The U.S. has had a year of trials and tribulation. Today, despite state and local governments telling us how many people we can have in our homes, we should give thanks for living in a country in which we can ignore government decrees.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Hamdi Firat Buyuk
A court in Ankara has handed down verdicts to nearly 500 hundred (sic) people in the so-called Akinci Air Base Case because of their alleged roles in a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
The court handed multiple life sentences of between 16 and 79 times to pilots, military personnel and civilians who took role in the coup attempt and the air strikes.
(At the time the coup attempt ended, then-President Barrack Obama said something to the effect that "democracy has spoken in Turkey." That was the community organizer declining to make a decision.)
(At the time the coup attempt ended, then-President Barrack Obama said something to the effect that "democracy has spoken in Turkey." That was the community organizer declining to make a decision.)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
My family of five will have Thanksgiving dinner at our daughter’s house. All three children and my wife are contributing recipes and requisite labor to make the usual Thanksgiving fare.
Last night, a neighbor dropped by to invite my wife and me for Thanksgiving dinner with him and his wife. They had planned dinner with his daughter, two sons and families, but his oldest son called yesterday evening and said he and his brother and sister thought it advisable not to have everyone together in confined circumstances, what with the current disease and his father and step-mother’s advanced age and all. The neighbor had already ordered complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10. Cancellation date had already passed.
Right now, my wife is on the phone with a niece, who said there would be no Thanksgiving dinner at my older sister’s house in Tennessee. Thirty or so people were expected, grandchildren and even a great-grandchild or three. Again, the current disease, plus two people older than 75 and one at 71.
I do not like any of this. A disease propagandized out of proportion to its severity, coupled with a population become accustomed to doing as it is told.
My family’s Thanksgiving will be a time of, well, thanksgiving, that we have survived the government and media attempts at making us fearful. We are not that kind of people.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
By Jason Whitlock
I am repulsed by the people who have worked tirelessly for more than 400 years to convince black people that our skin color is our most prized asset and defining characteristic.
This conceit originally led to our physical enslavement. It has now led to our mental enslavement.
The stewards of the zeitgeist –i.e. the spirit, mood, characteristics of a particular time in history – have persuaded black people to pursue blackness above all else, above faith, intelligence and freedom.
I object. Passionately.
This blinding, irrational pursuit is leading to the destruction of black people and the destabilization of our country.
I object because I love black people, I love America and I love God.
I do not love the stewards of the zeitgeist, and they do not love me or any other black person who would dare object to their racist manipulation of black consciousness and black culture.
The root of my disdain is biblical. Sixty years ago, the hallmark of black culture was religious faith. It carried us through slavery, Jim Crow segregation, lynching and was the power source of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights Movement.
In 1965, political sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan authored what would come to be known as the Moynihan Report, a study of The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. Written to influence President Lyndon Johnson’s policies regarding America’s black-white racial dilemma, the 16,000-word Moynihan Report spelled out the devastating impact of 350 years of racial oppression on the black family. It predicted that the growing matriarchy defining black culture would undermine the progress of black people in a Western society built for patriarchal families.
Today, the Moynihan Report reads like a biblical prophecy. Fifty-five years ago, Moynihan argued black people’s survival in America was a modern miracle.
“A lesser people might simply have died out, as indeed others have,” Moynihan wrote.
We didn’t die out because of our religious faith, the world’s primary source of hope. Faith in a higher power made our spirit unbreakable.
The Moynihan Report was written to make the case that America should take extraordinary measures to invest in the black nuclear family. It was written as a rebuttal of President Johnson’s Great Society initiative. The Johnson administration disavowed the Moynihan Report and its author. The mainstream media spent the next several years framing Moynihan as a racist.
Over the last 55 years, the stewards of American culture have worked to disconnect black people from our religious faith, our salvation. Black pride is our new religion. Our skin color and the degenerate behaviors white liberals have deemed as authentically black have become the hallmarks of black culture. There’s nothing blacker than repeatedly saying “nigga” in public spaces or having a baby mama/daddy or dealing drugs to survive poverty. The highest form of blackness is being a victim of racism, especially if it involves a white cop.
