Friday, September 30, 2011

Another Top Al Qaeda Figure Killed

Another one bits the dust...Slowly the U.S. is getting these people.


SAN'A, Yemen—Al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most wanted terrorists on a U.S. target list, has been killed in Yemen, according to a statement issued by the country's defense ministry.

Associated Press
In this image from video released by SITE Intelligence Group on Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites.

Mr. Awlaki has long been at the top of the U.S. target list in Yemen. He has been accused of involvement in several terrorism incidents in the U.S. in recent years. While he wasn't a top operational leader in al Qaeda, Mr. Awlaki's U.S. roots and fluent English made him a special concern of U.S. counterterrorism officials, who have been attempting to kill or apprehend him for several years.

Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press that there was an air strike Friday morning in the country's east, between al-Jawf and Marib regions. The officials couldn't provide more details and spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to talk to the media. Tribal elders in the area told the AP that the air strike targeted an al Qaeda convoy in the east. Mr. Awlaki's death would be another significant blow to al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year.

Yemen has been a growing concern for counter-terrorism officials as the country has descended into chaotic factional fighting as several key groups have turned on president Ali Abdullah Saleh this year. As the fighting has continued in the capital, outlying areas have increasingly come under the sway of militant Islamist groups, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. At the same time, counter-terrorism teams have stepped up their hunt for key figures and have killed several in the past few months.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Could model airplanes become a terrorist weapon?

BOSTON (AP) — Model airplanes are suddenly on the public's radar as potential terrorist weapons. A 26-year-old man from a Boston suburb was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives.
These are not balsa-wood-and-rubber-band toys investigators are talking about. The FBI said Rezwan Ferdaus hoped to use military-jet replicas, 5 to 7 1/2 feet long, guided by GPS devices and capable of speeds over 100 mph.

Federal officials have long been aware of the possibility someone might try to use such planes as weapons, but there are no restrictions on their purchase — Ferdaus is said to have bought his over the Internet.
Counterterrorism experts and model-aircraft hobbyists said it would be nearly impossible to inflict large-scale damage of the sort Ferdaus allegedly envisioned using model planes. The aircraft are too small, can't carry enough explosives and are too tricky to fly, they said.
"The idea of pushing a button and this thing diving into the Pentagon is kind of a joke, actually," said Greg Hahn, technical director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Rick Nelson, a former Navy helicopter pilot who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Ferdaus would have had to hit a window or other vulnerable area to maximize damage, and that would have taken precision flying.

Link http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MODEL_PLANE_TERROR?

Test Center proves modern weapons for light attack aircraft

Test Center proves modern weapons for light attack aircraft

Could this be another option for our Air Force or something to export to third world county's Air Forces?

Iran Says Its New Cruise Missile Can 'Sink Giant Warships'

These guys are getting to be a boil on our ###.       
Published September 28, 2011 Fox News.Com

Iran has begun to mass manufacture a domestically developed cruise missile that reportedly could be used to strike Israel and potentially counter U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
The missile, called Ghader, which means capable in Farsi, has a 124-mile range and can "sink giant warships," Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian defense minister, said in an interview on Press TV. He went on to say the missile could be launched quickly and travel at low altitudes.
The exact number of missiles produced is unclear, but they reportedly were delivered to the Revolutionary Guard’s naval division. The country often makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kissimmee Fla. area motels cleared after envelope scares; FBI to investigate

Suspicious packages prompt evacuations at two motels on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (US 192)

Tests of suspicious envelopes delivered to a pair of Osceola County motels on Wednesday were negative, the Sheriff's Office said, but federal authorities continue to investigate.
Deputies began investigating about 1:40 p.m., after they received a report of a suspicious envelope that had been delivered to a Holiday Inn on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.
An employee at the Kissimmee-area motel discovered that it contained "an unknown substance," according to a sheriff spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain. Hazmat crews were called in,

Meanwhile, a second, similar report came in at about 2:04 p.m., this time at an Econolodge also located on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. The lobbies of both motels were evacuated.
Kissimmee Fire Rescue investigated the Holiday Inn incident, and an Orange County hazmat team investigated at Econolodge in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, officials said.

Tests of the suspicious substance came back negative, Lizasuain said, but due to the proximity and close timing of the two deliveries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation took over the case.

