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  • HODGES BREAKS SIEGFRIED LINE AT AACHEN, MOVES ON COLOGNE; PATTON SEIZES NANCY (9/16/44)

    09/16/2014 5:00:35 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    abb to henkster

    England had to have their hero in Monty. Politically, he HAD to be in the spotlight.

    It would be interesting to see what kind of headlines the Times of London was publishing about this time.

  • HODGES BREAKS SIEGFRIED LINE AT AACHEN, MOVES ON COLOGNE; PATTON SEIZES NANCY (9/16/44)

    09/16/2014 3:09:36 PM PDT · 22 of 29
    abb to colorado tanker

    We all knew the Monty/Ike thing was bumpy, but it becomes clear when reading all the inside stuff that Monty was insufferable. He resented Ike being in charge, and went out of his way to cause problems.

    Remember, during the Bulge, he started up his crap about a single ground command. And this after he didn’t lift a finger to help Bastogne. Patton saved the day.

    Ike should have run Monty’s ass off after Arnhem.

  • HODGES BREAKS SIEGFRIED LINE AT AACHEN, MOVES ON COLOGNE; PATTON SEIZES NANCY (9/16/44)

    09/16/2014 10:03:04 AM PDT · 14 of 29
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Saint_Paul_%28CA-73%29

    In 1964, as the only World War II cruiser still in commission and still in her wartime all-gun configuration (several others were in commission, but had been extensively modernized into guided missile cruisers), Saint Paul was extensively used in the filming of the motion picture In Harm’s Way, starring John Wayne. In the movie, it is apparent that the ship has been slightly modified according to the standard of the Baltimore class - the front 5-inch cannon turret has been removed, leading to the larger gap between the bridge and second 8-inch turret, so in the movie the cruiser no longer has 12 5-inch guns, but only 10 5-inch guns. The ship was never mentioned by her actual name (her large hull number on the bow was painted over), but was simply referred to as “Old Swayback” and was supposedly commanded by Wayne’s character as a captain, served as his flagship as a rear admiral, and was later sunk during a crucial battle with the Japanese.

  • U.S. GUNS SHELL AACHEN FROM A MILE AWAY; OUR TROOPS LAND 300 MILES FROM PHILIPPINES (9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 5:21:46 PM PDT · 37 of 39
    abb to colorado tanker

    This link goes to Charles MacDonald’s “The Siegfried Line Campaign.” Complete book.

    http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/Siegfried/Siegfried%20Line/siegfried-fm.htm

  • U.S. GUNS SHELL AACHEN FROM A MILE AWAY; OUR TROOPS LAND 300 MILES FROM PHILIPPINES (9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 5:03:50 PM PDT · 35 of 39
    abb to colorado tanker

    Lots of discussion here:

    http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/Siegfried/Siegfried%20Line/siegfried-ch09.htm

    Even before the landings in Normandy, the Allies had eyed Antwerp covetously. While noting that seizure of Le Havre would solve some of the problems of supplying Allied armies on the Continent, the pre-D-Day planners had predicted that “until after the development of Antwerp, the availability of port capacity will still limit the forces which can be maintained.”1 By the time the Allies had broken their confinement in Normandy to run footloose across northern France, the desire for Antwerp had grown so urgent that it had strongly influenced General Eisenhower in his decision to put the weight of the tottering logistical structure temporarily behind the thrust in the north.2

    The decision paid dividends with capture of the city, its wharves and docks intact, by British armor on 4 September. (See Map 2.) Yet then it became apparent that the Germans intended to hold both banks of the Schelde along the sixty-mile course to the sea, to usurp the role of Druon Antigon. Antwerp was a jewel that could not be worn for want of a setting.

    Had Field Marshal Montgomery immediately turned the Second British Army to clearing the banks of the estuary, the seaward approaches to the port well might have been opened speedily. But like the other Allies in those days of glittering triumphs, the British had their eyes focused to the east. Looking anxiously toward the possibility of having to fight a way across the Maas and the Rhine, the 21 Army Group commander wanted to force these barriers before the Germans could rally to defend them. “I considered it worth while,” Montgomery wrote after the war, “to employ all our resources [to get across the Rhine], at the expense of any other undertaking.”3

  • U.S. GUNS SHELL AACHEN FROM A MILE AWAY; OUR TROOPS LAND 300 MILES FROM PHILIPPINES (9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 4:37:20 PM PDT · 33 of 39
    abb to colorado tanker

    It would have been another port, but since it was in Western France, the long distances would have to be contended with.

    I read a books several years ago about the Battle for Antwerp, but all this discussion has made me curious about who dropped the ball and why regarding the Scheldt.

    Obviously, the entire complexion of the war could have been changed had the port been available when first captured in September.

