Unnoticed with the focus on the Mueller Report we find there are strange events happening, Update


 

 Over the past almost 3 years, Donald Trump has been under some kind of surveillance, spying and investigation, to either first stop him from becoming the 45th President of the United States or to remove him from office after he won the 2016 election, by hard work. There was the initial coup d’état (Crossfire Hurricane) conducted by the Obama administration in 2017 through the FBI and CIA that found nothing, then there were two investigations by the Republican Congress that found nothing from 2017 to 2018, and lastly the Mueller investigation which was basically a second coup d’état by the deep state that just finished.

However, that process has not ended with the release of the Mueller investigation that also found nothing.

The Democrat control House will not accept the Report that was released by AG Barr at 11:00 AM April 18, 2019 and they will continue their efforts to find “something” that they can use to try and impeach him which will a third coup d’état. Also the mainstream media will not support the concussions from The Mueller report and so the process to get rid of President Trump will continue until Tuesday November 3, 2020; and if President Trump is elected to a second term that process against him will continue until he leaves office on Monday January 20, 2025.

Now that being said there is something else going on that very few in the media, even FOX, are talking about, with the possible except of Martin Armstrong. So I will explain a couple of events that he has posted on his blog that got my attention. There are nine interesting bits of information in them. Followed by my interruption of what is going on.

One, from the New York Times January 17, 2017 President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

Two, from Armstrong on Friday March 8, 2019: “US district judge Claude M. Hilton threw Chelsea Manning into solitary confinement, which is TORTURE, for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Chelsea Manning was thrown into a dark cell of solitary confinement where they can make the conditions so hot that wearing even underwear is too much, or so cold that you can see your breath. Judges always rule in their own self-interest of power that this is not torture like waterboarding. Of course, there are some judges who retain their humanity. Unfortunately, they are the minority.” The treatment of MS Manning is similar to what was done to Manafort by the Muller investigation, and is commonalty used today to “break” a person, few can stand up to what is unconstitutionally done to them in the process.

Three, from Armstrong on Thursday April 11, 2019: “Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy by British police and taken to jail. The USA will no doubt want to put him on trial for ensuring Hillary lost the White House. The British police say they were invited in the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up since 2012 after the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum. You can bet that there have been threats against Ecuador, and rumor has it that the threats were rising to the level of blocking them from the Swift system. The rumblings behind the curtain are that the Democrats are behind this, hoping to force him to say he got Hillary’s emails from Putin. The danger of all of this nonsense is simply the plain fact it will bring us one more step closer to world war.”

Four, From Armstrong on Tuesday April 15, 2019: “Right now, just look at the government throwing Chelsea Manning in prison on contempt indefinitely, the $4.2 billion handed to Ecuador for Assange by the IMF, and then his immediate indictment and move for extradition. This is all a coordinated attack to launch against Trump for the 2020 election after the Mueller Report failed. There are NO COINCIDENCES when it comes to political maneuvers. You are watching history in the making. The Deep State is determined to get rid of Trump. They desperately want one of their own in power — a team player

Five, From Armstrong on Tuesday April 16, 2019: “I looked at the indictment for Julian Assange which is freely available and am shocked that in the paragraph numbered 9, it specifically calls a ‘Linux Operating System’ a SPECIAL SOFTWARE for accessing part of a password. I have always felt a certain amount of skepticism regarding the whole Assange affair and this seems to me to be the seeds of outlawing Linux users like myself. I would not be able to find my own password using a Linux CD.”

Six, From Armstrong on Tuesday April 16, 2019: “In order for the USA to petition a UK court for extradition, the alleged crime MUST be also a crime in the UK. Typically, the charged person will raise that his case is “political” and judges, agents of governments, will usually dismiss it out of hand even when they know it is political. To date, claiming you are politically sought has NEVER carried the day in a court of law because courts just do as the government demands. However, Julian Assange’s case may be the rare one where it finds some traction at least among the population.

The WikiLeaks founder has a real live political prosecution claim against the extradition process on claimed computer hacking. The USA indictment unsealed immediately after Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by British police shows that this is also a coordinated effort to keep Chelsea Manning in prison again to compel her to ultimately testify against Assange. Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence. She was ultimately sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Anyone who thinks Assange will only face 5 years in jail should just go work for the government for you obviously believe in propaganda. They will expand Assange’s charges only when he gets to the USA for otherwise the US must put on its case in London to get their hands on him. They will allege that he aided the enemy being Putin to defeat Hillary and seek the death penalty. Their thirst for his blood stems from his publishing the Democrat’s emails that they regard cost them the election.

