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GREEN HORNS and COMMANDOS: TALES OF PEARL HARBOR and Commandos Christmas' Past
Christmas upon us and a season and new year ahead which many say, we
Americans may and any free men be in for a rough economic ride, the
strength of our individual resolves stems from a spirit of warriors
who have shown us men of war, having survived the harrowing trials of
what war and combat throw at us, makes for an what might first seem to
be an odd but somehow, more sweeter gift. A gift that is a strange
melding; of having been under fire and being being of pure and noble
spirit and true character, despite ones skills set, makes the test of
survival one of the most precious gifts we can have can... especially
when we survive unscathed.
American and modern warrior lore a parallel has often been made,
between those who perform gallantly when caught by surprise and do
survive often possess similar attributes as a Special Forces warrior.
But what binds a common conscript thrown into the fire, to a seasoned
or professional elite warrior?
it a call to duty that only a free volunteer citizen warrior can learn
from and realize, he to, has an innate sense of survival centered
in the belief of in traditions of western Christian principals?
December has the spirit's of Noel, Father Christmas and jolly ol'
Santy Claus; and the cold crisp wind of clarity which is the
something behind those symbols which is greater than physical man can
through these beliefs in a higher Christian bearing, can be all one
needs to continue being faithful and holding the line in combat.
our modern holiday of Christmas was not celebrated as we do until 1919,
its December spirit has found its way into all forms of battle fronts
from tropical paradises and steaming jungles and is a binding element
to have a warrior carry on when everything tells him to stop!
no statistic can be found regarding the December Christmas spirit
having anything to do with never giving up against insurmountable odds,
this phenomenon has often been behind the code of most western
warriors of Christian faith, who have seen what is often referred to in
British parlance, as"the bloody miracle of Christmas".
what about when Christmas maybe only a few days away, but it causes
one's focus on battle to be secondary in the mind's eye? Is there a
divine catalyst that allows for those who survive the combat and lapse
into legend, to be nobler than those who did not survive? Or is it all
era in our history and our future has, had, or will have, nasty bloody
and trying times, both on and behind the lines. While not to diminish
the recent 9-11 unpleasantness and current war and battle fronts
that have resulted, The 20th century conflicts of World War Two and
its post era have left us legacy of knowledge to learn from and pass
down which are on their own stories of the miracle of Christmas...
whether they be green horns or commandos.
"I was so mad, I didn't have time to be afraid"
~ Lt. John Finn (USN Ret. ) 1909-2010, The longest living Medal of Honor recipient from Pearl Harbor
United States entry into World War two began on December 7th 1941.
Generations of Americans have marveled in tales of the recently late
great (then) Chief Ordnanceman John Finn inwardly angry, yet outwardly
and calm and accurate as he manned his training stand mounted.50
Browning at Kannohe Bay and emptying thousands of rounds into the sky
fill with Japanese Invaders.
Or Navy Mess Steward Doris (Dorie) Miller who was untrained with weapons, and on board USS West Virginia
when he manned a pair of unattended.50s during the attack fired till he
ran out of ammunition at the attacking Jap planes to the receive the
Navy Cross. Or the Army Air Corps Lieutenants Ken Taylor and George
Welch who scrambling to get their P-40' Tomahawks
into the sky to engage the enemy. Or the only commissioned officer on board the USS Nevada
a young Reserve Ensign Joe Taussig Jr. , who got his battleship to
steam and underway during the attack but then was commanded to beach her
instead. Or how the first shot the that the first shot America fired in
World War two by crew members who were"tin can"citizen sailors
reservists, of the Minnesota Naval Reserve, manning the USS Wards'
(DD-139) 4inch, 50. caliber No.3 deck gun which they fired onto the
Japanese Class Midget submarine at 06:37 AM Hawaiian time -- 1 and 1//2
hours before the aerial attack on Pearl.
But the real untold
stories of the now mostly very late 80's and 90 + year old unsung
Hawaiian shirt wearing Pearl Harbor Association Members whose numbers
have rapidly diminished from when they were long ago were just volunteer
airman, sailors soldiers and Marines on that infamous day, are the
tales of that morning that speak of miracles.
Art Heriford Jack Hammet, Art Gregory and Bob Thomas are four such men who survive as of this writing in 2010.
just sailors on December 7th 1941, their tales are part of a few that
will follow that are, the bloody miracle of Christmas.
Heriford originally from Oklahoma had joined the Navy on his 18th
birthday, April 17th 1940. By Sunday morning December 7th 1941, he was a
was a fire control technician 3rd class on board the USS Detroit next to Light Cruiser USS Raleigh and Battleship USS Utah and moored on ford Island in Birds eye view of Battleship row.
Heriford at 88 years old, recalled how, by arriving at the tropical paradise of Pearl Harbor and Hawaii earlier in 1941, "... a new uniform of the day of white shorts and tee-shirts became uniform standard crew wear on quiet lazy Sunday Morning's..."
He remembers the serenity of Pearl, particularly on that one Sunday
when all hell broke loose and that sound of general quarters snapped him
running confused to his battle station.
Heriford immediately took to his post high up in the crows nest fire control station of the Detroit, as strafing and bombs were being dropped by 'Jap"planes on to other nearby ships. Bullets from Japanese planes strafed Detroit's decks with relatively little damage and headed for the richer targets of the USS Raleigh and Utah, Heriford directed anti-aircraft fire from Detroit, whose manned and firing 8 'Ma-deuces' (.50 watercooled Brownings Fifty caliber) and the larger six, three-inch-fifty-caliber 'ak'- 'ak' guns into wave after wave of Jap dive bomber and fighters. Only a few bullets hit Detroit
as Heriford remembered vividly how his spot on range-finding had the
crews fire accurately back at the onslaught of Jap aircraft Heriford was
cold and shaking... and fighting mad as well, when he saw the Arizona go up:
hard to believe, eleven hundred and seventy-seven men could go up that
fast with bodies from the concussion with bodies tossing into the air
three times the height of the of the mast towers," said Heriford. Then another nearby ship went up -- the Shaw.
