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  • President Hope Abandons It

    04/20/2014 7:20:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Six years ago, then-candidate Obama was encased in sophisticated artwork that conveyed his campaign message of “Hope and Change.” Leading up to the 2014 elections he may have not abandoned change, but he certainly has abandoned hope as his guiding principle to help maintain the U.S. Senate in the hands of The Undertaker and his fellow Democrats. Faced with a fusillade of political analysis from left, right, and center, forecasting anywhere from a drubbing to an unmitigated disaster for Democratic candidates in November, Obama and his team had to develop a plan of action. Led by John Podesta (we don’t...
  • Things to keep in mind when running for President as a Republican

    01/07/2014 2:12:21 AM PST · by MAKnight · 21 replies
    Redstate ^ | 01/06/2014 | Martin A. Knight
    NOTE: I started writing this in May. Dan wrote something along these lines in August. Read it. He put it down much better than I ever could.Things to keep in mind when running for President as a Republican. Somewhere between 93% to 98% of the people who would be covering the race on behalf of the nation’s largest national and regional news media outlets will be supporting your Democrat opponent – whoever she (or he) may be. This lopsided level of support for Democrats in the news media, especially within the Beltway has been consistent for nearly half a century....
  • The Open Carry Argument

    06/23/2013 2:11:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    usacarry.com ^ | Mainsail
    My primary goal when I’m out and about, besides whatever I went out and about to do, is to go about peaceably and not be the victim of a violent crime. To that end I carry a firearm whenever I go out as well as follow all the other standard safety practices like maintaining situational awareness, staying out of high crime areas, and avoiding confrontation. I also have a larger overall goal of making it through my life without shooting anyone. Simply put, I don’t want to be responsible, legally or morally, for another’s death. Those two goals might...
  • My Copy of Shoebat's Book, The Case for Islamophobia, Just Arrived

    04/20/2013 12:03:51 PM PDT · by dagogo redux · 2 replies
    4/20/13 | dagogo redux
    After his prominent interview on the Michael Savage show when the Boston Bombing happened, I ordered Walid Shoebat's book. It arrived a few minutes ago, and I read the intro and the first few chapters. Initially, it seems very pertinent and very insightful, but with a writing style that is unnecessarily dense and disjointed. My first impression is that the info/insights will far outweigh the problems of style though, such that in retrospect it will seem akin to a worthwhile slog through some rather thick mud.
  • When you do this, Sun-Tzu smiles (strategy and tactics)

    12/20/2012 6:01:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    In a minute, we'll give you four concrete steps you can take to preserve your guns and your gun rights -- and not coincidentally, make Sun-Tzu, the greatest of ancient strategists, smile. But first, an assessment of the position. We're under attack, but it's not unprecedented. It's just the usual suspects, taking delight in a crisis they won't let go to waste, frolicking in the bloody shirt. If you're young you haven't seen this before. If you're older, you saw it in the mid-nineties. A little older, you saw the 80s hysteria that led to the Hughes Amendment and the...
  • NET CALL UPDATED

    11/10/2012 6:36:08 PM PST · by military cop · 22 replies
    Blood, Sweat, Tears | 11/9/2012 | Military Cop
    This post is written in anger and frustration. Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Party’s elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left. Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to irradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party while still adhering to the core values of our forefathers (beliefs that I discovered are considered extreme...
  • Three Common Tactical & Legal Mistakes You Should Know (and avoid)

    09/17/2012 8:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Jeffrey Denning
    I’m going to assume you’re a reasonable person. You do not provoke or engage in physical confrontations for the sport of it. You are legally authorized to possess a firearm. Further, your self-defense case does not hinge upon your alcohol consumption, your right to stand your ground or some off colored remark you may have made a week ago. Regardless of all of these things, you may still end up seeing the inside of a courtroom after you fire your gun defensively and there are still three big things in particular that can land you into blistering hot, legal and...
  • Secret Planned Parenthood Document Exposes Dishonest Tactics

