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Sanctions against Zimbabwe to continue for another year.

What's happened to Rhodesia since these commie bastards took over should have been a cautionary tale for people everywhere. Venezuela proves that no one really pays attention.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended by one year sanctions against Zimbabwe saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy.

The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis.

“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension, adding: “I am continuing for (one) year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”

The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis. Trump administration officials had said the sanctions will remain until the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa changes Zimbabwe’s laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.

Posted by nolens volens | Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:13 AM (0 replies)

New ads for Impeachment

Due largely to deep family, and extended family, roots I remain in the People's Republic of Massachusetts these days....voluntarily trapped, but some days it is very difficult to soldier on here.

I'm watching a local news program last night and I see this tripe:


There's more at this link:

I won't post it here because I'm not interested in advancing their cause. I'm not a fan of Trump's but without proper charges or any actual evidence I'm not quite clear these assclowns think impeachment will accomplish. It's quite clear even if Trump is impeached he's unlikely to be convicted in the Senate.

Which means, like Clinton, Trump will serve out his term wearing the impeached label like a thorny crown to his supporters.

I often wonder what those on the left think in their fantasies will happen even if the Senate convicted Trump...HRC still remains a civilian and Pence becomes president, and there are no charges anywhere for anything against Pence...
Posted by nolens volens | Tue Feb 5, 2019, 12:43 PM (2 replies)

On this day in history, Operation Praying Mantis

For those of you who may not remember we sent a nice message about actual Naval Power to the Iranians on this date 30 years ago.

"For the escorts of Battle Group Foxtrot, preparations for the 18 April 1988 Operation Praying Mantis began in the southern California operating area ten months earlier. From this first underway period as a unit, the Battle Group Commander, Rear Admiral Guy Zeller (Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Three), had insisted on a rigorous set of exercises to prepare for the upcoming tour on station in the North Arabian Sea (NAS). Initially, the ships drilled hard at interpreting rules of engagement (ROE) and at devising means to counter small high-speed surface craft (e.g., Boghammers) and low, slow-flying aircraft—both of which abound in and around the Persian Gulf. We later added exercises stressing anti-Silkworm (an Iranian surface-to-surface missile) tactics, boarding and search, Sledgehammer (a procedure to vector attack aircraft to a surface threat), convoy escort procedures, naval gunfire support (NGFS), and mine detection and destruction exercises.

We practiced in every environment-in the Bering Sea during November, throughout our transit to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, and on station in the NAS. During the battle group evolution off Hawaii in January, we executed a 96-hour Persian Gulf scenario, with a three submarine threat overlaid. We conducted live, coordinated Harpoon missile firings in southern California and off Hawaii, dropped Rockeye, Skipper, and laser-guided bombs (LGBs) on high-speed targets off Point Mugu and Hawaii and drilled, drilled, drilled. By late March, each ship had completed dozens of these exercises, and we were considering easing the pace and working on ways to make the exercises more interesting, as the day approached when the Forrestal (CV-59) battle group would relieve us. Such philosophic discussions ended abruptly when the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) hit a mine on 14 April."
Posted by nolens volens | Wed Apr 18, 2018, 08:09 AM (2 replies)

Wilburn K. Ross passes

94 year old MoH recipient Wilburn K. Ross passed away according the Medal of Honor Society. In case you aren't aware of what Mr. Ross did, he singlehandedly killed almost 60 Germans over a 5 hour period while breaking successive counter attacks against his position. His company lost over 60% of their personnel and he held his position along with 8 other infantrymen supporting him with rifle fire as he manned the machine gun. I've attached the citation's actual wording below which is far better at describing the event.

Rest in Peace sir....

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty near St. Jacques, France. At 11:30 a.m. on 30 October 1944, after his company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched. full-strength German company of elite mountain troops, Pvt. Ross placed his light machinegun 10 yards in advance of the foremost supporting riflemen in order to absorb the initial impact of an enemy counterattack. With machinegun and small-arms fire striking the earth near him, he fired with deadly effect on the assaulting force and repelled it. Despite the hail of automatic fire and the explosion of rifle grenades within a stone’s throw of his position, he continued to man his machinegun alone, holding off 6 more German attacks. When the eighth assault was launched, most of his supporting riflemen were out of ammunition. They took positions in echelon behind Pvt. Ross and crawled up, during the attack, to extract a few rounds of ammunition from his machinegun ammunition belt. Pvt. Ross fought on virtually without assistance and, despite the fact that enemy grenadiers crawled to within 4 yards of his position in an effort to kill him with handgrenades, he again directed accurate and deadly fire on the hostile force and hurled it back. After expending his last rounds, Pvt. Ross was advised to withdraw to the company command post, together with 8 surviving riflemen, but, as more ammunition was expected, he declined to do so. The Germans launched their last all-out attack, converging their fire on Pvt. Ross in a desperate attempt to destroy the machinegun which stood between them and a decisive breakthrough. As his supporting riflemen fixed bayonets for a last-ditch stand, fresh ammunition arrived and was brought to Pvt. Ross just as the advance assault elements were about to swarm over his position. He opened murderous fire on the oncoming enemy; killed 40 and wounded 10 of the attacking force; broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw. Having killed or wounded at least 58 Germans in more than 5 hours of continuous combat and saved the remnants of his company from destruction, Pvt. Ross remained at his post that night and the following day for a total of 36 hours.
Posted by nolens volens | Wed May 10, 2017, 09:56 AM (4 replies)

I know it's a month late but...

Glad to see this site back up and running, I've been really busy over the winter so when I saw this site had been brought down I just kept after my work and family stuff...

