Sunday, December 7, 2014

Remembering Pearl Harbor In 2014

Although it has been 73 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the memories endure for those few remaining veterans who survived this attack.

The following article tells the story of one of those men:

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92-YEAR-OLD WORLD WAR II VET RECALLS SURVIVING PEARL HARBOR
Fresno Bee
By BoNhia Lee
December 5, 2014

Joe Quercia was talking to a buddy and staring out a porthole of the USS Medusa in Pearl Harbor when gunfire rang out and an explosion rocked the Hawaiian naval base on Dec. 7, 1941.

"I watched all these planes coming over and (heard) the Arizona get blown up," Quercia, 92, of Fresno, said of the attack on the battleship as it was berthed in Oahu. "When it exploded, you could sure feel that."

The attack by Japanese pilots continued for about an hour and a half, turning what was supposed to be the start of a day off at the beach into the beginning of the United States' involvement in World War II.

"We lost about 2,500 service men and how many million tons of iron was sunk?" said Quercia, whose recollection of that day remains sharp. "Eight battleships were hurt. We had 20-something ships that got injured."

Quercia, who served as a naval chief petty officer, is one of the central San Joaquin Valley's few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. The Valley once had 150 veterans who were stationed at the base when the Japanese attacked, but those numbers have dwindled, leaving only a few to continue sharing their experiences.

On Sunday, Quercia will join a handful of other survivors at the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony. This year it will be at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

The event was moved from Fresno, where it was held last year at the Legion of Valor Museum in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Before that, the ceremony was conducted at the Fresno veterans hospital for years.

Quercia believes there could be as many as 10 remaining local survivors, but only four have attended the ceremony in the last couple years, he said. "We're all in our 90s now," he said.

The northeast Fresno resident grew up in west Fresno and enlisted in the Navy when he was 18. Quercia was stationed on a repair ship, with no guns, about a block away from the USS Arizona when it was hit. He served in the Navy for six years.

"I gave them six years and that was enough for me," Quercia said. "The water is so big and you get tired staying on the ocean."

Tim Springer, who is organizing Sunday's event with the help of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post 3225 and other veterans service organizations, continues to hold the ceremony to honor the living veterans and those who have passed.

The motto of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, whose local branch disbanded in 2011, is to "remember Pearl Harbor, keep America alert," Springer said.

"We want to honor these guys, them and their friends who made the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941 so they are not forgotten."

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The lessons from Pearl Harbor include the need for a strong military, how important intelligence-gathering is, and the requirement that we never assume that the worst possible scenario won't happen tomorrow.

Charles M. Grist

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Farewell To Warrior Dan McKinney

Sergeant First Class Dan McKinney in Iraq
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”― Heraclitus

At four a.m. this morning, I woke up to the sound of some drunk driver hitting my mailbox with his side mirror. After I went outside to check the damage, I realized that I would never be able to fall asleep again, so I checked my email.

Awaiting me was the news that my long-time friend, Sergeant First Class Dan McKinney, had passed away. He was not just my friend; he was the friend to countless numbers of his fellow Americans, especially to those who – like him – had been wounded in action. Dan and I had both served in Vietnam at different times, just as we would both serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom in different years. We were also both law enforcement officers. He worked for the feds; I was a city cop.

I wrote about Dan years ago after he was wounded in Iraq, and I related the story of his heroic actions. That article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel here:  http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2005-09-24/news/GRIST24_1_dan-mckinney-iraq-wounded and also here in my blog where I referenced the Sentinel article: http://americanranger.blogspot.com/2006/12/bravery-under-fire.html .

One incident I did not discuss was a training mission in the Army Reserve where Dan and I showed the youngsters how a couple of Vietnam vets could kick their asses.

The mission required a company sized infantry defense, with booby traps, listening posts, and about a hundred soldiers. Their mission was to defend against the ominous threat of the two of us. That’s right. We were the “Viet Cong” sappers, and before the night was over we had successfully “blown up” much of the interior of their perimeter (including trucks and generators) and “assassinated” their commander.

Of course, no one was really hurt by the two old guys dressed in black, but we enjoyed teaching them a lesson they would never forget.

