Saturday, January 30, 2016




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Use the link below to to visit a site displaying historical photos of important operational and staging areas on the eve or during D day. You'll see the soldiers and sailors of the allied forces preparing, embarking, entering areas in formation, loading supplies onto boats and trucks, escorting POWs, etc.  Pass your curser over the photograph and you'll see the same area as it appeared in recent days. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016


The South Carolina House Has Passed A Bill Blocking Islamic Sharia Law From Being Recognized Or Approved In The State

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"Sharia law is the legal and political system mandated in the Koran and other Islamic texts. It include laws governing religious practice, such as praying and ritual washing. But sharia also rules what Westerners see as non-government social practices — divorce, child-rearing, free-speech, clothing or sexual behavior, for example — and it also rules government responses to crimes, such as theft and murder."

Sharia law has been cited as a defense against criminal charges both in U.S. and European courts, with so far little success. The usual argument goes something like this. The defendant killed his daughter because she didn't dress in accordance with the Sharia dress code or was seen speaking with an adult male without proper chaperon, this is both permissible and recommended under Sharia law, the law of the religion of the defendant, and the defendant should not be held liable for an action mandated by his religious principals. Also under Sharia the religion of the father determines the religion of the Children, and any departure from Islam (apostasy)  is also punishable by death. Such matters should properly be referred to Sharia courts. Obviously if ever admitted as a defense in United States Courts public order would fall apart since the Sharia mandates the killing of all non Muslims who refuse to convert, and exonerates all Muslims from obeying any but Islamic authorities.

  In Europe a few local "voluntary" Sharia Courts have been allowed by European authorities to act as virtual courts of primary jurisdiction.  Even here in the U.S. a few counties and cities have allowed the "voluntary" use of Sharia courts for civil dispute resolution. This have been mostly jurisdictions dominated by Democrats with a progressive liberal mind set. Such people are first on the kill list if the Muslims ever gain regional control.  The problem is the fictional nature of such courts. Women, minors, even male adult children of patriarchal Islamic families have no choice in the matter unless they leave the family and then they may be under a death threat. 

 South Carolina , assuming the bill passes the state senate and is signed by the governor, joins Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina South Dakota, and Tennessee in outlawing the use of Sharia law as either a defense for criminal activity or civil torts and outlaws Sharia courts as civil dispute resolution forums. We are totally mystified by why other states have not taken similar action when it is clear the federal government is taking no action to stop the assault of Sharia by aggressive "law-fare" against the US Constitution. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016



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The U.S. Navy is spending millions of dollars to repair new high-speed catamaran transport ships built by Austal Ltd. because their weak bows can’t stand buffeting from high seas, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester " Full story in BLOOMBURG  BUSINESS

Monday, January 25, 2016




BRANCH WAS SOLIDLY IN THE HANDS OF THE MUSLIMS. THE LEGISLATURE IS STILL BEING INFILTRATED. American Admiralty Books Safety & Privacy Policies (Attention EU Visitors , possible "cookie" encounter ahead) 


Recently we came across the various statements and observations boldfaced and underlined below. According to one post these had all been checked out and found accurate by SNOPES. We checked Snopes and found that to be untrue, at best SNOPES had labeled the entire collections as "Mostly False". That didn't ring true with us either. Basically we found that Snopes listed quite a group of statements but actually addressed only a few yet dismissed the entire grouping. We decided to check these statements out for ourselves and below we post our evaluations. We invite you to check further on your own. It has been very disappointing of late to discover that some of the Internet verification services are starting to exhibit discernible bias and or/poor forensic practices. We don't intend to go into that business sector but we do recommend caution in accepting internet allegations and supposed verification service findings. We at least, follow basic forensic practice and rules of evidence in evaluating allegations, even if we don't follow standards of forensic presentation (articulating all proofs) in reporting what is, after all, our opinion. We only promise that our opinions are well thought out, in the end,however, they are of course only our opinions. Unfortunately many on the Internet and virtually every source in the national media presents their opinions as facts. Below for your consideration are recent statements made on the Internet and evaluated by such verification services as SNOPES and TRUTHORFICTION as "Mostly false" or   "unproven". Our Findings are described below:

"John Brennan, Obama's head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia."  

