93 year old World War Two veteran dies

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This is from War History OnLine.

R. I. P. John McFarland, Gods Speed Hand Salute.     

John McFarland's 1943 presentation of Air Observers (Navigators) Wings

John McFarland’s 1943 presentation of Air Observers (Navigators) Wings

A 93 year old World War Two veteran Royal Air Force officer has died.

John McFarland was originally born in Ireland in 1922, but enlisted with the Royal Air Force in 1941 in the early years of the war.

John was sent to Scotland and joined an air and sea rescue unit, after which he volunteered to join the RAF’s revered Bomber Command. So he was sent into training as an aircraft navigator and was sent to Canada to train. When he returned, John was placed into RAF 75 Squadron which was mainly made up of New Zealand servicemen.

Later on in the war, John took part in a dangerous mission where they were tasked with placing sea mines in the area around Kiel, a coastal port town in the north of Germany. When John and his squadron were returning from the mission his plane was shot down over Denmark.

The aircraft was completely destroyed, three of the crew died in the plane crash, while John and one other managed to parachute out. However John was the only survivor as the other crewman’s parachute failed.

John ended up landing in enemy-occupied territory in the middle of the night. John’s son David says that his father was hiding out and on the run from enemy troops for three or four days. Eventually a local farmer took John in, fed him and gave him a place to stay. He later moved in to a local teacher’s house where he stayed in hiding, the News Letter reports.

Unfortunately Nazi troops found John. The teacher he was staying with was sent to a concentration camp, where he eventually died. John was captured as a prisoner of war and was sent to Stalag Luft III, a notorious camp for prisoners of war and the location of the ‘Great Escape’ which had taken place not long before John arrived at the camp.

As the Allies advanced across Europe and into Germany from the west, and the Soviet Red Army was closing in from the east, the Germans evacuated Stalag Luft III at the beginning of 1945. The Nazis forced thousands of prisoners to march across Germany in order to get away from the incoming Allies. The march became known as the Long March in which thousands of prisoners marched hundreds of kilometres across Germany, with many dying from the freezing conditions.

John survived and was liberated from a camp in Hamburg by the Allied forces. After the war, John returned to Ireland and finished training as a chemist. He set up a shop in Belfast and worked there until he retired in the 1980s.

Confederate Flag, Democrat Donkey & Islamic Crescent

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Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

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July, 7, 2015

Calls to ban the Confederate Flag due to its association with slavery may lead to calls to ban the Donkey symbol of the Democrat Party and the Islamic Crescent, as those institutions had also been involved in the enslavement of Africans.

Prior to the Civil War there were two major political parties in the United States:

Democrats, who favored freedom of choice to own slaves; and

Whigs, who tried to be a big tent party to stem the loss of members to the Know-Nothing Party.

Birthplace of GOP Ripon WIS
On February 28, 1854, in Ripon, Wisconsin, anti-slavery activists met for the first time, then held their first State Convention in Jackson, Michigan on JULY 6, 1854.

This new political party took a stand against slavery.

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It also was against an effort in Utah to redefine marriage.

The name of this new political party was “Republican.”

The chief plank of the original…

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Man mocks gators and swims, becomes first Texas gator attack fatality in 200 yrs

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This is from the Examiner.com.

Darwin claims another idiot the herd gets thinned again.



A Texas man was killed in an alligator attack during an ill-advised swim at night in a bayou marina. It was the first gator attack fatality in Texas since 1836. (Photo: Alligator floats at 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.) Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A Texas man died after he mockingly took a late-night swim in an alligator-infested marina close to the Louisiana border. Against verbal warnings and signs that cautioned against swimming in the area, Tommie Woodward jumped into the water — and almost immediately started calling for help. An eyewitness who knew the man saw him dragged underwater a couple times before he disappeared altogether.

CBS news reported July 3 that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were called to Burkart’s Marina early Friday morning after reports that 28-year-old Tommie Woodward and an unidentified woman went swimming in a bayou and had subsequently suffered being attacked by an alligator. Sheriff’s deputies and a Texas game warden found Woodward’s body roughly 200 yards away after about two hours of searching.

Although police originally thought the man was swimming with a woman, Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told KFDM-TV in Beaumont that the woman, who had been on a dock at the marina, only jumped into the water after the man screamed for help. KFDM-TV also reported that witnesses said they had seen the man and woman at a bar at the marina right before the attack.

“One minute he’s there and then the next minute he’s gone,” Michelle Wright, who works in the restaurant at the marina, told KFDM-TV in a separate report. “I asked him please do not go swimming, there’s a bigger alligator out here, just please stay out of the water.”

