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Posts by Steel Wolf

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  • Illegal Alien Invasion Protest : St. Petersburg, FL : Mystery Survellience Drone Appearance

    07/20/2014 6:34:13 AM PDT · 18 of 24
    Steel Wolf to Patton@Bastogne
    Thank you, sir. And you're more right than you thought on the price. The current base model Phantom 2 is about $1200, but once you get into accessories, like spare rotors, batteries, travel case, radios, camera and gimbal, etc, you're easily in for $2000-$3000. It's like owning a firearm - the weapon itself is just one expense out of many.

    Here is my local outfitter, who I swear by. This will show what your really in for, price wise. - Aerial Media Pros

    Anyway, I doubt your observer friend was in government. If he took an undue interest in your event, and wasn't chatty, he probably wasn't an enthusiast out for a Sunday drive. Most people who fly these professionally are journalists, photographers and realtors.

  • Illegal Alien Invasion Protest : St. Petersburg, FL : Mystery Survellience Drone Appearance

    07/19/2014 8:57:15 PM PDT · 8 of 24
    Steel Wolf to Patton@Bastogne

    Sounds like a DJI Phantom. I have one, and it’s a great rig. They’re also very common among the amateur journalism crowd.

  • ISIS tweet: Ansar al-Sunna responsible for Israel bombings. (they are affliliated with ISIS)

    07/10/2014 6:15:45 AM PDT · 4 of 14
    Steel Wolf to winoneforthegipper

    It’s not a weapon attachment, it’s a telescopic camera lens. Kind of a visual pun, to the effect that media is itself a weapon.

  • Isis Convoys of New Toyota Trucks

    06/16/2014 12:06:39 PM PDT · 55 of 74
    Steel Wolf to varmintman
    The Toyota Hilux is like the AK-47 of modern Islamic warfare. They're everywhere. We used to have thousands of them, ourselves, in Iraq and Afghanistan. For all we know, these could have been looted from our old bases in Mosul. How ironic would that be?

    While they may have simply taken the trucks at machete-point, in this case, I wouldn't rule out a straight up purchase. These guys are well funded by the Gulf states, and they're robbing banks like Kelly's Heroes. Throw in whatever support our good friend John McCain could arrange for them, and they're definitely not hurting for enough cash to spring for a few dozen pickup trucks.

  • ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers'

    06/13/2014 12:40:09 PM PDT · 42 of 83
    Steel Wolf to MNDude
    How did this all begin? It seems it just happened out of nowhere! Our media has barely mentioned this, and this could be the biggest story of the year.

    From all indications, the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic agencies were caught flat footed by this offensive. There have been some discussions between the US and our 'regional partners' about the rising threat of ISIS, and certainly their activities in Syria were noted, but it really seems like we just dropped the ball. That's probably a combination of the insurgents getting smarter, and us being less engaged.

  • Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk

    06/12/2014 2:52:16 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    Steel Wolf to Fee
    Dumb question, how did 800 ISIS fighters defeat 30,000 ISF at Mosul? The ISF are really effed up. 30,000 run away from 800??!!

    Either it's the greatest military victory since the Battle of Singapore, when 35,000 Japanese troops capture 80,000 Allied defenders within a few days, or there's a little more to the story.

    What appears to be happening is the Sunni tribes and population centers are refusing to fight for Maliki, and instead joining under the ISIS banner. The troops aren't just deserting, they're basically defecting.

  • Aaron Alexis tried to buy assault rifle but was rebuffed

    09/18/2013 6:49:27 AM PDT · 23 of 31
    Steel Wolf to tobyhill

    Maybe he swiped his card and couldn’t afford the AR, so he went with a shotgun instead? You can get a good shotgun for next to nothing. An AR plus accessories becomes a major money sink. Somehow AA strikes me as the kind of guy that probably wasn’t terribly attentive to his finances.

  • Putin to America: You’re not special (and don’t hit Syria)

    09/11/2013 10:52:37 PM PDT · 31 of 64
    Steel Wolf to kevao

    I think the difference is that Putin is being insincere because it suits his needs, whereas Obama is simply incapable of sincerity.

