Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Is Coming

Peace on earth, good will to men.  What's wrong with that?  It's a time of renewal, a chance to get right.  Light shining in the darkness.

Christianity is a faith (not religion) of life.  Sure, some have perverted it and there are a few even now who think death for those who oppose them is dandy. 

According to the story, Jesus was born into the world to set the record straight between God and humankind.  There is no getting off the hook.

There is a religion (chained behavior) which celebrates death.  It is the antithesis of all other ways, save for Satanism/luciferianism.  I'm oversimplifying some but that's about it.

Death need not be feared with Jesus, let alone many other faiths.  It's not to be pursued for its own sake but when inevitable, as it always is, it is transition. 

Peace.  For us it is liberation.  Sadly in this world, it must be fought for.  Debate that if you like.  But there are various ways to fight.

It is not submission upon fear of punishment or death, though there is a case for being lost and found.

Love finds a way.  You can debate about punishment but we often punish ourselves and the fallen aid and abet separation from God/that which heals/reconciles.

Who or what wants to quell or quash that?

In mental health there is talk of controlling due to lack of self.  That greatly sums up hell and anyone or thing which robs us of self control.

Freewill gives us the opportunity to control with guidance from God.

There has been a concerted effort over time to shut the message of Christmas up.  Even mentioning 'Merry Christmas' is looked upon like that which is its opposite.

We have a new birth of Freedom and that includes just saying the former.  To live it is divine.

A breeze?  No.  But easier.

Whatever you believe, accept my heartfelt good will.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gun Trauma

There have been accidents with firearms.  They are fortunately infrequent, but each one hammers in the din of collectivist frenzy to disarm.

There was a tragic accident several years ago at a range.  A girl, round ten, lost control of a Mac 10 and shot the instructor, killing him.

Just recently some guy mistook a dog walking neighbor for a deer and shot and killed her.

The collectivists are dizzy with ecstasy when these events happen just as they are when a 'mass shooting' occurs.

While tragic, these events are rare.  Much is done to eliminate such tragedy.  Yet tragedy pokes through relatively rarely.

People have to manage themselves.  And the number of responsible, competent gunowners is overwhelming.  Up to 2/12 million lives are saved with guns every year.

Yet, we should deal with tragedy's aftermath.  There is often regret or even repugnance concerning gun usage.  People become phobic and can't deal with the object.  Like car accidents, horse injuries, even dog bites, allow fear to dominate results.

Various caring therapies can and should be applied, but never forced.  That's what got folks into trouble in the first place. 

I suggest responsibility in the form of training continues.  Precaution and safety, repeatedly.  It worked for me and now our kids.

Gun ownership/usage is an awesome responsibility.

Take care of yourselves.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Morning Talks

In grade school, back in the day, we had what were called 'morning talks'.

This consisted of each student every morning, giving a 3 to 5 minute talk on a subject of his/her choice.

The subjects consisted of very down to earth things, such as how to make and bake a pie, how to fish, baseball, you name it.

When it came to my turn, I guess I was different.

We rotated through the year and among my topics I included monster makeup in movies, talking about monsters/scifi characters, Western movies/TV shows and guns.  Yes, I talked about collecting them and some of the different kinds.  Noone batted an eye.

Need I say how we've changed culturally?  The collectivists have done a 'good' job making such things verboten and at least outre.  Except, for some of us, it has remained the same.

Now, I don't live in the past.  But, there are constants.  Our basic principles dealing with Liberty have not altered, not one iota.  It sure rubs against the grain of cultural Marxism.

I am asking each of you to carry on.  The collectivists call us reactionaries.  They say we are a dying breed.  I was told this recently, intimating I would be eliminated.  To them I say try and see what you get.  Lessons in Freedom await.

Pass it on.  It's how I learned, beginning in those days of yesteryear and continuing with my own kids and other young ones.  Freedom to share, cogently and steadfastly do more than survive the wretched disease of liberalism/collectivism.  We assure the Republic rises and shines in a new morning, freshly traditional.