Iranian Navy Plans to Send Ships Near U.S. Waters

So this ranks high on my list of things to watch very closely...

The Iranian navy plans to move naval vessels out of the Persian Gulf and into the Atlantic Ocean, "near maritime borders of the United States," the Tehran Times reported Tuesday.
According to the English-language paper based in Tehran, the announcement came from a top Iranian naval officer on Tuesday.
“As the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) have a (military) presence near our sea borders, we also plan to have a strong presence near the U.S. sea borders with the help of the soldiers who are loyal to the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent),” said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, as quoted and paraphrased by the Tehran Times.

Monday, September 26, 2011

In euro crisis, Merkel is replaying 1931

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Eighty years ago, Britain left the gold standard. It reminds you of some of the things going on today.
Read the front page of the Financial Times of Sept. 21, 1931, for instance, a day after the move. “The step now taken is due solely to heavy withdrawals of sterling by foreigners. Their exaggerated fears have brought about the new situation.”
Well that’s all right then. Elsewhere, one reads: “Temporary step only….There is in no sense a crisis. Internally the affairs of the country will proceed along normal lines.”
In fact, Britain’s relinquishment of the gold peg, while giving much-needed stimulus to the domestic economy, piled up pressure on the main gold-adhering countries of the Continent, Germany and France, to follow suit. Nowadays we’d call it “contagion risk”. Germany stood firm. France didn’t, eventually departing the gold standard in 1936 in a hotly contested move by the Popular Front government of Léon Blum. The rest is, mainly unpleasant, history.
Scroll forward to the present, and you see some dark similarities in today’s dilemmas for European governments. 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-euro-crisis-merkel-is-replaying-1931-2011-09-26


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Obama says Republicans would 'cripple' US

Looks like Obama is starting the carp is was pulling the last time when he was elected. We need to work hard to keep him from being re-elected. I don't want to turn this into a political blog. I firmly believe that Obama is part of our country's current problem. If he stays in office we will be going down hill faster.   Rob

From AP

SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama took his newly combative message to the liberal West Coast on Sunday, aiming to re-energize faithful Democratic voters who have grown increasingly disenchanted with him.
The three-day trip, ending Tuesday in Denver, comes as Obama has shifted from seeking compromise with Republicans in Congress to calling out House Speaker John Boehner and others by name. The president has criticized them as obstructionists and demanded their help in passing his $447 billion jobs bill.
This approach is a relief to Democratic activists fed up by what they viewed as the president's ceding of ground to the Republicans on tax cuts and other issues when the economy has stalled and unemployment is stuck above 9 percent.

Obama's three-day trip offers him the chance to try to reassure some of his most liberal and deep-pocketed supporters with his aggressive new message as the 2012 campaign revs up.
At his first fundraiser in Seattle, Obama mixed frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-republicans-cripple-us-214803507.html

80 arrested as 'Occupy Wall Street' protest of bank bailouts, mortgage crisis marches in NYC

Article by: Associated Press




NEW YORK - About 80 people were arrested Saturday as demonstrators who were camped out near the New York Stock Exchange marched through lower Manhattan, police said.
The "Occupy Wall Street" protest is entering its second week. Demonstrators said Saturday they were protesting against bank bailouts and the mortgage crisis; some also held signs decrying Georgia's execution of Troy Davis, who was put to death Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer.
At Manhattan's Union Square, police tried to corral the demonstrators using orange plastic netting. Some of the arrests were filmed and activists posted the videos online. One video appears to show officers using mace on protesters who already were cordoned off; another shows officers handcuffing a man after pulling him up off the ground, blood trickling down his face.

Police say the arrests were mostly for blocking traffic. Charges include disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. But one demonstrator was charged with assaulting a police officer. Police say the officer involved suffered a shoulder injury.
Protest spokesman Patrick Bruner criticized the police response as "exceedingly violent" and said the demonstrators sought to remain peaceful.
A police spokesman had no comment about the videos or the arrests.

 Is this the beginning of what is to come?

Friday, September 23, 2011

What I'm Reading....

Reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Picked it up on Kindle for free.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Texas School Punishes Boy for Opposing Homosexuality

Here is another one......What Freedom of Speech?

