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From CBS News:

The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.

The man, 42-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez, ran unobstructed for 70 yards across the front lawn of the White House before entering through the North Portico. On the way, he brushed by a Secret Service officer with a drawn gun, sources tell CBS News’ Bill Plante.

Gonzalez then proceeded to run through the entrance hall to the cross hall of the White House, past the staircase that leads up to the first family’s residence. He was confronted by a female Secret Service agent, who he overpowered

“Overpowered” is not good

, and made it all the way to the East Room, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News, citing whistleblowers.

Previously, it was reported that Gonzalez only made it through the north doors of the White House – which were apparently unlocked – before being apprehended by the Secret Service.

The agency declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation into the incident. The White House says the results of the review will “further enhance” security.

“He had just gotten inside the door [of the North Portico] . . . And was then wrestled to the ground by one of the Secret Service personnel . . . in the foyer,” former Secret Service Director W. Ralph Basham, told CBS News, explaining his understanding of the apprehension. Basham spoke with current director Julia Pierson as recently as this weekend.

Wasn’t there a big feminist putsch a couple of years ago, using a prostitution scandal as a pretext, to turn the Secret Service over to female control? How’s that working out for the Obamas? Sounds like Michelle Obama’s feelings of feminist solidarity evaporated at the thought of her family being murdered in their home by some random male loony who can overpower a female Secret Service agent.

Novelist and film critic Stephen Hunter co-wrote American Gunfight, the true story of how two brave Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate President Truman while the First Family had relocated to Blair House for redecoration of the White House. They were stopped by equally brave American men. From my book review in VDARE:

Two immigrant Nationalist operatives, Torresola and Collazo, apparently decided to move the assassination up five days and headed for Washington. This acceleration of the schedule probably kept it from succeeding—some say the original called for five gunmen, which should have been more than enough. Further, the pair only brought one pistol each. Having to pause to reload their German automatics under fire proved fatal.

Still, the strategy they improvised a few hours before their assault nearly worked:

“This plan was quite elegant… The whole point of the plan was to overcome the defenses with a stunning blast of firepower, disorient and dis-coordinate the response, then hunt the President down in Blair.”

From opposite directions, they simultaneously approached the policemen on the sidewalk in front of the Presidential residence and shot them point blank, with Torresola putting three slugs in White House Policeman Leslie Coffelt, mortally wounding him. Torresola, an expert shot, then wounded two more guards, while his less skilled compatriot Collazo blasted away at the Secret Service agents at the other end of the sidewalk, who remained unaware of Torresalo`s existence. Meanwhile, the agent inside Blair House struggled to unlock the cabinet holding a Tommy gun.

Awoken from his nap by gunfire, President Truman walked to his second floor window and stood looking out at the gunfight in stunned amazement, only 30 feet from where Torresola was reloading his Luger.

In this crisis, Coffelt, the only American in position to stop Torresola from looking up and shooting the President, stood up despite the three 9-mm rounds in him, staggered to within 20 feet of the terrorist, and, in “what has to be considered the most important shot ever taken by an American police officer,” fired one perfectly aimed bullet into his head, killing Torresola instantly.

Coffelt then sat down and died.

P.S., Or maybe the President okaying the female takeover of the Secret Service after the Cartagena scandal of 2012 wasn’t really about his deep belief in feminist ideas.

Maybe it had more to do with how the First Lady and the First Mother-in-Law would always replay this scene a half dozen times.

And then they would Youtube this music video and giggle about what Michelle’s husband would do in the unlikely event that anybody ever hired him to do the job of Kevin Costner’s character:

Then Michelle and her mother would go look on Netflix for In the Line of Fire and The Wild, Wild West, and when they couldn’t find them, demand that Barack call up the head of the National Security Administration and have him do something useful for once like download their second and third favorite Secret Service movies for them.

It kind of got on the President’s nerves after awhile, so changes had to be made at the Secret Service.

 
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  1. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Coffelt’s death did not apparently make much of an impression on Truman, who commuted Collazo’s death sentence. Predictably, this lead to Collazo’s eventual release and a hero’s welcome back in Puerto Rico, allowing him to spend jolly 15 years of his life before he died of old age at 80. Coffelt, who was killed at 40, never got this chance.

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    "Coffelt’s death did not apparently make much of an impression on Truman, who commuted Collazo’s death sentence. Predictably, this lead to Collazo’s eventual release and a hero’s welcome back in Puerto Rico, allowing him to spend jolly 15 years of his life before he died of old age at 80. Coffelt, who was killed at 40, never got this chance."

    This is all very true, but let us also remember one important thing: The Puerto Rican nationalists were right! Both by their own standards (they really are a separate nation, so why wouldn't they feel entitled to their own state?), and by our own (we'd be better off without Puerto Rico as a region within our state).
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  2. kreitzer says:

    never hurts to be reminded; we used to be a real county. Glad to learn the name Coffelt.

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  3. Jefferson says:

    I remember John McClane beat the hell out of a 6 foot 3 blond haired German guy in “Die Hard”. But in “Live Free Or Die Hard”, John McClane gets his butt kicked by a 5 foot 6 Vietnamese woman.

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  4. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    But shouldn’t Obama have embraced him as a ‘dream visitor’?

    If illegals are gonna comprise the ‘dream army’ and if Harvard gives scholarships to ‘dream students’, I say give a free tour to the ‘dream visitor’ who, though a US citizen, entered the white house illegally.
    After all, illegal is the new legal.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/09/26/americans-forced-us-military-illegal-aliens-allowed-enlist/

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  5. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    Personally, I’m all for the female-ization of the secret service.

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    Personally, I’m all for the female-ization of the secret service.
     
    Recruit a few of those hottie "wise Latina" Telemundo "newshosts". Or, heck, Jennifer Lopez. Let's bring true meaning and relevance to the ReConquista. Just hand over the country -- they deserve it.
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  6. Lot says:

    Reading this Catherine Rampell article someone else linked to here, with her pleasantly direct writing style and adorable face, has restored my faith in female journalism, recently lost reading the Daisy Hernandez article. I think I’ll add her “Rampage” blog to my bookmarks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-for-millennial-women-the-one-must-have-a-steady-job/2014/09/29/008afa02-480e-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    You got to appreciate her subversive use of non-PC statistics, cleverly concealed by an overt argument for gay marriage thrown in at the end of the article.

    Wages for young men who are gainfully employed have skidded downward in the past 30 years, by about 20 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. Worse, many don’t find jobs at all. Which means the number of “eligible bachelors” out there — at least as defined by the quality that most women say is important to them in a partner — has fallen.

    Consider what’s happened to the gender ratios in the population of never-married Americans, ages 25 to 34: In 1960, there were 139 employed men for every 100 women, primarily because women tend to marry younger than men do. By 2012, the ratio had dropped to 91 employed men for every 100 women.

    The ratio is particularly stark for young, never-married blacks, among whom there are just 51 employed men for every 100 women.

    She also writes up a study showing that the fewer prior sexual partners a woman has had, the better her marriage will be, with a chart showing this clearly at the top:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2014/08/26/in-marriages-what-happens-in-vegas-may-not-stay-in-vegas/

    She then carefully excuses her promoting such a politically correct chart by stating her vague concerns that the study might have used better controls.

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    Yes, Catherine Rampell is well above average.
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  7. What did Clint Eastwood call female SS agents in “In The Line of Fire”…window dressing so the president can look good to his feminist voters?

    Great movie, by the way.

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  8. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    There was an episode of The West Wing where a female secret service agent was introduced as part of the president’s daughter’s security detail. To demonstrate her fighting ability, the head secret service guy has her do a Wonder Woman throw on a male agent.

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  9. Lot says:

    Is the fairly recent eroticization of “butt-kicking babes” the result of all the soy and plastic estrogens the the current generation of young males? A lot of body fat is also feminizing.

    The effect of these new environmental hormones comes too late in age to make boys gay, but enough for them to seek out masculine traits in women. Ironically, women are becoming more feminine too for the same reason, in phenotype if not personality. If you look at old photos of blue collar women from 100 years ago, they tend to be more muscular than women today, even as they were more ladylike in personality.

    I’m not that old, but the only butt-kicking babe I remember from my youth was She-Ra, one of the third tier kids TV shows in the late 80s. From what I can tell now by a quick googling, her current fans are mostly hipster males who watched the show in their youth. In terms of video games, they simply did not exist for the first decade of video games, until Chun Li in 1991. She was very feminine though, fighting more like a ballerina, and even wore ribbons in her long hair.

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  10. OhComeOn says:

    Wow. That is an amazing story. Leslie Coffelt was an amazing guy.

    Thanks for reminding us of this!

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  11. Lot says:

    To demonstrate her fighting ability, the head secret service guy has her do a Wonder Woman throw on a male agent.

    Play fighting with a tall girlfriend who is seriously into martial arts is really fun. You just use your brute strength while she surprises you with all sorts of little flips and jujitsu moves. I highly recommend this. Even when you “lose” you win!

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I remember sparring for the first time with a female black belt when I was a 17 year old yellow belt or whatever in karate. We wore these cheap looking, Macho brand, foam gloves, foot pads, and headgear common in tournament karate back then, and the rule was you hit as hard as you got hit. Years of watching martial arts movies had lead me to expect some fearsome power, but her punches and kicks felt like taps, despite her giving every indication that she wasn't holding back.
    , @SportsFan
    When I did martial arts, the instructor had the males fight and wrestle the females, most of whom were tiny Asian chicks weighing <100 lbs, on the pretense that females had to "learn" how to fight larger opponents in self-defense. While it was sort of fun, it was also awkward, because most guys could simply pick up the chicks, quite literally, and throw them 10 feet, but you wouldn't do that to a chick unless you're a Ray Rice type. So we just sort of gently picked them up and carefully laid them down like a delicate flower. The pindowns were done with your weight on your elbows so as not crush their tiny bones.

    Hopefully the intended, and learned, lesson for the girls was that they stand no chance against an athletic 200-pound male.
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  12. notbob says:

    They shouldn’t mind, he was just an “undocumented whitehouse visitor”.

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    They shouldn’t mind, he was just an “undocumented whitehouse visitor”.
     
    Outstanding sir!
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  13. @Lot
    Reading this Catherine Rampell article someone else linked to here, with her pleasantly direct writing style and adorable face, has restored my faith in female journalism, recently lost reading the Daisy Hernandez article. I think I'll add her "Rampage" blog to my bookmarks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-for-millennial-women-the-one-must-have-a-steady-job/2014/09/29/008afa02-480e-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    You got to appreciate her subversive use of non-PC statistics, cleverly concealed by an overt argument for gay marriage thrown in at the end of the article.

    Wages for young men who are gainfully employed have skidded downward in the past 30 years, by about 20 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. Worse, many don’t find jobs at all. Which means the number of “eligible bachelors” out there — at least as defined by the quality that most women say is important to them in a partner — has fallen.

    Consider what’s happened to the gender ratios in the population of never-married Americans, ages 25 to 34: In 1960, there were 139 employed men for every 100 women, primarily because women tend to marry younger than men do. By 2012, the ratio had dropped to 91 employed men for every 100 women.

    The ratio is particularly stark for young, never-married blacks, among whom there are just 51 employed men for every 100 women.
     
    She also writes up a study showing that the fewer prior sexual partners a woman has had, the better her marriage will be, with a chart showing this clearly at the top:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2014/08/26/in-marriages-what-happens-in-vegas-may-not-stay-in-vegas/

    She then carefully excuses her promoting such a politically correct chart by stating her vague concerns that the study might have used better controls.

    Yes, Catherine Rampell is well above average.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    Here's a link from Cathy's blog full of depressing graphs and charts about 18-34 year olds:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/americas_millenials_in_the_recovery_jf_7.24.14.pdf

    Some choice selections:

    Average age of marriage of men, nearly stable for 10 years at around 27, suddenly rose in the great recession to 29 and has stayed there.

    Percentage of 18-34 age group currently married fell from 41% in 2000 to 28% in 2013.

    Median education debt for those with debt, in 2010 dollars: 1995 $8,000, 2010 $18,000 (this understates the increase because a much higher percentage have debt now).

    Share living with parents, age 18-34, was in the 26-28% range from 1962 to 2005, then suddenly starting rising every year until hitting about 32%.

    Homeownership rate for those with 60-80K in income, inflation adjusted: 76% in 1980, 50% now.

    What these all show is that the old WSJ/Libertarian dream of breaking the welfare state by opening up the boarders has, starting with the 2010 election, become a realty. Older white middle class people are certainly aware that most young white people are economically miserable and unable to get stable jobs and have kids, not to mention many older white people who lose their middle class jobs and have no prospect of ever getting one again. They no longer, however, have the ability to vote for redistributing income to the poorer half of the white population, because for every downscale white, there are now 1.5 downscale NAMs.

