of the more liberal teachers were paving the way for a restrictive environment we now hear about in some cities school districts, the "Zero Tolerance" policy toward firearms. I was being targeted at the time by some teachers that had a very hateful attitude toward the 2nd Amendment. So much for teaching tolerance and diversity... However, it was the efforts of teachers like Mr. Wallace that kept that at bay, for a while anyway; or maybe they just covered our 6 and made sure that those of us who weren't trouble makers in any other would make it.


Art from my Junior year

My brothers and I were boring students. We respected authority and did as we were told in school (or there would be HELL to pay when we got home, most especially if our grade was a "D" or an "F". Most subjects required a "B", but a "C" was acceptable for clearly defined hard subjects, which for me encompassed any course with numbers like Algebra, and alas, Physics...). Yet there were teachers that just plain didn't like our point of view despite being the almost model students that we were.

One thing I never really had to worry about because I was a clean cut young man (enforced by my Father, and of course, NJROTC with its military haircut standards most especially on Uniform Day once a week) was the sudden restriction on wearing black trench coats. In fact, they got real paranoid at any student who wore all black, and typically the only other colors were from the logos and graphics of heavy metal, death metal, and punk rock bands on the shirts. They felt the scrutiny more than I ever did despite my crazy artwork and jokes about insanity. This kind of profiling is unfortunately a natural human reaction to these kinds of events. It is and will always be un-acceptable at the level of paranoia that was the fallout of Columbine High School.

Far too many non-threatening people were being profiled in the halls and classrooms of my high school soon after that tragedy.

What truly angers me the most is the fact that warning signs about the shooters were completely ignored. Actions that they took highlighted long before they carried out they're killings. What is interesting the lack of coverage about the "Natural Selection" T-Shirt or other rants about "Survival of the Fittest" by the shooters. In fact, the Jefferson County Sheriffs office had filed a Search Warrant for one of the homes of the shooters (who had been arrested prior to the shooting for theft). From Wikipedia: "On April 30, high-ranking officials of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office met to decide if they should reveal that Michael Guerra, a Sheriff's Office detective, had drafted an affidavit for a search warrant of Harris's residence a year before the shootings, based on his previous investigation of Harris's website and activities. They decided not to disclose this information at a press conference held on April 30, nor did they mention it in any other way. Over the next two years, Guerra's original draft and investigative file documents were lost. Their loss was termed "troubling" by a Grand Jury convened after the file's existence was reported in April 2001.[13]" The [13] being the source of the information, a Grand Jury report. Both shooters had a criminal background, and were blogging about making bombs and killing people. The combination of which should have been a red flag that should have indicated to both parents and law enforcement that they needed to intervene.

Instead, we all had to suffer through a terrible tragedy because crime control was not exercised, and parents were not paying attention to the online habits of they're children or the activities of they're children. While I don't believe in criminally prosecuting the parents, they could have prevented this by finding out what they're kids did online, and when they weren't around. No one is better at reading the intentions of they're children than parents, they should have stepped in long ago and found out what emotional and psychological issues their sons were having and sought help. Based on this, and for countless other reasons, I will be be very involved in my boys activities, online and otherwise. If they hide something from me, there isn't anything I can do. However, I intend to spy, its my fatherly duty!

20APR09 2 years ago today...

...we 'lost' the war in Iraq; at least in Harry Reid's mind...



Edit 170020APR09 Another video!


Oh yeah, and I was in Iraq when he said that Bull S#&^! This was when the murder rate dropped by over 50-60% in our area of operations. This is where the DNC disconnected with reality and went into propaganda aiding and abetting the enemy while seeking to win the election and marginalize the US military's operations in Iraq. This is where my disenfranchisement began, this is why I am so angry with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, and even Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

20090417

17APR09, Monday will be 10 years...

10 years since Columbine High School was the scene of a horrific incident involving an active shooter.

I was in high school at the time, a junior to be exact. What amazes me is that a month prior, just before spring break, the Colorado Springs SWAT did a hostage rescue exercise at our high school. We practiced a 'Code Red' lock down drill, and were released for spring break on that March Friday afternoon.

The year prior we had a unique teacher at our school who if I recall correctly was the one who advised our school district on how to react to a school shooting and what to do. He told them to do a lock down. That teacher was our Associate Naval Science Instructor (ANSI) and one of my first military instructors in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was a freshly retired US Navy SEAL Master Chief from Seal Team V. I understand very well why he ceased teaching us after only a year. After being a SEAL for so long, who would want to teach polish and starch drill and ceremonies to snot nosed high school students?

