Lessons on the ground, lessons from the air.

On October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger, composed of elite U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy special operations troops, launched a mission intended to capture warlord Mohamed Far Aidid and two top leaders of his Habr Gidr clan. Task Force Ranger consisted of 160 men, 19 aircraft, and 12 vehicles. In a mission planned to take no longer than one hour, Task Force Ranger was to travel from its camp on the outskirts of the city to a burned-out building near the center of Mogadishu where Aidid and his lieutenants were believed to be meeting.

While the operation initially succeeded, the situation quickly spiraled out of control as Task Force Range attempted to return to headquarters. Within minutes, the “one-hour” mission would turn into a deadly overnight rescue campaign that became the Battle of Mogadishu.

One of my favorite movies was Blackhawk Down. I have written before of the Christ-like sacrifice of Gary Gordon and Randy Shugart, Delta Force snipers who volunteered to defend the crew of a downed Blackhawk helicopter, and understood they would probably pay with their lives, which they did. In watching the movie again, I paid attention to the planning side of the ill-fated mission. Our armchair generals in D.C., concerned with PR, decided not to use AC-130 gunships to provide air cover for our troops. Colonel McKnight, who was responsible for ground exfil, was unhappy with the mission planning. When asked why by the command and control officer, whose job was to “supervise” the mission–from high in the air–he said, “no gunships, broad daylight, the one district in Mogadishu where the enemy can field all their troops, what’s not to like?” The C and C officer replied, “conditions are never perfect.” McKnight’s comeback, “from 500 feet in the air, it’s imperfect. On the ground, it’s impossible.”

McKnight is soon trying to evacuate wounded by Humvee, on the ground, through hostile territory. C and C tells him to drive slower. Why? Because of the delay involved with the mission commander having to report to Joint Operations Command (in the U.S), and receive orders back from JOC. Brilliant idea, courtesy of the politicians who liked micromanaging. Civilian control of the military does have some drawbacks.

Whether or not that lesson was learned, many other lessons were learned in the Battle of Mogadishu, the first sustained urban warfare US troops had experienced in many years. It’s easy for current soldiers to see the past two decades of near-constant deployments as the norm. But for troops from the late 1970s until the late 1990s, actual combat operations were rare and brief.

In later operations in Afghanistan, Rangers flew into areas from ships offshore for raids rather than establishing ground bases in or near large cities, such as in Mogadishu. After Mogadishu, Rangers added more close-quarters combat training to their marksmanship drills and strove to have every Ranger certified as a combat lifesaver since the ratio of troops to medics was 48-to-1. They also found problems with planning for contingencies. The Mogadishu raid was expected to be a one- or two-hour operation, so many soldiers brought only a basic ammunition load, no night vision goggles and one canteen of water.

A larger tactical shortfall, though, was more due to operational or even strategic miscalculations. The Rangers had no armored vehicles, and even their Humvees lacked firepower beyond .50-caliber machine guns. They had no grenade launchers, and due to the civilian-packed urban terrain, fire support was limited to close-air support from helicopters.

High level plans lacked thorough analysis, noted another study out of the Combat Studies Institute Press, titled “Understanding the ‘Victory Disease’ From the Battle of Little Bighorn to Mogadishu and Beyond,” by Maj. Timothy Karcher. Karcher points out that Task Force Ranger had six times conducted missions using similar tactics to those used in the Battle of Mogadishu before the incident. That established a pattern that enemy forces could recognize and exploit. “If you use one tactic twice, you should not use it a third time, and the Americans already had done basically the same thing six times,” a Somali militia commander told the Washington Post after the battle.

Even to date, only a handful of battles over the past two decades even come close to matching the sustained intensity of that 15-hour fight in Mogadishu. Most enemy contact in recent years has been through improvised explosive device attacks or short-term ambushes that last minutes before adversaries retreat. Mogadishu was an ambush that went “on for hours.” I will discuss some of the many cognitive biases exhibited by this battle, in a future post.

Hey mom, I am going out to bash heads and be arrested, but I’ll be home in time for dinner.

I’ll be home in time for dinner…

The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found. The figures, which were published in daily newspaper Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by authorities between 2003 and 2013. Of these 84 per cent were men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29. A third of them were unemployed, and 92 per cent still live with their parents. This “international anti-fascist culture” consists of taking the streets and physically confronting the “brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.” Okay, but I have to be home by six if I want dinner.