    08/24/2012 8:44:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LN ^ | 8.24.2012 | Josh Brahm
    Josh, Liz and Gabi react to a leaked Planned Parenthood document that trains their volunteers to purposefully have bad dialogues with pro-life people. A stark contrast is made between the kind of dialogue that Planned Parenthood wants us to have, and the kind of dialogue we’ve been training people to have on this show. There are also some insights that can be made on the way Planned Parenthood directors think based on things that are said in this document. Related Links: Download the leaked Planned Parenthood document we’re responding to Listen to the audio Josh referred to on goals for...
  • How to Make a DIY Lock Pick Set from a Windshield Wiper

    02/09/2012 8:25:15 AM PST · by eglman · 2 replies
    ITS Tactical ^ | July 19, 2011 | chris rea
    Lock picking is an important skill set that ITS Tactical has featured numerous times. They’ve discussed the practical applications of lock picking and highlighted how it may potentially save a life.
  • Herman Cain releases bizarre advert [chief of staff smoking a cigarette as "I am America" plays]

    10/25/2011 3:01:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    New Statesman ^ | October 25, 2011 | Samira Shackle
    The spot was posted on October 19th, according to its YouTube page, but because it was unlisted on Cain's main YouTube page it seems to have gone undiscovered until now. There has been some speculation online that the spot is a hoax, but the Cain campaign late Monday night confirmed to CBS News that it is legitimate. A campaign official said that the video was "just Block being Block." But it's unclear what the campaign planned to do with the video, whether it was intended to be an ad, or why it wasn't publicly available on Cain's page with his...
  • Israelis worried by anti-Semitic flavor of 'Occupy Wall St.' protests

    10/16/2011 5:03:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    Israel Today Magazine ^ | 10/16/11 | Ryan Jones
    A growing number of Israelis and foreign Jewish groups are expressing concern over the anti-Semitic flavor of some of the "Occupy Wall St." economic protests in the US. From the 13th century expulsion of Englands Jews to the 19th century Russian pogroms to the Nazi Holocaust, sour economic conditions have historically formed the backdrop of rising anti-Semitism.(snip) Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper called the anti-Semitic outbursts ''hard to watch,'' and an Israeli commenter said, ''It's just like pre-World War II Nazi Germany. You think blood libels can't happen in America?''
  • THUGGERY 101: UNION OFFICIAL, PROFESSOR TEACH COLLEGE COURSE IN VIOLENT UNION TACTICS

    04/25/2011 12:14:05 PM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies
    breitbart.tv ^ | 04/25/2011 | n/a
    Thuggery 101: Union Official, Professor Teach College Course in Violent Union Tactics
  • Labor coalition's tactics on renewable energy projects are criticized (CURE tactics under scrutiny)

    02/05/2011 9:12:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/5/11 | Marc Lifsher
    Three California unions are accusing a rival labor coalition of using "shameful" tactics to win exclusive contracts for building renewable power plants — tactics they said delay new jobs and add to each project's costs. Unions representing carpenters, laborers and operating engineers criticized California Unions for Reliable Energy for challenging construction projects on environmental grounds — then dropping objections after its main affiliate, the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, wins lucrative contracts to supply workers. Since 2000, CURE has participated in environmental hearings for all 12 renewable energy projects proposed for the Southern California desert, filing more...
  • U.S. Adopts Israeli Anti-Terror Tactics, but Waffles on Defending Israel’s Use of Them

    12/02/2010 8:43:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/2/10 | Evelyn Gordon
    One cable from the WikiLeaks trove raises a disturbing possibility: the Obama administration’s obsession with Israeli settlements could end up undermining America’s own war on terror. Shortly before Israel announced a 10-month freeze on settlement construction last year, Germany urged Washington to threaten that absent such a moratorium, the U.S. would refuse to block a UN Security Council vote on the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza. U.S. officials correctly responded that this would be “counterproductive” but agreed to tell Israel “that their policy on settlements was making it difficult for their friends to hold the...
  • Rethinking The Pistol As A Weapon Of War

    06/03/2010 5:20:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 80 replies · 2,014+ views
    itakeliberty.com ^ | June, 2010 | Jennifer III
    “A pistol is only good for fighting you way to a rifle.” It’s a common quote, often attributed to Jeff Cooper and other well-known tactical experts. In today’s increasingly complex battlefield, and in times of economic collapse and the shrinking legitimacy of the state, we often find that rules of thumb once taken for granted have been turned upside down. Perhaps it’s time we reconsider the tactical utility of pistols. Perhaps the biggest fallacy held among modern patriots, militia groups and survivalists is the idea of SHTF. This isn’t to say there won’t ever be SHTF type situations, but the...
  • Israel Insults the U.S. with Go-It-Alone Tactics?

