The So-Called “Soft Side”


Worth reading twice:

Two Soldiers I Served With Died In The Philippines. They Didn’t Have To.

Reading one is to follow the story.

Reading two is to

a) think about how .gov forces (especially on the PSYOPS/civil affairs side) will be deployed against FREEFOR in FUSA, and

b) think about how to develop FREEFOR’s “soft side” in opposition.

This area is arguably the most important (and certainly the most neglected) in the whole resistance discussion.

If the populace hates you (or even sees you as partially responsible for their pain), achieving your objectives will be nigh unto impossible.

(H/t CAMI)

The Latest



Hatespeech, Imported Variety


Read it all; h/t Liberty’s Torch.

Which reminds me – if a discussion of national sovereignty is enough to make the Red bastards label one as a “far right” advocate, then what is two ratchets clicks further than that?

Asking for a friend…

SLL: Praying To The Porcelain God


There’s got to be a morning-after.

Money graf:

…Negative interest rate proposals are really just last call at the central bankers’ Castaway Lounge. The patrons guzzling their final-finals then staggering into the night may or may not realize that its all downhill from there, but they’ll find out soon enough. The bigger the binge the bigger the purge, and this has been history’s biggest credit binge…

Gonna need a bigger mop.

More From The Place Where Great Britain Used To Be*

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Via Twitter.


Roseburg Today


Well done to all.

More coverage links in comments please.;page=1#1

(Obliquely) related:

NYT: Common Response After Killings in Oregon: ‘I Want to Have a Gun’



Buppert: American Insurgency – Another Glimpse into the Near Future

Improvised explosive device figure1


More to come.

Another Good Commie


October 9, 1967: Che Guevara Is Executed in Bolivia

Via Billy Beck’s FB account.

It’s All About Perspective

Copy of resist bw finger solo

Good thinking about the current situation.

As Bob Marley said:

“None but ourselves can free our minds.”


ASK Sends


This is a gold mine!

US Members of Congress on Twitter: Every US member of congress now has a twitter account that they and their staff monitor frequently. Here they are, along with hundreds of Twitter addresses for conservative media, activists, bloggers, and more. Someone did a LOT of work putting this together. All you have to do is bookmark the site, and/or copy and paste into your address book.

​You’re welcome.


Russia Breaks The Seal


CDR Salamander sends this report on the cruise missile barrage fired by the Soviet Russian Navy earlier in the week.

Info on the USN version.


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– Thomas Sowell, via Twitter

Mosby: Proper Prior Performance Prevents Piss-Poor Planning


His latest.

Got training?

The Menace Of Egalitarianism

Jean Ferre (Andre The Giant) and pals

Pwobabwy waaaaacisss…

Merit matters.

And reality will out.


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Above, below, and final.

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Why The Roseburg Rally Is Necessary


More from Kit and the Patrick Henry Society on tomorrow’s rally.

Event details.



Another First


Via Twitter.

How To Explain The KGB’s Amazing Success Identifying CIA Agents In The Field?


Stupid Russians.


Reconsider Your Future


Via Happy Acres.

WeaponsMan: Infiltrators & Immigrants


Thoughtful analysis, as always.

Are you thinking through the subsequent-order consequences of these events in your area?

You should be.

Examining the Fallout of the OPM Hack


New material from Forward Observer.

Intel drives the fight.

Iron Legion: The Solution We Do Not Want


The issues facing the West are not external in nature.

There are no magic wands.

More AAR On The PATCON Sandtable Exercise

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In addition to the previously-posted here and here and here and here at Brock’s place (don’t forget to read the comments, too), consider the following:

1) “Semper Gumby”: Tom B’s comparison of prior .mil experience and its pluses/minuses

2) Advice from G1 on how to collect local imagery today and store it offline:

Google Earth can be used to grab satview photos of specific locations in your area of operations. It’s very simple.

Center the map over the location. Click on the icon in the tool bar for photos. You will get a second window or toolbar with options to add a legend to the photo and to save it to file. It’s simple to save it to your location of choice.

I typically do not use the Google earth options so that I do not become dependent on them. They are good for using while we have a grid up, but what to do if we do not have access to GE? We can save these photos but there is no guarantee that we will get all that we might need.

Well, that’s where our TOPO map come in handy. Here is the link to the USGS topo store:

You can go here and find your topo. Once you do, right click on it. It will give you options to download or even order a hard copy. The Download is where it’s at. The hard copy is good as well so take advantage of that option too.

The download however comes with some extra. The downloads are GeoPDF files. These files open with normal Adobe Acrobat and if you download a little tool called Terrago, you get some additional features as well. The normal GeoPDF works like a little map viewer with a cursor that produces coordinates as you move it around. There is also multiple layers of information that can be turned on and off. One of these layers is a Satview. It’s not to the resolution of Google Earth but it’s an offline resource that you can have access to as long as you have power to your laptop or tablet.

Fantastic tool and a great resource to learn now while the grid is up.

3) My lessons learned:

– Lists: Don’t refuse to use them. I did, and had to scramble to replace that which was left behind. Stupid unforced error.

– Assume things will be improvisational: Go with the flow. Stay calm and focus on the immediate next task in your lane. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. One of the most impressive aspect of our sandlot team was that everyone brought the right cooperative spirit to the exercise.

– Don’t start at a run: As originally planned, the exercise was more complex. As G1 and I discussed, we elected at last moment to simplify, and then simplified more in the actual execution.