  Editor's notes: SNOPES and TRUTHORFICTION .COM rate this allegation as "Unproven". However neither service addresses anything but a fraction of the "evidence" offered by proponents of the statement. We like to use the civil law evidence test of "is the allegation more probable than not?". Given the weight of the unaddressed allegations that SNOPES and TRUTHOR FICTION fail to address, given that neither service refutes the allegations with contraindicative facts, but rather offers alternative explanations for the same facts, and absent a denial and offering of contraindicative facts by John Brennan we rate this allegation as tentatively "more probable than not". We would accept "unproven" if a denial were published that addressed all of the allegations. We would rate the allegations "false" if the denial contained sufficient contraindicative facts. At present we rate the probable correctness of this statement as Tentatively More Probable Than Not; if no denial and contraindications are presented before the issue fades from internet forums we'd drop the "Tentatively" from our rating.    

"Obama's top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live. " Jarrett was born in Iran of American Parents. She returned to America with her parents at the age of five years old. As an adult she has made many public statements that have been taken as favoring the Islamification of America, but her actual religious affiliation, if any, is unknown; though in 1977 she apparently publicly professed allegiance to Islam and her intention to help in the Islamification of America (see below) . One parent is deceased and the surviving parent lives in the United States. 

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Obama adviser and founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council of North America Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim  True

Obama's Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim. True 

"Obama's Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Alikhan, is a Muslim. " True

"Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim. Patel is a well known scholar of comparative religion, if he belongs to any we did not find it in the public records reviewed. He apparently does view Islam as a "religion" vice a "philosophy of global conquest". 

Hillary Clinton's top advisor, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.  That Huma Abedin is a Muslim is undisputed, however she disputes allegations that her mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. No contraindicative information however, has been found relative to the involvement in the Muslim Brotherhood by her relatives. 

 "Nancy Pelosi announced during the Obama administration that she would  appoint Rep Andre Carson, D-Ind, as the first Muslim lawmaker on the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. It would make Carson the first Muslim to serve on the committee that receives intelligence on the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East! He has suggested that U.S. schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas, where education is based on the Quran!!" Basically True, The appointment is correct and widely reported, the statement concerning his gaining access to U.S. intelligence services threat assessments of Islamic terror organizations and individuals is simply logical feature of being on that committee. We have not been able to fully examine his public statements on U.S. schools.

 "And last but not least, our closet Muslim himself, Barack Hussein Obama.
 It's questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He didn't repeat the oath properly to defend our
 nation and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again in private. DEBATABLE, REPORTS VARY,

 CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of the Constitution, not a Bible..?? True, our research indicates that he took the oath on a copy of an early draft of the Constitution provided by the Government Archives which did not contain the bill of Rights. 

" Congressman, Keith Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur'an" NOT EXACTLY, he publicly stated that he would, but new members are not sworn in with their left hand on anything. They are sworn in en mass before the Speaker all raising their right hand. Some bring bibles for post ceremony photo ops. Keith Ellison posed for post swearing in photos (mock swearing in photos) with something other than a bible, possibly a Qur'an or simply a law book, he did want to give the impression that he was sworn in with his left hand on the Qur'an but in fact all new members are sworn in as a group with the left hand empty.

Congresswoman Michele Bachman was vilified and verbally tarred and feathered by Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our government." TRUE

Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and his minions were systematically destroying our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East.. " A NOT ILLOGICAL, BUT CLEARLY ADVERSARIAL STATEMENT. We could find no contraindications, or direct contraindicative statements by the former POTUS addressing the assertion. 