Dan lived a life full of meaning and sacrifice. As a wounded warrior himself, he became an inspiration to countless other wounded warriors by helping them and their families recover from terrible life-changing injuries. He not only displayed courage in Iraq when he was severely wounded by a suicide bomber, but his recovery from those devastating wounds was also an example of immense courage.

America has lost one of its best warriors. The Army has lost one of its most valuable members. All of us who serve, or have served, have lost a friend.

Godspeed, Dan. Hold a place on the perimeter for me….

Charles M. Grist

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Army Ranger School And Women - Will Political Correctness (Versus Common Sense) Strike Again?

During my time as a cop, I served with many women who proved themselves to be dedicated, courageous law enforcement officers. However, I am also an Army Ranger who never served with women until I became qualified as a military policeman. My infantry years in Vietnam - or later in the Army National Guard - were all spent with a bunch of rough, tough, hard-as-nails male "grunts." To tell you the truth, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Police work - and Army MP work for the most part - is shift work. You work your shift and then go home or back to the barracks. I've got to say, though, that women have served magnificently as MPs in the War on Terror. One of the first Silver Stars awarded to soldiers in Iraq was awarded to a female MP sergeant (Leigh Ann Hester).

Infantry service - especially that of the Ranger-kind - requires long hours, days, nights, and even weeks in hostile, dirty, and extremely hazardous conditions. To try and do small unit Ranger missions with both men and women would be challenging to say the least. Whether from a potential fraternization problem to the obvious hygiene issues to the overall physical demands and challenges, I cannot support mixing men and women in Special Operations units like the Rangers, Special Forces or SEALs.

The following article discusses the upcoming decision in the Pentagon which may or may not open Ranger School to women:

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RANGER SCHOOL PT TEST MAY BE TOP OBSTACLE FOR FEMALES
Mattew Cox
November 28, 2014

Female soldiers hoping to attend the first-ever, co-ed class of U.S. Army Ranger School have a much better chance of completing the grueling, two-month course if they prepare for what faces them in the first week, according to Ranger School officials.

Ranger School is a punishing ordeal designed to push combat leaders, both officers and sergeants, to their mental and physical limits. About half of all candidates fail to earn the coveted, gold and black Ranger tab.

In January, Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno are expected to make a decision whether to allow females to attend the historically male-only, infantry course.

If approved, the Ranger Course Assessment will be open to all women in the grades E-4 through O-4 whose end term of service, or ETS, is no earlier than Oct. 1, 2016.

The effort is a result of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s January 2013 directive that all services open combat-arms roles to women that so far have been reserved for men. The services have until 2016 to make this happen.

Like male candidates, female Ranger School students will have to spend long hours training to prepare for weeks they will spend weighted down with infantry weapons and equipment on patrols through the thick forests of Fort Benning, Georgia, and the dense swamps of Camp Rudder, Florida.

They’ll also be expected to climb and repel in the steep mountain terrain of Camp Merrill near Dahlonega, Georgia.

Ranger School candidates have to endure these challenges on two meals a day while getting three to four hours of sleep a night for eight weeks.

“It is a tough and demanding course,” said Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Benning. “The graduation rate for 2013 was a 45-percent grad rate.”

“In the summer the guys are wet all the time; in the winter they’re cold all the time,” he said. “The toughest part is having that mental strength, mental toughness to persevere in this over a period of 62 days.”

RAP Week

But the challenge that “overwhelmingly” eliminates most Ranger School candidates occurs on the first day of the week-long Ranger Assessment Phase, Fivecoat said.

“We lose the bulk of our students the first week when they show up to Ranger School,” he said. “The number one obstacle that causes Ranger students to fail is the Ranger Physical Fitness Assessment on the first day.”

Students must perform 49 push-ups in two minutes and 59 sit-ups in two minutes. They have to run five miles in 40 minutes and do six chin-ups.

Many soldiers can do 49 push-ups, but they have to perform them to standard, Fivecoat said.

“We had a class in November that had 406 students show up, and we dropped 91 students for various physical fitness events that day,” he said.

In both the Army and the Marine Corps, the big question has focused on physical standards -- will the services have to lower the physical standards required for infantry and other combat-arms training for women to be successful in these jobs?

