The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Real busy in the regular world

I have had a lot going on the past few days, I have a couple of half completed post that I gotta finish so I can post but I havent the time to post it.  Please read the people on my sidebar, they are really good...and they put up with me..I will try to post something tomorrow...yes it is history related....

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Helicopterism...What it is

I ran across this surfing the web, I have commented in the past about the SJW's and their tactics of demonizing everyone that doesn't believe like they do.  The constant call of the Antifa's to attack the people they call "Nazi's" for not having the ideological purity that they command.  I also have commented about how they treat us like Kulaks and this will not end well if they keep pushing.  I remember a quote I read somewhere on the internetz
   I am seriously concerned what will happen if they continue pushing and if they are successful in removing Trump from office in a coup, many millions will feel totally disillusioned and when they lose faith in the political process then the squabbling will go from words to civil war.  Granted we have most of the guns, but they hold the apparatus of the state and the media and many people will blindly follow the diktats from the statist after being indoctrinated by the education system and the media.

Helicopterism: the idea that someone who actively attempts to install a tyrannical, murderous ideology in your country is due a free, one-way helicopter ride with a destination somewhere over the Pacific.
On my honor, sir, I thought commies could fly. It’s certainly more likely than the notion that Socialism could ever work.
One of the great tragedies of history, in this columnist’s opinion, is that Marxism was not as thoroughly discredited as Nazism. Both are tyrannical, murderous, genocidal ideologies bent on achieving some imagined form of human perfection.
Nazis, of course, were obsessed with racial purity, and descended into a genocidal (and ultimately suicidal) madness. Marxists are obsessed with a different kind of purity. The modern Social Justice Warrior, merely a new variation of Marxist who has replaced economic classes with social, racial, and cultural classes, is also an ideological purist.
Instead of bourgeois capitalists, we have straight white males as the ultimate boogeyman. Like the Kulaks in the USSR, there are other possible permutations. Being a fabulous (and dangerous) faggot did not protect MILO from the wrath of the Social Justice Warriors. Neither, of course, did Clarence Thomas’s skin color protect him from Democrat rage and accusations of racial treachery.
The purity spiral is the inevitable result of this kind of thinking. It is how Communist purges come to pass, and it can be seen in the SJW world today, wherein even the most rabid SJW who, for a moment, questions the narrative, is soon pounced upon by his erstwhile comrades. For now, they don’t have any gulags or death camps, but if they ever gained power, it is not difficult to imagine what they would do with it. For the time being, they must rely on character assassination instead of the more literal variety.

Concurrently, even the most vile of sins can be forgiven if you have the right politics. Sarah “butts” Nyberg remains a classic example of that line of thinking. Phil Sandifer, the self-described post-modernist Marxist occultist, explained that it was terrible to attack Nyberg for this, because she was a prominent SJW. The assumption, of course, is that political purity and prominence were both far more important than keeping your paws off of 8 year old relatives.
The spirit of General Pinochet grins with anticipation. Both of these Marxists are owed long-overdue free helicopter rides.
In John Martino’s I Was Castro’s Prisoner, a non-fictional, first-hand account of an American in a Cuban prison after the revolution, an interesting fact about Marxist thinking is revealed. John Martino noticed that almost all of his fellow prisoners were incarcerated for political reasons. Many of the guards, on the other hand, were former violent convicts. The latter provided Castro’s regime with a convenient supply of murderous psychopaths to enforce his edicts.
In the Marxist world, physical crimes are often excused because of power imbalance, or oppression, or economic conditions. Whereas political crimes are seen as the worst of the worst. This is one reason antifas have a habit of referring to everyone who isn’t a raging Communist as a Nazi. To them, there are only pure, good Communists, and evil, capitalist Nazis. The world is divided into the pure and the impure, and the impure must be destroyed.
Helicopterism, both as a funny meme, and as a grave warning to Marxists, is the recognition that the Communists want you dead. And if they ever come to power, if they ever touch off that revolution they keep blathering on about, it’s going to be us or them. The joke will stop being funny, and will become deadly serious. We will lob them out of helicopters and laugh about it. Watching SJWs, who thought they were tough and were on the “right side of history” flail in the wind, flapping their arms like birds, will be grim…but hilarious?
We’ve started to see shades of this in protests across the country. Many of you may remember Based Stickman, and the joyous occasion when the stick he was named for impacted a thoroughly dense Commie skull. Antifa brought violence, yes. But Based Stickman and his compatriots brought pain in return. It will be the same when the SJWs start resorting to murder, as Communists inevitably do. Then the glorious sound of incoming helicopters will echo in the distance.