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January 20, 2016
Coast Guard in CT marks sinking that killed 13


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"It’s a tragedy that many people have never heard of, or 
may have forgotten in the fog of time.

That is, except for the U.S. Coast Guard."

 As the movie FINEST HOURS opens this Friday (Jan.29, 2016) depicting a true tale of a near impossible rescue at sea from 1956, its good to pause and remember this. In the movie the main character, reminds his critics who are urging him not to attempt the rescue as it appeared to be "a suicide mission" that " the Coast Guard the book says you have to go out, doesn't say you have to come back. Before the days of mustang suits, EPIRBS and PERSONAL EPIRBS, and self righting surf boats, every Coast Guardsman knew the truth of that simple statement which became a motto to live and die by. Today a Coast Guard crew's chances are much better thanks to improvements in vessel designs and personal survival equipment, nonetheless even today, most years the U.S. Coast Guard experiences losses from those who went out, but didn't make it back. Engineman 3ird Class Robert Emmett Connors USCG a 19 year old native of New Haven, Conn. was one such casualty who died aboard the USCGC EASTWIND, while valiantly trying to save a fellow crewman. On January 20, 2016 the Connecticut Post  remembered his story. We link you to it below:

Editor's Note: While the Connecticut Post article marking the 67th anniversary of the wreck of the US CGC EASTWIND indicates that the vessel sank in the 1949 collision that killed 13 Coast Guardsmen, the official Coast Guard records indicate that the ship was salvaged, repaired and returned to service: "After the war, her homeport remained Boston where she served out of for the remainder of her Coast Guard career.  From 1946 through 1947 she made four trips to Greenland supplying bases there. On 19 January 1949 she collided with the tanker Gulfstream off New Jersey, killing 13 crewmen and severely damaging the cutter. From July to September 1950 Eastwind re-supplied Arctic bases. From June to August 1951 Eastwind re-supplied Arctic bases. From May to September 1952 Eastwind re-supplied Arctic bases. From December 1954 to January 1955 Eastwind re-supplied Narsarssuak AFB, "





Namazu's Buddy Vic Socotra with Edward Smith Gilfillen, Jr. Offer A Unique Vision Of Her Final Cruise

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Last Voyage of the Nagato
“The Nagato was the biggest battleship ever built. It could stand off and blow anything in the US Navy out of the water. We were scared witless of it, of its sudden appearance in the sea lanes, and we searched unceasingly for it’s whereabouts. The astonishing secret is in here- if you can read it.”
                                                -JCR 11/16/1979
Those were the words my Uncle Jim typed on the cover sheet to the manuscript. He had it wrong, one of the few times I ever knew that to be true. He was thinking of the super battleship Yamato, which with her sister Musashi was one of two behemoths of the world ocean. Yamato was sunk as part of the assault on Okinawa, which our pal Mac Showers remembered well. We were talking about it at the Willow Bar a few years ago about the timing:
 “My roommate in the two-story Quonset hut on CINCPAC Hill was an army Captain named Hal Leathers. He did our ground estimates, and he thought there were 100,000 Jap troops waiting for us, and 2000 kamikaze aircraft ready to strike the Fleet. According to the traffic we decrypted, the biggest battleship in the world, IJN Yamato , was getting ready for a one-way mission to beach itself on the island and use its 18-inch guns as static artillery.”
  NAGATO 1941 (PD)
“The Japanese were determined to make this so costly for us that we would seek options other than complete victory, right?”
“You have no idea. The civilians on Okinawa, like on Saipan, were indoctrinated to believe that the Americans would kill everyone on the island. Admiral Nimitz sent 1,500 ships, including some Brit fast carriers and a half million men.”
I pursed my lips. “Let me get the timing straight. The invasion started in April of 1945, didn’t it?”
“April Fools Day,” said Mac with a smile. “We found Yamato on the sixth, and sank her the next day. The Japs lost over 107,000 military and civilian on land and 4,000 sailors at sea. It cost us almost seven thousand soldiers and another five thousand sailors to the kamikazes. It was something entirely new in battle, and it was a real problem. The running battle went on almost to the 4th of July…
Uncle Jim was actually talking about a ship called the Nagato, which had a grand history and a role to play once the war was over. She was not the newest battleship in the imperial fleet. Named for Nagato Province at the extreme western tip of the island of Honshu, she was a Dreadnaught-class warship built as the lead ship in her class.
Ordered while the Great War raged in Europe, she was an impressive 780 ft long (LOA) and had a beam of 95 feet. Her armor belt was a foot of steel, and she carried four twin 41 cm guns as her main battery, with a wartime manning of over 1,700 officers and men.
Her operational history had some interesting moments. She carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and was dramatically upgraded in the mid-1930s to improve her armor and machinery, and the characteristic pagoda mast was added. She was a participant in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937) as the world slid into armed chaos, and had one of her two great moments on the 7th of December, 1941.
The NAGATO Rusting at anchor 1946

