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Decorated World War II veteran pilot, 101, dies

Robert Campbell of Durham, who celebrated his 101st birthday on Aug. 17, died Saturday. He was the last known surviving pilot of the Air Battle of Midway in World War II.
He began his military service in 1938 and he retired as a commander in 1962.

Robert Campbell

A  Navy pilot, Campbell received 17 ribbons and medals. Among them is the Navy Cross and a Presidential Citation. He flew missions off the USS Yorktown, USS Saratoga and the USS Enterprise against the Japanese in the Pacific. In 1941, he joined the USS Saratoga Bombing Squadron 3, and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he participated in battles throughout the South Pacific.
He joined the USS Hornet for the Doolittle Raid in 1942, the air raid by the United States on the Japanese.
He earned the Navy Cross for his participation in the Air Battle of Midway in June 1942. He was involved in numerous battles during World War II, including Guadalcanal. He was never wounded.
Campbell is survived by his wife, Elizabeth.
He sure got around in the early parts of  WWII, when things were really hairy to say the least.
As is it, It sounds to me that God needed another Good Man up there, Good Luck Sir!

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We need more MEN like this Good Pastor!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Black Reverend Hilariously Calls Out Black Criminality at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

“Respect” is a black preacher going to a funeral for a purported black legend and calling out the black community in America for creating all the problems for blacks commonly and habitually blamed on structural inequality, implicit bias, white supremacy and the debilitating impacting of white privilege.
[Aretha Franklin’s family blasts ‘black-on-black crime’ eulogy,, 9-4-18]:

As Aretha Franklin’s eight-hour funeral drew to a close last week, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. rose from his seat and picked up the microphone.


Reverend Williams embarrassed blacks with a truthful eulogy for Aretha Franklin

Clad in a black suit, accented by a bright red tie and pocket square, the Atlanta-based pastor began eulogizing the Queen of Soul with an impassioned rendition of the popular hymn, “Father, I Stretch My Hands to thee.” A large silver cross swung from his neck.

“This is my subject as I attempt to eulogize Aretha Franklin; my subject is Aretha, the Queen of Soul,” Williams said as the song’s final notes faded on Friday.

But in the roughly 40 minutes that followed inside Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Williams would devote more time to voicing criticisms about black parenting and “black-on-black crime” than Franklin’s life and legacy. His words prompted swift backlash on social media, many slamming him for being “homophobic,” “misogynistic” and disrespecting other black people.

Among those who didn’t appreciate Williams’s eulogy were Franklin’s family members, who called his comments “offensive and distasteful,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

“Rev. Jasper Williams spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogize her,” Vaughn Franklin, the late singer’s nephew, said in a statement on behalf of his family. He told the Associated Press that the eulogy “caught the entire family off guard.”

In the statement to the Detroit Free Press, Vaughn Franklin said Williams was asked to perform the eulogy because he had eulogized other family members, including the singer’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin. But, he added that, “there were several other people that my aunt admired that would have been outstanding individuals to deliver her eulogy.”

“We feel that Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. used this platform to push his negative agenda, which as a family, we do not agree with,” the statement said.

During his eulogy, Williams drew outcry for his views on single-parent households run by black mothers and the Black Lives Matter movement.

He described raising children in a fatherless home as “abortion after birth.”

“Seventy percent of our households are led by our precious, proud, fine black women,” he said. “But as proud, beautiful and fine as our black women are, one thing a black woman cannot do. A black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man. She can’t do that.”

Franklin was a single mother of four boys.

Kei Williams Not Related to Rev. Jasper tweeted “How do you turn Aretha Franklin’s funeral into a dragging of Black women? HOW DARE YOU….”

Rep. Chaz Beasley tweeted “No disrespect to Jasper Williams, but my single mother raised me to be a man pretty well. . . #ArethaFranklinFuneral”

When Williams spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement, he used it to critique black-on-black violence.

“When we kill one hundred of us, nobody says anything,” he said. “Nobody does anything.”

He added: “Black-on-black crime. We’re all doing time. We’re locked up in our mind. There’s got to be a better way. We must stop this today.”