I used to wonder how to fill those 3 to 5 minutes.  To a kid it seemed a long time.  I found, as did most, that the time flew when taking up a topic which was loved.  Our teachers I hope still smile at us for inspiring us to communicate.

A few minutes.  A fresh start. 

Time is flying.

Fly with it.

Monday, November 27, 2017

True Or False

I've talked many times about casting aspersions, or as I say pointing the finger.  It's an age old collectivist ruse.

Point the finger and take attention away from the perps/instigators etal.

There is a rash, to say the least, of accusations of rape, sexual abuse and coercion amongst the Hollywood crowd and politicians. 

The preponderance of belief is on the side of the accuser.  It is a twosided coin. 

Of course victims/abused are encouraged to speak up.  Shame and intimidation kept secrets quiet with commensurate turmoil.   

It's quite a mess, a very squirmy plate of dysfunction. 

First one, then another, in both frequently overlapping spheres, have collapsed in a flurry of accusation.

Many have lost credibility and have lost not just prestige, but work too. 

Their reputations, often already shady, having garnered stories, bribes and in some cases 'accidents' buying silence.

Do you want to make it in Hollywood?  Want power, influence, wealth?  Shut up and go with the flow.  No matter how disgusting, what can one person do?  And even if you do, who is going to back accusations?  Silence is bought at the price of not just money, but also souls.  It's a two edged sword.

Now when attention is finally gained, there is the question of believability as mentioned before. Is it enough to just say someone did something?  Of course not.  And a legal process is engaged, for weal or woe.

Evidence must be gathered, witnesses vetted and claims corroborated.  If pointing a finger were enough, then many innocent people would be condemned.  And even when actually found innocent, reputations are usually ruined.  There is the lingering doubt that maybe there is something to it in spite of all.

Here is my take on the current situation.

There are many guilty.  Some are encouraged, since they have what they wanted, to jump on the victim train.  And for most, that is enough for alleged perps to lose prestige and power.

At this time, there is an immense sweep of child rapists, often rescuing children in current peril, let alone victims of yesteryear.  It is the most ambitious undertaking in garnering justice in our history and perhaps even the world. 

The spheres overlap and politicians are falling as well.

It is timing I question with the coming out of accusations.  None of it is hardly re kids.  It's taking a blow, seeming to deflect what's happening.

And when a crucial election is about to happen, suddenly people pop up pointing away.

Questionable 'actors' are brought to play.  It is enough to stymie many.

Truth and falsity vie while actual victims suffer. 

And it might be a round about way to manufacture a takedown for several.

May it be a real opportunity to exact justice and not a witch hunt.

The masks are falling.

We are able to see at long last just who and what is at stake.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

GENERAL McAuliffe

Most of you know the name of my blog refers to Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe's  classic reply to the German demand of surrender of the surrounded American forces at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in WW2.

My blog has gone many places over the years, but the resolve remains the same re America's Freedom and further commitment to Restore our Constitutional Republic.

As we segue into that very season when this took place, please enjoy the detailed account of the story of the NUTS reply.

https://www.army.mil/article/92856/the_story_of_the_nuts_reply

On December 22, 1944, at about 11:30 in the morning, a group of four German soldiers, waving two white flags, approached the American lines using the Arlon Road from the direction of Remoifosse, south of Bastogne. The group consisted of two officers and two enlisted men. The senior officer was a Major Wagner of the 47th Panzer Corps. The junior officer, Lt. Hellmuth Henke of the Panzer Lehr Operations Section, was carrying a briefcase under his arm. The two enlisted men had been selected from the 901st Panzer Grenadier Regiment.

The Americans defending in that location were members of F Company of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The Germans walked past a bazooka team in a foxhole in front of the Kessler farm and stopped in front of the foxhole of PFC Leo Palma, a B.A.R. gunner. Palma described the officers as wearing long overcoats and shiny black boots. Lieutenant Henke, who spoke English said, "I want to see the commanding officer of this section." Palma was at a loss for words, but Staff Sergeant Carl E. Dickinson who had been manning a position nearby walked out to the road and called the group over to him. The Germans explained that they had a written message to be presented to the American Commander in Bastogne.

