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World War II battle for Aleutian Attu Island forgotten but still haunts soldiers, Japanese surprise attack off Alaska coast, Only WWII battle on US soil, Mostly hand to hand combat

World War II battle for Aleutian Attu Island forgotten but still haunts soldiers, Japanese surprise attack off Alaska coast, Only WWII battle on US soil, Mostly hand to hand combat

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed,
If you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly,
You may come to the moment when you will have to fight
with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.”…Winston Churchill

“We owe the World War II generation more than we can ever repay them. We must not let them and their sacrifices be forgotten.” …Citizen Wells

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”…Winston Churchill

 

From the Greensboro News Record.

“Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

William Roy Dover’s memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it’s been long forgotten by most everyone else.

His first sergeant rousted him from his pup tent around 2 a.m. when word came the Japanese were attacking and had maybe even gotten behind the American front line, on a desolate, unforgiving slab of an occupied island in the North Pacific.

“He was shouting, ‘Get up! Get out!'” Dover said.

Dover and most of the American soldiers rushed to an embankment on what became known as Engineer Hill, the last gasp of the Japanese during the Battle of Attu , fought 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain.

“I had two friends that were too slow to get out,” the 95-year-old Alabama farmer recalled. “They both got bayonetted in their pup tents.”

Joseph Sasser, then a skinny 20-year-old from Cartharge, Mississippi, also found himself perched against the berm on Engineer Hill when a captain with a rifle took up a position about 10 feet (3 meters) away.

“I noticed about after 30 minutes or so, he was awfully quiet,” Sasser said. “We checked to see if he had a pulse and if he was alive, and he was not.

“We didn’t even know he had been shot,” said Sasser, also 95.

American forces reclaimed remote Attu Island on May 30, 1943, after a 19-day campaign that is known as World War II’s forgotten battle. Much of the fighting was hand-to-hand, waged in dense fog and winds of up to 120 mph (193 kph).

The battle for the Aleutian island was one of the deadliest in the Pacific in terms of the percentage of troops killed. Nearly all the Japanese forces, estimated at about 2,500 soldiers, died with only 28 survivors. About 550 or so U.S. soldiers were killed.

American forces, many poorly outfitted for Alaska weather and trained in California for desert combat, recaptured Attu 11 months after the Japanese took it and a nearby island, Kiska. It was the only WWII battle fought on North American soil.

The Japanese staged a last-ditch, desperate offensive May 29 at Engineer Hill.

“Japanese soldiers surprise American forces on Attu with a fanatical charge out of the mountains,” recounts an Associated Press chronology of WWII events in 1943. “Savage fighting rages throughout the day and into the following night.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/ap/us_world/bloody-but-forgotten-wwii-battle-still-haunts-soldiers/article_11df2173-bfad-556f-9dae-6575b8c84aed.html

God bless those who fought and died for our country and their families.

 

 

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Grace Murray Hopper USNR, David and Goliath, Selected computer articles 78, Department of Defense computer institute

Grace Murray Hopper USNR, David and Goliath, Selected computer articles 78, Department of Defense computer institute

“People are not ‘well-behaved’ mathematical functions.”…Grace Murray Hopper, “David and Goliath”

“It is insufficient to plan on the past alone; the plan must be examined in the light of ‘all possible future developments.'”…Grace Murray Hopper, “David and Goliath”

 

I have a book given to me by Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. She was a Captain when I met her. During the 1979-80 academic year I escorted her to a speech she gave at the small college in NC where I taught Computer Science. I had the great fortune and honor to have over an hour of one on one time conversing with her.

I have not decided what to do with the book. I could only find one reference to it on the internet. There is a copy in the Jimmy Carter Library.

Even though Ms Hopper is often quoted from her article, I could find no reference to it on the internet. Duty called and I subsequently typed in the article and it is now available to read.

David and Goliath

By Captain Grace Murray Hopper, USNR

From “Computers in the Navy” 1976.

Included in “Selected Computer Articles 78”, Department of Defense Computer Institute

“Captain Grace Murray Hopper, USNR, graduated from Vassar College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She entered the Naval Reserve in 1943 under the V-9 program. Completing Midshipman School, she was commissioned a lieutenant (junior grade) and reported to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard which was then operating the Mark I computer and designing the Mark II. Released to inactive duty in 1946, she joined Sperry UNIVAC as a senior mathematician, advanced to staff scientist, and was retired, in absentia, in 1971. Capt. Hopper was placed on the Naval Reserve Retired list on 31 December 1966 with the rank of commander and recalled to active duty 1 August 1967. She is presently serving in the Information Management Division (Op-91) of OPNAV. Capt. Hopper is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and of sigma Xi, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has received many awards for work in computer software including the Harry Goode Memorial Award from the American Association of Information Processing Societies and the Wilbur Lucious Cross Medal from Yale. She has received honorary doctorates in science from Long Island University, in engineering from the New Jersey College of Engineering and of laws from the University of Pennsylvania. At the request of the Department of the Navy, she was promoted by an Act of Congress in 1973 to Captain on the Naval Reserve Retired List.

