SAN DIEGO (AP) ‐ It was called the "The Sewing Circle," an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, committed on a recent tour of duty in Iraq.
The WhatsApp group would eventually lead to formal allegations that Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher fatally stabbed a wounded Islamic State captive in his care and shot civilians in Iraq in 2017.
Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A jury of mostly combat Marines will ultimately decide the fate of the 19-year-veteran and Bronze Star recipient charged with murder, attempted murder and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline for posing with the corpse for photographs.
No matter the outcome, the court-martial at Naval Base San Diego has provided a rare view into the insular Navy SEAL community and likely will have a long-term impact on one of the military’s most secretive and revered forces. It has pitted veterans against each other both inside the courtroom and out in a fierce debate over brotherhood, morality and loyalty.
The dead IS guy deserves no attention, and for shooting civs Gallagher needed more help and counseling than anything. Maybe some time off, a shrink...
Looks like some self-righteous bravo foxtrotting to me. Or a set-up ? They thought he's going to get them into trouble someday, and when given the chance they ganged up on whatsapp to get their stories synced... anything is possible.
From Time Mag: a sniper, Gallagher is alleged to have shot at two Iraqi citizens, an old man and a young girl, “with a dangerous weapon likely to produce death or grievous harm
He shot at people, but didn't intend to hit them.
SEALs added that they “tampered with his sniper rifle to make it less accurate
Now, those are serious offenses for military law.
While these accusations have been levied by a few, there are more than four times as many in Eddie’s platoon who were there at these incidents that say it never happened.
[The Atlantic] It’s not true that no one needs you anymore."
These words came from an elderly woman sitting behind me on a late-night flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The plane was dark and quiet. A man I assumed to be her husband murmured almost inaudibly in response, something to the effect of "I wish I was dead."
Again, the woman: "Oh, stop saying that."
I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but couldn’t help it. I listened with morbid fascination, forming an image of the man in my head as they talked. I imagined someone who had worked hard all his life in relative obscurity, someone with unfulfilled dreams‐perhaps of the degree he never attained, the career he never pursued, the company he never started.
At the end of the flight, as the lights switched on, I finally got a look at the desolate man. I was shocked. I recognized him‐he was, and still is, world-famous. Then in his mid‑80s, he was beloved as a hero for his courage, patriotism, and accomplishments many decades ago.
As he walked up the aisle of the plane behind me, other passengers greeted him with veneration. Standing at the door of the cockpit, the pilot stopped him and said, "Sir, I have admired you since I was a little boy." The older man‐apparently wishing for death just a few minutes earlier‐beamed with pride at the recognition of his past glories.
For selfish reasons, I couldn’t get the cognitive dissonance of that scene out of my mind. It was the summer of 2015, shortly after my 51st birthday. I was not world-famous like the man on the plane, but my professional life was going very well. I was the president of a flourishing Washington think tank, the American Enterprise Institute. I had written some best-selling books. People came to my speeches. My columns were published in The New York Times.
Seriously, I read through the article after commenting, then discussed it with Mr. Wife. He’d come to similar conclusions on his own before retiring last year. (I retired to have children, so my perspective is necessarily skewed.)
[Begin-Sadat Center for Stregegic Studies] BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,212, June 30, 2019
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: North Korea has found itself at a nuclear crossroads more than once, but the Trump-Pompeo-Bolton triumvirate significantly alters the current dynamic. The primary external forces acting on Pyongyang’s nuclear decision-making are China, Iran, and the US. The Americans could well prove effective against an aggressively antagonistic Iran.
Although this is not the first time North Korea finds itself at a nuclear crossroads, the present case is different. Notwithstanding some inconsistent remarks made recently by President Donald Trump and his NSA, John Bolton, the triumvirate formed by Trump, Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is a powerful integral, and one to give Kim Jong-un pause.
The February 2019 summit between Trump and Jong-un ended with no agreement, indicating real difficulty in making progress toward denuclearization of the north. There are at least three layers to the issue. First: what will be the price for Pyongyang’s agreement to comprehensive, complete denuclearization? Second: does North Korea really intend to implement such an agreement? And third: if it does not, will noncompliance be detected by intelligence communities and tackled effectively?