Henke said they would consent to being blindfolded and taken to the American Commanding Officer. In fact, they had brought blindfolds with them. Henke blindfolded Wagner and Dickinson blindfolded Henke. As the blindfolds were being applied, Dickinson was joined by PFC Ernest Premetz, a German-speaking medic of his platoon who offered to serve as an interpreter. However no interpreter was needed.

Dickinson and Premetz left the two German enlisted men there and took the two German officers to the Kessler farmhouse. Tech. Sgt. Oswald Y. Butler, Acting Platoon Leader of the 1st Platoon, and Lt. Leslie E. Smith, Platoon Leader of the Weapons Platoon, told them to take the blindfolded officers to the F Company Command Post. They took the two German officers on a roundabout route to the Command Post of F Company, 327th GIR, which was a large foxhole located in a wooded area about a quarter mile away. Shortly after arriving at the command post, they were joined by Capt. James F. Adams, the F Company Commander, who had been at a forward observation post when he was notified of the arrival of the Germans.

When Adams arrived, 1st Sgt. Constantine A. Pappas informed him that the German major had already presented a written message. The F Company Executive Officer, Lt. William J. Herzke, was on the phone, reading the message to their Battalion Command Post in Marvie. The 2nd Battalion Command Post then notified the 327th Regimental Headquarters in Bastogne. Col. Bud Harper, the 327th Regimental Commander, was not there; he was out inspecting his unit's positions. The senior officer present was the Regimental Operations Officer, Major Alvin Jones. Maj. Jones notified the Division Headquarters in Bastogne and asked for instructions. He was told to retrieve the message and bring it to the Division Headquarters. He drove to the F Company Command Post and was given the message. The two blindfolded officers were kept in the woods adjacent to the foxhole Command Post.

Upon receiving Maj. Jones' phone call at Division Headquarters, the Acting Chief of Staff, Lt. Col. Ned Moore entered Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe's sleeping quarters adjacent to the communications center. Moore wakened McAulliffe and told him, "The Germans have sent some people forward to take our surrender." Moore recalled that Brig. Gen. McAuliffe, still half asleep, said "Nuts!" and started to climb out of his sleeping bag.

Moore then went back out into the Communications Center where he briefed the rest of the Division staff of the on-going situation, including telling them of McAulliffe's remark of "Nuts!"

When Maj. Jones arrived with the message, the staff looked at it before taking it in to McAulliffe.

The German surrender demand was typewritten on two sheets. One was in English, the other in German. They had been typed on an English typewriter as indicated by the fact that the diacritical marks required on the German copy had been entered by hand.

This is the English version of the message:

"December 22nd 1944

To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A.
forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong
German armored units. More German armored units have crossed
the river Ourthe near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and
reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet.
Libramont is in German hands.
There is only one possibility to save the encircled
U.S.A troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable
surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over
a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the
presentation of this note.
If this proposal should be rejected one German
Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready
to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The
order for firing will be given immediately after this two
hours' term.
All the serious civilian losses caused by this
artillery fire would not correspond with the wellknown
American humanity.

The German Commander."

The Division Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard recalled that McAulliffe initially asked, "They want to surrender?" Moore told him, "No sir, they want us to surrender." McAulliffe arose and erupted in anger, which shocked those looking on. He took the paper, looked at it, said "Us surrender, aw nuts!" and dropped it on the floor. Maj. Jones was dismissed. McAulliffe then left the Headquarters to go congratulate a unit on the Western perimeter that had successfully taken out a German road block earlier that morning.

When Jones left the Headquarters, he went back to the F Company Command Post and spoke with the two German officers. When he returned to his Regimental Headquarters, he phoned the division headquarters.

Upon returning to the division headquarters, McAulliffe was informed that Jones had phoned to say that the two German officers were still waiting at the F Company Command Post. Since they brought a formal demand they felt they were entitled to a formal reply and they were to return to the German lines two hours after delivering their message.

McAulliffe asked that Col. Harper be summoned to the Division Headquarters. Harper, who was still inspecting his units' positions, was contacted by radio.

