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A Message from Dave

Political Correctness

An enemy from within

Political Correctness is just an old trick with a new name.

Political Correctness (PC): The end game of today's politically correct speech is the total loss of free speech to the tyranny practiced by dictators throughout history.

What is political correctness?

Some would tell you that it is never saying anything that would offend anyone or any group of people. But truth is the casualty.

Simply put POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is Tyranny.

This is how it works:

The mission of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is to silence and subjugate all opposition to one's or a group's beliefes and/or ideology, giving tyrants complete power over the people of its country. The declared rational of this tyranny is to prevent people being offended; to compel everyone to avoid using words or behavior that may upset minorities, the weak, homosexuals, non-Christians, non-Jews, etc.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has assaulted the military, family, God, business' from large corporations to small, schools and has even morphed into laws. They have made it a crime in some cases to speak or act on the truth. It has attacked every institution of this country, and as mentioned, has even kept us from understanding the war on terror and defining the enemy.

For example, the slogan "the United States is multicultural" is a claim that:

  • Different cultures are compatible (e.g. our Judeo-Christian based constitution and general laws with Islam's sharia-type laws).
  • People who contradict this claim are blinded by prejudice against other cultures, which, to be honest, is the majority of our honest and good citizens.
  • People who contradict this claim are trouble-making bigots, which make them enemies of the community, if not humanity, and deserving persecution.

See how it works? When you attack lies with truth you are branded a bigot or traitor.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, as practiced uses individuals and minorities and special interest groups with embraceable, non-threatening, politically correct names such as CAIR, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc. to send their message and the media and our political organizations have picked up on the message and practice it.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS draws its power through manipulating the mob and public opinion to create fear to those who would oppose them or speak truth.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has achieved a lot of its goals and we have lost a lot of our own freedom. One of our big losses is free speech. When you loose the ability to express yourself you lose your individualism and when you lose your individualism, you have lost your freedom.

The rational of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is the Machiavellian proposition that "the end justifies the means."

This rational has and is used by many including as I mentioned, our own government in the name of goodbut it's residue is the violation of our freedom and constitutional rights. In this case, the end never justifies the means; it is premeditated, calculated and pure evil in concept. Only circumstances justify the means which is what we all deal with in real time everyday.

For example, someone darts out in the street in front of you, you swerve over a double yellow line breaking the law to keep from running them over. You broke the Law! But it was THE ONLY thing to do!

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS operates with a set of double standards, which are applied selectively to promote certain groups' causes 99.9% of all terrorists have been swarthy middle-eastern men between the ages of 16 and 49 but the United States government does not allow random baggage checks and questioning of this sort of individual before flightsit requires agents to balance it with random baggage checks and interviews with old white ladies and babies and toddlers on the same flight! This is absurd and a danger to our lives.

Another example is in the news everyday, journalists and foreign countries holding our soldiers to a different set of standards then everyone else including the enemy. Our soldiers pull some fraternity pranks (Abu Gharib) and they are branded as "heinous war criminals" while the enemy saws off hostages' heads with a steak knife but that goes uncommented upon. Our soldiers are under constant attack and scrutiny while the enemy goes unchecked.

A brief outline of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS at work in our nation today should give you insight as to how adaptive and destructive it is, leaving no institution of freedom untouched.

The fabric of our nation is the family and that is where I'm starting because if you can destroy the institution of family the nation will fall.

During the 1960's our country came under attack from within. There were many targets but the biggest one was family. We had the hippies with their dope, drugs and communal living; their free love exposing children to this lifestyle - a direct attack on authority and family values. You had the feminist movement stripping men and women of their traditional and natural roles in lifeall a direct assault on the family.

You had socialist school teachers, college and university professors across our country undermining the authority of the parents educating our children contrary to the values taught in the home. They even brought God under assault teaching the theory of evolution as fact. Science, Social Studies and English were and still are used to manipulate students causing disrespect to parents - A direct assault on the family.

Divorce combined with the feminist movement made many women take on traditional male roles and broke up family after family after familyuntil by the end of the 1960's divorces was accepted and fashionable, as they still are today. College professors and teachers undermined our establishment encouraging promiscuity.

In our universities, professors promoted and encouraged Public Protests showing disrespect to authority and establishment and the power of mob violence and public opinion.

In a free country, God-given rights exact that one can express oneself via freedom of speech. They also have the right to vote. Protest and mob violence are products of non-freedom of speech...something that is disrespectful and wrong to employ with in a free country. These acts of 1960's protest were destructive to our country and by catering to these acts, as we did, only encouraged them further.

