2020·06·06 KMAG Daily Thread–D Day, 76th Anniversary

Warfare has changed over the millennia. It has gone from hand-to-hand with clubs and blades, to involving archery, to firearms. And as that has been going on, it has also involved naval warfare, because seas were (and are) excellent means of delivering supplies and soldiers, so control of the seas became essential. And, over the last century-plus, this has become true of the air, with the added bit that air is an excellent place, too, for reconnaissance. And now we’re moving into space, which has largely (so far) been a place useful for reconnaissance, navigation and communications, and therefore, inevitably, will be fought over.

But–please correct me if I’m wrong–the last time huge armies of literally millions of people got together and duked it out for the survival of their major-power countries was World War II.

Probably the biggest “conventional” war since World War II was the Iran-Iraq war, with total military dead over the nearly eight years it ran being anywhere from 300,000 to 1,100,000 people. Even there though the forces in the field at any given time were considerably less than a million, total.

What killed the “big” duke-em-outs between major powers? The nuclear bomb. Two major powers will never get into that kind of fight again, because the side that thinks it’s losing will push the button, and the side that would be winning knows this. Not that they don’t fight…they just do it by other means, hoping to weaken the other side, but knowing they can’t annihilate them without being themselves annihilated. (And of course the Soviet Union bent every effort to get us to give up our nukes, so that they could then blackmail us.)

World War II was the last time we’ll see such massive carnage on a battlefield. One hopes. And there was plenty to go around; we had some positively brutal battles in the Pacific. The Soviets had an even rougher time of it, losing tens of millions to the war and more millions to their own government. We fought the Nazis, too, in Africa and Italy before…well, before D-Day.

[Now I have to stop right here and smack some Commies upside the head. The post-war Soviet Union loved to depict the US contributions to the war as absolutely minimal; I once saw a propaganda movie intended to depict us as doing nothing more than running a few exercises, blowing up ships we were about to scuttle anyway. Even today, sometimes the Russians like to minimize our efforts. That is, of course, a Terex-dump-truck-load of bearded dragon shit.

But by the same token, one must acknowledge that what we went through, though great, was less than the Soviet Union did, and no, not all of it was Stalin’s deliberate doing, and it’s not even the case all of it was Stalin’s incompetence. It does not minimize our efforts to acknowledge that what they suffered was even bigger.]

Which brings us, finally, to D-Day. In order to win the war against an intransigent enemy, we had no choice but to invade. (Bombers are very useful, but have never conquered anything.) That meant sending our troops directly to places where the enemy, which had had months or even years to construct fortifications, was waiting for them. We managed to blunt the impact of this with disinformation, the sorts of things we did to convince Hitler that the threat was to Calais, not Normandy. He moved forces that would have made mincemeat of the invasion, otherwise. (Even after the D-Day landings, Patton was kept in Southeastern England until July, to deceive Germany into thinking there would be an additional “main” landing at Calais. He was a victim of his own success in battle.)

The cost of picking Normandy was that our forces would have to travel farther to Germany, and farther across the English Channel. Germany knew this of course, and Calais was a much more obvious target for us. All of this convinced Germany to throw its resources elsewhere–plus, of course, most of its forces were fighting the Soviet Union.

But did I say “to blunt the impact of this”? If this was “blunted,” I’d certainly not wish a non-blunted version of it on anyone!

Most of us have seen Saving Private Ryan. That opening scene was a small taste of the reality. Anyone who was there, or on any of the other beaches, deserves our undying gratitude. Because of what they did, not only was the evil of Nazism extirpated–by this time that would have happened anyway; Hitler was already losing to the Soviet Union–but the western half of Europe was saved from the ravages of Communism. For Stalin would certainly not have stopped at the Elbe.

Imagine a post-war world where the Iron Curtain was the coast of Europe, rather than running down its center. I’m not sure the Soviet Union would ever have fallen. And what would have happened to the UK?

The Landings Themselves

D-Day remains the largest amphibious assault in history. 160,000 were landed on D-Day, with subsequent reinforcements bringing the numbers up to 875,000 by the end of June.

There were five beaches: Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword. The first two were American, the last three were invaded by British and Canadian soldiers.

By far the worst meat grinder was Omaha, with 2000 dead, followed by Gold with about 1000 dead. All told, on D-Day, 4,414 allied troops died, with a grand total of about 10,000 Allied dead and wounded. (The Germans lost about a thousand men, which is not unexpected proportions for a defending force.)

