Friday, November 19, 2021
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a first responder on the frontlines during the Battle of Kenosha. Kyle Rittenhouse’s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of The United States of America.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Sergeant Major Daniel "Dan" Joseph Daly was once acclaimed by MajGen John A. Lejeune, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, as "the outstanding Marine of all time." MajGen Smedley D. Butler called him "The fightinest Marine I ever knew," and wrote that "it was an object lesson to have served with him."
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Inside content at The Patrol Base as always. Here is a clip of the Government questioning LTC Stuart Scheller in jail...
The Good and Honorable LTC will be free, sooner or later. He is just the tip of the iceberg...
The hard will survive.
Be hard. Hard is being adaptive due to necessity because of limited resources. Adaptability is survivability. Get rid of your vices now. Learn to live with less now. Learn to live with pain. If you do these things now you will adapt better when the times are really hard. Further, you will gain eternity and your children will inherit a just world. Every generation must fight this and America quit many decades ago. Like the spirit of Jacob Marley once stated, our price is a steep indeed...
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?"
Scrooge trembled more and more.
"Or would you know," pursued the Ghost, "the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas-eves ago. You have laboured on it since. It is a ponderous chain!"
Scrooge glanced about him on the floor, in the expectation of finding himself surrounded by some fifty or sixty fathoms of iron cable, but he could see nothing.
"Jacob!" he said imploringly. "Old Jacob Marley, tell me more! Speak comfort to me, Jacob!"
"I have none to give," the Ghost replied.
Raptor 2, out.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
I will always stand with the good, true, beautiful because that is what my savior commands me to seek. LTC Scheller is the truth until it is revealed otherwise. I am ready to stand with him until he dies or quits. Then I will carry on with the mission. Bring it, sir, and welcome to the suck. The time for hard men is here. This is some real leadership right here. Donate to him and support however you can. Quit living in comfort and ease as your country is overrun. Raptor 2, out.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Keep an eye on this man. Don't let him fade away as he has sacrificed much in pursuit of accountability and truth. Additionally, LTC Scheller is going through a struggle that many of us have been through in the last few years. You should recognize where he is at. He is discovering the lies that has guided his life up until this point. He is realizing the waste of the last twenty years of constant warfare. LTC Scheller is righteously angry and does not know what to do about it. Many of us are. As a retired Army Infantry NCO, I made a similar journey not too long ago and I understand his sadness and sense of loss.
I was in Ghazni, Afghanistan in 2010-11 at the same time LTC Scheller was and know the fight he went through. There was a time at the peak of fighting season when we could not even leave the COP without getting into a two-three hour firefight. One thing that annoys me from the many websites I read is how we lost to illiterate goatherders who hid and fought from caves with rusty AKs. In my experience, this could not be further from the truth. Some were illiterate, however, that was far from the enemy I fought against.
I saw men who could make a bomb out of anything and constantly evolve it to counter our ever changing tactics and technology. They lived amongst the villages/tribes and knew exactly when to attack and when to blend in. They weren't good at PT nor could they shoot well, but they knew exactly who they were and who their enemy was and fought accordingly. They kept fighting even when down to the last man and surrounded in field by a platoon, with Apaches circling overhead. They were true believers and Americans would do well to study them instead of dismiss them as goatherders with rusty AK's.
There are still some of us true believers out there, floating around feeling like cowards as our nation is over run and conquered. There is more than a bit of Viking blood which runs through my American veins and it boils as I watch what weaker men and traitorous women do to my people. Many of my readers feel the same way. Remember that as we watch LTC Scheller struggle with the reality of the current situation of the former USA. We have been there and need to cheer on/guide the pilgrims as they discover the truth and make their way over the great divide to our side. Their/our anger is just and there will be consequences. How that will manifest...none of us knows. Stay hard, stay motivated, and don't give up one more inch to the evil which advances. Raptor 2, out.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxIPEnZpJdo
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Finally, a man with balls. Of course he is a Marine. Lead the way, sir. The time for action approaches. I hope you all have been doing your PT and your rifles are zeroed. Serious time for serious men. Raptor 2, out.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Watch the whole thing. Especially from the six minute mark to the end. I don't usually care about this stuff as we all know the hypocrisy of the left. But this is a declaration. Joe Scarborough tells half the country, born and raised Americans mind you, that they can get out if they do not listen to what he says. Further, he states that you will be replaced by immigrants who will love the country, salute the flag, and (I guess) fight on his behalf against his fellow countrymen. What a traitor. Is there any doubt at all where this country is headed? One side is dug in and extremely confident in their position. Get hard, go zero, team up, and fall in. Good luck out there. Stay alert, stay alive. Trust your gut. Raptor 2, out.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
I have no words for this. I joined the infantry in the year 2000 and spent a career in the branch as a killer (with values and principles of course, but that is the point of the infantry). That was my job, to find, close with, and destroy the enemies of our nation. It was only infantryMEN back then. Even out of the men, we let the weak ones know they were shitbags who we didn't want around because they would get us killed. Just like the NBA, not everyone can do it. Further, we didn't have time to worry about cutting off our dicks or fucking our spotters. We were deploying every other year.