A 10-foot alligator had been spotted in the bayou the week before. Signs had been posted soon afterward.

Price said Woodward ignored both the verbal warnings and the posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign. He also seemed to mock the reptiles before going in the water. “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold,” he said, “someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped in to the water and almost immediately yelled for help.”

In her retelling of the incident, Wright said, “Next thing I know this girl is screaming an alligators got him, an alligator’s got him and I grab a flashlight trying to zoom it over the water, trying to find him. The next thing I know, I don’t even know how long it was, I saw his body floating face down and then he’s up there for a couple seconds and then he gets dragged back down and pulled off.”

The unidentified woman was uninjured. She said later that she thought she felt the brush of the alligator’s while she was in the water.

Although alligator attacks in Florida are common, Gator Country owner Gary Saurage told KFDM-TV that it was the first fatal alligator attack in Texas that he knows of this year. Texas state Game Warden Mike Boone told the station it was the first fatal attack he knows of in Texas and he’s been a Game Warden more than 22 years. After the Houston Chronicle dug into gator attackhistory, it found that the bayou attack marks the first one in almost 200 years, when a man was killed near the Trinity River in 1836.

Islam innocent. Confederate Flag guilty.

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Originally posted on The Handbook:

So ISIS the JV team over there in the Middle East that seems to kill anyone in their path with extreme brutality is not really Islamic claims our President. But look at what he said exactly then watch where I go with this.

“They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism. No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for terrorism.”

People Mr. President? As in personal responsibility? So the religion of Islam doesn’t cause terrorism, people do, but guns and flags cause murder, drugs cause addiction, and forks cause obesity.

Very well Mr. President but you only get to have this one way. You can’t have it both. What about a few changes to that statement?

“He no more represents the Confederacy than any madman posing with a different flag represents France…

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31 images of Rommel & some you wouldn’t have seen before?

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This is from War History OnLine.

Forty one years after his death pictures of  Field Marshal Erwin Rommel are still being found.

I hope more pictures taken by Rommel surface.




Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was one of German’s most popular generals during World War II, and gained his enemies’ respect with his victories as commander of the Afrika Korps. Implicated in a plot to overthrow Hitler, Rommel took his life in 1944..

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was born in Heidenheim in southern Germany. He grew up with a pronounced southern accent that differentiated him from the Prussian aristocracy of the time. His father had served briefly in the military, then become a schoolteacher. He was forward-thinking, building a flyable glider and buying a motorcycle at a young age. He matriculated at the Officer Cadet School in Danzig in 1910 and was commissioned a lieutenant in the local 124th Württemberg Infantry Regiment 1912.



Nordafrika, von Bismarck, Bayerlein, Rommel


In February 1940, Rommel was named commander of the 7th Panzer division. The following year, he was appointed commander of German troops (the Afrika Korps) in North Africa.

Zentralbild II. Weltkrieg 1939 - 1945 Front in Nordafrika Generaloberst Erwin Rommel auf einer Inspektionsfahrt zu den neuen Stützpunkten der Verteidigungslinie in der Wüste im Januar 1942.

II. Weltkrieg 1939 – 1945
Front in Nordafrika
Generaloberst Erwin Rommel auf einer Inspektionsfahrt zu den neuen Stützpunkten der Verteidigungslinie in der Wüste im Januar 1942.

Colonel General Rommel inspecting German defensive positions, North Africa, Jan 1942





Nazis attempted to cover up the forced suicide of  Erwim Rommel with a “heart attack” after being implicated in a failed assassination of his master, Adolf Hitler.





Rommel as a young man

Italian losses to the British in North Africa led Adolf Hitler to send Rommel to Libya, where he laid siege to the port city of Tobruk from April to December 1941. Repulsed by the British, he returned with the Afrika Korps in June 1942 and finally took the city; this attack became known as the Battle of Gazala. Not long after, Rommel was promoted to field marshal by Hitler.



Rommel with his son Manfred and wife Lucie. Rommel’s son, Manfred, was 15 years old and served as part of an anti-aircraft crew near his home. On October 14th, 1944 Manfred was given leave to return to his home where his father continued to convalesce. The family was aware that Rommel was under suspicion and that his chief of staff and his commanding officer had both been executed. To protect his family and staff, Rommell would commit sucide and be given a hero’s burial.



In 1915, after recovering from his first wound, Rommel returned to the trenches in France’s Argonne forest. During the war he won Germany’ highest decoration by capturing a mountain and thousands of Italians stationed there.