The extradition treaty provides for an exception – “political offenses.” There’s no clear definition of that term, however, it is known to cover crimes like treason, espionage, and sedition, as well as offenses that are directed in some way against the power of the state.”

Seven, from Armstrong on Saturday April 20, 2019: The following spoof was posted “Julian Assange – Governments against the People?”

Eight, from Armstrong on Sunday May 12, 2019: “Chelsea Manning was released from the Virginia jail where she spent 62 days for refusing to testify about her past ties to WikiLeaks before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. While contempt cannot be maintained beyond the term of the Grand Jury, they will simply conjure up another one. The attorneys for Manning said the release came after the grand jury’s term expired on Thursday which is required by law. However, her legal team has already been served another subpoena. It demands she appear before a different grand jury on May 17th. They will be able to throw her back in jail again for 18 months if she doesn’t testify.

Manning has vowed not to answer any questions and, therefore, will be imprisoned yet again. Then at the trial of Assange, she can be subpoenaed yet again and throw into prison and that time they may seek criminal contempt which she will be imprisoned for another 5 years. We no longer respect the rights of individuals. The demands of the state supersede all constitutional rights.”

Nine, from Armstrong on Tuesday May 28, 2019: Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was charged with conspiring to obtain national security secrets in what prosecutors have described as one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. They filed 18 new charges against Assange, which include allegations that he aided and abetted former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s efforts to leak classified documents to the anti-secrecy group. Prosecutors alleged that Assange did so with reason to believe that the information would be used to injure the United States or help a foreign country.

The charges include one count of conspiracy to receive national security information, seven counts of obtaining it, nine counts of disclosing it and one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. They also have argued that Assange also revealed the names of intelligence sources in Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Naturally, they would love to imprison him for life, but will probably give him a number like 50 to 80 years so he remains there until he dies.

Assange was not charged for simply receiving classified documents like a journalist. They claim that no responsible journalist would release the classified names of intelligence sources. Therefore, they are seeking to distinguish him to avoid any claim of a journalist and First Amendment rights.

This ends Armstrong’s writing. I think Martin Armstrong is right however I would add Roger Stone to the mix. He is also awaiting trial right now and Between Stone, Manning and Assange they will probably be able to break one or more of them and I would guess with that they will also try to bring Trump Junior in on it . This will be kept very close to the vest until they are ready to spring it.

What I would do, if I were them, is use Adam Schiff (the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) and Jerry Nadler (the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) to start investigation into collusion and obstruction again a fifth coup d’état, and since they have already started that process they have no reason to stop. Timing is everything so keep the media active with leaks and then sometime next year, say a year from now in late spring or early summar, while that investigation is still going on the FBI Southern district of New Your City will make its move. Stone, Manning, Assange, and Trump Jr. (I can’t believe Thump Jr. is testifying again to the Senate Intelligent Committee as required by Bur and Warner) he will be charged with treason and maybe they will even bring in President Trump.

This investigation will be based on the “Trump Tower Meeting.” Manning will be broken to testify that Assage helped him break the password to the military system, and then they will be charged with treason.  Then, after they break him Assange, he will testify that Trump Jr. and Roger Stone (Stone was also linked to the Trump Tower incident and WikiLeaks) were in Communications with Assange.  Trump Jr. will be found to have lied to congress about talking to Assage based on Assage’s claims.  Manning and Assage will have the death penalty hanging over them and that will break them into giving the government what they want.  They can then use this to get President Trump to agree to resign or his son will go to prison; however they may not give him that opinion as they do need to make an example of him.  So the worst case would be they bring Trump in and change him with treason as well.

They think that the very indictment itself will shock enough of the voters that it will guarantee that the Democrat candidate will win the election no matter who they run! However, they could also start a Civil War; which some social theories such as identified in the Book “The Fourth Turning” and other have shown there are patterns on war and unrest that give a high probability that we are very likely to experience a 2nd Civil War.

An Essay on Moral Philosophy in Western Civilization, written in 2018


From the Introduction

The study of the behavior of humans, their ethics, and how they structure their society and their government is a field of study that goes back to the very roots of our recorded history. Originally it was called philosophy, then moral philosophy, then ethics, and now the subject is split into so many unrelated branches that the original purpose may well have been totally lost. Today I would say that there are five basic original sources for the study of human behavior. Although there are many sub classes and other beliefs, they can all be safely ignored as they don’t represent significant portions of the world’s present population.

