Saturday, August 1, 2015

A few items worth seeing

As promised, I am posting a few things I think are worth seeing. Though due to time I have stopped doing the long daily news post, I still see items I think worth sharing, and will post them when I can.

Merrimac Ferry
Saturday afternoon we took a ride to Baraboo in the lovely weather, 80s, breeze, little humidity, walked around town, drove around looking at the old homes, had a nice dinner and came home. We took the ferry over Lake Wisconsin both ways.

When I posted the pics of the house we lived in in Olean when I was in 8th grade, I mentioned the woman who owns it let us in. I forgot to mention that I noted the huge attic and how I had hung a rope from the rafters to swing from. She said, "We wondered how that rope got there." 56 years later, it's still there. Couldn't believe it. ~Bob

Book Recommendation: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. By Erik Larson 
A terrific book by the author of In the Garden of the Beasts (which I loved) and Devil in the White City (which everybody but me loved. Every one well read in history knows the story of the sinking of the Lusitania and how it pushed the US closer to a war Wilson wanted to avoid. But here are the rich details of the passengers, how the sinking came about through a serious of errors and bad luck, and an account of U-20 which sunk her. There is also a close look at Wilson, who was distracted by the new love in his life, and the British Admiralty, which some alleged hoped for such a sinking to bring America in. The story makes the 1200 deaths on board one that creates personal grief in the readers, despite a century in between filled with horror through today's headlines. History buffs, especially those with in interest in WWI, will not want to miss it.

Must Read: Obama’s secret Iran deals exposed

Worth reading: Circus Circus: Welcome to America’s Reality Clown Show

Worth reading: Trump Fans, It’s Time for an Intervention. By Jonah Goldberg.

The Iran Deal: Weimar Days Are Here Again

CNN/ORC poll: Majority wants Congress to reject Iran deal

Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ wounded queen?

How Obama Misunderstands LBJ’s Vietnam History. By Mark Moyar


Facebook Takes Down Patriotic Page. The Reason Will STUN You!
Apparently, according to Facebook administrators, the Marine Corps logo “violates community standards.”

Two ex-Guantanamo inmates charged with 'terrorism' in Belgium


Planned Parenthood taps crisis communications firm

Third graphic Planned Parenthood video released

A Decline in the Desire to Work

Peru rescues 39 'slave workers' from Shining Path farm

The Marines are slowly saying goodbye to the M16 rifle
But for the M-4, not the M-14 or something heavier. ~Bob. Another deceptive headline.  The author claims that most Marines have been carrying the M-16 and only a few the M-4 carbine, but that's not what I've heard for a long time.  So now the "news" is that everyone will have the M-4.  Great, it's a carbine with a shorter barrel that puts out the round at a lower speed, which means less energy, less range, less accuracy, and no better reliability.  There's a reason that a gunsmith right here near Asheville has been refitting and accurizing M-14 rifles from inventory for the past several years, and that's so every Marine squad would have at least one Marine with a weapon that can reach out and touch people at 500+ meters, and punch a serious hole in them every time. The M-4 is a whole pound lighter, gee, fantastic.  With every grunt carrying a minimum of 80 lbs every time he sets foot outside the wire, I'm sure that lesser weight in the most important piece of equipment he carries means a lot to him.  Yeah, a shorter barrel is nicer if you're fighting room to room, but in Afghanistan they're doing, or were doing, plenty of stuff at long ranges.  Again, that's why they have M-14 carriers, plus the sniper teams with their long range rifles. It's a lousy round, it was then, it is now, and maybe they'll finally come up with something like the 6.4 or 6.8 mm round in a new rifle, which has been badly needed since Tet '68. --Del. What the hell, I was ready to say goodbye to it the day they took my beloved M-14 away and handed me that plastic toy. Pissed me off , they did. --klt
Blame higher education for America’s potentially weaker military

Why Republicans Hate The Republican Party

What I Will Do As Commander-In-Chief By Carly Fiorina
I heard her in an NPR interview and she is one impressive lady.  Strike that, she is one impressive PERSON.  I doubt she will get the nod as Presidential candidate, but I hope she'll get the VP slot, so in the future she can be the first woman President. --Del

Mr. President, You Need a Time-Out!

Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters Full Movie
I don't know how she could ban a movie, though pressure could be brought on the chains from Hollywood. ~Bob

Let's Talk Honestly About Immigration. By Victor Davis Hanson

New Clinton email batch contains more classified info

Who had the worst week in Washington? Rep. Chaka Fattah.


Obama’s New War Against Government Watchdogs

Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

You will NOT BELIEVE who was best man at John Kerry’s daughter’s wedding

The last episode of Dragnet. They had it figured out. ……

Fairfax Free Citizen--free online newspaper of interest

Robert Rector Estimates Lifetime Retirement Costs Of Illegals Granted Executive Amnesty At $1.3 Trillion


Baltimore: The City That Bleeds 

Obama Strikes Again

Navy Officer Did Something Heroic During Chattanooga Shooting, But May Be PUNISHED For It

Trump and Friends

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