Nagato was the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, and it was from her Flag Bridge that the order to attack the American Fleet was issued. As such, she is a special part of the history of her nation.
Uncle Jim had been interested in her for something specialized: he was an engineer of the Old School, and was fascinated by technology. A former Naval officer named Edward Smith Gilfillen had passed away, and his widow was interested in getting some of his junk to people who would be interested in it.
Ed had been a member of the Naval Technical Collection team dispatched to Japan at the conclusion of the war.  While at Yokosuka, he had the opportunity to board Nagato as she rode forlornly at anchor in Yokosuka Harbor.
In order to prevent what Uncle Jim called “hanky-panky kamikaze games” Ed disassembled the ship’s big radio, and had kept what Jim described as “18 huge radio tubes and a big variable condenser.” He donated them to the Antique Wireless Association’s Museum in Bloomfield, NY, as unique specimens of WWII-era Japanese technology.
As far as I know, that is where they are to this day. But Ed Gillfillen was going to get to know Nagato a lot better. In fact, he was going to be the XO on Nagato's last cruise. That was the other thing that Jim got- the manuscript of Ed’s account of the most remarkable experience a sailor can have.
More about that tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016



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Below is an interesting summary of the international law of the sea associated with surveillance and intelligence collection by submarine. If you have not yet read BLIND MAN'S BLUFF the story of Cold War U.S. submarine intelligence gathering and brinkmanship deployments, this is an interesting short introduction for the international legal context of this best seller.

 Some thoughts derived from legal analysis:

1. The intentional uninvited and especially submerged presence of a submarine in someone else's territorial sea is a violation of international law. U.S. submarines during the Cold War, according to "BLIND MAN'S BLUFF  entered Russian territorial waters so deeply that according  to the book they once were able to read through the periscope submerged cable crossing signs on shore.

2. The operation of a submerged submarine, especially with the intention of intelligence gathering within a coastal state's territorial sea is a violation of international law, yet espionage pretty much remains an internationally tolerated practice and a violation of national law. There seems to be something of a gentleman's agreement for trading intelligence professionals caught in the act, God help the intelligence professional, or submarine crew whose nation doesn't hold any "trade goods". 

3. It is not illegal under international law for the coastal forces of a sovereign nation to fire upon an unauthorized submarine even without first identifying the nationality of the vessel when an uninvited submerged submarine is found within the territorial sea of a sovereign coastal state. 

4. While ill advised there is probably nothing internationally illegal about submerged operations within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of a coastal state. 

EDITORS OBSERVATION: Operating anywhere within 200 miles of a potentially hostile coast while submerged is dangerous, the closer in, the more so. To quote Admiral Kinnaird McKee, USN "It's like putting your head in the tiger's mouth" 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


"FIERY CROSS" "ISLAND" Was Once A Submerged Reef 

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"China has allowed the first group of tourists to visit its controversial man-made island in the disputed South China Sea. A Hainan Airlines plane carrying civilian visitors touched down on Fiery Cross Reef on Friday, Sina News reported.

