Archive for November, 2017

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.


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.

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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