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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders on: Today at 03:50:31 PM
How about having it for both the Green and the Libertarian?
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: Today at 03:49:18 PM
1) I'm NOT pleased with how he phrased this  angry angry angry

2) and WTF with making those comments about Crimea?
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / So, it would appear DNC death is still mysterious despite overblown claims? on: Today at 03:44:27 PM
Second post

http://www.snopes.com/seth-conrad-rich/
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: Today at 03:43:34 PM
Simply outstanding Doug!  Thank you!!!
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Delta Force scores on: Today at 03:04:24 PM
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/02/u-s-snags-key-isis-leader-as-fight-for-mosul-gets-underway/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=*Situation%20Report
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / This man spoke at the Dem Convention on: Today at 09:14:53 AM
http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/26/islamic-radical-homosexuality-rejecting-convention/
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 1100 Secret donors tied to Clinton Slush Fund remain secret on: July 27, 2016, 09:37:36 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 1100 Secret donors tied to Clinton Slush Fund remain secret on: July 27, 2016, 09:37:13 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bernie does business after all on: July 27, 2016, 09:36:09 PM
http://conservativetribune.com/hillary-bought-off-bernie-sanders/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_campaign=ConservativeBrief&utm_content=2016-07-28
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cultural contrast on: July 27, 2016, 01:26:45 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoTD3bHWYAA-gTt?format=jpg&name=large
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dick Morris fills in the background on Bill's speech on: July 27, 2016, 01:12:12 PM


http://www.dickmorris.com/hillary-bill-left-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Economist on Turkey in 1924 on: July 27, 2016, 01:11:10 PM
http://www.economist.com/node/11829711

13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Kaine kissing up to Muslim Brotherhood on: July 27, 2016, 11:24:12 AM
http://counterjihad.com/tim-kaine-promoted-group-federal-prosecutors-call-overt-arm-muslim-brotherhood
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Prediction: This will be an immunization by the IRS for Hillary on: July 27, 2016, 10:54:26 AM


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-27/irs-launches-investigation-clinton-foundation
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Donald Trump goes for $10 minimum wage on: July 27, 2016, 10:52:45 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289361-trump-backs-10-federal-minimum-wage
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Knife Rights on: July 26, 2016, 07:47:34 PM
http://dailysignal.com/2016/07/25/knife-rights-the-unseen-side-of-the-second-amendment/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tds-fb
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen. Tim Kaine's Islamist ties on: July 26, 2016, 07:37:15 PM
https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/clinton-vp-pick-tim-kaines-islamist-ties
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dems violate Sectionb 8 USC 1324 on: July 26, 2016, 07:31:36 PM
http://dennismichaellynch.com/dnc-breaks-federal-law-at-convention-violation-of-section-8-u-s-code-%C2%A7-1324/
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: July 26, 2016, 07:26:11 PM
Currently Trump has 23% of the Latino vote.  Romney had 27%.

I'm guessing the Latino vote will have a stronger than usual turnout.

Trump needs to start paying attention to this right now.
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jonah Goldberg: The Media who cried wolf on: July 26, 2016, 07:24:17 PM
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-goldberg-trump-msm-cry-wolf-20160726-snap-story.html
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We were not without some successes on: July 26, 2016, 11:07:20 AM
https://www.firearmspolicy.org/alerts/ca-gun-rights-update-dont-believe-the-media/?mc_cid=ff91aa66cf&mc_eid=c42be3e26b
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Amidst the gun defeats, a few successes in CA on: July 26, 2016, 11:06:17 AM
https://www.firearmspolicy.org/alerts/ca-gun-rights-update-dont-believe-the-media/?mc_cid=ff91aa66cf&mc_eid=c42be3e26b
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / working "with" the Russkis in ME on: July 26, 2016, 10:30:31 AM
By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley

Trust, but verify? How much do Pentagon leaders trust Russia to keep its word when it comes to the proposed new intel sharing agreement being negotiated over operations in Syria? Not a whole lot. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters Monday that “we’re not entering into a transaction that’s founded on trust. There will be specific procedures and processes in any transaction we might have with the Russians that would account for protecting our operational security.”

