The Other Soldiers – Post Veteran’s Day Thoughts

by Jack

Veterans, you have done a fantastic job and made tremendous sacrifices, sometimes during very trying times and worse, during war.  We will and we should, always be grateful for your service.  However,  there is another group has been coming under increasing criticism and scorn.  I hope that it’s just a passing thing, because they are every bit as dedicated and courageous as our young men and women who serve in the military.

Their numbers are less than a third of our military’s and yet their on-duty deaths are three times higher.   I’m talking about the thin blue line; its our last line of defense and if it falls its over for this nation.   Like soldiers, they wear a uniform, they carry a gun and they never know when they are going to be faced with life and death situations.  They are in so many ways just like soldiers, except they defend you where you live and these soldiers are never off duty; they are required to be ready to go into action 24 hours a day if the situation demands.

The mainstream media has been pretty rough on law enforcement, blaming all of them for the less than .05% that fail their solemn oath.  And certain political activist groups have gained a lot of attention for foolishly demeaning and castigating the police long before the facts were known.

I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the oath officers must abide by, it reads:

“AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others.  Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department.  Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.  With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.  I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God1 to my chosen profession…law enforcement.” END.   I wonder, how many of our legislator’s could live up to these standards?

 

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Journalism School Apologises

by Jack

What is more damaging to the cause of women’s equality than male sexual harassment?  Fake charges of male sexual harassment.   What is more damaging than attacks on marginalized minorities?  Fake stories about attacks on marginalized minorities.  And what is more damaging to our societies concern about psychological well being of our next generation?  Made up charges of psychological trauma by no nothing little snowflakes.  I bring to you the “Northwestern University apology letter”:

The Hill – Editors at the Northwestern University student paper The Daily Northwestern on Sunday issued an apology for what it called “mistakes” in its coverage of a campus event last week featuring former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, who served a tumultuous term as attorney general under President Trump from 2017 to 2018, announced a bid to win back his Alabama Senate seat last week. He spoke at Northwestern on Nov. 5 amid heavy protests.

The editors at the paper from the well-known journalism school specifically noted the photos taken at the event in their apology, noting that some students had found them to be “retraumatizing and invasive” and adding that those photos had been taken down.

“The Daily sent a reporter to cover that talk and another to cover the students protesting his invitation to campus, along with a photographer. We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made that night — along with how we plan to move forward,” reads part of the apology.

“One area of our reporting that harmed many students was our photo coverage of the event. Some protesters found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive. Those photos have since been taken down,” it adds.

The online reaction to the paper’s apology was swift from across the spectrum, with most arguing that Northwestern, a university with one of the top journalism programs in the country, was abandoning the basic tenets of reporting.

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It’s Veteran’s Day

A winning high school essay, author unknown

What It Means To Be A Veteran

I think we all have a considerable measure to thank veterans for. If it had not been for these veterans shielding nationals of the United States in past wars, we may not be free right at this instant. These men and ladies devoted their lives to our freedom, and this took a lot of hardihood and sacrifice. Numerous veterans even died, and I have seen on the news where numerous more are as yet passing on, and families are losing their friends and family. It is extremely dismal that the people lost their lives, however they knew the dangers and felt it was their duty and honor to battle on our behalf.
My meaning of a veteran is any man or lady who battled in a war and served our nation. A few people just respect those veterans who have passed on, however I believe all veterans deserve exceptional thanks and acknowledgment. Veterans Day is the day the United States puts aside for this reason; in any case, I believe we should all endeavor to respect veterans as frequently and as much as we can.
A few of my friends have relatives who are veterans, thus do I. My granddad was a veteran. If he was alive today, he could help me to compose this essay and disclose to me how he served our nation. Sadly, my granddad passed away before I first cried on this planet, so I don’t know much about his service, yet I know he served, and I am pleased that he was a veteran.
Ladies can be veterans, as well. My friend’s mom served as a medical caretaker in the United States Army. She looked after harmed warriors hurt amid the war. We ought to recall and thank every one of the ladies who served our nation.
Both of my brothers need to join the Army, and although I don’t think I want to, I support their choice, and one day I will be pleased to honor them as veterans. This is the thing that I think about veterans, I want to take in more about them later on. God favors the people who have lost relatives who served our nation. We thank the veterans and their families for all that they have done.

