Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How To Lose an NBA Team In One Fell Swoop

In case you missed it, over in Syria this week Muslim extremists are crucifying teenagers who refuse to adopt Islam, are ripping unborn children from the wombs of pregnant Christians and hanging the dead fetuses from trees by their umbilical cords, and massacring entire villages to later use the heads of their victims as soccer balls, but the lackadaisical US media is more intent on the crucifixion of some doddering old racist who owns an NBA franchise.

At least it took CNN off their non-stop 24-hour Malaysian Airlines coverage and prognosticating over Kim Kardashian's airbrushed ass-selfies and pending nuptials with noted douchecanoe Kanye West. Not that this is new; they devoted all manner of time to reports that George Clooney got engaged rather than report that an Oregon power plant was burning medical waste, including aborted fetuses, to heat homes. But I digress.

Yes, what Don Sterling (born Donald Tokowitz) said was reprehensible. In no way do I condone his racist remarks. To tell his girlfriend (or is she? She denies she is, and he's legally still married to Rochelle Stein, since 1957) not to bring black people to games kinda bites the hand that feeds him. And it has fed him well, as he is worth a staggering $1.9 BILLION dollars, a fortune he started as a divorce & personal injury lawyer and then a slumlord property owner. He's got a long history of being a scumbag, a racist, a sexist, and all-around general-purpose turd. However, being a turd isn't against the law.

Like I said, it bites the hand that feeds him, and the hands he feeds. The team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers, has a payroll this year of a little over $73 million. Of his 14 active starters right now, 11 are black players. While he has racist views, he shells out millions to black players and black employees. His team's black coach, Doc Rivers, has a 3-year $21 million contract. For such a racist he's received a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP and was slated to get a second award from them until this week.

So, he gets recorded making a racist rant, a recording he may not have consented to, in his own home. In California recording a conversation without the consent of the recorded parties is illegal. The recording was made by a woman who has been sued previously for fraud by Sterling's wife and has stated she'd get even with Sterling. So he says what he says in the privacy of his own home, not in a public forum, the woman then peddles her tape of him to the public, the story is broken by TMZ Sports, and a few days later Sterling is banned for life by the NBA, is fined $2.5 million bucks, and will now be forced to sell the team. How convenient for the NBA that they get to remove a hugely unpopular owner now that his long-abysmal team is finally hot and in the playoffs, making it a hot commodity for sale. It's no secret the NBA hates having two teams in the LA market and would love to move the Clippers to Seattle. With Sterling out of the picture, they can manipulate matters to their liking. Billionaires from David Geffen to Queen Oprah are already lining up to buy.

Again, what Sterling said was wrong, but it was not illegal. He broke no laws, yet his team is being taken from him, and if it were me being banned for life from a sport where I owned a team, I'd tell them to go piss up a rope before paying a $2.5 million dollar fine for saying something in the privacy of my own home. In essence, he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech in his own home and because his speech was unpopular, he is being denied his main source of income, his property (ie: the team) is more or less being confiscated from him, and a sports league is going to skim two and a half million clams off the top of the deal when they sell his team to move it to another market where they can make more money off of it. And you know damn well they'll force the good taxpaying people of Seattle to build a brand-new stadium for them that the NBA will dictate terms of operation for. You know, stuff like, the NBA team has dibs on every date during the season so if you want to hold a concert or other event here, you better hope the date where that band is in town ain't a game night because we ain't budging.

Furthermore, if this was a case where a black owner, or athlete, or rapper, or actor, or some other black celebrity mouthpiece said something anti-white, would it even make the news? Not bloody likely. Racism directed against whites is either laughed off or ignored completely. Oprah gets in the news crying racism but when it's found to be a misunderstanding on HER part, the story is buried. Spike Lee tweets out the address for a couple who he thought was George Zimmerman's parents so that people could ostensibly kill them, and nothing happens. Samuel L. Jackson admits openly he only voted for Obama because he's black, and he's applauded for his honesty instead of being called out for racism. That girl at the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial who could barely speak a coherent sentence and can't read cursive despite being a high school graduate calls white people crackers and is held up as a pillar of the community. Jay-Z is spotted court-side at a basketball game wearing a racist medallion around his neck, and no one will dare say boo.

