does anyone have a link with any of the ballistics data? looking at that T-shirt picture, it looks like he was hit multiple times, not 1 single bullet… The shot group was really tight, so either Trayvon was on top of him and he put the gun directly to his chest and pulled the trigger til it “clicked” because he was in distress, or Zimmerman is one heck of a shot if he landed 5+ rounds into this kids chest while moving/fighting in a shot group that’s that tight during a high stress scenario. This should be considered by all. If he had some stand-off distance between him and this kid, a shot group wouldn’t be that tight. just sayin. If this “kid” was on top of him and he pulled his gun and fired, i could see the exit wound shot group looking like this picture. something to think about. If anyone has an article relating to this point, please post!
May 29, 2013 at 1:41pm
That was my thought exactly. I ruck a 70 lb kit. the reason is because they’ve done the research to figure out the right amount for a human to carry is 70lbs. I can carry the most possible, with less likelihood of injuring myself. If this thing works, and allows the burdon to be less on the soldier, now they’ll tell me my human body is capable of carrying 100 lbs. so they’ll make my armor plates wider/thicker, tell me to carry more rounds, and enough sustainment for 5 days instead of 3. so I’m not going to get any “relief”… I’m just going to be told the same thing I’ve been told for years; “Do more with less”. They were better off with that 4 legged electric robot that can just carry your gear for you (like a truck would, but has legs so can cover any terrain). Thanks for the extra weight DARPA.
May 22, 2013 at 9:45am
Each Federal Building has their own security guards. Because they are protecting a federal asset, they fall under DHS (So all their vehicles are labeled with DHS on them). During Occupy protests, they were there. Their job is to make sure that the protest doesn’t turn out of control. At my local Federal Building, the guards came out to say hello and to ask how many people were expected that day to take part in the protest. If someone showed up to start a fight with the Tea Partiers, the guards would be able to step in to prevent a situation from escalating. Think about it… how dumb would GovCo look if there was a fight outside and a gun was pulled and something bad happened while there are armed guards just inside the building??? The guards are just maintaining whats called “situational awareness” (google that) of whats going on outside of their building. The guards at my local Federal Building are good guys. They are all gun owners and if weren’t on shift might have been standing side by side with the protesters. They are just doing their job and making sure the protest goes without a violent incident. Did these DHS folks prevent the Tea Party from protesting out in front of their building? NO. Were any rights infringed by the guards? NO. Were they getting personal info from protesters? NO. This story is a stretch. Publish an article where DHS agents infringed on Tea Partiers rights because otherwise, they’re just trying to help ensure the safety of everyone on their
May 8, 2013 at 8:55am
I would agree with the MSGT. Im assuming based on his name that he is a vet. Vets know of a great way to build wealth. See when you are stationed somewhere, you can buy a small house/townhouse. When uncle sam relocates you, you rent that property to pay for the morgage. At your new base/post, you buy another house to live in. Then you get relocated again and repeat. over the course of my career, I bought 5 homes like that. While its being rented, you have someone else paying your mortgage off for you. If you can get a locked-in interest rate now at the rates banks are currently offering, cash in some or all of your 401k, and use it as a large deposit on a cheap townhouse. your monthly payments will be real low, and if you rent the house, it will pay the rest off (giving you a sweet retirement asset later on down the road that you can sell), and probably put some cash in your pocket at the same time. If the market crashes, jobs will be lost, and many people will have to sell their homes/foreclose, and they’ll need to move into a rental and the value of the rental market will rise. either way, owning small property like that and letting someone else pay the bills for you is a very safe investment. Even if your property value drops, you’ll still be getting it payed off at very little risk to you. After a crash, the market will recover and the home values will recoup anyway. I’ve done well using this real estate investment strategy :-). better than buying undeveloped land…
May 8, 2013 at 8:31am
I agree with INVESTOR2013. The true way to play the market is to buy low, sell high right? if you take the growth rate of GDP, plot it on a chart, and compare it to the DOW on a chart, there should be a close comparison. That is the guide to use when determining the true value of the market as a whole. When the market crashed in 07/08, notice where it fell to. It fell to the level of its true value. This is indeed another bubble. The market is again overvalued as a whole. Its true value should be somewhere in the neighborhood of about 8000 points. It would be a safe move to diversify your portfolio further now that you’ve recouped your money. When this bubble pops (in my opinion it will be somewhere between 16000 and 17000 points), it will most likely fall to about the 8000 point range (give or take). Move out of the market now, diversify, and wait. Once it pops, buy back in at the 8000 point range. You’ll make a killing. This is what billionaires did during the last crash. They hire analysts to do all this kind of work for them (hense y they are still even richer than when the last crash happened). its basic economics. This bubble will not last. leave some cash in the market if you wish, but now would be the perfect point to diversify further. not rocket science. If it crashes again, even if you have to pay penalties to diversify and withdraw some of your 401k, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
May 7, 2013 at 2:07pm
google “Status of Forces Agreement”. We have to have an agreement with the host nation (country the aircraft either takes off out of, or flies over, or both) that has agreed parameters in it. In this case, the country we have this agreement with probably said something to the effect of; “You guys can fly drones here/out of here, but we only want you to use them for observation purposes. We do not want your aircraft to be armed with weapons”. This way, the “host nation” doesn’t have to feel responsible for an innocent person accidently being killed (collateral damage) in a drone strike. The US military always has a backup to a backup to a backup though. There had to be another option to save those men on the table. Pararescuemen/SpecOps are trained for this EXACT situation. Its the whole reason they exist. There is always a unit on alert everywhere on the globe to respond rapidly to these types of situations (similar to the movie “Rules Of Engagement” – awesome flick). I think we’ll learn more about these other options on Wednesday and why they weren’t used, or at least I hope we will. we better.