Like the Marine Corps infantry training courses, Ranger School standards “are going to stay the same,” Fivecoat said. “We have definitive standards that we apply to every Ranger student; if they can meet them, they will be successful.”

If students pass the fitness assessment, their next challenge on the first day will be the combat water survival assessment.

 The CWSA “consists of a log walk and rope drop where they have to scale a ladder 30 feet above the pond, walk across a beam, up some stairs, down some stairs and they end up at a rope,” Fivecoat said. “They have to shimmy out onto the rope and do a pull-up, and they have to ask permission to drop into the pond. They drop into the pond and they move to the side.

“Then they are given the swim test portion where they enter the lake, shed their [fighting load carrier] and rifle without panic and swim 15 meters … without panic to demonstrate their ability to swim to safety should they get into a position where they are in over their head in the swamps of Florida or anywhere else during training.”

The second morning begins with a 10-kilometer, land navigation course. Students have to find four out of five points in five hours – 2.5 hours in the dark and 2.5 hours during daylight.

Students who fail course can retest on the following day.
Following the land-nav course, students spend the rest of the afternoon crawling through the mud and negotiating other challenges on the Malvesti obstacle course.

The last hurdle of RAP is a 12-mile road march students must complete in less than three hours, carrying a rifle, fighting load carrier vest and a rucksack weighing approximately 43 pounds.

The week-long Ranger Assessment Phase accounts for about 40 percent of the students who fail to make it through the course. Another 15 percent of students fail to complete the course because of injuries and poor performance.

“After that you are at day five, so you’ve got 57 more days to go,” Fivecoat said.

Shouldering Heavy Loads

Students spend about half of Ranger School living in the field.
In addition to food, water and individual gear, candidates have to carry all the items found in a normal infantry platoon including M240 machine guns, litters, radios and extra batteries.

“The lightest guy carries about 80 pounds … that’s a student with an M4 carbine,” Fivecoat said. The load goes up when students take turns carrying heavier items such as the M240, which weighs 27.6 pounds. One hundred-round belts of blank, 7.62mm ammunition weigh five pounds each.

Students will set into patrol bases, receive missions, plan them and move seven to 10 kilometers a night to attack their objectives. The amount of time it takes to cover this distance through the woods depends on the students’ navigation skills, Fivecoat said.

“The most essential guy in Ranger School at night is the compass guy that can get you to where you are going without a lot of excess movement,” he said. “The really good platoons spend a lot less time carrying the stuff because they figure out who their good compass guys is.”

Through this time, limited rations can take a toll on students.

“The Rangers are losing weight,” Fivecoat said. “The average Ranger loses about 10 to 15 percent of his body weight from the beginning of the course to the end.”
But it’s not all about physical endurance. Students have to pass a certain number of graded patrols in each phase. They also have to pass a review from their Ranger peers, Fivecoat said.

Female Interest

The Army would not be the first service to open one its most prestigious combat schools to women. The Marine Corps in 2012 allowed women to attend the enlisted and officer infantry training courses.

In November 2013, three female Marines made history when they became the first women to graduate from the Marine Corps Infantry Training Battalion Course. Since then approximately 100 females have graduated from the course, according to a Marine officer familiar with the effort.

Despite the milestone, no female Marine officers have made it through the Infantry Officer Course. IOC is a demanding 13-week school that historically averages a 25-percent attrition rate for male Marines.

The Marine Corps recently launched a year-long experiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to evaluate how women perform in physically-demanding jobs such as the infantry.

The goal of the experiment is to try to determine what type of physiological profile women need to have to succeed under the current, training standards associated with direct-combat related jobs, the Marine officer said.

To help prepare students, Ranger School offers training resources on the web such as the “30-60-90 day PT plan,” Fivecoat said.

Army units also run pre-Ranger training courses for to improve their soldiers’ chances of earning the Ranger tab.

Service officials have hinted that the number of women actually interested in applying for direct-combat related assignments will be relatively small.

Fivecoat, however, said he has seen no shortage of women willing to go through Ranger School.

“There is lots of interest out there,” he said.

