Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An "American Dream Fulfilled

As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black “cover,” the dress headgear that Army cadets wear. The photograph of Idrache, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, was published Tuesday on the Facebook page of West Point’s U.S. Military Academy, and it almost immediately went viral. Part of that is Idrache’s background: He worked his way through one of the nation’s most prestigious military schools after immigrating to the United States from Haiti, earning his citizenship and serving for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard, according to Army records. “I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments,” Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth.” On West Point’s Instagram page, he left another message thanking people for their support. Bryant, the photographer, “captured a moment that I will never forget,” Idrache said. He credited past generations of soldiers and Capt. Kristen Griest, 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Maj. Lisa Jaster, the three West Point graduates who last year became the first women to graduate from the Army’s grueling Ranger School. “Three things came to mind and led to those tears,” Idrache wrote. “The first is where I started. I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me. The second is where I am. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. Men who preserved the Union [in] a dark period of this country’s history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism …Women like CPT Griest, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers.” The third thing Idrache thought about, he wrote, is his future. Shortly after he leaves West Point, he will report to Fort Rucker, Ala., to start flight school. “Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words,” Idrache wrote. “I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you.” Idrache was a leader in his class of 950 cadets. According to a West Point news release, he was named a regimental commander last summer. Army officials at West Point said that he was on leave Thursday and not available for comment. His home town is listed as New Carrollton, Md., a Washington suburb.

Obama, Vietnam and Cuba - A Very Sad Story

Cuba’s Vietnam War Involvement Research by John Lowery Whatever one thinks of President Barack Obama’s overtures to Cuba and the accompanying prisoner exchange, an important consideration in need of immediate attention is an accounting of our servicemen captured in the Vietnam War and imprisoned in Cuban-operated POW camps. Of utmost importance is an accounting of the 17 American airmen captured in North Vietnam and then taken to Cuba for medical experiments in torture techniques. Most Americans are unaware that Cuba was deeply involved in the Vietnam War. In fact they had an engineering battalion called the “GirĂ³n Brigade,” that was maintaining Route Nine, a major enemy supply line into South Vietnam . Their facilities included a POW camp and field hospital very near the DMZ, just inside North Vietnam . Meanwhile Cuban interrogators worked in Hanoi at a prison known as the Zoo. We know of these operations and some of what happened to our servicemen after some managed to survive and be repatriated in the winter of 1973, during Operation Homecoming. Following his release Major Jack Bomar, a Zoo survivor, described the brutal beating of Captain Earl G. Cobeil, an F-105F electronics warfare officer, by Cuban Major Fernando Vecino Alegret, known by the POWs as “Fidel.” Regarding Captain Cobeil, Bomar related, “he was completely catatonic. … His body was ripped and torn everywhere…Hell cuffs appeared almost to have severed his wrists…Slivers of bamboo were imbedded in his bloodied shins, he was bleeding from everywhere, terribly swollen, a dirty yellowish black and purple [countenance] from head to toe.” In an effort to force Cobeil to talk “Fidel smashed a fist into the man’s face, driving him against the wall. Then he was brought to the center of the room and made to get down onto his knees. Screaming in rage, Fidel took a length of rubber hose from a guard and lashed it as hard as he could into the man’s face. The prisoner did not react; he did not cry out or even blink an eye. Again and again, a dozen times, [Fidel] smashed the man’s face with the hose.” Because of his grotesque physical condition Captain Cobeil was not repatriated but instead was listed as “died in captivity,” with his remains returned in 1974. (Miami Herald, August, 22 1999, and Benge, Michael D. “The Cuban Torture Program, Testimony before the House International Relations Committee, Chaired by the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman, November 4, 1999.) Incredibly, Fidel’s torture of Major James Kasler is well known as he somehow managed to survive the Cuban’s torture. Much less is known about our 17 captured airmen taken to Cuba for “experimentation in torture techniques.” They were held in Havana ’s Los Maristas, a secret Cuban prison run by Castro’s G-2 Intelligence service. A few were held in the Mazorra (Psychiatric) Hospital and served as human guinea pigs used to develop improved methods of extracting information through “torture and drugs to induce [American] prisoners to cooperate.” After being shot down in April of 1972, U.S. Navy F-4 pilot, Lt. Clemmie McKinney, an African-American, was imprisoned near the Cuban compound called Work Site Five. His capture occurred while then-Cuban president Fidel Castro was visiting the nearby Cuban field hospital. Although listed as killed in the crash by DOD, his photograph standing with Castro, was later published in a classified CIA document. More than 13 years later, on August 14, 1985, the North Vietnamese returned Lt. McKinney ’s remains, reporting that he died in November 1972. However, a U.S, Army forensic anthropologist established the “time of death as not earlier than 1975 and probably several years later.” The report speculated that he had been a guest at Havana ’s Los Maristas prison, with his remains returned to Vietnam for repatriation. (We also paid big money for the remains — delivered in stacks of green dollars to Hanoi aboard an AF C-141 from Travis AFB, California.) Unfortunately, our servicemen held in the Cuban POW camp near Work Site Five (Cong Truong Five), along with those in two other Cuban run camps were never acknowledged nor accounted for and the prisoners simply disappeared. If our honor code of “Duty, Honor, Country,” and our national policy of “No man left behind,” are more than meaningless slogans, then before our relations with Cuba can be normalized, their murderous leadership must account for our POWs—especially the 17 airmen taken to Cuba . The civilized world and American veterans demand it. Best Regards, Elmer Davis LtCol USMC (Ret) Director, C-130 Product Line Kellstrom Defense, a Merex Company 15501 SW 29th Street, Suite 101 Miramar, FL 330

