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So, this Snowden character has come out as the leaker of the NSA snooping information. The most fascinating aspect of this whole deal has been the complete dissolution of normal, political lines. Glenn Beck is praising Glenn Greenwald, some Obama supporters are cheering this guy while some righties are condemning him as a traitor, as if somehow fighting against a tyrannical government is traitorous. I’ve seen some comparisons to Manning, which I find unfair. Manning’s intent was to simply dump...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2013 9:15:45 AM | Feedback (8)
4Chan has been doing some sleuth work trying to identify the bomber(s) from the Boston event and their pictures match some descriptions by officials. The guy in the white hat they circle looks a lot like me. I see some errors in the assumptions made by the pictures (on “No Bag” picture isn’t compelling since the guy could be carrying it) and the work they’ve done doesn’t really do much more than find a few visual clues that match, but it is interesting seeing a mishmash community start...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/17/2013 1:34:33 PM | Feedback (6)
Let’s park 5 of our nuclear powered aircraft carries side by side. Pearl Harbor was a fluke, right? That the Naval Commander given that command didn’t tell someone to go pound sand is not comforting.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2013 8:58:41 AM | Feedback (6)
For one, my oldest celebrated her 9th birthday, so it was a day of happiness for our family. Georgia loved her gifts (even Irelyn bought her a doll out of her own money!) and had a great time with the family dropping by. My grandmother was there and gave both girls some diamond studded elephant pendants that she had collected over the years – my grandmother has always collected elephant related items – as something to remember her by. Cake was eaten, presents were open, dinner was consumed,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2011 8:53:05 AM | Feedback (3)
It’s here In a massive flex of muscle most people didn’t know the TSA had, the agency led dozens of federal and state law enforcement agencies in a VIPR exercise that covered three states and 5,000 square miles. According to the Marietta Times, the sweep used reconnaissance aircraft and “multiple airborne assets, including Blackhawk helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as well as waterborne and surface teams.” No worries though, they’re just targeting terrorists and not citizens who toe...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2011 4:01:09 PM | Feedback (9)
I, too, am beginning to believe Wikileaks is a beneficial tool for a republic I am finding the likes of WikiLeaks more and more necessary. In the Great Secrecy State, we duh sheeple are never given the option of seeing the evidence and making up our own minds. … I want to see the Dead Osama pictures. You government types don’t need to approve of my reasons for wanting to, but if you’re interested, I want to gloat, and then I want to print out the pic of the bastard with a big, gaping...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2011 2:29:54 PM | Feedback (16)
The new hotness is Deathers. You see, instead of improving his popularity by a bajillion points, W. had OBL whacked and stored on ice so that his successor could thaw him out, put a bullet in his skull, then claim credit for it. Then, by so conveniently adhering to ‘Muslim sensitivity’, they quote unquote bury the body at sea within the 24 hours required while coming up with some flimsy excuse that they didn’t want his grave site to be some sort of shrine. Now, I don’t know all the details....
