General Discussion, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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  1. Lucille says:


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  2. Lucille says:

    Very interesting take on the Saudis….
    Thread by @ThomasWictor: “(1) Let’s talk about the Saudi commandos who the “experts” say that I made up. This will explain how they do things.

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    • joshua says:

      I suspect that none of the Saudi commandos EVER had to retire to a “safe space” with a puppy and warm chocolate while wasting 4 years in pretense of gaining a higher education and postponing adult responsibilities while living and playing on borrowed Federal Money ….

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Where to start…..
      A US Special Forces (Army) sioldier will have two MOSs – let’s say the Combat Engineer mentioned – but an alternate one so that a team won’t be short that job if the primary can’t function.
      There are five basic MOSs in SF: Weapons Sergeant (‘infantry’), Engineer Sergeant, Medical Sergeant, Communications Sergeant, Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. You don’t really have to already be one to become a SF one, you’ll get trained as SF has its own schools for their versions of these spoecialties. For example the Medical Sergeant will go to a special school that lasts about 18 months and will learn to be far more than a medic – s/he can do minor surgery upon graduation. One of the PAs at my urgent care clinic is an ex-SF Medical sergeant. By the time you’re in a team and operational you’ll have two of these sopecialties and will have been trained to death.
      This doesn’t include the rest of the training you’ll get or can volunteer for, there’s a LOT more but the Army doesn’t have specialty badges for all of it.
      The word here is ‘train’. They are trained in a number of skills but it’s less about training and more about ongoing training and to what degree and level of skill are they at at any given time? The Musollini-looking guy in the black uniform has a US Master Parachitist Badge on which makes me believe he was stationed with the US Special Forces at Ft Bragg on loan. Those aren’t just ‘jump wings’, he’s had to have had at least 30 jumpos – 15 of which are with full combat gear – four of those must be night jumps with him serving as a jumpmaster, had to have been in 5 mass jumps, graduated from the Jumpmaster Course and been in an airborne unit for 36 months. So he’s been around.
      US personnel can wear foreign jump wings too and a lot of airborne lucky enough tobe given the time to do so will meet the qualifications for foreign wings in the foreign schools, it’s more of an friendship-honor thing as after you’ve fallen out of one plane you’ve fallen out of them all.
      I’m not selling them short but I’d put my $$$ on the Israeli SF, and they have a ****load of SF units of different types. I’m sure the Saudi SF train with a number of countries’ SFs, including Israeli, but the hosts don’t give away the farm and both countries are feeling out the other’s skills and capabilities – you can bet on that. The Saudi SF are good but ours are great….gotta remember ours have had some 17 years of war to hone their doctrine and skills….take that as an unbiased opinion.

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      • joshua says:

        My older son, USAF retired Col now, got his fighter pilot training at Euro-NATO school at Sheppard AFB in Witchita Falls Texas along with a bunch of pilots from around the globe…

        They noted in criticisms that The Saudi “princes” all wanted to jockey a jet and be like Tom Cruise wannabes, but when they faced conflict in the air, they turned tail and skeedattled back to Riyadh and safety.

        Difference in the rich royals and the field grunts, but the Saudis have for years merely hired mercenaries and servants to take care of their Dirty Stuff.


  3. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Today is fluid draining day……see you all tonight…..

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
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    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
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    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  6. stella says:

    I’ll bet they play golf too.

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Wednesday, April 18th:
    Β· Working lunch with the Prime Minister of Japan
    Β· Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of Japan
    Β· Social dinner with the Prime Minister of Japan and Mrs. Abe

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    • Lucille says:

      The President said yesterday when he complimented Abe on one of his countrymen winning the PGA that they’d try to get in some golf.


      • stella says:

        A post that I scheduled for late this afternoon shows the golf course, but not them golfing, this trip. Lots of nice pics from last night too, of the men and their beautiful wives.


  7. Menagerie says:

    This one is for you Wooly. My son posted it on Facebook, saying he always thinks of it as he drives past a certain field in Chickamauga Battlefield. There is almost never a week go by that I don’t go through there, and now that it’s warm enough, I’ll likely be walking there again soon.

    Anyhow, it’s a great song.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The Civil War killed an estimated 620,000 soldiers – though the numbers could be higher as there weren’t universally accurate records. There’s also the question of civilian deaths, especially in the South. that equates to 2% of the US’s 1860 population killed. More US soldiers died in the Civil War than in WW I, WW II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The two day battle at Shiloh alone caused 25,000 caasuaklties.
      The North managed to fight most of the war on Southern ground, devastating the South, especially the South’s agriculture – there’s not an accurate record of the number of post-war deaths in the South due to starvation and disease. The North recovered and prospered while it continued to punish the South for over a century.

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      • Lucille says:

        Well, if one of our Confederate minions hadn’t stupidly killed Lincoln, the “Reconstruction” would have been different. I’ve got absolutely no guilt whatsoever about my ancestors being slaveowners. The institution was ugly but “Simon Legree” wasn’t the norm. Not a good thing to have in your family tree, of course, but that was then, this is now.

