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“JTF: My dad, a WW II and Korean Conflict veteran says that whether you like the president or you don’t, the president is the person the Constitution charges to set and carry out foreign policy. Period.” by Chef Murph MacDougal
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My daddy refers to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as a “REMF;” read all about it…
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403, 11-11-2019 Monday: Good morning and welcome to the Veteran’s Day 2019 Edition of the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day. I have shared with you before the story of my father, James, and my uncles Dennis and Alvin, two men who I never had the pleasure to know, only photos. My pop and his siblings served in World War II, taking part in Operation Torch[i], the invasion of French North Africa. Dennis was among the few who died during that operation, shot by a Senegalese soldier no less, and my daddy and his younger brother were later wounded in Sicily[ii]. Both were knocked out of the war with Alvin dying later due to his wounds, but pop was able to return to service and was part of the occupation army in Germany.
Eventually, dad was sent to Japan and then found himself in the middle of the Korean Conflict[iii]. When North Korean forces poured across the boundary separating North Korea from South, General Douglas MacArthur had to hurriedly ship over all men in uniform no matter if they were occupation troops, cooks, administrative personnel, or whatever, all of them had to rush to South Korea to keep the NORCs from driving U.S. and U.N. troops off the peninsula, so overwhelming was the enemy’s attacks.
Dad is 96 years-old now and as feisty as ever. Both his brothers are gone, having died in the Second World War, yet he continues to labor on, hoping to make it to his 97th birthday-plus so he can make sure he votes to give President Trump a second term and to see him through it and, if possible, make it far enough to vote for Mike Pence. Gosh, Democrats abhor veterans like my father.
My dad is disturbed by the never-ending drive to remove President Trump from office. He expresses his dismay that a man in uniform- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman would attempt to drive a shiv into the back of the commander-in-chief. As he says, the president and the president alone is in charge of foreign policy and that people in the diplomatic corps either carry out the president’s foreign policy or they step down, resign, and go away.
Although my dad did not serve in Vietnam, he knows many men and women who did and for Lt. Col. Vindman[iv], he uses a derisive term used by frontline troops in the Southeast Asian conflict to describe the troops in secure areas far to the back: REMF.
What is a REMF, you ask. Well, let me give you the sanitized form: rear-echelon mother-f**kers. In the ‘Nam, for every frontline infantryman there were ten REMFs in the back, living off the fat off the land, engaging in black market activities, escaping the conflict in the rice paddies, the mountains, and the jungles. When he sees Lt. Col. Vindman, he begins snarling at the sight of the ‘sleazebag.’
Besides REMFs, my pop is also angry about many things and as he has said on countless occasions, he did not like Barack Obama’s foreign policy endeavors, especially his allying the United States in a covert embrace with the despotic regime in Iran by looking beyond their anti-American and anti-Israeli actions, but it was President Obama’s right to pursue this course of diplomacy as long as it was legal.
Now, we all know that President Obama did far too many things that stunk to high heaven. Actions such as un-freezing $150 billion[v] in frozen assets as well as purchasing the freedom of American hostages held by the mullahs for another $1.5 billion in a variety of U.S. and foreign currencies. Who does that? Who flies in pallets of cash to purchase the release of U.S. persons in the middle of the night? No, dad was extremely angry over this and it was his belief that if we have to have a United Nations, it is up to them to lean on scum such as the Iranians.
Furthermore, daddy says the way you remove a president with whom you disagree or whom you don’t like, is you do it at the ballot box. As he says, the impeachments of Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Bill Clinton proved to be disasters, either in the process or in their aftermath.
Of the three presidents, Johnson’s impeachment was completely political because members of his Cabinet, inherited from his predecessor Abraham Lincoln, were disputing his actions which is rather like what we have to day with President Donald J. Trump.
Instead of the 45th president’s Cabinet trying to take him out, it’s the ‘bureaucratic state,’ the notorious and diabolical Deep State, unelected hacks and faceless bureaucrats who believe it’s ‘our way or the highway.’ This is both un-American and it’s not morally right.
Pop believes the men and women of the U.S. military support President Trump and will defend him and remain loyal to the Constitution to which, they all have sworn an oath. However, we are witnessing a spectacle where political generals and their subordinates- men like Lt. Col. Vindman- are willing to sacrifice their integrity to remove via whatever means necessary a president with whom they disagree and whom they loathe.
