Thursday, May 4, 2017

Last Days In Vietnam

Via Jonathan via Maggie's Farm

I bought this when it first came out (2014) and still haven't come up with enough guts to view it.

Last Days in Vietnam paints a startling portrait of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by Congress. What everyone knows about the Vietnam War is that it was unwinnable, that the South Vietnamese didn’t much want us there, and that our military involvement was a moral outrage that did us all deep dishonor. 
We know all of this from the movies, don’t we? And yet there is a movie that shows it up for the pack of lies that it is. It’s a brilliant, harrowing, emotionally potent documentary by a director with unimpeachable liberal credentials — a Kennedy, no less. The 42nd anniversary of the fall of Saigon on Sunday was an excellent opportunity to revisit what happened between the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, in which the North Vietnamese Communists agreed to a ceasefire and accepted democratic elections in the South, and the spring of 1975, when a failure of American will allowed the Communists to reverse the result for which so much blood had been spilled. 
Last Days in Vietnam, the Oscar-nominated 2014 film by Rory Kennedy (the youngest child of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who died before she was born) is available for streaming on Netflix.

French Elections: Emmanuel Macron, a Disaster

Via Mike

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  • Anti-West, anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish diatribes were delivered to enthusiastic crowds of bearded men and veiled women. One hundred and fifty thousand people attended.
  • Emmanuel Macron promised to facilitate the construction of mosques in France. He declared that "French culture does not exist" and that he has "never seen" French art. The risk is high that Macron will disappoint the French even faster than Hollande did.
  • On the evening of the second round of elections, people will party in the chic neighborhoods of Paris and in ministries. In districts where poor people live, cars will be set on fire. For more than a decade, whenever there is a festive evening in France, cars are set on fire in districts where poor people live. Unassimilated migrants have their own traditions.

The Marine Corps, 1966: Not Too Many Snowflakes
He retired as a Colonel in 1971. In late 1978, he was contacted by Ross Perot after two Electronic Data System employees had been imprisoned in Iran shortly after the Iranian Revolution.
Simons organized a rescue mission that freed the two men from the Iranian prison, as described in Ken Follett's On Wings of Eagles.

I took the bus from Richmond also, but to Ft Bragg.

This is criminally long. It will probably leave no  space on the internet for anything else. It was published in the magazine of Army Times in 1979. It describes a Parris Island that no longer exists. In fact it describes a world that no longer exists. The thought of some  effeminate Sanowflake telling a Marine DI that he needed a Safe Space so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, poor darling–well, it just charms me. He would develop a whole new understanding of “uncomfortable.”

Anyway, the piece will resonate with a few Marine old-timers now long in the tooth. Semper fi.

"We want the ruthless businessman we were promised."

Via comment by EIEIO on Budget Bill will replace 40 mile chain-link fence ...


If this is the budget deal we get when Republicans control the House, the Senate and the presidency, there’s no point in ever voting for a Republican again.

Not only is there no funding for a wall, but—thanks to the deft negotiating skills of House Speaker Paul Ryan—the bill actually prohibits money from being spent on a wall.

At a CYA press conference on Tuesday, Trump’s ridiculously chipper budget director, Mick Mulvaney, described the bill’s prohibition on building a wall as a MAJOR win. (At least Mulvaney said it in English, unlike his all-Spanish 2014 townhall.)

True, there will be no wall. But the Democrats graciously agreed to allow the administration to fix broken parts of any existing fences on up to 40 miles of our 3,000 mile border.

The other big wins, according to Mulvaney, are:

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Abolishing America: New Orleans Police Look On As Left Gets Violent Over Confederate Monuments

Via comment by EIEIO on Bill to stop Confederate monument removals, put po...

Left-wing commie provocateurs in New Orleans have been spoiling for a fight all week, ever since masked men hired by Mayor Mitch Landrieu began tearing down Civil War era Confederate monuments.

Members of the far-left group Antifa were engaging in acts of provocation prior to outbreak of violence by burning Confederate flags, slashing tires, spraying mace and throwing bottles. Sandra Gerhold, who attended Monday’s vigil told me, “two supporters standing at Beauregard were threatened with a gun.”

