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02/15/18 - 1208hrs Daily report, California State Militia

* Delta Co of the California State Militia is holding our annual Combat Lifesaving class this coming weekend in the Bay Area. This is a 2 day class and highly recommended for anyone that feels they are their family’s first responder. More details can be found here: * Parkland, FL: 17 are confirmed dead, 13 more wounded from the shooting yesterday at a High School. There were many warning signs that this individual was unstable. This person was expelled from the school even. It is now known that he posted that “Im going to be a professional school shooter” and that information was given to the FBI 6 months ago. The FBI apparently didn’t have enough information to investigate. [Ed] This is not a condemnation of the FBI though. The responsibility of this heinous act lies solely with the perpetrator and partially on the shoulders of a society that is fueling these attacks. The shooter had a rough life, lost both adopted parents, had anger issues. I have seen the posts about him being Antifa as well as some MSM is saying he was a ‘White Nationalist’. I don’t know that either of those are true. What is true is that ‘he’ did this. * Washington, DC: The Trump administration is pushing back on a possible bi-partisan immigration deal that DHS states would make the country a “Sanctuary Nation”. In essence, the Democrats are trying to water down the Wall money by spreading it out over a time line that would make it more difficult to build the wall. The DHS also stated the bill would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America and only serve to draw millions more illegal aliens with no way to remove them.” -Warnings/ Advisories (NOAA) * Wind Advisory: Los Angeles County Mountains excluding the Santa Monica Range; Ventura County Mountains, Ventura County Coast, Los Angeles County San Fernando Valley; Santa Clarita Valley; Ventura County Coastal Valleys; Ventura County Interior Valleys, Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area FTX Weather – San Leandro – Feb 17-18 * Sunrise - 0701hrs. Sunset - 1923hrs. * Sunny * Sat - High hitting 65 - lows toward 46. Sun – High 59 – low 43 -Weather (South Bay/ San Jose) * Sunrise - 0657hrs. Sunset - 1747hrs. * Sunny * Highs hitting 66 - lows toward 40 * High Allergy Alert from Trees. Low allergy alert from grass, no allergy alert for weeds * Temperatures will continue to hover in the upper 60s with cooler nights and sunshine. We will break 70 on Saturday but by Monday drop into the mid 50s for daytime highs. The rain that was looming for the weekend has disappeared leaving only the tiniest of chances for Saturday into Sunday. Next week will be sunny but much cooler with highs in the mid 50s and overnights in the mid 30s. - Ring of Fire * 3.3 S of Mentone, 3.3 NNE of Coso Junction, CA. 5.3 SE of Lorengau, 5.2 SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. 5.0 SW of Vaini, Tonga. - Civil Unrest/ Terrorism * Afghanistan: Attacks in the northern and western parts of the country have killed 10 members of the Afghan security forces. The attacks were believed to be led bt Taliban forces. * UK: A new report is showing that ISIS Jihadists that return to the UK from the battlefields of the Middle East "Can turn drones purchased online into killing machines". Commercially available drones have been modified in the Syrian war by ISIS with an increased bomb making ability with a significant level of lethality. In 2017 2 drones with shell shaped bombs were used to destroy an entire base of ammunition at Deir Ezzor which belonged to the Syrian army. The potential to be used as a terrorist tool is very high and has a wide range of potential applications in different scenarios against hard and soft targets (no I am not listing those). Question: Why is the UK allowing Jihadists to return to Her country after fighting in the Middle East? * U.S.: FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Chinese students may be covertly spying for the Chinese Government. * Syria: -UPDATE- Eastern Syria: U.S. led Coalition warplanes led airstrikes over the town of Hajin. In Tabiyah Jazeera, an explosion at a warehouse killed 23 people. It might have been weapons depot and it seems in addition to the casualties there were also 15 Russian “security staff” killed. The cause of the explosion is currently unknown. U.S. troops have mobilized to CONOCO fields after receiving information that and attack by pro-Assad militias is imminent. * Northern Syria: All out battles continue with Turkish forces using rockets and artillery as well as attack helicopters to hit any target they believe to be YPG militia. This has led to an increase in civilian casualties and deaths. YPG militia members are now dressing in civilian attire to try to make it more difficult for the Turkish spotters and intelligence. Turkey also brought in M60 U.S. made battle tanks as well as currently are bringing a large military convoy into Idlib to fight YPG. FSA is working with the Turks and has captured numerous villages now from YPG forces. In contrast, the citizens of many towns that are being attacked are marching in resistance to the Turkish offensive. Along with all of this, Russian AF is also running airstrikes against towns and villages, their targets are not as clear, meaning it doesn’t appear they are targeting YPG or any specific group. Syrian government is calling on Turkey to implement a de-escalation zone in N. Homs and S. Hama. * Damascus, Syria: Shelling and airstrikes are hitting mostly residential areas in the eastern suburbs where anti-government rebels backed by the U.S. are making a stand. A tunnel being used by Government forces to infiltrate into the eastern suburbs was discovered and blown up. –END UPDATE- [Wednesday] The Pro-Assad government has warned Israel of ‘more surprises’. The comment comes after managing to shoot down an Israeli F16 over the