    Maybe everyone was paying attention to all the ground being gained across France, and took their eye off the logistics ball?

    Winning battles and gaining ground gets you newspaper headlines, but statistics about tonnage shipped and offloaded ain’t very newsworthy.

  • U.S. GUNS SHELL AACHEN FROM A MILE AWAY; OUR TROOPS LAND 300 MILES FROM PHILIPPINES (9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 11:11:28 AM PDT · 29 of 39
    abb to henkster

    No. I just ran across it when I googled up “channel ports after d day.”

    He has some interesting conclusions, tho.

    http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/logistics-quotes-t511.html

    “There is nothing more common than to find considerations of supply affecting the strategic lines of a campaign and a war.”
    - Carl von Clausevitz

    “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…”
    - Sun Tzu

    “Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.”
    - Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) noted in 1980

    “Logistics is the stuff that if you don’t have enough of, the war will not be won as soon as.”
    - General Nathaniel Green, Quartermaster, American Revolutionary Army

  • U.S. GUNS SHELL AACHEN FROM A MILE AWAY; OUR TROOPS LAND 300 MILES FROM PHILIPPINES (9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 10:19:00 AM PDT · 27 of 39
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a416387.pdf

    SEDUCTION IN COMBAT: LOSING SIGHT
    OF LOGISTICS AFTER D-DAY
    A thesis presented to the Faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree
    MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE
    Military History

  • Black Panthers Threaten to Lynch Black Conservative for Supporting Officer Darren Wilson

    09/14/2014 4:41:26 PM PDT · 22 of 41
    abb to Nachum

    This clown was in Jonesboro, LA last year during the trial of that town’s mayor. I covered the whole mess on my newsblog.

    http://www.knoe.com/story/23260228/supporters-march-to-court-with-jonesboro-mayor

  • Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market

    09/14/2014 10:18:31 AM PDT · 4 of 23
    abb to Lorianne

    Clifford hasn’t been keeping up with the business. Motiva has been in the US refining market for years.

    http://www.motivaenterprises.com/terminals.html

    Motiva is the third largest refiner in the Gulf Coast. We own and operate three refineries located in Covent and Norco, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas – with a combined refining capacity of over 1 million barrels of crude oil per day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motiva_Enterprises

  • AMERICANS OUTSIDE AACHEN, WIN A REICH TOWN; THIRD ARMY FORGES AHEAD ON MOSELLE FRONT (9/14/44)

    09/14/2014 4:59:43 AM PDT · 10 of 28
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.armchairgeneral.com/a-lingering-controversy-eisenhowers-broad-front-strategy.htm

    The storm brewing between Eisenhower and Montgomery came to a head on September 10 during a tense face-off between the two men. Montgomery had insisted on a meeting and in keeping with his custom that the senior officer should visit his subordinates, Eisenhower readily agreed. The two met aboard Eisenhower’s aircraft parked on the tarmac at Brussels airport. The meeting began innocently enough until Montgomery pulled from his pocket the signals exchanged between them for the past week. The new field marshal wasted no time launching into perhaps the most intemperate and foolish outburst of his career. In language fit for a drill instructor addressing recruits, Montgomery testily condemned everything about Eisenhower’s plan, and why it would not work. Pulling Eisenhower’s recent signals from his pocket, he exclaimed, “They’re balls, sheer balls, rubbish!” Perhaps only Eisenhower would have the forbearance to sit in stony silence while a subordinate verbally assaulted him. When Montgomery at last paused for breath, Eisenhower put his hand on Montgomery’s knee and gently said, “Steady, Monty! You can’t speak to me like that. I’m your boss.” For one of the few times in his career, Montgomery muttered, “I’m sorry, Ike,” and the meeting concluded in less acrimonious fashion, but with neither general giving in to the other. The broad front advance to the Rhine would continue, declared Eisenhower.

    Eisenhower’s refusal to back Montgomery’s single-thrust plan was not only based on philosophical differences, but on intelligence estimates that the Germans were simply too weak to hold the Siegfried Line or to stop an Allied advance on both the Ruhr and the Saar. Privately, Ike was deeply troubled by the rancorous September 10 meeting. Montgomery’s repeated challenges left him openly questioning his loyalty, and he derided Monty’s plan as a “mere pencil-like thrust” inconsistent with his concept that the war would be fought and won by Allies advancing on a “broad front.”

    Montgomery’s lack of tact, his frequent letters exhorting Eisenhower to change his mind, and now their face-off in Brussels drove an even deeper wedge in their relations. Montgomery had failed to discern that to attempt to run roughshod over Eisenhower was a waste of time that did more harm than good. Or that behind the calm exterior that permitted free rein to the British field marshal was the unforgiving side of Eisenhower who never forgot the slights and the criticism of his decisions. Montgomery’s pride and his belief in the correctness of his plan left him equally unapologetic. “I’m trying to fight a war, and I can’t help it,” he told his aide.