Will Antifa will be convicted of “gang activity” and “terroristic threats” for waiving the anarcho-communist flag? Remember white Confederate history buffs  Kayla Rae Norton and Jose Ismael Torres were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in Douglasville, Georgia earlier this year after they’d allegedly issued a similar threat to black people while in a truck convoy displaying Confederate flags.

More @ V DARE

British Prime Minister Accuses EU Chiefs of Trying to Sabotage UK Election

Via Billy

British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused EU chiefs of trying to hijack next month’s UK general election.

May lambasted the EU elite for their “deliberately timed” threats and smears against her government in what she said was an attempt to influence the June 8 national poll.

Hr accusation came as the row over the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU intensifies. EU bosses now say Britain should pay up to £100 billion (about $130 billion) when it quits the EU for good in 2019 – twice the figure originally forecast.

May is convinced the EU is trying to scare the British public into voting for pro-EU candidates who want to water down or even reverse last summer’s Brexit vote.


Blumenthal: DOJ will still need to deal with Clinton email case

Via Billy

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., talks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after FBI Director James Comey testified before the committee's hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday the Department of Justice will still need to deal with Hilary Clinton’s email case.

“The question of whether it should’ve been prosecuted, and it still may be, it’s not outside the statute of limitations so far as I know, and that’s something the Department of Justice is going to have to deal with,” the Connecticut Democrat said on MSNBC.

North Korea tests missiles designed to defeat U.S. THAAD defense system

Via Billy

The North Korean regime launched test missiles last year in flights precisely designed to avoid interception by rocketing them into much higher altitudes, the Congressional Research Service reported. (Associated Press/File) 

North Korea has tailored its spate of ballistic missile tests to defeat the U.S.-stationed defense systems ready to protect the South and Japan from descending warheads, a report to Congress says.

The bellicose North regularly flight-tests a panoply of ballistic missiles that could, in war, be capped with miniaturized nuclear warheads and strike its two democratic neighbors and U.S. allies.

The U.S. military has matched this threat by first stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries and then announcing that the wider-range, mobile THAAD system is now in place to shoot down incoming warheads.

Pyongyang, the North’s capital, has been watching.

You're Invited to the Fourth Annual Victorian Summer Soiree!

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You're Invited to the Fourth Annual Victorian Summer Soiree!

Saturday, June 3, 2017 ~ Newberry, South Carolina

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Enjoy the quaint charm of historic Newberry as we dance the old fashioned dances of the 1860s! Hosted by the Southern Victorian Society at the lovely old Community Hall, centrally located in downtown Newberry.

Timeless Dance will once more be our dance callers, and the Blue Ridge Rounders will provide us with period music!

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"Our only path to liberty."

Via Iver


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"Most people prefer present comfort and respectability over truth, reason, and reality. Sometimes the big lies stretch to absurdities to suppress obvious truths. More often than not a willful moral and intellectual blindness must be marshaled to shut out the light of truth."

The Soviet Union had to collapse from within. There were so many absurdities built into that system, and I believe nearly everyone there knew enough of them to know the system had to fail, but the system had to fail from within before any change was possible. The reason is that people prefer the demon they know to the one they do not.

It is for this reason I have long stated we have but one path to liberty here in the FUSA, and that path is through an economic collapse. Only in that collapse is any change possible. Would that it were not true. Who in the well-paid government services will voluntarily give up their staus? Who in the MIC industries or military? Who in the FIRE economy? Who among the retirees or welfare classes? No one, that's who. They like things the way they are, and there are enough more who are afraid of change that they constitute a majority willing to vote to keep us enslaved to them.

Yes, we could wind up worse off after a collapse. But it is our only path to liberty.

Proposed Law Will Jail Passengers for 4 Months for Riding in a Car Without an ID

Via Iver



 I couldn't find an update, so assume it is still current.

