Monday, November 19, 2018

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To All
I hope that you all had a great weekend
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This Day in Naval History
Nov. 19
1813—Capt. David Porter, commander of the man-of-war Essex, claims the Marquesas Islands for the U.S. In the following weeks, he establishes a base to overhaul Essex and builds a fort.
1943—USS Nautilus (SS 168) enters Tarawa lagoon for the first submarine photograph reconnaissance mission. It is later damaged by friendly fire from USS Santa Fe (CL 60) and USS Ringgold (DD 500) off Tarawa because due to the mission, Nautilus presence was unknown to the vessels.
1943—USS Sculpin (SS 191) is damaged by the Japanese and abandoned by her crew. Forty-one Sailors are taken as POWs, 21 of whom are taken on Japanese carrier Chuyo that is later sunk by USS Sailfish (SS 192).
1944—USS Conklin (DE 439) and USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) sink the Japanese submarine I-37 100 miles west of Palaus.
1969—Navy astronauts Cmdr. Charles Conrad, Jr. and Cmdr. Alan L. Bean become the third and fourth men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines include continued coverage of the fire in Southern California and of the migrant caravan arriving closer to the U.S.-Mexican border.  Speaking at the Halifax Security Conference, Adm. Phillip Davidson stated that Chana has built "a great wall of SAMs" in the Pacific, noting that the U.S. needs a bigger navy to counter the growing Chinese threat in the region reports Breaking Defense. The Wall Street Journal reports that the APEC summit broke down over trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Additionally, the Sioux City Journal reports that the USS Sioux City was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday.

Today in History
November 19
1620
The Pilgrims sight Cape Cod.
1828
In Vienna, Composer Franz Schubert dies of syphilis at age 31.
1861
Julia Ward Howe writes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops near Washington.
1863
Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address" at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
1885
Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza.
1873
James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.
1897
The Great "City Fire" in London.
1905
100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.
1911
New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
1915
The Allies ask China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
1923
The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
1926
Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union.
1942
Soviet forces take the offensive at Stalingrad.
1949
Prince Ranier III is crowned 30th Monarch of Monaco.
1952
Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
1969
Apollo 12 touches down on the moon.
1973
New York stock market takes sharpest drop in 19 years.
1976
Patty Hearst is released from prison on $1.5 million bail.
1981
U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
1985
US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, meet for the first time.
1985
In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco.
1990
Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album.
1996
Canada's Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril arrives in Africa to lead a multinational force policing Zaire.
1998
US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton.
2010
New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed.
 
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1863
 
On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.
The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee's defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army's ultimate decline.
Charged by Pennsylvania's governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery's dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting "a few appropriate remarks" to consecrate the grounds.
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At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln's address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
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Reception of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the "little speech," as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written.
 
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Thanks  to Al
Monday Morning Thoughts--Thanksgiving
Here are a few of my perennial favorites:
Submitted by Al Anderson:
 
     One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
     He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
     Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water!  She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?"
     You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."
     He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."
     As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
     Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
     Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
     Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
     Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.
     He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
     After a long struggle, the battle was won.
     Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words...
     "Paid in full with one glass of milk"
     (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
 
 
 
Submitted by Jerry McClellan:
 
     I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.  I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
     Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.  "Hello Barry, how are you today?"
     "H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good."
     "They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
     "Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."
     "Good. Anything I can help you with?"
     "No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."
     "Would you like to take some home?" asked Mr. Miller.
     "No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."
     "Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"
     "All I got's my prize marble here."
     "Is that right? Let me see it" said Miller.
     "Here 'tis. She's a dandy."
     "I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?" the store owner asked.
     "Not zackley but almost."
     "Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble," Mr. Miller told the boy.
    "Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."
     Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.  With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.  When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store."
     I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
     Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
     Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.  Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the e casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
     Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.   "Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.  They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size...they came to pay their debt.  We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world, but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho..."
     With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
 
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.  It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!
 
