What Would Douglas Say (part-1)

General Douglas MacArthur, General Mark Milley, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

Right from the beginning let’s address the elephant in the room. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller spoke out publically against the military while actively serving. In military circles, this is tantamount to betraying your family. By saying the wrong thing even for the right reasons, you risk the lives of your fellow soldiers. It’s a fact that among other things, necessitates fervent trust within the military services.

It’s why when a soldier of any rank is given an order; that order is expected to be carried out. If an order is so wrong, so corrupt in its very nature that it defies all reason and must not be carried out, a soldier has only one recourse. Resignation. It’s intended to be a drastic remedy and there’s a purpose behind the intention.

War is a dirty business and it’s conducted in a way that civilians wouldn’t understand or tolerate. You can disagree with an order, you can even question an order given the right circumstance, you may even be able to proffer alternatives, but in the end, you do what you’re told. Just because you don’t agree with an order doesn’t mean you don’t have the responsibility to carry it out.  It’s not comfortable and it’s not uncommon.

Soldiers on the battlefield don’t know what their commanders know; the commanders don’t know what the generals know. It’s called the chain of command for a reason and it’s essential to a proper military.

Where am I going with all this? Well, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller knew what he was doing when he posted his grievance on social media. I can understand the frustration; I can understand the necessity to do something drastic when nothing else seems to work. But he made a mistake.

That’s right. In my opinion, the Lt. Col. put the cart in front of the horse. I think he should’ve resigned first, and then spoken out. I know there are time constraints but the symbolism is almost as important as the act. That said. He posted his objections to the Afghanistan retreat and requested accountability for its failure while still active duty. Of course, after the post was made public, the Marine Corps should’ve requested his resignation; it should’ve been submitted and accepted. The end. The ordeal is resolved.

This type of civil disobedience in the military is virtually always resolved by administrative penalty. He lost his career and his pension; it’s a huge sacrifice for speaking out and he chose to make it. Case closed. So why, after his resignation attempt, was the Lt. Col. arrested and thrown in the brig without formal charges? Answer. He isn’t woke.

General Mark Milley (mouse), on the other hand, is as woke as they come, and has publicly admitted to congress (by not denying it when asked) that he made phone calls to a hostile Chinese government intent on someday destroying America. He planned to warn the enemy of an impending attack should there be one. The telephone calls confirmed it. By anyone other than General Milley (mouse) and his woke cohorts, this is treason. He’s a traitor and the man (if you could call him that) should not only be fired, he should be rotting in the brig, not Lt. Col. Scheller. Scheller’s actions might have been extreme, but they weren’t treasonous.

I recently saw a historical piece on WWII and of course, General Douglas MacArthur was mentioned as a hero. In light of what’s happened in the last nine months with the Afghanistan debacle, the southern border invasion, the economic suicide regarding inflation that the Biden administration is presiding over, and let’s not forget the Lt. Col.’s imprisonment; I asked myself, what would MacArthur think.

You may be surprised by my take on the subject. See part – 2.

What Would Douglas Say

(part-2, please read part-1 first, it’s worth it)

General Douglas MacArthur, General Mark Milley, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

After reading the above quote, it should be obvious to the average person, that General Douglas MacArthur would be aghast at what Lt. Col. Scheller did. An American hero like MacArthur would be fine with Scheller rotting the rest of his life away in the brig. Or would he?

I submit to you that such an assumption would be wrong, very wrong and I can prove it. Context is so important and history is where we get it. If you were educated in public schools prior to political correctness, affirmative action, no child left behind, common core, and critical race theory, then you’d know a little about American history. You’d know that General MacArthur was a WWII hero (I believe he was awarded the Medal of Honor) who later commanded American forces in Korea. You’d also know that President Truman fired MacArthur for insubordination after the General publicly denounced Truman’s policies regarding Korea. MacArthur did not resign before going public.

In light of what I just told you, reading the General’s quote changes your opinion of Lt. Col. Scheller doesn’t it? If it doesn’t, it should. It seems that Scheller and MacArthur may have been cut from the same cloth. Both sacrificed for those they serve and those they served with.

