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The Storming of Stormy Point
I selected the following story to inspire all Americans because America will cease to be a great nation whenever her young men cease to possess the energy and endurance to fight the nation's foes.
One of the heroic figures of our war for independence was Anthony Wayne, Major-General of the Continental line. With the exception of Washington, and perhaps Nathanial Greene, he was the best general the Americans developed in the contest; and without exception he showed himself to be the hardest fighter produced on either side. The Storming of Stony Point reflected everything great they said about him.
He belongs, as regards to his ability to fight, with men like Winfield Scott, Phil Kearney, Hancock, and Forrest, who reveled in the danger and the actual shock of arms. Indeed, his eager love of battle, and splendid disregard of peril, have made many writers forget his really great qualities as a general.
Soldiers are always prompt to recognize the prime virtue of physical courage, and Wayne's followers christened their daring commander "Mad Anthony," in dedication to his reckless bravery. It is perfectly true that Wayne had this courage, and that he was a born fighter, otherwise, he never would have been a great commander.
But a man who lacks the fondness for fighting, the eager desire to punish his adversary, and the willingness to suffer punishment in return cannot be a true leader-- He might be able to be a great organizer, like McClellan, but he can never become a great general or win great victories.
Washington, a true leader of men, was prompt to recognize in Wayne a soldier to whom could be entrusted any especially difficult enterprise which called for the exercise alike of intelligence and of cool daring.
In the summer of 1780 he was very anxious to capture the British fort at Stony Point, which commanded the Hudson. It was impracticable to attack it by regular siege while the British frigates lay in the river, and the defenses there so strong that open assault by daylight was equally out of the question.
Accordingly Washington suggested to Wayne that he try a night attack. Wayne eagerly caught at the idea. It was exactly the kind of enterprise in which he delighted. The fort was on a rocky promontory, surrounded on three sides by water, and on the fourth by a neck of land that any attacking column had to move. The garrison was six hundred strong. To deliver the assault Wayne took nine hundred men.
The American army was camped about fourteen miles from Stony Point. On a late July afternoon Wayne started, and led his troops in single file along the narrow rocky roads, reaching the hills on the mainland near the fort after nightfall. He divided his force into two columns, to advance one along each side of the neck, detaching two companies of North Carolina troops to move in between the two columns and make a false attack. The rest of the force consisted of New Englanders, Pennsylvanians, and Virginians. Each attacking column was divided into three parts, a forlorn hope of twenty men leading, which was followed by an advance guard of one hundred and twenty, and then by the main body.
At the time commanding officers still carried spontoons, and other old-time weapons, and Wayne, who himself led the right column, directed its movements spear in hand. It was nearly midnight when the Americans began to press along the causeways toward the fort. Before they were near the walls they were discovered, and the British opened a heavy fire of great guns and musketry, to which the Carolinians, who were advancing between the two columns, responded in their turn, according to orders; but the men in the columns were forbidden to fire. Wayne had warned them that their work must be done with the bayonet, and their muskets were not even loaded. Moreover, so strict was the discipline that no one was allowed to leave the ranks, and when one of the men did so an officer promptly ran him through the body.
No sooner had the British opened fire than the charging columns broke into a run, and in a moment the forlorn hopes plunged into the abattis of fallen timber which the British had constructed just outside the walls. On the left, the forlorn hope was very roughly handled, no less than seventeen of the twenty men being either killed or wounded, but as the columns came up both burst through the down timber and swarmed up the long, sloping embankments of the fort.
The British fought well, cheering loudly as their volleys rang, but the Americans would not be denied, and pushed silently on to end the contest with the bayonet. A bullet struck Wayne in the head. He fell, but struggled to his feet and forward, two of his officers supporting him. A rumor went among the men that he was dead, but it only impelled them to charge home, more fiercely than ever.
With a rush troops swept to the top of the wall. A fierce but short fight followed in the intense darkness, which was lit only by the flashes from the British muskets. The Americans did not fire, trusting solely to the bayonet. The two columns had kept almost equal pace, and they swept into the fort from opposite sides at the same moment. The three men who first got over the walls were all wounded, but one of them hauled down the British flag. The Americans had the advantage which always comes from delivering an attack that is thrust home. Their muskets were unloaded and they could not hesitate; so, running boldly into close quarters, they fought hand to hand with their foes and speedily overthrew them. For a moment the bayonets flashed and played; then the British lines broke as their assailants thronged against them, and the struggle was over. The Americans had lost a hundred in killed and wounded. Of the British sixty-three had been slain and very many wounded, every one of the dead or disabled having suffered from the bayonet. A curious coincidence was that the number dead happened to be exactly equal to the number of Wayne's men who had been killed in the night attack by the English general, Grey.
There was great rejoicing among the Americans over the successful issue of the attack. Wayne speedily recovered from his wound, and in the joy of his victory it weighed but slightly. He had performed a most notable feat. No night attack of the kind was ever delivered with greater boldness, skill, and success.
When the Revolutionary War broke out the American armies were composed merely of armed yeomen, stalwart men of good courage and fairly proficient in the use of their weapons, but entirely without the training which alone could enable them to withstand the attack of the British regulars in the open, or to deliver an attack themselves.
Washington's victory at Trenton was the first encounter which showed that the Americans were to be feared when they took the offensive. With the exception of the battle of Trenton, and perhaps of Green's fight at Eutaw Springs, Wayne's feat was the most successful illustration of daring and victorious attack by an American army that occurred during our war for independence, and, unlike Greene, who was only able to fight a drawn battle, Wayne's triumph was complete. At Monmouth he had shown, as he afterward showed against Cornwallis, that his troops could meet the renowned British regulars on even terms in the open.
At Stony Point he showed that he could lead them to a triumphant assault with the bayonet against regulars who held a fortified place of strength. No American commander has ever displayed greater energy and daring, a more resolute courage, or readier resource, than the chief of the chief of the hard-fighting Continental Army; generals, Mad Anthony Wayne.
I hope the experience of this story will inspire you and motivate you to emulate some of the characteristics of the men who founded and fought to sustain the freedom in our nation both on and off the battlefield.
Story composed from the writings of Henry Cabot and Teddy Roosevelt
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HOOAH indeed! I enjoyed your article immensely.
You are dead-on in
correlating moral degeneracy and the decline of
nations. I also agree with the connection you made between
degeneracy/non-discipline and unit combat ineffectiveness. These ideas
are in many ways intuitive; and, yet they bear mentioning and warrant
I would, though, like to offer a quote from one
of America's greatest
statesmen, the late Barry Goldwater. Senator
Goldwater famously once said, "I would remind you that extremism in
the defense of liberty is no vice. And, let me remind you also that
moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." I mention the
Senator's words because I equate them with the new wave of patriot
activism that is sweeping America today -- that of the Tea Party
movement, the 9/12 movement, and other spontaneous groups of citizens
who are resisting the ever-growing push of government despotism. I
would classify these patriotic groups as being highly "activist" in
behavior, and yet they speak to the best of the American character. We
are a people who share a common DNA of distrust of government and a
resistance to tyranny. I hope, and I do believe, that you do not
necessarily include these groups of Americans, of which I include
myself, in your discussion of activism and degeneracy.
thank you for your thoughts on the subject. Keep up the good work!
