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  • Immediate Cause of World War One

    08/01/2014 6:50:05 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    Retain Mike to minnesota_bound
    Even the most capable of generals seemed to have that problem. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I am working my way through about 60 or so books I have on the subject. I always wonder how R.E. Lee could order Picket’s Charge after riding over the battlefield at Malvern Hill and seeing what Union artillery had done to his infantry. I suspect the Europeans ignored our war because it was conducted by a bunch of armatures, and instead focused on the Franco-Prussian War that lasted only weeks.

    And thanks for the link. I like to have something like that available as I revise my D-Day letter about the anxieties that Eisenhower had to be overcome from the experiences of WWI.

  • Immediate Cause of World War One

    08/01/2014 6:34:38 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Retain Mike to gorush
    He makes the point in a portion I did not quote that the count was not the only one with sinister motives. The French and Germans certainly despised each other and wanted some excuse to replay 1871.
  • Immediate Cause of World War One

    08/01/2014 6:25:28 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    Retain Mike to SeeSharp

    It is a comprehensive history, so there is no reason to obfuscate. I would be encouraged by endorsements of Stewart Menzies or Wilhelm Canaris as well.

  • Immediate Cause of World War One

    08/01/2014 5:14:17 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    Retain Mike
    By August 4 1914 the primary belligerent parties had made their declarations of war based on events following the assassination of Archduke Francis and his wife. However, that event was almost not the catalyst.

    A short story in our local paper reminded me of one of a multitude of interesting pieces I ran across in two years of reading every book I could find about secret service, espionage, and cryptography. In the 1967 edition of 33 CENTRIES OF ESPIONAGE by R. W. Rowan and on pages 458 through 461 I note the above explanation about the start of WW I. I would trust the narrative to be accurate, because Allen Dulles wrote the forward to the book.

  • Tell Target: don’t be bullied by a billionaire!

    06/10/2014 2:52:39 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    Retain Mike to rktman

    I bet you could post this one at different times of the day and get a different group of people. I know I am lazy enough not to check the website throughout the day.

  • Tell Target: don’t be bullied by a billionaire!

    06/10/2014 2:50:14 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    Retain Mike to unixfox

    I edited that one and left it at Target.

  • Tell Target: don’t be bullied by a billionaire!

    06/10/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    Retain Mike to rktman; unixfox; Salgak; grobdriver; pfflier

    When I saw an article about a couple eating places I sent them the below letter.

    Chili’s, Sonic enforce no-guns policy
    http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/chilis-sonic-enforce-no-guns-policy

    Your rule about guns and particularly targeting individuals with concealed carry permits seeks to confiscate a person’s inherent natural right of self-defense.
    Unfortunately psychopaths do not cower before rules such as yours excluding firearms, but instead seek the sanctuary you create for their brutality, terrorism and suicide. For example consider Adam Lanza at the Newtown shooting. He stole his mother’s guns (which was against the law), and then killed her with them (which was against the law). Next he transported these loaded guns onto school property and inside the building (which was against the law). He discharged the weapons within the city limits (which was against the law), and murdered 26 people (which was against the law). Finally, Mr. Lanza committed suicide (which was against the law). As usual he was the only person with a gun and the police showed up for body counts and paperwork.

    At this point I could provide you an essay explaining the futility of popular gun control initiatives including yours. However, you have clearly adopted a primitive faith position that can best be compared to chanting an unintelligible mantra while beating chicken entrails with a rock. You have invited your customers to join you in a suicide pact that overrules the judgment of Sheriffs who inspected an individual’s personal life before granting them authority to use deadly force for self-protection. Since any thinking person should never venture unarmed into a gun free zone, the only reasonable step I can take now is to warn the 50 or so people on my email list and the unnumbered legions reached on Facebook and Twitter to never enter your restaurants again.

  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/08/2014 12:50:47 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Retain Mike to Servant of the Cross

    While looking someing else I again came across what Richard Winters said the evening of D-Day.