    Two proud men that believed in the validity of their cause was a prescription for an impasse. Eisenhower’s great instinct for compromise influenced his decisions during the most critical weeks of the war. Had the logistical support existed without utterly crippling everyone else, there was a strong case to be made for Montgomery’s bold, single-thrust, the ultimate prize being an end to the war in 1944.

  • AMERICANS OUTSIDE AACHEN, WIN A REICH TOWN; THIRD ARMY FORGES AHEAD ON MOSELLE FRONT (9/14/44)

    09/14/2014 4:53:42 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://home.online.nl/cclinks/abtf/septem~2.html

    September 10, 1944

    Belgium
    Eisenhower flies to Montgomery’s headquarters near Brussels. Again, as on August 23, Montgomery denounces Eisenhower’s broad-front strategy and pushes for his own single-thrust strategy. At one point, Eisenhower reminds Montgomery who the commander is; Monty, momentarily subdued, apologizes but then unveils a new twist on his single-thrust strategy.

    The field marshal proposes Operation Market-Garden. Montgomery wants to use the First Allied Airborne Army to seize a series of bridges along a roughly 60-mile corridor from Eindhoven to Arnhem in Holland (Operation Market). The bridge at Arnhem, over the Lower Rhine, is the real prize. Once the airborne units begin landing, XXX Corps will drive through the corridor and across the captured bridges (Operation Garden). Possession of the Arnhem bridge will give Montgomery - and the Allies - the crossing needed to flank the West Wall and roll up the German flank all the way to Berlin.

    Eisenhower is immediately impressed by the bold and imaginative plan but sees a dilemma. If he agrees to the plan, he must deny further supplies to Patton (and his drive on the Saar River in the south). More importantly, it will shift the focus of operations from making Antwerp the working port the Allies desperately need, regardless of their grand strategy.

    But if he disagrees with Montgomery’s plan, Eisenhower is ignoring strong suggestions from Washington to utilize the First Allied Airborne Army; he’s also saying “no” to a chance to end the war by the end of 1944.

    Eisenhower decides to take a risk but limit his exposure. He agrees to let Montgomery launch his airborne operation but does not agree to a subsequent drive into the Ruhr River valley. Eisenhower wants the operation to be part of the larger effort, an extension of the broad front. The supreme commander also wants Montgomery’s assurance that the shift of focus away from Antwerp is temporary. Montgomery goes a step better - he assures Eisenhower that the 21st Army Group can carry out both operations - clearing the Scheldt Estuary and flanking the West Wall - simultaneously. Eisenhower accepts Montgomery’s word.

    Eisenhower has a final stipulation: The operation must be carried out as soon as possible. When the meeting is over, Montgomery is elated. But even with Eisenhower’s approval, Montgomery is still not satisfied. Now that his operation has been approved, Monty reverts to character; the meticulous planner who doesn’t move until every detail has been attended to. He needs not the majority of the supplies, but all the supplies, to make his pet operation work. Eisenhower reluctantly agrees to temporarily divert the supplies to Operation Market-Garden.

  • Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court

    09/13/2014 4:07:14 PM PDT · 3 of 34
    abb to BBell

    I want either a Panther or Tiger. Would be mollified if I could get a King Tiger.

  • Mistrust Lingers as Ferguson Takes New Tack on Fines (City surrenders, gives amnesty to criminals)

    09/13/2014 3:52:25 AM PDT · 3 of 22
    abb to ronnie raygun

    Judicial reparations.

  • AMERICANS BATTLE 5 MILES INSIDE REICH; FRENCH FRONTS JOIN; FOE LOSES 175 PLANES (9/12/44)

  • AMERICANS BATTLE 5 MILES INSIDE REICH; FRENCH FRONTS JOIN; FOE LOSES 175 PLANES (9/12/44)

    09/12/2014 1:31:16 PM PDT · 23 of 43
    abb to Hebrews 11:6

    It was late November before Antwerp was in operation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Scheldt

    “Once the German defenders were no longer a threat, it was a further three weeks before the first ship carrying Allied supplies was able to unload in Antwerp (on November 29, 1944) due to the necessity of de-mining the harbours.”

    It was only three weeks later that the Battle of the Bulge began and ruined Allied strategy altogether.

  • AMERICANS BATTLE 5 MILES INSIDE REICH; FRENCH FRONTS JOIN; FOE LOSES 175 PLANES (9/12/44)

    09/12/2014 1:25:36 PM PDT · 21 of 43
    abb to henkster

    No doubt. But the question to be answered is whether Ike’s decision to give Monty the supplies and starve Brad/Patton was strictly a military call or more political. Or both.

