Saturday January 29, 2005
I am making space available on the Jack's Joint BLOG to Free Lance Coast Guard
Writer J.C. Carney to strongly comment on an article appearing in the
February 2005 American Legion Magazine regarding the loss of the Troop Transport
Dorchester in the early part of World War II. The Magazine
Article can be accessed and read by going to the following URL
January 29, 2005
Mr. John Raughter, Editor
American Legion Magazine
700 North Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206, State
Letter To The Editor:
Regarding the article: “No Greater Glory,”
by Dan Kurzman, in the February ’05 issue. I enjoyed the article very much
but noted a number of discrepancies. I do hope the following will clarify
The CGC’s Escanaba and Comanche
were capable of flank speeds of 13 knots—not 11 knots only. Furthermore, even
when iced the 165-foot Tribal Class cutter could still maintain 12 knots flank
speed. The former-liner, Dorchester should not have been placed in a
slow convoy (SC) as she was in truth capable of much greater speed then the
usual knots required [9 knots] of the ships in slow convoys. Why she was
thusly routed is anyone’s guess. She should have sailed with the larger and
faster 327-foot cutters in a fast convoy (HX).
The three cutters in question did—for the
most part—harbor modern armament. In fact, their depth charges and K-guns
were as modern as could be gotten at that time, as were the “mouse traps” used
to shoot forward to attack U-boats on the approach. Their main battery
consisted of 3”50 cannon and various machine guns. The main problem
associated with their ability to hunt and destroy the enemy in early 1943, was
the given fact that they did not have radar installed, which may well
be the only true drawback to their efficiency. They did employ sonar and high
frequency direction finders, lovingly called “Huff Duff.” These direction
finders could (and usually did) find U-boats through the constant chatter they
[U-boat personnel] put out when planning an attack. The major question
remains as to what was a moderately fast liner doing in a slow convoy?
Certainly, the Navy Command (ComEastArea) should have been aware of this
discrepancy and re-routed the liner.
As I too have written an article on the
Escanaba and personally served aboard the Esky II (WHEC-64)
[nickname] in the late 1960’s, I have learned much about both ships. I also
have the logbooks of the Escanaba I on hand.
Mr. Kurzman’s Article was, for the most
part, factual in every other sense. I just thought I would clarify the
information on the proud little cutters.
J.C. Carney, Esq.
Freelance Nautical Writer
Former US Coast Guard
113-½ West 3rd street # 1 • Park
Rapids, Minnesota • 56470-1572
Phone: (218) 237-1346 • Fax: Same
NOTE The Cutter ESCANABA I referenced in the
article and Mr. Carney's letter was lost during WWII.
01/19/05 - Jack's
Joint will be in business for six years comes next April. Hundreds of people
have contributed to the stories found on this site. Unfortunately because of
four major computer calamities over the life of the site, most of the snail mail
and email addresses have been lost. Several people have crossed the bar. In an
effort to reconstruct our authors list I am posting a listing of all of them in
alphabetical order. I would greatly appreciate it if you and all of the readers
for that matter would take a few minutes off and send me what you know and/or
how to locate each of these people. As I amass the information I will indicate
who has crossed the bar and line out each person who I have relevent information
on. I am not compiling a mailing list to sell spam-wiches. That list will not be
published, however I will pass on the name of anyone trying to contact an author
to him/her and they can respond. I don't want to interfere with anyone's
To JACK'S JOINT All Author's List
01/10/05 - Much to my
surprise the Web Trends program came back on line. I reviewed the most popular
pages, where my visits were coming from et.al. I can identify the servers but
have no idea who within these servers is checking in and perusing Jack's Joint.
I was amazed that one of the most popular pages was the Ocean Station's Forum
. I worked on that about a year ago. Once in while I will lurk around
Fred's Place in the Point-Counter Point area and find something of interest. I
found it, some forty pages of chatter about Ocean Stations. I contacted Fred
Siegel the webmaster and asked his permission to clip it out, edit it and then
repost it for all to see. Glory Be !!! I cut out a lot of the email addresses
(to protect the innocent of course) and cleaned up the language a bit and posted
it.l Believe me - It is a classic. These pages really captured the world
of the weather ships from the Cabin, to the wardroom, the goat lockers, the
forecastle, pineapple alley, and every nook and cranny of the old cutters. There
are entries by snipes, deckies, twidgets, leading seamen, grumpy old chiefs,
George junior ensign, sparkies, overburdened warrants, mess cooks, and even
weather birds. Do yourself a favor and visit the old guard on these pages
and let me know your thoughts about this world that has passed before us and
will never be seen nor heard from again.
