Newsletter 6-1-23


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The Colonel’s Corner
~Comment by the Colonel: Climate Change is Not a Problem~
My friends at the CO2 Coalition are often asked if global temperatures are going to fall or continue to rise. Based on thousand of years of paleo-temperature data, the question is not “if” but “when.”
Their favorite temperature reconstruction of the past 2000 years was compiled by Dr. Craig Loehle, who avoided using problematic tree ring data. This shows clearly that the modest warming of the last 300 years is simply a recovery to more normal temperatures of the last several thousand years from what was likely the coldest temperatures of the last 10,000 years in the Little Ice Age.
On May 4, 2023, India’s capital of New Delhi recorded the third coldest May morning since 1901. At 60 Fahrenheit, the region’s 32 million residents woke up to a relatively cold morning in what is usually the hottest month of the year.
So why is there a record low temperature when the dominant mainstream narrative tells us that climate change has made our environs warmer than before? Is this just an aberration?
While Western media obsessed with the warm weather in Spain, India’s capital recorded a very cold summer morning. In fact, most of the cold-weather records in Delhi have gone unreported in Western media, which are mainly interested in showcasing the city’s extreme summer temperatures.
Neatly concealed from the public’s eye are the record low winter temperatures that Delhi has been witnessing since 2017. In December 2018, Delhi recorded an average minimum temperature of 44°F, the third lowest in the last 50 years. On December 30, 2019, the maximum temperature settled at 49°F, making it the coldest December day in 122 years.
As is the case globally, winter cold in Delhi is a bigger killer than summer heat. According to studies, short-term exposure to extreme temperature accounts for 6.5% of all deaths in India, with 88% of that amount caused by cold weather and only 12% by hot weather.
This is an example of media bias towards advancing a narrative of apocalyptic warming when reporting weather events.
The Smiling Ranger – This book is a series of short, mostly funny, stories of my time in uniform (it’s for sale at Here is one of the goofiest things that happened to me as a second lieutenant. I was living in Bachelor Officers Quarters, or BOQ, at Fort Carson, CO. The BOQs were a series of one-bedroom apartments down a hall, with a large common area at the end. I went off on a couple of weeks of temporary duty. When I returned one evening I went to my BOQ and my room was gone—gone. The common area had been expanded and my room was gone. Fortunately, my platoon sergeant lived in the barracks with our troops; I knocked on his door and ended up sleeping on an air mattress on his floor. The next day I was told that when the remodeler arrived to work on my old BOQ room they looked for me. When they couldn’t find me they told my company, and a bunch of my troops moved my stuff to a room in the next BOQ; they’d set everything up just as I’d had it. Well, guess what. My new BOQ was the next one to be remodeled; the workers had a key, entered my new room, took all my things, which had been hung in the closet or placed in drawers, and threw them on the bed and tossed a sheet over everything and did their painting and repairs. They then left the room—wide open. To make an understatement, everything was a mess, some things were damaged, and some missing. I did finally get everything resolved, but what a pain all that was. On the other hand, the guy living in the next BOQ room, my new neighbor, was the guy who later introduced me to the lady that became my wife. That was a good move for a lucky guy.
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 flavor
Military History
A number of very significant things happened in early June: Our army was created as well as our flag. We fought the first major land battle in WWI and the first major sea battle in WWII. And there was D-Day, the invasion of Europe in WWII.
On 1 June 1990, at a superpowers summit meeting in Washington, DC, President George HW Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed a historic agreement to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of both nations’ sizable reserves of them. According to the agreement, on-site inspectors from both countries would observe the destruction process.
The treaty, which called for an 80% reduction of their chemical weapon arsenals, was part of an effort to create a climate of change that would discourage smaller nations from stockpiling and using the lethal weapons. First developed during WWI, most countries in the world were in possession of the technology needed to build chemical weapons by 1990, and some, such as Iraq, had engaged in chemical warfare in preceding years. The US and Russia began destroying their chemical weapons arsenals in the early 1990s. In 1993, the US, Russia, and 150 other nations signed a comprehensive treaty banning chemical weapons. The Senate ratified the treaty in 1997.
On 4 June 1942, during WWII, the Battle of Midway–one of the most decisive US victories against Japan–began. During the 4-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered US Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own to the previously invincible Japanese navy.
In 6 months of offensives prior to Midway, the Japanese had triumphed in lands throughout the Pacific, including Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and numerous island groups. The US, however, was a growing threat, and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto sought to destroy the US Pacific Fleet before it was large enough to outmatch his own.
A thousand miles northwest of Honolulu, the strategic island of Midway became the focus of his scheme to smash US resistance to Japan’s imperial designs. Yamamoto’s plan consisted of a feint toward Alaska followed by an invasion of Midway by a Japanese strike force. When the Pacific Fleet arrived at Midway to respond to the invasion, it would be destroyed by the superior Japanese fleet waiting unseen to the west. If successful, the plan would eliminate the Pacific Fleet and provide a forward outpost from which the Japanese could eliminate any future American threat in the Central Pacific. US intelligence broke the Japanese naval code, however, and the Americans anticipated the surprise attack.
In the meantime, 200 miles to the northeast, two US attack fleets caught the Japanese force entirely by surprise and destroyed three heavy Japanese carriers and one heavy cruiser. The only Japanese carrier that initially escaped destruction, the Hiryu, loosed all its aircraft against the American task force and managed to seriously damage the US carrier Yorktown, forcing its
abandonment. At about 5:00 pm, dive-bombers from the carrier Enterprise returned the favor, mortally damaging the Hiryu. It was scuttled the next morning.