An honors student in Fort Worth, TX, was sent to the principal’s office and punished for telling a classmate that he believes homosexuality is wrong.

Holly Pope said she was “absolutely stunned” when she received a telephone call from an assistant principal at Western Hills High School informing her that her son, Dakota Ary, had been sent to in-school suspension.

“Dakota is a very well-grounded 14-year-old,” she told Fox News Radio noting that her son is an honors student, plays on the football team and is active in his church youth group. “He’s been in church his whole life and he’s been taught to stand up for what he believes.”

And that’s what got him in trouble.

This says it all





        OBAMA OUT ON JANUARY 20, 2013.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

California Couple Fined $300 for Holding Home Bible Studies

Once again this is what the world is coming to..... From Fox News-LA Times,

A Southern California family has been fined for holding regular Bible studies at their home because it violates a city zoning code, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The city of San Juan Capistrano, in Orange County, fined Charles and Stephanie Fromm $300 for having as many as 50 people assembled at their home twice a week, the Times reported. City officials also warned the couple that subsequent fines could increase if they continued to host the Bible studies without obtaining a special permit.
A religious legal non-profit group, the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), has taken up the case saying the fine was a violation of religious freedom.
A spokeswoman for the city of San Juan Capistrano stressed that local authorities were not trying to prohibit home Bible study.

(Would this happen if it was a drug party or something other?)

First Prize for a Child in Somalia: An AK-47

This is what the world is coming to today.......

NAIROBI, Kenya — A typical prize for a children’s contest might be a backpack, a lunchbox or maybe some toys.
Not in Somalia.
Over the weekend, a Somali radio station run by the Shabab, the most powerful Islamist militant group in the war-ravaged country, held an awards ceremony to honor children who were experts at Shabab trivia and at reciting the Koran. The prizes? Fully automatic assault rifles and live hand grenades.
The contest itself was held during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and featured questions that the Shabab seemed to think every child should know, like which war was Sheik Timajilic (a famous Shabab warrior) killed in?
Without a functioning central government, Somalia has some of the lowest schooling rates in the world, and many Somali children are more familiar with rifles than rulers. Contestants in the Shabab quiz included children from all across Shabab-controlled areas of Somalia, most of the southern third of the country. The children competed live on air from the many radio stations nationwide that the Shabab control.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/africa/shabab-gives-unusual-prizes-for-somali-children-in-contest.html

Thank You

I just want to say Thank You to all of you folks who have visited my blog. I am new to all of this. I read many fellow bloggers, some which I follow regularly. I am still working a learning more about prepping and this whole new world that has opened my eyes. I pay more attention to what is on the news. I try to catch Fox News on the national level, to me they do not seem to be like the other MSM.

Thanks again to everyone. Feel free to email me on my profile, as I would like to talk to anyone about prepping and what is going on in the world today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Florida Unemployment

To see how big an impact the recession had on Florida, and how the malaise still lingers over the state’s job market, look no further than the historical jobless rates in the state in August.
According to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed by On Numbers, Florida’s unemployment rate came in at 10.7 percent in August 2011, compared with 11.6 percent in 2010 and 10.6 percent in 2009.
In August 2008, it was 6.6 percent.
In August 2007, a mere 4.2 percent.
And in August 2006, 3.3 percent.
The 6.5-point swing from 2007 to 2011 puts Florida among the top three biggest job losers since the Great Recession began.

Report: Florida business offers free AK-47 with new account


A Sarasota-based credit card processing company is offering customers an AK-47 rifle worth up to $750 if they open a new account and meet certain minimums for volume and the number of retail accounts handled, New Times reported in a blog on Tuesday.

According to the publication, Merchant.Service.com is making the offer as part of a "No Victims" campaign.

Customers who qualify for the rifle get a voucher that can be used at firearm retailers that go through the normal background checks and waiting periods that may be required by law.

The full report can be read at www.browardpalmbeach.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Changed Blogs Name..

I chose to change the name of my blog today. When I first started out I had decided on the name of Rob's Rangers. But it sounded like I had been in the military. I felt that was misleading. I have never served in the military. I felt it would be a dishonor to all my friends and family members who have served. Today I changed it to Rob's Bunker. As a new prepper I feel we are all getting our bunkers ready for whatever comes along.

