MOVIE REVIEW: RED DAWN 11-30-2102

Doomer Doug saw the original “Red Dawn” way back in 1984 in a theater. Doomer Doug has just returned from watching the modern “remake” at the Regal Cinema in downtown Portland. The idea Regal would show the movie “Red Dawn” in downtown Portland is bemusing to put it mildly. If the people in Portland were any bluer, they would be Smurfs At any rate, Doomer Doug had a private showing of “Red Dawn” in a small screen, 60 seat theater. Doomer Doug was the only person watching the 12.10 pm matinee showing.

Doomer Doug thinks if people go to see “Red Dawn” expecting a remake of the original they will not like it. However, if they go with the idea the new version is an interpretation of the 1984 classic, they will like it. I liked the new version. I am somewhat surprised I did, but I really did. There are several points we need to get out of the way up front. This is not the 1984 version. It lacks the chemistry between Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swaze. It lacks the political atmosphere of John Milnus’ version. It also lacks the jocks with guns fighting the Ruskies background the 1984 version had. Again, if you can get past that, this movie has some things going for it.

You also have to suspend belief and accept two basic ideas related to this version. The first is the EMP, electro magnetic pulse, renders the USA helpless against the invaders. I think this is credible. The second is you need to understand the main bad guys, the North Koreans, are there for PC reasons. The movie does show Russian Spenstaz troops. The movie implies the Russians have conquered the US east coast. It also implies that North Korea has gotten help from “others.” The others are not named, but you realize they are hinting at Chinese help. Of course, the Chinese were the original bad guys. They threatened to ban MGM from the Chinese market if that wasn’t changed.

Bottom line, if you can get past all that the new version has some appeal. Doomer Doug found the action sequences to be superior in this version to the 1984 one. Doomer Doug found the new version to be much darker, realistic, and more in tune with life in 2013. I do not think the chemistry between the two brothers was anywhere near the level of the original. They came across as a bit whiny to Doomer Doug. On the other hand, the depiction of actual insurgent combat was very well done. In particular, several of the performances by the supporting actors regarding the true costs of combat were very nicely done. I also felt the movie got the combat mostly correct. It got the training correct. And finally, I think it portrayed the sacrifice these ‘Wolverines” made much better than the original movie. There were several scenes, for instance where the Wolverine with the RFID chip makes a fatal decision, that were very well done.

I paid $8.50 to see this movie. I avoided the usual crowd situation since Doomer Doug had his own private screening. Doomer Doug also thought Hollyweird avoided the usual PC, anti American drivel common to the movies it makes. Red Dawn is a very patriotic movie. It does not despise the US military. It does not despise the concepts of honor, sacrifice or patriotism. It is a very rare Hollyweird movie in that one fact alone.

Doomer Doug will suggest people see the new version of “Red Dawn.” As long as you realize it is a new version set in the context of modern America, you will like it.

THE POT BOILS 11-26-2012

Doomer Doug is going to get a headache if the Mideast keeps going on like this.

First, we have the surprise resignation of Barak from politics. Hamas is claiming he is going because they kicked his rear end in Operation Desert Pillar, but I think not. He is going to provide Bibi a better chance to avoid getting his butt kicked in the January elections. Many in Israel correctly view the cease fire as a sell out; further, they intend to hold Bibi accountable.

Next, we have the ongoing saga of Iran’s missile resupply ship running around. It is scheduled to dock in Sudan on November 30th. Israel may intend to attack it there. Iran may offload the long range missiles and either keep them in Sudan, or try to smuggle them into Gaza. Doomer Doug will note the effort to rebuild the tunnel smuggling network is going full steam. Doomer Doug will also note that last night a massive attack was unleashed on the Egyptians at the Gaza border city. Information is scarce, but it looks like the Egyptians got creamed. Now that Obama has deployed US Special Forces into the Sinai you can start to see exactly what is going to happen. The next attack will be on a US fire base.

Moving along, we come to Egyptian President Morsi’s theatrical production of “I really want to be a Pharaoh.” Doomer Doug thinks Yul Brynner did it much better than Morsi, but to each his own. Egypt is now sliding into chaos. It will be resolved when the military intervenes to prevent civil war. Hellary Clinton is looking even more foolish than she usually does with her gushing praise of Morsi during the cease fire.

And finally, we have the ongoing deployment of anti aircraft missiles on the Turkish border with Syria. We are assured, but Doomer Doug being a cynic doesn’t believe this, they are not for the purpose of creating a no fly zone in Syria. Doomer Doug thinks of several bridges that are for sale in certain countries. Of course the deployment is for that exact purpose.

Now that the militant Islamic terrorists who make up the majority of the so called Free Syrian Army are starting to get some serious weaponry, from France among others, Syria is moving into the end game. The USA now has one entire Marine assault group off the Syrian coast. The Russians have one full combat group from the Black Sea fleet off the Gaza coast. Syria’s Assad junior is now pulling back into Damascus for his last stand.

