Call him “Legend”

From the New York Post:

Secluded on the top floor of a bombed-out four-story apartment building north of war-scarred Fallujah, Iraq, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is just getting comfortable.

It’s November 2004. Thanksgiving time. The second battle of Fallujah has launched, and Kyle is swaddled in silence atop an upturned baby crib, studying the enemy through a Nightforce 4.5-22 power scope attached to a .300 Win Mag rifle.

He’s feeling badass.

“We just got word that the president of Iraq said that anyone left in the city is bad — meaning, clear to shoot,” he recalled for The Post. “From that point on, every fighting-age male was a target.”

That was just fine with Kyle, who spent five weeks in the hideout, protecting Marines on the ground and bagging seven confirmed kills — adding to his official total of 160, making him the deadliest sniper in US history.

“After the first kill, the others come easy. I don’t have to psych myself up, or do anything mentally — I look through the scope, get the target in the cross hairs and kill my enemy before he kills one of my people,” Kyle writes in his new autobiography, “American Sniper.”

During his 10-year career as a member of SEAL Team 3, Kyle, 37, saw action in every major battle during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He became known among his fellow SEALS as “The Legend.”

The enemy was less complimentary.

In Ramadi, insurgents put an $80,000 bounty on his head and branded him “Al-Shaitan Ramadi” — “The Devil of Ramadi.”

“That made me feel like I was actually doing my job and having an effect on the war,” he said.

In north-central Texas, Kyle grew up dipping tobacco, riding horses and hunting deer, turkey and quail — a cowboy at heart.

He got his first gun at 8 years old — a bolt-action 30-06 rifle.

The son of a Sunday-school teacher and a church deacon, Kyle credits a higher authority for his longest kill.

From 2,100 yards away from a village just outside of Sadr City in 2008, he spied a man aiming a rocket launcher at an Army convoy and squeezed off one shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle.

Dead, from more than a mile away.

“God blew that bullet and hit him,” he said.

For Kyle, the enemy is a “savage” — there’s no room for gray, only black or white.

His Charlie platoon even adopted the insignia of the comic-book vigilante The Punisher, spray-painting skulls on their body armor, vehicles, helmets and guns.

“You see us? We’re the people kicking your ass. Fear us, because we will kill you, motherf–ker,” he writes.

The married father of two is now president of Craft International, an outfit that provides sniper and security training for the US military.

He teaches what’s required to take that perfect shot: Study the terrain, correct for elevation and wind, prepare for the vibration after the shot, and keep in mind the Coriolis effect, the effect of the rotation of the Earth on a bullet’s trajectory.

“You need skill to be a sniper, but you also need opportunity. And luck,” he said.
He retired a chief petty officer, and along the way, collected an armload of hardware, including two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with valor.

“That’s just candy,” Kyle said. “That’s not why we were there.”

Quick Hits

Trump is a Jerk:
Donald Trump supporters have met an official ballot deadline in Texas, paving the way for the business mogul to become a third-party candidate there, a source close to Trump tells The Blaze. Trump himself acknowledged the filing in a statement.

According to an email sent by the source to The Blaze on Sunday night, Trump supporters filed paperwork on Friday to create the “Make America Great Again Party,” giving Trump the opportunity — should he take advantage of it — to be on the primary ballot.

Attribution: The Blaze

Background checks up Again:
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.

On Dec 23 alone there were
102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.
Explanations for America’s surge in gun buying include that it is a response to the stalled economy with people fearing crime waves. Another theory is that buyers are rushing to gun shops because they believe tighter firearms laws will be introduced in the future.

The National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self-defense because police officer numbers were declining.

A spokesman said: “I think there’s an increased realization that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”

Attribution: UK Telegraph

Occupy the Classroom:
Does getting pepper-sprayed count as extra credit?

Columbia University is offering a new course on Occupy Wall Street next semester — sending upperclassmen and grad students into the field for full course credit.

[Just a little editorial side note. The cost, per credit at Columbia is between $2000.00 & $3800.00. That does include room, board, transportation, books, etc.]

The class is taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who boasts about her nights camped out in Zuccotti Park.