    04/15/2010 10:08:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 640+ views
    mnprager.wordpress ^ | 4/15/10 | DeWayne Wickham
    Yes. You are reading the title correctly, “Israel Insults the U.S. with Go-It-Alone Tactics! Mr. Wickham does a bit of magic here. Now Israeli leader, Netanyahu, is isolated into a room by Mr. Obama who has given his ungrateful friend a list of 13 demands and leaves the room to let the Prime Minister think about them. So we are to believe that Americans should feel insulted when Mr. Netanyahu goes back home alone without capitulating to Israel’s bosom, long time friend, Barack Hussein Obama. No one but the dead, Israel’s enemies, and the unknowing in the world could expect...
  • Next Battle: Immigration (Expect to see tactics from healthcare debate used in immigration reform)

    03/31/2010 7:34:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 635+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/31/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    After the health-care fight, we can expect the Obama administration to use the same template to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.” That is a euphemism for permanently ceasing construction of the still-incomplete border fence; institutionalizing a large guest-worker program; treating illegal residents as de facto citizens in terms of receiving earned-income credits, health care, and general entitlements; and providing virtual amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens. And what exactly is that model for passage of something that promises to be so unpopular? We know the boilerplate well after a year of health-care acrimony. First, immigration policy — like health care, and...
  • Neighbor shoots intruder in alleged burglary plot

    03/09/2010 6:27:05 PM PST · by Migraine · 16 replies · 656+ views
    White Mountain Independent ^ | March 9, 2010 | WMI Staff
    HOLBROOK — A local Lakeside man shot and wounded another local man when he discovered what appeared to be a burglary in process at his neighbor’s home. The incident occurred March 2 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Rim Spur in Lakeside. Deputies responding to the scene met with Gaylon Crawford, who told deputies he had been asked by his neighbor to check on his residence because an alarm had been activated indicating a possible intrusion. The neighbor/ homeowner Jim Schueller, who lives in the Valley, was not home at the time of the incident. Crawford said...
  • N Korea flags better relations with US

    12/31/2009 9:03:32 PM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 652+ views
    Nine News ^ | January 1, 2010
    North Korea early on Friday called for an end to hostile relations with the United States, after a year marked by nuclear and missile tests and its rejection of international peace efforts. The call was made in a New Year joint editorial of several leading state North Korean newspapers, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and comes with a US Christian missionary apparently detained in the isolated country. "The fundamental task for ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of Asia is to put an end to the hostile relationship between the DPRK...
  • Friends of Carrie Prejean to the Left; You don’t get to do that

    11/15/2009 3:08:58 PM PST · by Bowtie52 · 66 replies · 2,998+ views
    11/13.09 | unknown
    The tactics of the Left are predictable and to date, they win the battle of the media more often than common sense. Recently, offering up Ms. Pregean as a target has provided the Left with no end of lively entertainment. It sounds a little like this; Ms. Prejean has publicly said “no” to homosexual marriage yet there seems to be pictures and film, from her past, that makes her a hypocrite. Conservatives either bow their head as though they lost another round or ignore the “tempest in a teapot” as it offers little interest to them. Isn’t everyone a little...
  • Freep your Republican Congressman to vote NO on Stupak-Pitts Amendment to Kill HR3962

    11/07/2009 11:21:25 AM PST · by Steelers6 · 24 replies · 1,045+ views
    vanity | November 7, 2009 | steelers6
    Let's face it, Pelosi is going to stip this language out in committee. She offered it to push the bill along the process. If the Republicans kill the Amendment they might stop the bill today. It also puts the blue dogs in even more of a quandry to vote yes or no without the abortion provisions.
  • Chamber: White House attacks are backfiring

