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Friday, July 29, 2016

Officer Down


Trooper Sean E. Cullen
New Jersey State Police, New Jersey
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Age: 31
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 7594
Incident Date: 3/7/2016

Trooper Sean Cullen was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of a vehicle fire.

Trooper Cullen had responded to a vehicle fire with injuries that occurred near milepost 23 on the southbound lanes of I-295 in Deptford Township. He was outside of his cruiser and walking near the scene of the fire when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Cullen was transported to Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle who struck Trooper Cullen remained at the scene.

Trooper Cullen had served with the New Jersey State Police for 18 months and was assigned to the Bellmawr Station. He had previously served with the Westampton Police Department. He is survived by his 9-month-old son and fiancee.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

McMachines....

I've had many heated arguments over artificially raising the minimum wage. A point I've always made is business, which has a limited amount of funding, and normally labor is the largest part of its cost, will work around unfunded mandates. Here we go again:
Starbucks baristas say lines are getting longer for one troubling reason

Workers around the country are complaining that the chain's streamlined scheduling system is giving them fewer hours than they would normally receive, reports Venessa Wong at BuzzFeed Business.

"The change came with no warning or explanation from executives; some staff say their schedules were cut in advance, while others have been sent home during their shifts," Wong writes. "Many have taken to social media to complain, with some threatening to quit..."

...Starbucks denies making changes to its scheduling.

But BuzzFeed published an internal company memo asking field leaders to use a new forecasting tool to prevent "an overspend in labor."

While many Starbucks baristas aren't happy with their hours, the brand did recently change its dress code to be more lenient...

Now Starbucks is a very liberal business and they are getting their heads out of their ass. Look how another company is reacting to the artificial raising of low skill/no skilled labor:
THE NEW MCDONALD’S IN PHOENIX ARIZONA IS RAN ENTIRELY BY ROBOTS

...People have heard about McDonald’s being all over the news for problems with their employees wanting fifteen dollars and an hour and the protests that have followed.

A McDonald’s in Phoenix decided to solve this problem by thinking completely outside of the box and coming up with a solution that no one has ever thought of before.

McDonald’s has taken a huge step into the future and now the things that have only happened before in movies and TV will actually become a reality and you can finally say that you have been served by a robot.

That’s right, we said a robot! It is a truly out of this world experience that you will have to see to believe. McDonald’s had a choice; they could have either went and paid workers more or they could just invest in technology. We can’t say we blame them either.

The store is set to open July 4th in Phoenix, Arizona once the state-of-the-art robot remodel is complete. The restaurant will still employ a small team of human employees to insure all of the robots are working correctly, the food and cleaning supplies remain stocked along with removing the money collected by the robots. Visitors to the restaurant will see these new robots working in harmony at a speed of 50 times faster than the average McDonald’s employee, with no chance of error. If the test launch for the store is a success, people can expect to see robots working in McDonald’s restaurants all over the country and the world...

..“These things are great! They get their work done in a fast and orderly manner, plus they don’t ask for cigarette breaks.”

37-year-old Paul Horner, a spokesman for McDonald’s told reporters that because of the demand for a $15/hr minimum wage, the company has been playing with the idea of a restaurant run entirely by robots for years and believes their “McRobots” are the answer.

“With the high demand for a wage of $15/hr and theprotests getting worse every day, this is something we had to implement. Plus with the tremendous margin of human error, poor hygiene, lack of education, laziness, as well as the recent advancements in artificial intelligence it just make sense to automate our restaurants now rather than later.”

Local Phoenix resident, 52-year-old Tom Downey, who has been unemployed for the last 3 years, was excited about the opening of a nearby McDonald’s until he heard about the robots.

“Now that they hire only robots, I don’t know what I can even do. I don’t have an education, a car, and now I’m not gonna even be able to get a burger job.”

Shareholders can finally expect to see their stocks on the rise once again since employee salaries are not only cut, but eliminated. By cutting employees, McDonald’s says it is projecting to make a full financial turnaround and see their stock return to $105/share which was originally set back in 2014.

“Robots are the future of McDonald’s in the United States and around the world,” Horner said, “Human workers want more pay and this has created giant protests which need our attention now before it is too late. Robots will decrease prices, increase productivity and make for better food.

This article is a little self contradictory in that McDonald's (and other fast food industries) have been looking at automation to replace human labor for years. A kiosk cost a lot initially, but it doesn't call in, take breaks or lunch, and will not be disrespectful to the staff or customers. And with non-market forces pushing up the cost of labor, something has to give. Then again, the peopler really pushing this are not concerned about the low wage worker, they are after the union labor vote. Many unions have their wages set to the minimum wage. A McDonald's worker gets a raise, you the SEIU work get's his. The fact thousands loose entry level labor is of no consequence to liberals.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Officer Down


Police Officer David Stefan Hofer
Euless Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Age: 29
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 554

Police Officer David Hofer was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of suspicious activity at J.A. Carr Park at approximately 2:45 pm.

As he and his partner approached the park they were fired upon by a subject. Officer Hofer was shot and mortally wounded. His partner was able to return fire, killing the man.

Officer Hofer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he died from his wounds

Officer Hofer had served with the Euless Police Department for two years and previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down



K9 Krijger
Norfolk Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 2016
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Age: 4
Gender: M
Tour: 3 years

K9 Krijger was shot and killed by an armed subject following a violent barricade situation at a home in the 1100 block of Land Street.

Officers had responded to the home earlier in the evening for a domestic violence call. The male subject barricaded himself inside the home, while holding his wife hostage, as negotiators attempted to talk the man into coming outside and surrendering.

After remaining barricaded inside his home for approximately seven hours, the man exited the home and disobeyed officers' commands to drop his gun. The man opened fire on officers, fatally wounding K9 Krijger. Officers returned fire and wounded the subject. The subject died from his wounds in the hospital the following day.