Thanks For the feed back.
I have only seen what
little they shown on TV of them and I have seen
nothing to classify
the Tea Party as activists. They have pushed no lies,
no violence in other words they have not crossed the line or have
been acting responsibly. By that I mean a blind arrogance that only sees
what it wants to and the end justifies the means etc. I would call them Patriots
if anything. They seem to stand for the Constitution and I am with them.
Hopefully they do not get corrupted by activism and become like those they
Although many famous people say things sometimes
they are more emotional then rational for example Jefferson said many
things I agree with except during the French Revolution he sided
with the Revolutionaries and during that time made a comment
something like The Tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time with the blood of patriots he was actually fueling the seeds of
revolution and we all know how the French Revolution ended. It can be
taken to mean different things but at the time he was not thinking
clearly and caused President Washington much trouble and contributed
to spreading the effects of the French Revolution here causing much
unrest and it was only Washington's keen understanding of the evils of revolution
that eventually quelled this. See during Washington's presidency the
French revolution took place and France and Britain went to war and the U.S.
with no Navy was put in a position to choose sides and Washington decided
it was best to remain neutral after carefully weighing the situation.
Of course his sympathies were with the French but the U.S. was in a
fragile state and had much to loose between France, Spain and the
British who still were making trouble for the U.S. Anyway I will cut
with the History lesson but my point is sometimes not everything a
great person says is correct and can also be taken out of context.
Hello again Dave,
Thanks for the note. I think we're on
the same page! I whole-heartedly agree with you that there can be a
fine line between impassioned patriotism and activistic excess. Your
mention of the French Revolution is an excellent example of revolution
gone terribly wrong. The Tea Party movement, to which I am involved, is
a growing collection of what I call 'salt-of-the-earth' Americans who
own small businesses, raise their children, pay too much in taxes, and
essentially make the country work. They, we, believe that our federal
government (in particular) has grown well beyond the consent of the
governed. It has become imperialistic, arrogant, and works in utter
opposition to the will of the people.
The Tea Party groups and
others like them would never have come about if the powers in
Washington, D.C. truly represented them. We see alarming signs in the
current administration and Democrat-dominated Congress of a determined
effort to socialize medical care, capture American industries, bail out
failed and inefficient businesses, and -- most alarmingly -- deprive us
of our Constitutionally protected, God-given personal freedoms. The
individuals of these groups routinely conduct themselves with the utmost
civility. They are well informed -- far more informed than the
so-called experts on Capitol Hill. However, they have been pushed,
taxed, and bullied to the breaking point by despots like Obama, Pelosi,
Reid, Franks and dozens other arrogant leeches in our nation's capital.
I do not know where this well-spring of real American civil discontent
will lead, but I pray our leadership will recognize it and respond
correctly to it before it leads to something more.
for responding. It's a beautifully American thing that we can still do
this without the fear of jack-booted thugs breaking our doors down in
the dead of night (well, at least for now).
Outstanding article Dave. I have very similar on a regular basis,
but this is the first time I have seen someone put it on paper. I
thoroughly enjoyed the reading.
I feel happy when I Consulette letter in my mailbox, I found a sms
from this site I wanted to tell you that honor is a me congratulate you.
Hoorah! Right on brother!
Dave as always a great message. Wanted to let you know about a
group made up of prior spec ops people like yourself, that are selling
hoodies and t shirts to help pay for the seal team defense of the seals
you covered in this months article.
you could throw their name in a newsletter or become an authorized
dealer for them. I know what you do and have bought special op warrrior
foundation merchandise from you in the past and thought you might be
able to help this noble cause.
Wanted to say that I am just a
customer and have no vested interest in that corp. I just thought it the
right thing to do and hope you might help these warriors as you do so
Thanks again for the message and may God Bless you and
all those you come in contact with.
Great msg dave! I enjoy your news letter. good to know there are
people still out there with clear minds.
Well written Dave
each one of our so-called political leaders
should be forced to read this in its entirety.
Jim U.S. Army Ret.
right on target!!!!!!!!!!
EXCELLENT!!! You are so on point.
Outstanding with this months comment. Our country needs to recognize how
we are slipping down a slippery slope. We are in danger of becoming a
second rate country. This was recognized by the late Lt Col David
Hackworth who after leaving the Army and recharging made every action
count for something. He spoke out about what was right and wrong with
this country. I have the article he wrote after Desert Storm saying we
didn't finish the job. He laid out what was going to happen and without
rewriting his article, he siad there would be a long protracted war that
would cost the lives of our soldiers but that it would strain our
economy. Well here we are almost 20 years later.
When will we learn
to heed the lessons taught by our great commanders in the field.
nailed it all on the head.
This is a great message Dave that you have placed for this months
letter. You have hit the nail on the head with this statement. If these
thoughts could were used as a daily guide, things in general would be
great. Good job, keep up the good work. I look forward to reading your
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The Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
The Resurrection and the Life
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This month Christians celebrate the life, death, burial, and
resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, each having great significance regarding
their eternal destiny. Jesus
Christ is eternal God. He is
co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
John 1:1 In the beginning
(eternity past, prior to creation) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was (is) God.
John 1:14 And the Word
became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten
[uniquely born] from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 10:30 Jesus said, "I and the Father are one."
John 17:21 that they may all be one; even as
You, Father, are in Me andI in You,
that they also may be in Us, so that the world may
believe that You sent Me.
Jesus Christ is the unique person of the
universe, true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever.
John 8:58 Jesus said
to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
Jesus Christ was born perfect, as Adam was
created perfect. He lived a life
without sin, thereby being the only one qualified to become our substitute and
die for our sins.
His death on the cross provided the free gift of
eternal life to all that accept it.
Philippians 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by
becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and
one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all...
Why do we need a mediator? Why do we need a savior? What do we need to be saved from? I am a good person.
I am not as bad as that guy who lives down the street. Surely God will take into consideration
all those good deeds I have accomplished in my life.
Romans 3:10 as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one;
Romans5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin
entered into the world, and death through
sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.
Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all
our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 4:12 "And there
is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has
been given among men by which
we must be saved."
Jesus Christ was sent to the cross. While He was there God the Father
gathered up every sin ever committed by every man, women, and child who ever
lived or ever would live and poured those sins out on Jesus Christ and then
judged each and every one of them.
2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf, so that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him.
After His work of salvation was complete Jesus Christ said, "finished". He was still alive, He had been judged
for the sins of the world. Then He
dismissed His spirit. His spirit
went into the presence of the Father, His soul went to paradise, and His body
went into the grave.