May 3, 2013 at 1:14pm
@ CRUSADERX9: Im not sure I agree with you. I don’t think we’ll make it to 2016. The top of the stock bubble may be as soon as 16,000 – 17,000 points (depending on how much stimulus cash gets pumped in at a time). Based on the current bullish looking trend on the market, it could be as soon as 2014 (depending on a variety of variables). If you look at some basic technical analysis of the DOW as a whole over the past 50 years – the true market value should be somewhere in the ballpark of 8,000 points (give or take) (based on GDP growth rate, etc). Once this bubble’s bottom falls out, we’ll drop to about 8,000, possibly 7,000 points… Its going to be interesting to see if it happens either just before, or just after the 2014 elections. I’m thinking it will be just after the elections. If the Republicans don’t lose the house, they’ll be blamed for the crash, if the libs gain control of the house, they’ll blame it on the repubs they just replaced. Either way, its completely calculated. The people are being played.
May 3, 2013 at 8:28am
@Ballot: He stated that he already had a couple before going into the store. While armed, buy enough to last you all night during the first beer run while you’re still sober, or leave your gun at home if you’re going out on a second beer run after having a couple. if someone has to defend themself with a firearm while intoxicated, there is a much higher risk of making a mistake (ie colateral damage/hitting a bystander). Common sense.
May 3, 2013 at 8:19am
I agree with 1FREE. Firearm safety should be number one, otherwise you’re just setting the wrong example for others as well as making gun owners look irrisponsible as a whole. YOU’RE MAKING US ALL LOOK BAD. When I know that I’m going to a have a couple beers, I make sure that my guns are locked up first (unloaded – rack-safe) in my safe. Even though I consider myself very safe and proficiant with firearms, I also know that alcohol can cause you to miss something while practicing safe carry. Google search “gun accidents due to alcohol use”. It may cause you to rethink how to conduct yourself as a gun owner while partaking in a few beverages. If you accidently shoot yourself while drinking, noone will feel bad for you, they will just laugh at your stupidity.
May 2, 2013 at 2:12pm
*Hire a vet for the right reasons!!!
(last couple words got cut off in my rant)
May 2, 2013 at 2:07pm
I’m a vet. I’m also a business owner. I would hire a skilled vet because I know they have discipline and a good work ethic (well most of them). I would never hire a vet to get a tax break. this program disgusts me. I would never claim I hired one to get some quick cash from GovCo. And if I was looking for work, I’d NEVER want an employer to hire me just because I’m a vet. I’d want them to hire me because they feel confident I bring something to the table (cough Wal-Mart cough). This program is a joke. Here’s an idea – take some burden off of small businesses (dump Affordable Care Act, give small businesses tax breaks, tax breaks for new companies/start-ups, etc), and lets hire EVERYONE looking for work! Vets have good resumes and will probably be hired over many folks anyway (because employers already recognize the above stated qualities). This program degrades vets. A large corporation will simply hire a vet for 6 months, dump them and hire another so they can get this tax break again – in effect using vets as pawns to make more money for shareholders and lowering their operating costs (while at the same time destroying the vet’s resume because it appears they can’t hold a job for more than 6 months at a time). This program is a total sham. If you own a company and you take advantage of this program, you’ve sold out the American people, their tax money, and the vets that have ensured your freedom to start, grow and live your American dream. Hire a vet for the right
*Hire a vet for the right reasons!!!
(last couple words got cut off in my rant)
April 19, 2013 at 8:31am
@BEWISETODAY – the guys with the black tops, tan pants may have been law inforcement. In the military, OSI (Office of Special Investigations) wear plain clothes most of the time. Even though they are not in military uniforms, they still have a specific dress code to follow. Air Force OSI wear tan pants and a black fleece over jacket 90% of the time. They may have been plain clothed officers carrying their gear in black backpacks (per their “uniform” SOP)… just a theory and tidbit to add to the equation…
April 19, 2013 at 8:18am
agree with your assesment. definately heard a 556/223 and definately a 45. i believe that BPD carries .40s and state troopers carry .45s…. i may have them backwards (its been a while since i lived in MA). But yes, it definately sounded like someone in the mix had a .22. if these bad guys were military trained, you’d think they’d carry something bigger, but i guess a .22 is great for concealment, or it may have been a backup to a larger gun that ran dry…
April 16, 2013 at 1:02pm
Dear person who set bombs,
You’re a coward and a *****. Fight like a real combatant, you *****.