When the Battle of Midway ended, Japan had lost four carriers, a cruiser and 292 aircraft, and suffered an estimated 2,500 casualties. Our losses were 2 ships, 145 aircraft and approximately 300 casualties.
Japan’s losses hobbled its naval might–bringing Japanese and American sea power to approximate parity–and marked the turning point in the Pacific theater of WWII.
On 5 Jun 1967, the Six-Day War began. Israel responded to an ominous build-up of Arab forces along its borders by launching simultaneous attacks against Egypt and Syria. Jordan subsequently entered the fray, but the Arab coalition was no match for Israel’s proficient armed forces. In six days of fighting, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, the Golan Heights of Syria, and the West Bank and Arab sector of East Jerusalem, both previously under Jordanian rule. By the time the UN cease-fire took effect on June 11, Israel had more than doubled its size. The true fruits of victory came in claiming the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan. Many wept while bent in prayer at the Western Wall of the Second Temple.
The UN Security Council called for a withdrawal from all the occupied regions, but Israel declined, permanently annexing East Jerusalem and setting up military administrations in the occupied territories. Israel let it be known that Gaza, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai would be returned in exchange for Arab recognition of the right of Israel to exist and guarantees against future attack. Arab leaders, stinging from their defeat, met in August to discuss the future of the Middle East. They decided upon a policy of no peace, no negotiations, and no recognition of Israel, and made plans to defend zealously the rights of Palestinian Arabs in the occupied territories.
Egypt, however, would eventually negotiate and make peace with Israel, and in 1982 the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt in exchange for full diplomatic recognition of Israel. Egypt and Jordan later gave up their respective claims to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to the Palestinians, who opened “land for peace” talks with Israel beginning in the 1990s. A permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement remains elusive, as does an agreement with Syria to return the Golan Heights.
On 6 Jun 1918, the first large-scale battle fought by American soldiers in WWI began in Belleau Wood. In late May 1918, the third German offensive of the year penetrated the Western Front to within 45 miles of Paris. US forces under General John Pershing helped halt the German advance, and on June 6 Pershing ordered a counteroffensive to drive the Germans out of Belleau Wood. US Marines under General James Harbord led the attack against the four German divisions positioned in the woods and by the end of the first day suffered more than 1,000 casualties. For the next three weeks, the Marines, backed by US Army artillery, launched many attacks into the forested area, but German General Erich Ludendorff was determined to deny the Americans a victory. Ludendorff continually brought up reinforcements from the rear, and the Germans attacked the US forces with machine guns, artillery, and gas. Finally, on June 26, the Americans prevailed but at the cost of nearly 10,000 dead, wounded, or missing in action.
On 6 June 1944, now known as D-Day, Gen Dwight Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in WWII, implemented the massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord. By the first week of June 1944, Nazi Germany controlled most of Western Europe. Allied forces, numbering 156,000, were poised to travel by ship or plane over the English Channel to attack the German army dug in at Normandy, France, on June 5. Eisenhower had a window of only four days of decent weather in which an invasion would be possible. When bad weather hit the channel on June 4, Eisenhower considered postponing Operation Overlord. Weather conditions were predicted to worsen over the next two weeks, and he had thousands of personnel and thousands of tons of supplies that were in his words, hanging on the end of a limb. After a promising but cautious report from his meteorologist at 9:45 pm on June 5, Eisenhower told his staff let’s go.
That night, Ike, as he was later affectionately called, composed a solemn and inspirational statement that was delivered the next day as a letter into the hands of every soldier, sailor and airman set to embark. In a radio delivery of the message, Eisenhower reminded the men that the eyes of the world are upon you and that their opponents would fight savagely; Ike exhorted them to be brave, show their devotion to duty and accept nothing less than victory! In closing, he wished his troops good luck and sought the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
On June 8, 1944, after years of planning, preparation and placating egos among his military peers, Eisenhower was able to report that the Allies had made a harrowing and deadly, but ultimately successful, landing on the beaches of Normandy.
On 14 June 1775, Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in The Committee of the Whole. This procedure and the desire for secrecy account for the sparseness of the official journal entries for the day. The record indicates only that Congress undertook to raise ten companies of riflemen, approved an enlistment form for them, and appointed a committee (including Washington and Schuyler) to draft rules and regulations for the government of the army. Happy Birthday, US Army.
On 14 June 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend. With the entrance of new states into the US after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states. June 14th is now celebrated as Flag Day.
~ Humor/Puns ~
It’s inappropriate to make a ‘dad joke’ if you’re not a dad. It’s a faux pa.
Did you hear about the circus fire? It was in tents.
Can February March? No, but April May!
How can you tell it’s a dogwood tree? From the bark.
How do lawyers say goodbye? We’ll be suing ya!
Wanna hear a joke about paper? Never mind—it’s tearable.
What’s the best way to watch a fly fishing tournament? Live stream.
I could tell a joke about pizza, but it’s a little cheesy.
Don’t trust atoms. They make up everything!
When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.
I wouldn’t buy anything with velcro. It’s a total rip-off.
What’s an astronaut’s favorite part of a computer? The space bar.
I like telling Dad jokes. Sometimes he laughs!
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