Sunday, May 24, 2015

Operation Tinfoil Hat 15

My God, people. I'm pretty certain the next yahoo that posts to my Facebook wall about this Jade Helm crap and how this is just the first phase of martial law and government takeover and FEMA camps and gun confiscations is gonna get a size ten wide Doc Martens boot in their solar plexus. Enough with this tinfoil hat conspiracy theory bullshittery. Seriously, people.

It's not all relegated to one political leaning, either. Both sides have kooks coming out of the frikkin' woodwork like termites with the drunk munchies.
Do you have a moment to talk about Jade Helm?

The left-wing liberal kooks are claiming that Jade Helm is the start of a military coup to oust Lord Obama from his castle and institute a military junta and martial law as we become slaves to the Illuminati, the giant corporations, and a cyborg Dick Cheney and their Thousand Year Reich.

The right wing uber-conservative kooks claim Jade Helm is the beginning of martial law and the confiscation of civilian guns in a military takeover designed to install Obama as Dictator for Life,  turn America into a Muslim Caliphate, and imprison threats to the Faith before summary executions.

C'mon, guys. Get real.

On paper, Jade Helm 15 is a massive exercise involving thousands of American Special Operations troops, playing out over several weeks this summer and across several states. And people are absolutely losing their mother-effing minds over it.

I almost think people are freaking out because the government has been so open about the exercise and it's freaking people out. You must admit, transparency isn't exactly what we've gotten from this administration, no? So for the military to release entire press packets about the exercise, under the auspices of keeping the general public calm and informed about why there's helicopters to and fro and unusual movements of military gear and personnel, it brings out the tinfoil faster than the Hanson Brothers at a hockey game.

My Gawd, they're telling everyone to stay calm and not to fret so that no one will resist the invasion!!!! 

Oh, please. Look, I sure as hell don't trust 90% of the government and distrust 101% of the current adminsitration, but I do trust the American Warrior. I trust our troops to do the right thing. I think if the US military were ordered arbitrarily to impose martial law and enforce a government takeover, the vast majority of our people would question it and openly revolt. And if a takeover were to be tried, while many of our citizens would blindly go along like good little sheep, a huge swath of the population would take up arms against the government. There's an old adage wrongly attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamato (he who planned and executed the attack of Pearl Harbor) that iterates the foolishness of invading mainland America because there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. While there is no clear evidence that he said that, the notion is sound. There would be a well-armed and trained partisan insurgency against martial law and takeover. We are, after all, a gun-owning populace and the rights that guarantee such were granted with fighting a tyrannical government in mind.

He never said that, even though it's the truth

Still, the lunatic fringe is flooding the Interwebz with all manner of Chicken Little nonsense that is so comical that debunking it makes your brain hurt from the sheer tedium.

There are constant reports of convoys being spotted.  That's nice; various units (especially transportation units) practice convoy movements all the time. And people are going apeshit over trains being spotted with military equipment on them. Guys, it is so much easier to railhead your gear to a training area across the country than it is to try and fly it (a C-17 can only carry but so much....think of moving an apartment building full of furniture across the state using just a few standard moving trucks. Better yet, imagine moving everything you own across the state using just a Smart Car.) If you tried to drive it all across country it would burn way too much fuel, take way too long, and cause excess wear and tear on the gear. For example, an M1A1 Abrams tank typically uses a half gallon of fuel per mile, though it can get one gallon per mile, depending on engine temperature, environment, etc. It can reach a 70 mph top speed with the governor disabled, in which case the engine will likely overheat quickly and cause bad ju-ju.. It typically travels at 40 mph top speed, so one hour at 40 will use less than one fifth of its 504 gallon fuel tank. The max distance it can travel is about 250 miles on one tank, uses 8 gallons to start up and get warmed up for action and little more than a half gallon per mile in desert operating conditions (with heat and sand affecting the engine). It also requires almost an hour and a half of maintenance for every hour that it is operated. And this is just one tank.

Now, multiply all this by however many Hummers, trucks, MRAPs, and other miscellaneous vehicles (yeah, I'm simplifying for my civilian readers) the unit may have..... at 40 miles an hour. Yeah, it is so much easier to put it all on a train.