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Jack Lee Art – The Red Albatross

The Red Albatross

Painting is acrylic on canvas, 20X24, depicting a 1917 Albatross by Jack Lee.  Barely visible is a flock of geese flying in a V formation and several geese circling above.  The terrain is  rolling hills with two table top type formations with rock cliffs on 3 sides.

Specs:

  • Role: Fighter
  • Manufacturer: Albatros-Flugzeugwerke
  • First flight: April 1917
  • Primary user: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Number built: approximately 2,500

The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family, and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in early 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.

In April 1917, Albatros received an order from the Idflieg (Inspektion der Fliegertruppen) for an improved version of the D.III. The prototype flew later that month. The resulting D.V closely resembled the D.III and used the same 127 kW (170 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa engine. The most notable difference was a new fuselage which was 32 kg (70 lb) lighter than that of the D.III. The elliptical cross-section required an additional longeron on each side of the fuselage. The prototype D.V retained the standard rudder of the Johannisthal-built D.III, but production examples used the enlarged rudder featured on D.IIIs built by Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke (OAW). The D.V also featured a larger spinner and ventral fin.

The upper wing of the D.V was repositioned 4.75 inches closer to the fuselage, while the lower wings attached to the fuselage without a fairing. The wings themselves were almost identical to those of the standard D.III, except for a revised linkage of the aileron cables. For this reason, Idflieg conducted structural tests on the fuselage but not the wings of the new aircraft.

Early examples of the D.V featured a large headrest, which was usually removed in service because it interfered with the pilot’s field of view. The headrest was eventually deleted from production. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators to cope with the warmer climate. Idflieg issued production contracts for 200 D.V aircraft in April 1917, followed by additional orders of 400 in May and 300 in July. Initial production of the D.V was exclusively undertaken by the Johannisthal factory, while the Schneidemühl factory produced the D.III through the remainder of 1917.

Operational Use ²


The D.V entered service in May 1917 and, like the D.III before it, immediately began experiencing structural failures of the lower wing. Indeed, anecdotal evidence suggests that the D.V was even more prone to wing failures than the D.III. The outboard sections of the upper wing also suffered failures, requiring additional wire bracing. Furthermore, the D.V offered very little improvement in performance. This caused considerable dismay among front line pilots, many of whom preferred the older D.III. Manfred von Richthofen was particularly critical of the new aircraft. In a July 1917 letter, he described the D.V as “so obsolete and so ridiculously inferior to the English that one can’t do anything with this aircraft.” British tests of a captured D.V revealed that the aircraft was slow to maneuver, heavy on the controls, and tiring to fly.

Albatros responded with the D.Va, which featured stronger wing spars, heavier wing ribs, and a reinforced fuselage. The D.Va also reverted to the D.III’s aileron cable linkage to provide a more positive control response. The wings of the D.III and D.Va were in fact interchangeable. The D.Va was also fitted with a small brace connecting the interplane struts to the leading edge of the lower wing. These modifications made the D.Va 23 kg (50 lb) heavier than the D.III, while failing to entirely cure the structural problems of the type. Use of the high-compression 130 kW (180 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa engine offset the increased weight of the D.Va.

Idflieg placed orders for 262 D.Va aircraft in August 1917, followed by additional orders for 250 in September and 550 in October. Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke, which had been engaged in production of the D.III, received orders for 600 D.Va aircraft in October.

Deliveries of the D.Va commenced in October 1917. The structural problems of the Fokker Dr.I and the mediocre performance of the Pfalz D.III left the Luftstreitkräfte with no viable alternative to the D.Va until the Fokker D.VII entered service in the summer of 1918. Production ceased in April 1918. s of May 1918, 131 D.V and 928 D.Va aircraft were in service on the Western Front. Numbers declined as production ended, but the D.Va remained in use until the Armistice.

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Good News – CA is Not Last at Something!

by Jack

This news may not warrant a marching band and waving the State flag, but it’s worthy of at least a modest grin.   I’m talking about the latest polling of states with the highest population exodus.  Those leaving CA stand at about 54.4% of the total moves.  That makes CA ONLY the 11th worst state in the union for people moving out verses those moving in.  This is unfortunately a record number, so you can wipe that smile off your face now.

California’s beachy, urban, outdoorsy lifestyles attract hardworking professionals and businesses that are ready to hustle. But the state’s astronomical housing prices and high living costs often kill the dream.

