#OCCUPY is winning

We are watching, and laughing at, the enemy forces known as the #Occupy Movement. And with good reason. Looked at from the point of view of specific goals for their actions [or inactions] , the tactical utility of those actions, or any sense of political logic to those actions; they are as fucked up as a truckload of football bats. As we watch today, amongst all the reports of rapes of males and females, murder, drugs, and other felonies associated with their sites; we have outbreaks of TB, scabies, ringworm, some form of pneumonic flu referred to as “Zuccotti Lung”, Canine Parvovirus, and an assortment of parasites not seen en-masse in the Western world outside of war zones since the Middle Ages.

Their personal habits and hygiene, proudly displayed for all to see, are best defined as pre-civilized. Their public vandalism and open calls for the death of those more wealthy than them, the abolition of capitalism, the installation of Socialism, and their purposeful interference with the lives of those outside their movement are not designed to win followers or convince the uninvolved that they are the wave of the future to join.

Note that I said “tactical” utility above. Tactically, they are losing at every point of contention. Strategically, they are winning without any opposition.

Our scoffing at the idiocy projected nationwide does not mean that they are not fulfilling their goals. I means that we, perhaps, are not comprehending what their real goal is. Let us review events, and perhaps see if their plans become manifest.

1. They are supported totally by the Democratic Party, the regime, and all their allies on the Left. There is an amazing degree of unanimity on the Left on the subject. Besides being put together by Obama appointees and allies, it has the vocal and active support of literally the White House, the Majority Democratic Caucus in the Senate, the Minority Democratic Caucus in the House, the Democrat mayors of the cities where they have set up [to the point where they have been functionally exempted from any legal requirements placed on all other citizens and from enforcement of criminal statutes], Democrat Unions [Teamsters, SEIU, AFSCME in particular], pretty much every NGO that supports the Left including ACORN in its new incarnations, the National Lawyers Guild, and every Communist and Socialist Party in the US. And amazingly, also the American NAZI Party.

This is an amazing concatenation of the enemies of a constitutional republic, and it is as accidental and random as the detailed railroad timetable annexes to the Schiefflin Plan.

2. This ain’t cheap. They are being supported by someone with deep pockets. I and others have noted that when evicted, they abandon some very expensive camping equipment, laptop computers, etc. as if they have no personal attachment to them. As if someone is issuing it, and they can get more.

The operation itself is expensive. While Diane Sawyer of ABC News has claimed that Occupy is active in “thousands of countries” [all of which I assume will apply for UN membership so as to be able to vote against the existence of Israel]; functionally we are dealing with major demonstrations in about a score of US cities, plus a number of foreign cities. Each US city, while they do not have the expenses of permits, insurance, etc. does have to deal with food, agit-prop supplies, power, etc. It is interesting that all of the major cities seem to have accumulated a financial surplus over and above day to day needs. The NYC #Occupy claims to have a half million dollars in funds. Other cities claim to have from 5 to 6 figures. It is coming from somewhere, and there is neither any accounting for the money, no taxes paid, and none of the details that the rest of us have to endure from either the DEA or Homeland Security. Try moving $10,000 or more in cash yourself. You would be up to your ass in Feds before the money was counted. And try to deposit checks for those amounts without taxpayer ID’s or SSN’s so that the bank can generate the appropriate 1099 form at the end of the year. Yet we know that [ironically] that the #Occupy movement has at least a few accounts with Well Fargo.

Then there is the matter of paying at least some of the demonstrators. Jim McGrath, chairman of the D.C. Tenants Advocacy Coalition that an organizer of #OccupyDC has admitted to paying demonstrators.

Craigslist had a posting [now expired] offering “pay + benefits” for “direct action” with #OccupyWallStreet.

and at least one protestor at #OccupyChicago claims that it is his full time job, and he is being paid $22 an hour to demonstrate.

I believe that if you or I had hired someone, or a bunch of someone’s, under the table to do any job; we would once again have all sorts of bureaucrats crawling up our asses with warrants about taxes, unemployment insurance, hours, working conditions, etc. The same thing that anyone who actually wants to legally hire someone has to go through. Who is paying, and under what cover?

Of course, when you are doing the will of a government that considers itself above the rule of law, you can get away with things like this. “It’s good to be the Commissar.”

Similar financial transactions, at least for the support functions, are taking place overseas. And things are far more expensive in Europe, and they have the bureaucracy that Obama has wet dreams about. Someone is putting up more than a little bit of cash, and they have the clout to ignore the law there too.

Any guesses as to who the sugar daddy might be? And any expectation that the laws we have to follow will be enforced on the #Occupy movement and its sponsors?

