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  • WaPo: “U.S. Forces Now on the Ground” in Yemen

    05/29/2016 5:43:18 AM PDT · 14 of 20
    Sine_Pari to hamilton_1800

    Not having read US media articles on our involvement in Yemen, I am not entirely certain who is the Barry supporting. That being said, the Yemen proxy war has the Saudis (AQAP & other Sunnis) fighting the Iranians (Houthis & other Shias) ( If we are against AQAP then it explains why when POTUS recently visited Saudi Arabia he was received by the Governor of Riyadh ( Obviously the Saudis were not happy with Barry helping out the Iranians hence the snub at the airport. I say this because usually the media is behind when reporting troop deployments unless the WH wants them to know in advance (i.e. SEALS landing in Somalia under Clinton) yet the Saudis would have likely known of our involvement in Yemen before Barry visited.

    Why are our troops helping fight AQAP thus helping the Iranians in Yemen? If the Iranians win, they would have a strategic vantage point to control the Red Sea (and they can already control the Persian Gulf if they wanted).


  • Why Puerto Rico is in trouble

    05/14/2016 6:30:42 PM PDT · 51 of 56
    Sine_Pari to whom it may concern

    As a young E5 in the mid-80s at Fortress Bragg, my Platoon Sergeant used to take us on Veterans Day to the Fayetteville VA to visit patients. As a young soldier yet to be combat tested, I marveled at their stories and exploits from WWII to Vietman; more than a few were Puertoricans.

    It saddens me to read commentary disparaging a whole class of people while discussing the economic mismanagement of a leftist government.

    Today I am reminded, yet again, freedom of speech is a great power few use with good judgement or responsibly.

    I expect more from conservatives; this is not the DU.

    Dignity and respect to all is the conservative quality. The only exception being when engaged in combat.

    Good evening to all.

    PS — Flame away if you so desire, I will ignore while enjoying Pookie’s Toons,

  • Match Preview: USA Continues SheBelieves Cup vs. France on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT on ESPN3

    03/06/2016 12:36:26 PM PST · 11 of 25
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    The worldwide appeal of soccer can be easily understood if you also understand economics and human behavior. Soccer (futbol or football, depending what country you are from other than the U.S.) has simple rules, little gear is required to play, and game does not favor any particular body frame.

    Simple rules — equal number of players in either side, a goal and goal keeper, in and out of bounds rule, and an off-side rule similar to that in ice hockey; in unorganized pick-up games ‘fouls’ are called on the honor system.

    Little equipment required — a ball to kick around (any ball will do so long it does not hurt the feet/head) which can be improvised, I’ve seen them made of rags in poor neighborhoods; the field can be improvised as well with anything (cans, buckets, sticks, trees, etc.) used to mark the goal frame.

    Does not favor any particular body frame — unlike many other sports, soccer does not favor the taller, stronger, or faster individual; the game has a place for everyone in the field and some of the best players in the world are not hyperbole of human nature but rather average in size and strength, making their skill with the ball, and awareness away from the ball, their superiority in the game.

    So, all above should clearly show that many around the world can play with hopes of earning their fellow countrymen admiration and perhaps becoming good enough to make it a lucrative career. You can see this same phenomenon in inner cities with basketball and in less urban areas with football (the helmet and pads kind). The difference with basketball and football is that only those with a certain physique reach the upper echelons of the sport while soccer, by the nature of the game, is open to wider body frame talent; hence its broad popularity among those who play it.

    Around the world, many fans have played the game and understand the players skills and frustrations in the field. How many watching the last Super Bowl have actually donned pads and gotten hit in the field? Maybe Pee Wee, middle school and JV perhaps but not much more. Some may have never even gotten there. Basketball likely has more options yet at the organized competitive level the options are still minimal for the average Joe as well.

    If the sport is ever to gain the popularity in the U.S. that it enjoys around the world, Americans will have to become accustomed to less immediate gratification due to lower scoring nature of the game and learn to appreciate the finesse required to control a ball with your feet rather than brute strength, speed, jumping ability showcased in the more popular sports in the U.S.

    Apologies for the long post.

  • (Vanity) Do "won't support Trump" "conservatives" want Hillary naming Supreme Court justices?

    02/22/2016 12:06:46 PM PST · 58 of 138
    Sine_Pari to TheShaz

    You forgot...

    ...wax on....wax off...

  • Hillary not worried email flap will hurt candidacy chances

    01/24/2016 3:16:22 PM PST · 24 of 63
    Sine_Pari to TalBlack

    “I never sent or received any material marked ‘classified.’”

