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  1. You appear to have no idea as to what Goering would have been executed for. Or, you think your own definitions of the terms you fling about are accepted by society at large. They're not. That is, he was not charged with being the general in charge of, for example, the Battle of Britain. He was charged for his political activities and he was indeed responsible for those.The charges involved being one of the political figures who started a war in violation of treaties, for orchestrating the looting of Jewish properties, for his activities related to murdering millions of Jews, for killing political opponents, for shooting 50 airmen prisoners, and for torture of others. Goering is one of the better examples of what the various high commanders are trying to prevent. Thank you for bringing him up. In point of fact, he may be the very exemplar of why we do not ever want to see a partisan politicized high command.
  2. Neat! (little joke there!) I have always been a whiskey fan for straight shots. Re. Canadian rye whiskeys, while I rather like a good Roggenbier when I can find one I've never found rye whiskey even remotely as good as single malt, peaty-style scotch. The specialty Crown Royal Northern Harvest rye which garnered very high ratings a few years ago is a partial exception as it is, in fact, very smooth. But no depth to my taste buds. Looks very interesting.
  3. yup. then there's the prequels down there in the sludge at the bottom of the barrel.
  4. Re. "celebrating" and generals"killing thousands"... Who's "celebrating"? And what is any celebration celebrating in any case? Personally, I certainly feel relief that the rot appears not to be so deep yet that the military leadership will allow themselves to be turned into partisan actors. That's not a cause or a reason in the least for "celebration", however. Just a welcome indicator. One could only wish the same about many individual police organizations across the country. Who's killing? And why? Generals aren't "responsible" for killing anyone. They are responsible for carrying out the will of the citizenry. If anyone wants generals not to carry out any killing, they merely need to issue the necessary orders to the top and it won't happen. Or if it does the UCMJ comes into play.* One could only wish the same about many police organizations. I'm reminded of what my senior NCO father--a staunch Main Street rep who at one point was responsible for the maintenance readiness of 2 wings of nuclear-armed SAC bombers--once said of MacArthur's firing when he was acting too independently and politically: "He was a brilliant general, but when he wouldn't follow orders he had to go." The responsibility for killing in Korea was Truman's and therefore the electorate's, a fact which Truman clearly realized. Obviously there is real world messiness as we see from time to time in all operations,. Coming from a military family I can cite many examples from personal knowledge. But coverups happen for a reason: If the material sees the light of day there will most definitely be a consequence. But anyone who doesn't want the military to kill anyone somewhere globally, need only order said generals (and admirals) out of that region of the globe. Most basically, hangmen are not "responsible" for killing when they pull the lever. And just as obviously, every commander from squad leader to Chief of Staff learns not to officially notice things from time to time which sometimes is understandable (Mush Morton's wartime machine gun massacre of Japanese personnel in the water being just one Pacific War example.) even if wrong. Many times it's not understandable or forgivable w/o there being specific consequences. But even so, Morton was put there. He wouldn't have massacred anyone had he not been placed there by the will of the country. Upon further reflection, there may be some small cause for "celebration" in that now more junior levels have guidance from the most senior levels that they may be asked to carry out illegal orders and by implication should--must, actually, as everyone serving from boot to general knows--refuse them. The rot is at least mostly contained so far. But it's not really a celebration when you inspect a roof and find no serious rot. Just a cause for a sigh of relief. --- *Unless overridden for partisan political purposes by those elected by the citizenry as we've seen recently..
  5. Why would anyone even follow that account? I can't imagine anything more insignificant. Mattis and Mullen, now, they do deserve some time.
  6. This is satire, right? It's getting really hard to tell any more.
  7. Unfortunately, Alia died in one of the sequels. Can't say I want to see nowAlicia enact diving out the window!
  8. 😄 H'mmm...simply just COVID related general news, I guess!
  9. Was filling up for the first time in quite a while at the local station. While paying at the counter there was a box with 24 tubes of hand sanitizer. That was not surprising. The surprising thing was when I looked at the label... Now THAT must come from one of my old quite mellow chem buddies who helped me synthesize our (legal) speed for experiments back when I was at TCU who must have moved to western Canada https://purplefrogproducts.com/ . (They make no such claim on their corporate site.)
  10. For Immediate Release June 2, 2020 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths. It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place. America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised. That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all. This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.
  11. Thx for the cites and starting point RSF. Always interesting to learn new things.
  12. Thx for the clarification. I agree with the logic totally re. protests. That said, there is a difference between, say, the floor of the Smithsonian and the wilds of Yellowstone. Just don't know all the nuances and all the legalities.
  13. Jeez! What were they thinking??? EVERYONE knows that the best way to de-escalate things when you've made a giant mistake whether an accidental one or an intentional crime that truly inflames those around you, the best solution is to assault anyone and everyone who either points out your mistake, is inflamed by your giant mistake, or is simply collecting information about things in the area! I've seen bosses/owners act that way in private situations many times. As well you see it in units of various sorts like academia, governmental units, etc. Usually they merely drive the good people away from said private organization. Which is fine. There is feedback in the market. When it happens in a unit, well there is still some mobility usually. When it happens in public political life where there is no means of leaving, well the response is usually protests at the very least and things can of course rise to a great deal more.
  14. Interesting overnight developments... Interesting James Miller resignation letter. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/02/secretary-esper-you-violated-your-oath-aiding-trumps-photo-op-thats-why-im-resigning/ Here is an interesting video that aired live on Australian TV. Besides showing zero looting and violence by crowd, other angles show a videographer sitting down to one side against a wall attacked and repeatedly punched for...well no one knows exactly what. Being there with news equipment apparently. The Aussie PM--no leftie snowflake--is demanding an investigation. (As I have no twitter account, I cannot access the vid here without going through its direct link at https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1267662905383596032) Then there's an interesting comment from Adm Mullin (ex Chief of Staff) relating to the notion of US citizens being labeled as "battlespace" by the president. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/american-cities-are-not-battlespaces/612553/ Lastly, interesting election results in Iowa where King lost his primary and will therefore almost certainly--need I say "finally"?--lose his seat. Probably bad for the dems as now the reps have a far more solid chance to hold that seat for the party. But I view this as quite positive in terms that it may point out to Trump reps that there may really be, possibly, some limits beyond which a sufficient portion of professed rep voters will refuse to collaborate. That is hopeful. ...added: Sally Jenkins column applying sports analogies is an interesting piece of writing too. Interesting angle. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/06/02/trump-likes-conflate-strength-with-leadership-he-exhibits-neither/ . She certainly writes lucidly. Father's knee?
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