Kevin Bacon and all of the Hollyweird types that were or never has been with armed guards tell us that we don’t need a gun for protection.
Give up your armed guards first then preach about being unarmed.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is one of the more benign trivial pursuits resulting from America’s fixation with celebrities,” I wrote for Guns & Ammo back in 2002. “Parodying the play ‘Six Degrees of Separation,’ the game gives players up to six steps to connect the actor to any other actor via movies they have appeared in.
“A more ominous pastime is the knack for stars to abuse their fame by promoting ill-conceived ‘causes,’” my column continued. “And when it comes to the Second Amendment, connecting gun-grabbers in only one step is, fittingly, a no-brainer.”
Back then I was commenting on Bacon and various other famous Hollywood “stars” signing on to a Handgun Control, Inc. (before they decided “Brady Campaign masked their motives better) “Open Letter to the NRA” that advocated for all kinds of infringements—from purchase limits, to waiting periods, to bans on semiautomatic firearms, and more.
“We are not gun haters,” they assured us.
I then went on to present anti-gun quotes from other “celebrities,” many surprising to people who make the mistake of assuming screen images are more than illusions. Those included A-list “action heroes” like Sylvester Stallone, Sean Connery and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Curiously, one bona fide Hollywood leading man — real action hero Audie Murphy — would have been too young to buy a gun at the time he was winning the Medal of Honor, that is, according to the gun-grabbers.
Of course the clamor from Hollywood anti-gunners has only increased over the years, and from time to time we’ll see more anti-gun inanity offered by “lucky stars” including Uma Thurman of “Kill Bill” slaughterfest fame, and “Captain America” Chris Evans.
In this one, they urge us to vote for “Gun Sense Candidates …who will offer more than thoughts and prayers… and most importantly people thaty aren’t bought and paid for by the NRA.” That last bit is pretty “rich,” considering “Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms. His Goal: Flip the House for the Democrats.”
“Progressive” trolls, of course, resort to Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule whenever the hypocrisy of an actor raking it in with guns in movies while stumping for real-world gun-grabs is pointed out. They’re playing characters, we are told. The implication is that anyone bringing the matter up is foolish and disconnected from reality.
What a lame attempt at deflection. Meanwhile, the over privileged stage props reap ludicrous rewards engaging in play “gun violence,” more often than not while pretending to be “good” enforcers for the state. Still, you can stipulate that everyone (but dolts who turn to celebrities for political opinions) understands it’s all make-believe, and you can force-feed that point back to them. Of course the characters are not real. Nor are the images the actors portraying them project, or the public’s perception of the person behind them.
It’s all an illusion, “the stuff that dreams are made of.”
They’re not wiser, smarter, better informed, more caring… If anything, celebrities have shown themselves more dysfunctional, more egotistical, more narcissistic, more knee-jerk ignorant, more willing to whore themselves, more conformist with the expectations of those who can reward or destroy them…
They’re not who they pretend to be when they’re repeating lines written by others in a manner directed by someone else under perfect lighting with their very appearance molded by specialists, technicians and artists. So why the hell should anybody assume when they speak out on politics their opinions are any more valid than, say, a Mark Dice interview subject’s?
Those are the ones that useful idiot “stars” can influence, by the way. And that’s what Bloomberg and the Democrats are counting on.
Bathhouse Barry Obama bears more responsibility for this shooting than President Trump.
Shabbos is supposed to be a day of peace and family. But this Shabbos at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh it was a day of hate and murder. According to officials, eleven people were killed, and six people were wounded. Four of the injured were police officers who rushed to the scene to stop the shooter.
All last week the MSM was suggesting that President Trump’s words incited the bomb mailing suspect if that’s the case then shouldn’t they be blaming Barack Obama’s anti-Semitic words and actions for the horrible Synagogue shooting?
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For example, ex-President Obama’s July 31, 2015 phone call organized by the Anti-Israel group J Street and other progressive Jewish groups could be summed up in one sentence. Please help because those rich people are helping those warmongering Jews to fight this incredible Iran deal because they don’t like me and they want to start a war just like they did in Iraq.
