05 April 2021

 The Un-Making of America - Part 2


March 8 — Senior DHS rep says — anonymously — that Biden administration has ordered that DHS not speak to media regarding border crisis. Where’s Twitter when we need it?

 

March 9 — It is reported that Vice-President Kamala Harris has met with the heads of six foreign countries without the President. Hmmmm?

 

March 10 — President Biden signs a Defense order making the military and — by default — the Veterans Administration (i.e., the taxpayers of the United States) liable for sexual re-orientation operations. Number 2: Honest. You can’t make this shit up.

 

March 11 — President Biden signs $1.9 trillion ”covid” bill. In the bill another Democrat bullshit hidden clause becomes apparent. Freelancers — i.e., gig workers — can no longer exist. They must be employees. 

 

March 12 — President Biden holds an address to the nation. The New York Times (heart be still)! fact checks most of it as “wrong.”

 

March 25 — President Biden finally holds press conference with — obviously — preset questions and reporters. FOX news reporter uncalled on. President is literally and uncharacteristically “wide-eyed.” He couldn’t

pass a road sobriety test unless the cops were blind.

 

March 25 — Psychotic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after saying a few months ago that questioning state-certified election results was akin to “treason” … questions state-certified election result in Iowa. You can’t make this up.

 

March 27 — VP Harris has no plans to go to southern border. (As of April 5 she still hasn’t but the president put her in charge of the non-crisis.

 

March 27 — As country sinks into anarchy, President invites 40 world leaders to summit on climate “crisis.” Not border “crisis.”

 

March 28 —60 Minutes after a year-plus of Covid-19 finally discovers Wujan, China, and thinks something fishy went on there! Now that’s journalism for you.

 

April 1 — And unfortunately not a joke. The Biden administration pointed to the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans and Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York as two examples of “long-standing and persistent racial injustice,” in infrastructure. The plan set forth by the Biden administration would see billions spent on an effort to “reconnect neighborhoods” by destroying current highways and making sure that new projects “advance racial equity and environmental justice.” ONLY Democrats can make inanimate objects “racist!”

 

April 2 —MLB announced they were moving the 2021 All-Star Game and the 2022 Draft out of Atlanta because the State of Georgia had the temerity to pass legislation requiring voters to identify themselves before being allowed to vote

 

April 5. — BLM freezes traffic in Baltimore unless drivers “beep” in support (See April 1 entry…and again, no joke). Only video observed (by this writer) shows cop supporting their efforts. 

03 April 2021

 I quit FB 

You wanna read what I have to say ... you gotta go here.

Possibly I'll do it a podcast ...but for now ...

The Un-Making of America

 

President Trump leaves office. Iran wants President Biden to resume nuclear deal … which they’d broken. Israel goes on war footing. Thank you, Democrats.

 

President Biden signs Executive Order revoking Keystone pipeline permit. Every union schmuck that voted for him loses their job. Loss estimated at 10,000 jobs and $1.6 billion dollars in revenue. Canada seriously pissed off. Arabs happy, since we — once again —have to depend on them for oil. 

 

BLM (Black Lives Matter) is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Honest. You can’t make this shit up.

 

President Biden wants $15 minimum wage. Estimates are it will cost a loss of between 1.3 and 3.3 million jobs.

 

February 6 — House Democrats seek to ban the words “alien” and “illegal alien.” 

 

February 21— Disney added a disclaimer to “The Muppet Show” 

on its streaming platform, 

citing “wrong” portrayals of “people or cultures.”

 

March 1 — Biden White House leaves out Dr. Seuss books for “Read Across America Day,” citing alleged “racial undertones.”

 

March 4 - According to former officials in the Obama administration, the standard for a border crisis was 1,000 attempted crossings a day. Who was on the team that set that standard? President — then VP — Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas, then Deputy Secretary, and now Secretary, of Homeland Security. When the Trump administration ended, the U.S. was deporting more people than were illegally coming into the country. In less than a month under Biden, the number of people illegally coming into the country is more than 6,000 per day—that’s six times the crisis level as set by the Obama team, er, that is, the guy who is now President. 

 

March 5 — While the governor of NY, Andrew Cuomo, gets bitch slapped for sexual harassment during Women’s History Month, what does the Democrat-controlled NY legislature do? Pass a bill to curtail Cuomo's “pandemic powers,” which does nothing.

