Tag: al-qaeda

Montagnard: Sample scene

Time: Current. Location: Niger. Mission: Humanitarian.

Dr. Ellen Chang, working for Doctors Without Borders, is trying to curtail a Hepatitis E outbreak among the desolate villages north of the Nigerian city of Agadez. It is a rough region, sparsely populated with hopeless villagers, bandits, and now, al Qaeda, fleeing from the success of American forces based in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.


Abardek village was the last stop before the team would head back to the drone base outside Agadez. Exhausted, Ellen had treated seventy-three patients so far. There were another seven waiting in Abardek. Ellen saw each one in turn. The hardest to see were young children. The look of hopelessness and hunger in their eyes was almost unbearable. Ellen frowned as her mind drifted home for a minute. So many people in her generation had no idea how damn lucky they are.

People protest over such stupid stuff, Ellen thought. They should experience a little of this life. Life or death, out here, was real.

After Ellen treated the last patient, Norman threw her medical kit into the back of their old Land Rover. At least the hot and dusty day was drawing to a close. Bram stood nearby, keeping a vigilant eye on the surrounding desert. Ellen hadn’t met any mercenaries before this and didn’t know what to expect. He seemed quiet and polite enough, very professional, but there was a detachedness in him that discouraged much in the way of pleasantries.

What makes a man do what he does? Ellen wondered. God, it was hot!

It was so hot and dry that you didn’t even sweat very much. Or at least, it didn’t seem like it. Any sweat evaporated immediately. Ellen took a sip of water from the bottle she held in her hand. She always carried one; hydration was vital in Niger.

And to think I volunteered for this shit! She almost laughed.

Ellen suddenly became aware that Bram was waving her frantically toward the Land Rover. He was yelling something as well. But with his Dutch accent, it was hard for her to make out his words. Then from nowhere, Norman grabbed her arm.

“Come on, Ellen! Run! We’ve got to go now!”  Ellen heard shots being fired and turned to see Bram on one knee, firing the Galil Ace assault rifle he never went without. Her eyes looked in the direction the gun pointed, spotting a group of pickup trucks racing toward their location.

“Oh shit!”

Needing no more urging from Norman, she turned and raced the few yards to the Land Rover. Ellen climbed into the passenger seat as Norman jumped into the driver’s seat and pressed the ignition switch. The Land Rover’s old engine sputtered to life. Norman threw the transmission into gear and spun the wheel, swinging around to pick up Bram. Bullets were flying everywhere. Ellen could now see men standing in the back of the speeding pickups firing their weapons. As the Land Rover moved toward him, Bram dashed toward it, reaching for the rear passenger side door as Norman momentarily hit the brakes. Reaching back, Ellen tried her best to help him in. Bram was halfway into the back when several AK-47 rounds tore into his back. Ellen screamed as his blood splattered over her arms and face.

“Get the fuck out of here,” Bram yelled as he fell back, several more bullets striking his body. He was dead before he hit the sand. Norman stomped the accelerator, heading for the road that led back to Agadez. Bullets slammed into the side of the Land Rover. A pickup truck cut wildly across their path. Instinctively, Norman swerved to avoid hitting the smaller vehicle. The Land Rover skidded to the left, glancing off the side of an old mud-walled hut and careened wildly in the opposite direction. Norman fought to regain control of the Land Rover, correcting for the skid. He overcompensated. The Land Rover flipped over onto its passenger side. The last thing Ellen felt was her head hitting the windshield hard. Everything went dark.


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Ignore My Browser History …

I’m a writer … not serial killer!

So, you type into your google search window, “What is the best way to wash blood off your hands?”

Hmm! I just realized how bad this sounds. For the record, I just had a very serious nose bleed … I am not a serial killer.

But to some folks out there, this would sound pretty bad! I get that. Especially those who project what is going on in their own dirty little minds onto my above mentioned search phrase. But what if I really had just had a bad nosebleed?

And, the fact is, hydrogen peroxide dissolves blood.

Hmm! I wonder … if you gave someone a huge shot of hydrogen peroxide directly into their blood stream … would it kill them? Let me google that!

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Uh! No officer, I swear I’m not a serial killer. I’m a writer!

Me (After they search my browser history)

In my sequel to Serpents Underfoot, my main character’s mother (who is Vietnamese) returns to Vietnam in hopes of finding her long-lost adopted Montagnard brother.

