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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Roger Stone May Have Just Exposed A Major Issue With Mueller's Report
[Red State] No one has ever accused Roger Stone of being bright, but his legal team seem to be a bit sharper.

Skipping down to the BLUF:

Did Mueller actually rely on Crowdstrike, a DNC sourced investigative outfit who basically did a CYA on the server, as his evidence the hacking took place? If he did, that means a major conclusion of his report is based on unverifiable, biased sources. It also means that a big part of the prosecution against Roger Stone starts to fall apart.

In the bigger picture, it would also show that Mueller’s report was largely a rehash of what we already knew. As it sits, it already appears to be that. There’s almost nothing new in the section on Russian interference and collusion. Essentially every major fact was laid out two years prior. So what exactly what Mueller doing besides spending $35M to write an oppo hit on Trump over obstruction?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/12/2019 06:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing is quite as funny as leftoid tech sites like Thurrott and Arse Technicon selling Crowdstrike as some kind of objective broker. L O S E R S. . .
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Wrestling with Roger Stone and a pig have much in common.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/12/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  2017 article on Crowdstrike and the DNC servers.

The DNC and FBI seems to have never really wanted to do a serious analysis of the servers. Part of the cover-up.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/12/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#4  2017 article on Crowdstrike and the DNC servers.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/12/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
This Week in Books, May 12, 2019
Naval Warfare Under Oars
William Ledyard Rodgers, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy
Naval Institute Press, 1967

Originally published in the late 1930's, Vice Admiral Rodgers spent years accumulating the knowledge for his study of strategy, tactics, and ship design from the 4th to the 16th centuries. That is, from the Romans to England vs. Spanish Armada.

Vice Admiral Rodgers is concise in his conclusions, and includes a number of diagrams and illustrations which support his conclusions.

Page 73

From this survival of the old Norse ship and many incidental allusions in the contemporary sagas we are able to derive a fairly clear idea of the much larger ships which were built by the end of the tenth century, and the number of men they carried. The largest ship named in the sagas is one which King Canute of Denmark, England, and Norway built and which had, so it is said, 60 rowers' benches. But this tale may be rejected with little consideration, for until wooden ships were strapped with iron less than a century and a half ago, they lacked sea-going strength if over 200 feet long, and 60 benches would have needed a craft of over 200 feet. The most celebrated ship of the Norsemen was the Long Serpent of King Olaf Tryggevesson, built just before the close of the tenth century, and on which he met his death at the battle of Svold in 1000 A.D. She was remembered for several generations as the standard for comparison, and was said to be the most costly ship ever built in Norway.

Interestingly, the book was written and published right at the cusp of further-than-sight detection and the age of the aircraft carrier. Not knowing this, he includes Alonzo de Chaves preparing the Spanish navy for conflict with the Turks with his statement of orders.

Page 146

The commander in chief must keep record of all. After battle, having assembled his fleet he takes care of the wounded and makes a list of dead, and the distribution of booty. He must make port and get supplies and repairs.

But I have said enough, and yield to those who know more, for every day there are new things. (Like ourselves, former generations thought themselves quite modern.)

Wise advice from hundreds of years ago.

The book concludes with a study of Spain vs. England, the infamous Spanish Armada, so callously covered in all of my history classes — one teacher being just about, "Spanish Armada, ha ha storm, sail around Britain." There was a lot going on there. As for the fleet, here is Spain attempting to kit out their ships:

Page 269

As for the ships, there was not great difference in the build of merchantmen and men-of-war at that time. They could be changed from one class to the other by adding or removing a few pieces of artillery and this at first thought might seem an advantage for the sovereign, as he did not need to maintain a permanent navy, having only to requisition ships and man them with his own subjects or any foreigners who happened to be in port. Really the advantage was not great. In these merchant ships impressed for the royal service it was necessary to make many alterations to fit them for war. The guns had to be placed aboard and emplacements built for them and many fittings and sometimes an extra temporary deck had to be built in to accommodate the soldiers. Storerooms for powder and shot were also built in and there was loss of charter money while the ships were fitting out.

It is a scholarly book, but not without a bit of flair. For instance, I do not think Vice Admiral Rodgers had a favorable opinion about Queen Elizabeth. The explanations are clear, the math understandable, the diagrams perfect in that old school drafting sense.