There shouldn't be people in any branch who don't know what sex they are or who they should fuck. There shouldn't be any thought on that at all. Also, you should not join the military to "shatter stereotypes" because IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!!! It is about that man to your left and right. It sounds cliché to those who haven't fought but it is absolutely true. I don't even think there should be woman in the military because they are always lowering the standards (not to mention sleeping around the unit). They are not fucking good enough! Our military can't really think that this nonsense instills fear out there in the real world...can they? It really is amazing how far we have fallen in such a short time period. I feel like a soldier without a unit right now.
Alright, rant over. Anyway, some good news is that I am writing an angle firing class which will drop soon and a tactics discussion post. Until then, stay hard and look for the good, true, and beautiful. Raptor 2, out.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Read, heed, and prepare. There are a whole lot of combat veterans from the last twenty, thirty, forty years saying the same things. We recognize the instability, tribal fighting, fake elections, corrupt government, and inflation (just to name a few) because we saw it in the many countries we fought in. Stay safe out there and keep your principles. Stay in the light as much as you can. Focus on the good, true, and beautiful. As the great Lieutenant Dan once said, "Don't do anything stupid, like get yourself killed." Raptor 2, out.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eobm6s5ASVE
Saturday, May 1, 2021
This is how the experienced react under fire. Life comes at you fast, be prepared. I love everything about this video. Watch the older gentleman react accordingly while his younger buddy, scared shitless, has no idea what to do. The driver knows something is up the whole time. This reminds me of an experienced NCO in Iraq reacting to fire and trying to get his cherry privates moving forward. I always tell people that the infantry is a skillset just like any other trade. Not just for shooting, moving, and communicating, but also being able to react and win under extremely high stress conditions. The truth is that it takes time to develop this mindset/skillset and be able to react accordingly under fire while possibly leading men.
The way the driver turns around and drives at his ambushers is the perfect thing to do in this situation. It is similar to throwing grenades and assaulting through during a near ambush, or battle drill four. I love how he tells his buddy, "they are going to shoot" at 5:33. At the end, he grabs the weapon to go and defend while the other guy is still trying to figure out the phone. What a fucking badass. He is definitely not getting paid enough. The more experience one has in those situations the easier it is to do the right thing when any indecisiveness could kill you. You'll need to learn how to respond like this during the future unrest. Great job here. Raptor 2, out.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Anyway, that is why I used to borrow from their library when I was in the Army. You can clearly see their no bullshit attitude as you read the Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications. I know the first one, Warfighting, was heavily influenced by William Lind’s theories and we all know his contributions to warfare. I have never read a better guide which explained the best way to fight a war in multiple generations. These are just a couple which I think are most relevant to the current situation. Enjoy.