    Here in California, property taxes that pay for education go to a public school system that is 53% hispanic and 25% white. Supporting the education of working class children that look like themselves is simply no longer an option for California whites, who remain (for now) a large majority of the electorate. With intra-white redistribution impossible now, we are permanently stuck on the path of decadence for the elite and ruin for everyone else.
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  14. Joe Faek says:

    If female Secret Service agents are getting overpowered like this obviously what we need are more female White House Intruders, since they’re currently running something like 98% male(uh… totally unacceptable).

    This seems right up Jerry Brown’s alley.. A California training program for more gender diversity in White House Intruders. Pull $6.5 million from the general fund. Maybe UC(with the help of non-profits) could oversee the program and they could draw candidates from the CDCR inmate pool.

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    The answer is simpler. Post male guards at the fence, to stop the male intruders. They can let the female ones go through, kind of like Homeland Security guards at the Mexican border do with everyone. Then, the female guards near the White House itself can become heroines by tackling the little female intruders and machine-gunning the big ones.
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  15. Didn’t Libya’s former ruler have female bodyguards?

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    True, but there's debate over whether they were really bodyguards, or concubines. As we learned when he got deposed, he had an outer ring of male black Africans protecting him. Unlike the President of the USA, a guy like Gaddafi can't count on the loyalty of the regular national military, so he has to get creative about his security detail.
    , @Jonathan Silber
    Didn’t Libya’s former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Harem Scarem.
    , @Anonymous
    Didn't really work out that well for him, did it?
    , @GMR
    Yeah, and he got killed by a mob.
    , @Anonymous
    Good point. It would be interesting to know how effective they were. Or did Ghadaffi hire them because he believed women would be more loyal (ie, fixated on the supreme alpha male) than men?
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  16. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Lot

    To demonstrate her fighting ability, the head secret service guy has her do a Wonder Woman throw on a male agent.
     
    Play fighting with a tall girlfriend who is seriously into martial arts is really fun. You just use your brute strength while she surprises you with all sorts of little flips and jujitsu moves. I highly recommend this. Even when you "lose" you win!

    I remember sparring for the first time with a female black belt when I was a 17 year old yellow belt or whatever in karate. We wore these cheap looking, Macho brand, foam gloves, foot pads, and headgear common in tournament karate back then, and the rule was you hit as hard as you got hit. Years of watching martial arts movies had lead me to expect some fearsome power, but her punches and kicks felt like taps, despite her giving every indication that she wasn’t holding back.

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  17. BB753 says:

    A great day for feminism! It would have served Obama well to get injured. Where’s Reggie Love when you need him? (Cue in The Bodyguard soundtrack).

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    "(Cue in The Bodyguard soundtrack)."

    Thanks.
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  18. Ted says:

    The only people interested in having females in the military and other such roles are weirdo white nerd guys.

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  19. @BB753
    A great day for feminism! It would have served Obama well to get injured. Where's Reggie Love when you need him? (Cue in The Bodyguard soundtrack).

    “(Cue in The Bodyguard soundtrack).”

    Thanks.

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  20. Jay says:

    Back in my 20′s I worked in a job that required me to physically restrain others. Once we had to restrain a jockey(without horse). Took 4 guys to get things under control. I could usually control non-males by myself but things were more dignified when i had a little help. A very average man, with a little skill, can quite easily overpower a female. It’s dangerous to think otherwise.

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  21. Lot says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Yes, Catherine Rampell is well above average.

    Here’s a link from Cathy’s blog full of depressing graphs and charts about 18-34 year olds:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/americas_millenials_in_the_recovery_jf_7.24.14.pdf

    Some choice selections:

    Average age of marriage of men, nearly stable for 10 years at around 27, suddenly rose in the great recession to 29 and has stayed there.

    Percentage of 18-34 age group currently married fell from 41% in 2000 to 28% in 2013.

    Median education debt for those with debt, in 2010 dollars: 1995 $8,000, 2010 $18,000 (this understates the increase because a much higher percentage have debt now).

    Share living with parents, age 18-34, was in the 26-28% range from 1962 to 2005, then suddenly starting rising every year until hitting about 32%.

    Homeownership rate for those with 60-80K in income, inflation adjusted: 76% in 1980, 50% now.

    What these all show is that the old WSJ/Libertarian dream of breaking the welfare state by opening up the boarders has, starting with the 2010 election, become a realty. Older white middle class people are certainly aware that most young white people are economically miserable and unable to get stable jobs and have kids, not to mention many older white people who lose their middle class jobs and have no prospect of ever getting one again. They no longer, however, have the ability to vote for redistributing income to the poorer half of the white population, because for every downscale white, there are now 1.5 downscale NAMs.

    Here in California, property taxes that pay for education go to a public school system that is 53% hispanic and 25% white. Supporting the education of working class children that look like themselves is simply no longer an option for California whites, who remain (for now) a large majority of the electorate. With intra-white redistribution impossible now, we are permanently stuck on the path of decadence for the elite and ruin for everyone else.

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  22. Ian says:

    It’s almost as if hiring for affirmative action reasons lessens effectiveness or something

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    Female agents are just as competent as men!
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  23. Ian says:

    I haven’t seen anything anywhere about Omar Gonzalez’ political beliefs.

    It seems like the first thing the media usually does in situations like this is to publish excerpted content from the suspect’s social media accounts and online postings, a reporting of what the suspect used to rant to other people about, and even (as leaked from authorities) the content of text messages and emails, what books they had at home, and what they wrote in their diary.

    My guess is if Gonzalez’ belief systems were anything remotely Second Amendment-y, militia-y, Randian, Alex Jones-y, anything like that, we would be hearing all about it already, 24/7.

    Given the dog that is not barking, my guess is that his politics were more Chicano power, open-the-border, Obama’s a tool of the white man, the administration is not prog enough, that sort of thing.

    In an otherwise empty “everyone thought he was so nice and quiet” piece, however, the New York Times very helpfully did tell us that, Gonzales “did two combat tours [in Iraq], around the time President George W. Bush increased the number of troops and extended their deployments”.

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    Apparently born in PR but raised in Texas. Is he hispanic or white (in MSM speak)? They arent pushing the white line on this as is normal when somebody does something bad. He actually looks mainly white, if George Zimmerman is white this guy must be!


    Also I read it was three tours in Iraq but it may turn out to be two in Iraq and another overseas somewhere.
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  24. Truman didn’t redecorate the White House. He rebuilt it. In the McCullough biography it says the old White House kept from falling down more out of habit than remaining structural integrity. It would have been simpler to tear it all down completely, but for the sake of appearances an exterior shell was kept in place as the entire structure within was rebuilt.

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  25. I was in college when the women’s martial arts was a big thing on campus. They could do all the moves and would embarrass the nerdy guys in demonstrations but when even the best of them got some wiry little man who had even rudimentary skills they would be easily put down. We had a guy in his forties who was about 5’5″ and looked a little paunchy who was in the MBA program who had a daughter who was big into it and it was scary how fast he had Miss Black belt on the mat.

    The best trained woman in excellent shape is a match for males only if they are totally unskilled and at minimal levels of fitness.

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    True, but they could always buy guns for self-defense. Of course, that would be 'conservative'. The whole Team Blue-Team Red thing is kind of funny sometimes.
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  26. SFG says:
    @Former Darfur
    I was in college when the women's martial arts was a big thing on campus. They could do all the moves and would embarrass the nerdy guys in demonstrations but when even the best of them got some wiry little man who had even rudimentary skills they would be easily put down. We had a guy in his forties who was about 5'5" and looked a little paunchy who was in the MBA program who had a daughter who was big into it and it was scary how fast he had Miss Black belt on the mat.

    The best trained woman in excellent shape is a match for males only if they are totally unskilled and at minimal levels of fitness.

    True, but they could always buy guns for self-defense. Of course, that would be ‘conservative’. The whole Team Blue-Team Red thing is kind of funny sometimes.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    That's a problem when the girls are police. If any fit 15 year old boy can overpower you then you have carte blanche to kill them out of a (quite reasonable) fear for your own life if they do not halt, when ordered, but rush you instead.

    Why didn't the girl secret service agent shoot Omar dead on the spot? As a wimpy girl charged with protecting the President she was well within her rights to do so. By letting him get away, she clearly failed in her duty to protect. Was she a two-fer? Latina AND a girl?

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  27. @Cattle Guard
    Didn't Libya's former ruler have female bodyguards?

    True, but there’s debate over whether they were really bodyguards, or concubines. As we learned when he got deposed, he had an outer ring of male black Africans protecting him. Unlike the President of the USA, a guy like Gaddafi can’t count on the loyalty of the regular national military, so he has to get creative about his security detail.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I remember reading that when George H.W. Bush went to Kuwait to address the troops the Secret Service made the troops take the bolts out of their rifles first. And Gen. Schwarzkopf walked around with a security detail of 4 plain clothes guys carrying rifles.
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  28. Sean says:

    The female secret sevice agent may be disabled (in a wheelchair like Ironside , or blind like Longstreet) . Maybe she is a senior citizen like Barnaby Jones. Or like Cannon, just obese.

    Omar J. Gonzalez may not have been shot, but Tucker McElroy would have been.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Or like Cannon, just obese."

    I went to elementary school with that TV actor's son. He liked to run around at recess and knock people down from behind. I called him "Cannonball."

    , @Jonathan Silber
    All security agents at the White House should be deaf, dumb, and blind females confined to wheelchairs, if only to debunk the myths and stereotypes.
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  29. @Sean
    The female secret sevice agent may be disabled (in a wheelchair like Ironside , or blind like Longstreet) . Maybe she is a senior citizen like Barnaby Jones. Or like Cannon, just obese.

    Omar J. Gonzalez may not have been shot, but Tucker McElroy would have been.

    “Or like Cannon, just obese.”

    I went to elementary school with that TV actor’s son. He liked to run around at recess and knock people down from behind. I called him “Cannonball.”

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  30. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Stuff happens. In ’87 Matthias Rust flew a small plane from Finland to Moscow, landing in the area of Red Square. So they have their security foulups also as does everyone else. The president is pretty much hermetically sealed off from any contact with the public, his supposed constituency, traveling around with an army of bodyguards, planes, helicopters, black vans stuffed with electronic gear, etc. In contrast visitors to Cuba used to report Castro traveling around the island with a minimum of bodyguards accompanying him and being approachable by the residents. It’s disconcerting to see all these leaders acting like such chickens. That’s what we have a Vice-President, Speaker-of-the-House chain of command for, to ensure continuity.

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    You can see some of the contrast during UN week. I remember a photo of former French president Sarkozy running in Manhattan with one security guy.
    , @Anonymous
    Yes, yes, yes! We have a line of succession for a reason. Maybe if the Presidency didn't yield so much power, it would matter less if we lost one. A President is just a man, not a god. He shouldn't be wrapped up in Secret Service bubble wrap as if the whole universe would end with his death.
    , @Lurker
    One might also note the footage of Hitler being driven through Austria in an open top car after Anschluss.
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  31. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Voltaire’s Spinning Corpse said:

    What did Clint Eastwood call female SS agents in “In The Line of Fire”…window dressing so the president can look good to his feminist voters?

    In my last job I worked with some female special agents (different orgs). I can appreciate these agencies having a different perspective and approach, kind of like the Brits recruiting dyslexics for spy work. The problem with the female agents I met though, is they aren’t really very female. The agencies hire from the pool that apply, and women in that group are kind of dykey and estrogen deficient.

    I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement. Females are less likely to engage in reckless behavior (e.g., getting drunk and bringing back prostitutes to the hotel; doing stupid stuff for sex).

    Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail.

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    Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools.
     
    I remember it being the flight schools. Colleen was just too dumb to understand that she was supposed to ignore them, so she forced her bosses to do her job for her.
    , @Wilkey
    Colleen Rowley is neither a lesbian nor was she the one responsible for apprehending Zacarias Moussaoui.
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  32. @Priss Factor
    Personally, I'm all for the female-ization of the secret service.

    Personally, I’m all for the female-ization of the secret service.

    Recruit a few of those hottie “wise Latina” Telemundo “newshosts”. Or, heck, Jennifer Lopez. Let’s bring true meaning and relevance to the ReConquista. Just hand over the country — they deserve it.

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  33. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    John Jeremiah Smith said:

    Recruit a few of those hottie “wise Latina” Telemundo “newshosts”.

    If I were President I wouldn’t mind that kind of agent around me at all times! I too would be missing 60% of national security briefings, but not for golf! Qaddafi was on to something, using beautiful female bodyguards.