When 1st Infantry Division geared up for Gulf War One in the fall of  '90, all their vehicles were railheaded from our base at Fort Riley, KS and sent to a port where it was then shipped (by ship of course) to the war zone. then after the war, it reversed and all came back to the wheat fields of middle America by train, minus a couple vehicles destroyed but plus a bunch of captured Iraqi gear.
This is a picture of me standing on a captured Soviet-made self-propelled howitzer at the railhead at Ft. Riley.
 Now, another thing to consider: how much of this is equipment headed to the exercise, and how much of it is equipment simply returning to the US from having been deployed overseas in the various war zones? It takes a long time to ship home all the stuff that was sent over there during a 10-year-plus war. It gets loaded on a big ship, floats over here to a port and gets put on a train to go back to its base of origin, or to a refit and maintenance depot where it may be completely stripped down, refurbished, and rebuilt before being shipped back out.

A still capture from a YouTube video that whines about a trainload of tanks. They look brand new. My guess? Refurbished.
Now, where the hell was I? 

Ah, yes. Lunatics.

One afternoon the Interwebz were abuzz with hullabaloo concering a military unit walking down a suburban street in Ontario, California. I fail to see how this is news, actually. A National Guard or Army Reserve unit on their weekend drill time conducting a road march does not constitute preparations for a takeover. Here is a link to the report from CBS in California, and one from an alleged Conservative site. Utter hogwash.

One Facebook page posted this tripe: 

My God. The bullshit meter is pegged in the red. Microwave weapon? That, kids, is an STT on a trailer. What's an STT? A Satellite Transportable Terminal. It's a frikkin' satellite dish for mobile communications. It's not a death ray. It's not a microwave weapon. It's a big foldup satellite dish on a trailer. And in front of it on the right? That's a generator on a trailer. 

The National Guard armory down the street has a few of them. Buddy of mine works there and I'm pretty sure he'd have mentioned death rays when he gave me the nickel tour of the place a few months ago.

This YouTube clip just floored me with it's bullshittery. Please watch it, but not if eating or drinking. It's so effed up that you'll end up with stuff all over your screen from almost choking on the wealth of Dumb. MRAPs on the highways? Turkish pilots at Walmart? Air Force bomb technicians at a bomb threat in Missouri? The sky is falling!!!!

First,  that's not an MRAP, you twatwaffle. That's an LAV-25. It's a lightweight 8-wheeled armored personnel carrier that the Marines use. They routinely drive them on California highways around Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms. An MRAP looks nothing like an LAV, other than being big and having wheels.

Yup, that's not an MRAP. That's an LAV-25.

That, friends, is a Cougar MRAP.

Click to embiggen the picture, and you'll see an MRAP really looks nothing like an LAV.

You mean they drive them on the HIGHWAY? Yeah, chummy, they do. All the time. For reals.

Secondly, what the hell is so disturbing about two Turkish pilots at a frikkin' Walmart? We invite pilots from fellow NATO nations (Yes, genius, Turkey is in NATO) to train here all the time. I repeat: All. The. Time.

A Turkish F-16. Someone has to teach them to fly their multimillion dollar purchases, right?

Joint Base San Antonio encompasses Fort Sam Houston (where the Army teaches its medical personnel), Randolph Air Force Base (the headquarters of Air Education and Training Command, ie: the place where people go to learn to FLY PLANES) and Lackland Air Force Base (a huge training center that includes students from dozens of allied nations).

And Clinton, Missouri is a small town, population under 10,000. That's not a whole lot larger than the town I live in. That said, chances are high that neither the Clinton Police Department nor the Henry County Sherrif's Office has a bomb squad. However, about 20 miles away is Whiteman Air Force Base, and they do have a bomb squad, thus explaining why the Air Force was at the Walmart. My God, you're an idiot.

Then you get this article of pure fantasy concerning alleged missile batteries near Lubbock, Texas. Somehow they *must* be part of the Jade Helm Conspiracy, right? Nope. Try again. They're fakes, a mockup of Soviet-made SAM batteries used for targeting training by nearby Dyess Air Force Base.