According to the stewards of the zeitgeist, George Floyd is 100 times blacker than Dr. Ben Carson.
Black entertainers are instructed to and rewarded for evangelizing for blackness and celebrating black victimhood. Being a victim of a racial slight often causes the victim to speak in tongues. Victimization is so coveted that some believers fake racial incidents and speak in forked tongues.
Black Lives Matter is a mega church for the religion of blackness. LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick are pastors at the Nike denomination of BLM. It was James’ and Kaepernick’s responsibility to change the culture of sports from worship of God to worship of blackness.
Look at what has happened in our lifetime. As a child, the most frequent message you would see at a televised sporting event was a fan in the stands holding a sign reading “John 3:16.”
For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
Now, we are bombarded with messages promoting the salvation of loving blackness. Some NBA players wore jerseys with “Love Us” emblazoned on the back. Can they not recognize their narcissism?
Loving a skin color, loving a millionaire black athlete, loving a black rapper improves the world? Really?
Salvation, justice and fairness are delivered through the love of God, not through the love of man regardless of his skin color. We used to understand this. Love, submission and obedience to God ended slavery and Jim Crow, and they will retard the last vestiges of American bigotry.
White liberals have convinced black people to take God out of the equation and replace Him with Barack Obama, LeBron James, Dr. Harry Edwards, Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter and all the other approved symbols of unapologetic blackness.
I object to this insanity. Love of my skin color is not America’s salvation. Random white people loving me is not the key to my happiness, freedom or success in this country.
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden: “I’m not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down the virus,” Biden said at a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. “I’ll say it again. No national shutdown.”
Link at knuckledraggin.
Statement from Mayor Dennis R. McBride, Wauwatosa, Wisc., where a 15-year-old was arrested after (allegedly) shooting up a mall and wounding several people.
Hizzonner: “Guns have no place in shopping malls or other places in which crowds of people gather. Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy. If the shooter had complied with that policy, no one would have been hurt yesterday.”
The mall “has a strict no-gun policy.” And we know bad guys always follow the rules.
Washington Post: “By design, they seem meant to project a dutiful confidence, as Biden creates a government overseen by those who have run it before.” – Jake Sherman, screen grab at gunfreezone.
So now, if Them, The People, have unelected President Trump, Biden's people will quietly go about reinstalling government as before -- China, Iran, Palestinian terrorists and all other things Trump was well on the way to repairing.
Monday, November 23, 2020
From The Moscow Times
The NY Times says it needs a Russia Correspondent. The newspaper described the job location and conditions thusly:
“Does the newspaper even have the right to risk the life of a correspondent by sending them to work in such inhuman conditions?”
Look for more of this.
“A potential Biden administration would feature former Secretary of State John Kerry as ‘Special Presidential Envoy for Climate’ reported NBC news Monday.”
Or: “Potential Biden admin shaping up to be everything you thought it would be.”
Said the presumptive President-elect: “I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team.”
There is something about watching six seasons of Grimm in three weeks that at certain times you look at the downtown buildings and all the residential neighborhood arts and crafts houses and say, “So that was Portland. HAHAHAHAHA!” Nice looking place, it was.
Grimm’s Portland was filled with too many monsters to list. Wessen.
Definitions.net does not have a definition for Wessen, but does have its numerical value in Chaldean numerology – 9 – and its value in Pythagorean numerology – 4. Whatever those mean.
Looking at pre-Antifa/BLM Portland is like looking at photographs of German cities in the 1920s. Dudes, what you are going to do to yourselves. Those bridges over the rivers? Gone. The fine museums? Gone. Cathedrals, music auditoria, business districts? Yeah.
They voted for the party that promised something for everyone. Well, except for those few who did not matter. In the Antifa/BLM/ world every thought is equal, unless promulgated by someone on the list of DNM (Does Not Matter), that is, Jews and other designated White People.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old, old, old boss. – Bob Merriman, 2020.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
What could go wrong?
Well, 50 years ago …
“The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere.”
Proof that not even a Cadillac will withstand a mass of falling whale blubber.
Link at Ace of Spades HQ.
Whale courtesy of God.