While we can sell weapons to whomever we like, pushing the boundaries of NATO to envelop Russia such as making the Ukraine a de facto junior partner[vi] is both bizarre and provocative. We should not try to encircle Russia, we are no longer fighting the Cold War and whether we like them or we don’t, Russia has a right to feel secure just as we do. We sure didn’t like it when they were putting missiles in Cuba.
Friends, if you have veterans in your family or family members serving in the military, make sure you wish them well and that you thank them for their service. We owe a debt of gratitude that most will never understand or undergo so let’s make sure we all do the right thing just as we defend the right of the president to conduct his or perhaps one day, her, foreign policy.
Join me tomorrow as we enter open hearing on impeachment week. What a circus. Itzi- happy birthday!
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Above, you see the caricature created for me by Bakersfield street artist, the amazing Simone. We have gone this route because of increasing threats against the blog and its members. I began my career as a young chef in the kitchen back in 1975, earlier than that. I apprenticed underneath my father and spent six years working for him in his British-Irish restaurant in Fresno, California. I later moved to Frazier Park, California, and spent quite a few years working in the area and that is where I met Stinkbug. Anyhow, I am now working at a country club over on the coast near San Luis Obispo. Please note: this is my pen name and any photos of me are simply outdated photos adopted for maintaining my privacy.
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11-11-2019 Monday—Political Topics and Essays, Part MCMLXXXV: “My dad, a WW II and Korean Conflict veteran says that whether you like the president or you don’t, the president is the person the Constitution charges to set and carry out foreign policy. Period.” by Chef Murph MacDougal.
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TODAY IN HISTORY—NOVEMBER 11, 2019:
Chef Itzi Nakamura; the Allman Brothers Band featuring Berry Oakley, “Get Back” by the Beatles featuring Billy Preston, Country Joe & the Fish featuring Bruce Barthol, the Doors featuring Jim Morrison, Vanilla Fudge featuring Vince Martell, and the Yardbirds featuring Chris Dreja:
- 537: St. Silverius ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
- 1158: German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declare himself the ruler of northern Italy.
- 1503: Pope Julius II elected to be pontiff
- 1620: 41 pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “Body Politick.”
- 1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army enter English territory.
- 1778: Iroquois Indians kill 40 settlers in the Cherry Valley Massacre.
- 1831: Nat Turner, a slave who led a violent insurrection against whites, was executed in Jerusalem, Virginia.
- 1836: Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru.
- 1851: Alvan Clark patented the telescope.
- 1864: Union troops under General William T. Sherman burn the city of Rome, Georgia.
- 1868: The New York Athletic Club hosted the first indoor track and field meet.
- 1889: Washington became the nation’s 42nd
- 1909: President William Howard Taft accepted the recommendation of a joint Army-Navy board that Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands be made the main U.S. Naval station in the Pacific.
- 1918: Fighting in World War I ended as an Armistice between Germany and the Allies was signed.
- 1921: The remains of an unidentified U.S. service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.
- 1932: A new tomb to house the remains of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1938: The Nazis force their Jews to wear the yellow Star of David.
- 1940: A British surprise air raid on the Italian fleet at Taranto destroys half of their ships while docked in harbor.
- 1942: During World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France. The authorities order Jews living there to don the yellow Star of David for identification. Meanwhile, the Germans fighting in the city of Stalingrad launch their final offensive against Russian forces in an all-out effort to crush resistance before the onset of winter.
- 1945: Chris Dreja, future rhythm guitarist with the British rock band, the Yardbirds[vii], was born on this date. Elsewhere, Vince Martell, lead guitarist with the New York rock band, Vanilla Fudge[viii], is born.
- 1947: Bruce Barthol, the bassist with the psychedelic Bay Area rock group, Country Joe and the Fish[ix], was born on this date.
- 1952: In Beverly Hills, California, two inventors—John Mullin and Wayne Johnson—demonstrated the first video recorded.
- 1956: Chef and author with the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day, Itzi Nakamura, were born on this date.
- 1960: South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem survived a coup attempt by army rebels but was overthrown and killed by another coup in 1963.
- 1961: The Soviet Union renames Stalingrad back to its original name, Volgograd.
- 1965: The government of Rhodesia declared its independence from Great Britain. Later, the nation changed its name to Zimbabwe.
- 1966: Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. aboard.