For now, however, they merely tacitly support through suicidal immigration policies designed to encourage Muslims to migrate to the West in mass numbers, and through a complete disregard for border control.
The recent brutal murder of a border patrol agent is exactly the sort of thing that will ultimately lead to helicopters. Illegal aliens beat a border patrol agent’s skull in with rocks. A second agent was also beat with rocks, but appears to have survived. Donald Trump was derided for saying that Mexico often sends America criminals and thugs, but there is a little objective proof of his assessment. If enough agents are attacked and murdered, we may see violent illegal alien repatriation via helicopter. Or trebuchet, over the Great Wall of Trump.
Either way, like Fidel Castro, Phil Sandifer, and other assorted Communists throughout history, the physical violence is excused or even encouraged, and wrongthinking politics is condemned as the ultimate sin. I’ve no doubt that in the minds of most SJWs, Islamic immigration critics are considered worse than the illegal alien who beat a border patrol agent to death. They ought to be more careful. If they bring about a world where political violence is excused, they might not like the results very much.
The point of helicopterism is to know your enemy, and be unafraid to call him the enemy. It is also a warning to SJWs: if your goal is to eliminate us, then morally there is no wrong in us doing the same to you. If SJWs want to take this game to the next level, they should be prepared for others to do the same.
For now, it’s an amusing bit of dark humor. If SJWs want it to stay this way, they need to back off and put away their violent Socialist revolution rhetoric. Because if they do any of that bullshit they are saying, it will go very badly for them.
Thales is a DJ, Byzantinist, sad puppy, and another defender of the West woken up by social justice idiocy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Few things going on at Casa De Garabaldi

A few things going on here, My Dad is still in the hospital but the prognosis is good and I am glad for that.
     I picked up a new addition to my gun safe yesterday...
The Shield followed me home from Newnan where my friend and commenter "Mac" works.  I got a square deal on the pistol and I am happy with it.  I am planning on going to the range next week on my off day.  I have the pistol loaded with some Sig ammo per Mac's recommendation
   I also went to the scout meeting and rode my motorcycle.

..not a bad thing since I haven't ridden in a while, wanted to make sure that I am over the pneumonia/bronchitis thing.  I missed out on some good riding weather.   I was glad for some heated gear..
The pic shows my heated gloves and my controller.  I also have a heated jacket liner that I wear inside my jacket and it works well. The controller is wired to my motorcycle's electrical system and I control the heat level by the knobs, one for gloves and the other for jacket.

  and finally I ran across this clip on facebook and I loved it.  It is how I feel about Social Justice warriors.
"We live in a Post Joke world..."   Priceless, LOL

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Music "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits

This song got brought up last week from another Dire Strait song last week on my earlier "Monday Music".   This song came on while I was surfing the 70's channel while I was avoiding "Red, Red Wine*Bleh*" on the 80's channel.   To me "Sultans of Swing is an iconic rock song from the 70's and it still is very popular on the radio stations and on Sirius/XM, I hear it a lot....but not too much that it gets old, LOL

Sultans of Swing" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits from their eponymous debut album, which band frontman Mark Knopfler wrote and composed. Although it was first released in 1978, it was its 1979 re-release that caused it to become a hit in both the UK and U.S.
The song was recorded at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977 and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London. Its popularity soon reached record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-recorded in February 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band's debut album. The record company wanted a less-polished rock sound for the radio, so an alternative version was recorded at Pathway Studios in April 1978 and released as the single in some countries including the United Kingdom and Germany.

The music for "Sultans of Swing" was composed by Mark Knopfler on a National Steel guitar in an open tuning, though Knopfler did not think very highly of it at first. As he remembered, "I thought it was dull, but as soon as I bought my first Strat in 1977, the whole thing changed, though the lyrics remained the same. It just came alive as soon as I played it on that ’61 Strat which remained my main guitar for many years and was basically the only thing I played on the first album and the new chord changes just presented themselves and fell into place."
Inspiration for the song came from witnessing a jazz band playing in the corner of a practically deserted pub in Deptford, South London. At the end of their performance, the lead singer announced that they were the "Sultans of Swing", and Knopfler found the contrast between the group's dowdy appearance and surroundings and their grandiose name amusing.

