Kentucky National Guard on the way to the Horn of Africa

 

No one in the Regular Army to send to the Horn of Africa or Kosovo? I thought we had a standing army. Under the impression that we have men and women committed to serve in foreign lands as a full-time profession? Back to Somalia after Trump removed our forces.

The Army:

It is the largest military branch, and in the fiscal year 2020, the projected end strength for the Regular Army (USA) was 480,893 soldiers; the Army National Guard (ARNG) had 336,129 soldiers and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) had 188,703 soldiers; the combined-component strength of the U.S. Army was 1,005,725 soldiers.

Instead we apparently call on men and women to leave their families and possible jobs for extended periods. Are these rarified positions that there is a shortage? Here is just a start.

“The Kentucky National Guard says about 150 soldiers are deploying to eastern Africa.” Look’s like it’s Somalia according to the link. This after Trump removed the forces apparently- 

US troops now ‘commuting to work’ to help Somalia fight al-Shabab –  April 2020.

When President Donald Trump ordered roughly 700 U.S. troops to withdraw from Somalia late last year, it decreased the American footprint there, but not the mission to help that country’s military fight back against al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s largest affiliate.

Three months after the completed drawdown, senior U.S. Africa Command leaders say that they are essentially doing the same work, but “commuting” from Europe and other East African countries to get it done.

“There’s no denying that the repositioning of forces out of Somalia has introduced new layers of complexity and risk,” Army. Gen. Stephen Townsend, AFRICOM’s boss, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “… our understanding of what’s happening in Somalia is less now than it was when we were there on the ground, physically located with our partners. So we’re working to make this new mode of operation work.”

The Virginia and Kentucky National Guard are deploying 1,000 troops to the horn of Africa amid a continuing shift in U.S. war efforts away from the Middle East.

The U.S. has been increasingly operating in countries like Somalia and Niger as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have drawn down

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President Joe Biden in Sept. declared that the U.S. “for the first time in 20 years” is “not at war” in a speech to the United Nations. But in a June letter to Congress the Biden administration listed 10 regions and countries including several on the African continent in which troops are still engaged in combat operations against various militant groups.

About a month before that speech, an American drone targeted al-Shabab fighters who were engaged with friendly Somali troops. It is unclear how many militants and/or civilians were killed.

The mission comes at one of the busiest times in the Guard’s history with non-stop domestic activations as the force juggles its overseas missions. As of Monday, there are nearly 27,480 guardsmen overseas, including in the Middle East and Europe, according to data from the National Guard Bureau. In the U.S. 11,480 are activated in support of pandemic-related missions and more than 340 troops are supporting wildfire response efforts in California and Colorado.

You think maybe?

How about this one: Welcome back to school. Your new driver is wearing fatigues.

Oct 7, 2021 — Faced with a shortage of school bus drivers, Massachusetts has deployed more than 200 members of the National Guard to help nine communities …
 
So now it’s back to The Horn of Africa? That sounds swell.

A ceremony Saturday at the Lexington airport honored members of the Somerset-based 149th Infantry Regiment as they entered federal active duty, the National Guard said in a news release.

The unit will deploy under the command of a task force from the Virginia Army National Guard and provide security around the Horn of Africa, the statement said.

About 200 other Kentucky National Guard members are preparing for a separate mobilization to southeast Europe in early 2022. They will work with the Virginia National Guard in a NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, the statement said.

Source: WYKL

Kentucky National Guard“Kentucky National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

Do I have this? 

Kentucky Army National Guard

The Kentucky National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. Its history dates back to 1775, when Kentucky was known as Fincastle County, a part of western Virginia.
 
Since its inception, the Kentucky National Guard has not only stood ready as an alert fighting force ready to defend Kentucky and America against those who would destroy our Democratic way of life, but this voluntary citizens Army has also served in times of national disaster.
 
The Kentucky Army National Guard is authorized approximately 7,250 personnel and has an approximate strength of 7,175 as of August 29, 2019.
Click HERE for information about joining the Kentucky Army National Guard.
 