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  34. @Cattle Guard
    Didn't Libya's former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Didn’t Libya’s former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Harem Scarem.

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    Harem Scarem.
     
    They were big in Japan!
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  35. @Sean
    The female secret sevice agent may be disabled (in a wheelchair like Ironside , or blind like Longstreet) . Maybe she is a senior citizen like Barnaby Jones. Or like Cannon, just obese.

    Omar J. Gonzalez may not have been shot, but Tucker McElroy would have been.

    All security agents at the White House should be deaf, dumb, and blind females confined to wheelchairs, if only to debunk the myths and stereotypes.

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  37. Borachio says:

    These incidents of people breaking into the White House occur every few years.

    My suspicion that occasionally, the CIA et al want to remind the president that White House defenses are porous. He can go on TV and act like a big shot, but at the end of the day, he’s hired help. Hired help can be fired.

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  38. vinny says:

    “I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement…. Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail.”

    Good point. I recall Steve making a similar point after bin Laden was killed. It was a female CIA agent who used her specifically feminine powers of analysis (spending a long time teasing out the kind of human relationships that immediately exhaust us nerdy males) to break the case.

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    That's kind of an understated point about Jessica Chastain's CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, a movie made by a non-feminist woman.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Women are also good at patiently paying attention to detail, through stretches of monotony (which is what knitting and other female crafts demand). That's why Israel uses female troops to monitor its southern border for illegals.
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  39. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @International Jew
    True, but there's debate over whether they were really bodyguards, or concubines. As we learned when he got deposed, he had an outer ring of male black Africans protecting him. Unlike the President of the USA, a guy like Gaddafi can't count on the loyalty of the regular national military, so he has to get creative about his security detail.

    I remember reading that when George H.W. Bush went to Kuwait to address the troops the Secret Service made the troops take the bolts out of their rifles first. And Gen. Schwarzkopf walked around with a security detail of 4 plain clothes guys carrying rifles.

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  40. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    Stuff happens. In '87 Matthias Rust flew a small plane from Finland to Moscow, landing in the area of Red Square. So they have their security foulups also as does everyone else. The president is pretty much hermetically sealed off from any contact with the public, his supposed constituency, traveling around with an army of bodyguards, planes, helicopters, black vans stuffed with electronic gear, etc. In contrast visitors to Cuba used to report Castro traveling around the island with a minimum of bodyguards accompanying him and being approachable by the residents. It's disconcerting to see all these leaders acting like such chickens. That's what we have a Vice-President, Speaker-of-the-House chain of command for, to ensure continuity.

    You can see some of the contrast during UN week. I remember a photo of former French president Sarkozy running in Manhattan with one security guy.

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  41. @vinny
    "I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement.... Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail."

    Good point. I recall Steve making a similar point after bin Laden was killed. It was a female CIA agent who used her specifically feminine powers of analysis (spending a long time teasing out the kind of human relationships that immediately exhaust us nerdy males) to break the case.

    That’s kind of an understated point about Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, a movie made by a non-feminist woman.

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    I though that was complete fiction, that a female CIA agent found Bib Laden. The only real part of the movie was the female agent that go herself and her team blown up.
    , @Twinkie

    Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty
     
    Chastain's character was a CIA officer, not an "agent." In the intelligence realm, agents are typically indigenous assets operatives recruit.

    That and the DEA being called the Drug Enforcement "Agency" (it's "Administration") really annoy me. As does the proliferation of big-breasted, bony female characters who violently overpower legions of men in films.

    Mind you, it is not impossible for women to overcome men in physical combat. But such rarities require women who are 1) superbly, extremely, and unusually conditioned and athletic (e.g. Olympic medalists like Ronda Rousey), 2) highly skilled (or have high skill disparity against the men in their favor) from a life-long dedication to their training (when Rousey was young, her mother, a renowned Judo champion herself, would leap on Rousey from nowhere day-to-day, Kato-style a la The Pink Panther and arm-lock her), 3) armed and know how to use it, and/or 4) of a supremely competitive, absolutely hate-losing attitude and decisive willingness to crush their enemies. Such women can beat average or even moderately skilled men (but almost never their equals among men). But such women are extremely rare and certainly do not look like the movie sex symbols.

    Then again men who possess such attributes, though far larger in number than their equivalents among women, are not exactly abundant in this day and age. I don't know that they ever were.

    Also, any "self-defense" system that teaches women to exchange force with men "punch for punch" is simply ridiculous. A serious self-defense system for women would teach them to *avoid, evade, escape, and fight trouble, in that order of priority. Before even teaching physical skills, a realistic system would teach the proper mindset and inculcate awareness first. And what skills it teaches would be required to be maintained through constant training. The vast majority of women simply aren't going to sign up for that program. The best a trainer can hope for among the majority of women is to illicit that purse-clutching, dark street-avoiding instincts. That will save far more women from harm than teaching specific skills of punching, kicking or throwing.

    *Avoid, evade, escape, and fight is for the outside. If a woman is at home, she should be trained to arm herself, collect her children (if any), retreat to a safe room, barricade it, seek cover at an angle from the door, and call the professionals who can come and clear the house for her.
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  42. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jonathan Silber
    Didn’t Libya’s former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Harem Scarem.

    Harem Scarem.

    They were big in Japan!

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  43. prosa123 [AKA "Peter"] says: • Website

    Who cares? Presidents are replaceable, just like everyone else.

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  44. @Joe Faek
    If female Secret Service agents are getting overpowered like this obviously what we need are more female White House Intruders, since they're currently running something like 98% male(uh... totally unacceptable).

    This seems right up Jerry Brown's alley.. A California training program for more gender diversity in White House Intruders. Pull $6.5 million from the general fund. Maybe UC(with the help of non-profits) could oversee the program and they could draw candidates from the CDCR inmate pool.

    The answer is simpler. Post male guards at the fence, to stop the male intruders. They can let the female ones go through, kind of like Homeland Security guards at the Mexican border do with everyone. Then, the female guards near the White House itself can become heroines by tackling the little female intruders and machine-gunning the big ones.

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  45. Seamus says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    I remember reading that when George H.W. Bush went to Kuwait to address the troops the Secret Service made the troops take the bolts out of their rifles first. And Gen. Schwarzkopf walked around with a security detail of 4 plain clothes guys carrying rifles.

    You may think it’s absurd to require soldiers to have non-functioning firearms in the presence of the president, but the Secret Service probably remembered how Anwar Sadat died.

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  46. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I was one of the officers at the Air Force Academy that squired the first female class through basic training. It was a joke. All of the rules changed. They had to. Many of the female cadets could not navigate a three foot obstacle. Across the board, performance and accomplishment were transliterated into “do your best”. We were warned to always have a box of tissues on hand perchance a female cadet burst out in tears. I was really taken back when I asked a female cadet, “How are things going …?” She burst out in tears. The bottom line: At a session for “officers only”, we were told that the decision had already been made in Washington that the experiment with female cadets would be a success. It was our job to “make it happen ….” or, more correctly, make it appear to happen.

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  47. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    Stuff happens. In '87 Matthias Rust flew a small plane from Finland to Moscow, landing in the area of Red Square. So they have their security foulups also as does everyone else. The president is pretty much hermetically sealed off from any contact with the public, his supposed constituency, traveling around with an army of bodyguards, planes, helicopters, black vans stuffed with electronic gear, etc. In contrast visitors to Cuba used to report Castro traveling around the island with a minimum of bodyguards accompanying him and being approachable by the residents. It's disconcerting to see all these leaders acting like such chickens. That's what we have a Vice-President, Speaker-of-the-House chain of command for, to ensure continuity.

    Yes, yes, yes! We have a line of succession for a reason. Maybe if the Presidency didn’t yield so much power, it would matter less if we lost one. A President is just a man, not a god. He shouldn’t be wrapped up in Secret Service bubble wrap as if the whole universe would end with his death.

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  48. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Cattle Guard
    Didn't Libya's former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Didn’t really work out that well for him, did it?

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  49. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    It was a female CIA agent who used her specifically feminine powers of analysis (spending a long time teasing out the kind of human relationships that immediately exhaust us nerdy males) to break the case.

    Women are good with details and administrative stuff. They are bad at big picture. They make good secretaries and investigators but lousy generals or tech CEO’s. It was a female CIA chief of base and another female CIA officer that oversaw the situation were Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi blew himself up killing a bunch of CIA and contractors. IMHO, a male would’ve been more big picture and more apprehensive and it might not have happened.

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  50. Hepp says:

    Incredible. They truly are believers in this stuff, and will bet their lives on it. I’d like to see if the conservative media picks this up.

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    Well, Presidents are replaceable, after all. The narrative is more important.
    , @The most deplorable one
    Sure. After all, presidents are replaceable. The narrative is more important.
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  51. SportsFan says:
    @Lot

    To demonstrate her fighting ability, the head secret service guy has her do a Wonder Woman throw on a male agent.
     
    Play fighting with a tall girlfriend who is seriously into martial arts is really fun. You just use your brute strength while she surprises you with all sorts of little flips and jujitsu moves. I highly recommend this. Even when you "lose" you win!

    When I did martial arts, the instructor had the males fight and wrestle the females, most of whom were tiny Asian chicks weighing <100 lbs, on the pretense that females had to "learn" how to fight larger opponents in self-defense. While it was sort of fun, it was also awkward, because most guys could simply pick up the chicks, quite literally, and throw them 10 feet, but you wouldn't do that to a chick unless you're a Ray Rice type. So we just sort of gently picked them up and carefully laid them down like a delicate flower. The pindowns were done with your weight on your elbows so as not crush their tiny bones.

    Hopefully the intended, and learned, lesson for the girls was that they stand no chance against an athletic 200-pound male.

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  52. Bill says:
    @Anonymous

    Voltaire's Spinning Corpse said:

    What did Clint Eastwood call female SS agents in “In The Line of Fire”…window dressing so the president can look good to his feminist voters?

     

    In my last job I worked with some female special agents (different orgs). I can appreciate these agencies having a different perspective and approach, kind of like the Brits recruiting dyslexics for spy work. The problem with the female agents I met though, is they aren't really very female. The agencies hire from the pool that apply, and women in that group are kind of dykey and estrogen deficient.

    I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement. Females are less likely to engage in reckless behavior (e.g., getting drunk and bringing back prostitutes to the hotel; doing stupid stuff for sex).

    Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail.

    Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools.

    I remember it being the flight schools. Colleen was just too dumb to understand that she was supposed to ignore them, so she forced her bosses to do her job for her.

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  53. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Hepp
    Incredible. They truly are believers in this stuff, and will bet their lives on it. I'd like to see if the conservative media picks this up.

    Well, Presidents are replaceable, after all. The narrative is more important.

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  54. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Hepp
    Incredible. They truly are believers in this stuff, and will bet their lives on it. I'd like to see if the conservative media picks this up.

    Sure. After all, presidents are replaceable. The narrative is more important.

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  55. Sean says:

    “How is it possible that the FBI agent who shot and killed an associate of a suspected Boston Marathon bomber has been pocketing more than $50,000 annually in disability benefits since he retired as an Oakland police officer in 2004 at age 31?”

    United States Secret Service“We fully support presidential Executive Order 13548 (July 26, 2010) which ensures that individuals with disabilities are represented throughout our agency, as applicants with disabilities represent an important pool of potential qualified candidates.”

    It’s fascinating when disability is lumped in with non white ethnicity under the diversity rubric.

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  56. Lurker says:
    @notbob
    They shouldn't mind, he was just an "undocumented whitehouse visitor".

    They shouldn’t mind, he was just an “undocumented whitehouse visitor”.

    Outstanding sir!

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  57. Mr. Anon says:

    “Steve Sailer says:

    That’s kind of an understated point about Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, a movie made by a non-feminist woman.”

    I recently saw that movie, and found it to be quite good. I think Katherine Bigelow is a much better director than her ex.

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  58. Mr. Anon says:

    The secret service goes to ridiculous lengths, and expense, to protect the President when he is away from the whitehouse, turning people’s daily lives upside-down if they should happen to live somplace where the golden God-Emperor should want to visit. There is no good reason for this – he is just a hireling – some yutz who won a popularity contest. Concern for his security ought to be no greater than for whomever most recently won “American Idol”.

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    No, his security is a matter of concern. However, they very often do not need to announce his movements or presence, and should not.
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  59. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    #40-Vinnie: it was a “female CIA agent who used her specifically feminine powers of analysis…” to nail Osama.
    Or so the legend goes. It sounds great, a commercial for hiring female geniuses and kick-butt babes. Anybody really believe that? More likely the Pakistanis, or a faction of them, sold him out as he had outlived his usefulness and had become an albatross. They had to appear outraged and distressed for public consumption.