Scheller, like General MacArthur, put his career on the line to stand up and fight for what he believes.

It should be pointed out that MacArthur was not arrested and sent to the brig, he was fired.

After reading MacArthur’s quote for a second time with a little truth and factual history for context — who do you think he’d like to see rotting in jail?

General Mark Milley (mouse) gets my vote.

It’s China on line one for the General.

The Art of Not Saying

What They Want You to Think

It truly is an art form, and technically, it’s not lying. It’s saying things that lead you to think something else, and the progressive movement is proficient at it. It’s one of the most effective ways to make socialist and communist ideology mainstream thought, and it’s happening right before our eyes.

Yesterday, on CNN’s State of the Union, Dr. Fauci said (referring to the spread of covid-19), “This is not driven by immigrants.”

There aren’t truer words to describe the recent spread of the disease, and here’s why:

The people who are coming over our southern border in droves carry all sorts of diseases, including serious illnesses that we as Americans have long since mitigated. Diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses, just to name a few. Then, there’s the high number of individuals infected with covid-19 and its variants.

Wait!

Didn’t Dr. Fauci say that these people are not spreading covid in the U.S.?

No! He didn’t.

Dr. (?’able) Fauci said that immigrants are not the cause. The people invading our southern border are illegal immigrants. There’s a big difference.

The purpose of this wordplay that progressives employ with adroit reflex is twofold. First, it’s to get you to think what they didn’t say, is what they said, or vice versa. Second (and just as insidious), is to get you accustomed to language shift. The case in point here, referring to illegal aliens invading America at this very moment, as immigrants.

Tree of Life

First, some bus driver talk:

We just had our semi-annual route picks. Every six months we pick new routes to give drivers a break from routine and an opportunity, if one exists, to get a better route. It’s based on seniority and I’m not at the top of the list, but the good news, this time I was able to get one of my choices.

For the past few years I’ve been stuck on a particular route. As routes go, it’s one of the least favorite because it requires a special type of driver. For me, it wasn’t all that bad because, let’s just say—when I need to be, I can be very special.

In a nutshell, you have to deal with many (this is to satisfy the PC police) residentially challenged passengers who ride for free so they frequently ride, and they expect concierge service. I’ve developed a few techniques I use to remind them that I work for the county, not Uber, and they can stick their concierge service where the sun don’t shine. It’s been successful. Although in their case, that place where the sun don’t shine frequently sees sunshine—moonshine too. Modesty (by necessity) is not one of their virtues.

Now for the tree:

The image below is just another example of why I needed a change. It’s the stump of what used to be a beautiful shade tree that I passed under nine times a day while driving my route. It was beginning to grow into the power lines directly above and rather than trim it, they cut it down. That was about five months ago and for me, it was sad. Why? Because, on what was normally a dismal drive, this particular spot with its large shade tree and four-way stop, was a brief yet peaceful respite. Entertaining too! You can’t imagine how outrageously funny people can be until you watch them try to figure out how to work a four-way stop.

So there I was driving my route and passing this dead stump day in and day out, when out of nowhere, the unimaginable happened, and it happened fast. One day there was a dried-out stump, the next, it was green with life. And it really cheered me up to see that with each passing day, there was new growth, greener and denser than before. To me, it represented real hope for the future.

Then, on my last day driving this Godforsaken route; a beautiful sunny day that followed three days of rain; I expected to see the tree, my tree, thriving with life and promise. Alas, I think the meme speaks for itself.

Au Revoir, Vaya Con Dios — Later Old Friend

FFPR, A Little Something Different

Good News for a Change

Portrait of a Florida panther in Charlotte County, Florida.

Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge

Some estimates as low as 80 -100 still exist, most endangered species.

Blog Post Warning: the following is not going to sound like a bus driver bloviating. Instead, I’ll be using my author’s voice.

During the course of researching a particularly unique subplot in my novel, I came across an organization that was actively doing its best to help save the Florida panther. For years it seemed the fight was futile as numbers continued to decline. The challenges facing panthers and their looming extinction are numerous. Here are a few to consider: loss of habitat, vehicle strikes on Florida highways, birth defects (inbreeding), feline leukemia, and reduced viability due to fewer healthy panthers rarely coming in contact with each other during breeding cycles.