It’s interesting that the greatest common denominator is not age, sex or employment status, but living in their parents’ house. Is that because they get along so well with mom and dad, or just love their parents too much to leave? Is it a great way to impress girls, or is it the allure of having someone else make their meals or clean up after them? Probably none of the above. Even though two thirds were employed, most lived at home because, presumably, they couldn’t afford to move out. This was a German study, and most colleges in Germany don’t charge tuition, and for those that do, student loans are very liberal. The German model of student loans, which come interest-free, give students a five-year break before repayment begins, and reward academic performance by lowering the amount owed. Were the respondents Americans, it’s quite possible that the reasons they cannot afford to live on their own would include massive student loan debt for virtually worthless college degrees, and low paying jobs.

But what do we make of German 18-29 year olds living with parents? In Italy and Greece, over 70% of 15-29 year olds live with parents. U.S. News and World Report published figures in 2016 that showed countries with the highest percentage of this age group living with parents. The low cutoff was 30.9%, Canada. The highest was Italy, over 80%. Germany wasn’t even on the list, so less than 30.9% of their youth live with parents, yet 92% of violent protesters do! Is their violence related to their economic situation? Or is it related to living with mom and dad. Or is there no causal relationship between their violence and their living situations? It would sure be interesting to know more about these unfledged birds. As for as I have been able to ascertain, Germany is the only country in which violent leftist demonstrators have been interviewed as to their living situation.

I remember that when I mustered out of the army in 1970, one of the most violent leftist gangs in the world was the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader Meinhoff gang. Their activities included murders, blowing up buildings, kidnapping for ransom, highjacking airliners and consorting with Arab and Palestinian terrorists. They were German. Other European countries may have spawned leftist terrorist gangs, but I am not aware of any of them that operated internationally. Most were involved in local struggles; few lived with their parents. Is this the future, bust heads during the day, be home in time for dinner? I can just imagine the dinner table conversation: “What did you do today son?” “Oh, nothing much, put some bystanders in the hospital with concussions” “That’s nice dear….more bratwurst?”

No wait, mom, dad and son are probably all glued to their phones, checking out Twitter…..

40 acres and a mule.

Sheila Jackson-Lee and Burgess Owens

The word “reparations” is derived from the word “repair”—which basically means “to return to the state of affairs prior to the alleged damage.” Originally, reparations for slavery were to take the form of “40 acres and a mule.” That’s where the moniker of resolution 40 came from.

Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee wants to be the “face” of the slavery reparations racket uh, movement. She says, “Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.” Which Constitution is she talking about? Ours was formally adopted on Sept. 17, 1787. It was then ratified on June 21, 1788 and went into effect in March of 1789. This entity called the United States of America formally began in 1789, making us 230 years old, not 400 years. Can the “movement” gain credibility with her as the face? Faux pas seems to be her talent.

  • During a 1997 visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Jackson Lee, who was then serving on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees U.S. space policy, asked a guide whether the Mars Pathfinder would be able to show an image of “the flag the astronauts planted there before.” When it was subsequently pointed out that the flag to which she was referring was in fact the one that Neil Armstrong had planted on the Moon—not Mars—in 1969, Jackson Lee complained that she was being mocked by bigots. “You thought you could have fun with a black woman member of the Science Committee,” her then-chief-of-staff wrote angrily in a letter to the editor. Since when is correcting a mistake mocking?
  • In 2005 she expressed her objection to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) practice of assigning “lily white” names to hurricanes—i.e., names normally associated with Caucasians. “All racial groups should be represented,” the congresswoman told The Hill Magazine, in hopes that the WMO in the future “would try to be inclusive of African American names.” She suggested such names as “Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn.” What, you want death and destruction to be associated with your race?

This guy must really want to be the face of reparations. Temar Bishop is a parolee who was arrested last week and is charged with a brutal rooftop rape in the Bronx of a 20-year-old white woman that he left with a broken nose, broken teeth, and vomiting blood. According to a witness, he justified the rape thusly: “She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery.…This is what they used to do to us. This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us.No reparations for you.