  • Putin to America: You’re not special (and don’t hit Syria)

    09/11/2013 9:54:34 PM PDT · 7 of 64
    Steel Wolf to Jim Robinson

    Putin’s an insincere bastard, but you have to give him credit. He’s trolling all of us with a cold, straight face. This article looks like it could be written by Barack Obama himself, circa 2007.

  • Jerry Brown urges OK of amended bill to raise minimum wage

    09/11/2013 4:27:45 PM PDT · 4 of 28
    Steel Wolf to Oldeconomybuyer

    Why not? The real minimum wage in California is what an illegal immigrant will accept. Raise the minimum wage on the actual citizens as high as you like, Jerry, there’s always new labor that will do it for less.

  • Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under (intl control)..

    09/09/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT · 28 of 196
    Steel Wolf to maggief

    Wow! What are the odds that Syria would agree to the Russian plan that they surrender their weapons, just as Obama is filming 6 interviews and preparing an Oval Office address arguing for intervention?

    Gosh, won’t that kind of undermine Obama’s entire argument?

  • Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under (intl control)..

    09/09/2013 8:46:04 AM PDT · 3 of 196
    Steel Wolf to maggief

    Well that didn’t take long. Almost like it was scripted ...

  • (Vanity/Pre-beer) If I was Obama I would have attacked already.

    09/06/2013 8:09:36 PM PDT · 43 of 92
    Steel Wolf to ReaganÃœberAlles

    It’s too early to bomb Syria. First we should let one side finish the other off. No sense bombing both sides now and wasting ammo.

  • Rand Paul 2016 Presidential Bid

    08/16/2013 11:32:57 AM PDT · 36 of 36
    Steel Wolf to KentuckyTim

    Link is invalid, and nowhere else on the interwebs is this being reported. So ... there is that.

  • Edward Snowden is a patriot

    08/11/2013 11:24:57 PM PDT · 98 of 170
    Steel Wolf to blaquebyrd
    Sure wish you loved America as much as you love your commie kissing traitorous hero Snowden. Maybe I’m wrong, are you American?

    The real irony is that the inward-looking surveillance state is being built to be used on people like you. The elites and the left aren't afraid of terrorism from Yemen, they're afraid of people who love the original concept of America. People who served the ideals of the Constitution proudly. People who take it all seriously.

    When push comes to shove, people in uniform will come looking for anyone who speaks out or stands with the Constitution, and those uniforms will have clean flags with red and white stripes and 50 stars. They'll think you're a traitor for not getting with the program of social justice and redistribution. Your pride for 'the old system' and your prior service will be viewed with suspicion. You'll be the enemy that the new "patriots" train to resist.

    They'll probably even tell you to love the new America or leave it.

    Snowden may or may not be a traitor, but that word is about to become very, very subjective.

  • Hillary Just Isn't All That Interesting

    08/02/2013 8:10:44 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    Steel Wolf to Kaslin

    “We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” - Hillary Clinton

  • Conservatives Should Point and Laugh as Detroit Dies

    07/23/2013 9:19:06 AM PDT · 111 of 129
    Steel Wolf to Leaning Right

    The best way for the bail out to fail is for it to not happen. Given the current political climate, it’s unlikely it will. Detroit might be a symbolic, local failure, but there are dozens just like it ready to metastasize if Uncle Sam gets involved. Even a lot of liberals understand that this is an existential threat.

    Bailing out Detroit as a one off might be politically feasible. Bailing out Detroit as the harbinger of a wave of nationwide city (and state) bankruptcies? It would collapse the U.S. economy as fast as the USSR imploded.

    And Barack ‘Present’ Obama isn’t the guy who’s going to lead either charge. He’s going to do nothing, which, by default, is a choice to let Detroit go under. But doing nothing is more defensible than being the guy who was last seen starting an avalanche.

    The only thing conservatives can do is hold the line, and let reality take it’s grim toll on Detroit. Only pain can teach a fool. Further compassion is merely denying the fool his education.