        Southerners were a hardy race. Very few plantations were worked by slaves alone. The entire family worked the farms. Many of us still had access to our land (though the banks were always breathing down our necks), seed, and a horse…and neighbors helped neighbors.

        I’d wager that more malnourished people died in the disease-infested slums of the northeast than did in the entirety of the post-war South. The big cities of the South perhaps were different from the countryside and had the same problems as their counterparts in the North.

        My family told about roving bands of freed men, women and children with nowhere to go…all of whom were willing to work your land for food and shelter. We never turned anyone away but shared what we could and never had any incidents of retaliation.

        My family were Democrats, of course. As Dinesh DeSouza discovered in his research, not a single Republican ever owned a slave in America. I was amazed to learn that.

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        • stella says:

          When you think about it, would it really make sense to physically mistreat slaves? They were expensive and hard working, after all! Other mistreatment was different – being separated from spouses and children, for example.

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          • John Denney says:

            I seem to recall Charleton Heston saying to Pharoah something along the lines of, “You treat your horses well, why not your slaves?”

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          • joshua says:

            also, the plantation owners were afraid that the slaves might ban together and rebel and slaughter them, as they outnumbered the white population eventually….thus they restricted movement, education, literacy, social contact…etc…FEAR not hatred not pure bigotry was the basis for the problem….The Western European white citizens did not understand anything about the native culture and temperament of the black African slaves.


          • Lucille says:

            Exactly, Stella. It was the wrenching apart of families that was the most horrible. More often than not they never knew what happened to any relative if that person was sold out of state. What a truly awful thing!

            Slaveowners generally kept good physical care of the slaves because what they were there for was to work each day. If a person was beaten every day they couldn’t work effectively. It’s not like the slavery of Jews and other persecuted people during WWII where a person was simply worked to death.

            The majority of slaves did not try to escape unless the treatment was unbearable. And no one is saying that some were not treated unmercifully by sick and unscrupulous men and disrespected as a human being by both men and women. I’m not trying to put rose-colored glasses onto the situation. The entire issue is a stain upon our nation’s honor.

            Personally I believe the U. S. would have done fine economically with slavery being thrown out when the Constitution was written. But since it wasn’t, the only obligation we have today is to not let a similar condition happen again.

            And that is the challenge of our time–recognizing that we are, indeed, under threat of losing our freedom and doing as much as we can to stop those who want us as slaves.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yeah, but that ain’t the carpetbagger narrative. My kids, thru my ex, are related to a plantation owner in Bainbridge so they may get tappedto pay reparations thru the blood crime of being related. My answer to trhat is: “sure, soon as you pay back all of the money WE gabve y’all for welfare, food stamps and education you squandered.”

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        • joshua says:

          Ben McCulloch
          by Steve Earle


      • joshua says:

        reparations??? nah


    • I’m late, I know. Absolutely love Stapleton’s voice, and Steeldrivers’ style.

      Thank you!

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  8. “Russia today is what it always was – a Potemkin village hiding a nation in a state of suspended collapse. The sole thing keeping it up is brutality toward the ordinary Russian and threats against the rest of the world.”

    J.R. Dunn describes America, and it’s deep state, as well here.


    • joshua says:

      beep beep beep
      OMG…the Russians are ahead of US.
      We must increase out education of the kids in math and science.
      Need longer school days
      But, teachers want more money, so we just give them HOMEWORK and call that more education.
      Problem solved
      beep beep beep


    • John Denney says:

      Thanks, Wooly, that was good.


  9. Lucille says:

    “Tanks” for Rolling Through
    Virtual Railfan
    April 17, 2018 – Military move through Flagstaff, Arizona.

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  10. stella says:

    New low-cost streaming service, without CNN and ESPN. 37 channels. $16 a month.

    Why is this news? Let us count the ways…

    To begin with, for $16 a month, the networks you can stream live include A&E, AMC, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, HGTV, Investigative Discovery, TLC, History, MTV, Nick, and OWN. Basically, by using Philo, your Roku player (or any other similar streaming device) replaces your cable box. You can also enjoy the equivalent of a DVR by saving any show for 30 days.

    The $16 price point is huge, other than Sling, which is $20 a month for 25 channels (including CNN, ESPN, and a lot of junk), Philo is less than half of the current alternatives. DirecTV Now costs $35 a month; YouTubeTV, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu Live cost $40. In my opinion, these packages are nothing less than the cable scam moved to streaming.

    How does Philo offer 37 channels for just $16? Well, here is the most interesting part…

    Philo does not offer news or sports. No CNN, no MSNBC, no ESPN, or ESPN 2. Hallelujah! Except for BBC World News, this is a package strictly made up of entertainment channels.

    Also missing are the countless sub-networks, the expensive filler, the junk channels that no one watches but you still pay for simply because greedy entertainment companies force them into your package.