Then, he said if he were asked today ‘Do black lives matter,’ he would answer, ‘No, black lives do not matter.”

“Black lives will not matter. Black lives ought not matter,” he said as the crowd applauded. “Black lives should not matter. Black lives must not matter. Until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves, black lives can never matter.”

Though some supported Williams’s stance, his comments were met with immediate reaction at the funeral when singer Stevie Wonder reportedly shouted, “Black lives matter.”

On Twitter, some described the eulogy as a “disaster” and a “disgrace.”


A ‘disgrace’?
No, it’s called the truth.
White people are absolved from the problems black people create for themselves. We owe blacks nothing.
Absolutely nothing.
Reverend Williams spoke the truth and it doesn’t matter what blacks think about it, because blacks should have absolutely no impact on any policy governing white lives.
They can’t even govern their own community without blaming imaginary white ghosts for haunting every aspect of their lives.
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Now that is a lot of CCL Licenses!

New Study: 17.25 million concealed handgun permits, biggest increases for women and minorities

 17 AUG , 2018

The CPRC has just issued our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available for download here.  Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post.  Past reports can be viewed here.  The executive summary is shown here:

Despite the expectations of many after the 2016 elections, the number of concealed handgun permits has again increased.
In 2018, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 17.25 million – a 273% increase since 2007. 7.14% of American adults have permits. Unlike surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer some personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have on gun ownership across the United States.
Still, an even larger number of people carry because in 14 states people don’t need a permit to carry in all or virtually all those states.
Among the findings of our report:

  • Last year, despite the common perception that growth in the number of permit holders would stop after the 2016 election, the number of permits grew by about 890,000.
  • Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.63% of the adult population has a permit.
  • In fifteen states, more than 10% of adults have permits, up from just eleven last year.
  • Alabama has the highest rate — 22.1%. Indiana is second with 17.9%, and South Dakota is a close third with 17.2%.
  • Four states now have over 1 million permit holders: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
  • Another 14 states have adopted constitutional carry in all or almost all of their state, meaning that a permit is no longer required. However, because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.
  • Permits continued to grow much faster for women and minorities. Between 2012 and 2018, the percent of women with permits grew 111% faster for women and the percent of blacks with permits grew 20% faster than for whites. Permits for Asians grew 29% faster than for whites.
  • Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted.

The report is available to be downloaded here.

All About Guns Allies The Green Machine This great Nation & Its People War Well I thought it was funny!

There is always something weird going on, somewhere in the Green Machine

Hell we even got R2D2 in the ranks now!Image result for R2D2

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R. Lee and his Glock Hustle (Hey it paid his bills and made him rich. So more power to him & his Widow!)

“Somebody picked the wrong house.”

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"Somebody picked the wrong girl."
I miss Gunny!

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Just looking at this, makes me hungry! Grumpy

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West Virginia concealed carry permits recognized in 10 more states STATE AG By Kyla Asbury | Aug 10, 2018

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has affirmed recognition of West Virginia’s concealed carry permits for 10 states.
Currently, there are 23 states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses and 14 that recognize West Virginia provisional concealed handgun licenses and West Virginia concealed handgun licenses.
“Our office works hard to establish and maintain concealed carry reciprocity or recognition agreements with states across the nation,” Morrisey said in an interview with The West Virginia Record.
Morrisey said the reciprocity and recognition agreements ensure convenience when traveling and peace of mind for license holders who choose to carry and exercise their Second Amendment rights.