Since every white Democrat presidential hopeful has jumped aboard the slavery reparations express, Pocahontas Warren has re-introduced S. 1940, the Refund Equality Act, which would allow same-sex couples to amend past tax returns. According to a report from the Joint Committee on Taxation, the bill would direct $57 million in refunds. The funds would go to same-sex couples in states that had legalized same-sex marriage before the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. “The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren said. Seems like the reparations racket has become a political arms race, doesn’t it?

Inclusive = protected characteristics

My circuits are fried…

Definition of inclusive (Merriam-Webster)

1: comprehending stated limits or extremes. Ex.: from Monday to Friday inclusive; 2a: broad in orientation or scope; b: covering or intended to cover all items, costs, or services

A 17-year-old student was kicked out of his classroom for saying that there are “only two genders”. The pupil, who has not been named, secretly filmed his teacher reprimanding him before he shared the clip online, and it went viral. It was shared internationally, sparking a debate about transgender rights and free speech, with one YouTube version being watched nearly 90,000 times. 

Now, a leading teachers’ union has defended the 56-year-old teacher featured in the video, saying that the child had been ‘looking for trouble’, reports UniLad. In the three-minute clip, the teacher can be heard explaining to the child why he’d been asked to leave the class at the Aberdeenshire secondary school, following the pupil’s claim that there are only two genders. 

The teacher can be heard telling the pupil: “You’re entitled to your opinion.”

However, in response, the pupil says: “If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It’s not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.”

In response, the teacher then says: “No, I’m sorry, what you were saying is not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.” He then goes on to explain that there are more than two genders ‘by law’, and that by saying there are only two, the student hadn’t been very ‘inclusive’. He then adds: “You were clearly given an opportunity not to pursue it. You chose to do so.”

However, the 17-year-old won’t give up that easily. In response, he says: “I think it’s silly to have anything other than two genders, sir.

The teacher then adds: “Could you please keep that opinion to your own house?

In response, the teenager says: “So you get to put your opinion out in class, and my opinion has to stay inside my house?

In response, the teacher says: “No, I am not putting my opinion out. I am stating what is national, school, authority, policy. Ok?” 

The pupil then tells the teacher that it’s ‘not scientific whatsoever’, to which the teacher responds that ‘not every policy is scientific‘. 

It is understood that the teenager has been disciplined for sharing the video online without consent, but it is not known whether the boy has been suspended, reports the Daily Mail. The clip generated a debate online, with many saying that the boy had been unfairly treated, while others said that the teacher was in the right. Speaking to the Daily Mail about the situation, an Aberdeenshire Council Spokesman said: “As part of our Public Sector Equality Duty we aim to: eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity between those who have protected characteristics and those who don’t; and foster good relations between those who have protected characteristics and those who don’t.

The website Unilad.co.uk , or the teachers union (it was not clear which), finished with the following: If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers.

My only remarks are: 1. “inclusive” and “protected characteristics” are mutually exclusive. 2. To the kid, “shut up, don’t disagree with policy, and think for yourself”, because inclusive = exclusive. 3. If the teacher thinks his job is simply to repeat the party line and suppress contrary opinion, robots could replace him for less money. 4. LGBTQ+ propagandists have co-opted another word to mean what it doesn’t mean, demonstrating their contempt for everyone else’s intelligence. 5. Ingsoc says “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”

Prayer as spectacle?

His marvelous works…

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6

This morning, even very early, the first two new blogs on my WordPress reader were about Paula White’s prayer for Donald Trump, and they were not affirming of what she prayed. I won’t repeat her prayer nor what the bloggers wrote. I don’t know her heart or her sincerity. My own confession about prayer is this: I pray only to Jesus Christ or my Father in heaven. My prayers are not long, nor eloquent, and they are between God and me. I have never been completely comfortable praying in a group, especially when “waiting for my turn.” Why not? Two reasons: Since I am very hard of hearing, I notice how the other people lower their voices to almost a whisper when they offer their prayer, almost as if they too are not comfortable with other people hearing their prayer. That’s a huge problem for me, because most people lower their voice so much I can’t even understand a word, nor can I be sure when they are done.