Constitution Day

By KATE ZERNIKE New York Times
In the 100 years since Constitution Day was first established, most Americans have lumped it with holidays like Grandparents’ Day and Administrative Assistants’ day — a noble cause, lightly observed.
But this year, with the Tea Party making the Constitution sexy again, the holiday (which, for those rusty on their civics, falls on Saturday) has become occasion for battle.
Tea Party groups, armed with lesson plans and coloring books, are pushing schools to use the day to teach a conservative interpretation of the Constitution, where the federal government is a creeping and unwelcome presence in the lives of freedom-loving Americans.
Progressive groups, accusing the Tea Party of selectively reading the founding document, have responded with a campaign to “take back the Constitution.” They are urging Americans and lawmakers to sign a pledge to honor the whole Constitution, even the parts many Tea Party supporters would prefer to ignore — say, the amendments allowing an income tax, and granting birthright citizenship. And they are trying to get people to see the Constitution not as a limit on federal power but as the spirit behind progressive laws.
The struggle over the holiday is yet another proxy in the fight over the proper role of government. On one side are those who embrace an “originalist” view of the Constitution, where New Deal judicial activism started the country down the path to ruin. On the other are those who say that its language — allowing Congress to levy taxes to provide “for the general welfare,” to regulate commerce, and to do what is “necessary and proper” to carry out its role — affirms the broad role of the federal government that has developed over the last 100 years.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

California Gold Rush Set for Revival

Along California's picturesque Highway 49, aptly named for the famed miners of a time passed, most action these days involves tourists intent on finding the next great taste of wine, or hunting down a hidden gem in a local antique store.
Nestled in the foot hills of the towering Sierra, towns like Sutter Creek, Amador City and Angels Camp evoke a romantic past, with the only gold mining here now just a few people with pans. But for the first time since the 1950's, California's Mother Lode will have more than just a tourist draw, as an operating underground gold mine is set to open.

As prices of gold soar around the world, and even here on the left coast, mining begins to move forward. Sutter Gold Mine says it will be fully operational within 6 months and should pour its first gold bar within a year. Conservative estimates have the company believing it will pull at least 1,800 ounces of gold out of the ground each month, and that it is more than cost effective to reopen this mine, which has in parts been operational since before California was accepted into the Union.
While Sutter Gold successfully waded through the environmental regulation that exists in California these days, only one other mine in the region may also get the chance to open in the near future, and that is about 60 miles to the north in the Grass Valley area. There are at least 18 agencies that need to be satisfied before that can happen and that doesn't take into account city and county regulations/protections before a mine can begin the process of opening. That, and low gold prices in years past, have kept underground mining here nonexistent until now.

By law, the mining companies must set aside funds that would cover the cost of clean up in case of an environmental disaster, though this is not expected.
For the most part, locals seem to welcome the mines back, but only in small numbers since tourism has become such a backbone of the local economy.
However, even with the tourist dollar, a new highway bypass and the struggling economy have hit this area of rural California hard and as one woman from the area says, “we could use a few good jobs.”
Environmentalists like Dan Jacobson aren't so pleased with the prospect of miners back in the Mother Lode. He says new “gold” can be found in new, cleaner industries like eco-tourism. He says the area in recent years has drawn thousands of tourists for its hiking, biking, clean rivers and green way of life and all that will be threatened. Why go back to an era that did so much damage, he insists.

Officials at Sutter Gold Mine say techniques used today are cleaner than ever, with little connection to some of the harsh ways gold was extracted from rock in the past. One miner, who is fifth generation from these parts, says locals are excited about 100 new well-paying jobs and that because most will be filled by locals, keeping everything clean is personal.
So if you happen to get near this area, Highway 49 runs north and south through the heart of the foothills and east of the famed San Joaquin Valley. Wines and antiques are still waiting to be found, but now it appears what built the 'Gold Country,' and the rest of California, can once again be found too. Like it or not, there is gold in these hills.