In the 20-minute phone call Obama said over and over those opponents of the Iran deal come from the same “array of forces that got us into the Iraq war,” he said a “bunch of billionaires who happily finance super PACs” are “putting the squeeze on members of Congress.”
The message was clear to the Jewish participants, William Daroff Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America tweeted during the meeting “Jews are leading effort to kill #Irandeal. ‘Same people opposing the deal led us into Iraq war,’” and followed with “Canard: Jews got us into Iraq War.”
In a meeting with a hand-picked list of Jewish leaders, Lee Rosenberg of AIPAC questioned Obama’s statement comparing people who object to the Iran deal with those who supported the invasion of Iraq because many anti-Semites claim the Jews pushed Bush into invading Iraq. Obama explained that Netanyahu supported the Iraq invasion (true). What the president left out was that the prime minister at the time Ariel Sharon strongly urged Bush not to invade. Obama also forgot to mention that his vice president Joe Biden, both of his secretaries of state Kerry and Clinton, and his biggest ally in the Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid all supported the invasion of Iraq in Congress and now support his flawed Iran deal.
Why this matters is that anti-Semites such a Pat Buchanan have been pushing the false canard that the warmongering Jews pushed America into the Iraq war. Apparently, Obama agreed with that anti-Semitic story. He even doubled down accusing the Jewish State of being a bunch of warmongers. During an August 2015 speech at American University, Obama again tried to scapegoat the Jews, saying:
So this deal is not just the best choice among alternatives, this is the strongest nonproliferation agreement ever negotiated, and because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.”
Yes, Israel opposed the deal, so did Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, UAE, Bangladesh and most of the other Sunni Muslim States vehemently opposed the deal because of their fears that Shia Iran would use nukes to attack them. But Obama wanted to scapegoat the Jews, and the media was quiet.
And what was the message sent by Obama’s continued support of Jew haters?
Beginning with his first campaign for president, Obama surrounded himself with anti-Semites like General Merrel McPeak. McPeak was the 2008 Obama for President Co-Chair who had an impressive resume of blaming our foreign policy on the “Jewish Lobby,” Perhaps the best example of McPeak’s Antisemitism was when he was asked during an interview why there isn’t peace in the Middle East, and he said, “New York City. Miami. We have a large vote — vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.” (in other words, those pesky Jews, who control America’s policy on the Middle East).
One of his first presidential appointments was the anti-Semitic Chas Freeman who blamed his resignation on the evil Israel lobby (a nicer way of saying Jewish lobby). Actually, Chas, it was a lot less than an evil Israel lobby, much of it was the work of a few Jewish bloggers — one of whom was named The Lid.
Obama denied Jewish ties to the Land of Israel in his 2009 Cairo speech, saying Israel was created only because people felt guilty about the Holocaust.
America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and Antisemitsm in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today.
Obama’s first Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees was Bishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson. The friendliest thing Bishop Desmond Tutu ever said about Jews was “People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful.” He also once said, that “the Jews thought they had a monopoly on God.”
Tutu’s co-honoree Mary Robinson presided over the “World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance” that turned into a non-stop hate-fest against Jews and Israel. The conference was so anti-Semitic that Colin Powell, the Secretary of State at the time, walked out.
One of the flyers distributed at Mary Robinson’s Conference
During his presidency, Obama has allied himself with Al Sharpton who was a leader of the anti-Semitic pogrom in Crown Heights and incited the anti-Semitic firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem. He sent his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to keynote an anti-Semitic ISNA conference whose discussions included: how key Obama aides are “Israeli,” proving Jews “have control of the world,” or how the Holocaust is the punishment of Jews for being “serially disobedient to Allah.”
In 2010 Obama’s National Security Adviser, Gen. Jim Jones gave the keynote speech at a Washington Institute For Near East Policy and started it out with an anti-Semitic “joke,” teaching the crowd that Jews are just greedy merchants in the same vein as Shakespeare’s Shylock.