Shortly after the unsuccessful summit, a remarkable series of events took place:
[Daily Caller] Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg accused Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of "spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity" Saturday.
Mosberg, 93, was responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s insistence on calling detention facilities housing illegal immigrants "concentration camps" in his interview with the New York Post.
"She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity," Mosberg said. "The people on the border aren’t forced to be there ‐ they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care."
The freshman congresswoman said the Trump administration is running "concentration camps" on the U.S.-Mexico border for immigrants June 18.
She should be made to watch Schindler’s List and then the combat footage of liberation of Dachau
And then have a sit down with some of them
I had the earth shattering experience of having one of my deputies show me his tattoo with his number from Aushwitz
George Takei reared up on his hind legs today in an NPR interview to insistently equate his childhood experience in a wartime internment camp with Nazi concentration camps and the current wannabe migrant border camp experience, insisting that what he and today’s illegals share is a concentration camp experience, while what the Nazis created were death camps. He completely fails to realize that while all in the border camps are there voluntarily, eagerly lining up for their chance to get in, both the Japanese and the Jews, et al were dragged kicking and screaming behind that wire.
Unfortunately we'll soon have to fight against this pathetic nonsense without Holocaust survivors.
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07/01/2019 18:56 Comments ||
Every Democrat congress critter should be forced to visit the Holocaust Museum in DC.
Full disclosure: I have been there, but only in the outer section. However, in 2012, I visited a Holocaust exhibit at the Imperial War Museum in London. About halfway through, I had to get out. I couldn't take it any more.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
07/01/2019 19:07 Comments ||
I had the earth shattering experience of having one of my deputies show me his tattoo with his number from Aushwitz
I was in a grocery store in Oak Park, Michigan. Oak Park was sort of Jewish enclave north of Detroit. Standing there, perusing the meat section, a little old lady next to me reached out to grab some chicken and I could see a number tattooed on the inside of her arm. Freaked me out, big time. Like 50 years of history rushing thru you all at once.
#5 - If none persist, it must not have happened. Memory Wipe™
Posted by: Frank G ||
07/01/2019 20:11 Comments ||
They’re all over the internet now. It would take some work to erase all traces. Here is a friend of my mother’s — they both were on the speakers list offered by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo : Sofia V. on YouTube. Mama transferred her efforts to the local Holocaust center when she moved to Cincinnati a few years ago, as well as doing gigs where she has connections, such as my niece’s high school in the wilds of Pennsylvania via Skype.
[Rudaw] When it comes to foreign policy, Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... is by many measures a better president than America deserves. And almost certainly, he is the president the Middle East’s belligerent hegemons deserve.
At a time when the "tired", the "poor" and the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" could do with more robust expressions of support from the American people, there is very little forthcoming. Instead all they hear is hyperventilation about a favored few issues (Khashoggi’s murder, the Yemen
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It is tempting therefore to put the blame for the insular world-view of the current crop of American politicians on voters. The increasing polarization of public opinion along facile left-right lines probably does not make it any easier for the average American to unpack complicated global issues.
I blame the one-note media, for barely bothering to provide an alternative point of view, much less provide any background on complex global issues.
Come to think of it, maybe it's the Sound-Bite Generation.
Most people everywhere are insular. There may be a superficial gloss, especially in small countries which need to be keenly aware of the nearest bigger/big country, eg almost every country in Europe, and certainly the educated classes make a point of being able to quote the opinions of their local news source of record and their own vacation experiences, but that is not the same as actually trying to understand the historical development and current interactions that result in the current global situation.
But to be fair, very often I am unaware of my local issues and concerns. There is only so much time and energy to devote to questions beyond the immediately personal and familial.
[IsraelTimes] The group is threatening to conquer the Galilee even after its greatest asset was destroyed, and likely still has a plan to take border towns, army posts.
In his latest speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah again boasted that his terror group can easily penetrate into Israeli territory from Leb.
Hezbollah’s cross-border tunnel network may have been destroyed, but even in its absence Nasrallah insists that his commandos will try to storm Israel in secret and raid communities and army bases in the north. While Hezbollah knows it would pay a heavy price for such a step, the propaganda achievement would be crucial.