When Harper arrived at the Headquarters, he was asked to wait outside of the closed door to McAulliffe's quarters. Inside, in the presence of his staff, McAulliffe wondered aloud, "Well, I don't know what to tell them." At that point, Kinnard said, "What you said initially would be hard to beat." McAulliffe asked "What do you mean?" Kinnard, said, "Sir, you said nuts." All members of the staff enthusiastically agreed, so McAulliffe wrote it down on a message pad and said, "Have it typed up."

The reply was typed up, centered on a full sheet of paper. It read:

"December 22, 1944

To the German Commander,

N U T S !

The American Commander"

McAulliffe dismissed the staff and asked that Harper come in. McAulliffe initially toyed with him by having him stand in front of Higgins and himself. McAulliffe showed him the surrender demand and asked if he had already seen it. Harper said no. McAulliffe asked him to read it and suggest how it should be answered. Harper was surprised by the request and quickly tried to draft a reply in his head. At that moment, a clerk-typist entered the room and handed McAulliffe a sheet of paper. He looked at it and then showed Harper the typed "NUTS" reply, asking him if he thought that was a proper reply. Harper read it and started laughing. McAulliffe asked Harper to personally deliver the reply to the Germans, cautioning him not to go into the German lines.

Harper took the reply and drove to the F Company Command Post. Harper told Henke that he had the American Commander's reply. Henke asked if it was written or verbal. Harper answered it was written and he put it in the hand of the blindfolded German Major. Henke asked about the contents of the reply because if it was affirmative, they were authorized to negotiate further. Harper said, "The reply consists of a single word, NUTS!" Henke, not understanding, asked, "Is that reply negative or affirmative?" Harper said, "The reply is decidedly not affirmative", adding, "If you continue this foolish attack, your losses will be tremendous." Henke translated for the Major. The Major nodded.

The two blindfolded German officers were then driven, again by a roundabout route, back to their entry point at the Kessler farm. At the farm, the group was rejoined by PFC Premetz. The blindfolds were removed and the Germans opened and looked at the reply. They asked, "What does this mean?" They obviously didn't understand the American slang. Harper and Premetz discussed how to explain it. Harper suggested, "Tell them to take a flying s**t!" Premetz thought about it, then straightened up, faced the Germans and said, "Du kannst zum Teufel gehen." He told Harper it meant "You can go to Hell." Then Harper said, "If you continue to attack, we will kill every goddamn German that tries to break into this city." Henke replied, "We will kill many Americans. This is war." Harper then said, "On your way Bud, and good luck to you." After Henke translated, the major acknowledged. They saluted and the Germans started to walk away. Harper angrily called out to them, "If you don't know what I am talking about, simply go back to your commanding officer and tell him to just plain, 'Go to Hell'." After Henke translated, the major got angry and stormed off. As he passed Palma's position, he threw his blindfold and Palma caught it. Palma wrote that he didn't realize the historical importance of that blindfold. He later used it to clean his B.A.R. and threw it away!

The German party returned to their lines. Capt. Adams recorded the time as 1400 hours.

While watching the Germans leaving, Harper began to regret losing his temper, fearing that his attitude may increase the intensity of the attack on his positions. Fortunately, the threatened artillery barrage never happened. Instead, the German Luftwaffe was added to the attack, bombing the town at night.

According to a narrative written by Hellmuth Henke, when the German officers returned to their vehicle, while they were putting their pistol belts back on, Maj. Wagner removed his pistol from his trouser pocket and placed it in its holster, stating that he wasn't going to get caught without protection.

