10 November 2017

IN MEMORIAM: THE EDMUND FITZGERALD




November 10 marks the 42nd anniversary of the loss of the ore-carrier Edmund Fitzgerald and all 29 hands. For those of you unfamiliar with the story go to HERE.

And for those of you who DON’T know the song, here’re the lyrics.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T'was the witch of November come stealin'
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashin'
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'
Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya
At seven pm a main hatchway caved in, he said
Fellas, it's been good t'know ya
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her
They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters

Lake Huron rolls, superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams
The islands and bays are for sportsmen
And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
In the maritime sailors' cathedral
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'gitche gumee'
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early

Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald lyrics © Moose Music Ltd./Early Morning Music Ltd.


27 October 2017

MY APOLOGIES TO THE USMC

34th Anniversary ...

October 23, 2017, marked the 33rd anniversary of the 1983 terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks at Beirut airport in Lebanon, which killed 241 members of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit.

Yet another unmarked, un-remembered reason why we're supposed to be killing islamic terrorists.

02 October 2017

OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT – OCTOBER 3, 1993 – 24th Anniversary



Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt. 
— Wm. Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V

Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the start of the raid — Operation Gothic Serpent — in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which 19 American soldiers were killed in the contacts immortalized in the Mark Bowden’s book, and the Ridley Scott movie made from it, Black Hawk Down

(Above image is a 1993 photo of B Co, 3 Bn. Rangers in Somalia.)

Although often thought of as a 75th Ranger ops (B Company, 3rd Bn.), Special Forces (1st SFOD-D), Navy SEALs (DEVGRU), Air Force Pararescuemen and Combat Controllers (24th Special Tactics Squadron) and 160th Special Operations Regiment (Night Stalkers) pilots were all involved in the battle, and the rescue element that extricated the Rangers, et al., was composed of US 10th Mountain Division troopers, as well as armor elements of Pakistani and Malaysian military.

Lost in the memory of the day was the fact that the object of the raid — capturing some criminals — was successful and that somewhere between 700 and 1500 Somalia street fighters were killed during the attack. Seventy-three Amercians were wounded in the attack and rescue/wrap up. 

The two Blackhawk helicopters taken down were hit by RPGs. Whether they were locals or al Qaida imports is debatable. 

Lest we forget:
SFC Randy Shughart, a Delta Sniper killed defending the crew of Super Six 4, the Medal of Honor.
MSgt. Gary Gordon, a Delta Sniper killed defending the crew of Super Six 4, the Medal of Honor.
MSgt. Tim “Griz” Martin, Delta soldier killed on the Lost Convoy, Delta Force.
SFC Earl Fillmore, Delta soldier killed moving to the first crash site, Delta Force.
SSgt. Daniel Busch, crashed on Super Six 1 and was killed defending the downed crew, the Silver Star, Delta Force.
CWO Clifton Wolcott, pilot of Super Six 1 and died in crash, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, and the Air Medal with Valor Device, Night Stalkers.
CWO Donovan Briley, copilot of Super Six 1 and died in crash, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal with Valor Device, Night Stalkers.
CWO Raymond Frank, copilot of Super Six 4, Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Night Stalkers.
SSgt. William Cleveland, a crew chief on Super Six 4, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Air Medal with Valor Device, Night Stalkers.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Field, a crew chief on Super Six 4, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Air Medal with Valor Device, Night Stalkers.
Sgt. Casey Joyce, who was killed on the Lost Convoy, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Spc. James Cavaco, who was killed on the Lost Convoy, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Cpl. Jamie Smith, who bled to death with the pinned-down force around crash site one, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Sgt. Dominick Pilla, who was killed on the convoy rescuing Pfc. Todd Blackburn, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
PFC Richard Kowalewski, who was killed on the Lost Convoy, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Sgt. Lorenzo Ruiz, who was killed on the Lost Convoy, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Sgt. Cornell Houston, who was killed fighting on the rescue convoy, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, De Fleury medal, 10th Mountain Division.
PFC James Martin, who was killed on the rescue convoy, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division.
Sgt. Matt Rierson, who was killed on Oct. 6 by a mortar which landed just outside the hangar, Delta Force.
Pvt. Mat Aznan Awang (posthumously promoted to Cpl) driver of a Malaysian Condor APC hit by a RPG on Oct. 3rd.

My prayers — such as they are — for their families. 

14 September 2017

73rd ANNIVERSARY of OPERATION MARKET-GARDEN

For you paratroopers out there, September 15 marks the 73rd anniversary of the launch of Operation Market Garden ... the largest airborne operation ever ...as in EVER.

Even though it failed to "end the war" it was a gallant effort nonetheless with troopers from all the allied commands. 

The movie ain't bad, but the book is great. They both go by the title A Bridge Too Far. The movie starred "everybody" on both sides of the pond, and the book was written by Cornelius Ryan.

You might also want to check It Never Snows in September, by Robert Kershaw (a look at Market Garden from the German side), or Arnhem, by Major-General R. E. Urquhart (yes, THAT Urquhart).


05 July 2017

YOU HAVE TO LOVE SANCTUARY CITIES

Especially liberal-run ones. They're just so ....fuzzy warm. And — thanks to such strict gun control — they're soooooo safe.  GO HERE




01 July 2017

156 DEMS (and 1 REP): "IT'S OKAY FOR ILLEGALS TO KILL AMERICANS"

One Republican (Congressman Justin Amash- R-MI) and 156 Democrats (a list of these asses is HERE) have said — by voting no against Kate's Law — it's OK for illegal immigrants to kill American women. Hell, it's OK to kill ANY American.

Spin this however you want, but the fact of the matter is that 157 self-absorbed, low rent, long-leeching idiots, think a non-citizen has more rights that YOUR wife, daughter, niece, aunt, etc., etc.

Kate's Law was named for Katie Steinle, a San Francisco woman murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple (I believe it was five) times. She was killed July 1, 2015 by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanches who shot her in the back with a .40 cal.

Kate's Law increases penalties for  deported aliens who are caught on return to the US (this in lieu of a fucking wall).

Another bill passed by the House denies federal grants to those sanctimonious purveyors of sanctuary city filth (better termed "shooting gallery cities").

Both bills passed the House.

Let's see what all those 'courageous' representatives (who live quite well on our dime) in the Senate do.



30 June 2017

A TRUCE PROPOSAL FOR ERUDITE DISCUSSION

I would have written this on Facebook, but for some reason, anything I write lately comes off with all kinds of weird spelling — so much so, that one Trumpette (a neuter noun, mind you)  accused me of drinking prior to posting.

So ...to avoid being slurred (which, by the way, I found quite offensive...in that case. But kids are kids), I'll do my posting from LRRP's World from now on.

Here's my proposal.

Given:

1) The President should cease and desist from using an un-monitored computer.

2) Tweets by President Trump are off limits for discussion. Tweets are for assholes. If he wants to be an asshole, that's his problem.

3) Trumpettes shall cease and desist from picking every mosquito-sized scab proffered, produced or otherwise published by media (this includes FOX, MSNBC or [God forbid] CNN, Al Jazeera, PBS). If you can't find better sources (and they exist!), then STF, because you really don't know what's happening, going on, or you're just an opinionated asshole, like the President. Unless you're getting your info from the National Enquirer. They, at least, vet the hell out of their sources, which is why they were nominated for a Pulitzer. The rest of the media gets Pulitzers for making news, not breaking it.

4) If you don't research anything you're pissed off about that emanates from the President, you can't comment on it.


SIGNED [electronically]


Gary P. Joyce

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