I assume they are receiving Reserve pay since they are considered dual-status. It appears that there are other State National Guardsmen elsewhere that are not as fortunate and are called ultimately to serve in foreign lands. The ads say one can supplement their income assuming one can maintain a civilian job apparently.
 
It seems way too easy to find a geographic location for these men and women waiting to defend their country or at least someone’s country. They certainly try and make it financially worthwhile for them to lay in wait.
 

There are 192 countries in the world. We give out Aid to 150 of them. This doesn’t include that we have 120 military installations world-wide with hundreds of thousands of troops in an attempt to keep the world at relative peace. This is just what finished the Roman Empire.  Are we doomed to repeat it? From a post back in 2011.

No doubt Susan Rice and Samantha Power cannot wait to have another “Africa Spring” similar to what they were instrumental in having occur in the “Arab Spring”

Perhaps Peter Doocy could ask Jen Psaki at a presser how things are going down Africa way.

 

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New York Governor Halts Non-Elective Surgeries

 

New York sure knows how to pick their Governors.  Now Red State versus Blue State. Just waiting to see what is next in store for Americans by Fauci and our senile old fool President. I am just waiting to hear when they will start moving us to “the camps.” Yet our border remains open. Checking out how things are going..

 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will halt non-urgent, elective surgeries in the state amid a spike in the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Mrs. Hochul signed an executive order on Friday, in hopes of preventing hospital staff shortages over an anticipated rise in cases.

“We’ve taken extraordinary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat this pandemic. However, we continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Mrs. Hochul said.

The governor added that she will announce protocols to expand hospital capacity, and encouraged unvaccinated New Yorkers to get the shot and those already fully vaccinated to get their booster.

 Fox News:

Florida is reporting the lowest amount of coronavirus cases per capita in the nation after Gov. Ron DeSantis was widely criticized by media outlets for his handling of the virus.

The Sunshine State reported a daily average of 1,393 coronavirus cases as of Friday, six per 100,000, which was a two percent decrease over the last two weeks.

DeSantis has been slammed by critics in the media since the start of the pandemic over his opposition to government-imposed mask and vaccine mandates. In 2020, DeSantis was accused by a Democratic politician of going on a “killing spree” for opposing mask mandates and a Vanity Fair headline from September of this year referred to the governor as an “angel of death.”

This is at the same time people from all over the country are headed South for the winter.

When is this fellow going away?

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Sunday Respite – ‘Walking in the Air’

What better way to start the Christmas season than something from Andre Rieu. I discovered this several  years ago and put this in my “must” for Christmas each year.

For today’s Sunday Respite I have chosen “Walking in the Air” – André Rieu from “Snowman.” 

I will add “The Snow-Storm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson to set the winter mood.

The Snow-Storm
 
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
 
Come see the north wind’s masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;
Fills up the farmer’s lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and, at the gate,
A tapering turret overtops the work.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,
Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work,
The frolic architecture of the snow.
 

By all means watch the video in full screen.

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpourri

 

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

So many good ones this week. It was hard to choose. Enjoy!

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We will start off with a fellow that works at Ikea.

Sound up!

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Note the booties on the duck!

 

I will close out the post with Instrumental Christmas music with a fireplace’s crackling fire sounds 24/7. I send the fireplace over to my flatscreen! Sure beats having to put on the firewood.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Wants White Donors To Offer “Sincere Apology” For Their Racism

 

The Salvation Army is asking us “White Folk” to pony up and be abused apparently. This has to be a first. Insult your donors. Let’s ask “why then should members of an organization built by the Christian faith to actually assist people of all races in need, be repentant of behavior they never perpetuated?”

This of course will put more outlets that allow the Red Kettles in more of a bind as whether to permit the bell ringers. Part of ushering the season was to hear and see the Salvation Army out on the streets, a sign that the holidays were upon us. Chipping in a few bucks was part of the holiday ritual. Newsweek does a good post on the subject:

Speaker for Salvation Army“Speaker for Salvation Army” by Singing With Light is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As The Salvation Army launches its Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season, some of its long-time donors are withdrawing their support from the 156-year old charitable organization citing its newly embraced “woke” ideology as the reason.

