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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pfarrer's book is bullshit!

Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 12:29 PM
Subject: Fw: Truth About Bin Laden Raid

Yep, he sure did!! Dad, John, Etc.

--- On Mon, 7/30/12,  Subject: Fw: Truth About Bin Laden Raid
Date: Monday, July 30, 2012, 10:42 AM

Obama wanted to be sure he got all the credit for this.
----- Forwarded Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2012 1:14 PM
Subject: Fw: Truth About Bin Laden Raid
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 12:09 PM
Subject: Fw: Truth About Bin Laden Raid

Subject: Truth About Bin Laden Raid
The REAL story...not politicians the story!!!
Seals Reveal Truth About Bin Laden Raid
Osama Bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid.
The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.
The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a kill mission. They were also shocked that President Barack 0bama announced Bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.
Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.
The Seals own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that Bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists Bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered.
There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting Bin Laden but it devalued the intelligence and gave time for every other Al-Qaeda leader to scurry to another bolthole, said Pfarrer. The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better.
It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys. The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three stories below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.
They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president. It had to be someone important. So is this Bert or Ernie? he asked.
The Seals nicknames for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat. We have a voice print, said the CIA officer, and were 60% or 70% certain it’s our guy. McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the targets shadow. Over 6ft tall.
When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed, said Pfarrer. They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it whisper mode.
Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.
Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named the Pacer.
Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan.
Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan’s radar and create decoy targets.
Operation Neptune’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as Command Bird and the gun platform. On board, each Seal was clad in body amour and night vision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al- Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code Palm Beach signaled three minutes to landing. Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-story building where Bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals roped the 5ft-6ft down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.
The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, Bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor. Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo, radioed one Seal, meaning eyes on target.
At the same time lights came on from the floor below and Bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.
Two Seals kicked in Bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house. Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him. No, no, don’t do this! she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at Bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.
Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where Bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived. As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.
He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, Bust him!, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani-American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armor and goggles.
Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.
They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of Bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over.
Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.
The commander made his way to the third floor, where Bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: Geronimo Echo KIA Bin Laden enemy killed in action.
This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid, said Pfarrer. A sample of Bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.
At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret green unit that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound… The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.
The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges.
They loaded Bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.
The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.
Why did they get it so wrong? What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000 feet by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley.
The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings.
They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the insertion helicopter has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry, said Pfarrer.
What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words kill mission, he said.
It’s a Beltway [Washington insiders] fantasy world. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of grenades. Hooyah!
As Paul Harvey would say: You now know the rest of the story!
Please pass this on to everybody in your e-mail address book.
In God we trust! If you can read this…thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English…thank a Veteran.
-- Thank you. Mark Ferris
--- On Wed, 8/1/12, > wrote:

Subject: Re: Truth About Bin Laden Raid
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:34 AM

My reply to my father:

V***** is full of shit. Seal Team 6 was created by Richard Marcinko, one of the best Seals ever.
Stephanie and I both met him in Pensacola a few years ago at a book signing, and I had the opportunity to talk to him at length. Since I was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, I am quite familiar with the 160th Unit, known as the "Night Stalkers". I am an expert on aircraft ID (having to have trained for it as a Redeye gunner and Team Leader) and as an Aerial Observer flying left-seat in an OH-58 Kiowa Scout Helicopter as lead scout for my Cobra attack helicopter company.
The "Night Stalkers" are the spec-ops helicopter unit that took S.T.6 in, and they use highly modified MH-60 Blackhawks. The stealth helicopter that crashed in the raid is a passenger modified version of the Comanche, which was canceled in 1994. The helicopter had never been flown in combat.
Having had to go through training with my pilot, WO *** ******* for acceptance into the 160th, I am quite familiar with the way they operate and their aircraft. Neither one of us made it due to physical qualifications, although we trained with them for 2 months.
The SEAL's will and would not ever disavow or contradict the President of the United States, no matter what his party affiliation or skin color or religion. This racist, shameful disregard for the Office of the President of the United States is beyond any kind of reason. The GOP is falling apart because of the crazies who are infiltrating the party (which is why traditional Republicans are starting to leave in droves). They want things their way or not at all.
It is impossible to run a democracy with this kind of attitude.