April 15, 2013 at 12:33pm
You are exactly right. I was thinking the same thing, but to be sure i called my accountant this morning to verify. Everyone needs to read MYPTOFVU’s above comments. I tried to explain margins to my coworkers today… didn’t go well. They all looked at me like a deer in headlights. Because they don’t understand margins or stop-loss positions (like many americans don’t), they said if they had gold, they’d sell it because “the bubble is now over” and that i was stupid for investing in gold (physical and paper – physical for long position, paper for shorts). HA! I love that uneducated people freak out and panic-sell on days like this! I’m going to laugh myself all the way to the market to buy up their sold positions. Gold is going to recover VERY soon, and I’m going to make a killing on the positions i took today! so keep laughing you silly ignorant fools! While you play angry birds wondering if your 401k is working out, I’m reading on each country’s positions, reading analytics, etc. to be a good investor, you have to be an educated investor.
March 25, 2013 at 1:38pm
That is an awesome way to sum it up! I’m going to use that! genious.
March 25, 2013 at 1:28pm
things aren’t going to change. noone wants to give up their handouts. If it hasn’t been fixed by now, it probably won’t be at all. To top it off, learn more about how the fed operates. That will blow your mind. I’ve been doing my part to advocate for changes, but there just aren’t enough people with the same mindset. So what am I doing now? still advocating. still trying to tell everyone i come across about this massive problem. What else am i doing now that i wasn’t doing before? stocking up and preparing for the collapse. The market wave is about to break again, and this latest stock bubble is going to pop very soon. its simple math. Buy a gun. Invest in precious metals (to include lead). Stock up on provisions such as food. in 1998, a $20 bill could almost fill your basket at the grocery store. Now you can buy 3 or 4 loafs of bread with that. so yes, freeze dried foods are not real cheap, but if you think about the increase in the cost of food over the last 10 years, its actually an investment if you really think about it. And the best part is, a little homework can teach you how to make staple foods last just as long! from an investment point alone, its a no-brainer to me. set up your family for success. diversify your portfolio by thinking outside the box.
March 20, 2013 at 12:34pm
Israel has wanted to bomb the nuke sites in Iran for years. They came close to doing it just a few years ago, but the US military interveined and told them to back off or we’d shoot their planes down. Our bases in Iraq wouldn’t be able to defend themselves from Iranian armor pushing through Iraq bound for Israel. Now, we are out of Iraq. We’ve beefed up our air defenses at the remaining bases in the Middle East. We’ve deployed the F-22 fighter aircraft to the Middle East (the most advanced radar dodging aircraft on the planet). Now that our defenses are better, we’ll be able to avoid heavy casualties due to an Iranian retaliation to an air strike. They are now months away from having the bomb (according to US intel – Israel thinks they already have it). Come on people, its all coming together now. He is in Israel to give Bibi the go-ahead to launch an air stike. Now that he’s in his second term, it doesn’t matter what the political remifications are. We aren’t going to help them, but we’ll sit back and watch them try at it themselves. It will fail because they don’t have our help. The entire Muslim world will form a coalition against Israel. World War 3 will have been sparked and the Middle East will decent into chaos and destruction. Lastly- this WW3 will spark the beginning of the tribulation and the battlefields of Armageddon will fill with blood (from the clash of the arab armies and the israeli army). We could be witnessing the early stages of the apocolypse.
Oh please...no wonder there is little serious work toward peace when folks like you keep prophesying Armageddon. This is unconscionable. Fortunately, some of us believe in praying for our enemies, putting away our swords, and attempting to love all of our world neighbors rather than killing them. If you want to lift up Biblical references, try the most dominant themes: love your neighbor as yourself, and the greatest thing is love. As for haters of all stripes....extreme Muslims, Zionists, Hindus, and Christians....they will reap what they sow. In Jesus' words, "I have shown you a better way."
November 16, 2012 at 1:57pm
I was referring to lunar illumination and it significance when conducting military operations. It is a pretty good way of predicting things at a tactical level.
November 15, 2012 at 3:24pm
Something to be mindful of folks:
A massive an highly successful exercise very recently was conducted by the US and Israel to test their air/missile/rocket defenses. Now this. Something bigger may be brewing… Watch closely, now is a perfect time for a “sleight of hand” type play. I’m for one going to keep my gas tank topped off over the next couple weeks. the moon is awfully bright this week ;-)