He sent one of his closest advisers Valarie Jarrett to be the keynote speaker at a conference for the Muslim Brotherhood-associated ISNA,other topics at the meeting included Jews “have control of the world, and the Holocaust as punishment of Jews for being “serially disobedient to Allah.
For his second Secretary of Defense Obama appointed Chuck Hagel who believed in the nefarious “worldwide Jewish conspiracy.” Hagel was once quoted as saying “The political reality is that…the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.”
Obama once called Zbigniew Brzezinski someone I have learned an immense amount from”, and “one of our most outstanding scholars and thinkers. Back in back in 2007, Brzezinski schooled the future president on foreign policy. The former National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter is a Judeophobic conspiracy theorist, who believes the Jews control U.S foreign policy and Congress.
Radical Islamists attacked the Kosher supermarket Hyper-Cacher (French for Super Kosher) in Paris on a Friday afternoon. The attack happened just before the Jewish Sabbath when they knew it would be crowded with Jews. Obama first insisted it was a random act and not an anti-Semitic act. And when the world leaders came together to march in Paris as a protest against the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the anti-Semitic Hyper-Cacher attack Obama was conspicuous in his absence.
During his last year as president, Obama’s State Department condemned Israel for allowing people to build houses on land on the western side of the Jordan River. But that’s only part of the story. The property was legally purchased in 2009 by Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz from a US Presbyterian Church. There were no complaints when the Presbyterian Church owned it. Team Obama wasn’t objecting to the fact that houses were being built on that land back then. If the homes were intended for Christian or Muslim families, there would have been no issue. As it is was with so many other cases during the Obama administration, the objection was based on the fact that Jews were going to live in those buildings.
The list of Obama’s Antisemitism would be much longer if examples from the Obama administration’s own definition of how anti-Israel acts and statements could be considered anti-Semitic were added. Obama’s hatred of Jews met that definition also. But you get the idea.
Here’s the bottom line, do I believe that Obama’s anti-Semitic speech and actions motivated the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting? No, but if people are blaming President Trump’s words for prompted the idiot who mailed pipe bombs, then it is just as legitimate to blame Obama for the horrible shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
An armed father stopped a possible mass shooting by taking a punk down.
A brave dad armed with a pistol stopped what could have been a mass shooting Saturday inside an Alabama McDonald’s when he took down a masked gunman who had stormed in and opened fire.
The unidentified father was leaving the establishment with his sons when a masked man walked into the Birmingham fast-food restaurant and started shooting, WBRC-TV reported. The father returned fire and, during the ensuing shootout, the gunman, the father and one of the man’s teenage sons were struck, according to the station.
The gunman, who was not identified, later died of his injuries. The other two injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Markus Washington, one of the McDonald’s employees, told WBRC-TV he was making two quarter-pounders when bullets started to fly. Washington said he ran into the freezer, where he heard about 15 shots fired.
“I’m feeling grateful,” he told the station. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”
Washington, oblivious to the shootout taking place outside the freezer door, feared the worst.
“All we hear is like different gunfire, so in my mind, I’m imagining everybody is dead. He’s looking for us,” he said. Washington added he was thankful the armed customer was there.
“Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”
— Markus Washington, McDonald’s employee
“He’s my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview,” Washington said.
The father is not expected to face charges, police said.
Authorities are now working to determine if the gunman intended to rob the restaurant, was targeting an employee or planned something more nefarious.
“Things like this are difficult for both families. The gentleman who unfortunately lost his life, the teenage boy who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries and the father who is also recovering from his injuries,” Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said, according to WVTM-13. “It’s not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It’s a really heartwrenching experience.”
Mayor Bill Peduto (Dickhead) Pittsburgh is wrong about armed security.
For the last 40 plus years, Israel has had armed guards and armed teachers in their schools and have had zero fatal shootings of their school children.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) reacted to the Saturday synagogue attack by stressing his belief that armed security is the wrong answer to attacks on vulnerable places of worship.
He also used the occasion to stress his stance against having good guys with guns in schools to protect teachers and students.
During a Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, Peduto said, “I don’t think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards or our schools filled with armed guards.”