 
 
Submitted by Gary Rinehart:
 
     The final Thursday in November holiday is from 1863, when Lincoln, after listing many good reasons to give thanks said:
     "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
     It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
     Some may think Thanksgiving was to honor our Indian hosts at Plymouth. Others may think it not PC to celebrate Thanksgiving since we took that land the Indians occupied and made the USA. They're wrong. Lincoln recognized the gifts we had in America and, simply, wanted to celebrate these gifts from God.
 
 
 
Submitted by John Hamiter:
 
I am thankful:
For the wife who says it's hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.
For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means I am alive.
And finally, for too much e-mail because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.
 
 
 
     The atheist's most embarrassing moment:  When he feels extremely thankful for something, but can't think who to thank for it.
 
 
Excerpts from a book called "Then Some Other Things Happened", a collection of short pieces about history written by eighth graders and compiled by Bill Lawrence, a teacher and columnist. (Note that the spelling was not corrected.)
The Pilgrams were a bunch of English wonderers who wanted to worship as they wanted to. They excaped the Church of England and came over here because they heard that American churches were different.
The May Flower was the ship with which they came in. It didn't have a bathroom on board so there was quite an oder. Priscillia Mullins was the captain.
First the Pilgrams had gone to Holland but left when their children started developing customs there. After a stopover at Williamsbug when a large storm blew them off course they landed on a big, slimey rock in Massatusetts. They spent the winter there.
Before they got off the ship even they drew up an agreement for the people of Plymouth to agree on the voting for governors and congressmen. They kept this hid in the May Flower Compact. Lord Delaware was elected the first governor of Plymouth Rock.
A friendly Indian named Rhone Oak showed the Pilgrams how to plant corn by putting it in the ground. Rhone Oak had been the first Indian to come to America and always wanted a beer. He traveled around with Miles Standy and translated language. He knew enough English to interupt.
Another interupter for the white man was Squanto, who was called that because he was so short. Squanto drew up a declaration to give the settlers freedom of goverment in the new land. The Pilgrams gave the Indians thanks for all this and that's what started Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrams then appointed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Abraham Lincoln later pronounced it and gave it to them and it soon became a national holiday all around the world.
These people always wore old shoes with a big buckel on the top of them. The men wore pants that only came a little ways past the knees and the girls wore funny bonets.
But if these people wouldn't had of come to America the United States wouldn't be like it is today.
 
 
 
Something For Stevie (Author unknown)
 