    “Evening allowed a few minutes of quiet reflection. With our outposts in place, I stretched out to catch a few hours of sleep, even though the rattle of German small-arms fire continued throughout the night. The Germans were evidently not as tired as we were because they fired their machine-guns all night and hollered like a bunch of drunken kids having a party. Before I dosed off, I did not forget to get on my knees and thank God for helping me to live through this day and to ask His help on D+1. I would live this war through one day at a time, and I promised myself that if I survived, I would find a small farm somewhere in the Pennsylvania countryside and spend the remainder of my life in quiet and peace.”

  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2014 3:51:07 PM PDT · 14 of 21
    Retain Mike to ArmstedFragg

    I had not realized that. But of course if each has a stick of 11, then at most 13,350 are dropped on the continent the first time around.

  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2014 11:44:36 AM PDT · 12 of 21
    Retain Mike to Covenantor
    The English had been using this technique for their night bombing for years, so they must have taught the Americans. They accomplished this with no radars, no warning buzzers, and no lights. In the Tonkin Gulf I stood OOD watches at night in a formation of amphibious ships when we shut down our radars and lights. Cruising about on random courses at only 10 knots was enough of a pucker factor for me.
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2014 11:29:38 AM PDT · 10 of 21
    Retain Mike to Servant of the Cross

    That is great. I think I have Reagan’s speech as one of my links. I would love to work that into my narrative.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/06/2014 8:49:45 AM PDT · 50 of 50
    Retain Mike to ken5050

    I just posted the D-Day story. The title is D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/06/2014 8:49:11 AM PDT · 49 of 50
    Retain Mike to Servant of the Cross

    I just posted the D-Day story. The title is D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers.

  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · 1 of 21
    Retain Mike
  • The Battle of Midway

    06/05/2014 3:01:53 PM PDT · 48 of 50
    Retain Mike to Jacquerie
    It sure seems the Japanese were overconfident. Both the Yorktown and Shokaku were damaged at the Battle of the Coral Sea. After the Shokaku arrived in Japan, she didn’t enter dry-dock for a month. In contrast the Yorktown entered dry-dock immediately. When the yard said it would take two weeks for the repairs Nimitz said do what you can in 48 hours to make it ready for operating. And they did. You almost feel the Japanese didn’t really believe there was a war on. Japanese aircraft carrier Shōkaku http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_aircraft_carrier_Sh%C5%8Dkaku
  • The Battle of Midway

    06/05/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · 46 of 50
    Retain Mike to Jacquerie

    I certainly do agree there. I now have a letter and essay I plan to distribute every year.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/05/2014 9:11:04 AM PDT · 44 of 50
    Retain Mike to spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

    Oh, that is him.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/05/2014 9:09:26 AM PDT · 43 of 50
    Retain Mike to smokingfrog

    Been there. Done that. Incredible exibits.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/05/2014 9:06:43 AM PDT · 42 of 50
    Retain Mike to Lower Deck

    Thanks for the hands up. I’ll look for it.

  • The Battle of Midway

    06/04/2014 7:50:32 PM PDT · 1 of 50
    Retain Mike
    This year we will celebrate the 70th anniversary for D-Day, but as an old sailor I like to give equal time to the Battle of Midway which also occurred the first week in June two years earlier. However, I do have a write up for D-Day also.

    Some of the sources are really great. Nimitz Graybook may be only accessable to USNI member, but here you get to see hard copies of actual orders.

  • The Ship-Breakers Who Tear Apart Dead Cargo Vessels By Hand

    05/06/2014 10:37:23 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Retain Mike to dila813; QT3.14; wardaddy
    I saw the video of the beaching and it almost brought a tear to my eye. As a deck officer on an LST we got to do this repeatedly. Of course we had to get the ship off again.
  • White House sets out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'

    05/06/2014 10:27:51 AM PDT · 15 of 39
    Retain Mike to SeekAndFind; cuban leaf; Dilbert San Diego; dila813

    I simply cannot share a faith that transfers so much power to them. I have to remain skeptical of Michael Mann, Malcolm Hughes, the hockey stick, and the models created as linchpins to the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change. I am not convinced by the interpretation of selective tree ring, ice core, and coral reef data merged into the instrument measurements of recent centuries. I remain incredulous when raw data disappears after being subjected to linear regression analysis, which also proves mathematically the same visual image would appear for a clusters of boulders at the bottom of a landslide as for Stonehenge.