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2011 1:58:22 PM | Feedback (13)
I’ve believed that Osama Bin Laden has been dead for years. I figured had he been alive, he’d be on TV so much that Trump would have started emailing him asking for tips. Turns out, he was alive all this time. Emphasis on was. Let’s break down a few items. One, the intelligence we got was from Gitmo from interrogation. Four years ago, mind you, but it took that amount of time to find the bastard. Two, he was hiding in plain sight in Pakistan. Time to reconsider the billions we send them to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2011 8:01:53 AM | Feedback (9)
Bill Quick alerts us to an insider’s look at how our government views people like me These federal trainers describe the dangers of “extremists” and “militia groups” roaming the community and hiding in plain sight, ready to attack. Officers are instructed how to recognize these domestic terrorists by their behavior, views and common characteristics. State data bases are kept to track suspected domestic terrorists and officers are instructed on reporting procedures to state and federal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/6/2011 8:30:32 AM | Feedback (18)
Undercover agent walks through the full body scanners at DFW with a pistol. Multiple times Here’s what I’m betting. The agent was female. Not trying to be mean or anything, but I’m betting she wasn’t overly attractive. So the TSA perverts didn’t care to ogle at her body. Anyone who thinks the TSA serves any legitimate purpose is deluded.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/22/2011 8:08:55 AM | Feedback (2)
Looks like others share my distrust of the FBI calling their recent sting of a terrorist a ‘thwart’.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2010 12:43:40 PM | Feedback (3)
Pretend for a minute there is a local orphanage nearby, full of nuns and babies nobody wants. Now, the local fire department gets together and convinces little Tommy to take these matches and gasoline and torch the place down, except the gasoline is nothing more than water with a bit of chemicals tossed in to make it smell like gas and the matches don’t contain anything that will ignite. When Tommy goes to burn the place down, the fire marshal steps in and arrests him and then trumpets how...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/29/2010 10:23:38 AM | Feedback (27)
When it comes to inconsistency in how they think, they're very consistent. Want to bash Jesus, Jews, or any other non-Muslim religion? There's an app for that. Want to insult the filthy religion that spawns the vast majority of the world's terrorism? There's no app for that, sorry. "'iSlam Muhammad' apparently depicted images of the prophet Muhammad (forbidden by Islam) and outlined disturbing passages from the Qur'an," TUAW reports. "It's surprisingly similar to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2010 8:48:21 AM | Feedback (4)
We're constantly told we need to be virtually strip searched for our own safety and that the system will not be used by perverts. Riiiiight. That and an IOU from Obama still wouldn't get you a cup of coffee An employee at Heathrow airport has been given a harassment warning by police officers after he snuck a peek at one of his female coworkers when she accidentally walked through a full-body scanner. Apparently that's considered "misuse" of the scanners. Oh, and this is just...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2010 8:21:44 PM | Feedback (14)
Over at Ace of Spades, I see this lovely gem from the White House In an oped in USA Today, John Brennan -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism -- responds to critics of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policies by saying "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." Donning my tinfoil beanie, I go and read this The director of national...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2010 1:03:19 PM | Feedback (6)
When she says In other news, 3,699 to 13,999 Muslims serving in the U. S. military didn't go on a shooting spree yesterday. It's not the religion. It's not the guns. It's the crazy. And no one group has a lock on crazy. Yeah, it'd be nice if you could single out the wicked and the dangerously loony with a simple survey. But it doesn't work that way and no amount of pointing-with-alarm will make it so. This isn't to say that we do not face a threat from Muslim extremists, because we...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/6/2009 8:47:54 AM | Feedback (17)
DoubleTapper sends this fascinating look into Israeli counter-terrorism and the IDF. We here in the states had 9/11, which was a rude awakening to the realities of terrorism. We've managed to avoid anything of that scale, but rest assured we're not completely in the clear yet. Israel, on the other hand, has to deal with it as a part of life. Israel has learned over the years that terrorism is a stubborn phenomenon and that, in contrast to conventional warfare, decisive victory over...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/8/2009 8:03:27 AM | Feedback (3)
Mad Rocket Scientist emailed me last night with a link to this story regarding the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Speaking of the comments, MRS says A common debate, played out in a predictable fashion The article itself was primarily about the actual rarity of terrorist attacks (24x7 news coverage amplifies the effect, yet terrorist attacks are still rare) and the security measures that fail to prevent them. However, the comments took on a life of their own. Let me summarize JohnMcLane- This...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2008 11:02:01 AM | Feedback (8)
Next time, bring a lot more insurgents FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it. ... “I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.” OOHRAH!...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/24/2008 8:55:28 PM | Feedback (14)
Michael Yon. If only our media were this good, we'd have a truly informed populace.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/19/2007 8:14:27 AM | Feedback (0)
