God Has Our Backs and We Got This

3-31-2020

 

God Has Our Backs and We Got This

 

What we know is the SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in Wuhan, China in November 2019 and was almost immediately renamed COVID-19.  It is known by several other names: Coronavirus, Chinese Virus, Wuhan Virus, CCPvirus) and literally swept across the globe at breakneck speed driving people into full panic mode with a fear of the unknown. The US and other nations began restricting travel from affected areas and preparing measures to detect, delay and prevent the spread of this unknown pandemic.

 

As nations began mobilizing medical facilities and professionals it became woefully obvious how unprepared they were across the board as personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies became exhausted.

 

Nations began organizing health assessment and mobilization teams, medical teams and hospitals began preparing for the expected worst case scenarios. Drastic changes had to be made. While naysayers began proclaiming extraordinarily high exposure and death rates, states, cities and communities across the US began drastic measures – stay at home orders, social distancing, sanitation, hygiene and hand washing became critical to slow the spread.

 

Business as usual ended beginning in March 2020 as fast food and restaurants became delivery or pickup orders only. Panic buying of basic necessities caused even more panic as hoard buying seemed to become the new normal. Toiletry, paper and hand sanitizer supplies were exhausted even before they could be restocked.

 

Schools closed and implemented online learning curriculum for those now home bound. Non-essential businesses shuttered their doors. Employees no longer had jobs to go to and yet mortgages, bills and food and medicines still had to be purchased.

 

Churches and places of worship across America were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but not shuttered as many adapted to online Live Broadcasts that can be seen by larger audiences around the world. Rather than being prevented from worship, Christians were simply deployed to spread the gospel and tell the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God Loves You and me even when we don’t deserve it.

 

In America many remember the shock, then the resolve of 9/11/2001 when life as we know it changed forever. Was it happening again? Was this a terrorist attack on a global scale? Entire economies were on the verge of collapsing. The stock markets were adversely affected and still we are facing an uncertain future. The enemy is silent yet deadly. What are we to do? Is this the end of the world?

 

Rather than sit around fretting about what might happen President Donald J. Trump has declared unashamedly “We will get through this. We will win!” As he set new guidelines and initiated bold steps there have been many who criticize and belittle the efforts of the Trump administration. Rather than getting on board and presenting a calm reassuring presence, members of the Congress of the United States have set themselves up against this President.

 

The President called for everyone to do their part and the titans of industry, large and small have answered the call. In the spirit of 1776, the Civil War, the Alamo, and two World Wars Americans have come together as one, not to depend upon government, but private citizens and American ingenuity to solve even the most complex problems associated with stopping the spread of COVID-19.

 

I saw this list being circulated on Facebook and found it needed some tweaking to more accurately reflect the scope of what is happening across the nation.

  • Carnival Cruise line told Trump, “We can match those big Navy hospital ships with some fully staffed cruise ships.”
  • GM & Ford said, “Hold our cars, watch this; we can make ventilators where we were making cars by next week.”
  • Construction companies said, “Here are some masks for the medical staff & doctors.”
  • Major businesses have retooled their factories to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Restaurants & schools said, “We’ve got kitchens & staff; we can feed the kids.”
  • NHL & NBA players are writing checks to pay the arena staff during postponed seasons.
  • Churches are holding online services & taking care of their members & community.
  • Women & children are making homemade masks & handing out snacks to truckers.
  • Breweries are converted to making sanitizer for first responders.
  • We thought we couldn’t live without baseball, hockey, & NASCAR, or going to beaches, restaurants, or a bar… Instead, we’re ordering take-out to help keep businesses alive.

What they didn’t count on was America saying, “Hold my beer – watch this.”

I think a Japanese Admiral in the middle of the Pacific said it best in 1941: “I think we have awakened a sleeping giant.”

Give us a little more time & we will be doing much better! Stop listening to the hysterical media.

We are one nation, under God – Author unknown.

God’s got us, & #WeGotThis!

#UnitedWeStand #BeAnAmericanForAChange

 

The initial call by President Trump mobilizing former and retired medical professionals from the Inactive Ready Reserve and Retired Reserve was answered by more than 9,000 volunteers – in a heartbeat!

 

BAM!

 

We serve a living and a loving God who would that nobody perishes.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but through him the World might be saved.

If you believe in your heart and confess your sins with your mouth – you too can become Sons and Daughters of the Most High King – Jesus who is the Christ! Even Now! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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A Story from the Left Lane

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3-20-2020

 

A Story from the Left Lane

 

The year was 1968 and I was a 19 year old army trucker with the 569th Transportation Company in Thailand during the Vietnam War things were happening all around us. Our convoys out of Camp Khon Kaen in northeastern Thailand ran 24/7/365 in order to get the necessary supplies where they were needed.

