THIS JUST IN: Dried Lizard Penises From India Sold as Good Luck Charms

H I D E O U S .

What kind of bad luck do you need to be having to resort to that extreme??

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Question: What Exactly Do We Want to Get Out of Syria?

In light of THIS.

Maybe I’ve just lost the bubble.

“A delicate couple of hours,” indeed.

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Any day of the week ending in “Y”

Today’s outrage is the Left doubling down on blaming Representative Steve Scalise and the others for being shot by a man who, by his own account, was a reliable Brownshirt for the hard left. Our younger readers may not know that the Brownshirts were men in service to the Nationalist flavor of Socialism who were committed to violence as the first response in political discourse. And the man was from Illinois. So, an Illinois Nazi. Man, I hate Illinois Nazis. Nazis are tyrants, and this POS died in Virginia. Sic Semper Tyrannis, motherf*cker.

Today’s outrage is required to ensure the Left maintains its primary tool for controlling its Brownshirts: communication venues divorced from accountability.  The methods, the messages , and the results are straight out the cult playbook.

Destructive cults, groups, movements and/or leaders “maintain intense allegiance through the arguments of their ideology, and through social and psychological pressures and practices that, intentionally or not, amount to conditioning techniques that constrict attention, limit personal relationships, and devalue reasoning.”
Margaret Singer, Ph.D.

“Devalued reasoning”  where have we heard that? Young Muslim men shouting  “Allahu Akbar” and pledging loyalty to ISIS blow up crowds of teenyboppers and stabbing shoppers and the Leftists tell us “we can’t know why they did this” and that it is our fault for accepting them, letting them practice their religion, make money, get healthy, and be full members of the West. This neck twist is an example of the techniques used to program cult members.

Don’t think you can be programmed against your will? Welcome to Orwell’s “Not Me” Myth.

Just as most soldiers believe bullets will hit only others, not themselves, most citizens like to think that their own minds and thought processes are invulnerable. ” Other people can be manipulated, but not me,” they declare. People like to think that their opinions, values and ideas are inviolate and totally self-regulated. They may admit grudgingly that they are influenced slightly by advertising. Beyond that, they want to preserve a myth in which other persons are weak-minded and easily influenced, but they are strong-minded. People cherish a fantasy that manipulators confront, browbeat and argue people into doing their bidding. They envision Big Brother coming in storm-trooper boots, holding guns to heads and forcing persons to change their beliefs, alter their personalities, and accept new ideologies. Orwell drew on the wisdom of the ages — most manipulation is subtle and covert. Orwell envisioned the evolution of an insidious, but successful mind and opinion manipulator. He would appear as a smiling, seemingly beneficent Big Brother. But instead of one Big Brother, we see hordes of Big Brothers in the world today.

But, you may point out, the Marines are just as cult-like as the DNC and the Branch Davidians! No, not at all.

 

It may be time to reacquaint ourselves with the Cold War practice of Kremlinology just to get at the truth of what is going on in our government. How I read the news is fairly easy to describe: with a jaundiced eye. Some rules that work for me:

Wait 24 hours. The “facts” will change, often radically.

What other news stories are out there, but not getting any coverage? There is a lot going on that is being denied to you.

Who is the reporter, and if knowable who is the reporter’s editor/producer? Are there associations or history that have had a demonstrable influence on the reporter’s work? Examples are Chuck Todd, whose wife works as a campaign staffer for Democrats – so Todd’s income is directly tied to the success of those campaigns or Mrs. Todd wouldn’t be hired; or David Gregory, whose wife is the attorney representing Secretary Clinton’s aides in the continuing investigation of the secretary’s email server. The family ties of the major networks (except, curiously, Fox News) within the inner circles of the Obama White House were direct (spouses and siblings). A reporter is not going to get his wife or brother fired or suicided. You could argue these family members were instead hostages, but the result is the same – truth was suppressed in order to further a political program that could not of itself withstand any examination.

What is the source of the news? Is it a single source? Prior to the explosion of New Media, most newspapers and TV channel news relied on United [against the USA] Press International (UPI) and the Associated [with terrorists] Press (AP). All major newspapers across the nation subscribed to these wire services, and the Big 3 of TV News. Another of looking at it: if the US went to war with Iraq in 2003 based on a single source, the infamous Curveball, then why is your voting decision set by a single source? How do you know you’re being told the truth?

Use of quibbling and “anonymous” sources. One of the characteristics of the Clinton era was the use of quibbling, a form of lying. “Is this true?” “It is a truth.” Merriam-Webster defines quibble as “to evade the point of an argument by cavilling about words.” Cavilling means raising “trivial and frivolous objection.” If the reporter or subject of an interview is quibbling, they deceive. So to the mask of anonymity – a source can be created out of whole cloth, given the name “Anonymous” and no one can verify the truth, but anyone who questions will be attacked viciously to ensure the power of the report. Unverified truth may be factual, but if reported by hard-Leftist 5 (WaPo, NYT, AP, Reuters, CNN) on any day ending in Y, probably not.

Lastly, develop and USE situational awareness. Observe and trust your own eyes, ears and intuition. Orient toward that which is out of place. If you aren’t a Leftist you are a target for violence on every day ending in Y.

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The Alexandria Incident

Slater and DaveO and I were chatting for a bit this afternoon about the Alexandria Incident– sounds like the “Fashoda Incident,” or the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident”– and I remembered this from the old WRSA site several years ago.

Enjoy.

I wonder where all this is going?

Latest report I read (1754 Eastern, 14 June), says that Scalise is in critical condition; all day long he’d been reported as stable.

If he survives, I can see this going one way; he he does, perhaps another.

What say you?

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You’re Already on a List

A tale from down-under about the best efforts of some folks to stay off someone’s radar.

The best line from an otherwise depressing article?

“Most Australians did not turn in all their guns during the infamous and mandatory Australian gun “buy backs” of 1996 and 2003.”

Heh heh.

Now, back to the gloom. I myself have uttered that phrase, “I don’t want to show up on some list.” Yeah, well, good chance that I already am. After all, I *do * have a hunting license.

Noted.

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“Combat, Orders and Judgment”

Interesting companion piece to Tango 76’s Omaha Beach post last week.

How often do we reward, in training, a good spot judgment that our subordinates made? How often were you rewarded for such a thing? Have we ever inserted a point into an exercise, large or small, in which one of our subordinates is specifically given a clear chance to sweep the field but must deviate from orders to do so? Or, conversely, plod on and perhaps lose?

What other examples from history can you cite?

Like I said, interesting.

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Weekend Reading: Services’ Procurement Problems

The F-35 is Grounded again for the same Oxygen issues

The Navy’s procurement problems.

Army Aviation scrambling to find a Kiowa Replacement after it said UAS and the Apache could cover down.

 

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