Well, he left a powerful and motivating legacy, and not just on our school, but with our state. Our district's administration passed on the lessons to the rest of the state which had largely ignored our 'paranoid' actions in providing our facility for use to the Colorado Springs SWAT while practicing the worst case scenario.

God only knows how many lives might have been saved if Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado had paid attention to Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield Colorado... But then, we were a blue collar/green collar school with a large military dependent population, and therefor a middle class joke to most of the fancy large city school districts centered around the affluent white collar neighborhoods of the Denver Metropolitan Area. They knew better than we did.

I thank God every day that I've had that life lesson of seeing what happened with that 'Code Red'. I'd joked like everyone else that a lockdown just left us in easy to kill positions. Now, after seeing Columbine, and having fought terrorists myself, I understand the wisdom of that drill extremely well. It kept us kids out of the way and compartmentalized so the SWAT or even a handful of first responding regular police officers could come in and clear our school and we'd be out of the way allowing them to engage an active shooter without collateral damage.

It was the last time I passed off the gut feeling I have about the 'worst cased scenario' and decide to stay prepared for ANYTHING no matter how far out it seemed despite any criticism of how paranoid it was to be ready.

Thanks Master Chief! Where every you are now, HOO-YAH!

20090416

16APR09 My response to the DHS 'Right' wing terrorism report.

I feel very betrayed by the very country I have sacrificed for. I have carefully read all nine pages of the Department of Homeland Securities report on “Right Wing Extremism”. I've read it several times to ensure that what I was staring wasn't a joke or a hoax. I read nothing but a picture of domestic terrorism painted in the broadest possible strokes that encompass anyone who is on the others side of the aisle from the current President's political slant. In particularly, if you are a veteran who has returned from Iraq or Afghanistan.

What bothers me most is the pattern that is beginning to develop with Dept. of Homeland Security in which the political opposition is highlighted by law enforcement reports reviewing domestic terrorism, all the while terrorism is a word not allowed to be used to identify foreign threats. We had the MIAC report on Modern Militias that was discredited and thrown out due to is profiling of supporters of third party candidates as a specific threat to National Security. It was nothing short of a political hack job, and again, I suspected it was a hoax when I reviews the leaked documents and saw the laughable manner in which the material published on top of the over top descriptions of 'right wing extremists'. Then it was discovered that it was very real, and had been released in the State of Missouri. It was only discredited after the Libertarian Party and ACLU both investigated it seriously. The resulting reprimands and discrediting of the report were the acceptable method of fixing the problem and ensuring the next report met quality standards and wont be a political profiling report.

Now we have Department of Homeland Security release a report that is even more poorly written, and even less backed up by facts, figures, and statistics. Instead it goes into broad and sweeping definitions of the issues that they think motivate 'domestic terrorists'. Immigration opposition, Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and belief in states rights/limited Federal government authority are presented strokes that are too broad. All it refers to is if they believe this, they might be terrorists.

Here are some excerpts that bother me:
(U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of
military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities
could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists
capable of carrying out violent attacks.

* (U) Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and
adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups),
and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or
rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a
single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

— (U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans
likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups,
as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for
violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and
stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation
of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary
concern to law enforcement.
— (U//FOUO) Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are
attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing
extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to
boost their violent capabilities.


(U//FOUO) Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a
threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition
stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises. Such
activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to
facilitate criminal activity and violence.

(U//FOUO) On the current front, legislation has been proposed this year
requiring mandatory registration of all firearms in the United States. Similar
legislation was introduced in 2008 in several states proposing mandatory tagging
and registration of ammunition. It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law;
nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control
legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and
paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists.

(U//FOUO) Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred
rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases of
ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further
exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity.
Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates
attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move
at this time.

In particular, the very broad strokes used in describing 'disgruntled veterans'

(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and
radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from
military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the
capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out
violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist
groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from
the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.

— (U) After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military
veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing
extremist groups.

— (U) A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers
of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now
learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”

— (U//LES) The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement
that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have
joined extremist groups.

(U) Outlook
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that the combination of environmental factors that echo
the 1990s, including heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms restrictions and
returning military veterans, as well as several new trends, including an uncertain
economy and a perceived rising influence of other countries, may be invigorating
rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements.
To the extent that these factors persist, rightwing extremism is likely to grow in strength.


As a conservative minded veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who has since gotten out of the military, I find the broad strokes I've highlighted above the most disturbing aspect of this report. It allows Federal and Local Law Enforcement agencies incredible leeway to profile me as a threat to this county only based on the color of my skin, my political beliefs, and my prior service experience.

