Facelifts & Makeovers Have Begun

As I mentioned in the previous post, I would be doing major overhauling and makeovers to most of our social media content, websites, blogs, and publishing sites. That time has come.

While presenting a cleaner, clearer, neater, and less cluttered appearance to promote my books I hope to make a better visiting experience for fans and readers of my content material. It will be a slow process, but an important one.

Much of the content in the flagship’s website media group will be archived here on this subordinate blog.

Please be patient. Some of the posts, pages and content to this site will be closed to the public as we rejuvenate our media group. We will be in the ready position for a massive and aggressive publishing experience that has been spearheaded by years of hard, laborious work. We will soon be ready to present this updated experience of publishing adventure to the public.

We will still be blogging and publishing in this platform as well as several others. But some of the posts and pages will be in private status as we archive massive content from multiple platforms and sources.

Some of the content will be password protected. Select individuals will have access to evidence and material of litigation nature for legal processing in civil and criminal matters and for legal presentations, for craft concern or content, manuscript materials for such groups as beta readers, editors, proofreaders, cover designers, social media and writing coaches, quality control consultants and graphic artist assistants and the like. Please DO NOT ask for access of these protected areas of concern as the only way to access them are though invitation only, with purpose and for specific and limited people for limited time.

Some of those password protected materials will be available for craftsmanship of select individuals in a various stages of study, beta review, proofing, or some other reason, such as students in craft study with consultation with writing coaches or for specific reasons to have access to private content that is not yet published or intended for publication.

Too, communication with global rescue teams or SAR units exchanging vital information that is timely and urgent and of which could be delayed using alternative encrypted communication resources. Sharing between teams is enhanced.

The reason I have to mention this is because some of the private material, or password protected material will or could be visible to public viewers in headline nature and could trigger curiosity while most will not be. The reason for that is because those needing access will not need a link, but simply visiting the site of interest. I’m sorry for the inconvenient, but i do not control the technology… just yet.

Explosive shall be the new experience. I’m excited. I hope you will be, too!

I will be posting, and bringing new ideas to the long idled sites in the media-group network.

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~A Double Feature~

Now for some relaxation R & R…

In the fall of 1983 I was sitting in a bar in Malta, New York, just outside Saratoga Springs, having a few drinks with my buddy and classmate, a U.S. Navy SEAL on an elite team. He was co-captain of our wrestling team. He was home on an emergency leave. It was not a good time for either of us. We both had losses. Grave sadness. He had more than me. At home and at sea.

It was during Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S. invasion of Grenada.

He lost several members of his team in the predawn hours of a covert operation. They were lost at sea in stormy, turbulent conditions when they jumped from their helicopters off the shore of Grenada with full and heavy combat gear and equipment. They were the first to go into the war zone, their mission was to take down any resistance that could threaten the forces of the incoming invasion. Their bodies were never recovered. Had he not come home for the emergency on the home front he too, might have been lost at sea, never to be recovered.

Sometimes bad things that happen are good things for some people. If one can understand such statement. It is a phenomenon of life.

Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge movie gave a fictional side to the story of American military rescue operations to liberate trapped Americans.

Later during Operation Just Cause, and Operation Nifty Package, the 1989-1990 U.S. invasion of Panama the Navy lost four more SEALs with nine injuries in an ambush.

Noriega, a Panamanian political and military leader was eventually captured and brought to the United States for trial.

Hundreds of causalities, military and civilians, occurred during that operation that lasted over a month long to capture Noriega.

Looking ahead to some of the media group series there will be many war stories and military operations told in storytelling fiction and nonfiction. When it comes to the history of war and combat there is never a shortage of storytelling action and adventures.

Back in Malta, in 1983, while sitting at that bar with my SEAL schoolmate, and wrestling co-captain, was the first time I had heard Red, Red Wine version as it was sung by UB40. That was the year they released it, so, it was a brand new song, as it was playing on the jukebox. It remains a favorite of mine till this very day. And, when I hear it, I think back on those good times and bad times. I mourn and rejoice at the same time…. is that possible? I think it is.

One of my all-time favorite artists, Neil Diamond, wrote, performed and recorded Red, Red Wine in 1967. It was the A side of a 45 with Red Rubber Ball, another oldies favorite on Side B.

Now for some real R & R….