01/08/05 - The other
day I decided to see if I could get some sort of discussion going about naming
our new cutters after former Commandants and Master Chiefs of the Coast
Guard rather then after former Treasury Secretaries, heroes, plants, and what
have you. I had a secondary motive and that was to see whether or not anybody
comes over to this corner of JACK'S JOINT and reads the BLOG, Without having Web
Trends to tell me what the activities of most interest are I am working in the
dark. I suggested within my spiel that someone start the conversation on FRED'S
PLACE and I would track it from there. I checked PCP on FRED'S PLACE today and
saw nothing which leads me to several conclusions:
The Naming Of New Cutters - Going back into antiquity our cutters have been
named for Treasury Secretaries, Heroes, Plants, Flowers, and sometimes just
words like Resolute, Confidence, Active, Alert, etc. I think that renaming new
cutters after old cutters has it's merits although building an overgrown Buoy
Tender ala Storis and calling it Mackinaw is ludicrous. There will never be
another icebreaker that can be named Mackinaw. That old lady was a "oner."
Someone in the Ivory Tower can come up with a more fitting name it would seem.
practice of naming the major cruising cutters after Secretaries of the Treasury
should cease. There were only a few Transportation Secretaries and their names
should be put on planes and trains. There has only been one confirmed Homeland
Security Secretary so it would seem that using that name would not be the best
believe the best source of names for major cutters would be is former
Commandants. There were a few really outstanding ones, some good ones, some
so-so ones and a few caretakers. This would really honor the memories of the
better ones. I would put Waesche first; then Rowland; Hamblin; Richmond; Loy; as
a start. The next tier of smaller cutters could use the names of former Master
Chief Petty Officer's of the Coast Guard such as Calhoun; Theile; Patton; and so
forth. In this way we would be memorializing our own and not have to borrow
names from others or engage an English teacher to come up with some appropriate
I would be
proud to serve on the USCGC WAESCHE (WHEC=***) or USCGC CALHOUN (WMEC-***)
it? Does anybody have any better ideas? If so take up the discussion on Fred's
Place and I'll check in every once in awhile to see if anybody really cares.
Last week Jack's other website, JACK'S SHACK was reopened. The intent was to
have an unrelated corner devoted to my local activities. After developing
a special BLOG for it and seeing the results it obtained, I decided to
decommission JACK'S SHACK permanently. The purpose of JACK'S JOINT is to have a
place on the www for Coast Guard, Lighthouse, and Military stories, articles and
poems to be libraried. Publishing related newsletters and links falls into this
realm but local political activities do not. There will be no more
spin-offs of that nature from this site.
12/23/04 - Refer to my
comments of 12/16/04 about, "Cumshaw." This editorial speaks for itself and
requires no further amplification from me.
Editorial: Clemency for
From the Milwaukee
Posted: Dec. 22, 2004
Soldiers who get Bronze Stars for exhibiting
“initiative and courage” don’t belong in the brig, particularly for exercising
the initiative that allowed them to complete their missions.
Yet this is apparently the case for Army Reserve
Maj. Cathy Kaus - who grew up in Casco - and five other soldiers. Kaus has been
spending much of the last six months in a Navy brig in San Diego.
Her crime? She allowed members of her unit to
scavenge three trucks and two trailers that enabled the unit she commanded to
safely accomplish its mission of supplying combat units with fuel during the
early part of the Iraqi war. They believed the trucks had been abandoned.
Yes, she should have reported that her soldiers,
faced with too few trucks to accomplish their mission, first appropriated two
trucks and trailers left unattended. They later took a third disabled truck and
cannibalized it for parts to keep their unit running.
For allowing the first vehicles to be left in a
lot to avoid having them traced to her company, she pleaded guilty to theft and
wrongful disposal of property. For failing to report that the third truck had
been taken and dismantled, she pleaded guilty to willful destruction of military
Before that, however, she was lauded for her
unit’s performance. It suffered few casualties and no fatalities while operating
in some of Iraq’s roughest and most dangerous terrain in the Sunni Triangle
during the first phase of the war.
Kaus, a single mother of a college student and a
28-year Army reservist, will be released some time this month and will likely
return to her home in Dayton, Ohio.
