Well we’re supposedly finally getting some fall temps for a day or two. From a high of 90 on Monday we plummeting to the low 70’s on Tuesday and saw an over night Tuesday right around 50. As you read this early Wednesday morning its likely I am enjoying my cozy rack under a nice new blanket Molly bought me, in the company of two hibernating and burrowed cats, (possibly with a liter vacuum flask of coffee) and my lap top until the electronic thermometer on the nightstand reads a sane and comfortable number.
Now someone be kind enough to pass me the hot buttered scones and lets get to it shall we? I think I feel a pre~breakfast dragon type nap coming on!
The Truth About Coffee- Part 1 of 3
Coffee is big business. So to make sure a product stands out on a crowded shelf, java manufacturers have created a new wave of label claims, such as “shade grown” and “100% Arabica Beans.” Some of these promises are meaningful, but plenty are meaningless and will only waste your money. To spot the difference and firmly establish yourself as a coffee connoisseur, read ahead for The Truth About Coffee- Part 1 of our 3 Part series.
The Claim: “100% Arabica Beans”
Coffee beans come in two main varieties: arabica and robusta. Of the two, arabica beans deliver the most complex flavors, but because they’re more difficult to grow—i.e. more expensive—commercial roasters such as Folgers often fill out their blends with cheap robusta beans. That makes for a cup with big body but low acid, which means it’s heavy in the mouth but not particularly interesting to the tongue. Small-scale craft roasters don’t generally bother putting this information on the bag, but that’s fine considering most of them wouldn’t dare to pollute their coffee with robustas. But when you’re shopping the commercial blends in the supermarket, you should seek this claim.
The Claim: “Morning Blend”
A blend is simply a mix of beans from at least two different regions, and a “morning blend” is whatever that particular roasters thought you might enjoy at the start of the day. In contrast with blends are the single-origin coffees, which are identified simply by their place of birth: Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, or whatever the case may be. Presumably the goal with blending is to create a better-tasting cup, but often that’s not the case. Some roasters blend to bury the mistakes of flawed beans, and many connoisseurs find the pure flavors of single-origin coffee more satisfying than blends. And get this: When Consumer Reports recently rated 37 popular blends from places such as Starbucks, Peets, Caribou, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, not one of them was considered good enough to earn the top scores of “excellent” or “very good.”
It’s Big in Texas
There once was a blind man who decided to visit Texas.
As he arrived on the plane, he mentioned to the flight attendant that
it had been a very comfortable flight. “Wow, these seats are big!” he
She replied, “Everything is big in Texas.”
Once he had settled into his hotel room, he decided to go downstairs
to the bar. He ordered a beer and had a mug placed between his hands.
He exclaimed, “Wow these mugs are big!
The bartender replied, “Everything is big in Texas.”
After a couple of beers, the blind man asked the bartender where the
bathroom was located. The bartender replied, “Second door to the
right.” The blind man headed for the bathroom, but missed the second
door and instead went out a third door that lead to the swimming pool,
which he fell into.
As he came up for air, you could hear him cry out, “Don’t flush, don’t flush!”
A sweet young thing took her seat on opening day of her college class. The young man behind her tapped her on the shoulder and said, “What are you doing, wearing a football jersey?”
She replied, “Why, I bought it and own it, why shouldn’t I wear it?”
He said, “You’re not supposed to wear it unless you’ve made the team.”
“Oh,” she replied sweetly, “Who did I miss?
Apparently there is an up side to the economy getting worse, at least on a personal level for some few like Impish who recently remarked to me that his wife has started having sex with him again because she can’t afford batteries any more!
Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned!
French Condom Ad
Only the French could get away with this!
Impish was suffering from a stomachache, so he told his wife who suggested he try the tablets the Doctor had given her for a similar pain. After taking his wife’s tablets for a week, the pain disappeared but he developed two rather tender lumps, one behind each ear.Impish went to his doctor, showed him the lumps, and explained what had happened.
Whereby the Doctor called him all the fools under the sun, saying, “You bloody idiot! I was treating your wife for a fallen womb. God knows how I’m going to get your balls back down.”
