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Front door for the second half of my life using my time while disabled to become a book reviewer, editor, and blogger……. Advocating for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but fight tremor so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 117 Year Old House, My Shop, Ranting, Retirement, and More… This blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 3+ years old, it is bare boned.

– True Dat

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A Secret Ransom on Pallets of Untraceble Euros and Swiss Francs to the Largest State Sponsor of Terrorism by the ‘Most Transparent President in History’

Gonna use NPR as the springboard for this one because of how it seems that every single response this week from the progressives has been ‘why are we talking about old news, you know let me tell you something…’ Or ‘the republicans or Trump are just going to opposes and mistreat all situations for gain or vengeance’. How about just simply the American people that hear quacks, see waddling, see swimming like em’ ducks; well we as the citizenry think there are ducks. Mrs Clinton hasn’t held a news conference in over 6 months to my recollection, walks though the sabotage of Sen Sanders campaign, the all too witness of the FBI director saying just about the most damnable thing with regard to the use of personal server, access to the server and the communication of TSCI messages, while the AG just basically sits in the same chair after and shrugs a lot and look totally inept because she refuses to even make mention of law, direct cause for her non-recusal, and then out of hand nolo contendre to there being any ’cause’ with regard to the entire investigation and the FBI Directors testimony.  
Now this. The President of the United States gives $400 million in untraceable hard Swiss Francs & Euros stacked on pallets and flown into Iran as ransom unmarked under cover of night in the release of 5 American Hostages. Then the WH lies about it. I don’t think that’s a partisan issue, it’s absolutely mind blowing to me as an American citizen and taxpayer knowing that cash will go straight to terrorist organizations and will kill Americans and our brother and sisters in Christ as well as the citizens of our allies. This makes Fast and Furious look like Kindergarten snack time. Is that partisan? Was I really told what Josh Earnest is today asserting I heard from the President in January. Ugh… See below     
So much for releasing the ‘Frozen’ funds… WSJ reports an air lift of cash rounded up through banks placed on pallets and secretly in unmarked aircraft delivered $400 Million in cash as there the release of 5 Americans. Then an Iranian official confirms it, but wait one of the 5 American hostages, US Pastor Saeed Abidini told FOX Business Network and CNN that the Iranian regime would not let his plane leave Iran until Obama’s ransom plane arrived with $400 million in euros and Swiss Francs. So the WH had denied initially the story, but now not still straightforwardly doing so but dancing for 24 minutes in a WH press conference about how we all in America knew because the President went on TV and said that there would be all of those in an attack over the deal and that this now is just a Republican attack. The American people we told that funds would be “released”. If you deposit an large deposit in the bank, they will take days or weeks before releasing the full amount once they have received their transfer. I doesn’t matter that there is no banking relationship with Iran, those funds would get released it what ever process to be developed and that wouldn’t be an instant transfer. The American people were not told that the ‘deal’ included an airlift of $400 million dollars in untraceable cash to Iran the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Which is by the way not allowed under established US policy to pay ransoms; the DOJ directly objected to the airlift of cash, but was overruled by the State Department. 
In the mean time Iran has already trounced all over the ‘deal’. This isn’t a political attack at all it is executive and dictatorial subversion I don’t care if you have a (D), (R), (I), (L) or a dang (Z) before or after your name. 

There’s already some interesting comment string on the FB post here:

WSJ Article: US Sent Cash To Iran As Americans Were Freed-

US Hostage Saeed Abedini to Fox Business stating that their plane was not to be released until plane of cash arrived in Iran-

CNBC: The DOJ Objected to the $400 Million Payment and Was Overruled By the State Department-

Watch Josh Earnest in the link do all he can but address the questions and cry partisan politics on republicans; how about the American people.

Mr Khan-Mr Trump Attack at DNC…. Some Thoughts

Here’s a link to the draft piece I’m working on. The first iteration is on my FB. I’ll develop this further tomorrow. My perspective is that of a Marine Corps Officer of 22 years and a student of history.  

At a minimum please read Mr West’s and Mr Mark’s letters to Mr Khan. Regardless of your persuasion many may learn or share some perspective you may never have seen here to.   Links are imbedded in post. 

The Draft Post on My FB Page…..

There is some interesting comments on the FB string. 

Semper Fidelis, Shannon

First Australian Attack on the Western front WWI -19 July 1916-

Australians of the 53rd Battalion pictured on the afternoon of the 19th; three of the men pictured would be wounded and the remainder killed.