As many as 30 students will be expected to get involved in ongoing OWS projects outside the classroom, the syllabus says.

The class will be in the anthropology department and called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” It will be divided between seminars at the Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork.

On her blog, Appel defends OWS, arguing that “it is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

Attribution: NY Post

Joke of the Day

A business man got on an elevator in a building. When he entered the elevator, there was a blonde already inside and she greeted him by saying, “T-G-I-F” (letters only).

He smiled at her and replied, “S-H-I-T” (letters only).”

She looked at him, puzzled, and said, “T-G-I-F” again.

He acknowledged her remark again by answering, “S-H-I-T.”

The blonde was trying to be friendly, so she smiled her biggest smile and said as sweetly as possibly, “T-G-I-F” another time.

The man smiled back to her and once again replied with a quizzical expression, “S-H-I-T.”

The blonde finally decided to explain things, and this time she said, “T-G-I-F, Thank Goodness It’s Friday, get it?”

The man answered, “Sorry, Honey, It’s Thursday.”

Just Say NO, to Ron Paul

Federal Reserve:

I absolutely agree with Ron Paul. Shut down the Federal Reserve. Woodrow Wilson created it. I need to consider nothing more. Anything enacted by the Wilson administration is de facto, bad for the country.


Mr. Paul has stated he is firmly pro-life. I believe him. He also says it is not the purview of the Federal Government. The congressman believes life begins at conception but reluctantly says it is a States Rights issue, citing the Tenth Amendment.

I wasn’t aware that the murder of innocents was an issue at all. Who but a psycho would be in favor of murdering innocent people? If you believe life begins at conception, and when else would it begin, you can’t also believe that a State has the right to pass it’s own law condoning murder. It’s kind of a Ten Commandment issue, which trumps even our Constitution.

Death Penalty:

Ron Paul admits he was pro-death penalty & is now opposed to the death penalty, chiefly out of fear than an innocent person may be sentenced to death.

Michael Moore, He's right on every Issue!

I am pro-death penalty personally. I have yet to hear a compelling argument against it. Could a mistake be made? Absolutely! Humans are not perfect. Overwhelmingly the evidence against a death row inmate is so compelling as to prevent the mistake. Many have said my position is inconsistent. How could anyone be pro-life & pro-death penalty? What about the whole, “Thou shall not murder [kill]”? Abortion is the taking of an innocent life. The death penalty is not.

Illegal Immigration:

I agree with Paul, that illegal immigration should be attacked economically first. Stop all federal funding for illegals. No welfare, food stamps, free hospital care, etc. If you give things away, you’ll have more people lining up for the giveaways. Take away the incentive to stay here & they’ll leave.

He is against amnesty. I agree with that.

He does not support deportation. I support deportation. The Congressmen stated, “Sending twelve to fifteen million illegals home–isn’t going to happen and shouldn’t happen”. I disagree. By taking away the financial incentives, that number would be reduced greatly.

Foreign Policy:

This is the biggie. I am not at all a fan of Ron Paul’s foreign policy. It’s not only flawed, but also dangerous. I concur that troops should come home, but not for the same reasons. I also think our troops should leave Afghanistan immediately.

He states, “There really is nothing for us to win in Afghanistan. Our mission has morphed from apprehending those who attacked us, to apprehending those who threaten or dislike us for invading their country, to remaking an entire political system and even a culture … This is an expensive, bloody, endless exercise in futility. Not everyone is willing to admit this just yet. But every second they spend in denial has real costs in lives and livelihoods … Many of us can agree on one thing, however. Our military spending in general has grown way out of control.”

I agree with him that most of the conflicts we’ve become entangled in are useless and unconstitutional. If however, the cause is Constitutionally justified, the cost should be immaterial. I hope he would agree.

Regardless of my agreement with him on a lot of domestic spending issues, his isolationism and stance on Iran and Israel absolutely disqualifies him for any consideration as the nominee.

While the President and Congress, together, control domestic issues, foreign policy is much more the authority of the Executive Branch and the Commander in Chief.

I could agree with Ron Paul’s stance on every domestic issue, but when I cannot trust the judgment of our Commander in Chief, he is eliminated from consideration, period.