 

 

Of great concern to loyal supporters and faithful Salvationists is the initiative dubbed “Let’s Talk About Racism.” In a nutshell, its curriculum outlines the Christian church’s alleged racial collusion and provides action steps to analyze and combat racism through an “anti-racist” lens while incorporating Critical Race Theory.

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Originally founded in London in 1865 by one-time Methodist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine, TSA is both a Christian church and an international charitable organization. Organized in an “army” structure with officers, soldiers and volunteers, collectively they are referred to as Salvationists who are called to serve both the physical and spiritual needs of the impoverished as their Christian faith dictates.

“Repentance solely for the fact that you’re white, we don’t think that’s very productive,” Xu told Newsweek, who also noted that 60 percent of those served by The Salvation Army are from ethnic minority communities. That’s a statistic he told Newsweek he discovered by talking to Commissioner and TSA National Commander Kenneth G. Hodder.

Here’s the thing with the SA that’s so crazy—these people spend their entire lives serving the poor,” said Xu. “There is absolutely no reason to even suggest or insinuate repentance for their supposed complicity in racism.”

 

More at Newsweek

A sad conclusion to another holiday ritual. They have done so much wonderful work. Our rural community, back in the day, was supported by the Salvation Army and helped so many that were distressed.

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Thanksgiving – ‘Over The River And Through The Woods’

The good news is that many more of us this year will have the opportunity to go ‘Over the River’ but not so sure how many of us ‘through the woods.’ A short rendition of the tune as a reminder of this well- worn song that many of us loved as a child.

Then an acknowledgement that we are indeed entering into the first Sunday of Advent. Add some wonderful old Christmas cards with some music and it surely fills out the nostalgia. The days of the Christmas cards. How well I remember those days of sending and receiving then hanging them on our fireplace.

This video below is a flashback to times gone by. . . . . . an era that has come and gone, but which is a near unspoiled era that typifies a pure and simpler way of life. There were no cell phones or iPads, no televisions or Blue Ray players, no Facebook or Twitter either. This video card focuses on family and a long past wonderful way of life. . .

A brief introduction and then some old time Christmas joy to help us get into the mood of the season.

You may enjoy it in full screen.

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving!

I Took the Red Pill And Here Are The Headlines – See Anything Wrong Too?

 

Here are the headlines. It looks to me like there is not a lot of sense to it.  Pick your favorite and drop a comment. Joe excelled this week. A few of his remarks and activities or lack thereof this past couple of days are included.

 

 

Here is the Father of Rittenhouse’s “victim.”

 

Alice in Wonderland

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Alleged Waukesha Suspect Has Long Record, Was Recently Released On Bond – Update

Thank George Soros and the rest of his ilk that have managed to install D.A.’s that refuse to prosecute and or make deals that don’t take these people off the streets and put them in jail forever. The suspect Darrell Brooks is reported to be a sex offender among other offenses who caused the death and destruction among those enjoying a Christmas parade. The same goes for what Rittenhouse was forced to take off the streets. People who do not belong among civilized society.

Update: Some of his social media while it is still up.

 

He has a very long record. More at Laura Loomer

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks from Milwaukee

H/T: Gateway Pundit

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Sunday Respite – ‘When Winter Comes’

For this Sunday’s Respite I have chosen When Winter Comes by Chris De Burgh. I have included the poem Spellbound by Emily Bronte to set the mood.

The days are shorter, the winter is soon to settle in for the long haul. The video is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it as well.

You may prefer to watch the video in full screen.

Spellbound

Emily Brontë

The night is darkening round me,

The wild winds coldly blow;

But a tyrant spell has bound me

And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending

Their bare boughs weighed with snow.

And the storm is fast descending,

And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,

Wastes beyond wastes below;

But nothing drear can move me;

I will not, cannot go.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpourri

 

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

Odds and ends this week. Enjoy!

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I will conclude with this- called

kindest video ever on Earth

 

 

Have a wonderful day.

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