Rest in Peace Krijger…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs


They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

The real Reset Button!

I don't need to comment! :)

There are Trekkies and there are Trekers...

There they're these guys.

I've often had to explain the difference between a Trekers and Trekkies. A Treker obviously likes the series, may go to the conventions dressed up as Kirk or Picard and even stupid Hamlet in the Original Klingon. But come Monday the costume if in the closet, the costume in the closet, he's in the officer supporting 2.3 children, etc. A Trekkies, on the other hand, at 43, still lives with mom and day, is working at the CVS photo lab part time, hasn't seen a woman's breast since he found his uncles's Playboy, his only plan for the future is to save his money for the VUL-CON Convention in three months.

Now we have these guys who are making their own movies, short, stores, etc. Interesting watch.

I'm a libertarian at heart. While I would never see myself doing this (think Shatner overacts, you should see me on the center stage! :<) ) and CBS, if they are not trying to sell it against your own product, let them do it. It's not like they will really be eating into your bottom line (hint, the nerds who watch this will watch both) and they may give your writers some ideas.

LLAP guys!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Officer Down


Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald
South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, March 4, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 32
Tour: 1 year, 5 months
Badge # 561

Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald was killed when his patrol car and an ambulance collided while en route to a medical call shortly before 9:00 pm.

The ambulance was driving behind his patrol on Route 267, approximately one mile north of Nortonville Road, as they attempted to locate the address for the call. Officer Fitzgerald pulled to the right shoulder and then attempted to make a U-turn, but pulled into the path of the ambulance.

He and the three EMTs in the ambulance were transported to area hospitals. Officer Fitzgerald succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Officer Fitzgerald had served with the South Jacksonville Police Department for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Jethro
Canton Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Sunday, January 10, 2016
Gender: M
Incident Date: 1/9/2016

K9 Jethro succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained early the previous morning while attempting to apprehend a burglar inside a grocery store at 1272 Harrison Avenue SW.

Officers had responded to an alarm activation at approximately 1:15 am and located the subject inside. The subject disobeyed officers' commands and Jethro was deployed. The subject opened fire, striking Jethro three times. The man then fled and continued firing at officers, who returned fire.

The man was taken into custody a short time later after he was found and suffering a gunshot wound to his leg.

K9 Jethro was transported to Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic but died as a result of the wounds.
Rest in Peace Jethro…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Monday, July 25, 2016

Officer Down

Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Age: 44
Tour: 20 years

Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell was killed in a vehicle crash on Stonewall Avenue, near Prospect Street in Trinidad, while on patrol.

His patrol vehicle crossed the center line and struck a parked vehicle at approximately 11:30 am.

Deputy Russell had served with the Las Animas County Sheriff's Office for 20 years.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Jojo
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Breed: German Shepherd
Origin: Czech Republic
Age: 4
Gender: M

K9 Jojo died after choking on an object that became accidentally lodged in his throat while he and his handler were conducting a search of a warehouse.

In his attempt to dislodge the object, his handler's right pinky finger was amputated.

K9 Jojo was a the agency's explosives detecting canine and had assisted searching for explosive devices for over 10 hours straight following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on December 2nd, 2015.

Jojo had served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for three years.
Rest in Peace Jojo …till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy
Stratfor Editor Margaret Fox and Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton discuss the recent plane hijacking in Egypt and the international community's response.

For more in depth analysis on this topic, read Behind the Scenes of an Aircraft Hijacking

Conversation: Preventing Aircraft Hijackings is republished with permission of Stratfor.

The Feds’ Security Theater

American Thinker was good enough to publish one of my article yesterday.  Please enjoy, and comments are always welcome.


The Fed's Security Theater


I’ve subscribed Strategic Forecasting (STRATFOR) for the better part of two decades. I’ve often described them as America’s versions of Jane’s and told their vice-president that their reports were “intel-porn” for geeks like me during the Iraq War.

