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-Lurid Crime Tales-
The Outright Stupidity Of "Wolverine Watchmen"
[Bearing Arms] Let me start this by saying that I actually have no issues with private militias.

To be sure, there are those who would destroy me just for saying that, but the truth is that I don’t. The idea of militias goes back beyond the founding of this great nation. While militias should probably answer to the governor of their state, the truth is that sometimes the governor is as much an enemy of the people as any foreign power, so independent militias make sense.

But as we learned again yesterday, sometimes they cross some major lines that anyone with half a brain know they shouldn’t be crossing.

See, as Cam noted yesterday:
It’s worth noting that while these self-proclaimed patriots were allegedly plotting to overthrow the state government in Michigan over Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders, a lawsuit challenging those same orders was making its way through the court system, and the state’s Supreme Court declared her mask mandate unconstitutional just a few days ago. It may very well be that one day the United States will have to face the real question of living under tyranny or fighting against it, but we certainly haven’t reached that point yet, and there are plenty of legal means to address unconstitutional power grabs without trying to kidnap politicians or kick off a civil war, starting with voting in November.

He is, of course, dead on correct.

I fear we’re fast approaching the point in the history books where we start seeing maps with the different colored arrows, but we’re not there yet. More importantly, though, is that if we get there, it should damn well not be our side trying to start this mess.

Honestly, what did they think would happen? The leader of this "operation" figured he’d need 200 people to storm the capitol and take hostages, but then what? Trust me, 200 people aren’t enough to hold anything indefinitely. At some point, someone would send in some elite tactical unit—possibly military rather than law enforcement since this would constitute a terrorist act—and kill every last one of those 200 men. At least, those that weren’t smart enough to surrender first.

Undoubtedly, some are arguing that it’s funny how the FBI can focus on groups like this but not Antifa. Well, I have some news for you, Antifa is smarter than these knobs.

See, Antifa, for all their ills, focuses on low-level stuff. They wreck buildings, sure, but they’re not talking about a large-scale terrorist operation on American shores. Guess which one the FBI is going to put their focus on? Believe me, the public would eviscerate them if it was learned they had intelligence about such an attack but were focused on a bunch of street punks with Molotov cocktails instead.

Antifa, who I have zero use for, has at least honed their tactics for the battleground they’ve chosen. They know how to mobilize, compartmentalize, and then operate with minimal chance for infiltration.

I know a gentleman with a lot of military experience. His response to the argument that right-wing actors are more dangerous than left-wing groups by simply arguing that it’s not that the right is more likely to act, but that they’re more likely to be good at violence. He may well be right.

However, on the same token, the extreme left is better at keeping their heads down and not getting stupid enough to warrant much attention from the FBI.

Then again, there’s reason to suspect one of the the ringleaders of this group wasn’t exactly "right" politically.

Yes, I know, this is the same FBI that has actively worked against the president. There’s plenty of reason to suspect their biases. On the same token, you really do have to look at the scale of what’s at stake.

Look, I get where a lot of people are coming from. I fear war is coming and it’s probably a good idea for people to band together for training purposes because if and when something does kick off, it’ll be a bad time to try and find a crew.

So yes, get together and train. Be vigilant. Be ready.

But the moment you decide to kidnap anyone, much less a sitting governor, you’ve crossed the line and have become just as lawless as the Antifa you claim to hate.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Open carry is a disaster waiting to happen. Just my two cents worth.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 1:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Kristallnacht preceded the concentration camps.

See, Antifa, for all their ills, focuses on low-level stuff. They wreck buildings, sure, but they’re not talking about a large-scale terrorist operation on American shores.

The argument that " 'They' are not not talking about" is a child whistling past a graveyard. The totality of all of these riots IS a "large scale terrorist operation". Luckily no firestorm has swept through an urban center.
Posted by: magpie || 10/11/2020 2:39 Comments || Top||

#3  How does he know they're not planning a large-scale terror act?
Posted by: Chunky Omoluper4641 || 10/11/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  but they’re not talking about a large-scale terrorist operation on American shores

Communications, recruitment, logistics planning and practice are the fist phase.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/11/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#5  They have been shown to be in contact with Hezbollah and the Real IRA in Germany. But what they have done here, complete with substantial financing and logistics is enough for me.
Posted by: Cesare || 10/11/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Militias should probably answer to the governor of the state.

