Newsletter 11-1-23

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~Comment by the Colonel~
Texas high school student collapses and dies after winning a cross-country race, the latest in a string of young athletes dying during competition.
The reporter enumerates the “string of young athletes dying during competition,” but seems mystified as to what could be causing the increased incidence of sudden and unexpected deaths among young athletes—a conspicuous trend that began around mid 2021.
What new substance was injected into the majority of Americans, including young athletes, in early 2021? Anyone? Anyone?
What injected substance is known to result in the uncontrolled production of a foreign spike protein that circulates in the blood and adheres to blood vessels and the tissues of various organs? Anyone? Anyone?
What novel gene therapy can, according to the FDA and the European Medicines Agency, cause myocarditis, especially in young males? Anyone? Anyone?
What organ of the body demands especially high perfusion of blood—containing the foreign spike protein—during intense physical training? Anyone? Anyone?
It’s time for the majority of American doctors, journalists, politicians, and our military to wake up and quit being so stupid. This isn’t a comedy (economics class in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) but reality, and young athletes continue to die in shocking numbers. The problem is the covid shots that were forced on students—and our military. We need a study of what has happened to the troops who were forced to get the jab—and how all of them are doing medically.
I’d really like to see someone in leadership step up and admit the mistake and take responsibility.
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The Smiling Ranger – This book is a series of short, mostly funny, stories of my time in uniform (it’s for sale at I was thinking about… my time in Vietnam. I had little experience with a .45 caliber automatic pistol before arriving in country as a second lieutenant, but I quickly found one and carried it along with my rifle. The pistol was WWII vintage and badly worn. It jammed so often I really didn’t consider it reliable. When I’d loan it to a trooper who was going into a tunnel, I warned him that often it was good for only one shot.
After my first Vietnam tour I was assigned to Fort Campbell, KY, where I assumed command of an airborne rifle company. My assigned weapon was, yes, a .45 pistol. It might have been the same one I’d left in Vietnam. It rattled when I fired it, the parts were so worn. Then the division was ordered to deploy to Vietnam, so we all had to qualify with our weapons. For the life of me, I just couldn’t hit all those bulls-eyes with my old rattley weapon. When qualifying with a rifle, the shooter shot at a silhouette, but with the pistol it was a bulls-eye target. After about a hundred tries I finally barely qualified. I deployed with my company to Vietnam—wearing that old pistol. That’s why I own only revolvers today. (I have since been converted and own a Glock and a Sig Sauer today, along with my revolvers.)
If you don’t already have one, order your copy of ‘The Smiling Ranger’ today or one for a friend.
*We should all be proud Americans; despite our current challenges and differences, we live in the best and freest nation in the world. Let’s end all the name calling and appreciate each other and our nation, even if we don’t all agree on everything. Good Americans come in many flavors.
Military History
In the first half of November, our Marine Corps was founded; during our Revolutionary War our navy began its first attack on England. Our embassy in Iran was attacked and captured. During the Civil War Gen Sherman began his “March to the Sea.” The fighting during WWI ended.
On 2 Nov 1777, the USS Ranger, with a crew of 140 men under the command of John Paul Jones, left Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for the naval port at Brest, France, where it will stop before heading toward the Irish Sea to begin raids on British warships. This was the first mission of its kind during the Revolutionary War.
On 2 Nov 1917, British Foreign Secretary Balfour wrote a letter to Britain’s most illustrious Jewish citizen, Baron Lionel Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
On 3 Nov 1941, the Combine Japanese Fleet received Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed.
On 4 Nov 1979, student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini send shock waves across America when they storm the US embassy in Tehran. The radical Islamic fundamentalists took 90 hostages. The students were enraged that the deposed Shah had been allowed to enter the US for medical treatment and they threatened to murder hostages if any rescue was attempted. Days later, Iran’s provincial leader resigned, and the Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s fundamentalist revolutionaries, took full control of the country–and the fate of the hostages. Two weeks after the storming of the embassy, the Ayatollah began to release all non-US captives, and all female and minority Americans, citing these groups as among the people oppressed by the United States government. The remaining 52 captives were left at the mercy of the Ayatollah for the next 14 months. President Jimmy Carter was unable to diplomatically resolve the crisis, and on April 24, 1980, he ordered a disastrous rescue mission in which eight US military personnel were killed and no hostages rescued. Three months later, the former shah died of cancer in Egypt, but the crisis continued. In November 1980, Carter lost the presidential election to Republican Ronald Reagan. Soon after, with the assistance of Algerian intermediaries, successful negotiations finally began between the US and Iran. On January 20, 1981–the day of Reagan’s inauguration–the US freed almost $3 billion in frozen Iranian assets and promised $5 billion more in financial aid. Minutes after Reagan was sworn in, the hostages flew out of Iran on an Algerian airliner, ending their 444-day ordeal. The next day, Jimmy Carter flew to West Germany to greet them on their way home.
On 4 Nov 2000, President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the leaking of government secrets. Huh? How could it not be a crime?