Yesterday, I was looking at the Security Weekly report,

It Takes a Village to Stop a Lone Wolf
By Scott Stewart
The recent attacks in Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge and Wurzburg have again raised public awareness of lone attackers unaffiliated with an organized terrorist group. I am constantly asked how governments can defend against this new threat. But that question is misguided: Lone attackers operating under a model of leaderless resistance is not a new phenomenon. Stratfor has been tracking the devolution of the jihadist movement from a hierarchical structure to a more grassroots one for more than a decade. Though leaderless resistance is by design more difficult for authorities to detect and deter, those who practice it are still bound by the vulnerabilities in the terrorist planning cycle…
Now I found this paragraph really interesting (emphasis mine):
…Though the vast majority of police officers are not assigned primarily to investigate terrorism, they often encounter grassroots militants who make operational security errors or who are in the process of committing crimes in advance of an attack, such as document fraud, illegally obtaining weapons or illegally raising funds for an attack. Cops simply doing their jobs have thwarted a number of terrorist plots, and police officers need to be trained to spot indicators of pre-operational terrorist activity. But police are not the only grassroots defenders. Other people, such as neighbors, store clerks, landlords and motel managers, can also notice operational planning activities, including people conducting pre-operational surveillance, creating improvised explosive mixtures, and purchasing bombmaking components and firearms.
In July 2011, an alert gun store clerk in Killeen, Texas, alerted police after a man who exhibited unusual behavior came into the store to buy smokeless gunpowder. Police officers found him and, after questioning, learned he was planning to detonate a pressure cooker bomb and conduct an armed assault at a restaurant popular with soldiers from nearby Fort Hood. The clerk's situational awareness and decision to call the police likely saved many lives….
Gee, you mean the federal assets, which we spend a fortune on, didn’t help?  Who would have thought that:
Boston police weren’t told of Russian warning on brother
Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis III said Thursday that his department was unaware that the Russian security service sent a query to the FBI about one of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing long before the attack.
When asked whether he would have given the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a second look had he known, Davis told a congressional committee: “We would certainly look at the information. We would certainly talk to the individual…”
…“I can’t say that I would have come to a different conclusion based upon the information that was known at that particular time,” said Davis, adding that he should have known of information that “affects the safety of my community.”
The Boston police chief also said his department was unaware of a later notice that Tsarnaev had spent six months last year in Dagestan, the site of an Islamist insurgency in southern Russia. Information about his travel was sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston, Davis said, but the officer did not notify four Boston police officers assigned to the group.
Or this more recent example of federal efficiency:
FBI had closely scrutinized the Orlando shooter before dropping investigation
The FBI investigated the Orlando shooter for 10 months beginning in 2013, putting him under surveillance, recording his calls and using confidential informants to gauge whether he had been radicalized after the suspect talked at work about his connections with al-Qaeda and dying as a martyr.
As part of the investigation, Omar Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police on Sunday morning, was placed on a terrorism watch list and interviewed twice before the probe was closed in March 2014 because agents concluded he was not a threat, FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday in an interview with reporters at bureau headquarters.
Several months later, in July 2014, Mateen surfaced in another investigation into the first American to die as a suicide bomber in Syria, a fellow Floridian. And, again, investigators moved on….
In July 2010 the Department of Homeland Security (another Bush holdover which should have never seen the light of day, but that’s a different issue for another post) announced the “If you see something, say something” program, encouraging people to spy, oh, yes, “report suspicious activity.”  I suggest another program for DHS and the Justice Department, “If you know something, do something!”

I recently finished my master’s in Intelligence Studies (please, no snickering :<) ) with a focus on homeland security.  I’m also a 23-year veteran of Army intelligence (ok, get yourself off the floor, enough laughing at that grand contradiction in terms) and had access to Top-Secret and above material for over two decades.  In the beginning of my career, the guidance for releasing classified information was does the recipient have a “Need to Know”?  Arguably that hindered “connecting the dots” over several radicalized Muslim extremists learning how to fly large aircraft (but not wanting to know how to land) and a decision was made, during the Bush administration, to switch from “Need to Know” to “Need to Share.”  But this still hasn’t made it through the intelligence/law enforcement bureaucracy, especially at the federal level. 

As we see with Mateen and the Tsarnaev brothers, federal law enforcement and intelligence assets had knowledge of potential terrorists but took no action to inform local law enforcement.  These are the men and women who actually have to deal most directly with the threat. 

There is a reason police agencies are taking Active Shooter training all over the nation.  Not knocking the feds, but it was the local law that handled the racist assassinations in Dallas earlier this month.  Don’t forget it was local law enforcement that handled the Muslim extremists in San Bernardino, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.  Or remember back in 2013, an alert citizen noticed smoke in a SUV, notified a NYPD officer who evacuated the area and no one was hurt
We are approaching the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and there is still a massive amount of work to be done in the intelligence and law enforcement areas to insure information flows as needed.  If the FBI had warned the Boston PD, would it have prevented the Marathon Bombing?  God only knows.  But we cannot only react to a threat now.  The federal agencies must be more sharing with threat data to allow local/state law enforcement to investigate, prepare for and handle the threat.  We can collect a lot of data on our adversaries, but if it’s not in the right hands, it’s completely worthless.

Michael A. Thiac is a police patrol sergeant and a retired Army intelligence officer. When not patrolling the streets, he can be found on A Cop’s Watch.

Officer Down


Officer Ashley Marie Guindon
Prince William County Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 28
Tour: 2 days
Badge # 1145

Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 13000 block of Lashmere Court in the Lake Ridge area.

The male subject at the home murdered his wife and then opened fire on the officers with a rifle as they approached the home. Officer Guindon was fatally wounded and two other officers, including her training officer, were wounded. All three officers were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where Officer Guindon passed away.

The man who shot them was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged with capital murder, first degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding of a police officer, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Officer Guindon had been sworn in the previous day and was working her first day on the street with her training officer. She was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Rest in Peace Sis…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Another example of Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics.....

Leftist media loves to use statistics to show how ugly, unfair, etc life in America is. And in this article, a B Hussein Obama sycophant in the Washington Post on policer murder by pistol in the last few decades. Here are excerpts, with commentary:

By Christopher Ingraham July 9

Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas this week, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration.

Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh said on Twitter that "Obama's words & [Black Lives Matter]'s deeds have gotten cops killed." Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said, "the spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president" contributed to the killings. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the shooting had "roots" in the "anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama."

These statements are part of a broader narrative of a "war on cops" carried out by the Obama administration and/or the Black Lives Matter movement, depending on whom you ask. It's certainly true that some shooters of police, such as the Dallas attacker, appear to be motivated by a hatred of white police officers or a twisted urge to seek revenge for police shootings of black Americans. But the simplistic and inflammatory notion of a "war on cops" is completely undercut by one fundamental data point: Intentional attacks on police officers are at historically low levels under President Obama...

No Mr. Ingraham, he wanted to murder whites, especially white officers. From your own newspaper, the Washington Post, the day before you published this article, so you had time to read it.:
...The gunfire was followed by a standoff that lasted for hours when the attacker told authorities “he was upset about the recent police shootings” and “said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown....
Data from the Officers Down Memorial Page, which tracks law enforcement officer fatalities in real time, illustrates the point. During the Reagan years, for instance, an average of 101 police officers were intentionally killed each year. Under George H.W. Bush that number fell to 90. It fell further, to 81 deaths per year, under Bill Clinton, and to 72 deaths per year under George W. Bush.