Introduction

Early in the 1950’s, a Naval War College correspondence course included a task which, in part, and paraphrased, read:
1. Make a plan to take an island.
2. Review the plan in the light of all possible enemy actions.
3. Examine the cost of failure to execute the plan.

This technique must be applied to all plans for the use of computer equipment. It is insufficient to plan on the past alone; the plan must be examined in the light of “all possible future developments.” Further, the lost-opportunity cost of omitting the plan or any part of the plan must be evaluated against the cost of implementing the plan. In a practical sense, we examine feasible alternatives and future developments that we can foresee.

The examination of future possibilities is dictated by factors endemic in the computer world: the acceleration of change in hardware developments, the exponential increase in the complexity of application systems, the changing ratio of software against hardware costs and the steadily increasing demand for information–processed data for management decision-making. All of these are pressured by an increasingly complex and interdependent world with its growing population, greater demand for supplies of food and goods, recurring shortages and unpredictable economic and political events. More rapid decisions require fast acquisition of more data and more timely interrelation and reporting of the derived information.

One of Parkinson’s laws says in effect that the growth of a system increases its complexity and that this increase of complexity leads ultimately to confusion and chaos. Even before this final stage is reached, however, facilities can be so overloaded that a small breakdown anywhere in the system produces a close to catastrophic result.

The proper preventative measure is to divide the system into subsystems, each module being as nearly independent as possible. When an enterprise created and directed by a single man grows beyond his ability to manage alone, he will divide it into divisions and sections and appoint vice-presidents to manage them. No engineer would attempt to design a missile alone; rather he will identify sections–nosecone with payload, guidance system, fuel section, motor–and the interfaces between them. Each section is then contracted to a specialist in that category. To divide the work properly, he must have a clear understanding of the how and why of each subdivision’s contribution to the whole.

The Problem

The application of systems has been successful in scientific and technical applications and to some extent in business situations. It meets difficulty when it is applied in social and political situations largely because people are not “well-behaved” mathematical functions, but can only be represented by statistical approximations, and all of the extremes can and do occur.

Entire books have been and will be written on the application of systems concepts to the development, transmission and use of information by computers. It is clear that as the quantity of information grows, so also does the complexity of its structure, the difficulty of selecting the information pertinent to a particular decision, and the amount of “noise” infiltrating the information. A flow is smooth and clear so long as the quantity of flow matches the size of the conduit. If the flow is increased or the conduit roughened, turbulence and confusion or “noise” appear.

Yet, information in large quantities must flow smoothly to decision makers if large systems are to be managed efficiently. Computers can process, control and direct this flow of information, but the speed and capacity of a single computer are limited by physical factors such as the velocity of electronic and optical circuits and the ability to dissipate heat, by cost of hardware and software, and by the ability of human beings to construct error-free, monolithic systems. Only by paralleling processors can the physical limits be overcome. The division of systems into subsystems also provides an answer to the complexity and cost of software as well as reducing error potentials. Fortunately, the rapid reduction in the cost of hardware, occurring simultaneously with an increase in the power of hardware, makes modular systems possible in the present–and practical in the near future.

Parrelleling of peripheral operations with central processor operations using multiprogramming techniques is common practice. Computer systems encompassing co-equal multiprocessors are also available. But, both types of systems are monolithic. The first is controlled by the single central processor and the second by a single executive (operating system). Hence, to cope with more information, processor and executive alike can only grow larger, faster, more complex, more subject to the increase of turbulance and noise and more demanding of controls and housekeeping to maintain the information flow. The system begins to resemble a dinosaur with a large, unwieldy load on his back. At some point an added requirement, like the proverbial last straw, will cause a collapse.

Thus at some point in the life of any system it becomes too large to be sustained by a single control. Tasks must be divided, subsystems defined and responsibilities delegated. Two elements were necesary before the concept of “systems of computers” could become a reality–switching systems and minicomputers.