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This old Ranger believes today's Army - and the military in general - should concern itself with its declining state of readiness instead of good old political correctness....

Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Al Capone And The Kid From Chicago


I just finished watching an old movie about Al Capone. It reminded me of a conversation I had with an old soldier from World War II who had once been a kid in Chicago.

George was in his eighties, and he was a volunteer at the detective bureau of my police department.  When we had cases that were unsolvable (no suspects, no witnesses, or no physical evidence), George would make the call to the victim and explain that we were being forced to close the case and that we were sorry we couldn’t help them.

Because George had been an infantryman in World War II and I had been an infantryman in Vietnam, we could relate to each other in ways the average person could never understand. George had participated in the invasion of Anzio and, along with his buddies, he fought his way through Italy and Europe. He was almost killed by the Nazis, and he killed some of them. He was the kind of quiet warrior that most combat veterans become.

But George also grew up in Chicago. As a young man he was a truck driver. He told me a couple of interesting stories, the first of which had to do with him running into Al Capone in a delicatessen. George was having a sandwich made when Capone and one of his henchmen walked into the deli. Capone looked at George and said, “Don’t worry about it, kid; I’ll pay for your sandwich.”

George responded with, “That’s okay, Mr. Capone, I can pay for it,” thinking he was doing the polite thing.

But Capone responded, “No, you don’t understand; I’M paying for it….”

George didn’t want to piss off the most powerful gangster in town, so he simply said, “Thank you, Mr. Capone….”

At one point during the Prohibition years, George was on the road in one of his truck jobs when he was stopped by a police officer. The officer asked what he was transporting, so George handed him the bill of lading and said “I’m carrying auto parts, officer.”

The cop looked at the paperwork, looked at the back of the truck, then told George he could go, but added “You may want to stop up ahead; your auto parts are leaking….”

A short distance away, George stopped and discovered that – unknown to him - his truck wasn’t loaded with auto parts; he was carrying a load of gin – probably for the Capone gang. The cop realized it, but let him go anyway.

This goes to show all you young people that a lot of old men probably have a couple of really interesting stories to tell….

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Charles M. Grist

www.MyLastWar.com 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

God's Message To America On September 11

On September 11, two American citizens observed the above cloud formation in the sky above central Virginia.

God truly does bless America....

Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Prophetic Words About Iraq From George W. Bush In 2007


That last paragraph should hold some meaning for Barack Obama. Had he worked a little harder to get a status of forces agreement to keep a contingent of American troops in Iraq to continue training the Iraqis, then ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State terrorists likely would not have been able to murder, butcher, behead or terrorize the citizens of Iraq as they have done.

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Posted by Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Remember September 11, 2001 - The Day The World Changed Forever


If you are a terrorist thinking about attacking America, remember what happened to Osama Bin Laden.

The lesson for you is that if you hurt Americans, we will go to the ends of the earth to hunt you down and kill you - no matter how long it takes...

Any questions?

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Posted by Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Chinese Are Buying Up American Land - If We Aren't Just Giving It To Them

In the case of dictatorships, it is wise to remember that the problem stems from the form of government, not from the people. As someone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in foreign countries, I have learned that – if left to themselves – people throughout the world can get along just fine. It is the governments that screw it up.

The Chinese people have proven time and again that they are generous, intelligent, friendly, and that they just want what all people want. They want a decent home, a good job, and the ability to raise their children in a happy, healthy way.

Unfortunately for the Chinese people, their government is a Marxist dictatorship. If you are not a member of the communist party, you are simply a pawn in a very big chess game. It is well to remember that Mao Tse Tung (or Mao Zedong today), the founder and lifelong dictator of China, was responsible for the murder of tens of millions of his own people.

In China today, the average tourist will see what the Chinese want them to see. They won’t see the prisons, where anyone who speaks about freedom or liberty will find themselves lost for years. They won’t see the horrific labor situation, where people work excruciating long shifts making your fancy telephone, your clothes, or your furniture, yet they live in a drab, miserable slum next to the factory.

Recently, Chinese generals have said that they should prepare for war.  They are expanding their navy and are seeking to dominate the seas around Asia. A China/Japan war (over a small chain of islands) is a distinct possibility.

