John’s Book Report on, “13 Hours (In Benghazi)”

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Nothing here for those mainly interested in proving that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was guilty of …something.   These were the guys on the ground, for what happened in Washington they have no more to go on than any other American.  No more than Audry Murphy (WWII) was privy to the decisions to launch the European Invasion in which he took part.

The two big controversies that the book does settle; the manner and responsibility for Ambassador Stevens death, the (possibly) fatal delay in sending in a rescue force to the diplomatic building while the attack was going on.   For the questions on the lack of any support from the air, ground or sea we must all look elsewhere.  These guys can only and are only telling about what they saw, heard and did.  With complete honesty and candor.

One thing I got out of this book was that anything, repeat anything, said or reported that depends on the Libyans themselves is almost certainly a lie.   Depending upon the Libyans to defend a American diplomatic compound, especially when the US Ambassador was visiting, was worse than a serious mistake.  It was criminally negligent.   Some Libyans were friendly, some provided crucial help but in the end it was Libyan unreliability and with direct Libyan involvement that  our people were attacked and four of our people died.  Again, if (as is likely) foreign nationals, Al Queda or members of the national Libyan Police were involved in the attack, these men can only provide hints based on what they saw on those days before and during that attack.

On the question of Ambassador Stevens, this is not a ‘Castle’ murder mystery.  While I have read some speculation on plausible scenarios in which Stevens might have fallen alive into the hands of our enemies, while possible there is no proof.  The account and timeline in this book by those that were there convinces me that Stevens died onsite of smoke inhalation like Sean Smith and that the responsibility for his death lies on the heads of whoever made the decision to deny the additional security forces that were strongly requested.   And their account makes clear that any possibility of a successful rescue of those under attack was probably thrown away by the refusal of the CIA station chief  ‘Bob’ to allow the quick reaction force of Americans to go.  As in; Go, GO, GO! Read the book, follow the timeline, tell me what you think.

This is probably not the final word on the Benghazi tragedy.  There are many gaps in our understanding on the American side.  Perhaps when the administration that was control is over (Please God, Soon!) then some of the people that know more about the truth on the American military response will speak up. (Or better, the lack of one.)  Then there is the Libyan side.  I expect to hear more from that direction, I’m just inclined to doubt (strongly) anything written or said without hard proof.

So what will you get from this book?  You should get a glance into a secret world inhabited by some of the best men that America can produce. They protect our diplomats, intelligence assets and others.   Almost to a man they are highly trained and retired from our best units; Seals, Marines, Special Forces, Delta and like.  Professional and effective.  Unfortunately, too often not in charge and miss-used by  those that are.  (Bob, the CIA station chief, can we at least strip his pension from him?  Yeah, that’s my judgement…it’s not in the book.)

Maybe we should be expanding the Marine Corps to provide Marine detachments for every American presence overseas and if the host country won’t allow them then let them get along without America.    Can I hear a Hoorah?

Good book, about 300 pages.  Read it. Continue reading

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Random

Dad: “I can’t see a guy like Trump as President”

Me: “Obama is an ambiguously gay, 1/2 black, who was raised Muslim. Repeat that again.”

John: Interesting times.

 

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50 is the new 20.

Money not years.  In case you are wondering. 

As a member of the ‘Getting up there in years’ crowd and in anticipation of beginning my retirement next month; I wish to take issue with the “No cost of living increase because there has been no inflation” coda of the US Government.  As an example of my taking issue with this clearly false premise. Let me illustrate my point with a brief story.

I’m a tight ass who is disturbed by the thought that I might not have the means to pay for something that I have received; a meal, a drink, a passage to India. So I developed the habit of concealing cash in my vehicles and my trusty backpacks.  ‘Mad Money’, an emergency ten spot that later was upgraded to a twenty.  Commuting to Boston for many years it was always on my mind that my wallet could get lifted or lost.  I could get home on twenty bucks.  As Cash-Only gas stations became the rule for the lowest price for refueling, that twenty in the car with whatever was left in the wallet would buy a tank of gas.

So it was recently that I was visiting a friend and working on fixing an old snowblower.  Sitting on the wet ground (in my old jeans)  I left my wallet on the table inside to prevent the leather from getting wet.   We went out to catch the sunset at the beach (I with my camera) …Nelson park at sunset in Jan_DSC1000

and on the way back made the spot decision to drop into a local pub for a beer and stuffed Quahog.  It was as we finished and I reached into my empty pocket to pay the bill I realized that I forgot to grab my wallet before we left.  Neither of us had any money.