Given the terrible situation the few remaining Montagnard people in Vietnam find themselves in these days, she would naturally have to look in some pretty bad places such a refugee camps, slums, re-education camps, prisons, or maybe … red light districts. Image what doing research for this part of the story could cause to appear in your browser search history.

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And then, there’s this awesome rescue mission where the main character and his friends are helped by a mysterious Thai go go dancer!

States of confusion

“What do you mean that’s not a girl?”
“‘I’m telling you, that’s a guy … a lady boy.”

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“The hell you say! There’s no way that’s a guy!”
“I’m telling you, this is a lady boy bar … and that’s a not a girl …”
“Well, actually guys. That could be a girl working in a lady boy bar, posing as a lady boy!”
“Now my head hurts!”

Other areas of research that hopefully won’t trigger the NSA!

This would be the research into topics like drug smugglers in the Golden Triangle, al Qaeda in Niger, gun smuggling, clandestine flights to obscure airstrips, American drone bases, Thai go go bars, and CIA contractors! I am pretty sure I am now on somebody’s watch list … somewhere.

But the fact is, the better the research and the more realistic the background for your story, the better the story will be. And, if this is truly the case, my next book Montagnard, should be a killer!

Ahh! Yes officer, I meant “killer” figuratively … not literally.

Me (after we continue the “discussion” downtown)

Therefore, to satisfy my loyal readers, I will bravely continue to do my research, no matter what the cost. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make in the pursuit of my chosen craft.

And I, umm, also do plan to do a few murder mysteries in the future. That should get really quite interesting.

I’m innocent I tell you … I don’t know what happened to the guy that gave me that really awful book review. His disappearance must be a coincidence. I swear …

Me (as they lead me away in handcuffs … )

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Are We Confused Yet?!

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I sure am …

So Obama tells us, on one hand, that al Qaeda is defeated and on the run; while on the other hand he foments Islamic revolutions, arms terrorists and gives our fighter jets and tanks to the Muslim brotherhood … while he slashes the U.S. military and is working hard to disarm law-abiding citizens!
Meanwhile, the liberal drive-by mass media reports “U.S. Law Makers Rattled” (I am sure al Qaeda was thrilled to read this report) by new non-specific “specific threat” that will certainly be used to justify increased cavity searches at American airports and NSA spying on American citizen’s phone calls and emails … and we close 20+ embassies (We sure don’t want another Benghazi Gate)!
Of course, all this comes after spending over $2 trillion to defeat al Qaeda and their “man-caused disasters” and “over-seas contingencies”!
So, now we have new al Qaeda affiliates are cropping up all over the place like Yemen and Boston, … probably well-funded with U.S. taxpayer dollars via that same Muslim brotherhood Obama gave billions of dollars to!
Then in the name of Homeland Security, Eric Holder prosecutes our border states who attempt to protect their own borders by enforcing the federal laws he refuses to enforce … while hiding behind “Executive Privilege” to cover up his incompetence and gun-running schemes in Mexico … also while labeling the Tea Party, American veterans, and Christians as terrorists.
Meanwhile, Union leaders like Jimmy Hoffa Jr., finally realizing ObamaCare is as bad as we told them it was before Pelosi passed it to find out what was in it, are calling for it to be fixed, unfunded, or repealed … and in response, Obama simply gives his “rattled” Congress an exemption from that same ObamaCare!
SO…  is the crème-de-la-crème of the liberal democratic party?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Yay!

House Resolution 36: Obama’s Banghazi-Loo?

Benghazi Liars:  They knew!

On September 11, 2012, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya.  The four were: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Communications Specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.

For weeks, the Obama administration insisted it was the result of Islamic anger over an amateurish anti-Muslim YouTube videoU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, hit the Sunday news show circuit with this story, doing segments of five such shows in one day!  Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State joined in on the cover-up, appearing with Obama in a $70,000 commercial apologizing to “our Muslim friends in Pakistan” who were rioting and tearing apart their countries because they hated America so much.  Even Obama took this “You Tube Video” lie to the United Nations, delivering a long-winded speech about how evil it was for an American citizen to exercise his right to free speech by making the “anti-Muslim” YouTube video.

Obama’s administration even imprisoned the producer of the video for so-called “probation violations.” One wonders where the producer of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is now. Obama probably whisked him off to some rendition camp in Karachi.

Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts, most of us who can think for ourselves knew the Benghazi incident was a terrorist attack.  And finally, we all “officially” learned that it was indeed a terrorist attack; but now … nobody seemed to know who originally Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and the President of the United States that it was all caused by a YouTube video.

And … as it turns out; Obama was informed that the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack within two hours.