    10/26/2009 4:01:04 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 27 replies · 1,598+ views
    politico.com ^ | October 26, 2009 | JIM VANDEHEI & MIKE ALLEN
    Tom Donohue sits for an interview with POLITICO. CEO and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donahue, talks with POLITICO about his relationship with the White House, the health care debate and the Chamber's membership. Photo: John Shinkle U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says a campaign by the White House and its allies to undermine his $200-million-a-year association has largely failed — and actually has helped raise even more money for its pro-business efforts. In a 75-minute interview with POLITICO, Donohue dismissed recent defections by Apple and at least four other companies, which quit over the...
  • White House vows to play nice with Fox News

    10/18/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Marty62 · 220 replies · 9,492+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Oct. 18, 2009, 4:47PM | By ANN SANNER
    WASHINGTON — White House advisers pledged on Sunday to book administration officials on Fox News despite claims by the president's inner circle that the cable network is a GOP mouthpiece whose programming “is geared toward making money.” Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.” In response to the criticism, Fox News executive Michael Clemente on Sunday accused...
  • I've been called a racist and I'm going to fight back (Vanity)

    09/20/2009 12:04:02 AM PDT · by TheThinker · 184 replies · 6,506+ views
    09/20/2009 | Me
    Many of my co-workers know I'm vehemently opposed to Obama and his policies. Lately, the more liberal of my co-workers have been harping on me about how my and others' opposition to Obama and his polities is racist. I have reached my limit and I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to do what hurts liberals the most. First, I'm going to label them because they're not used to it and then I'm going to ostracize them from my personal life as they tend to feel out of place and ostracized by society anyway. Henceforth, anyone who calls...
  • GOP ... How to win

    09/19/2009 12:56:08 PM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies · 361+ views
    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1769273 ^ | September 19, 2009 | knarf
    How to win at anything ... look like you're doing something else
  • Obama’s health care tactics just like those he used in state Senate in 2004

    08/31/2009 5:53:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies · 606+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | BY LYNN SWEET AND DAVE McKINNEY
    Obama’s health care tactics just like those he used in state Senate in 2004 Accusing critics of 'fear-mongering' was tactic he used in state Senate days August 31, 2009 BY LYNN SWEET AND DAVE McKINNEY Sun-Times Washington and Springfield Bureau Chiefs WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama, deflecting criticism of his top agenda item to deal with the health care crisis, accuses opponents of "fear-mongering," telling lies and miscasting his proposal as "socialized medicine." That wasn't President Obama in recent weeks, as the health care debate has been heating up in Congress and in town halls across the country. That was then...
  • PRUDEN: Finding no buyers for snake oil

    08/18/2009 5:52:54 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 1,363+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2009 | Wesley Pruden
    Master politician that he is, Barack Obama is a lousy calculator. He spectacularly misjudged the American public's appetite for a government nanny. Or maybe he miscalculated the power of his slippery tongue to sell government snake oil. His apparent willingness to abandon the attempt - for now - to nationalize the health-care industry appears to defer the Democratic first step in remaking the home of the brave and the land of the free into Little America, cutting it down to a size incapable of intimidating the likes of Switzerland or Swaziland. But only if the opposition keeps up unremitting pressure....
  • Say Folks......The "HA HA" Sign works great in Town Hall Meetings

    08/15/2009 1:50:38 AM PDT · by jdick · 20 replies · 1,786+ views
    my idea | August 14, 2009 | jdick
    http://www.jackie-teapartypatriots.blogspot.com/ Great group organized tactic... In an attempt to keep my cool in these Town Hall Meetings here in Monterey County (Congressman Sam Farr). I came up with this sign and gave it to my husband....who was sitting in the front row......they say laughter is contentious....AND IT MAKES EM MAD....ha ha ha
  • U.S. combat troops to leave all Iraqi cities

    06/02/2009 7:24:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 24 replies · 1,472+ views
    washington post ^ | June 2, 2009 | By Tim Cocks
    U.S. combat forces will vacate all Iraqi cities on schedule by the end of this month, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday, including the still violent insurgent holdout of Mosul.
  • Bush defends harsh interrogation tactics: report

