Sunday, June 7, 2020

A Letter to My Country

My great grandfather, Robert Stubblefield, served three years and one week in the Confederate Army, He spent over eighteen months, or half of his enlistment, hospitalized with gun shot wounds, and the last six months as a prisoner of war in West Buildings in Baltimore. Robert Stubblefield is on the on the CSA Roll of Honor, for wounds received at the second battle of Manassas. His name is cruelly misspelled as Studfield, but his official records shows Robert signed by “X.” He could not have corrected the error simply because he could not read or write.

I have the US Army records showing Robert was captured by Union troops after being wounded at Winchester, Virginia, on the September 19th, 1864, but didn't receive field surgery until six days later. He received field surgery on September 25, 1864, from Ass't Surgeon Burdett, USA Depot Field Hospital, Winchester, Virginia, for "removal of rib fragments and simple dressing".

Robert was not a slave owner, in fact, it appears he was in bondage when he enlisted and was freed by serving in the Confederate Army. Plain and simple, he was just another foot soldier, a GI. One who does what he is told to do, and believes what he was told to believe. He did it proudly and at great cost. He was no different than the young soldiers of today who have been ordered to tear gas innocent protesters because that is their duty to obey orders. Unfortunately, history will judge them as harshly as it has judged my great-grandfather. It will be even harsher on those police officers who fail to serve their communities much less their country.

I qualify to join the Sons of the Confederacy, or more correctly the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Their mission is, and this is a direct quote from their website - “Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought.” I do not understand why. Vindicating slavery is appalling to me.

There are no monuments to Hitler in Munich. There are no statues of Himmler in Berlin nor parks or streets named after Goebbels anywhere in the country. There are no organizations in Germany that openly glorify exterminating Jews as we have here extolling the virtues of slavery. In the five and a half years I was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Air Force, I never once saw a swastika or any kind of tribute to the Nazi’s. There are no Nazi flags flying the infield at any automobile race. Yet in my country, I see monuments to insurrection and slavery every day. Americans have been molded to believe we are the moral saviors of the oppressed the world over, but sadly, we not only condone oppression in our own country, we systematically and comfortably indulge it. Keeping hatred alive and festering has a deep, evil motive. It is time for America to tear down the statues that glorify evil. They do not show our love for our forefathers, those who served the political and financial bidding of others. They serve only to misdirect the youth and the easily deceived.

It is time to for America to change. It is time to honor our Constitution. It starts with “We the People...”

Friday, June 21, 2019

2010 - Letter to the Editor - Revisted

Kudos to who ever found Ken Huber’s old letter to the editor of the Iosco County News written back in March of 2010 and re-posted it to the Internet again nine years later. Huber, a former assistant city manager of White Bear, Michigan, asked in his old letter, written back when the liberals had been in the Presidency for almost two years, “Has America become the land of special interest and the home of the double standard?” Well, nine years after being first published, our President Trump has finally drained the swamp and set Washington DC on the straight and narrow path, I certainly hope we’ve corrected the liberal problems Mr. Huber identified in his letter.

Huber complains: “If we lie to Congress, it’s a felony...” Well, not anymore it Isn’t! Our President Trump changed that in a heartbeat! Lying to Congress, or anyone else for that matter, is now done on a daily basis. Sarah Sanders has mastered the skill to the point where Huber must be tickled pink. Today, the White House can lie to anyone at anytime and do it with impunity!

His next complaint - “If we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, it’s their 1st Amendment right” - was solved quickly and forcefully by President Trump when he called the champions of white independence at Charlottesville, Virginia, “Good People.” No more coddling blacks, now they get shot just for traffic stops and common thievery!

Based on Mr. Huber’s comment, “If we dislike a black person,” one easily deduces Mr. Huber is white. I assume he relies on his experience in his hometown of Tawas City, Michigan, - population 1,827 at the time he wrote the letter – as an example of how the 1,770 upstanding white citizens were getting tired of being pushed around by the thirteen African-Americans who lived in his fair city. I can imagine when those African-Americans teamed up with the sixteen Asians, the four Native Americans, and the handful of people listed as "other races," they created a powerful voting block that must have ruled this northern Michigan town mercilessly. It was about time the poor, mistreated whites stood up for themselves!

Huber is just getting started, fed up with mollycoddling criminals and ignoring their victims when he hits a real sore point with Michiganders: Homosexuality! Apparently it's taught in public schools up there! And he’s right in the next sentence, too. It’s about time somebody ignored the US Constitution and started teaching their own version of religion in public school using my tax dollars even though I don’t believe the religion he wants to teach. Church and family just isn’t getting it done anymore!

Wow, there is so much more to comment on, and he touches on many important issues, including censorship, mass murders, Korea, pornography, and my very favorite: only supporting the Constitution when it fits our personal needs. He certainly hit the nail on the head with that one. 

 George Mindling

Sunday, June 16, 2019


We accidentally infected ourselves with a dose of dystopia and I am waiting to see if it develops into terminal monarchy or if the current dismantling of our Constitution is just a temporary malady that will soon pass, hopefully without lasting scars.
Our new disease is an intelligent permutation of the old feudal system that ruined Europe. An insidious, festering disease, perhaps introduced methodically by an enemy working for years to incubate the virus and infect America, causes fear and hatred as it ferments misogynistic white racial superiority. We know if left unchecked, it can be fatal. The final symptom is the permanent elimination of liberty and freedom.

Politics had nothing to do with an unqualified, self-admitted philanderer walking through the front door of the white house leaving a qualified, dedicated politician and her overpaid staff of consultants at the gate wondering what happened. I know what happened: we sent a bully to Washington to teach the politicians who forgot about us a lesson. We did it on purpose. We did to Washington D.C. what Fidel Castro did to the United States with the Mariel boatlift.

As a result, we now have the most corrupt Presidential administration in my lifetime, even worse than Nixon. Voters didn’t know Nixon was morally corrupt, but almost every voter in 2016 knew Trump wasn’t someone you’d let count your silverware or anywhere near your teenage daughter. But they liked belligerent Trump better than ingratiating Hilary – especially with the external meddling – and he was handed the key to our National mansion.

We’ve had the inoculation, now lets see if we get a reaction to it. Psychologist William J. McGuire may unfortunately be correct, however: If the dose of the disease we’ve received doesn’t cause the voting public to suffer personally, they will simply accept the symptoms as part of the normal future. McGuire’s inoculation theory – according to Wikipedia – states “functions as a strategy to protect attitudes from change – to confer resistance to counter-attitudinal influences, whether such influences take the form of direct attacks or sustained pressures.” If we don’t defeat the disease with our inoculation, we may just become so insensitive to the blisters and fever we succumb to it without a fight. If the immunization takes place, however, nepotism, seditious narcissism, and treason in the office of the Presidency and in Congress will join polio as something we won’t worry about for a long, long time.

As the rest of the world watched incredulously, we were reminded terrible plagues may not be really eliminated, just dormant, and given the right conditions for incubation, will reinfect us. Not just measles, but tyranny and monarchy as well.

Perhaps America will heal itself and recover. But, perhaps not. Perhaps Tyranny will continually adapt just like the viruses that render antibiotics ineffective and the United States of America will never recover. After all, we are a capitalistic society. All the disease has to do is cloak itself with money.

George Mindling
Port Charlotte, FL

Thursday, May 11, 2017


A friend died yesterday. He didn’t “pass away” or “succumb to an illness.” No, he died. In a lucid moment before he lost consciousnesses, Sy loudly and boldly told everyone present in his hospice room, “I’m not going to fucking die!” 

But, he did. Try as hard as he could, he could not stop it. None of us can, and we all know it. If Sy couldn’t win his last argument, none of us will. 

Sy was one in only a hand full of liberals who, in the late 60’s and early 70’s in the Miami IBM office, stood up for the young, apprehensive black new employees being hired as America joined the rest of the civilized world. Sy famously said “Segregation is bullshit! I’m a Jew and I know what I’m talking about!” 

He was true to his beliefs, and one of those most important to him was that we are all equal. Sy knew no color boundaries or religious definitions except one: intolerance. Sy was intolerant of intolerance. 

Anyone who knew Sy knew where he stood. His friends were his friends, regardless of where we worked or what we did. Political discussions were his wellspring and he would tackle any conservative or repressive, backward view of human rights with a vigor reserved for those who believe with all their heart that no one has the right to diminish any other human being. He was as fervent and dedicated in his opposition to tyranny and oppression, regardless of where he encountered it, as any one I have ever known.

Sy is missed. Sy will always be missed. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Where There’s Smoke, There’s… Wait, What, No Smoke?

It’s early Friday morning, only nine or ten hours after President Trump ordered an air strike on a Syrian airbase in response to Bashar al-Assad using poison gas on his own people. The first videos and photographs from the airstrike are filtering in to American television as I sit here with a cup of coffee, and while reactions from most Americans and our allies are positive, there are those who question the attack.

What I fail to see is the result of the airstrike. After being hit by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in just a matter of minutes, one would expect burning aircraft and fuel dumps to dominate the photographs. What the Syrian television is showing are a bunch of bombed out hangars and buildings.  

I did more damage to my Dad's drive way with a handfull of M-80s. 
Who's fooling whom here?  Russian photo taken from the Internet
The destruction of the facility is obvious, but where’s the smoke? Where’s the fire? Where are the airplanes that should have been there? When Secretary of State Tillerson warned the Russians of the impending airstrike, did they notify their Syrian buddies as well? What’s going on here?

While President Trump defiantly tells the world the United States will militarily defend the very people he won’t let enter the country, one has to wonder if he really went against Russian boss Putin, or was this just another case of collusion to befuddle the media and citizens alike. What was the real purpose of the airstrike?

We used to call this the AOCP or AWOP line. These aren't combat assigned aircraft.
This is a Russian photo taken from the Internet after the attack. 

 It is a multifaceted answer, with fingers going in every direction, but for Donald Trump it is a win/win gamble, the only kind he likes. He improves his image of planetary citizenship while not hurting his chances of a future relationship with Russia, and he gets to deliver a message to the real threat to the United States, the only one Trump really cares about; North Korea. And he is using North Korea’s biggest supporter as a messenger.

Trump’s actions just said to Chinese president Xi Jinping, due to arrive for a meeting with Trump today, “Here’s a taste of what we’re going to do to your fat little friend in North Korea if you don’t stop him.”

I have no  doubt Xi Jinping will sit there, having already seen his own satellite photographs of the Shayrat Airfield damage, and the Russian, professionally videotaped drone fly-through, taken within a matter of hours. He will have already listened to the reports of the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s conversations with the Russians explaining the attack. 

Xi Jinping will be impressed with the incredible accuracy and reliability of the final iteration of the BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile. Its ability to avoid the two Russian sections of the airbase while taking out individual bunkers elsewhere on the base with pin-point accuracy will cause him to re-evaluate his air defenses and ponder how to nullify the US's Achilles Heel, the GPS satellites. He will also be impressed with the absence of actual damage to Syria’s air force. There will be damage to almost every bunker, but according to the Russian video shown on CNN, the damaged aircraft, to me, looked more like AWOP, or aircraft awaiting parts than first-line combat aircraft. There is no burning fuel from the targeted fuel storage areas.

As they dine, an aide will lean over and whisper in the Chinese Premier’s ear that the airfield is already back in action. Xi Jinping will realize the scam, but he will show no sign of recognition to alert his unsophisticated host.

Trump will toast his guest and smile. He is saying to the Chinese President, by implication, “Let’s make deal!”

Xi Jinping will smile but say nothing. Trump is about to meet the master deal maker.

Opinion - George

[ED NOTE: For those unfamiliar with Air Base Operations or attack, I have included a photo, photographer unknown, of the simple mortar attack on the operational USAF combat base at Da Nang, Vietnam, 1967 -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Second McCarthy Era?

U.S. Air Force Tactical Missiles - 1949 - 1969 The Pioneers

[excerpted from Chapter 3 - Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory] 

When Dr. von Kármán took his leave of absence in 1944 to head Arnold's newly formed United States Army Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, his successor at the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory was another aeronautical engineer who played a major role in the development of rocketry and missiles, Dr. Frank J. Malina.  Dr. Malina and von Kármán had co-founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech in 1943.   Drs. Malina and von Kármán, along with Martin Sommerfield, John W. Parsons, and Edward S. Foreman, had earlier founded the Aerojet General Corporation in 1941 to utilize their research in solid fuel rocket motors.

