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Chicago’s 2016 Memorial Day Weekend: 7 Killed, 68 Wounded

Regular Survival And Prosperity readers may have noticed I haven’t blogged too much about Chicago recently. Reason being? I’ve grown tired of pointing out the obvious, which is the writing’s on the wall for the “Windy City,” and that scene is bound to get real ugly before conditions can improve. However, this afternoon I feel compelled to make an exception as “Beirut By The Lake” was seriously hopping over the long holiday weekend. The HeyJackass! (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) website breaks down the carnage under a section entitled “Memorial Day Weekend”:

This weekend marks the start of the annual Summer Stupidity & Shooting Season. Between now and Labor Day weekend, we’ll expect to see around 225 homicides and an additional 1,000 shot and wounded.
Final Stupidity Tally: 7 killed, 68 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 8 killed, 24 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 9 killed, 27 wounded

“7 killed, 68 wounded”

It should be noted that last weekend’s shootings weren’t confined to those areas of Chicago one might reasonably expect such violence to take place. Alexandra Chachkevitch, Joe Mahr, Peter Nickeas, and Grace Wong observed on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The rest of the weekend shootings were scattered across Chicago. They happened as far north as West Rogers Park and northwest as Jefferson Park and as far south as the West Pullman neighborhood. The violence centered on the West Side, though. Seven of the shooting incidents on the West Side had more than one victim…

Only a matter of time now before there’s renewed talk of bringing in the Illinois National Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or U.S. Army to patrol the streets of Chiraq.

And rounding up all the guns….

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Chachkevitch, Alexandra , Mahr, Joe, Nickeas, Peter, and Wong, Grace. “Memorial Day weekend closes with 69 shot in Chicago, many of them on West Side.” Chicago Tribune. 31 May 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-shootings-memorial-day-20160530-story.html). 31 May 2016.

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Resource Of The Week: Steve’s Pages ‘US Joint Services Manuals’

Back on January 15, 2015, I named “Steve’s Pages” as the “Resource Of The Week.” I blogged:

Wish you had a manual for a particular gun?

Chances are, you can find it on Steve’s Pages.

Stephen Ricciardelli has compiled a ton of FREE firearm manuals in .pdf format on the aptly-named Steve’s Pages website…

Regrettably, Mr. Ricciardelli passed away. However, not only does his site live on, but there’s another section of it that contains an incredible number of U.S. military manuals and other publications which can also be downloaded for free (donations encouraged). Categories include:

• US Air Force Manuals
• US Army Correspondence Courses
• US Army Field Manuals
Note “FM 3-05.70” “17 May 02” “Survival”
• US Army Training Manuals
• US Army Forms
• US Marine Corps Manuals
• US Navy Manuals
• US Joint Services Manuals
• US Federal Highway Administration
• Other Publications
• Canadian Manuals

Like that section containing firearm manuals, another great resource. You can visit the military manuals section of Steve’s Pages here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Chicago Hosting ‘Routine Military Training Exercise’ Over Next 2 Weeks

As posted on the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications website before the weekend:

The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area over the next two weeks. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments overseas, as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming deployments worldwide.

All training activities have been pre-coordinated with federal, state and city officials, and these locations have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents.

The training is not open to the public and the sites will be secured to ensure the safety of residents and the participants.”

The Chicago area is no stranger to these “routine military training exercises.” I’ve blogged about such events in 2012 (April) and twice in 2013 (April and July).


“Military helicopters flying low over Chicago River”
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I wrote back on April 16, 2012:

Now, I’ve heard the U.S. military has been busy developing its urban warfare training program for some time already. Spencer Ackerman wrote in the Wired.com blog Danger Room back on January 18, 2011:

American soldiers spent seven years patrolling the urban neighborhoods of Iraq; its troops battled insurgents there block-by-block and house-by-house. Now that the Army is getting out of Iraq, it wants to make sure its urban combat skills don’t wither away. So it today it gave Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to $287 million to build Urban Operations Training Systems — essentially, giant simulation facilities and modules to help soldiers get ready for life in the big, bad city.

Versions of those training systems can be as simple as shipping containers tricked out to resemble multi-story houses and arranged in village formations, so soldiers can practice how to seize a building without causing needless damage. The Army’s got an entire 1000-acre facility in Indiana it uses to train soldiers in urban combat.

As for the Marines? From the CBS Channel 2 (Los Angeles) website on January 25, 2011:

A 1,560-building mock city has risen in the Southern California desert.

The $170 million Marine Corps urban training center at the Twentynine Palms military base, some 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is roughly the size of San Diego.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center facility uses mock cities and role players to prepare Marines and sailors for urban terrain missions.

