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Imma gonna post something I posted on FB tonight

Ambassador Taylor carries the CIB and that my brother earned that badge.Combat Infantryman Badge-The Most Elite of all combat Awards:
The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) is a United States Army military award. The badge is awarded to infantrymen and Special Forces soldiers in the rank of colonel and below, who fought in active ground combat while assigned as members of either an Infantry or Special Forces unit of brigade size or smaller at any time after 6 December 1941.
So how elite is this award?
3 times it has been given to General Officers as a crowning achievement in multiple wars and so elite that General Douglas MacArthur wore it possibly in a case of stolen valor, but MacArthur stole a bunch of awards he did not deserve. The other three Generals who wore it-One I had never heard of-he fought a retreat in Korea and spent time as a prisoner after being severely wounded-His name was William F. Dean and the CIB was granted to him in 1955. Joe Stillwell who was actually a bastard as a commander ran raiders against the Japanese in the CBI-you would much rather be Stillwell's dog than a troop under his command (he fought a wounded and ill command of men from 3000 to less than 200 left alive) but he fought and congress awarded him a CIB-his greatest desire as he died of cancer- (fun note:6 months before he died he personally led an assault during the largest riot of prisoners ever seen at what was called the battle of Alcatraz)
The last was Matthew Ridgeway who was in fact a warrior who pioneered airborne troops and faced enemy fire and was awarded a CIB.
Here's the thing-it is not JUST for being shot at-really it was designed to recognize that being infantry sucked even before people shot at you-you lived in the field, and only slept while others stood guard and then patrolled to shoot at people who shot at you first. The award was never about MERELY being shot at-it was the bullshit misery of never a rest or hot meal or even single stinking thing that even said humping will be ended for a week.
So four Generals each of whom "bestrode continents and wars" got or wore the award-one stole it and the rest wanted it so much they took it when it was prohibited to them. My brother Brian has it because he was 1/506 of the 101st airborne and walked point in the Ah Shau. And even MacArthur tried to steal the honor that came with that.

So we're coming up on 1 am Monday

there are three 24 hour news channels, but MSNBC and CNN are doing jail and crime stories shot in the past. Do you know who is still current and giving coverage to advance their political goals? Do you wonder why we lose on messaging?

I served stateside during Vietnam,But for my brother this was his life 70-71'

He served with the 1/506 of the 101st airborne and survived the Siege of FSB Ripcord.He said this:"This is so much MY Vietnam from the choppers to the scout dogs to the rain and the violence. RIP my brothers who never came home.

And then he posted this video


I would like to address whether it is ageism or realistic to address candidate's ages

The 5 youngest presidents on their date of inauguration where
Teddy Roosevelt
Bill Clinton
U.. S. Grant
Barrack Obama
All of whom were 47 or younger

The Oldest 5
GHW Bush
James Buchanan
William Henry Harrison
Ronald Reagan
Donald Trump
With Trump the oldest at 70, though Reagan turned 70 17 days after his inauguration.

I won't bother to argue the relative virtues of the two groups though that would be easy. My point is this-in the elder group Harrison died after 31 days in office and Reagan suffered Alzheimer's while in office and Trump is clearly in the throes of age related mental decline. At least 3 of our leading candidates Would be by years the oldest president ever to enter the office.

And I think that is something to worry about.

So just days after Elizabeth Warren published her wealth tax calculator

that showed Bloomberg would pay over 3.5 billion dollars he decides he is a democrat and will spend $100 million on his campaign? Well that's like 3% of what he stands to lose under any wealth plan tax so it looks like a great investment to me-If you have 12 or so people and only two-even if popular, are talking a wealth tax than a 3% guess that depends on knocking down a 6th of the field looks like a good bet to me and especially when so many oppose the tax. But it sounds more to me like opportunism rather than patriotism.

It occurs to me that real actual people hire lawyers just three times in their lives

For real (read normal) people a lawyer only counts in a divorce, or if you are injured at work, or to write your will...So if someone "lawyers up"-well that shit means something.

If you are a public figure...

...and use the term "rat" or "snitch" you are not a public servant-you are a criminal. And oh yeah-a never trumper can still be an enemy of inclusive democracy. They are mostly themselves not ethical or worth including in a democratic coalition-they are merely showing "Potemkin" virtue- behind it is bullshit that harms everyone not part of their club

If you are of an age then the name Valachi has meaning

Joe Valachi was an actual bad man but nowhere near as bad or powerful as those he worked for.

Wiki says:Joseph Michael Valachi (September 22, 1904 – April 3, 1971) was an American gangster in the Genovese crime family who is notable as the first member of the Italian-American Mafia to acknowledge its existence publicly. He is credited with popularization of the term cosa nostra.[1]

In 1963, Valachi testified before a U.S. Senate committee, known as the Valachi hearings, and disclosed previously unknown information about the Italian-American Mafia including its structure, operations, rituals and membership. His testimony was the first major violation of omertà, the mafia's code of silence, and the first concrete evidence that the Italian-American Mafia existed to federal authorities and the general public.

When Valachi decided to co-operate with the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney William G. Hundley became his protector and later stated, "We'd put dark glasses and wigs on him and take him to the Roma restaurant. He was a hell of a guy.... My days with Valachi convinced me that the Cosa Nostra was the most overrated thing since the Communist Party."[11] Although Valachi's disclosures never led directly to the prosecution of any Mafia leaders, he provided many details of history of the Mafia, operations and rituals; aided in the solution of several unsolved murders; and named many members and the major crime families.


The thing I'm saying is that maybe the most important thing Lev Parnas, Giuliani's singing boss gives is not any direct evidence of one crime, but rather the international organization of oligarchs pretending to be populists or nationalists...
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