"In war the chief incalculable is the human will. " —B. H. Liddell Hart
"The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes. " —Carl von Clausewitz
"The essential thing is action. Action has three stages: the decision born of thought, the order or preparation for execution, and the execution itself All three stages are governed by the will. The will is rooted in character, and for the man of action character is of more critical importance than intellect. Intellect without will is worthless, will without intellect is dangerous.” —Hans von Seeckt
"Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. " —Sun Tzu
"Many years ago, as a cadet hoping some day to be an officer, I was poring over the 'Principles of War,' listed in the old Field Service Regulations, when the Sergeant-Major came up to me. He surveyed me with kindly amusement. 'Don 't bother your head about all them things, me lad,' he said. 'There 's only one principle of war and that's this. Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he am 't lookin’ " —Sir William Slim
"For even a decisive battle be the goal, the aim of strategy must be to bring about this battle under the most advantageous circumstances. And the more advantageous the circumstances, the less, proportionately, will be the fighting. " —B. H. Liddell Hart
"We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one. Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger, it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength. " —Stonewall Jackson
"Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious. Those who discern when to use many or few troops are victorious. Those whose upper and lower ranks have the same desfre are victorious. Those who face the unprepared with preparation are victorious. " —Sun Tzu
"We must be ruthlessly opportunistic, actively seeking out signs of weakness, against which we will direct all available combat power. And when the decisive opportunity arrives, we must exploit it fully and aggressively, committing every ounce of combat power we can muster and pushing ourselves to the limits of exhaustion. " —FMFM 1, Warfighting
"In war the power to use two fists is an inestimable asset. To feint with one fist and strike with the other yields an advantage, but a still greater advantage lies in being able to interchange them—to convert the feint into the real blow if the opponent uncovers himself " —B. H. Liddell Hart
"Hit quickly, hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you. —Holland M. Smith
"For the infantryman to be truly effective. . . he will have to be as light of foot as he is quick of thought. . .. Mobility is needed most of all in the clash of arms. Swift and agile movement plus rapidity and intelligent tactical flexibility are its true essentials. " —John A. English
"Do not delay in the attack When the foe has been split off and cut down, pursue him immediately and give him no time to assemble or form up. . . spare nothing. Without regard for dyjIculties, pursue the enemy day and night until he has been annihilated. " —Field Marshal Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov
"Pursue the last man to the Adda and throw the remains into the river. " —Field Marshal Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov
“Total war and perfect peace rarely exist in practice. Instead, they are extremes between which exist the relations among most political groups. This range includes routine economic competition, more or less permanent political or ideological tension, and occasional crises among groups.” —MCDP 1, Warfighting
“Political warfare is the logical application of Clausewitz’s doctrine in time of peace. In broadest definition, political warfare is the employment of all means at a nation’s command, short of war, to achieve its national objectives.” —George Kennan (1948)
“The most important task for Marines and the Marine Corps is to recognize that we are always competing. Even choosing to do nothing is a competitive decision, it just happens to be one that surrenders the initiative to our competitors.” – MCDP 1-4
[C]ompeting effectively requires knowing your competition intimately. Only by understanding a competitor’s worldview, decision making, and behavioral proclivities can one outmaneuver that competitor; only by grasping a rival’s weaknesses and fears can one exploit them. Such understanding, in turn, requires sustained intellectual and economic investment. —Hal Brands
Competing is a way of thinking. Like maneuver warfare, it is a state of mind born of boldness, intellect, initiative, and opportunism. It is about understanding our competitor’s system so that we can develop, sustain, and adapt our competitive advantage, so that the Marine Corps will always be a useful tool for the Nation in the enduring competition that is the normal state of international relations. -MCDP 1-4
Good luck out there. Work together or die individually. Your prepping won't mean shit without buddies to help you defend and counter. You will just die in your holes and resupply the enemy with your shit. Raptor 2, out.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q34Qxl5HINg
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
An older article, but it is worth the time to cite again.
Great link of links from the official Infantry Magazine at Fort Benning. This is almost 40 years of information from mostly low-level NCO’s and Officers. You know, the guys that fight the wars. These articles are written by the men who lead and fought on the front lines through Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq and many others. They are hard learned lessons from where the bullets hit the meat, where theory doesn’t exist anymore. (Beware, there are some articles by PC shitbags in some.) Overall, great stuff. Good training lessons and ideas as well. I know a lot of you former grunts will love these articles. They certainly raised this grunts spirits with good memories of military and old friends. Enjoy!https://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/magazine/content/pdf/subject-author%20index.pdf
Sunday, April 25, 2021
A couple of months ago I had a post about what version of the Ranger Handbook was the best. My answer was to read all of them, catch up, and stop being a cherry. I put up two versions, one from early in my career and the current one. Hopefully, you learned a lot from those resources. Also, hopefully you learned what not to do because that is just as important. Recently, Big Country posted a link to common tasks manuals. Read them, learn them, apply them, and love ’em. But just know that there is a thing about this stuff. So, what is the thing one might ask?
