SALUTE TO THE ONLY SURVIVING FIRST-WAVE D-DAY OFFICER

29 June-The oldest living first wave D-Day veteran officer turned 99 years old. Major General John Raaen, of the 5th Ranger Battalion who landed in the first wave on D-Day at Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.

Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1943, he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. In October of the same year, Raaen was assigned to the newly activated 5th Rangers and underwent extensive training in Florida, England, and Scotland.

In the early hours of D-Day, John Raaen was among the first soldiers to land on Omaha Beach, serving as Headquarters Company Commander of the 5th Ranger Battalion.

During his first time in combat, Raaen, an Army Captain at the time, distinguished himself on the beaches of Normandy. For his valorous actions in the face of fierce enemy opposition, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. 

“He was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Ordnance at West Point in 1945 and transferred to the Ordnance Corps in 1947. After attending the Naval Post-Graduate School in Annapolis, Maryland from 1948 to 1949, he earned an MA in Nuclear Physics from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, in 1951. Raaen next served as the Executive Officer in the Ammunition Development Branch of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance from 1951 to 1954, involved in the development of combustible cartridge cases, anti-tank projectiles, and armor-piercing small arms ammunition.

From 1955 to 1956, Raaen served in Korea, first as Executive Officer, 8th US Army Ordnance Section, where he expedited the flow of repair parts and new equipment, and then as commander of the 83d Ordnance Battalion, where he revamped the ammunition stock control system. He returned to the United States in 1957 to serve on the Ordnance Board at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG ), Maryland. In 1959, as a member of the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission, he was involved in developing artillery nuclear warheads and arming devices.

From 1963 to 1965, Raaen served as Ordnance Officer then Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, of the Berlin Brigade. In 1965, he took command of the Miesau ammunition depot in Germany. In September 1965, he headed up the US Army Research Office in Durham, North Carolina, overseeing programs being carried out by civilian researchers and scientists for the Army. Raaen then commanded, from 1967 to 1969, the Ballistics Research Laboratories, the Human Engineering Laboratories, and the Coating and Chemical Laboratory at APG and consolidated them with other agencies to form the Aberdeen Research and Development Center.

In 1969 Raaen served at Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam, as Chief of the G-4 Ammunition Division, then as Chief of the G-4 Supply Division, and finally as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4. He then returned to the United States to serve as Director of Ammunition in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. In 1971, he took command of the Mobility Equipment Command in St. Louis and in 1972 moved to Rock Island Arsenal to take command of the US Army Weapons Command. In 1973, Raaen organized and assumed command of the US Army Armament Command, merging three organizations responsible for 25 ammunition plants and seven arsenals. In 1975, Raaen served as Executive Deputy Director of the Defense Supply Agency, Alexandria, VA, and in 1976 took command of the Defense Fuel Supply Center in Washington, D.C. Maj. Gen. John C. Raaen, Jr., retired in 1979 after 36 years of devoted service.

Today, he is the last known surviving Army officer to have landed in the first wave on D-Day.

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”- Patrick Henry

THE SALUTE TO THE FORMER “SUMMER SOLDIER”

While you were doing the Christmas shopping an EPIC LEGAL maneuver was made. And it sets the stage for a legal battle that may well decide the shape of your 2nd Amendment rights for decades to come.

The Attorneys General of 16 states last week (Dec. 24th, 2020) filed an amicus brief alongside the National Rifle Association counter-suit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. Its been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

It could be monumental.

As you probably remember, James (New York’s top legal gun) fulfilled her campaign promises to go after the NRA by bringing a lawsuit in August. She alleged misuse of funds.

This LEGAL battle is reminiscent of a LITERAL December battle some time ago.

By December 1776, 11,000 colonial volunteers had walked away from General Washington’s battered army and writer Thomas Paine noted them as “summer soldiers” – valuable only when conditions were sunny and bright.