Poker Table With A History For Sale

Around this table, such notables as George Shadid, Sal Pisano, Joe Stowell, Bill Tuttle, Billy Stone, Doc Perino, Ken (Moose) Goldin, Tim Shea, Larry Smith, Mark Bolton, Ray White, Tony Van Dyke, Doc Rushford and several other notables played at one time or another. Ours was not the big game where Bradley Coach Joe Stowell got busted.

This table is 60" in diameter with a laminate reversible top, 8 poker positions with a bumper pool setting on the fixed position. It is 50 years old, solid dark wood and is in excellent condition. Selling price is $400.

While I live in Peoria, my # is 6188305647. If and when sold, I will delete this post.

Kathleen Parker, a Hard 4 Democrat, Talks About the Ease of Rigging a Birth Certificate

Is she talking about our current president? Anyway, she made an interesting comment on the "ease of rigging".

How true.

Widmer 40th Reunion Set For June

Donat and Lillie Widmer bore nine kids. I am the sole survivor. I thought I was lucky to see 75. Now I'm aiming for 95 as all my doctors signed off on me last month while advising me to keep doing what I am doing.. On the other hand, I hope we have a good turnout as it may be the last original Widmer reunion.

Herb Kauffman, a WW2 veteran, who survived 26 flights over enemy territory, is my sole Brother-in-Law. He is 96, lives in a lovely and well-managed Assisted Living Home in Washington, Il. Sharp as a razor and a really talented and great guy. He and my sister Viola who passed on on Christmas day, helped me out with a generous loan when I ran into financial trouble back in 1984. My troubles stemmed from a disastrous fire that destroyed the Beeney building which held my insured inventory.

Thinking I would go broke, the Jefferson Bank, then owned by the Bielfeldt;s, approved the decision of the loan officer who handled my account to freeze all my assets. That loan officer is still living in Peoria and is V-P of a charitable organization I dropped from my giving list. He is not the brightest turnip to fall off the turnip truck.

Helping me out with financial loans,after the fire, were my Brother-in-Law, Arthur Hermann and my sister Pauline. So did my sister Verna.

I repaid them all and love them dearly. My family, my siblings and their kin, were and are all good and decent people.So many so sorely missed.

My two daughters love me as I love them. Unfortunately, they and their families live quite a distance away. Each, year, I look forward to seeing so many at our reunions.

Triple the Defense of Romanian Hacker

Remember Vince Foster. also, Trump also needs to be ever alert. Lot of crazies in this country.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

844# is a New Scam. At Least it Appears So

Don't call 844#. It's a scam and they will take all your info. Just shut down your computer and start over again. That's what I di

Friday, May 20, 2016

Trump is in Business to Make Money. Aren't We All?? He is NOT President!!

Isn't most everyone working, investing, or sucking on the government tit to make money? Or at least living doing something or collecting something to break even?  If we weren't, all the country would be on welfare. Why wouldn't Trump like so many of your friends and family who are investing in companies that outsource?

Outsourcing is 100% legal. You, like The Donald, who has been in business all his life to make money not to lose more than he/we make. If you and your friends are investing to make money why shouldn't Trump? He is NOT PRESIDENT but you can bet when he IS elected, he will make every effort to expand the job market in the U.S.A. as soon as possible. He must have a Congress that will work for him. He will put the onus on Democrats who will oppose him but surely these belligerents should realize that expanding the job market would be politically correct.