1) Classical Greek
2) Indian
3) Asian: Chinese and Japanese
4) Islamic
5) Atheist (the only view that rejects God)

This paper will be focusing on the Classical Greek views and how the Classical Greek view transitioned into Contemporary Philosophy and the Progressive Atheist belief structure starting just before the change from the 19th century to the 20th century. This was, of course, when Marxism took hold of (pseudo) intellectual thought. Those two, Contemporary and Progressive Atheist, belief systems currently make up most of what we call Western Civilization. The first tree Chapters are very important and all else is derived from what is presented there. If you can not at minimum agree that my proposition is possible then there would be little advantage to read the rest of the book. Western Civilization is in a period that will either end it or transform it into something unknown; these these kinds transition rarely go without major conflicts. According to reliably sources I know we will be though this period by mid century. Below is an motif image I created representing the universe we live in, its explained in detail in chapter two of the book.

The link below will allow you to download the paper, if you want, and at no cost.

Essay on Moral Philosophy

Is a Coup d’état still in the works, I think the deep state has not given up!


Unnoticed with the focus on the Mueller Report we find there are strange events happening 

Over the past almost 3 years, Donald Trump has been under some kind of surveillance, spying and investigation to either first stop him from becoming the 45th President of the United States or to remove him from office after he won the 2016 election. There was the initial coup d’état (Crossfire Hurricane) conducted by the Obama administration in 2017 through the FBI that found nothing, then there were two investigations by the Republican Congress that found nothing from 2017 to 2018, and lastly the Mueller investigation a second coup d’état by the deep state that just finished. However, that process has not ended with the release of the Mueller investigation that also found nothing.

The Democrat control House will not accept the Report that was released by AG Barr at 11:00 AM April 18, 2019 and they will continue their efforts to find something that that can use to try and impeach him a third coup d’état. Also the mainstream media will not support the concussions from The Mueller report and so the process to get rid of President Trump will continue until Tuesday November 3, 2020; and if President Trump is elected to a second term that process against him will continue until he leaves office on Monday January 20, 2025.

Now that being said there is something else going on that very few are talking about, with the possible except of Martin Armstrong. So I will explain a couple of events that he has posted on his blog that got my attention. There are five interesting bits of information in them.

One, from the New York Times January 17, 2017 Times President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

Two, from Armstrong on Friday March 8, 2019, “US district judge Claude M. Hilton threw Chelsea Manning into solitary confinement, which is TORTURE, for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Chelsea Manning was thrown into a dark cell of solitary confinement where they can make the conditions so hot that wearing even underwear is too much, or so cold that you can see your breath. Judges always rule in their own self-interest of power that this is not torture like waterboarding. Of course, there are some judges who retain their humanity. Unfortunately, they are the minority.” The treatment of Ms Manning is similar to what was done to Manafort by the Muller investigation, and is used today to “break” a person, few can stand up to what is unconstitutionally done to them in the process.

Three, from Armstrong “The evidence of political pressure on Ecuador is surfacing. The IMF Executive Board Approved US$4.2 Billion (435% of quota and SDR 3.035 billion) Extended Fund Facility for Ecuador. The Executive Board agreed to this arrangement with strings attached. The Board’s decision enables the immediate disbursement of US$652 million (equivalent to SDR 469.7 million, or 67.3 percent of Ecuador’s quota). This arrangement provides support for the Ecuadorean government’s economic policies over the next three years, provided they gave up Julian Assange.” This was a very unusual action by the United States (deep State) to take.

Four, From Armstrong “Julian Assange has been arrested by British police. The USA will no doubt want to put him on trial for ensuring Hillary lost the White House. The British police say they were invited in the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up since 2012 after the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum. You can bet that there have been threats against Ecuador, and rumor has it that the threats were rising to the level of blocking them from the Swift system. The rumblings behind the curtain are that the Democrats are behind this, hoping to force him to say he got Hillary’s emails from Putin. The danger of all of this nonsense and is simply the plain fact it will bring us one more step closer to world war.”

Five, “from Armstrong “Right now, just look at the government throwing Chelsea Manning in prison on contempt indefinitely, the $4.2 billion handed to Ecuador for Assange by the IMF, and then his immediate indictment and move for extradition. This is all a coordinated attack to launch against Trump for the 2020 election after the Mueller Report failed. There are NO COINCIDENCES when it comes to political maneuvers. You are watching history in the making. The Deep State is determined to get rid of Trump. They desperately want one of their own in power — a team player.

