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My Collusion With the Russian Soviets

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Russians and Democrats are not the same. I’ve actually known honorable Russians.

In 1991 I met a man from the USSR named Valentin Suchkov. I was working with a Ukrainian trading company in Cincinnati. Mr Suchkov was leading a trade delegation from Gorkiy, the famous “closed city” and the internal exile home of the Soviet refusenik, Andrei Sakharov, who had only died the year before in Moscow. I was told that Mr Suchkov headed an oil and gas company in Russia and using the trading company ...

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President George H W Bush, Dead at 94, WWII Veteran

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

President George H W Bush, 94,

died at his home in Houston, TX

He was the last war- veteran (to date) to serve as president.

He was also, after enlisting directly after high school, the youngest Navy ensign to enter flight training during World War II, ...

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Female Green Berets: “…significant corruption, ethical and leadership failures, and potentially serious future problems….”

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In 2016, the U. S. Army opened its special operations jobs to women.  Army Times reported ten days ago that a female soldier has its Special Forces Assessment and Selection process.

Selected to attend selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, if successful she would earn a Green Beret.  While there are those who would celebrate such an achievement, for eight years we have witnessed the previous administration implement policies placing political correctness and ideology ...

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Letters From Fallujah (7) The Memorial Service

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23 Oct 03

 

Uncle Hank,

 

We went back to FOB Volturno the other day.  We’re on our third month here, there’s been guys injured, evac’d, a couple in Germany in the hospital but we had our first Paratrooper killed.  Sarn’t Spear and the Delta Comp’ny CO and 1SG went back for the memorial service.  We took two trucks, took some volunteers for the convoy ‘cuz they knew Staff Sarn’t Peterson.  One of my buddies was in Sarn’t Peterson’s squad in Alpha Comp’ny.  ...

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Two Soldiers Accused of Rape, Part One

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Since “She said-He said” is all the political rage right now, I have a couple of cases that are almost on point, both of which point out the reason why our judicial system of evidence is so important.

At one time I had planned on turning both of these tales into short stories and maybe even a script, but the thought left me years ago.

The first was a case where a WAC accused an Army sergeant of rape, told here, and ...

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Letters From Fallujah (6) John Wayne in Iraq

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Oct 02, 03

 

Uncle Hank,

Pretty much the same old same old here.  Route clearance, patrols, maintenance, bullshit.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Sometimes we don’t have enough water to rinse but you get the drift.

There’s a village down the road with a sign out by the highway, we drove past it the other day and there was graffiti on it in haji script.  We asked the ‘terp and he told us the sign said “Highway of Death.”  So we stopped and took a picture.  ...

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FIRST PRINCIPLES: Teaching Students Who Aren’t Interested

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Every Veteran who has joined the American military since 1973 volunteered.

The 16-18 year-olds you will speaking to, from groups as small as a dozen, to classroom sized, even auditoriums as you get better known, may not be there voluntarily. Their parents probably sent them.

We’ve all been students in a class room. Think back. We had to be there. Certain rules applied as to how we could behave. But just like a horse to water, they couldn’t make us drink.

From middle school through ...

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SOS on Toast

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The other morning one of our local radio personalities was pitching a fancy restaurant in the Richmond area, and he proudly announced that their most popular entre was chipped beef on toast. A ten dollar platter these days, and whudda thunk it? People paying ten dollars for the most plebeian dish in America, the breakfast anchor for five wars at least for every grunt who ever sat in a mess hall, since Pearl Harbor.

All those memories came rushing forward. I tried to remember how ...

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Letters From Fallujah (5) The POG FOB

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Sept 07 03

Uncle Hank,

Still on COP Factory guarding some radioactive shit we haven’t even seen, not that I mind not seeing it but we don’t even know where it is.  We found 23 IEDs buried along Route San Juan the other day.  Artillery rounds wired to be be command detonated.  That means someone is watching, all we have to do it catch his ass watching and we’ll make him a good terrorist.  You know there’s only one kind of good ...

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