  • Pentagon Signs $31K Contract for Oil Portrait of Leon Panetta

    07/22/2013 10:30:24 AM PDT · 15 of 36
    Steel Wolf to DBrow
    "That’s about a months work at $150/hr plus materials. I suppose a cell phone pic printed out at WalMart would be cheaper, but I don’t find that to be excessive for an art commission."

    Thank goodness! Here I was thinking that getting a professional oil painting of a former Secretary of Defense, as though he's some kind of European aristocrat, was what was excessive and wasteful. But so long as we're immortalizing the people running us into the ground at a fair price, I suppose it's all good.

  • We Have to Step In and Save Detroit

    07/20/2013 12:49:08 PM PDT · 8 of 123
    Steel Wolf to reaganaut1

    The comments at the link are great. The vast majority are staunchly against any kind of bailout. Even the ones who are for a bailout are very halfhearted about it.

    When you’ve lost the comment section of the New York Times ...

  • Rachel Jeantel: Trayvon Thought Zimmerman was a Gay Rapist and Trayvon Wasn't "That Kind of Way"

    07/16/2013 1:08:28 PM PDT · 49 of 93
    Steel Wolf to sheikdetailfeather
    Oh ... so Jeantel's explanation is that Trayvon was just curb stomping a suspected gay man? Because that's how you to handle a nearby Hispanic man you suspect may be homosexual. By sucker punching him, and then smashing his head into the concrete repeatedly. On a hunch.

    ... Really?! With all this time to think up a good reason, this is what you come up with?

    I have to say, I didn't anticipate the "It's cool, Trayvon was a violent homophobe" defense coming from his star witness. I suppose she's probably so used to keeping it real that she doesn't understand that sometimes ... keeping it real goes wrong.

    This little gem of urban culture is going to cause massive cognitive dissonance among the left ... assuming any of them are still capable of it.

  • Piers Morgan lands Rachel Jeantel interview

    07/15/2013 11:48:43 AM PDT · 63 of 182
    Steel Wolf to ColdOne
    Piers Morgan lands Rachel Jeantel interview

    "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

  • How Deadly Should Superman Be?

    07/11/2013 12:07:46 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    Steel Wolf to Bratch

    It’s an interesting philosophical point. The problem isn’t about Superman taking a life (many fine and noble Americans have been forced to take lives), but the conditions under which he takes it. Killing can be necessary, and line between hero and monster can tolerate a little blur, but that’s not exactly the problem with the new Superman.

    Superman was never seen as a monster because he’s traditionally committed himself as a servant of something greater than himself; truth, justice and the American way. The guy never had much ambition or interest beyond that.

    In return, he was loved and admired. Even when he kind of stayed out of trying to right all the world’s wrongs, people understood that he wasn’t really on anyone’s side but that of life itself. The rest we needed to work out ourselves, even if it got messy.

    Take away that subservience to a higher (and essentially safe) cause, and all you have is a person who can suffer no consequence for any action, and isn’t bound by any social or physical restraint. That’s pretty much a recipe for either a well meaning, moralizing tyrant or a petty, self-satisfying bully.

    People say that power corrupts, but in fact, it just opens up parts of a person that are normally not explored. Once you start walking that ground, you have nothing to guide you but fleeting concepts of morality and desire. Not what society or circumstances forces, but your own base, animal interests. That’s a terrible thing to allow unleashed. The old Superman sought a leash to his power, and wore it publicly, with pride. Duty, respect and self-restraint are noble shackles, and made a potential monster a hero.

    A super powered man that doesn’t really know what he believes, on the other hand, is walking time bomb. Power eventually fills the void, and crowds out everything else.

  • Airplane!

    07/08/2013 11:57:34 AM PDT · 55 of 55
    Steel Wolf to Kaslin
    Right off the bat it became clear that Fox was relying on reports from people who barely new the difference between a DC7 and a 777.