3. Next there is the matter of the people involved. This is not the spontaneous uprising of an outraged proletariat, marching in solidarity into the future. Nor is it motivated by the desire for what any of us would call the “American Dream”. The “Stasi” Dream, perhaps, but not an American Dream. The spontaneity is disproved by a nationwide simultaneous outbreak of the kind of absolute conformity that can only come from guidance from above. Signs, slogans, graphic styles are the same. Iosif Vissarionovich would recognize and approve of the Socialist Realism. The home made signs are either rehashes of the printed material [especially the calls to destroy capitalism] or non sequitors. To the limited extent that any of the #Occupy critters can expound on why they are there, it comes out in broken slogans parroted that they cannot or will not either explain or defend. There is no philosophy or logic behind it, just mindless repetition.

The slogans, the graphics, the commands come from the top down. Ultimately from whoever owns those deep pockets we discussed. That is the center of the circle, what Orwell would call the Inner Party. In 1984, the Inner Party was <2% of the total population. In fact, I suspect the #Occupy equivalent that is coordinating actions in the US and overseas is probably far less than that, even if you count the White House and DNC staff involved and Democrat elected officials collaborating. The question remains, who makes up this inner group. There is no question that they mean both this country and Western civilization ill.

Following up on the Orwell metaphor, there is a larger Outer Party. It is no coincidence that every #Occupy site has the same form of “governance” based on chanting, shouting down unauthorized thoughts and comments, and in the hands of an unaccountable and secretive group. Once again, the uniformity implies top down control. And the occasional violent actions by uniformed groups acting to a tactical plan does also. q.v. the “ninjas” in Oakland

Finally, there are what Orwell would call the Proles. This is the mass of the participants, better than 90%. Who are they? A goodly fraction of them are part of the wandering herd of professional Leftist demonstrators who turn up at all WTO meetings, Republican conventions, etc. Then there are the local homeless and clueless who will join in anything. There is a significant segment of college graduates whose degrees are worthless during the Obama Depression, and who need someone to blame. For that generation has been told all its life that nothing is their fault, they are not responsible for anything, and they deserve all the goodies, because they are “special”. [I am trying hard to not insert short-bus jokes here.] Finally, there are the Union members sent in by order of their locals to help. Much of Thursday’s “Day of Action” in NYC manpower was furnished by the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.

4. While present at any of the #Occupy sites, the Proles are subjected to what most of us here would recognize as some fairly well known psychological conditioning techniques. They are isolated from outside sources of competing information. All the day to day needs of the Proles are provided by the “beneficent” #Occupy movement, however inadequately; and the normal creature comforts are insulted and made to seem bad. The living conditions are atrocious, and are made to represent proof of a shared sacrifice and shared values between #Occupy and the Proles. They are surrounded by high intensity exposure to the anti-capitalist, anti-American, anti-western values memes that are being pushed by the Outer Party controllers. The constant use of rhythmic noise, be it drumming or chanting reinforces the messages being delivered. And the operation of the General Assemblies where competing voices are shouted down, ruled out of order, and occasionally afterwards “rewarded” by physical violence acts as further reinforcement.

To be honest, with the exception of the professional Demonstrators; these are not the world’s greatest experts in critical thinking, possessors of cool detached judgment, or those with any real knowledge base of history, economics, or politics. Their reality-testing is already handicapped by the fact that they were educated in the US, and in many cases in American higher education. The poor sods don’t have a chance. This, for many of them, is the most “meaningful” thing that they have done in their entire freaking life. They are creating a primary group loyalty to the #Occupy Movement.

5. It has been apparent for some time that the #Occupy movement has been hoping to provoke an over-reaction by the authorities. They want martyrs, a Horst Wessel perhaps. Keep in mind that the Journo-List 2.0 state-controlled media was beating the drum for another Kent State. The martyrdom of “one of their own”, or any imposition on any segment of “their” #Occupy Movement will cement the loyalty of the new recruits. And to be honest, any eventual removal from their “liberated” areas, however peaceful, may in itself suffice to cement that loyalty.

The “Inner Party” is fighting a looming deadline. The longer this goes on, the more likely it is to self-destruct. I had hoped that the Nor’Easter last month would have made sufficient #Occupy-cicles to have collapsed it. Barring a visit from Al Gore, and the attendant guaranteed blizzards; probably the weather is not going to chase the buggers back to their mother’s basements.

It was mentioned elsewhere, truthfully, that anyone who has seen a Girl Scout Camp or a Boy Scout Jamboree has to have contempt for this group of lop-earred duds. For those who have not dealt with Scouting, you can gather hundreds if not thousands of Scouts in a group; and the place will be largely run by teenage kids. And they will do it well. Everyone will be fed, housed, and sanitation will be taken care of in exemplary fashion. And they will pose no problems for those around them.

The #Occupy Movement is composed of those who are not known for civitas, avoidance of anti-social behavior, or dealing appropriately with the rigors of maintaining a healthy environment when you gather a large number of people in a small space. And it shows.

