"There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities."

Arlen Specter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Updated Tuesday night. Election, comic books, the USS Pueblo incident.

10:22 PM

Only 51 percent of the vote is in down in the sixth district, with Ossoff having polled 51 percent, exactly enough to win the election. But the precincts  that have reported are heavily democrat, i.e. black.  The precincts still to be reported are in the more affluent, white and conservative parts of the sixth district. The Democrats gerrymandered the district long ago to insure a large black presence  , but the result has been that the votes tend to go on ethnic lines. I doubt Ossoff will have fifty one percent when the last results are tallied.

What is very strange is that all three Atlanta affiliates are reporting the polls were inundated today by Democrats who did not have the right to vote in the Sixth District. There were other minor issues to be settled in the state today, including one State Senator (i.e. for the State Assembly in Atlanta). But many, many moonbats, snowflakes, and the sweeping of the Democratic party gutters showed up demanding to vote. When they were told they could not vote in the Sixth District because they were registered in other districts, they pitched fits.  Never heard of that happening before.


Today is voting day.  The big , burning issue in Georgia is whether or not a raving Democrat named Jon Ossoff will win in the Sixth District.  It's a national issue, since the previous seat holder stepped down to become President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services. When Tom Price accepted that position, his seat became vacant and today the issue will either be decided, if Ossoff wins a majority of votes, or punted to June 1 in a run off.

Ossoff is a nightmare.  He's a Nancy Pelosi blessed, John Lewis wanna be. He has raised more money for his run at the seat than any one in history, almost all of it out of state and from the Democratic Party.


The Dems are saying that this is a referendum on the President's policies, which is complete B.S. It's about buying the black vote.

Can you pick "Jon" out in this photo!

Ossoff  is vehemently anti Second Amendment. He has accepted support from the "Pride Fund " which exists solely to take guns away from Georgians.


They kicked in some of the twelve million bucks being spent by the Democrats to try to get him elected.



Ossoff isn't above taking money from the Islamic propagandists, either. Al Jazeera loves him.


Ordinarily, even in the sixth district, he wouldn't have a prayer. The problem is that the Republican "machine" has collapsed, and they can't control what goes on in the party since the "Never Trumpers" caused so much anger in Georgia.  So we have 16 nominally Republican candidates running for the seat.  You have to get 51 percent of the vote to win.  What I hope will happen is the Pelosi puppet won't make 51 percent, and will have to face a single "Republican" candidate in June.

We'll see what happens.

Tewshooz and I were talking about comic books.  I used to buy them for a dime, and finance my purchases by walking along the roads with my bothers, picking up soda bottles. We took our Red Flyer wagon, covered both sides, and turned in the bottles for a three cent deposit. Then we'd buy candy bars for a nickle, or a soda for a dime, or a comic book for a dime.

My favorites were:


Enemy Ace was about a German fighter pilot named Hans von Hammer. He always had great adventures flying on the Western Front. Modeled on Baron Manfred von Richthofen,  he was aloof and an honorable adversary. The art in these comic books was marvelous, and the equipment and aircraft were accurately depicted.



Johnny Cloud the Navajo Ace was a great  comic book about an American Indian P-51 pilot. He was always under pressure to prove himself since he came from a warrior tribe,  so he had to put on a front of being tough and fearless when he was actually a rather sensitive individual. I am sure that resonated with a lot of young boys in those days.


Sgt. Rock comics usually dealt with problems of leadership.  Rock's platoon always got desperate missions and there was always some member of the platoon who didn't want to get with the program. Rock always showed the recalcitrant individual the error of his ways by the end of the comic book. These weren't just for entertainment back then. They taught young boys and young men a set of values. Probably why comic books like these don't exist anymore.


Sgt. Fury was the antitheses of Sgt. Rock.  His troops were not green recruits and draftees, but professional soldiers. In the Sgt. Rock comic books, the characters other than Rock often changed. But in Sgt. Fury, the individual characters remained the same. Sgt. Fury always slaughtered the enemy with great abandon and a remarkable sang froid.