The nanny/security state has reared its ugly head, again — this time in the form of a new law that requires passengers in a vehicle to carry identification – with violators facing up to four months in jail and a $750 dollar fine.

Last week, HB 2305 was introduced by Rep. Anthony Kern (R-Dist. 20), in hopes of reinstating an Arizona law that was struck down in 2002 after a judge ruled the statute as too vague to enforce.

Currently, Arizona law requires only requires that the driver of a vehicle carry identification


Understanding Faulkner


A Review of: On the Prejudices, Predilections, and Firm Beliefs of William Faulkner. By Cleanth Brooks. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1987. 162 pp.

When I think of the state of literary criticism in the academy today, I think of a New Yorker cartoon someone has put up in the liberal arts coffee lounge at Clemson. It shows a fool, in cap and bells, juggling before the king. The caption reads: “In France they consider him a creative genius.”

Underneath someone has written: “Does this refer to Jerry Lewis or Derrida?” For the uninitiated, Jacques Derrida is the French critic who founded deconstruction, an arcane methodology that regards written texts as primarily self-referential wordplay. Whatever may be said for the metaphysics of this approach, it, along with structuralism and other recent forays into “critical theory,” is frequently more difficult to understand than the creative works it is meant to explicate. Glossolalia may or may not have its place in religion; in literary exegesis it is deadly.

Bill to stop Confederate monument removals, put power in 'people's hands' passes committee

Via Billy


A Louisiana House committee Wednesday advanced legislation that would forbid the removal of Confederate monuments.

After a racially charged debate that left several members angry, the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 10-8 to advance the Louisiana Military Memorial Conservation Act to the full House for consideration.

Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith said after the vote that she had hoped the legislation would be defeated in committee and thus avoid a similar divisive debate in the House chamber. She expects the Republican-majority in the House to approve the measure. “Maybe the Senate can stop it,” Smith said.

The Big Establishment Lie: Kool-Aid from the Poisoned Chalice

Via Mike

The Big Establishment Lie: Kool-Aid from the Poisoned Chalice

To the political and cultural globalist establishments of the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, respectability has for a long time trumped reason and truth. Establishment history, sociology, psychology, religion, politics, and even science must protect the establishment and its special interests and future. The big lies in all these spheres of influence reflect a terrible axiom about the human condition: Most people prefer present comfort and respectability over truth, reason, and reality. Sometimes the big lies stretch to absurdities to suppress obvious truths. More often than not a willful moral and intellectual blindness must be marshaled to shut out the light of truth. This often results in fanatical or hysterical action by politically correct partisans and paid intellectual zombies to keep a single ray of sunlight from shining through and restoring some truth. The biggest lies usually weave an elaborate false narrative of history and human understanding.

The freer the nation in its politics and culture, the more truth will flourish. The more false narratives prevail the less free a nation becomes until it finally collapses from totalitarian government and intellectual or spiritual folly.

More @ The Tribune

Rough day for Obamacare as another insurer quits in Virginia

Via Billy

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Earlier today, the only remaining Obamacare insurer in most of Iowa announced it would probably stop selling plans there next year. This afternoon, there's more trouble for the healthcare law in the Old Dominion, where Aetna will no longer sell plans beginning next year.

This means that at least 24 Virginia counties are likely to have only one choice of insurer on the exchanges next year, joining the roughly one-third of U.S. counties where Obamacare has already resulted in a local monopoly in the subsidized health insurance market as of this year.

More with video @ Washington Examiner

Rice declines Senate request to testify on Russian hacking

Via Billy


Wednesday, Susan Rice, the former National Security Adviser under President Obama, declined a request from Senator Lindsey Graham to participate in a judiciary subcommittee hearing regarding potential Russian interference.


A letter obtained by CNN exclusively from Susan Rice’s lawyer outlines Rice’s reasoning for not appearing. The letter was addressed to Sen. Graham and Sen. Whitehouse.

AG Loretta Lynch Allegedly Made Sure FBI Probe of Hillary Clinton ‘Didn’t Go Too Far’

Via Billy


In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) probed Driector Comey about an article in the New York Times that claimed Loretta Lynch gave “political cover” to Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Director Comey did not deny the report. He would not comment on it.