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has already intervened
to ask for clemency for Kaus and Darrell Birt of Columbus, Ohio, who were
convicted with four others of the 656th Transportation Co., based in
Kaus’ family in Wisconsin has now asked members of
this state’s congressional delegation to also intervene, and GOP Rep. Mark Green
of Green Bay has indicated that he will.
Clemency could restore Kaus’ military benefits and
reverse her dishonorable military discharge.
Both should be done. Kaus’ actions were not for
personal gain. They were done in response to being inadequately provisioned to
do the job she was tasked to do, a matter that recently came up again when
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took questions from troops. One intrepid
soldier wondered aloud why they were scavenging for armor in landfills.
Kaus, as her medal attests, served her country
ably. She made some wrong decisions in the process, but they were decisions
that, no doubt, saved lives, those of members in her unit and those they
supplied with precious fuel.
Green should not be alone in the Wisconsin
delegation requesting clemency. He should be joined by the others in the House
and by Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl.
Her punishment doesn’t come close to fitting the
“crime.” Clemency is in order for her and all others convicted in this incident.
12/21/04 - L'il Abner
listed his occupation as a "mattress tester" in the local mattress factory.
12/17/04 - I am
surprised by the number of emails that I have been receiving about this page. It
isn't viewed frequently enough to be listed in my "Web Trends" report. If people
are sending me their comments then it must be read at least here and there. I
think I'll keep the page open so that I will have some place to periodically
vent my spleen.
I have been asked by
one communicant why I use the background on this page that I do. Go back a few
years and a number of old Sears catalogs ago and take a serious guess as to
where you are sitting. If you look a bit further over to your right you may even
see a crescent cut into the boards. It may have been cut in there by Pappy Yokum
(L'il Abner's Pa) as that is what he listed his occupation as - "Crescent
Do you remember what
L'il Abner's occupation was?
The ancient crime of cumshaw is alive
and well. I didn't get the whole story off of TV News tonight as I wasn't
listening that closely, The gist was that a veteran lady officer, either
Army Reserve or National Guard has been arrested and is presently confined to a
military prison on the charges of trying to use old either wrecked or discarded
army vehicles for repair parts and armor improvements in Iraq. According to the
report, she will receive a Dishonorable Discharge for her efforts. I don't know
what part of the old Coast Guard most people were in but it was common practice
in the fifties and sixties to cannabalize anything that could be scrounged up to
fix the ship to make the next patrol. Fortunately old age and a cloudy memory
dims the specifics of the hundreds if not thousands of venial sins committed in
the name of trying to make something run that should be broken down. Naturally
there are those who will deny this today. If every sinner had been caught and
court martialed, the prisons would have been filled and only a self righteous
few would have remained as a cadre of new Coasties who are unfamiliar with the
"can do" spirit in which we operated. Now
we know that "cumshaw" is no longer just venial sin, it is mortal sin.
Enough on this topic!
12/13/04 - The
appointee for the Homeland Security Chief's job, Bernard Kerick sure looked the
part, he seemed to be Andy Sipowicz with a decent haircut. A recent Drudge
Report was very damning of him. Employing a Nanny without a Green
Card is not that unusual a venial sin. It is too bad that is what caused him to
withdraw his name. I join with many others in hoping the person selected
ultimately for the crucial Homeland Securities position is not some political
hack that can pass all of the politically correct litmus tests, but a person who
is highly qualified and universally respected. Retired Admiral Loy, our former
Commandant shouldn't be overlooked. Another excellent possibility would be
Senator Joe Lieberman. The wrong person could turn the Department into an
12/4/04 - Here it is
almost time to change calendars and I haven't even designed our Christmas Cards
or written the annual Christmas letter. I have received several to date so I am
positive that it is December. I have always looked forward to receiving people's
annual Christmas letter. These seemed to have fallen out of favor over the last
ten years or so. It is such a pleasure to read something from the hand of a
person or persons that have been in my past lives. It must be as I get older I
get more nostalgic. So far this year about half of the cards we have received
have contained a short letter. Things may be looking up. At least to this point
I have bought the number of stamps that I will need for our annual mailing.