The plan, which Secretary of State John Kerry recently pitched to the Kremlin, would involve sharing some intelligence on the Islamic State and Nusra Front fighters, in return for grounding much of the Syrian air force to keep them from bombing moderate forces there. Speaking after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, Kerry said that if all goes well, he hopes to unveil the plan in August. The talks come on the heels of two incidents where Russian aircraft bombed a secret U.S. and British special operations base in southeast Syria, followed by another strike on a CIA-backed site that housed U.S.-backed rebels.
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Debbie wasseerman Schultz on: July 26, 2016, 08:37:19 AM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438322/debbie-wasserman-schultz-democratic-national-committee-disaster
25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jordan on: July 26, 2016, 08:32:42 AM
https://www.facebook.com/memri.org/videos/10154334589464717/
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary aligned with OIC against Free Speech on: July 26, 2016, 07:10:16 AM
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=n3t4NlpxcMc
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Syrian Rebels lose support when they need it the most on: July 25, 2016, 05:25:24 PM
Stratfor

Syria's Rebels Lose Support When They Need It Most
Analysis
July 25, 2016 | 09:30 GMT Print
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Locals survey the damage in an area of Aleppo city held by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Al Assad's backers continue to receive substantial aid from their foreign allies, while rebel forces are losing support from theirs. (GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Forecast

    The aftermath of the coup in Turkey will distract Ankara from its efforts in Syria.
    The United States, seeking greater cooperation with Russia, is unlikely to follow through on an increase in aid to the Syrian rebels.
    As loyalist offensives mount and outside support falters, the rebels will be forced to go on the defensive in the months ahead.

Analysis

Shifts in momentum have marked the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. At different times, the rebels and the loyalists have each held the upper hand on the battlefield. But lately, the most decisive element determining who maintains the advantage has been the degree of outside assistance each side receives. Consequently, flagging support for the rebellion at a time of unwavering aid for the Syrian government bodes ill for the rebels' prospects in the months ahead.
Diverted Allies

For the Syrian rebels, Turkey has been a major benefactor, if not their most important. The chaos in Turkey, however, in the aftermath of its failed coup is likely to distract the government in Ankara from the conflict in Syria. From the rebels' perspective, the timing could not be worse: At the moment, they are both heavily dependent on Turkish aid and under extreme pressure from their foes.

Nowhere is this clearer than in and around the city of Aleppo, where a decisive battle is taking place. Loyalist forces have effectively besieged opposition-held parts of the city, and rebel efforts to relieve units there are underway. Most of these units receive weapons, ammunition and supplies from nearby Turkey. As Turkey reorganizes itself, these flows could be disrupted, hampering rebel operations throughout northern Syria. Already there are unconfirmed reports that Turkish logistics officers coordinating supplies in Syria have been summoned home as Ankara attempts to gauge the loyalty of its troops and weed out dissenters.

Another dark cloud on the horizon for the rebel cause is the growing coordination of action in Syria between the United States and Russia, which is problematic for the rebellion for two reasons. First, Washington and Moscow's coordination is focused on targeting one of the rebellion's most effective and deadly groups, Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda's branch in Syria. Despite significant differences in outlook and ideology with other rebel outfits, Jabhat al-Nusra cooperates extensively with them against loyalist forces. The weakening of the group without a simultaneous strengthening of other rebel units will ultimately work to the Syrian government's advantage. Second, the United States' increased coordination with Russia means that rebel expectations of more U.S. aid and weapons, which Washington promised to send if talks in Geneva on ending the civil war fail, will likely go unfulfilled. In sending a proposal to Moscow for greater collaboration, Washington showed that it is keen to avoid escalating tension with Russia and with loyalist forces, since doing so could undermine its wider military effort to weaken the Islamic State.

Even worse for the rebels, fractures among them could spread if Jabhat al-Nusra strikes back against U.S.-backed rebels in retaliation for U.S. attacks on its units. There is also a chance that if more U.S. aid does not materialize, members of the Free Syrian Army, seeking the most capable rebel units, will defect to the more extremist wings of the rebellion in an effort to continue the fight against their increasingly advantaged enemies.

Some rebel allies, principally Qatar and Turkey, have been trying to persuade Jabhat al-Nusra to dissociate itself from al Qaeda. These efforts, which can be expected to continue despite Turkey's disarray, have reportedly accelerated as the United States' mobilization against the group has become more apparent. If Qatar and Turkey succeed, Washington might reconsider its agreement with Moscow to target Jabhat al-Nusra. But given the group's ideological makeup and historically close ties to al Qaeda, the chances of success are slim.
A Well-Supported Enemy

Compounding the rebels' problem is the sustained support their loyalist enemies are receiving from their allies. Over the past few months, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia all have maintained their direct aid, and in some places, increased it. In southern Aleppo province, for instance, Iran has all but taken charge of the front lines, while Russian airstrikes have figured prominently in the loyalist effort to besiege the rebel-held parts of Aleppo city. As Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah promised in a speech in late June, his group has also bolstered its presence across Syria, including in the prominent battlefields of Aleppo.

The rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al Assad's rule can keep relying on outside assistance from countries in and outside the region, but as Washington shifts its policy and Ankara remains preoccupied, that help is at serious risk of weakening. If it does, the rebels' momentum in areas of northern Syria (for example, in southern Aleppo province and northern Latakia) would be difficult to sustain, since limited resources would have to be prioritized for the defense of key areas threatened by the loyalist offensives. Faced with uncertain levels of foreign support and heavily backed, advancing loyalists, the Syrian rebels no doubt have several challenging months ahead of them.
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / French police enter a no-go zone on: July 25, 2016, 05:20:46 PM
http://louderwithcrowder.com/french-police-enter-muslim-no-go-zone-get-viciously-attacked/#.V5aQW3rcD2C
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Russian oligarch money investing in Trump? on: July 25, 2016, 05:02:21 PM
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: July 25, 2016, 04:36:49 PM
Well said!
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Has Stratfor been reading my posts? on: July 25, 2016, 04:34:39 PM
 Dawn for the Dead Companies of China
Analysis
July 25, 2016 | 09:00 GMT Print
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China is grappling with how to handle unprofitable industries, many of them state-owned, that keep employment numbers up but threaten the nation's macroeconomic stability. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Summary

China is battling a ghastly economic problem. For months, the country's so-called zombie corporations — failing, mostly state-controlled companies — have been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, caught among high and rising levels of debt, ballooning debt-servicing costs and slim or nonexistent profits. In response, China's State Council released a statement July 18 describing a possible pilot program to enable indebted corporations to convert some of their outstanding debts to equities held by Chinese banks. On its own, a corporate debt-to-equity swap would do little to reform these companies into productive and profitable businesses, a key requirement if China is to "rebalance" to a more sustainable growth model. Even so, it would help lower the businesses' debt burden in the short term. For Beijing, bound as it is by the need to maintain employment and, in turn, social stability, that may be enough to stave off a crisis for the time being.
Analysis

Zombie corporations have been a serious problem for Chinese economic authorities since at least 2011. But when China's real estate sector entered a prolonged slowdown in 2014, the companies became an even greater risk. A large majority of them are state-controlled (or closely affiliated) enterprises engaged in property-related sectors, including residential and commercial development, infrastructure construction, steelmaking, and iron ore and coal production. Over the past two years, steady declines in real estate activity — which by some measures accounts for over a quarter of China's total economic output — have dragged down income and profits across the thousands of businesses in those sectors. As a result, foundering businesses turned to bank loans and shadow financing to cover the costs of maintaining their workforces, sending corporate debt levels soaring. In all but a few cases, the political imperative to prevent unemployment crises that could fuel broader social unrest — a powerful motivator for China's central and local governments alike — overpowered authorities' desire to reform the economy by letting failing companies fail.
A Staggering Problem

Now corporate debt is the greatest structural threat to Chinese macroeconomic stability. China's ratio of corporate debt to gross domestic product reached 165 percent by December 2015, up from 101.7 percent in 2008, the year before Beijing launched its emergency stimulus drive. By comparison, household and government debt equaled 40 and 22 percent of GDP, respectively, at the end of 2015 (though the government debt figure does not include debt held by local government financing vehicles, private companies responsible for raising money for local government investment since 2008-09). Corporate debt was by far the largest component of China's 247 percent total debt-to-GDP ratio, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Perhaps more concerning is the fact that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) account for 55 percent of total outstanding corporate debt, according to the International Monetary Fund, though they produce only 22 percent of China's total economic output. This imbalance helps explain the state's disproportionate representation among China's zombie corporations. On one hand, SOEs enjoy easy access to bank credit long denied to their private-sector counterparts. On the other, they face enormous pressure from their overseers in local, provincial and central governments to maintain stable output and employment. Combined, these factors give SOEs powerful incentive to keep borrowing and producing regardless of the wider economic costs. While China's private sector has steadily improved its efficiency, productivity and profits, the state sector has, by and large, lagged. In the coal and steel industries, dominated by hundreds of local and provincial state-controlled businesses, the contrast is especially pronounced. In many cases, these companies are too small, and their ties to local officials and banks too tight, for Beijing to control.
A Temporary Solution

The debt-to-equity swap proposal reveals Beijing's efforts to reconcile its growing desire for industrial reform and consolidation with local political and economic conditions. China's central government remains committed to reforming and restructuring Chinese industry, and, in particular, the state sector. At the same time, however, it understands that it can go forward with the measures only as long as the workers affected are taken care of, at least well enough to prevent unrest. Given China's weak economy and slowing industrial profits, that objective will entail finding new ways to temporarily offset borrowing and other costs for deeply indebted enterprises.