But people lost their MINDS over Sterling's remarks. The Clippers protested by playing their game the other night with their jerseys on inside out to obscure their team logo and the next night the Miami Heat wore theirs inside out as a sign of solidarity. So, lemme get this straight, if a player wears non-sanctioned sneakers or the wrong color socks or something non-team related on their uniforms or helmets in most leagues they get fined. The NBA has fined people over their shoes, their jersey numbers, the length of their shorts. But no one is doling out fines for wearing your jersey inside out to obscure the team logo. I guess since they all did it as a team they were, in fact, uniform...or the league is just being politically correct. And since the only way Spike Lee gets his name in the news anymore is by stirring the racism pot as he sits court-side at games, of course he had to issue a statement saying Sterling has a slave owner mentality and sees his players as slaves. Hey Spike (Oh, wait, Shelton...Your given name is Shelton), your last film made less than  a total of $2.2 million at the theaters and there are five black players on the Clippers that made more this year than that, so that's not exactly slavery. Chris Paul got over $18 million this year and over the next four years over $20 million, over $21 million, nearly $22.5 million, and over $24 million respectively. Not exactly slave wages there, Shelton.

I'm not a basketball fan, but I do wish the Clippers the best of luck. They're a long-suffering franchise with long-suffering fans, due to suffering Don Sterling's crappy ownership. Not the best way to exact an ownership change and if they move I'll feel bad for their LA fan base who'll be losing their team. At least they'll still have non-stop Kardashian coverage.

Common Core: Dumbing Down Our Kids to be Good Government Sheeple

Years & years ago, I sipped some of the Kool Aid and bought into the negative view given to people who homeschool their kids. My ex sister in law was going to homeschool her two kids and I thought "Why? They'll be socially stunted by not interacting with other kids all day, making friends and what not, and what makes you think you're a better teacher than a certified public school teacher?". At the time I was married to an elementary teacher with a degree in education and getting a Master's in Literacy. I turned out fine. I was reasonably well-adjusted and intelligent yet was a product of public schools and I guess I thought of homeschooled kids as stunted bumpkins with self-righteous parents.

Now I know better.

A lot of my friends are doing the home school thing, and in truth every home schooled kid I've met the past few years has been exceedingly polite, very well adjusted, socially adept and very good at interacting with adults, and smart as a whip.

But apart from that, I've also become a big fan of homeschooling because the Democrat-controlled teacher unions are more concerned with their paychecks and benefits packages and with churning out barely functioning automatons heavily indoctrinated in Leftist theory, kids who expect free college and wages far above their skill levels, kids who can barely read unless it's to fill out paperwork for government benefits, kids who were taught with insane Common Core Liberal 101 curricula and textbooks re-written to give a Leftist slant to the Constitution and make Conservatives look like racist hate-mongers.

The US Department of Education was started by noted Liberal Failure Jimmy Carter and ever since, billions and billions and billions of dollars have been poured into a bloated bureaucracy that educates no one and has overseen a steady decline in our worldwide educational standing. Last year their budget was about $72 BILLION dollars, and for what?

So they can re-write textbooks to make people like me, responsible gun owners, look like we're batshit cray-cray?

In a textbook approved by Common Core for use by students studying for the Advanced Placement (AP) history exam, the Second Amendment is defined this way: "The Second Amendment: The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia."

Another book that received the Common Core stamp of approval informs students that the Second Amendment “grant[s] citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers.”  Finally, there is the description of the Second Amendment published in a book approved by Common Core for use in elementary schools. Regarding the Second Amendment, the authors of the book state:

"This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison."

(Um no. It says :  A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.)

Compare the actual language with the kinder, gentler version above. Notice that "arms" has been changed to "weapons" and that the vital notion of “the right to bear arms” has been lost altogether. And in the other versions, one is led to believe that you can only have weapons if you're in the National Guard, ie: state militia.
See, though, the idea was that an armed citizenry was armed for its own self-protection both from government tyranny within and from foreign invasion without.