    First rule of nitpicking ... ;-)

  • Exclusive!!! NSA Leaks Journalist Glenn Greenwald, Addressed a Marxist-Leninist Conference

    06/30/2013 1:35:08 PM PDT · 19 of 30
    Steel Wolf to DaxtonBrown

    That’s really the trick. The statists in both parties are pretty much okay with the surveillance state, they just don’t want the other side of the aisle to wield that kind of power.

    Glenn Greenwald is not just a leftist, but that rarest of creatures, an honest leftist. He’s no friend to conservatism, but he’s also no friend to statists. So, we liberty minded can enjoy a little common ground. ;-)

    Many leftists are half-heartedly defending Obama, but deep down, they realize that they’ve been had. They’ll back Obama because there’s no other option, other than total defeat in 2014 and beyond. There are Larger Issues At Stake to liberals, and they’ll jettison whatever principles they have to to protect The Cause.

    Glenn, to his credit, doesn’t agree. He would prefer a principled defeat to an honorless win, and I fully endorse giving that to him.

  • My Superman doesn't [....]

    06/18/2013 4:14:53 PM PDT · 40 of 68
    Steel Wolf to craum

    I do agree with you that Superman is noble specifically because he avoids killing at all costs. It is part of the mystique, and an important one.

    As far as him being different than Dexter or the Punisher, or any stray anti-hero you can name, is that there’s a strong element of faith and patriotism that makes Superman trustworthy. He’s the biggest powerhouse in the world, and yet he still believes in power greater than himself. End of the day, that’s why we trust and love the guy. He could be a philosopher king or a monster, but instead, he’s just a good citizen who tries his best to keep people safe in a humble and genuine way.

    If he went down the path of “killing people who need killin’”, yes, I agree with you. Where does that end? When there’s no consequences for killing bad guys, other than maybe people getting mad at you, then why not kill all the bad guys?And the people who get in the way of you killing all the bad guys. And the people who don’t convict bad guys, or let bad guys out of prison.

    Once you take on that role, there’s really no logical stopping point for it. Just your own personal whim. The path to hell is paved with well meaning incinerations of street criminals.

    ...

    All that said, there’s a tiny percentage of time when Supes can snap a neck in the middle of Grand Central and people won’t hold it against him, and Zod is one of those times.

  • My Superman doesn't [....]

    06/18/2013 3:56:25 PM PDT · 33 of 68
    Steel Wolf to craum

    ///Spoiler Alert///

    Superman killing Zod was a direct rejection of the idea that killing is always avoidable.

    In most cases for Superman, killing is avoidable. He wouldn’t be much of a hero if he went around punching bank robbers to death. Yeah, robbing banks is a crime, but you’re bulletproof, so just bend their guns into pretzels, haul the bad guys to the police station and call it a day. It’s a good moral context where restraint is appropriate.

    Zod, in his case, was no bank robber. He was a superpowered genocidal maniac, bred to a specific purpose, and either unable or unwilling to change from that purpose. He was perfectly clear that his intention was to kill every human being on Earth, and rebuild Krypton on our ashes. Period. Full stop.

    He was also a trained, expert combatant from an ancient starfaring civilization, with technical and tactical knowledge far in excess of a Kansas farm boy. Meaning, once Zod adjusted fully to his new powers, he’d be more than a match for Superman. He was clearly disoriented and confused by his new powers, but before long he’d be as strong as Superman, and infinitely more dangerous.

    Superman (and his father) had tried to reason with him, and Zod was perfectly clear that he wasn’t interested in any solution that didn’t involve killing all humans. At the point when Superman kills Zod, Zod is trying to murder people, literally at random, specifically to make the point to Superman that he won’t ever stop until he’s killed us all. There was no ‘Kneel before Zod’ scene because Zod didn’t want our submission. He wanted our extermination.

    That doesn’t leave a lot of options. Zod isn’t something that can be contained. Even Krypton failed at that. What chance would Earth have?

    If your argument is ‘well, the writers should have set it up that Superman could have saved the day without getting his hands dirty’, then that’s fine. Given the scenario presented, however, that wasn’t an option, and Superman was entirely justified in his actions. Further restraint at that point would have seen that family incinerated, and likely doom the world to extinction. If that doesn’t justify killing, then nothing does.