A Real-life Hobbit House In the Hills of Montana
This man made hobbit house was built by LOTR enthusiast Steve Michaels and his wife Christine. It cost over $410,000 to make this house in the hills. However, unlike the simple homes featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, the Hobbit House of Montana comes with a modern king-size bedroom, a great kitchen with customized granite counters, HD Blu-Ray television set, XM Radio, three phones and WiFi. . And if you want to vacation there it is a bit pricey at $245 a night.
And in case you think I’m pulling your leg about this here it the web site for the actual house where you can see more pictures .
Well its finally starting to cool off even here in Texas and that means my Crockpot starts seeing even more use and my Soups & Stews Recipes get dragged out of the back of the recipe box. Thought I’d share a few.
Southwest Shrimp Stew
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 27 mins
Peppers, corn, and other favorite vegetables create a riot of color in this Tex-Mex-seasoned stew. It’s company-friendly but easy enough for every day.
1 potato, peeled and cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3/4 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
dash of ground red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Cook the potato in water in a medium covered saucepan for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain. Add 1 cup of the broth. Mash with a fork, potato masher, or hand-held immersion blender until free of lumps.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
Add corn, cumin seeds, salt, potato mixture, and remaining 1 cup broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the milk and return to a simmer. Add the shrimp and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until opaque. Stir in the ground red pepper and cilantro.
Ham and Potato Chowder
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 31 mins
In less than 30 minutes, you can cook up a pot of creamy and comforting potato and ham chowder. Serve with a crisp salad, for a simple satisfying supper.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon dill
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 2/3 cups milk
1/2 pound fully cooked lean ham, cut into 3/4″ pieces
6 scallions, sliced
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the broth until well blended.
Add the water, potatoes, marjoram, mustard, curry, celery seeds, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Working in batches, transfer the vegetables to a blender or food processor and process until pureed. Return to the saucepan.
Stir in the milk, ham, and scallions. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
I often substitute a leek for the 6 scallions using the white and lighter green portions quartered and sliced
Quick Hoppin’ John Soup
This is a great recipe for the holidays (New Year’s) or any time during winter months. So quick to prepare you can throw it together after a long day at work for the whole family to enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ready In: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1 pound sage pork sausage
1 (6 ounce) package uncooked long grain and wild rice mix, with seasoning packet
2 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 cups water
salt to taste
Crumble sausage into a skillet over medium heat and cook until evenly brown. In a large pot, mix the cooked sausage, rice mix with seasoning packet, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Season to taste with salt and hot sauce if desired.
Draining and quick rinsing canned beans can reduce unwanted sodium by as much as 40% according to some sources
A reporter goes to a mental institution to do a story. He’s walking around when he sees a man swinging a baseball bat. He walks up to him and asks, “Buddy, What the heck are you doing?”
The man replies, “I’m Babe Ruth. One more home run and I’m outta’ here.”
The reporter just nods and walks on. He sees another guy swinging a golf club on the other side of the room. He walks over and says, “Excuse me, but what the heck are you doing?”
The guy says, “I’m Tiger Woods. One more hole in one and I’m outta’ here.”
The reporter just nods and walks away. Then he sees another guy in the corner with a peanut on the end of his penis. He goes over and asks the guy what he thinks he’s doing and the guy replies, “I’m friggin’ nuts and I ain’t never getting outta’ here!”
Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy!
All to true sadly. HE might very well be right on point with his opening comments. We really do need to stop and remember what a fantastic age we are living in as compared to 50 years ago and remind people of the fact. We also have a responsibility to ourselves and future generations to use this technology in morally and personally responsible ways so as not to screw society up and more than we already have!
A recent e~mail remarking on a comment made by Impish made the observation that it sounded like Impish had attended the same school of thought as the reader’s uncle. We occasionally get comments and / or questions regarding our educational background with regards to our writing or our bonafides for commenting or sounding like experts on a certain subject. I thought I’d take a moment to go over our respective schoolings for the record.
branch of Whatsamatta U, an institution who’s sole claim to fame (or infamy) is a previous now famous celebrity alumni Bullwinkle Moose.