To be sure, a debt-to-equity swap program could itself be a means to achieve industrial reform and restructuring. Combined with serious corporate governance reforms and forced consolidations of truly moribund enterprises, the swap could help put struggling but fundamentally sound businesses on surer financial footing going forward. Chinese authorities will certainly try to play up this aspect of the program. Nonetheless, the primary purpose and effect of the swap in the short run will be to reduce borrowing costs for corporations, much as the debt-to-bond swap program for local governments has served mainly to offset localities' borrowing costs. Without corporate governance reforms and industrial restructuring — changes that will depend on deeper adjustments to China's political incentive structure — the swap program would not go far in making Chinese SOEs the pillars of productivity that Beijing envisions.

Like the local government bond program before it, the new swap program will probably come into being slowly. In light of the State Council's announcement, some form of pilot program could well be in place by the end of 2016. But in all likelihood, it will be at least six months and probably longer before a program on a scale sufficient to address China's overall corporate debt exists. In the meantime, China's leaders will struggle to manage the country's corporate bankruptcy risks. If the housing sector falters again in the second half of the year, this will prove an even greater challenge.
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Military Science, Military Issues, and the Nature of War on: July 25, 2016, 04:28:59 PM
 shocked shocked shocked angry angry angry
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / If these numbers are accurate , , , on: July 25, 2016, 04:28:33 PM
Not sure how these numbers were derived but if accurate , , ,

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/jun/13/nigeria-larger-population-us-2050
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / There is bad rumint on all sides on: July 25, 2016, 04:26:53 PM
A German friend says this report calls pants on fire about the assertion of a major weapons cache.

http://sek-einsatz.de/nachrichten-sek-einsaetze/nordrheinwestfalen/bei-sek-einsatz-waffenlager-mit-schweren-kriegswaffen-ausgehoben/16489
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: July 25, 2016, 04:23:33 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-poll/index.html
36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America (and pre-emptive dhimmitude) on: July 22, 2016, 01:53:34 AM
Yup.

 angry angry angry
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Glick: Time to throw Turkey out of NATO on: July 22, 2016, 01:49:25 AM
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/COLUMN-ONE-Turkey-Roger-over-and-out-462082
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Donald Trump in WWE on: July 21, 2016, 08:08:29 PM
https://www.facebook.com/bloodyknucklesoriginal/videos/1097230480329396/
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / In defense of Sen.Ted Cruz on: July 21, 2016, 07:59:55 PM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438154/cruzs-stand-conservatism-lion-ted&source=gmail&ust=1469211828279000&usg=AFQjCNEsxiSrqZpeV9mMgV5-W0hVOMD5iQ?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Trending%20Email%20Reoccurring-%20Monday%20to%20Thursday%202016-07-21&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives

"Donald Trump insulted Cruz’s wife, (presumably) planted false tabloid stories about him in the National Enquirer, and suggested, completely baselessly, that his father might have been involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Beyond these outrageous personal insults, it is clear that Trump’s conservatism, such as it is, has little in common with the limited-government, pro-federalism conservatism of Senator Cruz."

40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: July 21, 2016, 05:25:57 PM
Good analysis.

Yes Trump started it with his adolesscent disrespect of Cruz's wife, and his "Lyin' Ted" campaign, but Cruz blew it big time last night.
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Mike Pence on: July 21, 2016, 05:23:52 PM
I too thought Pence's speech quite good.
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: July 21, 2016, 05:18:44 PM
Very strong!
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: July 21, 2016, 05:14:56 PM
My impression is that the two sons are worthy members of the team, and will check out the daughter tonight.

As for Melania, she is gorgeous and seems well content to be that and a mom to her children and support to her husband.  Good for her!
44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Turkey on: July 21, 2016, 05:13:04 PM
My understanding is that ever since Attaturk, the military had a role in defending secularism in governing-- a role which they have fulfilled several times.
45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump's Foreign Policy on: July 20, 2016, 11:39:17 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/politics/donald-trump-issues.html?emc=edit_na_20160721&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Michael Yon on the declassified document on: July 20, 2016, 11:33:14 PM
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/crucial-declassified-document.htm
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: July 20, 2016, 06:22:24 PM
Looking for the post about Hillary's commodity trades and not finding it  , , , angry
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ten Minnesota Somali jihadis found guilty on: July 20, 2016, 04:41:07 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/06/29/trial-10-minnesota-jihadis-guilty-ignored-media/
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A Time of War: Gabe Suarez advocates being armed with or without permission on: July 20, 2016, 01:37:53 PM
A TIME OF WAR

This is an angry article but it accurately reflects my mood today.  Listen carefully and let these words burn into your mind because if the events of the last few weeks do not set your blood afire, I question your validity as a human being. 