Plywood. Artifice. Fake. Mockup. Leave your parents basement once in a while.

Debunking this Jade Help crap is child's play. Some of these idiots aren't even trying to hide their fakery and are counting on the ignorance and gullibility of the public.

Beware of everything and anything!!!

The above picture is a perfect example. Those are European road signs (the red and white circles...those are Do Not Enter signs) and the Army hasn't had their tanks painted black & gree camo since about 1991 or all-over olive drab green since about 1985. This is likely a mid-1980s train crossing in Germany.

The best shit ever is the attempt to connect the closings of five Walmart stores to government takeovers. While the unannounced and unexpected closings of these five stores is indeed a cover-up, it's not for the reasons you may be thinking. Didn't hear about this? Well, it seems that without warning Walmart closed five stores in Texas, California, Florida, and Oklahoma and laid off thousands of workers, claiming that they had "plumbing issues". Funny thing is, no plumbing contractors have been hired, no permits have been pulled, and in at least one location a local building inspector was escorted off the premises and refused entry. I personally think it has more to do with an asshole giant corporation exercising its muscle against stores with labor disputes and NOTHING to do with these stores allegedly being stockpile centers for supplies for the Jade Helm invaders, connected underground by thousands of miles of secret military tunnels. Why stockpile shit in Florida to invade Texas?

Closed, yes. Part of a government plot? No. Ask the assholes in Arkansas why they're closed.
 We can't finish a border fence and you think we have thousands of miles of tunnels? Put down the bath salts, pal.

So, really, what exactly is this exercise? The military has been very open and forthcoming about what's going to happen, as previously stated. They've released a lot of information to assauge the public's idiocy. See here below for just a sample, direct from US Special Operations Command. FOUO means For Official Use Only.

Sounds reasonable enough. Thanks for letting us know. That's mighty decent of you.
Of course, the tinfoil hat brigade has to twist it all to meet their own agenda as shown below.

More from the idiot who did the above picture here. It makes your brain hurt to read the drivel.

But there's Illuminati in my loaf of bread!!!!
This leads me to seriously question whether the average John and Jane Doe in America really knows just what the hell Special Operations troops actually do. I mean, the Air Force part of it is pretty cut and dry. They have specially trained aviators who fly the shooters to their destinations and pick them up. (yeah, I'm simplifying the scope of USAF SpecOps. Read the full scope here.) The Marines Special Ops focus is to train, advise and assist friendly host nation forces as well as reconnaissance and direct-action against enemy forces. That's a bit like the Army's Rangers and a bit like the Army's Special Forces. The Rangers are more of a direct-action and recon force, while the SF can do all of that plus gets tasked to train and advise friendly militaries to build their own forces up. The Navy's SEAL teams are more direct-action and less training of friendlies. Not to take anything away from the 82d Airborne, but apart from being ready to deploy at a moment's notice and ability to go in with a lighter combat compliment than a regular US infantry division, once they jump and hit the ground they're basically just that, an infantry division.

Now, brace yourselves, kiddies: I've seen stuff like this Jade Helm before and actually participated in it. Yes, you read that correctly. This isn't new, people. Hardly. Back in the fall of 1989, yours truly was a minor player in the grand scheme of things called JCRX Coronet Rodeo 89.

Yeah, great name, right? This crap is all computer generated anyways. A JCRX is a Joint Combat Readiness Exercise. For three weeks in October of 89, my unit was one of several dozen units involved in an exercise that spanned damn near the entire southern quarter of West Germany. Most of it took place below Munich and down towards Bad Tolz, but some of it extended up all the way to Stuttgart. All of us would be performing what would ostensibly be our real-world wartime missions. In peacetime, my unit worked for US Customs. In wartime however, we were an EPW/CI unit. More on that in a minute.

The soldiers of the 10th Special Forces Group were tasked to infiltrate the local area, both in uniform and in civilian attire to blend in with the local populace. They've done the same thing in Afghanistan by wearing a man-dress and shemagh and growing beards to blend in. It's called going mufti.  They were to evade detection and do what Green Berets do.