Under Obama, the average number of police intentionally killed each year has fallen to its lowest level yet — an average of 62 deaths annually through 2015. If you include the 2016 police officer shootings year-to-date and project it out to a full year, that average of 62 deaths doesn't change.

It's worth pointing out that in 2016, year-to-date officer fatalities via shooting only are up 44 percent over last year, according to the numbers compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund. But that's partially an illustration of how sensitive these numbers are to individual incidents: If you set the Dallas shootings aside, the year-over-year increase is only 17 percent. And as Eugene Volokh points out, the 2016 numbers are roughly on par with the numbers for the past 10 years.
Mr Ingraham, like many a leftist you take out some a factor that distort statistics.In the years since the 1970s, the deployment of Kevlar and ceramic vest have saved thousands of officers. A cop fired upon, hit, and not killed because the vest stopped the bullet (or made the difference) is not counted as dead. You do rightly credit the advent of trauma centers throughout the nation, especially in large cities, has made a cop's chance (or any person's chance, for that matter) of living through a shooting much greater.

...These figures in the chart above include all incidents in which a suspect intended to kill a police officer — shootings, stabbings, assaults, bombings and vehicular assaults. They exclude such things as accidental shootings, job-related illnesses and traffic accidents. If you were to narrow it down to just shootings, the overall trend would be roughly the same: from 80 deaths annually under Reagan to 48 annually under Obama. Again, factoring in the 2016 shooting numbers, including Dallas, has a negligible effect on the average under Obama.

These falling fatality numbers aren't simply a function of better medical care for injured officers. Overall assaults on officers are down, too. In 1988, the last year of the Reagan administration, there were 15.9 assaults for every 100 sworn law enforcement officers according to the FBI. In 2000, at the end of the Clinton administration, there were 12.7 assaults for every 100 officers. By the end of the Bush administration that number fell further to 11.3. Under Obama in 2014, the most recent year for which the FBI has data, that number further fell to 9.0....

Mr Ingraham, here are the numbers from the ODMP, including Dallas and Baton Rouge. The number of officers murdered by gunfire by this date is up %82 compared to this time last year.
Some non-statistical points to make. One, the motive of both shooters in Dallas and Baton Rouge are well know, they wanted to revenge the shooting by police of black thugs.

Two, the difference is the current president is doing his best to encourage, excuse and embrace the shooters. He brought leaders of Black Lives Matter to the White House and called them better community organizers then he was. He is lying about people, encouraging others to riot and trying to federalize police, ala the Third Reich.

Any drop in fatalities of police is good news. However, it is spite of O Hussein Obama, in no reason because of him.

He got bitten in the ass by biting into his burger....

I recall during a constitution law class in college we covered a case of police seizing garbage from a suspect's trash can and using it against him. The Supreme Court ruled that since the man had put the trash out to the curb for pickup, he gave up all rights to it. If he had kept it in his driveway, it would still be within his domicile and require a warrant.

Looks like a similar issue here.

Half-Eaten Burger Comes Back To Bite Chicago Man In Robbery Spree:

A half-eaten hamburger led authorities to a Chicago man who acted as the getaway driver in a series of bank robberies in western Michigan over the last two years, federal prosecutors said.

Dominick T. Johnson, 34,was sentenced Wednesday to 72 years and eight months in prison for the heists he carried out with his 24-year-old half-brother Nathan Benson, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prosecutors say Johnson was the brain and the wheels behind the three successful bank robberies that happened between May 2014 and January 2015 in Kalamazoo County, about 150 miles northeast of Chicago.

In two of the robberies, Johnson listened in on a cellphone from a car while Benson forced employees into bank vaults at gunpoint, prosecutors said. Cellphone tower data placed him near the banks at the time of the crime.

While speeding away from one robbery in Oshtemo Township, Johnson apparently tossed “a partially eaten hamburger” from the vehicle, and investigators were able to pull his DNA from it, prosecutors said.

The duo made three other failed bank robbery attempts, twice thwarted by police and once when Johnson crashed their vehicle on the way to the heist, prosecutors said.

Johnson was convicted in January in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids of seven crimes, including conspiracy, bank robbery and weapons charges. Benson was found guilty for his role in the robberies and sentenced to 14 years in March.

Good work guys.

From Houston TX to Baton Rouge LA, help at a very trying time.

I love my adopted home town of Houston, helping my home state of Louisiana at a time of need. Thank you sir for this donation.
WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Texas man donates custom-made caskets to families of fallen officers

Trey Ganem drove from Houston to Baton Rouge Thursday with a special gift for the families of the three officers who died during Sunday's shooting: custom caskets for each officer that Ganem made at his shop in Texas.

He is donating them to the families. Ganem was a Sheriff's deputy for two years and said he was inspired to create them immediately after hearing about Sunday's massacre.

"People need to put their pride aside and start living from the heart,” Ganem said.

Each casket has a similar design, but they're different based on the particular officer, based on military service, their department and their personality. Each casket is painted blue with an American flag on top and each has special symbols for each officer, like a Superman logo on Montrell Jackson's casket, because his family always thought of him that way.

Ganem was escorted for the four hour trip to Baton Rouge by the Undefeated Motorcycle Club, a group of former and active law enforcement officers.

"You know, you just can't do enough to help your families, your brothers, your sisters out there... during a tragic time. You know, it's time to heal,” said Richard Sedgwick, the president of the club.

Ganem met with Matthew Gerald's wife, Dechia Gerald, at the Rest Haven Funeral Home. He says she was deeply touched when she saw the casket.

"It's touching their lives and helping them. Like, she was smiling then. And who smiles at this time, you know? She was like, 'He would have loved it,'” Ganem said...