The Opportunity

Consider a system of computers controlling, for example, an inventory system. At a remote site, A, a transaction is entered on a console called Alpha. The console contains a minicomputer which checks the message and reduces it to a minimal format for transmission using a “telephone number” or an “address” to dial the switching center, Beta, for the inventory minicomputers. Unless all are “busy,” in which case Alpha must try again after a delay, computer Gamma accepts Alpha’s message. Gamma determines that the message indicates the receipt of a particular shipment, B, at a certain warehouse, C; Gamma “dials” Delta, the computer controlling the necessary Master-file entry. Delta locates and transmits the master entry to Gamma who processes the transactions and returns the master entry to Delta for storage. Gamma probably also dials Epsilon with a message to increase the value of the inventory at warehouse C by the amount indicated. Epsilon is a minicomputer controlling a mini-database. Each element of the system contains, and is controlled by, its own minicomputer. Thus, input is processed before it is transmitted to the working-processing computers. The librarian minicomputer, Delta, will control the storage, withdrawal and updating of programs and will deliver a program to other minicomputerss in the system upon request.

Al of the computers in such a system operate asynchronously and can be replaced at will–with a few spares on hand, the system cannot really go completely down. The system can shrink or grow since units can be added or interchanged. Functions of an operating system are either eliminated or distributed. “Busy signals” limit access to a particular file controller to one mini at a time. Data security can be ensured by the file controllers which can reject requests or transmissions unless properly identified.

Savings in software costs can be considerable. Programs are short, modular and easily debuggable. Compilers break up into input compilers, processing compilers, computer compilers, editing compilers and output compilers. The difficulties encountered in debugging large, complex, interactive software systems are reduced to the lesser difficulties of debugging the component subsystems. Very large computational problems might require an assembly line of minicomputers, manufacturing results just as automobiles are manufactured.

Having cut back on overhead by breaking up the hardware and software into subassemblies and linking them by communications, we must now consider the effect on management information. Since computers were first installed to handle basic record-keeping, most systems operate by first updating basic records. Later, reports are accumulated from the basic record files. Taking a simple example, when a life insurance policy is sold, a record of all the facts about the insured is transmitted to a master file, including name, address, beneficiary, social security number, type of policy, amount, salesman, selling office and region. The insurance company marketing manager is not concerned with the facts about the beneficiary, but only the type of policy, amount and where sold. Hence, a mini-data-base can be maintained on-line for the local manager’s use, in which are stored current totals, such as total sales by salesman, by type and by area for this week or month, as well as last month, last year or any selected comparison bases. Another mini-data-base can be maintained for national headquarters. However, here the totals would be by office or by region rather than by individual salesman. For any basic record file, those quantities which can be totaled are collected. Management will be concerned with such totals and their comparisons and relationships. The mini-data-bases at each level will hold but a fraction of the raw data stored in the basic record files. Alternatively, a system of minicomputers can collect management totals as soon as a transaction enters a system, possibly even on-line, and update the basic files later, possibly in batches.

New concepts such as “systems of computers” and “mini-data-bases” will have to be employed to meet the challenging problems of the future. If such concepts are so obviously needed, why do the dinosaurs continue to proliferate? Three factors tend to retard the development of the new methods I have described: human allergy to change, economic arguments against disposing of existing hardware and software instantly, and the dearth of systems analysts trained in the new systems architecture.

An examination of coming developments should impel the creation of the dispersed systems. But visions of the future collide with the reluctance to alter old ways. Even in a world of accelerating change, it is still difficult to convince people that new ways of doing things can be better and cheaper.

Introduction of the new systems must proceed gradually–maybe helped along by a little persuasion, a catch phrase oe two (“don’t get a bigger computer, get another computer”). If an existing system is nearing saturation, it’s load can be eased by a front-end computer for validating and editing (which will later move to the data source). A back-end computer can guard and control the data base (and later become the data manager providing access to a system of computers serving the files and segments of files). Wholesale replacement is not required; rather the change may be made step by step as the potential of the new system becomes obvious.

In areas where hardware plays a larger role, such as industrial operations, the microcomputers will appear within the sensors on the equipment. They will communicate with concentrators making local decisions. Concentrators will forward processed and condensed information to local directing computers for action. Messages forwarded to and from the management data base will report production and receive instructions for alteration of a mix to be forwarded to controlling minicomputers. Only through such a system of computers operating in parallel will it be possible to provide the speed essential to the control of critical operations.

The Challenge

Thus, there is a challenge, a challenge to bring down the myth of the monolithic, expensive, powerful computer and replace it with a more powerful, more economical, more reliable and, above all, more manageable system of computers. A world concerned with more complex problems will require a quantum jump in information processing to meet management requirements. The computers can assist, but only insofar as they are recognized as sophisticated tools and as they are reformed and organized to meet specific needs for processed data.