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  60. Lurker says:
    @Anonymous
    Stuff happens. In '87 Matthias Rust flew a small plane from Finland to Moscow, landing in the area of Red Square. So they have their security foulups also as does everyone else. The president is pretty much hermetically sealed off from any contact with the public, his supposed constituency, traveling around with an army of bodyguards, planes, helicopters, black vans stuffed with electronic gear, etc. In contrast visitors to Cuba used to report Castro traveling around the island with a minimum of bodyguards accompanying him and being approachable by the residents. It's disconcerting to see all these leaders acting like such chickens. That's what we have a Vice-President, Speaker-of-the-House chain of command for, to ensure continuity.

    One might also note the footage of Hitler being driven through Austria in an open top car after Anschluss.

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    NO one was protected well back then FDR narrowly escaped death at the hands of Zangara. Or maybe it was a Mafia hit, read Cermak's death offers lesson in Chicago Way.
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  61. Lurker says:
    @Ian
    I haven't seen anything anywhere about Omar Gonzalez' political beliefs.

    It seems like the first thing the media usually does in situations like this is to publish excerpted content from the suspect's social media accounts and online postings, a reporting of what the suspect used to rant to other people about, and even (as leaked from authorities) the content of text messages and emails, what books they had at home, and what they wrote in their diary.

    My guess is if Gonzalez' belief systems were anything remotely Second Amendment-y, militia-y, Randian, Alex Jones-y, anything like that, we would be hearing all about it already, 24/7.

    Given the dog that is not barking, my guess is that his politics were more Chicano power, open-the-border, Obama's a tool of the white man, the administration is not prog enough, that sort of thing.

    In an otherwise empty "everyone thought he was so nice and quiet" piece, however, the New York Times very helpfully did tell us that, Gonzales "did two combat tours [in Iraq], around the time President George W. Bush increased the number of troops and extended their deployments".

    Apparently born in PR but raised in Texas. Is he hispanic or white (in MSM speak)? They arent pushing the white line on this as is normal when somebody does something bad. He actually looks mainly white, if George Zimmerman is white this guy must be!

    Also I read it was three tours in Iraq but it may turn out to be two in Iraq and another overseas somewhere.

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  62. Sean says:
    @Lurker
    One might also note the footage of Hitler being driven through Austria in an open top car after Anschluss.

    NO one was protected well back then FDR narrowly escaped death at the hands of Zangara. Or maybe it was a Mafia hit, read Cermak’s death offers lesson in Chicago Way.

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  63. GMR says:
    @Cattle Guard
    Didn't Libya's former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Yeah, and he got killed by a mob.

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  64. george says:

    “Wasn’t there a big feminist putsch a couple of years ago, using a prostitution scandal as a pretext, to turn the Secret Service over to female control? ”

    Let’s see now a secret service member hired a prostitute, kept her overnight in the same general area as the President of the US. Minor details are he did not have $600 either in his debit account or credit limit. And no other secret service members including his superiors could figure out how to resolve this situation. Historical note, President Lincoln’s guard was drunk at the time of his assassination. He would have survived if a temperance worker had been guarding him. I would guess most Secret Service men theses days could not have gotten the job without a veteran’s preference so the only way around the patronage system is to hire women.

    But on a happy note Ms Londoño Suárez appears to have married a starter in the Dubai soccer league.

    I also remember various incidents in the past where somebody managed to gain entry into the White House, which is a public museum.

    “only 30 feet from where Torresola was reloading his Luger.” Hitting a partially obscured, possibly moving target 30 ft away a story above the ground with a WWII era pistol, while under possible fire from police is not an easy shot. As a reference Lee Harvey Oswald, or the guy in the sewer at the Grassy Knoll, needed a long rifle to do a similar shot from an unmolested sniper position. It is also interesting that any Puerto Ricans wanted to be independent enough to risk a suicide mission.

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    The terrorist who was 30 feet from Truman was a trained pistol marksman who had already shot three Secret Service / policemen without being hit himself. The other terrorist wasn't as accurate and was at that point shooting it out with the Secret Service without hitting them or being hit (he died of old age back home in PR). The book is very detailed about how hard it is to shoot somebody with a pistol, especially while being shot at, which is why training is so crucial. The guy who was killed by Coffelts wasn't just a random radical, he was The Guy, the man that the leader of the PR Nationalists most wanted to get 30 feet from the President. It's kind of like there's 3 seconds left in the NBA game and you're up by two, but suddenly you realize the other team has a clear pass to an open LeBron 30 feet from the basket. Yeah, he probably won't make the 3-pointer, but still ...
    , @Art Deco
    I would guess most Secret Service men theses days could not have gotten the job without a veteran’s preference

    Why?

    He would have survived if a temperance worker had been guarding him.

    Only if she were armed and a satisfactory shot.

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  65. Yay, I promptedmy first iSteve post.

    Steve, the other Secret Service failure that the Washington Post featured in its Sunday front-page story was on the 2011 shooting at the White House. Several rifle shots hit the White House and yet the female Secret Service agent, who as far as I can tell was the closest to the impact, didn’t find the damage or the bullets, which weren’t found for another four days:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-stumbled-after-gunman-hit-white-house-residence-in-2011/2014/09/27/d176b6ac-442a-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

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  66. Art Deco says: • Website

    In 1976, someone climbed over the White House fence and began running toward the building. He was shot dead by guards. How is it that this man ‘brushed past’ a Secret Service agent with a drawn gun?

    Michael Kinsley remarked a generation ago that a security cordon broadcasts the presence of the VIP and that can act to injure levels of security. He noted that Margaret Thatcher and the prime minister of Israel traveled with much smaller security cordons than the American vice president because their public movements were seldom announced before hand.

    The Washington Monthly did a story about 15 years ago on the security cordon surrounding cabinet secretaries. They noted that the Secretary of Agriculture (a former member of Congress) had portal-to-portal limousine service and guards while the FBI director walked around DC by his lonesome (armed, though) and the fat and diminutive woman running the department of Health and Human Services walked around alone and unarmed.

    A great deal of this is derived from the publicity machine and from ego. The serial scandals also say something about the intramural culture of the Secret Service. It’s a sick agency.

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    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That's the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie "The Ghost Writer:" that Tony Blair's retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.

    , @Dave Pinsen
    I wonder if, post-Ferguson, the Secret Service is a little wary of shooting a minority.
    , @Anonymous
    I live in N Arlington VA about 2 blocks from the townhouse complex where the now deceased Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist lived. I took my kids trick or treating to his house in the 90s and he answered the door. You'd see him walking the neighborhood and we'd all say, "Hi Chief!".

    Much of the security detail stuff is what Tom Wolfe called in A Man in Full "watching them jump". A fatal disease for any country.
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  67. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Mr. Anon
    The secret service goes to ridiculous lengths, and expense, to protect the President when he is away from the whitehouse, turning people's daily lives upside-down if they should happen to live somplace where the golden God-Emperor should want to visit. There is no good reason for this - he is just a hireling - some yutz who won a popularity contest. Concern for his security ought to be no greater than for whomever most recently won "American Idol".

    No, his security is a matter of concern. However, they very often do not need to announce his movements or presence, and should not.

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  68. rod1963 says:

    As one previous poster pointed out. The President isn’t some sort of god-emperor, he’s just a two bit politician who won a popularity contest and is eminently replaceable, thanks to our political system.

    There is no reason he needs a battalion of SS guards and other para-military goons with shoot to kill orders if anyone comes near him. Even Hitler and Churchill didn’t have this level of security. It’s really a embarrassment and shows how cowardly and isolated our political class has become.

    And he’s not the leader of the free world either, that’s just PR nonsense. He’s just the guy with the biggest bag of bribes around.

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  69. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    America collapses after womyn secret service fail to protect mulatto President from Alex Jones reading Mestizo.

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  70. @Art Deco
    In 1976, someone climbed over the White House fence and began running toward the building. He was shot dead by guards. How is it that this man 'brushed past' a Secret Service agent with a drawn gun?

    Michael Kinsley remarked a generation ago that a security cordon broadcasts the presence of the VIP and that can act to injure levels of security. He noted that Margaret Thatcher and the prime minister of Israel traveled with much smaller security cordons than the American vice president because their public movements were seldom announced before hand.

    The Washington Monthly did a story about 15 years ago on the security cordon surrounding cabinet secretaries. They noted that the Secretary of Agriculture (a former member of Congress) had portal-to-portal limousine service and guards while the FBI director walked around DC by his lonesome (armed, though) and the fat and diminutive woman running the department of Health and Human Services walked around alone and unarmed.

    A great deal of this is derived from the publicity machine and from ego. The serial scandals also say something about the intramural culture of the Secret Service. It's a sick agency.

    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That’s the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie “The Ghost Writer:” that Tony Blair’s retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.

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    Americanish? Former Presidents and their families had no protection prior to 1965 and I'm not sure the Trumans or the Eisenhowers ever took up the federal government's proffer. Truman lived on an army pension and book royalties in a suburb of Kansas City and signed up for Medicare (which he did need). Eisenhower repaired to a farm outside a small town in Pennsylvania and spent his last years painting and playing golf while his wife played cards. Mrs. Kennedy had no Secret Service protection after her remarriage and surrendered her son's protection in 1973. After 1975, she went to and from work in Manhattan without guards hired by the government or Onassis. Richard Nixon voluntarily surrendered his cordon in 1986 or thereabouts. George W. Bush lives on a ranch he bought near on twenty years ago with his business winnings; his cordon is due to be withdrawn in 2019.

    The precedent for employing federal police officers for decades on end as valets for quondam office holders and their wives whom one could not imagine might be in danger I believe began with Lady Bird Johnson and has been continued by most since, the Nixons the notable exception. The practice of shameless buckraking by former presidents began with Gerald Ford, though I think a great deal of that was fund-raising for his 'presidential library'. The Brobingnagian cupidity of the Clintons had no precedent.
    , @syonredux

    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That’s the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie “The Ghost Writer:” that Tony Blair’s retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.
     
    An important thing to remember is that the PM is not the Head of State; the monarch has that job. Hence, the ceremonial weight and majesty of office do not lie with the PM. He has the power but not the pomp.

    The President, in contrast, is the Head of State; he has the power and the pomp.
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  71. @george
    "Wasn’t there a big feminist putsch a couple of years ago, using a prostitution scandal as a pretext, to turn the Secret Service over to female control? "

    Let's see now a secret service member hired a prostitute, kept her overnight in the same general area as the President of the US. Minor details are he did not have $600 either in his debit account or credit limit. And no other secret service members including his superiors could figure out how to resolve this situation. Historical note, President Lincoln's guard was drunk at the time of his assassination. He would have survived if a temperance worker had been guarding him. I would guess most Secret Service men theses days could not have gotten the job without a veteran's preference so the only way around the patronage system is to hire women.

    But on a happy note Ms Londoño Suárez appears to have married a starter in the Dubai soccer league.

    I also remember various incidents in the past where somebody managed to gain entry into the White House, which is a public museum.

    "only 30 feet from where Torresola was reloading his Luger." Hitting a partially obscured, possibly moving target 30 ft away a story above the ground with a WWII era pistol, while under possible fire from police is not an easy shot. As a reference Lee Harvey Oswald, or the guy in the sewer at the Grassy Knoll, needed a long rifle to do a similar shot from an unmolested sniper position. It is also interesting that any Puerto Ricans wanted to be independent enough to risk a suicide mission.

    The terrorist who was 30 feet from Truman was a trained pistol marksman who had already shot three Secret Service / policemen without being hit himself. The other terrorist wasn’t as accurate and was at that point shooting it out with the Secret Service without hitting them or being hit (he died of old age back home in PR). The book is very detailed about how hard it is to shoot somebody with a pistol, especially while being shot at, which is why training is so crucial. The guy who was killed by Coffelts wasn’t just a random radical, he was The Guy, the man that the leader of the PR Nationalists most wanted to get 30 feet from the President. It’s kind of like there’s 3 seconds left in the NBA game and you’re up by two, but suddenly you realize the other team has a clear pass to an open LeBron 30 feet from the basket. Yeah, he probably won’t make the 3-pointer, but still …

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    Parts of advanced Krav Maga (self-defence system developed for the military in Israel that in the US works out to be a kind of Yoga for the very macho) involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions.

    Shooting someone with a pistol while under stress is very, very hard.
    , @haddox
    It's Stephen Hunter, not Steven. Heck of a gun nerd and writer.
    , @haddox
    minor correction: Stephen Hunter, not Steven (OK on VDare). I miss his film reviews. Heck of a gun nerd and writer as well.
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  72. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That's the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie "The Ghost Writer:" that Tony Blair's retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.