Doomer Doug will speak plainly. Syria’s Assad Junior will absolutely go down fighting. He will not surrender. He will not go into exile. If the FSA, along with its western backers, pushes Assad Junior into a final corner, HE WILL COME OUT SWINGING.

For those of you who actually believed this Gaza cease fire really meant anything, well, think about it. We have now hit the pause button on the Mideast, end of the world, video player. The song will resume soon enough. The various players are in the process of resupply, logistical support and giving pep talks to each other.

The game is afoot.
Doomer Doug will make one final comment related to the sudden surge in Egyptian seizures of inbound Gaza/Hamas weaponry. Doomer Doug will slyly note that all the missiles seized so far have been the Grad ones. The Grad missile is the 22 Long Rifle of Hama’s missile/rocket inventory. Further, the first seizure actually didn’t arrest anybody. It seems they had all fled into the desert before the trucks were grabbed. Doomer Doug, again being a cynic, smells a public relations ploy. Until Egyptian police/military really do capture the truck driver, as well as a truck full of Iranian Fajr long range missiles, Doomer Doug ain’t biting!

Doomer Doug has a well established BS meter. The BS meter is swinging wildly on this one. Israel doesn’t trust the Egyptians to keep Iranian missiles out of Gaza. Examples like these stunts show why that is so.

THE DEAL IS MADE 11-23-12

Debka file is reporting the reason Bibi agreed to the cease fire with Hamas is Obama personally guaranteed the deployment of US combat troops into the Sinai. US Special Forces will then attempt to interdict the ongoing Iranian/Hamas missile resupply line. This is a line that starts in Iran, goes by ship to the Sudan, and finally up through Egypt and over the Sinai Peninsula. The final step is the tunnels into Gaza.

Doomer Doug will merely note that obama has just undertaken a direct combat role against Iran, or at least their proxies. The US forces will now directly engage in combat armed proxies of Iran in the Sinai Peninsula. We can also expect the whole of the Sinai, with its thousands, yes thousands, or armed militants to go after our forces. We will be sending in relatively light military units, with fuzzy rules of engagement, minimal logistic support and facing a hostile environment full of armed militants. We can now expect Iran to respond. Obama has without any type of approval from the people or elected officials just entered into a war with Iran that will dwarf both Iraq and Afghanistan. Few people have even noticed, much less cared.

The true disaster of the cease fire is now clearly revealed. The cease fire now draws the USA military into direct armed conflict with Iran to do what Egypt should do. Of course, Israel doesn’t trust Egypt to stop the missile flow; therefore, obama has just committed the US to a war with Iran. The Iran war has been going on for some time now, but it will go hot in the Sinai Peninsula.

Iran will respond in many different ways. Iran has a whole range of asymetrical options available to them. Iran can increase the level of chaos in the following countries: Yemen, the gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, Europe, and Africa almost anywhere.

Iran can launch global terror attacks against the USA both at home and overseas.

Iran realizes we are preparing to take out Syria in the immediate future. Iran realizes we have now declared war on them. They will respond to that soon enough.
It is amazing to Doomer Doug that the day before Thanksgiving Obama commits the USA to an open ended, blank check and endless military deployment to the Sinai Peninsula. It is there Doomer Doug would remind readers that several Egyptian and US bases have already been attacked in recent weeks.
The war with Iran is now fast tracked. It will either begin in Syria or the Sinai Peninsula. Hezzbollah will now become involved fully armed with 100,000 rockets and missiles.

Obama, Hellary, and Bibi may have thought they bought enough time with the cease fire to get us through the holidays. It is clear now to Doomer Doug that the sly and devious Bibi got what he was really after; namely, a direct combat deployment of active duty troops into the Sinai. The arab world, or at least the Sunnis, will go along with this since they hate the Shia Iran.
The USA doesn’t seem to get George Washington’s warning about avoiding entangling alliances. We are now fully committed to providing troops to actively defend Israel. Amazing. Doomer Doug will also not the USA is spending tens of millions of dollars to build a sophisticated border sensor system at Gaza. Obama and his pro illegal traitors can’t find a nickel to secure our southern border with Mexico against illegals and the middle eastern terrorists pouring over it. You ask how Iran will execute terror attacks inside the USA? The answer is they will use the hundreds of agents they sent over the southern border the last few years.

Border security really does matter, but we will soon be reminded of that. It is said the US troops will deploy within 48 hours of this blog post. After that, the deluge.

