Thursday, May 20, 2021

Ripcord: One of the Best


 Darren Burton

This book is one of the very best accounts of combat I have ever read. This book is as good as "We Were Soldiers Once and Young". I wish everyone that has ever been told that "we lost the war in Vietnam because the politicians made us fight it with one had tied behind our back" would read this book. It shows that the war was not lost because of lack of effort on our part. Our soldiers fought bravely and valiantly and their efforts are just now starting to be recognized by the general public. 

The North Vietnamese Army were a brave and determined foe and were willing to fight to the last man. When you read about the type of firepower they were willing to wade through and would keep coming at you, you soon realize that they were willing to accept losses that we could not comprehend nor stomach politically. Short of genocide, there was no way for the United States to win the Vietnam war.

This book carries my highest recommendation.

Mike Kershaw

This is a book I have been giving to battalion commanders enroute to battalion command for the past few years. It is the story of 2-506th and their fight over Firebase RIPCORD late in the Vietnam War, a period characterized by "Vietnamization" and Pacification. This incident was still talked about as sort of a jungle myth as late as the 80's at Fort Campbell by the old timers, the battle saw three of eight rifle companies committed overrun by the NVA, "Hamburger Hill" type casualties (almost 70-80 KIA of which some 17 were MIA for a period) and an evacuation of a Firebase under pressure during which the Battalion Commander (Andre Lucas) would be killed in action and awarded a controversial Medal of Honor. A compelling book and one that should serve as a cautionary tale as our fight shifts in Afghanistan. This book could be read alongside "The 13th Valley" and "Matterhorn" to gain insight into leadership in the closing of difficult campaigns.


 I am about half way through and I agree with Stephen E. Ambrose who stated

"I've never read a better account of  battle."  

Minute to minute action down and dirty fighting against entrenched NVA in underground bunkers which were connected.  The troopers could kill everyone in a bunker and minutes later it would be manned again.  Imagine below.  This happened when the good Captain killed a Chinese advisor 10 feet away who had just thrown a satchel charge at him. His chief complaint, after the satchel charge went off in his face and he later awoke 20 feet away, was that he had lost his shotgun.:)

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Drew Dix: 1 vs 200 - The Special Forces Soldier who Saved a Town - Vietnam War

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Make History History Again


Ithe 1986 comedy film Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield’s character, Thornton Mellon, a wealthy, middle-aged father, decided to attend college with his young son. Never serious about the endeavor, and more interested in women and parties, Mellon uses his vast fortune to hire experts to do his academic work for him. For his astronomy project, he hires scientists from NASA.  For a lab report in psychology, he employs an expert psychologist. 

But when he stumbles in his literature class, needing a paper on the works of Kurt Vonnegut, none of which he bothered to read, he goes right to the source, hiring Vonnegut himself to write an analysis of his own work. Amazingly, though, Mellon received a failing grade for his Vonnegut treatise. His literature professor, a lovely, elegant woman Mellon had the hots for, accused him of turning in someone else’s work, admonishing him with a stunning answer, “Whoever did write it doesn’t know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut!”

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Woke Liberals in Academia, and the Marxist Communists They Love



U.S.S.R.: 20 million deaths

China: 65 million deaths

Vietnam: 1 million deaths

North Korea: 2 million deaths

Cambodia: 2 million deaths

Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths

Latin America: 150,000 deaths

Africa: 1.7 million deaths

Afghanistan: 1.5 million deaths

The international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power: about 10,000 deaths

Academia has given our country the racist identity politics of Critical Theory, the anti-white hatred of Critical Race Theory, and they have taught a generation of young Americans to hate their country.

Many in academia promoted Marxist Communism in the 1960s because they thought it would bring utopia (and they also realized that elites promoting Communism and socialism often get rich while the rest of us get the shaft). Look at the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, who proudly proclaims herself a Marxist and just bought her fourth million-dollar home.

Karl Marx lived from 1818 to 1883. Technology-wise, almost nothing from that time period is relevant today. The struggles against capitalism he was upset about have been obliterated by capitalism's enormous successes, which have produced more freedom and the highest standard of living in the history of the world. Karl Marx didn't have air conditioning and probably most of his life had to use an outhouse and corn cobs (the Sears catalog was not around in Europe back then).