 Now, on our side of the event, we had regular infantry units patrolling the hills looking for the SF guys. We had counter-intelligence units and translators and radio intercept people hunting down the SF troops and finding their locations. They would call in either the Infantry or Military Police units to capture them and transport them to the EPW/CI facility. That was me. 

I was one of the guards for an Enemy Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee camp. Under orders from the 511th Military Intelligence Battalion, we made sure the “prisoners” got no more than 2 hours of sleep at a stretch, sometimes giving them as little as 45 minutes between wake-ups and roll calls. The lights were always on to ensure they never had a darkened area to sleep in. We kept them silent, and didn’t allow them to bathe but every few days. (The stench in the main tent was special). At night they were stripped to their skivvies and t-shirts to sleep in. But in the case of their leader, a Special Forces Captain, he wasn’t wearing any skivvies when “captured” so he got the added bonus perceived embarrassment of standing at attention for all the roll calls with his junk in the breeze in front of his subordinates. Southern Germany is cold and wet in late October so he was quite miserable. After about a week, we gifted him with a pair of pink panties donated by a female trooper, again for the humiliation factor, assisting in breaking the subordinates respect for their leader and in breaking down the officer for interrogation.

Keep 'em quiet, keep 'em apart, keep 'em from escaping.
The interrogations themselves were an amazing learning experience to see, even though I don’t speak Russian, the primary language used during the sessions. (This added realism to the exercises). There was a lot of yelling, banging on tables, the ubiquitous single light bulb overhead, and implied threats of a very personal nature, judging from the interrogators’ body language. The chief interrogator was a crusty old former Special Forces guy who escaped a labor camp in his native Bulgaria by beating a guard to death with the magazine of the guard's AK-47. Trust me, this dude was legendary. I was saddened to hear of his passing in 2008.

Some of the “prisoners” were graduates of the military’s SERE School, so the stuff we were told to do by the Intel staffers were a walk in the park for them. SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) is a program that provides military personnel with training in the Code of Conduct, survival skills, evading capture, recovery and dealing with captivity. Please look it up for a full overview. One prisoner even went on a hunger strike, eating nothing but grass until an admin time out was called and he was ordered by the higher ups running the exercise to eat.

All in all, it was a fascinating training event. Read all about MP operations concerning prisoners of war here.

So the fact that soldiers in civilian clothes will be a part of the exercise shouldn't alarm anyone in the least. And as far as being armed, the literature days they will be equipped with blanks. How do you know they're blanks? Well, you don't have a blank-firing adapter (BFA) for a pistol, but rifles and machine guns certainly, so you'll know. But truth be told, true special operators can kill you eight ways to Sunday with nothing more than a bobby pin and a drinking straw, so blanks or not makes no difference.

Those little yellow boxes on the muzzles of their rifles are BFA's. Sometimes they are red.
Why a giant exercise here in America? Because it's ours. It costs money to fly troops and gear across the sea to train in foreign locations, and we usually have to bargain with host nations to get access to do so. That costs the taxpayers millions in foreign aid, promises, favors, and just plain old graft and bribes. We have vast swaths of open terrain in our own country to train in, terrain that in many ways is similar to the terrain these warfighters will be operating in as they go in harm's way.

Colorado? Afghanistan? You never know...
Much fuss has been made over recent (and upcoming) training missions by the military in populated areas and in large cities. Many of you are under the naive notion that fighting in an open desert is the same as fighting in the mountains is the same as fighting in a swampy jungle is the same as fighting house to house in a built up area. Surprise, kids; it ain't. Wide open areas are great for bulky things like tanks where they have room to maneuver. Tanks and other tracked vehicles are at a serious disadvantage in a city; no room to move and they can be easily outflanked and ambushed.

No maneuver room for that beast..