  • Report: Pentagon to open SEALs, Army Rangers to women

    06/17/2013 5:01:41 PM PDT · 133 of 201
    Steel Wolf to Jack Hydrazine
    This is also going to cause a lot of good men in these elite forces to leave because they don’t want to risk having sexual harassment charges being filed against them.

    The military really does have two distinct cultures, depending on the presence or absence of women. I was a spook by trade, but a support guy in a SOF unit for 5 years. I had to live in both worlds at times, and the difference is jarring. Intelligence is largely a modern corporate culture. SOF is an old school warrior culture.

    In Military Intelligence, Soldiers are well conditioned to be cautious and civil in speech and writing, to the extent you find in any professional office setting. A SOF operator, on the other hand, makes an average of 5 career ending inappropriate statements during the course of given day.

    Applying Big Army speech and living arrangement standards to SOF culture will annihilate it. People that seek out dangerous work are wired for assertive, outgoing behavior. Simply put, there isn't any way to square the concerns of modern policy with a warrior culture. They cannot coexist. Destroying the warrior culture to make room for modern policy concerns will cause most SOF operators to drift away into other lines of work.

  • Report: Pentagon to open SEALs, Army Rangers to women

    06/17/2013 4:06:41 PM PDT · 79 of 201
    Steel Wolf to OneWingedShark
    ...you should see some of the reactions here on FR if you were to argue the Constitution's two-year limitation on Army funding implies that we should defund the regular army [and let the States handle troops].

    It's a thorny problem. I love the Army dearly, in the same sense everyone remembers their favorite ex. I do wish it well, I remember the good times (plus some choice nights in Iraq and Afghanistan), and my criticism is generally with the best of intentions.

    Still, there are certain realities we need to consider. The Founders would be horrified at the scope of the military we've created, despite its largely noble execution and track record. A war machine this powerful is bound to be trouble as the society that supports it begins to devolve. Based on our current societal trajectory, it's probably best that we cut spending on sharp objects sooner than later.

    As to the topic at hand, let me say that I worked with some great female troops over the years. Skilled. Competent. I don't mean to disparge their individual efforts or often valiant service. Still, a nation that means serious business at warfighting doesn't send women, and that's largely from a psychological standpoint. We don't mean serious business, at the command and civilian level, or as a nation, which is why we win battles and lose wars.

    Women don't belong in combat, but more to the point, a nation that is okay with sending women to war ... shouldn't be sending people to war.

    Our lack of seriousness is turning warfare into a business, and the military into an increasingly emasculated federal jobs program. By the time our nation 'gets serious' again, it will probably be just as well that the State's scissors are short, dull and child-proofed.

  • Report: Pentagon to open SEALs, Army Rangers to women

    06/17/2013 3:23:17 PM PDT · 6 of 201
    Steel Wolf to jazusamo

    As someone mentioned earlier, our government may be getting close to the point where it can’t be trusted with a competent military, anyway, so ... silver lining!

  • Obama: I’m not Dick Cheney

    06/17/2013 3:10:43 PM PDT · 52 of 72
    Steel Wolf to PGR88
    That's all he has to say and millions of American leftists will wet themselves bringing back all their emotion of 2008.

    He'd better hope so. It's the liberals that are calling him Dick Cheney.

    Obama is in the process of gutting his own mystique, in a way that the right could never do. That he even has to come out and deny that he is "Dick Cheney" is a testament to how badly his standing has suffered among the left.

    Liberals give each other a very, very wide benefit of the doubt, but that laxity is not without limits. He's wandering into the territory that will get his name erased from the FDR / Kennedy tier of the Liberal pantheon, and relegated to the Carter / Mondale / Dukakis tier.

    Liberals won't ever truly turn on one of their own, but they'll minimize your memory to 'well meaning failure' if they have to.

  • Greenwald Slams Media for Backing Obama's Domestic Surveillance When They Opposed Bush's

    06/17/2013 2:56:41 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    Steel Wolf to Kaslin

    There’s no more lonely a sight than an intellectually honest liberal facing down the collective.