A Little Birdy Told Me

From Newsmax:

Rupert Murdoch joined the Twittersphere to start off the new year, and one of his first tweets was a shout-out to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“Good to see santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other,” the international media mogul tweeted from @rupertmurdoch, the Twitter account he opened on the last day of 2011.

The reference was to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s push before the Iowa caucuses Tuesday. A new Des Moines Register poll during the weekend put Santorum at 15 percent, trailing former Massachusetts’ Gov. Mitt Romney’s 24 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 22 percent. Political observers say Santorum’s ground game in the Hawkeye State has given him even more momentum than the poll reflects.

Murdoch, who already has almost 40,000 Twitter followers, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, sent tweets not only about politics but also movies, how he spent his holidays, and, in a few instances, to plug his companies.

Joke of the Day

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shone his flashlight around looking for valuables, and when he picked up a DVD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, “Jesus is watching you.”

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, then clicked the light back on and began searching for more valuables. Just as he pulled the flat screen out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

Totally rattled, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. “Did you say that?” He hissed at the parrot.

“Yes,” the parrot confessed, then squawked, “I’m just trying to warn you.”

The burglar relaxed. “Warn me, huh? Who do you think you are any way?”

“Moses,” replied the bird.

“Moses,” the burglar laughed. “What kind of stupid people would name a parrot ‘Moses’?”

The bird promptly answered: “The same kind of people who would name their Rottweiler ‘Jesus’!”

Obama may Release Detainees

In a demonstration of peace at any cost, the Obama administration is considering transferring 5 Guantanamo detainees to Afghan custody. Reuters has learned one of the detainees is a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a remote bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan.

The potential handover of Mohammed Fazl, a “high-risk detainee”, held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since early 2002, set off alarms on Capitol Hill and among some US intelligence officials.

As a senior commander of the Taliban army, Fazl is alleged to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shi’ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001.

Senior Administration officials said their 10-month-long effort to set up substantive negotiations between the weak government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the

Taliban Peace Negotiators

Taliban has reached a make-or-break stage. They suggested “confidence-building measures”, such as the transfer of five detainees from Guantanamo, of whom Fazl could be one, and the establishment of a Taliban office outside Afghanistan.

Confidence-building measures? May I ask; confidence in whom or what? Confidence the terrorist organization, the Taliban, wants the same thing we do? I rather doubt that.

Critics of Obama’s peace initiative though, remain deeply sceptical of the Taliban’s willingness to negotiate.

“I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago, and there’s been very, very strong letters fired off to the administration,” an administration official said on condition of anonymity. “What is clear is the president’s order to us to continue to discuss these important matters with

Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the senate intelligence committee, said
such detainees would “likely continue to pose a threat to the United States” even once
they were transferred.

In a surprising bit of candor (a surprise to me anyway) Michael Semple, a former UN official with more than two decades of experience in Afghanistan, said Fazl commanded thousands of Taliban soldiers at a time when its army carried out massacres of Shi’ites. He said, “If you’re head of an army that carries out a massacre, even if you’re not actually there, you are implicated by virtue of command and control responsibility”.

In February, the Afghan

Afghan Peace Council

High Peace Council named six men it wanted released as a goodwill gesture. The list included Fazl; senior Taliban military commander Noorullah Noori; former deputy intelligence minister Abdul Haq Wasiq; and Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former interior minister.

The “Peace Council” wants 2 military commanders & an intelligence officer freed.

Sounds about right.

Attribution: The Guardian

Santorum Picking up Steam

The latest poll provides confirmation of what everyone in Iowa is talking about — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s timely surge.

As in the NFL, you know the best time to get hot is at the end of the season, heading into the playoffs. Politically speaking, we’re heading into the playoffs.

Last weeks game no longer matters. You make it into the playoffs and you have a shot at the Superbowl. Iowa is the Wild Card game. Win, place well, or go home.

If Santorum does as well as the polls are now showing, he could provide the voters with something they haven’t had as yet — an articulate, socially conservative opponent who isn’t a moderate, a progressive or a cranky old man and has a picture-perfect family life to rival Romney’s.