The two German officers then drove to the 901st Panzer Grenadier Regimental headquarters in Lutrebois. After reporting in, they left to go to the Panzer Lehr Division headquarters located about a mile further south. Just before reaching the Panzer Lehr Headquarters, they saw the car of General von Manteuffel parked by a thicket of trees. Maj. Wagner stopped and reported to the General. They then proceeded to the Panzer Lehr headquarters. General von Luettwitz, the Corps Commander, happened to be there. They presented the "NUTS" reply. Upon hearing the negative reply, General Bayerlein, said it was time to start striking out with the heavy artillery located behind the hill. He was interrupted by General von Luettwitz who stated that the heavy artillery was no longer located there, it had been moved to forward positions past Bastogne. Bayerlein then started to explain how he would attack Bastogne without the heavy artillery, but was again interrupted by von Luettwitz. Von Luettwitz reminded Bayerlein that Bastogne was not his objective and ordered the Panzer Lehr Division to proceed around Bastogne to Rochefort and leave Bastogne to the 26th Volksgrenadier Division.

Editors Note:
This story retraces the events of December 22nd, 1944 at Bastogne, Belgium; the day we received German surrender ultimatum and issued the subsequent "Nuts!" reply.

Its author, Kenneth J. McAuliffe, Jr., is the nephew of Brig. Gen. Anthony 'Tony' McAuliffe who commanded the Division during the defense of Bastogne. This has been verified to be100% accurate.

Last revised on January 11, 2012.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Balcony

Always windswept.  It was Chicago.

He always remembered it as cold, though summer could be warm.  But always windswept.

He as a soldier on an invisible front line.  An age old war since before time focused in a room between a man with God's help facing evil. 

He was a veteran of many battles, victorious only by the grace of God.  And each battle took a little bit of him away.

When he was called home, he hoped to be restored.

People fear.  They brush aside the spiritual.  Or they realize it and picked the wrong side. 

The fallen prey and feed on fear.  They isolate and appear strong.  They have a timeless power and hatred beyond understanding.  But they were beaten even in the beginning.  Now they subvert and want to take as many people with them as they can.

Good and evil wend there ways through life, all history and daily routines.  One doesn't have to believe it, though it's obvious if one watches events unfold. 

And a man of God stands between the dark and Light.

Now he stood on the balcony, having followed the example of Jesus, to liberate the captives. 

He smiled at the thought of children singing, random acts of kindness, beauty in simplicity.

His faith kept him going but it was seasoned with humor.  For in hell there is no laughter none but derision.  Foibles give us humility, yet the courage to stand up.

He's gone.

The balcony remains.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

1917-2017

People broad brush this as the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.  Well, it is.  But there is much more detail and texture. 

The October Revolution is what most people think of when referring to those history page turning events.  It's when the Bolsheviks aka the 'larger' party advocating and engaging violent revolution overthrew the provisional government which had overthrown the Tsar in February of that year.  The Mensheviks, btw, were the minority commies, seeking to achieve collectivist government by parliamentary procedure.  Violence vs slow (Fabian) subversion.  Sound familiar?

Now I suggest you all go study these events, for there are many twists and turns.  Such is history.  Reminds me of my HS world history teacher, who always injected humanity, cause and its opposite into his teaching.  History is more than dates, events and names.

Also, study American troops in Vladivostok/Siberia.  Did they help or hinder Bolshevism?

And who financed the collectivists?  There were many sympathetic to Red October round the world, especially in New York.  Money spurred it, not just a bunch of fed up peasants.

Today, we have dedicated collectivists celebrating Red October.  Will they actually try an outright putsch or will they needle, increase the heat while subversion from congress/within slides US further down?  Be prepared for both.

If anyone tells you communism is either dead or at least on the way out, don't believe it.  They are either na├»ve or true believers subverting.

The collectivist threat has never been bigger.  This is a well laid out plan by current lefties such as Ayers and many more including democrats and neocons and that red diaper baby preceding President Trump.

Well placed in every walk of life, useful idiots and true believers hearken to the string pullers, while the shadowy globalists rally them to retake what Trump and all of us working to Restore the Republic are gaining. 

Bolshevism will up the violence while the Mensheviks continue what they have done from the beginning.

I was told 'my time was nearly done' aka as America is almost destroyed and I along with others, would be dead.  Even called me McCarthy lol.  An honor to be included with that patriot.  Well, we all die.  When God calls me home, may it be in victory over the evil we seek to obliterate.

Perhaps 2017 is the beginning of an anniversary of Liberty that will reside next to 1776.