That would be the State Guard,that already exists in many states. These guy are not in that category.
Posted by: Cleting Closh2157 || 10/11/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, it would appear there are those on the anarchist/BLM Left that are not so good at keeping to low level actions
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/11/2020 12:49 Comments || Top||

#8  They have been shown to be in contact with Hezbollah and the Real IRA in Germany.

Here they are getting financing from one of the Red Chinese consulates in Texas in addition to all the support they get from Mr. Soros and his domestic Progressive multibillionaire buddies. One needn’t go to West Point to read Army manuals about small war and guerrilla war tactics. Nor be a conservative to join the Marines, as we just discovered about one of the miscreants who plotted to kidnap the governor of Michigan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/11/2020 14:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Just a reminder with everyone throwing the term around.

10 U.S. Code § 246 - Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Dear journalists, governors, et al.

If they're American males between 17 and 45, they're already members of the militia IAW the powers of the Legislative Branch as defined in the Constitution, Article I, Section 8 -

Congress shall have the power...

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/11/2020 15:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Not sure who wrote this but the so called militia was an anarchist group, antifa supporters. They are more a product or inspired by antifa, and are more closely aligned to antifa than the buzz word "militia" the press call them, all four of them.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/11/2020 19:26 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
DoD Test of Viral Spread on Commercial Planes Reveals Good News, General Says
[MIL.com] The head of U.S. Transportation Command offered a sneak preview Wednesday of the results of a Defense Department test of particulate spread on commercial aircraft -- and they are surprising.

Speaking at the National Defense Transportation Association's annual fall meeting, Gen. Stephen Lyons cited an aerosol test held Aug. 24-31 aboard two large passenger aircraft: the Boeing 767-300 and 777-200. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, teamed up with biodefense company Zeteo Tech Inc. to evaluate in-flight spread of airborne particles. Industry partners included Boeing and United Airlines.
Senior Master Sergeant, would you please investigate than incessant ringing? It could be someone trying to phone me from the club with my Tee Time.
"[The test] was an initiative initiated by TRANSCOM and supported by the Air Force and the test community to determine whether it's safe to fly on commercial airliners," Lyons said Wednesday. "And I have to tell you, their results, as were the results when we looked at this from the COVID patient movement challenge, are very, very encouraging."

There are some qualifiers, Lyons noted. The conditions that yielded positive results, he said, involved aircraft with HEPA filtration and "a very, very high air exchange rate of every two to five minutes or two to three minutes."

But under those conditions, he indicated, particle spread rates were even lower than in a conventional indoor setting.

"In fact, I would tell you that in my observations, and I've flown commercially since the pandemic started, being on a commercial airplane with HEPA filtration is probably one of the safest places that you can be," Lyons said. "And those test reports will be out very, very soon."

According to a September Defense Department test, TRANSCOM undertook this research in order to determine the safety of DoD-contracted Patriot Express, or commercial charter flights, used to transport military family members and others on official duty. The tests were conducted on a 767 and 777, officials said, because those are the aircraft most typically used for these flights.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, we've all been waiting on that "surprising" DoD report.

[Sarc toggle in OFF position, check]
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I like the Daikin MC70L for the home I have had one for years as I'm hyper-sensitive to moulds.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/11/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#3  DOD Study says they do not have to ground troop transports for costly refit ... Unexpectedly™.
Posted by: magpie || 10/11/2020 15:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Strangle enough, Boeing is being sued in federal court over lack of filtration of cabin air, just not on those two models:
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/11/2020 17:44 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Wars to Avoid
By Commander Salamander, in US Naval Institute blog
Time to return to the same topic we covered here last week – Turkey. She is expanding her entanglements in her near abroad that, because of our alliance with them and the relationship we have with her neighbors, should be a concern to all.