He can’t be painted as a Washington insider despite the 12 years he spent there as a Senator. Why? Because he wasn’t a “deal” maker. He spent his time pushing conservative causes. Santorum sponsored the partial birth abortion bill, championed welfare reform and Federalist Society-approved judicial appointments. He’s a hawk on defense, favors lower tax rates and wears his faith proudly. What’s not to like?

Up until now, people questioned if he could win, citing his devastating Senatorial reelection loss by 18% in 2006. What they don’t account for, in 2006, is the overall animosity toward overspending republicans & the “throw them all out” mentality. Santorum simply got swept up with the trash. It was beyond his control. He has had a difficult time raising money & garnering support because of it.

He has also been unfairly tagged with the moniker that he is just the “Social Conservative”. His conservative stance on fiscal issues, defense, gun rights, the repeal of Obamacare, etc., has been overshadowed by his social conservatism.

Republican strategist Mike Murphy predicted on Dec. 29. “He can keep rising, could even catch Mitt.”

Given the expectations in Iowa, Santorum need only make it into the same sentence with frontrunners Romney and Texas Representative Ron Paul, whose cranky, conspiracy-prone and isolationist views should not carry him far beyond Iowa.

More recent good news for Santorum is that Rick Perry just launched a negative radio ad this week in Iowa, specifically targeting Santorum. One doesn’t waste funds on a commercial attacking a loser.

Santorum is so confident of emerging from the pile in Iowa that he just committed money for television ads in New Hampshire, which votes on Jan. 10.

Just a few days ago I wrote an election update stating Santorum’s bid could be over. Things are, shall I say, quite fluid.

Attribution: Bloomberg

Quick Hit News

DWB (Driving while Burka’d)

Police stopped a Muslim woman in France on Thursday and fined her for driving while wearing a burka because the garment “reduced her field of vision”.

The woman was told she was in breach of the country’s burka ban imposed last April, which outlawed anyone hiding their face in public, including in streets, shops, restaurants and cars on public roads.

The woman was handed an on-the-spot fine under article 412-6 of the French highway code, which states: “Field of vision must not be restricted by either passengers, objects being transported or by the position of non-transparent objects on the windows.”

Police spokesman Laurent Dufour added: ‘The officer who stopped her said she was driving hesitantly and clearly could not see properly. Looking out through a narrow slit in the fabric is as dangerous as driving while eating a sandwich, smoking or with an iced-up windscreen.”

France was the first country in Europe to outlaw Muslim headgear that hides the face. Similar laws have since being passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has described the burka as a “sign of debasement”. His immigration minister Eric Besson called it “a walking coffin”.

Leaders of Al Qaeda’s North African network have vowed to seek revenge on France for enforcing the law.

They wrote on an Islamic extremist website, “We will seek dreadful revenge on France by all means at our disposal, for the honour of our daughters and sisters.”

That Phone’ll Kill Ya

Afghans face death if they don’t have mobile phones playing defiant Taliban ringtones and messages.

They are being forced to show their loyalty to the insurgents at clandestine checkpoints by producing the chants romantisizng the war with the West.

Taliban ringtones include the titles “Teenager, Doomsday and Suicide Bomber. Lyrics for Doomsday include, “Its Judgment Day for the Satan of the West … the evening is blazing, blazing …”.

Prior to reaching a checkpoint, travellers often pop out their phones’ real SIM cards and replace them with ones containing insurgent-produced jingles.

Shopkeepers are doing a booming business in rebel ringtones at $2 an download.

A member of President Hamid Karzai’s government carries two SIM cards whenever he travels outside Kabul – one with all his contacts and the other for the Taliban.

The Taliban have 40 singers that produce on average of one 12-song album every month, a spokesperson for the group told the Wall Street Journal.

Attribution: UK Daily Mail

Joke of the Day

An Israeli doctor says: “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 6 weeks.

“A British doctor says: “That is nothing; we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 4 weeks.”

A Canadian doctor says: “In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in 2 weeks.

“An American doctor, not to be outdone, says: “You guys are way behind…… We took a man with NO brain, made him President, and now the whole country is looking for work.