    05/29/2009 9:22:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,089+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/09 | AFP
    DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) – Former president George W. Bush defended harsh interrogation tactics used in the "war on terror" as both legal and necessary to prevent an imminent attack, local media reported Friday. The remarks came a week after former vice president Dick Cheney branded President Barack Obama as soft on terror for repudiating the tactics. In wide-ranging remarks to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan, Bush defended his decision to allow harsh interrogation of the terror suspect accused of ordering the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Bush told the crowd of 1,500 that the techniques were...
  • Ever-changing tactical dynamics pose ‘wicked problem’ in Afghanistan

    05/15/2009 5:56:47 PM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies · 689+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 16, 2009 | James Warden
    GERDA SERAI, Afghanistan — Ever since 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment built Patrol Base Devoe in April, life has been a little bit better around the area that Troop C controls. The base’s position on a mountaintop allows the troops to control an area that was once the launch site for frequent rocket and mortar attacks on nearby Combat Outpost Wilderness. But what seems on the surface to be an unambiguous good has actually created a new challenge for the unit. The insurgents’ abandonment of long-familiar patterns has Troop C busy working to uncover the enemy fighters’ new methods. The...
  • Intellectually-honest and intellectually-dishonest debate tactics (Politicians, con men)

    04/28/2009 2:50:03 PM PDT · by mnehring · 4 replies · 671+ views
    Politicians, con men Intellectually-dishonest debate tactics are typically employed by dishonest politicians, lawyers of guilty parties, dishonest salespeople, cads, cults, and others who are attempting to perpetrate a fraud. My real estate opponents, in general, are either charlatans or con men. As such, they have no choice but to employ intellectually-dishonest tactics both to prove that I am wrong and to persuade you to buy their products and services. My coaching opponents are generally not charlatans or con men, but many are quite political. Those who dislike my military views are also career politicians notwithstanding their claims to be “selfless...
  • Six Principles from Sun Tzu (Rules for Conservatives)

    04/19/2009 7:11:15 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 36 replies · 1,543+ views
    The Sun Tzu Strategy Site ^ | No date | Mark McNeilly
    The Six Principles from Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare “The United States faces many potential adversaries, both in the form of nation states and terrorist organizations. Each day, as technology progresses, the ability of these adversaries to inflict harm on the U.S. military units, national infrastructure, or civilians increases.” (p187) So writes Mark McNeilly in chapter seven, “Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields,” of his new book, Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare. http://www.suntzu1.com/content/sun_tzu_and_the_art_of_modern_warfare/ Using historical examples that span the centuries, McNeilly applies the six principles he developed from Sun Tzu's classic treatise on strategy, The...
  • Shut Up [Conservatives]

    04/10/2009 12:14:51 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 38 replies · 2,320+ views
    PajamasMedia: Klavan on the Culture ^ | March 31, 2009 | Andrew Klavan
    My first video commentary is now available: “Some conservatives are arguing that the beginning of the Obama Era has been a disaster. They think the president’s soft approach to tyrants overseas has elicited predictable displays of aggression, boding far worse to come. They feel the president’s high-blown ethical rhetoric has given way to his appointments of political hacks. And, of course, there’s the gazillion dollars in spending and taxation that conservatives feel is a radical attempt to destroy our free market system. That’s the Conservative argument. But today I’d like to explain the liberal argument: Shut up.” See it here
  • Gaza: Israeli troops reveal ruthless tactics against Hamas

    01/13/2009 3:02:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 1,065+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 1/14/09 | Sheera Frenkel
    At the first sign of movement in the dark Gaza alleyway, Alon opened fire without hesitation. Snipers liked to operate at night, he said, and the area had been cleared of Israeli troops. “He could have been advancing to attack,” the Israeli lieutenant explained. “We are treating everything as hostile right now. We were told not to take chances - to shoot rather than ask questions.” Alon - he would only give his first name and rank - was part of the forces that took control of the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza. It was his first day of...
  • Mumbai attacks: the terrorists' tactics

    11/28/2008 10:43:32 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 1,286+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 28 Nov 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The Army of Muhammad is back. This was the message buzzing in radical Islamist circles yesterday as the world tried to absorb the shock of the terrorist attacks in Bombay, India's economic capital. While it is not yet clear which group was behind the attacks, it looks as if the perpetrators were trying to imitate the tactic of ghazwa, used by the Prophet against Meccan caravans in his decade-long campaign to seize control of the city. The tactic consists of surprise no-holds-barred attacks simultaneously launched against a caravan or settlement with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his...
  • Obamatons counting yard signs.