Fightin' Marines told different stories about the Marine Corps, with different characters. The stories were largely based on the citations for Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Medal of Honor winners. I am sure the comic was worth a dozen recruiting stations for the Marine Corps back in those days.

Two more Marine oriented comics were "Semper Fi" and "U.S. Marines in Action"






Again, these didn't follow individual characters, but were based on actual exploits from Marine Corps History. This cover shows the Boxer Rebellion.


The Navy and the Air Force were never as well represented in the comic books of the day as the Army and Marines, but they did have their own titles.




One thing about the comics you'll notice if you ever browse through a few of them. The Germans were always represented as professional warriors. Ruthless, but fearsome and respected.

The Japanese, on the other hand, were cut no slack. They were always brutal savages. My Uncle and my father, both of whom served in the Pacific, felt that was exactly right. My dad hated the Japanese until the day he died. My wife's father, who fought in the Pacific as a Marine infantryman, seconded the opinion.  Two different wars, going on at the same time.  I liked the Japanese a lot when I lived in Japan, but that was the late 70's. Times change.




I've saved one of my favorites for last.  This comic book followed a Stuart tank and it's crew through WW2. The catch was, the tank was haunted by the ghosts of previous crew members.  The Stuart was a light reconnaissance tank, but in each episode the dauntless crew, aided by spectral well wishers, defeated monstrous German Panthers and Tigers . It was a real life impossibility in more ways than one, but it was a great comic.

When I went off to college, I had hundreds of these comics and two big orange net sacks of baseball cards from the 1950's and 1960's stored in trunks.  My dad threw them all away.  Too bad, it would be fun to to look at them today.




The U.S.S. Pueblo incident:

Above is a link to the best description of the U.S.S. Pueblo incident I am aware of. Ironically, it's Australian. We did absolutely nothing about it.


Here's the song that was inspired by the Pueblo being seized by the North Koreans.






Then there was the EC-121 Shoot Down, in international waters, by the dwarfs from hell.


April 5, 1969
Flight Deep Sea 129 is shot down over international waters by North Korean migs.
31 sailors and 1 Marine killed.
The U.S. did nothing.

I'm really not all that enamored of the world we live in today. Out of curiosity, if you could go to any time, and live your life over again, when and where would you go?


I know what I'd do.



28 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I'm impressed. 'Back in the 70's my favorite was the G.I. Combat also. I seem to remember a Confederate flag hanging off a communication antenna. Those where the days when a flag did not 'trigger' the weak minded. The flag ment 'Rebel' as in 'not doing what everyone else is doing'
    In that comic book too, I remember the ghost of General Lee always talking to the tank commander who was an offspring of the great general.

    Jon Ossoff is a Cuck!

    Cuck (an internet term that has gained popularity in recent months)
    Cuck, short for “cuckold,” is a term referring to a man with a female significant other who engages in sexual activities with other men. Online, the term is often used as a pejorative to condescendingly describe a male who is sexually inadequate or sexually submissive.

    I hope the great state of Georgia 'kick's this cretinous cuck' to the curb (No pun intended:)

    There's a whole new slew of terms coming out of the great internet 'Meme' war.
    'Meme' a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

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    1. The Dems are trying to do with this Georgia congressional seat what they did with Obama in the Presidential campaign 8 years ago. Ossoff has no experience except working as an aid for some hack Democrat in D.C. The Dems have spent a fortune on a television add campaign, over eight million. An unheard of sum here for a simple Representative seat. The tv adds are designed to make him look like a moderate, but he has also paid for a robo call campaign and print adds that show him in his true colors. He's a Nancy Pelosi fancy boy.