 Patrick Morrisey    AG’s website

“We recently affirmed agreements with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Wyoming,” Morrisey said. “We expect more announcements to be made in coming weeks from the remainder of previously existing concealed carry agreements nationwide.”
Morrisey said preserving this recognition is a victory for gun owners.
Each year Morrisey’s office discusses with each state to ensure continued recognition of West Virginia’s concealed handgun licenses and to explore the potential to expand to other states.
“This time of year we like to highlight that states along popular summer travel routes, including South Carolina and Florida, recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses,” Morrisey said. “This makes travel easier for those who wish to cross state lines while still utilizing their right to concealed carry.”
In the states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas and Vermont do not require concealed handgun licenses to carry concealed, but local restrictions may vary.
Wisconsin only recognizes licenses issued after June 2012 and Maine allows individuals to carry without a concealed handgun license.
Recognition in Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Nebraska and Nevada is also limited to concealed carry licenses that are issued to individuals over the age of 21.
“West Virginia license holders traveling to other states who wish to carry a concealed weapon are still encouraged to contact those states to confirm their recognition status and any local restrictions,” Morrisey said. “It is the responsibility of all West Virginia concealed firearm license holders to know and understand the applicable firearm laws of the states within which they plan to visit.”
Morrisey said anyone wishing to obtain a concealed handgun license can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.
Yea another Victory for our side! Grumpy

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How did Coca-Cola become so popular in WWII (Stolen from My Daily Kona)

I live in the Atlanta Area, and there are 2 iconic images from Atlanta, one is Delta Airlines, the other is “Coke”,   They say that babies are nursed on this stuff and if you don’t drink Coke, then you must be a carpetbagger or some Yankee sympathizer.  The locals take their “Coke” seriously, so seriously that every carbonated drink here in the south is called “Coke”.

The Coca-Cola trademark remains one of the most iconic brands in history, and the company behind it remains one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. The secret formula for the original flavor that makes this beverage so distinct is guarded with maximum security, as enthusiasts all over the world try to copy it.
It first started as an alcoholic drink, similar to vermouth, but switched to its non-alcohol taste which we know today in 1886, when John Pemberton, the inventor of the patent, had to step down from alcohol production due to legislative circumstances in Atlanta, where the company was seated.
But how did the brand become so influential?
Well, part of the success of the Coca-Cola company lies in its cunning use of marketing and its even more cunning use of investments. When the U.S. entered the World War II, Coca-Cola made sure to be the official drink of every GI Joe on the field. In 1941, a subsidy for servicemen was introduced, making the price of a coke bottle 5 cents, which was more than affordable at the time.

Coca-Cola horse drawn delivery wagon on the Boulevard in Leaksville, North Carolina, 1909.

Also, Coca-Cola briefly turned its investments into weapons manufacture, operating a propellant ammunition loading plant in Talladega, Alabama.
An average of 30 railroad cars of ammunition per day was reportedly produced from their Coosa River Ordnance Plant until closure in August 1945.
The subsidy and the munition production made the company immune to war-time sugar rationing, therefore leaving the production level at its normal rate and even blossom, while their reputation skyrocketed.
The conscripted Coca-Cola employees were also used to operate the 64 newly-formed bottling factories which supplied the military with the beverage. As a result, many of the employees were granted Technical Observer status and were called the Coca-Cola Colonels, never stepping on the battlefield, due to their expertise.

People Gathered By Coca-Cola Stand. Photo: Credit: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada..

They would go on to produce and distribute 10 billion Coke bottles to Allied military bases and fleets in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.

Speaking of Africa, while fighting on the North African front, Germans would come across the typical American soft drink. Even though it was forbidden for German soldiers to consume the treat of their enemies, Coca-Cola soon earned its popularity among the members of Wehrmacht, and especially the Luftwaffe.
Allegedly, pilots would wrap Coke bottles in towels while on their sorties and attach them to the underwings of their BF109 fighter planes. This was truly an ingenious cooling method, as the altitude cooled the drink to almost freezing, which was a true refreshment in the desert sun.
A similar method was used by the American pilots in the Pacific Theater of War. They would freeze an ice-cream mixture in mid-air, and upon their return, voila―an excellent icy treat!
As for the Germans, they relied on captured Coca-Cola bottles, which reached an incredible price as contraband goods in the soldier’s black market. The flavor was truly adored by German soldiers, but this was in part due to the fact that Coca-Cola had a factory in Germany prior to the war, and the Germans weren’t all that unfamiliar with the tasty beverage.