On 5 Nov 1915, in AB-2 flying boat, LCDR Henry Mustin made the first underway catapult launch from a ship, USS North Carolina, at Pensacola Bay, FL.
On 5 Nov 1915, Marines under Major Smedley Butler captured the stronghold at Fort Capois, Haiti. Butler led a reconnaissance force of 26 volunteers in pursuit of a Caco force that had killed 10 Marines. Like the Cacos in the mountains, he and his men lived for days off the orange groves. For over 100-miles they followed a trail of peels, estimating how long before the Cacos had passed by the dryness of the peels. A native guide they picked up helped them locate the Cacos’ headquarters, a secret fort called Capois, deep in the mountain range. Studying the mountaintop fort through field glasses, Butler made out thick stone walls, with enough activity to suggest they were defended by at least a regiment. He decided to return to Cape Haitien for reinforcements and capture it. On the way back they were ambushed by a force of Cacos that outnumbered them twenty to one. Fortunately, it was a pitch-black night, and Butler was able to save his men by splitting them up to crawl past the Cacos’ lines through high grass. Just before dawn he reorganized them into 3 squads of 9 men each. Charging from 3 directions as they yelled wildly and fired from the hip, they created such a fearful din that the Cacos panicked and fled, leaving 75 killed. The only Marine casualty was one man wounded. When he was able to return with reinforcements, spies had alerted the Cacos, and Butler took a deserted Fort Capois without firing a shot.
On 5 Nov 1979, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declared US “The Great Satan.”
On 6 Nov 2004, in an open letter to the Iraqi people and posted on the Internet, 26 Saudi scholars and religious preachers stressed that armed attacks launched by militant Iraqi groups on US troops and their allies in Iraq were “legitimate” resistance. And we call Saudi Arabia a friend!
On 9 Nov 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launched a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” after the countless smashed windows of Jewish-owned establishments, left approximately 100 Jews dead, 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged and hundreds of synagogues, homes, schools and graveyards vandalized. An estimated 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, many of whom were then sent to concentration camps for several months; they were released when they promised to leave Germany. Kristallnacht represented a dramatic escalation of the campaign started by Adolf Hitler in 1933 when he became chancellor to purge Germany of its Jewish population.
On 9 Nov 1989, East German officials opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble that was quickly snatched up by souvenir hunters. A piece of it stands at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI.
On 10 Nov 1775, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. The resolution, drafted by future US president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines and is now observed as the birth date of the US Marine Corps. Happy Birthday, US Marines.
On 11 Nov 1918, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. At 5 am that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. WWI left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
On 11 Nov 1921, exactly three years after the end of WWI, the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia during an Armistice Day ceremony presided over by President Warren Harding. Two days before, an unknown American soldier, who had fallen somewhere on a WWI battlefield, arrived at the nation’s capital from a military cemetery in France. On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died.
On 13 Nov 1982, near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.
On 14 Nov 1965, during the Vietnam war, in the first major engagement of the war between regular US and North Vietnamese forces, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) fought a pitched battle with Communist main-force units in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands. On this morning, Lt. Col. Harold Moore’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry conducted a heliborne assault into Landing Zone X-Ray near the Chu Pong hills. Around noon, the North Vietnamese 33rd Regiment attacked the US troopers. The fight continued all day and into the night. American soldiers received support from nearby artillery units and tactical air strikes. The next morning, the North Vietnamese 66th Regiment joined the attack against the US unit. The fighting was bitter, but the tactical air strikes and artillery support took their toll on the enemy and enabled the 1st Cavalry troopers to hold on against repeated assaults.
On 15 Nov 1864, during the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his expedition across Georgia by torching the industrial section of Atlanta and pulling away from his supply lines. For the next six weeks, Sherman’s army destroyed most of Georgia before capturing the Confederate seaport of Savannah, Georgia.
On the weekend of Nov 4-5, we’ll discuss the war in Israel. Then we’ll discuss getting America food independent with Ben Spell from Good Ranchers. Next, Quinton Roberts will discuss last weekend’s Service Academy Football games.
And on the weekend of Nov 11-12, Army veteran Mike Rogers will identify some of our nation’s main problems. Then Ed Fuller will present his latest book. Quinton Roberts will discuss last weekend’s Service Academy Football games. And Marines Gil and Skip will present the B & B, the Border and a great Book.
~ Humor/Puns ~
Why didn’t the melons get married? Because they cantaloupe.
What kind of egg did the evil chicken lay? A deviled egg.
Why did the coach go to the bank? To get his quarter back.
Why does Snoop Dogg always carry an umbrella? Fo’ Drizzle.
What did the fisherman say to the magician? Pick a cod, any cod.
What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta.
Which is faster, hot or cold? Hot, because you can catch a cold.
How do you organize a space party? You planet.
Did you know that milk is the fastest liquid on earth? It’s pasteurized before you even see it.
Why are skeletons so calm? Because nothing gets under their skin.
What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Nothing, they just waved.
What does a baby computer call his father? Data.

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