John 19:30 Therefore
when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He
bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Matthew 12:40 for just as
Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will
the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus Christ died twice on the cross. He died spiritually providing our so
great salvation paying for the sins of the world so that we might have a
relationship with the living God.
After His work was complete, He died physically. Three days later He was
resurrected. His resurrection from
the dead is our guarantee that we also will be resurrected.
John 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to
the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.
Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died,
yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes
15:12 Now if
Christ is preached,
that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that
there is no
resurrection of the dead?
Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait
for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who
rescues us from the wrath to come.
1:20 which He
brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from
the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
If you believe in Christ then you also will be raised.
15:35 But someone
will say, "How are the dead raised? And with
what kind of body do they come?"
15:42 So also is
the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an
15:43 it is sown
in dishonor, it is raised in glory;
it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
15:44 it is sown
a natural body, it is raised a
spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
15:52 in a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will
sound, and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we will be changed.
that He who raised the Lord
Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.
Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life. He is the only way to a relationship
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he
who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and
believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Do you believe that?
If you do believe that Jesus is the Christ then...
John 20:31 but these
have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have
life in His name.
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|Blue Warriorwith Sgt. Glenn French
In recent years the United States has had a steep increase in organized Militias. This increase for the most part can be attributed to the current political climate of this country.
As police officers it doesn't matter what your politics are, whether your conservative, liberal or somewhere in between, some radical militias may view us as the face of the Federal Government and are targeting cops.
Recently, in Lenawee County Michigan the FBI arrested a group of men and women from the militia group called "Hutaree". The group is charged with conspiracy and attempts to use weapons of mass destruction, which refers to the allegation in the indictment that Hutaree members planned to use roadside bombs.
If convicted, the suspects could face life in prison, the maximum penalty for the weapons of mass destruction charge.
Hutaree planned to kill a local law enforcement officer by ambushing him on a bogus call for service. At the officers funeral Hutaree planned to use "improvised explosive devices" and "explosively formed projectiles" to attack and ambush officers attending the funeral. Once the ambush started they would engage the attending officers in combat and retreat into fortified positions to further the battle. The group accelerated training in February and March with plans to carry out the attack in April.
This plan of attack may have a devastating affect on unsuspecting police officers especially since a large number of officers would be "Honor Guard" dressed for a funeral and not for combat.
My research indicates that most of these groups have a beef with the Federal Government for various reasons and for the most part their anger is targeted at federal bureaus and it's agents.
The alarming concern with the Hutaree group is the alleged plan to assault uniformed officers. I personally am not buying into the reports that this is a trend against law enforcement, at least not yet. However, we must remain diligent with officer safety tactics and cautious in all we do.
The dilemma for law enforcement is are these groups as radical as charged? Do these groups view "uniformed officers" as the Federal Government?
The Hutaree uses Christian terminology and Bible quotes on their web site that proclaim them as a military organization prepared to confront an Antichrist. The Hutaree's web site shows videos of them training. The videos show militia members training in small squad tactics, including the use of smoke and explosives.
An ambush from a semi organized group, trained in small squad tactics with rifle caliber weapons and explosives could cause havoc on any law enforcement agency. Some reports from various organizations state that Hutaree is one of 127-armed militias in the United States.
That number has increased 200 percent since the Hutaree started to conduct military-style training in August 2008 when there was allegedly only 42 known armed militias.
Uniformed officers are the most visible and easily assessable target in the minds of these groups and this posses a significant problem. Unlike the Federal Agents that these groups may truly desire to attack, we cannot completely avoid their radar. Obviously police officers are very visible and vulnerable.
If a group or person chooses to ambush you, with a well-planned attack there may be little you can do too thwart the attack. Engaging the "Warrior Spirit" and fighting until your adversary is neutralized will be your best response.
The quicker you identify or suspect a threat the quicker your reaction will become. The quicker you react to this threat the greater the chance of survival.
Law enforcement has changed drastically over the past 19 years that I have been working. In the academy and as a rookie we were taught that a domestic violence run is the most dangerous run we routinely go on. The instructors and training officers taught us to go into these domestic runs ready to do battle from the get go. Back then these instructors and training officers were locked on to the current dangers to law enforcement.
When we walked into these houses on a domestic run we would never go alone and we walked in the house with our senses heightened ready for anything that was thrown at us.
As we spoke with the people involved in the dispute we may, depending on the threat level have our hand grasping our handguns in their holsters or our batons in our hands ready for use. No matter what, a smart officer walked into these situations as taught, ready to fight.
Now almost 20 years later domestic calls are still just as dangerous but now we have additional worries such as terrorism, active shooters and civil law suits to contend with for just about everything we do. We are expected to resolve more violent situations than in the past and we must do it with less violence. That makes it tougher to be an officer today than in the past.
These types of mandates on law enforcement spawn training, which develops an officer's mindset. For example, there is a common training technique out there that teaches officers and swat cops to use a color code as they respond and work through problems on the street. These codes typically have four colors phases or "conditions" in which to work through as an officer, much like a force continuum. The color conditions usually are white, yellow, orange and red. White is the lowest state and red being the most heightened state, as they describe it "ready to fight". The concept is that officers should move through the color phases either up or down as the situation dictates. The problem is today's officer's need to work in a more heightened state of awareness such as the red condition no matter what the call for service is.
When I mentioned previously that we would walk into domestic situations ready to fight, well that was conducted in a professional manner. Once we were confident that the threat was under control we would de-escalate our state of readiness. There isn't any reason that an officer can't work in a heightened state of awareness regardless of the call for service and then de-escalate as needed.
Responding with a heightened state can be done in a professional manner. You may also de-escalate your readiness as you become comfortable in your environment. The problem with color codes or phases is that the officer is required to work through the phases to respond.
The cognition required to recognize and choose the appropriate color phase will slow the officer's response to any threat. Some officers will work this transition faster than others but starting off ready is quicker than working through corresponding conditions and phases.
So how does this tie into threats from militia? Simple, be aware of your surroundings all the time. Be ready to fight all the time. Be professional all the time. If these militias like Hutaree plan an ambush for you than you than you will have your hands full. If you're quick to respond, well trained and prepared to fight then your chance for survival is increased. Don't slow your response thinking through phases or conditions. Engage the "warrior spirit" then strike hard and fast.
Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company andfounder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge www.DetroitSWATChallenge.com . Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com , and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
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What Has Really Changed?
1948: If you own a hammer, you're a capitalist
You paid money for it because you can drive more nails with it in a day (and drive them better) than you can with a rock or the heel of your shoe. You saved money and invested it in the hammer because with the hammer you could produce more-your time would be more productive, that is, more valuable.
That's what capital is and that's what it is for.
