Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Fla. School Adopts Advanced Rifles as Principal Says ‘We’re Not Looking for a Fair Fight’

Via Billy

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In the wake of the February 2018 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump had suggested that school districts might be wise to hire well-trained military veterans to serve as armed guards on school campuses to help keep students safe from potential mass shootings in the future.

At least one school in Florida appears to have heeded that advice. Thanks to a Florida school safety law that allows for more options for armed school security, that school will now employ two combat veterans armed with semi-automatic bullpup-style rifles to help guard the campus.

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The verdict is in: Trump's tariffs are working 'bigly'

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U.S. manufacturing is once again in the news. New data shows America’s factories adding 261,000 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019. In the State of the Union, President Trump emphasized the urgency of confronting predatory trade from countries like China.

There’s no doubt that America’s manufacturers are currently rebounding. The tariffs that President Trump imposed a year ago on steel, aluminum, solar panels and washing machines have already created more than 11,000 new jobs.

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Mitch McConnell to Force Green New Deal Vote to ‘Rattle’ Democrats

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he will bring a vote on the Green New Deal, telling to reporters on Capitol Hill: “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.” 

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1975 - South Vietnam - Last US Evacuation Flight Out of Da Nang as City Falls to North - 29/3/75

Via Roy Goldammer

Bruce Dunning produced an unforgettable CBS Evening News segment about the chaotic last Western flight out of Da Nang, South Vietnam, when a plane intended for women and children refugees was stormed by South Vietnamese soldiers desperate to escape.

(Da Nang, South Vietnam, 29 Mar 1975) - In 1975, the communists of North Vietnam launched a military offensive in the South, which became known as the Ho Chi Minh Campaign.

The Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) unsuccessfully attempted a defence and a counterattack. It had few remaining operational tanks and artillery pieces, as well as a shortage of spare parts, and ammunition.

The People's Army of North Vietnam (NVA) had a vastly greater supply of new equipment and ammunition.

As a consequence, South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu was forced to withdraw key army units from the Central Highlands region, which exacerbated an already-perilous military situation and undercut the confidence of the ARVN soldiers in their leadership.

The retreat became a rout.  Cities in South Vietnam - Huế, Da Nang and Da Lat in central Vietnam - quickly fell, and the North Vietnamese advanced southwards. As the military situation deteriorated, ARVN troops started deserting en masse.

Thiệu requested aid from US President Gerald Ford, but the US Senate would not release extra money to provide aid to South Vietnam, and had already passed laws to prevent further involvement in Vietnam.

In desperation, Thiệu recalled Nguyễn Cao Kỳ from retirement as a military commander, but resisted calls to name his old rival prime minister.

On the morning of 29 Mar 1975, 2 World Airways Boeing 727s flew from Saigon to Da Nang in an attempt to pick up more refugees. When the first 727 landed at Da Nang Air Base, it was mobbed, 270 people pushed into the plane, all but 3 were from ARVN.

As the aircraft attempted to take off it was hit by a grenade which jammed the flaps and the main runway was blocked by trucks and the pilot instead took off from a taxiway.

A number of ARVN personnel hung onto the undercarriage and in the wheel wells, preventing the retraction of the landing gear, 4 of them survived the flight back to Saigon.

The PAVN entered the outskirts of Da Nang by mid-morning on 29 Mar 1975 and by the afternoon were in complete control of the city.

On 7 Apr 1975, the first VPAF transport aircraft began landing at Da Nang AB to support PAVN operations further south.

In mid-April 1975, the VPAF formed the Quyet Thang ("Determined to Win") Squadron at Da Nang Air Base and began preliminary training of pilots on captured VNAF A-37s, the squadron would carry out the Bombing of Tan Son Nhut Air Base on 28 Apr 1975.

Trump touts deal as providing $23B for border security

Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'downpayment' on wall

President Trump on Tuesday appeared to express openness to a border security deal reached by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, suggesting that its funds could be combined with others to build his desired wall along the southern border.

"Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources," Trump tweeted. "Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!"

 on Tuesday appeared to express openness to a border security deal reached by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, suggesting that its funds could be combined with others to build his desired wall along the southern border.

"Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources," Trump tweeted. "Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!"

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Can We Build The Wall Now? Camp Pendleton Marines 3D-Print Concrete Bridge In 14 Hours.

Via Billy

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Democrats say President Trump's wall would either be too costly, too laborious, or too complex to complete. And yet, America is now living in the age where Marines at Camp Pendleton can successfully 3D-print a reinforced concrete bridge in just 14 separate hours.