Peduto made his comments in reaction to President Trump’s statement that the attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue could have ended differently if armed security had been present. Trump said, “If they had protection inside, the result would have been far better. This is a dispute that will always exist, I suspect, but if they had protection inside the synagogue maybe it could have been a very…different situation.”
Peduto explicitly cited his disagreement Trump’s position and shifted the conversation to the Michael Bloomberg-founded gun control Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Shit-bird Smtih is a moron and Chris Wallace did a good job of calling him out on his warped Never Trumper views.
In a viral clip after the arrest of alleged bomb-sender Cesar Sayoc Jr., Fox News mainstays Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith clashed about whether or not President Donald Trump bore any responsibility for the incident.
The confrontation came as the now-infamous van Sayoc owned was carried away by police — a procession which was being covered by helicopter.
“You just can’t ignore the politics of this, even if you wanted to,” Smith said at the beginning of his segment with Wallace.
“These are people the president has gone after rhetorically. These are people this guy targeted. It goes to the tone and tenor of the political discourse and the words that the president uses in his rallies.”
Wallace hit back, meanwhile, with a remark regarding the Steve Scalise shooter.
“I don’t think you can draw any particular link or any responsibility on the part of the president for this action,” Wallace said.
“I mean, as Sarah Sanders said and just repeated by (Fox News Channel White House correspondent) John Roberts, a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up the congressman at the baseball practice. Is Bernie Sanders responsible for that?”
“Nobody is saying he’s responsible,” Smith said. “The rhetorical discourse has devolved over time and the president says we need to unify. Some of that begins with the rhetoric, does it not?”
“It would certainly be good, but I think it’s separate and apart from the actions of this guy,” Wallace responded. “This is a twisted person.”
“I think that it’s really incorrect to hold the president either by implication or directly responsible in any way for the misdeeds of a person that is a psychopath,” he added.
“Nobody did that, Chris. Don’t say I did,” Smith said. “All I said is when the rhetoric gets loud, the crazies come out sometimes.”
Wallace, however, noted that trying to connect dots between “rhetoric” and violent criminality is improper — and the real problem.
“Let me just say, it’s a separate issue about the political rhetoric in this country and it’s unfortunate and I think it’s a very bad thing,” Wallace added later. “But I think it’s very dangerous to draw links between that and links of any sort between that and criminal activity.”
“History will decide what the rhetoric has done in this society,” Smith said.
“I’ll wait for history,” Wallace shot back.
Smith said he would wait for it, too, and closed out the segment.
Even before Sayoc was arrested, many wanted to speculate on what kind of responsibility the president might bear. Now that he’s been caught, that speculation hasn’t abated. It’s interesting how the media is suddenly interested in rhetoric causing violent acts — particularly since, one year after the Scalise shooting, they still won’t even mention Democrats as being complicit in that.
Donald Hornig was a year out of graduate school when he received a mysterious job offer. No one would even tell him what or even where the job was, so he declined – until the President of Harvard University called and convinced him to take it.
Soon after, Hornig bought an old car and headed for Los Alamos, New Mexico. He would become one of the youngest leaders of the team that developed the first atomic bomb and the last surviving witness of the detonation on July 16, 1945.
Albert Einstein & Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Born in Milwaukee, Hornig “was the first in his family to go to college,” said the Associated Press. He studied physical chemistry at Harvard, earning his Doctorate in 1943. In Los Alamos, the head of the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, gave him the job of developing the firing unit that triggered the…
I am calling BS on the way his van looked if these pictures and stickers had spent much time in the sun they would have been faded even if the were on the inside of the windows.
People are openly wondering if backstory for this pipe bomber whacko is just a little too ‘pitch perfect’.
This isn’t the first time the Media has tried to characterize the political right as a group of fringe and dangerous whackjobs.
Back when the Tea Party was hitting its stride, for example, the Media(D) used every opportunity they could find to write them off as ‘domestic terrorists’ — these were the same Media(D) who were careful not to mention militant Islam as being responsible — in any way — for any acts of violence at home or abroad.
When Republican pundits expressed skepticism about these pipe bombs being sent by an actual Republican, the anti-Trump WaPo described them as “conspiracy theorists”.