Now, suppose you hire a man to do repairs around your house. If he drives nails with a rock he won't get much repairing done in a day so you can't afford to pay him much. So you provide him with your hammer; he drives more nails and drives them straighter; he gets a lot more repairing done; so you can afford to pay him more.
That's exactly how capital works in industry. Millions of people save some of their money instead of spending it all on themselves. They pool these savings and buy a factory and machines. Workers use the machines to produce more and so make themselves worth more.
But they must produce enough to pay their own higher wages and a small wage to the owners of the machine-what is known as profit. Other wise, why should savers invest in machines? With no return, they would spend their money like everyone else, and workers would go back to driving nails with rocks-and the low wages which that sort of production pays.
That's why workers should be just as much interested in making a profit for their company as in making high wages for themselves. No profit-no wages.
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"If we had no social security,
many people would go hungry."
Of some forty-five professors attending the dinner meeting at which I spoke, the two or three who might have agreed with the free exchange, private property, limited government philosophy kept discreetly silent. All of the questioning, particularly by one professor of economies, was deliberately antagonistic-not at all in the spirit of inquiry.
Following this meeting, I went to an auditorium to address the Student Forum. Some of the professors also attended.
Upon the conclusion of my address, one student said, "As I understand the extent to which you would limit government, there would be no place for social security." Then he asked, "Wouldn't that bring a great hardship to many people?"
"Let me answer your question," I replied, "by going back to October 1948," and I told him this story:
Just a month before the Truman-Dewey election, I asked a chance acquaintance if he thought the rapid trend toward socialism would abate, should the Republicans
"Rapid trend toward socialism? What do you mean?"
I named a dozen items, including compulsory social security.
"Do you mean that you do not favor social security? What would you do, let 'em starve?'"
"You are as old as I, are you not, Mr. G.?"
Being considerably older, he replied in the affirmative.
"Then you were around when Mr. Roosevelt took Office?"
"Yes I was."
"Did we have any compulsory social security previous to 1955?"
"No, I guess not."
"Tell me, did you ever know of anyone in America who starved prior to that date?"
Mr. G. acknowledged that he had never heard of any one in America who had starved prior to F.D.R.
That was the end of my story to the student. But the professor of economics, who had led the antagonistic questioning at the dinner session, could not let this pass. Shouted he, "I have seen a dozen starve."
"Do you mean to tell me, professor, that you actually stood by and watched a human being starve to death?"
The professor, of course, had never witnessed a human being starve to death, and the students were well aware of the fact. Even a gangster, who would murder a competitor, could not stand by and watch a kitten, let alone a human being, starve to death.
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"...the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't.We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming..."
- HUTAREE; Christian Warrior(s) [ No joke these enlighten souls for being who they are have just been persecuted by federal authorities... Some sorta Hope? Change, perhaps? Only if going back to the nutty antics of the former Clinton administrations justice department. Lets HOPE this is not a repeat of such or worst than that! ]
Hooey Global warming : Lost Islands and 'Para military' Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea
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We American warriors lost a
Beloved American Icon Fess Parker : Who was as traditional as the two
legends he portrayed: Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone -- Passed Away
March 18, 2010.
While the Real Davy Crockett was born August 17th 1786, his modern reincarnation -Fess Elisha Parker was born August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, Parker grew up on a farm near San Angelo and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the latter part of World War II. Hoping to become a pilot, he was turned down because he was 6 feet 6 inches . He then tried to become a radioman gunner, but he was found too big to fit comfortably into the rear cockpit. He was finally transferred to the Marine Corps as a radio operator and shipped out for the South Pacific and saw combat in the Philippines shortly before the atom bomb ended the war.
After the war, Parker graduated from the University of Texas in 1950 with a degree in history, for his stalwart academics he was initiated into Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. With one year remaining on his GI Bill, he studied drama at the University of Southern California, working towards a master's degree in theater history... before turning professional actor.
"In the days before Bart Simpson became a reverse role model, Davy held that you always said what you meant, meant what you said and went down swinging for what you believed in. Twenty-first century corner-cutting deal-making was not actually an option"
Back in 1948 Walt Disney told then famed Hollywood
columnist Hedda Hopper that it was:
" Time to get acquainted or renew acquaintance with, the robust, cheerful, energetic and representative folk heroes." [~ Walt Disney]
Disney put Parker in the coonskin cap ; and Parker's Crockett helped boys growing into men elevate our image of what an American Man should be.If your over 45, American and don't remember what Parker did with Walt Disney TV and movies to raise the principled folk legend of Davy Crockett( and billion dollar coonskin cap craze )-- you must have been part of an alien abduction!
He later portrayed Daniel Boone on TV, before by the 1970s , migrated from acting, producing, directing into business..Real Estate and Wine business.With a long enduring, yet transient and very iconographic fame Parker had with Crockett and Boone he departed liberal Hollywood; co mingling mimicking and personified his post acting life with the spirit of the frontiersmen he characterized. by becoming very successful in business enterprises
Like Crockett, Parkers folk hero status might have been temporarily forgotten but never waned as anyone who would meet him in later years at his California winery could testify to.
~ Andrew Malcom "Take off those black arm bands, kids, "and put on your coonskin caps, for Davy Crockett will hit the trail again."~ the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper on Fess Parker Davy Crocket.
Regardless of how accurate a historical portrayal Parker's TV Crockett was a fad was created based on a set of values and principals which among its chief assets and goodthingsmanship qualities was that it influenced a generation of youngsters who grew up to be U.S. Warriors following Parkers depiction of Crockett an honorable warrior.
Think thats hoo-ey?
Years later, Mr. Parker said, Vietnam veterans told him that watching his [TV portrayal of]Crockett deal with fear they were young had influenced their conduct in battle. Parker was often most proud of that influence.
Perhaps after a years worth of "Obi wan- Ko-Kool-aid-bama", Hollywood could find the likes of a New Heda Hopper to help the half of our country (wearing whatever metaphorical today's black arm bands are today...liberalism?) and put on a new coonskin cap once again to take back our country's values, remain fearless under fire, and live a life of honor like the Fess Parkers of our nation. [Hedda Hoppers real life son William -- Bill Hopper an actor who played 1950's TV Perry Mason co-star Police detective Paul Drake - who in his pre-acting life like Parker, was a World War II vet -- ironically a member of the very elite OSS Operational Swimmer Group amphibious swimmer-commando-frogman and later a Navy UDT man -- And like Parker was a reluctant actor not really enjoying Hollywood].
Fess Parker himself might muse , heaven knows we sure need more like Bill Hopper in today's pop media culture.
Here's to you Fess Parker:(Crockett) Thank you for imparting a manner and heroism our detractors can't stand-- for it keeps 'em on there toes...May God and his son, grant you and your family eternal salvation and remembrance by our nation and those young and yet to learn of you. You were truly a special force and what no surrender is all about. Let us hope you and Davy Crockett' s spirit in the after life, will join forces and will continue to inspire brazen patriotic acts of mythical proportions!