My wife and our children think it strange of me to save used tea bags. Here is a fact: Using three bags makes a pitcher of tea at the proper strength; six used tea bags, boiled for a minute or so, will make the same strength tea.
Our daughter says my saving tea bags is because I am a child of people who grew up in the Great Depression. My mother was 8 at the 1929 stock market crash, my father was 9. They were raised to waste nothing. So was I.
Use only as much of a thing as you need. If you can stretch usage of something, do so.
My father one time said to me, “You are cheap.” I made no reply, but thought, “And who raised me to be that way?”
I am low maintenance. I never bought a car or pickup that was beyond my need or expectation. I expect to get full use from everything I buy.
That used to be The American Way. I guess I am getting old.
Or, talk, talk, talk, money, money, money.
Under Biden’s plans, every federal office, agency and administration is to conduct a study on how its programs address and lessen gun violence. Soon, federal employees will spend all their work hours attending mandatory classes to remind said employees their individual and collective responsibilities concerning gun violence, green energy, women, Hispanic/Latino-Americas, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Island-Americans, Trans-Gender Americans, Gay-Americans, Lesbian-Americans, Bi-Sexual Americans, Non-Gendered Americans, and groups not yet identified.
See also: http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=49699
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Borepatch noted tonight that he has posted maybe 500 country songs, but he’d never linked to David Alla Coe’s You Never Call Me by My Name. So he left a link.
My guess is ever DA Coe fan has a story to go along with listening to the song somewhere, sometime. Here’s one.
My wife, 1-year-old son and I were driving from Grand Prairie, Texas, to Lake Grapevine to meet up with other n’eer do well newspaper types for Labor Day picnic 1977, a hot day, windows rolled down on my 1970 taxicab yellow Chevrolet Nova, with no air conditioning. I drove over a hill and into the flats below and saw sitting at a stop sign to the right a vinyl top red Cadillac, the driver wearing a straw cowboy hat and a blonde sitting dangerously close. I said to my wife, “Look at that goat roper in the Cadillac.” We got closer, and I could read the license tag: DA COE. Weeell doggies. I said, “Y’all just go ahead on with what you’re doing.”
Here is the borepatch link:
And the link to Mr. D.A. Coe hisself:
From Daily News Hungary.
Now, now, now, said enlightened persons to their Eastern country cousins. You don't need to use that Russian stuff. Wait until we, the benevolent European Union, can deliver our vaccine.
“According to Reuters, the interim trial results of the Sputnik V were 92 pc effective at protecting people from the COVID-19 respiratory disease. Meanwhile, U.S. firms Moderna and Pfizer showed slightly better results, but they are not ready for mass production.”
“The European Union already signed contracts with five
vaccine makers to buy nearly 2 billion doses, but negotiations are still going
on with other producers. That means that Hungary will receive shots from the
EU, but that will not be available in early-2021. According
to azonnali.hu, that is why the government would like to import and
produce Russian vaccines to win some time.”
The European Medicines Agency has not reviewed the Russian vaccine. Sounds like the U.S. FDA deciding European drugs are not good enough for American consumers because the US government had not tested the drugs. Europeans taking a page from the US playbook for a change?
Blanket is in Brown County in Central Texas, pretty much in the center of the state. The 2010 population was 390. The largest population was 472, in 1920. Only one other time in the town’s history has the population exceeded 400, at 402 in 2000.
With a Google map search, you can get a good idea of the town. One thing you will see is, Blanket residents like white houses. Bright white houses.
The Blanket General Store makes some pretty good looking burgers, French fries, of course, and onion rings. The Store also carries Dublin sodas from the 120-year-old Dublin Bottling Works in Dublin, Texas. The bottling company advertises its sodas as “Always made from pure cane sugar.”
The high school and the junior high play six-man football. In 2014, the Blanket High School team defeated Loraine High 101-99 in a Class 1A Division 2 bidistrict playoff game.
Downtown Blanket has some old commercial buildings, faded paint clinging to old wood.
Nice looking town.
I would have said Stella’s best leaf leaps. A little alliteration now and then is good. 5.3 million views. Still watchable. Link at American Digest.
