A Chronicle of an Army Personnel Fixer

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Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills

They’ve often claimed that Economics is the dreariest science, but for men in uniform you’d have to go some to match the drudgery of pouring over miles and miles of pages and pages of personnel files and the rules and regs that define them.

In the Army of the 60s-and 70s, before reorganization, it was called G-1, then DCSPER (Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel) and that was where they kept the records of every trooper. His 201-file, which he carried when he changed stations, and was flagged (frozen) if he got in trouble was kept there.

I usually got involved if a file was flagged, for I was the first person a troop would come see.

In an ordinary command, there would not be very many flags in a given week. The rest of the time it was drudgery, sort of like having to read the maintenance manual of a Ford pick-up…every day…or worse, listening to Barry Manilow on a never-ending loop.

What kind of person wants to do this job? Well, it seems the old Army knew that there were some out there who could open up a 201-file, or the limitless AR-635 regs, and it would be like reading the original sheet music by Beethoven. Or Chuck Berry.

The Army wanted at least one person in every personnel office like that.

When I was in Japan, I had a good friend, an MD. A few months before he was due to leave the Army he was accepted to Harvard Med School to study a specialty. But he had to report to the school a month before he was scheduled to leave Japan. He had made every early-out request he could through channels, and the personnel office always rejected it. “Regs”, they said. There was no provision that allowed them to do, although they were sympathetic to CPT Tseng. So I called our 3-star’s aide-de-camp, an LTC and another good friend, and Sam spoke to the General, who didn’t call the Chief of Personnel, but rather an E-7 in the G-1’s office, who was the command’s fixer. And in two weeks, Victor and Irene were winging their way to Boston, where he went onto become a nationally prominent limb-attachment surgeon[…]

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Media’s Pushes False Narrative to Destroy Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall” Go Fund Me Campaign

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UPDATE 1/16/2019:

As of 3:51 p.m., Brian Kolfage’s  “We The People Will Build the Wall” Campaign has raised, thru its GoFundMe page, $20,572,372 of $1.0B goal. Screenshot below:

PROGRESSIVE REGRESSIVE FAIL:

Attempts to obstruct Brian Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall” Campaign is not going as Progressives would like it because Americans want border security.  We want a border wall where none exists.   What the left does not get is that this is about national security.

ORIGINAL POST PUBLISHED TO GRUMPY OPINIONS 1/13/2019:

The Progressive, correction REGRESSIVE agenda:

How Dare Americans Act to Secure Our Borders!

How Dare the President of the United States Act to Do the Same!

Sarcasm!

Not sarcasm: (a) Dismantle all efforts to make the wall, correction improved border security of which the wall plays a part a reality; and (b) destroy anyone who has designs on making it a reality by any means necessary

While several GoFundMe Pages have been launched by individuals, the purpose of which is to secure donations toward the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, none have garnered nearly as much attention or support as that of Brian Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall’ Go Fund Me Campaign.”  

As of this morning, Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall’ Go Fund Me Campaign” created December 16, 2018 has raised $20,405,395 of its $1.0B goal.

One can only surmise that Kolfage’s campaign is a threat to those who oppose a border wall, particularly since President Donald J. Trump has for several weeks sought funding for border security from Congress.

Thwarting the Border Wall, Trump, Campaigns to Build Wall and Brian Kolfage By Any Means

The usual suspects, i.e., the Communist media complex, NeverTrumpers, the Party of No, the Deep State and their globalist backers reported a few days ago verbatim that Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall’ Go Fund Me Campaign”  had failed, it was over and that all monies collected was being refunded to donors of the campaign.

NOT TRUE.  The usual suspects are pedaling FAKE NEWS, have declared war on Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, Purple Heart recipient and the Campaign overseeing the campaign and who will in time will sever ties with  GoFundMe.

For the record, Kolfage made clear from the inception of the campaign that “if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors.” 

Enter Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe and social justice warrior who emailed CBS a statement missed his goal and failed to abide by the rules (or something to that effect); therefore, all monies donated to the campaign would be refunded on April 11, 2018 one day after Buzzfeed’s attack on Kolfage.

Buzzfeed who First Reported “Fake Anti-Trump Golden Showers DossierDeclares War on Brian Kolfage

Propaganda machine, BuzzFeed has launched a smear campaign against Kolfage. See their article, “I Felt Dirty”: Former Employees Of The Veteran Crowdfunding Trump’s Wall Say He Pushed Fake News To Get Rich.” Normally, I post excerpts when referring to articles but since BuzzFeed obliterated what little credibility it once had back in 2017, I won’t bother. Should you care to read the article, feel free to click on the link here.

