Monday, October 2, 2017

A look at what might happen if Catalonia goes it alone

Via Billy


The northeastern region of Catalonia, one of Spain's autonomous regions, s threatening to declare its independence from Spain following a disputed referendum that, it says, gave it a mandate to break away.

Spain, which declared the referendum illegal and invalid, says it will do all to maintain the country's unity and keep hold of the region of 7.5 million people centered around the port city of Barcelona.

The two would seem to be about to enter uncharted waters. Here's a look at how Spain got to this point and what may happen next.


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The Documentary “The Vietnam War”: Artistic License as History

Via Jonathan

As time creeps or races by, those who experienced the Vietnam War are fading from the scene and it’s becoming increasingly important to record a history of that war that is truthful.  Increasingly, the written word is being tossed aside in favor of film and the “documentary” – both allow for “artistic license” instead of facts.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick took $30 million and ten years and used only 80 interviews that, like some others have said, tell how America was wrong, while the communist bloc with the American protestors and politicians were right all along.

Was the American soldier (using this as an all-encompassing term) always right, always moral, always politically correct (especially by today’s standards)? Of course not. Among the many things missing from the documentary were the answers to these same questions of the VC, NVA and the North Vietnamese Government who habitually violated all their agreements, including the Geneva Conventions.

The documentary cherry-picked American actions during the war – just as many predecessors have in books and films. But this was, unfortunately, predictable and expected.

The New War on the South’s Patrimony

In the news late today, on a nice summery afternoon in early September, I saw live on television a crane removing the large statue of General Robert E. Lee from a park in Dallas. I had to switch channels immediately because I was so upset and fed up with these imbecile journalists bleating the left-wing party line about the nobility of this new war to eradicate the final remnants of the so-called Confederate white supremacy and Southern proto-Nazi racism.

Earlier this year, the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson wrote a long letter to Slate Magazine, which was republished elsewhere, saying that it was time that their ancestor’s statue be removed from Monument Avenue. They said they were ashamed of the Confederate Cause.
And now Sir Moses Ezekiel, a proud Jewish Confederate and major 19th Century sculptor known throughout Europe, has descendants crying for the removal of his beautiful Confederate memorial from Arlington Cemetery.

Is Paddock A Typical Democrat These Days?

I don't usually write a post this close to an event, because I like to have my facts in line before I spout some nonsense, but some things are already clear and I feel comfortable wading in at this point, because many of the issues brought out today have been true for a very long time.

From everything I hear about Stephen Paddock, it would suggest that he was not a violent person motivated by hatred or politics. That is what I hear, but the facts don't seem to line up with that description.

Police: One hour, 12 minutes to locate Paddock in hotel room after they received first 911 call.

Via John

 Two broken windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel could be clearly seen from the Route 91 Harvest stage on Monday morning in the aftermath of the deadly shooting

This is the moment police closed in on the Las Vegas shooter and blew off the door to his hotel room 72 minutes after he started opening fire on country music festival revelers, killing 59 and injuring more than 527.

Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10.08pm on Sunday.

It took police one hour and 12 minutes to locate Paddock in his hotel room on the 32nd floor after they received the first 911 call. Authorities say Paddock, who had been holed up in the room for several days, killed himself before officers breached the room at 11.20pm.

More with pictures and video @ Daily Mail

Two South Vietnamese Airborne Sisters, Vung Tau 1966

Via Kevin Tran

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A "Civil War" To Commemorate 100 Years Of Communism?

Via Billy

October of 2017 is now upon us, with a rather fiery beginning in Las Vegas, Nevada, which we will comment on below. This is a very special time for Communists around the world. It is the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. It is often referred to as Red October. This was the Bolshevik Revolution led by Lenin. Wikipedia says it was "...instrumental in the large Russian Revolution of 1917. It took place with an armed insurrection in Petrograd on the 25th of October (7 November, New Style)  1917." I don't want to go into the whole bloody scenario except to note that the Communists have always been very "date conscious" when it came to big anniversaries such as this. 

If you all remember, we were treated to the first official celebration of Earth Day on the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth. This was hardly a coincidence!

So what will we have for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution? Las Vegas just may be a sneak preview.

How about Antifa giving us a "civil war" in the United States?

White House backs 20-week abortion ban

Via Billy

The White House on Monday said President Trump would sign a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, if Congress passes the legislation.

The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. If the bill were to become law, people who perform abortions after 20 weeks would face a fine, up to five years in prison or both.

The bill contains limited exceptions, including when a woman's pregnancy puts her life at risk and in cases of rape or incest.

"The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires," the Trump administration wrote in a statement of administration policy.

NFL Backlash: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Tank … Again

Chase Daniel


Another Sunday delivers more bad ratings news for a National Football League already imploding under the weight of its own strident and proven anti-Americanism. Last week, Sunday Night Football hit a new season low, and compared to last year, sunk a full 10 percent.  This week, viewership for Sunday Night Football collapsed even further, down another five percent. Compared to this same week last year, viewership fell two percent.

Via Deadline:
With a 11.0/19 in metered market results, last night’s SNF was down 5% from last week when the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10. As the league took another week-by-week ratings hit just a month into the 2017-2018 season, year-to-year, Sunday’s game was also down a bit from last year. Compared to the then season low of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 43-14 smackdown of the Kansas City Chiefs in primetime on October 2, 2016, last night’s SNF dipped 2% in the early numbers.
In the wake of the horror story coming out of Las Vegas, where early reports tell us a number of police officer have been killed or wounded while trying to save others, these ongoing NFL protests, which are in part targeted against police officers, might take on an entirely new dimension of outrage among a vast majority of Americans already disgusted with these millionaire crybabies and their petulant activism.