  • NFL: 3 in 10 Ex-Players Face Alzheimer's, Dementia

    09/12/2014 11:50:04 AM PDT · 6 of 100
    abb to Oldeconomybuyer

    Nearly 100% of the general population face the same prospect if they live long enough and don’t die young from other causes.

  • AMERICANS BATTLE 5 MILES INSIDE REICH; FRENCH FRONTS JOIN; FOE LOSES 175 PLANES (9/12/44)

    09/12/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · 18 of 43
    abb to henkster

    I look forward to the discussion. Indeed, military operations are easy to dissect after the fact.

    But the entire strategy for operations in Northern France and Belgium was to open the channel ports. Didn’t happen as planned.

  • Rob Maness is gaining notoriety in Senate race, but is he gaining ground?

    09/12/2014 11:28:01 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    abb to Viennacon

    Cassidy isn’t a RINO. Here’s my interview with him last March.

    http://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/cassidy-landrieu-supports-obamas-agenda-97-of-the-time/

    Cassidy: “Landrieu Supports (Obama’s) Agenda 97% of the Time”
    By Walter Abbott - 3/7/14

    Ruston, LA - “Barak Obama’s agenda has been awful for the American Family… and Senator Landrieu supports that agenda 97% of the time,” Congressman Bill Cassidy (LA 06) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) in an interview earlier today in Ruston. That remark was in response to the question of why he is running for for the U. S. Senate, and against incumbent Mary Landrieu.

    Cassidy said that agenda has hurt Americans because it has “taken (away) their choice of healthcare,” and is “hurting their ability to get a good job with good benefits.” He added, “If she wins, the Senate continues to be a rubber stamp for this agenda that’s hurting the American Family.”

    Cassidy said he is best positioned in the state to beat her, and feels duty bound to try.

    Said Cassidy, “I’ll give up my congressional seat – that’s the risk you take – the greater goal is I am not going to be passive as this president and this senator who supports him 97% of the time, I think does things which are incredibly harmful.”

    Cassidy, 57, came to Louisiana from Illinois at ten months of age, when his father went to work in one of the petrochemical plants along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge’s Tara High School, and got his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School.

    He was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006, and won his Baton Rouge-based congressional seat in 2008.

    Cassidy credits his love of the state and interest in politics from reading at an early age A. J. Liebling’s book, The Earl of Louisiana. That book chronicled Louisiana Governor Earl Long’s final years in Louisiana politics.

    Asked why he entered politics later in life, Cassidy says he often counsels young people who want to be involved in politics to “have a life first.”

    Said Cassidy, “People will respect you more, and your judgements will be sounder if you’ve actually had to live under the laws that others have passed, and you’ve actually had to make a living and make decisions.”

    Landrieu has held public office continuously since 1979.

    Cassidy acknowledged Landrieu’s support in the past from some in Louisiana’s business community because of government “earmarks.”

    Said Cassidy, “Senator Landrieu is related to people by blood, marriage, and government contracts.”

    But Cassidy thinks that since the earmark process has been significantly curtailed since 2010, her ability to garner support from that practice will be also diminished.

    Qualifying for the Tuesday, November 4 election is August 20-22, Early voting will be from October 21 to October 28.

  • AMERICANS BATTLE 5 MILES INSIDE REICH; FRENCH FRONTS JOIN; FOE LOSES 175 PLANES (9/12/44)

    09/12/2014 7:14:16 AM PDT · 15 of 43
    abb to CPT Clay; Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/MR775/MR775.chap8.pdf

    THE PLANS
    Montgomery lobbied hard for the resources with which to execute his plan. He persistently importuned Eisenhower for the authority to supersede all other offensive operations with preparations for MARKET-GARDEN. Finally, Eisenhower promised to deliver a thousand tons of supplies per day from September 10 through October 1.

    Montgomery promptly set the date for the attack as September 17, giving General Lewis H. Brereton’s staff but seven days to plan and prepare for this operation.

    Brereton’s staff immediately began working out the myriad details necessary to move three divisions and all their gear 600 miles into a combat zone.

    Brereton appointed Commander British 1st Airborne Corps,
    Lieutenant-General F.A.M. “Boy” Browning, as commander of the airborne force until such time as it had conducted a link-up with the British Second Army. After that, the airborne force would come under the command of General Sir Miles Dempsey, the 2nd Army Commander:

    On 10 September, immediately after the cancellation of Operation COMET, the commanders of the three airborne divisions were summoned to Montgomery’s headquarters to be briefed by Lieutenant-General Browning, who was both Deputy-Commander of the 1st Allied Airborne Army and Commander, British Airborne Corps. . . .