- 1968: On the cover of their album, “Two Virgins,” John Lennon[x] and Yoko Ono, appear nude.
- 1969: Because of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, the FBI arrest rock star Jim Morrison of the Doors[xi] on an airliner. Meanwhile, the Beatles[xii] with Billy Preston onboard release the single, “Get Back.”
- 1972: The U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones rose above 1,000 for the first time. Finally, original bassist with the Allman Brothers Band[xiii]—Berry Oakley—dies in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Macon, Georgia.
- 1981: Stuntman Dan Goodwin scaled the outside of the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago in about six hours on this date.
- 1983: President Ronald Reagan becomes the first foreign chief of state to address the Japanese Diet.
- 1984: President Ronald Reagan accepted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a gift to the nation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
- 1987: Following the failure of two Supreme Court nominations, President Ronald Reagan announced the choice of Judge Anthony M. Kennedy who went on to win confirmation.
- 1988: Sacramento police found the first of seven bodies buried on the grounds of a boarding house. Law enforcement later charged Dorothea Puente in the deaths of nine people, convicted of three murders, and sentenced to life in prison. The bitch was cashing their government checks.
- 1990: Stormie Jones, the world’s first heart-liver transplant recipient, died at Pittsburgh Hospital at age 13.
- 1992: The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests. Elsewhere, Russian President Boris Yeltsin told U.S. senators in a letter that Americans had been held in prison camps after World War II, some of whom had undergone summary execution while others remained willingly in Russia.
- 1993: The federal government dedicated the Vietnam Women’s Memorial to the honor the more than 11,000 women who served in the Vietnam War.
- 1997: American League pitcher Roger Clemens wins his fourth Cy Young Award. Meanwhile, the Eastman-Kodak Company announced it was laying off more 10,000 employees.
- 1998: Jay Cochrane set a record for the longest blindfolded skywalk. He walked on a tightrope between the towers of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, with the towers being 600-feet apart. Meanwhile the Israeli Cabinet ratified a land-got-peace agreement with the scumbag Palestinians who break every treaty they ever make with the Israelis.
- 2007: General President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan would stick to its January schedule for parliamentary elections but put no time limit on emergency rule.
- 2008: President George W. Bush marked his final Veterans Day as president at a New York pier, speaking to a crowd of thousands gathered for the rededication of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
- 2012: In Tibet, a Tibetan teenager dies of self-immolation in Gansu, China; this is the seventh incident this week and the 70th self-immolation since 2009. Meanwhile, in Jordan, former spy chief Muhammad al-Dahabi, convicted of corruption, receives a sentence of 13 years in prison.
- 2013: In Nepal, an alliance of 33 different political parties join to orchestrate a general strike with which, to shut down the scheduled elections coming up on the 19th of November with the hope of stopping it. Elsewhere, Iran and the United States blamed each other for the failure to reach agreement on a deal to limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for easing Western sanctions.
- 2014: Diagnosed with Ebola on October 23rd, Dr. Craig Spencer leaves the hospital, cured. However, he had caused numerous fears across the United States because he came home from Western Africa, traveled to a variety of places while experiencing symptoms, so there was some concern the man had spread the virus to people in America.
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On December 10, 1974, British rock band, Argent, released a two-CD live album, the acclaimed “Encore Live in Concert.” The band was touring the United States as well as the world and knocking crowds out with their powerful blend of rock-and-roll. Once again, the lineup is the same: Rod Argent (all keyboards/vocals), Russ Ballard (guitars/vocals), Jim Rodford (bass/vocals), and Bob Henrit (drums and percussion). The hits are all here as are a gem or two from the Zombies which is why we encourage everyone to seek this amazing album out by visiting whatever site you do for the best in rock-and-roll music- you can thank us later.
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Posted @ the Monday, February 18, 2013, 2013 Blog Post:
Today’s album is Frank Zappa’s fourteenth solo album, “Tinsel Town Rebellion,” came out in 1981 and was once again, another thematic album like his previous one about Joe’s Garage. We love everything the Mothers of Invention and Frank Zappa have done and suggest that you begin your collection of this rock-and-roll icon by picking it up at a great price. Use the handy link posted above and it will whisk you away to Amazon, the greatest online department store in the world.