The second reason is related: I am rehearsing my prayer, talking to myself all the while instead of communing with my Lord. It’s too much like rehearsing my comeback when arguing with someone. Being acutely aware of my internal dialogue is not conducive of communion. Of course, none of my readers are plagued with this 🙊. When I do pray, since I live alone now, my prayers fall into three categories: prayers that my children will all love God and His holy Word; that God will give His people grace and strengthen their faith in affliction; that He will heal me (of whatever pain or illness I happen to be enduring right now. My prayer presuppositions are: my children are written in his Book of Life; God’s people will suffer afflictions; affliction is for appreciating grace and strengthening faith; God can and will act to heal anything, if it is in His will; God hears prayers.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:7-9.

God hears prayer, but make sure that your mind is right and your conscience is as clear as it can be. The passage from 1 Peter is not only a handy checklist, it is the only Bible passage I am aware of that specifically admonishes husbands to live with their wives with (according to the Amplified Bible) “great gentleness and tact” (“understanding way”), but warns that your prayers will be hindered if you don’t. I still remember a sermon by Tony Evans, which I paraphrase. He said, referring to this passage, “if you are harsh to your wife, and then you pray, your prayers won’t reach God, they will hit the ceiling and bounce back.” That’s my word for today.

Effective action against lgbtq propaganda.

The dark princess rescues the blond princess from the toxic male prince.

A local library recently held one of those drag queen story hours for little kids. The writer who reported it said, “it would have been easy to walk right past without even being aware it was going on”, as it wasn’t seriously marketed, except for one thing. A few people demonstrating outside the library against it grew into a near riot of two sides shouting at each other. This does NOT work people! All that noise accomplished was to pique interest in an event that probably would have been sparsely attended, and to make many of the demonstrators look bad with their “you’re going to Hell” signs.

So many parents of young children, as well as most people ignorant about the lgbtq agenda, don’t understand it’s unceasing efforts to groom and initiate younger and younger children into their lies. Many people think it’s harmless, or cute, or hip to bring their young kids to drag queen events or other indoctrinating activities. Short sighted or naive, many are your neighbors, some are even your friends. Demonstrations virtually always degenerate into shoutfests, and are not effective in changing or educating minds. Shouting epithets and threats, whether through signs, demonstrations or Twitter, might feel good or virtuous, but are anywhere from ineffective to counterproductive. Don’t be stupid.

Research the kind of activities your libraries and schools are promoting. Check lgbtq children’s books out of the library and discuss them with your neighbors and friends. Print out pages from ALA.org publications that promote perversion. Educate yourself, then your neighbors. Here’s a test for you. What is the significance of this: CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The statement reads, “Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of our associations. We believe that as a profession we must continue to support efforts in building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society. As professional organizations, we strive to advance the capacity to identify and remove barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion relative to all members and patrons with a broad spectrum of best practices, tools, and resources.”

Doesn’t that sound great? But what does it actually mean, what actions and policies result from EDI? Ask your librarian. Record the conversation, if you can do so without inhibiting a truthful response. Ask specifically, “What is EDI? How does inclusion play out? What exactly does that mean in the context of our library? What about equity? Diversity usually means a variety of skin colors, ethnicities or religions, but does this initiative also support diversity of opinion?” We already know how “diversity” plays out in hiring practices, college admissions and EEOC lawsuits. But “equity” means what exactly? The most problematic one is “inclusion” That has become a buzzword for “non-binary” sexuality, “gender science” and transgenderism. Will your librarian even know? Will they be honest?

On the surface, EDI appears to be a push to get more different kinds of people involved in the library field. That’s good, but note that the EDI statement also includes patrons, not just members. See what’s actually on your local library’s website. My local library is pretty conservative, but they do carry one of the LGBTQ titles I mentioned in the previous post. I looked up “story times” but haven’t found any future drag queen story hours; perhaps the controversy generated by the recent one put the library on the hotseat. Spokane, Wa. isn’t L.A. or NYC, afterall. Your community may be even more conservative than Spokane. I hope so, for the sake of your children.

Your shape-shifting, never tiring stalker.

Desmond….exploited young boy…homo wetdream.

Pride month, ode to the foundational sin, binding and blinding you to your shape-shifting, indefatigable stalker. The rainbow flag flies prominently inside the front door of the Veterans administration hospital. The veterans healthcare website I use showed a pop up link are you lgbtq? This morning I went to Starbucks, and I pay using their app on my phone. I noticed there was a message in my inbox. Oh goody, I finally have enough points for a free drink. No, it was an offer to make a donation to the Born This Way foundation, which Starbucks would match. Never heard of that foundation, but the rainbow flag gave it away. They want you to associate the rainbow with acceptance of every and any perversion. The rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant, and has been co-opted:

“‘I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh’.” Genesis 9:11-15.