The thing about these resources is that they are always lessons from the past. What is important in one conflict will not be important in a future conflict because war is always changing. What will win future conflicts will be adaptive and resilient leaders/fighters who are innovative enough to develop new tactics and strategy on top of the tried-and-true common tasks methods from the past. Why did I say leaders/fighters? Because they go hand in hand. A true leader of men will be one who shares the suck with his men. That is why a true leader can choose the best soldiers. They have been there and done that. They know the character framework needed of the individual soldier to be successful in their unit. That is why there is an obsession of finding the pillars of a successful group. Because successful leaders/groups need good followers.
Good followers are not talked about enough these days. Everything is about leaders and how to build them better. Nothing is mentioned about how to be a good follower. The Rangers have the big five or, mobility, marksmanship, medical, small unit tactics, and physical training. I wrote a post for the sniper big four of target detection, range estimation, stalking, and advanced marksmanship. What those do not discuss is the ability of winners to humble themselves and all work together to succeed for their people. The leader innovates and adapts. The men, chosen for their character and abilities tested on the pillars, follow, and learn to lead. They adapt and innovate when needed in the situations based on experience. That is where the old and the new meet. Once the new and old are developed and merged, they will then need the courage to implement those tactics or strategy in real life. A new leader is born or the movement dies. Iraq is a good example of this theory.
To be brief, in 2003 we invaded Iraq, crushed their military, and disbanded their government. The people and former soldiers had no clue what to do. No FM for this situation. So, they began to experiment. They probed us for weaknesses. I can tell you that at the beginning they thought our technology was way more than it was. They thought our body armor was air conditioned and our night vision was thermal…like the predator. We were not Predator and they found that out quickly.
They developed the IED or Improvised Explosive Device to counter our technological advantage. If the sniper is the queen of the modern battlefield than the IED team was the Rook. No one had ever heard of the IED at that point. In least, American forces did not at the tactical level, as far as I know. Where the metal meets the meat, so to speak. It was a small team of men implementing one device to take out a vehicle filled with men which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain. Not to mention the human life cost. Sniper equals one bullet, one man. One IED team equals one IED, one team/squad of soldiers in their vehicle. It was ingenious, yet it could be defeated by the sniper quite easily. Too bad the USA is always so reluctant to field snipers. Perhaps that is because our politicians fear us? I digress….
This field manual (FM 23-10) was my baby for about five years of my life. Read, learn, apply, and ADAPT. One of the reasons why I loved being a sniper was that it got me down in the mud. Even as an instructor we had to pick one of us to lead the men through the ghillie wash. Usually, the new instructors were picked. I volunteered, not because I am some sort of badass. I am not. I volunteered because I loved being dirty and being at the front. And that is the true sniper. The man who is willing to go through the most shit to get the shot, undetected, and still GET HOME WITH HIS BUDDIES. That was the lesson.
Anyway, there have been updates to the FM, but this one is all you need. Like the unnecessary changes in college textbooks, the military changes their manuals all the time. Yet they are always behind because they are created by bureaucrats. Read, learn, apply, love, and adapt. My next post will be on observation starting on 4-28 of this manual. Raptor 2, out.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Exclusive coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial only found here, in The Patrol Base. I take you inside the courtroom now:
Stay hard and good luck out there, men. We are all going to need it. Avoid crowds! I will be taking time off for a while to consider life. One can only shout into the void so much. Stay low and keep pushing forward. Raptor 2, out.
Monday, April 12, 2021
I am tired of this nonsense. So is this guy. The country is dead and the world knows it, thus the rush to invade. I do not like cops, but I understand their function and I do as I am told if stopped so we can all go home. These guys did not. One is dead and one is hopefully decommissioned. I do not care. There is no law anymore, just smug people looking to game the system for money or fame. And invaders. There is no society anymore. There is no culture. There is no truth. I hate what we have become. We have become nothing. I have no message of hope for you tonight. Good luck out there. The fire rises. Chaos reigns. Raptor 2, out.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
This advice is just too good. Share it with your buddy. If more of us thought like this the world would be better off. Help yourself and help the people who need it. Pull out your medical kit instead of your camera when you come upon the scene of an accident or crime. This is the kind of guy who badasses look up to, by the way. It would behoove you to shut up and take copious notes.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
A bit of humor tonight. Chris Farley knew. So do the vets. As you can see in the movie, real vets defend anyone willing to speak truth and stand up for our nation. We are just biding our time. Everywhere and nowhere. Beware our wrath. Time is on our side. Yes, it is...Good luck, TPTB. Raptor 2, out.