The need for standards will become clear as communications among the components of such a system grow. Data elements, communications protocols, high level languages and more–all must be defined, standardized and conformance insured if large and flexible systems are to prove viable and costs are to be held to acceptable levels.

One concept must always govern planning–that it consider the future. Ignoring the future results in inadequate, outmoded systems continually in need of costly change and updating, and never quite in tune with the work requirements. Concomitantly, no innovation or standard should be rejected as too costly without careful evaluation of the “cost of not doing it.”

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My encounter:

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More on Admiral Grace Murray Hopper:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/02/10/grace-murray-hopper-1906-1992-legacy-innovation-and-service

 

 

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McLain Farlow obituary, Stormed Normandy Beach with 1st Battalion Big Red One June 6, 1944, Mr. Farlow lived to be a 100 years old, His memorial fitting for Memorial Day 2016

McLain Farlow obituary, Stormed Normandy Beach with 1st Battalion Big Red One June 6, 1944, Mr. Farlow lived to be a 100 years old, His memorial fitting for Memorial Day 2016

“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”….Isaiah 40:31

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed,
If you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly,
You may come to the moment when you will have to fight
with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.”…Winston Churchill

“God I love that generation, World War II, “The greatest generation.”
They are passing at an alarming rate and creating an increasing vacuum of integrity and accountability.
Will it be filled?
Can it be filled?”…Citizen Wells

What a fitting memorial for Memorial Day 2016.

From the Greensboro News Record May 30, 2016.

“Percy McLain Farlow was born March 22, 1916 to Percy and Marjorie Cannon Farlow. He was the oldest of nine children. McLain, in his own words said “I walked to Marlboro school with Marshall, Philip, Theron and Nancy. Along the way, several others joined us as we passed their house. It took about 45 minutes because we did not cut through the woods.” He graduated in 1934 from Randleman High School and during those years, he courted Vadalia Marriage Farlow. After graduation, she went onto High Point College and McLain went to live and work on a neighboring farm. The family also provided transportation to him so that he could work at Melrose Hosiery Mill in High Point. After Vadalia’s graduation, they married on June 11, 1941 and headed to Baltimore to work in the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft factory. Two years later in September of 1943, McLain was drafted in the U.S. Army at the age of 27. He began his training at Camp Wheeler in Macon, Georgia and continued his training in South Hampton, England. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, he traveled by boat across the English Channel to France as part of the 1st Battalion, known as the Big Red One. There, his troop was met with raining bullets and though he didn’t talk about the war very much, he would often tell us about the French running across his back while hiding in a ditch. He had a few other favorite stories and we all grew to know what World War II meant to him and we appreciated his time of service. He was later assigned to the Military Post Office and was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1946. Returning home, he surprised Vadalia by walking upstairs and saying ‘Hello!’ He had ridden a bus to High Point and took a taxi to Sophia to get home. They quickly began their family and raised four daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Amelia, Elaine, and Beverly, on the family farm, all while tending to Vadalia’s parents. McLain was a farmer at heart and returned to that love by tending to a farm of chickens, cows and pigs. He made a weekly egg delivery to the Emerywood area in High Point and to local families each Friday. The girls remember making this trip with him several times, creating lasting memories. McLain also enjoyed being involved in his community and church. He was a birthright member of the Marlboro Friends Meeting and served on the Cemetery Committee. He was also on the Board of Directors for Randolph County Farm Bureau and worked the polls during election time. He was a favorite customer at Food Lion and was invited to cut the ribbon at the Ribbon Ceremony for the opening of the Randleman Food Lion.Later in McLain’s farming career, he hauled cattle for a local cattleman. He enjoyed going to the cow sales and watching the buying and selling. He later leased his farm and was often seen on his Case tractor, checking fences and bush-hogging. He took great pride in maintaining his barns and pastures and for relaxation, he would fish and bird hunt with his favorite dog, Badeye.In McLain’s later years in life, he found enjoyment in reading. At breakfast each morning he read at least three newspapers and was always seen sitting in his chair with a book. The Randolph County Public Library Extension Service visited him each month and brought him a tote of books which he read cover to cover. For birthdays and special occasions, he loved getting lottery scratch-offs and reading the many cards that would come in the mail to him.The grandchildren have many stories about all the chauffeuring he did and on some mornings he dropped girls off at New Market, Randleman Middle and Randleman High only to pick them up seven hours later. There was dance practice, ball practice and always a stop at Farlow Oil. McLain was very giving and loving of his time and taught all of his “children” to enjoy the simple things in life. For Christmas he gave each grandchild and great grandchild a $2 bill. He always signed the card with ‘Merry Christmas, Granddaddy’. He was a man of few words, but with very strong values that he instilled in each member of his family. His advice was like none other and his life motto was “you can’t change the situation so you might as well accept it.”At age 100, McLain very peacefully took his last breath on Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016. He is pre-deceased by his wife of forty-seven years, Vadalia Farlow; daughters Elizabeth Ann Rich and Elaine Smalley; son-in-law Michael Hilliard; granddaughter, Betsy D. Haynes. He is survived by daughters, Beverly Hilliard, Amelia Davis and husband Keith, son-in-law Larry Rich; eleven grandchildren: Eric Rich and Bia, Bryan Rich and Laurie, Cynthia Strider and Keith, Gayle Robertson and Marshall, Philip Davis and Sonja, Anna Buti and Tim, Autumn O’Malley and Tom, Brooke Farlow, Megan Hallett and David, Leah Redding and Greg, Mollie Hopkins and Jeff; twenty-three great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; brothers Curtis Farlow and Becky, Theron Farlow and Eloise, and sister Jane Myers. To celebrate McLain’s life, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 3 to 4 p.m. at Marlboro Friends followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. and burial. Pall bearers are Bryan Rich, Eric Rich, Philip Davis, Keith Strider, Marshall Robertson, Steven Haynes, David Hallett, Greg Redding, and Jeff Hopkins. Pugh Funeral Home of Randleman is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at: www:pughfuneralhome.com.