Thank you sir, from a member of the Thin Blue Line.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Commentary on the West....

This is a column from STRATFOR where the author is concerned where"...the world is turning populist and isolationist, with regions fracturing and trust declining..." A will concede a few of his points, but he seems off. Posted with my commentary.
The West Needs to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is The West Needs to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Editor's Note: The Global Affairs column is curated by Stratfor's editorial board, a diverse group of thinkers whose expertise inspires rigorous and innovative thought in our analyses. Though their opinions are their own, they inform and sometimes even challenge our beliefs. We welcome that challenge, and we hope our readers do too.

By Parag Khanna

Between the surprise Brexit vote and the unexpected rise of Donald Trump, it would appear that the world is turning populist and isolationist, with regions fracturing and trust declining. But that narrative is false. Many regions of the world — including Europe — continue to expand and integrate. In the coming years, all of the former Yugoslav republics will have become EU members, increasing the union's membership and completing its geographic contiguity to Greece. Indeed, Greece has yet to leave the monetary union or the European Union. There hasn't been, and won't be, a "Grexit." Britain has left the European Union, but not Europe itself; it remains deeply functionally connected to the Continent in almost every meaningful way, especially as a strategic ally.

Outside of Europe, the leaders of North America's three states just held a major summit outlining their next steps in trade and energy cooperation. The mega-continent is becoming a North American Union — and even a freak Trump election wouldn't undo the surge in U.S. exports to Mexico or the fact that the U.S.-Mexico border is by far the most heavily trafficked international crossing in the world. From Southeast Asia's 650 million people — who have just ratified an ASEAN Economic Community with free labor mobility — to the East African Community of 250 million across a half-dozen countries, post-colonial regions are burying the hatchet and growing together, not apart, to achieve greater economies of scale and bargaining power. Most fundamentally, China is physically binding together the more than one dozen countries on its periphery and beyond into Central Asia through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), further enlarging the functional integration of the world's most populous and economically dynamic regions.

All of this is very much to the good. But it is also a reminder that in a world of more powerful regional blocs, the West needs to regroup. Whatever the aftermath of the Brexit or the U.S. election, the trans-Atlantic community needs to get its houses in order and remember that to remain the greatest force shaping global order, it needs to put its money where its mouth is.

America Jeopardizes Its Own Opportunities

Let's start with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements. European politicians score points with the public for denouncing the provisions of TTIP, even though it would reduce many unnecessary frictions in trans-Atlantic commercial cooperation. And yet when the United States and Europe team up in World Trade Organization cases against China (or others), they stand a far greater chance of gaining favorable rulings. Despite the strategic imperative of uniting Western economies for greater efficiency and scale, the bigger picture is currently lost in the narcissism of minor differences.

In the case of the TPP, which Hillary Clinton and Trump now both publicly oppose, Obama's signature trade pact with Asia is in jeopardy. Today's presidential candidates forget that building bonds of trade and commerce with a rival's neighbors is a pillar of extending influence across the vast Pacific Ocean. Most of the Fortune 500 generates greater profits from exports to high-growth markets such as Asia than from their home turf. South and East Asia are precisely where the West should be deploying its deep capital markets and massive foreign direct investment stock to improve corporate governance, combat corruption and urge greater infrastructure investment so that the Asian middle class continues to rise and consume Western goods and services.

With both the TPP and TTIP, rest assured the struggle for economic influence will be lost unless the West puts its money where its mouth is.
Are we taking a treaty which is not even read my the members of the congress that must vote on it. If they cannot read it, how can you be assured it is so great? Personally I believe increased trade is better for all concerned. However, seeing the Obama regime is known for wanting to put in things without the public knowing, to say the least this needs to be slowed down and thoroughly examined. By the next administration.

And again, STRATFOR posted last week on how the Iran nuclear deal has surprises in it.
China Pays to Gain More

Despite its current economic rough patch, China shows little sign of abating its quest to smooth the supply chains that are its principal source of geopolitical and economic leverage. It is pushing for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, knowing that as labor is offshored to other Asian nations, it can benefit as a capital owner of offshore industrial and financial assets.

And with the AIIB, China is doubling down on what has already been a quarter century of infrastructure investment in its Central Asian and other neighbors, helping to unlock their resources while paving its own way to the Middle East, Indian Ocean and even Europe. By putting its money where its mouth is, China has even elevated infrastructure to the status of a global public good on par with America's historical provision of military security. More than 70 countries have lined up to join the AIIB, including America's closest allies, such as Britain. Some now call it the "NATO of the East" — a new kind of infrastructure alliance.

The United States urged European nations to withhold their membership to the AIIB in the name of nudging the new bank to promise higher social and environmental standards, but the AIIB has too much capital and clout among poor countries to be shaped from the outside. Indeed, it has just announced that the World Bank will co-invest with it. The only way to actually implement better governance beyond nonbinding paper agreements is to get inside such bodies as an investing partner on the ground.

The AIIB's projects will construct a new set of iron Silk Roads that will smoothly reach Iran. Now that the West has moved toward lifting sanctions, China and other trading nations simply want the United States to get out of the way so they can get on with the business of accessing Iran's fast-growing, urban and youthful society. South Korea now leads the pack among large new investors in Iran. The longer the West waits to ease restrictions on its own companies investing in and trading with Iran, the bigger the lead other countries and their corporations will get in gaining a foothold there.

There are many weak or small countries around the world that depend on China for nearly two-thirds of their foreign investment and to purchase most of their commodities exports. Myanmar has been through a democratic transition hailed by the West, but its companies are still hamstrung when it comes to reducing Myanmar's dependence on China. Sri Lanka's new government was elected on a platform of revisiting huge infrastructure contracts given to the Chinese, only to determine that it has no commercial alternative, not even India. China's grand port in Colombo and other projects have restarted. Ecuador and Zambia are two poor commodities exporters mortgaging their economies to China, taking on ever-larger debts to Beijing, which is collecting a greater share of upstream assets.