The tourists are all families of soldiers who are stationed on the island, the report said."

The Hong Kong Free Press has pictures and story.  In our opinion the entire Fiery Cross Island construction process was illegal under international law and the nations protesting this event have a real legal case, just not a big enough navy to oust the Dragon. 



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The Dragon (China) is inviting private investment to build structures on  islands it "controls" in the disputed South China Seas. This year the Dragon is starting regular flights to at least one of these islands. We remind our visitors that adversely occupying (squatting) does not convey title and soverignity when it comes to internationally disputed islands. Neither does military occupation.  This latest move by the Dragon infuriates the Dragon's neighbors who have quite legitimate claims to these same islands under the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) , the applicable, codified international law that China is signatory to but doesn't follow now that it is inconvenient. It is said that the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Taiwan have "overlapping claims on the same islands. That is frankly an over simplification in favor of the Dragon. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping and unsettled claims over certain of the islands which are located within the normally defined exclusive economic zones (EEZ)  of two or more nations. These "fuzzy areas around the margins of the usual 200 mile EEZ are to be arbitrated under the UNCLOS articles between the contending neighbors. China however illegally claims virtually the entire South China Sea nearly to the beach line of the main Philippine Islands. 

 We would strictly warn investors to stay away from any South China Sea investments in disputed areas and islands, even if China has an air strip and hotel there. If an area is outside of 200 miles from the Chinese mainland, and within 200 miles of the other nations disputing the boundaries of their EEZ , you could be left holding the bag. China has zero chance of winning these territories in an international legal tribunal, their attempts at establishing "effective administration" , even "effective settlement ", will not enhance their legal claims and attempts to hold these islands by force will be met with force once the other claimants sort out their conflicting claims and the title to the islands is made clear by an international tribunal.  Private interests such as oil companies, and commercial fishing organizations, and expedition tourism companies that cooperate and invest with the Chinese will be dimly viewed by the rightful owners when this all sorts out. Such companies may be forever blocked from participation in south China Seas Projects. Moreover, if things come to blows, regardless of who wins, your investment may be physically destroyed and your insurance voided by the typical "war clause". 

 The United States has criticized Beijing's building of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago,  and has conducted sea and air patrols near them. The Philippines is suing China in the Hague, while China is refusing to respond, the Hague has already ruled that it has jurisdiction, formal counter argument by China not with standing. China and Vietnam came to a contest of arms over the Paracels in 1974, Vietnam lost about 64 sailors in that contest but still doesn't cede the territory. According to the UN charter, territory acquired by armed conquest does not change title or soverignity. In short any investor backing the Dragon beyond the Dragon's own internationally recognized EEZ boundaries is accepting what should be unacceptable risk normally associated with sound business practice. Our advice is deal with the Dragon, if you must, but only in its own house or your own. Frankly, we'd avoid all reptilian contact whatsoever. 


Sunday, January 17, 2016


Top US Admiral Fired For Questioning Obama Purchase Of Mansion In Dubai

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7/5/2017 The election of Mr. Trump does not render the object of this story Moot. 