Maybe we’ve learned to be skeptical from what we learned about who was really behind the scenes in past political “incidents”.
The anti-Trump rallies during the primaries were staged… by the DNC themselves. (As covered here.)
And, as mentioned in that article, they were really upset when their unnamed allies failed to deliver the warm bodies they were looking for, suggesting that they should either scrub the event, or fill it up with interns.
How ‘grassroots’ of them.
What about the paid agitators trying to ‘bird dog’ Trump supporters at events so they could get a viral clip of violence to use against Republicans generally?
Because that’s what undercover Project Veritas investigations provided proof of just before the 2016 election:
“We have to have people prepared to go wherever these events are, which means we have to do a central kind of agitator training.”
They call it ‘conflict engagement’. They’re ‘starting anarchy here’. And they’ve been caught on hidden camera.
We have people we’ve paid to do sh*t.
It doesn’t matter what the legal and ethics people say. We need to win this.
We covered that story HERE
Remember Charlottesville? That was principally organized by one Jason Kessler, who even the Ultra-Left SPLC has acknowledged has a ‘mixed pedigree’ due to past support for Obama and the Occupy Movement. He also wrote that he “can’t think of any occupation he admires more than the professional provocateur…” (Read our full coverage here.)
See a pattern?
Notice how each of these instances fits neatly into the big, mean Republican brand the Left’s Militant Media(D) have been so desperate to sling?
Remember: the left divides people into ‘oppressed’ (victims) and ‘oppressors’ (victimizers). It’s easier than fighting over who has good or bad ideas. Bet you can’t guess which category they drop anyone that isn’t Left of Lenin into.
So maybe you’ll have to excuse those of us who aren’t racing to join the Militant Media’s use of the ‘MAGAbomber’ hashtag, especially a little more than a week ahead of Election Day.
Now that we’ve got some context for the skepticism on the Right, let’s see who and what Mark Bezo’s Activist outlet WaPo was so very upset with: (You can bypass their paywall by hitting a few times while the page loads.)
[Rush Limbaugh:]Conspiracy theorizing: On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh suggested that a “Democratic operative” was more likely to have sent the devices than a Republican. “Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing,” Limbaugh said. “You’ve got people trying to harm CNN and Obama and Hillary and Bill Clinton and [Florida Rep.] Debbie ‘Blabbermouth’ Schultz and, you know, just, it might serve a purpose here.”
Friday: Limbaugh, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to his radio station, appeared to continue this line on Friday. “Two weeks out, a bunch of bombs start showing up in places that the media can then say that they are being received by ‘Trump targets?’ ” he said on his show. “I’m sorry. I didn’t fall off the turnip truck ever, and certainly not yesterday, and the world of October Surprises coupled with all the other realities I just exposed, and I think it only makes sense to be suspicious and demanding of proof for whatever we’re gonna be told.”
Conspiracy theorizing: Savage had said of the bombs Wednesday that there was a “high probability that the whole thing had been set up as a false flag to gain sympathy for the Democrats,” and as a way to distract from the migrant situation in southern Mexico, according to the Guardian.
Friday: Savage, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to the administrators of his website, continued to sow doubt about the line of information coming from the authorities about the bombs.
“Michael, your description yesterday of the guy they’d pin (maga hat, confed flag,etc) sounds right on the money💰 Only thing you didn’t envision was a van slathered in pro-Trump images. Once again you were correct!,” he tweeted.
And a follow up: “MAN AND VAN LOOK LIKE CREATED BY HOLLYWOOD,” he wrote.
Who else did they cite? Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs, John Cardillo, Geraldo Rivera, Candace Owens, Donald Trump Jr..
Why would anyone suggest such a thing?
For one thing, what binds Conservatives together — more or less — are the things that are supposed to unite the nation. Flag, Freedom, Due Process, The Right To Vote, etc.
When groups that even consider exercising the use of force, speak in such terms it’s almost AlWAYS from the position of preserving what we have.