      The problem is, the Sixth District is totally urban. That means the vast majority of Trump supporters won't get a shot at the vote. I don't know what will happen in the end, but I know the "Republican" candidate who is getting the most votes right now is a woman who is a party hack, and inspires zero enthusiasm among most Georgian voters. I don't know if she can come close to beating Ossoff in a run off, because he will have millions more from Hollywood and the Democratic Party to spend, and she won't have jack. I never saw but about three adds on tv for her in the run up and she was not inspiring.

      Never heard of the word "cuck"but I see the point.

      I use memes to illustrate points in my blog, and I know you mentioned the meme war before, interesting concept.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      The 'Meme' war is just another form of propaganda, but for our side.
      Remember the war posters from WW1 and WW2. That's a form of a 'Meme' Lose Lips Sink Ship's etc.
      My graphic favorite from WW1 was a 'Marauding Gorilla' with a large, spiked 'Hun' helmet on carrying a women off in a white dress with her breasts exposed in one arm and a club in the other arm. The caption at the bottom, if I remember correctly was 'Stop the Hun'
      That one was sure to insight anger towards the Germans.
      One item of note, according to my Grandfather that was a doughboy in the 'First Infantry, First Division "Big Red One' most Germans were scared farm boys (and not Gorilla's with clubs) that got caught on the wrong side in a shitty war (pardon my French) My grandfather spent some time processing German prisoners and that give him a different outlook on war.

      I believe the use of 'Memes' should actually show pics of known 'stupid people, corrupt individuals'
      caught in the act with in a pic and a sarcastic, satirical statement at the bottom to invoke humor.

      One extremely important 'Meme' was the one of Hillary with an aid holding one arm and another aid holding the other arm helping Hillary up a small flight of stairs. Many of the captions below said 'Sick Hillary' etc. That actually showed proof of her 'questionable condition'

      'Meme's like the one I mentioned above are the most powerful and mind changing propaganda because there is actual photographic evidence to back up a claim and those 'Meme's are spread like wildfire through phones, texting, facebook posts etc.

      One other thing I recommend.
      Explore sites like 4Chan, 8Chan, etc. Go to 'Politically Incorrect' there is some 'shocking' stuff as well as really, really funny 'Meme's. I ignore the bad, disgusting stuff and seek out the sarcastic and funny. I never post anything nor do I know anyone on those sites. This is 'Hacker Heaven' so I know to 'observe only' Those sites have so many anti-democrat, anti-antifa and pro-Trump stuff its incredible.
      There is a troll army (Weaponized Austism) they call it, that sides with freedom and Trump represents the only bastion of freedom on the political scene. The Trolls know it and that's why the most unlikely group you can think of supports Trump.
      If this 'Troll and Hacker Army' was let loose on the internet in a worst case scenario the power it could yield would be 'catastrophic' to the opposition in propaganda and in hacking.

      If some military fiction writer studied the 'Troll and Hacker Army' in great detail and used this premise in a book about a future war. It would be fascinating.

      A future war fought in cyberspace and on the battle field with hacking, counter hacking, the hacking and disabling of aircraft, weapon's systems and the opposition countries infrastructure as well as propaganda 'meme's to attack the political class of opposition country.
      The only hack proof equipment would be ancient AK-47's, RPG's and knives.

      Too band 'Tom Clancy' passed away. He would probably run with this concept for a great novel.

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    3. There are a lot of funny memes out there. I like the one's that feature "The worlds most interesting man". The old one, not this new shabby substitute they are using now. I also like the one with the sloth or whatever it is and his funny sayings. The best is something like " my sister's boyfriend hit her so I waited til he was asleep and shot him up with bad drugs. They ruled it an overdose."

      Things have pretty well divided up so that most people are in one camp or the other, but even then most of those folks are along for the ride. I keep thinking things will settle down but so far no sign of it.

      I liked Tom Clancy's books. The Hunt for Red October was a favorite of mine.

      I watch some you tube music videos and news videos, but I have really slow internet so watching one where somebody is talking a lot takes me forever. buffer, buffer, buffer, play for a second, buffer buffer....