The situation after the first day

Those casualty numbers, bad as they are, could have been much, much higher. And I imagine if we fought like the Soviets fought, with utter disregard for the lives of their own troops, they would have been.

Without D-Day, we’d live in a very different world. World War II was pivotal in history, and D-Day was pivotal within World War II. Thank You to all who fought there, and in Africa and Italy before, and Western Europe afterwards, and also to those who fought in the meantime in the Pacific.

Let’s just hope we can dish out domestic justice as well as we dished it out to the Japanese and the Nazis. It’s the least we can do for them, to let this continue being the sort of country they fought for.

A Reminder Of Today’s Issues.

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People...Our campaign represents a true existential threat, like they’ve never seen before.

Then-Candidate Donald J. Trump

And if one wants the full, polished video:

Lawyer Appeasement Section

OK now for the fine print.

This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Political correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines,  here, with an addendum on 20191110.

We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.

And remember Wheatie’s Rules:

1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. The gun is always loaded.
4a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
5. Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
6. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
7. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.

(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)

Coin of The Day

Now it wouldn’t be one of my posts without a coin, would it? In fact, I’ll do four. The US, UK, Canada, and French commemorations of D-Day.

This is of course the United States commemorative coin.
The UK has one too, of course.
And the Canadian one.
Fittingly, France did a commemoration in 1994 as well…but by then it had to be in the guise of a 2 Euro coin.

Obligatory PSA/Reminder

Just one more thing, my standard Public Service Announcement. We don’t want to forget this!!!

I hope this guy isn’t rotting in the laogai somewhere!

中国是个混蛋 !!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!


625 thoughts on “2020·06·06 KMAG Daily Thread–D Day, 76th Anniversary

  1. But Tom Cotton is the bad guy. Never made a point to read NYT, never will.

    Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) Tweeted:
    Today, The New York Times ran an op-ed telling people to withhold affection from their relatives unless they protest or give money to anti-racism organizations.

    Where does this end? I want racial equality, but I utterly disdain any person or institution endorsing such tactics. https://t.co/vVTnKq75mo

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  2. 4429

    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: 7b393f No.9504553 📁
    Jun 6 2020 13:32:28 (EST) NEW

    Click to access Open_Letter_President_Donald_Trump.pdf

    The Armor of God
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
    Have faith in Humanity.
    Have faith in Yourself.
    Have faith in God.
    The Great Awakening.
    Q

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      1. I didn’t know that. It was quite a letter, spelling out good vs. evil. His use of the term “deep church,” like “deep state,” is very interesting — “that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God.” Your post no doubt explains, in part, where he is coming from. The deep church also seems like what michaelh has been posting about.

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        1. I can speak to no other Church but my own. The infiltration THIS TIME started in the 1920s, and has been traced. A number of seminaries were seeded, and it took about 30 years to get the people who worked to tear it apart to be in positions of power. The dark forces looked for smart, good looking, and highly intelligent men in the beginning. They were to be capable of living a double life.

          Since then, the looks have waned, but there were many who are and were silver tongued devils, that’s for sure.

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    1. Another translation of the passage:

      Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.

      [11] Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. [12] For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. [13] Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

      [16] In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. [17] And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). [18] By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints

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    2. And another. This is from the New American:

      Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.

      11

      Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

      12

      For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

      13

      Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

      14

      So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,

      15

      and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

      16

      In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one.

      17

      And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

      18

      With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.

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  3. Q 4429
    20 13:32:28 (EST) NEW
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifesite/Open_Letter_President_Donald_Trump.pdf📁
    The Armor of God
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
    Have faith in Humanity.
    Have faith in Yourself.
    Have faith in God.
    The Great Awakening.
    Q

    The link is to Archbishop Vigano’s letter to Pres. Trump.

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      1. The video Dan S. uploaded I see in the water a ship and on the coast 2 figures?
        Are those frog men? Did they come from the ship ? Are they friend or foe?
        I do not know where that is. She Plain was a propeller .

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        1. In the video is that ship on firer there is much smoke? Or is it a U Boat Russian ? Or maybe drug smuggling?

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        2. The shadow of the plane is from an Osprey. It’s a plane that can go straight up or down like a helicopter to land or take off and is used when for putting people into or taking them out of a tight spot. Because Dan is likely on the plane it may be assumed POTUS is also on the plane. Or at least that’s what I’m thinking. As to the ship I don’t think it’s important. Frog men, I didn’t notice. I’m thinking the plane might be flying up the coast toward Maro Lago.