– Don’t go whole hog on the technology: Fundamentally, the exercise as designed was a people-brain-training challenge. Keep the tech at a minimum, for two reasons. One to aid the humans in learning their jobs, and second to minimize dependence on what might not be available in the real deal.

– Keep track of the “cost” of your exercise assumptions: For example, there was no encryption on our radio channel, and we used a single common net. In real life, such factors would have potentially disastrous costs. To gain the maximum value from the drill, all of those costs need to be tallied and discussed as part of after-ex.

– Keep track of gaps in prior education identified by the exercise: Another post will feature some basic education that optimally will be shared and refreshed by all members of your neighborhood protection team. Short form: much of this resource should be considered by your team as essential.

– Everyone has a skill to contribute and a job to do: In case you have not faced the reality, you not only don’t have enough ammunition, but you also don’t have enough people for the tasks ahead of you. Accordingly, everyone you do have has to be used to best advantage – e.g., older kids as runners in case comms go out, older folks as radio operator/logbook custodians, etc.

– Planning for the next exercise begins during execution of the preceding drill: Learning a complicated new skillset requires iteration. More asap on that front.

Kudos to all involved, and to our hosts for letting us play in their sandbox.

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From Over The Transom


In response to a perceived pro-Putin POV at WRSA:

Hi, Concerned American!
This is short text as a support of my point of view.


Good day for you, jentlemen. I am Russian resident, nickname/callsign is Goblin. My writing caused by recent post in WRSA about our current political leader, V. Putin, where was statement about Putin as nationalist. I shall try to persuade you, that he is not.

One important thing to know before arguing. I consider USA as an enemy against Russian Federation, in political point. Just because one source of power can not be friend with another source of power. I do not consider Americans as natural enemies against Russians, i mean departments of states. But i never was a part of “orange” opposition, Kasparov, Nemtsov, Navalny and others – they are West-driven liberals, willing traitors of my country.

The exact sense of being nationalist is to defend and make benefits to the own nation, in certain ethnic or the whole government point. Russian Federation consists of about 180 nationalities, with namely Russians about 77-80 percent.

How did Putin handle ethnic Russians within his presidentship?
population census 2002 – 115 889 107
population census 2010 – 111 016 896
How it was in social relation? Well, it is too biased, you just have to take my word. If Russian is attacked by swart-skinned migrant, it is considered as usual crime, if swarth-skinned is attacked by Russian, it is considered as extremism, nazism, and so on. Do you suppose i am a jingo? Yes, definitely i am, since 2006, then ethnic conflicts arise over European Russia. You can easily recheck my words by typing “anti-extremist laws pitin nationalism” in search engine. Well, this laws are also directed against Muslim fanatics, but work very nice against Russians (not nazis of any kind, just got into a scrape of some kind, streetfight with impudent migrants).
How it was cultural? Russian Academy of Sciences being reformated, read this as “destroyed”. Educational cycle degrades with introducing “Unitary State Exam”.

Lets speak about how Putin handled the Russian Federation – economics. Ok, we see GNP growth near 150% compared 2000-2014. But it is strictly correlated with oil price ( – blue line GNP, red line oil price). I personally looked the destruction of machine tool factory in Lipetsk and its replacement by shopping mall. Shopping mall instead of machine tool factory, Carl! Buy Chinese stuff and abandon your own machinery building! So we moved to emotions, why the hell Russia buy USA obligations? Why our insurance fund is in dollars? How it can be patriotic, or at least common sense?

We often hear the argument – allegedly Putin is better than Yeltsin, he goes another way. Wait. Yeltsin made Putin prime-minister. Yeltsin appointed him acting President. They are a clansmen of the same clan, they protect interests of the same oligarchs. They say – Putin made reforms, re-structured state, economics and army. But if you didn’t know – reforms never can be held in a moment. It takes years to reshape big systems, and this work was started by Pitin predecessor, Primakov.

Why do you, my american conversationalists, take Putin as leader, preferable to Obama? I assume it’s media effect. The image of the enemy is necessary to rule own country – so media draw it. It is scary, energetic and dangerous. Ironically, you want to see your leader to be energetic and dangerous. Me too, obviously – but i know it’s not about Putin.

A pair of words about situation along Ukraine. It’s a real PITA for me personally, because i have friends and relatives on the both sides of frontier. And even on both sides of frontline. Well, USA department of state worked hard to set the Ukrainians against the Russians – and succeded. Five billions spent on the Maidan. Years after, the central Ukrainians start to hate another Ukrainians – in Crimea and South-East, just because they are close to Russia by language, culture and motives. It’s not the evil eyed dwarf Putin who steal Crimea – it’s stupid Ukrainian xenophobes who pushed and lost Crimea. So in South-East, in Donbass – the gap formed between residents of the two areas long before the war. Now Ukrainians can not believe that the inhabitants of the South-East by themselves oppose the Ukrainian army, and they say that in Ukraine are fighting not militia, but Russian army. Well, i’m sure, there is a significant support of Donbass militia by Russian govt, but not a Russian army. It would be much more evidence and the difference in the fighting results. Sorry but it is again a loss, not theft.

Thanks Concerned American for question, it it was an interesting exercise – to prove my viewpoint step by step, check myrself.


Best regards.

You Are Expendable. You Are Free.


Worth a read.

We are all mortal.

What matters is what we do with the limited time allotted.