If our armed forces already have such resources, what’s with the urban warfare training in American cities then?

The question still stands today…

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, July 13th, 2015 Government, Military, Training, War No Comments

U.S. Troops Being Deployed To Ukraine By End Of Week

On Monday, a U.S. Army brigade commander confirmed in a think-tank discussion that American troops were being deployed to the Ukraine later this week. While attending a Center for Strategic & International Studies event in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Colonel Michael L. Foster, Commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, told attendees:

As we have worked in Operation Atlantic Resolve, the U.S. Army has brought regionally-aligned forces forward to Europe to participate in that and to take part in it. So initially, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division came over last fall. They relieved us and took up responsibility for Atlantic Resolve. They have since been replaced by the other brigade combat team that’s in Europe that has the mission right now. And now that we are in the month of March we are going to change the mission again. 1st Brigade of 3rd Infantry Division will be picking up some of the responsibility for Atlantic Resolve. We’ll be putting elements of the brigade back forward toward that mission. And then additionally as we continue to look forward, we- we meaning U.S. Army Europe and the European Command- we are expanding Operation Atlantic Resolve further to the south. And so Poland and the Baltic States- they’re what we’re now referring to as Operation Atlantic Resolve North. And here later this month we’ll be sending forces to Romania, Bulgaria, and what we’re going to be calling Operation Atlantic Resolve South. And that has the potential this summer to expand to include potentially Hungary, potentially Georgia, at some point in time the Czech Republic. And so by the end of the summer you could very well see an operation that stretches from the Baltics all the way down to the Black Sea. So geographically, you connect countries. You will see a line of deployed U.S. troops. And then very specifically for the brigade, here before this week is up, we will be deploying a battalion-minus from the brigade I’m a part of to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place in the eastern portion of their country. So, very unique- a separate event from Atlantic Resolve that kind of certainly tied into deterring Russian aggression.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Colonel Foster added later:

We are training national guard companies with our companies. So we have got them paired up. A U.S. company with a Ukrainian company is the primary avenue for conducting that training. Initially, the plan is to go for 6 months. So through the October timeframe. There have been discussions about how to expand both the duration of that event and the scope. You know, there are other things the U.S. can assist with from a military perspective… So right now what we have got laid out is 6 United States companies that will be training 6 Ukrainian companies throughout the summer, and we have got 3 battalion headquarters elements aligned with 3 Ukrainian battalion headquarters elements to work at that level. But really, nothing above battalion staff level at all.


“Relooking Europe: The Role of Land Forces”
(Eastern Europe/Ukraine deployment discussion really begins @ 13:27)
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Last week, Britain announced it was sending 75 military advisers to train Ukrainian army personnel.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 Europe, Foreign Policy, Government, Military, War No Comments

U.S. Military Commanders Being Purged By Obama Administration?

“But as I’ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options.”

-U.S. President Barack Obama, in a statement to the media regarding the Syrian crisis, August 30, 2013

“My military.” Nice.

Champaign, Illinois. Fall 1992. I’m sitting in a Soviet history class I’m taking at the University of Illinois when I learn more about the purges of Joseph Stalin. One of these purges really caught my attention- that of the military. In 1937, the commander-in-chief of the Red Army and seven leading generals were shot. In 1938 and 1939, every admiral and half the Army’s officers were either executed or imprisoned.

Is there any surprise Nazi Germany did so well early on in its military campaign against the U.S.S.R.?

So why do I bring up Stalin’s purge of the Soviet military in the days before World War 2? Well, something I read this weekend on the Investor’s Business Daily website reminded me of it. From an October 29 editorial:

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to “assist and provide intelligence for” military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.

Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week — Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command.

From Breitbart.com’s Facebook page comes a list of at least 197 officers that have been relieved of duty by President Obama for a laundry list of reasons and sometimes with no reason given…

Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is under way.

(Editor’s notes: Italics added for emphasis)

A purge of United States military commanders by Barack Obama?

Well, it’s been nowhere near the “cleaning house” of 35,000 military officers that was carried out by Comrade Stalin in the late 1930s- that’s for sure.

Although, President Obama does still have 1,172 days left before he departs the Oval Office.

I can understand these officers being removed from their posts for incompetence or something like that. But if the firings are being carried out without cause and over differences in political views, for example, the American public should be worried as our national security is at stake at a time in the world where growing threats coincide with significant budget cuts for the military. Back on October 21, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno even revealed that only two Army brigades are combat-ready these days. A U.S. Army brigade’s strength typically ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 personnel.

