March 17, 2007 - March 9, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
What You DO Need to Know
I postponed a
deadly entry about the Brits for a day or two because of this.
IT ALL UP
. If you're an InstaPunk fan, you probably already think
Warming is an absurd act of denial by the lefties. They're not afraid
of Islamic barbarians who want to kill them by the millions right now,
but they are
afraid of a few
degrees of warming in the next century. This may be irritating, you
think, but it's not actually important -- just one more symptom of the
unreality in which lefties live all the time, whether the ambient
temperature is hot or cold. That's the only explanation for the
reaction of otherwise intelligent conservatives -- like Glenn Reynolds
-- who don't really believe the scare rhetoric about Global Warming but
don't mind it because it would be a good thing for us all to conserve
energy. He's not buying the Big Lie, but he is buying hybrids and
calmly assessing the economic merits of a carbon-use market. He's found
a way to straddle the fence. No harm, no foul.
I wish it were so. But the truth is that the Global Warming scare is a
political strategy. Never let it be said that the morons who believed
in Marxism and defended the slaughters of Stalin are stupid. Well, they
are, but they're not. They're stupid about everything that matters in
life, but they're exceptionally shrewd when it comes to politics. In
seizing on human-generated Global Warming as a cause, they've once
again demonstrated their genius for propaganda.
They want to use it to create a world government that subjugates
individual nations and people to the irrefutable ideal of preserving
the planet. In other, simpler words, their objective is communism --
the replacement of individual free choice and free markets with a
collective that has the power to exterminate anyone and anything on
behalf of a rational government model that justifies all actions
without resort to bourgeois notions of morality.
Once the precedent has been set that there is a planetary cause which
trumps human-centric morality, they will be free to rule everyone as
they -- and their chosen experts -- see fit. It's important to
recognize that modern liberalism has nothing whatever to do with
traditional liberalism, which values the individual above all other
principles. The real desire of contemporary "liberals" is to establish
a ruling class with absolute power over all us ordinary slobs who don't
share their peculiar perspectives on social justice.
A scientific cause is the perfect instrument for achieving this
objective. The definition of science is that it consists of what has
been proven factually true. It cannot therefore be rebutted by faith,
values, esthetics, or aspiration. Its status as irrevocable truth
empowers the enlightened (i.e., those in power) to censor, punish,
obliterate, and overturn
pre-existing values without any philosophical backchat. Science allows
the substitution of facts for truth, however conceived. If he were
alive today, the amoral keepers of the Global Warming faith could wring
obedience from Jesus Christ on the subject of recycling and secondhand
smoke -- without uttering a single word about divinity, faith, or sin.
In the preferred "liberal" model, power belongs not to the good but to
the smart. You will learn, despite three centuries of disrespect and
rebellion, to genuflect to Yale.
That's why ducking the questions about Global Warming -- "I don't
know," "I'm not sure," "I don't disagree in
principle," "I don't see the harm in going along," -- is a suicide pact
These people are nuts. And they're also winning the battle over what
the politics of the future will look like. Global Warming is not a
sideshow. It's the incredibly ponderous first step of an assault that
intends to remove all individual free will from life. That's why it's
imperative that all of us quit making jokes about Global Warming and go
to war for the purpose of debunking it.
Here are the remaining segments of the documentary whose beginning you
saw above. (Parts 2
Study. And then spread the word. Not laughingly, but as seriously as if
your life depended on it. Because it does. Or at least your children's
lives depend on it.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Going to Iraq
Just In Case. So you want to go to Iraq?
Not too long ago, InstaPunk said he wanted to head over to Iraq and speak with some of the G.I.'s on the ground and report back to all of us on what he found. The response -- as measured in dollars -- was encouraging.
When we first heard the idea, we thought he was kidding. A brief conversation later, we realized he was serious – as a heart attack.
We began to do what we've done on many previous occasions – see if we can keep InstaPunk from getting killed. InstaPunk is quite willing to go as an embedded journalist, but without a bona-fide, certified media source signing the waivers and, more importantly, having the jack to go in and get the guy out if something goes wrong. The U.S. military isn't interested in evacuating some knuckle-head civilian that can't hack it.
So, if you can't go in as an embedded journalist, you've got to underwrite your own excursion. What does this involve?
Well, let's discuss it.
First, you need security. We thought a minimum of four trained professionals but as we'll discuss in a bit, you're probably talking about eight. These fine folks go out a rate of $7,500 to $10,000 per week. So, there you have $40k to $80k per week for the personnel.
Then you need to get into Iraq. This is best done from the border of either Jordan or Kuwait. If you're going in with the U.S. military, the Kuwait track is preferred, but as a man on his own, you're going to go in from Jordan. Let's fly to Jordan – it costs about $1,500 to get to Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan and back. Multiply that by nine and you get $ 13,500.