While at Whatsamatta U, Impish majored in Greed, Gluttony & Wanton Excess while minoring in the subjects of Debauchery and Intimidation of Lesser Creatures. He lettered both Spring Break and the Leisure Suit Larry video game, proving particular adept at the “Land of the Lounge Lizard” version which he has been quoted as saying is his model for dealing with females of all species and that Larry was an interpersonal relationships god. He dabbled in theater, lending his talents both onstage and off, providing his natural abilities as special effects as well as playing the role of “Puff” in a musical adaptation of the song “Puff the Magic Dragon”. As a direct result of his portrayal of Puff, he also served as the model for the puppet character H.R. Pufnstuf for the children’s show of the same name. The producers who happened to be in the audience the single night of the play (strangely it opened and closed on the same night) stated they had never seen or envisioned a more comedic Dragon than Impish. he continues to receive residuals to this day thanks to the advice of an at the time recent certain Irish acquaintance. Impish graduated in the…well Impish graduated anyway we’ll just leave it at that. Numbers and rankings are too defining and are not a fair comparison basis when applied to those in remedial classes.
Lethal attended Curmudgeons & Cranks Community College following in the foot steps of such legendary curmudgeons as Fred Sanford, Archie Bunker and the Two Old Hecklers From the Muppets Show for two years. He chose to focus mainly on the subject of Sarcastic Wit and minored in the subject of Attitude.
He was then accepted to Killiecrankie College of Corporate Chicanery Coercion and Law a prestigious Shamrock League University on full scholarship largely based on his ruthless kidnapping of the Dean’s three young daughters and his threat to give then to a Dragon of his recent acquaintance. Lethal double majored in Business Management and Corporate Law while minoring in The Art of the Con and International Hooliganism. His extra collegiate activities saw him rise to the position of Factor in the Blackened Hand, the Irish equivalent of the Sicilian La Cosa Nostra as well as triple his already considerable net worth in his six years at Killecrankie. He is credited with inventing the Irish Sweepstakes Con while at Killiecrankie as his Doctorial Thesis in Causing Cash Positive Chicanery Beyond the Current Reach of the international Law enforcement Community. Upon graduating it is rumored that Lethal ultimately sold the Dean’s three now teenaged daughters to his dragon acquaintance and bankrupt the college in retaliation for graduating third in his class. No photos of Lethal are to be found past or present. should anyone have a provably documentable one, please contact Interpol, Scotland Yard or the FBI as a substantial reward is offered for it. Anyone possessing even the smallest most undeveloped instinct for self preservation is urged to contact Lethal himself who will double the reward offered and then not bear you ill will for complicating his life.
And that folks should just about cover our respective educational backgrounds for you. Speaking of ‘education’, (man I just love it when a tie in presents itself)….
10 Most Bizarrely Geeky College Courses
You didn’t really think kids today were still studying the traditional Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Advanced Hangovers & the Conquest of Opposite Sex did you??
Traditionally speaking, college is, by its very nature, all about education. Meeting new friends and having fun is usually a by-product, but fundamentally school is where young adults go to learn. Gaining knowledge can take many shapes and forms, but often those of a geeky persuasion are happiest when managing their own time away from the college grounds. So what happens when the lines between geek-time and learning become unmistakably blurred? What happens when the geeks take over the classroom? Find out in our article on ten bizarre college courses designed for geeks.
10. Zombies in Popular Media, Columbia College Chicago
You would think that the most important lesson one can learn about zombies would be to run away as quickly as possible or, if necessary, to shoot them in the head. However, this course at Columbia College Chicago goes a good deal further than that. It promises an “intense schedule” that “explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts.” Those with an aversion to gore need not apply to this critical theory class. However, geeks with a taste for flesh, form an orderly queue. Let the shambling commence!
9. Strategy of Starcraft, UC Berkeley
StarCraft — and its recent sequel StarCraft II — are real-time military strategy computer games developed by Blizzard Entertainment. This class, which started in 2009, is made up of lectures on battle theory and other “computational” aspects of how space battles are fought. Students’ game-playing is analyzed and “homework” is assigned. Sounds tough. Other than a love of gaming, the only requirements for the course are a copy of Starcraft: Brood War and an “open mind.” While all this may sound too good to be true, there is a catch: the course credits are not counted towards general education pre-requisites. Who cares, though, if a career in competitive gaming awaits?