12/3/04 - I am sorry to
learn that Governor Tom Ridge is resigning from the Department of Homeland
Security. He is to be congratulated on taking on a tough job like he did and
doing so well with it. Let us hope that his replacement will be half as good as
11-25-04 - A couple of
months ago Larry Stefanovich, President of the Coast Guard Sea Vets drove up to
Port from Lake Geneva and spent the day with me. He brought along three old
issues of the now defunct Coast Guard Magazine, two from during WWII and one
from shortly thereafter. He let me copy pages from each of the three as I didn't
have time to read them then. In going through the magazines I saw that there
were articles and features that might be of interest to the people visiting this
site. I picked out a story or two and posted them a while back. I sent the
August 1944 pages down to Don Gardner and asked him to go through them and see
what he thought was worthwhile posting. This week he emailed several of the
articles back, I reformatted them, Jack's Jointized them and posted them. I will
gradually get around to working on the other two magazines and extracting what
looks like interesting material.
Normally I would try to
seek out the publisher and/or author(s) and get permission to use the articles,
poems and stories. Sixty years have passed, the Coast Guard Magazine ceased
publication in either 1956 or 1957. So I will take the chance and post them
without the release of the copyrights. I don't know what the succession to the
old Coast Guard Magazine was, it may have been Navy Times. In any event, I don't
think anybody is going to get too excited about articles written that many years
I remember the Coast
Guard Magazine from my early years in the Coast Guard. It came to the ships and
stations I was on and it was passed from crewman to crewman until it was dirty,
dog-eared and raggedy. I wish I could get some more of copies of the magazine
because, while it read like a house organ, the articles and features were of
great interest and I know it introduced me to other parts of the Coast Guard the
I had never been directly exposed to.
It is gone now, almost
all but forgotten, These articles that I have just posted should resurrect it
for now and give subsequent Coasties a glimpse of another Coast Guard in another
time. Semper Paratus
11-16-04 - On November
16, 1948, 56 years ago, Jack enlisted in the Coast Guard on the Green Ticket.
11-16-04 - On November
11, 2004 I opinionated on the PBS production, Battle History of the U.S. Coast
Guard. Within my comments I was critical of the use of two old warhorses telling
war stories. One of those old Warhorses was QMC Resnick. The following article
appeared in Navy Times:
TIMES November 22, 2004
IWO JIMA FLAG'S FATHER
Guardsman who gave Marines the flag they raised on Iwo Jima - a scene captured
so famously by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal - died Nov. 6.
Robert Resnick, 82 of Boca Raton, Fla., was a quartermaster on Landing Ship Tank
758 during the battle for Iwo Jima. On Feb. 23, 1945, after the deadliest
fighting was over, Marine Pfc. Rene Gagnon came on board Resnick's vessel
looking for a large flag to raise over the island.
The Marines had already put up a smaller flag but wanted one that could be seen
from a distance.
Resnick located a flag and gave it to Gagnon, along with a 21-foot steam pipe to
serve as a flagpole. Gagnon, helped by two Marine buddies, including Pfc. Ira
Hayes, carried the flag to the top of Mount Suribachi, where it was raised by
Gagnon, Hayes, Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Harlon H. Block, Pfc. Franklin R.
Sousley and Navy Pharmacist's Mate Second Class John Bradley.
In an interview earlier this year with Coast Guard public affairs, Resnick said
his boat was leaving the beach when he heard "a tremendous and sudden ovation"
from everyone there.
"There was whooping and hollering - a tremendous cheer as the flag went up.
Every ship tooted his horn," Resnick said.
Resnick, who kept quiet about his participation in the historic event until
recent years, said he wanted the country to realize the significance of the
Coast Guard's participation in the battle and victory.
Resnick was buried in his native state of New York.
THANKS TO FORMER MCPOCG VINCE PATTON FOR
THIS INFORMATION - Jack of Jack's Joint apologizes to those two old war horses.
11/12/04 - A publisher
has shown some minor interest in an anthology of some of the better stories
found on the pages of Jack's Joint. To this end my partner in crime, retired
RMCS Don Gardner has compiled some of the stories into an approximate 200 page
book. It is not anticipated that we will make any great deal of money in this
endeavor. What if any money flows my way will be plowed into this website to
keep it afloat as long as I can.
most part we are in the process of contacting several of the authors who's
stories we are using and re-requesting their permission to use the stories for
this purpose. The following is a listing of these people we haven't contacted
directly. If any have any objections to our use of their work, please state your
objections now. As I said, we don't expect to make much money on this so there
wouldn't be too much to spread around.
