Sunday, March 22, 2015


Just my luck this thing pops up the minute I'm on contract . . . oh well you guys go play at being Vikings I'll be overseas doing the real thing . . . S.L.

The contract came up quite quickly - the only sure thing I've seen in six months - and I had to move on it. I've been busy jumping out of my fourth point-of-contact last week; I ship out on Tuesday. It'll be good work for good pay and because I'm on ships there should be good comm's for keeping the blog; the only question is a question of time. We'll see. Hopefully there'll be some time for writing; one would think being between contracts would give a man all kinds of time to write but looking for the next thing is a full time job in and of itself. Job hunting is also a team sport and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank my team, notably the Deacon of Doom, Stark the Snark, Ann-of-a-Thousand-Days and Sheila the Sheila for all your help and assistance in what's been too long a dry spell.


Looking at my banana this morning I wondered why bananas are so popular with those French Impressionist guys in their still lifes?

Bananas are bright and yellow, of course, and have a nice curvy shape . . . but could it be something more? Impressionism emerged around the same time Sigmund Freud came out with all his goofy theories . . . is there a connection ? ? ? . . . or am I thinking too much into this?

When I came to this great country of ours I literally came off the Banana Boat, 21 years old with my suitcase in my hand . . .

. . . now I'm going back to the Land of Bananas and yes, I will be on a boat . . .

Man, that's a lot of bananas . . .

I'll keep you informed . . .


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Busy schedule today - its incredible how busy you can be when you have nothing to do - more to report later . . . S.L.

God Bless Ireland . . . and God Bless the Rest of the World!


Sunday, March 15, 2015


6 myths about the Ides of March and killing Caesar:

This is what most of us know about the death of Julius Caesar, half-remembered from movies and plays:
  • Some soothsayer said, "Beware the Ides of March."
  • A few idealistic Romans decided to win back Rome for the people.
  • Caesar got stabbed by Brutus with a big sword, said "Et tu, Brute?" and died nobly.
All of that is wrong. Incredibly, we know an awful LOT about the conspiracy and what happened on this day, two thousand and fifty nine years ago.

Learn the real story HERE


Friday, March 13, 2015


Today we honor Lefty, a very special Jack Russell Terrior from Derbyshire, UK . . .

It is not known how old was Lefty, she was a rescue dog who had been abused by cruel boys . . . nearest guess is fifteen or sixteen. Lefty lived a good life with her People. Here is Lefty on her Human family's boat, cruising the Solent . . .

Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together . . .

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Interesting phone call this morning by the IRS saying they had a warrant for me unless I paid 2000 dollars, total scam of course. Did a little research, next time I'll give give this technique a try . . . S.L.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Readers' Digest Version:

Hillary Clinton is full of crap, and I'm being polite. Consider: she set up a personal server and created her own e-mail address, using it for private AND official State Department use. From a SIGINT perspective, the Secretary of State is a High Value Target - not for destruction but for electronic surveillance and collection. The collection is conducted not only by hostile governments, but by friendly ones as well - our allies spy on us, and vice versa. Long before she took the job - probably when she was occupying the White House with Bill Clinton - collection against her began. She must think that her server is more secure than that of the DOS. Government agencies' electronic communications are always being targeted for "hacking" but more often, they are monitored for message traffic. Information is gathered via electronic monitoring. Hacking is more akin to an act of sabotage. Some technician who serviced the server in her home was probably bribed, blackmailed or otherwise coerced by an interested foreign intelligence service for the purpose of gaining access to the Clintons' in-home server.

U.S. "dot gov" e-mail services are monitored by U.S. government employees whose job is to watch for classified "leaks" (AKA "spillage"). Was Hillary concerned that the Communications Security (COMSEC) monitors might find out something about her attitudes, behaviors, and opinions that might get out to the public? By law, COMSEC monitors are prohibited from tapping into private e-mails. (We'll ask Edward Snowden about that oversight & compliance someday.)

Here's a piece of trivia: Ninety-eight percent of SIGINT during the Second World War was not from breaking codes, but by "traffic analysis." That is, simply watching who is talking to who and how often. In the modern context, If the Secretary of State is going to China, there will be an increase in message traffic going to the Embassy in Beijing. If there are to be other stops along the way, there will be an uptick in traffic to those embassies as well. When the attack on our facilities in Benghazi took place, you can bet there was message traffic flying in all directions. Hillary was likely at the center of that "spider web."

When the hit on Osama Bin Laden was going down, the message traffic surely jumped, and there was HRC, sending and receiving messages on her non-secure personal server. There were likely foreign electronic monitors reading her traffic and thus, putting our military personnel in additional danger.

Let's talk about "spillage." Here's the definition: "Data spillage occurs when information in any form is moved from a protected system and introduced into a system that does not afford it the same or better level of protection as the system from which it was moved. In the case of classified information: when data that is classified at one level is placed into a system or network that is protected at a lower or unclassified level. The same is true for privileged medical, financial, or personally identifiable information that is moved from a privileged directory and placed in an 'all users' directory."

If you take classified message traffic and put it on a THUMBDRIVE - never mind your own personal server - that is a COMSEC violation right there. If I or any of my buddies holding a clearance did a thing like this we would be in Leavenworth breaking big rocks into little rocks. But not the Hildebeest; she is going to walk without even being charged. Democrat or Republican, the law is the law or at least it should be. Now let me tell you something: I have had my rights read to me over an OVERLAY that wasn't even classified - it was Law Enforcement SENSITIVE - that my stupid Intell Sergeant threw in the dumpster and CI (CounterIntelligence) found it. Holy Shit that was an unpleasant experience

If anyone thinks that Hillary Rodham Clinton sent 50,000 e-mails in four years and there wasn't an increased risk of "spillage" they are smoking dogfood (I won't say if they are inhaling or not). No doubt she spilled a lot. She was handing information to our enemies, and the NSA COMSEC guys were likely going berserk. Others have been fired for less. Hillary's above the law - Richard Nixon would be smiling (some of you will catch that reference right away. Others will have to look it up).

Will this effect the Hildebeest's bid for the Presidency? In my opinion - NO. She has her base, and they have no idea or simply do not care what has transpired. They are going to vote for her. She could inject their families with smallpox and they would still show up singing her praises on Election Day.

For my ASA and 18E buddies: QRU BTAR

General David Petraeus was prosecuted for sins much less than what The Poster Child for Coyote Ugly did, I can hardly wait to see the indictments . . .


Tuesday, March 10, 2015


. . . embedded with Special Forces Operational Detachment Teams in Diyala Province, Iraq, as they called in airstrikes with A-10s and F-16s in 2007 and 2008, and advised as many as 1,400-Iraqis on missions.