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  2. I heard that the Dim's candidate in your state doesn't even live in the district he would represent. Is that legal?

    We didn't have great comic books like those when I was a kid. The only thing available were superheroes or Archie comic books. I feel cheated...I really do. --Troy

    Harry, I heard on the radio today one of those so called military "experts". The statement was made that if the U.S. is sending 3 battle carrier groups towards N. Korea, that this can only end in one of two ways: The enemy will implode, or this is going to explode. This is getting serious. And the only news I see on this coming from the British media? It's really bizarre. --Troy

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    1. continued:

      Georgia has some very strange laws about voter registration. It's complicated, but in a nutshell, you don't have to register to vote in the district you live in. You can register to vote in the district where you work, or if you have a good reason, in any district you want to. Once you register, you have to vote in that district. But because of the convoluted nature of the laws on that, you don't have to be a resident of the district you run in.

      Comic books back in the late 50's and the 60's were everywhere. Every little store had a rack as you came in. There were no "big box" stores like today, so more people went to little grocery stores and those all had a news stand with the latest comics.

      The war comics were all oriented towards young males. They were inspirational and loaded with the old military virtues. I'm sure that's why they started being supplanted by other types of comics by the late sixties, when those values were being discarded by a lot of the nation.

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      The Navy has always been a great way of sending signals without provoking war. You can get your message across without boxing an opponent in. The President can send three battle groups to the area, then if the North Koreans toe the line, he can send them back again, no problem.

      Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
      He had ten thousand men;
      He marched them up to the top of the hill,
      And he marched them down again.
      And when they were up, they were up,
      And when they were down, they were down,
      And when they were only half way up,
      They were neither up nor down.

      That's a British lulaby for babies, but it tells a true story and it illustrates the point that if you send them out, you can bring them back. So long as no demented dwarf Little Nero pushes the wrong button, and no "Gomer" pilot in a mig does something stupid. There's the precedent of the North Koreans shooting down one of our EC-121 Aircraft in international waters, killing 31 sailors, when Nixon was President. We did nothing.

      In 1968, I think it was , the North Koreans captured the U.S.S. Pueblo and held the crew hostage for a year. We did nothing, although there was a great song about it.

      Ride, Captain, Ride

      Seventy-three men sailed up
      From the San Francisco Bay,
      Rolled off of their ship
      And here's what they had to say.
      "We're callin' everyone to ride along
      To another shore,
      We can laugh our lives away
      and be free once more."
      But no one heard them callin',
      No one came at all,
      'Cause they were too busy watchin'
      Those old raindrops fall.
      As a storm was blowin'
      Out on the peaceful sea,
      Seventy-three men sailed off
      To history.
      Ride, captain ride
      Upon your mystery ship,
      Be amazed at the friends
      You have here on your trip.
      Ride captain ride
      Upon your mystery ship,
      On your way to a world
      That others might have missed.
      [Instrumental]
      Seventy-three men sailed up
      From the San Francisco Bay,
      Got off their ship
      And here's what they had to say.
      "We're callin' everyone to ride along
      To another shore,
      We can laugh our lives away
      And be free once more."
      Ride, captain ride
      Upon your mystery ship,
      Be amazed at the friends
      You have here on your trip.
      Ride, captain ride
      Upon your mystery ship,
      On your way to a world
      That others might have missed.
      Ride, captain ride
      Upon your mystery ship,
      Be amazed at the friends...

      Personally, I'd rather take out the North Korean nuclear facilities now. Once they actually get the capability to hit us, they'll be another Iran and can thumb their nose at us with impunity. Trouble is, what the hell do we do about a four million man army roaring across the DMZ. Nuke them on South Korean territory? Send our aircraft into flak belts that make the defense of Berlin look amateurish? Damned if I know. Like so many things I raise hell about, I don't actually have a practical suggestion to make.

      One America News has been giving good coverage. The rest of the Media seems to be ignoring it, largely because polls show that support for kicking Kim Il Piggies ass is high in the country.

