Soundtrack Review: Goldfinger

November 10, 2017

Some of composer John Barry’s best work. The former trumpet player’s use of brass throughout is simply gorgeous. https://open.spotify.com/album/2j2bpDzIPwQcbL9dapv2gV

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Composed by: John Barry

James Bond had already had two films, but 1964’s Goldfinger is what turned him into both a pop culture icon and ensured a still ongoing movie series. There was an intriguing plot involving breaking into the gold vaults at Fort Knox, the hat-throwing henchman Oddjob, and the popular, bombastic theme song sung by Shirley Bassey. I think, for all the great elements it has, the film is a bit overrated thanks to a heavy dosage of Bond villain stupidity, but its score surely isn’t. John Barry returned and established himself as the primary Bond composer. Finalizing the formula for these soundtracks, the main song was played during the opening credits.

This is a near-monothematic entry. Outside of the James Bond theme, most of the motifs are just variations of the same tune derived from “Goldfinger”. This big, brassy number serves as a fanfare for the titular…

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The six men who died in search of Bergdahl

November 5, 2017

Six brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas
Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas
Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah
Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.
Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas
Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Remember Me,’ a tribute to U.S. Armed Forces, by Lizzie Palmer


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This is a simple from-the-heart post about the six U.S. Soldiers who died some eight years ago trying to find one of their own. Or maybe they knew better, but they still tried, because it was in them to never leave a comrade behind. For that alone, this post is for them.

The content that is presented here is nearly verbatim text, pulled from other links, as indicated. The focus is on recollections from family and friends, how they remember their fallen loved ones.

The thought here is recent news developments add to the burden these six Gold Star families carry, one that began with the dreaded knock on the door in 2009 to five years later when new light was shed on the circumstances of each U.S. Soldier’s death.

May the grieving wives and mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and daughters and sons know that we…

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Obama ignored advice of military & CIA against Bergdahl prisoner swap

November 5, 2017

Consortium of Defense Analysts

The Obama administration’s release of five senior Taliban terrorists from Guantanoma Bay in exchange for the Taliban’s freeing of U.S. Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl not only is in violation of a federal law (Sec. 1035 of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act), the prisoner swap also went against explicit advice of senior U.S. military and intelligence leaders.

Bergdahl prisoner swap

FOX News reports, June 6, 2014:

Senior military officials had advised President Obama not to make the Taliban-for-Bergdahl trade, a senior Defense official told Fox News, likening it to “handing over five four-star generals of the Taliban.”

The claim adds to the picture that is emerging about the tense internal debate over whether to proceed with freeing five hardened Taliban leaders from Guantanamo in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.

Sources told Fox News earlier this week that the Obama administration largely bypassed the intelligence community to green-light the…

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Delusional Obama compares self with George Washington for Bergdahl prisoner-swap

November 5, 2017

Fellowship of the Minds

Obama reverse flys

Susan Jones reports for CNS News that last Tuesday, June 3, 2014, while he was in Poland (and working out in Warsaw’s Marriott Hotel – see above GIF), Obama was asked about swapping U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl for five dangerous Taliban terrorists.

“This is what happens at the end of wars. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you  make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do.”

Obama also said it doesn’t matter how Bergdahl ended up with the Taliban:

“But let me just make a very simple point here, and that is — regardless of the circumstances — whatever those circumstances may turn out to be — we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in…

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The law that Obama violated in releasing 5 terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl

November 5, 2017

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Note: This post has been significantly revised and updated on June 9, 2014.

kingOn Jan. 15, 2014, Obama told Senate Democrats that when Congress stands in his way, “I’ll act with or without Congress.” (AP)

On June 30, 2009, U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of the 1st Battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, went missing from a remote military outpost in Paktika Province on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

He was captured by the Taliban and imprisoned for 5 years — the only U.S. prisoner of war in the Afghan war.

On May 31, 2014, without consulting Congress as required by federal law, in exchange for Bergdahl, the Obama administration released five prisoners from the U.S. detention camp for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The five men were the most senior Afghans held at Gitmo: Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, and Abdul Haq Wasiq. They were released to…

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U.S. Marine’s stunning sign reminds us of the costs of Obama’s Bergdahl swap

November 5, 2017

Flashback: 2015

Fellowship of the Minds

A United States Marine did something that the phalanxes of America’s military officers are too timid to do.