And gets it good. I read Anderson and disagree with 80% of his cartoons. But when he’s right, he’s right.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2006 7:15:00 PM | Feedback (0)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2006 9:03:00 AM | Feedback (4)
In case you’ve been like me and pretty much unplugged over the weekend, Reuters has been caught publishing photographs that have been tampered with. The scariest part is that this particular photo was simply a shitty Photoshop job. As a wedding photographer, I use Photoshop to open people's eyes,  take off that last minute zit, and even move people closer to each other. When I am done, there isn't the slightest hint that anything ever changed. For example, a friend of my wife's recently...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2006 9:42:00 AM | Feedback (7)
Well, not anymore at least. I wonder what these pricks’ life insurance premiums are like?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2006 9:58:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Iowahawk isn’t taking the Z-man’s demise lying down. Best phrase – Personally I think I'm lookin' straight GQ, seeing as I just got a 500-pound laser guided curb stomp. Shit cuz, y'all should see Kahlid, a.k.a. "Ceiling Spackle." At lest the reports from hell will be interesting.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/9/2006 12:45:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Mohammed was a prophet, kinda like Malachi or Zephaniah is in Biblical terms. Therefore, comparing insults to Mohammed to insults to Jesus isn't quite accurate. So maybe soaking a crucifix in urine is ok, but talk smack about Habbakuk and you'd better prepare for Pat Roberts to offer $1M for your head?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 3:33:00 PM | Feedback (0)
New Device Will Sense Through Concrete Walls WASHINGTON - Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building. The new "Radar Scope" will give warfighters searching a building the ability to tell within seconds if someone is in the next room, Edward Baranoski from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Special Projects Office, told the American Forces Press...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2006 8:38:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Iraq the Model on the trial of Saddam Everyone could find a reason to immediately execute a criminal who never let his victims say a word to defend themselves “let’s execute him and get over this” sentiments like this were said while we watched the proceedings which were rather boring and sluggish for the first half of the session. At the beginning we were displeased by the presentation of the prosecution which was more like a piece of poetry in the wrong time and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/20/2005 8:38:00 PM | Feedback (0)
An old friend of mine just dropped off a DVD with some pictures her husband took while in Iraq. Talking to those who were over there, the picture is different than what is painted by the doom-sayers and armchair-middle-east-pundits here in the states. And this is coming directly from people who have been hit by IED’s and mortars. It’s not the über-rosy picture painted by the administration where women leap from second story windows to give the GI’s handjobs as they...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/17/2005 9:16:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Sometimes, even in the face of evil, a laugh is just what you need. From Tim Worstall’s comment section on the London Bombings, TigerHawk says: There is no way that this is the work of the IRA. Sky News is reporting that the bus was blown up by a suicide bomber. Irish people don't blow themselves up. There is no Guiness in the afterlife. Update:Even more good ones in there Hey, no one said al-Qaeda was smart, only that they're bloodthirsty. Today is yet another sign of their...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2005 10:35:00 AM | Feedback (1)
I’m sure 100% of the blogosphere will be talking about the terror attacks this morning in London. I want to offer my condolences and prayers to those people and families devastated by this attack.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2005 7:38:00 AM | Feedback (0)
However in today’s kinder and gentler environment, you only get a few years in prison. Prosecutors say the two men swore a formal oath of loyalty to al-Qaida as they conspired to use their skills in martial arts and medicine to aid international terrorism. The men were arrested Friday following a sting operation that the government said started in 2003. If convicted, each could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Wow. The mind boggles. 15...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 2:46:00 PM | Feedback (1)
I just spent my lunch hour listening to a buddy of mine's stories from Iraq. First hand information, without the filter of the MSM or even other blog pundits. He finally returned to work recently and this has been the first time I've been able to talk to him on a more personal level. I had avoided any mention of Iraq because I wasn't sure how he was adjusting and wanted to lay low. During lunch today, I realized why I'm so thankful for our men and women over there.Throughout the conversation,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/23/2005 1:23:00 PM | Feedback (1)
I wonder how many lefties thought about this before they jumped on the bandwagon? The key point:And isn't it odd the nation deemed evil and illegal for Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and the Patriot Act is now held as the "safest" place on earth for fair trials by human rights lawyers.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/20/2004 11:13:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Only with much less profanity.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2004 8:24:00 AM | Feedback (0)
