Webster

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


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

3 best things in life

I have been quoting "Conan" since the early 80's when I first saw the movie.  I really though it was a catchy quote.



   I have modified it somewhat when dealing with my scouts, I would use the term,
                        "Crush your enemies...See them driven off the campfield and hear the lamentation of their scoutmasters."

     What can I say, I have a weird sense of humor.
    And here is something for the modern political scene...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Music "Der Kommisar" by Falco and After the Fire

I remember both versions when they hit MTV, you know the station that used to play music during the 80's.  Well I did like both songs, I remember one of the MTV VJ's I think it was Mark Goodman that told us that Falco wrote the songs, but After the Fire version was more popular.  I guess it was due to the vagaries of the American market.  Well I always associated the songs in my teenage mind with the "Commisar" as it related to the Soviet Union and the communist system.  In that system, the Kommisar directly represented the party and the face of the party to the average Soviet citizen.   Funny how my mind worked.  I suppose even back then I hated communism and what it represented.  




"Der Kommissar" is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981, covered a year later by After the Fire. Originally written by Robert Ponger and Falco, the Falco version reached the top of the charts in many countries.
After the Fire's version featured English lyrics by the band's Andy Piercy. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.




"Der Kommissar" ("the commissioner" or police captain) was originally written by producer Robert Ponger for Reinhold Bilgeri. Bilgeri turned it down as he felt the song was too soft, so Falco reworked the song for himself instead.
Falco wanted to release "Helden von heute" as the main side (A-side), but the record company wanted "Der Kommissar" to be released, because they felt it had more potential. The record company decided upon a double A-side release and was vindicated when "Der Kommissar" reached No. 1 in German-speaking countries in January 1982. After this success, Falco's management decided to release "Der Kommissar" (as an A-side) in other countries as well.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, Falco's hit didn't fare as well, despite topping charts throughout Europe and Scandinavia during spring and summer 1982. In the summer of 1982 the British rock band After the Fire recorded an English version of the song, also called "Der Kommissar", and released it as a single, but the record floundered. Coming off a tour opening for Van Halen, After the Fire was working on material for a new album when in December 1982 the group announced onstage during a concert that they were disbanding. Both the After the Fire and Falco versions were rising on the Canadian charts at the time, but neither had cracked the US pop charts. Around that time, American pop singer Laura Branigan began working on her second album, and recorded a new song written over the melody and arrangement of "Der Kommissar", called "Deep in the Dark", which was prepared for release, when the After the Fire version finally hit the US charts (Hot 100) on February 22, 1983, and started rising. Though the UK band's version barely nicked their home country's Top 50, in 1983 the song ultimately rose to No. 5 in the US, where their music video was an MTV hit.
The song entered the American Top 40 on March 5, 1983, peaked at No. 5, and remained in the Top 40 for a total of 14 weeks. The single was released under the Epic label, with a catalog number of 03559. Amidst all this renewed attention to the composition, Falco's own version, which had done well in some US markets but not charted nationally, was re-released, but the German-language record remained essentially a novelty hit there, charting concurrently with the After the Fire version but not rising above No. 78.
In Canada, Falco's version had peaked at No. 11 the same late-January week that After the Fire's version peaked at No. 12. After the Fire's record company, CBS, pleaded with the band to regroup, but to no avail. While UK promos for "Deep in the Dark" were pressed (the After the Fire version missed the UK top 40 and the Falco version didn't even chart there), Branigan's record company, Atlantic, officially released "Solitaire" in the U.S., where that song went to No. 7.


"Der Kommissar" / "Helden von heute" is a double-A-side single by Falco released in Austria and Germany in December 1981. "Der Kommissar" reached the top of the charts in many countries. The song recorded for other side of the record, the pop-rock "Helden von heute" ("heroes of today"), is a tribute to David Bowie's "Heroes". It was recorded in Berlin, Germany; Falco claimed in an interview that he went to Berlin to follow the "tracks" left there by David Bowie, with his albums "Heroes" and Low.
In the official music video for "Der Kommissar" released in the United States, Falco flees from the police, with several police cars in the background. Another music video for the Falco single released in Europe also exists.
"Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)" only reached No. 74 in the US Cash Box Charts in 1983 and did not even chart in the UK, but Falco would break through with major hits in those countries two albums later, with "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Vienna Calling" in 1986. Updated remixes of "Der Kommissar" were released by Falco in 1991, 1998, and posthumously in 2008.
 After the Fire Version
After the Fire (or ATF) are a British rock band that transitioned from playing progressive rock to new wave over their initial twelve-year career, while having only one hit in the United States ("Der Kommissar") and one hit in the United Kingdom ("One Rule For You")


Sunday, September 17, 2017

3 rules for avoiding Poverty( Or the Poor House)

I am out of town and my posting will be irregular so I decided to post some old posts that have some nuggets of wisdom.   This one I did back in 2015.  I may post some stuff about the AIRPORT disaster movies perhaps later on. 


3 rules for not being in Poverty.