    Americanish? Former Presidents and their families had no protection prior to 1965 and I’m not sure the Trumans or the Eisenhowers ever took up the federal government’s proffer. Truman lived on an army pension and book royalties in a suburb of Kansas City and signed up for Medicare (which he did need). Eisenhower repaired to a farm outside a small town in Pennsylvania and spent his last years painting and playing golf while his wife played cards. Mrs. Kennedy had no Secret Service protection after her remarriage and surrendered her son’s protection in 1973. After 1975, she went to and from work in Manhattan without guards hired by the government or Onassis. Richard Nixon voluntarily surrendered his cordon in 1986 or thereabouts. George W. Bush lives on a ranch he bought near on twenty years ago with his business winnings; his cordon is due to be withdrawn in 2019.

    The precedent for employing federal police officers for decades on end as valets for quondam office holders and their wives whom one could not imagine might be in danger I believe began with Lady Bird Johnson and has been continued by most since, the Nixons the notable exception. The practice of shameless buckraking by former presidents began with Gerald Ford, though I think a great deal of that was fund-raising for his ‘presidential library’. The Brobingnagian cupidity of the Clintons had no precedent.

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  73. Jon says:
    @Steve Sailer
    The terrorist who was 30 feet from Truman was a trained pistol marksman who had already shot three Secret Service / policemen without being hit himself. The other terrorist wasn't as accurate and was at that point shooting it out with the Secret Service without hitting them or being hit (he died of old age back home in PR). The book is very detailed about how hard it is to shoot somebody with a pistol, especially while being shot at, which is why training is so crucial. The guy who was killed by Coffelts wasn't just a random radical, he was The Guy, the man that the leader of the PR Nationalists most wanted to get 30 feet from the President. It's kind of like there's 3 seconds left in the NBA game and you're up by two, but suddenly you realize the other team has a clear pass to an open LeBron 30 feet from the basket. Yeah, he probably won't make the 3-pointer, but still ...

    Parts of advanced Krav Maga (self-defence system developed for the military in Israel that in the US works out to be a kind of Yoga for the very macho) involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions.

    Shooting someone with a pistol while under stress is very, very hard.

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    No it isn't, you can just go down on one knee and brace your elbow. NYPD officers were taught to shoot that way. The problem with aiming and firing from a solid two hands stance is it makes you a sitting duck.
    , @Anonymous
    "involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions"

    Even with a rifle - Winston Churchill, 1897, Pakistan/Afghan border

    "During this business I armed myself with the Martini and ammunition of a dead man, and fired as carefully as possible thirty or forty shots at tribesmen on the left-hand ridge at distances from eighty to a hundred and twenty yards. The difficulty about these occasions is that one is so out of breath and quivering with exertion, if not with excitement. However, I am sure I never fired without taking aim."
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  74. I heard the lady heading the Secret Service on TV this morning. Sounded exactly like one of those awful females doing the tv play by play on unimportant college football games.

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  75. Some years ago, the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court gave a speech at my university. After my morning classes, I was walking to the student union to grab some lunch when he passed by on a golf cart. He was sitting on the right side of the cart (to my left), totally exposed, casually chatting with the guy to his left. At the closest approach I was no more than six feet away from him, with no obstructions between us. It was a fleeting encounter, as the cart whizzed by at a decent clip, but I was still a bit surprised to realize that a nobody like me could get so close to such an important person.

    I once met that “fat and diminutive woman” (Donna Shalala) while waiting in line at a Burger King. (This was after she had left public office.) For someone who didn’t clear the five-foot mark, she had a decent amount of presence.

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  76. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Ian
    It's almost as if hiring for affirmative action reasons lessens effectiveness or something

    Female agents are just as competent as men!

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  77. Cloudbuster says: • Website

    From Wikipedia: In 1979, President Jimmy Carter commuted Collazo’s sentence to time served, and granted the man release. Collazo returned to Puerto Rico, where he died in 1994.

    Why would that bastard Carter commute the sentence of a man who murdered a secret service agent who was defending the life of the President of the United States? Lord, I hate that peanut-farming communist.

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  78. iSteveFan says:

    Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions.

    Hence the difficulty of the biathlon.

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  79. Sean says:
    @Jon
    Parts of advanced Krav Maga (self-defence system developed for the military in Israel that in the US works out to be a kind of Yoga for the very macho) involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions.

    Shooting someone with a pistol while under stress is very, very hard.

    No it isn’t, you can just go down on one knee and brace your elbow. NYPD officers were taught to shoot that way. The problem with aiming and firing from a solid two hands stance is it makes you a sitting duck.

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  80. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer
    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That's the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie "The Ghost Writer:" that Tony Blair's retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.

    When I met a retired Margaret Thatcher in 1999, she traveled with one middle-aged bodyguard and one secretary.

    That’s the theme of the Robert Harris novel and movie “The Ghost Writer:” that Tony Blair’s retirement into living large is un-British and Americanish.

    An important thing to remember is that the PM is not the Head of State; the monarch has that job. Hence, the ceremonial weight and majesty of office do not lie with the PM. He has the power but not the pomp.

    The President, in contrast, is the Head of State; he has the power and the pomp.

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  81. Sean says:

    There are prestige protocols for ex heads of state visiting Britain, Madela would get an escort car to get him through the traffic. They have special armored Jaguars for people under specific threat, Enoch Powell had one when he was in northern Ireland, they do about six miles to the gallon.

    Des Browne then Minister of Defence came to our church for a debate on nuclear weapons, and he had four or five bodyguards. Everyone had to be veted.

    B-liar prolly has half a dozen, given that he is banging on about the need to destroy Islamic State.

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  82. Art Deco says: • Website
    @george
    "Wasn’t there a big feminist putsch a couple of years ago, using a prostitution scandal as a pretext, to turn the Secret Service over to female control? "

    Let's see now a secret service member hired a prostitute, kept her overnight in the same general area as the President of the US. Minor details are he did not have $600 either in his debit account or credit limit. And no other secret service members including his superiors could figure out how to resolve this situation. Historical note, President Lincoln's guard was drunk at the time of his assassination. He would have survived if a temperance worker had been guarding him. I would guess most Secret Service men theses days could not have gotten the job without a veteran's preference so the only way around the patronage system is to hire women.

    But on a happy note Ms Londoño Suárez appears to have married a starter in the Dubai soccer league.

    I also remember various incidents in the past where somebody managed to gain entry into the White House, which is a public museum.

    "only 30 feet from where Torresola was reloading his Luger." Hitting a partially obscured, possibly moving target 30 ft away a story above the ground with a WWII era pistol, while under possible fire from police is not an easy shot. As a reference Lee Harvey Oswald, or the guy in the sewer at the Grassy Knoll, needed a long rifle to do a similar shot from an unmolested sniper position. It is also interesting that any Puerto Ricans wanted to be independent enough to risk a suicide mission.

    I would guess most Secret Service men theses days could not have gotten the job without a veteran’s preference

    Why?

    He would have survived if a temperance worker had been guarding him.

    Only if she were armed and a satisfactory shot.

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  83. Art Deco says: • Website

    As a reference Lee Harvey Oswald, or the guy in the sewer at the Grassy Knoll,

    There was no sewer nor any sniper at the Grassy Knoll.

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  84. syonredux says:

    How things used to be:

    Upon leaving the presidency, Truman returned to Independence, Missouri, to live at the Wallace home he and Bess had shared for years with her mother.[179] Once out of office, Truman quickly decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the nation’s highest office. He also turned down numerous offers for commercial endorsements. Since his earlier business ventures had proved unsuccessful, he had no personal savings. As a result, he faced financial challenges. Once Truman left the White House, his only income was his old army pension: $112.56 per month.[180] Former members of Congress and the federal courts received a federal retirement package; President Truman himself ensured that former servants of the executive branch of government received similar support. In 1953, however, there was no such benefit package for former presidents,[181] and he received no pension for his Senate service.[182]

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    Truman was very short on money in his immediate post-presidency years. His plight inspired Congress to pass a law in the late 1950's retroactively granting pensions to former presidents. Herbert Hoover, the only other living ex-president, had no need for the money, but decided to accept the pension because that would make the situation less embarrassing for Truman.
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  85. Art Deco says: • Website

    One might also note the footage of Hitler being driven through Austria in an open top car after Anschluss.

    I seem to recall an article by Mark Steyn delineating the staging you could detect. Not all of Riefenstahl’s work was documentary.

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  86. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “Two Puerto Rican nationalists try to assassinate the president”.

    Just one more reason for the USA to kick this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island to the curb. I have never understood why the USA hangs on to this place. It has no vital resources, like oil, etc. Clearly a net loss to Americans.

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    1. The incident in question occurred in 1950.

    2. Sovereigntists have always been a minority on Puerto Rico and are a much smaller minority than they were in 1950 (about 6% of the electorate as we speak).

    3. The place is not notably 'impoverished' Production levels (per capita) are similar to those of Mediterranean Europe.
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  87. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @SFG
    True, but they could always buy guns for self-defense. Of course, that would be 'conservative'. The whole Team Blue-Team Red thing is kind of funny sometimes.

    That’s a problem when the girls are police. If any fit 15 year old boy can overpower you then you have carte blanche to kill them out of a (quite reasonable) fear for your own life if they do not halt, when ordered, but rush you instead.

    Why didn’t the girl secret service agent shoot Omar dead on the spot? As a wimpy girl charged with protecting the President she was well within her rights to do so. By letting him get away, she clearly failed in her duty to protect. Was she a two-fer? Latina AND a girl?

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    You could make the same argument against undersized male cops. But there are other job requirements besides physicality, so cops aren't always optimized for that.
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  88. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “..he brushed by a secret service officer with a drawn gun…”

    I am more then a little curious about the linguistic gymnastics being used here.

    How exactly do you just “brush by” someone with a drawn gun?
    Why didn’t the secret service agent open fire?

    I had a guy “brush by” me in the line at the supermarket today but i don’t think it quite compares to this.

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  89. Art Deco says: • Website

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB122842818694780771

    Correction. George W. Bush’s house is an 8,500 sq foot ranch house in a tony suburb of Dallas. I’m not sure what an elderly married couple plans to do with a house that’s 5x the optimal size for people with their domestic configuration.

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    "Correction. George W. Bush’s house is an 8,500 sq foot ranch house in a tony suburb of Dallas. I’m not sure what an elderly married couple plans to do with a house that’s 5x the optimal size for people with their domestic configuration."

    You think 8,500 sq. ft. is too large - 5x too large - for a couple? 8,500 sq. ft. is nothing. It's maybe about 3-4x the size of an average home. If you have no idea what to do with that amount of space, you either have no imagination or you have no life.

    Here's some pictures, if it helps you.

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  90. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jon
    Parts of advanced Krav Maga (self-defence system developed for the military in Israel that in the US works out to be a kind of Yoga for the very macho) involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions.

    Shooting someone with a pistol while under stress is very, very hard.

    “involve getting your heart rate and adrenaline jacked up and then firing a pistol. Targets one can bullseye in a resting state turn out to be remarkably difficult to even hit under those conditions”

    Even with a rifle – Winston Churchill, 1897, Pakistan/Afghan border

    “During this business I armed myself with the Martini and ammunition of a dead man, and fired as carefully as possible thirty or forty shots at tribesmen on the left-hand ridge at distances from eighty to a hundred and twenty yards. The difficulty about these occasions is that one is so out of breath and quivering with exertion, if not with excitement. However, I am sure I never fired without taking aim.”

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  91. I’ve known a couple of Secret Service agents. One was a lawyer, and more tied in with the Secret Service’s original Treasury Department functions. I knew him in Michigan where he worked on money laundering cases. Sometimes he would go do security functions when something big was happenning, like the Olympics.

    The other one was a cop before joining the Sercret Service and had lots of stories about standing guard all night outside Bush’s Texas ranch, or holding the president’s watch while he shook hands, or interviewing people who threatened the president, yelling in a bar perhaps, to find out if they were nuts with intentions or normal people mouthing off. He said the most boring duty of all was standing in the hall outside Cheney’s grandchild’s kindergarten.