As the 1970's rolled up, minorities seized power through a set of double standards. The traditional assimilated males of this country fell under attack, the goal was to take their masculinity, their jobs and there roles away. As immigrants from everywhere and from every culture for 200+ years the United States male came here and embraced what our Anglo Saxon fore-fathers built. The United States was better for all of us up until the '70s. By then these "responsible and assimilated" males were discriminated against and stripped of their rights and defenses. Minorities could say anything and it went unchecked as opposed to traditional males who were singled out and even prosecuted under unconstitutional laws made out of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS which resulted in turning most of them into apologists. Standards were lowered to give minorities an unfair advantage.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is an old trick with a new name. It strips the country and the people of all its defenses, filling the vacuum with deception and tyranny. The path of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS only leads to one thing: suicide of the nation and tyranny.

"Equal Opportunity" was truly gone: No more best qualified for the job or things earned by merit...something that still resonates in the ranks today - but as so few of us can remember, the way it was effective, it is tough to make anyone recognize how perhaps better it was.

Citizens of this nation and our military became a guinea-pig for every social experiment that came along undermining our traditional values.

As we entered the 1980's POLITICAL CORRECTNESS took hold and led us to where we are today. Minority's, special interest groups, environmentalists, Gays and leaders on the left use their combined "mob" and public opinion to kill freedom of speech. Each activist group supports each other to gain power and special rights to their collective destructive goals.

It is hard to know where to begin but here are a few examples of Political Correctness at work today.

In 1995 two marines and a Navy medic raped a Japanese 12 year old and were rightfully courts-marshaled and punished by the Corps....yet, a Marine general makes a comment, "they should have gotten a couple hookers..." and is promptly relieved of his command for something most of us would think or say.

...Senator Trent Lott makes a ribald "aside" comment at Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party and he must step down from the Senate majority leadership role and resign.

...Homosexuals are probably the best example of the power of political correctness at work today in our country I want to be clear that I could care less what people do behind closed doors but I do not want their life style forced upon me and our children. They want us to accept THEIR and ONLY THEIR opinion on the matter through laws, and through "educating" and "brainwashing" our kids to accept them and they want to raise and adopt kids as though they are the beginnings of some twisted Orwellian nightmare!

First, in my book, one's private life is one's own - like I and every DOD man was once commanded "Don't ask Don't tell".

Instead, the Gays self proclaimed New York riots against cops in the early 1970's became a cornerstone for their POLITICAL CORRECTNESS movement which followed, with:

  • Desecrating the sanctimony of the 4th of July by putting Gay pride ahead of the values of the nation...
  • Infiltrating and destroying the sanctimony of God by assaulting His word and infiltrating religious institutions in His name...
  • Attacking family oriented organizations which have good values, like the Boy Scouts...
  • The Passage of " Hate Crimes," giving these individuals more rights than any other individuals...i.e., if you murder a black homosexual because he is a black homosexual, it is worse than murdering a white stockbroker because he is a white stockbroker.
  • In their own words: the "The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) was formed in 1978 and was inspired by the success of a campaign based in Boston's gay community to defend against a local witch-hunt... With goals to end the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships..." It essentially proclaims that adult homosexual men can lure and have sex with young boys...amongst their several twisted ideals, having NAMBLA be okay by society, with politicians supporting it and giving tax dollars.
  • Teaching young children in public schools that homosexual activities and lifestyle are okay to partake in is a direct assault on the family and takes authority from parents and is DESTRUCTIVE to the family... Most homosexuals would state that life is difficult enough without being homosexual tooand if given the choice, the majority would not choose to have their own children, if they had them, to be homosexual toobut today it is mandated by the homosexual lobby that we must teach and daresay encourage the homosexual lifestyle in our schools and through politically correct speech?
  • Some Gays state that homosexuality is the "natural order of things." Well despite a recent exhibit in Norway's natural history museum in Oslo on how gay behavior is a huge part of the animal world, if starting today, all animals became gay and all the human race became gay, how soon would the natural order bring us all to extinction? In about 80-100 years there would be no one left on the planet. How natural is that?
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS draws its power through manipulating the mob and public opinion to create fear to those who would oppose them or speak truth.

Gays and non-married couples demand the same status as married couples redefining family forcing employers to provide the same benefits as married couples. This is an assault on the institution of marriage between a man and a women and an assault on the family.

AIDS, was propagated and spread due to homosexual promiscuity...but it was presented as if we are all easily infected by it. It is near impossible to contract the disease in a hetero-sexual relationship apart from tracing it back to the gay community.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has assaulted the military, family, God, business' from large corporations to small, schools and has even morphed into laws. They have made it a crime in some cases to speak or act on the truth. It has attacked every institution of this country, and as mentioned, has even kept us from understanding the war on terror and defining the enemy.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has achieved a lot of its goals and we have lost a lot of our own freedom. One of our big losses is free speech. When you loose the ability to express yourself you lose your individualism and when you lose your individualism, you have lost your freedom.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is an old trick with a new name. It strips the country and the people of all its defenses, filling the vacuum with deception and tyranny. The path of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS only leads to one thing: suicide of the nation and tyranny.


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   - Dave

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Clean Jokes!

Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair.

On his second day, the Army issued Herman toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth.

On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap.

The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years.

One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very Sexy nightie. "Tie me up," she purred, "and you can do anything you want."