    When given his orders by Montgomery, Browning was told that the Second Army would be up to Arnhem in two days. Feeling some reservation about this optimism, he made the reply famous in Cornelius Ryan’s best-seller:

    “I think we can hold the bridge for four days but I think we may be going a bridge too far.”

  • States by Economics and Voting (Investment & Finance Thread)

    09/11/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT · 67 of 71
    abb to Wyatt's Torch

    It is still “forecasting.”

    Back when I toiled for wages, one of my duties besides selling was to estimate costs for the machinery fabrication we produced. We were in our Monday Morning Meeting (MMM) when one of the bosses blurted out. “Cut the bullshit Abbott!! Exactly how much will it cost us to build it?”

    My reply: “I don’t know. If I KNEW, it would be called “knowing” instead of “estimating. And if I knew, I would be working for myself and getting rich.”

  • BATTLES RAGING IN FRONT OF THE SIEGFRIED LINE; RUSSIAN ARMIES RACE ACROSS TRANSYLVANIA (9/10/44)

    09/10/2014 6:01:31 PM PDT · 40 of 46
    abb to henkster

    At the now advanced age of 64, and having benefit of knowing how the World Works, I cannot help but believe that Monty’s Market Garden plan was mainly an effort to regain the newspaper headlines from Patton and Bradley.

    It’s just too obvious. And you just KNOW that Churchill was whispering in Ike’s ear.

  • BATTLES RAGING IN FRONT OF THE SIEGFRIED LINE; RUSSIAN ARMIES RACE ACROSS TRANSYLVANIA (9/10/44)

    09/10/2014 5:32:20 PM PDT · 35 of 46
    abb to colorado tanker

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Scheldt

    Today, the battle of the Scheldt is seen[who?] as an unnecessarily brutal one, as the river could have been cleared earlier and more easily had the Allies not seen it as a lesser priority to Operation Market Garden. U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s decisions have been widely criticized as they pertain to the lack of importance he placed on the opening of the Scheldt. In reality, however, he placed great significance on the opening of Antwerp, and it was Montgomery who pressed the matter in reaching for the Rhine.[citation needed] It should be noted that in early September 1944 victory in the war looked to be very close, which in hindsight proved unduly optimistic, and it was this that resulted in gambling to get a Rhine crossing in September in 1944, largely at the expense of opening up Antwerp. American historian Charles B. MacDonald called (in 1969) the failure to immediately take the Scheldt “One of the greatest tactical mistakes of the war.”[10] Because of the flawed strategic choices made by Montgomery and Eisenhower in early September the battle became one of the longest and bloodiest that the Canadian army faced over the course of the Second World War.

    http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=116

    Battle of the Scheldt Estuary
    2 Oct 1944 - 8 Nov 1944

    Contributor: C. Peter Chen

    “Capture of the approaches to Antwerp was a difficult operation,” recalled Dwight Eisenhower in his memoirs. However, it was much needed as another port for the war of supply the Allies was fighting in late 1944. After initial delay, Allied advances were now far beyond initial predictions, which was bittersweet as the supplies simply could not keep up with the rapidly advancing troops. The situation was made worst after foul weather on 19 Jun damaged harbors in the Normandy area. The capture of Antwerp on 4 Sep 1944 did not yet bring relief to the supply situation, as the approaches to Antwerp, the Scheldt Estuary, were still under German control. Commonwealth troops under the command of Lieutenant General Guy Simonds were given the task of securing the Scheldt Estuary. Under Simonds’ command was the Canadian 1st Army, consisted of the British 1st Corps and Canadian 2nd Corps (with a Polish armored division and two British divisions).

    The terrain this region in Holland and Belgium favored the defenders. The marshlands in the south impeded movement, the isthmus at South Beveland was easily defended, and the island of Walcheren was an island fortress. Defending this terrain was General Gustav-Adolf von Zangen’s 15th German Army. The 15th German Army was beaten and chased by the Allies during the campaign for Antwerp, but a failure in strategy discontinued the chase, giving the German troops the time to further fortify the area. This strategic failure was largely attributed to Bernard Montgomery, who drew men and resources away from the Antwerp region for the failed Market Garden operation. “If I had not attempted the Arnhem operation”, said Eisenhower, “possibly we could have begun the Walcheren attack some two or three weeks earlier.”

    http://www.armchairgeneral.com/battle-of-the-scheldt.htm

    http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/history/campaigns/northwesteurope/scheldt.htm

  • BATTLES RAGING IN FRONT OF THE SIEGFRIED LINE; RUSSIAN ARMIES RACE ACROSS TRANSYLVANIA (9/10/44)