     I tried not to be biased in hiring a handicapped person, but his placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy.  I had never had a mentally handicapped employee, and I wasn't sure I wanted one.  I wasn't sure how my customers would react to Stevie.  He was short, a little dumpy, and had the smooth facial features and thick-tongued speech of Down syndrome.
     I wasn't worried about most of my trucker customers because truckers don't generally care who buses tables as long as the meat loaf platter is good and the pies are homemade.
     The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned me; the mouthy college kids traveling to school; the yuppie snobs who secretly polish their silverware with their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded "truck stop germ;" the pairs of white-shirted business men on expense accounts who think every truck stop waitress wants to be flirted with.
     I knew those people would be uncomfortable around Stevie so I closely watched him for the first few weeks.  I shouldn't have worried.  After the first week, Stevie had my staff wrapped around his stubby little finger, and within a month my truck regulars had adopted him as their official truck stop mascot.  After that, I really didn't care what the rest of the customers thought of him.
     He was like a 21-year-old in blue jeans and Nikes, eager to laugh and eager to please, but fierce in his attention to his duties. Every salt and pepper shaker was exactly in its place, not a bread crumb or coffee spill was visible when Stevie got done with the table.  Our only problem was convincing him to wait to clean a table until after the customers were finished.  He would hover in the background, shifting his weight from one foot to the other, scanning the dining room until a table was empty.  Then he would scurry to the empty table and carefully bus the dishes and glasses onto a cart and meticulously wipe the table up with a practiced flourish of his rag.  If he thought a customer was watching, his brow would pucker with added concentration.  He took pride in doing his job exactly right, and you had to love how hard he tried to please each and every person he met.
     Over time, we learned that he lived with his mother, a widow who was disabled after repeated surgeries for cancer.  They lived on their Social Security benefits in public housing two miles from the truck stop.  Their social worker, who stopped to check on him every so often, admitted they had fallen between the cracks.  Money was tight, and what I paid him was probably the difference between them being able to live together and Stevie being sent to a group home.
     That's why the restaurant was a gloomy place that morning last August, the first morning in three years that Stevie had missed work. He was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester getting a new valve or something put in his heart.  His social worker said that people with Down syndrome often had heart problems at an early age so this wasn't unexpected, and there was a good chance he would come through the surgery in good shape and be back at work in a few months.
     A ripple of excitement ran through the staff later that morning when word came that he was out of surgery, in recovery and doing fine.  Frannie, my head waitress, let out a war whoop and did a little dance in the aisle when she heard the good news.  Belle Ringer, one of our regular trucker customers, stared at the sight of the 50-year-old grandmother of four doing a victory shimmy beside his table.  Frannie blushed, smoothed her apron and shot Belle Ringer a withering look.
     He grinned.  "OK, Frannie, what was that all about?" he asked.
     "We just got word that Stevie is out of surgery and going to be okay."
     "I was wondering where he was.  I had a new joke to tell him.  What was the surgery about?"
     Frannie quickly told Belle Ringer and the other two drivers sitting at his booth about Stevie's surgery, then sighed.  "Yeah, I'm glad he is going to be OK," she said, "but I don't know how he and his mom are going to handle all the bills.  From what I hear, they're barely getting by as it is."
     Belle Ringer nodded thoughtfully, and Frannie hurried off to wait on the rest of her tables.  Since I hadn't had time to round up a busboy to replace Stevie and really didn't want to replace him, the girls were busing their own tables that day until we decided what to do.
     After the morning rush, Frannie walked into my office.  She had a couple of paper napkins in her hand a funny look on her face.
     "What's up?" I asked.
     "I didn't get that table where Belle Ringer and his friends were sitting cleared off after they left, and Pony Pete and Tony Tipper were sitting there when I got back to clean it off," she said.  "This was folded and tucked under a coffee cup," She handed the napkin to me, and three twenty-dollar bills fell onto my desk when I opened it.  On the outside, in big, bold letters, was printed "Something for Stevie".
     "Pony Pete asked me what that was all about," she said, "so I told him about Stevie and his mom and everything, and Pete looked at Tony and Tony looked at Pete, and they ended up giving me this."  She handed me another paper napkin that had "Something For Stevie" scrawled on its outside.  Two $50 bills were tucked within its folds. Frannie looked at me with wet, shiny eyes, shook her head and said simply "truckers."
     That was three months ago.  Today is Thanksgiving, the first day Stevie is supposed to be back to work.  His placement worker said he's been counting the days until the doctor said he could work, and it didn't matter at all that it was a holiday.  He called 10 times in the past week, making sure we knew he was coming, fearful that we had forgotten him or that his job was in jeopardy.
     I arranged to have his mother bring him to work, met them in the parking lot, and invited them both to celebrate his day back.  Stevie was thinner and paler, but couldn't stop grinning as he pushed through the doors and headed for the back room where his apron and busing cart were waiting.
     "Hold up there, Stevie, not so fast," I said.  I took him and his mother by their arms.
     "Work can wait for a minute.  To celebrate your coming back, breakfast for you and your mother is on me." I led them toward a large corner booth at the rear of the room.  I could feel and hear the rest of the staff following behind as we marched through the dining room.  Glancing over my shoulder, I saw booth after booth of grinning truckers empty and join the procession.  We stopped in front of the big table.  Its surface was covered with coffee cups, saucers and dinner plates, all sitting slightly crooked on dozens of folded paper napkins.
     "First thing you have to do, Stevie, is clean up this mess," I said.  I tried to sound stern.
     Stevie looked at me, and then at his mother, then pulled out one of the napkins.  It had "Something for Stevie" printed on the outside. As he picked it up, two $10 bills fell onto the table.  Stevie stared at the money, then at all the napkins peeking from beneath the tableware, each with his name printed or scrawled on it.
     I turned to his mother.  "There's more than $10,000 in cash and checks on that table, all from truckers and trucking companies that heard about your problems.  Happy Thanksgiving."
     Well, it got real noisy about that time, with everybody hollering and shouting, and there were a few tears, as well.  But you know what's funny? While everybody else was busy shaking hands and hugging each other, Stevie, with a big, big smile on his face, was busy clearing all the cups and dishes from the table.
     Best worker I ever hired.
 