Posted @ the Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Blog Post A:
The British band, Queen, returned to the road and united with former Free, Bad Company, the Firm, and the Law- as well as solo vocalist- Paul Rodgers and delivered a stunning album entitled, “Return of the Champions” on May 16, 2005. Although one might find the grouping of Brian May and Roger Taylor with the voice of Rodgers, it works and does so extremely well. The band performs a variety of songs not only from Queen but from Bad Company and the solo catalogs. Joining the band are Danny Miranda (bass), Spike Edney (keyboards, backing vocals), Jaime Moses (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), and some backup vocalists. This is a must-own effort, one we encourage everyone to seek out at whatever site they visit for the best in rock music and get it there; you will be glad you did.
[i] Operation Torch occurred on November 08-16, 1942 and was the opening of the Second Front in World War II. Much of what happened there remains unsung and is seen as a backwater but it was important for the Allies to determine if the Vichy French would honor their commitments to the Nazis and fight or would they surrender. After a brief time, they did surrender. The United States lost more than 500 troops, my uncle Dennis being among them.
[ii] Operation Husky began on July 09, 1943 and ran until August 17, 1943. Uncle Alvin and my daddy suffered wounds in this campaign and both were sidelined. Alvin later died from his wounds while my pop returned to duty in time to serve in the U.S. occupation forces in Germany.
[iii] My pop was stationed in Japan after re-upping for another stint in the U.S. Army and not long after arriving in Japan in April 1950 found himself among those rushed across the Sea of Japan to aid beleaguered U.S. and U.N. forces. Daddy was knocked out of the war for good when a comrade’s misstep on a Chinese-made landmine cost him an eye, a hand, and injured his back, pain that he lives with until this day.
[iv] Lt. Col. Vindman did serve in the Iraq War from 2004-05, I believe, and received a purple heart for injuries sustained in a roadside bomb. However, daddy views him with disdain as any self-respecting combat veteran would refrain from politics in the way this former officer has and would never drive a dagger into the back of his commander-in-chief. According to my staff sergeant father, this man is NOT a fellow American military officer but a corrupt hack working for a political end.
[v] Democrats hem and haw over the semantics on this. NO, President Obama did not give them ‘$150 billion in cash;’ he did, however, unfreeze frozen assets of theirs which in effect, did place $150 billion into the hands of the mullahs. He did give the Iranians $1.5 billion in assorted global currencies so they apply it to terrorist activities and to their illicit nuclear program while giving us MOST of our hostages.
[vi] Anti-Russian zealots seek to encircle the former Soviet Union. Read this article: < http://neweasterneurope.eu/2018/05/18/case-ukraines-membership-nato/ >
[vii] We presented another series of interconnected bands which included Free, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, the Firm, Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter, the Yardbirds, and a plethora of solo and group efforts beginning on Wednesday, 02-July-2014 through Sunday, 19-October-2014. We definitely hope that you will seek this music out and consider adding it to your growing collection.
[viii] We promoted the music of Vanilla Fudge beginning on Friday, 01-November-2013 through Friday, 15-November-2013. We hope you will seek this band out and add their music to your growing collection.
[ix] We promoted the music of Country Joe and the Fish beginning on Tuesday, 16-July-2013 through Friday, 26-July-2013. This was one of the greatest bands to explode out of San Francisco, California, during the Psychedelic 1960s. What we neglected to do at the time was to promote the solo albums of Country Joe as well as an interconnected band, the Dinosaurs formed with members of both Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe and the Fish (among others). Please, seek it out and enjoy.
[x] We began promoting the music of both the Beatles and the band’s individual components on Friday, 04-November-2016 through Sunday, 11-June-2018. Besides the Beatles, we also promoted the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison as well as the Traveling Wilburys. The album, “Unfinished Music No. 1- Two Virgins” appeared on Friday, 25-November-2016. Please seek out this massive offering by visiting the blog posts between those dates. You will be glad you did.
[xi] We began offering the music of the Doors on Saturday, 18-February-2012 and concluded them on Monday, 02-April-2012. We encourage everyone to seek them out and consider adding them to your collection.
[xii] As for the Beatles, see previous footnote. The album, “Get Back” appeared the album, “Let It Be,” which we presented on Saturday, 03-December-2016. Please seek out this massive offering by visiting the blog posts between those dates. You will be glad you did.
[xiii] When we present the music of the Allman Brothers Band, we will present the music of Gov’t Mule, Great Southern, and the Derek Trucks Band. Stay tuned for further developments.
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