  • Carney: Obama Has Clearly Explained "Necessity" Of NSA Surveillance

    06/14/2013 10:09:53 AM PDT · 15 of 21
    Steel Wolf to Nachum

    Obama is in a tough spot here.

    The right is largely torn on whether or not they support the idea of a surveillance state (for counter-terrorism purposes, of course).

    The left is not. They’re torn between wanting to support the man who they believed in their heart of hearts to be the anti-Bush, and the agony of watching that man transform into Bush Himself before their very eyes. Not half a year into his second term and he’s already serving up Patriot Act on steroids and war with Syria. I know people on the left that are beside themselves in grief of what Obama is turning into.

    Obama knows that there are some factions of the left that will support him no matter what he does, but not enough to keep his mystique as the Lightworker alive. The brighter this topic burns, the more credibility he loses among factions of the left that are willing to abandon him or name him an apostate.

    This is exactly where we want him.

  • Kind of a dumb vanity question for andy Army vets out there.

    06/14/2013 9:18:59 AM PDT · 47 of 56
    Steel Wolf to DoodleDawg

    Former military OIF/OEF here. It’s also a basic safety issue. An accidental discharge is less dangerous when the rifle is pointed into the dirt, or, at worst, at your buddy’s lower leg. If you can imagine a squad moving through a populated area, keeping the muzzle down and then snapped up when needed is both safer and easier to maneuver through tight or broken urban conditions. A careless trooper with a rifle held horizontally or at a 45 degree upward angle is a potentially lethal problem.

    A rifle held upright is not only more dangerous, and more tiring, but it presents an aggressive posture that might not fit the scenario. For instance, in contemporary maneuver operations, a rifle would remain lowered until a potential threat was noticed. Raising your rifle and pointing is actually a silent indication to your unit that you’ve seen something suspicious. That’s very easy to notice when all rifles are down, and suddenly one goes up and points at a window.

  • Officials Worried Snowden Will Pass Secrets to Chinese

    06/13/2013 12:47:52 PM PDT · 7 of 54
    Steel Wolf to SeekAndFind

    The Powers That Be can’t seem to decide whether this guy is a low level fake who’s making things up and shouldn’t be trusted, or a credible, dire threat to national security.

  • First verified lie from Ed Snowden

    06/12/2013 3:35:19 PM PDT · 124 of 144
    Steel Wolf to corlorde
    {"Keep your feet and knees together or we'll be here forever, Sgt. Airborne"

    My favorite was the one that went something like this:

    Sergeant Airborne - "If your reserve parachute fails to deploy, do not panic. With your left hand, grasp the left carrying handle. With your right hand, form a knife cutting edge. Sweep up and away on the bottom of the reserve parachute. This should cause the reserve to deploy. If it does not deploy on the first attempt, repeat that motion until it does."

    Me - "Sergeant Airborne, ... how long do you have to get the reserve to deploy?"

    Sergeant Airborne (grinning) - "Airborne, you have the rest of your life."

  • First verified lie from Ed Snowden

    06/12/2013 2:43:59 PM PDT · 87 of 144
    Steel Wolf to servo1969

    Sounds like a lot of fast-and-loose parsing of words.

    Seems Snowden was in the Army, and seems he broke his legs in a training accident at Ft Benning. Was he just training up to drop his selection packet? He may not be in the Q Course, but if was applying or talking to an SF recruiter, there’s probably a record of that. When you apply to be 18 series, there’s plenty of training you do prior to Selection. Now, SF may not take in 18 X-Rays directly from TRADOC with a GED, but I can’t imagine that they’d not take an applicant from another MOS, provided he had the right GT score and the right physical profile.

    These days, the Army wants you to have a GED + 15 hours of college credit to be considered equal to a regular HS Graduate. If he was able to get in the Army at all, for any MOS, he probably met that criteria.