    09/10/2014 5:10:16 PM PDT · 33 of 46
    abb to colorado tanker

    Capturing Antwerp wasn’t the problem. It was clearing the Schedlt River estuary that gummed up the works.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Scheldt

  • BATTLES RAGING IN FRONT OF THE SIEGFRIED LINE; RUSSIAN ARMIES RACE ACROSS TRANSYLVANIA (9/10/44)

    09/10/2014 5:07:28 PM PDT · 32 of 46
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://omg2014.allunited.nl/userfiles/10_nieuws/321_market_garden_history_.pdf

    On September 6 Montgomery tabled a new plan — still codenamed “Comet” in which the British 1st Airborne Division would land and capture the bridges at Grave, Nijmegen and Arnhem.

    From the bridgehead in Belgium a second army would move out in a double spearheaded action: one would advance Den Bosch while the other headed toward Arnhem-Nijmegen.

    On the 7th of September division commanders for both operations received orders to proceed. Unfortunately heavy storms in the English Channel and increasing German resistance resulted in a delay of several days.

    On September 10 the operation was called off because Montgomery believed the risks to be too great. He immediately put his staff to work on a new plan with practically the same goals though, this time around, there would be no advance on Den Bosch. However the new plan would in clude two American airborne divisions as a surprise element.

    Montgomery strongly believed a “coup de main” could be implemented because the Germans would never expect an airborne landing in Arnhem.

  • AP source says Ray Rice video sent to NFL months ago

    09/10/2014 2:16:53 PM PDT · 5 of 61
    abb to mojito

    Say it ain’t so, Roger!!! Say it ain’t so...

  • College Professors Feeling the ObamaCare Pinch

    09/10/2014 1:33:58 PM PDT · 24 of 32
    abb to polymuser

    The schadenfreude I felt at that meeting was almost palpable. And I’ve been going to those school board meetings and reporting on them for over five years.

  • College Professors Feeling the ObamaCare Pinch

    09/10/2014 1:12:39 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    abb to Academiadotorg

    http://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/obamacare-chickens-come-home-to-roost-lpsb/

    Obamacare Chickens Come Home to Roost @ LPSB
    By Walter Abbott

    Ruston, Louisiana - A provision of Obamacare that requires employees that work 30 or more hours a week to be “full-time” and eligible for medical coverage caused somewhat of a stir at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB). It seems that in addition to the 828 or so full-time employees (teachers, staff, and support), the district has between 200 and 300 part-time employees – substitute teachers, para-professionals, cafeteria, maintenance, and other contract employees that are paid by the hour.

    Effective January 1, 2015, any of those employees that work more than 30 hours/week will have to be offered medical coverage. That would cost the district about $2 million/year if all the part-time employees are enrolled, said David Charpentier, of Brown & Brown Insurance, a consultant who has advised the board in the past.

    Said Charpentier, “You can offer coverage to these individuals on the same basis that you offer it to everybody else, and you would have to find another approximately $2 million per year in your budget to do that.” He added, “Or you could ignore the issue, and the government would, after you sent your reporting package in where you self report in January 2016, the government would send you a bill for a fine of about $2.7 million, for not having offered coverage to a sufficient number of your full-time employees, as defined by them.”

    When the discussion centered around reducing the hours of the employees to less than 30 hours/week, and possibly increasing their hourly pay to compensate, District Eleven’s George Mack, Jr. sharply questioned that plan.

    Said Mack, “Here in Lincoln, it’s a question of equity and fairness. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the law of the land, is it not? So our objective is not to circumvent the law. That’s not what you’re trying to do, is it?” Mack went on, “How do we mitigate, how do we balance, taking care of people that we’re responsible for?”

    Business Manager George Murphy noted that last year the board staff had begun to make plans to implement the reduced hours, but the Obamacare decree was delayed for a year.

    Murphy said the plan was not an attempt to circumvent the law, but was in fact compliance.

    Said Murphy, “Every time that we’ve talked about this, the words that we’ve used is were doing this is to comply with the law.” He added, “To me, circumventing the law is we know about the law, but we’re not going to do anything about it.”

    Murphy noted that several years ago when sales tax receipts declined, several dozen full-time employee positions were eliminated and replaced with part-timers in order to stay solvent.

    Charpentier noted that many companies in the private sector are going out of business, because the can’t afford to pay for the coverage.

    As the discussion ebbed and flowed, it appeared that most all the board members were resigned to the reduced hours plan.

    We’ll have more reporting later on the rest of the meeting.

  • OPEC Says World Will Need Less of Its Oil Next Year

    09/10/2014 8:00:55 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    abb to b4its2late

    Maybe it’s True Love, LOL!!