      It's a mad, mad world.

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  3. There were some nasty Japanese atrocities but if we are honest the Germans weren't really all that different. It was easier for the average GI to hate Germans because they look different and have a different culture.

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    1. I think, all things considered, that the Germans adhered to the accepted rules of war about as well as we did. I have seen old combat photographer footage of an American soldier calming shooting down a group of Germans with his M1 while they stood in a line with their hands up. However, in general, both sides in the war between the Germans and the Western allies did pretty well at respecting the laws of war. Contrast, for instance , the experience of the prisoners of war in Germany with those unfortunate enough to be captured by the Japanese.

      Then too, the Japanese didn't give up. Most German soldiers, when the case was hopeless, would surrender. The Japanese had to be dug out of the rocks and sand one at a time.

      The Japanese practiced appalling atrocities on prisoners,and the allies there were well aware of it.

      And , as you say, the war in the Pacific was frankly a race war. The war in Europe was not. If I had been alive then and had to fight in one theater or another, knowing what I know now with hindsight, I'd go the European route.

      Of course, nothing I said above applies to the Eastern front.There weren't any rules there.

      from wiki:
      Approximately three million German prisoners of war were captured by the Soviet Union during World War II, most of them during the great advances of the Red Army in the last year of the war. The POWs were employed as forced labor in the Soviet wartime economy and post war reconstruction. By 1950 almost all had been released. In 1956 [1] the last surviving German POW returned home from the USSR. According to Soviet records 381,067 German Wehrmacht POWs died in NKVD camps (356,700 German nationals and 24,367 from other nations).[2][3] German historian RĂ¼diger Overmans maintains that it seems entirely plausible, while not provable, that one million died in Soviet custody. He also believes that there were men who actually died as POWs amongst those as listed as missing-in-action

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    2. "Japan at War". T.Cook. He and his Japanese wife went and collected oral history's from the Japanese. Many were extremely reluctant to talk, and met under conditions of anonymity.
      Very little is written in english about the Japanese side of the war. Very interesting reading.

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    3. I haven't read that one. Sounds interesting. I did see an old 1950's movie that was based on a book written by an American woman married to a Japanese man. She lived in Japan throughout the entire war. Interesting perspective.

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    4. Just remembered, I read Saburo Sakai's account of his participation in the Pacific air war several times. He was Japan's leading ace to survive the war.

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  4. Well, as far as comic books go, I always went for the gory ones like "The Crypt" and yeah, the Archie ones, too. Can't remember the others. War comics did not interest me since girls were not into that in those days. I am looking for election results in your state but can't find any yet. I sent you a forwarded email about what Oregon is trying to do to our gun rights. Totally Kaliforniated.

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    1. I can't remember what the girls read, as my sister was four years younger than me. I vaguely remember Archie, but I only had the scratch to buy war comics. People didn't throw their pop bottles by the road that often, and when they did, sometimes there was no deposit!!!

      I just checked when I got on the computer tonight, and half the polling places hadn't reported in. There's also the fact that somebody stole a bunch of voting machines down there, and lots of us are afraid they will be used to try to steal the election. The states says they can't get into the link, but what else would they say?

      I will check out the email you sent. May need to send it to my brothers. When the Democratic People's Republic of California banned the SKS, I got two Russian SKS rifles from one of my brothers. He wasn't going to turn them in. Some people just put the AR 15's and SKS rifles in safe places, or so I heard....



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  5. I'm a big believer that out of state money for local elections should be against the law. Of course, since money is now "free speech" we'll never see that happen. Sounds like your state has some crazy registration laws that cause a lot of confusion. However, if that's how you guys want to do it.

    My town was redistricted and cut off from the town next door. Probably makes more sense, but I knew the politicians from the next town better than the one in my own. I could talk to those guys anytime I wanted to. The ones I'm stuck with now aren't terrible, but I have no personal relationship with them.