 

Typically were up at 0300 so we could depart Camp Khon Kaen (kick the gate) by 0500 and as we went deeper into the northeast we traveled north to Udorn RTAFB, then southeast to Sakon Nakhon (SKK) and on to Nakhon Phanom (NKP) RTNB in a convoy going roughly 25-30 mph while driving in the left side of the road getting in mid-late afternoon. We stopped about every hour to tighten up our loads and check for flats. Lunch on the road was usually a sack lunch from the mess hall, a c-ration and/or a coke and some fried rice at one of our rest stop areas. The locals (kids) usually showed up begging for candy, cigarettes and unwanted food items.

 

As we neared Sakon Nakhon the road turned into that red dusty, bumpy road surface that jarred our bones, vibrated our trucks apart and covered us with that red laterite dust by the time we arrived at NKP. Once there we dropped our trailers to be unloaded while we refueled the 2 diesel tanks and fixed flats or performed maintenance. Then we went to billeting for bedding, the mess hall for a meal and ended the day at the club or in the beer garden. Sometimes we were able to go to the Mekong River where we’d see the RTN gunboats that patrolled the river. It was not unusual for us to arrive before, during or after a rocket attack from across the border in Laos. That really gets your heart pounding.

 

After a restful night of sleep, we’d eat breakfast and grab something for the ride home usually just another c-ration. We were sent back pulling empty trailers in one or two truck convoys. On one such convoy I was alone and before I had made it back to Sakon Nakhon my truck broke down with not enough air pressure. So I sat there on that bumpy dirt roadway trying to figure what had caused the problem and what could I do to get to the nearest military camp?

 

It turned out there was a pinhole in the airline near the air compressor. I had only a rag to wrap around it to slow the leak enough to build up sufficient air pressure and limped in to Camp Raum Chit Chai where the 809th Engineer Battalion was headquartered. While the mechanics worked on changing out the airline I went over to the club for a burger and coke. When I returned to the truck they were done and I was soon on the road again (sorry Willie) and the rest of the trip back was uneventful. Pulling into Camp Khon Kaen there was the trailer inspection, refueling at the POL trailer and to the tire shop to repair all the flats from the trip and to the maintenance shop for any needed repairs and then to the mail room, then the barracks for a shower to remove that red dust, clean clothes and to the mess hall for supper.

 

The routine seldom changed when you were on the road. Evenings or weekends were spent on base unless you got a pass to go off base with a curfew of 10pm. Bed check was midnight. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Easy Rider Thai Style

3-19-2020

 

Easy Rider Thai Style

 

Let me set up the storyline it’s 1969 in Northeastern Thailand just a mere 20 kilos north of town at what I’ve learned was a dual purpose base.

 

In the early 1960s Camp Khon Kaen became home to the 201st Signal Detachment with huge 300’ 50 kilowatt Marconi Antenna the locals called it Hawsip Kilowatt (50 kilowatt). In 1967 the site was expanded to accommodate a new trailer transfer station for the 519th Transportation Battalion.

 

I arrived in Thailand in February 1968 as a truck driver hauling supplies to army and air force bases throughout northeastern Thailand. I met and later married my wife in Khon Kaen in 1969. Shortly after we married I purchased a Honda 125cc motorcycle and began riding with a small select group of GIs of which one earned the nickname of Easy Rider. Over a 6 month period I have many memorable incidents riding with Sergeant Don Way (Easy Rider) and SP4 Everett Cole.

 

Our rides were across rice paddies and paths that weren’t large enough to be called cart paths. We usually traveled in pairs and had no fear of insurgents or “bad guys” as we stopped in places that were so remote and many of the locals had never seen a fair skin, red headed falong (foreigner). As we stopped to assess where we were or where to go next the kids came literally out of nowhere. We had no trouble communicating as one universal word “Pepsi” always brought a smile and results. For 7 ½ cents (5 baht) we got a bottle of soda, poured into a sandwich bag of ice and a rubber band to hold onto.

 

One ride was with Sergeant Way and myself (don’t remember where Cole was) we were riding along a path between two rice paddies and crossing over a small irrigation ditch with me in the lead. I stopped to wait on Sergeant Way’s bigger Honda 250cc to clear the ditch when it suddenly got eerily quiet. I looked behind me as I heard the engine go “glug glug” and died completely submerged in water. I rushed back to help him push the bike out of the water and back onto the path. Soon Sergeant Way had his tool kit out and was unbolting the exhaust pipes to drain the water. He kicked on the kickstarter a time or two to turn over the engine and insure no water was inside. He then put everything back together fired it up and we were back on the move.

 

How Sergeant Way earned the nickname was when his wife Lek was in the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base hospital for an appendectomy and he was on his way to see her. Udorn was about 60 kilometers north in the town of Udon Thani. It seems that someone had a water buffalo that turned abruptly across the road in front of the motorcycle. The impact killed the water buffalo and broke both Sergeant Ways collarbones sending him after surgery into the same room next to his wife.