  • OPEC Says World Will Need Less of Its Oil Next Year

    09/10/2014 7:53:04 AM PDT · 4 of 14
    abb to thackney

    Maybe, just maybe, in our lifetime we will see the Ragheads wandering the desert again, like days of yore - Lords of only what they can see within their field of vision.

    And making love to their livestock...

  • Jay Carney joins CNN

    09/10/2014 7:44:09 AM PDT · 7 of 60
    abb to Oldeconomybuyer

    At this point, what difference does it make?

  • Michigan Approves Corporate Welfare for Car Dealership

    09/09/2014 2:08:46 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    abb to cripplecreek

    Indeed. The word “fair” and “taxes” should never be used in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence.

    And by the way, quarterly payments are due next Monday...

  • Michigan Approves Corporate Welfare for Car Dealership

    09/09/2014 1:12:19 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    abb to cripplecreek

    I agree with your sentiment, but go to any local governing body meeting - city council, school board, county commission - and just see how often it is done.

    One man’s “tax loophole” is another man’s “tax incentive.”

  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:57:29 PM PDT · 42 of 81
    abb to Gay State Conservative

    And doncha remember that six or eight bucks for a vinyl album back in the sixties was REAL MONEY!! And the 45’s were a dollar a pop, too.

  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:43:59 PM PDT · 32 of 81
    abb to Fresh Wind
  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:18:32 PM PDT · 8 of 81
    abb to abb

    should be “four” times

  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:18:06 PM PDT · 7 of 81
    abb to ConservativeMind

    I’ve bought “The Best of Three Dog Night” for times: Once in vinyl, an eight-track, a cassette tape, and a CD. That’s enough. I ain’t paying royalties again.

  • AMERICANS SMASH WAY ACROSS THE MOSELLE AND FIGHT IN OUTWORKS OF THE SIEGFRIED LINE (9/7/44)

    09/07/2014 5:45:59 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson
  • Louisiana Senate: Cassidy (R) 44%, Landrieu (D) 41%

    09/05/2014 10:03:25 AM PDT · 26 of 35
    abb to Charles Martel

    My interview with Cassidy

    http://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/cassidy-landrieu-supports-obamas-agenda-97-of-the-time/

    Cassidy: “Landrieu Supports (Obama’s) Agenda 97% of the Time”
    By Walter Abbott - 3/7/14

    “Barak Obama’s agenda has been awful for the American Family… and Senator Landrieu supports that agenda 97% of the time,” Congressman Bill Cassidy (LA 06) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) in an interview earlier today in Ruston. That remark was in response to the question of why he is running for for the U. S. Senate, and against incumbent Mary Landrieu.

    Cassidy said that agenda has hurt Americans because it has “taken (away) their choice of healthcare,” and is “hurting their ability to get a good job with good benefits.” He added, “If she wins, the Senate continues to be a rubber stamp for this agenda that’s hurting the American Family.”

    Cassidy said he is best positioned in the state to beat her, and feels duty bound to try.

    Said Cassidy, “I’ll give up my congressional seat – that’s the risk you take – the greater goal is I am not going to be passive as this president and this senator who supports him 97% of the time, I think does things which are incredibly harmful.”

    Cassidy, 57, came to Louisiana from Illinois at ten months of age, when his father went to work in one of the petrochemical plants along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge’s Tara High School, and got his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School.

    He was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006, and won his Baton Rouge-based congressional seat in 2008.

    Cassidy credits his love of the state and interest in politics from reading at an early age A. J. Liebling’s book, The Earl of Louisiana. That book chronicled Louisiana Governor Earl Long’s final years in Louisiana politics.

    Asked why he entered politics later in life, Cassidy says he often counsels young people who want to be involved in politics to “have a life first.”

    Said Cassidy, “People will respect you more, and your judgements will be sounder if you’ve actually had to live under the laws that others have passed, and you’ve actually had to make a living and make decisions.”

    Landrieu has held public office continuously since 1979.

    Cassidy acknowledged Landrieu’s support in the past from some in Louisiana’s business community because of government “earmarks.”

    Said Cassidy, “Senator Landrieu is related to people by blood, marriage, and government contracts.”

    But Cassidy thinks that since the earmark process has been significantly curtailed since 2010, her ability to garner support from that practice will be also diminished.

    Qualifying for the Tuesday, November 4 election is August 20-22, Early voting will be from October 21 to October 28.

  • State cuts 2015 'Obamacare' rate hikes by more than 50 percent (New York)

    09/05/2014 12:53:06 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    abb to MissNomer

    Yes, that’s what he thinks. It was quite interesting to see a chronic Obama voter get jammed by his messiah.