 
Wishing you much for which to be thankful,
Al
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Thanks to Dutch
 Ross Rant Nov 18, 2018
From the net…courtesy of Tony and Joel and JC …
 I truly hope you will take the time to read this. For me, it is not about Trump, although Ross is pro Trump even though he doesn't like him.. It is about the future of America. I will not be alive when all this comes to fruition and you may not be either, but it would be very tragic if the grandkids and their kids grew up in a society that the "progressives" claim to want. 
 The person who forwarded it is a neighbor of ours - a very reasonable and smart guy, who grew up poor and became very successful.
 Dad
 
Fwd from a neighbor:  Joel Ross has forgone his normal investment and political update to write the editorial below. Interesting read I largely agree with.
 As I studied the communist movement in USA as my Yale senior thesis and have remained tuned into that subject since, it has always been my view that the communists succeeded in the 1960's and thereafter replacing our political and economic values with theirs and the modern progressive movement bears more similarities to communism than to traditional American values.
 Their methods are similar to what has happened to our educated and professional classes here as communists first move is always to take control of education and repress the ruling classes to eliminate their control of history, social values and history. This is what is happening today in Venezuela, what happened in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge (French educated ruthless communists took over), throughout Eastern Europe after WWII, China in the Cultural Revolution and before, etc. etc.
 Also, it is my historic perspective that communism is an atheistic religion of discrimination and domination of power by elites over the masses. It is anti-Semitic, racist, anti-gay and all the things modern progressives claim to honor. Thus, the paradox of our political struggle where anti-Semitism is on a rapid rise on campuses and schools disguised as Pro- Palestine affirmative action. The Harvard College DOJ suit around Asian discrimination is another aspect of this battle.
 What Ross editorializes below may not agree with the views of some of you I distributed this to, but if you are interested in exploring his points further, read this book linked below recommended to me by Robert Kiyosaki, my friend here at Brays.
 His hypothesis is that a new Aristocracy of Merit has replaced that of birth and wealth but is equally ruinous to the middle class and poor and the cause of greater income dis-equalization and the rise of Trump.
 Brill graduated Yale just after my 1967 class and went to Yale Law. He, like me, was one of the new, lower middle class, smart kids Yale and some other schools were admitting to balance their preppy and aristocratic student populations. His argument is that those of us and our generation who succeeded became part of a "meritocracy of competence and wealth" that is insensitive to the needs of ordinary Americans and insulated from risk or poverty by our skill and brains. He argues that we have insured out kids have the resources to follow us to these elite schools and jobs by our ability to "coach them up" and thus they displace middle class kids who don't have the same resources.
 His description of schools like NYU and Amherst who have broken through the elites lock on admissions is interesting as the poor kids these schools have made successful attempts to admit, actually out-perform the merit kids both on SATs, school performance and jobs after schools thereby reinforcing the fact that if schools found a way to admit poorer smart kids, they would perform as well as others, unlike those admitted on affirmative action which has a poor record of achieving high success for those now admitted under those guidelines.
 
