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20140829 00:43 SteveS OK, so we don't have a strategy for dealing with ISIS. Howzabout we just go over there, kill a bunch of them and leave. It would be like a long road trip back in college. I'm betting the Marines would love it - lots of shooting, no nation building.
20140829 00:08 Pappy Heh. Reminds me - seen on Ed Driscoll's site:

“Tear down this wall” – Ronald Reagan

“We don’t have a strategy” – Barack Obama

Legacy is such a fickle bitch.


and Instapundit:

Reagan:”Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.”

Obama:”We don’t have a strategy yet”

Hope is not a strategy.
20140829 00:04 Skidmark Karma's a bitch
20140829 00:02 Pappy S'okay, took me about fifteen tries and revamps to get all mine in.
20140829 00:01 Skidmark Whew! Tough getting that posted.
20140829 00:01 Skidmark You are the only one that can turn off the light of instinct or reason and pull the switch.
20140829 00:00 Skidmark Tactics familarity practice is a review of someone else's defense or assault strategy.
20140829 00:00 Skidmark tunnel vision, hyper-awareness or the flight syndrome in practice.
20140829 00:00 Skidmark You don't get the shakes,
20140828 23:57 Skidmark Targets don't move.
20140828 23:57 Skidmark It's not in the aiming.
20140828 23:56 Skidmark Glenmore's right.
20140828 23:21 Pappy "Are American police actually any good at aiming guns???"

BP, allow me to present my viewpoint.

Enlisted sailor, three years in a special unit that guarded special weapons. Then spent a couple of years as an officer doing the same thing at a different level. Daily training, daily drills at all times and conditions, regular amounts of range time. Familiar with Rule of Engagement (ROE) and when you could use your weapon otherwise.

Had to aim a weapon at men three times. Both times within a range of 10-15 feet. First time with a shotgun against a parang in the wee hours of the morning and placed in a tactical position I'd never been in before, second time with a sidearm against an individual (who as a joke) tripped my partner during a 'drill' who then had immediate access to a loaded shotgun (not to mention the chance of a weapon discharge inside a passageway when my partner fell). There were bystanders right next to both men each time.

Third time was being shot at (marksman nuisance fire), while on a shore operation. And that newly issued ROE said "no magazine in weapon" and then to return fire only if a casualty occurred (think 'Marine barracks in Beirut'.)

All three times were unfamiliar situations, with varying ROE and use-of-weapon conflicts. Nobody got shot, including me (the car I was using as cover in the third situation took a beating tho,) because the situation didn't escalate and I knew I didn't have to shoot.

Unless you drill constantly, get deliberately placed in drill scenarios where the environment and threat varies and the stress levels are high and it eventually becomes second nature* from constant exposure, then you're going to see stuff like what happened to the TV crewman.

It costs money to vet candidates, train them to a high level, and keep on training and evaluating. Say a half-million to three quarters of a million dollars apiece to start. And because they're expensive they aren't going to be worked like your average kind of sailor.

And considering most police department budgets, the average cop isn't going to be trained to a high level either. And if they are, they aren't any good as a street cop.

* And then you spend the next few decades reacting to it all...
20140828 21:11 Dale Bad is good :).
20140828 20:48 Glenmore "Are American police actually any good at aiming guns???"
Some, BP, but a lot certainly are not. In their defense, even with plenty of range time (which they don't get), actually shooting at a living thing - let alone a person - is just flat-out hard the first time, and for 90+% of these cops, it is the first time.
20140828 20:42 OldSpook Obama doesn't have a strategy for anything other than strong-arming his opposition Chicago style, and trying to dictate law via illegal executive orders. Domestic only - he apparently doesn't give a crap overseas.
20140828 20:34 49 Pan So Obama said he does not have a strategy when it comes to ISIS in Syria. The press is seething. Why would he say something so foolish. He had to know the press would go haywire... He had to have said it on purpose, the real question is in just what is he doing that needed such an obvious distraction??
20140828 17:27 trailing wife Then we all owe you thanks, dear Bright Pebbles.
20140828 17:01 Bright Pebbles I've deleted about 50 spams in the o club today.
20140828 17:00 trailing wife I have no idea why this post keeps disappearing. Most annoying.

In brief, love the spam poem, some police can shoot straight.
20140828 16:55 badanov I have got to rent this film...