Like a broken record, in every speech Nasrallah delivers he threatens a military operation in Israeli territory if a war breaks out. Sometimes he calls it "conquering the Galilee," sometimes just "penetrating." Last month that ritual repeated itself when Nasrallah told his supporters that Hezbollah has the ability to "easily penetrate the Galilee."
The question now is how, now that the Israeli military has revealed and destroyed Hezbollah’s secret strategic weapon ‐ the cross-border tunnels ‐ the Lebanese organization plans to operate inside Israeli territory and take control of a town or a piece of land.
Perhaps Hezbollah doesn’t have another strategic weapon like the tunnels, but it can be assumed it still has an extremely ambitious and detailed plan to occupy communities and military posts on Israel’s northern border.
The tunnel project was meant to shock Israel, funneling hundreds of members of the terror group’s Radwan commando unit into the country to carry out various attacks.
"Radwan" was the alias of Imad Mughniya, Hezbollah’s military chief who was assassinated by Israel in 2008. Members of that unit are given high priority in almost everything: budget, equipment, resources and logistics. Sometimes their activities resemble those of elite IDF units, such as combat soldiers trained to use ATVs or navy commando fighters supposed to sneak into Israel in small underwater vessels.
In the absence of the tunnels, the mission of Radwan members will likely be to covertly get thousands of fighters into Israel at once through several points on the border while bombarding the border region, hoping that will overwhelm the IDF and allow some of the fighters to reach an Israeli border community or army post.
Hezbollah’s hope at the moment is that a heavy artillery bombardment of the entire border area, plus the use of high-caliber rockets that can destroy targets such as military posts, will do the trick.
The group today possesses significant firepower that could theoretically wipe out the entire Israeli frontline upon command ‐ every post, every antenna.
Apart from the artillery meant to serve as cover for thousands of troops invading Israel, Hezbollah’s attack plan will likely involve a logistic and intelligence apparatus, including drones that would transmit real-time intelligence and could carry out "kamikaze" bombings of Israeli targets.
It also has a designated command center meant to direct a wide-ranging operation along the border.
A land barrier built by Israel in recent years will make it difficult for such an operation to be carried out, but Hezbollah decision-makers nevertheless think that at least some of the attackers will manage to penetrate into Israeli territory.
It is clear to the leaders of Hezbollah’s military wing that such an operation would have harsh consequences for its personnel, but they consider the ensuing psychological effect in Israel as critical. The operation is supposed to force the IDF to invest in defense, shock Israeli public opinion and create pressure to quickly end the fighting. One can only guess the sort of effect images of Hezbollah fighters in the northern Israeli town of Metulla could have.
But Hezbollah’s highly ambitious war plan is exceptionally risky for the organization itself, and its leaders are aware of that. Sending or trying to send thousands of its best warriors across the border might ultimately prove too dangerous a gamble. It would, after all, present an excellent opportunity for the IDF to eliminate the elite fighting force of Hezbollah in a matter of hours. That, in turn, would expose Hezballah’s home front to counterattacks and ease the IDF’s path to a clear victory in a future war.
Hezbollah has lost many of its best in the Syrian civil war. Most of the Hezbollah forces have been, IIUC, withdrawn from Syria but I don't think their Iranian masters want them to lose soldiers on the Israel front when they may be needed again in Syria.
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07/01/2019 1:25 Comments ||
[Schneier on Security] Long news article (alternate source) on iPhone privacy, specifically the enormous amount of data your apps are collecting without your knowledge. A lot of this happens in the middle of the night, when you're probably not otherwise using your phone:
And your iPhone doesn't only feed data trackers while you sleep. In a single week, I encountered over 5,400 trackers, mostly in apps, not including the incessant Yelp traffic.
[The Atlantic] No novel of the past century has had more influence than George Orwell’s 1984. The title, the adjectival form of the author’s last name, the vocabulary of the all-powerful Party that rules the superstate Oceania with the ideology of Ingsoc‐doublethink, memory hole, unperson, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Thought Police, Room 101, Big Brother‐they’ve all entered the English language as instantly recognizable signs of a nightmare future. It’s almost impossible to talk about propaganda, surveillance, authoritarian politics, or perversions of truth without dropping a reference to 1984. Throughout the Cold War, the novel found avid underground readers behind the Iron Curtain who wondered, How did he know?