I went outside to grab the cash in the car and came back inside to realize the sad truth that twenty bucks doesn’t cover four beers and Quahog anymore.  It did once, including the tip.  But no more.  Clearly the time has come to upgrade the cash stash to a fifty.   But then I thought that it wasn’t that long ago that that beer would have been $3 not $6.50.  And of course (in Massachusetts) the sales tax would have been 5% not 6.5%.  That all seems inflationary to me.  But not, apparently, to the US Government (Who just murdered a White man with his hands up to the widespread approval of the mass media) that has again denied any Cost of Living Adjustment to the retired.  Of course, for the most part, food isn’t included in their formula or calculations.  Neither is a lot of items that effect the retirement population.  That food (in main part due to the US Governments mismanagement) is higher (sharply),  property taxes, (all taxes in fact), energy to heat and light the home have gone up steadily.

On the other hand your cost to purchase a F16 fighter aircraft is the same as last year; so there is that.

It would be one thing if you could ‘opt out’ of the whole government control of Social Security thing, you keep your own money and they stop being able to siphon off a big cut to hand out to the grasshoppers and for themselves.  But you can’t.  You should, but you can’t.  Because the whole corrupt structure would fall down since it’s broke.   Pity that in 1935 the whole plan was enacted as a Federal Program passed by Congress and not a Constitutional Amendment  (it should have been for so drastic a change in the relationship between government and the governed).   Then LBJ wouldn’t have been able to break the trust fund and get his hands on the money.  In the sure knowledge that by the time the effects of the theft were realized, he’d be dead.

Now I’m just rambling.    So as I said,  “Fifty bucks is the new Twenty”.

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
— Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

 

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Doug: Doug is my go to man for ‘inappropriate humor’.

Subject: GROAN  !!!
The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a saloon and sat down to drink a beer.
After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said “Who owns the big white horse outside?”   The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said, “I do….Why?”
 
 The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, “I just thought you’d like to know that your horse is about dead outside!”
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough Silver was ready to die from heat exhaustion.   The Lone Ranger got the horse water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better.
 
The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, “Tonto, I want you to run around Silver and see if you can create enough of a breeze to make him start to feel better.”  Tonto said, “Sure, Kemosabe” and took off running circles around Silver.
 
 Not able to do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger returned to the saloon to finish his drink.
 
 A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, “Who owns that big white horse outside?”   The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims, “I do, what’s wrong with him this time?”
 
“Nothing, but you left your Injun running”.

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Doug: Tell ’em Joe!

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Guest: Kevin Changes that occurred on Jan 1st.

As a brief reminder for those who forgot or that didn’t know.

Here is what happened, quietly, on Jan.1, 2016
Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%

Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%

Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%

Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%

Dividend tax went from 15% to 39.6%

Estate tax went from 0% to 55%

A 3.5% Real Estate transaction tax was added. 

Remember these facts:
These taxes were all passed solely with Democrat votes.

Not a single Republican voted for these new taxes.

These taxes were all passed in the Affordable Care Act, (aka Obamacare) – by line items.   If you think that it is important that everyone in the U.S. should know this as there are many millions who don’t, then pass it on.

John: And the GOP was given back control of Congress over a year ago specifically to amend or stop Obama-care and has done nothing.
Trump very well may not be what people think he is and (if elected) may not do what some people hope he well.   But…
His insane level of popular support should damn well send a message to both the Dems and the GOP that we the people are fed up and ready for change.
Our idea of change. Not Kenya/Indonesia/Chicago boy’s idea of ‘change’.

Remember, Obie wants to see Hillary elected to ‘Preserve his Legacy’.   What if his legacy is Donald Trump?

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Support the Black Boycott of the Oscars.

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“I’m Bull O’Connor and I approve of this boycott!”

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“I’m Gov. George Wallace and I approve of this boycott!”

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“I’m Strom Thurmond and I approve of this boycott!”

Self-Segregation, we have now come full circle.   The biggest complaint seems to be that “Straight out of Compton” received no nominations.  Well, I might have a explanation for that; I didn’t see it because the entire culture of drugs, violence and profanity it was based on, (the Black Urban Culture), is completely repugnant to me.   As I believe it is for many Americans.  I suspect that the majority of the Academy voters felt the same way.  Not going to see it, if you didn’t see it than you ain’t going to nominate it.  You don’t award, reward or applaud  that kind of trash.

But any Black actors or actresses or Black directors that feel like skipping the Oscars, go right ahead. Fade back into the shadows, feel free to sulk and separate your wonderful, cool selves from the rest of us.  Use the back door, sit in the back of the bus.  But this time it’s your decision.

Jada, one last thing.  You were great in “Gotham” last year.  I was hoping to see a return of your character in the future, you did great work.  Congratulations.  But I guess you would prefer to stay in the shadows.  OK, your choice.   Pity.

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She can stand in line behind Bill Cosby

Don’t go talking sense here!

 

She will be punished for that, mark my words.

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