He added: "When the magazine for the USS Shaw went up it was like no Fourth of July you could ever imagine, right before my eyes... "
Heriford and his crew held there course during and after those moments,
never wavering in their counter attack, instead pouring it on. Detroit's.50's,
fired 1400 rounds per weapon with no water cooling. . the barrels which
miraculously kept accurate during the attack." Later in the war a
similar firing of.50 water cooled Brownings caused tracers to tumble,
but that morning the were spot on accurate," recalls Heriford. The Detroit' s crew sustained fire, brought one plane down that hit the seaplane tender USS Curtiss. They
were strafed stem to stern but only had one bullet hole in one of the
smoke stacks and on that day were the luckiest ship in the navy... By 12
noon, with most of the fleet decimated including the nearby Raleigh and Utah, they were put out to sea to chase after the Jap fleet.
Fire control crew and I] figured it was a one way trip so me and the
others in my three man fire control crew each removed 20 dollar bills
form our wallets and lit cigarettes with them as we figured we were on
to a suicide mission and never were coming back," says Heriford, returning to Pearl Harbor on the 10th of December to escort convoys.
Divine Providence? Perhaps...
"I can't imagine how I survived," says Art Gregory, 95, of Huntington Beach. "I guess I was given a second life." Gregory never had set foot aboard the USS Arizona.
But as fate would have it, he was walking up her gangplank just as 183
Japanese warplanes were bearing down on Pearl Harbor. Gregory served
aboard the USS Vestal, a repair ship moored to the Arizona. On the morning of Dec.7, 1941, a Sunday, he walked over to say hello to an old friend.
the gangplank. Saluted the flag. Told the officer-of-the-day his
business. That's when something caught his eye: Five planes dropping
from the sky, straight at him. "I could see them coming down the
harbor," he says." As they got lower, I could see (a bomb) coming off
one and it was coming at me."
Within minutes, eight bombs struck the Arizona
One found her forward magazine, igniting a furious explosion that
killed more than 1,000 men. It launched Gregory off the deck. Over the Vestal.
Into the unknown... The explosion toppled the Arizona's
foremast; choked the sky with smoke; and blew shrapnel and body parts onto the nearby USS Nevada
, where Bob Thomas was trying to unjam an anti-aircraft gun.
never forget it," says Thomas, 90, of Orange [California]." The
concussion blew me off the gun mount and onto the deck. That's when it
first dawned on me, 'This is real. They're trying to kill us. '" For Thomas, the worst was yet to come. As the Nevada pulled away from Battleship Row, he saw the carnage - the Arizona, destroyed; the USS Oklahoma, upside-down; the USS West Virginia, ablaze and sinking; the USS California ablaze and listing; the drydocked USS Pennsylvania, ablaze.
"I thought, 'My God, we're the only ones left. '"
For a moment, it seemed the Nevada
might escape. The skies grew quiet. The bombing ceased.
Then came the second wave - 170 more Japanese planes roared into view. Three dive bombers unleashed bombs on the Nevada. The first: wide. The second: wide. The third? "At that moment, I knew I was going to die," says Thomas.
His first thought was," Mother." But his first words were, "Take cover!" The bomb struck the deck, not 20 feet away.
INTO THE BLACK
this time, Art Gregory awoke in the water - now black with oil and
flaring with fires. Bodies, some living, some dead, were everywhere.
Gregory made it to a small motorboat, which he regularly used to ferry
officers from ship to shore. With some 40 men clinging to the sides,
Gregory piloted her to the liberty dock.
"When I got there, I wasn't going back," he admits." I was going to get off and run to safety like everyone else." That's when the second wave of planes arrived. "They started machine-gunning those guys on the dock," Gregory says." They were knocking them down. We had no guns, nothing." He stayed in the boat and motored back into the thick smoke - so black he could barely navigate... "
~ From Surviving Pearl Harbor"By TOM BERG December 04, 2009, Published in The Orange County Register
Officer Jack R. Hammett, U. S. Navy (Retired) , was Navy Pharmacist's
Mate 2nd Jack Hammett on December 7th and his bird's eye view of the
attack tale was a bit different. After spending a romantic evening
dancing with his wife, they awoke in their apartment in the hills above
Honolulu awoke to the attack in disbelief to the sight of Torpedo's and
Bombs decimating Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, realizing this was not a drill.
Ashe raced to the Naval Hospital at Pearl, he began a week of work on
the various gut wrenching casualties that were pouring in.
He witnessed the carnage: "...
One man walked into the nearby Naval Hospital holding his intestines in
with his hands. Another walked in - missing a foot. Another bled
profusely after squeezing out a porthole of the overturned USS Oklahoma.
"That's that kind of stuff we saw," says Jack Hammett, a pharmacist's mate who helped the wounded, consoled the dying and stacked the dead in the basement. "Guys were crying and screaming. Some were burned. Some in shock."
More than once, he told a dying man, "You're OK, you're going to make it," when he knew they wouldn't. During one break, he stepped outside with others to look at the devastation in the harbor. "Doctors, nurses, corpsmen, we were just standing there crying like babies," says Hammett, 89, of Costa Mesa. "We began to realize the enormity of the moment." It meant one thing: war... ."
~ From"Surviving Pearl Harbor"By TOM BERG December 04, 2009, Published in The Orange County Register
But another thing happened to Hammett he soon recalled how he was assigned to have been on the Arizona as
a mate part of her Pharmacists detail but he had received furlough to
get married and was not to have reported to her until Monday morning
December 8th... He was destined to become the newest crew member of the
Arizona and the loss of her stays with him to this day 70 years later. .
Back on the [USS] Nevada,
Bob Thomas prepared to die. But the 250-kilogram bomb crashed through
the deck before detonating. The explosion sent a golf-ball-sized rivet
through his right leg, breaking it above the knee. A piece of shrapnel
sliced open his right wrist.