On the other side, the Left’s political hearthrob, Barack Obama launched his Presidential campaign in the living room of a former member of the Weather Underground — and nobody on the left considered that ‘problematic’. His long-term attendance in Jeremiah Wright’s church was pooh-poohed. And the photo Obama took with Farrakhan and the Congressional Black Congress was actively suppressed until he had left office.
So, with his supposed support for Trump such an open-and-shut case, way would anyone doubt it?
Some have laid out their reasons more explicitly, and links will be given. But here are a couple of bullet points.
He was a whackjob long before Trump came along. (First bomb threat was in 2002).
The Brooklyn, New York, native, previously was arrested, in Florida in 2002, on a charge of threatening to throw a bomb. He received probation in that case, without having been convicted.
That same piece said his own lawyer had never once heard him wax political.
ClashDaily looked through his Twitter had all kinds of sketchy stuff, duplicate postings, and general nonsense, including posting about Chemtrails.
Shad Olsen wrote a piece where he claims to have located the accused’s Facebook profile before it was closed and discovered some clues which (if they turn out to be true) would point to him being a former Democrat activist with a pretty good hate against Dubya.
All that to say there’s still a lot more we DON’T know about this case than we DO know.
Even his ethnicity is in doubt. Is he white, as he was first reported? Or Seminole (In a lot of social media posts he claimed to be Seminole– who tend to be aggressively Anti-Trump, incidentally). The Seminoles now deny any connection to him, and other reports are calling him Phillipino.
Could he be a Republican trying to ‘get’ his perceived political enemies? Could he be a Democrat plant trying to help the ‘Resistance’ in an important election?
To call Colonel Sir Ronald Macpherson a brave man and a hero would be an understatement.
The British Army officer crept silently through the bushes, his tartan kilt a bizarre form of dress for a man on an undercover mission in war-torn France in 1944. He stopped to observe the awesome might of the enemy.
Through the gloom, he could make out the 15,000 battle-scarred men and 200 machines of the notorious “Das Reich,” or 2nd SS Panzer Division. Parked for the night, the tanks, half-tracks and heavy guns stretched as far as his eyes could see.
How could he and the tiny band of amateurish French Resistance fighters he commanded possibly take on these professional killers?
Yet that was his mission. Das Reich was on its way from southern France to Normandy to help repel the Allied armies that had landed there on D-Day. If the division made the 450-mile journey in time, it could well be the difference between victory and defeat.
Unfortunately for the Germans, they were now within the reach of 23-year-old Major Tommy Macpherson, a Scotsman acknowledged by experts as one of the bravest and most resourceful British Army officers of World War II.
Two years as a POW
Commissioned in Scotland in 1939, in 1940 Macpherson joined the newly-formed No. 11 (Scottish) Commando unit. Inevitably, nothing in his early or later life had quite the drama of the extraordinary exploits he undertook from that point on in his one-man war against the Nazis.
In 1941, he went ashore in North Africa on a reconnaissance mission, but the submarine that was supposed to retrieve him afterward did not show up.
He trekked for days on foot across the desert towards his own lines, sabotaging enemy installations as he went, and was captured by Italian troops.
Held in various prisoner of war camps for two years, Macpherson either escaped or attempted to escape on several occasions, but was caught each time. In the meantime, he gained both experience and language skills that would serve him well later in the war.
In October 1943 Macpherson finally escaped for good. He made it to the Baltic coast, stowed away on a ship to neutral Sweden, and from there made it safely home to Scotland.
Flamboyant in France
Immediately after his return home in November 1943, Macpherson was tapped to parachute into France in the aftermath of D-Day. He was to help spearhead French Resistance efforts in a guerrilla war against the occupying Germans.
Accompanied only by a French army officer and an English radio operator, Macpherson dropped into south-central France in the dead of night on June 8, 1944, just two days after the Allies stormed the Normandy beaches.
He was in his Highlander’s battledress, kilt and all—and deliberately so. He was meant to be visible—a rallying point—his undisguised presence a symbol for any wavering Frenchmen that liberation was at hand if only they took the battle to the Boche.