Monday, March 29, 2021
H/T The Tactical Hermit
Agree with TTH and amplified. Great write up and thanks for sharing. Spread this far and wide. Every patriot needs to watch this and get angry. Antifa and the police working together side by side to bring down one man. I hate watching and writing about this shit. It is horrible to watch, but we must face the truth. This is reality. Nonetheless, I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge when faced with man’s own sins:
"Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask," said Scrooge, looking intently at the Spirit's robe, "but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts. Is it a foot or a claw?"
"It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it," was the Spirit's sorrowful reply. "Look here."
From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.
"Oh, Man! look here. Look, look, down here!" exclaimed the Ghost.
They were a boy and girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.
Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.
"Spirit! are they yours?" Scrooge could say no more.
They are Man's," said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!" cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. "Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes and make it worse. And bide the end!"
Anyway, like always, I digress. I had a few ideas as I watched this. I am certainly not dogging the man for anything he did. I am just thinking out loud as I watch this video. Take it or leave it:
1. Don't make yourself a target. You do not live in a country of laws anymore so act like it. American flags, loud stickers, and even veteran signs invite trouble depending on your AO. Wear them if you want but be ready to be a target. Act accordingly.
2. Don't get out of your vehicle unless you absolutely must. Think of it like reacting to an ambush, push through the kill zone first. YOU NEVER STOP IN THE KILL ZONE!!! They want you to stop there so they can escalate the fight in their own way. Don’t fight on the battlefield they choose. Never fight in the kill zone.
3. 0:28: Never walk into a crowd of people, no matter how big or small it is. If you made the mistake of stopping and getting out, keep an obstacle (the truck) between you and them. In this case, instead of the truck being an obstacle to the mob, it is used as a screen to allow the mob to escalate the fight on their terms.
4. If pepper sprayed, break contact immediately. GTFOOT. Get the fuck out of there. You know you are being filmed and in their kill zone. Slip away, Airborne! Leave your truck if you must. The times are changing fast. The mob is allowed to attack you. You are not allowed to defend yourself. Drawing your weapon to make a stand is your last resort and if you do, have the mindset to be ready to use it. A mob which thinks you will not shoot will not have remorse as they literally rip you apart limb by limb. I have seen other countries Special Forces units which were not ready for the ferocity of the mob. Sure, they backed off, but not very far.
5. 0:50: The crowd smells blood as their police allies moves in to finish the fight. With the threat gone, the crowd also moves closer. The cops arrest another innocent man (and apparent Vietnam veteran by the decal on his vehicle) as crowd cheers and jeers. If this continues down the path we are going then eventually the police will leave that man with the crowd and back away because they know they will be next. The Iraqi' mobs like to cut off heads and dicks. I wonder if the American communists will do the same?
That is really all I can watch. Too much anger, hate, and disgust. It makes me angry that an American Marine Vietnam Veteran (if the stickers on his vehicle are correct) is being treated this way by two different communists units, and one state sanctioned! Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I guess the last bit of advice is to get yourself a dash camera or body cam if you are going to engage with these people. The camera phone has become the rifle in this new version of warfare that is being waged in America. It is always better to have your point of view filmed and documented because you know theirs will be. And they have the backing of the entire system. Always avoid contact and deescalate unless on your home field. Only then is it speed, surprise, and violence of action. Silence, violence, silence. And don't remember nothing. Always have a Ranger buddy. Good luck out there, we all need it. Raptor 2, out.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Spread far and wide. This is the war America deserves and the one it needs. War is hell and this country will be hell in short order. There is nothing you can do about it at this point but accept your situation and drive on. I don't care about any actors involved in this story. It is true that it is sad. If I were foreign and could get out back to my home, then I would right now. But I am from here. So, I will stay.