I am so upset that a Federal agency that is responsible for the security of this nation would betray the very men and women who have served overseas tying down the terrorists so they didn't have as many to deal with. I feel stabbed in the back, and am experiencing no small emotional distress over this issue. How does one invest so much of they're livelihood in protecting a nation, only to be painted as an enemy of that which they worked so hard to protect?

The apology from Secretary of Homeland Security is a start, but is unacceptable. It is clear to me that her perceptions of veterans returning from combat have been too colored by her work as a prosecutor in the case of Timothy McVeigh. In fact, I suspect that they so colored her perceptions of us that she is unable to see the impact this report is having on young veterans coming back. She cannot see the disenfranchisement this report is causing, she cannot see that it is more like going to incite anti-government sentiment than be at all helpful in identifying terrorists. Secretary Nepolitano needs to step down from her post, and the authors need to be reprimanded and forced to rewrite the report or even throw the report out. This language is un-acceptable.

This language lends to the paranoia that the Federal government is beginning to over step its authority and become repressive to any one who opposes it. If the report stands, I can easily be profiled it as a potential threat simply because of my political slant and my service, and my frustrations at my government. Simply for having held a sign in support of Alaska Right to Life, being involved in the Alaska 2nd Amendment Taskforce, and having served in Iraq I could easily fulfill all the criteria of this report, with the exception of the racists/anti-Semitic portions. The fact remains, that as a Catholic, neo-Nazis and the KKK want me as dead as Jews and African Americans.

I have no desire to carry out any actions against the Government of the United States, nor will I ever. Yet this report just causes me to feel like I'm being watched suspiciously by my government. This causes me undue stress, and emotional pain. I'm actually feeling the pain physically along with emotionally. WHY? I've defended this country with my LIFE!
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Thats the best I could do really as far as articulating my frustrations with the Secretary of Homeland Security and her agency right now. This is about as calm as I could get.

I called both Senators, and our Congressman today. Left a message on with they're offices and also backed that up by copying and pasting the above text on they're websites. I've made sure to let them know how much this troubles me in no uncertain terms. I've never been this bad off before.

20090415

15APR09 A stab in the back

15APR09 Tea Party, and could I have some assistance in removing the dagger from my back...

I dropped off five teabags, one for each member of my family and one for Robert who couldn't make it to town this afternoon. I couldn't partake in the protest long myself, I found a kind soul to drop off the tea bags for me.

I need some help. I'm an Iraq Veteran, I'm pro-Life, pro-Gun, Christian, and Caucasian. Therefore the Department of Homeland Security has determined that I am going to be recruited by a white supremacist militia, never mind they want me dead because I happen to be a 'Papist' Catholic... I'm a domestic terrorist because I'm an activist for the pro-gun movement here in Alaska, I'm a domestic terrorist because I've stood in front of the clinic here with a pro-Life sign supporting Alaska Right to Life, I'm a domestic terrorist because I'm angry with the POTUS because of his ignorant statements during his election run calling me a murderer. I've got a knife sticking in my back, shoved into my spine by the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the author of the "Rightwing Extremeism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment".

-Department of Homeland Security Press release
-American Legion Response
-VFW Response
-IAVA Response

I'm kinda numb now. I thought the MIAC "Modern Militia" report was a hoax for a while, until it proved to be real, and soon discredited. Now this. You can only take so many stabs in the back before these goad you too much and cause problems.

These reports are precisely the kinds of government back stabbing that cause the disenfranchisement they warn about. 41 million veterans, and we all get classified as potential Timothy McVeighs.

This is horse shit. This is nothing but a tasteless political hack job meant to cause disenfranchisement and dissent. More or less, it is just a method of crushing any political opposition to the current administration. Every point of opposition to the President Obama and the Democratic Party is listed in this report.

They are seeking to intimidate veterans into shutting up by labeling us terrorist while they call Islamo-fascist terrorists 'extremists'.

I'm going to cool off, and then get my letter ready. Once again, I'll be writing my Representative and Senators. Probably get ignored again, but hey, thats the arrogance these days.

20090414

14APR09 One Pellet, One Hare, in the yard!



I support the Defenders of Wild Food!

Yes, there is still 3' of snow on the ground too!

Tin Foil Time!



14APR09 We are being profiled, again; this time by the Department of Homeland Security!


Well, I match many parts of this new threat assessment from the Department of Homeland Security which mimics the discredited MIAC report. However, while the White House is distancing itself from this report, the D of DHS was hand picked by the President and appears to be in support of this. Washington Times and World Net Daily have good articles, WND has the .pdf file from DHS. So far I'm 4 pages into it and jives with what I know Federal reports look like.