20140828 10:02 Bright Pebbles Are American police actually any good at aiming guns???


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tv-crew-member-shot-dead-4120148
20140828 08:46 Bright Pebbles Spam for the block
we used to have a little
, now we have a lot.

/Jenny
20140827 23:19 badanov I bet UCLA fans are giddy over the Josh Shaw story.
20140827 23:11 badanov Cap'n Phillips is in my Netflix DVD queue.
20140827 22:57 Pappy Steve, back then merchant ships didn't carry armed teams. Partly due to legal vagaries, partly due to possible maritime liability issues, much of it due to political spinelessness.

Well, it eventually changed, and piracy has declined in that region. Who would have guessed?
20140827 21:55 badanov Update on the massive road march of Romainian Army units video: They were there for the Ukrainian Independence Day parade.
20140827 21:21 SteveS Watched "Captain Phillips" last nite. Not a bad flick. Although, if the ship had a man with a scoped rifle on the fantail, the film would have been about 100 minutes shorter. When the pirates were rampaging thru the ship, I kept thinking, "don't any of you have a gun?"
20140827 21:08 OldSpook Is a battalion of the 173rd still in/near Riga?

Deac: SPLITTERS!
20140827 20:32 OldSpook Hello America. Welcome to the world Obama and the Progressives have made.

A little bit of hump day blues...

20140827 18:55 trailing wife Thanks loads, Grunter. Teamwork works. ;-)
20140827 16:51 Bright Pebbles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2735020/Lockdown-Cardiff-City-turned-high-security-prison-10-miles-fencing-dubbed-ring-steel-ahead-Nato-conference-week.html
20140827 11:24 Grunter OK, TW, I just put it up. It is via Kitco-dot-com
20140827 10:27 trailing wife Grunter, as far as i can tell, after that Las Vegas company was reprimanded by the judge, the problem went away. We still prefer not to use AyPee as a primary source, but as an additional with the searchable article from elsewhere, its not a problem. I've got a Times of Israel article on the fall of the Quneitra (sp?) crossing, but it isn't all that good, so I would definitely appreciate your link.
20140827 09:49 Grunter Not sure if I should link this Aypee story
"Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel"
20140827 00:04 Pappy Pretty much. The People's House (or President's House, depending on the historian) is built of sandstone. Supposedly it got painted white to cover the scorch marks after the rebuilding, though there's evidence the building was originally whitewashed after construction.
20140826 23:38 badanov Well, it wasn't by the time the British were done with it. Charcoal black, I s'pect.
20140826 23:34 badanov Boyo boy, I wish the Ukrainian press center would release their version of events earlier.
20140826 21:23 Pappy Considering the current occupant, celebrating the burning of the White House* might not have been a bad idea.


* Of course it wasn't white back then...
20140826 21:00 badanov HFS!
20140826 20:37 Bright Pebbles

OUCH!
20140826 20:24 49 Pan So some idiot at the British embassy decided it was a good idea to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the burning of the white house by British troops. The air inside the beltway must lower IQ's by 50% and raise narcissism by an equal percentage. No counting for stupid...
20140826 20:19 3dc ISIS Captures Major Syrian Air Base has a bad link
20140826 19:32 badanov Pro Russian militia insist they too are fighting near Mariupol.
20140826 10:40 Bright Pebbles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2328341/ukip.html
20140826 09:48 Bright Pebbles http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089

At least 1,400 chíldrén were subjected to "appálling" séxúál explóitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

BY MUSLIM GANGS.
The article doesn't say.
20140826 08:12 Deacon Blues OS, you sound like Monty Python in The Life of Brian.
20140826 00:13 Skidmark Purple Folk Like Peaches
20140825 20:47 OldSpook PFLP? Peoples Front for the Liberation of Palestine? A opposed to ... Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine?

People's Liberation Front for Palestine (PLFP)? Palestinian Peoples Liberation Front (PPLF) or the Liberation Front for the People of Palestine (LFPP)?
20140825 19:52 3dc PFLP-GC leader Ahmed Jibril was killed in an IED attack in Syria carried out by the Nusra Front (from tues's live blog)
20140825 17:59 Bright Pebbles
20140825 12:33 Bright Pebbles http://www.thomaswictor.com/guest-post-fake-gaza-sniper-video/

Fake Pallywood “sniper” video debunked here:
20140825 08:30 Skidmark Cool boat
20140825 06:08 Bright Pebbles Think there should be a turing test image to post here. Tons of spam now.
20140825 05:33 Bright Pebbles http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/woman-hit-pellet-gun-central-park-cops-article-1.1914614

Racist hate crime, get Holder on the case...
20140824 22:58 Pappy A little on the long side, but...

