Archive for April, 2010

“The key to freedom is the ability to defend yourself”

“If you don’t have the tools to do that, then you are at the mercy of whoever wants to put you away.” – Marc Heim, Swiss citizen

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Stanford Creates “bird-like” Plane

Via Danger Room

Stanford University researchers have already figured out how to build a drone that can land on the side of a wall, perch there for a while, and then take back off into air again. The Pentagon would like to make its robotic aircraft even more bird-like. The military recently handed out a trio of contracts to design legs that will let these “micro air vehicles” hang onto a branch in high winds, and run around on the ground if need be. The question is whether these Pentagon-backed firms can top Stanford’s already-impressive results.

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Army Exercise Targets Tea Party as Terrorists

From: The Patriot Post

This week, I was contacted by a number of military personnel, enlisted and officer ranks, who expressed concern about a military exercise underway at Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. As with most such exercises, the Ft. Knox alert occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals.

The first intel advisory was issued on Friday, 23 April 2010, and identifies the terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party.”

You read that right: “TEA Party”!

Tea Party Terrorist?

Tea Party Terrorist?

The alert states that plans for the demonstration may have been interrupted by “Federal and local law enforcement” raids on a “White Supremacists Organization,” but “TEA Party organizers have stated that they will protest at the Gold Vault at a future date.”

… Further, the intel advisory states, “Anti-Government – Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity.”

… As one put it, the exercise “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”

They were equally concerned that command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and brigades,” which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented.

… One officer insisted, “The American people should require greater accountability of their commissioned officers, that they abide by their oath and never allow politically motivated propaganda like this exercise on any post or base again.”

Another observed, “Whether this is complacency by officers who do not see such orders as a problem, or worse, officers who recognize the problem but do not insist the orders are changed, this is a serious problem. We are discussing the training of American citizen soldiers in the use of potentially deadly force against a specific group of political dissenters. There is never a time in an officer’s career in which he does not have a duty to apply critical thought to the orders he is given and asked to give. It is my opinion that any officer that has allowed these orders to persist, to reach the level of junior officers and soldiers, has demonstrated a lack of judgment or apathy towards what his duty requires of him. Either way, we should demand more of the commissioned officers, who we as a nation empower to lead our sons and daughters into battle.”

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Texas Gov Shoots Coyote During Jog

From: Star-Telegram

AUSTIN, Texas — Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don’t mess with my dog.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during February run in an undeveloped area near Austin.

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Michael Yon vs U.S. Military

Via Wired’s Danger Room:

To military bloggers and conservative hawks, Michael Yon was a super hero — a fearless Green-Beret-turned-citizen-journalist who spent years on the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan when most big media outlets kept their reporters at home. But now, those same military bloggers are turning their sights on Yon, after he began savaging America’s top general in Afghanistan and warning that the American war effort is all but doomed.

There was a time when Yon lauded U.S. commanders, and military bloggers celebrated Yon. Now Yon, reporting solo from Afghanistan, tells Danger Room that he’s the victim of a “smear campaign” orchestrated by Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s closest advisers. And milbloggers are reluctantly telling their former star to knock it off.  “He has called his own competence into question,” writes Jim Hanson at the popular blog.

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Packs For the Urban Jungle

Dakine is a maker of adventure sport packs. Some of their backpacks are perfect for hauling your gear around town. The best packs are their street series and bike series of backpacks. Dakine even provides some packs with hydration systems.

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Response to Saudi lawsuit? Countersue for being defamed and insulted in the Koran

“A Saudi law firm claiming to represent 94,000 descendants of the “prophet” Mohammed sues Danish newspapers. Now a new group countersues on behalf of all the non-Muslims whom Mohammed defamed and insulted in the Koran, demanding offending passages be changed or removed.”

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TAD Gear Survival Spark

Survival Spark is a fire starter for any weather.