    Do we know what Snowden’s MOS actually was? Clearly he was an 18 or 35 series if he was processed for TS (or TS/SCI). There’s little chance he qualified academically for 35 series (intelligence) and not 18 (SF).

    At any rate, I don’t recall seeing anywhere that this guy claimed to be SOF, only that he broke his legs in a training accident and that put an end to his SOF career aspirations. So what? I’m sure a two minute discussion with the guy could make clear precisely what he was talking about, and either way it would have zero impact on the big picture.

    Still, it’s awesome that the media still has the ability to investigate people down to the atomic level when properly motivated. If only we could harness this investigatory zeal towards vetting the background of the President of these United States, rather than microanalyzing a minor resume point of some low level flunkie who added valuable information about the encroaching surveillance state to the public discourse.

  • Lindsey Graham: "If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it"

    06/11/2013 12:57:26 PM PDT · 25 of 83
    Steel Wolf to cotton1706
    Why not come into our homes and read it before we send it? There's really no logical limit, once you head down the path of Security Uber Alles. To target people specifically would be to admit that mulitculturalism is a failure, or that some ideologies are more dangerous than Christianity, so everything must be monitored. Wouldn't look nice otherwise.

    Rest assured, however, once the State gets enough "counter-terrorism" machinery in place, they'll stop pretending that they care about Islamic terror, and focus in on the real threat.

    If you don't know who they consider the real threat to be, gentle reader, then go seek out a reflective surface.

  • How did a high school drop-out become entrusted with the government's biggest secrets?

    06/10/2013 10:33:12 AM PDT · 62 of 114
    Steel Wolf to Salgak
    Let’s see. . . .he lived in HAWAII. NSA is in MARYLAND. . .

    NSA has major hubs in several places. Texas, Georgia and Hawaii being the three largest. The old field station at Kunia (formerly known as K-RSOC, adjacent to Schofield Barracks), aka 'The Tunnel', is being replaced by a large new NSA complex, handling the Asian theater.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunia_Regional_SIGINT_Operations_Center

  • How did a high school drop-out become entrusted with the government's biggest secrets?

    06/10/2013 9:49:30 AM PDT · 32 of 114
    Steel Wolf to GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

    Getting a TS/SCI security clearance is no harder than joining the Army for the right MOS, and not having a criminal background. I worked in SIGINT, both in the military and as a contractor, and worked with a number of GED holders. If he was an IT guy, he no doubt had separate credentials and skills through government or private study. That’s not uncommon.

    Not having a degree will hurt you in getting promotions, or in getting paid at a certain level (relative to your co-workers), but having the clearance, skills and relevant experience a company is looking for is what gets you hired. I was fully cleared at 19 years of age, and that’s par for the course for almost everyone who’s cleared. It’s easiest to pass a background check when there’s not much to dig into. ;-)

  • Report: Boston attack suspects not licensed to own firearms

    04/21/2013 9:42:02 PM PDT · 17 of 73
    Steel Wolf to Nachum

    Just to point something out, here, but weren’t the vast, overwhelming majority of the deaths and injuries here inflicted by kitchenware?

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Favorite Song: “We Will Dedicate Our Lives to the Jihad”

    04/19/2013 11:19:36 PM PDT · 4 of 34
    Steel Wolf to Perseverando

    I can only imagine what Mark Steyn will do with this playlist.

  • Report: Arrest made or imminent in Boston Marathon Bombings [LIVE THREAD ON IMMINENT ARRESTS]

    04/17/2013 12:24:24 PM PDT · 275 of 566
    Steel Wolf to BunnySlippers
    CB saying he was wearing black shirt, grey hoodie and a white baseball cap on backwards. Cellphone signals match w his movements.

    If this individual learned how to make IEDs, either by being trained or via online jihadist manuals, then he knew not to use a cell phone operationally for communications. Especially in the act of planting the IED, knowing that he was being filmed.

    Admiral Akbar says 'Be careful."

  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes Plans Rigid Guest Quotas: 'We Already Have Too Many White Men'

    03/28/2013 10:40:43 PM PDT · 7 of 25
    Steel Wolf to chessplayer

    The real tragedy of advanced liberalism is that it renders satire impossible.