This is the sign he held up before passing motorists about what his supposed commander in chief did (source):

Marine on Bergdahl swap

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban from June 2009 until May 31, 2014 when the Obama administration negotiated his release as part of a prisoner exchange for five high-level Taliban members who were being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Army stated that there is “no evidence” that Bergdahl had “engaged in any misconduct” during his years in captivity.

Nine months later, on March 25, 2015, the Army announced that Bergdahl had been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous…

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The six men who died in search of Bergdahl

October 26, 2017

This is a simple from-the-heart post about the six U.S. Soldiers who died some eight years ago trying to find one of their own. Or maybe they knew better, but they still tried, because it was in them to never leave a comrade behind. For that alone, this post is for them.

The content that is presented here is nearly verbatim text, pulled from other links, as indicated. The focus is on recollections from family and friends, how they remember their fallen loved ones.

The thought here is recent news developments add to the burden these six Gold Star families carry, one that began with the dreaded knock on the door in 2009 to five years later when new light was shed on the circumstances of each U.S. Soldier’s death.

May the grieving wives and mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and daughters and sons know that we will always remember the sacrifice these men made. And May God continue to give the families Strength, Comfort, and Peace.

Six U.S. Army Soldiers lost their life looking for Bowe Bergdahl. It is they who served with “Honor and Distinction.”

1 of 6- 2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas

2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews

Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas — “If he knew you, it was always a bear hug. It didn’t make any difference,” said his mother, Sondra. She said he loved life, especially with his wife, Julie, and their 2-year-old son. The couple was expecting their second child when Andrews died…

His mother said he was lighthearted, energetic and “could put a fun spin on any situation.” He enjoyed scuba and sky diving, fishing and hunting, and he immersed himself in athletics, theater productions and church youth group while growing up in the Texas panhandle.

“We grew up with an enormous amount of pride for our nation. We passed it on to our children, never thinking we would pay the ultimate sacrifice.”

On 4 September 2009, [w]hile recovering a vehicle that was disabled, Second Lieutenant Andrews’ Platoon came under heavy RPG fire. Second Lieutenant Andrews fatally placed himself between the incoming enemy fire and his fellow comrades. His courage under fire was essential in saving another Soldier’s life, and saving the lives of five other Soldiers who were with him.

For his heroic actions, 2LT Darryn Andrews was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal, the third highest military decoration for valor.

At the age of 32, Darryn left behind his parents; his twin brother, Jarrett; his wife, Julie; his 2-year-old son, Daylan; and Jacey, his daughter who was born that following December.

2 of 6- Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas

Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen

Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas — He joined the Army when he was 17 and served as a drill sergeant and a shooting instructor before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

About one month before an improvised explosive device ended his life, Clayton offered his fellow soldiers at a remote Afghanistan outpost a parcel that made their jaws drop. Addressed to him, the package contained a collection of heavy-duty construction tools the soldiers later would use to improve living conditions at the crude desert outpost, where plywood huts serve as sleeping quarters. “I’ve got connections,” Bowen, 29, explained.

Earlier, the 12-year Army veteran had asked his stepfather and mother, who publish a construction industry newspaper, to print an ad asking for donations. The tools had poured in, according to Buddy and Reesa Doebbler.

“He wanted to see if there was anything he could bring into the outpost to make their lives a little more normal,” said his mother. This act of generosity was one of the last in a history of such displays, relatives said.

Bowen was also a very good singer. “He was asked to try out for the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus,” said Doebbler. “He passed the audition and I got to see him perform two or three times a year when the group would come to San Antonio.” Being a member of the chorus allowed Doebbler to preserve his voice. “I have two of the groups CDs from when Clay was a member. He was the only bass in the group so you could always hear him.”

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Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss

Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah — Curtiss was an 18-year-old Salt Lake Community College student when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 occurred. The following day, he walked into an Army recruiter’s office and signed up.

“He just wanted to make a difference,” said his sister, Lynn Burr. “He wanted to help keep everybody safe, especially his family.”

His mother, Ruth Serrano, says during the last eight years he deployed twice to Iraq and had been in Afghanistan nearly a year. She said he loved his country and his service in the Army.

“He was infantry, so he was right in the middle of it. He was wounded a couple of times.”

His mother will always remember him as the boy who could make anyone laugh. “He was quite the joker,” she said. “He could cheer up anybody.”