So he tied her up and went golfing.

A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license. First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test. The optician showed him a card with the letters: 'C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.'

"Can you read this?" the optician asked.

"Read it?" the Polish guy replied, "I know the guy."

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. "Careful," he said, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful . CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him. "What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.

Mother Superior called all the nuns together and said to them, "I must tell you all something. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent."

"Thank God," said an elderly nun at the back. "I'm so tired of chardonnay."

Word of Truth

By Rev G.J. Rako

Politically Correct Christian

The PC (politically correct) Christian is one that is woefully ignorant of the Word of God. Bible Christianity by its very nature is antithetical to the weak, demonic characteristics of political correctness. Christianity does not cater to cultural, racial, ethnic or any other alleged disadvantaged group. Political correctness is a religion and like all religions, it is opposed to the God of the Bible. Religion is man by his own efforts trying to gain the favor of God. Man cannot by his works and deeds ever measure up to the perfection that God's righteousness demands.

Wikipedia definition

Political correctness (also politically correct or PC) is a term used to describe language, or behavior, which is claimed to be calculated to provide a minimum of offense, particularly to the racial, cultural, or other identity groups being described. The concept is not exclusive to the English language. A text that conforms to the ideals of political correctness is said to be politically correct.

The existence of PC has been alleged and denounced by conservative, (Lind, Buchanan, Sobran), liberal (Hentoff 1992, Schlesinger 1998), and other (Brandt 1992) authors. The term itself and its usage is hotly contested. Some left-wing authors (Messer-Davidow 1993, Schultz 1993, Glassner 1999) have argued that "political correctness" is a straw man, meant to discredit what they consider progressive social change, especially around issues of race and gender.

The term PC is sometimes used in a pejorative or ironic sense to satirise either the idea that carefully chosen language can encourage, promote, or establish certain social outcomes and relationships, or the belief that the resulting changes benefit society. This satire often comments on certain forms of identity politics, including gay rights, feminism, multiculturalism and the disability rights movement. For example, the use of "gender-neutral" job titles ("lineworker" instead of "lineman," "chairperson" or "chair" instead of "chairman," etc.), the use of the expression "differently abled" rather than "disabled", or the use of "Native American" rather than "Indian", are all sometimes referred to as "politically correct". 'PC' terms are also applied to objects, such as "maintenance cover" instead of "manhole cover".

The definition states that PC is "language or provide a minimum of offense". Furthermore, PC rejects the concept of absolute truth and standards. First, the Bible states that faith alone in Christ alone is the only means of obtaining a relationship with the living God (John 14:6) and that faith in Christ is the only means of appropriating the free gift of eternal life (Eph 2:8-9, I John 5:13). Let me tell you this eternal fact has, is causing and will continue to cause great offense.

The Word of Truth - Alive and Powerful

The truth of the Word of God has been offending people for thousands of years. If you as a Christian are not offending someone in your periphery then you are probably a failure in the Christian way of life. However, the PC cannot allow any kind of offense. You see if you reject God's plan of salvation the result is condemnation, judgment and the lake of fire. How horribly exclusionary God's plan of salvation is to the PC, they state the Bible is saying that if we wonderfully PC tolerant groups do not accept the Bible then we are condemned or judged already. That is exactly what the Bible states, "and there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved" (John 3:18, Acts 4:12). Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but, by Me" (John 14:6). This passage clearly states that the adherents of islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, are wrong. They are all following the path, which leads straight to hell (how politically incorrect of me). I do not consider islam to be a religion but a terrorist organization. If I must call it a religion then it is the religion of death! Make no mistake; you tolerate them while they plot your death.

The Bible is the only objective reality of the universe it is absolute truth. According to the PC, you are guilty of committing a hate crime if you believe the Bible. If you are audacious enough to teach or speak the Word of God, then you are guilty of hate speech. What happened to the espoused tolerance of the theologically liberal left? There cannot be and there will not be tolerance of Christianity. Christianity is under satanic attack today, persecution of Biblical Christians is right behind the war of words waged by the PC.

On a positive note Jesus Christ as eternal God voluntarily gave up the independent use of His Deity and humbled Himself by becoming true humanity (Philippians 2:6-8). He was born a man, lived a perfect sinless life became our substitute, and died instead of us. He accomplished this great mission. He went to the Cross and God the Father gathered up every sin ever committed and every sin that ever would be committed and poured them out on the body of Jesus Christ and for three hours on the cross God the Father judged each and every sin. The perfect Righteousness and Justice of God were satisfied with this sacrifice for sin. Whereby the sin barrier that existed between man and God was removed, salvation was complete, His efficacious, substitutionary work on the cross was finished (John 19:30).

Because of the person and completed work of Christ on the cross, you can make that most important decision of your life, the decision to have a personal relationship with the living God, the decision to receive eternal life. This is a gift from God and cannot be earned or merited by you in any way. God is not impressed with your good deeds and He requires none from you. He is only impressed with the perfect work of Christ on the cross, which provided your salvation.