 
Ross Rant Nov 18, 2018
 
I had the privilege to be invited to a small private luncheon of a group of about 15 very smart, sophisticated people consisting of professors, one of whom was a professed liberal at a well-known very left college, CEO's of hedge and PE funds, two well-known authors, and some very senior businessmen. There were 2 prominent women at lunch. It was very much like the salons of Gertrude Stein in Paris in the early 1900's. The topic was, how did we get here, where the "Progressives" control campuses, and where free speech is under attack. Nobody has a definitive answer, but here are some of my personal conclusions based on a very lively 2 hour, free-wheeling discussion. It is not meant to represent the conclusion of the group, as there was no set conclusion when lunch ended. Just a lot of fascinating thoughts put forth.
 
How Did We Get Here - A History of 90 Years Of Evolution and Revolution
 The depression began to unfold in 1929. After 16 years of economic depression and world war, mass murder of the holocaust, the rise of the Soviet Union and start of the cold war, and then Korea, the US needed calm, predictability, and good order, democratic government, and a belief system of strength, and stability. Women still had few rights, and were assigned to be at home raising kids who were delayed due to men being off to war. White male Protestants controlled the power. Jews were discriminated against. Blacks were still oppressed. Eisenhower, the hero general, became president. Harry Truman drove himself and his wife home to Missouri in his own car.
 The result was, tens of millions of people just wanted to recapture normal life, have a family, a home, a civilian job, and the opportunity to succeed. So, in the fifties we had the organization man, who was the buttoned up, suit wearing, married man, who was in charge. Divorce was considered a bad stain on your life. School taught pride in America, work hard, play by the rules, and you have the opportunity to succeed and become wealthy, or at least lead the life you dreamed of when at war. You are responsible for your own success or failure. The government is not there to take care of you, or give you money.  We were taught the Soviets wanted to drop A bombs on us.
 My class of 1962 was the last of that generation on campus. 1963 is when campus protests began in earnest. Then came the revolt against the stable, inhibited social mores and power structure. Vietnam, the sexual revolution, drugs, civil rights laws, the free speech movements on campus, and finally the Democratic convention riots, and Martin Luther King and his movement, and the Kennedy assassination. In total, it was a rising up of all of the groups who had been suppressed. It also coincided with a huge wave of the next generation of college students, none of whom had experienced growing up with war or depression. As an outgrowth, we had campus riots, Woodstock, drugs, and terror groups like the Weathermen, Symbionese Liberation Army and people determined to stage a revolution against what had been a well-defined and white male, Protestant controlled society.  Various groups took out their frustrations at the constrained and rules based society we had, which still had been discriminating against women, blacks, and Jews.
 The seventies was the high point of all these movements, and the violence we experienced. Things then calmed down considerably, and society began to change, with all of the suppressed groups now moving ahead, and women moving into the workplace and positions of power. Hilary Clinton, as much as many of us might despise her, was the de facto leader of showing that women can even run for president. Blacks expressed their frustration by staging huge riots and destroying what they perceived as whitey owned stores and property. Albert Shankar, in New York, created the teachers union, and the city caved after the teacher strikes, and today the teachers unions control schools across the country, and the result is we have the failed education system, and unsustainable teachers' pension liabilities. They also control many Democratic politicians with their massive contributions. Compare that to the fifties.
 Over time,  those kids from the sixties and seventies who protested, rioted and revolted, got into positions of power on campus. They became professors, and administrators. They brought along their outrage from when they were younger, but now they had power, and the ability to influence the next generation. Those people now run the universities, and their students and children are now the professors, high school and elementary school teachers, senior reporters, and in many cases, politicians in control of large cities, judgeships, and previously of Congress and the White House. The civil rights laws of the Johnson era provided the legal structure under which Progressives could then pursue what they perceived as continuing grievances, and they had the liberal judges on the bench, especially in the ninth circuit, and for a period on the Supreme Court, to rule in their favor. Most importantly they had control of universities, and from there, the ability to influence the thinking of the next generation to their way of thinking. Combine this with the kids who grew up in elite households with helicopter parents who wanted their kids to never have to really be in need for anything.
