Monthly Archives: May 2009

It’s on the Internet because we put it on the Internet

Would you buy a used car from Robert Gibbs?

Heard about this watching Political Grapevine:

Not Letting Up

And four months into President Obama’s term, the controversy surrounding his original birth certificate continues to dog his administration.

The Obama campaign, you’ll remember, posted a copy of what it said was the document on its Web site to try to dispel rumors that he is not an American citizen. But, an online petition calling for the release of what it describes as the president’s complete birth certificate with the hospital name has almost 400,000 signatures.

Today the president’s press secretary was incredulous that the issue just won’t go away. In a White House briefing he said: “This question, in many ways, continues to astound me. The state of Hawaii provided a copy, with a seal, of the president’s birth… I certainly hope, by the fourth year of our administration, that we’ll have dealt with this burgeoning birth controversy.”

Watch Laughing Boy’s body language. Look at his eyes. Listen to his tone. 

Where is all that scorn and contempt coming from?

This is PSYOP by ridicule.  Those who question the President’s eligibility to hold the office are Legitimacy Deniers, and targeted for the same treatment as Climate Change Deniers.

See also  Obama mouthpiece laughs off birth certificate request and Please get this straight: AKA Obama birth not vetted

Birth certificate question being raised in Ball, La.

Birth certificate question being raised in Ball, La.

UPDATE 20090531: What Mario Apuzzo said —

We cannot place any trust in what Mr. Gibbs said. He and Mr. Obama have to do a much better job than Mr. Gibbs’ feeble and floundering effort at answering Mr. Kinsolving’s simple question. Obama should just do the right and simple thing for everyone’s sake and produce the real evidence of where he was born rather than have his political cronies dodge the question for him.

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Will Johnny Utah Ever See His Surefire Again?

The latest episode in the Wardak Jezailchi saga.

New Afghan Force Joins Fight Against Taliban on All Things Considered

UPDATE 20090602:  It pains me to admit it, but NPR is covering The Guardians better than anybody else right now.  U.S. Helps Afghans Assume Control Of Local Security

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Convoy Day

Road runners.

The KAU gets the jingle trucks from Kandahar to TK.

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False Flag PSYOP, Obot, and Logical Fallacy Agents

Good stuff at The Steady Drip.

Go.

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Guardians of Wardak

A slow road to self-reliance

Gleaned these nuggets for your consideration:

The goal is to field 1,200 Guardians in Wardak province, but only 1½ districts have completed recruitment, producing 243 volunteers.

In part, this is because the Taliban is still active in parts of Wardak, and families fear they will be targeted if their sons join. Provincial council members complain that the lightly armed Guardians are vulnerable to attack. Some still have old Czech rifles that jam if they aren’t cleaned repeatedly. Hardier AK-47s are coming.

The Czech Vz58 design is 11 years newer than the AK-47. I have been curious since I first heard about it why the AP3 were being issued Vz58’s.  Possibly the Czech PRT in Logar had something to do with that.  Arming them with an uncommon weapon could have been a symbol of special worthiness, a visual signal that these aren’t your run of the mill raggedy ass militia.  No doubt the Vz58 requires operator maintenance and cleaning, just like most other infantry small arms in use by armies, police forces, paramilitaries and militias throughout the world.  I shot my first deer with a Mk III Short Magazine Lee Enfield pretty much identical to what Afghan riflemen used to shoot before they acquired AK’s and gave up marksmanship for spray and pray imshallah.  It had to be cleaned, and oiled, and patches run through the bore after firing.  Some of that surplus .303 was corrosive.  Their grandfathers could maintain bolt action rifles but Vz58’s are beyond their capability?

The Basic Rifle Marksmanship trainers didn’t sell the virtues of the weapon.

Also, there is a growing lack of trust between Guardians and their Special Forces mentors in the province of Nerkh, caused by an incident last month in which three Guardians were killed and three injured by a roadside IED.

The six young volunteers I met, all from Nerkh, were eager to talk about this episode. They claim their colleagues were killed after being “forced” by U.S. Special Forces operatives to accompany them on patrol, even though the Afghans were banned from leaving their assigned villages.

The Special Forces lead adviser and other U.S. military officials told a different story – that the three were killed while returning home from an assignment to protect a community meeting. Several provincial officials, including the Nerkh district chief, Mohammad Hanif Hanifi, dispute this version and corroborate the Guardians’ story.

So there is  a Nirkh PPF that trained, graduated and commenced operations beneath the media radar.  Apparently a half district worth.  Which may be all they get if  the story about being forced by SF to go out on patrol becomes the accepted wisdom in the bazaar. 

If they are not allowed to patrol outside their villages, why do they have trucks? 

If there really is a lack of trust between the Nirkh Jezailchis and their Paramilitary Mentoring Team, pull that team and plug another team in there.  If it’s all BS then smack down the tellers of tales and Charlie Mike.

Was this the straw that broke McKiernan’s back?

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What My Government’s Department of Homeland Security Thinks About Me

They sound scared.  Good.

Domestic Extremism Lexicon

(U) aboveground
(U//FOUO) A term used to describe extremist groups or individuals who operate overtly and portray themselves as law-abiding.

I really am law-abiding. So far.

(U) decentralized terrorist movement
(U//FOUO) A movement of groups or individuals who pursue shared ideological goals through tactics of leaderless resistance independent of any larger terrorist organization.

Pretty much all my future acts of leaderless resistance will be independent of any terrorist organization, large or small. Is resistance necessarily terroristic? DHS seems to think so.

(U) militia movement
(U//FOUO) A rightwing extremist movement composed of groups or individuals who adhere to an antigovernment ideology often incorporating various conspiracy theories. Members oppose most federal and state laws, regulations, and authority (particularly firearms laws and regulations) and often conduct paramilitary training designed to resist perceived government interference in their activities or to overthrow the U.S. Government through the use of violence.
(also: citizens militia, unorganized militia)

That’s what they think of people who believe the Second Amendment means what it says. Oh, yeah. Scared.

(U) patriot movement
(U//FOUO) A term used by rightwing extremists to link their beliefs to those commonly associated with the American Revolution. The patriot movement primarily comprises violent antigovernment groups such as militias and sovereign citizens.
(also: Christian patriots, patriot group, Constitutionalists,
Constitutionist
)

All you “rightwing extremists” waving your Gadsden Flags at tea parties are violent. Not yet. But the limits of forbearance will soon be reached.

(U) rightwing extremism
(U//FOUO) A movement of rightwing groups or individuals who can be broadly divided into those who are primarily hate-oriented, and those who are mainly antigovernment and reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. This term also may refer to rightwing extremist movements
that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
(also known as far right, extreme right)

If you actually think the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mean what they say, you’re a”rightwing extremist.”

(U) tax resistance movement
(U//FOUO) Groups or individuals who vehemently believe taxes violate their constitutional rights. Among their beliefs are that wages are not income, that paying income taxes is voluntary, and that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed Congress to levy taxes on
income, was not properly ratified. Members have been known to advocate or engage in criminal activity and plot acts of violence and terrorism in an attempt to advance their
extremist goals. They often target government entities such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(also: tax protest movement, tax freedom movement, antitax movement)

Can’t have a Federal Government without some kind of revenue, but am I bad if I ask questions about the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment?

This Lexicon defines the terms these people use to describe me and many other Americans who haven’t drunk the Kool Aid. It supposedly was “withdrawn” after it was disseminated.

Their mask slipped. They keep this up, I’ll dig mine out.

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