 1/19/2016;  Since publishing this a couple of days ago we have since learned that SCOPES views this as a "False Report". While we view SCOPES as normally reliable for the authentication of Internet stories, we don't buy into their assessment in this case.  SCOPES cites as reason for doubting the story as reported below is that a generic image of a Dubai mansion was used to illustrate the first report and not the actual address allegedly purchased by Obama interests for Obama use. SCOPES also noted the poor reputation for the reporting site and indicated that subsequent information either leaked or issued by the Navy indicates repeated visits to porn sites by the admiral. 
 Here is why we dismiss the SCOPES assessment.
1. There has been no denial of either first publication or subsequent removal of  Admiral Williams alleged blog post concerning the participation by government agents in the purchase of the real estate by the prestigious U.S. Naval Institute so far. While the Institute is made up of naval professionals and housed on the Naval Academy grounds, it is independent of the Navy. The Institute would be protective of the Navy and not ill disposed to removal of blog posts that might be embarrassing,  but difficult to motivate into an active cover up. The Institute as of this writing, to best that we are able to determine, has not denied the Admiral's story. 
2. Neither the White House nor anyone else we can find so far has denied the real estate purchase.  This would be a hard thing to deny if true, given publicly available real estate records. 
3. The difficulty and danger of attempting to enter unfiltered internet sites from a government computer makes the charge of pornography viewing on a government computer doubtful. We still bet on Admiral Rick Williams and worry that what we are seeing is quite deliberate career and character assassination of a naval officer who has "blown the whistle" on an administration that we (full disclosure here) routinely view as treasonous and criminal. 

"....the Commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 15, Rear Admiral Rick Williams, posted a “pointed” query on 8 January [since deleted] to the US Naval Institute’s “Readiness Kill Chain” “recipients/responders” list as to why Navy security and intelligence personal had been dispatched from Naval Support Facility Thurmont (aka Camp David) to Dubai on what he termed an “Obama house hunting mission”. quoted from ASWDNEWS.
 About 18 hours later the U.S. Navy's Third Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, under direct orders from Obama fired Admiral Williams. She cited :"loss of confidence in his ability to command " because of "allegations of his misuse of government computer equipment". Since the U.S. Naval Institute is considered the Navy's "OPEN FORUM" it could hardly be an abuse to post almost anything in the way of constructive criticism or observations there. When questioned by the media the DOD had no further comment, but soon rumors began to appear that the admiral had been viewing pornography on the government's computer. In our opinion these rumors originate with Obama loyal forces within the DOD and are totally false not only considering the admiral's reputation, but also the near impossibility of viewing pornography on a government computer. What this appears to be all about to us, is the purchase of a luxury seaside villa near Dubai  by interests associated closely with Obama and the use of government personnel and travel expenses to check it out for physical security. The home is clearly meant to house the Obama family at least at times. He may simply be most comfortable in Saudi Arabia among his Muslim brethren. After all  , when he leaves office having advanced the cause of the Islamification of America possibly to a point of no return, he may not want hang around America where the large remnant of the real Americans will be quite enraged. Read the complete post 

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HAVE FUN FINDING LUXURY PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN DUBAI:  It really a great place for the super rich who can easily avoid the areas where the gruesome public executions are being conducted.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


 Off Loading Cuban Refugees At The Miami Sea Buoy 1965-Photo USCG
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The announcement of a thaw in the relations between Cuba and the United States hasn't stemmed the flow of north bound migrants out of Cuba. The latest count for 2015 was over 4,000 the most since 1980. Its simple, Cuba is run by commies, and everything a Commie touches turns to crap. Life in Commie Cuba is crap and if you can avoid detection or drowning for a 90 mile voyage, you can live in America if you can get your feet on the shore. Some of the north bound refugees fear that this particular loop hole will close as relations normalize. Some who have had better earnings and savings try the new air /land route of air travel to Ecuador then land transit through Central America to the highly unsecured U.S. / Mexican border. But the sea route is still the most traveled, few in Commie land can afford the air package. This is making the Straits of Florida once again a problem area for the U.S.Coast Guard and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Not only are the numbers increasing but apparently the the level of desperation is increasing as well. Recently CBP officials have noted that some Cuban migrants have a shown a willingness to forcibly resist border agents. The Coast Guard reports approximately 20 incidents last year of violence against its boarding team members. If a migrant doesn't make it to the U.S. beach he is headed back to Cuba where he may be facing boat theft charges, or simply shot for wanting to leave the "worker's paradise". The commies seem to want to dump as many people as they can into the United States, but it is their custom to treat the matter as if we were stealing and kidnapping their people. 