In a sense this is the sequel to his book Greek and Roman Naval Warfare, but this book stands alone.
Separately, Joe of the Jungle stopped by the O Club (to which all are invited, not just whatever passes for officers here at Rantburg) to say, “Please read Tom Pecora’s book, Guardian, 49 Pan and I worked with him for 20+ years. He did a good job without discussing anyone or anything. An impressive job with a defined tribute to Col. Nick Rowe.”
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

Why US troops ‘flattened' Raqqa and Mosul, and why it may herald an era of ‘feral city' warfare
A response to this editorial from a few years ago.
[MilitaryTimes] The U.S. military’s biggest successes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria involved uprooting the militants first from Mosul, Iraq, and then Raqqa, Syria.

But those operations are also catching the most flak for what many human rights groups and international organizations viewed as a callous use of artillery and air power that killed too many civilians.
Or - a message that human shields are the responsibility of the assholes holding them
The battles, as terrible as they were, serve as an important bellwether that may mark a new era of urban warfare involving mega-cities, according to retired Army Maj. John W. Spencer, chair of Urban Warfare Studies at West Point’s Modern War Institute.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: 746 || 05/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Raqqa, Mosul and Baghdad got off lightly. They should study pics of Berlin and Tokyo (among many hundreds of cities in that WAR). Look to non SDF parts of Syria for the future of urban destruction.
Posted by: Omomong Omique2579 || 05/12/2019 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe they can test out their theories on Baltimore.
Posted by: Blossom Stalin3940 || 05/12/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Afghanistan should have been handled thus: No electricity or clean water until bin laden was turned over, then only dribs and drabs until all taliban higher-ups were turned over. Iraq should have been no electricity or clean water until the entire Hussein clan was turned over along with their henchmen. Then a slow return for those who agreed more sectarian violence was off the table. Maybe tater on a spit as a gesture of good will.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  possibly worsened by the effects of global climate change,

Soon as I saw this I knew this wasn't serious.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/12/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  No mention of fighting opponents who seek to maximize civilian casualties and mask their forces as civilians so that useful idiots oppose actions taken against them?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/12/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Had we listened to these human rights groups during WWII, Churchill, Roosevelt and Truman would have been war criminals and we would have lost the war. We'd be speaking German or Japanese if they didn't exterminate us first.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/12/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#7  possibly worsened by the effects of global climate change,

I read that as the beginning of the retreat from Obama-era boilerplate. It is now only possible instead of definite, and soon enough won’t be mentioned at all — no point in ruffling the feathers of the current powers-at-be with concerns that distract from the military’s job of killing people and breaking things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2019 12:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Allowing the vermin to aggregate in several cities means flattening a handful of cities instead of an entire country to two. I do not appreciate the slowness of the destruction.
Posted by: Airandee || 05/12/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe we shouldn't be murdering civilians? In countries that have never declared war on is and are no threat? Just a crazy idea, thought I'd throw it out there.

Nah go ahead and order the B52s in to commit mass killings. Because that worked SO well in Vietnam.

Ever think maybe we shouldn't be involved in these wars in the first place? We ga9n no benefit for our people and with every civilian we kill we create dozens of new enemies.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/12/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#10  I agree Herb, but we've got to stop looking back and start looking forward. I don't think the Orange Man is keen on conflict. He's just like us, he's been watching this meddling and 'endless wars' bullshi* for nearly as long as we have. Exit strategies and solutions are what we need now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/12/2019 15:17 Comments || Top||

#11  I've said it before, the only reason we should go to war is someone attacks us or we have treaty obligations to defend them. Otherwise, we should be keeping any territory we 'pacify'.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/12/2019 15:41 Comments || Top||

#12  But if we don't bomb countries like Syria and Venezuela, they might raise an army and invade America.

Yup. We had better commit war crimes now, rather than allow it to become a worldwide conflagration like World War II. Yup, I read it on Rantburg.