It also turned out from a series of hacked emails (from Bill Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) that Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate and CIA annex in retaliation for the CIA’s involvement in the Libyan civil waron Muammar Gaddafi’s side.  We also know from a Blumenthal February 16, 2013 email that the attack on the consulate was funded by our so-called allies, the Saudis.  And we now knowthat Benghazi was a hub for funneling weapons and cash to the al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels.

But this has only scratched the surface. There must have been something much worse going on in Benghazi for the Obama administration to so desperately want to keep a tight lid on it.  What was the Obama administration doing in Benghazi that was so top secret, that the thirty odd survivors have been kept under lock and key, prohibited from speaking to Congress, or anyone else for that matter?

Americans now know from the recently published book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, that Obama’s chief counter terrorism officer at the time, John Brennan (now CIA chief) had been secretly involved in the Libyan civil war.

Through a secret black ops unit—operating not only outside the purview of Congress, but outside the purview of the Pentagon and the CIA, John Brennan, conducted his secret war in Libya.  And this is probably not the only secret war he was involved in!  One would wonder, now that he’s CIA chief, what he is up to now?

Obama, smooth operator that he is, naturally promised the American people that  he would get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi and “bring the perpetrators to justice.”  However, to date, not one single person has been “brought to justice.”  The killers of an American Ambassador are still at large.  I wonder how Obama’s newly appointed replacement Ambassador, Deborah Jones, feels about that?

And the result of his “investigation”, the so-called “Benghazi Accountability Report,” released on December 17, 2012, didn’t actually find anyone accountable. This is not surprising, since the report’s chief author was Islamic apologist Thomas Pickering, who is tied to the National Iranian American Council. Pickering also hobnobs with leftist billionaire George Soros, sharing the Board of Directors table at the think tank International Crisis Group.

Congressman Frank R. Wolf is now calling for a real investigation … a “Watergate style” investigation, as outlined in House Resolution 36, sponsored by over fifty congressional members.

Further, on April 8, an open letter was sent to the House of Representatives,  signed by seven hundred Special Ops veterans demanding House Resolution 36 be acted upon. The mother of Sean Smith, the communication officer murdered on September 11, has also supported the passage of House Resolution 36.

They want answers:

  1. Why were no military assets sent to protect American lives?
  2. Why was the “stand down” order given?
  3. Why has Obama hidden the survivors?
  4. Why has Obama forbidden the survivors to speak to Congress?

All in all, they are demanding that sixteen specific questions be answered.  Of course, Obama and his cronies will not willingly answer these questions; as they have not answered questions about Fast and Furious, or taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of  bankrupt “green energy” company CEOs who just happened to be Obama campaign bundlers!

A Watergate-style series of hearings may begin to unravel these Benghazi  lies and cover-ups … so Americans can finally find out what exactly the Obama administration was doing in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 … that Obama feels must be hidden at all costs?

Maybe we should pay some attention to the man behind the green curtain and see just what underhandedness Barack Hussein Obama was involved in.

Obama’s Actions May Bring About A 2nd American Revolution

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What can true Americans do? What is left to them when the current administration ignores the law of the Land and willfully circumvents the U.S. Constitution?  What can be done when Obama ignores Congress and rules by executive order; thus negating the principles of separate, but co-equal branches of government as part of a system of checks and balances? What can American’s do when a left-wing dictator wannabe manages, through the support of some wealthy left-wing agitators and a corrupt Chicago-style political machine, to gain the Presidency and then proceeds to dismantle the very fabric of what makes this country such an exceptional and successful nation?What do you do when your current government administration gets caught red-handed running guns to Mexican drug cartels, an action resulting in the deaths of two American Border Patrol Agents, to carry out a scheme to quash the 2nd Amendment and ban/confiscate legal, law-abiding American gun owner’s property; and when confronted; can simply hide behind “Executive Privilege?

What do you do when your dictator-in-chief politicized a tragic event to further weaken American’s 2nd Amendment Rights; while ignoring the real causes of the problem such as mental illness, the over-prescribing of brain-altering drugs in young Americans, and the unwillingness of too many parents and public schools to teach the much-needed life-lessons of resiliency and personal responsibility?

What do Americans do when their government, either through incompetence or willful neglect, cause the death of its own U.S. Ambassador to Libya along with several other Americans, hides behind a ridiculous “lets blame the video” lie, fires the appropriate “scapegoats,” and then never pursues the killers? What do you do when this same administration ignores Americans being killed by Al Qaeda in Algeria because they have already announced that Al Qaeda is defeated, on-the-run, and no longer a threat?