You can have eternal life right now at this very moment; the Scripture says; Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts16:32). That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life (John 3:16), He who believes in the Son has eternal life ... (John 3:36).

The issue is always faith alone in Christ alone. He did the work, we appropriate the result which is salvation by Grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9).

For the believer in Jesus Christ the issue is not salvation but the execution of the unique spiritual life of the church age. No political correctness here either. We are commanded to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18). The Bible must be the priority in our lives. Much is said concerning this subject in Scripture however, I will leave that to another day.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

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In Yavapai did Uncle Jeff
  A stately shooting range decree,
Where senators and belted earls,
  And cooks and cops and working girls,
Could study weaponry!

- a nimble poem
On Jeff Cooper's API / Gunsite Ranch -Birth place of Modern Pistol craft .(pas presented by Fr.Frog)

"Dilgentia Vis Celeritas,"

- Latin for "accuracy, power, speed."

"Pay close attention to everything, notice what no one else notices. Then you will know what no one else knows, and that's always useful."

- advice from a father to his son in the book City of Ember

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

- Theodore Roosevelt

They carry machine guns like pistols they say,
  And a Knife that was tempered in Hell;
And the raiders all claim no mortal by name
  Could use them one quarter so well."

- Song describing USMC Raider Battalions, 1943


Jeff Cooper

If violent crime is to be curbed it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore, what he must be taught to fear is the victim."

-Jeff Cooper, May 20, 1920-September 25, 2006

Jeff Cooper, a firearms expert who formulated the widely used "modern technique of the pistol" and founded a highly regarded firearms training center in Arizona, has died. He was 86.

Cooper, an author and longtime Guns & Ammo magazine columnist who had experienced health problems in recent years, died Monday at his home near the training center on Gunsite Ranch, his family said.

A big-game hunter and retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Cooper founded what was originally called the American Pistol Institute on Gunsite Ranch in the Sonora Desert just west of Paulden, Ariz., in 1976.

The training center expanded from teaching pistol techniques to covering military carbines, shotguns, submachine guns, hunting rifles and various other small arms. Now called Gunsite Academy, it boasts an estimated 40,000 graduates, including law enforcement officers, military personnel from around the world and civilians.

Jeff Cooper

Cooper, who wrote several books on firearms and was one of the original writers for Guns & Ammo, sold the training center in 1992 but continued to live on the property.

"He's an icon in the field," Gunsite Academy owner Owen Mills said. "Probably, in the use of small arms, he is on par with John Browning, the inventor of modern American semiautomatic pistols."

Cooper, Mills said, "codified the use and deployment of small arms for personal defense."

Cooper's modern technique of the pistol grew out of his involvement with two groups he organized in the mid-1950s, the Bear Valley Gunslingers and the Southwest Combat Pistol League, which held matches in the Big Bear area and other locations.

"Jeff's contribution to all this was that he was able to observe what other people were doing and see what worked," said Ed Head, operations manager at Gunsite. "His particular genius was to turn it into a particular teaching methodology."

The modern technique of the pistol, which was later branched out to other small arms, features five elements, including the Weaver stance, named for Jack Weaver, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who used two hands to grip the pistol, which created isometric tension to steady it, and used the gun sight.

"Before that, everybody had been hip-shooting - shooting with one hand, without the use of the sights," said Head. "It made a big difference."

The modern technique "has been widely accepted by all the law enforcement agencies in the world," including the Los Angeles Police Department, Mills said. "The man's probably responsible for keeping more soldiers and law enforcement officers alive than anyone in the world."

He added that Cooper's codification of firearm safety rules is "universally accepted."

Cooper, said Wiley Clapp, former handgun editor for Guns & Ammo, "has been referred to as the father of modern handgunning - accurately, I think. He is the guy who developed the technique of using a handgun defensively, the technique that is almost universal in both police and military circles and civilian circles.

"If you go to the movies and see Tom Cruise fighting his way through the bad guys ... in the way they hold the pistol, the way they fire multiple shots, all of that is a somewhat Hollywood-ized version of the modern technique. The position they're generally in is a Weaver.

"So this thing that one ultra-conservative, right-wing retired colonel started in the mountains of Big Bear is so permeated in our culture that they're using it in the movies and so forth."

John Dean "Jeff" Cooper was born in Los Angeles on May 20, 1920. As a Marine during World War II, he served on the battleship Pennsylvania and later conducted what he described as "clandestine services" during the Korean War.

Cooper, who was discharged from the Marines in 1955, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University and a master's degree in history from UC Riverside. From the late 1950s through the early '70s, he taught history part time through a community college and at the high school in Big Bear.

To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth

His books include "Cooper on Handguns," "The Art of the Rifle," "To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth," "Sports Car Annual," two volumes of "Gunsite Gossip," "Fireworks" (a collection of essays) and the memoirs "Another Country" and "C Stories."

