John Kerry – The Anti-American Communist Subversive That Will Not Go Away

The road traveled by John Kerry on his way to our nation’s top diplomatic job went from the Viet Cong, to Ortega and the Sandinistas, and now to Iran’s Mullahs, and the Palestinians.

There is consistency in John Kerry’s life. He’s an anti-American subversive with a long career colluding with our nation’s enemies. Anyone from the Vietnam era knows him well. Some day he and Jane Fonda will walk hand in hand through the gates of hell for their disservice to Americans serving in that war. Kerry did not let his anti-American communist loving activities end with Viet Nam. Current generations probably know little about him because he’s a progressive. The media does not report negative character traits of progressives. Sharks do not attack other sharks.

There is so much about this phony baloney, it’s difficult to do it justice in one article. To understand what is at his core, start with Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. This little book was published in 2004. It deconstructs Kerry’s questionable version of his four months of Vietnam service and his post-service anti-war activities. The port-siders declared the book debunked and the liberal media coined a whole new reason for liberals losing elections. He was “Swiftboated.” To most of us being Swiftboated meant something different. It meant someone was about to tell the world who you really are.

There is another book that you’ll not be able to find, The New Soldier published in 1971 was written by John Kerry and The Vietnam Veterans Against the War. You can read excerpts of the book here including Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 22, 1971.

 

“We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans’ Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the “greater glory of the United States.” We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all…” From The New Soldier, By John Kerry, 1971

On February 18, 1966, Kerry enlisted into the Navy Reserve. We’ll put aside his questionable and highly-debated Vietnam service, which by his 1971 account was a four-month long continual atrocity that magically became heroic service when he wanted to be our president. Kerry is not defined by his military service but by his actions following service including collusion with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.

In May 1970 Kerry, still a commissioned Naval Reserve Officer, traveled to Paris and met with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegation to the Paris Peace talks. A year later during his Senate testimony Kerry pushed for an immediate, unilateral withdrawal and referred to the withdrawal plan offered by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Viet Cong representative. Kerry’s authorized biographer, Douglas Brinkley, confirmed that Kerry told him he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970 and 1971.

Kerry was anti-war, anti-American, and anti-military but when convenient to his run for President he became a proud American combat hero. Evidence abounds that he received an other than honorable discharge from the Navy Reserve. A discharge later upgraded under President Carter’s first Executive Order 11967 and Presidential Proclamation 4483 issued Inauguration Day January 21, 1977. For his six-year commitment, he should have been discharged in 1972, rather than 1978 following Carter’s pardon.

While you’re at WinterSoldier.com treat yourself to Hanoi Jane Fonda’s broadcasts on Radio Hanoi July-August 1972. Those messages must have been such a great comfort to our Soldiers. Just as comforting as was Kerry’s Senate testimony to our POWs.

“Capt. James Warner had already spent four years in Vietnamese custody when he was handed a copy of your testimony by his captors. Warner says that for his captors, your statements “were proof I deserved to be punished.” He wasn’t released until March 14, 1973.” – Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

“Maj. Kenneth Cordier, an Air Force pilot who was in Vietnamese custody for 2,284 days, says his captors “repeated incessantly” your one-liner about being “the last man to die” for a lost cause. Cordier was released March 4, 1973.” – Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

“The measure of a person’s character is their whole history up until the present,” he said. “It’s not what they say they believe or what they’ll do when president or all these platitudes. …And he has consistently take the side of our enemies and other countries that oppose us or have a different viewpoint.” – Cordier quoted, Ex-POWs slam Kerry’s war protest activities, Richard Tomkins, UPI Aug 4, 2004

“Navy Lt. Paul Galanti says your accusations “were as demoralizing as solitary (confinement) … and a prime reason the war dragged on.” He remained in North Vietnamese hands until February 12, 1973.”- Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

For Kerry the words change some, but the tune is always the same.

“They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.” – War Protestor John Kerry 1971

“And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs.” – Senator John Kerry-2006

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – Senator John Kerry – Senator John Kerry 2006

In the eyes of the North Vietnamese, Kerry is a war hero. Only for their side. His photograph, being greeted by Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, is prominently displayed in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum in the section dedicated to anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the War.