 

March 8 — Influx of illegals at all-time high. Called a “humanitarian crisis” by Doctors Without Borders. White House response? All-time nothing.

 

March 8 — “Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty and favoring individuals over businesses,” the headline on the Washington Post’s website proclaimed., as America sinks into Democrat-fed-depression. Gas prices under Trump (in NY) $1.99 a gallon in January. Now? $2.57 a gallon (3-8-21- NY) under Biden administration. Lotsa luck, America.

 

March 8 — Senior DHS rep says — anonymously — that Biden administration has ordered that DHS not speak to media regarding border crisis. Where’s Twitter when we need it?

 

March 9 — It is reported that Vice-President Kamala Harris has met with the heads of six foreign countries without the President. Hmmmm?

 

March 10 — President Biden signs a Defense order making the military and — by default — the Veterans Administration (i.e., the taxpayers of the United States) liable for sexual re-orientation operations. Number 2: Honest. You can’t make this shit up.

 

March 11 — President Biden signs $1.9 trillion ”covid” bill. In the bill another Democrat bullshit hidden clause becomes apparent. Freelancers — i.e., gig workers — can no longer exist. They must be employees. 

 

March 12 — President Biden holds an address to the nation. The New York Times (heart be still)! fact checks most of it as “wrong.”

 

March 25 — President Biden finally holds press conference with — obviously — preset questions and reporters. FOX news reporter uncalled on. President is literally and uncharacteristically “wide-eyed.” (Read that

as drugs. Yeah ...that's the fuck what I mean).

 

March 25 — Psychotic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, after saying a few months ago that questioning state-certified election results was akin to treason, … "questions state-certified election result in Iowa" You can’t make this shit up.

 

March 27 — VP Harris has no plans to go to southern border. A of April 4 she still hasn't seen even though the President appointed her of "in charge" of the border ...um ... well, whatever is happening that isn't a crisis.

 

March 27 — As country sinks into anarchy, President invites 40 world leaders to summit on climate “crisis.” Not border “crisis.”

 

March 28 —60 Minutes after a year-plus of Covid-19 finally discovers Wujan, China, and thinks something fishy went on there! Now that’s journalism for you.

 

April 1 — And unfortunately not a joke. The Biden administration pointed to the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans and Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York as two examples of “long-standing and persistent racial injustice,” in infrastructure. The plan set forth by the Biden administration would see billions spent on an effort to “reconnect neighborhoods” by destroying current highways and making sure that new projects “advance racial equity and environmental justice.” ONLY Democrats can make inanimate objects “racist!”

 

April 2 —MLB announced they were moving the 2021 All-Star Game and the 2022 Draft out of Atlanta because the State of Georgia had the temerity to pass legislation requiring voters to identify themselves before being allowed to vote. Heart be fucking still. How dare the State of Georgia want people to prove who they are to vote!!!!






31 January 2021

52nd Annniversary

 Back prior to 1969, there were a bunch of us — all volunteers, all paratroopers — who served in an outfit called the LRRPs — Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. Some were Long Range Patrol but we all had the same job. 

 Yes, that’s where the name for this blog came from.

In my case our official designation was E-Co., 58th Inf., LRRP, 1/10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division. Every division had a LRRP (or LRP) of its own, operating with teams composed of anywhere between three or four to eight men and sometimes more. In E-58 we used the three-four combination (usually three Americans and a Montagnyard), a concept developed by the Australian SAS.


Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War, by James F. Dunnigan, Albert A. Nofi, (pp 79-85) gives a fairly accurate summation of what the LRRP teams did in Viet Nam. 

My article Evolution of the LRRPs gives a broader picture of the small unit concept.

The U.S. Army Rangers Association also has a good — and briefer — history of the unit as well as a listing of which LRRP outfits became which Ranger companies.. 

The reason I’m telling you this? 

On February 1, 1969 all the LRRP companies in RVN were re-designated 75th Ranger companies, tracing their lineage back to the famed Merrill’s Marauders (5307th Composite Group) of WWII (Burma) fame. My unit became K Company, 75th Rangers.

So, here’s to 52nd birthday of the modern Rangers, and to all of the men — dead and alive — who served as LRPs and LRRPs in Viet Nam and as Rangers in conflicts around the globe. 