Rest Well Fess!
Son of God & the spirit of De Oppresso
Liber via 'THE FIGHTING FATHERS of Burma
Despite tragic news coming out of Ireland this Easter has the catholic church in controversy, once upon a time, the Irish catholic Priest or missionary was a heralded sort that was a rock of the ages. For those of the catholic faith, the message of Easter is clear: Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ our savior whose purpose was to save us all. To free us from oppression - something SF personnel have often embodied.
One year ago last Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, U.S. Special Operations Forces, including Navy SEALs staged a dramatic rescue of a US Captain of cargo ship who had been taken hostage by Somali pirates. ... His fate was worrisome and with God and country on his side.
On Easter morning 1972, US Marine Captain John Ripley, while under intense enemy fire, blew up a bridge to stop a major invasion. The story of "Ripley at the Bridge" is legendary in the Marine Corps... He in fact called out to Jesus and his mother thoughout his heroic action that day (See: http://www.specialforces.com/newsletter/2009_11/
The common thread on both operations was to prevent or if you will .-- do the impossible .free the oppressed-- de oppresso liber. While the modern Special Forces soldier or Air Force PJ serving so "That Others May Live" are a far cry from Christ's physical rebirth, the intent behind their actions is very much part of the spirit which bounds a soldier to undertake an extreme duty.De oppresso Liber
-- the U.S. Army Special Forces motto encompasses that which Christs teachings laydown. A US Army traditional phrase in Latin for "[to free from oppression]" or "[to liberate the oppressed]".
Like many of Americas elite warriors in history, Army SF founders were all well scholared men including knowledg of the biblical teachings. The motto hails from a passage in Isaiah:
"Learn to do well: discite benefacere
seek judgment, quaerite iudiciumrelieve the oppressed subvenite oppresso
judge for the fatherless, judicate pupillo
defend the widow. defendite viduam"
~Cf. Isaiah 1:17
The phrase stems from the exploits of World War Two OSS Jedburgh/Sussex and Detachment 101 teams operating behind the lines in Europe and China Burma, India theaters.
The unconventional warfare tactics of Colonel Bank differed from the conventional tactics of the rest of the US Army in that they included clandestine support for one side of an existing conflict and that they were subversive to the Nazi and Jap forces in power.
Of the near faceless, unsung many who served U.S. interests operationally-- we find two of the most eccentric yet un-heralded characters whose unsung legends have a Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone about them. They were both Irishmen -- Irish catholic missionaries to be exact. They were both part of the OSS operation in Burma; one who was to become known as the 'fighting father'. His name ? :Father James Stuart. The other his senior Father Dennis MacAlindon. Two of the most hard-charging -Kick-butt- take-names -no nonsense- sacrament-giving - friars
, combat has ever known... or the Japs ever faced.
Like something from a Hollywood movie( which should be made about them) these two most colorful fellows and priests, Stuart and MacAlindon were both from County Derry Northern Ireland and their behind-the-lines combat operations were once actually chronicled by Irish American born Naval/ OSS Officer and Hollywood legendary director John Ford, by a OSS film crew at his disposal to follow them.
Together, Stuart and Mac Alindon spent three years plunging into the mythical and treacherous magical world of the OSS Detachments 101, 1942 Burma, under the stewardship of a Colonel named Eifler - somebody we'll remember at another time.
Stuart was born in 1909. A devote catholic his entire life, was an Irish missionary from the Missionary Society of St. Columban (also known as 'The Columbans', is a missionary, Catholic religious order, founded in Ireland in 1916 and approved by the Vatican in 1918...) was a crusader and converter for the Burmese Kachin tribesmen, Which he first met in 1936, nine years before the war.
When in 1942 Stuart watched the Japs burn down his jungle church and torture his parishioners, he saved the lives of many refugees and he swore vengeance.
Operating from an isolated tea plantation at Nazira, Assam , Burma in the heart of [Rudyard] Kiplings Jungle book country, Stuart organized the Kachin into a 250,000 man guerrillaArmy against the Japs. Tha Kachins were uncanny jungle fighters,and even with primitive weapons they had been wreaking havoc on the Japs.
OSS Director Donovan decided to support Stuart and his Kachin unit with Eifler first (and later Col. Ray Peers )leading them under OSS Detachment 101 becoming one of WW II's most successful clandestine allied outfits. Father Stuarts quasi-mercenary army with Father Stuart and Father MacAlindon at the lead were all about 'wreaking havoc on the enemy'.
With the OSS operatives and the Kachins at their side Stuart and MacAlindon were the embodiment of that Kipling-esque phrase:
"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." ~unknown
Eifler would write of them in his first report to OSS Headquarters on how Stuart was introduced to the Japs:
".....Now a bit about Father Stuart. When the British retreatedin Northern Burma, Father Stuart decided to stay with his flock..."
"...The fact that he had been unable at that time to convert any of the Kachins to Catholicism had not in any way dampened his enthusiasm for his mission in life. After the British had left and he heard the Japs were advancing, he decided that perhaps a bold move on his part would be the best, so he walked down the highway until he had met the advancing troops. Picking the most imposing figure upon the best horse, and rightly surmising that this was the leader of the Japanese troops, he walked up to him, took the bridle of the horse in his hand and stopped it, and demanded of the rider "Are you Chinese?"
The Japanese officer looked at him, and thoroughly disgusted, turned his head and spat over his shoulder, and said, "Are you English?" The Father mimicking the Jap, looked at him in utter disgust, turned his head, spat over his shoulder, and said nothing. When the question was repeated he denied being English, and stated that he was an Irishman, of which "begorra" he is, but is from Northern Ireland. The Jap got off his horse, drew two half moons on the ground, pointing to one he said, "this is England," and to the other, "this is Ireland. Where is your home?" Father unhesitatingly placed his finger on the southernmost part of the half moon representing Ireland. The Major was not completely satisfied, and wanted to shoot Father. However, there was a young lieutenant with the troop who was Christian, Father learned afterward, and he spoke up in Father's behalf, and the Major withheld his decision at that time, although later on he did order Father shot. The Lieutenant, however, sent warning to Father, and prior to the time that he could be arrested he had escaped into the jungle."
~ Carl Eifler
Eifler then carried on about Mac Alindon:
"...Now, in my opinion, Father MacAlindon would have chosen a much better profession had he chosen the profession of a pugilist instead of the priesthood. He surely loves a fight. When it was reported that the Japanese were marching upon the town which he had made his headquarters, he acquired some hand grenades that had been left back by the British, placed a shotgun in each window of his home, slept with an open box of hand grenades alongside of his bed, and succeeded in keeping the natives closely enough united that no Japanese to this day have managed to reach the town of Kajitu, which was his headquarters. He was afterwards ordered out of the hills and back into the British lines by the British Government...After being indoctrinated to my perverted ideas of warfare, Father MacAlindon returned to the hills, and has since been Major Wilkinson's assistant, while Father Stuart stayed with me at my headquarters and became an instructor in the arts that I teach."