In a recent episode of CBS’ FBI, a new character transferred from Atlanta to the NYC field office said this of her time in the Georgia capital: “It was too Southern.” The character is a black woman (or, Black woman, as is written in Modern Times). Strange that a (B)black woman should find “too Southern” a city that is majority (B)black. Or, perhaps Southern (B)blacks do not meet her level of ethnicity. Or, perhaps NYC TV writers suffer from the all too common malady of cranial-rectum inversion. Oh, well. As fast as NYC is falling apart, TV writers from Up North might have to move Down South. I hope not.
Friday, November 20, 2020
And, Democrats get to define “unity.”
Virginia police chief fired after charging BLM and public officials for tearing down Confederate statue.
From Hot Air.
Investigation led Portsmouth Police Chief to lodge charges against a state legislator, several Black Lives Matter members, NAACP officials and a local school member.
“Greene had charged all of the people involved with felony injury to a monument in excess of $1,000 and conspiracy. She had the perpetrators on video using cans of spray paint and eventually toppling and destroying the statue. She had the social media records showing the state senator encouraging everyone to come down to the location and help them destroy the statue. There was even a video of the state senator telling police officers what they intended to do and saying that the police couldn’t arrest them for it.”
Link at knuckledraggin.
All charges were dropped against the perps, and Chief Greene was fired.
Democrat political cry: What do we want? We don’t know! Tell us!
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Remember 1989, when the Soviet Union fell apart and all countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and those on the southern and eastern periphery of the USSR became not Communist? Marxism and Leninism were dead, as dead as the chemically doped bodies of Lenin and Stalin in the walls of the Kremlin. Those countries stumbled to presumable democracies, but the one thing they are not is Communist. Something we should have learned since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution: Communists do not give up. A dead Communist always leaves others to continue the work. Communists want power and more power and will go to any length to get power. Communists are ruthless. Americans in general do not know what ruthlessness is. Well, now we are in class, and we better learn immediately.
Trump attorney takes it to media types.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Army learns it can’t please everybody, especially women’s group complaining of ‘unfairness’ in PT test
“An advocacy group for women veterans sent a letter to Congress this week, urging lawmakers to stop implementation of the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) until the service completes an independent study of the new assessment's potential impacts on female soldiers.
“SWAN wants an independent study to assess multiple factors, such as the probable impact of the ACFT on accessions and retention, the risks of soldier injury and, ‘particularly, its impact on the career prospects for women and older soldiers,’ according to the release.”
(That concern about “accession and retention” means a number of women will not pass the new PT test and may not continue in service. As far as an independent study, if SWAN gets its way on the PT test, what other aspects of Army life will the organization decide are unfair to women?)
A Facebook video yesterday showed a golfer at the Masters on a practice round skipping a ball across a water hazard. After three skips, the ball landed on the green, went uphill, made a small left turn and then down the slope and into the hole. A hole in one, but on a practice round. And, players are not allowed to skip balls across water hazards, except in practice.
What got my attention not as much as the shot, was the sports writer commenting on "hole-in-ones." I looked at that and then looked at it again. No. He didn't really write that. Well, yes, he did. You just look at it, and you say, "That's wrong." And, "How many grammar schools did the writer not go to not to learn that rule?"
That sort of thing is becoming more and more common as people who do not know grammar are allowed and paid big dollars to make mistakes. I have read of "state's attorney generals" and "Army sergeant majors." Another one that really gets me is "marshal law."
Writers who do not know become editors who do not know, or care. The check don't bounce. (And many could not explain that term.)
Old-time journalism had time-honored rules on grammar. After finding an error, an editor spoke to a writer, explaining what was wrong, why it was wrong and how to fix it. These days, an old-time journalist would be known as "that bully."
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
From Balkan Insight.
As COVID-19 restrictions compel members of Romania’s top crime gangs to head home temporarily, officials are using the opportunity to seize as many of them as possible.
The massive crackdown was announced early on Wednesday. Soon after the nightly curfew enforced by the government to limit COVID-19 infections was lifted, the media reported hundreds of raids across the country, targeting alleged sex and drug traffickers and migrant smugglers as well as racketeers, money launderers, tax dodgers and cyberfraudsters.