Iraq. Or Detroit. Hard to tell, actually.
City fighting is perhaps the most dangerous and deadliest form of combat. It's what the military calls euphemistically Military Operations in Urban Terrain, or MOUT. Buildings need to be cleared floor by floor, room by room. The possibility of booby traps, IED's, ambushes, snipers, and even hand to hand fighting is high. During the Battle for Stalingrad in WW2, it has been estimated that over two million casualties were suffered in some of the most brutal fighting of the war. At one point thousands of troops were fighting each other in the ruins of a tractor factory that was still producing T-34 tanks during the combat. Tanks would literally come off the assembly line, be fueled and armed, and then driven directly into the fighting by factory workers.
Are you trained enough to survive this?
Training for MOUT is taken very seriously. Some of the most vicious battles we fought in Iraq were for the cities. Fallujah, Tikrit, Ramadi...When I went through Military Police School in early 1988 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, the MOUT course was rudimentary and somewhat unrealistic in retrospect. Approach lanes of mud and dirt to belly-crawl through under razor wire. Three or four one story wooden structures that we had to boost a poor bastard up through a window where he was supposed to tuck and roll like a gymnast, spraying the room with gunfire. I swear, sometimes we were taught just enough to get us killed. 

During the Cold War the Army operated a large MOUT Course inside Berlin, called Doughboy City, literally right up against the Berlin Wall and within sight of East German and Soviet forces. The Brits operated a couple of large MOUT courses too, including a mockup of a German village at a place called Copehille Down.

Copehill Down's German Village.
Now the MP school is at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and has a rather large MOUT course built with knowledge gleaned the hard way. The military has several MOUT ranges around the country now.  The Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia has an Urban Training Center with 163 buildings. The adjacent FBI facility at Quantico also has a MOUT range called Hogan's Alley. The Marines also have one at Camp Lejuene and one at Camp Pendleton operated by the Special Operations Training Group. There are Urban Assault Courses at Fort Carson CO, Fort A.P. Hill, VA, Camp Blanding FL, Fort Stewart GA, Fort Polk LA, Fort Lewis WA, Fort Hood TX, Fort Campbell KY, and at my old stomping grounds at Fort Riley, KS. Pretty much anywhere the Army has a division stationed, there is now an Urban Assault MOUT range. Fort Bragg, NC has a couple of them, Range 37 and Range 74, for use by the 82d Airborne and Special Forces.

Part of the MOUT Course at Fort A.P. Hill
Marines at the Quantico Urban Assault Course
Rangers training at a range at Fort Bragg
Inside a live-fire shoot house on a MOUT range

As a soldier (or airman, sailor, or Marine) you're only as good as your training. There's an old maxim that goes roughly "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat". We've come to expect a lot from our troops, and pretty much expect miracles from our Special Operations troops. They need places to train for the myriad environments we send them to.

That's all Jade Helm is. A large training exercise. It's not an invasion. It's not the UN taking over our government. It's not martial law. It's not gun confiscation. It's not a New World Order. It's not the Illuminati. It's not a vast right wing conspiracy. It's not a coup to topple Obama, or a coup to install Obama as dictator for life. You aren't gonna be sent to a FEMA camp.

Sure, the government can't always be trusted. They lie to us, make shady deals, keep us in the dark, spy on us, grope us at the airport, and piss our money away on frivolity, but I do trust the American Warrior and the commitment of our troops to freedom and upholding the rights of all Americans guaranteed in the Constitution. So please, stop listening to the fear mongers and the click-bait websites and the tinfoil hat brigade kooks. 

That billion dollar stockpile of FEMA coffins for use when the government kills us off with an Ebola outbreak? Well, that was BS as they were just burial vaults for use is areas like mine where drainage and ground seepage is a problem with burial sites, and there was no Ebola outbreak here so that's two conspiracies debunked for the price of one. The alleged FEMA death camp in Wyoming was proven to be a satellite photo of a labor camp in North Korea.

Nope. False. Total lie. Hoax. Bullshit.
The conspiracy theories out there are mind-blowing and after you read a few you just want to pour a stiff gin and tonic. Not because they're credible, but more rather because the sheer ludicrous asinine lunacy associated with them is just maddening. A mental asylum prison camp in Alaska with room for 2 million prisoners. Over 100,000 three-tier boxcars with shackles and guillotines to transport us to over 800 camps, and in looking at alleged maps to these camps, several are located in Canada. I somehow don't think they'd go along with DC operating concentration camps in their country. The government can't even operate Amtrak; you think they can keep up with 100,000+ death train cattle cars?