Rommel during the 1930s


Erwin Rommel, pictured with his Leica III rangefinder camera. Rommel is reported to have been given such a camera by his friend/patron, Joseph Goebbels, before the 1940 Western campaign; many ‘photos of his authorship or probable authorship survive, and crop up with a fair degree of frequency in propaganda/publicity contexts.


A rare photo of General (later Field Marshal) Erwin Rommel wearing a forage cap. With men of the 7th Panzer Division, France 1940. Rommel almost always wore his peaked cap or Schirmmütze. This was a gesture of commonality that the men would understand, part of being an effective leader.


Rommel and Hitler (Federal archive)


Rommel’s handcrafted field marshal’s baton


This is a rather rare photo of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel carrying his Leica camera on the front (this photo was most likely shot during the campaign in France in the summer of 1940 when Rommel was still a genral). Rommel was an avid enthusiast photographer who must have amassed a significant number of WW2 photos, whose fate is still undetermined.




Rommel with his Afrika Korps men in North Africa 1942. This picture was taken by Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann.

Rommel and Kesselring


Field Marshal Erwin Rommel with the 15th Panzer Div. in Libya, 24/11/41, probably with Rommel’s own camera


Rommel, Libyan desert, spring 1942




Colonel General Erwin Rommel and General Siegfried Westphal helping with pushing a stuck vehicle, North Africa, early 1941.




Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Lieutenant General Fritz Bayerlein, and Field Marshal Albert Kesselring in North Africa, Jan-Feb 1943.



France – Just before the invasion, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel with Field Marshal’s baton during an inspection of the coastal fortifications of the Atlantic Wall.; KBZ OB West. 1944 spring.



Rommel’s Funeral



Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Frankreich, Rommel bei 21. Pz.Div.


Erwin Rommel inspects the 21st Panzer Division in May 1944.



Frankreich, Rommel bei 21. Pz.Div.


Erwin Rommel inspects the 21st Panzer Division in May 1944.



Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of Army Group B in France



Erwin Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps, drinks out of a cup with an unidentified German officer as they are seated in a car during inspection of German troops dispatched to aid the Italian army in Libya in 1941.



Laying in state.

After the 1944 July Plot—an assassination attempt against Hitler that occurred on July 20, 1944—Rommel’s contact with the conspirators was revealed, thus implicating him in the plot to overthrow Hitler. Rommel was then offered the option of taking poison instead of going to trial, and Hitler’s generals brought him poison.

Rommel drank the poison, taking his own life, on October 14, 1944, at the age of 52, in Herrlingen, Germany. He was given a full military burial.



Rommel’s simple grave in Herrlingen, Blaustein, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany.


Bloomberg’s The Trace, Race, Crime, and Concealed Carry in Chicago

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Originally posted on Gun Culture 2.0:

For some time I have been meaning to write about concealed carry and race in connection with my reading of Jennifer Carlson’s book, Citizen-Protectors, but it just keeps getting away from me.

This morning an email digest from the Bloomberg-funded  “independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States” reminded me that I need to do this.  Picking up on a story in the Chicago Sun-Times (which included an interactive graph on permitting rates in different zip codes in Illinois), The Trace ran a brief piece on “Race, Crime, and Concealed Carry Clusters in Chicagoland,” which I’ve copied below.

From interactive graphic at http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/741625/concealed-carry-permits-chicago-illinois From interactive graphic at http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/741625/concealed-carry-permits-chicago-illinois



Speaking of concealed-carry records: A new analysis of aggregate data on Illinois licensees found permit holders (unsurprisingly) clustered in parts of Chicago where a lot of police officers reside. The…

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All Sorts of Millennials Give Passionate Explanations of Why They Think Guns are Good

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

I am getting a new respect for Millennials and I am getting a little more hope for America’s future.

The website Counter Cultured asked millennials to submit videos explaining their views on the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership.

IJReview spoke with Gabriella Hoffman, who runs the site with her sister, Anna Maria Hoffman. She said they’ve done other videos, but this is the first time they asked about the 2nd Amendment:

“We wanted to create video that hasn’t been made before–one that shows smart, passionate young people making the case for greater gun rights.”


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Hoffman told IJReview the issue brings together all kinds of people under the banner of liberty:

“The various responses from our video participants sheds light on how diverse and unifying the Second Amendment is. It naturally brings people together from all walks of life, backgrounds, genders, etc.”


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And she says there are good reasons why younger people believe they need to protect these rights:

“More Millennials are increasingly becoming pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment. With the presence of sexual assault on campuses, both young men and women want to protect themselves rather than relying on the government or university administrators.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently upheld the right for individuals to bear arms. Also, even more recently, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state constitutional amendment expanding gun rights.

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