 

My wife (Montian) and I went to see them at the hospital and on the way back while passing a gasoline truck at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) our rear tire simply went flat. As the bike left the roadway it laid down, depositing my wife on the shoulder while I continued down into the ditch. We were both bruised a bit and the Thai police officer riding guard in the gasoline truck came over to check on us and help me get the bike back up to the road. A visual inspection showed the valve stem had sheared off from the tube. We ended up loading the bike and ourselves in the back of a small pickup (bus) that took us to the tire shop along the road at Nong Khai. Getting the tube repaired by a resourceful mechanic had us back on the road in about an hour and we headed back to the village where her folks lived in Khon Kaen. I’ll write more about our rides later. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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The Chinese Wuhan Virus – SARS-CoV-2

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3-14-2020

 

The Chinese Wuhan Virus

(SARS-CoV-2)

 

The Chinese Wuhan Virus called SARS-CoV-2, COVIN-19 and Coronavirus was first found at the epicenter in Wuhan, China, but the world found out about it in December 2019. China was offered assistance by the US and the World Health Organization, but refused assistance.

 

(This is not the first corona virus to come out of Wuhan, China.  A previous virus was found in 2018 but not widely reported upon.)

 

In January 2020 President Trump issued a travel ban and stopped all flights from China & Iran and banning foreign immigrants from those countries into the US as a precaution to the Coronavirus.

 

There is no proof positive but Wuhan has 2 (TWO) Biochemical Labs, one of which it seems maintains 1,500 LIVE VIRUS’ for testing at all times. A Chinese whistleblower (Doctor Li Wenliang) in Wuhan warned of the virus, was promptly arrested, infected with and died from the Wuhan Virus while in police custody.

 

The virus was said to come from bats being sold at a meat market in downtown Wuhan. Speculation is that the virus was possibly used to infect meat being sold at the meat market? Is it possible – yes? Did it in fact happen – don’t know?

 

In March 2020 House Democrats passed a “NoBanAct” attempting to limit the powers of the President from enforcing his constitutional authority to ban immigration into the US from any country.

 

In March 2020 President Trump issued a travel ban between immigrants from select countries in Europe into the US as a precaution to the Coronavirus.

 

By coincidence just recently we find that 3,000 Chinese workers from Wuhan, China are in factories in Northern Italy that is now the epicenter in Europe?

 

Also in March 2020 Congress is considering Coronavirus legislation to be signed into law by President Trump that would enable the full weight of the US government be brought to bear on fighting the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States.

 

Keep in mind that I’m not a medical doctor, a scientist or someone in the President’s inner circle. I’m a normal citizen who happens to be retired from the US military and find the sequence of events a bit disconcerting to say the least.

 

Nor am I a conspiracy theorist. But what if we have been in an undeclared biochemical war with a foreign power that began testing biological agents upon its own people without outside interference and what we are now seeing is a “Phase 2” level development designed to test the infestation, spread and response of nations around the globe? America finds itself in a predicament of huge dependencies upon China for everything from medicines, material and technology so lowly priced that greed wins out over common sense.

What if the pushback for US independence from Chinese made goods has accelerated this germ warfare so as to prevent the decline of US dependence upon Chinese goods? Another what if – we are being played by Congressional Democrats and Republicans who are being paid huge sums of money to insure the balance of power remains unchanged at home and abroad? Lastly, what if the 2020 election is the last one? We are living in the last days and according to bible prophesy the Battle of Armageddon has already been foretold? The world and the US is falling victim to the distraction of Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizer hoarding?  – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Allegiance to Democratic Socialist Party

2-23-2020

 

Allegiance to Democratic Socialist Party

 

It is my opinion, as well as the opinion of others that the American Democratic Party has begun rapidly imploding due to jealousy, hate and leadership with no vision ahead for America. The decline of the party has been so gradual it went unnoticed by its charismatic leaders who channeled their energy toward self-gratification of money and power. I haven’t seen it written down but by their actions, deeds and words it is as if they have all taken an oath and are following something like this hypocritical pledge of allegiance.

 

I pledge Allegiance to the gods of Politics

of a Democratic Socialist America

not to a republic

for it will not stand,

as a Nation without God,

in division,

without liberty or justice for all.

 

 

Almost without exception the current Democratic and Socialist presidential candidates all seem to be running on the same platform of higher taxes (51 %+), higher wages ($15 hour), open borders and sanctuary cities, free education, housing, money, medical and phones for all, fighting Climate Change and the Green New Deal. They promise to remove fossil fuels as a renewable energy source and convert everything to wind and electrical energy sources. It’s as if the entire Democratic Party is playing with a deck of wildcards and no sustainable way forward. Their mantra is “Beat Trump” which they surely know is impossible without some sort of game plan going forward. They have written a new playbook that includes unconventional lies, leaks and fake news that has gone on so long we’re seeing some plays resurface for the second or third time, after they have failed in the past.