    As a kid the war comic books were still around. Liked anything to do with planes or tanks. The only problem wth comic books is that I'd read them too fast. These days I watch documentaries on Youtube instead.

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    1. Most of the anomalies in our laws are the result of the U.S. Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union. In a nutshell, we once had laws that said you live here, you vote here. But the ACLU said "no, that is racist because it concentrates and minimizes the black vote." As a result of losing the civil war, voting legislation in the states of the former confederacy still has to be approved by the federal government. It's not what we want, it's what Washington demands of us.

      We used to trade comics once we'd read them, unless they were the "serialized" versions with the same characters. Those you kept and guarded with your life.

      This has been obscene down here, with millions flowing in from out of state to buy the election. It's a very, very big deal to the Moonbats, as they are trumpeting all over the media that a win for their boy constitutes a big rebuke to the President. It doesn't make any sense, since one more Democrat leftist in the House of Representatives doesn't mean squat. But it's the Big Lie theory of Goebbel's at work. If you tell a lot of low information voters that, over and over, they'll believe it.

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  6. I remember "Men of War", and "Sgt. Rock", but don't recall ever seeing the others.

    My Mom had a Real Big Thing against most comic books, claiming "They'll ROT your brain" at the top of her voice. I could have "CARtoons", which my Dad always bought for me, but that was about it.

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    1. My dad didn't mind my reading comic books as long as I earned the money to buy them. I think if I had started buying PopEye or Archie he might have looked askance at that, but he had no issues with war comics.

      It was TV that my dad didn't like. I was allowed to watch one movie on the weekends, the rest of the time I had to "get outside and play." If I didn't feel like "playing" he could always find something outside for me to do, like weeding or mowing.

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    2. <y dad was on the road a lot earning a nice living for us a manufacturer's rep, so it was Mom who ruled the roost while he was gone.

      And I've done my share of weeding and mowing, too! My Mom would go bonkers if the wheel tracks from the mower didn't EXACTLY overlap, and if I "missed a spot".

      I was lucky, though. Any kind of "Scientific" toy I wanted got bought, and I had a microscope, and a telescope, chemistry set, and almost any book I wanted. When I got older and started playing with radio things, I had their full support for that, too.

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    3. I think working around the place was par for the course in a lot of middle class families in times past. I'm not aware of much of it taking place now, though. Probably not a good thing.

      My mother was very much in the background. My dad was the be all and the end all. We'd all have had an easier time if he had not been right there, I think. Especially when my brothers and I got to be teenagers. Then it was constant turmoil.

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  7. I had a great-grandfather who fought in the Boxer Rebellion as a Marine officer in the consulate (I think.) His son, my mother's grandfather, was a Marine Officer graduate of the Naval Academy (unfortunately he died from falling out a a leaning chair, else he would have ended up in the Pacific in a few years.) My mother's family felt about the Chinese as many after WWII felt about the Japanese. If granddad had lived, no doubt our family would have felt the same about the Japs.

    Needless to say, with 2 marines in the family tree, watching Charlton Heston in "55 Days in Peking" and Clifton Webb in "Stars and Stripes Forever" was practically a holy requirement, right up there with no-meat Fridays for Lent!!!

    Man, I loved those WWII comics growing up. Especially the Stuart tank one. Wow. And all mine got lost in move from dad's last base on the way to retirement quarters in Florida. Along with my collection of bullets and casings from Kwajalein. Sigh.

    Strange how some memories come out at night, like ghosts, to haunt us as we grow old.

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    1. Yeah. It's because you have more time to think because you aren't so wrapped up in survival on a daily basis. My wife and I say almost every day how much better life is without a job and the nincompoops having a job brings you into daily contact with.

      You've got some family history there. I knew a Major once, named Chip Lyman, who had a Marine Corps family history that went back that far, but it's rare.

      There's nothing like those comics today, unless maybe, in a strange way, the video games. I saw some video games my son had, and they were very realistic, amazingly so. But more complicated and more story based than the old comics.