The smear campaign against Kolfage is two years to the day that Buzzfeed released their very fake and equally salacious article entitled, These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia in which they published the infamous unverified Golden Shower dossier in a plot to destroy and take down now President Donald J. Trump.  What a way to celebrate an anniversary.

Less than 24 hours after Buzzfeed wrote the article accusing Kolfage of pushing a “get rich” scheme, Bobby Whithorne in an email to CBS stated that GoFundMe would be refunding the donations.

GoFundMe campaign to subsidize what it called “the Trump Wall” will refund all money to donors because it did not meet its $1 billion goal, said Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe. Donors will receive their money on April 11, unless they choose to donate their contribution to the campaign creator’s new venture, GoFundMe said in an email to the campaign’s participants….

The refund announcement came a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign intended to help other wounded soldiers. Kolfage raised $16,246 for a veteran mentorship program, but BuzzFeed News reports that after collecting the funds, he didn’t use the money as promised: none of the partners he claimed to have worked with — including Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany — have any records that Kolfage worked with their patients or donated money, according to representatives at the centers that BuzzFeed News spoke to[]

SIDEBAR

About GoFundMe’s intent to refund donors “on April 11, 2019” — Question(s):  While it took and continues to take  GoFundMe less than a minute to grab donations, i.e., $20,405,395 plus so far, it will take 1/4 of the year to issue refunds?  Three months? Does that mean that GoFundMe as in “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” will collect interest on said donations in addition to securing its “fair share” of the pie? Or am I overthinking this?

Just saying.

END OF SIDEBAR

NeverTrumper websites also reported verbatim that GoFundMe was refunding all of the donations as in the case of RedState, who quoted the title from tweet posted by One America News.

As you can see above, Redstate chose to deceptively quote a portion of the tweet allegedly submitted by MAGA student. (???) They updated their article (lack thereof) by posting an update from Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall’ Go Fund Me Campaign”  page, again verbatim.

Moving on…

“We Build the Wall” Campaign Remains an OnGoing Project Just Not at GoFundMe

The campaign to collect donations from Americans to build the much-needed border wall, etc. is still in gear except that eventually donations will cease going through Go Fund Me.

Disclosure: About two weeks ago, I donated to Kolfage’s “We The People Will Build the Wall’ Go Fund Me Campaign” .  On Friday afternoon at 2:19 p.m., I received the following email from GoFundMe which I only noticed very early Saturday morning  (links removed).

Dear GoFundMe Customer,

As explained in update #18 on the campaign, you have 90 days to let us know if you’d like your donation to be sent to the new 501(c)(4) organization: We Build The Wall, Inc. If we do not hear from you by April 10, 2019, your donation will be automatically refunded on April 11, 2019, as the specific plan for the use of funds raised on the campaign has changed from what was originally stated.

Please take action through the links below:

Yes, I want my donation to go to We Build The Wall, Inc.

Please refund my donation.

If we don’t hear from you, we will refund your donation on April 11, 2019.

Please do not reply to this message. If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center.

Thank you,
The GoFundMe Team

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No problem, I re-directed my donation to the 501(c)(4) organization: We Build The Wall, Inc. as later confirmed by GoFundMe.  In the meantime, Brian Kolfage who has been accused of changing the rules of the game is working overtime to update donors, refute allegations levied against him and at the same time respond to BuzzFeed’s smear campaign him.  Immediately after Kolfage posts updates to the GoFundMe page, emails are dispatched to those who donated.

Endgame:  An Attempt by the Left to Thwart Efforts by Americans to Build the Border Wall

If you have made a donation, see Kolfage’s latest update (excerpt below) or the email that you should have received from GoFundMe informing donors to opt-in or your donations will be refunded via GoFundMe on April 11, 2019 after GoFundMe has collected its share of the bounty. (Ah-hah! 2.9% and then some i.e., “+ $0.30 per donation”)

We Build the Wall (Trump’s Wall) – GoFundMe

UPDATE: JANUARY 11, 2019  

WE ARE BUILDING THE WALL! You can still donate right now on this Gofundme!! The media is falsely reporting all money is being refunded and it’s over. They are WRONG. WE ARE BUILDING THE WALL and you can STILL donate or opt in if you donated before January 11th TO SUPPORT the plan. 

✮★★IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT & BUILD THE BORDER WALL OPT-IN CLICK HERE!!! ★★✮
✮★★IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT & BUILD THE BORDER WALL OPT-IN CLICK HERE!!!  ★★✮

Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border. Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack.

The plan of action was simple and straightforward to raise money to construct a wall on our southern border. We have raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors and we are only just getting started! I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall. I got some hate as well but that was easy to ignore with all the positive feedback I was getting. I immediately sought out and consulted with some of our country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance. This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:

★ The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.

★We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.

★ Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.

★ Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.

IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT & BUILD THE BORDER WALL OPT-IN CLICK HERE!!! ☝☝☝☝

To show the government how “We the People” can get this done, we have formed a Section 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions. Our website can be found at www.webuildthewall.us.

The following individuals serve on the on the advisory board, and construction, finance, and or audit committees, operations, administration, PR, Media and ongoing fundraising:

www.webuildthewall.us/team

[…]

So Kolfage’s newfound revelations broke the rules?  Among those onboard as referenced by Kolfage are:

Brigadier General Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Industrialist John Daniel Moran, Jr., Ex-Navy SEAL and businessman Erik Prince, Former Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach, Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, Law enforcement and immigration expert Sheriff David Clarke, Fox news contributor and border security expert Sara A. Carter, Former Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, Angel Dad Steve Ronnebeck and Media consultant and journalist Jennifer Lawrence for starters.

Source: We Build The Wall US Team and GoFundMe.

Below are the latest updates as of this morning (link above).

UPDATE 21:

WE ARE BUILDING THE WALL!!! Do NOT listen to the LYING liberal media!

We have changed mission from we Fund the wall to we BUILD the wall. We will build the wall mile by mile for HALF the cost. We have private landowners lining up to get the wall built!

If you want to continue on we just need you to OPT IN by clicking here https://bit.ly/2SIQyBg

Checkout the who is now on our advisory board for our charity – www.WeBuildthewall.us/team

I WILL NOT TAKE A PENNY IN SALARY OR COMPENSATION FOR MY WORK

Please spread the word! we are BUILDING IT! and OPT IN! https://bit.ly/2SIQyBg

God Bless,
Brian Kolfage

UPDATE 22:

 

Click the link to check out the names of the  www.WeBuildthewall.us/team advisory board for our charity.

Finally, as posted on GoFundMe,

You can also contact GoFundMe here.  You need to do this by April 10!

CHECK DONATIONS:

We Fund the Wall, Inc.

PO Box 131567 Houston, Texas 77219-1567

God Bless 

UPDATE: DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR IN THE LIBERAL MEDIA THEY ARE LYING! THEY FEAR OUR MOVEMENT

 

PLEASE SHARE.

We Build the Wall website.

 

Cross-posted at Grumpy Opinions.

Former Border Chief: MS-13 Laughs at How Easy It Is to Cross Illegally

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The world is laughing at us as they crash through, tunnel through, while others walk and/or swim across our borders.  It’s called an INVASION as admitted by former Obama administration Border Chief and FBI agent, Mark Morgan.  Oops!

Independent Sentinel by S. Noble

Obama’s former Border Chief and former FBI agent Mark Morgan, repeating a line from President Trump’s presidential campaign announcement in June 2015, said on Fox News last week that his agents were “apprehending and interdicting pedophiles, rapists, murderers, gang members every single day.”

“I’m outraged that we haven’t fixed this problem. I’m outraged,” Morgan told Fox News. “Who can say that this is a manufactured crisis? Anyone? Anyone left, right? I don’t care who it is — anyone that says this is a manufactured crisis, they are absolutely lying to the American people.”

He has appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show multiple times recently to discuss the president’s desire to build a wall. He was initially asked to step down from his position with the Border Patrol by the Trump administration[…]

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ICYMI, more news from S. Noble of Independent Sentinel.

De Blasio Doubles Down on Seizing Buildings, Stealing for Free Vacations

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To all of the stupid New York City left-wing voters and non-voters, you own the next sequel the City’s Commie Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nightmare who like the Progressives, correction REGRESSIVES in both House (including the Albany State Legislature) own the government shutdown, Commie Bill will own the ruin, corruption, despair and suffering of the poor that he has brought about courtesy of his fundamental transformation of the now Rancid Apple.

That bite that keeps hitting you in your checkbook has a name, i.e., KARMA…

Independent Sentinel by S. Noble

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, née Warren Wilhelm, doubled down on his comments earlier this week exposing his communist credentials. During his State of the Union, he announced a number of ‘freebies’ he planned to give away like health care and vacations. But what really got attention was Wilhelm’s intention to seize buildings from landlords he and his minions decide are unfit.