    I guess one of my early doubts came when I recalled a Naval Institute Proceeding article from the early 70’s. The subject was a crude oil tanker retrofitted with an ice-breaker bow for transit through the Northwest Passage. I wondered how the Arctic could be continuously warming over the next forty years and there not be regular seasonal passage of merchant traffic between Europe, the West Coast, Japan, Korea and China?

    When all the controversy arose about the East Anglia’s emails, I searched through several pages on Google before I finally found the text of the emails. After reading a couple hundred I could confirm understandings that the tenor was arrogant and deceptive. But what really got to me was that they had destroyed research raw data. Other scientists would not be able to conduct their own analysis, or review whether the samples chosen from the population were representative of the whole. Supposedly they were appropriately blessed by six independent (?) reviews. However, for me the destruction of original research data is fatal to the credibility of all involved.

    The accumulation of temperature data is also problem for me. The process begins when remote areas are inaccessible. Stations are located in urban areas and within walking or riding distance of an office. Over time transportation becomes easier and more are located in remote areas. However, previous stations keep being swallowed up by urban expansion. Therefore, temperatures have to increase over time because stations increasingly record micro-climate results. I want to see a graph with the last three hundred years on the horizontal axis and all the stations used on the vertical axis. If the data is to be believed then most the original stations would disappear and others would be substituted over time to maintain the same geographic dispersion.

    I cannot get past the magnitudes involved in this issue. Carbon dioxide represents less than four particles for 10,000 within the atmosphere. The water vapor that CO2 bonds with for mitigation as in carbonated water is 25 times more plentiful in the atmosphere, and 2.5 million times more plentiful in oceans. The natural engines driving mitigation of a CO2 molecule are awesome, when one considers a single hurricane uses enough energy to power Japan for a year.

    Thinking of magnitude reminds me of this article in the National Geographic that pilloried a scientist, whose research involving Mars, demonstrated changes in the earth’s temperature could be accounted for by changes in the sun’s intensity. Of course he was dealing with data over a limited time. However, folks did not criticize him for any failure account for other factors that could affect Martian temperatures. Possibly that would bring forward the embarrassing fact that changes in the sun’s intensity is not considered a huge factor in the climate change models.

    If the information is undeniable, then those few deniers would have been destroyed in open debates long ago. The results of those proceedings would have had media air time comparable to that devoted to flight 370. Instead the term climate change has become popular and global warming is now out of style. As far as I am concerned these people we are supposed to place our faith in have a long row to hoe before I am willing to buy into what they are saying.

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/04/2014 9:26:45 AM PDT · 48 of 48
    Retain Mike to Jack Hammer
    I certainly do wonder and have decided to recommend against joining the military if I am asked. I grew up around the guys who fought WW II and served with many on active duty. Recently I saw this statement by the Chairman of JCS that extending assess to all MOS to women required a review of just how high standards had to be. Like we are only going to fight Arabs that the Israelis beat three times at 20 to 1 odds? Like we don't have to take a clue from the fact there are separate women and men's Olympics?

    Here is part of an essay I wrote on repeal of DADT and I believe it applies even more to women serving in an MOS likely to engage in combat. The context here is the survey that said 70% of those in the military saw no problem serving with homosexuals

    “The entire military exists to serve Marine and Army combat infantrymen and their associates in Special Forces. DOD accomplishes nothing of lasting significance until these people walk the ground formerly held by an enemy, and well over half of those trigger-pullers opposed repeal. Only they understand the unimaginable totalitarian leadership and obedience demanded by their chaotic, barbaric, and brittle environments.

    I have heard objections in terms of having to shower with homosexuals, but the problem really begins when showers, hot food, and regular sleep fade into memory to be replaced by exhaustion, brutality, turmoil, and trauma. The leadership and discipline of a sub-culture that enables victory or at least survival in those environments cannot be turned on and off. It must continually penetrate throughout the military services. A mental disorder involving sexuality when thrust into the midst of that totalitarian structure warps the relationships that must be maintained.”