David E. Riffle
Stan Barnes JaySchmidt
11/11/04 - OPINION -
There was a lot of Coast Guard hoopla over the two hour History of the Coast
Guard presentation on the History Channel tonight. There were some interesting
narratives particularly by the CG historians, Admiral Loy and former MCPOCG
Vince Patton. It was descriptive of the political events that led to the merging
of the Revenue Marine with the Life Savings Service. But there were areas where
the documentary fell short. The role of the Coast Guard in Vietnam was played up
but most of these film clips were of Navy Swift Boats. Only a small percentage
of the Vietnam era clips were of our stock 82 foot patrol boats and only a very
passing reference was made of the Ocean Station vessels that were deployed
there. When they got to the part of the first Desert Storm the documentary
shifted almost entirely to a narrative by a Lady Reserve Captain who played but
a bit part in the overall scheme of things. When addressing icebreakers only the
Great Lakes bound Mackinaw was shown. Nowhere were the loran stations, AMVER,
lightships and buoy tenders to be found. Conspicuous by its absence was the
major acquisition of the Marine Inspection Service in 1947. The Bark Eagle
popped in and out a few times and there was a brief allusion to the Ocean
Station programs. But the overall problem was the untimely advertisements
that were hammered in to the point of distraction. My overall opinion of
this production was that a lot of the better parts wound up on the cutting room
floor to give time for a few old war horses to tell their sea tales. Too bad, a
first class production of the history of the U.S. Coast Guard has been long over
due. This was not it.
11/09/04 - MINOR UPDATE
- I (Jack) have been having serious mobility problems caused by mucho pain in
the lower back. Yesterday I went to the local hospital and received a very
painful shot in my lower spine. Last night the pain doubled. It is beginning to
abate now. There are several items on the back burner at Jack's Joint that will
be brought out later when the pain subsides and things can again get into focus.
Of late just the newsletters have been posted.
Tomorrow we celebrate
the Marine Corp's birthday. We also celebrate Jack's 73rd birthday - "Had I
known I would have lived this long - I would have taken better care of myself."
BOOK REVIEW - “SEADOG, A Coast Guard Memoir” By Eric Greinke©2004 Published by
Pres A Press, P.O. Box 792, Rockford, Michigan 49341
The 179 page book is available in both
hardcover at US$30.00 and soft cover at US$15.00 from the publisher.
The book reflects with reasonable accuracy
what life was like in Boot Camp and on two Great Lakes Coast Guard Lifeboat
Stations in the late nineteen sixties. These were the days of the “Donald Duck
Hats” that preceded the great sanitation of the Coast Guard which occurred in
the late nineteen seventies. The “Donald Duck Days” were the last days of the
Hooligan Navy when the Coast Guard was full of rugged individualists and
characters who could get their act together long enough to perform dangerous
rescues on the water with a high degree of professionalism. Many like the author
were jokesters and clowns. Their everyday dress was not always military, beards
abounded, dungaree liberty and wild civilian clothes were the rage. The Donald
Duck Hat only came out on rare station inspections. Unpressed chambray shirts
and dungarees were the dress for every day work around the stations.
The title of the book, Sea Dog, is somewhat
deceptive until you read the book. Yogi, the Golden Retriever mascot, enters the
story after the main character, SA Greinke, finds him swimming in heavy seas on
Lake Superior. The dog is accepted as the station mascot and pops in and out the
main thread of the story. When SN Greinke transfers to the Muskegon Station,
Yogi comes along. In the last chapter Yogi sees BM3 Greinke in the water after a
speedboat cut the station’s 16 foot skiff in half and in spite of his hatred of
the water swims out to Greinke and pulls him ashore. The story ends just after
A number of people come and go within the
story. Most of these characters are quite well developed and you feel as if you
know them after awhile. The events occurred but true names were not used because parts
of the book might be embarrassing to those still living.
This glimpse of the “Donald Duck Hat” Coast
Guard through the eyes of a 17 year old enlistee, through boot camp and two
stations during his four year enlistment, is well worth an afternoon’s read.
Only the detailed sexual encounters with the Group Commander’s daughter detract
from an otherwise well written portrayal of the “Sweet Water Sand Peeps” of the
Coast Guard during that era.
The publisher can be reached by email email@example.com
Reviewed by Jack
10/28/04 – About the
second year that Jack’s Joint was on line I had a section accessible off of the
front page that concerned itself with book reviews. It was a section that I was
having difficulty keeping up with. I was spending more time reading then I was
devoting to the website so I decided to discontinue it.