Hooray for war crimes! Let's bomb civilians with the B52s! Bring back the arclight strikes! Murder murder murder! Because those are the values that Americans stand for. Don't let those Venezuelans invade the US! Pull those weeds now!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/12/2019 17:22 Comments || Top||

#13  If someone attacks America, I have no issue with that nation turning into a poisoned, radioactive wasteland. None. Once we do that, everyone will have a concrete example of why pissing us off is stupid.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/12/2019 17:28 Comments || Top||

#14  Go to the source. Mecca next.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/12/2019 19:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rush Limbaugh: Is the Democrat Primary Race Over?
RUSH: Do you realize it may well be the Democrat primary race is over? In New Hampshire, Joe Biden is blowing out Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders was up 30 points nationally, he was up 25 or 30 points in New Hampshire, the last poll, and Biden has just launched over Bernie Sanders.

This may not be bad, by the way. Don’t misunderstand. When I say "us," meaning the Trumpster, may not be a bad thing. A bunch of mad Bernie voters might end up voting for Trump before the end of the day, but nevertheless ‐ and Trump’s even tweeting: "It looks like it’s gonna be SleepyJoe over Crazy Bernie."

Now, who would have thought, you got 18, whatever it is, number of Democrats running and all those women and all these new, fresh socialist leftists, and here comes the old brontosaurus from Jurassic Park, Plugs Biden, wiping out the field. He’s not just 30 points ahead of Crazy Bernie, he’s 50 points ahead of the rest of them, which we’ll break this down as the program unfolds. This tells us so much about the Democrat Party.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/12/2019 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Plugs, somewhat like the late John McCain, is a throw away, notional candidate. The dems know they don't have a snowball's chance in hell. Unable to get anything to stick on the Orange Man, why waste a good leftest candidate on a losing race.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/12/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's a thought - most Antifa types are Bernie Bros, right? What's preventing them from not only voting for Trump (which, now that I think about it for two seconds, I don't believe at all) but going to DNC events, protesting, raising hell and kicking the crap out of other Democrats?
Posted by: Raj || 05/12/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#3  What's preventing them from...going to DNC events, protesting, raising hell and kicking the crap out of other Democrats?

Not me. Chicago '68 V2.0, baybaeeee :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

#4  I think #5 mis spelled UNREALISM, but the spelling he chose said a lot anyway...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#1 Plugs, somewhat like the late John McCain, is a throw away, notional candidate. The dems know they don't have a snowball's chance in hell. Unable to get anything to stick on the Orange Man, why waste a good leftest candidate on a losing race.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-05-12 07:52


You might be on to something here. What if the thinking at the very, very top is to concede that none of their candidates is going to make it, especially if the economy keeps going great guns? Let Trump have it...because in 2024, Mike Pence is likely to be the candidate. By their way of thinking, an old Christian white man with no record would be a lot easier to defame and beat.


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/12/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Atlanta Urinal-Constipation
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm really not a Pence fan, but by 2024 the dems may need someone who makes Butt-edge-edge look like Ward Cleaver. It could be interesting.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#8  It's hard to imagine AOC fans feeling the fierce moral urgency of electing Joe Biden. I would recommend that she form a third party.
Posted by: Matt || 05/12/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#9  It's a little sooner than I expected but.................HERE COMES HILLARY!!
Posted by: AlanC || 05/12/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||

#10  Lessons learned:
1. Don't believe the polls.
2. Remember this is early and the Dem candidate is probably not even in the mix yet, hence Obama...
3. Don't believe the media.
The Dems have a long way to go, they will see what they have to offer right now will not win. They will find someone that comes in near the end to start a popularity wave. Someone like Opra...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/12/2019 11:56 Comments || Top||

#11  #9 Alan's, you might be correct. Hillary has been making noises in NH. HRC at Dartmouth.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/12/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

#12  someone who makes Butt-edge-edge look like Ward Cleaver. It could be interesting.

The other night one of the late night comedians, or perhaps it was Saturday Night Live — I really wasn’t paying attention — played the entire bit President Trump did at the Florida rally about Sleepy Joe Biden and Butt-edge-edge, et al... The audience laughed, but that’s gong to stick in people’s minds.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2019 17:04 Comments || Top||

#13  If any of you have the idea that the Democrats have even the slightest idea of allowing a free and fair election, you're crazy.

