Sunday, March 21, 2021

Spring Hath Sprung


The Pear tree that should have died many years ago continues to produce to the point that the limbs have to be propped up. (Notice the trunk or what's left of it.)

The Vietnam Jungle Speaks

This rare glimpse of Vietnam military combat by First Lieutenant George M. Papa, Infantry Platoon Leader, Third Platoon, Alpha Company, 1/46th Battalion, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, from March 1970 to March 1971 is only possible because he was there and he wrote it.

Go now with him and his platoon on several real “search and destroy” missions through the triple canopy jungle west of Da Nang. Brace now, because whatever your perception may have been of the ground pounding grunts, the upper brass, the Washington bureaucrats and even the enemy will soon change.

When Lt Papa first arrived at Battalion Headquarters at I2 Professional he heard a vague remark that several men had been killed in the very trench he was standing in. It seemed preposterous at the -time, so he dismissed it as just another war story.

Forty-two years later, Mr. Papa googled ‘LZ Professional’ to see if there was any truth to that remark. There he found many details and photographs of that event including the following account by Spc 4 Rick Olson, Delta Company, that described the events of Alpha Company in May, 1969, some ten months before Lt Papa joined that company.

The above photo was taken on the lower chopper pad. The young man on the right smoking a cigarette with his helmet tilted back is the RTO (radio telephone operator) for Captain Dunagan, who received the CMOH (Congressional Medal of Honor) just off of Professional. The RTO’s name is Tom Martiniano. The rest of the men in this photo didn’t make it out alive. Tom won the Silver Star for his actions during this time. The picture is by Larry Bourbonnais and the dialogue is by Rick Olson.

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A Pensacola Lawyer from New England


Confederate Brigadier-General Edward A. Perry, born on a farm near Richmond, Massachusetts in 1831, was descended from old New England stock which migrated to America in the 1630’s. He attended Yale for two years before moving to Alabama where he taught school and studied law.  In the postwar he rebuilt his life and turned to politics in the 1880s, and became governor in 1885. His primary platform issue was replacing the odious carpetbag constitution forced upon Floridians in 1868.

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What countries can I travel to if I’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine?

 Anse Source d'Argent beach, Seychelles, Aerial drone photo

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts are underway around the world, many people are hoping that getting the doses could be their ticket to international travel. And in a number of countries, proving that you've received a vaccine will grant you access - and the chance to skip the quarantine period that has curbed so much leisure travel.

While rules will vary based on your country of origin, these are some countries that are allowing entry for vaccinated travelers.

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Jim Jordan: 'Do You Have a Functioning First Amendment When Only One Side Is Allowed to Talk?


Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the House Judiciary Committee ranking member, recounted some of the aspects of a hearing and Big Tech, where he questioned how the First Amendment applied in certain circumstances.

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Comment on “Cancel Culture” is a road to nowhere and nothingness. It is the antithesis of life." Ron Maxwell

Ron Maxwell ~ CreativeFuture 

“Cancel Culture” is a road to nowhere and nothingn...

Wokeness is parasitic. It only destroys. Show me where wokeness created anything like the beauty of a Masters Painting, Cathedral, or any technology.

They are anti-God, anti-Liberty; anti-Truth, anti-Beauty.

They are like Smaug the Dragon, stealing and coveting the works of others. It will take brave men to attack their weakness, hole in the armor, and remove them from power before they destroy everything.

Myanmar Military Seizes George Soros Organization’s Bank Accounts, Announces Arrest Warrants After Coup

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 Burmese baby crying because her father died in protest
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The Soros-owned foundation's assets were seized and arrest warrants were filed for 11 of its employees.

The military government in Myanmar, in place after a coup provoked by widespread accusations of voter fraud plagued the country’s recent election, has now seized the bank accounts of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

China: What to Do About It?

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Question: A final question. Xi has said that he wants all tariffs lifted to repair the relations with the US. What would you advise the US do?

Chang: I would increase those additional tariffs, which are at 10% or 25% percent, to 1000% or 5000%. I would prevent China from selling stuff to us. Even if you put aside all the things we talked about, just if you look at this as a trade matter, those Section 301 tariffs were put in place to stop China's theft of US intellectual property.

Amendments to China's National Defense Law, effective the beginning of this year, take away sweepingpowers from the State Council, which leads China's civilian government, and give it to the Communist Party's Central Military Commission. These powers include the power to mobilize all of society for war.

Everything they do, whether it is seemingly innocuous, such as measuring a mountain or putting a rover on Mars, is a means of claiming sovereignty, of enlarging the People's Republic. Now, of course, there are, in addition to these incursions, China's militant, hostile, belligerent acts.... The question is, what are we going to do about it?

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These Are The Most Expensive Military Vehicles in the World

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When it comes to military vehicles, the United States of America doesn’t mess around. Over the course of history, the US alone has spent billions on making sure they have the best aircraft and ships that money can buy – along with the latest tech. Other countries are just as eager to make sure they’ve got some skin in the game, too.

In 2019 alone, global military expenditure topped $1917 billion thanks to companies like Lockheed Martin and international firms like Almaz-Antey, Leonardo, BAE Systems, and Airbus. It’s not hard to see why so much money gets poured into these incredible vehicles – they aren’t simple rafts or cars. They’re true feats of engineering.

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Horror: 13 police officers slaughtered in daytime ambush over the border

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Police ambushed by gunmen in central Mexico, 13 killed

Authorities say gunmen from a drug cartel ambushed a police convoy in central Mexico on March 18th, killing eight state police officers and five prosecution investigators during the massacre.

This massive slaying of law enforcement officers in the State of Mexico serves as the country’s largest mass killing of police officers since October of 2019, when 14 state police officer were gunned down by cartel members in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

The ambush prompted a massive search for the killers in the rural, gang-infested area southwest of Mexico City, which is bordered on three sides by Mexico State. Nearby homes were also reportedly strafed with bullets from the massacre.

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