[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.
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.
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 ||
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.
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;
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 ||
[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.
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 ||
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.
...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.
[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.
[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.
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
10/11/2020 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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