 In public statements the Coast Guard makes it clear that its' priority is saving people from peril at sea, but they do cooperate to the maximum extent possible with the CBP to keep illegal migrants out of Florida. Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado has already told the media and no doubt Florida's Congressional delegation that Federal assistance will be needed to house the Thousands of refugees expected this year. It all makes you wonder, if an avowed and open and angry socialists like Bernie Sanders is elected, where will the Americans go to get away from Commie rule? The Florida Straits were nothing but trouble when I first enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1965 and it looks like a half century later nothing has changed. Basically ops normal, situation sucks.


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AAB RECOMMENDED  Most of the staff here knew the late great Capt. Mike Howel a major character in this narrative. This is a well told tale that puts human faces on the exodus.

Friday, January 8, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Mutiny: The True Events That Inspired "The Hunt For Red October"

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 The 1984 novel by Tom Clancy, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER  published as the first work of fiction ever marketed by the prestigious U.S. Naval Institute became a run away best seller and a major box office success as a movie. The realism and detail of the book was the major element that caught the imagination of the editorial board of the Naval Institute. The book was exciting to an incredible degree, a real page turner best seller that turned into an action movie box office hit. Tom Clancy was a new and untried author at the time. The success of this first ever work of fiction published by the Naval Institute, before this known for such titles as DICTIONARY OF NAVAL TERMS, NAVAL CUSTOM COURTESY, AND TRADITION, and THE BLUE JACKETS MANUAL changed the financial posture of the Institute and led to more works of fiction, none as yet quite as successful as THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER , but successful indeed in their own right, selling well as books and in at least one case becoming a modest box office success as a movie.

 Now it can be revealed that the realism of the Hunt for Red October was of course due to the meticulous research and writing skills of Tom Clancy, but also on another factor that gave it the ring of authenticity. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, while a work of fiction, was not too loosely based on a true story. The inspiration for Clancy's novel came from an obscure report by a US naval officer of a mutiny aboard a soviet war ship in the Baltic Sea. The time was the Fall of 1975, a time of escalating tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The ship was the FFG STORZHEVOY, not a submarine but an anti submarine warfare ship of the Soviet Navy. Boris Gindin was at the time a senior lieutenant and the Chief Engineer of the FFG STORZHEVOY and was locked below along with most of the Ship's officers who did not go along with the mutiny led by Captain Third Rank Valery Sablin. Only in recent years since the fall of the Soviet Union has he spoken out. His narrative is a major source of the book's author David Hagberg's telling of this obscure tale.

 The Soviet Union and the United states appeared headed for an unavoidable thermonuclear war at the time, a time when many Soviet citizens suspected that the Kremlin was corrupt. Captain Third Rank Valery Sablin intended to hijack the ship and take into the Baltic and make a broadcast to the Soviet peoples asking them to revolt against the Kremlin and reestablish what he felt were authentic communist principles. Promising post coupe pardons and early discharges to the mostly conscripted crew he engendered enough support to lock away the loyalists. Some how U.S. and / or NATO intelligence got wind of what was going on spawning the "obscure" U.S. naval intelligence  report, but before anything like what happened in the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER could happen, Kremlin leader Leonid Brezhnev became aware of the situation and ordered Soviet naval air craft to find and sink the ship. Under the heat of the attack the mutineers lost their nerve and surrendered sparing the ship and all aboard from sinking, but not the Mutineers from later reprisals.. Had the FFG STORHEVOY been a more stealthy ship, like a submarine not so readily found from the air, and had it been farther out into the ocean the basic post seizure scenario of the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER might have been the story, one that no doubt would still be classified. 

 Now with the help of David Hagberg, a best selling author, former Senior Lieutenant Gindin tells of the harrowing events from the danger aboard ship to the threats of death even to the locked up loyalists from the KGB that eventually forced him to flee the Soviet Union for the United States. Mutiny not only reveals the real life inspiration for the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER but provides unique insights into the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.


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