Record 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau says

High joblessness and the weak economic recovery pushed the ranks of the poor in the U.S. to 46.2 million in 2010 -- the fourth straight increase and the largest number of people living in poverty since record-keeping began 52 years ago, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

The share of all people in the U.S. who fell below the poverty line rose to 15.1% last year from 14.3% in 2009. That matched the poverty rate reached in 1993 before falling steadily to 11.3% in 2000. Since then the poverty rate has risen, accelerating after the recession began in late 2007, and is now approaching levels not seen since Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1965.

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Allegiance.......

 Need I say any more then this,

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

So Many Lost Today........

So much has been said about today, So many lives given up, So many days we will never forget, So many people we will never hug again, So many laughs that will never be heard again, So many decisions made, no regrets on the ones they made. So much blood shed, so many tears shed, So many children crying on their beds, So many now alone, in their beds, May we all pray it never happens again, 9-11-01

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SW US Power Outage

More than 2 million people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were left without power Thursday after a major outage that extended from Arizona to southern California, including San Diego, the eighth largest U.S. city.
Mike Niggli, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ruled out terrorism but said the cause is unclear.
"To my knowledge this is the first time we've lost an entire system," he said at a news conference.
The outage that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT extended from southern parts of Orange County to San Diego to Yuma, Arizona. It also is affecting cities south of the border across much of the state of northern Baja.
All outgoing flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field were grounded and police stations were using generators to accept emergency calls across San Diego County.

Prime Time Lie

Seeking to boost a slumping economy along with his hopes for re-election, President Obama on Thursday night implored Congress to pass a $450 billion jobs plan that he says will give an array of tax cuts to small businesses that hire while reforming the corporate tax code and investing in infrastructure projects.
In a highly-anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama repeatedly called on lawmakers to pass his plan "right away," saying "there should be nothing controversial" about the American Jobs Act. Obama said all the proposals are paid for with spending cuts although he won't detail them until next week.

Unions hard at Work

The other day IBT Pres. Hoffa said stick it to those SOB;s I guess that was a signal to start this.....

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered security guards, damaged rail cars and dumped grain at the center of a labor dispute that also stopped work at four other ports on Thursday, officials said.
Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after at least 500 Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. He called the detained guards "hostages."
No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from a car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said. They also pushed a private security vehicle into a ditch.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Important Documents to Have

I feel these are two very important documents to have copies of...

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

I last studied these while in school. As a prepper I believe it is time to have these very important documents printed out and on hand. I will be spending some time re-reading these and adding to my collection of manuals and other documents.

Stay alert. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Who is the Smartest?

Who is the smartest people in the world right now? Bill Gates? Donald Trump? In my option it is anyone who is a prepper. Why? Because any prepper is smart enough to be prepared for almost anything. Why wait for the government to take care of us in our time of need?  Do it yourself. You know what your needs are, does the government?



Saturday, September 3, 2011

I Know Nothing, Nothing.....

Have you ever seen the old series "Hogan's Hero's", from the 1960's? My favorite cast member was Sgt. Schultz, The over weight German Guard. Why is he my favorite?  Because no matter what was going on with the American P.O.W.'s when ever he found out what they were up to, He would say "I know Nothing, Nothing." He didn't want to be in the war more so then anyone else.



We all know what's going on, in the world. I have used this "I Know Nothing" to my advantage. I see a lot of things and I also "don't see" a lot of things. I like to be stealth, see but don't be seen. "I KNOW NOTHING, NOTHING."

I hope everyone has a good Holiday weekend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Prepper, Different Blog

Hello...My name is Rob, and this is my second try at blogging. I had a different blog on another blog site, but I didn't like it every much. I have know about prepping for many years but failed to act on it. I should have started doing something about it back after 9/11. 5 years ago my wife and I decided to relocate to a warmer climate, for health reasons. Now since the Democrat's are running the government, our country has fallen on hard times. How can they spend money that the Government does not have? I can't do it, but they do.


Now 5 years later we have heard the alarm clock ringing or smelt the coffee brewing, or what ever you want to call it. We realize we were better off back home, up north. So we are now planning to return to the land of our ancestors. I follow many other blogs, and we are trying to play catch up with all the others. After seeing what has been going on in the rest of the world and with the damage caused by Hurricane Irene to the Northeast U.S., I now believe many folks are not ready for anything that comes along.

So thank you for taking time to stop by, and I will try to post every few days. Giving a point of view on my family's life and our point of view of the world.