It's going to be rigged, rigged, rigged from day 1. In their minds Trump is enough of a threat to disable democracy.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/12/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#14  I'm in my fifth decade of watching the American political scene, and every decade has shown that the center, as the overall electorate sees is, has shifted leftwards almost steadily. There were stutters like Reagan, but this moments also saw fierce leftist vehemence to claw back the drift. Nothing, ever, in my lifetime has been as vicious, ruthless, dishonest or wicked as the assault on Trump and his policies. The velocity of the drift under Champ was rapidly accelerating, and the importation of vast millions of low wage, entitlement-expecting foreigners coupled with really ignorant youth from our propaganda mills educational system, produced their expected omno-party moment. Unfortunately, their candidate was a vile, grifting plutocrat who couldn't win even with every advantage. SO now, what are they to do? The energy on their side is from the communist/socialists/social justice tribes, and the media almost exclusively carries ridiculous ad hominem attacks over actual news 24/7. SO they will keep making Trump seem some kind of dangerous monster, absent actual facts, and keep tacking left to get polling datum and let the horde suckup money, then if Biden can't get out of his own way, the Wookie, Oprah, or another "moderate will ride to the rescue. The center left of today's Democrat party was pure socialism in the 1960's, but few know that anymore...and we are increasingly dismissed as haters and unworthy of holding a genuine opinion...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/12/2019 19:05 Comments || Top||

#15  if Biden can't get out of his own way, the Wookie, Oprah, or another "moderate will ride to the rescue.

Michelle Obama is even a worse campaigner than Hillary Clinton, and openly loathes politics and politicians (and the common run of voter) besides. And Oprah, though incredibly rich, has been losing viewers for years since she moved to her own channel on cable — and her viewers are female, not a mixed audience.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2019 21:35 Comments || Top||

#16  Dems will lie cheat gerrymander and keep losing until they go kinetic. Then all bets and gloves are off. It won’t be pretty. They are putting themselves in a corner.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/12/2019 21:49 Comments || Top||

History: The ultimate shadow strike to safeguard Israel
[IsraelTimes] Yaakov Katz writes a page-turning account of the never-before-told story of how Israel took out Syria’s nuclear reactor

"Daddy, how do you know that Israel won’t die?" my 8-year son recently asked me, looking very scared and worried. He had come home from school that day, where he’d heard about rockets raining down from Gazoo into Israeli cities. He was grappling in his own way with the fragility of Israel’s existence. I told him that Israel would always be here for us because of the countless people who would give their soul and life to protect the Jewish state and the values it holds dear.

Yaakov Katz, the Israeli-American editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, provides an extremely clear answer to my son’s question in his latest book, Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power. This exposé provides the full story behind Israel’s operation to destroy the al-Kibar nuclear reactor, which was built under the veil of secrecy and ultimately destroyed by the IDF in September 2007. Full of espionage, political courage and psychological warfare, this book is sure to thrill both the casual James Bond fan and the most serious followers of Middle Eastern politics.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  an existential threat to Israel and the entire Western world.

Nah, pretty much just Israel.

Oh right, the Samson Option. Where they hold the capitals of Europe hostage with nuclear weapons.


Who here just heard of the Samson Option today? An interesting topic I just found out about. Be sure to check the extensive list of footnotes and citations. Never trust anything you read unless you verify the sources by yourself.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/12/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

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  Security guard killed as terrorists storm Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar: ISPR
Sat 2019-05-11
  B-52s in Al Udeid AB Qatar
Fri 2019-05-10
  U.S. revokes citizenship of Portland mosque's imam for ties to ObL
Thu 2019-05-09
  Rotherham abuse scandal: 40 arrests made in last two months
Wed 2019-05-08
  Pompeo suddenly in Iraq
Tue 2019-05-07
  400-strong Christian mob attacks Muslim shops in Sri Lankan town hit by Easter bomb
Mon 2019-05-06
  19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
Sun 2019-05-05
  Iran money man zapped in Gaza
Sat 2019-05-04
  Israel strikes Gaza targets in response to heavy rocket fire Saturday
Fri 2019-05-03
  Taliban militants blow up one of the oldest shrines of Ghazni city
Thu 2019-05-02
  Iran, Turkey criticize US plan to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terror group
Wed 2019-05-01
  Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated businessman Malek sentenced to 25 years in prison
Tue 2019-04-30
  Gunmen kill pastor, worshippers in Burkina Faso church
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