weekend. That was the first Israeli warplane shot down in many years. Shelling continues to hit eastern Damascus, hammering supposed rebel positions but creating mostly civilian casualties, no new numbers available for today. At Dahar AlGhozat in the north (Turkish invasion area) Turkish backed rebels attacked ISIS positions in Idlib creating a large number of casualties and forcing them south to engage with and ultimately surrender to the FSA. The Free Syrian Army (FSA – created at the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, started as a group of officers that left the Syrian armed forces and created the FSA with the goal of bringing down the government of Assad.) killed double digits of ISIS fighters and then forced a surrender of hundreds of ISIS fighters. Afrin/ Northern Syria: Turkish air strikes an artillery continue to hit Afrin as small arm engagements around the suburbs between Turkish and YPG forces continue. 3 rockets hit an Afrin hospital killing one civilian and wounding many. New information is reporting that Turkish airpower destroyed a YPG held 135th Brigade base outside of Afrin. The Turkish forces and FSA appear to be working together attacking ISIS as well as YPG positions across the north with Turkish airpower providing support. The Turks continue to roll armor into the northern Syria. At Tabiyah, Eastern Syria: This is a new front that we have not been reporting on but it is heating up quickly. A U.S. Reaper drone destroyed a Russian T-72 battle tank as Russian mercenary and pro-Assad forces fired on U.S. Special Forces and allied Syrian fighters. No U.S. or allied casualties, the three member tank crew was killed. There are multiple reports of skirmishes in this area involving ground troops supported by armor or artillery. U.S. led airstrikes, mostly drones, have hit artillery installations as well as possible other Russian tanks besides the one listed above. The only casualties being reported so far are about 5-7 additional Russian mercenaries (yes that is what we are calling them…but in all likely-hood they are Russian Special Forces playing the opposite roll of U.S. SF). [Monday] The man who will not die, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is being reported as alive after being wounded in an airstrike. Baghdadi is the current leader of ISIS. An Iraqi official and the Iraqi intelligence and counterterrorism department is claiming to have information and documents from sources inside ISIS that prove Baghdadi is being treated in a field hospital in northeastern Syria. * The UN is making an urgent plea to all parties involved in Syria, noting that the worst fighting of the entire conflict has occurred in the last couple of weeks since the United Nations called for a month-long ceasefire. Meanwhile fighting, including street to street continues in eastern suburbs of Damascus with the Syrian Airforce launching more airstrikes and Artillery also pounding the area in support of the pro-Assad forces. In northern Syria the Turkish advance continues with airstrikes as well as helicopter sorties striking mostly villages and towns believed to hold Kurdish YPG Militia elements. Israel has increased its airstrikes inside Syria after Saturday. On Saturday, Iranian forces sent a drone into occupied Golan Heights. Israel shot down the drone and then sent warplanes to attack Iranian Command & Control bases inside Syria where the drone was launched from. One Israeli f16 was shot down during the attack. Israel has continued launching strikes targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces to ensure that they do not get a foothold of power in Syria. [Sunday] The U.S. backed YPG Kurdish militia in northern Syria Afrin region has been under attack for the last couple of weeks by an attack from Turkey that has literally invaded northern Syria. Turkey believes that the YPG are terrorists and an off-shoot of the PKK which the Turks, the European Union and even the U.S. consider a terrorist group. The U.S. has supported the YPG as one of the most effective groups battling ISIS in Syria and most of the time the YPG fights against Pro-Assad forces. However The Assad Regime, along with Russian and Iranian support, is sending humanitarian aid, logistics support and turning a blind eye to YPG troop movements to support the YPG in Afrin against the Turkish invasion. So while Assad is not sending troops to “support” being offered will make it easier for YPG to gather and move their own reinforcements into the Afrin region - CA Firearms Laws: * Same tyranny as yesterday …It’s going to get worse… Thought of the day: I dropped my children off at school today under Our flag being flown at half-mast in honor of those killed yesterday. Yesterday I said prayers for the families and friends that lost loved ones. Today is time to fight because something needs to be done. No, I’m not suggesting more laws banning, removing or somehow infringing on legal citizens’ rights. I’m talking about acknowledging that school and workplace shootings are something of a modern phenomenon and we need to figure out why. Why do these mass killings happen? It is not because the AR15 or any other firearm is too lethal for civilians to possess. It is not because we refuse to be like our European and Australian allies and remove guns from society. It is not because we have standard issue magazines that hold 17, 30 or any amount more than 10 rounds. It is not because of the NRA, in fact I don’t believe any of the shootings over the last decade have involved an NRA member though the shooting at the church in Texas did involve a former NRA instructor that stopped the killer. It is not because the NRA lines the pockets of politicians, buying them off so they vote pro-gun. No, the NRA spends money lobbying, but in reality it is nowhere near the amount groups like teachers unions, pharmaceutical lobbyist and other groups spend. The NRA’s power is really in the number of individual