There have been murders, aggravated and simple assaults [my favorite was the report of a woman setting fire to someone’s clothes, and they were not sure if he was wearing them at the time], multiple rapes of males and females, underage girls being pimped, and of course drug overdoses and open markets for drugs in plain sight. And that is just the behavioral problems. As noted in the beginning, they are becoming petri dishes for diseases that have not been common for generations. Admitting that I am still not a nice person; I am hoping for an outbreak of septicemic Yersinia pestis, cholera, or typhus. And given that the largest gatherings are in the most liberal enclaves; the not-nice person in me would not mind if it spread to those enclaves. Modern medicine in the real world outside that of “Mic Checks” and “up Twinkles” can treat and contain them, and the outbreak might be an object lesson for the locals.

If they do not have their Kent State or Grant Park Chicago moment soon, at least one of the sites may collapse into total chaos. The publicity may discredit the entire movement if it is messy enough, and these critters are not tidy. So watch for more provocations.

6. There are a lot of machinations here, none of which make any sort of sense in the normal political world. You know, that political world that the Institutional Republicans are grossly incompetent in. But there is a key point that modifies everything, and which is absolutely consistent with everything that this regime has been doing. The regime and its Democrat satraps have, in collusion with the state-controlled media, been very effective in the parallel goal of creating the legal, political, and cultural meme that the actions of #Occupy and like groups are effectively not subject to the laws and regulations that everybody else has to deal with. They are above, or outside of, them; and their actions cannot and will not be judged by those standards.

First Amendment rights to protest are guaranteed, but they are not absolute. They are subject to the scope of criminal statutes [If you tar and feather a TWANLOC, y’all will be arrested.] The Supreme Court has settled the matter of reasonable time, place, and politically neutral restrictions on demonstrations. It ain’t something new.

If you have a mass demonstration [or any public gathering such as a concert], you can be and are required to pay the appropriate permit fees, buy liability insurance, meet a variety of sanitation requirements, and follow all appropriate laws and procedures involved in serving food. Then there are fire codes and other life safety matters. The TEA Party sure is. And having helped a friend find out what would be required to move a concert weekend to my town, I know that concerts sure are.

#Occupy has not been held to any of these standards, nor have they paid the fees. No level of government with an #Occupy site has made any real attempt at all to bring them into, and keep them in, legal compliance. They may chase them out, but they let them right back in. Nor have they dealt with any of the violations of criminal or civil statutes being committed by the act of #Occupying. And the violations of criminal law noted above are being ignored as much as possible. As are the violations when they leave the #Occupy sites. Civilian bystanders and business owners are told that they just have to suck it up. The law will not protect them.

If you listen to these critters speak, they have absorbed the idea that they are above the law. If you listen to the regime, it agrees with them.

7. This has profound implications for the conduct of the campaign and elections of 2012 if they do in fact take place [remember in October, all the Democrat elected and appointed officials calling for cancelling elections/ an American version of "Arab Spring" and reducing the role of elected officials] and the political dynamics if they do not.

This entire regime has been consistently concerned with reducing the “rule of law” in every field. I have been worried about aspects of this for quite some time. In 2009 I wrote something that still seems to be applicable, and indeed more on point today. This was written shortly after ACORN thugs began attacking the AIG employees who had stayed behind to try to help the government untangle the mess.

You have to understand the motivations behind the ACORN mobbing. The AIG employees were never more than an incidental target. No matter whether or not they gave back their pay for the year or not; the mobs and the deliberate “pitchforks” statement by Buraq Hussein had another audience completely. Or actually two audiences.

The first audience was the deliberate target of government sponsored mass terrorism. It was a message to the entire population of the country that the Organs of State Power, and their ‘unofficial’ ideological godchildren could operate outside the law with impunity and threaten and extort anyone. It was the criminal law equivalent of the abandonment of the rule of law by the government that was later manifested in the field of commercial law with the takeovers of the auto industry. The fact that this was done and triggered absolutely no response by the political opposition, and indeed by the social groups who could be expected to support the rule of law shows how far we have fallen. The “It can’t happen here!” phenomenon is triumphant, and the line has been crossed. The very fact that this group of intelligent, concerned devotees of liberty is now worrying about the next government move is indicative of how the battlefield has been shaped.

The second audience was the legion of Buraq’s supporters. They now know that if they ally themselves with the new regime that they are safe to go outside the law [societal, moral, and statutory] with impunity, because the State will protect them. That same promise has been made to the minions of any totalitarian regime; Sturm Abteilung, Chekisti, or Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

If there was a mass demonstration outside Jamie Gorelick’s house, it would bring down the full force of both the law, and the ‘anti-law’ being created. A mass movement is a mass target. We are about to see this in relationship to the Tea Party movement. We are on the edge of physical confrontations between ACORN/SEIU thugs and Tea Party demonstrators.

Mobs and mass terror created by them are, assuming actual control of the polity by the government; tools of a regime. If an opposition group can successfully use mob tactics it means that either in the Marxist cant; the ‘correlation of forces’ is already against the government, or that the government is restrained by moral/legal/constitutional barriers that the opposition is not.