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Dirty Bombs Revisited: Combating the Hype

This report is republished with permission of STRATFOR

By Scott Stewart

As STRATFOR has noted for several years now, media coverage of the threat posed by dirty bombs runs in a perceptible cycle with distinct spikes and lulls. We are currently in one of the periods of heightened awareness and media coverage. A number of factors appear to have sparked the current interest, including the recently concluded Nuclear Security Summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama. Other factors include the resurfacing rumors that al Qaeda militant Adnan El Shukrijumah may have returned to the United States and is planning to conduct an attack, as well as recent statements by members of the Obama administration regarding the threat of jihadist militants using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A recent incident in India in which a number of people were sickened by radioactive metal at a scrap yard in a New Delhi slum also has received a great deal of media coverage.

In spite of the fact that dirty bombs have been discussed widely in the press for many years now — especially since the highly publicized arrest of Jose Padilla in May 2002 — much misinformation and disinformation continues to circulate regarding dirty bombs. The misinformation stems from long-held misconceptions and ignorance, while the disinformation comes from scaremongers hyping the threat for financial or political reasons. Frankly, many people have made a lot of money by promoting fear since 9/11.

Just last week, we read a newspaper article in which a purported expert interviewed by the reporter discussed how a dirty bomb would “immediately cause hundreds or even thousands of deaths.” This is simply not true. A number of radiological accidents have demonstrated that a dirty bomb will not cause this type of death toll. Indeed, the panic generated by a dirty bomb attack could very well result in more immediate deaths than the detonation of the device itself. Unfortunately, media stories hyping the threat of these devices may foster such panic, thus increasing the death toll. To counter this irrational fear, we feel it is time once again to discuss dirty bombs in detail and provide our readers with a realistic assessment of the threat they pose. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you look around you can see it already happening.

“The new technique is to undermine the West from within, like termites, with the host society never knowing what hit it until it is too late.”

“Sheik Qaradawi published a call to Muslim Canadians … to convert non-Muslims to Islam…

“The sheikh [Qaradawi] advised his brothers and followers to set up a “Dawa” campaign [to convert non-Muslims to Islam]. He added that the path of “Dawa” is not strewn with flowers and perfumes, but sometimes with corpses and blood.”

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Latest contributions of the Religion of Pieces

“He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah’s cause”
Muhammad, prophet of Islam

“2010.04.21 (Mogadishu, Somalia) – Five construction workers are kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic fundamentalists.
2010.04.21 (Pattani, Thailand) – An Islamic insurgent throws a grenade into a group of policemen.
2010.04.20 (Tarmiyah, Iraq) – Three young children are beheaded along with two women in a home by suspected al-Qaeda.
2010.04.20 (Hangu, Pakistan) – Four locals are blown to bits by Sunni bombers.
2010.04.20 (Hit, Iraq) – Three Iraqis are murdered by a roadside bomb.
2010.04.19 (Kandahar, Afghanistan) – A popular politician is assassinated by hardliners at a mosque.”

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At last – explanation for cause of eathquakes!

“Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, one of Iran’s senior clerics: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.”

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U.S. Muslim group warns South Park creators that they may be killed

“A U.S. Muslim group has issued a dire Internet “warning” to creators of the satirical animated TV show “South Park” over a depiction of the Prophet Mohammad in a bear outfit.

“We have to warn Matt (Stone) and Trey (Parker) that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” said a posting on website

The website posted a graphic photo of slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was killed in 2004 by an Islamic militant over a movie he made that accused Islam of condoning violence against women.”;_ylt=AoBEHrOGxMf7BhDdOs1rG.R0fNdF

Question: do we need to tolerate this? Do we need to tolerate people threatening to kill someone for creating and showing something they don’t like? Where is the outcry over “hate mongering?” Where is the outrage?

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Ammo to Go

Good prices on ammo of all kinds.

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How to Tie a Shemagh, Keffiyeh

There are lots of sites that give step-by-step instructions on how to tie a shemagh but the resulting wrap is not very effective.  The video below shows what I consider the best way to tie a shemagh but the video is kind of rushed and you might need to watch it several times to see what is really happening.  Until I can find a better step-by-step how-to or make one myself, this will have to suffice.  BTW the shemagh is a very handy piece of desert or hot weather  gear. I wouldn’t wear it like this unless I was in a dust/sand storm. There are lots of ways to use it to keep the sun off your neck and head to keep you cool. For the full blown (no pun intended) sandstorm wrap see below.

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