Group Photo Kearsarge Luncheon 2017

Monday 04 December 2017 at 6:21 pm

Group Photos Kearsarge Luncheon 2017

Monday 11 December 2017 at 6:37 pm


Monday 11 December 2017 at 4:59 pm

Notes on Colin Powell:


David Rubenstein, founder of the Carlyle Group ($174b in assets), hosts the Sunday morning TV show:  Peer to Peer Interview on Bloomberg News. He interviewed Colin Powell on 12/3/2017.


It was a clarifying interview, since Powell is usually misquoted, taken out of context.  and certainly mischaracterized by the fake news media.  My take-aways: 

  1. Powell is a New Yorker, right out of Harlem [not too far from Ascension Parish]
  2. Powell is glib, with a good sense of humor; and likes to dabble in Yiddish.
  3. Graduates CCNY, Geology, “c” student; ROTC
  4. He speaks in very simple terms, and very clearly
  5. He is humble
  6. As per WMD: everyone, both democrats and republicans, bought into the CIA assessment that Saddam had WMD
  7. As per the Invasion:  it was the correct decision
  8. As per the execution: disastrous. Two major mistakes:  1. Not to include the Baathists in planning the new government; 2. Failure to use adequate US Army ground forces.
  9. In hindsight, was the invasion a mistake? Iraq is a democracy and it is working.  If it continues in this direction, then the long-term view will favor the invasion.
  10. He did not run for President because he is a moderate Republican, and the conservatives were against him.
  11. He agreed to serve as Secretary of State because he liked GHBush who was a moderate.
  12. He did not invent the Powell Doctrine, and he does not ascribe to Overwhelming-Force, but rather Decisive-Force. 

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Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 12:12 am

Hat, cattle, barrels. What's it all mean?


Many credit Plato for bringing "empty barrel" into the vernacular: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." Some believe the proverb truly has Jamaican origins, while others credit it as Spanish. A book of world proverbs gives 21 variations of the expression.  

Shakespeare channeled Plato in Henry V, writing, "I never heard so loud a voice issue from such an empty heart. It's true what they say, the empty vessel makes the greatest sound." 

Like many old phrases, there are few clear answers but many variations and sources. On Friday, Wilson suggested that the phrase was racist, and many critics of Kelly have noted a pattern within the Trump administration to demean minority lawmakers.

It does appear Kelly was suggesting the Platonic usage—that Wilson is a loudmouth—given he used the term in an inaccurate reference to Wilson bragging about securing funding for an FBI memorial building. Kelly said Wilson "stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building." 

Kelly repeated at the end of his comments that "even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned."

It's not the first time Kelly has used the phrase. In September, he attributed the quote "empty barrels make the most noise" to his "blessed mother" after Illinois Democrat Representative Luis Gutiérrez called him a "disgrace to the uniform" for supporting the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Kelly told Fox News he used the phrase to eloquently "call people liars."

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General Mattis, USMC, The Warrior Monk

Friday 02 December 2016 at 5:49 pm

I am a fan of Maddog Mattis; remember i joined the marines when i was 15 years old.  semper fi.

9 unforgettable quotes by James Mattis

12/01/16 09:03 PM EST

James Mattis, the retired Marine Corps general who has been tapped to be Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, is known for his earthy aphorisms -- eminently quotable, often controversial observations on everything from the romanticism of war to the secret of personal success (“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word,” he once said.)

Reporters who have followed the arc of the four-star general’s 44-year military career from the sands of Iraq to the halls of the Pentagon have dubbed his many pithy statements “Mattisisms”; his legion of admirers call him either “the Warrior Monk” or “Mad Dog.” One Mattisism -- “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet" -- even made it into a popular video game.

It turns out that Mattis, whose gruff exterior masks a finely honed intellect, may have influenced the president-elect’s view on waterboarding with something of a Mattisism. Trump told The New York Times that he was “surprised” when Mattis told him he does not favor the practice.

“He said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful,’” Trump relayed. “He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’ And I was very impressed by that answer.”

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis

Here’s a sampling of Mattis’ most memorable quotes:

1. ‘It’s quite fun to shoot them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.’

In 2005, he offered this commentary on war: “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

He continued: “Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

At the time, after the remarks made some waves, Marine commandant Gen. Michael Hagee noted that Mattis “often speaks with a great deal of candor.”

2. ‘There are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.’

Speaking to some 200 Marines, Mattis had this advice, according to longtime reporter Thomas Ricks: “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

Mattis elaborated, “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim. It’s really a hell of a lot of fun. You’re gonna have a blast out here!”

And: “I feel sorry for every son of a bitch that doesn’t get to serve with you.”


3. ‘I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’

Mattis remembered offering this message to Iraqi leaders following the invasion, Ricks reported.

4. ‘Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.’

According to the same report, Mattis advised his Marines in Iraq to stay vigilant. In that vein, he also once said, “There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists.”

5. ‘There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do.’

“It’s just business,” Mattis said.

6. ‘In a country with millions of people and cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in awhile.’

Matt was characteristically blunt in a 2007 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. “There are going to be good days and bad days. Bottom line,” he concluded.


7. ‘PowerPoint makes us stupid.’

Mattis gets a third of his briefings on the presentation platform, though, The New York Times has reported.

8. ‘I get a lot of credit these days for things I never did.’

For all his proverbial outspokenness, in a 2004 speech at the Naval Academy, Mattis was reportedly modest about his accomplishments.

9. “Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

Mattis, a student of counterinsurgency tactics and strategy, sent this advice to his Marine unit only a few hours before they helped kick off the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression,” he wrote.



Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 03:39 am

click on war picture and drag mouse pictures were taken during WWII; swipe the mouse and see how the geography has changed.


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Saturday 02 April 2016 at 12:44 am

Holes in the Sun Are Threatening to Throw Birds, GPS Off Course


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Thursday 24 March 2016 at 01:18 am

Falling Sea Level

Sea level has been falling on the Atlantic seaboard for the past six years.

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Sunday 13 March 2016 at 1:13 pm

 SUNAPEE – Guy E. Alexander, 97, of Sunapee passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, after a period of failing health.
Guy was born in Sunapee on Jan. 11, 1919, the son of Ralph and Ella Alexander. He attended Sunapee schools, graduating in 1937. He attended UNH majoring in business administration and upon graduation he joined the Marine Corps and completed officer training as a Second Lieutenant.
He was married to Elizabeth Chandler in March of 1942 and after advanced Marine Corps training, was shipped to the Pacific theater of World War II, as a platoon officer in an engineering battalion of the 1st Marine Division. He served in the Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester campaigns preparing airfields and doing bomb disposal work, returning to the states in August, 1944.
After separating from active duty in 1945, he returned to Sunapee to join his father in the manufacture of wooden rakes, and then later, wooden crutches. He ran the company, Geo. E. Alexander & Son, from 1952 until its closure in December, 1993.
Guy was an active pilot from 1941 until 2012 and was engaged in many of the activities and improvements at Parlin Field in Newport. He was a member of AOPA and the Aviation Association of NH. He served for 30 years as a Sunapee School Board member. He was a volunteer Sunapee fireman for many years and was a charter member of the Sunapee Lions Club. He served on the boards of the Sunapee Mutual Fire Insurance Company, the Concord Mutual Insurance Group, the Claremont VoTec Advisory Board, and the Sunapee Harbor Riverway. From his early teen years he had an interest in cars, and was a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth, and by a daughter Catherine. He is survived by son, Guy Jr., daughters, Elizabeth Trainor and Christine Alexander, and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London.
A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.