After Mills bought the center from another owner in 1999, Cooper returned to teach master's classes, quitting for health reasons in 2003.

His column continued to appear in Guns & Ammo, however, and he also continued to meet with Gunsite students who would visit after classes on Friday afternoons.

He'd greet them in his spacious, high-ceilinged living room, whose walls are adorned with game heads, swords and other military artifacts. Then he'd take them to his downstairs armory, where he'd hold forth on guns, politics and other topics.

Cooper, who served as the first president of the International Practical Shooting Confederation, also served on the National Rifle Assn. board of directors. In 1995, he received the Outstanding American Handgunner Award.

Cooper is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janelle; three daughters, Christy Hastings, Parry Heath and Lindy Wisdom; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

At the request of the Cooper family it is our sad duty to report the passing of Jeff Cooper on September 25, 2006. Jeff died peacefully at home while being cared for by his family. He was laid to rest at Gunsite in a private service on October 2, 2006

A public memorial service will be held on May 10, 2007 at the NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM, because of the number of people expected. The service will begin around noon on that date in the "Coors Range Building."

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Eric Newby, 86; Newby served with Britain's elite Special Boat Section during World War II ~ a travel writer known for classic mountain-climbing tale

Eric Newby From Times wire reports

October 30, 2006

Eric Newby, 86, author of the travel classic "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush," died Oct. 20 near Guildford in southern England, his daughter Sonia Ashmore told the Associated Press. No cause of death was given.

Born and raised in London, Newby gave up a job in advertising in 1938 to sail on a Finnish grain ship to Australia and back, a voyage he later recounted in "The Last Grain Race."

Newby served with Britain's elite Special Boat Section during World War II. Captured during an operation off the Italian coast in 1942, he spent three years in a prisoner-of-war camp. He managed to escape, and before being recaptured he met a young Italian Slovenian woman, Wanda Skof, whom he married in 1946.

After the war, Newby worked in the fashion business before setting out - with almost no mountaineering training - to climb Afghanistan's Mir Samir. The journey, alternately funny and thrilling, is recounted in "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush" (1958), which has remained in print for half a century.

Newby served as travel editor of the Observer newspaper in London between 1964 and 1973 and continued to travel, frequently accompanied by his wife. His travel books include "Slowly Down the Ganges," "Round Ireland in Low Gear," "Love and War in the Apennines" - about his wartime experience - and "On the Shores of the Mediterranean."

World News - Knowing is Half the Battle!

Navy SEAL Dives on Grenade to Save Others

Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor

A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret.


A New Assignment for Younger Troops

American Troops in Iraq

In an effort to defeat Iraq's insurgency, the U.S. military is now training its lower ranks on how to win the hearts and minds of the locals.

WASHINGTON - Three years after insurgents appeared as a potent force in Iraq, the U.S. military has begun to expand its counterinsurgency training by focusing more closely on younger service members and junior officers.

The new emphasis on training the lower ranks reflects the growing view among top commanders that the war cannot be won by military might alone and that U.S. troops at all levels must be taught how to win the allegiance of the local population.


Maritime Terrorism: the Nexus Between Pirates and Terrorists

Maritime Terrorism

In the past, the difference between terrorists and pirates was recognizable: each possessed distinct strategic goals, achieved through the same medium-the sea. More recent events, however, suggest that this distinction is becoming less clear.

Terrorist organizations, like al-Qaeda (Group Profile), are collaborating with various piracy groups in strategic waterways to achieve broader and more destructive goals. Incidents of piracy are much higher and are more successful in relatively weak states, where the government has little to no power over their territorial waters. This is one reason Somalia has been a safe haven for pirates/terrorists. The increase of maritime terrorist attacks and piracy in the Horn of Africa region, and internationally, has called worldwide attention to Somalia (Country Profile), where the Juba Valley Alliance seized Chisimayu, the country's most popular and largest seaport (Intel Report).

Even more pressing is the Islamic Courts Union (ICU; Group Profile) militia leader's, Hassan Turki, public recognition that foreign Muslims were being brought into Somalia to bolster his forces. Because of the ICU's possible links to al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, Chisimayu could turn into a Somali stage to launch more pirate attacks.

Piracy in Somalia

According to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) quarterly and weekly reports, in the summer of 2005, Somalia was the most dangerous region for piracy with nine pirate incidents from August 9-15 alone (link). Last year proved to be one of the most active years for piracy of the coast of Somali:

  • June 27, 2005 - capture of the MV Semlow resulted in over nine weeks of failed ransom negotiations to return the seized UN-chartered ship carrying tsunami aid to Somalia (WAR Report).
  • August 19, 2005 - 40 crewmembers from three fishing boats held off Somali coast, pirates engaged in negotiations with local militia leader.
  • March 29, 2006 - a dozen armored Somali pirates hijack a UAE-registered oil tanker, kidnapping 19 Filipino crewmembers. They also demanded a high ransom (WAR Report).
  • November 5, 2005 - Seabourn Spirit cruise ship - a subsidiary of Carnival Corp. attacked by gunmen in speedboats 100 miles off coast of Somalia (WAR Report).