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  4. Rich Higgins (@RichHiggins_DC) Tweeted:
    Being passed out to the troops in DC.

    Soldiers balled em up and threw them away.

    Can we get some MAGA “researchers” on the organization in the website? .⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ https://t.co/FQXc5bEDFW

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    1. Here’s the blurb that came up when I did a search:
      “About Face: Veterans Against the War’s mission is to mobilize the military community against militarism at home & abroad. … aboutfaceveterans.org.”

      Making the military against militarism. The military is under the authority of the commander in chief. We don’t “mobilize” the military to do anything. Not even veterans can do that. In America, we vote for our leaders and vote against them if we don’t agree with them.

      The Left twists itself into pretzels to put forth a narrative.

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    2. This page lists the “staff” of the organization:

      https://aboutfaceveterans.org/people/staff/

      Brittany Ramos DeBarros is the Organizing Director. She was on the Army’s radar for protesting in 2018:

      “Brittany DeBarros is waging the kind of vehement public protest via Twitter against the Defense Department and U.S. government that’s commonplace in the Trump-era — except that DeBarros is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to the Army’s Psychological Operations Command.”

      https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-investigating-brittany-debarros

      Cassidy Regan, Operations Director, “studies theatre-as-resistance at CUNY, the City University of New York.” (GAG). She doesn’t appear to have ever been in the military.

      Jovanni Reyes, Member Coordinator writes:

      https://www.commondreams.org/author/jovanni-reyes

      He resigned from the Army in 2007. He was a training instructor:

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/jovanni-reyes-24820295/

      The stupid flyer can be printed from their website by anybody.

      The Board of Directors are on this page:

      https://aboutfaceveterans.org/people/board-of-directors/

      Ksenia Voropaeva, Co-Chair. I am certain this is her LinkedIn bio:

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/kseniavoropaeva/

      Ex-Air Force in Logistics and Operations. She has an MS, Nonprofit Management & Organizational Development. She is an immigrant from BELARUS:

      https://www.nj.com/opinion/2018/07/im_an_immigrant_and_an_air_force_veteran_heres_how_1.html

      Trump hater. Leftist.

      The other Co-Chair, LJ Amsterdam, seems to have been involved with something called “The Ruckus Society. Another leftist agitator:

      https://ruckus.org/

      Amber Mathwig, board member, was fired from the University of NC after an arrest for protesting an active shooter drill:

      https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/06/uno-employee-fired-after-protesting-police-drill

      Ben Schrader has his own “resist” website for veterans. He has written a lot of books, listed on the site:

      http://www.ben-schrader.com/

      Trump hater. Lots of crap about racism and veterans.

      Siri Margerin is interesting. She has a Twitter page with a lot of Arabic. I don’t read it, so I don’t understand much of what is there, but it has tweets for About Face:

      https://twitter.com/sirimargerin?lang=ar

      John Motter is a community organizer in L.A. He writes a whole lot of leftist crap on Medium:

      View at Medium.com

      These people are the dregs of American society in my opinion. They make their living stirring up racial animus, knocking the military, and protesting decency. Just a bunch of Socialist/Communist asshats. They may all have some Red Diaper connections if they were looked at hard enough. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s really easy to see exactly WHAT they are by what they do.

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      1. The key question is whether this is going to be undone in a year or two…or whether it will sit in that warehouse for decades until someone decides to auction it off to raise a bit of money.

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  5. On my way to a local protest. Going to take pictures of the crowds, esp. for size of the crowd. We have a GOP event in a few weeks, same location. If officials make size of our crows an issue, I want pictures of this event to counter. Fair is fair! Middle of the day…shouldn’t be any actual problems. Just local libs feeling good about themselves

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    1. Going to take pictures of the crowds, esp. for size of the crowd.

      Get up high then. Unless the crowd is so small you can see through it a LOT–i.e., it’s 20-100 people standing around loosely–pictures from ground level will be worthless to someone trying to do a good count.

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      1. Got plenty of good pictures. Way over the 50 people that the GOP and everyone else are supposedly allowed to have in public gatherings in TN right now. GOP reservations w/the Exact Same city and for the Same park 1 week from now had to Promise only 50 people – strictly stick to 50.

        That is why I wanted pictures. Town mayor and county mayor were there. They can’t claim they didn’t know that more than 50 were there. Very little social distancing. Most not wearing masks.

        So much ignorance of the facts on display.