One law enforcement operation has served to dismantle a crime syndicate that trafficked young Romanian girls to Western European countries, where they were sexually exploited in brothels. The group started off more than a decade ago, recruiting victims from prisons. They lured them on social media, often starting romantic relationships with the girls, or promising fake jobs.
Another set of raids targeted a crime gang that supplied the Austrian sex market with Romanian girls, including minors. To recruit their victims, they also used the so-called “loverboy” method, which involves seducing the victim to gain her confidence before exploiting her. Austrian and EU law enforcement and judicial authorities cooperated with Romania in this case.
Among those to be brought to book are other human traffickers, child pornographers and a group of internet scammers who defrauded over 2,000 victims abroad of more than a million euros.
WARSAW (Reuters) - The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.
More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive.
“The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralised, it will not pose any more threat,” Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, was quoted as saying by state-run news agency PAP.
“All mine divers were outside the danger zone.”
Swinoujscie contains a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal but a spokesman for the town’s mayor told PAP no one was injured and no infrastructure had been damaged.
The Piast Canal connects the Baltic Sea with the Oder River on Poland’s border with Germany. The bomb was dropped by the RAF in 1945 in an attack on the German cruiser Lutzow.
Link at American Digest
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Michael, my oldest, and I went shooting this afternoon at Manatee Gun and Archery Range for the Great Southwest Florida Shootout, which was put together by the owners/operators of gunfreezone.net and borepatch.blogspot.com.
Around 20 relatives and readers of the blogs attended the expenditure of several hundreds of rounds, ranging from .22-caliber to 12-guage shotgun. An actual listing includes .22 LR, .30-caliber M1 Garand, 5.56mm, .45-caliber Colt Auto, 9mm Parabellum, .30-caliber carbine and possibly some others I was not aware of.
Shooters included former military as well as those who never wore a military uniform. We all share the knowledge and conviction that Americans and all other citizens of the world are born with the right of self-defense, using whatever means necessary. And, those same means may be used to keep rights and freedoms.
I fired one of Michael's M1 Garands. I did not do nearly as well as I expected, but intend to do better at the second Great Southwest Florida Shootout, tentatively set for sometime in February.
Friday, November 13, 2020
The self-proclaimed newspaper of record in 2014 proclaimed the Bible was wrong in the patriarchs’ ownership of camels. Archaeologists at Tel Aviv University had proclaimed the arrival of camels in Israel in the time of Solomon.
“(A) science reporter for the NY Times decided to make a mountain out of a molehill. ‘Camels Had No Business in Genesis’ screamed the title. ‘There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out of place,’ the piece claimed.”
Conclusion by the Times: Since the Bible is wrong about the patriarchs riding camels, the Bible is wrong about most other things as well.
Well, it is to laugh.
Archaeologist Joshua Berman: “But it turns out that the NY Times article was not only sensationalist but incorrect. Camels in Genesis are right where they belong. It is true that camels were not domesticated in Israel until the time of Solomon. But read Genesis carefully and you see that all its camels come from outside of Israel, from Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, where there is of domestication of the camel during the period of the patriarchs.”
Expect a correction from The Times? Not holding your breath, are you?
Expect a correction from The Times? Not holding your breath, are you?
Thursday, November 12, 2020
A war story popped into my head this morning as I was waking up and deciding to get out of bed.
In Dispatches, Michael Herr says this is the best war story ever: A five-man LRRP patrol left a 1st Cav base camp for a five-day patrol. One of the patrol members staggered back into the base camp after three days, but he died before he could tell what happened.
That is a pretty good war story, but it is not the best-ever war story. Admittedly, deciding which of millions of war stories is the best is completely subjective. There can be no objective determination of the best.
In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien has a chapter entitled “How to Tell a Good War Story.” That means how a hearer should determine whether a war story is a good story or bad. A good war story, O’Brien says, does not have a moral. There is no lesson learned. There are words, as few as necessary to tell the story, then “BAM!” the story is done. And, O’Brien says, at the conclusion of a good war story, no one can say “What happened then?” There can be no questions.