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  92. prosa123 [AKA "Peter"] says: • Website
    @syonredux
    How things used to be:

    Upon leaving the presidency, Truman returned to Independence, Missouri, to live at the Wallace home he and Bess had shared for years with her mother.[179] Once out of office, Truman quickly decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the nation's highest office. He also turned down numerous offers for commercial endorsements. Since his earlier business ventures had proved unsuccessful, he had no personal savings. As a result, he faced financial challenges. Once Truman left the White House, his only income was his old army pension: $112.56 per month.[180] Former members of Congress and the federal courts received a federal retirement package; President Truman himself ensured that former servants of the executive branch of government received similar support. In 1953, however, there was no such benefit package for former presidents,[181] and he received no pension for his Senate service.[182]
     

    Truman was very short on money in his immediate post-presidency years. His plight inspired Congress to pass a law in the late 1950′s retroactively granting pensions to former presidents. Herbert Hoover, the only other living ex-president, had no need for the money, but decided to accept the pension because that would make the situation less embarrassing for Truman.

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  93. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @vinny
    "I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement.... Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail."

    Good point. I recall Steve making a similar point after bin Laden was killed. It was a female CIA agent who used her specifically feminine powers of analysis (spending a long time teasing out the kind of human relationships that immediately exhaust us nerdy males) to break the case.

    Women are also good at patiently paying attention to detail, through stretches of monotony (which is what knitting and other female crafts demand). That’s why Israel uses female troops to monitor its southern border for illegals.

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  94. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Art Deco
    In 1976, someone climbed over the White House fence and began running toward the building. He was shot dead by guards. How is it that this man 'brushed past' a Secret Service agent with a drawn gun?

    Michael Kinsley remarked a generation ago that a security cordon broadcasts the presence of the VIP and that can act to injure levels of security. He noted that Margaret Thatcher and the prime minister of Israel traveled with much smaller security cordons than the American vice president because their public movements were seldom announced before hand.

    The Washington Monthly did a story about 15 years ago on the security cordon surrounding cabinet secretaries. They noted that the Secretary of Agriculture (a former member of Congress) had portal-to-portal limousine service and guards while the FBI director walked around DC by his lonesome (armed, though) and the fat and diminutive woman running the department of Health and Human Services walked around alone and unarmed.

    A great deal of this is derived from the publicity machine and from ego. The serial scandals also say something about the intramural culture of the Secret Service. It's a sick agency.

    I wonder if, post-Ferguson, the Secret Service is a little wary of shooting a minority.

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  95. half of the new tv shows and movies aimed at american youth seem to feature a buttkicking babe.

    Problem is that in my 57 years of life experience, I have never seen such a female.

    Of course the fact that the large corporations in the entertainment industry seem to want young americans to think it is normal for women to act like men has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that if women did act more like men, that would increase the supply of labor and depress wages and increase consumer sales. Because we all know that hollywood is just pure socialism, and the idea that hollywood, a multi-billion dollar industry, could be affected by mere economic concerns, well, that is just ludicrous.

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  96. Wilkey says:

    The most ridiculous part of modern action movies – more ridiculous than their complete suspension of most laws of physics – is that we’re supposed to believe the men need to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or the guys in “300″ to do their jobs but the women can do just as well while looking like Scarlett Johansson or Keira Knightley.

    My guess is that in real life it’s precisely the opposite: women may possibly, maybe, sorta be able to do the job if they ‘roid up to Serena Williams proportions, but there are plenty of men vigorous enough to do the job without looking anything like High Jackman. I remember reading an article on the Navy SEALs where the author noted that most SEALs looked nothing like SEALs in the movies. For example, here’s a picture a of BUD-S graduation ceremony

    Here’s a Hollywood

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  97. Wilkey says:
    @Anonymous

    Voltaire's Spinning Corpse said:

    What did Clint Eastwood call female SS agents in “In The Line of Fire”…window dressing so the president can look good to his feminist voters?

     

    In my last job I worked with some female special agents (different orgs). I can appreciate these agencies having a different perspective and approach, kind of like the Brits recruiting dyslexics for spy work. The problem with the female agents I met though, is they aren't really very female. The agencies hire from the pool that apply, and women in that group are kind of dykey and estrogen deficient.

    I think feminine female agents would only be good in a place like the FBI, which is more analytical and less law enforcement. Females are less likely to engage in reckless behavior (e.g., getting drunk and bringing back prostitutes to the hotel; doing stupid stuff for sex).

    Remember, it was FBI agent Colleen Rowley who sounded the alarms on the 9/11 hijackers at flight schools. Unfortunately to no avail.

    Colleen Rowley is neither a lesbian nor was she the one responsible for apprehending Zacarias Moussaoui.

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  98. It goes without saying that the folks protecting our president — and all living former presidents, and hundreds of other sundry (ex-)fed VIPs — should reflect current USA demographics. How many “dreamers” and “refugees” of both genders are among the ranks of his closest details? And please, let’s take this beyond gender: I’d be ashamed to find that the SecServ didn’t aggressively recruit young male Muslim kids from Dearborn, or Minneapolis. And let’s hope that a command of the English language isn’t required! Friggin’ xenophobes ;)

    The illegal kids who cut my lawn should be able to trim the WH’s grass! Why not?

    (Really, not all of the people who work on my HOA’s domain are in the USA illegally. It’s likely only ~ 50%. Good enough for federal standards.)

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  99. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    "Two Puerto Rican nationalists try to assassinate the president".

    Just one more reason for the USA to kick this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island to the curb. I have never understood why the USA hangs on to this place. It has no vital resources, like oil, etc. Clearly a net loss to Americans.

    1. The incident in question occurred in 1950.

    2. Sovereigntists have always been a minority on Puerto Rico and are a much smaller minority than they were in 1950 (about 6% of the electorate as we speak).

    3. The place is not notably ‘impoverished’ Production levels (per capita) are similar to those of Mediterranean Europe.

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  100. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    That's a problem when the girls are police. If any fit 15 year old boy can overpower you then you have carte blanche to kill them out of a (quite reasonable) fear for your own life if they do not halt, when ordered, but rush you instead.

    Why didn't the girl secret service agent shoot Omar dead on the spot? As a wimpy girl charged with protecting the President she was well within her rights to do so. By letting him get away, she clearly failed in her duty to protect. Was she a two-fer? Latina AND a girl?

    You could make the same argument against undersized male cops. But there are other job requirements besides physicality, so cops aren’t always optimized for that.

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  101. Wilkey says:
    @Art Deco
    http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB122842818694780771

    Correction. George W. Bush's house is an 8,500 sq foot ranch house in a tony suburb of Dallas. I'm not sure what an elderly married couple plans to do with a house that's 5x the optimal size for people with their domestic configuration.

    “Correction. George W. Bush’s house is an 8,500 sq foot ranch house in a tony suburb of Dallas. I’m not sure what an elderly married couple plans to do with a house that’s 5x the optimal size for people with their domestic configuration.”

    You think 8,500 sq. ft. is too large – 5x too large – for a couple? 8,500 sq. ft. is nothing. It’s maybe about 3-4x the size of an average home. If you have no idea what to do with that amount of space, you either have no imagination or you have no life.

    Here’s some pictures, if it helps you.

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  102. Wilkey says:

    “Women are also good at patiently paying attention to detail, through stretches of monotony (which is what knitting and other female crafts demand). That’s why Israel uses female troops to monitor its southern border for illegals.”

    The fireworks industry has learned this fact through copious, hard-won experience. But in Israel’s case it may also be that they’re using women for guard duty so that men can do or prepare to do the real fighting.

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  103. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Art Deco
    In 1976, someone climbed over the White House fence and began running toward the building. He was shot dead by guards. How is it that this man 'brushed past' a Secret Service agent with a drawn gun?

    Michael Kinsley remarked a generation ago that a security cordon broadcasts the presence of the VIP and that can act to injure levels of security. He noted that Margaret Thatcher and the prime minister of Israel traveled with much smaller security cordons than the American vice president because their public movements were seldom announced before hand.

    The Washington Monthly did a story about 15 years ago on the security cordon surrounding cabinet secretaries. They noted that the Secretary of Agriculture (a former member of Congress) had portal-to-portal limousine service and guards while the FBI director walked around DC by his lonesome (armed, though) and the fat and diminutive woman running the department of Health and Human Services walked around alone and unarmed.

    A great deal of this is derived from the publicity machine and from ego. The serial scandals also say something about the intramural culture of the Secret Service. It's a sick agency.

    I live in N Arlington VA about 2 blocks from the townhouse complex where the now deceased Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist lived. I took my kids trick or treating to his house in the 90s and he answered the door. You’d see him walking the neighborhood and we’d all say, “Hi Chief!”.

    Much of the security detail stuff is what Tom Wolfe called in A Man in Full “watching them jump”. A fatal disease for any country.

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  104. map says:
    @Steve Sailer
    That's kind of an understated point about Jessica Chastain's CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, a movie made by a non-feminist woman.

    I though that was complete fiction, that a female CIA agent found Bib Laden. The only real part of the movie was the female agent that go herself and her team blown up.

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  106. haddox says:
    @Steve Sailer
    The terrorist who was 30 feet from Truman was a trained pistol marksman who had already shot three Secret Service / policemen without being hit himself. The other terrorist wasn't as accurate and was at that point shooting it out with the Secret Service without hitting them or being hit (he died of old age back home in PR). The book is very detailed about how hard it is to shoot somebody with a pistol, especially while being shot at, which is why training is so crucial. The guy who was killed by Coffelts wasn't just a random radical, he was The Guy, the man that the leader of the PR Nationalists most wanted to get 30 feet from the President. It's kind of like there's 3 seconds left in the NBA game and you're up by two, but suddenly you realize the other team has a clear pass to an open LeBron 30 feet from the basket. Yeah, he probably won't make the 3-pointer, but still ...

    It’s Stephen Hunter, not Steven. Heck of a gun nerd and writer.

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  107. haddox says:
    @Steve Sailer
    The terrorist who was 30 feet from Truman was a trained pistol marksman who had already shot three Secret Service / policemen without being hit himself. The other terrorist wasn't as accurate and was at that point shooting it out with the Secret Service without hitting them or being hit (he died of old age back home in PR). The book is very detailed about how hard it is to shoot somebody with a pistol, especially while being shot at, which is why training is so crucial. The guy who was killed by Coffelts wasn't just a random radical, he was The Guy, the man that the leader of the PR Nationalists most wanted to get 30 feet from the President. It's kind of like there's 3 seconds left in the NBA game and you're up by two, but suddenly you realize the other team has a clear pass to an open LeBron 30 feet from the basket. Yeah, he probably won't make the 3-pointer, but still ...

    minor correction: Stephen Hunter, not Steven (OK on VDare). I miss his film reviews. Heck of a gun nerd and writer as well.

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  108. […] Sailer: Female Secret Service Agents Aren’t Actually Buttkicking Babes Like in Blockbuster Movies; How Feminism Holds Women Back from High Achievement; Douthat: “The Cult […]

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  110. “It goes without saying that the folks protecting our president — and all living former presidents, and hundreds of other sundry (ex-)fed VIPs — should reflect current USA demographics.”

    Surely you jest. Diversity doesn’t apply to the royal classes or wealthy people. Diversity is the way royals and rich people punish the wrong sort of white people. Diversity is a black fist and brown boot caving in a white man’s face. Forever.

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  111. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer
    That's kind of an understated point about Jessica Chastain's CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, a movie made by a non-feminist woman.

    Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty

    Chastain’s character was a CIA officer, not an “agent.” In the intelligence realm, agents are typically indigenous assets operatives recruit.

    That and the DEA being called the Drug Enforcement “Agency” (it’s “Administration”) really annoy me. As does the proliferation of big-breasted, bony female characters who violently overpower legions of men in films.

    Mind you, it is not impossible for women to overcome men in physical combat. But such rarities require women who are 1) superbly, extremely, and unusually conditioned and athletic (e.g. Olympic medalists like Ronda Rousey), 2) highly skilled (or have high skill disparity against the men in their favor) from a life-long dedication to their training (when Rousey was young, her mother, a renowned Judo champion herself, would leap on Rousey from nowhere day-to-day, Kato-style a la The Pink Panther and arm-lock her), 3) armed and know how to use it, and/or 4) of a supremely competitive, absolutely hate-losing attitude and decisive willingness to crush their enemies. Such women can beat average or even moderately skilled men (but almost never their equals among men). But such women are extremely rare and certainly do not look like the movie sex symbols.

    Then again men who possess such attributes, though far larger in number than their equivalents among women, are not exactly abundant in this day and age. I don’t know that they ever were.

    Also, any “self-defense” system that teaches women to exchange force with men “punch for punch” is simply ridiculous. A serious self-defense system for women would teach them to *avoid, evade, escape, and fight trouble, in that order of priority. Before even teaching physical skills, a realistic system would teach the proper mindset and inculcate awareness first. And what skills it teaches would be required to be maintained through constant training. The vast majority of women simply aren’t going to sign up for that program. The best a trainer can hope for among the majority of women is to illicit that purse-clutching, dark street-avoiding instincts. That will save far more women from harm than teaching specific skills of punching, kicking or throwing.