MCPON Visits Sailors in Afghanistan

MCPON Visits Sailors in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe Campa Jr., visited with Sailors serving in Afghanistan, Oct. 19, and discussed their vital roles defending the nation and supporting the Navy.

"I wanted to come here and see Sailors who are serving with the Army and other forces and see the job that we're doing," Campa said. "I've been extremely impressed with what I've seen, not because I didn't think our Sailors would do a great job, but because I am seeing so many of our Sailors who are teaching and leading."

With more than 11,000 Sailors serving on the ground in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), the Navy is taking on a larger and more demanding role in these vital locations. Many Sailors are serving in Individual Augmentee (IA) capacities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Horn of Africa.

"This is a mission that is not going to go away," Campa said. "The demand for our Sailors is high and we've proven that we can do it. The talent and the capability that we bring to the fight continue to grow."


CTF 152 visits UAE; Exercises with Gulf Nations

CTF 152 visits UAE; Exercises with Gulf Nations

ITS ETNA, At Sea - ITS Etna, the flagship of maritime coalition Task Force 152, led by Italian Rear Adm. Emilio Foltzer, along with ITS Commandant Foscari, completed a six-day port visit to Mina Zayed port in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., Oct. 12.

CTF 152 leads maritime security operations (MSO) in the central and southern Arabian Gulf. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.

Upon departing Mina Zayed, Etna and Foscari conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise along with local maritime security forces. The Italian Ambassador to the U.A.E., Paolo Dionisi, observed the exercise from aboard Foscari, along with visiting officers from the U.A.E. and several other nations.

During the exercise, Etna simulated a merchant vessel suspected of being involved in illicit trafficking related to international terrorism. A security team of Italian Marines from Foscari first fast-roped aboard Etna from Foscari's helicopter to secure and prepare the scene, followed by a boarding team to inspect cargo and documents. Local maritime officials observed and were standing by to assist Foscari and to inspect and escort the "merchant vessel" to port on completion of hand over procedure.

The Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) exercise was the seventh in a series conducted with regional nations since the Italian Navy assumed command of the task force, June 28.


Exercise Eagle Response Concludes with Land-Based Training in Egypt

HURGHADA, Egypt - U.S. Navy Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6, Detachment (Det.) 4, and Egyptian Navy Frogmen (ENF) concluded Exercise Eagle Response, Sept. 20, a four-day, land-based ordnance training exercise.

Eagle Response was designed to equip already skilled ENF ordnance disposal personnel with specialized skills they can turn around and teach to their inexperienced junior sailors. The exercise is unlike most training endeavors Det. 4 is involved with because they've found themselves training individuals already skilled and knowledgeable in ordnance disposal.

"Many of them have been to BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition School) or EOD schools in the States, so we don't have to spend extra time teaching them the basics," said Lt. Steve Cobos, EODMU 6, Det. 4 officer in charge. "[Instead] we can put our efforts towards teaching specialized skills they can pass on to their younger peers."


Memorial pays tribute to fallen Rangers

Memorial pays tribute to fallen Rangers

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 10, 2006) - Nothing lasts forever, but the Rangers made a tribute last week to their fallen comrades that will last for generations - by etching their names in granite.

The 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment held a memorial ceremony Sept. 27 in the Ranger quad to honor those who have died during combat or training since the battalion was reorganized in 1974. In a solemn ceremony, the battalion commander and command sergeant major dedicated a black granite memorial to the memory of their fallen battalion members, placing a wreath at the foot of the gleaming obelisk.

One side displayed an inscription from President Theodore Roosevelt praising their courage to take risks, while engraved on the sides are the names of Rangers who died during training, in operations Urgent Fury in Grenada and Just Cause in Panama, and in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Army Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Army Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, October 13, 2006) - An Army Special Forces Soldier stationed here died Oct. 11, in southern Afghanistan while deployed in support of combat operations.

CW2 Scott W. Dyer, 38, an assistant detachment commander, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group here, died from injuries sustained in support of combat operations.

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August 2006.

A native of Titusville, Fla., Dyer enlisted in the Army Nov. 11, 1987, as a cavalry scout. After completing basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky., he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. In 1993, Dyer volunteered for Special Forces training and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course he was assigned to 3rd SFG as a Special Forces engineer. He served with the 3rd SFG until January 2002 when he was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, here, as a civil affairs engineer.

In 2003, Dyer volunteered to attend Warrant Officer's Candidate School and graduated in June of that year. He was reassigned to the 3rd SFG in February 2004 as an assistant detachment commander.


Some 200 human remains found at NY Ground Zero

Some 200 human remains found at NY Ground Zero

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 200 pieces of human remains have been found at the World Trade Center site since the discovery of bones by workers clearing rubble from manholes sparked a new search a week ago, an official said on Thursday.