But the biggest change isn't what the textbook authors have left out; it is what they added. Nowhere in the original Second Amendment is there any mention of a provision that guns be registered. This is not just a matter of taking liberties with the language of the original document. This is out-and-out perversion.

Not every state requires that firearms be registered. In fact, 44 of them have provisions in their state constitutions that are in principle similar to the Second Amendment. Strangely, it's the states with severe limitations and controls on gun ownership where gun crimes are the most rampant.

Other textbooks are being rewritten to portray the Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, Blessed Be His Name, as some sort of messianic figureand others write his story with anyone opposing him being a racist. This is the typical Liberal Leftist doctrine of playing the race card any time you challenge Obama. If you disagree you're a racist. If you're black and disagree, you're an Uncle Tom.

Good citizens question the government and can spell "litter"

Oh, yes, obey your governmental masters. Screw the individual over the Soviet Kollektiv.
Agree with Saint Barack or you're a racist

And Common Core math is simply incomprehensible. I don't say that from the middle-aged viewpoint of someone who is decades removed from a math classroom. I say it from having no effing idea what this lunacy is about. It's actually okay to get math problems wrong so long as you can explain the thinking process that led you to said wrong answer. What kind of crap is that? Mathematics is a science. An exact science. There's no room for interpretation. Equations equal something. The new ways of coming up with the answer are just over-complicated drivel.

Why do you have to make it more complex?

Why use a picture? It's six. I learned it without boxes and crap, so can your kids.


What the hell was wrong with the old way? If it ain't broke...

I solved this without a sentence. My God people, it's simple subtraction.

How many are in each bag you idiots?

A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook recently with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous.

The problem asks how Jack, a fictional student, miscalculated when he used a number line to find the answer to the subtraction problem 427 – 316. Students are then asked to write a letter to Jack explaining what he did right and what he did wrong.

Critics say the problem takes a simple one-step subtraction problem and turns it into a complex endeavor with a series of unnecessary steps, including counting by 10s and 100s. The father, Jeff Severt, who has a bachelor’s in engineering, has said the problem was particularly difficult for his son, who has autism and attention disorders and trouble with language arts. He said that after spending two frustrating hours going over the earlier pages of his son’s math quiz, he was stumped by the problem himself.

This kid is gonna go far by thinking, not by blindly following.

Because the Democrat-controlled government and the Democrat-controlled teacher unions are looking to create subservient little leeches dependent upon Mother Government for food and housing and free phones and what not in return for votes and union dues. That's why.

Get your kids used to the idea of Obamacare Death Panels by making them be on one.

Yes, teach your kid to be a tree hugger who puts smelts and beetles ahead of people

Hailed as a hero by the Left, barely able to speak coherently, unable to read cursive, and calls whites Crackers.

Common Core is Uncommonly Stupid

Seriously, if you are able to stay at home and school your kids, I applaud and encourage you. If you can get them out of failing public schools and into something with stringent academic standards, do so. But if you're stuck, like most people,sending your kids to public schools, please stay involved and do your due diligence to keep aware of the rhetoric and propaganda being fed to your kids. Not all public school teachers are progressive socialist liberals owned by the union and the Democrats. Many teachers really do care about teaching kids and preparing them to be productive functioning members of polite society. However the good teachers are outnumbered by the scumbags and are hamstrung by worthless curricula and useless administrators.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

So did MH370 land after all?

Here we are, over a month and a half since Malaysian Airlines 370 went missing, millions and millions of dollars spent on searches by ships and aircraft and satellites from over a dozen nations, and what do we have? Bupkis.

Now there's a fresh rumor and theory out all over the Malay peninsula and Indian subcontinent that the plane never crashed and did, indeed, land somewhere as I said from the very start. In case you missed it, here are my first two articles on the disappearance of MH370. Many of the theories I initially proposed came to be accepted, including taking the plane to high altitude to cut off oxygen and kill everyone via hypoxia.

