Harlan James Bakke, “Deacon” : 1928 – 1984, Captain, United States Navy

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Harlan James Bakke was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota, on December 16, 1928, son of Edgar N. and Alice (Anderson) Bakke. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota (1946-1947), prior to entering the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on appointment from his native state in 1947. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 1, 1951, he subsequently advanced in rank to that of Commander, to date from August 1, 1965. In the fall of 1970, he was selected for the rank of Captain. 

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1951, he reported onboard USS Cushing (DD-797) and in June 1952 was detached for flight training. Designated Naval Aviator on July 3, 1953, he then joined Patrol Squadron THREE, operating from the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida to Iceland and Argentia. Transferred in October 1955 to Heavy Attack Squadron ONE, also based at Jacksonville and later onboard USS Forrestal

He was an Instructor at the Jet Transitional Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Olathe, Kansas, from November 1957 to October 1959, then became an Instructor with Heavy Attack Squadron THREE, attached to the Naval Air Station, Sanford, Florida. He joined Heavy Attack Squadron ELEVEN (Sanford, Florida and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt) in October 1960 and in October 1961 transferred to Heavy Attack Squadron SEVEN (Sanford, Florida and USS Enterprise). He continued service with that squadron until October 1963, when he was assigned to Reconnaissance Attack Squadron, Florida.

 

Ordered to London, England, he had instruction (Exchange Pilot) at the Royal Air Force Staff College, from October 1965 to January 1967 and in March of that year reported as Executive Office of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron FIVE. He assumed command of that squadron in January 1968. In May 1969 he reported as Operations Officer of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) and is entitled to the Ribbon for and facsimile of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded that attack aircraft carrier for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations in Southeast and Northeast Asia during the period February 18 to September 7, 1969.

 

In February 1970 he reported as Electronic Warfare Project Manager at the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, Washington, DC.

 

In addition to the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Commander Bakke has the Navy Occupation Service Medal, Europe Clasp; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and the Vietnam Service Medal. He also has the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

 

In the midst of millions of job losses – CEOs make more money THAN EVER.

Why, you say, are CEOs making millions while leading companies losing billions during a pandemic?

Well, it’s simple: because they can. And because we are in late stage capitalism.

They are super-feeders at the pig trough.

O, yes! The ruling class are worthy of study. The natural history of the ruling class is of fascinating interest. You begin with interest, you proceed with awe and admiration, you deepen into hatred, and you wind up with contempt for the nature of the beast. You realise that — The Capitalist Class is the Meanest Class that ever grasped the Reins of Power.

– James Connolly, “Our Rulers as a Study,” 1915

 

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2020 executive compensation statistics. New York Times. 

Hangover cure

For every alcoholic drink you have, drink 12 ounces of water.

Beer, wine, hard liquor.  Whatever.

That’s it.

It works.

I have included a picture of my immensely favorite alcoholic of all time, Christopher Hitches. 

He claimed alcohol was his amanuensis.  I agree.

  • a·man·u·en·sis
    /əˌmanyəˈwensəs/
  • noun
  • “a literary or artistic assistant.”

Wine and beer helped me bnoundlessly when I was composing my anit-Trump, anti-Trumpism book “Concerning Trump.”

As my friend, Christopher would say,  … Amen, Brothers and Sisters! 

Long live the King, the King is dead.

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Scrooge to you, too

A Christmas Carol: the heartwarming story of how the wealthy must be supernaturally terrorized into sharing.

Think about it and its implications for our future on this planet.