In this case, Buraq has full control of the government and the State organs of propaganda, the official opposition is Petainist, and the popular opposition is embryonic and does not really understand what they are in for. There will be no successful mobbing from the opposition until the issue is all but decided.

#102 Annoy Mouse had a handle on the opposite tactic to the mobs. Individuals targeted individually for their specific actions are the counterpart to the mass tactics of a regime. There is a balance of power and fear at work in any totalitarian society. Those in power have absolutely no practical fear of or expectation of consequences for their actions against the people. They are unconstrained by anything but fear of losing favor with those above them in the food chain.

Those out of power live with a constant background of fear of State action. So long as the scales tip that way, liberty is in chains.

In the thread where I wrote this, one sub-theme was the concept of being on the cusp of irrevocable events. That is more urgent today.

There is a continuity from the events of 2009 to date that has implications that we had best be prepared for. The current regime has been and is creating a force that can be called into use for “Direct Action” in the streets to attack its political opponents. This creation has been done without opposition, and they are succeeding. #Occupy is part of that overarching plan. To the best of my knowledge, this has only been noticed publicly by Bill Quick at DAILY PUNDIT.

There may be other not-nice-persons who have pondered this. I am pretty sure that the fools, miscreants, maladroits, and unindicted co-conspirators who run the Institutional Republicans have no concept of the reality of street politics. And they will deny the reality even after they are run over.

8. That leaves the matter of contingency planning. We can assume, as the most likely first order probability, that if the enemy uses Direct Action against the Institutional Republicans [especially if they get their way and Romney is the nominee] that after being totally outside the enemy’s OODA loop for a depressingly long time; that they will curtail the scope of their campaign in the name of public safety. The burden is going to fall on Patriots; TEA Party, Oathkeepers, or whoever.

The first point is going to have to be that Patriots do not yield to threats. The enemy will have the initiative, at least at first. So we must be ready to ride out the first blow. There are certain preparations that should become standard.

a. Before any political gathering, an analysis needs to be done of the venue and the routes of approach. These analysis’ need to include threat axis’ at the venue and along the routes.
b. Given the happy ubiquity of digital cameras, either stand alone or as part of a phone, coverage from secure positions of the approach and the venue to enable evidence to be gathered and/or disseminated online must be part of the preparations.
c. Similar extensive digital camera coverage from within the gathering must be planned and carried out. This must be placed to not only record attacks from without, but by provocateurs within.
d. Planning must be made to allow the safe withdrawal of non-combatant women and children in the event of an attack, said plans being made for both the approach routes to the gathering, and from the gathering itself.
e. Response group(s) of Patriots will need to be located so as to be able to place themselves between any threat that arises, and the gathering. Their reaction capabilities and protocols will need to be determined by the local situation and the history and the nature of previous Direct Actions against Patriots. Allowance will need to be made for the presence of decoy threats.
f. It is accepted that this is a tactically defensive posture. It is noted that a permanent tactical defensive configuration yields the initiative to the enemy and guarantees eventual defeat. It is beyond the scope of this piece to discuss other applications of the Tactical, Operational, and Strategic arts. However, don’t let that stop anyone else from thinking about it.

Their Maskirova has worked to date. That cannot be allowed to be a permanent situation. We have to avoid giving them their Horst Wessel. And be ready if they get him.

And now that you mention it, besides not being nice; I am also not feeling all that full of good cheer for the future.

LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

32 comments

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    As usual Subotai, nice post. And your comments are right up my alley.

    I have spent the last 10 years actually training military units deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Sinai, and other places. My specialty….teaching the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs) and Counter-Insurgency Operations (COIN), in addition to some other more ‘interesting’ classes.

    Bottom line…I train soldiers on how to conduct Direct Action and COIN missions. In addition, to paraphrase Liam Neeson in ‘Taken”…”I have a certain skill set….”
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    I hear that Draco,,’tink’s we all have something to bring to the party.
    When the time comes, just tell me how many ya want n’ where ya want ‘em..
    They’re very herd-able.

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    Hvy Gunner 0331 growls and barks:

    Good analysis…
    “Put your trust God, but keep your powder dry…” I’m not going to be so naive as to think that simply hoping that God will present a solution is going to resolve this. He will work through leaders (yet unknown) to counter the enemy, and when the time comes, well, “the pikes will come together at the rising of the moon…” if you know what I mean. I’ve got the third box freshly loaded.