This first part was originally published  on March 12, 2014.

This is the Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared, seen here leaving Paris in an undated photo.

Look, I'm not prone to wild conspiracy theories about contrails or black helicopters or stuff like that. Then again, the notion that the government was reading your emails and hacking your phone and using micro-drones was once a laughed at conspiracy theory too.

There's a jet missing with 239 people on it. Most people think it crashed. Others say terrorists blew it up. I fear it's far far worse.

So what do we know?

Weather was clear. The plane had enough fuel for an eight hour flight, two hours more than needed to get to its destination of Beijing.

The plane vanished around 1:30 am an hour into its flight over an area with spotty radar coverage. One report says the plane turned around. Another report says it was spotted on radar several hundred miles off course. The Malaysian Air Force lost track of the plane over Pulau Perak, a tiny island in the Strait of Malacca.

We have two Iranians who boarded using stolen passports that somehow were missed in Kuala Lampur despite one being stolen last year and one stolen in 2012.

The Boeing 777 is pretty much the safest aircraft flying today.The captain was vastly experienced, with over 18,000 flight hours, and the copilot had over 2800 hours but just recently transitioned to the 777.

The flight's transponder just stopped sending formation as if it was turned off.

Family members of missing passengers are saying they can still see their loved ones' cell phones logged online on the internet and the phones were ringing to voicemail as if the phones were still on and the people were still alive.

Okay...conspiracy time. Flight was headed to Beijing. The Chinese are very hard on their ethnic Muslim Uighur population and the flight originated from Malaysia which is 61% Muslim and neighboring Indonesia is 80% Muslim. A Chinese Muslim terror group has taken credit for the plane going missing but I think that's crap, and the whole Chinese/Uighur connection is a false flag; too obvious.

I don't think it was a mid-air bombing. Where's the wreckage? If it was a big enough bomb to vaporize the entire plane, I do believe surveillance satellites would have noted it. A smaller bomb would have left debris when the wreckage hit the water and may have left time for the crew to send a Mayday distress call. Where are the pings from the emergency beacons in the black boxes?

Yes, people suspected a bomb when that Air France flight from Brazil disappeared en route to Paris in 2009. But that turned out to be a crash after temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements—likely due to the aircraft's pitot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals encountered flying through a storm—caused the autopilot to disconnect, after which the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately led the aircraft to an aerodynamic stall from which they did not recover.

In the case of Air France 447, it took five days just to find the first floating wreckage. And it was nearly two years before investigators found the bulk of the French plane's wreckage and the majority of the bodies of the 228 people on board, about 12,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.

The Gulf of Thailand, the area where the missing Malaysian plane was last detected, is much shallower, with a maximum depth of only 260 feet and an average depth of about 150 feet. This means a pinging beacon would be much easier to detect by sonars.

Terrorists want their work to be SEEN by as many people as possible, public spectacles, as opposed to something just going missing.The act is designed to cause terror in the affected population, and therefore needs to be public and witnessed.

Personally, I think there was an elaborate inside job to not just hijack the plane but to STEAL it. Bear with me here.

Much to do was originally made of the two Iranian chaps traveling on stolen passports. Everyone is saying they have no terrorist group connections and appeared to be just plain old illegal immigrants seeking asylum in Germany and Denmark respectively, taking advantage of the very open and relaxed asylum laws in those countries. One of them allegedly even had a mother in Germany awaiting him. But what if this was an elaborate ruse? What if your terror cell sent two Iranians on board under the guise of simply being asylum-seekers, two guys who could easily be taking advantage of thebackdoor to Europe through Beijing, two guys with no known previous terror connections so in case they got busted with fake passports there was the plausible deniabililty of no known connections to your terror cell?

Our mysterious illegal Iranians.

Christian Kozel, our Austrian passport owner
Luigi Miraldi, our Italian passport owner.