These NFL protests were not only invented by a former-player who wears “cop pig” socks, just last week Colin Kaepernick’s  foundation donated $25,000 to an organization named after convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

CBS Executive Fired for ‘No Sympathy’ Comments About Las Vegas Shooting

Via Billy

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: People are directed to rides outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at a country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. People who could not go to hotel-casinos that were closed after the shooting are temporarily staying at the center. The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the music festival, leaving at least 50 people dead and hundreds injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

CBS legal executive Hayley Geftman-Gold was fired over comments she made on social media about not being sympathetic toward victims of the Las Vegas shooting because they were likely Republicans.

On Sunday night, at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on country music festival attendees from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, according to local authorities.

Geftman-Gold wrote in a Facebook post comment how she didn't have any hope that Republicans, "Repugs," would "ever do the right thing," and that she isn't sympathetic to the shooting victims because country music fans are often "Republican gun toters." The Daily Caller was the first to report on her comments.

Under Obama Administration IRS Involved in $5 Million Push to Pressure Americans to Buy Obamacare

Via Billy

The Internal Revenue Service was involved in a $5 million push to pressure Americans to buy Obamacare coverage, according to documents obtained from the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Under former president Obama, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House's Behavioral Sciences Team created a $5 million program to target and pressure those who refused Obamacare and either decided to pay a penalty instead or were exempt from being forced to purchase coverage.

Corrupt climate science discredits NASA

Via Bill

Lots of global warming alarmists are hyperventilating over President Donald Trump’s pick of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), a “climate change denier,” to head NASA.

Hopefully, he will give them good reason for cold sweats by ending the agency’s politically corrupt and embarrassing role in perpetuating history’s arguably most costly fraud.

Harsh words? You bet!

More @ C Fact

The Guns of U.S. Army Aviation in Vietnam — Personal Defense Weapons on Slicks, Snakes & Loaches

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The U.S. Army has never been a particularly agile beast when it came to bold new technologies. Horse cavalrymen were dragged kicking and screaming into tanks during World War II, and the grunts and tankers of the ’50s viewed the helicopter with a tolerant skepticism at best. In 1963 the 11th Air Assault Division was testing the practical aspects of air mobility at Fort Benning, Georgia. Two years later the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) went to war.

The war in Vietnam saw the introduction of a wide array of new technologies. From smart bombs to night vision and lightweight assault rifles, Vietnam was a proving ground for countless new weapons and the tactics that drove their employment. As a result, flight crews operating Army rotary-wing combat aircraft frequently made up the rules as they went along.

There really was no precedent for what those guys were doing. UH1 Hueys and CH47 Chinooks carried troops, ammunition, equipment, and supplies into places that would have otherwise been inaccessible. The use of massed helicopter assets allowed Army commanders unparalleled mobility around and above a non-linear battlefield. Light and agile aeroscout aircraft like the OH6 provided responsive intelligence gathering. Armed versions of the UH1 and later dedicated AH1 Cobra gunships offered responsive and overwhelming aerial fire support. Throughout it, all Army flight crews operated in the treetops engaging the enemy face to face in a pitiless close range fight to the death.

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Man Gives Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock the “Finger” During Rampage

 Seems strange to me as the man behind him seems unconcerned.

The horror that occurred in Las Vegas last night continues to get worse. The official death toll just climbed to 58 individuals. Hundreds remain hospitalized.

In situations like these, the greatest heroes are the first responders who risk their lives to save others. And there were plenty last night, doing their best to rescue attendees of the Jason Aldean concert. The police, the medical personnel, and the ambulance drivers all deserve a huge amount of gratitude for acting fast and saving as many lives as possible. The same goes for all the doctors and nurses who are tending to those currently injured.

Heroism comes in all forms, of course. And one man showed an incredible amount of courage last night as bullets rained down upon him and the surrounding crowd. This courage may have been alcohol-fueled, but it was pure, unadulterated courage nonetheless.

Robert Mueller’s Tom Price Problem

Via Billy

The headline in The Washington Post dates back to March 21, 2014. It reads:
Personal FBI flights for Holder and other Justice officials went unreported
The story begins:
The agency that tracks federal travel did not report hundreds of personal and other “nonmission” trips aboard government planes for senior Justice Department officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to a watchdog report.
Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office determined that the 395 flights cost taxpayers $7.8 million. But the General Services Administration, which oversees trips aboard federal jets, did not require documentation because of a GSA reporting exemption that covers intelligence agencies, even in cases of unclassified personal travel.
And when one follows the link from the Post to the General Accounting Office report one finds a report that says, among other things, this:

Top CBS lawyer: No sympathy for Vegas victims, 'probably Republicans'

Via Billy

A top lawyer for CBS said she is “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” when discussing the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas late Sunday night. 

Hayley Geftman-Gold, the network's vice president and senior counsel, took to Facebook after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and sending more than 500 others to hospitals.

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic] will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold wrote in a now-deleted message that was first reported and captured by The Daily Caller.

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Pier Weekly October 2, 2017

The worst of the hurricane. :)