http://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/farlow-mclain/article_58db1e48-e1be-5f2d-881a-600e68ac85da.html

God bless McLain Farlow and his family.

 

Malaysian flight 370 shot down by US military near Diego Garcia, Marc Dugain theory, Feared September 11 style attack on US Navy base, Plane’s computers may have been subject to remote hacking, Reports of airliner travelling towards Diego Garcia

Malaysian flight 370 shot down by US military near Diego Garcia, Marc Dugain theory, Feared September 11 style attack on US Navy base, Plane’s computers may have been subject to remote hacking, Reports of airliner travelling towards Diego Garcia

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

The following theory appears plausible.

From the Australian Herald Sun December 23, 2014.

“Former Proteus Airlines boss Marc Dugain claims MH370 may have been shot down by US military near Diego Garcia”

“Emirates president and CEO Sir Tim Clark made world headlines in October when he revealed his doubts about the fate of the missing plane, which disappeared early in the morning of March 8 this year.

In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Sir Tim voiced his scepticism about the complete lack of wreckage from the incident, and the electronic satellite “handshakes” which positioned the plane in the southern Indian Ocean.”

“Now a second senior airline industry source has voiced his doubts about the fate of the plane, with the even wilder claim that the Boeing 777 may have been shot down by US military personnel who were fearing a September 11-style attack on the US Navy base on Diego Garcia.

The former boss of Proteus Airlines, Marc Dugain, put forward his theory that the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed near the remote Indian Ocean island in a recent edition of Paris Match.

Dugain speculated that the plane’s computers may have been subject to a remote hacking, or an on-board fire, which prompted a diversion from its flight path.

Diego Garcia is a British territory but has been used as a significant US military base and refuelling stop since the 1970s. It is currently home to 1700 military personnel and 1500 civilian contractors.”

“He pointed to the testimony of residents of the Maldives, who reported seeing an airliner travelling towards Diego Garcia on March 8, but whose claims were largely dismissed.

Dugain said a fisherman on Kudahuvadhoo island told him a “huge plane … with red and blue stripes on a white background” had flown overhead at a low altitude.

The former airline boss claimed he had also been shown pictures of a strange object that had washed up on a beach of neighbouring Baraah island.”

Read more:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/former-proteus-airlines-boss-marc-dugain-claims-mh370-may-have-been-shot-down-by-us-military-near-diego-garcia/story-fniztvne-1227164555636?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true&nk=6f03489e59bf485fe41d019d5b0061db

 

Oldest American war veteran, Richard Arvine Overton 107 years old, Austin Texas honors him, Served in South Pacific from 1942 through 1945, Greatest Generation

Oldest American war veteran, Richard Arvine Overton 107 years old, Austin Texas honors him, Served in South Pacific from 1942 through 1945, Greatest Generation

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”…George Washington

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
…George Washington

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”…Thomas Paine

 

 

From Fox News May 26, 2013.