It was also assigned reading for several generations of American high-school students. I first encountered 1984 in 10th-grade English class. Orwell’s novel was paired with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, whose hedonistic and pharmaceutical dystopia seemed more relevant to a California teenager in the 1970s than did the bleak sadism of Oceania. I was too young and historically ignorant to understand where 1984 came from and exactly what it was warning against. Neither the book nor its author stuck with me. In my 20s, I discovered Orwell’s essays and nonfiction books and reread them so many times that my copies started to disintegrate, but I didn’t go back to 1984. Since high school, I’d lived through another decade of the 20th century, including the calendar year of the title, and I assumed I already "knew" the book. It was too familiar to revisit.
Progressive doublethink—which has grown worse in reaction to the right-wing kind—creates a more insidious unreality because it operates in the name of all that is good. Its key word is justice—a word no one should want to live without. But today the demand for justice forces you to accept contradictions that are the essence of doublethink.
For example, many on the left now share an unacknowledged but common assumption that a good work of art is made of good politics and that good politics is a matter of identity. This confusion of categories guides judgments all across the worlds of media, the arts, and education, from movie reviews to grant committees.
[National Review] The Supreme Court declined Friday to revive an Alabama law that would ban dismemberment abortions.
The state was forced to appeal to the High Court after a lower court ruled that its 2016 Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which bans so-called "dilation and evacuation" abortions, violated the precedent established by Planned Parenthood v. Casey in placing an "undue burden" on abortion access.
Justice Clarence Thomas was the only justice to comment on the Friday decision. In his concurring opinion, Thomas agreed that the law should not be revived on procedural grounds, but lambasted the legal "aberration" that constrained the court.
"The more developed the child, the more likely an abortion will involve dismembering it," Thomas said. "The notion that anything in the Constitution prevents States from passing laws prohibiting the dismembering of a living child is implausible. But under the ’undue burden’ standard adopted by this court, a restriction on abortion ‐ even one limited to prohibiting gruesome methods ‐ is unconstitutional if ’the purpose or effect of the provision is to place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.’"
I suspect strongly that when the next national Constitution is written the judiciary will be particularly hard it. No lifetime appointments. Term limits for everyone. They will have brought it upon themselves.
[Babylon Bee] NASHVILLE, TN‐Claiming demand for the product is "through the roof" among Southern Baptists, LifeWay Christian Resources announced Friday its proprietary tactical study Bible attachment designed to carry one study Bible or two compact study resources securely attached to the barrel of most assault rifles is now in stock on its online storefront.
"It works great for those who want to go out and mow down their enemies, all while having the loving words of our Savior safely fastened to any high-powered rifle," a LifeWay rep said while demoing the product at a local gun range. "It's also good for home defense, as larger study Bibles can be used as a heavy-duty melee weapon if things get serious."
"Check this out," he continued, firing off several dozen rounds squarely into a man-shaped target a hundred yards downrange, all while reading the Beatitudes recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
"Blessed are the sharpshooters," he quipped as he released his magazine and snapped in another one. *SNORT*
The tactical attachment comes in black and various shades of camouflage and can be customized with a Bible verse or other quote for an additional charge. A tactical melee highlighter is also available.
AI assisted hardware locks for assault weapons. Give your weapon that conscience it lacked ! New bio-index scanner reads the visual before the weapons front and runs it through racial, flesh tint and bone structure subroutines in seconds. The weapons helplessly buzzes instead of firing on 'untouchables'.
There are multiple settings, and more themes can be downloaded from the international gunSafe™ user community. Choose African-American, to preserve the underprivileged life of any person of color in your line of fire. An LGBT setting recognizes 120 styles of overreaction and exaggerated expressions, with a checkbox for 'Ultra-Safe' that simply passes on anything with excessive make-up as safe and is also easier on the dual-core processor running at 2.4 GHz.