Here are some excerpts that profile most of the citizens of the State of Alaska:

"(U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of
military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities
could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists
capable of carrying out violent attacks.

— (U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans
likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups,
as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for
violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and
stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation
of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary
concern to law enforcement.

— (U//FOUO) Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are
attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing
extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to
boost their violent capabilities."

The U//FOUO is the standard method of classifying individual paragraphs. Obviously, since this report is Unclassified, thats the U, the FOUO is For Official Use Only. Classification warnings are the same as on some manuals I've used while on active duty.

Here is some more lumping that the report does, it lumps all gun owners and gun rights activists in the exact same camp as white supremacists (and all combat veterans are white right wing gun totting neo-nazis).

"(U) Legislative and Judicial Drivers

(U//FOUO) Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a
threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition
stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises. Such
activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to
facilitate criminal activity and violence.

— (U//FOUO) During the 1990s, rightwing extremist hostility toward government
was fueled by the implementation of restrictive gun laws—such as the Brady Law
that established a 5-day waiting period prior to purchasing a handgun and the
1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that limited the sale of
various types of assault rifles—and federal law enforcement’s handling of the
confrontations at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

— (U//FOUO) On the current front, legislation has been proposed this year
requiring mandatory registration of all firearms in the United States. Similar
legislation was introduced in 2008 in several states proposing mandatory tagging
and registration of ammunition. It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law;
nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control
legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and
paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists.

(U//FOUO) Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred
rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases of
ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further
exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity.
Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates
attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move
at this time.

(U//FOUO) Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested
subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of
Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear
arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the
precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and
parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent
extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalization
tool."

Oh no, here we go, the veterans are going to rise up!

"(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and
radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from
military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the
capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out
violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist
groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from
the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.

— (U) After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military
veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing
extremist groups.

— (U) A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers
of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now
learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”

— (U//LES) The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement
that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have
joined extremist groups."

I guess if you are a vet who got pissed off at President Obama's ignorance of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during his election, you are just a damn racist who is going to join some crack pot neo-nazi backwoods militia.

Never mind that there are always idiots in this world. I wonder who the prominent "Civil Rights Organization" was that said lots of racists were learning the arts of war in the military. I must say, the US military is the most culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse organization in the entire world... Racists exist, but if they open they're foul mouths they typically lose some teeth. I've seen it happen. Unless they happen to be African American soldiers from Chicago, LA, or NYC; then if they are racist against Caucasians its perfectly acceptable according to the MEO (and I can back up that assessment with facts and pull up the MEO course materials in which every example provided of 'racism' is a white male soldier committing the act of racism against someone else... meanwhile every veteran or active soldier has met a racist who isn't Caucasian).

Here we go again!

20090413

13APR09 "Millions For War! Not a Penny More for Tribute!"

Lets partake in the war cry of the supporters of the US Navy and US Marine Corps during the infancy of our nation when they went to war with the Barbary Pirates and ended that reign of high seas terror.

Bloomberg

Breitbart article 1 and article 2

Congressman a target in Somalia!

We should eradicate the pirates. Very simply. Arm our ship crews, and any time an American vessel gets boarded ensure they pirates just simply vanish on the high seas... Or just detain them... After it costs the pirates dearly enough times, they'll stop. No form of diplomacy will ensure they just stop, pirates are pirates, use of force and money are the only two things pirates really understand and actually live for. Oblige them in a contest of arms, its cheaper.

Speaking of arms, today is an open carry day! Meet at Carl's Junior at 1:30-2:30 PM for lunch!

20090410

10APR09 Guns and Games!

Yesterday I ran into Brian who runs the great gamer blog &games and had a good change of pace at work over at Frontier Outfitters. It was a good day for guns and gaming. Just a couple days ago I sold some .44 Mag dies (I own no .44 Mag revolvers... Long story, but I thought I might get one and so I bought reloading supplies for it, but then wound up getting a .45LC instead... For my wife... Years ago...) and used the cash to buy the board game Munchkin Quest to play with a buddy of mine who was getting ready to head back to Iraq. Not more than an hour after I get back to work from my lunch time shopping trip at Comic Shop, Brian walks up to the gun counter wearing a Boardgame Geek T-Shirt.

So, it was a good gun and gaming day yesterday. That its always great to meet the face behind a good blog!

20090408

08APR09 Somali Pirates...