What do Americans do when the so-called “Free Press” is owned lock, stock, and barrel by that same administration, and serves as its official nation-wide propaganda machine? What do you do when the liberal, drive-by media spoon-feeds the “Obama is our Savior” swill to entitlement-addicted Cool Aid drinkers who cannot think critically, or will do nothing out of the fear of losing their cushy life-style supplied by the ever-dwindling numbers of over-taxed hard-working Americans; and vote only to keep their ever-increasing entitlements?

In the past, the American Spirit was one of Liberty … not entitlement.  We were only entitled the three things … Three God-given Rights … Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! This great ideal has since been fundamentally transformed!  Currently this is being interpreted to mean the right of some to help themselves to other people’s money and property … simply  because they do not want to work for it themselves … or are much too busy enjoying a hedonistic, drug-fueled, or other-wise irresponsible life-style!

When America was great … the primary ideal was personal liberty!  People came here seeking the liberty to work hard, to change their stars,  and to have a real chance at creating a better life for themselves … not simply the  guarantee of a mediocre life on the public dole!

Obama plays the fear card over and over and over again!  How many times have you heard: conservatives want to push Granny over a cliff … guns are evil … Republicans want you to drink dirty water …  Paul Ryan will steal your social security checks … Romney is a horse-owning job outsourcer!  Parents are now too stupid to fix their own kids school lunches.  Women are too stupid to get their own birth control!  Entrepeneurs are too stupid to build their own businesses?  Americans are too stupid to keep their own incomes!  Why does he do this?  Because fear is the “passion” of slaves!  Wealthy progressives want their stupid peasant class.  Ans the Cool Aid drinks will willingly give it to them …  in exchange for their public housing, food stamps, ObamaCare, welfare checks, free condoms, and un-employment checks!  For the Cool Aid drinkers, these entitlements are worth their price … chains and slavery … they will stay on the progressive plantation!

What is then left to the rest of us?  Are we to go quietly into the night?  Are we to simply sit back and watch American be destroyed by an enemy, one that is not foreign … but domestic?  History shows us all where the path Obama has us on will lead to.  The “lamp of experience” shine a very clear light on where we are headed.  Are we going to allow ourselves as a nation to be relegated to such a level of degradation and abasement that we cannot be allowed to think for ourselves, cannot be trusted with guns for our own defense, and will not be allowed to exercise our own person sovereignty?

Is our legacy to our children and grandchildren destined to be one of debt, mediocrity, and simply another failed socialist, nanny-state?  Or, … can it still yet be that of  a great nation; a shining Beacon of Light, a powerful, respectful nation of hardworking, honest and compassionate people?   Not the much-politicized progressive false-passion of the liberal propaganda machine, but the true passion that comes from the heart of an honest, caring, and strong individual … an American!

The actions of a few ideologically driven radical left-wingers, like Obama and his cronies, that have somehow managed to manipulate the system to gain political power are going to back America into a corner … a corner there may be no peaceful way out of.  Much like the infamous Dredd-Scott Decision, where a Democratically controlled Supreme Court almost guaranteed the U.S. Civil War by rendering a decision that eliminated any possibility for a peaceful resolution to the slavery issue … the Obama administration‘s ideology-driven executive orders, his constant circumventing of the U.S. Constitution, and his war on what makes Americans Americans … may well be the tinder that serves to ignite a 2nd American revolution!

If this is Treason, then make the most of it …

Gas Prices Soaring Due to Seagulls!

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Since our anointed Messiah, the mighty Barack Obama, bravely bowed to the pressure of radical tree-huggers in the EPA and quashed the Keystone Oil Pipeline deal with Canada … it looks like China (who will most certainly refine and burn Canadian oil in a much more environmentally friendly manner than the U.S. would have) is going to get that oil.

Iran is close to going nuclear, rattling its scimitars, and threatening to block the Straits of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. Meanwhile, Obama seems intent on vacationing … while pretending the current Iranian President and his reasonable radical Islamic administration are no threat to the U.S. or its ally Israel (that evil perpetrator of the Holocaust myth).

Obama’s enlightened view that Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea are all simply misunderstood … and would play nice if the U.S.  would only just cripple its military and negotiate from a position of  weakness … makes me feel so much safer.