    11/03/2008 8:32:55 AM PST · by taildragger · 44 replies · 1,211+ views
    11/02/2008 | taildragger
    About an hour ago I was working in our yard. A Minivan comes through slowly, and I notice they are counting yard signs. Not the first time in recent history that slow moving vehicles have come through, the neighbors are keeping an eye out do to theft of open garages at night, just for background. On the back of the van, an Obama sticker. Freepers your take on it, Over the top Obamatons?
  • Run a $1,000,000 Campaign with a $1,000 budget

    10/07/2008 12:30:16 AM PDT · by mosesdapoet · 13 replies · 484+ views
    The US Mat.com/home.htm ^ | 10/15/08 | L.J.Keslin
    Here is a bunch of ideas for Michiganders to bring a victory to their individual races and get McCain/Palin to reconsider the decision to campaign in Michigan
  • US Politics Party vs. Party (Wilbur Cries)

    03/15/2008 2:49:50 AM PDT · by Revski · 3 replies · 225+ views
    Wilbur is very troubled because he will be killed and made into different cuts of pork. He is an animated pig that expresses his thoughts and despair over what he knows will happen with crying. (Political Humor) Revski
  • Anti-insurgency Tactics Succeeding in Iraqi Detention Facilities

    03/12/2008 5:21:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2008 – New ways of dealing with detainees in coalition-run facilities in Iraq are paying off through less violence, more actionable intelligence for warfighters, and a better separation of extremists from more moderate detainees, a senior leader told military analysts today. Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, deputy commander for Multinational Force Iraq’s detainee operations, said efforts to tamp down on insurgent activity “inside the wire” is paying off in protecting both inside and outside the facilities. Stone described the “Stone principles” he implemented toward that end: establishing an alliance with moderate Iraqis; empowering moderates to marginalize...
  • Rush the Vote: Chaos Achieved

    03/11/2008 2:30:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 2,723+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | March 11, 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here is Bud in Burlington, Indiana. Bud, thanks for waiting, and welcome. CALLER: ... Indiana. Anyway Rush -- RUSH: Wait, what did I say? CALLER: I don't... I couldn't understand, but it was actually communist Bloomington Indiana. So... (silence) Are you still there? RUSH: Yeah, I'm here. CALLER: Anyway, I'd like to really quickly thank you for two things. First off, unlike the so-called moderates who called in yesterday complaining about your recommendation for Republicans voting in Democrat primaries -- RUSH: Yes? CALLER: -- I want to thank you, because I don't know if you're aware of...
  • RNC head denies party's responsibility to electorate for primary election process.

    02/05/2008 4:32:25 AM PST · by kindred · 8 replies · 319+ views
    America's Revival ^ | January 9, 2008 | unknown
    January 9, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Stephen Stone, CEO of Alan Keyes for President, met with Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan to discuss "evidence of deception by the Iowa Republican Party with regard to the recent caucuses." Stone delivered a letter that described the campaign's allegations against Iowa GOP officials. According to Stone, the state party's behavior in the caucuses "disenfranchises voters" and appears to have "violated the election laws." Among the facts outlined by Stone: State party leaders gave precinct chairs a "suggested ballot" of presidential candidates that was used to guide caucus-goers in the nominating and...
  • Commanders in Afghanistan Share Tactics, Procedures

    01/23/2008 9:39:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2008 – Commanders in Afghanistan share their best counterinsurgency tactics, but the country is big and what works in one area may not work in another, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command—East said during a Pentagon news conference today. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez said the counterinsurgency tactics he uses in the eastern provinces of the country may not work in other areas. Earlier this month, a flurry of stories suggested that U.S. forces in the country do a better job at the counterinsurgency fight against the Taliban than NATO allies stationed in other regions. “It's...
  • Thompson toughens tactics on the campaign trail