Outside a few shrinking intellectual islands, there are very few areas in the natsec nomenklatura that still hold on to the discredited habits that brought us in to unending wars in Central Asia and the Middle East. They still exist – you can see them pop up now and again regarding Syria, Libya, even Venezuela, but mostly they have retreated from respectful company and proper chatterati salons.

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Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Actually it's quite simple. Stay the fok OUT of it! If we are attacked, say nothing. Simply kill them all, salt the ground, ruck-up and leave. Return to saying nothing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey OUT of Nato and US OUT of Turkey. They have long since ceased being a reliable ally
Posted by: Frank G || 10/11/2020 7:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Wars to avoid?
Someone elses.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/11/2020 19:44 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Canada Today – Invaded by Chinese Troops
[cirnow.com.au] "Maybe they’re finally getting rid of us": Two Seconds to Midnight in the Downtown East Side
by Kevin D. Annett

How long before we see the same here in Australia?

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Posted by: 746 || 10/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  If this is non-fiction, the U.S. Military needs contigency plans to launch Military operations against hostile elements in Canada.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 10/11/2020 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  theres some liberal soft points along our northern border that need extra watching methinks...... WA,MIN,MICH,NY,VT
Posted by: 746 || 10/11/2020 0:57 Comments || Top||

#3  ...on the plains off of eastern Lake Ontario in New York is the 10th Mountain Division, a few miles from the border. In Washington, just south of Seattle is Fort Lewis equally armed to the teeth. If the border ever goes shut, their economy goes south quickly. Their middle provinces are restless flyover country similar to here. Not a smart move in Ottawa.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/11/2020 6:58 Comments || Top||

#4  From my vantage point, the harm is not a company of alleged Chinese soldiers on a road march. The harm is found on the shelves of Walmart, Depot, Target, and Best Buy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/11/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Anyone doubt that Biden and the Dems would love to ink a similar agreement?
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/11/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Hate Trump? Understood. Vote for him anyway
[JPost] We vote not just for a president, but for a presidency. Trump's presidency has been, by-and-large, a success.

I know. Many of you loathe US President Donald Trump. He triggers your contempt, disdain, scorn and various Trumpian synonyms still to be coined. You find him vulgar, narcissistic, dishonest, ignorant, bigoted, divisive, uncouth, misogynistic, racist, nativist, Islamophobic and antisemitic, not to mention a fraud, con man and tax cheat. You "sat shiva," mourning his unimaginable election — your revulsion has only snowballed since. You disbelieve his every word, including "and" and "the." Evidence or not, you remain convinced that he colluded with Russia to unfairly defeat Hillary Clinton. His lack of moral compass and coddling dictators and white supremacists sickens you. And, embarrassed as you are that he is president, you are even more appalled by his voters. (Did I leave anything out?)

Understood. I may disagree, but I certainly understand where you are coming from. I respect that this is how you not-unreasonably see things. I won’t try to convince you otherwise. For real.

Now, take a deep breath. Hold your nose. And vote for Trump anyway. For real.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/11/2020 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Analysts: IS Steps Up Recruitment in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
[BenarNews] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eater group is stepping up recruitment in Moslem-majority Indonesia and Malaysia as well as the Philippines, amid the distraction of a global pandemic, security analysts in these countries told BenarNews.

There are signs that Islamic State is trying to regroup after its territorial defeat in Syria last year through increased efforts to attract new members in Malaysia, other parts of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, said Mizan Aslam, a counter-terrorism expert at Universiti Perlis Malaysia.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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Sat 2020-10-10
  Elon Musk and the U.S. military plan to build a reusable 7,500mph cargo rocket
Fri 2020-10-09
  US hits Iran’s entire financial sector with sanctions
Thu 2020-10-08
  International mediation meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict set for Geneva
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  BLM rioters in Los Angeles are breaking into buildings & smashing the glass
Tue 2020-10-06
  Baku demands apology from France after Macron claims Syrian jihadists deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh
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  Trump confirms he and Melania test Positive for Covid-Virus
Thu 2020-10-01
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Wed 2020-09-30
  First debate shambles, Chris Wallace loses bigly
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