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/02/2014 1:22:59 PM PDT · 45 of 48
    Retain Mike to Jack Hammer
    Thanks for the reminder. I have enough books I can do that next year. I have a special place in my heart for those folks. I qualified as an Amphibious Warfare Specialist during the Vietnam era, was on sea duty all my four years and never went more that four months without serving with them. My younger son is a former Marine and was wished well by a family friend who landed in the first wave on Tarawa.
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/02/2014 1:14:38 PM PDT · 44 of 48
    Retain Mike to Tallguy

    This brings to mind the essay and letters I have developed about dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. Here is a portion.

    In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often cite the inevitability of horrifying casualties, if troops had landed on the home islands. They extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese losses on Okinawa to estimates of 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. However, these optimistic figures arise from studies preceding the unfolding recognition by planning staffs of the American experiences on Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. These sanguine estimates are also over seven times the dead and wounded suffered by Americans during The Battle of the Bulge; casualties that shocked the American public.

    Such estimates could have greatly understated casualties. Kyushu and Honshu at over 100,000 rugged square miles mathematically enable at least 500 defensive redoubts; fortifications comparable to that General Ushijima constructed to inflict most losses at Okinawa. This rapid increase in killing efficiency extended to planned stubborn defenses of their major cities just as the Germans had maintained in Berlin. The American “island hopping” strategy had ended, because the Japanese had determined the few regions within their mountainous country that could accommodate the huge armies and air forces needed. Harry Truman contemplated increasingly dire estimates causing him to reflect on the possibility of “an Okinawa from one end of Japan to the other”.

    The Greatest Generation and their parents would have been enraged to discover a cabal had ignored the nuclear option for ending the war simply to indulge some personal moral orthodoxy. If there was any alternative, Harry Truman, Henry Stimson, and George Marshall were not about to procure the deaths of countless Americans in protracted ground campaigns following amphibious assaults exceeding D-Day.

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/02/2014 1:05:17 PM PDT · 43 of 48
    Retain Mike to henkster

    Thank you for the information. I said in another response that I wondered how could anyone be aware of the last several centuries of history and still decide the Ardennes would ever be a quiet sector?

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 9:49:47 PM PDT · 26 of 48
    Retain Mike to bandleader
    I wonder how theses divisions that were repeatedly chosen and decimated could be reconstituted to be so effective again?
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 9:46:22 PM PDT · 25 of 48
    Retain Mike to henkster
    I would love to find a book like that somewhere. The references I have all talk about combat casualties, so I went to division histories to find total losses and seldom could find the number. They were over 34,000 for the 3rd and 4th divisions with combat losses 25,977 and 22,660 respectively.
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 9:38:58 PM PDT · 23 of 48
    Retain Mike to jmacusa
    I picked the 4th and 29th as examples because their first combat was D-Day. The 1st (D-Day) and the 3rd (Southern France) go back to the Med. Those divisions had similar or greater losses, but over a longer period of campaigning. Those losses over just 11 months are appalling, so I picked them for special mention.
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 9:30:47 PM PDT · 21 of 48
    Retain Mike to Gamecock
    The source I used for 67 infantry divisions listed the armored divisions separately, so infantry would be part of those divisions.

    Army Battle Casualties and Non-battle Deaths in World War II
    http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref/Casualties/index.html

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 9:27:03 PM PDT · 20 of 48
    Retain Mike to Pikachu_Dad

    I forget the name of the division, but the whole outfit was killed, wounded, or captured before it was over. with the centuries of history, who ever decided the Ardennes would ever be a quiet sector?

  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 7:23:40 PM PDT · 1 of 48
    Retain Mike
    This letter will be my contribution to Memorial Day. My sources list 65 infantry divisions, but I added the cavalry and mountain divisions to get to a 67 total. My motivation for the letter and what I have a hard time understanding is the casualty rate in those assault divisions. However, I trust my sources and I have done the math several times.

    The corps and army commanders had favorites and used them repeatedly. Other divisions were always sent to less active sectors or occupied a flank in a breakout.