    Standing by for the call…

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    A friend of mine also has a good take on this movement:

    http://fountainabbey.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/end-the-occupation-an-open-letter-to-the-shiftless-filthy-nitwits/

    The fact that the media no longer control the news should be used to our advantage.
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    Madam President growls and barks:

    Great post, as usual! I like reading your posts, Subs. It’s nice to read an article regarding OWS that sounds like it was written by someone that has more than two brain cells to rub together (my bro’s university “newspaper” is a goddamn RAG. Practically every article written in there either slams our governor, guns, conservatives, etc, or is pro OWS with the usual insipid quote, “WE ARE THE 99%!1!!11!!one!). Most of my friends are gushing over these unwashed degenerates, and of course, whenever I voice even a slight opposition? You’d think that I took a dump on their 20 page research paper due at the end of a term!

    Anyway, this is somewhat off topic, but since you mentioned military tactics (reading about them has become a burgeoning interest of mine), would you (or any of you with military backgrounds) have any books you can recommend to me? It’s all so fascinating!

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    LC Proud Infidel growls and barks:

    I’m sure Soros is laughing and drooling at the possibilities that could come out of this baby of his. He and his myrmidons also fail to take US into account, real everyday working people, especially us Vets who will fight to keep and defend what we’ve earned. As for me, I stay locked and loaded just in case, and if any of those human lice start crawling around my neck of the woods, it’s open season! I find it interesting that they only like to get bold in municipalities with strict gun confiscation laws and not towns like Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Birmingham, AL,…. :em03:

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    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    #5 Madam President

    That’s a wide field, but here are a few books that I have.

    First, warfare changes, but there are certain concepts that hold fast. Technology changes, but there is the ongoing swing of emphasis between “shock” tactics and “missile” tactics. There is the ongoing battle between offensive and defensive tactics. There is the concept of “combined arms”. And there is the matter of “Moral factors”; leadership, motivation, initiative, etc. And over-riding all [and ignored by amateurs], is Logistics. “The Logistician draws the line beyond which the Tactician dare not tread.”

    And these factors change over history. What worked in the early 1800′s was suicide by the American Civil War. The tactics of the Zulu impi’s that conquered all before them foundered on Martini-Henry rifles properly supplied. Positional warfare dominated WW-I, mobile warfare WW-II just a generation later.

    So when studying tactics, you have to analyze them in terms of the era and viewpoint of the period. Yeah, there were people in charge who were stupid sometimes, but also there are valid reasons that every tactic was developed, and were effective at the time.

    With that in mind, as a starting point you might want to try:

    Fifteen Decisive Battles of the Western World by Edward Creasy
    ISBN-13: 9780760754955
    Publisher: Barnes & Noble

    This is old, Victorian actually. But it is a good overview.

    and/or

    The Battles that Changed History by Fletcher Pratt, Edward Gorey
    ISBN-13: 9780486411293
    Publisher: Dover Publications

    This is more modern.

    For naval matters once cannot find a better starting point than

    The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 by A. T. Mahan
    ISBN-13: 9781108023719
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    For Moral Factors start with John Keegan. His Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, and Six Armies in Normandy are classics, as are his The First World War, and The Second World War.

    For an example of how NOT to do the Moral Factors, read Crisis in Command by Richard Gabriel and Paul Savage,

    Most reading in military history centers on the West. As a view from another perspective, you might want to try reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. And to see how the largest military empire in human history was created, try The Mongol Warlords by David Nicolle, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by
    Jack Weatherford, and The Devil’s Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe by James Chambers.

    These are not even the tip of the iceberg. I have most of these within 10 feet of where I sit. They may whet your interest and lead you to chasing particular eras and wars. Just remember, when judging the past, try not to lose sight of the fact that the decisions made were based on the information and mindsets of the time, not on our look back in history.

    Oh, if you find yourself getting involved in particular battles, wars, personalities, or forces; I commend the Osprey series’ to your attention.

    #1 LC Draco
    While we are on the subject of military books; are there any open source texts used in the MDMP and TLP classes that you could recommend?

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

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    Lockpick growls and barks:

    “…they are as fucked up as a truckload of football bats…”

    I like this and will have to steal the phrase for myself, but I need some clarification. Are you referring to the 2 winged football bats, the wooden handle football bats, or the 2 winged, wooden handle football bats?

    Thanks.

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    Just Another Random Nut growls and barks:

    I see one possible change.

    Public nuisance apparently means nothing, but what if these Occupy protests become a public health problem? We’ve had sewers for centuries for a reason, and in your strategic reading, how many armies across the millenia have been laid low by disease? Imagine if you will what would happen if an outbreak of, say, typhoid fever or dysentery were to seize one of these Occupy encampments? What about, say, a Norwalk virus? What happens if a sick protestor communicates one of these diseases to a passerby?

    Yeah. I’d never advocate such a thing, but….
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    LC Proud Infidel growls and barks:

    “…they are as fucked up as a truckload of football bats.”
    True, and “Nuttier than a dump truck load of squirrel shit” would fit them as well.

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    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    #8 Lockpick

    Actually, it is the even rarer 1 1/2 winged [tends to drift to the Left], wooden handle, LUNAR, football bat.