    *Avoid, evade, escape, and fight is for the outside. If a woman is at home, she should be trained to arm herself, collect her children (if any), retreat to a safe room, barricade it, seek cover at an angle from the door, and call the professionals who can come and clear the house for her.

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    Gina Carano is another woman who could inflict some damage on an average man. It's interesting to contrast how she looks and moves to Hollywood's typical "butt kicking babe".

    If a female character has to do a lot of karate kicking, it's not uncommon to cast an actress with a ballet background. They have the flexibility, agility, and control to handle a lot of the fight choreography (e.,g., Jennifer Garner in Alias, Summer Glau in Firefly). Those actresses look like they're made of fine china though. Carano, daughter of an NFL quarterback, is a lot more robust and moves like it.

    Re women's self defense, good points. When I was in college, there were self defense classes for women where they'd practice beating the crap out of a guy in a padded suit. A black belt at my karate school - a guy who had some experience in street fighting, as well - remarked on the stupidity of it. If a woman is forced to fight a man, he said, her goal should be to stun him and then run before he recovers, not stick around beating on him. The longer she lingers the more chance she'll be overpowered.
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  112. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Twinkie

    Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty
     
    Chastain's character was a CIA officer, not an "agent." In the intelligence realm, agents are typically indigenous assets operatives recruit.

    That and the DEA being called the Drug Enforcement "Agency" (it's "Administration") really annoy me. As does the proliferation of big-breasted, bony female characters who violently overpower legions of men in films.

    Mind you, it is not impossible for women to overcome men in physical combat. But such rarities require women who are 1) superbly, extremely, and unusually conditioned and athletic (e.g. Olympic medalists like Ronda Rousey), 2) highly skilled (or have high skill disparity against the men in their favor) from a life-long dedication to their training (when Rousey was young, her mother, a renowned Judo champion herself, would leap on Rousey from nowhere day-to-day, Kato-style a la The Pink Panther and arm-lock her), 3) armed and know how to use it, and/or 4) of a supremely competitive, absolutely hate-losing attitude and decisive willingness to crush their enemies. Such women can beat average or even moderately skilled men (but almost never their equals among men). But such women are extremely rare and certainly do not look like the movie sex symbols.

    Then again men who possess such attributes, though far larger in number than their equivalents among women, are not exactly abundant in this day and age. I don't know that they ever were.

    Also, any "self-defense" system that teaches women to exchange force with men "punch for punch" is simply ridiculous. A serious self-defense system for women would teach them to *avoid, evade, escape, and fight trouble, in that order of priority. Before even teaching physical skills, a realistic system would teach the proper mindset and inculcate awareness first. And what skills it teaches would be required to be maintained through constant training. The vast majority of women simply aren't going to sign up for that program. The best a trainer can hope for among the majority of women is to illicit that purse-clutching, dark street-avoiding instincts. That will save far more women from harm than teaching specific skills of punching, kicking or throwing.

    *Avoid, evade, escape, and fight is for the outside. If a woman is at home, she should be trained to arm herself, collect her children (if any), retreat to a safe room, barricade it, seek cover at an angle from the door, and call the professionals who can come and clear the house for her.

    Gina Carano is another woman who could inflict some damage on an average man. It’s interesting to contrast how she looks and moves to Hollywood’s typical “butt kicking babe”.

    If a female character has to do a lot of karate kicking, it’s not uncommon to cast an actress with a ballet background. They have the flexibility, agility, and control to handle a lot of the fight choreography (e.,g., Jennifer Garner in Alias, Summer Glau in Firefly). Those actresses look like they’re made of fine china though. Carano, daughter of an NFL quarterback, is a lot more robust and moves like it.

    Re women’s self defense, good points. When I was in college, there were self defense classes for women where they’d practice beating the crap out of a guy in a padded suit. A black belt at my karate school – a guy who had some experience in street fighting, as well – remarked on the stupidity of it. If a woman is forced to fight a man, he said, her goal should be to stun him and then run before he recovers, not stick around beating on him. The longer she lingers the more chance she’ll be overpowered.

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  113. map says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Gina Carano is another woman who could inflict some damage on an average man. It's interesting to contrast how she looks and moves to Hollywood's typical "butt kicking babe".

    If a female character has to do a lot of karate kicking, it's not uncommon to cast an actress with a ballet background. They have the flexibility, agility, and control to handle a lot of the fight choreography (e.,g., Jennifer Garner in Alias, Summer Glau in Firefly). Those actresses look like they're made of fine china though. Carano, daughter of an NFL quarterback, is a lot more robust and moves like it.

    Re women's self defense, good points. When I was in college, there were self defense classes for women where they'd practice beating the crap out of a guy in a padded suit. A black belt at my karate school - a guy who had some experience in street fighting, as well - remarked on the stupidity of it. If a woman is forced to fight a man, he said, her goal should be to stun him and then run before he recovers, not stick around beating on him. The longer she lingers the more chance she'll be overpowered.

    Even Gina Carano is all baloney.

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    ? She only lost one MMA fight, and that was to a steroid-using woman Steve might describe as being built like a USC cornerback.
    , @Twinkie

    Even Gina Carano is all baloney.
     
    Sounds like someone who has not ever trained with a high level female combat athlete.

    Most men without significant fight training (which is to say most men) would eat one liver kick from someone like Gina Carano and would lie on the canvas crying and clutching their livers.

    While men have enormous upper body power compared to women, punching and kicking power is mostly generated from the hips with correct biomechanical motion. Furthermore, shrewd strikers know how to bait opponents to run into them and induce a collision thus magnifying the power of the strikes. You don't have to punch or kick all that hard if your opponent runs into one for you.

    To see a near perfect example: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m89in7Sv261qfrkf9o1_500.gif
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  114. Ok, in an extended confrontation, a dude is going to kick a chick’s butt 99 out of 100 times. However, I remember one time about 20 years ago when I was at a kegger in Pearsall, Texas. My cousin’s, then, wife, found out he had been trying to make time with wife number 1. Number two shows up and all hell breaks loose, and she goes apeshit (full Latina apeshit, which for my money is the worst kind).
    In order to keep her from getting hurt, I (still in the army reserve, so not a pipsqueak, either) went up behind her, got her in a bear hug to restrain her, only to find myself flat on my back.
    Again, I could have kicked her ass if it had come to a knock-down drag out fight, but I learned a lesson that night that a motivated or pissed off chick can get that easy lick in just as easy as a man can.

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    I saw a girl once beat a man in a physical confrontation, in my mostly-NAM junior high school. A black guy got in an argument with a black girl and pushed her. In a blink, she slipped off one of her pumps, and hammered him in the head with the heel of it several times. He put his hands to his face to keep the streaming blood out of his eyes, and she stormed off.
    , @Twinkie

    I learned a lesson that night that a motivated or pissed off chick can get that easy lick in just as easy as a man can.
     
    One advantage women have in physical combat against men is the element of surprise. Most men don't expect women to be decisive and vicious.

    Some decades ago I trained in a striking art in East Asia. It was a training facility with about 200 students, all men but about 10 women. I was paired to spar with a very diminutive woman. I made a bit of scene refusing to spar with a member of the weaker sex. While I was arguing with the instructor, she proceeded to soccer kick me in the groin hard (no cup back then).

    She was sent to do some rigorous calisthenics for her punishment for her violation of the training code while I recovered.

    When I protested that she cheated, the instructor retorted the local equivalent of "Well, true, but this ain't bean bag fight training - cheating or no you still should have had the awareness to defend it." He then lined up everyone else in the facility and had them all try to front kick my groin for the next hour and a half while I was told not to move my lower body. I had to block thousands of kicks with my wrists and forearms. Before the training ended, I was told not to argue with the instructor again and never to underestimate even the smallest of opponents... and finally, "next time someone tries to groin kick you, move away - blocking is for the stupid."

    The next day my forearms swelled up to a ridiculous size and I never forgot that lesson.

    And thank God I could still have children.
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  115. Obviously this is how Bathhouse Barry’s boyfriends enter the White House, and Secret Service have been given orders to let certain men come and go freely. Maybe the latest undocumented White House visitor looked very similar to Barry’s latest boytoy and so that’s why the SS let him through.

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  116. Svigor says:

    A person serious about self-defense uses weapons. Gun, then knife. The whole point of hand-to-hand training is for when you have no weapons. It really isn’t worth the time people pour into it, except for fun. The main “technique” instructors should be teaching their students (after getting their minds right*) is to find something to hit or stab their opponents with, ASAP. All of this goes double for women.

    Dojos are teaching a sport masquerading as self-defense.

    *Probably the most difficult part of teaching self-defense, especially to females. It’s hard-to-impossible to really “teach” someone mental preparation. They either make that decision beforehand, or they don’t. Can’t get someone’s mind right for them. Best they can do is keep repeating the need for proper mindset and hope it sinks in.

    (P.S., I trained at Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido for years. The most useful thing was probably the rolling exercises.)

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    It really isn’t worth the time people pour into it, except for fun.
     
    I disagree.

    A self-defense that is trick-based and doesn't require the students to practice repeatedly is utterly useless. Real speed comes from smoothness and smoothness comes from repeated training. Without vigorous training, there is no conditioning, no muscle memory, no "mu-shin" under pressure. You need training for developing physical attributes and inuring the body to pain and stress.

    The main “technique” instructors should be teaching their students (after getting their minds right*) is to find something to hit or stab their opponents with, ASAP. All of this goes double for women.
     
    Again, disagree.

    Self-defense isn't sparring or contest fighting. In a real world scenario especially against women, attackers usually collapse the range quickly and unexpectedly. After a serious and significant survival mindset and awareness training (again the avoid, evade, escape, fight continuum), the primary techniques to teach for "self-defense" especially for women are avoiding grabbing and clutches and retaining mobility for escape.

    Stabbing weapons are useful for close quarter assassinations ("shanking"), because they do horrific, multi-would channel damage and create enormous blood loss, but are not as effective for self-defense. Most pocket knives, being single-edged, are not that great for stabbing in any case. Besides, it's extremely difficult to convince women to carry blades (try clipping a Spyderco or a Benchmade to a dress or a skirt; even women's pant pockets are often not deep or robust enough). Don't get me wrong. I recommend everyone to carry a nice sharp, easy to deploy blade 3-4" long, but they are really a tiny part of one's self-defense kit.

    Real blade fighting isn't "The West Side Story."

    I trained at Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido for years. The most useful thing was probably the rolling exercises.
     
    One of Morihei Ueshiba's ("O-Sensei" the founder of Aikido) direct "live-in" students (and now a Shihan himself) told me once "Back in the day, when you come to train with him, the Master said 'First three years, ukemi (the art of falling safely) only.' In America you say that and the student says bye-bye."

    People disparage, rightly, the utter ineffectiveness of Aikido and Japanese Jujitsu in one-on-one combat. The way they are taught leads to this lack of usefulness. However, that is because both the instructors and students are completely ignorant of the context and history of why some of those techniques exist.

    If you are interested in contest fighting mano-a-mano, train in MMA (mixed martial arts), some blend of fighting training based on force-on-force training with live, resistant partners. E.g. boxing, wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, and even Shotokan Karate and such.

    You have to understand that Aikido descends from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Bujutsu, which was itself a transition system developed when the carrying of two swords was forbidden after the Meiji Restoration. A lot of Aikido techniques (especially the wrist-locks) are therefore based on movements to counter sword draws and facilitate one's own weapons-retention. Seen from that light, there are many useful things one can learn from Daito-Ryu and its offshoots as they relate to handgun draw prevention and gun-retention in close quarters.

    People who don't realize this ask often "Why would my attacker grab my wrist?" My answer is, put on a handgun and try to draw it in close quarters and see what happens."

    The other thing that is extremely useful about Daito-Ryu and its offshoots, including Aikido, is the constant emphasis on "circling" or 45-90 degree lateral movements that are drilled into the students. That comes very handy later when married to teaching striking. If you master the lateral movement, you can do this very effectively: http://cdn2.cagepotato.com/wp-content/uploads/ludwig_goulet.gif

    Hand-to-hand, knife or gun-fighting, it's extremely advantageous to be perpendicular to the opponent. Lateral movement, lateral movement, lateral movement. It goes triple against attackers you are lunging forward to close the distance.
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  117. “US Secret Service director resigns after series of scandals”

    http://rt.com/usa/192328-secret-service-director-resigns-scandals/

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  118. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @map
    Even Gina Carano is all baloney.

    ? She only lost one MMA fight, and that was to a steroid-using woman Steve might describe as being built like a USC cornerback.

