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Thursday, July 28, 2005

 
Al Qaeda Training Manual


According to the U.S. Department of Justice the manual was located in Manchester (England) by Metropolitan Police during a search of an Al Qaeda member's home. The manual was found in a computer file described as "the military series" related to the "Declaration of Jihad."

- Part One (PDF)
- Part Two (PDF)
- Part Three (PDF)
- Part Four (PDF)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

 
3rd World Bomb Squad


Tragic video shows why it's best to let the experts handle suspicious items.

The video reminds me of a scene I witnessed at a post office in the weeks after the anthrax attacks of 2001. A postal worker finds a package with white dust on the outside. The worker takes the package to his supervisor's office, which is on the other side of the building. The supervisor and several managers look at the package closely. They take turns sniffing the package to see if they can identify the powder. "If this had been an actual emergency" the entire building would have been contaminated and the postal management team would have had to get along without a few of their brightest minds.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

 
The Red Dragon Rises


"Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads." - Revelations 12:3

Communist China is rearing its ugly head(s) in more ways than one. There have been a number of news reports in the last couple of weeks concerning China's growing military capabilities. See:

- Rumsfeld Argues for Keeping China Embargo
- China military build-up poses threat to India
- China plans leaner, meaner military

A Chinese general, speaking off the record, even went so far as to say China should use nuclear weapons against the United States if the American military intervenes in a China/Taiwan showdown.

The Pentagon is stoking these fires, but the Chinese are trying to allay them.

It seems the United States has a new military/economic enemy of Biblical proportions.

"The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million." - Revelations 9:16

China has a billion plus people. Conceivably and coincidentally, they could field a militia of two hundred million fighters. Currently, China is building or buying jets, missiles, submarines, amphibious ships, and more. The Chinese economy (a chief factor of military power) is growing at about NINE percent a year. It will be hard stopping the Chinese once they get rolling.

The United States needs to get on the ball. First, the United States needs to firm up some strategic alliances, including those with India (they have a billion also) and Japan (they have 130 mil plus the economy).

Second, we need to stoke our economy. I suggest something that sounds very communist - a five-year plan.

The U.S. economy is developing some glaring weaknesses. We are living off our largess, as our tech and industrial competencies are outsourced, leaving a service economy in the wake. But service economies don't win wars. Our tech is going to India, and our goods come from China (creating a trade deficit of Biblical proportions). And our cars come from Japan and Korea. We need to shore up our economic and industrial base, and we need a plan.

America needs a comprehensive plan from Washington. Leadership is such an important factor in moving a nation forward. If we can identify the problems then we can find the solutions, and work towards them. Such a plan, put forth every five years, would be comprehensive. It would be much like a corporation's plan that identifies threat and opportunities in the marketplace. The plan would consider everything from worker training to tariffs to the future availability of natural resources.

America needs such a plan! Why? Because our enemies are planning as you read this!

(Interestingly, the United States is profiting handsomely from the China/Taiwan standoff. Taiwan spends $20 billion a year on arms, and 95 percent of the weaponry is purchased from the United States.)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 
Note to Bush
Note to Bush: You know that visionary thing you have about being kind to the Mexican people and letting them come across the border in droves so that one day they'll thank the Republican Party at the polls?

Well, it's not working too well for the GOP, but it's working out very well for the Democrats.

A Hispanic/Democratic mayor in LA!

A Female/Hispanic/Democratic/Lesbian elected Sheriff of Dallas?! Yes, it's true.

Did you look at the county-by-county map of the 2004 election results? Hispanics, by and large, voted Democratic.

You better seal the borders before the entire Southwest tips to the Democrats in a decade or two.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 
The Bionic Green Beret


This story is both inspirational and interesting. A Green Beret, who lost his hand and lower arm in Afghanistan in 2003, has fashioned a bionic hand/arm that he hopes will enable him to return to combat. Here's an excerpt:

"While training at Fort Bragg, he regularly smashed his prosthetic hands. So on his return to the hospital, he huddled with the staff to build a sturdier model he could take to war. The prosthetists at Walter Reed encased fingers of a fake hand in carbon fiber. To protect the hand's small electric motor, they fashioned small steel plates that clamped on to the palm. Finally, they filled the pinky with an extra hard polymer.

In April 2004, Sgt. McCaffrey spent a month at Fort Bragg training with newly minted Green Berets. His new hand held up. "The environmental conditions were rain and temperatures near 100 degrees. At no time did SSG McCaffrey's (arm) malfunction. Nor did it hamper the detachment's operational mission," the instructor wrote in an evaluation. A few weeks later, Sgt. McCaffrey took his annual fitness test -- a combination of push-ups, sit-ups and two-mile run. He scored higher than he did before his injury."