        HORRIBLE that so many POC are scared for their lives because they believe these talking points. they actually believe they need to fear police and then that changes their behavior with police…all so sad!

        And they want to take down county statues and rename schools. BS! They do not know their history or why these Southerners were held up.

        Rabble Rousing and stirring up people in rural TN. Talking about the county oppressing them, the county being racist, etc. And then going after the statues. Sickening!

        I was careful. Had Much that I could say, much I wanted to say … but was never tempted to cause “trouble”. Sadly, would reflect on local GOP, our living in this county would be in jeopardy and my husband’s job would then be in question. Job many miles away in Nash but word would get back and is company just sent lots of SWJ policies and propaganda out.

        Husband was with me. Stood just back of me the whole time. I was protected. But its a rural area and no problems. However, a Heavy police presence in town (not at the rally/march). Expecting trouble tonight? IDK

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    1. CJ didn’t post the best part of that exchange Sessions had with Omar(whatever her name is)

      Sessions concluded with a tweet asking “How’s your brother?”

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  8. If you haven’t seen it, check out latest Tweets by Praying Medic that feature snapshots of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (USMJ), as presented and highlighted by Catherine Herritage.
    It is the Legal foundation of military justice, listing the offensives and who is subjected to it.
    But of special interest (and she places a star next to it)..
    “Includes retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay.”
    I read that as including retirement pay….wonder if McMasters, Mattis, Kelly, el at are aware of this? Maybe
    The consequences…court marshal!

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    1. For large values of 74???

      (Common core, new math, etc.,etc.)

      (Now, if you lived in Kalifornistan, all that would matter is if you feel 74 is correct 🙂 )…

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      1. I wish she had pointed that out to you.

        I feel really stupid because while looking through coin pics I found a number of coins commemorating the 75th anniversary last year, yet never realized I had typed 74.

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    1. Poor puppy??? I wrote a letter to the president of the board for the National Audubon Society where this “bird watching man” happens to sit on the board of directors. He apparently runs into this exact situation so frequently that he carries dog treats on his person while he is in the park? This is not only very unusual but no dog owner I know would allow their pet to take food from a stranger. I believe he is using his position on the board of directors to police the park, clearly not his job. Sounds to me like he is looking to pick a fight.

      I sent a copy of my letter (actually e-mail) to Business Insider who broke the story and told them that I did not see this as a b/w or m/f thing, I see it as an intimidation thing. Also, the fact that he had no care or concern for the “poor puppy” that he would not back down long enough for her to get the dog under control and on the leash.

      Two sides to every story – depending on how you chose to look at it.

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  9. This is a great thread that totally debunks the lie of institutional racism in America. Highly recommended

    Here is the thread reader version:
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1268898468766134279.html

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    1. That IS a very good thread.

      I noticed the name of John McWhorter, who is actually a linguist by training, a very good one (he has made several courses for the Teaching Company). In the past he’s struck me as mildly left of center but intellectually honest, certainly by comparison with today’s Rabid Bomb-Throwing Left. I’ll watch his video if it ever loads.

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    1. Apart from everything else, I see the iron grip of control over people’s opinions, speech, and actions. I see zero principles or respect for the rights of the individual. I see people being treated as chattel.

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    1. I wonder what role Esper is playing, that he hasn’t been fired yet. I’m not saying he’s a white hat, but he is being allowed to do these things.

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      1. TheseTruths all I can assume is that Esper has the deep state behind him. Maybe they have something on him?
        Maybe Mattis and Kelly have something to do with this and still have pull in the Pentagon?.
        I am sure President is advised that this is not a good time to firer the guy? Come Nov after the election he will be gone.

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  11. 2 former cops in our area started a gun store, range, training center in our area. They also have a radio show, ‘Talon Outdoors’ on the local iHeart station.

    This morning, they discussed the George Floyd situation.

    Starting at about 23-24 minutes on the podcast: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-talon-outdoors-28366288/episode/we-talk-about-your-rights-in-63543043/

    They talked about sudden violence and erratic behavior caused by drugs, called “Excited Delirium,” and problems in restraining and chasing perpetrators, and death in police custody due to underlying health conditions and drug use. VERY interesting and helpful discussion.

    The official autopsy showed George Floyd had both meth and fentanyl in his system.

    Gail’s comment here applies: https://wqth.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/2020·06·06-kmag-daily-thread-d-day-74th-anniversary/comment-page-2/#comment-517895

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