    Thank you in advance. I know I can expect a good review with suggestions when I post to Free Republic.

  • Liberals don’t allow private guns on military bases because they don’t trust our soldiers

    04/17/2014 12:29:53 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    Retain Mike to Oldpuppymax; Steely Tom; Mariner; CodeToad

    After a second shooting at Fort Hood, it is reasonable to ask why the shooter again was the only one with a gun on a military base.

    The cure for this anomaly is simple. If the military position held by an individual means a sidearm is issued when deployed, then it must be part of the daily working uniform while in garrison. If officers and NCO’s cannot be trusted with pistols on base, then why are they trusted with such dangerous equipment when overseas?

  • Doolittle Raid

    04/16/2014 6:24:10 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    Retain Mike to FatherofFive

    So true. My boys would have never been allowed to play dadge ball in grade school.

  • Doolittle Raid

    04/16/2014 6:20:37 PM PDT · 20 of 28
    Retain Mike to Lockbar

    You are right. Thank you.

  • Doolittle Raid

    04/16/2014 3:15:39 PM PDT · 18 of 28
    Retain Mike to tophat9000

    Thanks for the help. I checked some of my sources again and they were accurate. I just didn’t pick up the correct understanding of what I read.

  • Doolittle Raid

    04/16/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · 1 of 28
    Retain Mike
    I send this essay around annually as an example to remind people there was a time when Americans were not only allowed, but expected to be audacious. There are so many other examples during WW II from the Battle of Midway to Eugene B. Fluckey landing a raiding party from his submarine to blow up a train on the Japanese mainland. The links are enjoyable to review as well.

    One nice rthing about posting to Free Republic is that each year I get at least one comment about something I missed or mis-stated to improve it next year.

  • Janet Yellen And The Weak Money Parade (Money Multiplier And Velocity At All-time Lows)

    09/26/2013 2:11:13 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    Retain Mike to Lancey Howard

    Thanks. Good info.

  • Janet Yellen And The Weak Money Parade (Money Multiplier And Velocity At All-time Lows)

    09/25/2013 9:56:23 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    Retain Mike to Lancey Howard

    Finally got back to the computer. Nice. Here is one from the beginning of a movie with Lee Van Cleef. This was his first appearance. I watched an interview where he explained the role. He knew that with his face he would never make it as a leading man and this was his best and possibly only chance at a movie career. Therefore he was aggressive towards the director about how he would appear on camera.

    To me this scene says I represent evil in this movie. When the other guys show up, they seem to say I’m just as bad as he is. Here is the clip.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=you+tube+lee+van+cleef+high+noon&qpvt=you+tube+lee+van+cleef+high+noon&FORM=VQFRML#view=detail&mid=7BCFB73D8872A10746AE7BCFB73D8872A10746AE

  • Janet Yellen And The Weak Money Parade (Money Multiplier And Velocity At All-time Lows)

    09/21/2013 7:55:48 PM PDT · 12 of 16
    Retain Mike to Lancey Howard

    I found the final scene I was talking about at this link under the heading of “low down Yankee liar”. After it watching again, I decided the scene from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly beats it.

    Link: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=shane+movie&qpvt=shane+movie&FORM=VQFRML#view=detail&mid=BFEE0227ABF787411EB5BFEE0227ABF787411EB5

  • Petition Asking Democrat Party to Apologize for Supporting Slavery and Jim Crow

    09/21/2013 3:00:36 PM PDT · 18 of 41
    Retain Mike to vbmoneyspender; NoLibZone; Jack Hammer; lurk; logic101.net

    No problem signing. Here is the letter I send out each year to celebrate black history Month and Roe vs. Wade.
    Roe v. Wade and Black History Month

    As “fire eaters” on both sides drove this country towards civil war, Democrats professed an apparent contradiction. They demanded protection for slavery where existing, and the right to take their “property” into the territories. They demanded the right to trade their “property” across state lines, and enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law. Yet during the last heated debates and for years prior, these same people joined the near universal condemnation of the international slave trade.