I looked at the indictment for Julian Assange which is freely available and am shocked that in the paragraph numbered 9, it specifically calls a ‘Linux Operating System’ a SPECIAL SOFTWARE for accessing part of a password.

I have always felt a certain amount of skepticism regarding the whole Assange affair and this seems to me to be the seeds of outlawing Linux users like myself. I would not be able to find my own password using a Linux CD.

The WikiLeaks founder has a real live political prosecution claim against the extradition process on claimed computer hacking. The USA indictment unsealed immediately after Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by British police shows that this is also a coordinated effort to keep Chelsea Manning in prison again to compel her to ultimately testify against Assange. Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence. She was ultimately sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Anyone who thinks Assange will only face 5 years should just go work for the government for you obviously believe in propaganda. They will expand Assange’s charges only when he gets to the USA for otherwise the US must put on its case in London to get their hands on him. They will allege that he aided the enemy meaning Putin, to defeat Hillary and seek the death penalty. Their thirst for his blood stems from his publishing the Democrat’s emails that they regard cost them the election.”

It is time that “We the People” demand reform in the Judicial System. Enough is enough. Former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been thrown into Solitary Confinement to break her no different than any third world country would do to torture a person. Just because judges claim to have this self-anointed power, does not make it comport with the Constitution or basic human rights. I am asking that EVERYONE reading this send it to EVERY politician in EVERY country to put political pressure on the United States both from within and internationally. This practice of contempt is a disgrace and it proves that the United States has ABSOLUTELY no basis to criticize any country for violating human rights when our own judges do not respect such principles.”

This ends Armstrong’s writing. I think Martin is right however I would add Roger Stone to the mix. He is also awaiting trial right now and Between Sone, Manning and Assange they will be able to break one or more of them and I would guess with that they will also try to bring Trump Junior in on it . This will be kept very close to the vest until they are ready to spring it.

What I would do, if I were them, I would  use Adam Schiff (the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) and Jerry Nadler (the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) to start investigation into collusion and obstruction again a fifth coup d’état, and since they have already started that process they have no reason to stop. Timing is everything so keep the media active with leaks and then sometime next year, a year from now, while that investigation is still going on the FBI Southern district of New Your City will charge Stone, Manning, Assange, and Trump Jr. (I can’t believe he is testifying again) with treason and maybe even President Trump.  And if they can drag anyone else in they will do it.

This investigation will be based on the “Trump Tower Meeting.” Manning will testify that Assage helped him break the  password to the military system, and then they will be charged with treason.  Then, Assange, will testify the Trump Junior and Roger Stone were in Communications with him.  Trump Junior will be found to have lied to congress about talking to Assage based on Assages claims.  Manning and Assage will have the death penalty hanging over them and that will probably break them into giving the government what they want.  The best out would be for Trump to agree to resign or his son will go to prison; however they may not give him that opinion as they do need to make an example of him.  The worst case would be they bring Trump in and change him with treason as well.

They think the shock of that will guarantee that the Democrat will win the election no matter who they run!

However, they could also start a Civil War; which social theory as in the Book the Fourth Turning say we are almost guaranteed to experience.

A Letter to President Trump


President Trump,

As a former army officer this is the advise I would give you.

During WW II during the battle of the bulge the 101st Airborne division was surrounded by December 21, 1944 and the German commander Lt Gen Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz, requested Bastogne’s surrender. The 101st commander Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe sent von Lüttwitz a simple message “NUTS” on December 22, 1944. What von Lüttwitz didn’t know was the Gen Patton had (mostly on his own) already send 2 divisions to relieve the 101st. The German’s attacked with all they had on December 25, 1944 and the 101st held because of the leadership of McAuliffe and the next day December 26, 1941 Gen. Patton’s 4th Armored Division, supplemented by the 26th (Yankee) Infantry Division, broke through and opened a corridor to Bastogne and the siege was lifted . By not being able to take Bastogne the German army was not able to take key objectives and the Allies won the battle of the Bulge thereby losing WW II as they were never able to recover form that loss.

Mr President you are Gen McAuliffe holding the country from the assault from the progressive movement which is being lead by Nancy, Chuck and AOC however you have the “deplorable’s” Patton’s 2 divisions coming to help you.

We will prevail in 2020 if we hang in there, losing is not an option!