    And there you have it. Technically she might be correct, none of the emails she received or sent might have not been properly marked which attempts to do two things:

    — place blame on those who sent her the ‘classified’ information for not properly marking it which,by the way, they could not legally do anyway since they were placing the information in an unsecured network;

    — and for the above to work, we must believe she was ignorant on the sensitivity of the information to excuse her for forwarding it.

    The goal is to deflect damage on her to some underling(s) to save herself. For this to work we have to concede the ‘smartest woman in the world’ with self proclaimed many years of accomplished work in the Federal Government could not tell what information might have been too sensitive to forward?? One or two obscure emails perhaps; not hundreds. Any prosecutor worth their weight in salt should have not problem shooting this argument down. Ignorance is no excuse for abiding by information security rules, particularly the Secretary of State with many minions to keep them inside the rails and over hundreds of instances.

  • If Trump doesn't win will you vote for Cruz? If Cruz doesn't win will you vote for Trump?

    01/19/2016 9:15:57 PM PST · 376 of 432
    Sine_Pari to theoilpainter

    I agree, one’s predilections and proclivities over which GOP candidate runs against hitlery or comrade sanders should take a back seat over allowing four more years of obama’s destruction of the Republic.

    Staying at home because your candidate did not win the primaries helps the further destruction of the country. Elections matter whether you guy or gal is not on the Presidential ballot. Any Conservative considering staying at home because their candidate is not on the ballot, to me, is as responsible for the continued destruction of the country as those who vote for socialists/communists. As such, they have no room to complain when one day they might stand on the ashes of this once Great Country.

    In this regard, I sometimes wish Conservatives were not so pious yet more pragmatic. What good is it being so principled that it leads to living in tyranny. Yes, righteous Conservatives, slaves to the statists and the socialists, but principled nonetheless; lovable fools they are.

    The survival of the Constitutional Republic is at stake. This is not the time for petulance. Whomever the democRats nominate MUST be defeated at the ballot.

  • Former U.S. attorney: Clinton could face criminal indictment

    01/06/2016 8:59:01 AM PST · 14 of 27
    Sine_Pari to Michael.SF.

    I am not a lawyer so this analysis is from a bystander educated by years of observed democRAT behavior.

    Their likely courses of action include:

    - Deem the establishment of the personal email server allowed as a result of unclear State Dept. policy and as for the emails’ content, they will sacrifice some staffer for not properly advising the Secretary and/or claim the material as working papers hence not technically classified material (this would have to be applied document-by-document) = she walks.

    - Deem the email server allowable yet find she is in violation of classified disclosure rules in few selected emails; she gets a pass for some concocted mitigating circumstances (head injury, bad advice, etc.) = she walks.

    - Deem the server in violation of State Dept rules (the emails get ignored in this discussion focusing on the server alone); blame poor tech advice and sacrifice some techies = she walks.

    - Deem the server illegal (by State Dept and Federal statues) and the disclosure of classified information criminal with each email constituting a separate count in an indictment = she goes to trial (THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN BECAUSE OF WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHE KNOWS ABOUT DNC PECCADILLOES) This is the throw away option.

    Any of the top three will require some easing into with the help of the media so the public at large does not fight it. Look for incremental instances of stories in the media supporting any of the the top three results.

    I hope I am wrong.


  • Surprise, Apple's OS X Comes Out as Most Vulnerable Software of 2015

    01/04/2016 11:06:33 AM PST · 93 of 93
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    In the mid-90’s while working for the guys who yearly earned the FED t-shirt in Vegas, I heard a curious tale about why MAC’s were vulnerable to viruses. As the story goes, the earliest phreakers turned hackers hatted Bill Gates for screwing Steve Jobs out of millions after stealing the GUI environment idea from Apple. They turned their passionate hate for Bill’s alleged greed against all things Microsoft and passed the same hate to future hackers down the line. Couple that with the low market share of Apple, Microsoft products have had to live with all sorts of malfeasance (ideological, for sport, and otherwise). Some might say Microsoft is better positioned to deal with malware than Apple is due to their long battle waged through the years. I have heard that since Steve’s passing, the loyalty to the old anti-Microsoft hacker jihad may wane finally opening the way for hackers to go after Apple products as they have done with Microsoft (i.e. Apple may no longer be the beneficiary of many black hat hacker’s benevolence). If this is true and CVE Details is correct, I would be very careful in running any Apple product without a virus protection among other tools.