Here is maybe the first war story I heard in Vietnam, probably in December 1966. An armored cavalry troop on a clearing operation near the 11th Armored Cavalry base camp ran into a Viet Cong bunker complex. ACAVs and a couple of supporting tanks returned fire, quickly taking out all bunkers but one. Viet Cong inside the one bunker continued firing. Then, an M48 tank moved up to the bunker and placed the muzzle of its 90mm main gun as close to the firing aperture as possible. The gunner fired a high explosive round through the aperture. In the words of an observing soldier, “When that HE went off, man there was pieces of gook and shit all over the place.” No moral, no lesson learned, no question of “What happened then?”
Not a bad war story.
But here is the best-ever war story: In the summer of 1968, Sgt. William Mumford, late of the 193d Light Infantry Brigade walked up to me at Fort Meade, Md., and said: “We set up ambush on this canal and just after midnight this boat came down the canal and this woman opened up with an AK. I wasted that bitch, man. I wasted her.” And he walked off.
The silence of the guns after more than four years must have been frightening. For a few seconds, anyway.
The loudest silence I have ever heard occurred each time the helicopters flew away from a landing zone.
“F*** the farmers. Honor our cities and their museums and theaters and public gardens and business people and office workers who make the welfare money we give to farmers and red states.” – Sue Mathews.
(Mathews is listed as a retired librarian, reader, traveler, gardener and feminist. I would guess her library employment might have been in a large city.)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
From The Times of Israel
Dating to around the time of King David 3,000 years ago, what may be the earliest fortified settlement in the Golan Heights was recently discovered during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood.
The striking find is being tentatively linked to the Geshurite people, whose capital is recorded in the Bible as having been located nearby, to the north of the Sea of Galilee.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
From Daily News Hungary
While buyers from the Netherlands spent an average of 11.5 million forints (~€31,500) on real estate, Vietnamese buyers spent much more, over 60 million forints (~€164,300)
Apart from them, the Chinese and the French
also bought from the more expensive segment; the buyers of both nations spent
almost 50 million forints (~€137,000) on the purchased apartment. Austrians
mostly bought real estate near the western border of Hungary, for an average of
24 million forints (~€66,000). The average spending of Romanian buyers was only
13 million forints (~€36,000). This was among the lowest, as they mostly bought
real estate in the eastern parts of Hungary, where real estate prices are much
lower. The Dutch spent even less, and they mostly bought real estate in small
towns in Southern Transdanubia.
Is it not unlogical that people from two of the remaining Communist countries spend more for apartments in Hungary than do buyers from Western economies?
Monday, November 9, 2020
Eva “I’m pretty and rich” Longoria: “…Latina women are the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state, and voting for Biden/Harris at an average rate close to three to one!”
Black SHTF: “Many of these white Latinas HATE to see Black women getting any kind of shine…” – Tariq Nasheed.
“If Eva Longoria's interview was about the latino vote, WHY TF she had to bring up black women, mfs cant do shit without bringing up black women” – Misses LACE Mamas.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Jabbar Bennett will also get $700 monthly car allowance and $25,000 signing bonus.
How can those people in good conscience even take “diversity and inclusion” jobs?
Bennett in February quit a similar job at Northwestern University in Evansville, Illinois. To see accolades about Bennett’s diversity accomplishments, go here:
Might as well blame Trump, too.
My first thought was that the court martial board was getting ready for the incoming Biden administration…
AKA, making the US military play by Obama rules.
From Valor Guardians.
A Marine lieutenant colonel found guilty of stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise from a base exchange in South Korea has escaped punishment, according to a published report.
Lt. Col. Samuel K. Lee, 47, was convicted Sept. 11 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, of two counts of violating Article 121 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or larceny of non-military property valued at $1,000 or less, the military news website Task & Purpose reported Thursday, citing court records.
Lee, a logistics officer for Marine Forces Korea, stole a 4K ultra high definition wire-free security camera system, Apple Airpods with a wireless charging system, Bose noise-canceling headphones and Estee Lauder ReNutriv Ultimate Diamond energy cream between Nov. 1, 2019, and March 8, 2020, according to the report, which cited Marine officials with knowledge of the charges.