David (retired Army Captain)

PS McConnell is not on your side he is your Benedict Arnold

 

My experiences in Vietnam From the Cleveland PD January 20, 2018


 

https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/dfdea5df9d1075/john-wayne-elvis-and-the-deer-hunter-green-berets-vietnam-service-was-nothing-like-the-movies.html

My Experiences in Vietnam


I was Interviewed by Brain Albrecht from the Cleveland PD last week and here is what he did with an hour and a half interview. Actually its not bad he did a good editing job.

The Political Trial of Maj. Matthew Golsteyn


I served as a Green Beret officer (1st Lt) in Vietnam in 1967 as an A team XO and the rules of engagement (ROE’s) were probably as bad then as they are now. That required “us” to sometimes operate outside those rules and as consequence there was a Direct Correlation between the ever increasing and restrictive rules of engagement (ROE’s) and the frustration of company grade officers trying to follow orders and complete missions without getting your troops killed for no good reason. Those two are often mutually exclusive both back in the day and today as can clearly be seen in the case being made again Maj. Golsteyn.

I will tell you for a fact that I would have done the same thing as then Captain Golsteyn did with that Taliban bomb maker.

I belong to the Special Forces Association but that associations can not get involved in politics or it would lose its charter. So they are helpless to protest what is now being done to Maj Golsteyn, see summary below.  Therefore what I would suggest is that if the military does put Maj. Golstyn on trial in a court martial then as individual members we former Greet Berets, not part of any group and who are no longer hindered by ROE’s,  go to where the trial is held and have a protest at the front gates for the duration of the trial.

David J Pristash, Captain
Service Number 05 331 790
MOS 31542

 

A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death — a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army.

The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn — but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke to Fox News’ Bret Baier.

“I think he’s been betrayed,” his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, told Fox News on Friday when asked how the Army has treated Golsteyn.

The once-decorated soldier, who had been on voluntary excess leave amid the latest investigation, has been living in a newly bought home with his wife and a 2-month-old baby in Virginia, working for the International Association of Firefighters, Stackhouse said.

Golsteyn was informed of the murder charge earlier this week after being ordered back into active duty.

“They have insinuated to me that they have new evidence,” Stackhouse told Fox News. “I don’t believe there is any new evidence at all.”

 

My analysis of the current series of “bombs” targeted at democrat progressives


I am a former Special Forces Green Beret from back in the Vietnam War era and since we were trained in many military skills including making improvised explosive devices my opinion on the current situation is relevant.

What happened today does not smell right and given the current domestic situation I suspect that this was a plot my progressive operators to pull off a stunt where no one was actually hurt but it was made to look like the Republicans or the alt right, as they like to say, tried to kill a number of high level Democrats. I make this statement for the following reasons.

One, If it was a real attempt I would find it almost impossible to believe that none of these devices detonated.

Two, As I write this 5 or 6 devices have been found which indicated a lot of hard work to both know where to send them and how to make them. Since the planning and implementation was at a high level and nothing happened its very difficult to believe that they were ever intended to explode.

Three, This was not done by someone making a bomb for the first time this was a well planned simulated attack design to advance the progressive movement since nothing else they have tried as been working.

Four, I seriously doubt they will ever find who did this as it was done by experts who also know how to cover their tracks.

Five, The Blue wave has collapsed and it now looks like the Republicans will hold the House and gain seats in the Senate. This is going to be a major blow to the progressive movement that they can not tolerate. If they can’t gain the House of Representatives at minimum they would be totally embarrassed and they can not tolerate that.  There are elements in the progressive wing that have experience in these kinds of political tricks and i would not doubt they those elements would be used in this situation. After all look at what they have already done with the Russian collusion narrative,  the Kavanaugh hearings and the caravans headed to the US southern border.

 

 

What is an Assault Rife?


I spent two months shy of 4 years in the army from 1965 to 1969 first as enlisted and then as an officer. I had one partial tour in Nam where I was wounded and sent home to recover after 4 months in combat. I was qualified with most infantry weapons and used a CAR-15 (Colt Automatic Rifle-15) in Vietnam which was a short barrel version of the M16 riffle. The more modern version of that rifle line is the M4 and a civilian look alike is commonly referred to as the AR-15 Assault rifle. The civilian AR-15 cannot fire full auto even with a “bump stock” add on, it still requires a separate trigger pull for each round fired. In Vietnam on patrol I never fired my CAR-15 on full auto; it’s a waste of ammo in most cases. In the jungle often with no communications you didn’t waste your ammo.