The Twin Towers in New York City were hit by hijacked passenger jets and collapsed on September 11, 2001, killing 2,749 people. Some 1,150 of the victims have either not been identified or not recovered.

A spokeswoman for New York's Chief Medical Examiner's Office said that on Thursday an additional nine pieces of bone were found, bringing the total for the week to 202 pieces, ranging from 1 inch to 12 inches in length.


Navies help keep guard on Saudi oil facilities

Navies help keep guard on Saudi oil facilities

LONDON (Reuters) - Coalition naval forces are helping to guard vital oil installations in top exporter Saudi Arabia as part of heightened security following an al Qaeda threat last month, naval sources said on Friday.

In their sights are the kingdom's Ras Tanura terminal, the world's biggest offshore oil export facility, and Bahrain's Bapco refinery.

"Acting on information received, Coalition naval forces, operating in support of Saudi and Bahraini forces have deployed units to counter a possible maritime threat to the oil facilities at Ras Tanura," Britain's Royal Navy in Dubai said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia's own security forces and navy are guarding strategic oil facilities and coalition forces are patrolling only in international waters.


Former CIA Officer Says Iraq Can Be Stabilized By Trained Security Forces

Former CIA Officer Says Iraq Can Be Stabilized By Trained Security Forces

Next in a series exploring how the United States should handle the war in Iraq, former Army special forces and CIA officer Michael Vickers discusses how the security situation can be improved by properly training Iraqi security forces.

JIM LEHRER: And now, we resume our conversations on specific ideas about what the United States can or should do next in Iraq. We've already explored ending the occupation immediately and decentralizing Iraq. Tonight, in the third conversation, the focus is on training Iraqi security forces. Ray Suarez is in charge.

RAY SUAREZ: And with me is Michael Vickers, director of strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington research institute. He served as an Army Special Forces officer and a CIA operations officer. He's briefed President Bush twice over the past few months.

And, Michael Vickers, when we asked you what to do in Iraq here on out, you said, "Finish the training of the Iraqi security forces." Why did you name that as your best idea on how to proceed from here?


Austrian authorities thwart kidnap plot

Austrian authorities thwart kidnap plot

State television said members of Austria's elite Cobra paramilitary police were guarding a home owned by Swarovski in the ski resort town of Kitzbuehel. Elite police commandos were providing round-the-clock protection for Austria's most famous couple

VIENNA, Austria - Elite police commandos were providing round-the-clock protection for Austria's most famous couple - crystal heiress Fiona Swarovski and her husband, Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser - after authorities thwarted a kidnap-for-ransom plot, officials said Thursday.

Swarovski, 41, was in a secure location somewhere in the alpine province of Tyrol, said Gerald Hesztera, a spokesman for the Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Police also were guarding Grasser, 37, although it remained unclear whether he also had been a target.

Officials said they tightened security around the couple after a Romanian prisoner serving time in a jail in Innsbruck tipped them to a plot allegedly hatched by a criminal gang from Eastern Europe to kidnap Swarovski and demand an undisclosed amount of cash.


A fading old soldier

A fading old soldier

As L.A.'s historic Patriotic Hall prepares for possible renovation, veterans groups moving out fear they'll be displaced by higher rents.

The veterans are withdrawing from Patriotic Hall.

For the first time in 80 years, this looming historic building in downtown Los Angeles - once hailed as the grandest veterans memorial building in the nation - will stand empty.

Los Angeles County, which owns the building, is studying whether to remodel the neo-Italian Renaissance-style hall on South Figueroa and 18th streets, long the home of veteran services and social groups. Now the groups' offices and records have been moved elsewhere.


The new Spec Ops Weapons


October 23, 2006
Inside SCAR
We test spec ops' new rifle
By Matthew Cox and Christian Lowe
Staff writers

It's as if someone took the M16A4 and said, "How can we make this better?"

Then, they made two.

Marine Corps Systems Command is keeping an eye on them, the Corps' new special operations troops might be getting one, and even the commandant fired one this summer. And with a nearly $2 million infusion of cash for further testing in 2007, U.S. commandos are even closer to getting their own specially designed assault rifle.

In November 2004, U.S. Special Operations Command awarded a contract to FN Herstal to develop a reliable, modular weapon system for its elite forces. Two years and a couple of design tweaks later, the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle, or SCAR, was born.

Marine Corps Times recently spent a few hours at FNH USA's weapons training and test facility in Fredericksburg, Va., checking out the latest prototypes of the new weapon system.

We learned about the SCAR's features, inside and out. We also had the chance to get a feel for these new guns by firing a few rounds downrange. Most Marines won't get the opportunity to heft these rifles unless they're fielded Corps-wide, but we can provide an inside look at the weapon America's most elite troops are asking for.

The SCAR program is really two rifles < the SCAR Light, chambered for 5.56mm NATO rounds, and the SCAR Heavy, chambered for 7.62mm NATO ammo.