For his 107th Memorial Day, Richard Arvine Overton, who saw many of his fellow soldiers fall in the line of duty in World War II and even more die over the following decades, is planning a quiet day at the Texas home he built after returning home from World War II.

He wouldn’t want it any other way.

Overton, who is believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran, told FoxNews.com he’ll likely spend the day on the porch of his East Austin home with a cigar nestled in his right hand, perhaps with a cup of whiskey-stiffened coffee nearby.

“I don’t know, some people might do something for me, but I’ll be glad just to sit down and rest,” the Army veteran said during a phone interview. “I’m no young man no more.”

Overton, who was born on May, 11, 1906, in Texas’ Bastrop County, has gotten used to being the center of attention of late. In addition to being formally recognized by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell on May 9, Overton traveled to Washington, D.C., on May 17 as part of Honor Flight, a nonprofit group that transports veterans free of charge to memorials dedicated to their service. Despite serving in the South Pacific from 1942 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima to name a few, it was Overton’s first time in the nation’s capital.

“I was really honored when I got there,” Overton said of his visit to the World War II Memorial. “There were so many people, it was up in the thousands. And we danced and we jumped … them people tickled me to death. It made me happy as can be.”

The entire experience gave Overton a “good thrill,” he said, and the significance of visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at a time when an African-American holds the country’s highest elected office was not lost him.

“I was very, very happy,” Overton continued, adding that he wasn’t deterred by Washington’s expansive National Mall. “At my age and my strength, I’m able to stand up and do anything. My mind is good, so I’m able to do what I want.”

Overton credits his longevity to aspirin, which he takes daily, and the relatively stress-free life he’s enjoyed since getting out of the service in October 1945. He then worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Treasury Department in Austin. He married twice but never fathered any children and still attends church every Sunday.”
Read more:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/26/america-oldest-veteran-to-spend-quiet-memorial-day-at-texas-home/?cmpid=twitter_fn#ixzz2UUlP7SXm

God bless Mr. Overton and all veterans.

Obama Hillary Clinton revealed, February 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, Clinton testimony exposed, Obama stupid gun comment, Rhino Times Obama administration truth

Obama Hillary Clinton revealed, February 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, Clinton testimony exposed, Obama stupid gun comment, Rhino Times Obama administration truth

“But Crowley and Obama had it wrong. the Post’s Glenn Kessler explained:

What did Obama say in the Rose Garden a day after the attack in Libya? ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation,” he said.
But he did not say “terrorism”—and it took the administration days to concede that that it an “act of terrorism” that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad.”…Washington Post Oct. 17, 2012

“The question that I had in my mind, was why did we not do something to protect our forces?”…Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”…Barack Obama

 

 

Yesterday it was reported here that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had just bought the Greensboro News Record. The impact of that transaction may have already resulted in biased wording. This will be watched closely and counteracted to the extent possible.

This makes the role of the Rhinoceros Times, also based in Greensboro, NC, even more important. It too is in print and on the internet.

From the Rhino Times January 31, 2013.

The senators who finally got Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify had a lot of fun speechifying instead of asking questions. Sen. Rand Paul made his point that Hillary Clinton should have been fired, but why didn’t any senator ask her the question that should have been at the top of the list — why didn’t she know what happened in Benghazi, if not while it was going on, shortly after?

The ambassador and three other State Department employees were killed, but most of the State Department employees who were there were still alive on Sept. 12 and are alive today. Does Hillary Clinton not know how to use a telephone? Why didn’t she simply call one of the survivors and ask what happened.

If she had she would have known that it was not a spontaneous attack caused by a video or by people out walking around who decided they wanted to kill Americans. Hillary Clinton may not know that few people bring mortars and heavy machine guns to spontaneous rallies or take them on walks, even in the Middle East, but if she had simply talked to some of the survivors she would have known that it was not a spontaneous demonstration.

Rand was right that Hillary Clinton should have been fired for dereliction of duty for not reading the emails from her ambassador in Libya, but what was worse is that, according to what Clinton said, she took no action to find out what did happen at the US compound in Benghazi and at the CIA compund where the ex-Navy Seals were killed.

For what possible reason did it take weeks for the US government to find out what happened? Why wasn’t the compound sealed off? Why did it take weeks for the State Department to send the FBI to the scene to investigate?”

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“A statement thet rivals Hillary Clintons in outrageousness is Obama’s statement about gun control legislation: “If it saves only one life, it is worth it.” That is so stupid it is hard to believe that Obama’s speech writers allowed him to utter that phrase.