A conviction for theft at or under $1,000 could bring a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and confinement for one year, according to the manual on courts martial.
However, the judge in the case “did not impose punishment,” according to the Corps’ report on court-martial dispositions for September, “consistent with the plea agreement.”
Lee remains on active duty and is stationed at Marine Corps Forces Korea, spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield wrote in an email Thursday to Stars and Stripes.
A legal scholar contacted by Stars and Stripes said Lee escaping punishment is out of the ordinary.
“It is unusual in my mind that a convening authority would protect an officer from punishment under these circumstances,” Crista Kraics, a retired Marine Corps judge advocate, told Stars and Stripes on Thursday by email.
Lee, a former Combat Logistics Battalion 5 commander, has been in the Marines for more than 23 years, Task & Purpose reported. He earns approximately $10,000 per month, according to military pay scales posted to the Defense Finance Accounting Service website.
Kraics said lower enlisted Marines typically receive harsher punishments than the one rendered in the Lee case.
“An enlisted Marine at Special Court Martial, even under a pretrial agreement, would likely receive a harsher punishment and fewer agreed-upon protections for this level of larceny,” she said.
Decisions like the one in the Lee case “absolutely” erode morale, Kraics said.“When senior officers commit misconduct, the first question that springs to mind is how many junior Marines has this officer been responsible for punishing for equal or lesser crimes,” she said. “Officers should be held to the highest of standards, as we learn from commissioning and throughout our career.”
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Dang, a searcher has to really search just to get to Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman. Put “wayback machine” in the search box and you get all kinds of references to stuff stored somewhere forever and ever. I had to look for Mr. Peabody in order to get what I wanted. You might think that if something happened more than five or 10 years ago, it really never happened. Unless someone was trying to prove the evil that lives to the right of the political center line.
While fixing breakfast this morning, my mind for some reason suddenly jumped to Your Hit Parade, which was on television from 1950-59. Funny, the 1959 date, because that is the year Mr. Peabody and Sherman made their first appearance on The Huckleberry Hound Show. I remember the TV Hit Parade for about three years. My mother and father bought a television around 1956.
Two things were in my mind about Hit Parade – Gisele MacKenzie singing I’m All Shook Up while dressed as an Egyptian Pharaohesse or Pharaohnette and lying on an apparent embalming table; and the name Snooky Lanson, who was a singer on Hit Parade. I don’t remember anything about Lanson, except “Snooky” was not a name likely to be found in Bowie or Morris counties, Texas.
Rock and roll did in Hit Parade. Until the popularity of rock, pop music was a singer backed by a big band. Rock, by contrast, was a singer backed by three guitars (lead, rhythm and bass), drums and sometimes a piano. Rock put a lot of singers out of work.
Hard to imagine a woman in diaphanous gown, lying ready for embalming and singing an Elvis Presley song. These days activists and such would find all kinds of things wrong with a supine woman in flimsy white silk, shook up or not.
Friday, November 6, 2020
On 22 November 1912 King Nikola of Montenegro informed the Austro-Hungarian minister in Cetinje that “if the Monarchy tries to drive me out with force, I will fight to the last goat and the last cartridge.” – Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
From NY Post
Two teen girls abducted at gunpoint in Louisiana were able to fight off their attacker by causing a car crash.
The unidentified girls, ages 14 and 15, were walking back from a Dollar General store in Springfield when a man in an SUV approached them Friday evening, news station WBRZ reported.
The man — whom cops later identified as 39-year-old Albert Lavigne — allegedly forced them at gunpoint into the vehicle, where a struggle ensued as he drove away, the outlet reported.
The teens kept grabbing the steering wheel, eventually causing the car to crash a few miles away in Tangipahoa, the outlet reported.
“We did fight for the wheel for a while and I finally won and jerked it,” the 14-year-old girl told the news station.
“We did hit two cars in the process and me and my friend walked out, running for help and these two guys tackled the kidnapper.”
Springfield is not far from Baton Rouge, so you know there are at least a few Cajuns in the area. Word to bad people: Don’t mess with Cajun girls.
Link at knuckledraeggin.