    #9 Just Another Random Nut

    Hmm. Hadn’t thought of Norwalk virus.

    an RNA virus (taxonomic family Caliciviridae) that causes approximately 90% of epidemic non-bacterial outbreaks of gastroenteritis around the world, and may be responsible for 50% of all foodborne outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the US. Norovirus affects people of all ages. The viruses are transmitted by faecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact, and via aerosolization of the virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces.

    After infection, immunity to norovirus is usually incomplete and temporary. There is an inherited predisposition to infection, and individuals with blood type O are more often infected, while blood types B and AB can confer partial protection against symptomatic infection.

    Outbreaks of norovirus infection often occur in closed or semi-closed communities, such as long-term care facilities, overnight camps, hospitals, prisons, dormitories, and cruise ships where the infection spreads very rapidly either by person-to-person transmission or through contaminated food. Many norovirus outbreaks have been traced to food that was handled by one infected person.

    Yep. It sure would be …. tragic [yeah, that's the ticket, tragic!] …. if the #Occupy residents shit themselves into submission to reality.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    LC Subotai:

    Excellent writing and article – please do more:

    Re: the football bats – being the nonsensical fellow that I am, I pondered some time ago as to what one of these damned things might look like should an individual decide to construct one. After all, the saying (Son – that’s as fucked up as a football bat) has been around for years so there may as well be a visual to go along with the verbalization.

    I’ll post a photo when I get it completed for the wonderment of posterity.

    :em05:
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    LC Robohobo growls and barks:

    LC Proud Infidel @ #:

    Infidel – No DFW specifically Dallas is infected with them. Dallas is unreservedly liberal. Run by Libs for Libs. Research the Dallas Police Chief Brown. The corruption in city gov’t. is rampant.

    Lord Pao An – I expect the Kristallnacht to come sometime in the March to May time frame. Just wondering who, what and where Horscht shall come from. Or there could be multiple ones.

    Moved to the DFW metromess back in ’10 for work. I have seen the corruption here daily. The Dallas Morning News is nothing but a politburo rag. The cops are nothing but thugs. Even in the outlying communities.

    Keep your powder dry.

    The Hobo
    & Abbey lurker.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Subotai… I can’t quite agree with your conclusion. I don’t disagree with your points but I think you’ve overlooked a bit of human nature. The sheep don’t like chaos If the socialist over lords would have gotten their Kent State moment 6 weeks ago, before the mask slipped from the face of the protesters, they would have gotten what they wanted. Now… with all the bad press, all the anarchy, they are not sure what the public response would be. I’m not sure what it would be if violence erupted right now, what I am sure of is the rouges gallery of elected demoncrats are sweating right now. Every day that passes puts the sheep more in our court and less in theirs.

    I think if they had their way ObamaCo. would pull the plug on the whole thing right now. Problem is the genie is out of the bottle, it can’t be put back without destroying the DNC voter base. They are caught in a Catch 22 and there is no easy way out. To further prove my point…. during Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson uttered the words “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” Have you seen John Stewarts coverage of OWS? I can hear Bambi saying “If we’ve lost Stewart, we’ve lost the youth” For me this a good time to be a conservative, we’ve taken the best they can toss at us, and while I wish our position was stronger, we’re still standing.

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    Draven32 growls and barks:

    Its a 9 wedge football bat.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    @LC Subotai

    The Operations Process covers both MDMP, TLP, briefings, rehearsals, etc. It is open source.

    Shoot me a PM and I will send you some of the briefings we used for training…..all unclassified, of course!!

    As an addition to required reading….I have to add “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi.

    Many military personnel LOVE to quote Sun Szu, but my belief is his teaching are on a more operational to strategic level. Musashi, IMHO, focuses more on tactics to the operational level. I can tell you about NUMEROUS ‘discussions’ over the comparison of the two!!
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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Also check out the COIN knowledge assessment.

    For some open source stuff there is the COIN Center at Ft. Leavenworth. There are some areas you may not be able to get into due to the sensitive nature of the content, but it’s a good start!!!
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    Madam President growls and barks:

    Damn, you even provided the ISBNs! Much obliged Subs! I’ll be sure to look into these! I think my dad owns a few of these, or at least some by some German dudes. :em01:

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    Just Another Random Nut growls and barks:

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An @ #11:

    It doesn’t take much to set off an outbreak of Norwalk in a place like that, and taking a dump on the sidewalk can make it happen so easily I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet.
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    Subotai

    As usual, you provide far more intelligent analysis than I could give, however, have you considered that Soros and Company jumped off with #occupy too early to have the effect they want? Here’s why I say this:

    1. We all know there’s a Phase Two coming – next spring or next summer, where the real left wing violence will begin. This will happen because Occupy cannot win in a solely political environment. We’re a center right country. not insane left.
    2. People have memories. Even if it doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the Make Believe Media, they see what Occupy is doing now. They see the murders, the rapes, the kids used as human shields, and many are aware that Ogabe supports it. They talk to friends about it.
    3. Because of points 1 and 2, we’re winning the cultural war. And given Occupy’s tendency towards lawlessness, while situational awareness is always a good idea, I submit the situation may not be as dare as we’re fearing here. What may be called for is hammering the point home at every juncture possible that Occupy and Obama are inextricably linked, as Obama and the Dems are. Then ask people do they want the kind of future Occupy represents, given their actions to date. We may not win everyone over with that argument, but we can win over enough to deliver a historical smackdown in November 2012.
    4. Occupy will fail because they refuse to engage in the political process. Despite looking at a model that actually worked – the Tea Party and the 2010 elections, they insist on a model which inextricably leads to chaos. They dont have the maturity to primary Obama and every Dem who brought the economic crisis about, or the intelligence, or the discipline for that matter. I had an interesting Twitter conversation with a member of Code Pink who is part of Occupy’s “Ghost Committee” who admitted to me that she was fully aware Occupy would fail given the tactics and the model they are using. It was actually an intelligent conversation largely devoid of snark. if you like, you have my email address, email me and I will forward you the link on this.

    Now, granted, this doesnt take into account Obama trying to suspend elections because of the very Occupy goona he supports and controls, but that’s a whole different thing.

    Please forgive my brevity but my caffeine hasn’t quite engaged yet ..

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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Not “Occupy” — OBAMAVILLE.
    OBAMAVILLE
    OBAMAVILLE
    OBAMAVILLE

    James Taranto has labeled them thus, and he’s right: Cram their “meme” right back down their throats.

    Oh, and who is this “Madam President”? I suspect a troll; the snide remark about “German dudes.” No author in Sub’s list is “German,” so this sounds like the poster is trying to make us sound like the German Socialists of the 1930s.

    Just sayin’. We need to stay frosty, because the Enemy trolls the internet, as you all know.

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    Tallulah @ #:

    I will vouch for MP, I’ve seen her here more than once.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Me too. Let’s not start going all paranoid around here, yanno.

    Besides, I own quite a few books on the subject by German dudes. Clausewitz, Rommel, Guderian just to name a couple. :)
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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    @Misha…..I will never forget the line in the movie “Patton” when he goes up against, who he thought was Rommel at the time, and says, “Rommel, you magnificent bastard!!! I read your DAMN BOOK!!!” (The book was/is Infanterie Greift An (Infantry Attacks)).

    After Patton finds out Rommel wasn’t even IN Africa at the time, Patton’s aide says…to paraphrase, “It was Rommel’s plan and you won…therefore you beat Rommel!” Patton responds with…”I want you to have a drink with me!”
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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech says:

    I hear that Draco,,’tink’s we all have something to bring to the party.
    When the time comes, just tell me how many ya want n’ where ya want ‘em..
    They’re very herd-able.

    We call it a ‘kill zone’…..but I think the PC term is now ‘a target rich environment’!!!
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    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    #24 LC Draco

    In case you or anybody else has an interest in acquiring extra copies of Infanterie Greift An [it has been hard to come by for a long time] Barnes and Noble has it on the bargain tables for under $10 here in Colorado, so I assume elsewhere. Most LC’s do not know that in the First Great Unpleasantness, Rommel was a pioneer in infantry assault tactics, as opposed to their “hey diddle diddle, straight up the middle at the MG’s”.

    I got that deck you sent. We are doing a daughter’s birthday party out of town today, so I will not have time to look at it till tonight. Thanks!

    #20 LC Sir Intellectual Conservative 5th Columnist

    I look at it slightly differently. I see the Enemy creating threats on multiple threat axis’, each individually sub-optimal to defeat us; but taken together [and they can combine in different ways for different effects depending on choice of .... OK, back to German ... Schwerpunkt ] sufficient to defeat us. Especially since I rather suspect that they are inside our OODA loop. If only because they have the initiative and a clear unified goal. Think Bolsheviki. I have not yet sorted out a “Unified Theory of Democrat Seizure of Power”; but am pondering it. I probably am going to have to dig out my copy of Luttwak’s Coup d’ Etat to jog my thinking process. It may take awhile. My writing process, even for those pieces where I am not trying to be concise, is for things to whirl around in the space between my ears, and when it is ready, I have to sit down and write it in one or two long sessions, as it comes out. If I get it done, it may or may not be appropriate to post in the clear.

    #13 LC Robohobo

    Still Lurking in the same environs. Still writing at the same places. My sympathy with DFW. Even in Texas, big cities are cesspools.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An @ #:

    Since German is my second language…I have copies in German (although my brother’s German is a HELL of a lot better) and in English. Things do get lost in translation sometimes…..
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Draco says:

    Since German is my second language…I have copies in German

    Having texts in the original language is always preferable, if not always practical. Since German is like English to me due to my heritage (unlike my Russian which, to call it merely “rusty” after nearly a quarter century of barely using it would be an undeserved compliment to myself), I wouldn’t ever bother to buy a translation of “Infanterie Greift An”, “Erinnerungen eines Soldaten” or “Vom Kriege”, although I do occasionally need to consult a dictionary when it comes to terms that have gone out of use. But, then again, so is the case for my first language occasionally.