Israel’s Decisive Military and Political Defeat 11-21-12

Israel had three political and military objectives in Gaza. Israel has failed in all three of them.
The first was to stop, not suspend, but to stop HAMAS incoming rocket fire. They have failed to do this since missiles are still falling on Israel after the so called cease fire took effect. Bibi may be waiting for HAMAS to keep sending missiles in, or keep blowing up Tel Aviv transit vehicles before he moves in. It is cynical, but may be what Obama and Hellary demand for full support of a ground invasion.

The second goal was to eliminate HAMAS’ ability to locally produce long range missiles and also Iran’s ability to import long range missiles into Gaza. Israel has failed to do that also, but it will take some time to see that.

The third goal was to weaken HAMAS. Israel has done that, but at the cost of elevating Islamic Jihad, a bought and paid for Iranian proxy. We shall see how that works out. Israel is now faced with another Hezzbollah on its southern border. HAMAS will strut around, they are already doing so, claiming they defeated Israel, just like Hezzbollah did in 2006. This is a big political failure for Bibi. He may be bailed out by HAMAS showering Israel with even more missiles, or he may not.

The sum total is the cease fire represents the total failure of Israel to achieve any of its stated military and political goals for Operation Pillar. Hamas has won in the political sphere, as Egypt did also. Hamas still has plenty of missiles on hand. Hamas will now, assuming they are smart enough to resist the impulse to keep shelling Israel, import shiploads of the latest long range Iranian missiles with impunity. Does anybody think the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt will stop missile resupply for Gaza? Doomer Doug doesn’t.

Hamas will now import hundreds/thousands of the newest Iranian missiles while Israel watches Egypt do nothing. The next time around, and there will be a next time, will see salvos of 200 missiles at Tel Aviv, and not two or three. The missiles will have heavier payloads, 200 kilograms of explosive, versus 175. They will have better targeting systems as well. Does anybody doubt Iran has had cyber technicians mapping out every missile strike in Tel Aviv for the next battle. Doomer doug remembers the John Wayne movie “Green Berets” where the VC walked around the firebase marking them for incoming mortar rounds. Bibi has just assured that the next missile wave will not land in a lot of open fields like this wave did.

The comments above reflect the opinion of many in Israel. Bibi was under a lot of pressure from Hellary and Obama no doubt. He caved into it, or perhaps he is gambling that HAMAS won’t be able to stop the missiles into Israel. If that is the case, then he will be able to justify a ground incursion needed to destroy the missile factories, launch sites, and stockpiles. It is a big gamble, and if, repeat if, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad and Iran are patient enough, they can win big.

We are at a rest break for the moment. Doomer Doug does not assume the cease fire will hold. If it does, Israel will have suffered the worst military and political defeat in its history.

AMAZON COMPUTER ISSUES 11-19-2012

This blog entry is part of a campaign to bring attention to some Amazon computer issues that are impacting writers who publish their e books on Amazon Kindle Select. I am one of those writers, and I have seen my sales collapse since September. In September, Amazon did several things which overwhelmed their cheap computer system and caused e book sales to be under reported.

Amazon added both India and Japan to their sales areas. The USA and Europe combined come to 600 million people. India has 1.2 Billion people. Japan has 125 million people. Obviously, Amazon botched the effort and overwhelmed their modest computer system. In addition, Amazon added another level of complexity by introducing the Kindle Fire platform. The total effect of all this was to make their ability to accurately account for e book sales dysfunctional.

Amazon has made matters worse by denying their is a problem. Amazon also had their “buy now” fail to work for the big six publishers. It is my opinion that Amazon has serious computer issues, both hardware, software, as well as competence issues with their computer staff. Amazon has most likely outsourced their IT department to India. Anyone who has dealt with Indian call centers for customer service issues understands what I am talking about.

Doomer Doug is proud to join the many Amazon writers who are being harmed by Amazon’s incompetence. I think the final result of all this will be many writers pull their e books from Kindle Select and publish elsewhere. I doubt Amazon thinks much of us so called independent writers, but that is a mistake in my opinion.

While there is talk of a class action lawsuit, that will take years and the lawyers will get most of the money. However, I have filed a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General’s office for all the good that will do.

This under reporting of author e book sales has been called Kindlegate and is starting to attract some media attention. Further, Amazon is dealing with the European Union on issues related to tax evasion, or possibly tax fraud for their European operations. All in all, Amazon and Jeff Bezos are not having a good last three months.

Doomer Doug would ask Jeff Bezos one question. “Why haven’t you acknowledged your computer system is under counting author e book sales?” “Why don’t you care about the financial harm and stress you are causing people?”

Doomer Doug expects no answer from Mr. Bezos. We are little people, and Jeff doesn’t care about little people.

ISRAEL IS GOING IN! 11-16-2012

Well gang, the fecal material is about to fly between Israel and Gaza. Unfortunately, we are now looking at a regional Middle Eastern War. I am writing this post at 2pm PST.