Now we learn that the Chinese are on a buying spree as they swallow up large sections of America. Local and state governments say it is just Chinese companies who are building businesses that will employ Americans. They seem to forget that everything in China is controlled by the communist government; and this includes the businesses. If American companies asked to buy property in China, you know what the answer would be.

We just won’t learn, will we?

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The Chinese Are Acquiring Large Chunks Of Land In Communities All Over America
The American Dream
March 31, 2014

Has the United States ever experienced a time when a foreign nation has attempted to buy up so much of our land all at once?  As you will read about in this article, the Chinese are on a real estate buying spree all over America.  In fact, in some cases large chunks of land are actually being given to them.  Yes, you read that correctly.  China is on the way to becoming the dominant land owner in the entire country, and that is starting to alarm a lot of people.  Do we really want a foreign superpower to physically own so much of our territory?

There are some that are playing down this threat by making a distinction between the Chinese government and Chinese corporations, but things work differently over in China than they do here.  In China, the government is involved in everything.  In fact, 43 percent of all corporate profits in China are produced by companies that the Chinese government controls.  And all of the rest of the companies are very careful to follow the lead and direction of the Chinese government.


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Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Obama's Foreign Policy Incompetence - Makes Gaffes About Kosovo and Georgia

After five years as president of the United States, it is unbelievable that Barack Obama could make the kind of foreign policy blunders that he has just made in the Netherlands.

Then again, after Syria, Libya, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservatives, NSA spying on average Americans, the "reset" with Russia, etc. etc. ad nauseum, I guess we shouldn't be surprised at his incompetence:

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ANOTHER OBAMA BRUSSELS BOTCH UP - PRESIDENT 'FORGETS' GEORGIA WILL JOIN NATO
March 27, 2014

Breitbart London has learned that President Obama has undermined Georgia’s NATO membership application, in the second foreign policy gaffe of his European trip this week.

Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia “is not currently on a path to NATO membership”. In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008.

At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO.  We agreed today that they will become members of NATO.”


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Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Monday, March 24, 2014

Russian Inferiority Complex Stokes Putin’s Aggression

Once upon a time, a power-hungry man named Adolph Hitler rose to power because Germans had been crushed in World War I. The German people had a severe inferiority complex so Hitler appealed to their nationalistic pride. They loved him, supported him, and helped him create the brutal and murderous Third Reich.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian people have had a similar inferiority complex. With the rise of their new strongman Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent and a leader who has called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the century”, the Russians are beginning to re-discover their own nationalistic pride.

In fact, anti-American and anti-Western sentiment is on the rise in Russia, as are the fears that Russia is about to invade eastern Ukraine:

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Putin stokes, taps Russians' resentment of America and the West
Fox News
March 22, 2014

Members of an American documentary film crew, visiting the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol last week and stumbling upon a pro-Russian rally downtown, narrowly escaped with their lives as the crowd cursed and chased the Americans and violently attacked their minivan. The vehicle barely got away.

Such views are surely not held uniformly across Ukraine, but among ethnic Russians, and in the heart of the former Soviet Union, a palpable anti-American sentiment is discernible -- and it is, to some extent, the product of determined efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin apparatus he controls.


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Intelligence from field has White House 'very concerned' about Russia invading more of Ukraine – possibly soon
CNN
March 21, 2014

Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Officials assess that Russia – as early as coming days – could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.

Moscow could express a need to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians, or to protect transportation lines from Russia to Crimea, or the energy supply to Crimea from the rest of Ukraine.

Russian troops could accomplish this quickly, officials say, and theoretically before any other nation could even raise objections.

Team Obama's Scorn For The Constitution

"Team Obama" continues to act in ways that would make the dictator of a banana republic proud. Although he promised to abide by the Constitution (which he has sworn an oath to do), he and his cronies continue to work outside the law. From the countless executive orders to explicit violations of our founding documents, Barack Obama simply does it his way. He shows disdain for the Bill of Rights and for the provisions of the Constitution that outline the limits of his authority.

But this is the path of someone who wants a socialist - if not Marxist - America...