 The kids were taught they were really smart and had elite rights, and a right to be in control when they grew up. Working hard and sacrificing to get wealth and power was no longer the mantra, which many of us grew up with in the fifties. Taking responsibility for one's own success went away. Now it was all given to the kids. There was no more competition because someone has to lose and feel bad. Everyone gets a trophy just to show up. So now when they don't get what they want, they become snowflakes, unable to cope. They become "victims". Obama and Holder espoused  a continuing rhetoric that blacks were still oppressed, and cops were racists. They created the victim mentality in blacks, and drove home the blame racism rhetoric which has become a major go to excuse for failure, (Sikes in Broward) and a setback to race relations. So now when black kids whose SAT scores and high school training do not measure up, but they are admitted to top schools for "diversity", they struggle and fail, but they blame white racism instead of their own failure to work and study hard. They become "victims".
 Teaching of history and civics was eliminated, as it got in the way of the progressive way of thinking. If students got to understand it was the heterosexual white men who revolted in 1776, who kept the union together and died by the hundreds of thousands to free the slaves, built the great economic power of America, built the cities, the railroads and industry, and sacrificed their lives to save the rest of the world in two World Wars, made us who we are, and why America is the greatest nation on earth, that reality takes away from the progressive mantra that the past is all bad white male dominated oppression. Teaching history would let kids realize that those same white males invented many wonderful things, built great institutions, and funded the schools that they now attend, where today the kids now claim they should not honor the men who created the school, instead of being thankful they get to attend.
 In short, if they taught history, the younger generation might realize the white guys did a lot of really good things that allows these kids to live well and be free, and have the opportunities others in the world do not have. It was the straight white guys who reestablished the current world order in 1945, and stopped the Soviets, which allowed the EU to rebuild, and to live in peace. Progressives can't allow that thinking because it undermines their entire rhetoric, therefore we have almost no history taught in schools.  
 Power corrupts. Now the progressives (far left as opposed to Democratic moderates), are in power in many places.  That is why Trump got elected. The deplorables rose up and said -enough. The revolt has begun. They said we are proud to be Americans and proud of our heritage, and the constitution as it was written. Proud to be heterosexual white men who use the men's room. We want America to be great again. We want a strong loudmouth who is not afraid to rip apart what has become the existing left wing power structure. Trump threatens everything the Progressives have power over. That is why they hate him with such passion. Progressives want to crush anyone who threatens their hold on power, and that even includes wanting to change the first amendment so that it would say they should be free FROM speech they do not want that might threaten their hold on power and thought.
 We are at real risk today of George Orwell coming alive. Facebook and Google feel free to control the main media source for the next generation. Deans control what kids learn in college. Progressive principals control the lower schools curricula. The press feels free to slant reporting to fit their progressive views to influence public opinion. They attack Trump, not because he is all the crude things he is, but because he threatens their very hold on power. He uses the exact same methods as the icons of the left once did: Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Eugene McCarthy, Abbey Hoffman, and others. Loud and obnoxious. He has a bully pulpit, and the power of executive authority, and of appointment to challenge their power in ways that threaten their hold.
 He now controls the courts, which is the key to real power. The Kavanaugh hearings were not about the judge. They were really all about who is in power to control the next 20 years of jurisprudence. That is why holding the Senate with the power to appoint judges was so critical to the future of the nation, and why you see the fight for the senate seat in Florida. It is why Ginsberg refuses to retire, and her replacement hearings will make Kavanaugh look like a warm up. Who holds the real power for a generation or more is at stake.
 I believe what we are now seeing is the updated version of an all-out fight for power in America. It is the natural pendulum law-at some point it swings the other way. Trump has set the swing in motion. It is 55 years since the first campus protests. It is now left wing Progressives vs millions of us deplorables who do not agree with them being in power. Many of us believe the individual is the owner and determiner of his own destiny for which he must take personal responsibility.  Progressives believe their group think is who controls the individual's life and destiny, and the successful should be taxed because they owe the less successful and less responsible ("victims"), a living. It is an epic battle for the cultural soul of America. The history of America for the next 50 years will depend on the outcome.
 I realize I have condensed 90 years of American history into a few paragraphs, so I am not trying to be a perfect reporter of all that happened. Just an observer.
 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be thankful our forefathers gave us the most exceptional nation in history. Try explaining that to your college age kids or grandkids
 