    01/13/2008 1:09:10 PM PST · by jdm · 17 replies · 175+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 13, 2008 | by Rebecca Sinderbrand
    (CNN) -- For months, much of the finger-pointing over negative campaigning in the Republican presidential race has been directed at Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has tangled with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani over immigration, with Arizona Sen. John McCain over waterboarding and with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee over just about everything. But another Republican has embraced the brass-knuckle school of presidential campaigning, with far less fanfare. Like Romney, he began to target each of the major contenders as his campaign struggled to right itself. But unlike Romney, who has drawn return fire from each of his...
  • 'Soft Touch' Approach Pays Big Dividends (In Iraq)

    11/25/2007 9:44:23 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 82+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Tony Lindback
    OWESAT — The early morning calm over Owesat was rocked recently by the beating rotors of helicopters carrying Rakkasan Soldiers in for an air assault. The assault was in support of Operation Marne Courageous, a multi-faceted operation that extended the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) area of operation into an area previously under Multi-National Division – West control. Capt. Terry Hilderbrand Jr., commander of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT) said there was a lot done to prepare for the strategic move. “We’ve had numerous meetings with the sheiks...
  • Taliban Changes Tactics, Karzai Offers A Deal

    09/29/2007 9:04:02 AM PDT · by jdm · 80+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | September 29, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The Taliban has seen itself decimated in attempting straight-up fights against Western forces. Some have wondered why Mullah Omar doesn't just adopt the tactics of al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq and focus on suicide bombings. Apparently, Omar has decided to do just that, and one of his terrorists killed 30 people in Kabul this morning: A Taliban suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion Saturday while trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people, most of them soldiers, officials said. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to meet personally with the Taliban...
  • 'House Bombs' a Growing Risk for U.S. Troops

    08/16/2007 3:47:05 AM PDT · by Flavius · 34 replies · 1,006+ views
    wash po ^ | August 16, 2007; A08 | By Megan Greenwell
    HDAD -- When the sniper's bullet hit Billy Edwards, his Army brothers did not hesitate. The 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division calls itself the "Send Me" brigade, and on Saturday, its soldiers were quick to send themselves to find the man who shot Pfc. William L. Edwards, a wide-eyed 23-year-old from Houston. They quickly identified the house where they believed the assailant was hiding and moved in, just as the sniper knew they would. Inside the house, one soldier stepped on a pressure plate, detonating an estimated 30 pounds of explosives hidden under a stairwell. In an instant, four troops...
  • MPs learn change in tactics: New method makes officers more aggressive when shooter is on the loose

    08/08/2007 6:10:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 703+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The sound of shotguns being fired at Smith Middle School on Tuesday brought post military police officers to the scene. But instead of setting up a perimeter around the campus and then slowly beginning the process of clearing rooms, the soldiers used a new procedure of running to the sound to neutralize the active shooter. Law enforcement was putting out warnings to anyone intending to engage in criminal active shooting: If they kill, wound or otherwise threaten the public, they will be neutralized, and that could be lethal. Mark Dannels, deputy commander with the Cochise County Sheriff’s...
  • New Afghan Police Units to Help Counter Aggressive Taliban Tactics

    07/11/2007 4:38:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 341+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 11, 2007 – A senior police advisor to the Afghan government described a new more heavily armed and heavily armored Afghan police unit during a conference call with online journalists covering the military. Army Col. Raymond Bouchard spoke to the “bloggers” about Afghanistan’s civil order police yesterday via telephone from Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan. The new units will help counter new, more aggressive Taliban tactics, Bouchard said. “They are a quick, rapid-response group that would help put down a national crisis or insurgent activity,” he said. The units will be more heavily armed and more heavily armored than traditional...
  • The Laptop Is Mightier Than the Sword

    06/15/2007 1:00:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 714+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | OWEN WEST and BING WEST
    WHILE waiting to see if the Iraq surge strategy pays off, President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have shown Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the door and brought in Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute as the new White House “war czar.” Well, they can shift senior leadership all they want, but unless they give our troops patrolling the streets the tools they need, our leaders are going to see this strategy fizzle. Part of the problem was that when the military surge was announced, it became commonplace for officials to assert that political compromise, not...