And if I do turn out to be wrong, you can say "I told you so" as we stare out beyond the barbed wire together at a re-education camp somewhere if we survive the train trip... Maybe even Wyoming.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New stuff over at my other site

Dapper and Savvy is a dangerous combination
As you may recall, I don't just write this one blog site. In addition to maintaining a busy schedule with my day job, I'm also the author of The Savvy Guyde, a tongue-in-cheek advice blog for guys from the vantage point of the jaded older guy acting as ta Virtual Wingman. I do it as a relief from writing about politics and associated worldwide insanity and mayhem.

Recently I've expanded my scope, and started some new article series in addition to my existing series on the best in new music and highlighting the newest men's products. I have a series called Know Your Poisons where I highlight various liquors and educate the reader on how it is made and what makes it special, and offer up some cocktail recipes featuring same. And the Starvin' Like Marvin series gives some simple yet delicious recipes for easy meals geared towards the kitchen novice.

I encourage you all to go give it a look-see and peruse my archives. Join us, subscribe, ask me some questions.....I think you'll dig it.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

We've got a bigger problem now.....

And way out on the horizon, I see trouble.

When last we convened here at our favorite corner of the blogosphere we discussed how the Holy City, quaint tourist paradise and Friendliest City In The Galaxy, Charleston-by-God-South-Carolina, and the surrounding environs were doing everything possible to hush up the burgeoning crime problem in the area before the outside world caught wind of just how many people get shot here on a weekly basis. This is being accomplished mostly by ignoring it and hoping no one hears.

Instead, the local media is all a-flutter over an organized swarm of fake bums panhandling on every corner in shifts and whether they're tarnishing our fair city's image. They also seem to have the vapors over Carnival Cruise Lines docking a second cruise ship in the city for a few cruises over the summer, aghast at all the traffic and riffraff and alleged pollution spewing forth from the most modern of vessels as if they were antebellum coal-fired paddle-wheelers.

I say, Muffy, we'll gladly accept tourist money, but do keep Charleston for the Charlestonians.
Well, we've got a bigger image problem now, kids. And for the foreseeable future there's no putting this genie back in the bottle.

Shortly before lunch Saturday before last I received a notification on my phone from a local news source that an officer of the North Charleston Police Department has been involved in a shooting during a traffic stop. Sadly, many of us in the area have become so inured to receiving reports of shootings in the metro area that an officer-involved shooting was just a matter of time. In all honesty I didn't pay the notification any real nevermind. Later on I received another notification that SLED (the State Law Enforcement Division, kinda like the state's own FBI) was investigating the shooting, as they do with every officer-involved shooting. No surprises there.

The next notification was that the suspect had died. This actually did cause an eyebrow to raise because the first question everyone would ask is whether the suspect was black and the cop was white. You see, the media and the professional protesters of the world look the other way when it's black-on-black violence, and ignore it if a white cop kills a white suspect; it's barely even news if a black cop kills a white suspect, and it is quickly pushed aside.

Then the dreaded notification that indeed it was a black suspect shot by a white cop, and that there had apparently been a struggle over a Taser. And then the report that the suspect had been unarmed. Now I started to worry, because now the professional protestors, agitators, and the media was primed to make this into another Ferguson-style circus. All this powder-keg needed was a spark, and that spark was provided by a young man from the Dominican Republic who caught the shooting on video using his phone.

By now pretty much everyone who can fog a mirror has seen the video, along with the released dash-cam footage and accompanying audio from the officer's mic. I'm not even going to link to them.

Why the hell is the local TV station here in Charleston, who pretty much broke the story with the video, sourcing the NY Times for the news of the officer being charged? Wouldn't they get it right from the City?

The video is damning enough. Without so much as a "Stop!", "Freeze!", or "Halt or I'll shoot!", the officer unloads 8 rounds on a (slowly) fleeing subject and hits him five times. Four of those were minor wounds but one did go through his back and into his heart, fatally wounding him. I'm not going to make any excuses for the officer shooting an unarmed man in the back as he ran away. You simply cannot do that.

However, all the people clamoring for the officer's head on a pike are overlooking a great many things that the mainstream media doesn't want to discuss.