  • Four new military aircraft took to the skies in 2015

    12/31/2015 8:01:34 AM PST · 8 of 8
    Sine_Pari to ryan71

    Amen to that. There are many who believe the best sensors (radars) coupled with the smartest longest-range surface/air-to-air missiles will gain and maintain air superiority in future conflicts. That said, the hardcore traditionalist in the USAF still hold on to the romantic notion of the fearless pilot at the controls of a technologically advanced aircraft even though the USAF hass been training more UAV pilots (commissioned officers when an enlisted man would do; than traditional pilots ( Unfortunately the USAF is still ruled by old mentality generals, many who desire a board seat with the aviation defense contractors. Besides, why spend more money in R&D just to have the Chinese hack and steal it from the contractors? (examples: Dark Sword, ‘Wind Blade’, Lijian ‘Sharp Sword’, and Chengdu ‘Soaring (SOAR) Dragon’ UAVs; the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter; and the Xian Y-20 transport).

    We need to spend smarter.


  • No women able to finish first try at Ranger School

    05/09/2015 5:30:42 PM PDT · 48 of 69
    Sine_Pari to DCBryan1

    Camp Merrill was indeed tough. The blueberry pancakes were the best part. Did not care for the cabins or Mount Yonah and the steep slopes. Loved the seven second DZ with eight jumpers out of a UH-1H. What I winder is how a woman’s physiology is going to deal with many days with rank swamp water and poor hygiene during jungle phase at Eglin. I remember morning feet checks at RI changeover. I wonder if they’ll have special care for the ladies.


  • Hillary Clinton's election to lose

    05/07/2015 2:11:31 PM PDT · 31 of 49
    Sine_Pari to dowcaet


    Reagan did not give up, neither should we.

    Regarding the hispanics, do not assume all are automatic lefty voters. Many, just like past European immigrants, are looking for a better future for themselves and their families. They need to be educated in Conservatism and its ideals. Yes, many are are illegal yet if they are to vote because of the left’s disregard for the law, we might as well make a run for them. Not with the short term lived Santa Claus offers like the left does but with lifelong and generational ideals of freedom and liberty brought on by Conservative ideals.


  • Top court rules against NSA program

    05/07/2015 7:20:12 AM PDT · 16 of 42
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    Call data records do not include content; that is, the actual voice interaction between the callers, SMS messaging, or any electronic exchanges between two human beings.

    Via link analysis, these records are used to tip-off other, more intrusive means. More intrusive means require a FISA court approval from a domestic investigative entity if the subject is a US person. NSA does not have the authority to collect content at will and yes, it is strictly enforced. See EO 12333 (signed by President Reagan) and all the supporting law behind it.

    NSA is not a law enforcement entity. They are a DoD organization required to follow POSSE COMITATUS. If they discover a threat to domestic interests, they pass it to Dept. of Justice who is by law authorized to act. If Dept. of Justice does not act, it is not NSA’a fault.

    NSA has done great things in the defense of the Nation than many will ever know. They can not publicize successes at risk of tipping off bad guys on how they do their work.

    This action plays into the hands of jihadists and others who wish ill to our country as well as to manipulate ignorant and/or misinformed civil libertarians. It should not be celebrated.

  • Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm

    03/27/2015 6:34:19 PM PDT · 38 of 57
    Sine_Pari to detective

    Color me crazy yet if someone’s goal is to cause sufficient chaos to affect future elections AND race mongering is not having the desired effect then they might try something new. What would make more sense than goading the right into distrusting the military, perpetuate the “martial law” rumor and have some take the bait starting some action against a federal armed entity. The result is the same, chaos, yet with a different trigger. I for one still believe our military will do the right thing when faced with illegal and unconstitutional orders from above.


  • Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen who just plundered US intelligence files

    03/26/2015 5:33:29 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Sine_Pari to liberalh8ter

    Agreed, something smells here. As inept as the higher echelons may be, many of the worker bees are not. They learned valuable lessons from Tehran. Emergency destruction procedures, minimal hard copy repositories and a known deteriorating condition lead one to believe nothing of value would have been left behind. Either the adversaries are putting this out to watch a reaction/flush something out or we left disinformation. It is hard to believe we left anything damaging by mistake or ineptitude.


  • Obama won't meet with Netanyahu during controversial U.S. visit: Too close to Israel's elections

    01/22/2015 6:25:31 PM PST · 24 of 26
    Sine_Pari to spokeshave

    I was wondering if the stated reason for the snub was cow manure or not. I guess you answered my question. When did the pious one meet with his cousin? Have there been others?


  • Yemen's US-Backed President Quits; Country Could Split Apart

    01/22/2015 6:19:13 PM PST · 27 of 31
    Sine_Pari to colorado tanker

    You are correct sir.