    This contradiction vanishes when understanding the South was being overrun with their “peculiar property”. Democratic Senator Alfred Iverson of Georgia said before Congress in 1861, “We know well that we never can enjoy equal possession of the territories without protection of our property….. They increase, according to the last census bill, at the rate of 32% every ten years.” Meaning the South needed new slave states and plantations to absorb the increasing population.

    One hundred fifty years later the Black Community provides 90% voting plurality to the Democratic Party, and adopts their Pro-Choice sacrament of abortion. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black women in 2008 accounted for over 40% of abortions, though blacks constituted about 13% of total population. Applying antebellum population growth to the post Roe v. Wade period would mean 68 million blacks instead of the 42 million currently living.

    So what benefits accrue from a 90% voting support now compared to the Antebellum 3/5 compulsory Constitutional enrichment of the master’s status?

    The History Civil, Political, & Military of the Southern Rebellion: Volume 1, Page 75

    Constitution of the Confederate States of America (Article 1, Section 9 (1)
    http://www.usconstitution.net/csa.html

    African American Population
    http://www.blackdemographics.com/

    The Demographic Profile of African Americans, 1970-71 to 2000-01
    http://www.black-collegian.com/issues/30thAnn/demographic2001-30th.shtml

    Is Abortion Overused in the Black Community?
    http://www.theroot.com/views/blacks-and-roe-v-wade

    The GOP’s Unheralded Role in Black History
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.details&ArticleId=91772&returnTo=michael-dorstewitz

  • Janet Yellen And The Weak Money Parade (Money Multiplier And Velocity At All-time Lows)

    09/21/2013 1:30:02 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    Retain Mike to Lancey Howard

    For those who don’t remember the dog walking across the barroom floor in Shane this is probably the greatest final shootout scene of all time.

    The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXldafIl5DQ

  • Janet Yellen And The Weak Money Parade (Money Multiplier And Velocity At All-time Lows)

    09/21/2013 12:06:50 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    Retain Mike to whitedog57; SaxxonWoods; WilliamofCarmichael; Lancey Howard

    While WWII destroyed most economies of the world, the United States prospered. The only way to restart international economic activity was for the U.S. to take the lead, which it did with the Bretton Woods Agreement. Every currency had a fixed value in relation to the dollar, and the U.S. kept everything functioning by buying and selling gold at $35 an ounce. Therefore, once again there was a U.S. (and worldwide) gold standard and the dollar became the world’s reserve currency.

    The U.S. unilaterally abrogated the agreement in August 1971, allowed the dollar to float in relation to the trading whims involving all paper currencies. When the Treasury in 1964 began producing dimes through dollars without silver, silver coins disappeared from circulation. Until about 1968 people could still trade their Federal Reserve notes for Silver Certificates and trade those for packets of silver from a Federal Reserve Bank. At this time the working careers of a single generation comprise the totality of comprehension for how the international community was to function economically without major currencies emerging from things people can touch and see.

    The problem at the present moment is that the dollar is backed by the full faith and credit of the government. When much of the world looses faith in the U.S. as a reliable engine driving the world economy because of its incredible behavior, then the dollar’s status as a reserve currency is jeopardized. The memory of the United States as “The Arsenal of Democracy” would then fade to be replaced by the realization of the United States as “A Gulag of Dependency”. If you buy into the argument that humans are inherently flawed and driven by their appetites, then something as trivial as Cyprus having Qatar hold its financial reserves could start a cascade of anxiety overcoming arrogance.

    However typical of all central bankers, Ben Bernanke believes he can overcome these international fears by applying his intellect to macro-economic models providing dubious information to achieve precisely timed money supply changes, which allow timely adjustments for identification and reaction to increases in money velocity. Supposedly he would sell bonds and reduce the money supply with a precision that prevents inflation from taking hold or a recession from occurring. He would proceed in such a manner as to concurrently allay any fears of a Congress and an Administration in an election year. This result has probably not been achieved since the seven years of plenty and famine in Egypt when Joseph obeyed the word of God from his dreams.

    I imagine something like the final scene in “The Good The Bad and The Ugly”. The members of the G-20 are standing in a circle with open graves behind them. They are all contemplating how they are going to successfully outdraw the other nineteen members and survive the resulting mayhem, which Lee Van Cleef’s character did not. The only thing needed now is an of human frailty as I mentioned above to commence the cascade to catastrophe.