20140824 20:37 Bright Pebbles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733098/USGS-6-0-earthquake-shakes-Northern-California.html

Largest earthquake in 25 YEARS rocks San Francisco Bay: 6.0 earthquake leaves 89 injured, buildings destroyed and thousands without power
20140824 20:29 Bright Pebbles http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/16/woman-poisons-roommates-after-they-found-her-doing-it-with-their-dog-spike/

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20140824 19:44 Dale Ditto that !!
20140824 18:02 Alaska Paul Bright Pebbles-----That pic of the Three Stooges golfing with Obama is absolutely hilarious!!!!
20140824 17:02 Bright Pebbles
20140824 16:21 Bright Pebbles https://twitter.com/GhaffarH/status/503090324609454080/photo/1
20140824 14:23 Pappy F-16 I think wasn't due to MANPAD.

Lost a few A-6s in that one as well. None of them due to MANPADs.
20140824 14:20 Alaska Paul Here is a part of a monologue by the late, great Bernard Miles:

NED MASKELL's FRIEND
performed by Bernard Miles

I went down to the Rose and Crown last night. They got me on tellin’ ’em about old Ned Maskell’s ferret what he used to keep down inside ’is shirt. ’E reckoned she was the best friend ’e ever ’ad.

Course ’e never did get on with ’is old gal y’know. They was like cat and dog. Waal she used to nag the life out of ’im. She ’ad one o’ them tongues what’s hanged in the middle and wags at both ends. Till one night he’d been across at Long Mars’on a-rabbitin’ an’ ’e never got back till about ’arf-past-two in the morning, an’ o’ course by that time ’is old gal was fast asleep.

So ’e ’ops in’o bed alongside ’er an’ it wasn’t along afore ’e was fast asleep too. But ’e forgot to take the ferret out of ’is shirt y’see, an’ about ten minutes ar’erwards ’at gets out into the bed an’ starts ’avin’ a look round, explorin’ like. Eventually it runs up ’is old gals’ nightgown an’ nips ’er be’ind. O’ course ’at woke ’er up. So she turns round and she fetches old Ned such a clout round ’is ear’ole.

“’At’s enough o’ that,” she says. “I’m not ’avin’ that,” she says. “Not at my time o’ life,” she says. “A year or two back I might not ha’ minded,” she says, “but I’m not ’avin’ it now.” Well she’d ’ardly got the words out of ’er mouth when th’old ferret give ’er another nip. Course as soon as she knowed what it was she give a squawk an’ she jumped out o’ bed as if that ’ad been on fire.

Old Ned an’ ’is ferret ’ad the bed to theirselves after that. ’E reckoned she was the best friend ’e ever ’ad. Waal ’is old gal used to nag the life out of ’im, morning’ noon an’ night. ’E says to me one time, ’e says: “She makes me that wild,” ’e says, “I feel I could cut ’er in two.” I says: “Aar,” I says, “that ought to cure ’er all right,” I says, “only be careful which ’arf you throw away,” I says. ’E ’ad to larf. Haa!
20140824 12:20 OldSpook Bad, that's an SA-24, basically an updated SA-16/18. bigger warhead, longer range, more modern seeker head and electronics.

That family of MAPAD has been effective. Allegedly took down an AC130 in the Desert Storm, as well as heavily damaging A10, and possibly taking out an F16 (it was downed not sure of the missile).

A-10s all made it home, the others didn't. Great aircraft.
20140824 10:24 badanov From Wretchard:

"if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,”

...this may end up being the epitaph of the Obama presidency
20140824 07:10 badanov If you're a treadhead, as I am, this site is heartbreaking...
20140824 01:50 3dc Late night passing thought. There have been jihadists in Sierra Leone and N. Should they ever gravitate to the IS while coming down with the newest in jungle fevers then the situation would quickly become flypaperwise interesting.
20140824 00:00 badanov Heh. The Rooshun blogger Colonel Cassad labels his index pages Bloody Past and A Bright Future