Geopolitics has become less about ideology and more about supply and demand, with policies shaped by the highest bidder. In such a world, the West must do more than host summits and pontificate about values. It has to get its act together and put its money where its mouth is.
Valid point on China's expansion, but he should know the current administration is not interested in expanding America, just managing our decline. And Obama has a lot of supporters on both his side, and the notional opposition (see RINOs), who are willing allies.
Parag Khanna is author of the new book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (Random House, 2016).
"The West Needs to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is is republished with permission of Stratfor."

Iran: Secret Document Reveals New Nuclear Deal Details

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Iran: Secret Document Reveals New Nuclear Deal Details

A secret document connected to last year's Iran nuclear deal and made public on July 18 revealed that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program will begin to ease four years before the official agreement expires, AP reported. The document, described as a separate from but closely related to the 15-year nuclear accord, shows that Iran will be able to begin replacing centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines starting in 2027, just 11 years after the deal was first implemented. The document was never released to the public and came to light on July 18, when a diplomat passed it to the press. However, U.S. officials say it was made known to members of Congress earlier.

The document lays out important terms of the nuclear agreement that were absent in the public record. Along with the shorter timeline, it imposes a significant constraint on the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to replace. Iran currently has 5,060 centrifuges, and the number of replacements would be limited to between 2,500 and 3,500, depending on their efficiency levels. Those replacement centrifuges could be up to five times as powerful as the older models. The document seems to suggest that Iran actually requires less than 12 months — the number put forward by the U.S. government — to make enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon. In fact, Iran's breakout time could be closer to six months. However, because of the time it takes to build and integrate that many centrifuges, the country would not be able to turn them all on at once, an assessment echoed by U.S. officials familiar with the document. Notably, the document does not specify enrichment restrictions after year 13. International concerns about Iran's nuclear program remain.

B Hussein Obama, RINOs, Bob Corker...Thanks! :<(

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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USA

A Convention Short of Consensus, Not Contention

Analysis

In the United States, violence isn't used as often in the political process as it is in some other countries. But given the current intensity of political discourse and the recent string of attacks across the country, it is worthwhile to understand the threats to security at major upcoming political events such as the Republican National Convention, set for July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Donald Trump presidential campaign, Republican Party and city of Cleveland are putting the final touches on the event, but the unusual levels of opposition to Trump's campaign have made security a top concern for organizers and attendees.

Threats of violence and disruption will not come from only one group. At least 16 organizations, both supporting and opposing the presumptive Republican Party nominee, have registered to hold demonstrations and marches across the downtown area during the convention. Dozens of other, more radical groups intend to demonstrate as well. But it is those with access to the convention — the party members and delegates themselves — who might present the most potent risk of disruption. Needless to say, understanding the potential threats to the convention's security is paramount...

How Donald Trump and the GOP Dropped the Two-State Solution for Mideast Peace

Days before the Cleveland convention, GOP leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have found a rare bit of common ground: ditching decades of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy calling for the creation of an independent Palestine.

The shift came when the Republican Platform Committee unanimously approved an Israel-Palestine provision Tuesday night that had a striking omission: any reference to a two-state solution to the long-running conflict. The platform instead uses staunchly pro-Israel language that promises to oppose any outside efforts to force Jerusalem into a deal.

The new platform language was drafted with not only the blessing but the intimate involvement of two of Trump’s closest aides, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, according to several sources behind the effort. The two men are Trump’s primary Israel advisors.

AFRICA

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

ASIA

Broken Trust: How a Failed Coup Weakens Turkey

Analysis

The coup attempt that saw the Turkish state plunged into crisis has come at precisely the wrong time for Ankara. Just over the border in Iraq and Syria, critical challenges are mounting, as Turkey is drawn deeper into the fight to contain the Islamic State. Internally, Turkey is combating its own domestic Kurdish militant movement, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Because the coup emerged from within certain divisions of the military, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) must now engage in heavy purges of the armed forces. This will make it difficult for Ankara to use the military as an instrument of policy and national strategy. The coup has been put down, but the aftershocks could hamstring Turkey for a long time to come...

A Place Where Geopolitics Fades

Analysis

By Diego Solis

There are places where geopolitics fades, where you can shut yourself off from the slow-burning conflicts and tumultuous markets, from the rise and fall of great powers. The Cook Islands are one such location. This grouping of 15 islands at the heart of the South Pacific is just one tiny segment of a sweeping arc of islands that sprawls across the Pacific from the Marianas to Polynesia. Some (such as New Guinea and New Zealand) are massive, while others are nothing more than the faintest ring of coral above blue water...

Turkey, Fanning the Flames of Instability

As purges continue across Turkey in the wake of the attempted military coup, the leaders of certain countries are attempting to defend and solidify their holds on power. An observer need look no further than Turkey's immediate periphery in the Caucasus and Central Asia for evidence. On Wednesday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev unveiled constitutional amendments to prolong presidential terms from five to seven years. Meanwhile, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov set a date for a similar presidential term extension to take effect in his country....

India Strains to Move Away From Agriculture

Even though India's economy is the fastest-growing in the world, job creation in the country has fallen to its lowest point since 2009. Speeding the pace of the Indian economy's shift from agriculture to manufacturing has been one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chief objectives since he took office in 2014. In launching his "Make in India" campaign in 2014, Modi outlined a plan to increase the manufacturing sector's share of India's gross domestic product to 25 percent by 2022 and to add 100 million more manufacturing jobs (currently, manufacturing constitutes 16 percent of GDP and employs some 50 million people). But entrenched opposition to labor and land acquisition reforms are throwing off the prime minister's timetable for reaching his ambitious goals for the sector.