Shortly after the band formed in 1977, a musician flatmate of drummer Pick Withers having given the team the name "Dire Straits", they recorded a five-song demo tape at Pathway Studios, which included "Sultans of Swing" in addition to "Water of Love", "Down to the Waterline", "Wild West End", and David Knopfler's "Sacred Loving". They took the tape to influential DJ Charlie Gillett, who had a radio show called Honky Tonk on BBC Radio London. The band simply wanted advice, but Gillett liked the music and put "Sultans of Swing" on his rotation. Two months later, Dire Straits signed a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
"Sultans of Swing" was then re-recorded in February 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band's debut album Dire Straits. It was produced by Steve Winwood's brother Muff Winwood. Knopfler used the guitar technique of finger picking on the recording.

Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone singled out "Sultans of Swing" as a highlight of the album for its "inescapable hook" and compared Knopfler's vocal stylings to that of Bob Dylan. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide called the song "an insinuating bit of bar-band mythmaking" whose lyrics "paint a vivid picture of an overlooked and underappreciated pub combo".The Spokane Chronicle's Jim Kershner wrote that "Sultans of Swing" is "remarkable, both for its lyrics that made fun of hip young Londoners and the phenomenal guitar sound of Knopfler", which "sounded like no other guitar on radio". Jon Marlowe of The Palm Beach Post called it "an infectious, sounds-damn-good-on-the-car-radio ode to every bar band who has ever done four sets a night, seven nights a week".
Writing in 2013 on the impact of the song, Rick Moore of American Songwriter reflected:
With "Sultans of Swing" a breath of fresh air was exhaled into the airwaves in the late ’70s. Sure, Donald Fagen and Tom Waits were writing great lyrics about characters you’d love to meet and Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen were great guitar players. But Knopfler, he could do both things as well or better than anybody out there in his own way, and didn’t seem to have any obvious rock influences unless you try to include Dylan. Like his contemporary and future duet partner Sting, Knopfler’s ideas were intellectually and musically stimulating, but were also accessible to the average listener. It was almost like jazz for the layman. "Sultans of Swing" was a lesson in prosody and tasty guitar playing that has seldom been equaled since. If you aren’t familiar with "Sultans of Swing" or haven’t listened to it in a while, you should definitely check it out.
Record Mirror ranked the song tenth in its end-of-year countdown of the best songs of the year. In 1992, Life named "Sultans of Swing" one of the top five songs of 1979. In 1993, Paul Williams included "Sultans of Swing" in his book "Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles". The song is on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, Dire Straits' only appearance. In 2006, Mojo included "Sultans of Swing" in its list of the 50 best British songs. The song's guitar solo reached No. 22 on Guitar World's list of the greatest guitar solos and No. 32 on Rolling Stone's list of greatest guitar songs.

The song was originally released in May 1978, but it did not chart at the time. Following its re-issue in January 1979, the song entered the American music pop chart. Unusually, the success of this single release came more than six months after the relatively unheralded release of the band's debut album in October 1978. BBC Radio was initially unwilling to play the song due to its high lyrical content but after it became a U.S. hit, their line softened.The song reached the top 10 in both the UK and the U.S., reaching No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive sales of the album, which also became a hit.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The story behind an iconic photo from the end of the Vietnam War.

Before I get started on the background, on a personal note, my Dad is doing better, here is a pic of him in the Hospital,
When I walked in yesterday and saw the bear, I commented "How Cute.."  He shot me a bird, so I figure he is feeling better.  My Dad is a Vietnam Veteran and retired from the Army as a Warrant officer with CID.  He is part of the reason my brother and I also served.
     Now on to my story,
    I remembered when I saw this picture in my history books and I always thought well of that pic because it showed a POW returning from the hardships of the Hanoi Hilton and returning with pride to his family.  Well there is a backstory to the pic I found out a day ago and finally had a bit of time to post the story.  All I can say was "Damm", I felt really bad for Colonel Stirm.  There are pics that are iconic for the Vietnam war and I used the following pic for an Art project in high school involving the 1960's
This pic to me represented the Vietnam war back in high school.