Sounds good, are you that sure of what you are thinking? So, you acted the fool and voted for Obama, and then bragged about!!! I don't like the illegal alien. No more crap either way. Take care. Dad

It's nice to know you think I'm a fool for exercising my right to vote. At least the Democrats aren't going around changing voting rules to favor their side or purging the roles of citizens and others who have the legal right to vote in this country. I'm very leary about a rich candidate who has offshore bank accounts that he doesn't pay taxes on, lies consistently, pisses off entire nations every time he opens his mouth, and has no concept of what the average American lives off of. Someone who likes to fire people is not a good manager, as it is a personal and painful thing to do. His father had no problem releasing the required amount of tax returns when he was in office, yet Mitt-Witt will only release 2 years. I'm not into conspiracy theories, and the only reason the Re-pube-licans hate Obama is because there is a nigger in the White House, and the old WASPs can't stand it. They've called him everything in the book except nigger, because they don't have the balls to admit that's what they really hate about him. He's not an illegal alien for Christ's sake. Do you really think that he wasn't completely investigated by every intelligence agency available? If he was really a false President, the Supreme Court and the congress would have had him impeached or forced him to resign a long time ago, and he would be in prison. But they haven't and he isn't. Too many people listen to assholes like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, and Faux News. And who the fuck put that dickhead Donald Trump in charge? What a bunch of bigoted scuz-buckets. If Romney DOES happen to win, have a good time explaining to your daughters and their families why they won't be getting Social Security or Medicare when it's time for them to retire. And watch your back, because your military retirement may disappear as well. I for one refuse to live in a Theocracy or a Dictatorship. Oh, and tell me this: when did compromise and negotiation become 4-letter words? I thought that was how things were supposed to work in a Democracy. The Tea Party act more like Hitler's brown shirts going about their pogroms and purges. Makes me sick. And I do find it hilarious that his own party can't stand him.
Your bragging foolish son.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

History and Tucson

Hey assholes,

You just don't get it, do you? Words can incite violence, cause people to riot, and cause people who are mentally on edge to kill others. All through history, this has been a political fact. The fact that you stated that you don't apologize for what you say or what it might incite in others leads me to believe that you and others like you are only out to cause trouble. You don't care about the feelings of other people. You don't care about the possible consequences of your rhetoric. Too put it bluntly, you just don't give a damn. It's nice to know that Maximilien de Robespierre is alive and well.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Propaganda Minister, was quoted as saying, "It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success."  He openly acknowledged that he was exploiting the lowest instincts of the German people – racism, xenophobia, class envy and insecurity. The very same thing that you and your buddy's are doing. Well, evidently, the Right's propaganda led to success in Tucson. To say that Jared Lee Loughner was apolitical, didn't watch the news, didn't read newspapers or magazines, and was mentally incapable of understanding any of it is laughable and an excuse to detach yourselves from this tragedy. Loughner lived with his family, who had a TV, watched the news, which Jared had access to, had the newspaper delivered, which Jared had access to, had magazines delivered, which Jared had access to, and had a computer with Internet access, which Jared had access to, and to which he posted to his own blog and sent emails to others. There is also a billboard in Tucson for Rush Limbaugh that declares Rush a straight shooter with images of bullet holes on it but of course Jared never saw that either.  He also posted YouTube videos.  This requires forthought and intelligence, as the simple act of setting up a blog and maintaining it requires the mental capacity to understand what you are doing. If Jared Lee Loughner didn't follow the news, then how did he know that Giffords would be at that Safeway in Tucson at that particular time? Kind of blows a hole in your theory, doesn't it? Jared Loughner attended college and graduated from high school. This is proof of his mental capacity to understand, read, and absorb knowledge, otherwise
he would never had graduated high school or been accepted into college.

As for me, I am politically independant. I vote for the man or woman who I think will do the best job, regardless of their political affiliations. I have liberal, conservative, and libertarian viewpoints on just about all matters. I believe in gun ownership, but I don't believe everybody has the right to own a gun. The Federal background check is a joke. It is not tough enough. Just about anybody can buy a gun, all they have to do is lie in the appropriate places on the form.