The following is a quick summary of the various kinds of guns or weapons made as simple as possible. Manufacturers and others give brand names and descriptions to models they make and there are all kind of fancy add-on’s most, if not all, are meaningless to the actual function of the weapon; which is feed a round into the chamber and fire it with a trigger pull. Not considered here, are the various kinds of bullets but it must be kept in mind that the bullets are designed to kill, there is no such thing as a safe bullet.

But first I have a test for you, below are the images of two weapons, what is the main functional difference between them, assume they are civilian weapons?  At the end of this post I will give you the answer.

Forgetting muzzle loaders there are really only two kinds of guns (including; hand guns, rifles, machine guns and shot guns) the first and most common kind is where one trigger pull fires one round. The other kind is when a trigger is pulled, and held, the weapon will continue to fire until either the supply of bullets is gone or the trigger is released. Some of the different common names are: machine gun, revolver, semi-automatic, rifle, carbine, long riffle, shot gun and derringer that refer to the means of feeding a bullet into the weapon and the length of the barrel.

Bullets can be placed in one at a time as in a derringer, or 6 in a cylinder that can be placed in the revolver, or a small number from 3 to 8 or more in a feed tube under the barrel of a lever action rifle, or a pump action shot gun, or in a clip of 5 bullets that can be pushed into the opening under the bolt as in the old M-1 Garand rifle of WW II, or in a magazine that holds 5 to 30 bullets or more like a AR-15 or M4 or AK-47, or a belt of bullets held together by small metal clip of 100 or more bullets as in a M-60 machine gun.

The next consideration is how the bullets get into the position to be fired; which can be a rotating cylinder, a hand operated bolt, a pump action, a lever action, a mechanism related to the energy contained in the detonated charge in the bullet that will directly or indirectly cause the bolt to move back into a position where the next bullet can be feed in (commonly referred to as a semi-automatic).

For all practical purposes, from a functional point of view, there are only 4 kinds of guns or weapons:

 

Civilian Weapons (some also used by the military):

1 Semi-automatic single pull and release trigger with a short barrel

2 Semi-automatic single pull and release trigger with a long barrel

Military Weapons: 

3 Full-automatic and single pull and hold trigger with a short barrel

4 Full-automatic and single pull and hold trigger with a long barrel

 

The problem that the people that don’t like the 2nd Amendment, and want to ban guns, have is that there is no way to actually ban “assault” rifles as it does not appear as a type of weapon: it’s a look, not a kind of weapon. It would be like trying banning Kleenex tissue. The closest actual type would be a scout rifle or a carbine which are short barreled rifles. Legislation that these people try to write, as to what constitutes an assault rifle, end up having a great many pages of descriptions as they try and describe something that does not actually exist.

The answer to the quiz is the biggest functional difference between those two weapons is the length of the barrel.

What is it like to be Wounded in Combat?


While in Vietnam in a Special Forces Camp A-341 near the Cambodian Border in 1967 I was the team XO and a 1st Lieutenant and this is my story

The Camp had been under attack for several weeks by VC/NVA units to our north and east when we came under attack for the third time and over the next several hours we continued to receive sporadic incoming mortar rounds from the Northeast. There was also some small arms fire but no signs of any kind of ground assault like we had beaten off previously. It appeared that this time we were just being harassed or probed and not attacked. As I remember it about 20 or 30 mortar rounds were fired at Bu Dop and the a joining 1-28th infantry positions during the night, more to keep us from sleeping than to inflict major damage. The 1-28th infantry was taking some casualties from shrapnel but I don’t think they had any KIA’s during this mortar bombardment. We fired counter mortar fire as did the 1-28th infantry but I don’t think any of us hit the VC/NVA mortar positions. They were probably just moving around firing a few rounds from one position and then a few rounds from another nearby position.

However, early in the morning at about 0300 hours one of these incoming rounds landed either: near the 4.2″ pit sending hot shrapnel into the ammo bunker; or it landed directly on the ammo bunker itself penetrating it with flash or hot shrapnel. In either case it didn’t matter for it ignited the propellant charges on the staged illumination rounds which are what propels the round to the target. Maybe even some of the illumination rounds themselves that we were getting ready to fire were set off. I do remember that there was a dull explosion and then several very intense waves of heat that went through the position igniting everything that could burn. Fortunately we had used up all the HE rounds that night and only a few illumination rounds were left unfired. If there had been any HE rounds in the pit and they had gone off when the incoming round hit they wouldn’t have found much if any of us. Just a few pieces and parts here and there scattered around the camp. For sure I wouldn’t be here talking to you.