The Resistance unit Macpherson joined did not quite live up to previous assurances that it was a dedicated fighting force. For one thing, it had just eight members, four of them mere boys.
For another, their equipment consisted of a few guns and a single worn-out lorry for transport. In four years, they had never mounted any sort of operation to trouble the occupying Germans.
Macpherson brought them a machine gun, grenades and plastic explosives, but did they have the savvy and the guts to use them? He found out soon enough when, just days later, the Das Reich panzer column hove into his sights.
“Do or die” Sabotage
Macpherson decided in that “do or die” moment that engaging the Nazis directly would be suicidal and pointless. But ingenious, cleverly-planted booby traps might do the trick of slowing them down.
Through the night, he and his men felled trees to block the road ahead of the convoy and laid their only anti-tank mine, strapping plastic explosives to it for extra oomph. Grenades dangled from overhanging branches, primed to fall and explode.
Primitive though these measures were, they was surprisingly effective. In the morning, the Germans had to bring up heavy equipment to move the tree trunks. Minutes ticked away. Then a tank hit the mine and slewed across the road. More delay.
Finally, Macpherson and his men sprayed troop carriers with their Sten guns and then dashed away into the trees—classic hit-and-run tactics. Hiding at a distance, they heard shouts and screams as the grenades did their job. Eventually, the SS column moved on, but precious hours had been won.
Due to similar actions across the length of France, it took Das Reich more than a fortnight to complete what should have been a three-day journey. By that time the Allied hold on Normandy was secure.
So, too, was Macpherson’s hold on his new friends. With this success under his belt, his status was assured. Streams of newly-emboldened volunteers arrived to join him. Now they began to resist in earnest.
German supply lorries were hijacked for food, railway lines and road bridges blown up, steam engines wrecked, and enemy petrol dumps drained. Macpherson even encouraged children to scatter nails in the street to puncture the tires of German trucks.
One of his favorite targets was electricity pylons, and he took enormous schoolboy pleasure from blowing up two together. As they crashed, massive sparks flew out, like a giant firework display. To celebrate Bastille Day, he knocked out eight in one exhausting night.
Furious and frustrated, the Germans offered a 300,000-franc reward for the capture of the “bandit masquerading as a Scottish officer,” as their “Wanted” posters described him. However, Macpherson seemed as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel and as bulletproof as a tank.
Driving around the countryside to muster and train his growing fighting force, he narrowly missed German patrols or skidded away from roadblocks just in time.
By now, the war was swinging decisively in the Allies’ favor. Macpherson became ever more brazen in his defiance of the Germans. To impress the locals, he began to fly a Union Jack and the Cross of Lorraine flag of the Free French from his black Citroën.
One day he sat in full uniform at a café in a town square, nonchalantly and openly drinking wine with the mayor, just to show that he could. It was almost an act of bravado taken too far: suddenly, a German armored car swung into the square.
In the nick of time, Macpherson and his driver leapt into the Citroën and raced away into the hills, chased by the Germans.
Once they gained the advantage of higher ground, they stopped and lobbed a makeshift grenade into the pursuing car, destroying it. Then they laid charges around a bridge over a river and blew that up, too. For Macpherson, this was “just another day at the office.” But his most extraordinary achievements were yet to come.
With Allied forces advancing into the heart of France from both north and south, the Germans were on the retreat. But would they depart without causing a bloodbath? Subtlety and subterfuge were called for, to prevent undue loss of life.
With just three companions, Macpherson bluffed one German garrison of 100 soldiers with a mock show of force: they wrapped wet handkerchiefs inside the metal hand grips of their light Sten guns, so that they made the deafening noise of heavy machine-guns when fired. Fooled into thinking themselves outgunned, the garrison surrendered.
Macpherson’s next bluff involved a German column numbering 23,000 men and 1,000 vehicles. The column was heading back to the German border, through the last remaining gap between the two advancing Allied armies.
In that gap in the Loire valley, a small band of Resistance fighters held a vital river bridge. A fight to the death, which they had no hope of winning, seemed inevitable.