"I saw a 12-foot hole in the deck," he says." Right on the edge was one of my men. He was on fire."
more bombs brought the Nevada to a halt, forcing her to breach in the
shallow water off Hospital Point. Thomas rarely gets emotional when
talking about the war, but he breaks down when talking about his young
ammunition carrier who died without fanfare in the explosion that Thomas
"He was just doing his job," Thomas says, "but he was a hero in my eyes... ."
than 100 Pearl Harbor survivors remain in Orange County. One is Art
Gregory, who spent all morning 68 years ago today picking up survivors
and bringing them to shore - through the smoke and burning oil. He saved
hundreds of lives. Then [he] spent three days picking up the dead. "It wasn't no fun," he says." They had to give us fishing nets because their limbs would break off in your hand."
Japan's attack destroyed 18 U. S. warships and 347 planes and killed
more than 2,300 men. But try as they might, they couldn't kill Art
Gregory - another hero just doing his job."
~ From"Surviving Pearl Harbor"By TOM BERG December 04, 2009, Published in The Orange County Register
FOGGY AND FREEZING
Art Heriford would recall in a recent, November 2010 interview conversation how the first Christmas as tested sailor was:
escorted a convoy of evacuees from Pearl to San Francisco. One ship had
the injured from Pearl to be shipped to the naval hospital there. We
arrived into San Francisco Christmas morning day. I got on the beach
[naval parlance for going ashore] and immediately went to Western Union,
where I telegraphed a message home that all 4 of my brothers in the
Navy at that time [His four brothers were all Sailors on Dec 7th] were
okay and alive, as I know my mother and father would have wanted that
comfort. I then had a great Christmas Dinner and found a dance hall and
danced the entire Christmas night way before returning to ship and
heading out with another convoy the next day. "
|USS Detroit CL-8|
From San Francisco, Heriford and the Detroit
back into the war zone. They delivered gold and silver bullion from
Corregidor to Pearl to Frisco, and by September 1942 they escorted two
convoys to Pago-Pago in the Western Samoa Islands, ferrying Marines
bound for Guadalcanal. Detroit
later sailed from San Francisco on
10 November 1942 for Kodiak, Alaska, to become flagship for Commander,
Task Group 8.6 (TG 8.6) , and patrol between Adak and Attu Islands to
prevent further enemy penetration of the Aleutian Islands. Detroit
and Heriford remained unscathed the whole time:
Christmas of 1942, I was in Dutch Harbor... and was very cold as
compared with the tropics of Pago Pago and Pearl. But we had a
'Jim-Dandy' of a mess steward who put on a Christmas dinner with all the
trimmings and fixings... But I do recall a bunch of the crew got on the
beach with bootleg whiskey and got terribly sick and almost didn't make
it back aboard the ship... "
By 12 January 1943, Heriford remained on board Detroit
covered the unopposed landings made on Amchitka to gain a base from
which to cut the Japanese supply line and after repairs at Bremerton
from February-March, returned to patrol duty to intercept reinforcements
trying to reach the Japanese garrisons on Kiska and Attu. In April, she
bombarded Holtz Bay and Chicago Harbor on Attu, returning the next
month to join in the assault and capture of the island. foggy and
freezing as compared with his past exploits, and Heriford recalls that
day after we bombarded Attu we engaged a Jap Merchant ship from Attu
and Kiska; sunk a ammo ship and then the next day I watched from my
observation post as a couple submarine torpedo tracks cut across
[Detroit's] Bow. It took me until noon the following day to convince the
skipper that indeed we had been fired upon by a Jap sub's torpedoes...
needless to say the water up there was very cold... We had a man go
overboard and though he was in only 5 or six mutes he was purple when we
fished him out and taken down stairs and feed some brandy which he
later recovered from... but he was purple!"
In August, Detroit with
Heriford commenced the bombardments of Kiska, then covered the landings
of 15 August which revealed that the island had been secretly
evacuated. Detroit remained in Alaskan waters until 1944, operating with the covering group for the western Aleutian bases. Ironically Detroit
would survive the war without Heriford who had transferred into a
Instructor billet. She was one of two ships at the surrender of Japan in
Tokyo Harbor, who were in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Detroit received six battle stars Before being undignified by being decommissioned and sold for scrap in 1946.
who by then, was long transferred into a training arm of the Navy
before the war ended. However by 1946, he had returned to sea duty
during the CHICOM Nationalist Chinese civil war in 1946, he in Tsing-
Tao harbor China, His Christmas bonus that year was witnessing as the
Red Chi-Comms fighting the Nationalist Chinese as he was eating another
fine cooked meal while assisting in the US interests.
Now in his late 80's Heriford believes if he were in today's Navy "... I'd be dropped overboard at the three mile limit."
But he adds that any one serving in a military uniform deserves the
best we can give them, no matter how good or bad a conflict is.
Divine Miracle or just dumb luck?
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This was actually in the news a few days ago.....
As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:
we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air
Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping),
had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards. Our first stop was
Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis,
Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard.
That's where the stupid started.
First, everyone was forced to get
off the plane-even though the plane wasn't refueling again. All 330
people got off that plane, rather than let the 100 people from the ING
get off. We were filed from the plane to a holding area. No vending
machines, no means of escape. Only a male/female latrine.
probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons.
Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also
carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of
course, the weapons weren't loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo
well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.
TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all
of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it reinspected. Keep
in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S.
Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a
one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area,
the TSA decided not to reinspect our Cargo-just to inspect us again:
Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already been inspected,
reinspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever.
So we lined up to go through security AGAIN.
This is probably
another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual
assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.
in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber
multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better.
A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail
clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they're going to
confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:
TSA Guy: You can't take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I've had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You're not suppose to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I'm allowed to take it on.
TSA Guy: Yeah but you can't use it to take over the plane. You don't have bullets.
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I'll buy you a new set.
[hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security] To top it
off, the tsa demanded we all be swabbed for "explosive residue"
detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home from a war
zone], because we tested positive for "Gun Powder Residue". Who the F**K
is hiring these people?
