On this day In Havana, Cuba, U.S. Army physician James Carroll allowed an infected mosquito to feed on him in an attempt to isolate the means of transmission of yellow fever. Days later, Carroll developed a severe case of yellow fever, helping his colleague, Army Walter Reed, prove that mosquitoes can transmit the sometimes deadly disease.
This is the second article I read about someone infecting themselves with yellow fever to prove that mosquitoes pass the disease on. Times have definitely changed since than. Today if we want to study a disease we just give it to another country like the corona virus. China passes it onto us and than study how to get rid of it. Not sure who is smarter or braver depending on how you look at it.
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On this day Manhunt begins. 3rd Battalion. 75th Ranger Regiment and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (DELTA) deploy to Somalia to capture warlord Mohammad Farrah Aidid.
I don’t know much but I do know that is not a team I would want chasing me. You are not escaping these guys. These are some of the best at what they do and true professionals that you will ever meet.
I was never in Somalia, but I have spoke to people who has and they can confirm what a shit hole. The unit I spent the most time in 10 years of my 20 year career was the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment. The show black Hawk Down was an aircraft from my Unit. This happened just two months after this man hunt began.
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On this day Hurricane Katrina made landfall between Hallandale Beach and Aventura, Florida, as a Category 1 hurricane. Four days later it came ashore again near Empire, Buras and Boothville, Louisiana. The rescue and response effort was one of the largest in Coast Guard history, with 24,135 lives saved and 9,409 evacuations.
We never give enough credit to the coast guard. They really do some great things behind the scenes. In the military we all kind of look down on them out of jealousy. The truth is these are some of the bravest men and women in the military fighting drugs, human trafficking, and natural disasters. My hats off to you guys thank you.
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On this day Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sent a message to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warning the Persian Gulf situation was “extremely dangerous.”
It makes you wonder if he wasn’t a bit physic. I mean considering years later the man was hiding in a hole in the ground while we hunted him down. We than turn him over to his own people who killed him. So ya I guess you could say it was dangerous. Years later the world seen our government has made our military for hire. I mean we are still sitting in Kuwait protecting them while they pay our government for us to be there.
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On this day First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations. The C-130 entered service with U.S., followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in numerous military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft—after the English Electric Canberra, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, all designs with various forms of aviation gas turbine powerplants—to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is one of the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for over 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules.
I have some very fond memories of being on a C-130. Sitting in the cargo net seats. Shoulder to shoulder with the guy next to you. The crew chiefs walking across everyone’s knees to do there checks. Is truly an experience I can say not enough people get to encounter. Its funny as hell when you embrace the suck, how little some other things suck. These aircraft on a serious note truly is amazing. I think they are one of the most versatile aircrafts in the Air Force’s fleet.
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On this day President Bush signed an order calling up reservists to bolster the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf. This created a ton of funny images. I remember seeing reservist holding up signs that say “1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year my ass”. These made us active duty guys laugh so hard. However nobody ever expected what came much later to happen. As Afghanistan raged on, I remember Soldiers who were forced to go past their enlistment date. I know for a fact you got a much different attitude from these Soldiers compared to when they thought they were full filling their contract obligations. I never really agreed with it as I felt that a volunteer army has always made us the best military in the world.
Now to be fair, the small print of the contract does state your obligation is 8 years. So if you enlist for 2 years active you will do 6 inactive with the ability to be called back up. So instead of calling people back up they just kept you. Now I also seen people who was out of the military get called back up to the reserves, after being out of the military. That small print got a lot of people.
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Man if that title doesn’t look like an awesome thing for Americans in this time of need. The inflation rate is up to 8.5% which has lowered your buying power by 5% from a year ago. The new jobs are all in one industry. The IRS is hiring 87,000 employees to replace the 50,000 that are retired or expected to depart over the next 6 years. I know in the media that they say the term agents. This is not completely true, as some of these positions are IT, maintenance and the normal jobs that is required to run a business.
Wait did I say busines? Well to be honest I think the government has turned more into a business over the years. It seems they really do care about two things. Your vote, and your tax dollars. It does not matter what political party your with, you have to look back and ask yourself one question. Did they do anything they told you they would do when they tried to persuaded you to cast that vote. I know I heard all sorts of free stuff that was coming, like free college and reduced taxes, and jobs. Well at least one thing was true, there is jobs coming.
