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But, if you are a student of history, or just some poor schmuck that lived through it, you’ll remember that we went through something like this back in the 90s.

I was stationed in the ROK from 1993-1996. I saw a lot of Korea’s political turmoil and went through a lot of alerts and in 1994, there was one particular one that was different from the rest. We actually pulled our ammo, loaded up all our shit, and made a mad dash towards the North. We came to a halt looking straight into North Korea. And we sat there. Thankfully, we didn’t have to start slinging lead down range. My point? We’ve done this already. They bit us in our ass for being nice and taking them at their word.

Let’s see how that works out this time around, eh? Please note, it’s another Democrat administration playing this game with them again. The Norks know who to play.

Some background into the previous fiasco in the 90s, you’ll notice about half way through that McCain “urged a number of additional military steps for the United States” that’s the part where we rattled our sabres:

North Korea Nuclear Crisis
February 1993 – June 1994

The nuclear challenge from North Korea in 1993 and 1994 focused on halting of the existing North Korean nuclear program, which by June 1994 was poised to leap forward in its production of weapons-grade plutonium.

In late 1991 North and South Korea signed an Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-aggression, Exchanges and Cooperation and the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Joint Declaration called for a bilateral nuclear inspection regime to verify the denuclearization of the peninsula and in 1991 George Bush pulled American tactical nuclear weapons off the Korean Peninsula. The Declaration, which came into force on 19 February 1992, states that the two sides “shall not test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deployor use nuclear weapons,” and that they “shall not possess nuclear reprocessing and uranium enrichment facilities.” When North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Kim Tal-Hyon visited South Korea for economic talks in July 1992, President Roh Tae Woo announced that full North-South Economic Cooperation would not be possible without resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue. There was little progress toward the establishment of an inspection regime, and dialogue between the South and North stalled in the fall of 1992.

Pyongyang finally signed the accord with the IAEA in 1992. The North’s agreement to accept The North’s agreement to accept IAEA safeguards initiated a series of IAEA inspections of North Korea’s nuclear facilities. This promising development was halted by the North’s refusal to allow special inspections of two unreported facilities suspected of holding nuclear waste. Ignoring the South-North Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korea refused IAEA inspections and operated nuclear reprocessing facilities, making the world suspicious of its nuclear intentions.

On February 10, 1993, North Korea refused to permit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to conduct special inspections, as permitted under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), of two undeclared nuclear-related sites to clarify discrepancies related to North Korea’s nuclear program, and on March 12, 1993, North Korea announced its intention to withdraw from the NPT effective on June 12, 1993, due to the insistence of the IAEA on exercising inspection rights under the NPT.


And today, we have this gem:

US: North Korea suspends nuclear activities, takes food aid

As its population suffers widespread malnutrition, North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food and the promise for potentially more to come.

U.S. State Department announced Wednesday that after two days of talks in Beijing last week the North has agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

Read more.

It’s hump day. It’s time for a reprieve…

They wanted this to happen. Now, they aren’t going to do shit about it, no matter how much hemmin’ and hawin’ we do.

Sure would be nice if we had a media that actually did its fucking job and pounced all over the SCOAMF, kind of like they did for Bush, but I digress. I put gas in my car at $4.19 a gallon yesterday. It was $3.89 on the 24th, just one week it’s up $0.20. Half of that was in the last two days.

Now SCOAMF has an energy team from hell.

Obama’s ‘Extreme Team’ On Energy

One of them wanted to see Americans paying $8 a gallon for gasoline. Another tried to block access to domestic oil reserves that could one day exceed those in Saudi Arabia. Another thinks global warming is a dire crisis justifying a massive crackdown on energy — decades after saying the same thing about global cooling. Yet another had a position in the one of the world’s top socialist organizations.

Meet the Obama administration’s energy team.

Forget everything you’ve heard about the president’s moderate picks on the economy, national security and other issues. When it comes to energy policy and related environmental concerns, this group is off-the-charts extreme. Too bad the issue will be a critical one over the next few years.

Consider Obama’s choice for energy secretary, Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Chu. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” The Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying last September. In most Western European nations, gas taxes alone come to around $4 a gallon and are designed to make the pump price so high that people are forced to drive a lot less. At the time of Chu’s comment, the “levels in Europe” were near $8 a gallon.

It’s the Shooter, Not the Gun…

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 in Guns
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Pretty good article about the basics rather than the bling that make for a better shooter.

It’s the Shooter, Not the Gun

All the tacticool gear in the world won’t turn you into a better shooter.
By Steve Adelmann

Sometimes our attempts to have the best shooting firearms cause us to lose sight of an important principle: Knowing how to use them safely and effectively should always come first. That does not mean you cannot buy a nicely appointed rifle and then learn how to use it. It simply means you cannot place that same rifle under the bed and expect it to make up for your shortcomings when it is time to pull the trigger.

I was reminded of this during a recent conversation with an old SOF buddy. He is one of the few guys I know who I can trust with my life, because I have. We worked together in uniform overseas for many years and had each other’s backs on several hair-raising occasions. A master of articulating common-sense solutions to everything, my friend inspired the title of this column while we were discussing different approaches to helping people learn to shoot well. As a tactical instructor, he often sees students who are more focused on the features of their tricked-out guns than on learning how to shoot them. This is a common problem, and we need to remind ourselves from time to time that learning to crawl before walking is important in all things requiring any amount of skill. Running should be somewhere far down the line.

Before buying a high-end tactical long gun, first consider whether some of your hard-earned dollars might be better spent on professional training. A beginning or self-taught shooter can become quite proficient behind the sights of a basic rifle or carbine once he or she is taught to use it properly. Conversely, having a top-of-the-line blaster will not provide any edge if you do not first have a solid foundation upon which to build.

via It’s the Shooter, Not the Gun | Shooting Illustrated.

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 in Politics

Excellent post.

Stately McDaniel Manor

A recent incident in Grand Junction, Colorado has struck familiar chords.  I briefly lived in Grand Junction as a young adult, but more important, I am a teacher and professional musician, specifically, a classically trained singer.  The incident happens to be about music, religion, politics, liberty and education.

At Grand Junction High School, senior James Harper found himself in a vexing predicament.  A member of the school’s choir, Harper is also a Christian, and when the choir director, Marcia Weiland, chose a piece—“Zikr”–by Indian composer A.R. Rahman, Harper was conflicted.  The piece is quite clearly a Muslim song (something of an oxymoron, particularly for the more Islamist-leaning who frown–at best–on any music).

The lyrics (via Gateway Pundit, via the Examiner):

Those of you, who seek Allah’s attention, Come, as you are called by Allah.
There is no better deed than ZIKR, said the Holy Prophet of Allah. And those…

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Posted: 28 Feb 2012 in Politics

As walthe310 stated, fuck is misspelled, but that’s OK.
I get it.

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Via Canada Free Press

This is a world in which nobody asked the Islamic Conference, a grouping of the 56 Islamic countries, to issue an apology when Christians are attacked and churches are burned in Egypt or in Pakistan. And had we heard a word from any Islamic leader anywhere about the radical Muslims in Nigeria who are not only burning the churches, but burning women and children who are in the churches, when I hear that, I’ll expect my president to start issuing apologies. Read more…

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