    This may turn to another Syria/Iraq scenario where the Shia (Iran) and the Sunni (Saudi Arabia and others) tangle over their version of islam. It would be nice to have these two decimate each other then we would only have to deal with a war weary weakened victor. Unfortunately what is going on in Yemen and Syria/Iraq has economic and political global repercussions As such it is difficult to wait it out, hence we should influence the outcome to our favor; what ever that may be.


  • Prosecutors Recommend Felony Charges Against General Petreus for Email Leak

    01/09/2015 5:35:20 PM PST · 41 of 51
    Sine_Pari to InMemoriam

    Interesting timing, why now? As with many other events associated with the liberal/progressive/socialist/communist political class, there is a reason for this. My guess is this is likely related to self-preservation or scandal mitigation. The question is, will the Gen put himself above the good of the country (be intimidated into silence) or will he expose whatever is worrying the administration (and likely her thighness). Either way the media will soon begin attacking the Gen per the playbook to influence public opinion in favor of the liberal/progressive/socialist/communist cause.


  • It’s time to abolish the CIA

    01/03/2015 10:16:10 AM PST · 86 of 96
    Sine_Pari to PIF

    Thank you.

  • It’s time to abolish the CIA

    01/03/2015 8:56:43 AM PST · 82 of 96
    Sine_Pari to PIF


    Few know and fully understand how we have evolved the best intelligence services in the world.

    A small primer of the major USG intel organizations by intelligence discipline (all under the Executive branch of the triad):
    - SIGINT (signals; fastest and most successful): NSA, under the DoD and manned with DoD civilians and service members of all ranks and grades (political appointees are peppered throughout the higher DoD Pentagon establishment, not at this level).
    - IMINT (imagery; fills many gaps the others cannot, very expensive): NGA, also under the DoD with a staff makeup similar to NSA.
    - HUMINT (human; slow and very dangerous for those directly involved yet often answers the ‘why’ which the other two sometimes cannot): CIA, separate from DoD yet DoD has DCS.
    - No -int can answer the mail without the others; they complement and support/validate each other.
    - There are five National analysis centers (do some homework); why, because analysis can be guess work based on raw intelligence and sometimes we need separate opinions on thorny subjects.

    Yes, we have had instances when our intel services have made mistakes and they have been dealt with and corrected both publicly and privately. Why privately, because doing it otherwise would endanger the country and erode public trust; precisely what our enemies want and are pushing for with so called rampant NSA civil liberties violation stories. As for violations of civil liberties, the services are made up of solid patriotic Americans who chose to live a life in the shadows of anonymity, for obvious security reasons, who love and uphold the Constitution. Of course there are partisans in the mist just like in any other USG entity with many people. There are many laws to protect US citizens from collateral and direct collection and many investigations occur yearly to investigate and remove those who break these laws. FISA is the legal instrument to collect against a known US citizen without their knowledge; it is a rigorous and onerous process.

    All the intel community can ask for is the country’s trust they are doing their best to protect the People without having to be “transparent” since having a “transparent” intelligence service is an oxymoron for obvious reasons. Put it this way, when one goes into surgery, one does not know everything the surgeon is going to do yet one trusts the surgeon do to it right. Not a perfect analogy yet I think passes the point along. Consider how many attacks AQ or other groups have successfully conducted in US soil since Sep ‘11. Announcing these successes and how it was done would disclose the techniques used and thwart future successes, unless they can be attributed to other means such as good local police work. Lone homegrown wolves are a problem for local law enforcement.

    Let us hope the SSCI and the HPSCI (Legislative branch watchdogs) have the country’s best interest at hand when they discharge their duties and are not pursuing political or personal vendettas.


  • Republican Sighted in Academe!

    09/29/2014 8:26:36 AM PDT · 3 of 11
    Sine_Pari to Academiadotorg

    Aaahh . . . not the first one.


  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 10:44:33 AM PDT · 19 of 61
    Sine_Pari to Mariner

    Agreed and consider this, a fast mover stick jockey good friend of mine once told me the aircraft is only as good as the pilot in the seat. Ours are well seasoned yet I do not know how much training outside the combat zones they are getting these days. Add to that the oft heated argument that no matter the aviator’s skill and capabilities of the aircraft, the farthest looking radar coupled with the best air/ground-to-air missiles wins.


  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 10:31:35 AM PDT · 14 of 61
    Sine_Pari to Mariner

    Thanks to . . . unsecure cleared defense contractors’ computer networks, overly permissive USG technology export habits, and chicom human intelligence sources . . . yes.