This might be a good time to remind
everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with
assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns-but nothing that could have
been used as a weapon. Can someone please tell me What the F**K happened
to OUR country while we were gone?
Sgt. Mad Dog Tracy
Spectacular Helicopter Static-Electricity Phenomenon
the middle of a desert, a military helicopter creates a stunning show
while initiating an impossible static electrical discharge,
spectacular phenomenon for all the lucky viewers on site. Luckily
someone had a camera, and probably, a permission to take photos of this
amazing light show, so that we may enjoy this as well. It would be great
if I had one of those and a desert with lots of sand in the air.
Meanwhile, enjoy the photos.
OLD MEMORIES - over Ft. Bragg...
brings back a lot of fond memories of the days when it was "OK" and
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Doom and Gloom
By Rev G.J. Rako
people are predicting doom and gloom; the collapse of the U.S. economy,
the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, hyper-inflation, scarcity of food,
riots in the streets, and all the rest. While these predictions
may be an historically accurate depiction of the fall of a nation, they
are not a reason for panic.
Jesus Christ controls history! Individual and national discipline is only administered by God, Himself.Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges alive with a whip every son whom He receives.
purpose in discipline is not to cause pain, or to bring
hopelessness. He disciplines to wake people up, and to get us to
change our thinking. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus
Christ, adversity in your life always brings opportunity.
Adversity in the life is an opportunity to trust God for your every
need. Rom 8:28 And we know that God
causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to
those who are called according to His purpose.
is an opportunity to claim the magnificent promises He has provided to
stabilize your thinking. Knowing that He knew about your situation
in eternity past, and provided every solution to every problem you
would ever have in this life. 2 Peter
1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent
promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by
Many were encouraged after the
mid-term elections, hopeful that the country would be put back on the
right path, freedom and prosperity restored. Putting our
trust in politicians is the very reason we are in this mess. Every
state, local, or national complaint you can imagine is caused by
politicians. Politicians cannot deliver us. Jer
17:5 Thus says the Lord, " Cursed is the man who trusts in
mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from
Man will always let you down, he will
always disappoint. Human solutions are never the solution.
Only divine solutions can deliver an individual or a nation from
impending doom. Human solutions will always be the exact opposite
of the truth, or what should be done in any given crisis. Rom
1: 21-22 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God
or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their
foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,
political parties have been taking us down the road of destruction for
about a hundred years. This march to national self destruction has
accelerated at break-neck speed the last couple of years. Many of
us have been horrified at the reckless abandon of establishment
principles in our government. Our allies are bewildered at the
policies emanating out of Washington D.C. Our deliverance is in
the hand of almighty God. Only He can put "Humpty Dumpty" together
You may be asking yourself, "what can I do?"
After all, I am only one person. The divine solution always
begins with you, just one person. If you are an unbeliever, the
answer is;Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.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
If you are a believer in the Lord
Jesus Christ, then your priorities must change. Take your eyes
off yourself and your problems and focus on Him, the giver of all
things.Heb 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author
and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the
cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God. Rom 8:32 He who
did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will
He not also with Him freely give us all things? Rom
8:37-39 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer
through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to
come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing,
will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
the Word of God a priority in your life, by consistently learning it,
in the power of the filling of the Holy Spirit is, "fighting the good
fight." Believing the scriptures you have learned, and applying
that Bible doctrine to the circumstances of life is "keeping the
faith". Doing this over and over throughout your life is,
"finishing the course." The Apostle Paul is stating that we must
grow to spiritual maturity in order to fulfill the Father's plan for our
life. Spiritual growth gives us peace, contentment, and mental
stability under all circumstances. This is the promised land of
divine solutions for meeting our problems.
No, we are not
helpless and hopeless. We are strong, and confident, and excited
to live in this time of uncertainty. The Scripture is our
strength, and our comfort, and through which, will be our deliverance in
the Lord.Deut 31:6 " Be strong and
courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God
is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deut
31: 8 " The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be
with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be
We must grow in grace and the knowledge
of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). He is the same
yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). He is the only solution
for you now and for all eternity. To Him be the glory, both now,
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|Blue Warriorwith Sgt. Glenn French
"In Valor There is Hope"
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus
The VALOR Project needs your help...
There is a training
trend in law enforcement that is gaining popularity rather quickly; I
refer to it as "Tactical Lifesaver" training. This concept was brought
to us by the military version known as "Tactical Combat Casualty Care"
TCCC has been developed and refined in the military
since the Vietnam War. The recent wars in IRAQ and Afghanistan along
with advanced medical technology have furthered the development. The
TCCC has proven to dramatically save lives on the battlefield and there
is no question in my mind will save cops lives in the future.
1997 Los Angeles Police Officers responded to an active shooter incident
in North Hollywood. Three civilians and nine officers were shot. The
incident lasted 39 minutes and in the end seven civilians and eleven
officers were shot and injured. The suspects shot 1100 rounds from fully
automatic AK-47's, fully automatic Bushmaster .223's and a .308 H&K
semi auto. Besides having trouble neutralizing their adversaries
officers were unable to get emergency medical support and paramedics to
the injured officers and citizens inside the hot zone. For those 39
minutes several officers and civilians were trapped with no medical
In this situation most E.M.S.
personnel won't deploy to render aid in an unsecured environment such as
a "hot zone". This leaves the potential for an untreated injury to
quickly become fatal. A simple hemorrhage from a thigh or arm can bleed
out very quickly. An untreated sucking chest wound could become critical
or develop into "tension pnuemothorax". An unconscious officer's
airway may become compromised and become fatal. These injuries are
potentially fatal if left untreated for more than five minutes. However,
these injuries are treatable in the battle space by the officer himself
or any officer with "Tactical Lifesaver" training .
the military developed TCCC they were able to utilize battlefield
statistics to aid in the development of tactics currently used by our
Warriors defending our freedom. These tactics have saved many soldier's
life's that may have not been saved without their use by the combat
TCCC is taught to all combat soldiers so they
can perform self or buddy aid on critical injuries that may render death
if left untreated while waiting for emergency medical care. Injuries
like I mentioned previously that any law enforcement officer can suffer.