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  119. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @South Texas Guy
    Ok, in an extended confrontation, a dude is going to kick a chick's butt 99 out of 100 times. However, I remember one time about 20 years ago when I was at a kegger in Pearsall, Texas. My cousin's, then, wife, found out he had been trying to make time with wife number 1. Number two shows up and all hell breaks loose, and she goes apeshit (full Latina apeshit, which for my money is the worst kind).
    In order to keep her from getting hurt, I (still in the army reserve, so not a pipsqueak, either) went up behind her, got her in a bear hug to restrain her, only to find myself flat on my back.
    Again, I could have kicked her ass if it had come to a knock-down drag out fight, but I learned a lesson that night that a motivated or pissed off chick can get that easy lick in just as easy as a man can.

    I saw a girl once beat a man in a physical confrontation, in my mostly-NAM junior high school. A black guy got in an argument with a black girl and pushed her. In a blink, she slipped off one of her pumps, and hammered him in the head with the heel of it several times. He put his hands to his face to keep the streaming blood out of his eyes, and she stormed off.

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  120. SF says:

    So Obama replaced Pierson with a white male who had headed the presidential detail, then left the agency. I wonder what the back story was? Did he get the impression that he would never get a promotion under this administration?

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  121. @SF
    So Obama replaced Pierson with a white male who had headed the presidential detail, then left the agency. I wonder what the back story was? Did he get the impression that he would never get a promotion under this administration?

    My theory for why the competent white guy Secret Service man had to leave: see “The Bodyguard” with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. No proof, but I’m just sayin’ …

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  122. Andrew says:

    Agree with all that is said about women vs. men, however, here is a real life counter example of a little pregnant blonde woman beating a huge black man.

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/exclusive-pregnant-delaware-county-woman-breaks-attackers-leg/

    “… the 28-year-old expectant mom from Delaware County says she chased Vaughn Matthews, a career criminal with a dozen arrests going back 19 years, down a stairwell, but when she tried to get her bag from him, he lashed out, breaking her wrist and punching her in the stomach.

    “That’s when O’Brien says she drew on her 3.5 years of kick-box training, leveling a kick at the suspect’s shin, shattering it in two places.

    “Officers say they found Matthews, screaming in pain, lying on the street.”

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  123. I recall an incident with the Olympic torch relay in the UK, where a Muslim (identified here as a “youth” by the BBC) tried to grab the torch while screaming Allahu Akbar. The video clearly shows the male bodyguards immediately, instinctively, swarming the guy and the women doing ….nothing. They just do nothing at all. They served absolutely no point.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-18920202

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  124. Twinkie says:
    @map
    Even Gina Carano is all baloney.

    Even Gina Carano is all baloney.

    Sounds like someone who has not ever trained with a high level female combat athlete.

    Most men without significant fight training (which is to say most men) would eat one liver kick from someone like Gina Carano and would lie on the canvas crying and clutching their livers.

    While men have enormous upper body power compared to women, punching and kicking power is mostly generated from the hips with correct biomechanical motion. Furthermore, shrewd strikers know how to bait opponents to run into them and induce a collision thus magnifying the power of the strikes. You don’t have to punch or kick all that hard if your opponent runs into one for you.

    To see a near perfect example:

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  125. Twinkie says:
    @South Texas Guy
    Ok, in an extended confrontation, a dude is going to kick a chick's butt 99 out of 100 times. However, I remember one time about 20 years ago when I was at a kegger in Pearsall, Texas. My cousin's, then, wife, found out he had been trying to make time with wife number 1. Number two shows up and all hell breaks loose, and she goes apeshit (full Latina apeshit, which for my money is the worst kind).
    In order to keep her from getting hurt, I (still in the army reserve, so not a pipsqueak, either) went up behind her, got her in a bear hug to restrain her, only to find myself flat on my back.
    Again, I could have kicked her ass if it had come to a knock-down drag out fight, but I learned a lesson that night that a motivated or pissed off chick can get that easy lick in just as easy as a man can.

    I learned a lesson that night that a motivated or pissed off chick can get that easy lick in just as easy as a man can.

    One advantage women have in physical combat against men is the element of surprise. Most men don’t expect women to be decisive and vicious.

    Some decades ago I trained in a striking art in East Asia. It was a training facility with about 200 students, all men but about 10 women. I was paired to spar with a very diminutive woman. I made a bit of scene refusing to spar with a member of the weaker sex. While I was arguing with the instructor, she proceeded to soccer kick me in the groin hard (no cup back then).

    She was sent to do some rigorous calisthenics for her punishment for her violation of the training code while I recovered.

    When I protested that she cheated, the instructor retorted the local equivalent of “Well, true, but this ain’t bean bag fight training – cheating or no you still should have had the awareness to defend it.” He then lined up everyone else in the facility and had them all try to front kick my groin for the next hour and a half while I was told not to move my lower body. I had to block thousands of kicks with my wrists and forearms. Before the training ended, I was told not to argue with the instructor again and never to underestimate even the smallest of opponents… and finally, “next time someone tries to groin kick you, move away – blocking is for the stupid.”

    The next day my forearms swelled up to a ridiculous size and I never forgot that lesson.

    And thank God I could still have children.

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  126. Twinkie says:
    @Svigor
    A person serious about self-defense uses weapons. Gun, then knife. The whole point of hand-to-hand training is for when you have no weapons. It really isn't worth the time people pour into it, except for fun. The main "technique" instructors should be teaching their students (after getting their minds right*) is to find something to hit or stab their opponents with, ASAP. All of this goes double for women.

    Dojos are teaching a sport masquerading as self-defense.

    *Probably the most difficult part of teaching self-defense, especially to females. It's hard-to-impossible to really "teach" someone mental preparation. They either make that decision beforehand, or they don't. Can't get someone's mind right for them. Best they can do is keep repeating the need for proper mindset and hope it sinks in.

    (P.S., I trained at Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido for years. The most useful thing was probably the rolling exercises.)

    It really isn’t worth the time people pour into it, except for fun.

    I disagree.

    A self-defense that is trick-based and doesn’t require the students to practice repeatedly is utterly useless. Real speed comes from smoothness and smoothness comes from repeated training. Without vigorous training, there is no conditioning, no muscle memory, no “mu-shin” under pressure. You need training for developing physical attributes and inuring the body to pain and stress.

    The main “technique” instructors should be teaching their students (after getting their minds right*) is to find something to hit or stab their opponents with, ASAP. All of this goes double for women.

    Again, disagree.

    Self-defense isn’t sparring or contest fighting. In a real world scenario especially against women, attackers usually collapse the range quickly and unexpectedly. After a serious and significant survival mindset and awareness training (again the avoid, evade, escape, fight continuum), the primary techniques to teach for “self-defense” especially for women are avoiding grabbing and clutches and retaining mobility for escape.

    Stabbing weapons are useful for close quarter assassinations (“shanking”), because they do horrific, multi-would channel damage and create enormous blood loss, but are not as effective for self-defense. Most pocket knives, being single-edged, are not that great for stabbing in any case. Besides, it’s extremely difficult to convince women to carry blades (try clipping a Spyderco or a Benchmade to a dress or a skirt; even women’s pant pockets are often not deep or robust enough). Don’t get me wrong. I recommend everyone to carry a nice sharp, easy to deploy blade 3-4″ long, but they are really a tiny part of one’s self-defense kit.

    Real blade fighting isn’t “The West Side Story.”

    I trained at Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido for years. The most useful thing was probably the rolling exercises.

    One of Morihei Ueshiba’s (“O-Sensei” the founder of Aikido) direct “live-in” students (and now a Shihan himself) told me once “Back in the day, when you come to train with him, the Master said ‘First three years, ukemi (the art of falling safely) only.’ In America you say that and the student says bye-bye.”

    People disparage, rightly, the utter ineffectiveness of Aikido and Japanese Jujitsu in one-on-one combat. The way they are taught leads to this lack of usefulness. However, that is because both the instructors and students are completely ignorant of the context and history of why some of those techniques exist.

    If you are interested in contest fighting mano-a-mano, train in MMA (mixed martial arts), some blend of fighting training based on force-on-force training with live, resistant partners. E.g. boxing, wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, and even Shotokan Karate and such.

    You have to understand that Aikido descends from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Bujutsu, which was itself a transition system developed when the carrying of two swords was forbidden after the Meiji Restoration. A lot of Aikido techniques (especially the wrist-locks) are therefore based on movements to counter sword draws and facilitate one’s own weapons-retention. Seen from that light, there are many useful things one can learn from Daito-Ryu and its offshoots as they relate to handgun draw prevention and gun-retention in close quarters.

    People who don’t realize this ask often “Why would my attacker grab my wrist?” My answer is, put on a handgun and try to draw it in close quarters and see what happens.”

    The other thing that is extremely useful about Daito-Ryu and its offshoots, including Aikido, is the constant emphasis on “circling” or 45-90 degree lateral movements that are drilled into the students. That comes very handy later when married to teaching striking. If you master the lateral movement, you can do this very effectively:

    Hand-to-hand, knife or gun-fighting, it’s extremely advantageous to be perpendicular to the opponent. Lateral movement, lateral movement, lateral movement. It goes triple against attackers you are lunging forward to close the distance.

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  127. Twinkie says:

    “Lateral movement, lateral movement, lateral movement. It goes triple against attackers you are lunging forward to close the distance.” Ooops. I meant “It goes triple against attackers WHO are lunging forward to close the distance.”

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  128. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I tell women, just close your eyes kick as hard as possible to the groin and hope for the best

    Realistically it’s the only hope an average woman has vs an average man.

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  129. Twinkie says:

    I tell women, just close your eyes kick as hard as possible to the groin and hope for the best

    It’s never a good idea to close your eyes in any physical confrontation. One of the first things you learn in any serious striking system is to keep the eyes open and not flinch. What you don’t see will knock you out!

    Realistically it’s the only hope an average woman has vs an average man.

    There are many, many ways a woman can surprise a man. But the physical key to survival for women (the mental key is the indomitable will to survive) is to create distance and seek escape. Groin kicks are great for specific circumstances, but in general any kind of kick reduces stability and mobility and increases the odds of interception. If you are in the kicking range, you are also in the “enough room to start running away screaming” range.

    On the other hand, in very close quarters situations, elbows and knees trump fists and kicks. You can generate A LOT of power with short movements with elbows and knees.

    (One of the classic Jeet Kune Do offensive moves is to do a “straight blast” to collapse the pocket and then to use elbows and knees to batter and disable the opponent.)

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  130. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
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    I recall an incident with the Olympic torch relay in the UK, where a Muslim (identified here as a "youth" by the BBC) tried to grab the torch while screaming Allahu Akbar. The video clearly shows the male bodyguards immediately, instinctively, swarming the guy and the women doing ....nothing. They just do nothing at all. They served absolutely no point.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-18920202

    I can see a role for female security guards protecting female VIPs when they go to the ladies room.

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    I can see a role for female security guards protecting female VIPs when they go to the ladies room.
     
    Several foreign special operations forces have female "operators," usually for such situations where a female may attract less attention than a male one.
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  131. Twinkie says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    I can see a role for female security guards protecting female VIPs when they go to the ladies room.

    I can see a role for female security guards protecting female VIPs when they go to the ladies room.

    Several foreign special operations forces have female “operators,” usually for such situations where a female may attract less attention than a male one.

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  132. @Anonymous
    Coffelt's death did not apparently make much of an impression on Truman, who commuted Collazo's death sentence. Predictably, this lead to Collazo's eventual release and a hero's welcome back in Puerto Rico, allowing him to spend jolly 15 years of his life before he died of old age at 80. Coffelt, who was killed at 40, never got this chance.

    “Coffelt’s death did not apparently make much of an impression on Truman, who commuted Collazo’s death sentence. Predictably, this lead to Collazo’s eventual release and a hero’s welcome back in Puerto Rico, allowing him to spend jolly 15 years of his life before he died of old age at 80. Coffelt, who was killed at 40, never got this chance.”

    This is all very true, but let us also remember one important thing: The Puerto Rican nationalists were right! Both by their own standards (they really are a separate nation, so why wouldn’t they feel entitled to their own state?), and by our own (we’d be better off without Puerto Rico as a region within our state).

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  133. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Cattle Guard
    Didn't Libya's former ruler have female bodyguards?

    Good point. It would be interesting to know how effective they were. Or did Ghadaffi hire them because he believed women would be more loyal (ie, fixated on the supreme alpha male) than men?

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  134. […] physically aggressive, feminist Mary Sues of current day movies and television to be revolting, unrealistic and unwatchable. Femininity has all but disappeared. And if you doubt it, just ask yourself when […]

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