A military slideshow of Operation URGENT FURY, Operation Just Cause and Operation Nifty Package are presented below. Enjoy!

A Marine Corps Sea Knight helicopter sits on the beach after being disabled during the Grand Anse rescue on 26 October, 1983

U.S. Invasion of Grenada 1983, Operation URGENT FURY Liberation of American Citizens by Multiple Combat Special Forces and Special Ops Teams.

4 U.S. Navy SEALs lost at sea, never recovered.

Scenes from Clint Eastwood’s Movie Heartbreak Ridge, Grenada Invasion

United States Invasion of Panama, 1989-1990 was code named Operation Just Cause. The operation was led by 48 U.S. Navy SEALs with three platoons from Team 4, Golf, Echo and Delta. Four U.S. SEALs were lost in ambush attacks with nine others injured. Members from every U.S. military branch were involved in Operation Just Cause with high causalities. Resistance was heavy. The purpose of the invasion was to liberate 35,000 Americans endangered by threats of the Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, secure American-owned bases, properties and other interests including the Panama Canal, combating drug trafficking and securing human rights. Operation Nifty Package was a United States Delta Force and U.S. Navy SEAL joint operation to capture Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega. The operations were all successful. After more than a month of fighting, Noriega was taken into U.S. custody and brought to the United States, tried and convicted.

Below, U.S.Navy SEAL Team 4 just before Operation Just Cause and other slideshow images of U.S. Navy SEALs.

Scenes from Operation Just Cause, the U.S. Invasion of Panama 1989-1990.

A dramatization based on actual events.

Thanks for joining me. I appreciate your visits.

Cliff Harrison, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 28 February 2021

I Washed My Face In the Morning Dew

When I was a young boy, growing into a teenager and then young adult, my late brother, Kenny, used to let me listen to his album collection. Later, when he went off to start his own life, he gave me that collection. They were the 33-1/3 RPM record albums. They were also called the LP or Long Playing albums. Among those vinyl albums were what are classics today. All of them were storytelling songs. Ballads, legends, love songs and a lot of truck-driving songs and songs about traveling. There was every trucker driver song and singing storyteller of the day. Too, among the high stack of classics were such greats of the times as the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and many, many others.

Story telling music was a central part of my entertainment as well as aspiration. They stimulated my desires to be a writer, a storyteller and they inspired me to become a humanitarian.

We were poor. When I was 16 I started working at a a retail store. I purchased an 8-track player for a car I didn’t yet have and collected 8-track tapes. I had a large, growing collection to go along with my brother’s LP collection.

My late dad hooked up the 8-track player he setup for me in the backroom. Using alligator clamps he wired the player to a 12-volt car battery for juice. I learned to improvise early. Daddy was a master improviser. He didn’t live long enough to see me graduate at the age of 17. That’s always been a hollow spot in my heart. There was nothing I wanted more.

A lot of those songs were about people down on their luck. Traveling songs made up a lot of them. Love songs told about broken hearts. It was all part of the process that shaped my lifelong desire to be a storyteller, a writer. Too, it gave me the aspiration to be a humanitarian.

All of the songs in those days were written by great song writers of the time. They were sung by singing storytellers. One of the best among them was one of the newer guys that came along, Tom T. Hall. Like Bobby Bare and others, many of his songs were about traveling and people down on their luck. They told stories about people in great destitution. That was more than 50 years ago, about when a politician named Lyndon B. Johnson introduced into Congress what was called the Johnson Amendment. It was the beginning of the IRS 501(c)(3) and the War on Poverty. 50 years later, there are over one-million nonprofits and just as much destitution as there was in those days.

Tom T. Hall wrote and sang the song that stood out in that pile of albums and 8 track tapes with a voice all of its own. It was probably my favorite song, then, and now. He was a master at telling his stories so that you wouldn’t soon forget them. They called Tom T. Hall the Storyteller.

Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)

A Broken World…

Operation Underground Railroad(OUR) will go anywhere in the world to rescue the victims of evil.

The Alpha Team of world-class experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts go into harm’s way to put an end to child slavery. “O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.” —ourrescue.org/about

Ride To Freedom

THE FACE OF EVIL
Rescuing Children from Human Traffickers

“There are more people in slavery today that ever before in the history of the world.” –Tim Ballard, Founder & CEO of Operation Underground Railroad

“45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today.” –The Global Slavery Index

…That we need to fix!

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