Trainers in law enforcement have taken the TCCC tactics and
modified them to benefit our uniformed officers. However, we face a
significant problem and we need your help!
Here's the issue we
face; until recently we in law enforcement didn't have the database
available to aid researchers and trainers in the development of
lifesaving tactics specific to law enforcement that was available to our
Matt Sztajnkrycer, MD, PhD, has taken
his own time and funds to develop the non-profit "VALOR Project". Matt
is a well published author on TCCC and is a great friend to law
The goal of the VALOR Project is to empower officers and saves lives though evidence based research. The VALOR Project web site www.VALORProject.org
is primarily to serve as a data-gathering portal of Law Enforcement Near-Miss Database other wise know as "LENMDB".
goal of the project is to collect information on incidents of violence
against cops. This information is crucial in the success of the
development of Tactical Lifesaving skills.
at the VALOR Project are dependent upon the volunteer information you
officers provide on yourselves and your partners. Your information may
help save an officers life.
If you have been a victim of
violence as a police officer or you are aware of an incident and you can
provide some basic data please visit the web site and or the
questionnaire at this link
would like to thank Doctor Sztajnkrycer for his valiant and selfless
efforts with this project. I am confident that his knowledge and
dedication to save lives will benefit law enforcement. Good luck & stay safe,Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
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.
The True Source of
Greatness for a Nation
Something we as a nation
forgot generations ago is Greatness does not come from race or culture
it comes from respect for law and authority. A good example in history
would be the Republic of Rome. The Romans were born out of the Etruscans
and although they were an extremely smart people it was their respect
for law and authority that made Rome great. Now in the United States we
have come under the rule of man where there is no respect and obedience
to our Constitution and Law. We are now witnessing the results of this
with loss of freedom, loss of prosperity, loss of privacy and a
president who acts more like a dictator and a government that has become
tyrannical with no restraint on its appetite for more power and money.
The same is true of man that it is his values and principals that makes
him great not his race or culture.
|Special Forces History|
Special Forces History
with Charles Woodson
this month's special forces history, I've included some history on the
creation of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a raid to
rescue American Prisoners of War in North Vietnam, and the operation to
rescue hostages in the American Embassy in Tehran.
A Brief History of the USSOCOM
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SOA has appointed Charles Woodson as their Personal History Project
Officer. They have asked me to interview, over time, their entire
membership. We have started with this past reunion, in Las Vegas to
interview the first group. This coming September 13th through the 17th
we will be interviewing the second group. The stories, needless to say, are incredible!
are looking for support in this huge effort. So any interested parties
can contact me at my email address I can provide additional
|THE KINGDOM OF THE LION
The beasts of the field and forest had a Lion as their king.
He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a
King could be. During his reign he made he made a royal proclamation
for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up
conditions for universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the
Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare,
should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, "Oh, how
I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place
with impunity by the side of the strong." And after the Hare said this,
he ran for his life.
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important that those service members who risked their lives,
sacrificing their own safety to protect others, receive the recognition
they deserve and continue inspiring the next generation of Americans..."
~ Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine), a Marine veteran of Iraq and
Afghanistan To Hunter [ and any one we respect at Special Forces Gear
award is more than a medal; it's a message to the nation.
now we have the situation in Ireland. Now, I know that the stupidity
and greed of Irish politicians has a lot to do with this. They should
never, ever have joined the Euro. They suffered with low interest rates,
a false boom, and a massive bust. But look at your response to them.
What they are being told as their government's collapsing, is that it
would be inappropriate for them to have a general election. In fact,
Commissioner Wren here said they had to agree their budget first before
they would be allowed to have a general election. Just who the hell do
you think you people are? You are very, very dangerous people indeed.
Your obsession with creating this Euro state means that you're happy to
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party and co-president
of Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), spoke out against the EU for
allowing member states to get into debt and bailing them out at the
expense of the ordinary people of Europe. All this in the name of
cohesion, he suggests, marks significant threats to democracy.
Speaking of " Wiki-L[ie]aks" ....
(Or Creepy Christmas Classic Movies to close to secret truths)
a Good ol' Boy and Patriot shooter from the Langley Special Activities
Division, Gil 'Gunns' Gillespie, Great- Great Great Great great Grandson
of legendary US Secret Agent and Marine, Captain Archibald
"Seasons Greetins' fair reader!
I just wanted to -- well dispell a few myths of this here scandal
rockin' diplomats from pole to pole.... Just when you thought the good
ol' 'A-mar-acan' Christmas traditions from hand stalkin' bad
guys trying to take away our Christmas spirit or huntin' for our own
venison to roast, to good looking hour glass figured Bombshell
packages by the fire...
had gone away -- to somewhere to hell- in-a-hand-basket - from Kwanza
and Ramadan, or Ol' Mexico blaming our guns and freedoms for causin'
all their socialist Bravo Sierra problems.
real leak is telling you that the nightmare at our step is the extra
terrestrial Aliens teaming up with that devil their real life
nightmere cum Ebenezer Scrooge 'world commu-nist' George Soros. That conspirin' resulted in somehow our all Starbucks to give us some kind spiked Coffee we musta' all had drunk, to go and vote in our current 'POTUS' and remainin' buzzed enough to allow for the economy we've givin' our selves, to continue. Throw in that ca-dre
of socialists that still lurk around him and the capital and somehow
still , seem to out number common sensed patriots. Throw in those slanty eyed North Korean devils commencing an artillery salvo onto their South Korean brothers islands -- Before finding out their Chi-Com pin head cousins in Be-jing,
don't give a rats claw about 'em! Add a dollop of the FCC without a
vote bannin' internet access,Congress with a vote passing a food
safety act to take our meat away and regulate our gardens and throwin
folks in jail for LEGALLY owning Guns but not whacky ta-backy?
All of these factions combined - seem to do just about all, but to completey demolish Christmas!?!?!....