  • State cuts 2015 'Obamacare' rate hikes by more than 50 percent (New York)

    09/04/2014 5:50:20 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    abb to Oldeconomybuyer

    http://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/obamacare-chickens-come-home-to-roost-lpsb/

    Obamacare Chickens Come Home to Roost @ LPSB
    By Walter Abbott

    A provision of Obamacare that requires employees that work 30 or more hours a week to be “full-time” and eligible for medical coverage caused somewhat of a stir at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB). It seems that in addition to the 828 or so full-time employees (teachers, staff, and support), the district has between 200 and 300 part-time employees – substitute teachers, para-professionals, cafeteria, maintenance, and other contract employees that are paid by the hour.

    Effective January 1, 2015, any of those employees that work more than 30 hours/week will have to be offered medical coverage. That would cost the district about $2 million/year if all the part-time employees are enrolled, said David Charpentier, of Brown & Brown Insurance, a consultant who has advised the board in the past.

    Said Charpentier, “You can offer coverage to these individuals on the same basis that you offer it to everybody else, and you would have to find another approximately $2 million per year in your budget to do that.” He added, “Or you could ignore the issue, and the government would, after you sent your reporting package in where you self report in January 2016, the government would send you a bill for a fine of about $2.7 million, for not having offered coverage to a sufficient number of your full-time employees, as defined by them.”

    When the discussion centered around reducing the hours of the employees to less than 30 hours/week, and possibly increasing their hourly pay to compensate, District Eleven’s George Mack, Jr. sharply questioned that plan.

    Said Mack, “Here in Lincoln, it’s a question of equity and fairness. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the law of the land, is it not? So our objective is not to circumvent the law. That’s not what you’re trying to do, is it?” Mack went on, “How do we mitigate, how do we balance, taking care of people that we’re responsible for?”

    Business Manager George Murphy noted that last year the board staff had begun to make plans to implement the reduced hours, but the Obamacare decree was delayed for a year.

    Murphy said the plan was not an attempt to circumvent the law, but was in fact compliance.

    Said Murphy, “Every time that we’ve talked about this, the words that we’ve used is were doing this is to comply with the law.” He added, “To me, circumventing the law is we know about the law, but we’re not going to do anything about it.”

    Murphy noted that several years ago when sales tax receipts declined, several dozen full-time employee positions were eliminated and replaced with part-timers in order to stay solvent.

    Charpentier noted that many companies in the private sector are going out of business, because the can’t afford to pay for the coverage.

    As the discussion ebbed and flowed, it appeared that most all the board members were resigned to the reduced hours plan.

    We’ll have more reporting later on the rest of the meeting.

  • LA Restaurants Enact 3% Surcharge For Healthcare Costs

    09/04/2014 2:23:53 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    abb to 2ndDivisionVet

    Actually, this could be a good thing, since it uncovers what is normally a hidden cost.

    Think about how withholding income taxes has allowed the unchecked expansion of income taxes. If everyone had to write a check payable to the IRS quarterly or monthly instead of have it withheld, it would get everyone’s attention.

    How many of really know the amount of gasoline taxes they pay? We don’t because it’s hidden in the total pump price.

    The same here. If costs are itemized and exposed, it at least tells us how much and what for.

  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 4:28:50 AM PDT · 10 of 21
    abb to martin_fierro
  • Two experts warn correction could total 60%

    08/27/2014 5:52:52 PM PDT · 33 of 94
    abb to Attention Surplus Disorder

    He’s what’s known as a contrary indicator. Whatever he says do, do the opposite.

  • Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem

    08/25/2014 5:21:32 PM PDT · 17 of 27
    abb to okie01

    Yes, there are usually separate systems for liquids and gas. However, switching from one to the other has been done, after infrastructure changes and inspection.

    Liquids can be transported by rail. Gas cannot. So rail operators DO NOT want to see pipelines in ANY form invade their monopoly. Once a pipeline right-of-way is secured and cleared, it isn’t too much more work to install TWO parallel lines, one for liquids and another for gas.

  • Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem

    08/25/2014 4:51:05 PM PDT · 13 of 27
    abb to okie01

    Pipelines can handle liquids, too.

  • Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem

    08/25/2014 4:22:47 PM PDT · 9 of 27
    abb to Rebelbase
    Pipeline infrastructure would diminish railroad profits.

    Buffett won't be pleased...

  • Zimbabwe: Street Vending - the Only Option for Zimbabwe's Graduates

    08/25/2014 2:17:08 PM PDT · 3 of 23
    abb to 2ndDivisionVet

    Within a couple more generations, they’ll be back to the Stone Age.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago not murder capital

    08/25/2014 1:49:22 PM PDT · 11 of 38
    abb to Responsibility2nd

    The hell it ain’t...