The videos of the aftermath of this were so horrific that they are being removed from Youtube and Facebook.

I am including a link to it here.  Make note that it is horrific, but also illustrative of not only the abject incompetence of the western leaders (its either incompetence or complicity), but also the nature of the heart of our enemy.

AFTERMATH OF NICE ATTACK VIDEO

We Live In A Time Of War!

Donald Trump actually said that today on FOX News.  Last night in Nice, France, a 31 year old Islamic Terrorist named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove a large truck at high speed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day killing nearly 80 people by running them down and crushing them. It's just a matter of time before that very tactic is used here in the USA.

I plan to write soon on likely strategies and likely targets of our enemies but today I want to talk about how you live in a time of war versus a time of peace.  And you can protest all you wish that you don't want to live like that and that if you change your habits the terrorists win. 

Sure, but if they crush you and your family with a truck during a Bastille Day celebration, or capture you and cut your balls off in front of your family like they did at the Bataclan Theater, they also win don't they.  So how about we set aside that passive aggressive hippy attitude and wake up to reality.
In a time of Peace you can come and go as you please.  You can congregate in the street to watch fireworks and listen to music.  You can go to the theater in peace.  You don't have to worry about anything really.  Maybe the petty criminal is still a concern, but he can be easily avoided with some good common sense.  In a time of Peace you can celebrate parades, you can go into a theater or a musical performance, listen to fiery speeches on any topic, and visit any place you wish and feel relative safety.

In a time of peace Islamic Terrorists don't kill their co-workers at Christmas parties, or Nightclubs...or military bases.  In times of peace Islamic Terrorists do not target white police officers for assassination.  In times of peace you don't have Islamic Terrorists driving a truck into a crowd, or blowing themselves up in a last gasp of death to the infidels.

But we do not live in a time of peace...not any longer.  We live in a time of war and we have to make adjustments to the way we live.   In a time of war you have to be thoughtful about where you go.  You have to analyze whether it is a hard target or a soft target...and you have to understand the difference.  You have to avoid large congregations of people either in the open or in enclosed spaces. You have to sit with your back to the wall in the event one of your adversaries walk through the door to kill you and everyone else in the room.  You have to profile everyone.   In a time of Peace you can overlook someone's appearance, ethnic background, attire, and actions.  But we don't live in a time of peace any longer, we live in a time of war and so you have to take note of these things. And you have to look at how they're positioning themselves in relation to everyone else.

In a time of war you cannot afford to relax.  You must be ever vigilant specifically of those groups that are most likely to bring the war to you.  If that sounds unfair to you, if that sounds like you're being discriminatory, if it sounds like you're not following the American way where everyone is seen as the same, then that is exactly what you're doing.  Ask the dead in San Bernardino, and Orlando, and Brussels, and Istanbul, and Nice, how they feel about profiling and non-egalitarian thinking.

Oh wait, we can't.  They were killed by those the west wants to be fair towards.  We only have one group on Earth that believes that that terrorism is
acceptable and so you must be watchful of that group less you fall victim to their strategies.

But vigilance alone is a sad an empty action without the ability to act upon that which vigilance reveals.  In a time of Peace you can leave the house with empty pockets, a smile on your face, a spring in your step and a song in your heart.  But we do not live in such times.  Today even if it is a violation of the law, a wise man will go armed.

It was once said as a caveat before the carry of a weapon was suggested.  "If you can legally get a permit - if you can legally do so - you should get a permit and carry a weapon".  Today in the time of war that we live in I will say that you must carry a weapon regardless of legal standing.  It has been shown time and again that the First Responders will rarely prevent an event like this.   Let this one also burn into your mind for the reality that it is.

You Are On Your Own!

Although I have every respect for the French LE (I've trained with some of them as a matter of fact), 80 some people died at the hands of the terrorist before they were on scene.  In Orlando there were 50 people that died before police intervention.

You are on your own - leave the house prepared to do battle - every single day! Leave the house prepared to treat any injuries you may incur  - every single day!
These are the concessions that you must make in the time of war that we live today.  François Hollande's defeated statement today said that France must get accustomed to living with terrorism.  And before anyone castigate the French, one cannot judge France by Hollande any more than one can judge America by Obama, but I can easily picture Obama, or Hillary saying the very same thing in a few months.

I think America is already quite accustomed to the fact of terrorism on American soil.  And all the rhetoric of taking the war to ISIS ignores the fact that the terrorists in France were French citizens and that the terrorists in the USA were American citizens.

We live in a time of war and we must take the necessary steps as individuals to win that war.
      
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