July 19 1916, Fromelles–In the leadup to the Somme, it was envisioned that the Allies would make a major breakthrough, which could soon be followed up by attacks elsewhere on the line. Even as victory on the Somme proved quickly elusive, planning for these subsidiary attacks continued, if downgraded to an effort to prevent German reserves from being moved to the Somme. The main such planned attack was at Fromelles, along the Aubers Ridge that had been fought over more than a year prior. Here, the 5th Australian Division and the 61st Division were assigned to the attack; half of the Australians were veterans of the Gallipoli campaign and were used to trench warfare (albeit that of a dryer variety), whereas the 61st had only arrived in France in the last month and was still well understrength. They would attack in the direction of Lille, though even the attack’s planners knew they would not be able to push further than the first three German trench lines. The decision to attack had ultimately been left up to General Monro by Haig; despite the changing goals, poor weather conditions, and unlikely prospects for success, he decided to proceed anyway.

Attempting to learn from the Somme, some modified tactics were used in an attempt to fool the Germans. The barrage, after lifting from the German lines, would be brought back again, attempting to catch the Germans as they emerged from their underground shelters to repel the infantry attack; dummy soldiers were hoisted above parapets in order to aid in the illusion of an immediate attack. However, these tactics were ineffective in practice. Constant rain and mist interfered had interfered with artillery spotting. More crucially, the line they were targeting had been abandoned by the Germans long ago in favor of positions on the reverse slope of Aubers Ridge; the artillery bombardment was hitting nothing.

When the Australians advanced, around 5:30 PM on July 19th, they found no line to capture. Attempting to move further forward, they came upon the German second (now first) line, with a complete and unbroken line of wire. The British of the 61st Division left their trenches by sally ports, presenting convenient targets for German machine gunners. By 9PM, the attack had largely collapsed, except around the Sugar Loaf strongpoint in the center of the line. Reinforcements were ordered to assist in the attack there, so there would at least be a single gain to show from the day–but realizing the hopelessness of the attack, they were soon cancelled. These countermanding orders did not reach the 59th Australian Battalion in time, however, and they were cut down, unsupported, in no-man’s land. Over the course of a few hours, the Australians suffered over 5000 casualties; the British (attacking with fewer men) over 1500. 

Thank you to my brothers of my generation in the Australian Royal Marines that I had the pleasure to serve and learn with. Thank you for always being the most gracious of host nations for our Marines and giving us the space to train that we no longer are permitted within our own nation. Thank you most for your sacrifices and examples of courageous leadership spanning over a century. You never backed down from a fight when we fought back to back as brothers. I’m proud of your example and steadfast support you’ve always shown my nation and particularly her Marines. Semper Fidelis, Shannon

Time for a change….

I’ve read hundreds of books over the years and I’m going to begin writing reviews of those,  also those book in my library yet to be read, and most excitingly those I’ll be reviewing/editing for a myriad of publishers that have already offered me said opportunity.  Some big name publishers too!

Book blogging…. Who’d have thought?

Marine Forced Out of Corps to Recieve Award

From Marine Corps Times: Marine forced out of the Corps to receive valor award 

The second squad of first platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment certainly was the battalions black sheep. Fellow Marines described them as everything from short-timers to sh*t bags when Sgt. 
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Don’t Waste Your Life

This is a 2003 message delivered by John Piper to a campus group concerning his mantra at the time of ‘a wasted life’; but this audio message captures the essence of his book and makes you hungry for more. This is an excellent read and leaves you with a visionary path parallel to that which Christ has set us aside to do. The content should make you uncomfortable as any exegesis should; in that it states the truth and bares us to the bone it those ways that we fall woefully short. I believe you can find the mobi/pdf/ebook of his book ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ at where you can find a virtual library on all of Piper’s works, but I’m more than willing to loan you the book itself if you desire to read it. I have to have the books in hand or in ebook so that I can return to all of the referenced scripture and do my own study and exegesis on the matters. If you’re wanting to borrow my actual copy, just PM me and I’ll loan it out to you. As a warning, you will not be able to listen to this and not somehow come away with a drive for action. -B

‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ -message delivered to the Campus Crusade Christmas Conference Dec 2003


Sharia Law comes to Tennessee and to our CPS too

Acting Our Way Into Feelings In Worship

Great read about my next read!

Matt Capps Blog

a-long-obedience-in-the-same-directionI recently picked up Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction at a used book store (I love the title). I have always found Peterson’s writing soul stirring. In this book Peterson offers an honest and reflective journey through the Psalms of Ascent (120-134). Consider this thought on worship based on Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD!” (ESV)

But very often we don’t feel like [worshiping], and so we say, “It would be dishonest for me to go to a place of worship and praise God when I don’t feel like it. I would be a hypocrite.” The Psalm says, I don’t care whether you feel like it or not: as was decreed, “give thanks to the name of God.”

I have put great emphasis on the fact that Christians worship because they want to, not because they…

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