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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY 5/14

BATTLE STRATEGY HISTORY OF THE DAY:

BATTLE HISTORIES are taken from, 100 BATTLES, DECISIVE CONFLICTS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD, by Martin J. Dougherty

CONSTANTINOPLE, 1453

The fall of CONSTANTINOPLE in 1453, It’s once impregnable walls breached by the OTTOMAN siege guns, brought to an end the BYZANTINE EMPIRE and established The Ottoman Empire as the major threat to Christendom in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe for the next to centuries.

A great story in SIEGE WARFARE, the new use of POWDER weapons, patience and eventually stupidity and betrayal by those in Constantinople.

http://www.thenagain.info/webchron/easteurope/fallconstantin.html

http://www.google.com/search?q=constantinople+siege+1453&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=egdyU-z9IdTNsQSOxYC4Dw&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1182&bih=567

TIME UNTIL NEXT POTUS ELECTION:

908 Days, 10 Hours, 35 Minutes, 36 Seconds

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If the Terrorists are able to get us to change our behavior dramatically so so that we are no longer functioning as a free people, then they’ve won.  And we simply can’t let that happen.”

-Donald Rumsfeld, former United States Secretary of Defense

“What Donnie says is true, and NO truer words have been spoken, but at the same time he was stating this he, Bush and Cheney were conspiring to allow the Intelligence Agencies to run amok over American civil liberties, and the Constitution.  Obama and his Obinions just took the abuse to a higher level all in the NAME of National Security.  Where does America have a chance when the bad guys, terrorists, are trying to destroy us, our way of life from the outside, and the Washington minions are trying to destroy us, our Constitution from within.  All in the name of GOOD CAUSE.  A good cause that is not very well thought out in the long run and does not/did not take into account ABUSE OF POWER.  No one, not even POTUS should be entrusted with the power to take away the GOD GIVEN rights of FREE MEN.  What kind of “LIGHT” shines on men in DC that confuses, contorts and gives them the mistaken belief that they, and they alone can decide the fates of hundreds of millions in the U.S., and billions worldwide on their limited knowledge and understanding of men writing doctrine hundreds of years ago, who gave their lives, their blood, and risked all for the rights of not only themselves, but mankind then and mankind generations to come.  Their greatness was more evident in their not naming building for themselves, or claiming the knowledge of the Gods, but in wanting to do the best they could for their families, for their fellow man, and for the country as a whole. People years later honored them, not because of besieged, forced obligation, but because the PEOPLE were proud, confident and hopeful, and the laws that were given to them protected them from those that would set themselves up as Kings, Despots, and Emperors.  The system was one.  The government was not there to rule, but to guide and lead.  The American people are deserving of that guidance now as they were hundreds of years ago, but are not receiving it from Washington.  Let us hope, and pray, and plan for that eventuality sooner… more than later.”

— Emiel Fisher

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

News  Fox 5 out of DC had a great story on DC General, which is a homeless shelter in Washington.  The shelter sits right behind the City Jail, and next to a methadone clinic.  The place is a dump and surrounded by drug dealers and people who should have never been parents to begin with.  The News Crew had video of young kids out on the street in front of the dump until 02:00 in the morning.  Drug dealing was going on while the kids tried to play in the parking lot.  The point is, this is a place where money from the top one percent used to go.  The wealthy would donate money to programs like this by the tens of millions of dollars.  The present Administration is taking away this ability with higher taxes and ridiculous tax laws that de-insentivise people from contributing.  The Administration would rather take the money and hire 20 thousand new IRS Agents. These positions are NON PRODUCING positions as they are just barnacles placed on a ships hull (the U.S. Public).  The money that should be going to help families and children in need, is being spent to support FAT on a government that is sucking the life out of this country.  Why do I care?  Well, I did say drugs were being sold right beside the kids playing.  Crime will increase, more drugs will be sold, more people will be killed or maimed in the illiterate desire to protect this losing system.

RULE OF THE DAY:

GETTING OFF OF THE “X” 

Getting off of the “X” is one of the most important phrases in the Protection Business as this is the POINT OF ATTACK, and or POINT OF ENGAGEMENT of the bad guy, and or bad guys.  The “X” is all things bad in the business and once “X” is defined in time and space it is to be avoided at all costs.  The farther you and the client can get away from “X” the better.  In the CIA, getting off of the “X” means to run, run, run as fast as you can, as far as you can once you are discovered, encountered, ambushed.  The same is true in the bodyguard business, only you will have to run with someone in tow hopefully in a PLAN OF ACTION (POA) defined way, meaning most of the eventualities were planned out and you, as point, will follow them.  I will say this, that once the bullets start flying, explosions are going off, attack or attacks commence, chaos and anarchy will be the rule of the moment, but how well you have trained for these actions will determine your and your client’s fate.  When setting CLAYMORE mines, it is person’s duty laying them to guess which way the bad guys will go once the first explosion goes off.  You will lay mines in these areas as to increase your kill ratio per mine.  Other factors are direction as CLAYMORES are directional charges, but that is a lesson for another day.  The point is to choose escape and evasion wisely and GET OFF OF THE “X”.  Understand that if escape is too easy, it might be because the bad guys wanted you to follow that direction.  Be aware and again GET OFF oF THE “X”.

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