1. While the traffic stop was, in my opinion, a weak reasoned stop for a brake light violation, the suspect changed his story several times in talking to the officer. He was unable to produce the registration or insurance, claiming he just bought the vehicle, and then was going to buy the vehicle, and then tried to exit the vehicle. He was promptly told to remain in the vehicle. He then opens the door and hauls ass.

2. The subject had a history of failure to pay child support, but did not yet have a bench warrant out. Fearing be jailed yet again for failure to pay, he ran, thinking somehow that a moderately overweight 50 year old man was going to outrun a 31 year old in-shape police officer who had backup en route. The media and pundits are portraying him as a father taken from his children, but not that he was wanted for not paying for his kids. From what I've read he had at least ten previous arrests on his record, once for assault back in 1987, and once for possession of a bludgeon in 1991.
 He had been in jail three times over child support. In 2008, after a traffic stop in which he was charged with an open-container violation and driving under suspension, he was sent to jail in Charleston for six months for failing to pay about $6,800. In 2011, bench warrants ordered deputies to bring him in, and he spent a night in jail when he was $7,500 behind. In 2012, he spent another night in jail when he owed $3,500. At the time of the shooting he was another $7500 behind, and with court fees it would have totaled over $7800. He couldn't pay his child support but somehow had the money to be buying a Mercedes from his neighbor? Gotta have priorities. The passenger in his car also had an arrest record.
3. As the video taken by the bystander starts, one can hear the clicking of the officer's Taser being deployed. The deceased was found to have only one Taser prong in him, indicating that the Taser was ineffective in subduing him. As he turns and flees, the Taser goes flying to the ground. As the subject turns to flee you see one wire from the Taser between him and the officer. That wire hangs from that one probe and appears to have gotten caught up on the officer’s gear.

4. The media was quick to jump all over the fact that the officer picked up the Taser after he shot the subject, and that when he approached the subject on the ground he drops the Taser by the body. They pursued the narrative that he was planting evidence, ignoring the fact that about 30 seconds later he picks the Taser back up and holsters it.
Again, I'm not condoning the shooting. Not at all. But, this guy knew he was in arrears for back support, chose to flee, struggled with the cop, and fled again after an attempt to Taser him failed. That doesn't justify the shooting in my opinion, but this dude started this very bad chain reaction series of events himself and continued to move them along. In my opinion, the cop should have continued to give chase. The dude was barely at a jog. The cop had backup enroute; you can hear the sirens coming and a second officer shows up mere seconds after the shooting. You could have had a K-9 give chase if one was close by. Use of deadly force is a LAST RESORT when all other lesser methods have failed and your life or the life of others is in danger.

Of course after the shooting, a "concerned citizen" came forward to yammer on to the media about how the same officer assaulted him previously. This reliable, honest, concerned citizen also has a lengthy arrest record  of fleeing, hindering and assaulting law enforcement officers. This guy was arrested in November of 2014 and charged with Possession of Ecstasy, PWID Marijuana and 2nd Degree Assault & Battery. He is currently free on a total bond of $17,000. He was arrested for those offenses while he was free on bond on a pending 2013 charge of PWID Marijuana. He is free on another $10,000 bond on that charge. Other charges over the past few years include: Possession and PWID Marijuana and Possession and PWID Crack Cocaine/PWID Crack Cocaine near a School (multiple charges on these), Failure to Stop for Blue Light, Resisting Arrest,Various Probation Violations, Assault on Police While Resisting Arrest (multiple charges), Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery With Intent to Kill – Reduced to Assault and Battery of a  High and Aggravated Nature. Yeah, a real standup guy. I'm not sure how much credibility he has.

So, SLED doubted the cop from the beginning, wondering about a dead man with five holes in his back and 8 shell casings over 50 feet away. The video just pushed the investigation along faster and with much more concrete results.

Inside of four days, the officer was fired, charged with murder, and talks were in the works to get the department more body cameras. The City and the department acted swiftly and decisively. This should have placated the masses, and for the most part, it did. The family asked for peace and calm, and the locals obliged. But the media descended upon City Hall ready to stir up a circus and outside agitators arrived and set up shop next to the satellite trucks ready to stir up a shitstorm.