On March 13, 1973, photographer Slava 'Sal' Veder captured the moment that Vietnam war veteran and prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert Stirm was reunited with his family. Stirm had been imprisoned in Vietnam for nearly six years, and this photograph came to represent not only his personal victory in returning home, but also the path to healing the United States needed to embark on after the Vietnam War. Yet the real story behind this photograph, titled "Burst of Joy," is far from the happy, joyful depiction Veder captured.
In reality, Robert Stirm's wife had written him a letter only days before his return home, telling him she was planning on divorcing him. For Stirm, this reunion was bittersweet – he was reunited with his family but returning to a wife who no longer wanted to be with him. Stirm endured all the hardships of being a prisoner of war in Vietnam only to be greeted by a wife who had admittedly cheated on him during his imprisonment and written him a letter stating her intent to divorce him – but showed up to his homecoming despite it all.

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"Burst of Joy" is a poignant photograph that depicts, on the surface, the joy of a hero’s welcome. Stirm’s back is to the camera, allowing him to serve as the epitome of the resilient soldier who made his way home. This particular reunion, however, was not as joyous or welcoming as the photograph would lead you to believe. Stirm’s wife, Loretta Stirm, is seen running toward her husband, a big smile on her face. Yet only days before Stirm was rescued and brought home, Loretta wrote him a letter ending their marriage. Although the photograph may symbolize the heartwarming concept that military families could start over and heal after the Vietnam war, this was far from true for the Stirm family.

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After Robert Stirm’s return, his wife of nearly 20 years managed to capitalize on their subsequent divorce. Loretta was given custody of two of their four children, the family home, and nearly half of Stirm’s pension. At the time, Stirm remarked: “It’s not fair. It’s just not. I’m the one that lives with all the aches and pains from my imprisonment, but she continues to get paid.” That certainly makes the fact that Loretta is there in the photograph, smiling wide at her then-husband, all the more painful. Even his children had trouble with his return. His daughter, Lorrie, was quoted as saying: “So much had happened—there was so much that my dad missed out on—and it took a while to let him back into our lives and accept his authority.

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15-year-old Lorrie Stirm, Robert and Loretta’s eldest child, hadn’t seen her father in six years when she was captured on film running towards him with her arms flung open, ready to embrace him. Hers is the face that can truly be described as a burst of joy – she looks like she is literally bursting to hug her father. 

The story behind the photograph may not be a happy one, but the photographer’s story certainly is. In 1974, Slava ‘Sal’ Veder won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for his photograph of the Stirm family. Veder was one of many journalists present at Stirm’s return – Stirm was flown home with 20 other prisoners of war under what was called Operation Homecoming. Veder had to make a makeshift darkroom in a women’s bathroom in order to send the photograph out as quickly as possible. His quick thinking and eye for that one burst of joy won him one of the most coveted prizes for journalism in America.  

To this day, Robert Stirm doesn’t like to look at "Burst of Joy." For him, it isn’t a joyous moment surreptitiously captured; it’s a bitter reminder of everything he endured and everything he lost when he came home. He refuses to hang the photograph in his home, and when asked about it, he described his feelings as “ambivalent.” As a prisoner of war, Stirm thought relentlessly about coming home to his family, and it was those thoughts that kept him alive in the face of torture. Yet his homecoming was not the happy occasion he thought about all those years, and "Burst of Joy" is a constant reminder of that pain.

Lt. Col. Robert Stirm was a US Air Force pilot, and he was shot down over Hanoi, Vietnam, in October of 1967. Notably, it turns out he was imprisoned only one day after Senator John McCain – both were held in the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. The American prisoners of war sarcastically called this prison the Hanoi Hilton. Although it is unconfirmed whether or not McCain and Stirm were acquainted, they both endured torture at this dreaded POW camp – at one point, Stirm was reported to have weighed only 100 pounds, and he spent nearly an entire year in solitary confinement. Despite his terrible experiences, Stirm continued to serve the military for four more years after his return to the United States.    

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All of Stirm’s children have "Burst of Joy" framed and hanging in their homes, although their father does not. Lorrie Stirm, the eldest Stirm child and the girl at the center of the photograph, calls it a "very nice picture of a very happy moment."