What if you had the flight crew in cahoots with your terror cell? Both pilots are ostensibly Muslim. Now, I know that that doesn't make them automatically terrorists just by being Muslim but a duck often quacks like a duck. The flight crew could have had tools of the trade squirreled aboard or in brought in their carry-ons. Just today the UK Daily Mail reported that  a convicted terror suspect who was part of a shoe-bomb plot told British officials that he had given bomb materials to a Malaysian terror cell THAT INCLUDED A PILOT.

The two Iranians could have taken over the cabin. How? Well, the plane disappeared at about 1:30 AM, an hour into the flight, when most passengers would likely have been catching some sleep. What if they (and the pilots) donned breathing apparatus and the pilots depressurized the cabin rapidly? This would result in hypoxia and death quickly among the already mostly asleep cabin and the flight attendants could have been dealt with by force if they were cognizant enough to resist before succumbing.

The pilots could then have shut off the plane's transponders, then turned and dropped altitude, taking the aircraft down on the deck and UNDER the already dodgy radar coverage in the area. It's 1:30 am, when it's nice and dark and prying eyes won't be able to see from photo-recon satellites or with bare eyes that a plane just egressed the area. It had fuel enough to reach any number of locations where another cell could be operating a landing field or a terror-friendly nation could have had a military field awaiting their arrival. Could a 777 land on a runway at a smaller airport? Sure, especially if your pilot has over 18,000 flight hours. Could it take off again? Sure...a couple months ago the Boeing DreamLifter, a modified oversized 747, landed by mistake at a smaller airport in Wichita, Kansas and the experienced pilot was able to take off again the next morning. A heavier, older, slower plane than a 777, that was supposed to land at an Air Force base with two 12,000 foot runways and instead landed at a tiny municipal airport with a 6100 foot runway and furthermore TOOK OFF AGAIN fully loaded. In crappy weather, no less.

So, who's to say this 777 didn't hightail it at night under the radar to an undisclosed hideout away from prying surveillance satellites where it is being REPAINTED in the colors of another airline that flies the 777? Nearly 1100 Boeing 777's of various configurations have been built, and nine major airlines as well as a few other smaller airlines operate the craft. You could load this thing with TONS of explosives or biotoxins or (insert scary music here) Iranian-supplied NUKES. Wait a few weeks or months to let the commotion die down. Install a transponder with codes from a DIFFERENT aircraft. Then you fly it to....anywhere? Chaos ensues.

And to make it even scarier, what if the passengers were merely incapacitated and taken hostage? Would a terror cell install TV cameras to show the passengers on a live YouTube stream as they, strapped in their seats, are flown to their deaths?

Of course I'm just speculating. I'm not a counter-terror expert. I'm not an airline expert. I'm just a very suspicious former Army cop who can see way outside the box. My theories could already be unraveling as you read this because the Chinese (3 days after the fact) claim to have spotted three big chunks of floating debris via satellite and an oil rig worker off Vietnam swears he saw the plane crash that night.

I'm probably wrong. I better be wrong. But you have to admit, it's not that far-fetched really.

 And what follows below is my article from March 23, 2014 about potential targets for a weaponized 777.

Two full weeks after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) mysteriously vanished en route from Kuala Lampur to Beijing, the conspiracy theories over what happened have gotten wilder and wilder. One pundit said they were hit by a meteor. Another says they were abducted by a UFO. The best ones yet swear the US stole the plane and took it to their base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. (here and here) and that this was part of a botched US attack on China.

YouTube viewers with bugger-all else to do have latched onto Pitbull and Shakira's 2012 song "Get It Started" and claim it may reveal what was going to happen to the plane. The song includes the lyrics: “Now it's off to Malaysia." along with “Two passports, three cities, two countries, one day.”

According to these Internet Geniuses the two passports refer to two men using stolen passports to get on the plane, the three cities being Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Hanoi and the two countries being Malaysia and Vietnam. My God, people. Get real. Put down the bath salts.

The news sites clog my phone almost hourly with report after report of alleged debris being spotted by satellite and then reports that searchers found nothing. The constant backpedaling by Malaysian officials and the lack of anything concrete has even started to give rise to various memes online.