    I will say, though, that having copies of those particular tomes in the original language can cause some consternation where I come from. My native country and Germany have a strange, ambivalent relationship for very good reasons, considering the many times we’ve found ourselves on opposite sides of issues, which is a European understatement for “trying to tear each other’s throats out.” Yet we’re still more related than not. One heck of a dysfunctional family, if you don’t mind me saying so, and I’d like to explain it further but I’d have to write a post on the matter instead of a comment. It’s “complicated”, to put it mildly.

    I will hasten to add, though, that if you think that this means that Danes are “ambivalent” about World War II, you couldn’t be more wrong. That Germany is a Germany that we’ll never forgive, and when Europeans say “never”, they mean it literally. To put it into perspective, think about the War of Northern Aggression in this country. To a transplanted Southerner like myself, but Southerner nonetheless, 1861-1865 didn’t happen “sometime a century and a half ago.” To somebody like me, it happened “earlier today, just before lunch.”

    Too hard to explain. Maybe one day I’ll try to put it into writing, just as much to explain it to myself, because it’s hard to make sense of it to me too.

    Anyway: Yes, Draco, sometimes things do get lost in translation, and I salute you for your efforts in overcoming that obstacle.
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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    I reckon I owe Mme. President an apology. I’m a raw nerve: just saw, a couple of days ago, radical moslems wailing in Arabic in the very heart of New York’s court complex that they were being “picked on” by the NYPD, surveilling them. It brought back That Day with searing emotion. Left me jumpy as a cat.

    Just got off grand jury duty today. An interesting experience. Folks from all backgrounds, but there weren’t any vociferous cheerleaders for the Obamaville types. In fact, a couple of artsy-fartsies I would have pegged as left-liberal said they thought those folks should get their shite together and Get A Job. ANY Job. Like We Did. That’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur, even in NYC: it teaches ya, man.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Having been on a road trip for the last week and a half, I’ve had opportunity to listen to talk radio and think a lot.
    The big question is, “Who is the sugar daddy? Who is Mr. BIG?” Your answer to that question also answers thr riddle, who is behind the whole Obama maladministration.Obviously, this is tinfoil hat territory, but when cconsidering a consipratorial crowd, conspiracy theories are the only rational choice.
    George Soros comes first tpo all our minds. But somehow, I think that if this thing is somehow connected to the revolutionary movements occuring elsewhere in gthe Middle East and Europe, it is too big even for for him to sustain. I cannot yet get a handle on the whole global aspect, it could be just sympathetic vibrations and shock waves, though I sense something more.
    Within the former U.S.A., I think there is more than just Soros. Several other Billionaires may be probably are involved, Petere Lewis of Progressive Insurance, The Sandlers, even perhaps Warren Buffett – I’ve never trusted his homey, benevolent facade; all his buisness ventures have been founded on a principle of paternalistic control. Who else? Trumka and Andy Stern (and whoever succeeded him at SEIU), and rheir leaders bosses, like Winpisinger and Gerald MacEntee, and others. This is no longer George Meaney’s Labor Movement. SEIU, AFL-CIO. and the gummint unions have become radicalized, have huge financial warchests, none of which seems to go to ordinary workers, and more-or-less compliant members, AND a secretive, top down organization. If you look at the regime, it appears to be run by and for the unions. Another source of founds – renenber all that fuss about TARP and the bail-outs, and how nobody knows where the TARP ad stimulus money vanished? Now I think we know.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Madam President @ #18:

    To add my own few bits. let me suggest a few more classics of strategic writing. Makers of Modern Strategy, Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler, edited by Edward Mead Earle, 1971, ISBN 0-691-01853-7 is a very useful anthology sadly long out of print. A newer version, Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, edited by Peter Paret, 1986, ISBN 0-691-02764-1 has a somewhat different selection, and is slightly inferior. If possible, get both editions. And maybe any subsequent ones. You can have my copies from my bookshelf after you take my pistol from my cold dead hand.
    I also recommend Edward Luttwak, Strrategy, the Logic of War and Peace, ISBN 0-674-83995-1
    Owen Connelly, On War and Leadership, 2002, ISBN 0691-03186-X.
    On a wider view, I would include The Influence of Air Power upon History, by Col. Walter A. Boyne, 2003, ISBN 1-58980-034-6, and the same author’s Operation Iraqi Freedom. What went Right, What Went Wrong. And Why, 2003, ISBN 0-765-31038-4. It is a point of pride, that a certain Rottie received acknowledgement for minor assistance in these last two recommendations.


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