I had on a standard issue steel pot, a nylon flack vest, jungle fatigue pants and jungle boots, your basic standard uniform for combat in Vietnam. Because we were in camp I did not have on any web my CAR-15 was in the pit with me but I did not have it in my actual possession. Most of us didn’t wear socks or underwear to try and prevent getting fungus infections from the heat and moisture that was always present. The heat from the blast hit me from the right rear while I was talking on the PRC-25 radio. I remember being engulfed by the flames as the fire ball rolled past me and several intense waves (I could feel the pressure as they hit me) of heat hitting me on the back and right side. These blasts or waves of heat were extremely hot such that the intensity of them melted the nylon flak vest completely off me as well as instantly setting fire to my pants and jungle boots. I must have instinctively closed my eyes as the fireball engulfed me and then there were a few seconds where I don’t remember what happened. The blast either blew me out of the pit or I crawled out (I’m not sure which), the next thing I do remember a few seconds later was that I was laying on the ground just outside the pit and seeing that I was on fire.

My first action was to put out the flames that were still consuming what was left of my clothes and flack vest. That probably took 20 or 30 seconds and while I was doing that I also saw there was an intense fire still burning in the 4.2″ mortar pit. After I put out the flames with dirt I got up and saw that SFC Broom and SP4 Schroeder were down on the ground in the pit and still burning, I think they were both unconscious. They were behind me, closer to the explosion, when the blast hit and so this was the first I saw of them after the fireballs rolled over us. I was in the process of climbing into the pit to help them when some of the other team members showed up. They stopped me and took care of the other two guys in the pit. I don’t remember which team members helped me besides that being a long time ago I probably wasn’t in the best state of mind.

I knew I was injured and burned but I had no sense that I might be seriously wounded. I was placed on a stretcher and I do remember getting a shot of morphine. A dust off was called and by 0400 hours we were loaded in it and we left Bu Dop for the last time. It was still dark and as we left I could see the camp and 1-28th positions dropping away as the chopper rose into the dark night sky. Still, not realizing the extent of my injuries I was concerned over my team and that I needed to get back right away, they needed my experience. I was thinking that I’d be gone for a few days, get some rest and then join my team in a week or so. I was very wrong in this assessment of the situation.

We were all medevacked to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh for emergency treatment. I can remember going into the triage room and answering a few questions but then my memory starts to get fuzzy. Probably by that time shock was setting in as the next several days were disjoined and what I can remember is only a few images and feelings. At some point I remember being loaded on a medical transport and then being moved to the 106th army hospital in Japan I spent several days in Japan, of which I remember almost nothing but a few images of being in a hospital ward that I remember as being dark However, I was experiencing shock by this time and so I can’t really rely on anything I remember as being absolutely true. Then all three of us were placed on a military hospital plane and flown back to the states along with a lot of others. The ride back was one of constantly dropping in and out of consciousness and blurred images of patients, nurses IV’s and being very cold. I think there was a plane transfer somewhere in this process and then the three of us from Bu Dop were taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. I remember very little of that plane ride from Japan but I do remember the airfield in the states and the ambulance ride to the hospital.

Brooke Medical Center was then the premier center, in the world, for treatment of burns, so if you were going to be burned this was where to be. I had 3rd degree burns on my legs and 2nd degree burns on my arms, back, neck and face for a total of 67% of body area). I had also inhaled hot burning gases in the pit when the fire balls rolled over me which had burned the inside of my mouth, tongue and my lungs. Besides that I had some shrapnel wounds and was experiencing a sever loss of body fluids. In general I was in very, very bad shape Later, when I was discharged from Brooke Medical Center, the Doctors told me that when I reached the hospital in December they had given me only a 10% chance of living through this trauma. There had been so much physical damage to my body that they just didn’t think I would be strong enough to make it. However, I’m certainly glad they didn’t give up and that they did still tried to save me despite their doubts. As I contemplated this brush with death a few years later I came to the conclusion that my life after this was a gift and that since I should have died then, but instead I had lived, that I would do something before I died to justify my existence. As a result I have been driven to accomplish something ever since and what I’ll do if I’m ever successful I don’t know.