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Item Number:1
Date: 11/19/2018
AFGHANISTAN - TALKS BETWEEN U.S., TALIBAN END WITHOUT AGREEMENT (NOV 19/REU)REUTERS -- Three days of talks between the Taliban and the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan have concluded without an agreement, reports Reuters.
In a statement on Monday, the militant group emphasized that the talks in
Qatar were preliminary and that no agreements were reached.
On Sunday, Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy, said that he wanted to
reach a peace agreement by April 20, the date of the next presidential
elections.
The Taliban aims to finalize a schedule for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO
troops to set the stage for an intra-Afghan dialogue, reported Al Jazeera
(Qatar). A senior Taliban representative said the group had not agreed to
Khalilzad's proposed deadline, because they were "winning on all
fronts." The U.S.-Taliban talks were the second in the past month.
Another round of talks is planned in Qatar before the end of 2018.
Item Number:11
Date: 11/19/2018 SOMALIA - ISIS WARNS OF LOOMING WAR WITH AL-SHABAAB (NOV 19/LWJ)
LONG WAR JOURNAL -- The most recent issue of the ISIS newsletter warns of an
impending conflict with the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, reports the
Long War Journal, which monitors militant activity.
In the Nov. 12 edition of Al Naba, ISIS warned of a "response" to
Al-Shabaab's continued independence.
Al-Shabaab is one of the largest terror groups that maintains a public
allegiance to Al-Qaida and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The ISIS newsletter said Al-Shabaab is trying to prevent a repeat of 2015,
when dozens of fighters defected to ISIS and formed a new branch in Somalia.
Al-Shabaab has been hunting down defectors since.
This has prevented ISIS from expanding, but has not succeeded in destroying
the group. ISIS-Somalia, also known as Somali Province, has claimed at least
96 operations since April 2016.
Item Number:13 Date: 11/19/2018
USA - AIR FORCE ORDERS MORE LRASMS (NOV 19/DOD) DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin, Orlando,
Fla., a contract for additional AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM), reports the Dept. of Defense.
The $172 million contract covers Lot 2 production of 50 AGM-158Cs, said a
departmental release on Thursday.
Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.

Item Number:15 Date: 11/19/2018
USA - PENTAGON FAILS 1ST FULL-SCALE AUDIT (NOV 19/HILL)
THE HILL -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense has failed its first comprehensive
audit, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).
The Pentagon never expected to pass and is working to address the identified
issues, which could take years to fix, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick
Shanahan said on Thursday.
The audit began in December 2017 and cost $413 million to complete. Another
$406 million was spent on addressing issues discovered by the Pentagon and
$153 million on "financial system fixes" for a total cost of $972
million in fiscal 2018, according to the Defense Dept.
The effort, led by the Pentagon's inspector general in collaboration with
the comptroller's office, involved 21 different audits performed by a
collection of auditing teams, reported Defense News.
About 1,200 auditors surveyed the department's $2.7 trillion in assets
including weapon systems, military personnel and property, reported Reuters.
Shanahan did not provide a figure for how much money was unaccounted for in
the audit.
The audit identified specific areas for improvement including compliance with
cybersecurity policies and improving inventory accuracy, the deputy secretary
said. Significant flaws were found in how the department handles information
technology processes and its internal tracking databases, but no major cases
of fraud or abuse were found.
Only five of the 21 individual audits received a fully passing grade, with
two more receiving an OK grade.
It was expected to cost about $551 million and several years to fix the
problems identified in the audit, said David Norquist, the DoD comptroller.
In 1990, Congress passed a law mandating all government agencies be subject
to an audit. The Pentagon previously avoided this obligation. Past
administrations argued that the department was too large and had too many
systems that did not link up to provide accurate results.
The audit aims to provide more reliable financial information to enable
officials to use data analytics to find trends and patterns in support of
reforms, Norquist said.


 


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