In fact, I am so very relieved to hear this!  Why you might ask?  Because that then gives Obama’s administration much more time to take on the really important issues like:

  • suing states for trying to protect their citizens from illegal immigrants who run drugs, humans, and weapons (paid for by Eric Holder) across our southern border;
  • finding “better” ways to count the number of unemployed in America so his numbers don’t look so bad in an election year;
  • and most importantly… providing all Catholic woman mandatory free condoms, abortions, and morning after pill insurance coverage whether they want it, will use it, or not.

I mean after all, why should it matter to pro-lifers and/or Christians that their tax dollars are being used to fund abortions!?  How closed-minded of us!

You know, I am afraid I must admit that I simply did not know that condoms were so darned expensive and so hard to get.  What was I thinking?!   Those must all be empty condom boxes and packages on the drug store shelves and behind the convenient store counters!  Have the public elementary schools run out of the free condoms they distribute by the handfuls to our children?  That’s simply horrible!  Are all those condom vending machines in truck stop men’s rooms empty?  Maybe Obama should issue an executive order mandating a new Truck Stop Men’s Room Czar and fund the associated bureaucracy? He could charge it with enforcing regulations mandating that trucks stops make sure these condom vending machines are always full, and that they are also available in the lady’s room (for equal rights), at the fuel pump islands, and in the trucker’s gift emporium next to the fuzzy steering wheel covers.  They could even put free condom and morning after pill vending machines in all our public schools starting in Kindergarten!  Wouldn’t that be swell!?

Meanwhile, gas prices are steadily climbing (locally up .03 cents per gallon as of yesterday) and they are estimated to go above $5 per gallon by summer. I heard yesterday that they are already paying $5 a gallon in some areas of California.  I wonder who, or what, Obama and his cronies will blame this on, because (despite the fact that Obama wants to crush oil companies and even stated during his 2008 campaign that he likes higher oil prices as long as they increase slowly); this will hurt his current  re-election bid.  He has to find something or someone to blame!  Hmmm!  Can he still get away with blaming it on George W. Bush, or maybe the Arab Spring turned to Summer, the Tea Party, a lazy do-nothing congress, or perhaps ATM machines!

No wait … I know!  He can blame it on seagull migrations!!  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  After all, it really could work!  Obama’s mainstream-media lap-dogs will gleefully run with the story (and can probably even find a way to blame seagull migrations on the Tea Party, the Catholic Church, and conservative republicans).  Perhaps most importantly, however, all the cool-aid drinkers will swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Obama’s newest excuse might even get discussed on “The View” with dissenting views being soundly, vigorously, and vulgarly ridiculed by the likes of Whoopee Goldberg and Joy Behar!!  Perhaps Janeane Garofalo and  Bill Maher will join in!

After all!  Facts be damned … if the anointed One has spoken it  … it must be so!

The Problem With Ron Paul Revisited

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You know, I really do like a lot of what Ron Paul says when it comes to the U.S. Constitution, our government, spending,  and capitalism; but then he always has to go and blow it … with his fantasy world views on foreign policy and national defense.

I am sorry … but Anwar al-Awlaki gave up his American citizenship when he chose to become a terrorist and commit the worst kind of treason … plotting the death of thousands of American citizens.

Are we supposed to risk the lives of a dozen or so Navy SEALS to try to capture this piece of crap, just so some terrorist friendly lawyer can make a few million dollars defending him in some terrorist friendly Court … like maybe the 9th Circuit Court in California?  If an armed drone can end his threat to our nation and its citizen’s safety without needlessly risking the lives of our soldiers …  then so be it … al-Awlaki gets a “drone enema.”

Maybe if Anwar al -Awlaki was living in say Boston or San Francisco … it would be different; and we could arrest him without launching a major military offensive.  Then by all means: liberals could read him his Miranda rights, and try him.  Then then Ninth Circuit Court could make a hero out of him and slap his wrist.  But that fact is that  al-Awlaki is (or excuse me … was) in Yemen.  And … there is the real world/ fantasy difference folks!

Speaking of California, the left-wing loonies in charge of that once great state are at it again.  The state is already bankrupt and want to cut medicare payments to save money, but at the same time … they are going to pay $10,000 to each trucker in California (or who drives into California) to aid them in changing out a perfectly good diesel engine that meets federal emissions standards for a new “California-friendly” diesel engine that meets their state’s special emission standards.  One owner of a small trucking business in Minnesota had to shell out over $40,000 to change out perfectly good diesel engines in his trucks just so he could deliver loads to California.  Hmmm … $40,00 … wouldn’t that have been just about enough to put another American to work?  Sheer California madness!  We should just let that state regulate itself out of existence …