Well ye of little faith,lend an ear and Harken back, to an era gone by when we A-marican's took matters into our own hands to insure evil un- A-marican A-lee-ins, Na-zies old and New, blanket wearin' kimchee munchin Red Chi- Coms or the burly garlic Soah-viet ski crumb buckets, were defeated and kept in check to ensure God, San-ty Claus and A-mar-ican values and British empire values came out on top.
My Christmas Gift to ya all are he following pre-internet classified leaks
are from files I have eyed at Langley, along with MI-6 and DIA came
out to give us the truth of the cold war leading up to present day
as revealed viafour CREEPY CRAZY CHRISTMAS CLASSIC Films that retain
classified truths and mind control alternatives truths you all Need to know!
[ Note following descriptions are from unsanitized psy-war ops after actions reports ]
"SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS" (1964)
"Hooray for Santy Claus" who saves the world from alien invaders wanting to destroy Christmas.
CLASSIFIED TRUTH :
This seasonal cult favorite, proves that early pre-NASA / Alien liaison Black programs long ago had us traveling to Mars.
- Mind-blowing Acid trip of Mexican masterpiece of garbage Shot in that
rival to cinema-scope "Mexi-scope"-! Features Santa teaming up with
Merlin of Camelot against the Devil in lousy sets with even worst
actors than the previous film!
how the Mexico Intel joined Soviet KGB & GRU Soviet during to cold
war to influence youth with subliminal anti Santa Claus themes of strong
Soviet influence to Mexican and U.S. children. Plot almost makes you
want to not like 'Santy Claus' [ From a joint MI-6 and Mexico Russian FIS Intel File,Data reveal sand also expose Santa Claus'
sub Earth Orbit North Pole castle( read that early Space Station) and
black ops programs to keep him there. Most secret parallel is how Claus
and Merlin are "Good" immortal extra-terrestrials, who were trying help
U.S and NATO forces to take Soviet influence out of 1950's Mexican
youth.References to Soviet Sputnik and the devil show this film to be
mind control project to keep Mexican children communists.
( Note the anti American insanity of the La Raza
movement of celebrating illegals against the U.S.A. Southern Border and
the Mexican catholic Socialist society trend can trace there roots to
this film. Also present day Child rights activists trace there aversion
to Santa Claus' traditional ability to "see you when your sleeping" as the long provoked uneasiness in there sick liberal minds as "Santa Claus
gives considerable attention to Santa's surveillance of children, and
his ability to see into their dreams may be particularly unnerving."Late
in life the American Director of the dubbed English version of this
Film was targeted by IRS Probes due to his retaining in that version
film of Santy Claus remaining a good guy amidst this twisted tale.
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
In this eerily familiar truly classic and epic yule tide greeting and only lightly fictional
account of former Special Boat Service trained Naval Commander James
Bond 007, hunting down and fights off a younger Ernst STAVROS BLOFELD at
his heavily guarded Swiss Alpine redoubt , for his various prior and
varied financial extortion of the
Great Britain and the U.S.A. and prevent him from ruining Christmas,by
stopping his evil biological warfare gifts he plans to pass on to us
all, via very good looking 'angels of death hotties'. 007 Stops
he and the angels,but does not succeed in killing Blofeld, who later
takes out revenge on 007 and the love of his life...Terrific Commando
assault Sequence and action footage. 007 Becomes a married man...ho-ho-ho.
[Note:Via a unnamed analyst at MI-6, they confirm this is the most watched and respected of the 007 fictional film series]
was real life World War Two secret Royal Navy Commando officer and Ian
Fleming chum, co-patriot Patrick Dazel-Job whom Fleming used Dazel-job
as the physical inspiration for Bond as he was an expert skier Shot,
boxer, climber sailor outdoorsman and diver. Though he did not
drink,spoke several languages, and he, like Bond was only in love
once.and married to her for several decades.
villain Ernst 'Stavros' Blofeld. Is really international Financier and
Statist robber baron George 'Soros', producers were asked to abandon
the Blofeld angle which was paralleling George Sorosreal secret,
the scenes real life - Running and funding various evil organizations
which rival the fictional S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization( such as the Tides
Foundation,Acorn etc,et al.),A publicized lawsuit over the Blofeld
character created by Ian Fleming and the men he plagerized deceased
Irish Producer Kevin McClory and Screen writer Jack Whittingham,was
orchestrated to take the public off the Soros scent, as the film story
had plot devices too close to the classified truth of our last 40 years
the Stavros was a rehash of Soros, as was the mans back ground with
Communists and Nazi's. Because fictional Ernst Stavros Blofeld really is
Soros; and both fictional and real person really, are self admittedly
not fans of the Western capitalist sovereign nations, NATO and/ or
Christmas (deep down a life long socialist - can't be for the
collective good AND also love God, good free men with suppressed
automatic weapons or San-ty Claus , now can he ?).
"Soros" Blofeld ( Georges real Identity was well known to Fleming was
so very much close to the sensitive data, to our living reality that the
George Soros' admission to the collapse of the British Pound Sterling
Currency several years ago, was a direct arrogance knowing most would
dismiss such a wild claim. The currency destruction was the result of
Soros revenge against real 007 Dazel Job and MI-6s'still secret missions
against his evil plot equal to Bio warfare in the Movie. Still
classified joint CIA Russian FIS documents confirm via the Russian
secert hacking hacking into to Global Warming HQ in London,in 2008 was
to expose how the Global warming hysteria and data publictions to
destroy industry was all by Soros evil empire also funds! [ it is tough
for us to fathom how the media does not get this almost obvious
can forget the unknown New York Cop McClain preventing SEast German
terrorist bank robbers from stealing untraceable securities ('Ho- Ho- Ho I now have a Machine Gun!'), as they ruin a perfectly plastic and sterile L.A. corporate Christmas party?