      Too bad about your collection. I know how it feels. On my last PCS from Naples, Italy to Camp Lejeune, NC. I lost a lot of my photos. Several of the boxes of household goods just didn't show up. In those days, there were no digital pictures, and I didn't keep negatives, just the photos. So when they went missing, there was no way to get them back.
      I often wonder if the Italian moving men just set them aside to plunder through and then trashed them when there was nothing valuable inside.

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  8. That was a great dogfight video...WW1 was a brutal war. The carnage was just unbelievable. But if you rally want a shock, look up the US "debt" from WW1 Remember, it is in undevalued dollars too. Everyone borrowed from the brand new shiny "Federal" Reserve, funding them for all eternity probably. We were only involved for a little more than a year.
    I don't mind living now, but I wish I was 30 years younger. I suspect bad times are coming, and I would have been more useful at 30 than I will be near 60. Still, old age and treachery might take me a ways.

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    1. J, things are just so depressing now. It was a lot simpler in the 1950's and 1960's, at least up until the Vietnam war problems.

      I know we loaned money to everybody and their dog during and after World War I, and as far as I know, we never got paid back. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

      That dogfight clip is from a German movie called "The Red Baron" done in 2008. I have only just learned of it, and I ordered a copy on DVD last night. I like that period of history because flying was really flying. Now you might as well drive a bus and somebody is always telling you what to do.

      I'm 64. It doesn't get any easier as you get older, that's for sure.

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  9. I was 10 when the Pueblo was taken, but I remember the event well. We in SC were thoroughly pissed off, and since almost all of my teachers were WW2 vets, well you can imagine...

    A few years later we studied it in detail in a World Affairs class. We read a book by Commander Bucher about the sorry mess. Now that I know something about the sleazy workings inside governments, I'd be surprised if Bucher didn't have some "encouragement" to gloss over some of the sorrier aspects.

    My teachers were universally disgusted with the government over this whole affair, but none had a bad word to say about Bucher himself.

    And WTH happened to Georgia? 40 years ago it was full of rednecks with crew-cuts, and they were American to the core.

    - Charlie

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  10. Forgot to mention...
    I'd go back to 1803 and be a part of the Corps Of Discovery.

    - Charlie

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    1. I've read the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Seemed to me Clark did most of the writing, and he was pretty boring. When Lewis wrote, it was more interesting. You can get their journals free on Kindle if you have one.

      Georgia has changed a lot over the years. The cities have filled up with blacks who largely came back after the steel and auto industries failed in the North. In addition, Atlanta became a hub for electronics and high tech companies, and they imported most of their workers and corporate people. If you go to most Georgian institutions of higher education, you find people from outside the South doing the teaching and administration. About the only place you find real Georgians anymore is in the rural communities scattered around the state. It's a shame.

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  11. Hi Harry, reading about your dad chucking your stuff away made my wife chuckle. She used to save her pocket money and buy a book when she had enough money. Eventually she had a box full under her bed. One day when she got back from school she found her mum had given them all away. She was so upset and is still sad when she thinks about it. By the way she still loves books, paper ones.
    We are still paying off the debt from both world wars. In fact our ex pm Cameron told us, a couple years ago, that we had paid our WW1 debt, but all they had done was add it to WW2 debt at a new interest rate. Those two wars just about bankrupt us and we still had rationing for ten years after the end of the war as we had to export most of what we produced to help the finances. I doubt we will ever pay it off.
    When I think of all the young men who died in those wars and what is happening in Europe today it makes me sad and angry and wonder why they fought the way they did. Europe, led by Germany, has encouraged an invading army to sweep across the continent. Up to 8,000 per day are being, so called, rescued by European ships in the Med and transported to Europe. Our politicians should be charged with treason, but they did away with that in the late nineties. Makes you wonder if they knew.I think it has been planned for a long while.
    Apologies for the rant but I am just so angry and frustrated.
    Regards
    Duncan

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