The top reasons people move out include jobs (41%), followed by family issues (25%) and retirement (22%). This is followed by safety concerns due to the record high homicides in 6 of CA largest cities and penalty reduction legislation that has sent property crimes through the roof .

Having half the nation’s homeless moving here for the freebees doesn’t help matters either.  Bums and junkies are taking over large swaths of the big cities and the damage they cause results in major blight and clean up costs.

When combined, CA taxes rank highest in the nation and that is also contributing to a severe economic downturn.  The rising  energy costs, thanks to wildland fires and the nation’s highest pump prices, are another major factor why people are fleeing this state in record numbers.

“Unlike a few decades ago, retirees are leaving California, instead choosing other states in the Pacific West and Mountain West,” Michael Stoll, public policy economist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told United Van Lines.

If the current decline continues unabated CA will be the first state to destroyed both socially and economically.  A CNBC study ranks California last in the nation for business friendliness and 49th out of the 50 states for cost of living. 

Major Issues facing Californians include, but are not limited to:

  • Highest pump prices in the nation due to state imposed taxes.
  • California’s combined state taxation, from income to property tax, are now tied with New York’s, their total tax are the highest in the nation.
  • Grades 1 through 12 spending is at an all time high, yet test scores are failing across the state.  CA ranks 49th and 47th in science and math.
  • Sentence reduction reform for property crime have resulted in a surge of property crimes.
  • Rising costs of illegal immigration and the general costs associated with sanctuary cities have had a significant impact on municipal governments.
  • 3 of the top 10 worst cities for homicide are now found in CA.
  • It is estimated that about 50% of nation’s homeless have recently migrated to CA causing blight.  Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are being diverted to programs for the poor, mentally ill and those with severe addiction problems.  To date, all that spending has had little or no impact on reducing the homeless problems, if anything it has only gotten worse.
  • Rising insurance rates.
  • Wild land fires and lack of surface water storage.
  •  CA has a one party government controlled by progressive democrats and that has resulted in millions of voters with heavy taxation but having no representation.
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Metropolis

By 11811

Number 11811  appears in Post Scripts courtesy of Jack Lee and Tina Grazier. 11811 is an unregistered trademark of Engulf and Devour Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walton Industries which, in turn, is wholly owned by David Walton.  So there!

 

A restoration of Fritz Lang’s magnificent silent movie masterpiece with English titles. Original music score. 2-1/2 hours. Make up a double load of popcorn for this elegant primordial dystopian sci-fi cinema epic. (Note the 10 hour clock in the opening montage which appears as a central theme several times later.)

Metropolis entry on Wikipedia

 

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Raw Courage from a New American: Masih Alinejad

By Pie Guevara

Pie Guevara appears in Post Scripts courtesy of Jack Lee and Tina Grazier. Pie Guevara is an unregistered trademark of Engulf and Devour Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walton Industries which, in turn, is wholly owned by David Walton.  So there!

 

Masih Alinejad is fighting for human rights in Iran. This is not just about a piece of cloth, the hijab. Visit My Stealthy Freedom

On Wikipedia

I was going to post this weeks ago but got sidetracked.

Masih Alinejad on Fox News Sunday

Iran Arrests Activist Masih Alinejad’s Brother Amid Crusade to Silence Citizens Based Abroad

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Trump Rally Live 11-06-2019

By Pie Guevara

Pie Guevara appears in Post Scripts courtesy of Jack Lee and Tina Grazier. Pie Guevara is an unregistered trademark of Engulf and Devour Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walton Industries which, in turn, is wholly owned by David Walton.  So there!

 

Again I will be hosting live comments from Post Scripts fans during the rally.

The rally is streaming live on YouTube. Fox News, Fox 10 Phoenix and PBS.

This is the Fox News feed —

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Murder in Mexico – A Family Legacy of Death

by Jack

These particular Americans knew the danger, but they had faith that God would protect them in a land filled with violence.   They chose to live in the state of Sonora, Mexico about 70 miles from the US border, because they felt it was God’s will and for a time they prospered and all was well.

Oh, there were some jealousies among the locals because this enclave of Anglos, mostly from the LeBaron family, made a success on the land where the locals had failed. Despite the fact they have lived there for generations, they were considered outsiders.  Several locals have been suspected of carrying out murderous raids on the LeBaron family houses.  But, they also had their circle of friends too.  So they stayed, hoping the bad times would pass.