As the battle continues, small victories lead to larger ones and relentless tenacity can force a change in tides. Like the work that’s being done to save the panther, unrelenting persistence is a key theme that threads through my novel. Raymond Pollard (PNTP protagonist by nature) has a coincidental and seemingly small connection to the Florida panther that has a direct and long-lasting impact on his life. Not the least of which is the shared necessity to win small battles in preparation for what’s to come.

But this post isn’t about my book. It’s about the successful battles in the fight to protect one of Florida’s last native species. With good work and perseverance, the tides of defeat can change. Here’s the proof. Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge posted this on facebook.

https://fb.watch/8nffMpZELt/

P S – The father of these cubs survived being hit by a car.

PPS – I promote the cause with more than words.

PPPS – For those in Rio Linda, FFPR = Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge.

PPPPS – Also for those in RL, PNTP = Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes.

I Hate to Say I Told You So …

The bald-faced truth hidden behind the title.

Prelude to the post:

In order to establish my credibility, expertise, and truth detecting abilities regarding the following post, let me reiterate, I’m a bus driver. People, whose daily existence depends solely on their innate ability to deceive, lie to me every day in a vain attempt to avoid paying their fare share. We call them passengers.

Now for the post:

Everybody always says it: I hate to tell you that I told you so but— and then they go on telling you. Of course, it’s a blatant lie. If they hated to tell you something, they wouldn’t, and that would be the end it. That said. I’m here to break with tradition and pretense; I’m going to publicly relish and admire my prescient abilities by proclaiming

I Love to Say I Told You So.

Check out my post The Tail is Wagging the Dog. It’s a little long but it has a big picture that takes up a lot of space. It’s one of my more important posts given the situation our military leadership is in today. And make no mistake; it is our military, not the leadership’s. This is an excerpt to whet your appetite.

General Milley-mouse is the Chairman JCOS and as such, is the man, the last man in the military hierarchy with the responsibility to put himself between danger and the American people. Somewhere along his career path, he forgot that he’s a soldier and became a politician. When President Biden ordered a full-scale retreat from Afghanistan prior to securing the safety of our American citizens and allies, Gen. Mouse had a duty to say NO.  I will not give that order. At that moment, while not risking life or limb, Gen. Milley would have become a national hero. But because his career is more important to him than his duty, he became what he is today.

So here’s the I Told You So part. According to published reports, and this includes some liberal-leaning publications, General (Milley) Mouse found it necessary to contact his counterpart in China and discuss a preemptive (against the US), cowardly, and treasonous act. Imagine the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warning the enemy before an attack. It’s difficult for me to contemplate. Besides—where would Gen. Milley-Mouse, a pusillanimous backstabber, ever find the intestinal fortitude to do something so egregious?

The answer is. He doesn’t need intestinal fortitude because he doesn’t think warning the enemy of an attack is egregious; it’s smart politics (at least he thinks so). He sees himself as a politician, not a soldier and that’s why he did what he did while serving President Trump. Could you imagine what would happen if he made that call while serving Presidents Obama or Biden? Or wait … wait for it … waittt … I’m having a prescient moment.

Maybe—just maybe, he is serving Obama/Biden.

PS – check these out.

Trump about Milley

Beauty and Brains (never commingled on CNN or MSNBC)

Milley faces growing calls to resign over call with China – Bing video

What the Heck

This thing popped into my last post (about Fauci) on it’s own.

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Where did it come from?

What the HELL does Bill Gates think he’s doing?

This is my blog site.

What right does he or anyone else think they have to edit my work?

Fauci Lied … People Died

and are still dying

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I know I posted this meme before but it just keeps giving and giving.

I think it has something to do with Fauci and his lips moving.

This isn’t unsubstantiated accusation, manufactured hearsay, or blatant
falsehood,

as was the case for the entire Trump presidency.

The documentation exists.

Fauci knowingly funded Chinese viral (as in Covid-19) gain of function
research and lied about doing so.