  • Could Ebola now be airborne?

    03/28/2014 9:05:34 PM PDT · 46 of 70
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    Oops, WHO not HWO.

  • Could Ebola now be airborne?

    03/28/2014 8:59:58 PM PDT · 45 of 70
    Sine_Pari to Carbonsteel

    You are absolutely correct. A Ft. Detrick team deployed quietly to assess and burn the dead animals at the Reston quarantine facility. The CDC and HWO have classified three strains of Ebola; Ebola Marburg (Germany), Ebola Reston (Va, only airborne strain), and Ebola Zaire (most commonly seen). A good book on the subject is “The Hot Zone” for anyone interested in the subject.


  • Best and Worst Comic Strips?

    03/22/2014 6:35:24 AM PDT · 114 of 145
    Sine_Pari to relictele

    Agreed, I would add B.C., The Far Side, and Shoe to my fabs.

    As far as worst, Doonesbury was the indisputable worst until Boondocks appeared in the scene. I was living in the DC area when this black kid student from the University of Maryland started the strip in the school’s paper. Of course, it was immensely popular with the liberal/marxist crowd in MD opening doors for the kid. First in cartoon syndication and later as a TV cartoon show in Cartoon Network. At least Doonsbury stuck mostly to attacking conservatism and propping up liberalism/socialism/communism/progressives/marxists causes for the middle aged likeminded; Boondocks is mostly angry/violent racial anti-anything not black in a present setting targeted at the young.


  • What's Going On In Venezuela?

    03/02/2014 6:35:44 PM PST · 7 of 20
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    oops, delete the “is”

  • What's Going On In Venezuela?

    03/02/2014 6:35:04 PM PST · 6 of 20
    Sine_Pari to Vinylly
  • Are You A ‘Yoda,’ ‘Luke Skywalker,’...Take The ‘Star Wars’ Personality Test

    01/18/2014 11:21:31 AM PST · 23 of 68
    Sine_Pari to Sequoyah101; BBell

    Ditto here; must go apply my wisdom to the honey-do-list to avoid conflict yet I will be ready when results do not meet expectations.


  • Dogs Vs. Cats: Which Makes the Best Pet?

    01/18/2014 10:48:30 AM PST · 53 of 106
    Sine_Pari to Perdogg

    Having lived all over and traveled the world much; either or both, depending on location and personal living conditions. In deployed areas any stray cat or dog was always welcomed. And yes, we scoffed at the rules against approaching strays. Both cats or a dogs did wonders to relieve stress. Of course, we exercised prudence and took our new four legged friends to the local military vet for shots.

    I’ve always thanked the Lord for giving us a choice of a cat or a dog from which we could choose for companionship and unconditional love. I miss my departed furry friends and continue to enjoy my current ones. I pray there is a place form them in heaven.


  • No evidence Al Qaeda or terror groups had any involvement in Benghazi consulate attack

    12/29/2013 9:02:24 AM PST · 51 of 79
    Sine_Pari to Nachum

    Have not read the NYT article yet I have questions:

    - Assuming they are correct, what information and methods did they use to arrive to this conclusion? Investigative reporting only gets you so much, at some point classified information owned by the USG has to be analyzed to reach this conclusion authoritatively. Then, who gave this USG info to the NYT and why? Otherwise their conclusion is just an opinion.

    - Why is the NYT expending time, effort and dollars to “investigate” an event already garnering the attention of Congress when there are so many other scandals which demand equal or greater “journalistic” attention; Fast and Furious (more dead than in Bengazi), IRS persecution of conservative groups, nationally organized and rampant voter fraud in the last national election cycle, failure of obamacare, a racially motivated Justice Dept., billions of taxpayers dollars wasted on WH pet projects (Solyndra, GM bailout, etc), an so on. One answer might be to help hillary since I think the wheels are coming of the obama wagon and they might not care to spend too much capital defending him.

    My initial instinct is to question the motive (tactical through strategic) behind the action and then look at what they intend to achieve with said action. This is not a newspaper of old who merely wants to bring the events that transpired away from where you live but another political tool of the left.

    Regards and have a Blessed New Year.

  • Law School Grad Forced Into Retail Job Blogs The Loss Of His 'Last Shred Of Dignity'

    12/28/2013 5:45:59 AM PST · 36 of 133
    Sine_Pari to ilovesarah2012

    From your keyboard to the Lord’s ears.