Well, last week I sort of scooped most of the mainstream media by being among the early people to theorize that the still-missing plane didn't just crash, but more rather was deliberately taken by the crew as part of a nefarious plot. I theorized the aircrew, being exceedingly experienced, was in on it. I theorized that the passengers were dealt with via depressurization and hypoxia. I theorized they went below the radar and went for an improvised airfield or forward operating base with a short runway. All of these are being talked about openly by all the alleged experts in the field now.

I also theorized the plane was being repainted and fitted out to be used as a weapon. Others are backing my theory. But of course the next question has to be "What will the target be?"

The fact that nothing has happened yet in the almost 2 weeks since the jet went missing can mean a couple of things. One of them is that they (and by "they/them" I mean the Bad Guys) could be biding their time until all the hubris dies down and the media attention gets focused on the next shiny object that catches their fickle attentions and the general populace relaxes their guard before they act. Right now with half the known world to include Courtney Love looking for this plane it may be more prudent to lie low.

Yeah, you know things are bad when Courtney Love is your celebrity spokes-lunatic.

So many targets to choose from...

The other thing it could mean is that we all figured things out so fast that they simply can't act right now and their intended target is impossible to hit right now. But what could the intended target be?

The obvious choice. Islamoterrorists spew forth rhetoric on a near daily basis about burning Israel to the ground and driving the ashes into the sea. The problem is, the choice is simply too obvious. Israel is always on alert. If they had been around in 1478, they would have actually expected the Spanish Inquisition. They're ready at the trigger and expecting to be attacked by a weaponized MH370. If not shot down by IAF fighters enroute, their Iron Dome missiles are ready to intercept.

We don't have a lot in Kuwait these days compared to years past but being that it's not an obvious high-profile target and the Kuwaitis are very tight with us could make it an attractive target of opportunity. We still stage troops there as they enter and leave the theater of operations. We train there. We're planning to maintain about 13,500 troops there as a contingency.

The aforementioned Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean is a juicy target indeed. The airfield there has been used as a launching point for bomber strikes against the Taliban.The Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia provides Base Operating Services to tenant commands located on the island. The command's mission is "To provide logistic support to operational forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf AORs in support of national policy objectives."
As of January 2012, the facility supported the following tenant commands:

    Maritime Pre-Positioning Ships Squadron TWO
    Branch Health Clinic
    Naval Computer And Telecommunications Station Far East Detachment Diego Garcia
    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Detachment
    Naval Media Center Detachment Diego Garcia
    Military Sealift Command Office Diego Garcia
    Mission Support Facility
    Fleet Logistics Center Diego Garcia
    36 MSG Pacific Air Force
    Det 1, 715th AMOG (AMC)
    AFSPC Det 2, 22nd Space Operations Squadron (ARTS & GPS)
    AFSPC Det 2, 18th Space Surveillance Squadron (GEODSS)

Additionally, the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) is forward deployed to Diego Garcia. She's a submarine tender.

In plain English, you have an airfield, air transport assets, a lot of surveillance assets, and a port facility, including enough ships & pre-positioned equipment to supply a Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit for 30 days in a combat zone. The problem with using a weaponized 777 to attack it? Hundreds and hundreds of miles of open ocean where our military radars could see it coming. Chances are we've sent some fighter coverage there as an insurance policy.

Diego Garcia from the air

Main runway approach to Diego Garcia
B-1 bombers and KC-135 tankers at Diego Garcia
USS Emory S. Land

USS Florida at Diego Garcia, outfitted for working with SEALs. Prime target much?

Dubai has had close ties with the US military for a long time, and is a fairly progressive pro-Western nation. Dubai is the home of Emirates Air, the largest user of Boeing 777's. If you wanted to hit a high profile target this is pretty juicy, and you have about 145 planes you can disguise it as.

Oh, snap. Look at all those 777's from Emirates Air parked in Dubai...