Looking forward to reading and engaging with everyone who came back and I'm sorry I missed the unfortunate that everything happened during such a tumultuous election season.

Here's hoping everyone's had a healthy and happy winter....

Nice to see some familiar names again...

It's funny how we don't realize how much we might miss something until it's gone...I enjoyed the back and forth with a lot of you here and I really valued those moments of disagreement that were civil but perhaps intense.

Hopefully we can continue that discourse without interruption moving forward.

My best to all of you, and I did miss your words and your thoughts!

Posted by nolens volens | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 09:45 AM (13 replies)

Jury acquits 7 defendants in Malheur wildlife-refuge standoff

PORTLAND — A federal jury Thursday acquitted the leader of the winter occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and six others, in a big courtroom victory for the militant movement challenging federal control of public lands and a wrenching setback for federal prosecutors.

The jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs during the 41-day armed takeover that ended Feb. 11 at the refuge, some 300 miles southeast of Portland.

“This is off-the-charts unbelievable,” said Matthew Schindler, an attorney for defendant Kenneth Medenbach. “I had been telling my client you can count on being convicted. You don’t walk into a federal court and win a case like this. It just doesn’t happen.”

The trial stretched on through five weeks of lawyers’ arguments and witness testimony, then days of jury deliberations that included a rare replacement of a juror accused of bias, before finally ending in a moment of drama and chaos.

Not a lot of fans of the BLM out west....

Posted by nolens volens | Fri Oct 28, 2016, 09:45 AM (41 replies)

On this date in history....

Desmond Doss is probably not well known to many folks, he will be after the movie comes out next month but on this date in 1945 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions undertaken from April 29th through May 21st of 1945...

The link below has the citation and some other information about Desmond who was a conscientious objector to violence and worked as a medic without a weapon...thought it might be nice to read a story about someone who held true to their beliefs instead of the current crop of news about our wonderful options for president.

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private First Class Desmond Thomas Doss, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty from April 29 - 21 May 1945, while serving with the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action at Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.
Private First Class Doss was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Private First Class Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying them one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands. On 2 May, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and two days later he treated four men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within eight yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making four separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On 5 May, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Private First Class Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On 21 May, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited five hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Private First Class Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, this time suffering a compound fracture of one arm. With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Private First Class Doss saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.
Posted by nolens volens | Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:21 AM (2 replies)

USS George Washington deploys for Hurricane Matthew relief

NORFOLK, Va. (Navy Times) -- The U.S. military’s massive disaster relief machine is kicking into gear.

The government of Haiti has requested U.S. aid as the slow-moving Hurricane Matthew pounds the island, according to a USAID spokesman. The aid organization has also activated its disaster response team.

13News Now has confirmed that the carrier George Washington and the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde, supported by Navy and Marine aviation, are spinning up for a rapid deployment to the Caribbean to provide relief from the storm if needed. The GW deployed with a wing composed of V-22 Ospreys and SH-60 Seahawks.

The hospital ship Comfort is also gearing up for the major operation. The ships have not been issued any official orders tied to Haiti's request for assistance, according to a Defense Department spokesperson.
Posted by nolens volens | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 09:02 AM (5 replies)

Bradley Manning to get Military to pay for surgery

WASHINGTON -— Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning has been assured she will receive gender reassignment surgery while in prison, her lawyer said late Tuesday.

Manning, convicted in the massive leak of national security secrets that propelled WikiLeaks to prominence, is serving a 35-year sentence at the Army's prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. She is eligible for parole in about six years.

Manning ended a hunger strike begun last week after receiving assurances that the government would provide the surgery, said Chase Strangio, her lawyer and an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. Manning's doctors recommended in April that she have the male-to-female surgery, Strangio said.

No timeline has been set for her surgery, Strangio said. Manning will meet with her doctors in the next week or two.

Manning sued for access to hormone treatment, and the Army agreed to provide it last year.

Meanwhile if you serve at Fort Jackson and need treatment you can get it at Fort Gordon 84 miles hopefully it's not life threatening trauma while you take the one and a half hour ride up the road. I know I feel better that the military is making sure to spend a few million a year on transgender troopers as opposed to keeping the Fort Jackson Hospital open with that money.
Posted by nolens volens | Wed Sep 14, 2016, 09:24 AM (12 replies)

Most Obamacare Co-Ops Have Now Failed

Only a third of Obamacare co-ops are still in operation after two more co-ops announced they were closing their doors in the past week.

Connecticut’s co-op, HealthyCT, was placed under an immediate order of supervision on July 5 after being forced to pay $13.4 million for the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initially awarded HealthyCT $75.8 million in June 2012, then awarded it $3.8 million in November 2013 and $48.4 million in September 2014.

“It became evident that this risk adjustment mandate would put the company under significant financial strain,” said Katharine Wade, Connecticut’s insurance manager. “This order of supervision provides for an orderly run-off of the company’s claim payment under close regulatory oversight.”

Three days later, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced it would place Oregon’s Health Co-Op in receivership and liquidate the company’s assets. The co-op lost $18.4 million in 2015 due to medical claims and individual policies and owes $900,000 to pay for Obamacare’s risk adjustment program. The co-op was awarded a total of $56.7 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mr. Harrington is mentioned in this article with respect to testifying to Congress about these failures, his research and profile information can be located here:

These co-ops were sadly never properly initiated and the consequences of that poor planning are now bearing fruit. The cost to patients and taxpayers remains to be seen but could be somewhere close to a billion dollars of lost money, beyond that it remains to be seen what the overall damage will be.
Posted by nolens volens | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 07:55 AM (1 replies)
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