An old friend of mine came back to work recently. I hadn't talked to her in a year or so and we caught up this morning. Her husband is in Iraq right now and her stepson is going to Afghanistan in January. Her husband recently got hit with a roadside bomb causing him many lacerations and the loss of hearing in one ear. Even with that, he was back on duty in a few days. He has 2 purple hearts already and apparently lots of pictures and stories to tell. This is the second soldier I know...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2004 11:05:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Arafat in intensive care due to sudden deterioration in health The health of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat seriously deteriorated Wednesday night. He was placed in an intensive-care unit at the French military hospital where he is being treated.Arafat was flown to France for treatment last Friday after his health worsened. Rarely do I have such feelings, but this "man" deserves a slow, painful death. Well, at least painful because I really hope he kicks it soon. Hell has a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/3/2004 6:17:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Osama,You have recently declared that states that vote for George W. Bush this election cycle will be targeted for further attacks while states that support Kerry will be considered immune. While I appreciate your candor, I am worried that you might end up attacking the wrong people.You see, I live in Florida, a state that is fairly split on our wishes for President. Last election, we were the state that barely put Bush into office. This year promises to be close as well. I would hate to see...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/2/2004 10:14:00 AM | Feedback (1)
I would like to somehow get some money together to buy this guy a real tattoo gun and a nice autoclave. As someone with a few tattoos himself, I of course think this is a great idea! What a way to spread freedom, love, and western culture!How do I set up a donation system? Mr. Internet here doesn't have much experience with Pay Pal. Anyone have any idea about that stuff?(hat tip Iraq the Model)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/25/2004 3:34:00 PM | Feedback (0)
And loses big. I don't want another repeat of this. I want the Iraqis to have victory ripped from them at the last moment and leave them with a bitter defeat.Why?Because I want the world to take notice. I want the world to see the looks on their faces and remember them - for the next game.Because if they lose, they will be back again. Had the US not gone to Iraq, many of the men you would see walking off the field would be horrified. Not at losing the game, but at what probably awaited them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2004 9:24:00 AM | Feedback (53)
A friend of mine was there for the fun. I expect more happenings like this. Like Jeff Jarvis, I would rather have too much precaution than thousands of dead Americans. I also believe we'll see successful attacks as well and that many will bemoan that the extra security isn't helping. Those people will be wrong.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/3/2004 12:55:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I don't believe it. I don't want to believe it. Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday.This story has already been called 'stupid' by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. I'm inclined to believe him because I don't want to think that we just happened to 'stumble' on nukes. That would mean the possibility of more of them hidden in Iraq that we'd have no idea where they are but some...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2004 10:47:00 AM | Feedback (4)
Hot Abercrombie Chick's got the scoop. Speed of thought had it first.f*#@ing assholes....Also rolling with itWizbang
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2004 2:57:00 PM | Feedback (3)
NOT!!!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2004 3:23:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Corporal Hassoun, the Marine who was reported as being murdered but then reported as not, has now apparently been "moved to a safe place"Al-Jazeera said the statement it received Monday said Hassoun had promised not to go back to the American military. Something here is starting to raise a big, red flag. When all is said and done, I think we're going to find out quite a bit of strange information regarding this case.However, lest I be accused of moving goal posts, let me say this important...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2004 4:14:00 PM | Feedback (0)
According to several sources, the Islamofacist terrorists holding him are reporting that the claims he was killed were false.It is a dim, but hopeful light that Corporal Hassoun is still alive and will be rescued. Also reporting the storyCaptain's QuartersWizbangRambling's Journal
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/4/2004 1:08:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Iraq Militants Claim Marine Beheading from Yahoo News / AP "We would like to inform you that the Marine of Lebanese descent has been killed, and you will soon see the movie with your own eyes," said the statement, signed in the name of the group's leader, Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud.The U.S. military in Baghdad said it was checking into the report of the 24-yer-old Hassoun's death but had no confirmation for the moment.This is aimed at ruining the 4th of July. I hope, instead, that it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/3/2004 4:12:00 PM | Feedback (0)
An Army soldier has been murdered by his captors. Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its policy in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday. I don't know what the proper response is. The “warmonger” in me wants to level a town for every soldier or citizen killed by these thugs, but logic and my humanity tells me that is wrong. Some may say we should...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2004 8:27:00 PM | Feedback (16)

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