By December 2020, more than 74 million Americans had watched a Lawless Election go against them. The swing states all broke their own election laws to get the vote counted in November 2020.

Many American conservatives by this December had grown weary of facing into the bitter wind of injustice, mockery, and cancel culture. Injustice that was cloaked in complaints of social injustice from the other side. Who can argue that the “paragon of wokeness” – Facebook – committed a grave sin by suppressing the opinions of millions of Americans this fall. If Americans were wrong in their views on Hunter Biden or the transmission of COVID19 or any of a hundred conspiracy theories – they were still Americans, correct? They were surely worthy of the protection of free expression, correct? No. Free speech had evaporated. It was then that many Americans realized the “summer” had long since gone.

And it was on THIS LANDSCAPE that the constitutional liberty to own arms for personal protection came under assault.

The NRA has been the stalwart defender of those liberties for decades.

It was here that we started to see “summer soldiers” turn into soldiers. Not in the violent literal sense. But in the no-less crucial UNRELENTING activist sense. Southeast Texans started talking about trips to Austin and Washington for the purposes of peaceful protest. They started joining activist groups like Take America Back Texas.

One of Thomas Paine’s contemporaries, Alexander Hamilton, started a newspaper that could actually be censored by October 2020. And in a Media Research Center poll 17% of respondents said they would have switched their vote had they known of the allegations against Hunter Biden. Allegations made clear in the New York Post articles that were censored.

Will more states join the 16 Attorneys General (December 2020) that have launched this legal defensive action alongside the National Rifle Association?

Its an epic confrontation.

TeaParty.org had the exclusive story this month.

James wants the NRA dissolved – alleging the abuses and misspending of funds. And conservatives now realize the left is SERIOUS about these matters. And the Culture War described a decade ago has gone from cold to hot.

Notwithstanding the specific allegations made, many conservatives believe the NRA taken as a whole should NOT be held responsible even if there were cases of wrongdoing by individuals within the organization.

Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre for example is a defendant in the James’ suit. This countersuit could result in the defense of the NRA and the commensurate protection of your 2nd Amendment rights.

So now we can see the open litigational conflict emerging with the December 2020 action by the Attorneys General of the states – which include Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. And the writers at the TeaParty.org website understand that conflict well when they argue, “this is what defending liberty looks like.”

AND NOW we see ourselves to be in the crucible of time. The NEW soldiers who’ve transcended the passive summer soldiers of 2019. Where are the other states in this lawsuit? Will the other Attorneys General begin to see this Clash of Ideas for what it really is? You’ve done much already patriot. But maybe there is more you can now do! Remember, apart from the writings of Thomas Paine on the “summer soldier” there may have been no victory at Trenton – let alone a crossing of the Delaware.

THE PEOPLE BEGIN THE TASK OF THROWING OUT MICHIGAN GOVERNOR

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The people of Michigan appear to have spoken loudly enough – for long enough – to galvanize a movement.

And now, the Michigan State Senate is mulling over the creation of a joint committee that COULD suspend the draconian COVID rules in the Wolverine State.

It’s seen as a full broadside on the leadership of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Business owners just got tired of being polite. Families realized anything short of a full legislative assault on her authoritian “rule” would fall on deaf ears.

Concurrent Resolution 36 would pull the Michigan Legislature into action at about the same time as the Texas Legislature convenes.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, under the leadership of Whitmer, issued orders that were so devastating to people and the business community – that Michigan Republicans were forced to act. 

The Governor’s Office responded by saying the legislature needed to begin considering, “what the people of our state need.” Whitmer responded that its a government-led stimulus package that needs to get the Legislature’s attention.

And that seems to convey the tone deaf leadership of Whitmer. The people say they want to do it for themselves – not with a government hand-out.

Many observers see it as Whitmer’s most potent challenge to re-election.

 

Michigan’s COVID restrictions have outright banned indoor dining, attendance at youth games or even in-person school attendance.