 Grassley begins:

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Trump order to ease ban on political activity by churches

Via Billy

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures to the media after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left the White House in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

President Donald Trump will take executive action on Thursday to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions as part of an order on religious liberties, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

Trump's executive order to mark the National Day of Prayer will also mandate regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor, the official said in a briefing.

The order does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups.

"This executive order isn't about discrimination," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Anything currently illegal under current law would still be illegal."

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NATO ally tests Trump: Turkey threatens to strike U.S. forces partnered with Kurds

Via Billy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, says goodbye to Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, after their meeting in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The presidents of Russia and Turkey held talks on the situation in Syria and also the restoration of full economic ties between their two countries. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The war of words between Washington and Ankara over the U.S. military’s partnership with Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria escalated Wednesday, when a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested American troops could be targeted alongside their Kurdish allies in the country’s ongoing air war against the militias.

Senior presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said U.S. forces who are teamed up with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, were in danger of being hit by Turkish fighters patrolling the volatile border region with Syria.

If YPG units and their American military advisers “go too far, our forces would not care if American armor is there, whether armored carriers are there,” Mr. Cevik said during an interview on Turkish radio station CRI TURK Wednesday. “All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” he added, referring to partnered U.S. forces.

Crews add chain-link fence around Jefferson Davis statue in Mid-City

Via Billy

Crews erected a chain-link fence Wednesday around the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Canal Street, creating a second ring of obstructions around the site where protesters have clashed in recent days over the city's plan to remove that statue and two others.

The fence went up Wednesday afternoon, though it remains unclear whether the removal of the statue is imminent or whether the fence is simply an additional layer of security in response to the heated protests and counter protests earlier this week.

Several New Orleans police officers were stationed at the scene Wednesday, as they have been since the clash on Monday.

Church Organist Who Reported Swastika and “Heil Trump” on Side of Church – Is Arrested, Painted It Himself

Via Billy

The Indy Channel reported:

A church organist who first reported hate-filled vandalism on a Brown County church is now charged with having actually committed the vandalism.

Police say someone spray painted a swastika, the words “Heil Trump” and a gay slur on the side of St. David’s Episcopal Church last November.

George Nathanial Stang, 26, who is employed by the church as an organist, was the first person who claimed to discover the vandalism.

Ron Paul Liberty Report: Julian Assange Speaks Out: The War On The Truth

Via Nancy

Experts discover 'Christopher Columbus' anchor at Caribbean shipwreck site

Via Billy

Experts have used a “space treasure map” to make a remarkable discovery in the Caribbean -- a centuries-old anchor believed to be from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships.

Analysis of the anchor, which was found off the Turks and Caicos islands, reveals that it dates to between 1492 and 1550. The overall size of the anchor and its estimated weight of between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds indicates that it was a “bower” anchor from a 300-ton vessel, the typical size of a Columbus-era ship.

The discovery will be revealed in the next episode of the Discovery Channel docuseries "Cooper's Treasure," which airs at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. “That anchor is from Christopher Columbus,” says historical shipwreck discovery specialist Darrell Miklos, who led the Caribbean expedition, in a clip from Tuesday’s show. “I am telling you, stick around, this is just the beginning of an amazing story.

More with video @ Fox

"DON'T Call It Mutilation," Female Circumcision Advocate

Via Billy

Frank Stewart takes out two-page ad to lambaste Landrieu over Confederate monument removal

Via Billy

Businessman Frank Stewart took out a two-page ad in the New Orleans Advocate this morning lambasting New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s efforts to remove four Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans.

Stewart begins the open letter, titled “Dear Mitch – Shame On You!,” by saying he had until recently considered Landrieu a personal friend.

That all changed, Stewart writes, when reported Landrieu’s comments singling out Stewart on April 27, and the the Times Picayune printed the comments on April 28.

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From Boston ANTIFA

Via Iver"Go for it if you're fellin froggy."