  • 5.2 Quake in Southern California [4.7]

    03/11/2013 12:51:40 PM PDT · 37 of 86
    Steel Wolf to tophat9000

    Didn’t feel anything here in Newport.

  • Ex-cop manhunt: Fresh tracks found in Big Bear snow

    02/07/2013 8:56:14 PM PST · 157 of 194
    Steel Wolf to dragnet2

    Sure, I know that, but most liberals think that history started this morning, so the effect is more pronounced. ;-)

    Another nice factor is that this guy is a rising liberal folk hero. No joke, if he survives this ordeal he could run for congress and win in half of California right now. Liberals are in the very unusual position of cheering on a guy doing what they have been saying is impossible.

  • Ex-cop manhunt: Fresh tracks found in Big Bear snow

    02/07/2013 8:39:50 PM PST · 151 of 194
    Steel Wolf to JRandomFreeper

    I argue with a lot of liberals on Facebook all the time. They routinely laugh at the idea of how armed citizens could ever stand up to the police or military.

    I’ll tell you the thing that’s got them on their ass right now. It’s one, single, solitary, determined man with a gun, running all of SoCal law enforcement in circles. They’re so scared they’re shooting at Asian women in vaguely similar trucks.

    I asked them what they thought it would look like if this scenario had ten men instead of one. Or a thousand. Or more.

    They ain’t laughing now.

  • U.S. Navy releases records of triple shooting suspect Christopher Dorner

    02/07/2013 5:33:38 PM PST · 21 of 136
    Steel Wolf to archy

    On his Facebook page pictures there’s a screenshot of his degrees and certificates. He was a Naval Intelligence reserve officer, graduated in 2006.

    We got a lot of Navy reservists through as augments to existing intelligence programs when I was in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was in SIGINT at the time and had a never ending stream of Naval reservists pass through. (I don’t know him, but I had to give him a good long look to be sure.)

    There’s a lot of programs he could have been attached to as a reservist. DOCEX, MEDEX, CELLEX, etc, or analysis shops, fusion cells or ground operations. He referenced some different targeting methods in his full manifesto that would be ineffective against him (IMINT, OSINT, HUMINT, etc) and has a working command of officer/intel lingo.

    He’s not a trigger puller. Shoots Marskman with a rifle, Expert with pistol. Uh huh. That’s fine for a weekend warrior desk jockey, but he’s no door kicker. At least, not then. He seems to be giving the LAPD a run for their money.

  • N. Korea video shows US city under attack

    02/05/2013 7:42:27 AM PST · 19 of 19
    Steel Wolf to Berlin_Freeper

    So, let me get this straight. We’re supposed to be afraid of a country who, as a matter of official policy, releases a horribly edited, third rate YouTube video featuring a s%#y Michael Jackson karaoke mix, a low res CGI spaceship and game footage lifted from Modern Warfare 3?

    America truly deserves a better class of enemies.

  • Ghoulish Ron Paul doubles down on Chris Kyle, invokes Jesus

    02/05/2013 6:29:26 AM PST · 43 of 52
    Steel Wolf to i_robot73

    I’m with you on this. There’s plenty of places to make a stand against the dumber aspects of our foreign policy, but standing atop the grave of a dead serviceman isn’t one of them. I get the spirit of what he’s saying, but absolutely the wrong venue.

  • Push for all younger women to register with Selective Service gaining steam

    01/29/2013 7:34:49 PM PST · 14 of 69
    Steel Wolf to adorno

    Women soldiers are not going to be held to male standards in the future, nor was that the plan in the beginning. The government will lower the standards as far as they have to, regardless of the impact. That’s not an unintended consequence; that’s the idea.

    They don’t care that the military is being weakened. That doesn’t scare them. They *want* that. They never intend to use the military for ground combat. They’ll either use drones or they’ll use nothing.

    The military is just a government bureaucracy for delivering aid now. They’re going to slash the budget and kill the culture, leaving behind an armed version of the post office. And that will be that.