Camp MacKall (not without a problem or two)

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Gen. Joseph M. Swing

The following story has been condensed from the “Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division” by MGeneral E.M. Flanagan Jr.

The 511th made waves for the 11th A/B Div.

General Swing, realized he was commanding an outfit of cocky paratroopers with special jump pay and glider troops who had no voice in their assignment and no extra pay to compensate for being forced to go to war in a rickety, undependable glider in equal hazardous duty. Unless he took some drastic action, the division would be split.

Reports filtered back to Gen. Swing at Camp MacKall that the 511th troopers were full of arrogant, rowdy hell-raisers lacking in discipline. But when the regiment joined up with the 11th Airborne, Swing was ready for them. Henry Muller [G-2 officer] remembered:

Lt.General E.M. Flanagan

“It was quite a shock to us. Gen. Swing, who had heard terrible…

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Biden ATF Nominee Has Long History of Anti-Gun Statements

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is going to be a long dark four years for gun owners under the Biden regime.

ATF hopeful David Chipman endorsed Waco conspiracy theories, unconstitutional gun regulations.

President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives mocked gun owners and spread a false Waco siege conspiracy theory in controversial comments.

David Chipman, a former ATF agent and gun-control activist, was put up by Biden to run the agency on Thursday. In addition to his work for the gun-control group Giffords and longtime support for strict new gun laws, including AR-15 bans and magazine capacity restrictions, Chipman has spread a false conspiracy theory about the Branch Davidian shootout in Waco, Texas. He also mocked Americans who purchased firearms when the coronavirus pandemic began.

“Most of the new buyers who went out to the gun store and bought a gun have no training whatsoever,” Chipman told Cheddar in April 2020. “In their mind, they might be competent, they might think they’re die-hard and ready to go, but unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King. They’re putting themselves and their families in danger.”

Chipman’s work as a senior policy adviser for Giffords and support for new gun bans coupled with his controversial comments could complicate Biden’s effort to make him the first confirmed ATF director since 2015. His support for new gun bans already put him at odds with all Senate Republicans and a handful of moderate Democrats, including Sens. Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.).

Chipman has also advanced conspiracy theories to advocate for gun control. In 2020, Chipman reportedly appeared in a Reddit “ask me anything” forum in which he falsely claimed that Branch Davidian cult members shot down two helicopters during a botched ATF raid that left dozens dead.

“At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters,” Chipman said in one of the posts. “Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.”

No helicopters were shot down during the shootout between the cult members and federal agents. Helicopters deployed to the scene by the Texas National Guard during the 1993 incident have been at the center of multiple conspiracy theories over the years. The Dallas Morning News debunked myths about their involvement as recently as 2018.

Chipman has backed policies, such as a ban on all ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, that have been struck down by some federal courts. While speaking to NPR as a Giffords representative in 2019, he said the proposal to ban those types of magazines, which come standard in nearly all modern firearms sold in America, is “very reasonable.” He admitted that the proposal will not actually stop shootings. But he argued that limiting magazine capacity could stop “a killer from transforming into a killing machine” because of the need to more frequently reload ammunition. He admitted the limit he wants to impose is arbitrary.

“I think let’s say 10 and below are OK or reasonable. Above would be regulated,” he told NPR. “And I think this comes basically based on a guess.”

Chipman’s comments have also garnered strong backlash from Second Amendment groups and gun industry representatives. Second Amendment Foundation executive Alan Gottlieb said Chipman is “a tool of the gun prohibition lobby he’s worked for” and that his nomination is an attempt to politicize the ATF.

“The bottom line is we will have the ATF working against gun owners rather than being a neutral government agency to enforce laws,” Gottlieb said. “We’re probably going to have what I would consider to be a very rogue ATF. … Everybody in the whole firearms community and Second Amendment community is going to pull out all the stops to fight the confirmation.”

Camp MacKall, Smitty and the Knollwood Maneuvers

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WACO glider in take off from Camp MacKall field.

WACO glider at Camp MacKall – reverse side reads: “Hello Mom, Finally got some cards that can let you see what these gliders we ride around in look like. This picture was taken on our camp field. I have a few more that I’ll send to you. Regards to all. Hope to be home this Wednesday.” Everett

Station Hospital, Camp MacKall, NC

The type of construction used for the barracks at Camp MacKall and the above hospital is called a “theatre of operations.”  Built on pilings and constructed of green sawed pine boards which is then covered with type 4 black tar paper.  The wood was cut from trees on the camp property using 7 sawmills running 24/7.  When the boards dried out, the 2 pot-bellied stoves were incapable of keeping the men warm.  Smitty spent some time at that hospital when…

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The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America

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Comment by Jim Campbell

As the saying goes, “The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same.”

Many things remain consistent even as changes happen.

The phrase is often said in a resigned or sarcastic tone.

We move into a fancy new office, and still, the server crashes all the time.

A World War II color poster depicting ‘Rosie the Riveter’ encourages American women to show their strength and go to work for the war effort by J. Howard Miller in circa 1940. (Photo courtesy National Archives/Getty Images)

As my mom told me as a young boy, Jimmy, “Just remember in times like these there have been times like these,” that was while she was cooking dinner after coming home working as Rosie the Riveter during WWII.