As far as I can tell, General Odierno still has his job.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years.” Investor’s Business Daily. 29 Oct. 2013. (http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/102913-677116-197-military-officers-purged-by-obama.htm). 4 Nov. 2013.

“Army chief: Just 2 brigades combat-ready.” FOX News. 23 Oct. 2013. (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/23/army-chief-just-2-brigades-combat-ready/). 4 Nov. 2013.

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Monday, November 4th, 2013 Africa, Europe, Government, Military, Political Parties, War 2 Comments

Could Illinois Concealed-Carry Be Delayed If State Police Assists Chicago?

“State lawmakers, Rep. John Fritchey, 11th, and Rep. LaShawn Ford, 8th, are calling for Governor Quinn to deploy the Illinois National Guard to Chicago’s violent areas… 113 people have died in Chicago so far this year.”

-NBC Chicago website, April 26, 2010

“Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition call for immediate Federal Intervention and Homeland Security in Chicago as January homicide totals exceeded 45.”

-Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC), February 1, 2013, press release

“To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina.”

-Russel L. Honoré, retired Lieutenant General (U.S. Army) who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia, at a news conference in Chicago on February 21, 2013

In addition to recent calls for outside intervention in an attempt to deal with the City of Chicago’s high number of shootings and murders, there’s this from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday. Jon Seidel reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website:

Gov. Pat Quinn is willing to discuss sending in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help Chicago authorities deal with the violence, after a mass shooting Thursday night left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy.

The governor “stands ready” to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and law enforcement officials in Chicago “about the possibility of providing additional Illinois State Police reinforcements to help stop the violence,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Saturday.

Illinois State Police? Hmm. I wonder if Illinois state troopers being sent to assist the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department wouldn’t push back the rolling out of concealed-carry in Illinois due to “unforeseen emergency circumstances”? You know, administrative support being all tied-up and such for this event? Considering the financial state the “Land of Lincoln” is in, I doubt the Illinois State Police is well-funded to begin with.

At this point in time, it’s anticipated the Illinois State Police- who play a significant role in implementing Public Act 98-63, the “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”- will be making concealed-carry applications available to the public by January 5, 2014.

Of course, timeframes as well as laws can be amended and changed.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Seidel, Jon. “Quinn ready to discuss sending state police to help curb violence in Chicago.” Chicago Sun-Times. 21 Sep. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/22710066-418/quinn-ready-to-discuss-state-police-help-to-curb-violence-in-chicago.html). 22 Sep. 2013.

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Who Is Colion Noir?

“Calling me an Uncle Tom simply because I’m into firearms, it doesn’t even make sense. My entire identity as a black guy is based on my ownership of guns? Really? Some of the most influential black individuals have advocated for the use of firearms, so how come when I do it, I’m vilified? Take a look at the Black Panthers, MLK, Malcolm X.”

-Colion Noir, in the August 4, 2013, edition of the Chicago Tribune

Anyone every heard of a guy by the name of Colion Noir?

The name has been popping up with more frequency in my personal safety research.

I heard he was some sort of celebrity connected to gun rights. But yesterday, I finally got the low-down on Mr. Noir from my Sunday paper. Molly Hennessey-Fiske wrote in the Chicago Tribune:

Colion Noir belongs to the NRA and owns several guns, including a sleek Glock 17 handgun and a customized AR-15 rifle. But as Noir frequently points out, he does not fit the stereotype of NRA members, or what he calls OFWG: “Old, fat white guys.”

At 29, he’s not old. Nor is he fat — he’s slender and stylishly dressed with sneakers made by Prada. He’s also not white.

In the world of gun owners, Noir, an African American, has become an Internet sensation and his popularity is growing…

This is Colion Noir, an attorney, firearm owner, and growing celebrity in one of his YouTube videos from earlier this year:

Chicago is raking up body counts like it’s a video game, yet has the highest form of gun control…

Is the U.S. Army going to be in Chicago when somebody’s house gets invaded? Are the police going to be there when somebody gets robbed? Or are they just going to show up and take the report about what happened?

All the while you’re rolling around with 50 body guards and living in a modern-day fortress.


“Why Are Black ‘Leaders’ Anti Gun?”
YouTube Video

Mr. Noir is blunt, no doubt.

And not surprisingly, some have already taken to calling him an “NRA pawn” and “Uncle Tom,” according to Hennessy-Fiske.

However, Hennessy-Fiske pointed out he’s only a paid commentator- not a spokesman.

“NRA pawn.” “Uncle Tom.” Reminds me of that quote I bring up every once in a while by the American editor and novelist Charles Simmons:

Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.

You can read more of Hennessy-Fiske’s interesting piece here.

And find out more about Mr. Noir on his website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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