Protestors arrived (note, I said ARRIVED, as in, CAME HERE FROM OTHER PLACES) and thought to shut down traffic at various chokepoints, like the Ravenel Bridge that connects the City of Charleston to the City of Mount Pleasant. The Charleston Police and Mount Pleasant Police quickly shut them down.  At one intersection a reporter tried to interview a screaming woman with a bullhorn trying to rile up the masses into a frothy mob. She could barely cobble together a coherent sentence and told the reporter to talk to her spokesman. This guy couldn't even get the dead man's name right and used the wrong name. I mean seriously, WTF people?

Bullhorns, magic marker signs, hastily-printed shirts. Hey, nice I Can't Breathe shirt...wrong killing. Nice try though, homie.

Furthermore, I hasten to add a geography lesson to you erstwhile protestors. Blocking traffic in the City of CHARLESTON to protest what happened in the City of NORTH CHARLESTON involving a NORTH CHARLESTON city cop just serves to piss off people in CHARLESTON and involves CHARLESTON city cops in your bullshittery.  Blocking traffic during rush hour does not endear you or your cause to the good citizenry of greater CHARLESTON. Nor does marching into various DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON (not NORTH CHARLESTON) restaurants interrupting people's meals clamoring for attention. That simply makes you look like assholes. It'll also get your asses thrown in jail post haste for trespass....just sayin'.

Hey, all you "protestors" from #BlackLivesMatter, try addressing the rampant BLACK ON BLACK crime in Charleston and in cities nationwide. Or do black lives only matter when you can get on TV when a white cop shoots a black citizen? Where are you every weekend when the black on black shootings in Chicago number in the double digits?

What the hell is left to protest? The cop was fired, arrested, and charged with murder in less than five days.

And of course, The Jesse and Al Show had to come to town. Those two race-baiting clowns wouldn't miss this for the world. The family asked Sharpton to stay away and he eventually wore them down. Then Jesse had to come and mumble incoherently into the cameras. The dead man was laid to rest, and life has moved on, sort of.

I say sort of because a few of these effing protesters are still hanging around, trying to make demands (kudos to the local municipal governments who so far have refused to address those demands because, frankly, we don't negotiate with terrorists.) But these people are still sniveling for TV time and interrupting peoples' meals at our area's first-class dining establishments, such as High Cotton and Hominy Grill. (Yeah, that Hominy Grill, the one that's been featured on the food networks and Travel Channel and that all the celeb hosts rave about.)

So, they pretty much admit that the only justice they want is rioting, looting, burning, and death to whitey.
And why is it that none of the protesters are saying anything about the big black cop who handcuffed the subject as he lay there bleeding on the ground before even attempting first aid? Oh, wait, that doesn't fit your narrative.

Again, I gotta hand it to the locals of North Charleston and the surrounding environs who have maintained a peaceful posture during all of this.  They haven't rioted or looted. They let the city and the police department handle this, like rational human beings. Thank you. Not everyone acts like reasonable people; take the Baltimorons for example.

Not finding any kindling in Charleston to start a fire with, the #BlackLivesMatter crowd has now moved on to Baltimore, where a kid named Freddie Gray died in police custody recently. They incited a riot last night in from of Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play baseball. Things got so insane that at one point 15,000 people were held hostage against their will under orders of the mayor of Baltimore for their own safety. Read all about it here. Stay classy, B'more. Decades of neglect at the hands of one Democrat regime after another has turned you into a Third World hole.

Ah, yes. Peaceful protests. That certainly looks like Justice For Freddie. Bunch of savages is more like it. I'd suggest that the Justice Department look into #BlackLivesMatter, and #BlackBrunch, and their affiliated organizations as possible domestic terrorists, but that would be a moot point since the current White House administration is patently disinterested in such things. They didn't do a damned thing when Ferguson was burned to ashes, and they won't do a damned thing now. They called the shootings at Fort Hood "workplace violence" until public outcry finally prevailed. The TSA won't look at obvious suspects through profiling but instead strip searches babies and 90-year olds in wheelchairs when they aren't fondling people they've selected as attractive. I could go on, but what's the use when we're stuck with these clowns in office for another 18 months or so.