Now I am not against taxes so lets get that out in the open. I do think that our government has gotten so big that they feel we work for them. Here is why I say that! If you go back to the several stimulas bills I want to focus on a few things. In the 1.9 trillion dollar recovery act they gave away about 11 billion dollars to foreign aid. From 2013 to 2018 we gave away almost 300 billion dollars in foreign aid mostly consisting to 11 countries. In this time frame America has gave away the most money in foreign aid than any other country. I have never seen anyone get a vote on where their tax dollars go at the federal level. Polls have been taken over and over, and they all say majority wants to stop giving away so much in foreign aid. Than bill after bill gets passed with money allocated to foreign aid.
My problem is how over taxed the American working class is. Giving away a huge chunk of their money to a government who does not appreciate it. Regardless of what the government does for us, they will constantly give themselves a raise higher than inflation levels, while jobs gives American workers the standard 2.5% raise if any at all. Let me break it down why the average American worker feels like it can’t get ahead.
Lets say you make a $1000.00 a month. Lets say you spend 120.00 in gas a month. and a budget of 200.00 in groceries a month. Leaving the rest for rent and utilities. Now I know this is low on what it takes to survive, but bare with me.
For fuel tax I could only find a 2019 average. The average tax was .60 a gallon. The average price of fuel was 2.60 in 2019. Divide the 120 by 2.60 this means you bought 46 gallons of fuel. This means you gave the states 28.00 of your 1000.00 for taxes reducing your buying power of fuel by .60 cents a gallon. Now this tax is suppose to go towards roads and emissions and so forth. However the same items are taxed several times in different ways.
That 1000.00 you made is also taxed so lets say you pay about 15% in taxes this is also low its closer to 18 so out of the 1000.00 you lost 150.00 to states and federal taxes. This money is to be spent however they want.
Grocery items are taxed as well. Most states are between 4 and 7 percent. Non Grocery items are taxed at the states sales tax rate. So you see what is happening. You loose the buying power of your money to pay taxes on items with money that is already taxed because you worked for it. So the government can decide how much money they made off you versus how much over there income they received they are going to borrow from other countries. All of this additional money from stimulus bills to national debt contributes to increased taxes and inflation. These two items are directly effecting your buying power at the pump, the grocery store, to supplies for home repairs and car repairs.
I completely feel it is time for people to think about cause and effect. Everything the government does will have a direct effect on you in some way. It is important to understand over regulations effects jobs directly as well as the need for more money from the tax power. So increasing the IRS by 37k will have a direct effect on you buy the budget that is needed to pay them. They are already counting on money that will come from business, and regardless of what is said the middle class. You will see mom and pop stores closing, and taxes and inflation will be the direct cause. It is sad to see the down fall of the greatest country in the world, but if things don’t change it just may come to light.
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On this day NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. I have always had issues with this situation. Most of the Soldiers I know was given a real quick lesson, that our government was for hire. I was stationed in Germany when our sister battalion was sent on rotation to Macedonia. The fact that our Soldiers had to wear blue berets and UN patches was discussing. Not one of us took an oath to defend the U.N They originally sent 1100 troops from the U.N into Macedonia to watch surbia. Out of the 1100, 350 was US troops. I was tired as a Soldier risking my life to carry out orders from a U.N. board. Tax payers have continued to be force to pay for the position as world police.
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In this episode Don and Doug rant about some of the candy ass decisions that have happened lately. Don talked about the increased IRS staff that will need to be armed. Putting another weight on the shoulders of the ammo companies. Did it brought up the origination of the term Karen. In this episode there was two questions asked one requires a vote, but you will have to listen to get the questions lol
On this day Heavy fighting intensifies in and around the DMZ, as South Vietnamese and U.S. troops engage a North Vietnamese battalion. In a seven and a half hour battle, 165 enemy troops were killed. At the same time, U.S. Marines attacked three strategic positions just south of the DMZ, killing 56 North Vietnamese soldiers.
I sometimes find myself just thinking about the things that the veterans of Vietnam went through. The challenges they found themselves in. The stories of perimeters getting over ran in these huge battles. There is absolutely no way you could be in this type of combat and not have PTSD when you return.
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