Hans Gruber was really deceased Islamic terrorist Hans Hal-han, the
adopted Son of George Soros who had him raised in proxy by raised by
real life former Hitler gran Mufti Al Huessani. In his Post war boarding
school in Cairo for Islamo Arab Nazis with roommates attended by the
late Yassir Arafat and Saddam Hussein. Because Soros was a Jew and
wanted no ties that could condemn his vast evil Business and caper
cabal, he did not having any direct contact with the half german-
half arab Hal-han, who later joined the Red brigades and Bader Meinhoff
.FBI and NSA sources say the Incident was based on a Hostage take over
in Panama City during Christmas in the early 1980's where by most of the
corporate guest were saved and Ha-han and his robber team killed by
the visting Miami DEA agent. For the Movies names and locales were
shifted with the story sanitized as itis all still classified.
[All Data revealed cleared for publication by Department Homeland Security DoD , MoD CIA control
But none of them will ever admit to it.]
With those charming flicks to watch,
Y'all Have a Merry Christmas!
.Stay focused Now! Ya' all have
a Merry Christmas! ~ Gil
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Clichs of Socialism
"Americans Squander their incomes
on themselves while
public needs are neglected"
SOCIETY IS AFFLUENT, we are told-but affluent only in the private
sector, alas! The public sector-meaning the political structure which
our society spends a third of its energy to maintain-starves. MR. and
Mrs. America bounce along in their tail-finned chariot over a bumpy
highway-the best road their government can build with the niggardly
resources permitted it. They queue up to pay scalper's prices for
tickets to the World Series with nary a thought that this indulgence
contributes to the non-building of a political housing project in an
already overcrowded city. That evening they dine at an expensive
restaurant, and government, as a result, lacks the means to supply water
for a dam it has just constructed in a drought area. Americans, in
short go in big for private indulgence at the very time when the Crisis,
long anticipated by the Certified Thinkers, demands The Opulent State.
who advance this line of criticism are perfectly correct on one point:
if there is to be an increase in political spending, there must be a
consequent decrease in private spending; some people must do without.
The well-being of individual persons in any society varies inversely
with the money at the disposal of the political class. All money spent
by the governing group is taken from private citizens-who otherwise
would spend it quite differently on goods of their choice. The state
lives on taxes, and taxes are a charge against the economically
productive part of society.
Opulent State, fancied by levelers who criticize the Affluent Society,
cannot exist except as a result of massive interference with free
choice. To establish it, a society of freely choosing individuals must
yield to a society in which the lives of the many are collectively
planned and controlled by the few.
The state, in our affluent
Society, already deprives us of one-third and more of our substance.
Not enough! Say the critics. How much then? Fifty percent? A hundred?
Enough, at any rate, so that no life shall go unplanned if they can
help it. This is the ancient error of authoritarianism. The
intellectual, from time immemorial, has dreamed up ethical and esthetic
standards for the rest of mankind-only to have them ignored. His ideas
may be ever so sound, but his efforts to persuade people to embrace
them meet with scant success. The masses are too ignorant to know what
is good for them, so why not impose the right ideas on them by direct
political action? The state is too weak and poor? Well, make it strong
and rich, he urges; and it is done. But when the state is strong and
rich, it devours the intellectual together with his defenseless ethical
and esthetic standards. The state act from political and power
motives, as by its nature it must. It cannot possibly be the means of
realizing the dreams of spiritual advance.
Every society devises
some public means of protecting its peaceful citizens against the
violent action of others, but this is too limiting a role for
government to satisfy the censors of the Affluent Society. Such a
government cannot legislate morality or enforce egalitarianism. The
massive state interference they advocate is designed, they say, to
protect the people from the consequences of their own folly, and the way
to do this is to pass anti-folly laws to prevent wrong choices.
are degrees of wisdom, true, and some people are downright foolish.
This being the case, a lot of people will live by the rule of "easy
come, easy go." They spend their money at the races when the roof needs
repair, or they install color TV even though they are still paying on
the motor boat. In a free society this is their right! This is part of
what it means to be free! The exercise of freedom invariably results in
some choices that are unwise or wrong. But, living with the
consequences of his foolish choices a man learns to choose more wisely
next time. Trial and error first; then, if he is free, trial and
success. But because no man is competent to manage another, persistent
error and failure are built in features of the Opulent State.
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What Has Really Changed?
|First living Medal of Honor awardee since Vietnam is a humble man
Fewer Get the Medal of Honor awards?
D.C.- At a historic ceremony both joyous and bittersweet, President
Barack Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal
of Honor, calling the Iowan "as humble as he is heroic."
White House event Tuesday marked the first time in nearly 40 years that
the nation's highest military decoration has been presented to a living
solider from a current war.Read More >>
from Durham, N.C., and San Diego - Even after President Obama approved
Medal of Honor awards last month for two soldiers who fought in
Afghanistan, the number of such honorees from the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan is far lower than for previous conflicts.
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South Korean Spy Chief: North Korea Likely to Attack Again
Korea's spy chief says North Korea is highly likely to attack the South
again, following its deadly shelling of a South Korean island last
week. The Yonhap news agency says South Korean National Intelligence
Service director Won Sei-hoon...
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China, Russia to drop dollar in bilateral trade
KONG (MarketWatch) -- China and Russia will stop using the U.S. dollar
to settle bilateral trade and instead use the ruble or the yuan, though
the move is not meant to signal a challenge to the dollar, according to
reports Wednesday. China's Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian President
Vladamir Putin made reference to the new currency trade pact late
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Venezuelan Uranium has Al-Qaida link
recent disclosures that the Uranium cache, destined for the FARC, and
seized by Colombian law enforcement authorities, appears to have
originated in Venezuela begs the question: where else did the
covertly-mined Uranium ore go? The answer will not surprise readers who
are closely following Iran's illegal nuclear weapons development
programme, but the identity of the facilitators is very troubling,
because it may signal that another global terrorist organisation,
Al-Qaida, was also a recipient of Venezuelan Uranium
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Bradley Manning is the man you want not Julian Assange
I find it rather strange that all the media attention is on Julan
Assange the founder of Wikileaks. After all it was not Assange who
leaked the documents but Bradley Manning a solider and intelligence
analyst with the U.S. Army. He is now in jail charged with illegally
copying classified documents. While Julian Assange founded
Wikileaks he had nothing to do directly even with the reception of the
documents. Other people run the organisation as Assange is often in
hiding it would seem!