I am a disabled veteran from the First Gulf War. I flew left seat in an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter as an Aeroscout Observer for a Cobra Attack Helicopter Company. As part of my job was being the navigator for my pilot, I had intense training in maps and navigation. While in the Air National Guard in Arkansas, I was an Imagrey Interpreter, and had a Top Secret Compartmented Information Security Clearance. Believe me when I say I am an expert at maps and map symbols. Sarah Palin's PAC map had symbols on people and districts that were gunsights, not survey markers. She also had a "hit list". This is the equivalent of a pogram or putsch, no matter what you say or believe. She targeted these individuals, and should be brought to task for it. My first job in the U.S. Army was as a Firing Section Technician at a forward missile base in Germany along the northern East German border during the Cold War. We were on constant alert to Communist attack, and our own survivability time was approximatley 15 minutes before our site would be destroyed. I grew up in a military family, and know all the horrors associated with war. Personally, I suffer from PTSD, Flashbacks, Chronic Depression, Severe Migraines, Tinnitus, Ménière's Disease, Degenerative Disk Disease in my neck from complications from helicopters which I won't get in to, a ruptured disk in my L5 vertabrae also due to complications with the same, and rheumatoid arthritis. My mental illnesses are controlled with drugs, and I am a rational human being who poses no threat to society. I attend college at the local university with a major in Graphics Design. I have made the President's List, and maintain myself on the Dean's List. So, before you come to any conclusions, I am not stupid or irrational, or crazy.

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

House of Cards

I've been following the buzz around the net concerning a certain e-book publisher. From what I have gathered, there is a very big stink coming from Red Rose Publishing; a very BIG stink. Seems Wendi Felter, the owner of RRP, is acting like an ostrich and burying her head in the sand, unawares that her big nasty ass is sticking out in full view of the public. Seems she doesn't want to pay her authors their royalties, sighting one excuse after another why she can't get out ACCURATE statements on time. She has plenty of time to go to the computer and bad mouth other publishers and authors and spew out nasty rants, though. Apparently, she hasn't sent out statements to a great many authors in many months, ranging from 9 months to a year. There are authors who come to her defense, though, but they seem to be her favorites, nothing more than glorified ass-kissers. Word has it that she recently tried to publish books without valid contracts, and taking books to print without discussing the matter with the authors beforehand. Recently, Piers Anthony quoted in his blog that this was a publishing house to be avoided; in his words, "stay away."

Red Rose Publishing by all accounts used to be a very nice publishing house; but this was a while ago. From the comments on Dear Author's September post about the situation from anonymous Red Rose ex-staff and authors that are unhappy, there seems to be evidence of:

Micro-managing of every detail going on within the business -
Tirades posted on the author's group -
Failure to pay royalties to Cover Artists and Editors -
Forcing authors to sign an NDA so they can't talk negatively about Red Rose anywhere (aren't we supposed to be guaranteed the right to free speech?) -
And last but not least, a tendency to rewrite wording on contracts without prior notification (ex: 90 days becomes 90 business days).

From contacting some of the past authors, I have become aware of her bad-mouthing authors and staff while talking on the phone and other unprofessional behavior (this I tend to believe based on her rant posted on Dear Author and in the comments of the author's scathing reply).

Now, are these things true? The amount of evidence lends support that they are - however, I have no direct evidence other than the letter from Ms. Felter posted on Dear Author.

I have also been made aware, via individuals who do not wish to be named, that Ms. Felter has repeatedly attacked reputable publishers who treat their staff and authors with the respect they deserve.

Shouldn't Ms. Felter be concentrating on getting her own House of Cards in order instead of blaming everyone but the person responsible for the mass exodus of authors and staff from her publishing house? In other words, herself?

I fully expect to receive the same cease and desist mumbo-jumbo crap Dear Author received. To that, read the disclaimer at the top of the page. Bring it on, bitch.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Blog - First Post!

Hello to everyone traveling the web. I thought I'd try the blog thing, since Live Journal sucks and I'm tired of paying for it. LJ has become the black hole of the "blogs" (forgive the misuse of the term), producing the same shit everyday, with hundreds of "friends" that don't give a crap about you furthur than their next post or the shade of their next coat of nail polish. Blathering, whiney drivel that slowly eats holes into your brain, injecting poison that devours your soul. What a fucking waste of bandwidth.
On a lighter note, I'd like to say that I recently registered for Spring Semester and was able to get all the classes I wanted. This made me very happy and was worth an evening of bong hits and a pitcher of iced mango green tea. Since I was so energized, I decided to work on my pen and ink assignment - an old cut-stone and morter Episcopal church (drawing about 14" x 17"). I've been working on this bugger now for about six weeks, and it is almost done. It is a very beautiful church - looks like an old castle.
That's it for now while I gather my thoughts - I think my next post might be about a certain e-book publisher who's shafting everybody she's coming in contact with.