8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oberlin College
No doubt many a geek will have studied the image of Sarah Michelle Gellar in her most famous role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The phenomenally successful TV series ran to seven seasons from 1997 until 2003 and has left a lasting imprint in the cultural consciousness. This course at Oberlin “Experimental” College in Ohio is an example of what some like-minded academics call “Buffy studies,” the show having attracted a good deal of intellectual attention. The course assumes that students will have a “basic familiarity with the program.” Wooden stake and crucifix sadly not included.
7. Lego Robotics, MIT
You don’t have to be a geek to love Legos. But in this course at MIT it probably helps. Using Lego as a “fun tool to explore robotics” and more, the course provides students with the resources to design, build and program working robots from the little plastic bricks and a “few other parts, such as motors and sensors.” Just don’t let any younger siblings anywhere near your work in progress or you may have to ask for a deadline extension on that end-of-term project.
6. Philosophy and Star Trek, Georgetown University
Philosophy tutors love Star Trek. In all its incarnations — from the 1960s onwards — the show has contained philosophical themes and subtexts for would-be Platos to chew over. This course at Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University — worth three Earth credits — takes Star Trek as the starting point for a whole semester’s worth of deep thinking and debate. Metaphysical questions sparked by the sci-fi staple and covered include “Is Data a person?”, “Is time travel possible?” and “Could you go back and kill your grandmother?” Would Spock approve? Guess you’ll have to sign up to find out.
5. Biology of Jurassic Park, Hood College
Hood College, Maryland claims that dinosaurs can help students understand many biological principles, such as patterns of evolution, ecology and behavior. All this despite the fact that they are extinct. Impressed? We were. The course is comprised of three lectures and three hours in the lab, so don’t expect it to be too taxing. Asking such questions as “Are birds really dinosaurs?” and “Were dinosaurs ‘warm-blooded’ or ‘cold-blooded?’” the classes are most assuredly aimed at clever girls and boys. And Velociraptors.
4. Sindarin (Elvish), University of Wisconsin
Back in 2004, at the very height of Lord of the Rings mania, the University of Wisconsin offered this course in Sindarin, otherwise known as Elvish. The language that novelist JRR Tolkien invented to be spoken by his long-legged, fair-headed Elves was taught by David Salo, who worked on the Rings trilogy of films as a linguistic expert. Obviously a deep knowledge of, and respect for, Tolkien’s languages was of great benefit to Mr. Salo; others, however, may well ask what they could expect to gain from such studies…
3. Science from Superheroes to Global Warming, University of California, Irvine
Ah, superheroes. A true geek staple. The undisputed world champions of geek culture ever since Superman lifted up a car on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938. For most hard-working students, superheroes and comic books are a pretty firm no-no in the classroom. Until now, that is. With this fiercely geek-friendly course, the University of California, Irvine promises students will develop a “better appreciation for science and the scientific method” while exploring questions about the powers of their favorite childhood heroes. Case studies are drawn from global warming and real-world experience, as well as movies and, natch, superheroes. Don’t get too close to the kryptonite!
2. The Science of Harry Potter, Frostburg State University
The Harry Potter saga may be over, with J.K. Rowling having written her last book — and the movie adaptations’ young cast matured into adulthood — but that hasn’t stopped the enormous popularity of the franchise. Back in 2003, when the Potter cultural empire was still gathering steam, Frostburg State University, Maryland offered this seminar in The Science of Harry Potter. Students were expected to examine the books to “assess the possible science behind the fantasy.” Alas, there is no mention of whether any Quidditch contests took place.
1. Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond, University of Texas at Austin
Salt and pepper. Milk and cookies. Geeks and Star Trek. Some things are just meant to go together. The designers of this course at the University of Texas, Austin obviously thought so too, using the fantastical alien language of Klingon as a jumping-off point for exploring some fairly weighty linguistic and philosophical areas through the use of literature, films, the internet and, presumably, a lot of TV. Logical. But as every Star Trek fan knows, logic isn’t a Klingon’s strong point. ( Or for THAT matter a Dragon’s neither!)