Coca Cola advertising. Photo: Karsh, Malak/Library and Archives Canada

For a decade before the war broke out in 1939, the Coca-Cola Company in Germany operated uninterrupted. Once the two countries declared war on each other, the import of the syrup necessary for production was prevented by the embargo. Germany’s new Coca-Cola factory director, Max Keith, then decided to use the potential of the factory and produce a local soft drink that would serve as an equivalent to Coca-Cola.
He gathered the experts to make a combination of fruit pomace and whey―which were ingredients classified as “leftovers”―and thus Fanta was born. The name came from the German word for “fantasy,” as it really took an imaginative effort to make anything tasty from the given ingredients.
The drink was distributed to soldiers, but due to war rationing, its flavor was often used by military and civilians alike to sweeten their food instead of sugar, which was a wartime luxurious commodity.
After the war, Coca-Cola regained its factory in Germany and continued to produce Fanta under its trademark.

During WWII, a trade embargo was established against Nazi Germany – making the import of Coca-Cola syrup difficult. To circumvent this, Max Keith, the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland (Coca-Cola GmbH) decided to create a new product for the German market, using only ingredients available in Germany at the time, including whey and apple pomace—the “leftovers of leftovers”, as Keith later recalled. The name was the result of a brief brainstorming session, which started with Keith’s exhorting his team to “use their imagination” (Fantasie in German), to which one of his salesmen, Joe Knipp, immediately retorted “Fanta!”
The plant was effectively cut off from Coca-Cola headquarters during the war. After the war, The Coca-Cola Company regained control of the plant, formula, and the trademarks to the new Fanta product—as well as the plant profits made during the war.
During the war the Dutch Coca-Cola plant in Amsterdam (N.V. Nederlandsche Coca-Cola Maatschappij) suffered the same difficulties as the German Coca-Cola plant. Max Keith therefore also put the Fanta brand at the disposal of the Dutch Coca-Cola plant, of which he had been appointed the official Verwalter (caretaker). Dutch Fanta had a completely different recipe from German Fanta, elderberries being one of the main ingredients.
Fanta production was discontinued when the German and Dutch Coca-Cola branches were reunited with their parent company. Following the launch of several drinks by the Pepsi corporation in the 1950s, Coca-Cola competed by relaunching Fanta in 1955. The drink was heavily marketed in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

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For the Football Fans out there!

1920: Professional football is born

Men like this do not play
professional football anymore.
If they did, I’d still be a fan.

On this day in 1920, seven men, including legendary all-around athlete and football star Jim Thorpe, meet to organize a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. The meeting led to the creation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), the forerunner to the hugely successful National Football League.
Professional football developed in the 1890s in Pennsylvania, as local athletic clubs engaged in increasingly intense competition. Former Yale football star William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first-ever professional football player when he was hired by the Allegheny Athletic Association to play in a game against their rival the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in November 1892. By 1896, the Allegheny Athletic Association was made up entirely of paid players, making it the sport’s first-ever professional team. As football became more and more popular, local semi-pro and pro teams were organized across the country.
Professional football first proved itself a viable spectator sport in the 1910s with the establishment of The Ohio League. Canton, the premiere team in the league, featured legendary decathlete and football star Jim Thorpe. From his play with the Carlisle School to his gold medal in the decathlon in Stockholm in 1912 and his time in the outfield with John McGraw’s New York Giants, Thorpe was an international star who brought legitimacy to professional football. The crowds that Thorpe and the Canton team drew created a market for professional football in Ohio and beyond. Still, the league was struggling due to escalating player salaries, a reliance on college players who then had to forfeit their college eligibility and a general lack of organization.
On August 20, 1920, the owners of four Ohio League teams–the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians and Dayton Triangles–met to form a new professional league. Jim Thorpe was nominated as president of the new league, as it was hoped Thorpe’s fame would help the league to be taken seriously. On September 17, the league met again, changing its short-lived name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and officially electing Jim Thorpe as the league’s first president.
The APFA began play on September 26, with the Rock Island Independents of Illinois defeating a team from outside the league, the St. Paul Ideals, 48-0. A week later, Dayton beat Columbus 14-0 in the first game between two teams from the APFA, the forerunner of the modern NFL.