    Perhaps this is a sign the market for lawyers has reached saturation and can not support any new comers. Now we need to retrain these younger minds in the realities and truths of Conservatism so when they do find jobs as lawyers they take over the socialist cabal who run The Bars and their collective lobbying groups in DC.

    Regards and Have a Blessed Happy New Year.

  • RNC issue a statement honoring Kwanzaa

    12/26/2013 11:00:57 AM PST · 96 of 174
    Sine_Pari to Zakeet

    Whomever in the GOP ranks is responsible for this is an absolute idiot and should be fired. The lies of progressives/liberals/socialists/communists can only be successfully fought with the truth. Perpetuating this lie from the highest ranks of the party only alienates the base and confirms to the so called and precious moderates the GOP is no different than the dimRats. They should stand for the truth and the Constitution all the time and every time. So long the mainstream media is in the back pocket of the dimRats, the GOP will never out-liberal the dimRats which is what the consultants continue to tell the GOP party bosses. Sometimes I think these consultants are dimRat plants. Either we Conservatives continue to loose the psychological war within our own ranks.

    Regards, Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year.

  • Kwanzaa: The Holiday Brought To You By the FBI

    12/25/2013 6:24:02 AM PST · 10 of 36
    Sine_Pari to rktman

    Love the graphics on this previous post.

    Regards and Merry Christmas.

  • De Blasio’s Daughter Admits to Substance Abuse

    12/24/2013 12:46:34 PM PST · 33 of 40
    Sine_Pari to SeminoleCounty

    I would tend to agree with you yet the original source of the disclosure demands further analysis. We are dealing with democrats/progressives/communists/socialists (all the same to me) here. There is purpose to this action; I firmly believe this was done for political gain or as a greater scandal prophylaxis; question is what. Why bring the daughter’s problems to light and invite others to pry for no real reason? Perhaps there is worse than we have heard directly involving the “mayor” yet a little trickle will cause the media to say, “nothing else to see here, move along” thus putting an end/lid to further damning revelations or investigation. I do not accept the “pity” card being played. This people do not play that card until faced with real issues; IE they play the “pity” card on the defense not offense. I do not see any defense being played here and it would be novel to see potentially embarrassing revelations used as offense. I expect smarter folk than me will get to the bottom of this.

    Regards and Merry Christmas.

  • Greenfield: The Left is too Smart to Fail

    12/23/2013 8:12:27 AM PST · 19 of 39
    Sine_Pari to Louis Foxwell

    For a few years now, I have been conducting a private experiment with both acquaintances and family alike. I ask them to describe or tell me what they think of specific individuals, both public figures and those only known in our private circles. My theory seems to hold thus far; liberals will almost immediately describe others known to them to be also liberals as “smart” or “intelligent.” The contrary is true if the liberal knows the individual named is conservative or of unknown political leniency. Conservatives will almost always use character defining terms such as “responsible,” “trustworthy,” or their respective antonyms. Again, when known liberals or conservatives, however, conservatives tended to use describe those with undefined political tendencies the same way they described known conservatives. My unscientific conclusion is liberals value or place emphasis in intelligence or perceived intelligence, as noted in the article posted, while conservatives tend to value or place emphasis on character. And no, I am not a sociologist or political pinhead, my education is in the hard sciences.


  • Venezuelan military seizes major retail chain [link only]

    11/10/2013 3:30:23 PM PST · 22 of 35
    Sine_Pari to Hugin; All

    The store is called Daka and is akin to Best Buy or (when they were around) Circuit City; large store of home electronics and appliances. The new Pres (Maduro) accused the store of price gouging, arrested the store managers and had government officials (backed by the National Guard uniformed armed troops; similar to our Dept. of Homeland Sec.) re-price and sell all stock at “fair” prices. Problem was that a few local folk did not wait for the government to show up and do as Maduro announced and took the initiative much like the “yutes” in inner cities. The flash like mobs broke into stores and took merchandize without paying.

    Whenever the Dems feel like it, coming to Walmart near you soon.


  • Retreat: Obama now interested in Russian diplomatic track as Reid puts Senate vote on hold

    09/10/2013 8:19:11 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    Sine_Pari to SeekAndFind

    Is there a bit of “Cuban missile crisis” redux going on here? JFK benefited, back then, from glorifying kudos and generational admiration for resolving the crisis and causing Khrushchev to blink. Many years later we learned the JFK administration removed missiles from western Europe as a concession to the Soviets in return for them to take back whatever they had shipped to Cuba. Problem was the missiles in Cuba were likely not operational and the US missiles in western Europe had been their for a long while. Net effect: Soviets got a more vulnerable western Europe/NATO without any loss to their capabilities and JKF got to appear as a world class virile statesman.