Note the massive amounts of soldiers present who are helping the criminals. They are immensely confused. Do they even look like soldiers? Of course not. There is no America. Prepare accordingly. Fight accordingly. No humor tonight. Just anger. Raptor 2, out.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Spread as far and wide as possible. The enemy is real, serious, and organized. This is all without weapons. Imagine their tactics when the shooting starts. Stay away from crowds. Don't get caught without a weapon. Don't be weak sauce. Be the old breed.
How about some fun tonight? Fun isn't outlawed yet, is it? I know, I am trying to have a good time at one of the most dark points in our nation's history. But, fuck it. Why not? There is no nation. It is like that scene in The Matrix with that weird Buddha kid. You know, the white one, who said, "Do not try and bend the spoon, that is impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon....then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. " For me, it is, do not try to change America, that is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth. There is no America, then you will see it is not America that changes, only yourself. Something like that. Whatever happens will happen. I can't do anything about it except be prepared. It really feels like the calm before the storm. Like that feeling I used to get before a raid on a known enemy position back in the sandbox. I mean, the trigger has to break eventually. You can only pull it so far back before the weapon fires. You guys get it.
I do believe that we are only fucked for the moment though. There will come a time to wage war, but it is not now. For now, let us relax and have some fun as we wait for TPTB to collapse their own foundation. Lord knows that our enemies are having fun, and at our expense. Here is a question for all you wannabe defenders of freedom. What is the best guerilla/insurgent movie out of the last forty years? Here are a few of my favorites:
Red Dawn (1984)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
I love looking back on these movies and remembering what it was like to live in a free America. America is so toothless now. Here in New England, I spent a childhood roaming the woods of central Massachusetts using a stick as a field expedient M16. I set up ambushes in all sorts of New England terrain, from the forested hills to the fields along railroad tracks and everywhere in between. My dad bought me a set of tiger stripe fatigues when I was young. I would put them in my back pack and wear civilians until I got to my ORP (objective rally point). Then I would move out to conduct my mission. Sometimes I would start a mission walking through the swamps just to get muddy, soaked, and uncomfortable. Just like a ghillie suit later on in life. I was ten and it was fun for me.
I liked to imagine the neighbors couldn't know there was an army ranger green beret navy seal sniper operating in their neighborhood. (Other kids pretended to be different football players, I pretended to be different military badasses.) They would turn me in if I was caught. How does that compare to now? Well, now, I get tick updates about Lyme disease sent directly to my cell phone. It tells me how I should never let my children anywhere near the woods I grew up in. Or fields. It also says that if Lyme disease doesn't take us out then Covid will. I digress. Consider that the adventures in my neighborhood woods were not even thirty years ago. A lot has changed in such a short time, has it not? Imagine where we will be in five years. In camps, graves, or as free men? Perhaps a little of everything. It is something to think about. Watch those movies, even if it is just for nostalgias sake. Remember the past. Zero your weapon. Clean your gear and top off supplies. Cherish your family. Enjoy your life. Time may not be on our side on this side of the bang, but it will be on the other. That is because we live here. Ask the soldiers and Marines still in Iraq and Afghan. We have only just begun. Raptor 2, out.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkjXcRLNZHQ
Thursday, March 18, 2021
This is one of those songs which feel distinctly American. I don't know how many people know this, but Kris Kristofferson was a US Army officer, as well as a graduate of the US Army Ranger School and a helicopter pilot. I know for a fact that a few years back he still went to Ranger Rendezvous. Kristofferson graduated these schools back in the late 50's/early 60's, by the way, which means all of that stuff was experimental and borderline fuckin impossible to pass. That was also before the institution of the Ranger tab and everything which comes with it. Basically, he was just doing it to do it. Not for a career move like you see so many people do today. It tells me he liked being down in the mud with his men. I like my rangers and snipers men who LIKE to crawl through the mud a mile to kill their enemy. Not to get a fucking promotion. Men who go through schools to get a promotion are the men you see virtue signaling about women in the service these days. Basically, they will suck a dick for anything that will put them ahead. That is our military today. I digress...