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Team Obama's staggering, scary assault on our Constitution
Fox News
March 13, 2104

The Obama administration’s contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law has gotten out of hand. 

Things have gotten so bad that two different bills are pending that would try to force the Obama administration to simply obey the law.

Even if they make it through the Democratically-controlled Senate, the administration has already threatened to veto the legislation as a violation of the separation of powers.

This is especially ironic given the legislation was introduced precisely because President Obama has eviscerated the separation of powers, ignoring Congress’s prerogatives in favor of unilateral executive action.

Obama to Putin: " If you don't pull out of Crimea.....I'll tell you to pull out of Crimea again......so there....."

The above is not an exact quote, but probably close to what Barack Obama (in his mom jeans) told former KGB agent and current Russian leader Vladimir Putin (who was probably wrestling a lion while he talked to Obama).

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Tit for Tat: Russia hits US officials with sanctions, as Obama expands penalties
Fox News
March 20, 2014

The Russian government slapped sanctions on top U.S. officials on Thursday, moments after President Obama imposed penalties on 20 Russians inside and outside the government -- as diplomatic efforts over Ukraine unraveled into a long-distance tit for tat.

The newest sanctions would bar nine American officials from entering Russia. The list includes House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.


ALSO READ:  
Markets Are Laughing At Obama's Russia Sanctions  (3 days ago)

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Posted by: Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Power Grid At Risk - Government Fails To Protect Homeland's Electricity

North American Power Grid
Instead of violating the Fourth Amendment with its over-reaching NSA surveillance policies, trying to take our rights under the Second Amendment, or attempting to indoctrinate our children under Common Core, the government should be focusing on one of the few things it should be able to do well. There are fixes that could be applied to our national power grid that could prevent its destruction or damage by either man or nature. But instead of doing that, they want to exert government control over every aspect of the lives of Americans.

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Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months
The Economic Collapse Blog
By Michael Snyder

What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year?  Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine.  These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly.  But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye?  According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day.  The reality of the matter is that our power grid is in desperate need of updating, and there is very little or no physical security at most of these substations.  If terrorists, or saboteurs, or special operations forces wanted to take down our power grid, it would not be very difficult.  And as you will read about later in this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well.

The Slow Descent to War - Maybe World War III

Barack Obama is losing this very dangerous game of chess to Vladimir Putin....

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How Sanctions Against Russia Could Signal the Beginning of ‘World War III’
The Blaze.com

Russia is preparing to fight World War III against the United States, not with conventional weapons but with the American dollar, a financial analyst told TheBlaze.

Kevin Freeman, a global financial analyst with expertise in financial warfare and terrorism, warned that Russia, along with allies like China, could cripple the U.S. financial system.

It’s not a theory but a “very real reality” that should not be ignored, he said.

“The real risk is if we go after them with economic weapons, they come back after us and this creates World War III,” said Freeman, who has consulted for the Pentagon, CIA and FBI. ”This is a very tough game of chicken that we’re playing, and Putin is serious.”

READ MORE: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/18/how-sanctions-against-russia-could-signal-the-beginning-of-world-war-iii/

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Posted by: Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Russia's Annexation Of Crimea - There Is Nothing The West Can Do About It

Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine is a done deal. There is nothing that the United States can do about it, and there is nothing we should do about it.

The "insurgent" efforts by the United States and the European Union resulted in the Ukrainian coup that toppled the Russian-leaning leader. If the West had been wise enough to mind their own business, Ukraine would have been left to manage its own affairs, and Putin would not have felt it necessary to counter the NATO-managed coup with his own takeover of Crimea.

But our country has not been wise. The Obama administration has stuck its nose into the internal affairs of Syria, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere - all with disastrous consequences.

The following analysis on the Russian/Ukrainian/Crimean situation is from Stratfor.com, global intelligence analysts, who have had terrific success in understanding and explaining world affairs:

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Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine

By George Friedman

The fall of the Ukrainian government and its replacement with one that appears to be oriented toward the West represents a major defeat for the Russian Federation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia accepted the reality that the former Eastern European satellite states would be absorbed into the Western economic and political systems. Moscow claims to have been assured that former Soviet republics would be left as a neutral buffer zone and not absorbed. Washington and others have disputed that this was promised. In any case, it was rendered meaningless when the Baltic states were admitted to NATO and the European Union. The result was that NATO, which had been almost 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from St. Petersburg, was now less than approximately 160 kilometers away. 