According to Fox News, in December of last year, U.S. Marines assembled the first ever 3D-printed bridge on site in the Western hemisphere. Typically, such bridges are printed in a factory. A Marines spokeswoman told Fox News that construction took 14 separate hours over 3 days with breaks and sleep in between rather than 14 continuous hours.

NC: Historic Campbellton Landing Living History, Saturday, February 23, 10am -5pm; Sunday, February 24, 11am-3PM.

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This is the preserved site of extensive Confederate defensive breastworks opposing the advance of enemy forces in early 1865.

Activities include: Artillery display and periodic firing by Braddy’s Battery, authentic reenactor camp, General W.J. Hardee’s HQ’s tent and officers, and period field hospital and surgeon.  Visitors are encouraged to wear period attire.

Uniformed reenactors and ladies will appear in period attire. General Hardee’s HQ’s tent will include maps and discussion about the progression of the Carolinas’ Campaign of late 1864 and early 1865.  Many photo opportunities for visitors; a Camp Store will offer historic items for sale. 

Site adjacent to the Person Street Bridge, use 1130 Person Street for Navi.

 Historic Campbellton Landing was the original river landing site during the mid-18th century settling of the region by Scots. The merging of Campbellton and Cross Creek in 1783 formed the city of Fayetteville. Campbellton Landing was later the site of extensive Confederate breastworks erected after evacuating Fayetteville – some which still exist on the property.  Gen. Hardee commanded the 10,000-man “Hardee’s Corps” which made its valiant stand at Averasboro.

For more information, call Catfish at 910.824.9518.

Burning Books in Saigon after the Communist Takeover July 30, 1975

Via Lê Bá Dzũng

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Relive the so-called day of the anti-cultural movement "my wei", July-1975 in Saigon but also horror!

All over the streets of youth volunteer, portable officers, ho hào come into the store, into the house people searched, tear, burn book very barbaric.

The scene of burning books everywhere in the city. Painful!

One of the essential jobs of cs does when the south fall is sealed, seize the books at the library. The works of the printed house, publisher and large bookstore in Saigon such as khai, new living, independent, dong nai, nam cuong, trí đăng... are all sealed and forbidden to save onions.

There are no official statistics numbers but people wish there were millions of paper books and tape, music plate burned in the campaign to scan the culture of debauchery-betrayed in Saigon. The paper book on the shelf in private's house was dragged by the young men with red ties to the fire without pity. At the business stores, the paper books were collected to burn, considered to burn both businesses and people involved. Of course, people with burnt books also have a drastic reaction. During the signing of the pen guard, Writer Nguyen swee long recorded a acting in the book burn in 1975:

" A store that specializes in rent stories at Huynh Quang Tien street next to the ba bell church in phu nhuan exploded when the group collecting books brought red tape to enter the store. The Boss of the house book invited all in the house. Then a grenade exploded. It happened no one expected. Of course there's blood, there's a casualties. The little ones with their mouth stink milk, the girls who haven't ráo the first blood are innocent victims. On the arm and wearing the red tape, it's a real gun! Even the shopkeeper is also dead ".

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The Last Boeing 727 Leaving Da Nang & a Thank You

Via KhaiCo Vu

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"Here is the last WA Boeing 727 at Da-Nang....I was there on that last day....perhaps when this was happening, Our family was still in the AVN Terminal......Sad..."

Tuan Pham I really enjoy and am somewhat addictive to these little fragments of your recollections of your time in Nam. They are really interesting and insightful of the old and nostalgic South Vietnam. I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation for sharing your thoughts with us. (I got to know you through my Facebook pal KhaiCo Vu ). Thank you!

Brock Townsend You are more than kind, Sir and I really appreciate it! :)

Virginia: Our Interesting Times

There is an old Chinese curse the English translation of which is “May you live in interesting times.”  The implication of the curse, of course, is that it is better to live in seemingly dull and tranquil times, times in which little occurs that would threaten to upset the peaceful daily rhythm of the accursed’s life.  Let us set aside for now the coincidence that it is a Chinese proverb that so aptly describes the state of our union in 2019; the not-so-drowsy dragon in the east that American trade policy has awakened is shaking off his communist slumber yet.  Let us instead examine the latest example of the interesting times in which we Americans and others on these shores live, namely, l’affaire Northam, which unfolded last week.