Thank You

To those who have paid the ultimate price defending our country,
 we can not thank you enough.

Oh, the stories my father-in-law told. My own father who served in the Army, never
disclosed much about his time in the service. He had his reasons.
Reuban (Lee) on the other hand was a fountain of information. Some of my facts
may be fuzzy but, they are close enough.

He was a flight engineer in the Air force.  When the "Japs bombed Pearl",
 the game was on. All able bodies gladly volunteered to conquer  the enemy. The big
 stories of WW2 in the pacific was centered around Midway. However,
just as important was what was going on in
the Aleutian islands off the coast of Alaska.
The Aleutians were strategic in how close they were to Japan. I'm
sure there were others but, the main islands in the chain Lee talked about
were Adak and Kiska.
The 1st thing the Air force had to do was build a runway for the aircraft
The way he described it to me was, tractors leveled things out and metal
 grates were laid down for landing and take off. He hated the cold from then
The order of missions un-certain but, #1. America had a new technology called
radar. it was crude but effective. He flew in a bomber. He took joy in describing
how they would "fly those zeros into a cloud full of rocks". What that meant was
bombers were slow and the Japanese fighters would follow them into the clouds
to shoot them down. Having radar, the bombers would fly directly at a mountain and, pull up at the
last minute. The Japanese, being blind, flew to their demise.
#2 Another mission found Lee to be replaced by another flight engineer. That flight
got shot survivors. Lucky Lee
As if luck not on his side enough, yet another mission #3 had a shell go right through
the wing but not explode or ignite the fuel. Plane landed safely and no casualties.
It might have been the same mission where they took heavy machine gun fire that
resulted in many holes in fuselage but no casualties.
Planes of WW2 had no heat to speak of nor were they pressurized. At altitude, temps in
planes were very, very cold.

These, ladies and gentlemen are just a couple of the stories from one guy who didn't play
that big a part in the outcome of the war yet, the sum of the contributions of all are what makes
our military the best on the planet.

On this Memorial day with all of the sales and sporting events, it is easy to forget why this holiday exists. Please take a moment to acknowledge those who voluteered and died to protect your freedom.

In loving memory of Reuban Lee Casteel and, Robert Lee Irby

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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