Lowering the national speed limit to 45 mph would save thousands of lives. Putting a trauma center in every little town in this country and in every neighborhood in cities would likewise save thousands of lives. One of the major causes of death in homes is falls, particularly in the bathroom. Ladders and bathtubs have no constitutional protection. So if Obama outlawed ladders and bathtubs thousands of lives could be saved.”

I would provide a link to this article, but I could find none.

John Kerry Obama Secretary of State nominee unfit for command, Rear Admiral Roy F Hoffman judgement truthfulness reliability loyalty and trust, Chicago Pay to play politics

John Kerry Obama Secretary of State nominee unfit for command, Rear Admiral Roy F Hoffman judgement truthfulness reliability loyalty and trust, Chicago Pay to play politics

“I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgement, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and trust–all absolute tenets of command.”…REAR ADMIRAL ROY F. HOFFMAN, USN (RETIRED)

“In his 2004 DNC speech Obama stated John Kerry will be sworn in as president, and John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president. Thank God that did not happen. We must not let John Kerry be confirmed as Secretary of State.”…Citizen Wells

Chicago Pay to play politics

Why Obama owes John Kerry

From Chicago Magazine June 2007.

“The Speech

When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. By the
time he finished 17 minutes later, he had captured the nation’s attention and opened the way for a run at the presidency. A behind-the-scenes look at the
politicking, plotting, and preparation that went into Obama’s breakthrough moment”
“A star is born: Obama soaks up the cheers moments after finishing his keynote address. “His public image changed because of that speech,” says Illinois
senator Dick Durbin.

On Saturday, June 26, 2004, Barack Obama sat in a recording studio in Chicago to give his party’s response to President Bush’s weekly radio address. The
speech offered the new Democratic Senate candidate from Illinois one of his first big moments on the national stage. In his remarks-written entirely by his
longtime media adviser, David Axelrod, and by his chief press aide, Robert Gibbs-Obama criticized Bush on a litany of economic issues, from rising health-
care costs and unfair tax policies to job outsourcing. The eloquent and well-argued talk hit all the right Democratic buttons. And the radio waves showcased
Obama’s trademark baritone-deep in pitch, authoritative and reassuring in tone.

But Obama thought the address came off flat. Something was missing. “It was good, but it was nothing awe inspiring,” recalls Gibbs. “It was kind of obvious
that he was recording the words of somebody else.”
So it was not exactly a surprise when, one week later-after John Kerry’s campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, called Obama and told him that he had been
picked to deliver the Democratic National Convention’s keynote address-Obama gave his aides a firm directive: he would write the speech himself. “One thing
that he was very clear about telling us,” says Gibbs, “-and I think it was largely out of that experience of the weekly radio address-was he wanted to write
this speech and write it in a way that was personal.””

“The keynote speech that Barack Obama delivered on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, galvanized the delegates who packed Boston’s FleetCenter and electrified a
nationwide television audience. The 2,297 words uttered over 17 minutes changed Obama’s profile overnight and made him a household name. Before the speech,
the idea of Obama running for president in 2008 would have been laughable; he was a lowly state senator from Chicago’s Hyde Park, and while he stood a good
chance at winning his U.S. Senate race, he would enter that powerful body ranked 99th out of 100 in seniority. After the speech, observers from across the
political world hailed the address as an instant classic, and Obama was drawing comparisons (deservedly or not) to Martin Luther King Jr. and John F.
Kennedy.

None of this happened by chance. Obama’s selection as keynote speaker was carefully plotted by all sides for maximum effect, and the speech itself was no
outpouring of inspiration scribbled on the back of an envelope. Obama labored over it for weeks, harvesting lines that he had already tested on Illinois
crowds. He is said to have been furious when one of his best remarks was cut by Kerry’s speechwriters. And even after all the preparation, the editing and
vetting by aides to Obama and Kerry, and the three run-throughs at the convention, the speech almost didn’t take flight-on the dais, Obama was slow to hit
his stride. But once he got going, the speech-and his career-took off: “Without that Boston speech, there’s a question whether Barack would be running [for
president] today,” says his fellow senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin. “His public image changed because of that speech.” Valerie Jarrett, a veteran Chicago
politico and one of Obama’s longtime friends, puts it more succinctly: “It changed his life.””

“Who the Heck Is This Guy?” Obama admitted in interviews at the time that he was “totally surprised” by the speaking invitation. (Through his spokesman, he
declined to be interviewed for this story.) As he put it in his book The Audacity of Hope: “The process by which I was selected as the keynote speaker
remains something of a mystery to me.”