Being burned extensively is not pleasant and the burned person’s body reacts to this, in part, by allowing the mind to hallucinate. I guess the hallucinations allow time to pass without direct knowledge of the pain the body is going through. I was no exception to this developing situation even when I knew what was happening to me. However, to me going into the hallucinatory state was a very frightening situation, much more so than the burns and associated pain. The pain, I could control mentally to the point of being the only patient in the ward that didn’t scream or in any way get violent during the treatments. That’s not to say that I in any way enjoyed it but only that between the two at least the pain was real. The real I could deal with but the loss of reality was frightening to me.

I had always prided myself in being in control of my internal self as I recognized that I could not control the external world in any way. However the pain and shock I experienced induced a hallucinatory state in me that I would go in and out of, a dream world and that I could not stop from happening nor recognize that I was in this state after it happened. While in these dream states I actually “believed” that what was happening to me was real no matter how bizarre the situation I was experiencing was. Many of these dream states involved some kind of fight with a tiger which made no sense to me at the time. After this hallucinatory state happened to me a few times I could sense it coming on but it was way too powerful a force to fight and no matter how much as I tried to stop it from happening, it would take control of me and I would be in another world.

During the initial period of my treatment at Brooke I dropped from over 180 pounds to under 100 pounds (98 pounds if I remember correctly). As I started my recover I started to gain weight back and also to have fewer and fewer hallucinatory states. After getting skin grafts from by chest to my legs where the skin had been completely burned off and healing from those operations began I had to learn to walk again. That was a task, as the grafted areas would quickly swell up when standing as well as being very uncomfortable. It was probably five or six years later before I really felt comfortable walking and I was never able to run again for any length of time.

While I was in the hospital I received several operations and skin grafts to repair the massive burn and shrapnel damage I had received in Vietnam. Unfortunately, both SFC Broom and SP4 Schroeder died at Brook Army Medical Center while I was there. I was therefore the only one of the three wounded in the mortar pit at Bu Dop that made it. SFC Broom was very severally burned and there was probably never any chance that he could be saved. I was bad but he was even worse as he was the closest to the explosion when it when off. He may even have shielded Schroeder and I from some of the blast. SP4 Schroeder was only slightly burned and was actually on his way to being released. He had been transferred to a different, non-critical, ward and then he developed an infection which ravaged his body with extremely high temperatures eventually killing him. Fortunately for me I was not that aware of what was happening and so I didn’t really comprehend that they were both gone until later when I was out of immediate danger.

The following paragraph was something I wrote to summarize what happened to me after that night in Vietnam over 30 years later when I decided to write about my experiences. By then I realized it was a major turning point in my life that was actually beneficial to me as it showed me how vulnerable we all are to what we think we know, rather than knowing what the truth is and what we don’t know.

On that night in Vietnam I was mortally wounded (all mortal wounds don’t kill you immediately). I was medevacked and sent to a hospital in Texas where I meet the grim reaper soon after arriving. He told me he was coming for me but I told him I wasn’t ready; he laughed at me and said he was going to come anyway. I told him it didn’t matter whether he came or not I just wasn’t going with him. But he wasn’t to be denied and so he visited me every night in the form of a large Bengal tiger and we battled all night for the rights to my soul. He was a very vicious and determined tiger and he tried his best to rip my soul from my body with his sharp teeth and claws but I was strong and stubborn and I would not let go. This battle lasted for two months and he chewed me down to 98 pounds but in the end I prevailed and he disappeared and I was not dead and he had to settle for taking the souls of the two men who were standing next to me in Vietnam.

The lesson I learned was that we are a creation of our teaching and experiences, but and this is a big but, how do we know what we are taught is the truth? Vietnam killed almost 60,000 boys and men and a few women as well plus wounding another 300,000. The war was a pack of lies from our government from the start to the end from both political parties. I did not realize this until the 90’s when I started to write about my Vietnam experiences. I realized at that point why I had lived and not died — it was to write my story about what happened to America after Vietnam so that others in the future would understand what happened and why. That will only happen after I and all the other boomers are mostly gone after 2040 or 2050. In summation my research can summed up in the following nine words.

Passion of purpose does not constitute correctness of thought!

 Then from Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian and British philosopher and a professor at the London School of Economics. He is considered one of the most influential philosophers for science of the 20th century, and he also wrote extensively on social and political philosophy. The following quotes of his apply to the subject of research.

If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.

Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.

… (S)cience is one of the very few human activities — perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected