NEWS & VIEWS: The Lyrics Behind the French, German, English National Anthems

Mac
USS Rangers CV-61
XO, Marine Detachment
1988

On Bastille Day, Mac decided to take a look at lyrics of the National Anthems of France, Germany and Great Britain.

Interesting stuff!  You’ll be surprised at the violent bloody nature of lyrics of La Marseillaise.  The Germans sing to their women & wine!

 

 

THE NEWS & PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BRUTAL: Mike McNamara

Mac in Afghanistan

(1) THE NEWS:  No Budget passed… sequestration… no compromises in sight… no healthcare bill anytime soon… what has to occur in order to change how our uncivil government operates? When I say “change,” I mean putting the interests of the American people before all other things.  What set of circumstances needs to occur for that to happen?

(2)  OBAMA’S PERFORMANCE:  Former President Barak Obama’s performance as the Chief Executive was defined by Executive Orders, a healthcare plan that is crumbling under it’s own weight and failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran… China expanding territorially into the South China Sea and North Korea on the verge of obtaining a nuclear tipped ICBM.  Incredible.

UNPLUGGED (KINDA) — GENERAL JOE DUNFORD’S Q & A WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!

Friday, June 02 2017 — Hour 2: Aviation Mishap Investigation – Curt Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt Knowles
LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt “Rudy” Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret) and former F18 pilot, joins the program as our official “F18 Explainer in Residence” and walks us through an investigation into a fatal crash last summer at MCAGCC in Twentynine Palms that occurred during a night strafing run done by a single seat F18.

Rudy will explain the term “Controlled Flight into Terrain” and what that means to the rest of us and most importantly, how that happens.  We’ll also the discuss the lack of flight hours that leave all pilots short of “proficiency” but “current” and the dangerous place that is for today’s Marine Aviators.

Tuesday, May 30 2017 — Hour 2: DHS Secretary John Kelly on “This Week” – & – U.S. Army Captain Luis Avila sings at the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert

John F. Kelly
Secretary
Dept of Homeland Security

00:00 Minutes:  Thoughts on Memorial Day continued.

00:10 Minutes:   DHS Secretary John Kelly talks “leaks,” the Manchester bombing and preventing terrorism in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Luis Avila
U.S. Army

00:25 Minutes:   DON’T MISS THIS… audio from the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C.; done by PBS.  Check out U.S. Army Captain Avila singing… it’s the best!

THE BOSTON MARATHON’S STRUGGLE TO INCLUDE DISABLED VETERANS: Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes became an amputee while standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with his wife  in 2013 when IED detonated and killed four spectators.  He recently wrote an article in the The Boston Globe criticizing the Boston Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association for their lack of inclusion of disabled competitors in the race.

Downes joins us today to discuss his experience on that day in 2013, his road to recovery that introduced him to scores of amputees at Walter Reed and his struggle to have “Patriots Ride on Patriots Day.”

This story is an amazing look at how athletes with disabilities are still treated as second class citizens in legendary high-visibility competitions.  His personal story is also one of incredible discovery about the world of the American Military as he and his wife did rehab at Walter Reed and came to know the most selfless, courageous and inspirational fighters on the planet.

WASHINGTON POST MILITARY REPORTER DAN LAMOTHE: MOAB, Online Behavior, SEAL Drowning Investigation

Dan Lamothe
Reporter
Washington Post

Dan Lamothe writes on military matters for the Washington Post and joins us to discuss a busy week in things military.

In an hour long discussion with Mike McNamara Dan discusses Syria, Russia, the MOAB and the growing social media (unofficial) Marine response to Marines United led by female Marines.

THE WEAPONS EXPLAINER — WHY USE TOMAHAWKS: Curt Knowles

Curt Knowles
LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret), and F18 pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan veteran joined the program to discuss factors taken into account when planning a response to Syrian use of nerve gas.

What does the Russian air defense mean to U.S. planners?  How did the nature of the target influence the choice of a strike package?  Curt helps us understand.

LOOKING FOR TRUTH IN REPORTING — THE UBALDI REPORTS: John Ubaldi

John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

Retired Marine Corps MGySgt John Ubaldi joins the program to discuss his idea of what journalism ought to be and how veterans can change the landscape of journalism.

John is the founder of The Ubaldi Reports  which “provides credible, political content, addressing domestic and global issues resulting in a well-informed and knowledgeable citizen that can take responsible action of their own choice.”  “We’re a non-partisan, truth focused news organization, run by veterans” Ubaldi states — WE AT ALL MARINE RADIO ARE HUGE FANS OF THE IDEA.

Interesting stuff.