“Lieutenant General John H. Hays, Jr., who commanded the 1st Infantry Division from February 1967 to March 1968 and went on to become the deputy commanding general of II Field Force, serving until August 1968, said that the LRRPs were, “… generally considered to have the most uncomfortable and dangerous job in Vietnam…,” but also noted that, “… the way in which the long range patrols were used was one of the most significant innovations of the war.””Evolution of the LRRPs — GPJ

02 October 2020

LRRP's World: OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENTToday. October 3, 2020,  ...

LRRP's World: OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT Today. October 3, 2020,  ...: OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT Today. October 3, 2020,  marks the 27th anniversary of the start of the raid — Operation Gothic Serpent — in Mogadi...

OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT


Today. October 3, 2020,  marks the 27th 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.


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 n 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 still  (02 Oct 20) 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. 

31 January 2020

51st Anniversary — LRRPs to Rangers

Back prior to 1969, there were a bunch of us — all volunteers, all paratroopers — who served in an outfit called the LRRPs — Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. Yes, that’s where the name for this blog came from.

In my case our official designation was E-Co., 58th Inf., LRRP, 1/10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division. Every division had a LRRP (or LRP — Long Range Patrol) of its own, operating with teams composed of anywhere between three or four to eight men and sometimes more. In E-58 we used the three-four combination (usually three Americans and a Montagnyard), a concept developed by the Australian SAS.

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War, by James F. Dunnigan, Albert A. Nofi, (pp 79-85) gives a fairly accurate summation of what the LRRP teams did in Viet Nam. 

My article Evolution of the LRRPs gives a broader picture of the small unit concept.

The U.S. Army Rangers Association also has a good — and briefer — history of the unit as well as a listing of which LRRP outfits became which Ranger companies.. 

The reason I’m telling you this? 

On February 1, 1969 all the LRRP companies in Viet Nam were redesignated 75th Ranger companies, tracing their lineage back to the famed Merrill’s Marauders (5307th Composite Group) of WWII (Burma) fame. My unit became K Company, 75th Rangers.

So, here’s to 51st birthday of the modern Rangers, and to all of the men — dead and alive — who served as LRPs and LRRPs in Viet Nam and as Rangers in conflicts around the globe. 

“Lieutenant General John H. Hays, Jr., who commanded the 1st Infantry Division from February 1967 to March 1968 and went on to become the deputy commanding general of II Field Force, serving until August 1968, said that the LRRPs were, “… generally considered to have the most uncomfortable and dangerous job in Vietnam…,” but also noted that, “… the way in which the long range patrols were used was one of the most significant innovations of the war.””— GPJ, Evolution of the LRRPs.

25 January 2020

Roger Penske when he was a driver. It's a Gran Sport Corvette at Sebring ... I think 1965. I think that's Lorenzo Bandini in a works Ferrari behind him ...not sure about the Porsche ...

This was on the Sebring airport circuit.  The signature says "To Gary ... Best Wishes ...Roger Penske"

It don't get better than that!!!!

12 October 2018

LEST WE FORGET - THE USS COLE - 18th ANNIVERSARY

Let's not forget the sailors who died on the USS Cole 18 years ago, and let's not forget that the fifth century scum who did it are still out there.

On October 12, 2000, USS Cole, under the command of Commander Kirk Lippold, set in to Aden Harbor for a routine fuel stop. Cole completed mooring at 0930. Refueling started at 1030. Around 1118 local time, a small craft approached the port side of the destroyer, and an explosion occurred, putting a 40-by-60-foot gash in the ship's port side. The attack was the deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the Iraqi attack on the USS Stark (FFG-31) on May 17, 1987.

Those who died were:

Electronics Technician 1st Class Richard Costelow
Mess Management Specialist Lakina Francis
Information Systems Technician Tim Guana
Signalman Seaman Recruit Cherone Gunn
Seaman James McDaniels
Engineman 2nd Class Mark Nieto
Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd Class Ronald Owens
Seaman Recruit Lakiba Parker
Engineman Fireman Joshua Parlett
Fireman Apprentice Patrick Roy
Electronics Warfare Technician Kevin Rux
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ron Santiago
Operations Special 2nd Class Timothy Sanders
Fireman Gary Swenchonis Jr
Ensign Andrew Triplett
Seaman Apprentice Craig Wibberly


Fair seas to all.