 

Democratic voters have a dilemma to mind the party masters and vote the failed party line or think outside the box and simply walk away from the party as many are doing. There is no benefit for staying Democrat. Ask yourself why the socialist, communist and countries around the world with real live dictators all have Democrat in their names – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) or Democratic People’s Republic of China. Are you to believe if it includes “people” in the title the government is one of the people, or to the people?

 

In the United States of America there is no reference to people in the name or title. It was on purpose as this is a nation “of the people, by the people and for the people” and according to the Constitution of the United States, the rights not given to the government or to the states are retained by the people. Our elected officials and our military service members take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies.

 

Our citizens take the following pledge seriously:

 

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

 

Why is it that during Democratic conventions, debates and rallies there are no American flags? Is it because they might offend someone? The fact that the flag is absence should offend EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN! The Stars and Stripes of the flag of the United States brings immense pride to our citizens or strikes fear in our enemies. There is no place in our nation for our enemies to be offended or fearful so long as they comply with and are obedient to the laws, rules and regulations of our nation. If you, as a citizen, are fearful of offending someone by the patriotic display of our flag, our love of our country or our commitment to Almighty God – you have been fooled! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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When You Take “The Oath”

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1-10-2020

 

When You Take “The Oath”

 

I like what someone once said about suiting up or shutting up because unless you’ve committed yourself to a job, organization or someone else you really don’t know how important and binding “The Oath” is whether it’s running for the political office of dog catcher (assuming there is still such an office), or strapping on the uniform of a first responder or the military requires a conscious decision on the part of the individual and the usually comes after taking the oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic. The part about obeying the orders of the President of the United States and those appointed over you is not debatable.

 

If you become a public servant your loyalty is to the office and in the best interests of the people (city, county, state or nation) you represent and not to any political party or foreign power. Dishonesty in office should never be tolerated. Public humiliation of another is just not acceptable.

 

Just as a doctor or paramedic take the Hippocratic oath to save lives; a firefighter pledges to save lives and property; a law enforcement is to protect and serve; the armed forces pledges to protect and defend the Constitution, while we are each responsible to Almighty God to serve him with our whole heart, mind, body and spirit and to worship him and him alone.

 

When you suit up and put on the work uniform of your chosen profession, whether it is flipping burgers at the local burger joint or climbing into the space shuttle you are the defacto representation of that organization and your conduct matters. Your words and actions say more about you and the company name on your uniform than anything else. The first impression (good or bad) is a lasting one and is impossible to change. It’s been said a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and it only takes one tiny nail to flatten a tire.

 

When you take “The Oath”, remember you have pledged your life and one day you may be required to give that last full measure for freedom. There is no shame in being loyal or patriotic just know which country you stand for but stand for what is right so you don’t fall for just anything.

 

Your word is your bond. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of “The Oath” I suggest that you resign or terminate your obligation and choose a different line of work. If you are unhappy living in the United States of America, don’t hold up a sign “protesting” or displaying your unhappiness – move to another country where you are free to be yourself and maybe live a better life. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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My take on the Elimination of an Iranian Terrorist Leader

Qassem Soleimani

1-7-2020

 

My Take on the Elimination of an Iranian Terrorist Leader

 

The attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad was the latest of a quarter century of Iranian sponsored terrorist activity directed by General Qasem Soleimani so it would be televised and online for all to see. It was only fitting that within a few days the general would also be on television so the world could see his untimely demise outside the airport in Baghdad. It was a blast heard round the world and terrorists took notice. In the US many others took notice as well. Iranian and Syrian exiles were relieved and ecstatic over the news.

 

When the White House press release announced it was done by the order of President Trump it didn’t take long before Hollywood entertainers were quick to distance themselves even further from the President (nothing new here), with public cries out for Iran not to attack the US over this incident.

 

House Democrats began denouncing President Trump saying he was pushing the US into a war with Iran and alienating our “allies” in the region. Some even began parroting “Trump – war crimes violation” and even calling for a national day of mourning in the United States for the general. How ludicrous!

 

What many Americans fail to see is the media pushing their agenda rather than uniting behind the President and standing firm as a nation fighting a long-standing Global War on Terrorism?

 

I do not question the legality of this action taken by the Commander In Chief against a terrorist leader actively engaged in planning future attacks on US military personnel or American assets around the world. I do not celebrate or mourn Soleimani’s death, but he died as he lived – a terrorist.

 

I do question the patriotism and loyalty of Americans who choose to side with the enemy instead of backing up the President of the United States. Shame on you! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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