The two versions of the SCAR are intended to replace an assortment of weapons for spec ops troops:

  • EUR The M4A1 carbine, chambered in 5.56mm.
  • EUR The MK18 close-quarter battle rifle, similar to the M4A1 but equipped with a 10.5-inch barrel.
  • EUR The MK11 special purpose rifle, chambered in 7.62mm.
  • EUR The MK12 special purpose rifle, chambered in 5.56mm.
  • EUR The M14 rifle, chambered in 7.62mm.

Both versions of the SCAR can be equipped with different barrel lengths to suit missions ranging from close-quarter fights to long-range shooting.

The SCAR Light has a 10-inch "close-quarter combat" barrel, a 14-inch "standard" barrel and an 18-inch "long" barrel.

The SCAR Heavy also has a 10-inch CQC barrel but has a 13-inch standard barrel and a 20-inch long barrel.

The CQC barrel is intended for urban-style targets out to 200 meters; the standard barrel is for targets at 300 to 500 meters; and the long barrel is for targets at 500 to 800 meters out.

The operator can change barrels on either model within five minutes, FNH officials say.

To do so, the operator uses a special T-handle torque wrench to loosen the barrel retention screws, slide one barrel out, replace it and re-tighten the screws. Each barrel has its own front sight so the operator doesn't have to make sight adjustments after each barrel change.

"The operators could get a mission that they were going to be inserted into an urban area, so back at the patrol base, they can swap out barrels," said Jim Owens, director of weapons development and training at FNH USA and a retired gunnery sergeant who spent most of his 20 years of service in the Corps' scout sniper community.

"Maybe three-quarters of the team would put in a CQC barrel in and the other quarter would want to isolate the objective from a longer distance and put in the standard or long barrel."

Adjustable parts

The SCAR's adjustable buttstock also makes it suitable for multiple missions.

For operating in cramped spaces such as assault amphibian vehicles and light armored vehicles, it folds to the ejection port side of both versions, shortening the weapon by a little more than seven inches. When folded, the stock locks beneath the ejection port so the weapon can still be fired.

When unfolded, the buttstock also has a telescoping feature to shorten or lengthen the stock. The cheek piece can be raised and lowered.

The SCAR system has other features that cater to both left- and right-handed shooters.

The magazine release and selector switch is designed to be operated from either side of the weapon. The cocking handle can also be attached to either side, and there are several sling attachment points on either side of the weapon.

The SCAR has a short-stroke, gas piston operating system, similar to the M1 carbine from World War II and the Korean War. The upper receiver is made of aluminum and houses a free-floating barrel for improved accuracy. The lower receiver is high-strength polymer to reduce weight.

SCAR magazines - a 30-rounder for the light version and a 20-rounder for the heavy version - are made of steel for increased reliability. Both models are equipped with front- and rear-folding iron sights and a common "rail" system compatible for mounting any of the optics in use in SOCom today.

Eighty percent of the parts are common to both the light and heavy versions to reduce long-term maintenance costs.

In full-auto mode, the SCAR fires 550 to 600 rounds per minute, a feature that FNH says helps increase accuracy. The M16A4 fires 700 to 950 rounds per minute on full auto.

The SCAR Light with a standard 14-inch barrel weighs just under 7 pounds. That's a pound heavier than the M4A1 but lighter than an M14A4, which weighs 7.5 pounds without a magazine. The SCAR Heavy with a standard 13-inch barrel weighs just more than 17 pounds.

For cleaning, the SCAR breaks down into five main groups:

  1. EUR Upper receiver assembly, including the barrel.
  2. EUR Lower receiver assembly, including the trigger mechanism.
  3. EUR Moving parts assembly, which houses the bolt carrier group and recoil spring.
  4. EUR Buttstock assembly.
  5. EUR Magazine assembly.

Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR)

- F.N. Herstal

Tactical Tips

The Four Rules

(in memorium of "Colonel" Jeff Cooper, USMC ret.)

US Milspec- LE and NRA Combat pistol shooters please take note:

One of Jeff's truly best, yet least appreciated, contributions to shooting in general has been the Four Rules of firearms safety. These four rules distill the often multitudinous rules promulgated by many organizations into four easy to remember principles that if followed explicitly will guarantee firearms safety.

All firearms are loaded.
There are no exceptions. Don't pretend that this is true. Know that it is and handle all firearms accordingly. Do not believe it when someone says: "It isn't loaded."

Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
If you would not want to see a bullet hole in it do not allow a firearm's muzzle to point at it. EVER!

Keep your finger off the trigger...
unless your sights are on the target. - Danger abounds if you keep your finger on the trigger when you are not about to shoot. Speed is not gained by prematurely placing your finger on the trigger as bringing a firearm to bear on a target takes more time than it takes to move your finger to the trigger.

Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
Never shoot at sounds or a target you cannot positively identify. Know what is in line with the target and what is behind it (bullets are designed to go through things). Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict.

Remember, safety is a state of mind, not mechanics! Take nothing for granted!

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