Curtiss had many interests in life including his enjoyment of martial arts, dirt biking, 4-wheeling, jamming on his guitar and spending time with his family. He was a loving father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He was a caring person who always placed others before himself. He will always be remembered for his love, devotion, compassion and humor. He is loved by many and will always be his family’s number one hero.

Curtiss is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a 9-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.


(4 of 6)- Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.

Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek

Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill. — Friends and family say Matthew M. Martinek had a sparkle in his eyes… 

“If you were in a bad mood, he always did something to cheer you up y’know, one of those clowns,” said Ryne Jones, who worked with him at a car care center in Martinek’s hometown of DeKalb, Ill.

“He tried not to talk too much about what he was doing, but he said he liked helping people,” said his brother, Travis Wright.

The Bartlett High School football player graduated in 2007 and joined the Army the next year, following a family tradition that included his grandfather, uncle and two older brothers.

His stepmother, Char DeGand, said he loved the outdoors snowboarding, camping, all-terrain vehicles and had an impressive tan for someone stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

She said he was an organ donor, helping to save other soldiers even after his death.

Martinek also is survived by his father, Michael; mother, Cheryl Brandes Ferguson; and brothers Frank and Michael Jr.

(5 of 6)- Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas

Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey

 

Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas — The AP reported that those who knew him said he had all the qualities of a good soldier. He was loyal, respectful and had a selfless sense of service. “He always prioritized his comrades’ needs and did more than his share of the work,” Brig. Gen. Keith Walker said at Murphrey’s memorial service, where hundreds of people packed the church and locals lined the streets, waving American flags.

The September 11 attacks inspired Murphrey to enlist in the U.S. Army, said Jeanie Rutherford, his oldest sister. He joined shortly after he graduated Snyder High School in 2003. “He knew what he signed up for and he knew what he was going to do. And he knew the sacrifice that it would be. He knew how proud we were of him. He knew how much he was loved.”

Rutherford said her brother was a laid-back, easy-going guy who loved his wife, his two children and the men he commanded. “He admired those guys. He loved those soldiers. He protected them before he thought about himself.”

Murphrey enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycles — pretty much anything outside, Rutherford said. She said he pushed himself to excel at anything he attempted.  Murphrey’s high school coach Chad Rogers remembered him as a proud athlete that could always be counted on. “He was an outstanding young man, he always had a grin on his face… one of those kind of mischievous grins, but one of those grins that kind of made you love him, too.”

Mourners at the First Baptist Church of Clyde wiped away tears as a slideshow flashed images of Murphrey growing up, from his own infancy to the birth of his son, Jaden, and his daughter, Cameron. Murphrey is also survived by his wife, Ashley; his parents, Elvie and Evelyn Murphrey; and his sisters Jeanie Rutherford, Wendy Stehouwer, Pearl McKay and Krisa Johnson.

(6 of 6)- Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Private 1st Class Morris Walker

Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C. — “What I think of first when I think of Morris is his smile because he was always smiling,” said Wanda Bordone, who taught him seventh- and eighth-grade English at Fayetteville Academy in North Carolina. “He had a great sense of humor, lots of friends.”

Walker was easygoing and an incurable optimist – ‘a ray of sunshine.’ He was on the varsity basketball team, served as student government treasurer and worked with a community service club at his high school.

“He didn’t have to be a star of anything,” said Barbara Lambert, his guidance counselor. “He just wanted to be a participant.” Another guidance counselor, Pam Little, said Walker approached life with an unusual serenity. “He had a peace about him that I find to be extremely rare in someone in high school,” she said. “He was always an optimist.”

Walker graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. He was Carolina’s first alumnus to die in the war in Afghanistan.

Sam Rosenthal was one of his best friends at UNC. “He wasn’t scared of any physical challenge, and that was one of the reasons he thought he was suited for war, that he could be a warrior. He was physically and mentally tough. He eventually wanted to be Special Forces. He was ready to be in danger; he was ready to stare everything in the face.”

“He was just a joy.” … “The last conversation I had with him, he was giving me girl advice thousands of miles away. He was still one of my best friends, and that never changed and it still won’t. … It will in some regards, I can’t ask him stuff anymore.”

It is up to us to honor these men and keep their memory alive

About Obama, Gold Star families and warriors

October 17, 2017

Background: On August 6, 2011, 30 American servicemen — including 17 Special Warfare Operators (SEALs), many from the unit that killed bin Laden — and military service dog Bart died in Afghanistan when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down. It was the worst single-incident loss of American lives in the war there. It was also the greatest single loss of life in SOCOM history. These warriors would be brought back to American soil three days later, to Dover AFB, for their Dignified Transfer.