~ Colonel Carl Eifler
What Eifler did not mention is how Stuart managed to wrangle a captured British.38 Webley revolver with ammo and feign ignorance to firearms and even receive training from the Jap officer with the pistol training[!!!] even though Stuart had already been an long experienced shooter), under the guise of hunting wild pigs for food for the starving refueges villagers with him . Upon escaping the Japs, Stuart teamed up with MacAlindon and hiding from a pursuing Jap patrol, they "acquired ' grenades and shotguns and employed them to ward of their Jap pursuers as a diversion to further escape to India into the open arms of Eifler and Detachment 101.
In the true spirit of De Oprresso Liber serving God and Jesus on the side of truth, Father MacAlindon and Stuart with OSS Det 101 for the remainder of the war, liberated saved , feed, educated, taught and clothed the Kachin people; while also joining them to under go Eiflers "instruction in the arts' (as he would put it of guerilla warfare . Stuart acted as the chief interpreter between the head of the Kachin volunteer Army and Director OSS , General Donovan as he visited the operation in the field with Colonel Eifler
Together the Two fathers partook in commando raids, and were said to have killed japs as necessary. Stuart a rescued American airmen in Northern Burma.
In appreciation of the valuable service he rendered British and American Intelligence, the ' Fighting Father,' as he was afterward called, was awarded the O.B.E.( Order of the British Empire) at wars end. Stuart was killed either right before or soon after VJ day. Father Mac Alindon's fate remains lost to time.
Since the 'fighting fathers' many chaplains and operatives in the SF world have taken part in many direct action and unconventional warfare tactics and operations which are all about freeing the oppressed. (The 1950 CIA para military commando operation to rescue the Dalai Lama from certain CHICOM execution, is just one example.)
In effect elite force operations are often to free more conventional forces from the costly rigors of sustained conflict. Thus, they can often take on a spiritual meaning as they commence, but by their completion, often surprise their participants with a 'de facto' , de oppresso liber spirit which propels though them to attain there objectives -- as though Christ is there, with them.
To those unbelievers reading this - heathens, and agnostics -. a spirit of a greater good defined by all of Christ's teaching's often follows one into battle.... Something that continues to propel units that live de oppresso liber into their hearts even if they are not officially U.S. Army Special Forces troopers. This mindset is projected via groups like OathKeepers.org
While Army SF troopers free the oppressed and Air Force Pararescue men serve so "That Others May Live" are a far cry from Christ's physical rebirth, their operational tempo and drive is very much part of the spirit which bounds a soldier to undertake an extreme duty.
A prayer for them and all U.S. Special Forces of modern day comes to mind this Easter: The Special Forces Prayer.
Written in 1961 for William Pelham "Bill" Yarborough by SF Chaplain John Stevey, the 7th SFG (ABN) Chaplain exemplifies the spirit shadowing the SF trooper.
Special Forces Prayer
Almighty GOD, Who art the Author of liberty
and the Champion of the oppressed, hear our prayer.
We, the men of Special Forces, acknowledge
our dependence upon Thee in the preservation of human freedom.
Go with us as we seek to defend the defenseless and to free the enslaved.
May we ever remember that our nation, whose motto
is "In God We Trust", expects that we shall acquit
ourselves with honor, that we may never bring shame
upon our faith, our families, or our fellow men.
Grant us wisdom from Thy mind, courage from Thine
heart, strength from Thine arm, and protection by Thine hand.
It is for Thee that we do battle, and to Thee belongs the victor's crown.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever.
In spirit, it is a prayer that embodies a lot of what Easter is all about -Hope. The real kind of non political balderdash - hope with honor.
This Easter season, whatever your faith, whatever your branch of service or SOF unit, you or a loved one or friend are part of. Please pause and reflect for the blessings that have helped you/them in and out of harms ways and the noble duty you conduct each day. Remember all who served, and those who continue to serve our nation dutifully -- the world over and always remember those like the' fighting fathers' and their exploits so you may hand them down to younger generations of warriors. What ever its problems The catholic clergy may have its short comings but its message is clear and many an elite soldier needs to always remember that without Christ's spirit in their actions those American's despite what odds from within or externally are tossed our way , will find the mission of special forces an even tougher road to --free the oppressed -- should we abandon it.
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Please pass on to all your military retired friends so they can be educated on how the "health care reform" will change our tricare benefits. Read article at very bottom of e-mail string for more information. v/r This is true. It is on pages 77, 172, 218, and 434. You have to dig to see the charges.
We (retirees) would lose the Medicare for life benefit and would have to pay. We would lose TRICARE as a total care package. We would not be allowed to keep TRICARE so when Obama stands and says if you like what you have you can keep it, he lies. This is a "Heads Up" on a battle we are facing now and down the road with the new Administration.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up to $6,301 the first year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to increase with inflation. What can we do? The article below, obtained from an Air Force Association and written by BG Bob Clements, best describes what we can do. Please read it and check the links for CBO language and do what Bob says-Send this email to every Military Retiree you know and write and email your Congressman often. For those of you that might have voted for "Change", you should do it more than often!
TRICARE FOR LIFE'S FUTURE.... TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free healthcare coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay.
Now a heavy assault has begun on Veterans'/Retirees' benefits to pay for other programs our President promised during the campaign. And it is a high priority of his administration.
The one item of most interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is "overuse" by Retirees. For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention (Below) to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL.
In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a strong recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too expensive. Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country.
Strongly recommend that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of the TFL program.
Heads-up from BG Bob Clements,USAF Ret (P38 Bob). The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site
For those who have never opened one of these web sites from OMB:
on the above URL
2) click on
3) click on the
4) do a search for
Now here it is folks and I will guarantee if you sit around on your behind and do nothing about it as they bring these options forward this coming year, you will lose one of the best healthcare benefits that the Medicare eligible retired military have..It is short of the promises made that we fought so hard for back in the late 90s and early 2000s but it is still the best healthcare program that anyone in the United States has, bar none.
People who are professionals always look for the channel of least resistance when it comes to cutting money out of the Federal and DOD budget. I can tell you this straight on, military retirees are one of those channels of least resistance noted for sitting around, doing nothing, and waiting for ole Joe to do it for them.
You had better wake up. Your medical benefits are prime target. If you lose them, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Let me repeat that ... you have nobody to blame but yourself. The way to secure your benefits is to write to your members of Congress and to keep writing and writing and writing. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!! Keep repeating the above statement until you are blue in the face.
Now I'm going to make one more statement to all of you younger people out there who are not yet eligible for TRICARE for Life. HEALTH CARE WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME THE DOMINATING FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE. Remember that... it will impact you big time with the utmost in cruelty unless you are fortunate enough to die from a heart attack or get run over by a truck.