That is, unless the German general, who had previously proven amenable to surrender in a meeting with the Americans, could somehow be persuaded to give up without a fight. Macpherson boldly approached the Germans to parley. He recounted in his autobiography:
My job was to convince the general that I had a brigade, tanks and artillery waiting on the other side of the river and they could not get through. The clincher was when I told him that I was in contact with London by radio and could at any time call up the RAF [Royal Air Force] to blow his people out of sight. In truth, the only thing I could whistle up was Dixie, but he had no way of knowing that.
The German general bowed to what he was persuaded was the inevitable and surrendered. This brought the liberation of France a large step closer, with no loss of life.
Macpherson’s work was still not quite finished. With France freed from the Nazis, he went to Italy to organize Italian partisans in their last struggles to evict the Germans.
There he found himself up against a new enemy: communist forces loyal to the Yugoslavian leader, Tito, who was intent on annexing parts of Italy. Macpherson’s determined opposition succeeded in thwarting those plans. As a result, Tito pronounced a death sentence on the “interfering major.”
To have a price put on his head by both Nazis and Communists was a rare distinction, and as highly prized as the Military Cross and two bars, the Legion d’Honneur, and the Croix de Guerre that this most buccaneering of British soldiers was awarded for his extraordinary exploits throughout the war.
A Republican getting an endorsement from a group that traditionally supports DemocRats.
Carpenters, engineers praise Lewis for pipeline, apprenticeship advocacy.
Two of the largest trade unions in Minnesota are backing the reelection campaign of Republican representative Jason Lewis against a Democratic business executive.
The carpenters’ union and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, both of whichendorsed Hillary Clinton, will support the first-term congressman in the midterm elections in his rematch against former health care executive Angie Craig. Labor leaders praised Lewis’s record in Congress, highlighting his support for domestic energy development as well as his willingness to buck his political party. Lewis has supported Davis-Bacon, which favors union wage levels in federal projects despite the push in the conservative movement to abolish wage mandates.
“In Jason’s time in Congress he has cast repeated votes in support of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage and has led on the issue of changing school curriculum to encourage more people to look at careers in the construction industry,” carpenters’ spokesman Adam Duininck said in a release.
Both unions also praised Lewis for focusing on local issues and maintaining a relationship with labor leaders. Local 49 business manager Jason George said that Lewis and the union were not in lockstep on every political issue, but the congressman had supported the issues that help support the building trades and traditional blue-collar workers.
“Jason Lewis has made an effort to get to know our Union, understand our issues, and has taken politically tough stances in support of good paying Union jobs,” George said in a statement. “We don’t always agree on every issue, but we know that when it comes to supporting our jobs, he has stood with us, and that is why we are standing with him.”
Lewis has made the development of the Enbridge Pipeline, which is projected to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and create thousands of jobs, a centerpiece of his campaign. He has criticized environmentalist Democrats for holding up domestic energy projects and said Craig would side with her party over her constituents. Craig announced in August that she would support the pipeline if she is elected, though Lewis continues to criticize her campaign’s ties to environmentalist groups.
“I’m working hard to make certain we get Enbridge so we get the Pine Bend refinery in the second district … the oil it needs to grow the economy,” Lewis said in the Oct. 21 debate. “My opponent says, ‘well Sierra Club won’t let me endorse that.'”
Lewis pledged to continue advocating for local laborers in Congress. He said he will continue to focus on workforce training and revamping the apprenticeship system, one of the Trump administration’s priorities, “so labor groups are able to thrive with adequately trained laborers.”
“This nation was built on the backs of hardworking Minnesotans like those belonging to these two groups and it is important we support them with our policies in Washington,” he said in a statement. “I am proud to have supported them in my first-term in Congress and look forward to continuing to work on their behalf.”
The Craig campaign did not respond to request for comment.
Lewis narrowly defeated Craig 47-45 percent in 2016, the same margin of victory Trump earned against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that he trailed in the polls. Voter surveys once again show Craig a favorite to defeat the Republican, holding a double-digit lead in an October New York Times poll. The Lewis campaign has released its own internal polling showing him with a 3-point lead. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Leans Democratic” as it enters the closing weeks of the campaign.