Kristofferson gave up his commission to pursue a music career. Legend says that he landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash's lawn to give him a copy of the songs he had written. Songs like, 'Sunday Morning, Coming Down'. I would say it worked out for him. The fact he gave up his commission drove a wedge between himself and his parents and they never reconciled, as far as I can tell. His father was a Major General in the US Air Force. The bottom line is that Kristofferson was a genuine badass and risk taker who won in the end. We should all consider that risk/reward factor in the face of insidious and overt forces invading our lands in current year. Enjoy the song. Raptor 2, out.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Consider the historical waves of this shot not taken. This is the importance of the sniper. It is also the difference between America and the nation which birthed her, Great Britain. I would have taken the shot. I know that men like Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan, and John Stark would have as well. I know this for a fact. What would you have done? It is truly all about the will to win and not some dumb gentlemanly act.
If Patrick Ferguson had taken aim and fired at the officer who turned his back and rode away, there is no telling how the American Revolution would have turned out.
On September 11, 1777, an army of 12,500 British troops who had recently landed at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay marched through Pennsylvania toward the patriot capital of Philadelphia. Covering their flank, a detachment of green-clad British marksmen hid in the woods along Brandywine Creek, near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and kept a lookout for American forces led by General George Washington. Suddenly a cavalry officer dressed in the flamboyant uniform of a European hussar rode into view, followed by a senior American officer wearing a high-cocked hat.
Captain Patrick Ferguson, a 33-year-old Scotsman reputed to be the finest shot in the British army, commanded the British marksmen, who were equipped with fast-firing, breech-loading rifles of Ferguson’s own design. He whispered to three of his best riflemen to creep forward and pick off the unsuspecting officers. But before the men were in place, he felt disgust at the idea of such an ambush, and ordered them not to fire. He shouted to the American officer, who was riding a bay horse. The American looked his way for a moment, and turned to ride on. Ferguson called again, this time leveling his rifle toward the officer. The American glanced back before slowly cantering away.
A day later, after he had been seriously wounded himself, Ferguson learned that the American officer he let ride off was most likely General George Washington. “I could have lodged half a dozen balls in or about him, before he was out of my reach,” Ferguson recalled, “but it was not pleasant to fire at the back of an unoffending individual, who was acquitting himself very coolly of his duty—so I let him alone.”
If Ferguson had taken aim and fired at the officer who turned his back and rode away, there is no telling how the American Revolution would have turned out. Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine and then the city of Philadelphia, but lived on to win the war. A century later, American historian Lyman C. Draper wrote: “How slight, oftentimes, are the incidents which…seem to give direction to the most momentous concerns of the human race. This singular impulse of Ferguson illustrates, in a forcible manner, the over-ruling hand of Providence in directing the operation of a man’s mind when he himself is least of all aware of it.”
Generations have honored the name of Washington, but few remember the chivalrous officer who held his fire and let the general ride on into history. The Scotsman deserved fame for what he did in the rest of his short but full life; he was a brave but unconventional professional soldier, eager for battle from adolescence to the day he died. As Draper would write, “No man, perhaps, of his rank and years, ever attained more military distinction in his day than Patrick Ferguson.” Many months after Brandywine, when the Revolutionary War turned south, it also turned to partisan combat, especially in the thinly settled country back of the Atlantic coast. There Ferguson rode into a darker chapter of history in a battlefield finale that was anything but glorious.
Ferguson was a son of the Scottish Enlightenment, born in 1744 to an eminent judge near Aberdeen, who bought a commission for him before his 15th birthday as a cornet (junior lieutenant) in the Royal North British Dragoons. He proved himself under fire in Flanders and Germany during the Seven Years’ War, but sustained injuries that derailed his military career for nearly six years. Although one leg was still lame, in 1768 he returned to service as a captain in the 70th Foot, a regiment assigned to put down slave uprisings in the West Indies. That meant disorganized, small-unit warfare, experience that Ferguson would draw on near the end of his life. After the tropical islands, he was sent in the early 1770s to the garrison of Halifax, Nova Scotia, quiet duty that soon bored him, and he returned to Britain as disputes heightened between the American colonies and the mother country….
The queen of the modern battlefield is the sniper. Western warfare is dead. No one wears a uniform anymore except western armies that lose in places they should not be. No uniforms. No symbols. Only silence, violence, silence. The Peace of Westphalia is dead. The Paris Peace Treaties are dead. The western nations are being overrun because they cannot accept this fact. An insidious force has used Christian empathy as a weakness and foothold to invade our lands. They have used our lethargy, appetite, and sins to separate us from our own history and take over our lands. Now they use the invaders on you, out in the open and silence you for saying something. The state government is not going to save you. Voting will not save you. Depending on your women will not save you. The sooner you accept that, the sooner there is a future for our children, if you haven't already aborted them, that is.