Michigan residents got so sick of it that lawmakers started learning on representatives to help. And this week State Rep. Phil Green said, “The Supreme Court has told the governor that she needs to work WITH the Legislature… unfortunately, she has not done that.”

 

All over the U.S. residents are watching the government response to COVID. President-elect Joe Biden has said he plans to lock down the U.S. economy for his first 100 days as a means of stalling COVID infections. And that means Texas residents will keep a wary eye on the effect of democratic uprisings around the country.

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YOUR TEXAS PLANT JOB BECAME MORE DANGEROUS TODAY?

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The U.S. House did a big (if not foolhardy) thing today (Friday the 4th of December) and you will want to know about it if you work in or around a Southeast Texas petrochemical plant.

The House, by a 228-164 margin, passed a historic marijuana decriminalization bill. 

New York Democrat Jerry Nadler championed a bill that would take pot off the controlled substances list. It’s known as the MORE Act. 

Nadler says if passed it will expunge marijuana-related criminal records. He says it would create a 5% sales tax on marijuana products and fund small business loans for people who have been “most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.” Whatever THAT means.

Georgia Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson says it will be a boon for people of color.

“The criminalization of marijuana was used to disenfranchise an entire generation of black men and women,” Johnson said.

But not EVERYONE is a fan – including a dubious Southeast Texas retired operator and plant engineer who has spent a lifetime working around our plants.

Tim Davis of Buna was on the other end of the BP Refinery in Texas City that blew apart in 2005 – killing 15.

Davis told us today, “The House gives priority to decriminalizing cannabis over corona virus relief?”

“Mental acuity is hyper critical when working in many fields. My 46 years experience in the petro-chemical industry gives me a lot of insight on how reckless this attitude of accepting sensory impairment can be.”

And Davis may be joined by managers who could struggle to enforce safety rules if the rules aren’t backed by the law. 

“By decriminalizing the substance, it will make it even more difficult to protect the safety of employees and businesses that employ them. The civil courts and the government agencies like the EEOC will be inundated with lawsuits of people that object to random drug checks and pre-employment drug screenings,” said Davis.

Its unclear if the bill will get a hearing before a receptive U.S. Senate or not. But it points up a Democratic legislative priority. 

Maybe America is ready for it, but it will certainly come with some unintended consequences if you listen to some folks.

Davis won’t support anything that could make the refineries more dangerous.

In the petro-chemical industry employees with direct contact with the products, facility equipment, and the analytical equipment and procedures must have full possession of their faculties at all time. Most plants are automated to a great extent, but those facilities, and equipment must be monitored constantly… It stands to reason that none of these people should ever be in an impaired state of mind. A process can go from all normal to a catastrophe in seconds.”

He noted the “judgment error” (not necessarily impairment) believed responsible in the 1989 Phillips polymer facility explosion in Pasadena that killed 22 people. Davis says the plant went from operating well to two explosions in 40 seconds.

To handcuff management, and provide a vehicle for a lowering of the standards under which these plants must operate to be safe – will be disastrous… I am vehemently opposed to anything that enables those type of incidents to more easily occur,” he said.

Right now marijuana is fully illegal in only six states. They don’t mess with it in Alabama or Kansas. But then again – times are changing. Even in Kansas we may NOT be in Kansas anymore.

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JAILED DALLAS SALON OWNER WARNS OF DEVASTATION WITH A NEW ROUND OF GOVERNMENT COVID LOCKDOWNS

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Dallas Salon Owner Shelley Luther became a cause celebre in an unusual way. SHE WENT TO JAIL! Luther defied orders to lock down her business in the spring of 2020. And authorities put her in jail for it. The NATION GASPED! Tonight, she looks at the potential for a second round of Texas business lockdowns and has an ominous warning for Texans. She also describes her newfound activism. And her race to become a Texas State Senator. ABOVE is the headline story of Luther done in the Wichita Falls Times-Record. 

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