    I wonder if the WH might have bargained something away to the Russians in return for an Assad ‘guarantee’ to turn over chem weapons? I’ve read in the press the WH floated the idea of handing over missile defense technical data to the Russians as an incentive for new SALT talks yet the Pentagon balked. Perhaps it is now fait accompli.

    At any rate, this opens a window of opportunity for the administration to avoid a potential embarrassing defeat in the House while alloying the President to claim a victory.

    Sigh. Deep down it feels the Russians have the upper hand; we have degraded our defensive posture: and we have not done anything to advert the fall of Syria to radical islamists.


  • Nidal Hasan arrives at Fort Leavenworth’s death row

    08/31/2013 12:22:21 PM PDT · 17 of 52
    Sine_Pari to Libloather

    Why do they refer to this convict as MAJ. His proper pay grade after conviction he should be a private E-1.


  • What is Islam?

    07/08/2013 6:07:07 AM PDT · 41 of 51
    Sine_Pari to All

    With commentary from former muslims — ‘Islam: What the West Needs to Know.’

    The video is somewhere on the internet, take a look and ponder.


  • Furloughs begin for Defense Department civilians

    07/05/2013 3:40:39 PM PDT · 19 of 49
    Sine_Pari to cripplecreek; centurion316

    No doubt there is waste in the DoD. A few points, however:

    — the DoD furloughs do not apply to DoD contractors, they apply to DoD civilian employees (ie civil servants; GS pay scale employees)

    — by law, the DoD is restricted on the number of civilians and military personnel in its ranks; DoD hires civilian contractors to meet the delta on labor force which may come from self created or Congress mandated new requirements

    — as the military force is shrunk, many non war-figthing yet maintenance/loggy jobs will likely go to either DoD civilians or contractors; something similar happened as DoD grew to meet the GWOT demand.


  • Author: Soviet agents subverted US in 1930s

    05/26/2013 9:37:49 PM PDT · 11 of 135
    Sine_Pari to 2ndDivisionVet

    I cannot remember where I read FDR was very close to unknowingly naming a Soviet agent (spy) as his Sec State; might have been “The Shield and the Sword” by Vasili Mitrokhin (former KGB officer). At any rate, the ‘30s and ‘40s US/UK governments were likely thoroughly penetrated by the Soviets; from the Cambridge Five to the Rosenbergs. Maybe even the early CIA; read “A Wilderness of Mirrors” by David C. martin. This ebbed with the advent of the ‘50s cold war and yet took off again with the tumult of the ‘60s and continues to this day.

    Regards from old Camp Red Cloud, the Chorwon Valley, and the Imjin Gang.

  • Tuition aid cut; recruiting, timely TRICARE pay at risk .

    03/16/2013 5:21:30 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    Sine_Pari to Sine_Pari

    I forgot, to boot, in some COPs and FOBs in Afghanistan the troops no longer get a hot breakfast as they used too due to cuts. They only hot meal they get is dinner, if they they make it back to base before the d-fac closes. I hope that recent dinner at the Jefferson was well worth it for Congress members and the Pres.


  • Tuition aid cut; recruiting, timely TRICARE pay at risk .

    03/16/2013 5:16:40 PM PDT · 12 of 17
    Sine_Pari to darkwing104

    It has already begun. In the West Region veterans were told Tricare Prime is no longer available to them. A move I think will spread throughout the country. BTW, DoDEA (DoD school system inside military bases) may end up shortening the school year. Considering they are not stellar as a whole (some good teachers yet the system is rife with union thuggery), a truncated school year hurts military kids of all grades.


  • Asking for defense cuts - Defense Department’s dirty deals

    02/16/2013 11:23:35 PM PST · 19 of 22
    Sine_Pari to oldbill
    Esteemed Seasoned Bill,

    My friend, simmer down a bit. First, you have not addressed the technical questions which I will not repeat for third time. BTW, it was a Navy Aviator friend of mine who first put this bug in my ear regarding Air Force stealth planes.

    Rarely do I expose credentials in such a public forum yet I think it is warranted here. I'm a 25+ still on active duty commissioned officer with many operational and combat tours. Having planned and been at the receiving end of CAS and other air support, I am skeptical of the full capabilities of stealth technology as advertised. As for the Chinese, we do not know how many of these birds they have or what their full capabilities may be. I seriously doubt you have qualitatively or authoritative information at your disposal concerning the matter.