A closer look, however, reveals less mystery and more politics.”

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2007/The-Speech/

Why John Kerry must not be Secretary of State

Unfit for Command

From Citizen Wells August 13, 2008.

John Kerry, who has about the least amount of credibility of anyone who has ever run for office, has started a new website, TruthFightsBack.com. Here is the statement from the Kerry site:

“Please give to support truthfightsback.com!

This effort to beat back rightwing smears and have an election based on reality and truth is completely in your hands. From the reporting and debunking of smears to the spreading of the truth, we are depending on you. And to make it all work, we need your financial support, both to develop the website further and to put more resources behind spreading the truth.

This is a project of John Kerry’s Campaign For Our Country, so please contribute to Campaign For Our Country to support truthfightsback.com!”

Jerome Corsi, PHD, has written a new book, “The Obama Nation.” Mr. Corsi, who coauthored “Unfit for Command,” a book about the reputation of John Kerry and the many lies he told, has exposed Obama for the deceitful fraud he is as well as his ties to corruption and left wing extremists. Anyone who has questioned Obama has received personal attacks and Jerome Corsi is no exception.

I have a copy of “Unfit for Command” as well as “The Obama Nation.” On the introduction page of “Unfit for Command” is the following quote. It speaks volumes about John Kerry and his credibility:

“I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgement, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and trust–all absolute tenets of command.”

REAR ADMIRAL ROY F. HOFFMAN, USN (RETIRED)

Commander of the Swift Boats in Vietnam, 1968-1969

Call sign “Latch”

I and other concerned citizens are not going to let the Obama camp, in league with John Kerry, attack Jerome Corsi or anyone else for revealing the truth about Obama.

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/truthfightsbackcom-john-kerry-obama-truth-fights-back-more-obama-lies-more-kerry-lies-citizen-wells-reveals-kerry-lies-bloggers-fight-back/

From Citizen Wells August 14, 2008.

“I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgement, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and trust–all absolute tenets of command.”

REAR ADMIRAL ROY F. HOFFMAN, USN (RETIRED)

Commander of the Swift Boats in Vietnam, 1968-1969

John Kerry meddling in foreign affairs (from “Unfit for Command):
“About one year earlier, two young Americans had also come to
Paris, presumably for their honeymoon: John Kerry, a young, clean
shaven Navy war veteran, accompanied by his new wife, the former
Julia Thorne, who could trace her lineage back to George Washington.
But honeymooning was not John Kerry’s only reason for traveling to
Paris. Kerry’s presidential campaign has now acknowledged that he
“talked privately with a leading Communist representative” there.

For decades, this meeting had been only a rumor. The rumor
stemmed from a comment Kerry made in the less publicized question
and answer segment of his April 22, 1971, testimony before the
Fulbright Committee: “I have been to Paris. I have talked with both
delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic
of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government.””

From the Petition to Impeach Senator Obama. Meddling in the affairs of Kenya and abuse of power:

Whereas: As a US Senator, Barack Obama violated the stated intention of
his 2006 Official Government Visa to Africa by publicly propagandizing
for his cousin, Railla Odinga against the US democratic ally of Kenya.
Whereas the stated “mission” of Senator Obama’s Official Visa, according
to the Kenya Office of Public Communications, was to “nurture relations
between the Continent and the United States” he, instead, made public
protest before Kenya citizens to rally against their leadership,
invoking a need for “Change!” and accusing this US allied nation of
“corruption.” In Official Protest of Mr. Obama’s passport abuse and
misconduct, Kenya’s government cited his “extremely disturbing
statements on issues which it is clear, he was very poorly informed, and
on which he chose to lecture the Government and the people of Kenya on
how to manage our country.” Whereas, furthermore, there is no public
record of any sanctions or reprimand by the US Congress of Senator
Obama’s passport violation or campaigning on foreign soil against a US
ally, history has since recorded the broadspread destruction of Kenya’s
economy and large scale loss of life as a result of the violence
instigated by Odinga’s ODM campaign there.”

View the complaint from the Kenyan Government here:

http://www.communication.go.ke/media.asp?id=284

Note that what was once considered to be a rumor about Kerry’s trip turned out to be true.

To John Kerry and the Truth Fights Back site.

The response from the Kenyan Government to Obama’s 2006 visit is not a rumor or a smear. It is what we commonly refer to as a fact.

John Kerry, do you have a response to these facts?

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/truth-fights-back-john-kerry-obama-communist-visits-aiding-and-abetting-the-enemy-abuse-of-power-logan-act/