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PNC- Preservation North Carolina: The King Log House - $69,000

King House 

Early log house with large stone chimneys, exposed beaded ceiling joists, wide wall planks, hand-forged door hardware, and a rear wing, once an early separate kitchen. Family cemetery with ancient soapstone markers nearby all situated on a scenic ridge between Wentworth and Reidsville. Only 30 minutes to Piedmont-Triad International Airport and 39 minutes to Greensboro. Additional acreage available.

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Peter Schiff: ” You’re Going To Get A 20% Increase In Consumer Prices In 2021″

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How Totalitarianism Rhymes Throughout History: Czechoslovakia, China, & Venezuela

Everyone says "it can't happen here," but when it comes to Communism, a lot of people were very, very wrong.I figured you'd be interested in this article we did on the rise of totalitarian socialism in unlikely places. I believe it draws some very important parallels for today. As always, I hope you enjoy it and share it with your audience by linking to it. 
Stay strong,~~Sam
 what is totalitarianism

“It can’t happen here” is a political cliche in the United States. Regardless of your personal viewpoint, there is a vast swath of the American population who simply do not believe in the possibility of any kind of totalitarianism in the United States.

It’s worth noting that throughout history, in virtually every place that totalitarian regimes have arisen, the residents of these countries felt the same way. Russia was seen as too traditional and backward, the power of the Czar too entrenched to be defeated. Germany had been viewed throughout most of the modern period as the home of Goethe, Schiller, and Mozart, a place where the local Jewish population had largely assimilated.

Because totalitarianism emerges differently throughout history in different countries, it’s crucial to take a broader view of how totalitarian regimes arise. For example, when we’re discussing the rise of communism or the rise of fascism, we see different trends in Russia than we do in China, different trends in Italy than we do in Germany. When we examine multiple, somewhat lesser known examples of the rise of socialism throughout the world, we paint a picture of the different ways in which socialism originated and its possible resurgence.

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Welcome Home | A Vietnam Machine Gunner's Story

"Welcome Home," tells the stories that would otherwise never be heard of service member's times before, during and after war. Richard Martinez served as a machine gunner on an M113 with the 3/4 Cavalry during the Vietnam war. We took him out to shoot an M60, the same type of machine gun he carried in 1968. We were expecting Richard to tell us more about the M60, instead, he let us in on much more.

A Cuban visits an American grocery store for the first time ( Not a joke)

Via David"Short video.  The emotions this man is feeling are clearly evident. How does anyone look at this capitalism-supplied abundance, which this man is clearly in awe of, and think "Man, I hate capitalism and want lines to get bread, milk, meat, etc., like they have in Socialist countries?"  (Remember that Bernie Sanders, the man of the people who has three huge homes, once said that "If they're standing in line it must be really good bread" and opined that there are too many deodorant choices...) In parallel, have you ever seen a person take their family down to Miami beach and set off across 90 miles of shark-infested water to get to the free health care and "100% literacy" in Cuba? It's not a 50-50 flow.  It's not 70-30.  It's not 80-20, or 90-10, or 95-5, or 99-1. 100 percent of people risking their lives to make that crossing are fleeing Socialism to get to freedom. And people here are wanting to change freedom to Socialism. I propose, instead, that we take those people and just move them to Socialist countries.

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How To Assure Repetition of Hamas Rocket Attacks

 Via Mike

There is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing that Hamas will continue to employ terrorism against Israel.... That sure-fire way is to reward the terrorists who employ this tactic and to punish their intended victims who try to fight back.

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What Trump Meant to Millions

 Via G.W. Long 


I loved President Trump because he stood up for the ordinary people of America, those who for so long had been kept in cultural servitude by the political elite. Trump endowed ordinary Americans with a sense of possibilities by returning manufacturing jobs to America, restoring our sovereignty as a nation free of global institutions, and, above all, ending the atmosphere of political correctness that had choked free expression for decades.

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