North Korea: 3 Ballistic Missiles Fired, Seoul Says

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles in the early morning hours of July 19, a statement by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, CNN reported. The missiles, which traveled 500-600 kilometers (310-370 miles) to the east, were launched from North Korea's western province of North Hwanghae. The missile tests follow an agreement July 8 between Washington and Seoul to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile interception system in South Korea.

EUROPE

A European Dream, Deferred

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives for the 2016 NATO summit in Poland. As countries with a history of Russian intervention become more concerned about Russian interference, their hopes for European integration are also becoming more elusive. (SEAN GALLUP/Getty Images)
Summary

As difficult to accept as the United Kingdom's recent vote to leave the European Union is for many people around the world, for some citizens of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, it is just baffling. For several years, their countries have aspired to join the Continental bloc, though none has clinched an official offer of membership yet. Though the Brexit will not precipitate the European Union's demise in the immediate term, it will undoubtedly fix the union's attention on its inherent problems. Consequently, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia worry that EU interest in expanding east will decrease, enabling Russia's influence in the region to grow…

Looking for an Exit From the Brexit

The results of the Brexit referendum are proving to be as much a threat to the United Kingdom's unity as they are to the unity of the European Union. For Scotland and Northern Ireland, two countries in the United Kingdom where a majority of voters opted to remain in the European Union, the decision to leave the Continental bloc is especially concerning. Scotland's 2014 independence referendum and more recent opinion polls in Northern Ireland highlight their dilemma: Voters in each place want to remain in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. This contradiction will shape London's negotiations with the European Union over the future of their relationship...

U.K.: House Of Commons Backs Trident Nuclear Weapons System Renewal

The British House of Commons voted July 19 overwhelmingly in favor of renewing the country's Trident nuclear weapons system, BBC reported. Lawmakers backed the measure, which will cost an estimated 31 billion pounds ($40.7 billion), by a vote of 472 to 117. The system consists of four submarines that can each carry up to eight nuclear missiles. Each missile can carry multiple warheads. The new fleet will be ready for service by the early 2030s. New Prime Minister Theresa May made clear that she would be ready to use nuclear weapons if the situation arose.

A Brexit From Europe’s Scientific Community?

Analysis

In the scientific community, collaboration across countries, continents and oceans has long been the norm, driving scientific knowledge and innovation forward. Research projects and development, especially at the academic level, often cross international borders. Even so, science and research are not immune to political and economic restraints: Travel and immigration regulations, access to funding, and patent laws all limit open collaboration in scientific development.

The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union will not eliminate the opportunities for its scientists and researchers to work with those of other countries, even EU member states. Nevertheless, it could have repercussions for the future of technological innovation in the United Kingdom. Though ideas will continue to flow freely between the United Kingdom and the Continent after the Brexit, scientists and researchers may not. In addition, as the Brexit becomes a reality, funding for research in the United Kingdom likely will take a substantial hit...
MEXICO/LATIN AMERICA

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

AFGHANISTAN

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

CHINA

China Is Building Its Future on Credit

Summary

As China tries to overcome slowdowns in its industrial and trade sectors, the country's banks have continued to increase the pace of lending, issuing 1.38 trillion yuan ($205.8 billion) worth of loans in June. The figure confirms some economists' expectations that lending will keep rising as China's central government attempts to revive economic growth and boost property markets that showed signs of another slump in May. It also indicates that despite Beijing's repeated pledges to reduce the economy's reliance on credit and state-led investment, the easy flow of financing from state-owned banks remains the country's primary bulwark against widespread debt crises among corporations and local governments...

IRAN

Iran: Secret Document Reveals New Nuclear Deal Details

A secret document connected to last year's Iran nuclear deal and made public on July 18 revealed that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program will begin to ease four years before the official agreement expires, AP reported. The document, described as a separate from but closely related to the 15-year nuclear accord, shows that Iran will be able to begin replacing centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines starting in 2027, just 11 years after the deal was first implemented. The document was never released to the public and came to light on July 18, when a diplomat passed it to the press. However, U.S. officials say it was made known to members of Congress earlier.

The document lays out important terms of the nuclear agreement that were absent in the public record. Along with the shorter timeline, it imposes a significant constraint on the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to replace. Iran currently has 5,060 centrifuges, and the number of replacements would be limited to between 2,500 and 3,500, depending on their efficiency levels. Those replacement centrifuges could be up to five times as powerful as the older models. The document seems to suggest that Iran actually requires less than 12 months — the number put forward by the U.S. government — to make enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon. In fact, Iran's breakout time could be closer to six months. However, because of the time it takes to build and integrate that many centrifuges, the country would not be able to turn them all on at once, an assessment echoed by U.S. officials familiar with the document. Notably, the document does not specify enrichment restrictions after year 13. International concerns about Iran's nuclear program remain.

IRAQ

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

ISRAEL

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

RUSSIA

Russia&#039;s Muslim Regions Turn to the Gulf for Help

Analysis

As Russia's economy continues to stagnate, the country's 83 regions are being forced to compete with one another for outside investment to stay afloat. The quest for funding was a popular theme at the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where regional governments and corporations tried to woo foreign partners and financiers. Some regions have focused their campaigns on Asia and Europe: The Kaluga and Kaliningrad provinces, for example, have signed investment deals with Bavaria, and Kaluga's governor visited Vietnam earlier in the year seeking funding. But four of Russia's Muslim republics — Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Chechnya and Dagestan — have set their sights on Muslim states in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, a strategy that has put Moscow on edge...