Even for Democrats.

Count on the Socialist/Liberal press to keep hammering Trump. Going to be a long summer. Better to watch sports and Discovery Channel than CNN and FOX. Except for Hannity, O'Reilly Greta and Laura.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dear God, Tell These BluNoses and Idiot Politicians to LEGALIZE MARIJUNIA

It's not working if only the bluenoses and phony politicians and overly religious types would get out and see for themselves. Don't believe everything your kids tell you. They have had plenty of role models to learn the art of lying.

Execute the heroin, meth, opium and worse drug dealers. Try to rehab the users. Use the now unemployed eradication folks for that role.

I have always supported the death penalty and recommend hanging now that Big Pharma will no longer supply the drug injection which was a bad idea to start using injections. Hangings are much quicker and cleaner. Some people may be executed in error, so improve the evidence scenario. It is said that thousands die yearly by mistakes made by doctors. My best friend died from a mis-diagnosis.

People die every day by someone else's error. How about the bus crash in Texas today that killed 8 people and injured many. Did  a vehicle driver make a fatal mistake or was it a mechanical failure? If so, will vehicular travel be banned or will all vehicles be driverless?

Support Trump and he will help somewhat by building the wall. 8 billion is peanuts when you consider the billions we spent on paying the interest on our national and state debts.

Black Lives Matter - Trump and I Say ALL Lives Matter

(To a point. Maybe everyone in the world at  least till perhaps the age of 10).Members of this group of "Black Lives Matter" want cops to be killed and they didn't care how.. I want to s'martter these "Marxist animals" Black Lives Matter all over the roads they block. I want them to go back to their roots and stay there whether it be Africa or wherever.

I want more guys and women like Sheriff Joe and Governor Brewer. And now Donald Trump who is right 80% of the time while the average politician is right perhaps 50% of the time.

At times I have wavered in my support of Donald Trump. No longer. And the sooner the most divisive President we ever had in our history,  militant Muslim Barack Obama disappears from this country, the better.

In a previous blog or more, I have predicted a Revolution, probably violent, in this country. It may be 20 years away or sooner or later. Events are moving rapidly and many whites are as much to blame as the militants of any color in this country..

And frankly, how Obama and his ilk go, I could care less.

I might add my insurance agent is black as were many of my employees. I never hired one I later had to fire. Can't say that for a lot of white people I hired. Would I hire a Muslim today? I surely would if they met criteria of my company and my personal criteria of the people I hired. They wouldn't get an interview, though, if they wore a burka or a head scarf.

I am concerned that more peaceful blacks do not defend the police as why I don't understand why more peaceful Muslims do not publicly condemn groups like ISIS, etc.

Am I an angry white? Chalk me up in that column. By the way, many of these militants claim to be highly educated. Most likely by some of the worst and  most militant teachers in this country. Of which there are thousands. These remarks in this paragraph also include a sizable minority of the clergy.

And as I  blogged years ago, I do not call any black an African American. What b...l  s..t. .

Want To Get Rid of Your Spouse??

One way appears to be to go on a cruise with them. On the other hand, if the spouse is mentally sick, the spouse may "off" themselves to try to put the blame on the surviving spouse.

A "loving" partner disappearing at sea seems to be growing in popularity. Or was Samantha Broberg travelling alone? I deeply regret the incident no matter how it turns out.

Sad world we live in. And no, no more cruises for me. I've gone on all the cruises I ever want.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

West Virginia Votes Correctly

No, I am not opposed to coal but I do want Clean Coal. By the way, do people know how many ACTIVE volcanoes are spewing their ash in the air all over the world? I'll bet  a large sum that not even 5%  have no idea. Also, how many forest fires are burning right now across the world, many as a result of  "tree-huggers" and Al Gores"? Bet people have no idea either.

Can those making billions on pollution control explain why there were glaciers outside of Eureka, Il. approximately 10.000 years ago. You doubt me? I can prove it and of course, it retreated. And, no, I am not THAT old. Was it because of coal burning, electricity plants and Buffalo farts.  Ha, Ha. Can you believe a Lutheran School Teacher tried to teach her class that the world was formed in 6 days and she had my Grandson believing it to the point he wanted to argue her 'correctness" with me?

There are still a large number of people who believe her teachings to be true.

Are we a nation of rotten nuts or just a "small" minority???