Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"When logic and proportion Have fallen sloppy dead."

Our society is losing its tenuous grip on reality.  When someone commits a terrorist act while screaming “Allahu Akbar” the authorities must search their souls to find out what the possible motive might have been.  People can now choose their sex.  This will be interesting when most female scholarships and awards start going to the “transgendered.”  Will Blacks tolerate large numbers of Whites claiming they are Black in order to claim benefits? It appears that this behavior is acceptable as long as it is isolated. It also has a long tradition. 

Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney)

Iron Eyes Cody  (Espera Oscar de Corate)

Chief Wild Eagle (Frank Dekova)

Chief Humbug (Ward Churchill)

Pocahontas (Elizabeth Warren)

Chief Peacemaker (Alexie Kosygin)

Although she has not claimed her Native American Status, Stefoknee Wolscht, (a former 56 year old male) is now a 6-year-old female.  Is she attending school?  If not, has the family been visited by child protective services?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Additions to the MP Third Edition – POWs

         One indication of the value placed on the lives of these prisoners is their use by the allies in mine clearance.  This was in violation of Article 32 of the 1929 Geneva Convention.  A Norwegian documentary claimed, “Many of the Germans were killed through their guards' habit of chasing them criss-cross over a cleared field to ensure that no mines remained.”
According to S. P. MacKenzie, "by September 1945 it was estimated by the French authorities that two thousand prisoners were being maimed and killed each month in [mine clearance] accidents" S. P. MacKenzie, P.503 The Treatment of Prisoners of War in World War II, The Journal of Modern History, The University of Chicago Press

According to the BBC, a fifth of all agricultural work in the UK was performed by German prisoners in 1946.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labor_of_Germans_after_World_War_II
The British Ministry of Agriculture argued against repatriation of German prisoners 1947 because in they made up 25 percent of the agricultural workforce.  In spite of their objections 250,000 of the prisoners were repatriated by the end of 1947 with the last prisoners released by November 1948.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labor_of_Germans_after_World_War_II
         One of the main opponents of the use of slave labor was Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson.  Jackson stated, “The plan is to impress great numbers of laborers into foreign service, which means herding them into concentration camps.”  He believed this, “will largely destroy the positions of the United States in this war.” 3  Jackson told President Truman in October 1945 that the Allies, "have done or are doing some of the very things we are prosecuting the Germans for. The French are so violating the Geneva Convention in the treatment of prisoners of war that our command is taking back prisoners sent to them. We are prosecuting plunder and our Allies are practicing it. We say aggressive war is a crime and one of our allies asserts sovereignty over the Baltic States based on no title except conquest.”

3 M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein, Stalin’s Secret Agents p. 190.

Additions to the MP Third Edition – Currency and The Black Market

          What could possibly go wrong with giving the Soviets, what David Rees described as "a blank check drawn on the Bank of Inter-Allied Unity?" 4  Walter Rundell wrote, “The United States government could have had no idea the Russians would unloose a plethora of Allied military marks to flood the German economy.”  (Rundell p. 43)  This faith in the Soviets required a complete lack of knowledge of their previous behavior.  Benn Steil called White’s trust in the Russians as, “inexcusably na├»ve, at best.” 5
         Vladimir Petrov related that the three Western allies put into circulation a total of about 10.5 billion AM Marks.  The Soviets issued on "a very conservative estimate" 78 billion. 6   These occupation marks were eventually redeemed by the American and British taxpayers.  Rober Haeger of the United Press estimated, "This oblique raid on the Treasury amounted to more than $300,000,000 before the Army called a halt, . . .” 7   Hartrich calculated that "the Americans had been fleeced out of $500 million and the British out of $300 million by the Communist financiers." 8  Walter Rundell, Jr. puts the figure at $530,755,440.  (Rundell, Walter, Jr. Black Market Money.  Louisiana State University Press, 1964. p. 7)  Rundell gives the figures for October 1945 in Berlin, “The Berlin district disbursed as  pay and allowances in October $2,570,921.32; yet it collected through finance offices, Army post offices, post exchanges, and quartermaster sales stores a total of $8,226,461.73!”  Ibid, p. 71  Rundell asserted that it was clear that no one was trying to limit this situation.  He attributed this to General Eisenhower: The primary deterrent to any effective action on G-1’s part was the unsympathetic attitude toward currency control on the part of the theater commander, General Eisenhower.”  Ibid p. 51
         Walter Rundell Jr. claimed that 80% of the overdraft in marks was of Russian origin.  (Rundell, Walter, Jr. Black Market Money.  Louisiana State University Press, 1964. p. 36) 

Col. Stanley Andrews commented on a group of U.S. Congressmen that came to Germany for an inspection.  “They were given Post Exchange cards which allowed them to buy anything at they wanted at the local Post Exchange. They would load up their suitcases with cigarettes, and, on at least one occasion, a very prominent congressman asked me: ‘Tell me where this black market village is?’ and he headed straight for it.” Stanley Andrews, Journal of a Retread, (Alamo, Texas, 1971).  https://archive.org/stream/TheJournalOfARetread/The%20Journal%20of%20a%20Retread_djvu.txt
         Col Andrews quotes an Army officer on the black market policy:

. . .nobody who sold a few cartons was considered a criminal. It was the big wheeler-dealers who dealt in cars, diamonds and tens of thousands of dollars that the CID [Criminal Investigations Division] was after. This army organization might call on you if you ordered 100 cartons a week from the US (at one dollar a carton), and enquire politely whether you were really such a heavy smoker. But they were too busy to investigate something like twenty cartons a month. For four packages of cigarettes, you could hire a German orchestra for an entire evening.

Russians paid the equivalent of US$1,000 for a Mickey Mouse watch.  In July 1945 the army's finance office in Berlin disbursed one million dollars in pay, yet soldiers sent some three million dollars to addresses in America.  (Kevin Conley Ruffner, The Black Market in Postwar Berlin Colonel Miller and an Army Scandal, Prologue Magazine,  Vol. 34, No. 3, 2002 http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2002/fall/berlin-black-market-1.html)
         As early as May 1945 SHAEF warned the War Department that Russian behavior, “was endangering the Army’s entire monetary program.” (Rundell, p. 44)  There was opposition to currency reform among the higher levels of the military.  Rundell states, “The primary deterrent to any effective action . . . was the unsympathetic attitude toward currency control on the part of the theater commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.” (Rundell, p. 51)  The currency problem began to draw media attention.  In August 1945 currency conversion controls were devised that would be implemented on 1 November.  Randell stated, “Inexplicably and revealing an amazing lack of coordination . . . the adjutant general announced the proposed” reforms which Randell described this as “an open invitation to convert all indigenous currency,” including black market proceeds.  (Randell p. 70)  Rundell points out that GIs in Berlin converted nearly 6 million dollars more than they received in pay during the month of October. (Rundell, p. 71) 

4  Laurence Rees, WWII Behind Closed Doors (New York, Pantheon Books, 2008), p. 184.
5 Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods, (Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2013), p. 273
6   Rees, Harry Dexter White, p. 190.
7  Settel, ed., This is Germany, p. 9.
8  Hartrich, The Fourth and Richest Reich, pp. 38-39.