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Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.
Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.
John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.
David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo.
Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah
John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.
Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.
John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.
Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.
Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.
Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.
Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas
Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.
Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.
Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.
Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.
Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.
Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn.
Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.
Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa
Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.
Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii
Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah
Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.
& Bart

Concerning media coverage of the Dignified Transfer, per SECDEF policy, the bereaved families unanimously reached a decision that they did not consent to having media present at the solemn event, and that no images were to be released or made public. This decision was delivered to Barack Obama, who ignored it.

Obama would in fact have his photographer accompany him and had a photo of himself taken saluting caskets that were excluded. In spite of public outcry alone regarding the very taking of the photo itself, Obama made it his Photo of the Day.

Four months later, Obama doubled-down on the contempt shown the Gold Star families and had the ‘Saluting Obama’ photo of him essentially using caskets as props — caskets containing the remains of the Americans who were killed in Afghanistan — inserted into his BarackObama(dot)com reelection video* titled ‘Ending the War in Iraq: A Promise Kept’! (Photo appears at 2-minute 7-second mark.)

As for the helicopter being shot down, the Obama administration stonewalled efforts to investigate. There are theories as to why Obama would do that. This post won’t go into that here. Other related information is provided in links below.

The events above and everything that has unfolded since is shocking. It weighs heavy in many hearts. This American and U.S. Navy Veteran just cannot fathom a Commander-in-Chief acting or thinking as Obama did. It’s unconscionable, repugnant, disgraceful.

The warriors of “Extortion One Seven” were heroes taken too soon. May they be always remembered. And may their families know that we, the living, continue to honor them and keep their memory alive.

• Portraits of those killed
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2011/aug/12/portraits-navy-seals-killed-helicopter-crash/56288/

• *More [incl. link to video already queued-up at 2:07-mark]
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/barack-obama-has-disrespected-fallen-warriors-gold-star-joseph-kidd

• This Fb Note’s comment section includes references and related info:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/joe-kidd/extortion-17-how-could-obama-do-this-to-our-military/758802127465678

Related: We are (still) fighting an enemy that Barack Obama enabled, in a war he claimed he “ended”

Speaking of pre-9/11 intel…

October 17, 2017
Bin Laden's Tarnak Farm

Bin Laden’s Tarnak Farm

…as in the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) that Bill Clinton received MORE THAN A THOUSAND DAYS BEFORE 11SEP2001 warning him that “Bin Ladin” [sic] was “preparing” to “hijack US aircraft” in terrorist attacks on America?!
https://fas.org/irp/cia/product/pdb120498.html

But President Bill Clinton let OBL live.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/joe-kidd/when-bill-clinton-had-multiple-opportunities-to-get-osama-bin-laden-he-failed-to/797651746914049

And Hillary, ever since, has been rewriting history to cover that up.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/joe-kidd/the-clintons-and-911-add-this-to-the-treasonous-things-they-did/1123035737708980/

Related: America continues fighting an enemy that President Obama both enabled and emboldened, in a war he already claims he “ended”!

So much for this president’s “soul-searching”…

October 9, 2017

After Penn State University president Graham Spanier’s firing in 2011 for his role in allowing Jerry Sandusky’s decade-plus serial sexual abuse of children, President Barack Obama said, “…it’s a good time for the entire country to do some soul-searching… …every institution has to examine how they operate, and every individual has to take responsibility for making sure that our kids are protected.”

Obama & Spanier

2008: Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) meets with Penn State University president Graham Spanier. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is in the background.

A year later, the Obama administration HIRED the fired administrator, giving Spanier a security clearance for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues(!), no less.

So much for soul-searching.

(Then again this is the same administration that already had a depraved individual and “fi**ing” advocate as its Safe Schools Czar.)

Spanier, accused by prosecutors of “allowing evil to run wild,” has since been found guilty of Child Endangerment. He faces jail time but is appealing his conviction.

2011: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/president-obama-speaks-penn-state-sex-abuse-scandal-joe-paterno-graham-spanier-firing-article-1.976632
2012: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/graham-spaniers-gig-as-a-federal-worker-is-a-mystery/2012/07/26/gJQAbAx5BX_blog.html
2017: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/03/24/penn-state-graham-spanier-trial-jerry-sandusky/99595674/


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