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Nurse deemed 'too sexy' to be police officer
Norwegian nurse who applied to be a police officer has been turned down
because she is too sexy, after pictures surfaced from her nude
Cathrine Ashima, who models part time, breezed
through the medical and fitness tests required to join the force but was
rejected after an interview panel questioned her over her work as a
Police deny that the decision was made on these grounds saying that "the applicant was not found suitable...
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Authorities to burn "bomb factory" house
have determined that the surest, safest way to get rid of all the
explosives inside a house on the northwest edge of Escondido is to burn
the structure to the ground, officials announced Tuesday evening. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said it was too soon to say for sure when authorities would burn the home...
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Obituaries of NoteSamuel T. Cohen dies at 89; inventor of the neutron bomb
T. Cohen, the father of the controversial tactical nuclear weapon known
as the neutron bomb, which was designed to kill people and other living
things but inflict minimal damage on buildings and other property, died
Sunday at his home in Brentwood. He was 89 and died...
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(Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sam, your valued warrior's wisdom will be missed ...SFGN-editor)
OBIT - Lt.Col. Ron Francis Reid-Daly
it was a secret unit answerable only to the commander of the security
forces, the Selous Scouts earned a fearsome reputation for "dirty
tricks" in its exploits against guerrillas, a reputation that Reid-Daly,
a long-serving professional soldier, sought - unsuccessfully - to
counter long after the war.
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OBIT - General Peter Walls
seemed to adapt readily to the prospect of black majority rule. At
Mugabe's request he undertook to help supervise the moulding of his own
armed force with the motley legions of guerrilla fighters who had
emerged from the bush after the protracted and ugly war.
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OBIT - Paddy Davies
base was Corsica, following the island's liberation in 1943, where he
was operations officer of the North African Flotilla, a cover name for
clandestine boat operations. During 24 fast motor boat crossings to
southern France and north-western Italy, his passengers included
saboteurs, propagandists, politicians, escape organisers for fugitive
prisoners of war and shot-down pilots, as well as several female agents.
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OBIT - Flippy Hoffman
"Flippy" Hoffman, a pioneer of big-wave riding in Hawaii in the 1950s
and the co-owner of Mission Viejo-based Hoffman California Fabrics,
which supplies printed textiles to the surfwear, quilt and craft
industries, has died. He was 80.
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OTMs and SIAs in the USA
Terrorists, potential terrorists, and supporters of terrorists are
entering the United States illegally. Newsflash: They've been doing
it for years. Newsflash: The Mexican border - and the network of
tunnels that runs beneath that land - is a popular entry point for
these aforementioned, uh, individuals.
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In bra, panties and wheelchair, woman goes through Oklahoma City airport screening this morning
A woman who missed her
flight at Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday when she showed up in a
wheelchair, bra and panties, passed through the airport screening
process this morning and has left the city.
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Airport Security: Let's Profile Muslims!!
For all those holiday travelers negotiating the Transportation
Security Administration's new cop-a-feel strategy, there is a difficult
solution we need to consider: racial and religious profiling.
29 Palms Combat Training
have heard talk about Twenty nine Palms and the realistic training
conducted there, but I'll bet this is the first video that you have ever
seen showing what the guys actually go through. Most Marines and
soldiers go to Twenty nine palms before going to Iraq or
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Japanese Surrender Film Footage
is the actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to
McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945. Actual voice of the
General. Never been shown to the general public before. We
always saw the "stills" but never the film itself.
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XM-25 Rifle in Action
the dawn of modern warfare, the best way to stay alive in the face of
incoming fire has been to take cover behind a wall. But thanks to a
game-changing "revolutionary" rifle, the U.S. Army has made that tactic
dead on arrival. Now the enemy can run, but he can't hide.
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Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker has a particularly memorable
scene involving a standoff between an American sharpshooter and an
Iraqi insurgent, where both have each other pinned down behind cover.
The American sharpshooter wins the standoff...
And Remember no matter who you are and where you are -
( Perhaps our readers have and Idea for Next months Bomb shell Pinup?)
THE TRADITIONAL RED BLOODED CHRISTMAS PIN-UP
ONCE UPON A TIME .... things were simple:
Nice Packages often came partially opened... And they were delivered by reindeer...
... Deciding if you'd been or wanting to be Naughty or Nice.... was no way as tough...
...As it is now. Heck with global warming deemed to be a un controlable..
Even the Snow flakes package pretty -well ..these days!
And every new Christmas they keep suggesting we give up Candy for...
Something equally wholesome and Santa-esque ..in nature.
So however you choose your yule-tide greeting
this year where ever you are ..
may all your packages warm your heart and make your season bright!
"True-or-false" Quiz on Business
|Question||What most people believe||The Fact|
|How big are corporation profits?||25% (or 25 out of each $1 of sales.).||7%. In most years actually less than 7 cents of each sale's dollar.|
|Who gets the largest share of corporation profits?||Most people say the owners do.||Actually the workers - they get 86%.|
|Does war increase corporation profits?||Many people think so.||The
facts are-NO. Compared to a good peace year, corporation profits on the
sales dollar went down from $0.064 to $0.04.3 in the last war.|
|Do machines put men out of work?||Most people say yes.||NO.
In the automobile industry, for example, one man and a machine do the
former work of 5 men, yet 20 times as many men are employed. Machines
well used reduce costs and prices which broadens markets and so
provides more jobs.|
|Do top executives make too much?||Too many workers think, "If their salaries were divided among workers, our wages could be much higher."||If
all the salaries of the three top men in the country's biggest company
were divided among that company's workers, it would take each worker
in that company about three weeks to buy one pack of cigarettes with
|Should taxes on corporations be increased?||"Yes," say many. "Soak the rich"||Truth
is that high taxes already take so much money which should be spent in
keeping machines modern, that 43% of America's machines are too old to
protect tomorrow's jobs.|
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