This left Belarus and Ukraine as buffers. Ukraine is about 480 kilometers from Moscow at its closest point. Were Belarus and Ukraine both admitted to NATO, the city of Smolensk, which had been deep inside the Soviet Union, would have become a border town. Russia has historically protected itself with its depth. It moved its borders as far west as possible, and that depth deterred adventurers -- or, as it did with Hitler and Napoleon, destroyed them. The loss of Ukraine as a buffer to the West leaves Russia without that depth and hostage to the intentions and capabilities of Europe and the United States.


(“Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine is republished with permission of Stratfor.")

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Posted by: Charles M. Grist
www.MyLastWar.com

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gun Registration Leads To Confiscation – Here’s The Proof

The citizens who complied with New York City's laws on the registration of firearms are now learning the hard lesson that the National Rifle Association and others have warned about.

Using the lists of registered weapons, New York City is sending letters to owners advising them to turn in their weapons or face the consequences. (SWAT raid in the middle of the night?)

So when the federal government tries this un-Constitutional scheme, remember the lessons being learned by the citizens of "The People's Republic of New York City" about their tyrannical city government.

It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for them, however. They were dumb enough to elect a Marxist for their new mayor:

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NEW YORK CITY CONFISCATING RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS
The Daily Caller
December 6, 2013

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.

New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners.

“It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).”


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Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Obama The Tyrant – Ignoring The Constitution & Existing Laws; Re-Writing Laws As He Sees Fit

The founding fathers set up a system of checks and balances via legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. But in Obama’s world, it is all about him, his way, and his agenda.

He is exercising powers that he DOES NOT HAVE under the Constitution. But you will never understand this by listening to or watching the “lamestream media” i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc. etc.

You Obama-lovers may not like the truth - but it is the truth. The man is an egomaniac...:

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RISE OF THE “UBER-PRESIDENT”: OBAMA REWRITES LAWS, IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION
thedailysheeple.com
December 4, 2013

Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the constitutionality of Obama’s executive use of powers.

During the hearing, titled “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” experts discussed the president’s role in our constitutional system.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that Obama has been altering and changing laws enacted by Congress, and overstepped his legal authority when he made changes to Obamacare.


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Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday Madness – America’s Greed & Materialism

We are a spoiled nation indeed. The politics of both parties have led many Americans into a zombie-like state where possessions are more important than reality. Some of us are still foolish enough to believe that our economy is just fine, even as the government prints more fake money, the stock market remains giddy over QE Infinity, and almost everything we buy is made by some over-worked Chinese citizen.

Here is a dose of reality – if you can put down your Chinese-made phone or computer long enough to read it:

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BLACK FRIDAY: A SHAMEFUL ORGY OF MATERIALISM FOR A MORALLY BANKRUPT NATION
theeconomiccollapseblog.com
November 29, 2013

It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday".  Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need.  It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed.  It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation.  It is being projected that approximately 140 million Americans will participate in this disgusting national ritual this year.  Sadly, most of them have absolutely no idea that they are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States.  If you don't understand why this is true, please be sure to read this entire article all the way to the end.


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Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Iran Accuses White House Of Lying About Nuke Agreement

Our suspicions that the White House was “played” by the Iranians seem to be true.

The evil, terrorist-supporting dictatorship in Tehran says that the fact sheet displayed on the White House website about the "agreement" is inaccurate, stating that Iran gave up more than they actually did.

This is more proof that when it comes to international affairs and dealing with dictators, the Obama administration has no idea what it is doing.

What do you expect when you allow a hippie like John Kerry to negotiate on behalf of the American people? That's right - they give everything away just for the sake of getting a "deal". AND they get to remove the Obamacare fiasco from its place as the number one story in America - at least for a couple of days.

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IRAN: WHITE HOUSE LYING ABOUT DETAILS OF NUKE DEAL
freebeacon.com
November 26, 2013

Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva.

Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented.


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Posted by:
Charles M. Grist