One of the engineers involved with the research work, and one of the signers of the 1943 report to General Arnold, was Dr. Tsien Hsue-shen.  In an ironic twist of fate, or a show of unbridled stupidity, Dr. Tsien Hsue-shen, who was also later a member of Arnold's Scientific Advisory Board, was forced to leave the United States at the height of the McCarthy witch-hunts and, after five years of house arrest for having his name on a "suspected" communist meeting attendance list in 1938, returned to his native China in 1955 where he is now considered the father of the Chinese rocket and missile programs.

Dr. Malina was considered the father of the JATO rocket, the Jet Assisted Takeoff booster rocket. His team successfully "launched" an Ercoupe, a small, single engine civilian airplane, in 1941 as a display of JATO’s potential.  Development work continued on different types of solid propellants, including asphalt and many other forms of fuels and oxidizers, leading to the development of castable elastomeric (polysulfide rubber) material called Thiokol. The Thiokol fuel, developed by Charles Bartley during a 1945 JPL-ORDCIT project, became the solid fuel to power not only the booster bottles used in launching tactical missiles, but later ballistic Intermediate Range Missiles (IRBMs) and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) as well.  It was the work done with solid fuel propellants by this research team that allowed American design teams to soon develop the Zero Length Launcher, called ZEL, which made the first completely American designed and built tactical missile possible.  The first operational U.S. tactical missile was to be built by the Glenn L. Martin Company and be called the Matador.     

From my 2008 book, U.S. Air Force Tactical Missiles - 1949 - 1969 The Pioneers - Chapter 3 - "Laying the Groundwork" - co-authored with Robert Bolton

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Peter Principle – 2017

I watched in awe as CBS Morning News showed the test launch of North Korea’s latest ballistic missile, originally reported on February 13, 2017. The launch caught my attention immediately as the solid fuel prime, or launch engine did not ignite until the missile was well clear of the launcher, exactly like all SLBM, Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles, even though this was a land-based launch. Not only does the missile look exactly like a modified US Navy UGM-73 Poseidon, it basically launches the same way! Why is North Korea testing submarine-based missiles? Or are they really using submarine-based systems modified for land use? What are US analysts missing here? Or are they simply afraid to tell us what is going on? Let me ‘splain, Lucy.
Poseidon launch per Wikipedia

Basically the prime logic behind submarine-based missiles is not only stealth, but simply, if you can not build a missile to fly far enough to strike a fixed target, simply move the launch point closer until the target is in range of what you can build. Simple. But does North Korea already have submarines, or are they surreptitiously testing for the Chinese who have already demonstrated rather obnoxiously they can fire a submarine based ballistic missile whenever and wherever they want. They can even use someone else’s test range if they choose, and, apparently, they already have. 1

While the U.S. media is in a tither of so-called President Trump’s grandiose, unprecedented public handling of the notification of the event in front of not only the Japanese Prime Minister, but also Trump’s butlers and wine stewards, the real event has gone unreported. It doesn’t matter if the missile, a Pukguksong-2, only has a range of only 1500 miles. If the launch pad is submerged and off shore of the continental United States, the point is moot. Especially if they use the MIRVs – Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle – which make US warheads so lethal.

Do you want to see the difference between a North Korean land based IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) such as the liquid-fueled US Army Redstone – which was stationed in Germany in the late 1950’s or the later solid-fueled medium range Pershing which took over the target assignment of the 38th Tactical Missile Wing’s air breathing cruise missiles in the 1960’s – then watch the “Autobahn” launch of North Korea’s Rodong missiles at: These missile are not aimed at the US mainland, and were never designed to do so. They are to decimate South Korea and Japan.

“Pukguksong-2 launch , from KCNA
Now take a look at According to 38 North,2 the media arm of the US – Korea Institute at SAIS, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun provided pictures of what it is calling the “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile.” 

The pictures show something very similar to the KN-11 solid-fuel submarine-launched missile successfully tested last August, which North Korea calls the Pukguksong-1. The discharge plume or exhaust trail, erroneously called a "contrail" by the US media, is startlingly familiar to those who analysed the mysterious California launch on November 9th, 2010. See the difference? The old land-based solid fueled Pershing ignited and launched without the primary "boost" and secondary ignition of the main engine used by the Korean missile. The Korean missile is designed to strike any adversary, anywhere on earth. It just takes a launch platform that can get close enough. And who has the launch platform?

The Chinese are once again laughing up their sleeves.


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