Somali Pirates hijacked an American Ship, however the crew took over again but the pirates apparently still have the captain of our vessel in captivity. Our Merchant Marine Sailors have detained one pirate however...

Harvard Marine ROTC cadets are facing discrimination. Time to cut all Federal funding for Harvard!

"The students of 1969 have become the faculty of 2009, and today students who wish to participate in ROTC are forced to train at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We are pawns in a political chess game. The issue is no longer Vietnam, but President Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bars gays from openly serving in the military. Because of that policy, the university classifies ROTC as a discriminatory organization and has severed all remnants of support.

So Harvard today happily pays for future bankers to take accounting courses at MIT, but refuses to pay for aspiring military officers who take ROTC courses. Since 1994, anonymous donors have generously picked up the tab, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for Harvard's ROTC students."

"The same Harvard that once produced 10 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and warrior-scholars such as Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, now turns its back on its proud, patriotic history."

President Obama is looking into Terraforming the Earth! Really, this 'heat' is un-natural?

Finally, scum bag of the month: Michael Edmonds

20090406

06APR09 "If I Were King" by Queensryche



Get the album, send to a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman who has returned from Iraq, Afghanistan, or any theater of the Global War on Terror (never to be called by the new PC name given by the new Administration here on this blog).

Its gut wrenching to say the least. I'll attempt to describe the intensity of my emotional reaction to much of this album someday when I can come to grips with my own reaction to what I've been through over there myself. Needless to say, over the last week or so, probably exasperated by SAD and the changing seasons, my emotional state has brought up feelings that are better discussed with professionals. I'll be able to rate our Fairbanks Vet Center a little better here shortly, because I'm going to make a visit there myself.

06APR09 Sick during the weekend, puking over cyber 'security' legislation...

Well, I was pretty bad off this weekend. Friday night I had chills so bad, my wife said I was beyond shivering and mighty close to convulsing... But finally, I slept. Saturday I slept when my boys let me, and they were pretty bad off too. Finally, Sunday, I was feeling better. Nothing like a weekend away from the daily grind of blogs and artwork!

Back to business...

Cyber Security, its big and its critical. And its about to become a part of the Federal government. Currently, the proposed legislation by Senator Rockefeller (D-W. VA) and Senator Snowe (R- Maine) would allow the President to “order the disconnection of any Federal government or United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks in the interest of national security.” As the Network World News article states, this is rather vague.

Think about it, the President, both from past and present administrations, have declared various private enterprises as critical for infrastructure. Banks, utilities companies, fuel companies, and even the airlines and other transportation companies. This bill has the scope to allow the Federal Government to Federalize all cyber security to ensure security for our infrastructure. Now, I'm not opposed to this if it only applies to the Federal Government itself, or if State Governments applied similar legislation to State agencies. But this allows for the inclusion of utilities and private networks.

Much like the Federalization of Law Enforcement, or the way the Department of Transportation bullies States around, it doesn't seem bad, but it could be abused, easily. Here are a couple more articles: Network World News 02APR09 US Senate Press Release 01APR09 and its not a joke!

I suggest downloading the legislation in PDF format, the link is in the 02APR09 Network World News Article. Its pretty depressing.

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02APR09 Mind Blowing FACTS and propganda out of dark nether regions....

I logged on to my igoogle account, and my Fox News feed had a fantastic article on the situation in Mexico.

We have heard Robert Holder, Hillary Clinton, and California Senator Diane Feinstein quote a statistic about 90% of the guns in Mexico used by drug cartels come from the United States. In fact, Holder even went so far as to say a new 'Assault Weapons Ban' should be considered at the very least to reduce violence in Mexico. Most intelligent and informed folk like, who are just high school edumakated and military trained and have a context of recent history, could smell the bull $@#% from a mile a way. So, either these 'smart' folks in power are a) dumber than we are (possible) b) mis-informed with intelligence worse than George W. Bush about WMD in Iraq (likely) or c) what did they say about the previous administrations assessment of Iraq, 'willfill ignorance of facts' (I'll dig up the quote sometime, the real quote) in order to push and agenda (I believe this IS the case).

Lets break down the sources and numbers (strait from the article):
"In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced -- and of those, 90 percent -- 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover -- were found to have come from the U.S.

But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

So, if not from the U.S., where do they come from? There are a variety of sources:

-- The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

-- Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.

- South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.

-- Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.

-- The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.

-- Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America's cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town."

Interesting isn't it. Robert Holder, Diane Feinstein, I DEMAND AN APOLOGY and RETRACTION of your poorly informed statistics! I DEMAND a HEARING on why your intelligence apparatus is so screwed up! I DEMAND a Commission be formed to investigate your propaganda!

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