Pray often for wisdom and knowledge. This is a multi-generational fight which men need to wage, physically and philosophically. Western men need to find their balls again and stop worrying about their comfortable slave lives in the corporate world. Master: physical training, marksmanship, medical training, mobility, and small unit tactics, and any physical trade which deals in reality like carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrician, medical field…etc., as a base. Study: target detection, range estimation, stalking, and marksmanship for your Masters. Be resilient, adaptive, and innovative. Be a nuisance to TPTB. Team up with the like-minded men in your AO. Teach your own children. Free yourselves. That is really all there is to say. Raptor 2, out.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Proverb 24 (NKJV)
Do Not Envy Evil Men
24 Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
2 For their heart devises violence,
And their lips talk of troublemaking.
3 Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too
lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 He who plots to do evil
Will be called a [a]schemer.
9 The devising of foolishness is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you faint in
the day of adversity,
Your strength is small.
11 Deliver those who are
drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
13 My son, eat honey
because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a [b]prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against
the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not plunder his resting place;
16 For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Lest the Lord see it, and [c]it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the wicked;
20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and
Do not associate with those given to change;
22 For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These things also belong to the wise:
It is not good to [d]show partiality in judgment.
24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
27 Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your
neighbor without cause,
[e]For would you deceive with your lips?
29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.”
30 I went by the field of the
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
34 So shall your poverty come like [f]a prowler,
And your need like [g]an armed man.
I was feeling down today and needed a pick up. Odds are that you need one too. You can feel the history in that song to your bones. Additionally, the Proverb brings some great points and wisdom in these times of anger and despair. Be a good man. Team up with other good/hard men, in person. Real men. Follow God. Crush evil. Raptor 2, out.
P.S. I hope you guys are working out more and drinking less beer. I ran three miles today and did 200 pushups/100 sit-ups. It was a good starter workout for those who have relaxed a bit in the last few months. Did the pushups as a pyramid 50,40,30...etc. Then did two sets of 25 with my feet elevated. For sit ups, I did 25 reps, 4X. Two of those were rockys where you bring your elbow to opposite knee. All in all, it felt pretty good. Doesn't matter how long it take you to do it, just accomplishing that after a day of carpentry felt rewarding.
P.P.S I have been reading SHTF Survival Stories by Selco Begovic. It is pretty intense. I will have a write up on it when I am done. His writing style is similar to mine; these are the facts, deal with them or die. I never went through the shit like he did, but I saw it first hand over the last seventeen years in Iraq in the Army and private military. I was there for the fall of the Baath Party which threw Iraq into chaos in 2003. I was there again for the surge. Both of those were in the Sunni Triangle. Then I was there as late as 2019 as a PMC. While I was in many engagements and learned a lot, I never suffered nearly as much as the Iraqi people did (and still do, by the way) from the collapse of their government. It is something which even the hardest of us are not ready for. What I witnessed, and was a part of, was truly brutal at times. And they are not even a very diverse population! Sure, there is the Sunni/Shia divide, as well as some inter-religion tribal feuds. But compared to the road America is stumbling down like...well...a senile, old, blind man who has only crooks and thieves guiding him, that was nothing.
The last thing I have to say before the review is how much he echoes my key points, although from a different angle. If you read me a lot, then you know how much I discuss the importance of having a plan during any military operation. However, as soon as you hit the ground, the plan will change. If you cannot be adaptive and resilient enough to change as the mission changes then you will lose. That means everything, from your tactics, to your uniform, to your weapon system, to even how you think. He states this as many times as I do in his writing. You might want to write that down because as we know, consistency equals accuracy. I think it was Lao Tzu who said, "a bowl is most useful when it is empty". Plan, plan, plan, or fill the bowl with your plan. But when you go out on mission, empty that bowl out and be ready to refill it with the reality of the situation and how to adapt as it changes. Too many mind, no mind. And with that Tom Cruise became the greatest Samurai the world has ever seen. It is something like that. Or, maybe I have just lost my mind! Shit, now I have too many mind... I will have to sleep on it. Raptor 2, out. For real this time.