    In my years wearing the uniform I have seen a lot of waste at all levels. Weapons procurement programs remain one of the most expensive endeavors in the DoD budget and a fertile source of waste. I care less about the tired old garden variety waste you mention that goes back to the early '80s involving tools or 'holed' pilot seats. I care about providing the combatants with the proper cost effective tools to do the job; nothing more and nothing less. Questioning if a specific tool is right, necessary or even cost effective for the job at hand is healthy skepticism and fiscally responsible, nothing else. Unfortunately people out there insist on protecting their rice bowls and pet projects with little factual or logical basis to support their position.

    Continue to ponder and Regards.
  • Asking for defense cuts - Defense Department’s dirty deals

    02/16/2013 5:12:20 AM PST · 17 of 22
    Sine_Pari to oldbill
    Oh, one more thing, they do too have stealth. Check the Chinese Chengdu J-20 out:

  • Asking for defense cuts - Defense Department’s dirty deals

    02/16/2013 5:04:32 AM PST · 16 of 22
    Sine_Pari to oldbill

    I think you missed my point. Peters may be an uninformed fool who may want our pilots flying tin cans yet that does not answer my questions. If air superiority via better aircraft boils down to who has the best longest looking targeting radar systems with commensurate air-to-air missiles on board AND our stealth aircraft still require suppression of air defenses to operate, then why spend all that money on them? Sounds to me like the technology is vulnerable and may not be worth the expense. We need to remain ahead technologically yet weapons procurement sometimes appear to be corporate job programs/cash cows, particularly in the military aircraft business. Things to ponder.


  • Asking for defense cuts - Defense Department’s dirty deals

    02/15/2013 8:45:03 PM PST · 14 of 22
    Sine_Pari to oldbill

    Just playing devil’s advocate. If radar makes so much a difference, why spend millions (billions?) on a “stealth” aircraft? Sounds like the pilot with the best target acquisition radar and armament with commensurate legs can rule the skies. I read somewhere the USAF still plans/requests from the other services suppression of air defense missions for stealth aircraft operations. Do not know if this is even true yet raises a few questions in my mind.


  • Asking for defense cuts - Defense Department’s dirty deals

    02/15/2013 8:03:52 PM PST · 11 of 22
    Sine_Pari to neverdem
    Totally agree. Just recently read (from a NY Times article nonetheless) where the Navy spent millions of dollars on biofuels in 2012; about $27/gal for biofuel were diesel costs about $3.50/gal. This does not account for other millions spent in solar panels and other so called green projects. These have been likely forced on the DoD by the civilian political appointees and rubber stamped by the liberal General/Admiral Officer corps; shameful.
    I wonder how much of the taxpayer dollars that have gone into these projects benefit businesses of DNC donors. I say cut away and audit all these green projects.


  • Army Night Stalkers opening helicopters for women

    02/02/2013 4:27:13 PM PST · 6 of 8
    Sine_Pari to Tailgunner Joe

    In the spirit of ‘words mean things’:

    - women have served (in the strictest definition of the word) in combat for many years (nurses come to mind right away)

    - what constitutes a ‘combat’ environment has changed over the years; during WWI & WWII we had clearly defined front lines which made defining combat easy, in today’s war against terrorism the front line is the area immediately around you (360 degrees)

    - serving in the military is not a ‘right’ — this is not a civil rights issue; the military discriminates all the time, that is why there is a medical physical requirement prior to enlistment and some jobs even have extensive background investigations

    Let’s be clear, what many worry about:

    - lowering standards of currently male-only military jobs to accommodate some misguided ‘fairness’ argument and the subsequent deterioration of readiness and lethality of our military; recently heard the SGM of the Army say they were going to evaluate physical standards of some MOS’ to see if they really needed to be where they currently are

    - the unavoidable challenges with morale, order & discipline commanders will have to deal with; training and the UCMJ are no deterrent to thousands of years of DNA and hormones at work (translation - readiness problems); these already exist in current non-Maneuver/Fires/Effects Army units

    - some of these all-male jobs involve a high risk to capture at the hands of lawless actors (they do not follow Geneva Convention protocols); are we ready as a society to put our daughters, sisters, and mothers in situations were they will likely suffer sexual abuse as a result of capture to satisfy socialist-egalitarian ideals?

    I may be old fashion yet I still believe men and women ARE different and the Lord made it so for a reason.

    My 0.02 USD.


  • Joint Chiefs chairman: Women in combat spins 'the paradigm on its head'

    02/02/2013 3:29:14 PM PST · 17 of 30
    Sine_Pari to Tailgunner Joe

    GEN (Ret) Martin E. Dempsey (D-”fill-in state”)