Approved by the DNC and one or two inconsequential Republicans, the modification has found huge favor with the American public. With historic guilt and homophobo-phobia currently paramount in public consciousness, the gunSafe™ mod is the one thing that unites most Americans with its uniquely selective and partial safety features.
Annie F. Oakley, mother of three, homeowner, who is recuperating after being robbed and beaten by underprivileged youths has this to say :
"It's true ! It absolutely does not fire."
Frank Autry, serving time for protecting his home in Chicago with a lethal weapon says :
"I now wish we'd a had this #$@&% thing before."
Give your Gun a politically correct conscience... with gunSafe™
I think the Bee forgot they were supposed to be satire. There are AR's out there that have bible verses inscribed on the receiver as standard .....as you might expect, mostly Old Testament. Personally, I'd prefer a verse from the Song of Solomon or Tamar at the Well.
[PJ] Pity future generations who will live in a world scrubbed clean of the sins of our forefathers.
And sins there were. No one denies that. No one questions it. But to judge their entire lives -- their foibles as well as their majestic accomplishments -- without viewing both sides of their Janus face, demonstrates a towering ignorance and an aggressive denial of the truth.
What is truly frightening about the current attitude present in our "woke" culture, is the utter lack of care and concern for the damage being done to history on the part of the self-proclaimed arbiters of purity. Someone (always unnamed), somewhere might/could be offended by a sculpture, a painting, or a statue. The "offense" is that viewing this devil's work might/could "trigger" an unwanted emotion of some kind. (Not to mention the encouragement it gives to white supremacists!)
Then there's the case of the San Francisco school board voting to spend $600,000 to destroy a Depression-era mural of George Washington painted by an ardent Communist.
And what's the difference between these "woke" barbarians obfuscating the objects of inciting unwanted emotions, and the ISIS sasquatches obliterating centuries of history destroying monuments and stuff that they didn't like.
Is the liberal-democrat amalgam (diversity-atheism-marxism) ideology becoming a religion ?
[Townhall] There is one guarantee in life. We will pass from this earth, and our children will fill our void. The level of involvement in kids' lives matter if you care anything about the future of America.
An article recently published in Psychology Today discussed a study that occurred over the course of several years. The research determined that four different primary parenting practices affect children later in adulthood.
The four different types are the following: authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and neglectful. The study determined that parents who fall into the category of authoritative raised the most mentally and emotionally stable children. The four categories break down in the following: high warmth and high discipline (authoritative), low warmth and high discipline (authoritarian), high warmth and low discipline (permissive), low warmth and low discipline (neglectful).
When those children reached adulthood, there was a 46 percent reduction in depression, a 39 percent reduction in anxiety, and a 68 percent reduction in eating disorders from the ones raised in authoritative homes. The ability to process emotions and express them was reduced as well. The other categories did not perform as well leading researchers to determine authoritatively is the best way to raise children based on their limited information.
Apparently a long-winded study into raising children. With categories and sub-categories. Yes, it gives the right answers, but you could have got that from Proverbs. Only if the 'experts' didn't hate the Bible with pathological hatred.
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.." and also, " Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
I find there's a compulsive obsession in the academic world to derive convenient doctrines from hypotheses. Hypotheses arrived at through analyses of statistical outcomes. From micromanaged or controlled conditions or often utter fantasy, 'experts' gain 'insightful' knowledge that they then present to boards and committees which then experiment on society by setting them into policy. Before we know it, we have a nanny State.
An over reaching bureaucratic monstrosity that intrudes into family, marriage, childhood, playpens, bedrooms, bathrooms... it doesn't end. A style of bathing linked to a particular sexual fetish ? Obese, consumerist youth linked to abusive fathers ? An unhealthy interest in extreme activities linked to drinking too much caffeine ? A statistician will get you any result your mind is set upon. And politicians that see their agendas mirrored in the 'findings' can take it from there.
If parents today find themselves helpless with their children, facing delinquency disguised as teenage angst and 'anxieties', unable to impart the right moral education to their dependents, it's partly because of their dependence on 'experts' and 'counselors' and the nannyState interference in family. Of course the primary reason is we have neglected our basic faiths; the Judaeo-christian values that founded American society being thoroughly discredited in the eyes of people by the ungodly church.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.