I'm not making light of the situation in any way with the following: Wouldn't it be neat if you could mount extra things in a bionic hand, such as a flashlight, radio, watch and more. Or perhaps even a cutting tool or one-shot gun!?

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Friday, July 08, 2005

 
Video: Illegals Get Taken For A Ride
Depending where you sit on the moral spectrum this video will either be one of the funniest videos you've ever seen, or one of the worst.

In the video, an American white male in a pickup truck drives to a place where Mexicans hang out waiting for work. The man tells about six Mexicans that he has work for them at his house to build a deck. They are all too eager. They get in the back of his truck, and off they go, but not to the man's house. After several speed bumps at high speed, and some swerving back and forth, the man pulls up to the L.A. County Immigration Office! He gets out and starts blowing a whistle and yelling "La Migra - Immigration." The Mexicans furiously scatter in all directions. The man falls down laughing and later says he does this about every three weeks for population control, etc.

But what can the Mexicans do? Call the police? No, which illustrates a point about immigration. Many Americans on the Left believe that the compassionate thing to do is let Mexicans illegally come to America so that the Mexicans can find a better life. Unfortunately for the Mexicans, their illegal status often puts them in compromising situations. Some are forced to crime, and some fall victim to crime. (So in actuality, immigration control done in a legal way could actually help the plights of Mexicans overall. For more information on this subject see: http://www.militaryspot.com/illegal-immigration.htm)

On a related subject, did you see the report on the birth rate for immigrant mothers - 23 percent?! That means that nearly one out of every four births is by an immigrant mother. This trend has huge implications for both the immigrants and and the nation as a whole. See this Seattle Times story for more on the subject.

On a side note, I'm getting sick and tired of immigration advocates saying that Americans are hypocrites to call for immigration control, when this nation was built by immigrants. There is a big difference today. Back in the early 1900s during the last time immigration peaked, the immigration was legal. Immigrants came to this country legally in most cases, and were processed through formal channels such as existed at Ellis Island. Today's illegal immigration is just that - illegal. America doesn't have a sign out that says help wanted. Today, we have signs and laws that say stay out. That is the law. That is the crux of the laws of this land.

Here at MilitarySpot.com, we are for a measured, practical and legal approach to immigration and foreign workers. America does need some of these workers, but a process needs to be put in place that allows this to happen in a way that protects both the workers and the nation. We don't need a "run for the border" mentality that has hundreds of thousands of Mexicans sneaking across our borders.

But there's another angle that will make illegal immigration control legislation hard to come by. Simply put, this mass illegal immigration is fueling economic growth, and the current administration know this and relies on this for economic statistics. To give you an example of how this works, I will use the example of my suburb near Dallas.

Dallas is being inundated by illegals. They are turning entire sections of Dallas into barrios. There are so many Mexicans in Dallas that they are spilling over into the suburbs - Irving, Garland, and Mesquite (my suburb) to name a few. As these Mexicans (many illegal) move into the suburbs, many Americans move out. In Mesquite, entire sections of the suburb are becoming barrios. Many Mesquite Americans are moving to the next town down the highway - Forney, Texas. Forney is the new Mesquite, and is experiencing a huge home-building boom, and the related development that goes with it. The same thing is happening across the Southwest, unfortunately.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

 
Cool Videos
Jim at JimsPoliceWebsite.com sends us links to these cool videos:

"A soldier stands a little to close to an artillery cannon. When it kicks back after shooting it sends him over 10 feet in the air. Thats gonna leave a mark."
http://www.big-boys.com/articles/kickback1.html

"This is a very well done tribute to not only a great football player but also an American Hero - Pat Tillman."
http://www.big-boys.com/articles/pattillman.html

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

 
Is Bin Laden Nearby?
It seems the U.S. Military in Afghanistan has stirred up a hornet's nest in Afghanistan. Recent fighting has left scores dead on both sides. The U.S. has committed a number of special ops troops to this recent fighting in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. These troops include a four-man reconnaissance team that has been missing for a week. CNN reports that one member of this team has been rescued! Could these news items (special ops troops fighting militants in rugged terrain) indicate that the U.S. is on to something about the location of Bin Laden? Hopefully the U.S. is closing in on Bin Laden. But getting close and actually finding him are two different things. We barely found Hussein, who was in a hole. And we had complete operational control over that area.

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