Check on your kids and grandkids course load now and see how they are wasting your tuition funds! The money you save may be all you get to retire on the way Social Security is headed!
Very well written and very true.
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.
We have worked hard, raised our children, worshipped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.
We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America , we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America , and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .
Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.
It was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress.
You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.” You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Cool-Aid.’ Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.
Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in 2012 we’re going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to “We the People” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Grey-Haired Brigade.”
~Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member
I am another Gray Haired Geezer signing on. Come on guys. Let’s get this circulating around.
Thanks to K~Squared who is one of the plank owners ( that translates Founding or Senior member for you non Navy types) I understand in the Gray Hair Brigade
Hey you bought into Hope & Change so what’s so much farther
fetched about a Dragon and a Leprechaun running the Country?
Army Preps for Tea Party ‘Terrorists’
By Mark Alexander ·
Publisher’s Note: Publisher’s Note: Senior Command staff at Ft. Knox contacted me on the date of publication. They confirmed that there was a security exercise at Ft. Knox this week. An officer in the security loop altered the scenario “in order to make it more realistic.” The alterations were not approved at the Command level and were not used by the Installation Command Post. The officer who circulated the scenario through official channels has been identified and will “receive appropriate counsel.” Further, Command staff noted, “An official investigation has been initiated to determine the manner in which this information was included in the exercise scenario. Fort Knox leadership is committed to continued positive associations with our community groups and organizations and will continue to work to enhance and improve those relationships.” Commanders provided assurance that this type of scenario would not find its way into official circulation again.
The fact that any officer would associate Tea Party folks with “white supremacists” armed with “military grade weapons” and “bomb making components,” and believe that association would make this scenario “more realistic,” is troubling, at best. We owe our gratitude to a handful of Patriots, who, at risk to their careers, came forth with this information and expected us to handle it honorably and accurately — and we did just that.
In regard to the verbatim scenario documentation we posted, even though those documents were not classified, Command staff asked that we remove them for specified security reasons. As our mission is not only to uphold our Constitution by holding those in positions of authority accountable to their oaths, but also to support our uniformed Patriots, I agreed to remove the documents from our Web site as requested.
“The duty imposed upon [the president] to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he will ‘preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.’ The great object of the executive department is to accomplish this purpose; and without it, be the form of government whatever it may, it will be utterly worthless for offence, or defence; for the redress of grievances, or the protection of rights; for the happiness, or good order, or safety of the people.” –Justice Joseph Story
A few months back, the commander in chief of our Armed Forces, that erstwhile community organizer Barack Hussein Obama, denigrated a large cross section of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement — those who advocate for Essential Liberty and Rule of Law.
Obama identified them as malcontents, “waving their little tea bags.”
Since then, the Obama administration and their Leftmedia sycophants have endeavored to characterize Tea Party attendees as rude, radical, racist, redneck, enemies of the state. They have attempted to tie high-profile acts of violence against the government to the Tea Party, including the pilot who crashed his plane into a Texas IRS headquarters. (Turns out, he was a Leftwing nut.)
In fact, Americans who attend Tea Party rallies are from all walks of life, as noted in the Patriot Declaration, Patriots who are peacefully and constitutionally petitioning their government for redress.
As I noted in my tax-day essay, Tea Parties are “not a call for revolution but for restoration — a call to undertake whatever measures are dictated by prudence and necessity to restore constitutional Rule of Law.”
However, Obama’s words do have consequences.
This week, I was contacted by a number of civilian and military personnel (enlisted and officer ranks) who expressed concern about a military exercise scenario proposed for Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. (For the record, I called Ft. Knox security for an official comment and received the standard reply: “We are not authorized to discuss this exercise.”)
As with most such exercises, the Ft. Knox scenario outline occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals. The first intel advisory I received was issued on Friday, 23 April 2010, and identifies the terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party.”
You read that right: “TEA Party”!