SYRIA

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

MIDDLE EAST GENERAL

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

MISC

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of July 18, 2016

The Attack on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel That Never Happened

Analysis

Editor's Note: The following piece is part of an occasional series in which Fred Burton, our vice president of intelligence, reflects on his storied experience as a counterterrorism agent for the U.S. State Department.

By Fred Burton

Just off Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, only two blocks from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, yellow taxis stop and start before a row of heavy glass doors at the base of an imposing 47-story building. A single doorman stands outside, his white-gloved hands folded. Above him the name of the building is scrawled on the aging concrete: The Waldorf-Astoria...

The Anatomy of a Coup Attempt

Analysis

Coups tend to be evaluated by a single criterion: whether or not they achieved their purpose. And though the results are, of course, what matters most to those who have power — and those who covet it — that kind of evaluation ignores the anatomy of what makes a coup successful. The current situation in Turkey reveals a significant degree of planning and coordination, but its "success" depends on the same things that all others do...

It Takes a Village to Stop a Lone Wolf

By Scott Stewart

The recent attacks in Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge and Wurzburg have again raised public awareness of lone attackers unaffiliated with an organized terrorist group. I am constantly asked how governments can defend against this new threat. But that question is misguided: Lone attackers operating under a model of leaderless resistance is not a new phenomenon. Stratfor has been tracking the devolution of the jihadist movement from a hierarchical structure to a more grassroots one for more than a decade. Though leaderless resistance is by design more difficult for authorities to detect and deter, those who practice it are still bound by the vulnerabilities in the terrorist planning cycle. …

How the Brexit Could Hurt Scientific Research



In the scientific community, collaboration across countries, continents and oceans has long been the norm, driving scientific knowledge and innovation forward. Research projects and development, especially at the academic level, often cross international borders. The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union will not eliminate the opportunities for its scientists and researchers to work with those of other countries, even EU member states. Nevertheless, it could have repercussions for the future of technological innovation in the United Kingdom. Ideas will continue to flow freely between the United Kingdom and the Continent after the Brexit, but scientists and researchers might not. In addition, as the Brexit becomes a reality, funding for research in the United Kingdom likely will take a substantial hit.

A great pic on Dallas!

Great post below this, "The most impressive line I've heard was one from a Baton Rouge officer: 'I'm willing to meet my God so that you don't have too.'"

Be safe friends!

Perhaps radical Islam...isn't

Again, my friend and fellow Army officer Mike Ford has a great post in American Thinker.  Enjoy. 
Perhaps radical Islam...isn't 
By Mike Ford 
When Donald Trump opined that we should stop all Muslim immigration "until we can figure out what is going on," perhaps he stumbled on something we have yet to recognize: that radical Islam...isn't.  Much is being made (with good reason) of President Obama's failure to use the words "radical Islamic terrorism" when describing the horrific act in Orlando and other terror attacks here in the U.S.  Even yesterday's atrocity, the brutal murder of at latest count 80 civilians, who were run over by a French citizen of Tunisian descent, using a 5-ton cargo truck, has yet to elicit those words from President Obama. 
However, our focus may be a bit off here.  Perhaps the problem isn't radical Islam.  Perhaps the problem is Islam in its entirety.  As horrific as this brutal mass murder was, at what point does a radical politico-religious extreme become a mainstream religious belief? 
There are some interesting surveys out there regarding Muslim attitudes by the Pew Research Center.  The findings were interesting, especially when we examine them against a definition of "radical" or "extreme" that presupposes a locus at the end of a politico-religious spectrum and a population of less than 1 percent of the total population surveyed.  
Here are some of the findings 
As of 2010, there were 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, or 23% percent of the population. 
Latest estimates put Muslims at just under 1% of the U.S. population at 2.75 million, 63% percent of whom are immigrants. 
Pew projects that by 2150, U.S. Muslims will outnumber American Jews, becoming the second most populous religion at 2.1% of the U.S. population, a little more than double today's share.   
Extrapolating forward, we are talking over 5.5 million Muslims in the U.S. 
Taken by themselves, those numbers would cause little concern.  However, Muslim attitudes both in the U.S. and worldwide should give us all pause.  A Washington Post article regarding Muslim attitudes toward homosexuality ("Here are the ten countries where homosexuality may be punishable by death") notes that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, all U.S. allies, have death penalty statutes regarding the practice of homosexuality.  Abhorrent to Americans as that may be, it's difficult to paint that viewpoint as "extreme," when it is the legal position of duly constituted governments, some of which are U.S. allies in the war on "radical Islamic terrorism." 
Closer to home, the Pew study looked at the opinions of Muslims residing in the United States.  One interesting finding: 
More generally, Muslims mostly say that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam are rarely or never justified, including 92% in Indonesia and 91% in Iraq. In the United States, a 2011 survey found that 86% of Muslims say that such tactics are rarely or never justified. An additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified in these circumstances.
Using these percentages, coupled with the current Muslim population, that's 25,000 U.S. Muslims who believe violence in the form of suicide bombers is often justified in support of Islam. 
Polls may show that a clear majority of Muslims abhor ISIS violence, but until they actively do something to reform the clear plurality of Muslims who support it, innocent men, women, and children will continue to be murdered by this theocratic terrorist element that is by no means looked at as "extreme" by a goodly part of the Muslim world. 
Whatever happens, our Republic, with its protections for individual liberty, especially religious liberty, will have to come to grips with this, sooner rather than later.  Maybe Trump is right.  Maybe we should halt all Muslim immigration until "we figure out what is going on," and those so-called, "moderate Muslims" nudge their politico-military-religious construct towards meaningful reformation. 
Mike Ford is a retired infantry officer with experience in counterterrorism in Central America, Southwest Asia and as an instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, N.C.