  I used to listen to a radio talk show host named Neil Boortz, until he retired a couple of years ago.  he used to talk many times on his show about the "3 rules for avoiding poverty".  He equated poverty with a mental illness, for barring a mental issue or physical disability you can avoid poverty by following 3 rules.



    Rule number 1. Get an education, any education...make an attempt to better yourself.  Learn all you can while you can, you will be surprised how far it will take you.  When you get an education, even at work, you are making an attempt to improve yourself and things like that are noticed by the bosses and it might open up opportunities.  Learning takes work and you would be surprised how many people are too lazy to continue learning, then they wonder why they no longer earn more and move up.  If you quit learning, you will stagnate and then move backwards because there are people coming up that are hungry and you will find yourself obsolete and unemployed and wondering what happened.

Rule Number 2.  Get a job, any job..work it until you find a better job.  While you are working your job, always look for opportunities to better yourself at work, learn how the process works, make the extra step to learn all facets of the job, become indispensable to your employer.  Or if you really don't like the job, work it hard, learn about it and look for a better job.  You keep working for the better job.  While you are at it, keep on learning so you don't become expendable and replaceable.  Form good work habits, always come to work a bit early.  it doesn't hurt to get ahead of the power curve for your job.  It also shows that you are enthusiastic about your work and that is noticeable.

Rule Number 3  Don't get pregnant.  This rule applies to both girls and guys.  For girls, getting pregnant early unless they are lucky and have a great family structure in place, will be trapped in a cycle of poverty.  Sure they get benefits from the government, but the money they get is just enough to keep them trapped in a continuous cycle.  "Why work when I get money from Uncle Sugar." they sell their dreams and soul for an EBT card.  Once the baby arrives, it will be difficult to continue getting an education to improve themselves and they will be trapped where they are or even slide into a worse situation than they have now.  I remembered this girl in high school, she wanted to get into NASA, and become an astronaut.  She was brilliant and we could see her making it.  But she got pregnant and had to drop out in the 11th grade.  A few years later I was working at Domino's Pizza after graduating high school and a year of college then ran out of money.  I was delivering pizza as I was making ready to join the Army for the G.I. bill so I can go back to school.  Well I was delivering a pizza to a dilapidated trailer and this same girl came to the door.  I immediately recognized her and asked her how it was going.  She told me that she had her baby and was pregnant again.  I then asked her " where is your husband?"  She commented that he was probably at the bar getting drunk.  I continued to make small talk for a few minuted then I left.  I had an epiphany as I was leaving.  Where she is now is the highpoint of her existence.  It is a slide to grinding poverty from here and I was a bit bummed.   This rules also works with guys, if you get a girl pregnant, you also are responsible and you will have a 18 year commitment and if you and the girl break up, expect to have child support and possible garnishments to deal with.  Rather than going to school to get a higher education, you have to enter the work force at a lower paying job to make ends meet and your dreams are on hold perhaps indefinitely.
     If you follow these rules and apply a modicum of common sense, you should be able to avoid the lower  parts of the economic ladder.  

    P.S  I Hate reCAPsha....It is never just 1 page, when you have to go through multiple to post something on a fellow bloggers excellent post.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Musings

Well my package that I had ordered 4 weeks ago finally came in....Yay!

I was excited, I have been having 1.5 AR pattern rifles for a while and I have been needing to go ahead and make 2 rifles.
I quickly put the lower where I wanted.  I toyed with the idea of putting the original buttstock back on the rifle,you can see the size difference from the A1 stock and the A2 stock.  I finally decided to keep the A2 stock because there is a big difference in the plastic used from the A1 and the A2, the A2 is far more durable and less likely to break.
I put my M60 sling back on the rifle like I used to have back when I was in the service.  I have a M203 sling attachment on the barrel on both of the rifles.  Now as my "new" rifle, I have a 3 point sling, but it don't work well so I have to find a new sling that will go with the rifle.   I look at the rifles and it dawned on me that there is like 40 years of technological improvements from the original rifle to the present.

    I also found a receipt when I had my .45 modified in Germany for the competition shooting I used to do.  The same 45 that got stolen back in 1992 when the thugs broke into my F150 to steal it along with the watch that my dad had given me that he had picked up in Vietnam on his second tour.
    I also have some Flight attendant humor that I had gotten from various means ...
 And this one was very good, I got a laugh out of it.

I will add this...I hate reCAPcha.....Just saying. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When intelligence won the War in the Middle East during WWII

  I don't talk about it much but I was in the Intel side and I hear the same old "cliche's" "Military Intelligence is an "oxymoron", and we would catch hell from the other branches for any mistakes we have made in the past, and yes we have made mistakes but we don't get credit, the first one was Joe Rochefort and the crypo people in Pearl in April and May that tuned Admiral Nimitz to the planning of the Japanese offensive at Midway and Feint at Dutch Harbor.  If we were not forewarned we would have been caught between both forces and quite possibly annihilated and Pearl Harbor would have been threatened and the West Coast would have been wide open for an invasion, and we would have had to sue for peace and Japan would have kept the Pacific as a Japanese Lake and we would have been humiliated and the possibility of us assisting the Russians and British would have been threatened.  Yes Intel gets it wrong like the Tet Offensive but we got it right and most people never know of what we did.