I really didn’t know how many people were interested in my
comments about a book or a film. When I dropped it I only received one
I will not resurrect
the page in the form it was in. I will as time permits, review a book on this,
the BLOG page.
Today I received a
short Coast Guard Memoir called Sea Dog, written by Eric Greinke. I have read
about half of it this afternoon and if time permits, will finish it tomorrow and
write my comments about it on this page.
10/24/2004 - Will it ever be
over? I am talking about the election. If I believed everything that I am
hearing on radio, on television, across the internet, ad nauseum, I believe I
would stay home on election day. Everybody seems to be a scoundrel. I think I
saw a new low today in a TV spot advertisement (or are they public service
announcements?) One of the presidential candidates was alluded to be like
Herbert Hoover. How could these admen go back 70 years plus to dredge up that
bilge? Mr. Hoover was really something as president, he single handedly
and without help from anybody plunged the world into a deep depression. I don't
think that many of those watching the ads voted for him or his opponent, Al
Smith, let alone remembered either. Next there will be allusions to the Teapot
Dome Scandal. What a mess! Isn't it nice to have a refuge like Jack's Joint to
go to where you aren't beat to death with political public service
announcements? Maybe that accounts for my jump in visitors per day this
10/14/2004 - Oh woe is
me! Just for the heck of it as I was waiting the other night for a pill to kick
in before I went to bed. I decided to make a search on the internet for, "Jack's
Joint." The results were startling. There is a tavern website, a home for
photo-journalism, an Australian Bar, and a porn site. The latter is found by
dropping off the "s" making it jack joint. Very disgusting!
I knew it would only be a
matter of time before someone dreamed up a new and original name for their site.
I checked everything I could 5+ years ago before I went on line to make sure I
wasn't copying somebody else even if inadvertently, and found nothing. I wish
those who had decided on using the website name I selected would have had the
courtesy to do the same thing. A pox on them, particularly the porn site.
The origin of the name is
simple. My name is Jack. I could have used Jack's Place but that would have
looked and sounded like I was emulating Fred Siegel, a man I admire and who was
the pathfinder for many of our Coast Guard oriented websites. I checked with
Fred at the time and asked him if he objected to my using the name, "Jack's
Joint" and he said, "no, no objection on his part" as a matter of fact he
indicated that he was somewhat flattered that I went this way as a form of site
Since those days when our
websites were in their infancy and adolescence we have taken different
directions. Fred has tied in with Military Dot Com. I think, but don't know for
sure that it was a matter of economics. Believe it or not a website
offering the amount and variety that Jack's Joint offers is very expensive. I do
not want to get into begging and I hate advertisements all over everything. I
will continue as I have as long as I can.
Some have asked me why don't
I give the site a face lift. I know it is not the new, modern, glitzy look that
is the rage today. I have the programs to do this but prefer not to now. I
believe in keeping things simple if I can so that the site is easy to maneuver
and things can be found. Making changes is almost instantaneous. No programmer
needed. So you are going to get the same old presentation in large, easy
to read print, consistent in format, with just enough variety to prevent sheer
I wish someone would
volunteer to do the indexing for me. It is a huge job and definitely needs
10/7/2004 - It is time to
set this page into being. Back in the "old Guard" I would use the word,
The "Joint" is doing it's
level best to remain non-commercial and non-political That is not too easy.
Seldom does a week go by
that I am not contacted to put up advertising on these many pages. It is
tempting as this "hobby" has become quite expensive. I started this site with
the intent of providing a place for Coasties to tell their stories. Never did I
dream of how successful it has become. Thus the attraction to potential
advertisers. I also decided quite early that I did not want commercialism to
pollute the pages. Admittedly there is some advertising on the newsletter pages
and on some of the links but it has not found on the main and story pages and I
don't intend to change that in the near future.
In this Major National
Election Year I am sorely tempted to express my political views. It is hard not
to. I could use the site as my bully pulpit but I wont. I am a local politician
and I do not even use the web site to promote my campaign every election year.
We shall remain non-partisan.
This does not say that I
won't speak out on Coast Guard and other military issues from time to time as I
have in the past but they will always be identified as OPINIONs. Please note I
am not setting up any sort of chat room for followup. There are enough of them
on the internet without my starting one.
5/1/2004 - Everybody is
doing it, why should I be the exception? Thus begins my BLOG.
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