American’s that will vote in a block to support pro-2nd Amendment issues. Is it perhaps that we will have discussions of transgenderism with our K-6 students but never allow a program like the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in our schools? (it is a good thing to talk about different lifestyles, drugs, bullying ect, but to do that and not talk about gun safety is a lack of oversight). My children are well versed in Eddie Eagle, are yours? I can also tell you it works, but will my school system consider it? Apparently not. In line with that, for older children, gun safety and use had been taught as part of PE. Now that is a heresy to suggest, somehow it would make the mass murders go up. Yet in the days that this was done they had almost none (I start count at the University of Texas shooting in 1966 and there weren’t a whole lot of new ones after that until the late 70’s/ early 80’s.) What better way to encourage a teenager to mess with something than to make it forbidden. If we take the mysticism away, teach proper use and respect for the safety we will improve things. But in truth I don’t think this is the problem area. What then is our problem? Should we confiscate all the guns? It is important to remember that the older society of this country had ample access to firearms, you could even mail order a rifle without a background check, without going to an FFL, you could walk into a store and purchase one the same day and take it home. Many people used safes but even more back then used wooden display cases with simple locks you could jimmie with the right knife. So it isn’t the guns, it’s not accessibility to guns and it isn’t even how we store guns and ammunition….because they used to be stored in the closet with ammunition on the top shelf or in the bed stand loaded and we did not have this problem. It’s easy and perhaps a scapegoat to blame our entertainment. On the one hand, movies and video games are more realistic in feeling, even if not realistic in actions (suppressors, unlimited magazines, crazy bullet physics ect) but I think that perhaps if anything, maybe that only has influence because of a larger issue. That issue has been the change that has been occurring since the 1960s. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of good things came from the cultural revolutions of the 60s, especially for equal rights for women and people of color, these are great things. Also we questioned our government more. But we as a society also forgot to do that while maintaining a way of life that is based on Our Constitutional ways. We began to think that freedom was rebelling from order. That breaking the rules was freedom. Our Government is now the greatest teacher to people that it is OK to lie, cheat and steal as long as you don’t get caught. Our government teaches us that we need help, that we need more government programs because we cannot take care of ourselves. Our society teaches that we are all different and all deserved to be recognized for our differences to the degree that we have microcosms on the left and right that do not even agree because they want to be recognized. Instead out of many one, we are many that cannot unite as one. So if there are no morals, no real rules for everyone. If the message is follow the rules or you will get in trouble, but the rules are not for everyone… or worse, that we can vote about the rules depending on how we ‘feel’ about them instead of whether its Constitutional…well when you wrap all that into broken people that are already adrift… There is something else though; the numbers of dead from shootings will be relatively the same as the last year. It might be a little higher or lower but in the same ballpark. Between 8000 – 10,000 murders from firearms a year (FBI 2014 Crime in the United States). You may hear numbers like 30,000 or 40,000 gun deaths per year…that is because groups like Everytown (a political anti 2nd amendment group) lump in all of the suicides. So 2/3rds of all gun deaths are suicides. 88,000…. What is that number? That is the number the CDC lists as the number of people killed in the U.S. each year by alcohol. Twice the number of all gun related deaths… yet I have not heard a peep about taking all the alcohol away. The number of gun deaths in this country especially when you take into count the over 300 million legally owned firearms (of which the AR15 and its variants are one of the most popular) is ridiculously low. What this should also show you is that a hysteria is being created to fuel emotional arguments to remove Constitutional and natural rights. All that being said, we can do more to protect our citizens and children from people that would do them harm, we can do more than pray. A Football coach is among the dead in Florida because he’s a hero and shielded children with his body from the gunfire. Real facts show that had he been armed, trained and able to use force on force against the shooter that he likely would have prevailed. The reason? Most mass shooters when faced with armed opponents kill themselves or are shot and stopped by the ‘good guy’ with the gun. Do we need armed guards at all of our schools? It’s a good idea with a lot of complications starting with cost and continuing with vetting people so that they don’t get involved in the wrong way with the children. I think a better idea is having some school personnel to have CCW’s and extra training. That would be much more cost efficient. We can also do more to weed out people like this shooter. Teach your kids gun safety, teach your kids to be aware of their environment (like don’t walk home with those damn earbuds in and face towards the pavement). Mostly, teaching them to talk to us and their teachers and then doing something about the threat. We need to be pro-active, we need to fight for our rights and we need to fight for the protection of our children. Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe -DeltaWhiskey