DE BLASIO ESPOUSES HIS COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Progressive/Communist Democrat stood by his comments during the “State of the Union” in which he said:

“Here’s the truth, brothers, and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city,” de Blasio said in his sixth State of the City speech. “It’s just in the wrong hands!”

Did you catch the ‘brothers and sisters’ thingy? It’s the second most popular appellation by communists outside of ‘comrades.’ Wilhelm believes he has the right to steal from those with the “wrong hands”

Tapper pointed out it was “pretty radical”, and the commie agreed, and told Tapper to “look at what’s happening in my city. Look what’s happening all over the country,” noting how “millions” can barely make ends meet and “people get less and less back”[…]

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Bill de Blasio and his comrades are fleecing New Yorkers down to the last speck of lint in their pockets.  It doesn’t matter if you work or not, there’s a tax for everyone.  No one is safe from these larcenous thugs.

ICYMI, here are more news worth checking out from S. Noble over at Independent Sentinel.

OUR “VETS IN CLASS” TEACHING PROGRAM; LOOKING FOR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

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Unifed Patriots by Vassar Bushmills

Since its inception, VeteransTales.org has been movinging toward the establishment of a teaching program for veterans in order to fill in the growing gap between modern education in America’s schools about America’s history, and the reasons America was created in the first place.

It takes only three generations for those things to be lost to a culture, and we’re about halfway there.

I set this process of disintegration out in an earlier piece, “Conservatism, Those Other Guys, and the Vetetans”.

When the Soviet Union fell in 1992 virtually no Soviet citizen had any memory or knowledge of the nation (or family) that extended beyond 70 years. I know, I was there. Freed in 1992, they were still had no fixed stars in their heavens to guide them; no history, no church, no moral base.

For nearly two hundred years since our Founding the extant family, our public schools and universities, and our several religious institutions passed these culture-surviving ingredients onto the next generation. And the next. But since the mid-1960s those institutions have been under assault or reshaped as a matter of government policy.

Veterans are uniquely situated to help hold the line, and even pass it on, while public institutions no longer try.

Our Program has three objectives; Find & Recruit, Teach & Train, then Place veterans.

As you already know, finding veterans isn’t hard.

Every town, every school district has veterans. Most towns have a VFW and American Legion chapter. Wounded veterans have their own unique sponsors, Wounded Warriors Project, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and dozens of service organizations from every branch.

We’ll contact virtually every one in coming days via email and social media. But in larger bureaucratic organizations as many now are, I doubt the right people will ever see or read this.

More than donations, if you know any of these people, you would be doing our Cause a great service simply by passing this forward, preferably with a “Deserves a look” or “Attaboy” attached..

it would also be nice if you would contact me (contact info below) as piercing many of your corporate veils is a daunting task without a personal reference.

Allen and I were never palm-grippers in those circles.

All we have to offer are programs that need some sponsorship and partners, and the skill to design them. And a little administrative jump start.

Our objectives are simple:

To put as many veterans as possible in front of as many school kids, aged 11-to-18, as possible, in public schools if allowed, and in other parent-approved settings if the public schools are not available….

And to develop from that open door, other programs[…]

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The Border Wall: thoughts about Trump’s address and the Democrat rebuttals

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Wow! Magazine by Bookworm Room

On the border wall, a surprisingly uncharismatic Trump showed he loved America and Americans, while Democrats succeeded only in showing they despise Trump.

Having had some time to think about Trump’s address, as well as the official and unofficial rebuttals, I have a few thoughts, none particularly deep or meaningful. I therefore offer them for what they’re worth:

Trump spoke about the American people. He made it plain that he is working to benefit them, especially those in the front lines of dealing with the harm wrought by people who ought never to have been here in the first place.

Pelosi and Schumer spoke about Trump. Their hatred was manifest and should cause people to wonder whether their working for the good of Americans or simply to import voters, along with attendant drugs and violence.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke about garble-gooble fizwitz aliens blumpf Americans karpoffez deelywhop clum Marx shcniszzsle open borders. It continues to behoove us to take her seriously and to make sure that Americans understand that she represents the up-and-coming generation of young Democrats.

Trump did not say a single word about race. Nevertheless, he was instantly attacked for being racist. There is nothing racist about insisting that people who enter the country do so after knocking on the front door and asking for permission, rather than by leaping over the back fence, breaking through the kitchen window and, in some cases, poisoning the food, raping the women and children, and killing a family member or two. This is about behavior, not race[…]

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