The advisory states that plans for a demonstration may have been interrupted by “Federal and local law enforcement” raids on a “White Supremacists Organization,” but “TEA Party organizers have stated that they will protest at the Gold Vault at a future date.”
Further, the intel advisory states, “Anti-Government – Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity.”
In accordance with the exercise proposal, Ft. Knox post security is placed on high alert because, “these groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training / experience,” and “a rally at their compound / training area is scheduled.”
Another intel update was issued on Monday, 26 April 2010, noting that the “rally at the Militia compound occurred,” and “Viable threats … have been made.” The intel on the rally notes, “Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames.’ Many military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc ‘shoot the government agent’ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.”
The report states further, “Components of bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.”
In response to the “immediate threat,” the exercise stipulates, “local detention centers are being made ready for mass arrests.” Both the “QRF I and QRF II” are placed on two hour recall, and the “5-15 CAV” was ordered to “draw weapons from holder and store in most available arms room,” and “coordinate with MASA for immediate ammunition draw; have equipment readied for immediate use, i.e. vehicles staged and loaded IAW 5-15 CAV SOP; LMR’s charged.”
The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector.
Now, for almost 30 years I have, on occasion, participated in the development and implementation of small and large scale military exercises within the U.S. and around the world.
Such exercises are critical to the readiness of our forces, and the standard for the real time intel reports in these drills requires thinly veiled references to assets of existing or collateral threat vectors, communist regimes such as China and terrorist networks such as al-Qa’ida, etc.
Perhaps the author of the Ft. Knox scenario should focus on a response plan for, say, an Islamic terrorist who attacks unarmed troops on his own post. (See Ft. Hood / Major Nidal Malik Hasan.)
While the Ft. Knox exercise scenario is amateurish in its construct (meaning it appears to be composed by someone with not much experience in such matters), the fact that it made it out into official channels sets an ominous political precedent.
The military officers and enlisted personnel with whom I spoke are all dedicated uniformed Patriots who are loyal, first and foremost, to their oath to “support and defend” our Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Their concerns about this exercise mirrored my own. As one put it, the scenario “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”
They were equally concerned that it appears the command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and brigades,” which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented.
It’s not likely that Ft. Knox Commanding General James Milano or Deputy Commander Col. David Teeples, or even the regimental and brigade commanders for the 16th Cav and 194th AB, actually read the exercise scenario, but that doesn’t absolve responsibility for such an egregious example of political agendas infiltrating military exercise scenarios.
One officer insisted, “The American people should require greater accountability of their commissioned officers, that they abide by their oath and never allow politically motivated propaganda like this exercise on any post or base again.”
Another observed, “Whether this is complacency by officers who do not see such orders as a problem, or worse, officers who recognize the problem but do not insist the orders are changed, this is a serious problem. We are discussing the training of American citizen soldiers in the use of potentially deadly force against a specific group of political dissenters. There is never a time in an officer’s career in which he does not have a duty to apply critical thought to the orders he is given and asked to give. It is my opinion that any officer that has allowed these orders to persist, to reach the level of junior officers and soldiers, has demonstrated a lack of judgment or apathy towards what his duty requires of him. Either way, we should demand more of the commissioned officers, who we as a nation empower to lead our sons and daughters into battle.”
Indeed, and at best, the blatant malfeasance on the part of the individuals who composed this exercise reflects poorly on the uniformed services.
The antidote to this patent misrepresentation of peaceable Patriots is to expose it with the Light of Truth. As our motto Veritas vos Liberabit affirms, the Truth shall set you Free!
Be on the lookout for terrorists such as Impish Dragon & Lethal Leprechaun~
These people and others like them are dangerous to Obamamerica despite not being TEA Party members. They have a warped sense of Justice and demand we all follow the Constitution and the Bill of Rights instead of what our Glorious Socialist Muslim Leader, his liberal hench~czars and minions want. Impish Dragon & Lethal Leprechaun are educated, articulate and possess strong opinions backed up by readily verifiable and unimpeachable facts, they must therefore be considered EXTREMELY DANGEROUS THREATS to Hope & Change. Do not try to apprehend. Instead call Obama’s Terrorist Hotline or the FBI.