    My SlingTV subscription ended four days ago. I got sick of paying $30 a month for basically a bunch of crap. Even the channels that used to be good are broadcasting crap now. Anyway, this is a lower cost alternative, if you are interested!

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  11. Gil says:

    Most of you know how jerry brown imposed a gas tax on us here in CA. Part of that decree also raised our car registration. I just filled up regular at $3.59/gallon. Next stop up the street was $3.76.
    Today I got my registration renewal. Last year was $296. This year: $377.
    I also found out that only in CA, if you guve your child a media device, it is illegal for you as a parent to search it. So if a pedophile or other is grooming or harassing your kid in any way you cannot investigate it. Its the CAEMPA.
    Also, only in CA, we as parents are not allowed access to our children’s medical records after they turn 13. I dont know if thats only for birth control and sex related stuff or not.
    I hope CA gets saved. If we could move we would!


  12. stella says:

    This place is 4.7 miles from my house.

    Stormy Daniels set for appearance tonight in Detroit

    (video at link)

    After her explosive interview on “60 Minutes”, appearances on late night TV and much applause on “The View” this week, Stormy Daniels will be signing autographs and perform on stage at Truth Detroit Gentlemans Club.


  13. Lucille says:

    From Sara Carter…

    Lawmakers Make Criminal Referral on Clinton, Comey, Lynch to DOJ on Steele Dossier
    Obama officials and FBI embattled agents also targeted for possible violations of federal law

    Liked by 1 person

  14. stella says:

    What Andrew McCarthy has to say about Sean Hannity’s name being revealed as a Cohen “client”.

    Though they apparently chose not to remind Judge Wood of this longstanding policy, government lawyers are well aware of it. The United States Attorneys Manual admonishes that β€œin all public filings and proceedings, federal prosecutors should remain sensitive to the privacy and reputation interests of uncharged third-parties.” Unless a person has been formally charged with a crime, not only should the government avoid publicly naming the person; federal prosecutors are further schooled to avoid even an β€œunnecessarily-specific description.” In other words, while calling Hannity β€œClient No. 3” would have been proper, even referring to him as β€œS.H.” would have transgressed the policy. There is no justification for publicizing his full name.

    As the manual elaborates, federal courts have held that there is ordinarily β€œno legitimate government interest served” by publicly naming an uncharged person. That is the case even when charges against the person are being contemplated; a fortiori, there is no excuse for gratuitously embarrassing someone who is suspected of no wrongdoing.

    And much more.

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    • lovely says:

      Raiding Cohen’s office, all this nonsense is going to bite them in their arrogant behinds. President Trump is relaxed, he refuses to fire Mueller, my bet is that the oligarchs blink.

      Naming Sean Hannity was more of their bully tactics. I have a feeling, more and more, that we are going to see some stunning arrests.

      Remember President Trump sent Keith Schiller to fire James Comey, but Comey actually found out he was fired while watching a CNN scroll πŸ˜‚. Comey is still fuming, Crazy Comey is out there talking about President Trump’s penis size, he is talking about all of his feelings, Comey is yammering on and on about President Trump and yet he is so self unaware he says of President Trump “I’m like a breakup he can’t get over.”

      Comey is a goat or a moron. I’m guessing that his arrogance has made him both.

      Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

      One last observation Crazy Comey said he has never seen President Trump laugh. He said he even searched the internet to find Donald Trump genuinely laughing and couldn’t find a single incidence of it.


      Mr. Comey you are a moron.

      “If that f*cking bastard wins, we’ll all swing from nooses.”__Hillary Clinton

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  15. Lucille says:

    A precious little Serbian child and pet rooster…

    Liked by 4 people

    • joshua says:

      thank goodness…I was afraid the picture was a new California rule allowing marriage between a toddler and an animal…..


  16. Gil says:

    Does anyone have recommendations for email service providers? I should switch. Also does anyone use a VPN? I am just trying to understand tech and do better at security.


  17. stella says:

    Trump plans rally on night of White House Correspondents Dinner

    WASHINGTON β€” For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is holding a rally instead of attending the White House Correspondents Dinner.

    The president’s campaign announced Tuesday that Trump will hold a rally on April 28 in Michigan.
    Trump has skipped the dinner both years he has been in office.

    The event in the town of Washington, which is outside Detroit, is slated to begin around the same time as the glitzy gala in the far more well-known Washington, D.C.

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  18. Gil says:

    I took a poll on ktla website for los angeles just now. This is their result. IN L.A.!!!!!!!

    Do you care to hear about Stomy Daniels?



    No opinion

    Based on 2,841 responses


    People who watch Fox News for most of their TV news are more likely to answerΒ No

    Liked by 2 people

  19. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. lovely says:

    Welcome Spring Wisconsin Style πŸ™‚ !

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Sharon says:

    I found an article at Hot Air that contains link/video/audio of the pilot’s conversation with the towers yesterday, the SWA plane that was landing with one engine gone. Pretty impressive calmness on the part of the pilot.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. stella says:

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