Several new developments have happened since my post yesterday. It is now around midnight November 16th in Israel. In less than six hours it will be dawn, and Israel may very well start ground combat operations into Gaza. Israel may wait for the additional 75,000 called up reserves to deploy, or they may not. By the way, Israel has mobilized, 30,000, plus 16,000, and now 75,000 for a total of 121,000 combat troops. In addition, Israel has its entire 600,000 strong IDF at full combat alert. We are looking at the full 600 plane air force, the full navy deployed off the Gaza coast, as well as hundreds of tanks, self-propelled howitzers and infantry APC vehicles. Israel has the military forces it will need to invade Gaza anytime it wants to.

The other key issue for Doomer Doug is the missile attacks on Jerusalem, as well as the missile attacks from Egyptian controlled Sinai Peninsula. There are also credible reports of Syria’s Assad Junior attacking rebel forces in the Golan Heights area. Besides all that, Hezzbollah is likely taking military preparation steps as well. Iran also just moved several thousand centrifuges to a new underground location in preparation for an air attack. To top all of that off, a rabbi being interviewed by the BBC was caught off mike saying it is “all about Iran.” Well, yes it is.

Doomer Doug thinks what is going on now between Gaza and Israel must be viewed in a wider military context. To be perfectly blunt about it, Israel is securing its southern border in preparation for a first strike into Iran. You can shell from the sea all you want; you can bomb from the air all you want, but if you are SERIOUS about taking out HAMAS missile launch ability you have to send in armor and infantry to kill the crews and blow up the infrastructure. It really all does come down to infantry. It has always come down to infantry when you want to do the job correctly.

At this point the world situation is in a fundamental and extremely grave situation. There is no way Israel will tolerate missile attacks on Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Tel Aviv has nearly one half of Israel’s total population. Jerusalem has symbolic importance that cannot be overestimated. No gang, Doomer Doug is seeing the IDF going into Gaza as soon as six hours from now, but certainly in the next few days, with the emphasis on few. There is no way Israel can tolerate ongoing, massive missile strikes on its people and territory. The continual incoming HAMAS missile fire will not be allowed to continue without Israel dealing with it. It is a fact that when Israel invades Gaza to deal with the incoming missile fire it will set off a #$$%%storm of violence. The vapor has been building up in the sealed room for a long time now. It will only take one spark, and Israel going into Gaza will be that spark.

Egypt and the rest of the Arab world will get involved. Iran and Hezzbollah, and possibly Assad Junior will get involved. It is clear to Doomer Doug we are on the edge now.

If you have any final preps to do, Doomer Doug suggests you do them today. Right after Doomer Doug finishes this blog post he is going to head out and buy some extra prep items. It is that close gang.

Considering my Internet handle is Doomer Doug it is to be expected people will think I am crying Wolf, So be it. I do not think any reasonable person can, upon a sober reflection of what is happening right now in Israel think we are not about to go tumbling over the waterfall. We shall see, but I have to tell you, unless you are seeing something I am not, I think war is imminent in the Mid East. Take care.

HERE WE GO AGAIN! 11-15-12

Doomer Doug was in the US Army back in October of 1973 when the Yom Kippur War happened. The result is Doomer Doug has always focused on the Middle East and its chaos.
HAMAS, or a subgroup of them, has now launched long range Iranian missiles at Tel Aviv and killed three people. Israel must now rethink its entire defense posture because what they thought the threat from HAMAS was, isn’t. Tel Aviv is now subject to missile attack from both the north and south or West Bank.
Israel has mobilized 30,000 Reserve troops and is massing them on the Gaza border. Egypt is recalling diplomats and saying they will send combat troops into the Sinai area near Gaza. They may very do that if, or when, Israel launches a ground offensive in the very urban Gaza Strip.
How bad all this gets will depend on who gets involved and why IMHO. Hezzbollah in southern Lebanon can fire missiles into Israel any time it wants to. Iran is on the fringes playing its own game. Syria is also a factor if Assad junior sees a chance to take the heat off of his regime. Syria means Turkey; Turkey means NATO; NATO means Russia will get involved.
At this point it is too soon to know what will happen in the next 24 hours. Doomer Doug will be looking for three things: One is does Israel launch a ground assault with the 30,000 Reserve troops it just mobilized? Two is what does Egypt do in response to a ground invasion of Gaza. Three is what does Hezzbollah do in response to any of the above.
Doomer Doug also understands that Jordan, as well as the West Bank, are having riots in response to Israel’s air raid into Gaza etc. This is just more gasoline on the fire IMHO.
We are on the edge here IMHO. The Mayan 12-21-12 prophecy is looking to be more interesting the closer we get to December 21st.
Keep your eyes on this one people. It has the potential to set off a regional war in the entire middle east. My opinion is Israel will send ground troops into Gaza. After that, like the French King said, “Apres Moi, les deluge.” After me, the deluge.