Right next door to Dubai, and as one of the United Arab Emirates, also conveniently served by Emirates Air.
Al Dhafra Air Base is located about an hour outside of Abu Dhabi, and currently hosts the 763d Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. The 763rd conducts in-flight refueling missions throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch, a coalition force tasked to monitor United Nations Security Council resolutions restricting air and ground operations in Southern Iraq. The Air Force operates KC-10 refueling planes which are involved in sustaining US warplanes covering the southern no-flight zone over Iraq.

Naval Support Activity Bahrain (or NSA Bahrain) is a US Navy base, situated in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is home to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet. It is the primary base in the region for the naval and marine activities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and formerly Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), to include when the latter was changed to Operation New Dawn (OND) until the end of the Iraq War. A former installation of the Royal Navy, it was transferred to the U.S. government in 1971. The commander of Navy Region Southwest Asia is responsible for NSA Bahrain and Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. Navy Region Southwest Asia falls under the oversight of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT). Vice Admiral John W. Miller, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet.

Camp Lemonnier is a United States Naval Expeditionary Base, situated at Djibouti's Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport and home to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) of the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). The camp is operated by U.S. Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia; CJTF-HOA is the most notable tenant command located at the facility as of 2008. It was established as the primary base in the region for the support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa (OEF-HOA). After negotiations between March and May 2001, the Djiboutian government allowed for the base's use by the U.S., providing for demining, humanitarian, and counter-terrorism efforts, and it now serves as the location from which U.S. and Coalition forces are operating in the Horn of Africa. The access agreement made by officials from the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti with the Djiboutian government allows for use of the camp, as well as a nearby airport and port facilities.amp Lemonnier is operated by Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, which is responsible for its expansion, upkeep, and logistics support. Tenant units include the U.S. Marine Security Forces which provides the camp's external security, the CJTF-HOA commander and staff, a U.S. Navy Seabee battalion which conducts water-well drilling operations, U.S. Army units which provide additional security, military training, and Civil-military operations support, and several aircraft detachments.\Aircraft detachments include a U.S. Marine heavy-lift helicopter (CH-53) detachment, a U.S. Navy P-3 detachment (technically a part of the US Navy's 6th Fleet - Commander Task Force 67), and the U.S. Air Force's 449th Air Expeditionary Group. USAF detachments include a USAF HC-130 detachment, and, at times, a C-17 Globemaster III detachment.

In my humble opinion, this is strategically the target of choice. Camp Lemonnier is the thorn in Islam's grubby paw. From here launched many of the the drone strikes knocking off your terror scumbags in Yemen and Somalia. There's a staging area for special operations forces there. But then again, terrorists don't think strategically. They tend to think in terms of making a big showy splash and political statement, and that means the juiciest target out there is.... Qatar.

Welcome back, Qatar...

Why Qatar? Al Udeid Air Base west of Doha, also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport, serves as a logistics, command, and basing hub for U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearby Camp As Sayliyah houses significant U.S. military equipment prepositioning and command facilities for the CENTCOM area of operations, as well as a key Theater Rest and Relaxation Program for deployed soldiers. Al Udeid Air Base houses foreign coalition personnel and assets, hosting a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central, No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In lieu of hitting the main CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa at MacDill AFB, this is the next best thing, the local head of the snake biting Allah's ass. Or you take out the R&R facility full of relaxing infidel crusaders playing golf and tennis. It's just across the Persian Gulf from the the UAE so once again, Emirates Air is a regular sight in the area.

Like I've said before, I'm not an intelligence analyst. Yes, I'm an Army veteran, but over 20 years removed from active duty. However, I think outside the box and between the lines. I think like I was in Intel; question everything and take nothing for granted. If indeed the missing 777 has been taken to be used later on as a flying bomb, these targets make the most sense in my view and I dearly hope our security at these locations has been stepped up accordingly. Meanwhile, there are 200+ families who want closure.  I'd like nothing more than for this plane to land safely somewhere, and everyone aboard walks off telling a fantastic story of the planet or time zone or dimension they've been in for two weeks. I'm probably wrong. But I said that 2 weeks ago too when I came up with my initial theories too....

It beats Courtney Love, Pitbull, Shakira, and aliens.

Yeah, right.