The service organizations will put up a fight, but, they will need your help and can't do it by themselves.
I hope this makes it clear as to what you can expect if you do nothing. To show you how stupid these professionals can be at times just read the data on the noted sites closely. You will see that in spite of the MTFs (Military Treatment Facility) need to get patients back to keep their doctors busy and the hospitals from going to clinic status, these people from OMB would employ a means to keep retirees from using MTF facilities by charging them a fee for services. How dumb can you get.
Even if you are an Obama fan, and believe that changeth cometh, TFL option from OMB will not go away. They need the money they spend on you for other programs for people who produce nothing but votes to keep their boss in office.
If you know of anyone who is Retired Military, Please forward this on to them. Remember- TFL is an "Earned Benefit" that's been granted by a previous Congress.
Technique for Rounding Up the Jews in Just Six Months: A Data Base
by Gary North
We ignore what is under our noses.
I have a Ph.D. in history. I taught Western
Civilization to college students. Yet not once in the 1960's did anyone ask
the obvious: "How did the German government round up all the Jews in
just six months?"
Think of this. How did any government have
such identification ability? The answer is obvious once the question is
Hitler recognized this as soon as he came to
power in 1933.
There is a website that covers this. http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com
IBM and the Holocaust is
the stunning story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany --
beginning in 1933 in the first weeks that Hitler came to power and
continuing well into World War II. As the Third Reich embarked upon its plan
of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling
technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs
of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s.
Only after Jews were identified -- a massive
and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be
targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation,
enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation
and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of
course, in the 1930s no computer existed.
But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology
did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated
Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews.
Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the
Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the
pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM
technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe,
from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and
ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of
concentration camp slave labor.
IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed
complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich's needs. They did not
merely sell the machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines
for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards
IBM and the Holocaust takes you through the
carefully crafted corporate collusion with the Third Reich, as well as the
structured deniability of oral agreements, undated letters, and the Geneva
intermediaries -- all undertaken as the newspapers blazed with accounts of
persecution and destruction.
Just as compelling is the human drama of one
of our century's greatest minds, IBM founder Thomas Watson, who cooperated
with the Nazis for the sake of profit.
Only with IBM's technologic assistance was
Hitler able to achieve the staggering numbers of the Holocaust. Edwin Black
has now uncovered one of the last great mysteries of Germany's war against the Jews
-- how did Hitler get the names?
A details summary is here:
Fast forward 77 years. This year is census
year. Here is
what is in store for us.
History--including very recent history--shows that the
information provided to the Census can be used against you.
The most recent examples occurred in 2002
and 2003, when the Census Bureau turned over information it had collected
about Arab-Americans to Homeland Security.
Data from the 1940 Census was used to intern
Japanese, Italian, and German Americans following the U.S.'s entry into the war, and
to monitor and persecute others who escaped internment. In addition to
providing geographic information to the War Department, the Census Bureau
released the name, address, age, sex, citizenship status and occupation of
Japanese Americans in the Washington,
D.C., area to the Treasury
Department in response to an unspecified threat against President Franklin
Roosevelt in 1943.
There may well be other instances of such
data sharing of which we remain unaware, as the full scope of the personal
information released during World War II has only recently been brought to
Thus, while the Census Bureau assures us
that "your confidentiality is protected. Title 13 requires the Census
Bureau to keep all information about you and all other respondents strictly
confidential," these exceptions negate such assurances. Of course, the
release of the "strictly confidential" data was also perfectly
legal: during World War II, under the terms of the Second War Powers Act,
and more recently, under the terms of the USA PATRIOT Act, now extended by
the Obama administration.
In preparation for this year's census,
140,000 workers were hired to collect GPS readings for every front door in
the nation. Such pinpoint precision will certainly simplify the process of
locating any individual or group that may be identified as a threat to
"national security" in the future. Remember, for example, the
1976 Senate Report in which 26,000 Americans were slated for roundup by the
FBI in the event of a national emergency at the height of the Cold War. Now
that the U.S. Government's Terrorist Watchlist has exceeded one million,
the GPS data acquired could be instrumental in accomplishing such a
It's almost here. Let us not kid ourselves.
The Federal government is tightening the digital noose.
If the monster does not go bankrupt, there
is no way to reverse this. By 2020, at the next census, the system will
cover just about everyone. It will be well organized. There will be no
opposition. It will be old news.
Without data, central planners are blind.
They want cheap data. They want this in data banks. They will get what they
Step by step, this nation is transferring
the means of control to Federal bureaucrats.
The good thing is that resistance is
possible in the courts, if individuals challenge the government. Technology
is decentralizing. But the government can make life miserable for any
individuals the government wants to harass.
I see no round-up coming. But I do see
intrusion into our lives as never before.
We need to train people how to fight this in
the courts. The government will get its data. The public does not care.
Congress does not care. But we can still fight the government's use of the
Imposter Tries to Infiltrate US
Don't think that our borders and systems aren't vulnerable? Check
out these photos.
Looks like any other Soldier you've seen right? "LTC Rivera" is
wearing his Combat Infantry Badge (2nd award, by the way), Master
Parachutist, and Air Assault Badge in the right places.
Rivera was wearing a full U.S. Army ACU uniform displaying the rank
of Lieutenant Colonel. He was selected for exam by the CBP Narcotics
Unit who was conducting a 100% passport inspection on Avianca Airlines
flight 08 from Pereira, Colombia. He stated he works as a security
guard and that he was in Colombia to propose to his girlfriend.
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Force Recon Gunny gets Basilone award
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Gunnery Sgt. Brian Blonder, 30, a veteran of four combat deployments, accepted the 2010 Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment from Maj. Gen. Richard Mills during a short ceremony at Drop Zone Basilone on Wednesday.
Blonder - platoon sergeant with 1st Platoon, Force Recon Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion - said he felt honored by the award but didn't want to take all the credit. "This isn't for me. It's your hard work and your dedication that allowed me to do the things I do on a daily basis," he told his fellow Marines.
5 Marines and sailor from MARSOC recognized for heroic actions in the line of fire
What they saw as simply doing their duty, many see as an act of heroism.
Four Marines and a sailor assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command received recognition for heroic actions in the line of fire on Wednesday, receiving among them three bronze stars with combat "V" device, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with combat device, and a silver star.
While on a deployment to Afghanistan in 2008, the men, all assigned to Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, Marine Special Operations Team 5, ( MSOT5 )came under attack from insurgents on Oct. 28 while on a patrol. Though they were outnumbered nearly three to one, and the Afghan insurgents were skilled, the American troops returned fire and defended each other, continuing to fight in some cases despite gunshot and shrapnel wounds.
Hang 'Em High Form the yard Arm!! Show no mercy:
Man-o'-war uses ma- duece to cause corsairs to surrender and capture thier py-rate ship( Imagine that! "Finally," shooting at pyrates - who generally are a bunch of cowards and poor swimmers [reason they keep stealing ships...] causes them to give up to the better standard of living aboards the brig of U.S. Navy frigate.)
DDG sinks skiff in 2nd pirate skirmish
The destroyer USS Farragut
on Thursday sank a suspected pirate mothership in the Somali Basin. It was the Navy's secondpirate interdiction in less than 24 hours.
Foster takes over Ranger battalion
FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, March 25, 2010) - The change of command for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment took place beneath the moss-draped trees of Forsyth Park at 4 p.m. on Mar. 18
Why Did The Feds Raid The Hutaree Militia?
Posted in Crime News, Homeland Security, Resurgent Communism, Un-American activities by Rob Taylor on March 29th, 2010
At this point, the F.B.I. led raid on the Hutaree Christian Militia does not pass the smell test, and more importantly, is eerily similar to the militarized Justice Department's build up to the Waco massacre under Janet Reno. Even though we've been told some gun charges may be made against the people who have been arrested, the government has sealed the initial warrants so the public will not know what led to the raids in the first place:
Gaming: The future of training
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 31, 2010) - Years of innovation and hard work were officially recognized March 15 when Preston Short, a training specialist at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, was presented with the prestigious dL Maverick Award at the ninth annual Army Distributed Learning Conference
The Yarborough Knife: Symbol of a legacy
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 28, 2010) - While Special Forces Soldiers are known for their mastery of many weapons, one weapon in their arsenal stands out in particular: the Yarborough Knife.
Iraqi Terrorist Group Frees US Contractor
Long War Journal
An Iranian-backed Shia terror group has freed a US hostage who was kidnapped in late January. Issa T. Salomi, a US civilian contractor who was kidnapped in Baghdad, was freed by the Asaib al Haq, or League of the Righteous, on March 25. The news of Salomi's release was not disclosed until late on March 27. A spokesman for the League of the Righteous claimed Salomi was freed as part of a prisoner swap with the US military.
Special Forces Soldiers train local Boy Scout Troop
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, March 28, 2010) - Boy Scouts in Troop 360 from Lebanon, Tenn., recently made a trip to Fort Campbell, Ky., to learn basic land navigation skills from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) March 15-17
Mexico's Drug Wars Raging Out of Control
With more than 2,000 people killed since the new year, 2010 is shaping up to overtake the record 6,500 drug-related murders last year, which exceeded the toll of more than 5,000 in 2008. The killings have happened despite an offensive against the cartels involving tens of thousands of soldiers and federal police launched in December 2006 by the president, Felipe Calderón.
The military officer who brought charges against three Navy SEALs allegedly involved in injuring a terrorist has agreed to grant immunity to five witnesses -- who are expected to exonerate the accused men
US Contractor Flies African Union Peacekeepers to Somalia
U.S.-contracted flights, working under the NATO banner, ferried some 1,700 Ugandan troops into Mogadishu, Somalia, last week in response to an African Union request for transportation support, alliance officials said in a news release. The troop movements were made as government officials in the Somali capital are preparing to launch a military offensive to reclaim parts of the city from al-Shabaab - an extremist group with al-Qaeda links.
Xe Sells Aviation Unit to AAR for $200 Million
The security company formerly known as Blackwater shed its aviation division Thursday, selling the unit for $200 million to AAR Corp in a bid to strengthen the firm's balance sheet. Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR will get two aviation units that operate under the umbrella name of Aviation Worldwide Services. That division has a fleet of 58 aircraft, many of which were used under U.S. government contract in Afghanistan for Blackwater, which now operates under the name Xe Services.
Private Security Guards Shoot Dead Somali Pirate For First Time
Private security guards shot and killed a Somali pirate when the cargo ship they were protecting came under attack this week - signaling the start of a lethal phase in the fight against the increasingly bold raiders. It is the first time that armed guards are known to have used lethal force against the pirates, who have increased their attacks despite the presence of international warships off Somalia
Rehab, Special Forces style
Wounded SF trooper Recups asunderwater Operations Dive Instructor in keywest
Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Talmadge lives by the Green Beret ethos -- crawl, walk, run.
"Baby steps," he said with a wry smile.
In Defense of Military Contractors
Many times in the past few years I've heard news persons and commentators condemning the horrible morals of the private military contractors. They speak of the killers working for Blackwater, the black-clad mercenaries of Triple Canopy, and the white slavers of DynCorp. As a private military contractor I am tired of getting painted with this tarry brush. "How can those men go overseas and kill and maim thousands? Have they no conscience?" These questions are asked by PhD's, radio talk show hosts, and ladies who have never been anyplace wilder than Sea World in Orlando. Others see dark conspiracies that these specialized companies are out to overthrow weak governments and steal their natural resources. This propaganda makes for great copy on MSNBC and in Mother Jones magazine, but is it true?
PRESS RELEASE: Army Ranger died from wounds received in combat|
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 22, 2010) - An Army Ranger died March 16, from wounds received during combat operations March 13 in Afghanistan while serving with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Virginia Beach Navy SEAL killed in combat in Afghanistan
Chief Petty Officer Adam Lee Brown 36, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL Assigned to an East Coast SEAL Team died in Afghanistan March 18 from injuries sustained during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brown was native of Hot Springs Arkansas. and will be missed. Hooyah- CPO Brown!
Maj General Robert M. White(ret) was a 38-year-old U.S. Air Force major, decorated war veteran and record-setting test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in 1961.
It was then, that he was first pilot to exceed Mach 6. In 1962 he flew an X-15 research plane nearly 60 miles above Earth and then landed it on a dry lake.
In 1961 He achieved 3 milestones:
On March 7, 1961, he became the first pilot to exceed Mach 4, attaining a top speed of 2,905 mph.
On June 23, 1961, he became the first pilot to exceed Mach 5, recording a speed of 3,603 mph.
And on Nov. 9, 1961, during the first full-throttle flight of the X-15, he became the first pilot to exceed Mach 6, attaining a top speed of 4,094 mph.
Then, on July 17, 1962, White flew the X-15 to an altitude of 314,750 feet -- 59.6 miles above Earth. It was then when he as a pilot of an aircraft , was one joined the elite ranks of America's four astronauts.
Colonel George Lane, who has died aged 95, fought with SOE and was the Second World War; captured on a secret mission, he was invited to tea by Field Marshal Rommel, who, Lane always thought, courteously prevented him from being shot by the Gestapo.
Always Remember these two guys : Who once ago in separate alternate egos as govenment agents, attmpted to foil Cold War bad guys via spying and impossible odds with style and great music: Good Night Mr.[Jim] Phelps:'Mission:
Impossible' TV star Peter Graves dies in LA -
Robert Culp dies at 79; cool actor starred in the 'I Spy' TV series 'He was the big brother that all of us wish for,' said his co-star on the show, Bill Cosby.
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