WWII was horrific but the people of America rose up and got the job done so we were able to beat Hitler…

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CBI Theater, Eugene V. Rizzi

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While my father, Smitty , was training in North Carolina, fellow blogger Allen Rizzi’s father, Eugene Valentine Rizzi, entered the U.S. Army on December 21, 1942.

On route to China via India on an aircraft carrier, his company was strafed by Japanese aircraft. resulting in huge causalities. After making it over “the Hump,” Eugene was posted with the 396th Signal Company (AVN) under Captain Willard Simpkins as a high speed manual radio operator (Morse Code) in support of the Flying Tigers.

Gene Rizzi, U.S Army, 1945

Before entering the army, Eugene Rizzi was a concert master (violinist) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Vienna) an actor and radio announcer with Fox, Warner Brothers and RKO (Hollywood). As a musician he was noted to have had perfect pitch and therefore found radio operation using Morse Code fairly easy. In this capacity, he learned Chinese and also served as an enemy code breaker.

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Fact Checking Joe Biden’s First Press Conference

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By Jim Campbell

March 25th, 2021

I have to admit, lost Joe did far better than I thought he would.

The fact that he remained awake and standing would naturally have blown most of the Trump Fans away.

In reality it makes little sense for any of us to pay attention to what they say, we must look for the hidden hand.

Politicians continually prove for the most part to be liars, thieves and criminals.

On the international front he was asked directly if he would draw a red line in which North Korea, China or Russia could not cross.

He of course deflected the question preferring to sleep on it.

While previous news conferences saw rooms packed with the White House press corps, Biden’s had only 30 reporters socially distanced in the White House East Room.

It’s my intention to dissect slow Joe like a first year medical student…

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Recall of Gov. Newsom Almost Certain After Latest Signature Update

H/T Western Journal.

I want to see Little Gavin Newsom(Delusional-CA)bounced out on his pompous arrogant ass.

Californians hoping to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted more than enough valid signatures on petitions to hold a recall election.

Supporters of the recall say they have submitted 2.1 million raw signatures by the Wednesday deadline, pushing them over the 1.5 million valid signatures needed to ensure a recall vote, according to Politico.

report released Friday by state election officials shows almost 1.2 million voter signatures validated as of last week and an additional 380,000 signatures have not yet been reviewed.

The unreviewed block of signatures is likely to yield the number of signatures needed for the recall vote as the petition currently has an 82 percent validity rate.

Election officials can review signatures through April 29, but the validity rate could lead petition organizers to reach the signature threshold by early April, the Los Angles Times reported.

Newsom seemed to accept that a recall vote was imminent on Tuesday.

“The reality is, looks like it’s going on the ballot,” he told reporters.

If supporters have enough signatures, voters will likely be able to vote on the recall in the fall and will be asked if Newsom should remain in office and, if not, who should be his replacement, Politico reported.

“Governor Newsom has finally realized that, you know, this is a viable threat to his political future,” Republican activist Orrin Heatlie said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The recall petition was introduced in February 2020, a little over a year after Newsom first took office in January 2019, but quickly gained speed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to KABC-TV.

The petitioner’s grievances range from high taxes and homelessness rates to the Democratic governor’s failure to reopen businesses after the state beat the coronavirus curve in the spring of 2020.

Newsom and his allies have been critical of the recall effort, and have said that racism is the root of the dissatisfaction.

“Who’s behind the partisan recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom? Anti-vaccine QAnon extremists, violent white supremacists — like the Proud Boys who attacked our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6 — and the same right-wing Republican politicians who supported [former President] Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election,” an ad attacking the recall effort, generated from the “Stop the Republican Recall” group, said.

“Instead of helping fight the pandemic, national Republicans are coming to fight Californians.”

Randy Economy, a spokesperson for the RecallGavin2020 campaign, said Newsom is showing signs of desperation, according to Fox News.

“Gavin Newsom is resorting to political desperation. He now, finally, has accepted the fact that there will be a recall election being held this year to decide the direction of California and his political fate,” he told Fox News.

“For him to continue to label the people’s campaign as extremist is sad, pathetic and just goes to show how out of touch he really is.”

The Army Airborne and the start to Camp MacKall

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Airborne, Camp MacKall

The original idea for an American airborne came from Gen. Billy Mitchell in 1918. His commander, Gen. Pershing agreed, but once the WWI Armistice was signed, the plan was terminated. In the late 1920’s, Germany began training parachute units and in the 1930’s, they led the world in gliders. Russia created the Air Landing Corps in 1935. Japan started in 1940 with German instructors. The U.S. did not take note until Germany was successful on Crete in 1941.

Smitty, 187th RCT/11th Airborne Division, Camp MacKall 1943

The American tradition was born when 48 men jumped at Ft. Benning on Aug. 16, 1940, where Private Eberhard, promised to yell to his buddies below, was the first to shout out “Geronimo”. General William Lee is considered the “Father of the Airborne.” My father, Everett Smith or “Smitty” (as you’ll get to know him), did not care for heights or…

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