Firing him from his $450,000/year (give or take a few $1000) government job
should accompany many multiple charges of murder and treason.

 

The Heroic 13

Poor Joe and Beau

The image of Joe (checking his watch) while standing on the tarmac during the transfer of the last 13 soldiers lost in Afghanistan, is burned into my memory. In a rare moment, Biden’s actions spoke the truth.

Cowardly Inept Biden CHECKS HIS WATCH During Dignified Transfer Of Troops Killed In Kabul Attack (VIDEO) ⋆ Conservative Firing Line

I have a unique connection to those parents who’ve experienced the instantaneous vacuum and extreme sorrow of surviving a son or daughter. Where pride, joy, and unconditional love remain forever, so too, does the vast cavern. I won’t repeat Joe’s mistake by saying any more about me because this is about thirteen heroes and their families.

After the transfer home and Joe’s obvious detachment, there were reports that many family members of the Heroic 13 refused to meet with the man that caused their pain, and it’s completely understandable. But there were family members, who, despite their loss and anger, decided to see the man face to face. I can only imagine the experience; somewhat like confronting the murder of your child in a courtroom, after an acquittal.

Of those that decided to hear what the Commander-in-Chief (by name only) had to say, it’s been reported that the experience was disappointing. Joe said little about the heroes who lost their lives, and instead, spoke a lot about his son Beau (a Bronze Star recipient). I found that curious and wondered if Beau was a hero too. So I decided to do a little research.

While actual Gold Star families lost loved ones in battle, Joe and Jill lost their son to cancer. True, cancer is a battle and a horror all its own, but it isn’t service-related. Joe was on the tarmac to honor heroes and later met with grieving family members to comfort their loss, not his.

Joe is always eager to point out that his son was a decorated soldier. I assumed the Bronze Star was evidence of Beau’s bravery. Though, I don’t remember any campaign speeches or fellow soldiers speaking publically of specific deeds. And if you think about it, I seriously doubt anyone in politics named Biden would be able to keep heroics like that a secret. So I kept digging.

As is usual, my research showed that Joe and his son Beau, in true Biden form, come up more than a little short. Without going into a long, drawn-out explanation, officers deployed to an area of conflict are routinely awarded a Bronze Star for demonstrating valor, merit, and achievement. Beau spent one year in Iraq serving as an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. I wasn’t able to find out any specifics as to what he did to earn the BS (Bronze Star) other than show up. But I was able to find out that he remained the Delaware Attorney General (AG), while at the same time serving as a JAG officer in Iraq. Which job do you think he was truly dedicated to?

I understand that military service is honorable at any level, but do you seriously think that our woke military would ever put one of their own: a serving AG and JAG lawyer anywhere near an active front line—especially, a Vice-President’s son? NO! I doubt that Beau ever had to fire a rifle except during basic training. The woke brass did nothing but cheapen an honored military award meant for those who demonstrate (I know I’m repeating this) exceptional valor, merit, and achievement. I couldn’t find any documentation as to which of these criteria Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden, III satisfied. After stripping away the platitudes and superficially grandiose complements of people like Gen. Ray Odierno (his commanding officer), there’s nothing of substance you can point to, not a single thing.

So back to my original curiosity—Did Joe have just another lapse in judgment, a brain-fart, a temporary lack of compassion and decorum during his conversations with grieving family members? Or was there an underlying method to his madness; an agenda all his own, meant to draw an analogy between true heroes that gave all, and his son Beau who gave some (the documentation is lacking as to how much some really is).

In a rare instance, The Washington Post initially got it right when they issued a statement criticizing Joe Biden for his insensitivity to the families of the Heroic 13. Focusing on Beau was inappropriate. But then, the WP retracted the statement by saying something to the effect that Joe still mourns too.

If you live long enough, we all suffer loss. The focus is the here and now, not the past. Our heroes and their families deserve much more than Joe.

PS – Just like the time-check faux pas, the truth about the Biden Clan leaks out every so often. All we have to do as Americans is look for it, and see it for what it is—fact. But then, we have to act. It’s the least we can do for those who serve.

By the way, where’s Hunter’s laptop?