They owned cattle, and raised crops and were in most ways very self sufficient.  They believed in their religious mission that valued family, hard work, worship and outreach to spread the Gospel.  They were in all respects peaceful and loving people that would never harm anyone, but they also knew they were under constant threat by those that hated them for their success and perhaps their religion.

Today 9 of them, many of them children, are dead; all killed in a hail of gunfire.  This included twin babies.   They were caught, in what police would later describe as an ambush by members of a drug cartel.   (The LeBaron’s are shown on the left)

They were  slaughtered inside their two of their 3 SUV’s travelling in a convoy for protection.  The two lead SUV’s were riddled with bullet holes and bought to a halt, then the vehicles were set on fire.  The other SUV made a U-turn and evaded the gunfire.

Some of the family members speculated that it must have been a case of mistaken identity, however the deliberate execution style killings say otherwise.  3 mothers and their little children were dressed up and headed for a wedding in Chihuahua.  They didn’t look like cartel gangsters, they looked exactly what they were, a nice American family.

Several of the children from the first two vehicles escaped under fire and had to walk miles for help.   At this time, the media has been told there could be several more family members unaccounted for, but media reports are at best unreliable.

When President Trump heard about this murder he immediately called Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and offered military support to wage war on the drug cartel and “wipe them off the face of the earth.”

The Mexican President swiftly rejected this offer to send American troops over the border to “wage war” on drug cartels.  In his opinion, there was no need for American assistance or intervention and deemed the offer of military support to be irrational.

Once again, the facts of the matter would say different, that it is Obrador that is being irrational.  Thanks to drug cartels Mexico has that highest homicide rate in the world and is infested with drug lords battling each other over territory and American dollars.

2018 – Travel Advisories released last month by the U.S. State Department tell Americans not to set foot in five Mexican states — Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Tamaulipas — because of violent crime.

State Dept. data said more Americans have been murdered in Mexico than the sum of American murders in the combined countries of the world.

Of the five Mexican states that the State Department tells Americans not to visit, one, Tamaulipas, borders the USA. It shares a 230-mile border with Texas, and murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion and sexual assault commonly occur, the State Department says.   President Trump warned about illegals crossing the border in the US, citing that drug smugglers, murderers and rapists were among the hoards crossing.  The democrats laughed at this called Trump a racist.

And now this unusual twist to the story:

A Family’s Legacy of Death : Ervil LeBaron said God told him to kill anyone who strayed from his polygamist cult. A tenacious Salt Lake investigator tracked the LeBarons for 15 years. Now, an anonymous tip may have helped him close a case that claimed as many as 30 lives.

Ervil LeBaron listened carefully when God told him to take many wives. He married 13. When God told him to have children, he had at least 50.

And, 20 years ago, when God told him to break away from his family’s polygamist sect, he founded his own church, tearing apart the once close-knit family.

That’s apparently when God told Ervil to start killing people, too, including his own kin.

Authorities say it was the start of a chilling family tradition that continues to reverberate today among his descendants and followers more than a decade after his death.

Read more here… click this link.

 

 

 

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Solomon: The Biden-Ukraine Connection

By Pie Guevara

Pie Guevara appears in Post Scripts courtesy of Jack Lee and Tina Grazier. Pie Guevara is an unregistered trademark of Engulf and Devour Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walton Industries which, in turn, is wholly owned by David Walton.  So there!

 

Thanks to Joe and Peggy for this tip.

Award winning investigative reporter John Solomon writes —

Hunter Biden and his Ukrainian gas firm colleagues had multiple contacts with the Obama State Department during the 2016 election cycle, including one just a month before Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s company for corruption, newly released memos show.

During that February 2016 contact, a U.S. representative for Burisma Holdings sought a meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm where Hunter Biden worked as a board member, according to memos obtained under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (I filed that suit this summer with the help of the public interest law firm the Southeastern Legal Foundation.)

Just three weeks before Burisma’s overture to State, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas firm and employed Hunter Biden, a signal the long-running corruption probe was escalating in the middle of the U.S. presidential election.

Hunter Biden’s name, in fact, was specifically invoked by the Burisma representative as a reason the State Department should help, according to a series of email exchanges among U.S. officials trying to arrange the meeting.

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Laura Ingraham Interview Video Clip

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