Have I always been so hostile to the LGBTQers? No, there was a time when I was sympathetic to their inner conflict. No longer, since it is clear that their agenda is total subjugation to the shape-shifting, never tiring stalker of lust. According to the sexual revolution, love has “no gender, race, or religion”—but does “love” have an age? Well, according to social media site Snapchat—it doesn’t. At least, it didn’t for two days. As part of their “Love Has No Labels” campaign during so-called “Pride Month” (June), Snapchat featured a series of filters, including one that read “love has no age.” This last one was quickly pulled, however. Pedophilia is next on the sexual revolutions to-do list. Your kids are prey.

Snapchat, the California-based photo sharing app, known for it’s ability to make photos supposedly disappear, has unveiled a new line of their popular filters to superimpose over selfies. For Snapchat, the LGBTQ might also include pedophiles. In their campaign for “Love Has No Labels”, one of the options was a “Love Has No Age” filter. While this filter appears to be defunct as of June 3, conservatives on Twitter pointed out the option over the weekend of June 1–2. The filter had the options to say that love had no gender, race, or religion, as part of the mass-marketed Pride Month that infiltrates businesses and social media in June. But age did not seem to fit in the list, unless it was meant to justify pedophilia. If my prediction above, “your kids are prey” sounds like the raving of a right wing bigot, and if drag queen story hours at your local library and sex appearance alteration surgery and puberty blocking drugs administered to children don’t indicate anything is amiss, consider Desmond.

11 year-old ‘drag kid’, Desmond Napoles, performed at a gay bar in New York city where adult men threw money at him. The pre-adolescent boy, dressed in drag to imitate singer Gwen Stefani, pranced around the stage at Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill, an LGBT bar described as “queer owned & operated,” and “Brooklyn’s Premiere Queer Bar & Performance Venue,” reported Life SiteNews. His “parents”, or are they his pimps, looked on approvingly. They’re so glad to let him “be what he is.” At 11, does he know what he is?

But never fear, the American Library Association is on the case, they will make sure YOUR kids know what they are. The ALA official magazine, American Libraries, on their home page featured a drag queen in a hot red dress, faux pearls, garishly painted eyes, and a strawberry blond wig, dancing in seductive manner before a roomful of sponge-like 3-year-olds, the caption promising to bring this show on the road to all of America, including “red-state towns like Juneau, Alaska, and Lincoln, Nebraska.”

A June 2017 article titled “Standing Up for Our Communities” announces: “Librarians are suiting up for battle. Faced with … an awakening of hate groups …, librarians have become more emboldened by their core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are fighting to maintain those values.  This is a guide for librarians seeking best practices to serve the LGBTQ+ youth community in these times of uncertainty, and a road map for those who might be new to serving this community.”

World Magazine featured an article about males who were mediocre athletes “identifying” as females, then competing with biological females in track and field. Of course, suddenly, they became champions, winning every event! Never fear, your local library probably carries a book called Transphobia: Deal With It, by J. Wallace Skelton, in the children’s section. It’s a large-picture book that starts with a bang. Certain female students complain to the coach that a trans girl (i.e., biological male child “transitioning” to, or declaring himself, female) on their team has an unfair advantage in competitions. These complainers are schooled in short order. One by one, other unenlightened objections against fellow trans students are set straight. Trans is to be celebrated. There’s probably also Princess Princess Ever After, by Katie O’Neill, about a lesbian knight who rescues the fair maiden from her “toxic masculine” suitor and rides off with her to the happy hereafter. Let’s not forget Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee, adding a third lover, female, competing with a Romeo for a Juliet. Naturally, “Juliet” chooses the girl.

Lust never tires, it stalks the mind endlessly, whispering desires at the subconscious level, so that what floats up to consciousness is justified by the convoluted manipulations of the cerebral cortex, amplified by the LGBTQ-addled media and craven corporations. LUST ONLY TIRES OF SAMENESS–IT NEEDS AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF “FRESH MEAT.” That’s why libraries and schools indoctrinate the young. Your kids are on the platter!

I wonder what God thinks about using the rainbow 🌈 this way.