Okay. Now you are in Amman with your security team. Now what?
It turns out, if you want to travel into Iraq, it is going to involve cars. Now, InstaPunk had visions of driving in with a Plymouth Road Runner and a .45, but it takes a little more than that. First, you don't drive through Iraq without a convoy of less than four vehicles. This is why we need eight security guys since we're pretty sure they don't want to be driving solo in the convoy.
The cars need to be used, scuffed-up, have mismatched-paint, and be manufactured outside of the U.S., say a BMW 5-series. We don't know what the used car market in Amman looks like, but let's say you're going to need $20k per vehicle – times four is $80k.
Now we have to look at how long you're going to be there. Assuming you want to spend two weeks on the scene, how long do you have to plan on being out-of-town?
To get into Iraq, you've got to be ready to wait at the Jordanian border anywhere from one to three weeks while the Jordanian and Iraqi officials scrutinize your documents and intentions. You have to be prepared for the long end, so let's say three weeks.
To get out of Iraq can take anywhere from two to four weeks. Jordanians seem to be pretty cautious about letting people enter the country from Iraq for some reason. Again, you've got to say four weeks.
So, where are we?
Two weeks in-country; three weeks getting in; and four weeks getting out for a total of nine weeks. Assuming the security fees include a fully outfitted team without additional costs for food and lodging and assuming InstaPunk can get along on about $500 per day we get an idea of the ballpark we're in . . .
Airfare || ||$ 13,500|
| Security||9 x 8 x $10,000 ||720,000|
| Old BMWs||4 x $20,000||80,000|
| Per diem||9 x 7 x $500|| 31,500|
| || || |
| That is a total of|| ||$ 845,000|
| || ||======|
But there is more.
Gas and communications. It is about 500 miles from Amman to Baghdad. Now, in and out, plus detours, plus getting around, plus unexpected destinations – say, 2,500 miles per vehicle getting 20mpg. That is 4 vehicles x 2,500 miles divided by 20 x $4.00/gallon is $2,000.
Now, you need at least four Iridium 9500 Sat phone which you can rent for $29.95 per week plus usage. Here's the math: 4 x 9 x $29.95 = $1,078. Usage is $1,100 per 1,000 minutes. Let's load 2,000 minutes on each phone – 4 x 2 x $1,100 = $8,800. Total gas and communications – $ 10,800.
Then, we've got to get InstaPunk body-armor, an automatic weapon, and that .45. We like the Springfield Armory, XD-45 with a 14-round clip plus a fully automatic AK-47 – say, $6,500. Level IV body-armor and a helmet at $5,800 and a nice compliment of ammunition – plus $750 – let's round all this to $15,000.
Oh, yea, we sent him there to write. How about a laptop with ten or fifteen batteries – $5,000.
To be prudent, you should add $1,000 per day as a contingency. That should cover all the stuff you forget. That is 9 x 7 x $1,000 = $ 63,000.
Add it up:
Airfare|| ||$ 13,500|
| Security||9 x 8 x $10,000 ||720,000|
| Old BMWs||4 x $20,000||80,000|
| Per diem||9 x 7 x $500||31,500|
| Gas and communications|| ||10,800|
| Body armor and weaponry|| ||15,000|
| Computer|| ||5,000|
| Contingency|| || 63,000|
| || || |
| That is a total of|| ||$ 938,800|
| || ||======|
Let's call it $1,000,000.
Other considerations include traveling only at night. Then, remember never to stop for any reason on the open road. If there is a traffic jam, just pick another route and keep driving. Don't speak English – this will alienate you from everyone and you will be reported by the intricate network of informants that each faction has assembled to keep them posted on all the fresh meat in the area. Only speak Arabic. But, you'll have to pick a dialect and that will make you some friends, but the rest will pass your arrival along their intricate network of informants that the other factions have assembled to keep them posted on all the fresh meat in the area.
If you've got to stop along the way, be sure to stop at U.S. military check points. No where else. And, remember how we said never to stop but to keep moving? Remember not to drive away from a U.S. military check point as they may suggest that you are a hostile and could lead to being fired upon by U.S. military personnel.
That brings up another good point. You are trying to blend in with the local population by speaking Arabic and avoiding concentrations of Westerners, but you must be sure not to blend in too well because this could lead to an unpleasant encounter with U.S. military.
That's not the worst of it. If all of the above fails, we'll need $2mm to $4mm to ransom InstaPunk from the nice people that happen to kidnap him.
You're going to need $5mm. You might not spend it all, but that is what you're going to need to do this right. InstaPunk might not get kidnapped, but he might get wounded or have something else that results in the need for an emergency evacuation that will not be cheap. So, the additional $4mm needs to be held in reserve.
Less than $2k has come in via the Click-To-Pay button at the top of the left panel. Let us know what you want to do.
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