The North African campaigns of the Second World War are remembered for their tank battles, vast deserts, and colorful commanders. One of the most critical factors in those campaigns was military intelligence.

Stalking Supplies

The intelligence war, in which the British faced the Germans and Italians, was all about supplies. By decoding Axis signals, the British menaced enemy shipping bringing their supplies to North Africa while keeping their own safe. It gave them an edge despite longer supply lines.
It was built upon several layers of intelligence. Signals intelligence played the largest part. Some of it came from decoding local radio chatter. The decryption of the high-level Enigma code, a closely guarded secret, also fed into the decisions of top commanders.

Radio Failings

The Germans were also listening in on British radio signals. It was the undoing of some of the earliest British offensives. Pushed by Churchill into attacking before they were ready, the British advanced against Rommel and the Germans. Listening in on the signals between British tanks, the Germans discovered their opponents had almost no grasp of communications security. They found out about British plans and used the information to gain victory.

Rommel Gets Tricky

When he went on the offensive, Rommel turned the issue of signals intelligence around. By putting out false radio signals, he deceived the British about the location of a convoy of tanks. It allowed him to gain the element of surprise.
It was a case in which the British could have known better but failed to connect the dots of different intelligence sources.



By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
Black CodeJanuary 1942 saw one of the Axis powers greatest intelligence coups. The Italians stole a copy of the Black Code, used by the US Military Attaché in Cairo to communicate with Washington. For six months, the Germans and Italians listened in on everything the Attaché transmitted including a flood of British information as they kept their Allies up to speed on the African war.
It was not until July that the Allies realized what was happening and this source dried up.

Winning on Intelligence, Struggling on the Ground

Despite these setbacks, the Allies usually had the upper hand in the intelligence war. They had better cryptographers and the information gained from Enigma was used selectively, so they benefited from this source without giving away that they had it.
However, they struggled to turn it into victories on the ground. Rommel was a skilled commander, and it took time for the war to turn against him. As well, British leaders often lacked the experience and knowledge to use the intelligence they had effectively.

Venezia

The Gazala offensive which began at the end of May 1942 showed that the British were starting to get a handle on their intelligence. Through intercepted signals and the interrogation of a prisoner, they learned the outline of Rommel’s planned offensive. Then an Enigma intercept gave them the code word for the launch of the attack – Venezia.
They knew the attack was coming 24 hours in advance. Rommel’s planned breakthrough came to a bloody and exhausted halt.

Cheese

One of the best Allied assets was a double agent known as Cheese. An Italian Jew in Egypt, he became a British agent feeding the Italians false information. After being recalled by the Italians, he was replaced by a “friend” who was, in reality, a British signalman. His apparently useful messages to Italian intelligence were soon being passed straight to Rommel, letting the British feed him all manner of false information.

Taking Prisoners

 

Prisoners of war were a vital source of information. As the British went on the offensive in 1942, this source became indispensable. They swept up Germans and Italians left behind in retreats, gaining a greater understanding of Axis formations and plans.

Trickery at Alamein

One of the best acts of deception came at Alamein in October -November 1942. The Germans had already been tricked about fictional troops and misdirected about where British forces were, but this could have been undermined if aerial reconnaissance did not match the false intel.

The British built a water pipeline south. Its direction and the time taken to erect it indicated a significant attack was coming in November in the south.
Meanwhile, the real preparations were underway further north. When the attack came, it sent Rommel reeling.

Torch

The planning for Operation Torch, in which the Americans joined the war, showed the limits of Allied learning. Those commanders who had already fought in the desert war understood what intelligence could do in modern warfare. The new American and British officers coming in for the expanded operation did not. New intelligence officers, although well educated, lacked vital practical experience. Commanders did not know how to use intelligence.
The campaign could have gotten off to a better start, but it was still a success. The business of learning intelligence techniques began all over again.

Radio Silence

One of Rommel’s last intelligence coups came at the Battle of Kasserine Pass, his first substantial fight against the Americans. There, he avoided transmitting orders over the radio. The Allies were left in the dark.
The American troops were caught by surprise, bringing Rommel success on the ground. However, the Allies had the strategic advantage, and the end was in sight.

Patton and the End



George S. Patton in 1945
General George S. Patton was one of the African arena’s last converts to the value of intelligence. After coming to grief in an ill-planned attack in March 1943, he realized how intercepted signals could help him. Unfortunately, he then talked about it on an open radio channel, leading the Germans to change their code.


Right to the end of the campaign, intelligence proved vital, telling the Allies where Hitler was sending his ill-fated reinforcements. Never before had the behind-the-scenes war of intelligence been so central to a military campaign. It was a sign of things to come.
Source:
Ralph Bennett (1999), Behind the Battle: Intelligence in the War with Germany 1939-1945.