  • Disturbing! Marines Had Weapons, But No Ammo During Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

    09/19/2013 2:54:44 AM PDT · 30 of 37
    Retain Mike to SVTCobra03

    Now that is a fatuous comment.

  • Disturbing! Marines Had Weapons, But No Ammo During Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

    09/19/2013 2:53:21 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    Retain Mike to SVTCobra03

    Now that is a fatuous comment.

  • Disturbing! Marines Had Weapons, But No Ammo During Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

    09/18/2013 11:02:58 PM PDT · 18 of 37
    Retain Mike to 2ndDivisionVet; rktman; C210N; Delta 21; Newbomb Turk

    I don’t think this article is helpful. I called my son who said the father’s son is probably a trained infantryman, but he didn’t have a security roll. Very likely he was one of the Marines who are part of the silent drill team. My son as part of his training for Presidential Security Forces stood guard at the Washington Navy Yard and was always armed with a bullet in the chamber and a couple magazines. Marines stand guard at only the one gate reserved for the Chief of Naval Operations and those visiting his official residence. This has been their post for about 200 years. These Marines are within line of sight of the place where the shooting occurred, but if they had heard the shots they could not have abandoned the people they were required to protect. When my son stood guard at a post about the 8th and I base he was always similarly armed.

  • McCain baffles Russian communists promising to respond to Putin's op-ed in Pravda

    09/16/2013 9:08:02 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Retain Mike to TexGrill; Salman; Conspiracy Guy; MasterGunner01

    He hasn’t written yet? And I thought I was late getting out this letter.

    From: Retain Mike
    Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 9:16 PM
    To: ‘yourletters@washingtontimes.com
    Subject: Analyzing Putin

    When Vladimir Putin warns about people seeing themselves as exceptional, I recall popular policies distorting the “American Dream”. Exceptionalism does not mean celebrating government collectively managing personal lives to ensure protection of home values, retirement accounts, healthcare, and “living” wages or endless unemployment compensation. Initial design benefited individuals cherishing life and liberty, and willing to undergo the hazards and uncertainties of personal freedoms. Pursuit of happiness meant finding spiritual peace regardless of material prosperity.

    This anomalous revolution celebrating personal liberty demanded a moral responsibility to bear any burden to spread the ideals this country aspires to. At the U.N. founding Eleanor Roosevelt defined our international commitment by writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Natural and inalienable rights of all people demanded for the human family life, liberty and security of person. In our time Ronald Reagan gave practical expression of this national ideal when as the last best hope of mankind the country picked a fight with the “Evil Empire”.

    Now Putin’s disparagement of “you’re either with us or against us.”, fails to recognize this international commitment embodied in the Geneva Convention’s approach to terrorists. Terrorists are defined as beyond the pale in Article 13 of the First and Second Conventions, and in Article Three of the Fourth Convention. They are not the armed forces, militias, volunteer corps, insurgents, or freedom fighters of any country or authority. They direct their predations to Protected Persons, are pariahs to be eradicated, and are to find no shelter in the human community.

    A Plea for Caution From Russia
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?hp&_r=1&;

    First Geneva Convention (1949)
    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/First_Geneva_Convention_(1949)

    Geneva Convention/Second Geneva Convention
    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Second_Geneva_Convention

    Geneva Convention/Fourth Geneva Convention
    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Fourth_Geneva_Convention

  • Prepare the Citations

    09/12/2013 7:40:46 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    Retain Mike to Insigne123

    My fingers probaly stuttered. I think it should be just a month and year.

  • Prepare the Citations

    09/12/2013 3:37:36 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Retain Mike
    Here is another consequence besides repeal of DADT and women in combat of political correctness and social alchemy now dominating our military.
  • Oakland looks to toughen gun ownership rules

    09/11/2013 3:02:10 PM PDT · 26 of 32
    Retain Mike to pabianice
    Oh, that is soooo true. It is always about gun confiscation. Essays like mine can only embarrass when politicians need votes.