Kerry was certainly unfit to command and his traitorous support of our nation’s enemies did not end with Vietnam.

Dear Comandante:

“We want to commend you and the members of your government for taking steps to open up the political process in your country. The Nicaraguan people have not had the opportunity to participate in a genuinely free election for over 50 years. We support your decision to schedule elections this year, to reduce press censorship, and to allow greater freedom of assembly for political parties.”

That is the opening of a letter sent to Nicaragua’s Communist leader Daniel Ortega signed by Democrats including our future Secretary of State. During this time, President Regan was seeking aid through Congress for the Contra resistance to Ortega’s communist reconstruction of Nicaragua.

A few days before a Senate vote on Contra aid freshman Senators Tom Harkin and John Kerry visited Nicaragua. They returned with a peace proposal from communist Ortega which led to the defeat of the Contra aid bill. A few days following, Ortega was in Moscow. He returned with a $200 million Soviet aid package and promise of arms and Cuban advisors. Aiding communist victory in Vietnam was not enough for Kerry. A communist foothold in Central America was even better.

Now we learn that John Kerry continues his subversion as he meets, as a private citizen just as he did with the Viet Cong, with Iranians and European leaders trying to save the Iran nuclear deal. Via his son-in-law, Kerry has family ties. If he was a Republican, that alone would and should have ended any bad Iranian deals.

“I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

There is also evidence he’s coaching the Palestinians to not give in to Trump in peace talks. According to the Jerusalem Post Kerry advised the Palestinians not to yield to Trump’s demands because within a year there is a good chance Trump would not be in the White House. He also suggested to the Palestinians that maybe it was time for them to put forth their peace plan. Maybe it will be as good as the plans he supported from the Viet Cong and communist Sandinistas. Or maybe a Palestinian peace plan would be as good as the Iran deal if bolstered by $100 billion cash delivered in the dark of the night.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

Memorial Day 2018

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton Jr.

Psalm 91 (The Soldier’s Psalm)

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Our God and soldiers we alike adore,
Ev’n at the brink of danger; not before;
After deliverance, both alike requited,
Our God’s forgotten, and our soldiers slighted. – Frances Quarles, 1632

In honor of the men and women of our Armed Forces who served and sacrificed for our great nation, a poetry tribute from the Bunker Poetry page.  The Bunker Poetry page includes original poetry from Veterans, Serving Members and others

Russ “Poetrooper” Vaughn Poetry
That Ragged Old Flag
The ‘Eathen
Dog Faced Soldier
In Flanders Fields
The Ballad of the Green Beret
Fiddlers’ Green – GarryOwen
Charge of the Light Brigade
A Soldier’s Christmas
Audie Murphy – Warrior Poet
The Final Inspection

Aren’t you supposed to sweat?

I am working on an article about John Forbes Kerry. As old anger welled up, it became difficult to remain objective and factual. I had to take a break from it lest I turn something that should be informative
into an epic rant. Fortunately, according to my training schedule, Friday mornings are gym mornings. At about half past 6:00 AM I arrived at the gym door. My membership allows me to enter the gym anytime between 4:00 AM and midnight. While I was fumbling with the key chain for the key fob that opens the gym door, I read the sign that said apologetically “we are working diligently to fix the air conditioning.” I thought that explains why the parking lot is empty. It has been an unusually warm and muggy week.

I had water. The lack of air conditioning was not going to hinder my exercise time. Aren’t you supposed to sweat? Isn’t that a part of exercise? My mind made it back to Fort McClellan, Alabama where I spent almost three years as an Army Drill Sergeant. In the summer my feet would get so hot moving troops on the hard ball that I’d think they were on fire. It was always refreshing to look out ahead and see the heat mirage rising from the road experienced with the ambience of a couple hundred sweating stinking trainees. It was almost worth it though to see the Senior Drill Sergeant pop a smelling salts cap in the nose of a chubby female Second Lieutenant right after she went belly up. “Get in the truck EL Tee. We can’t have you passing out in front of the troops. And no bangs hanging out the front of your headgear please.” I’ve been hot before, I didn’t need no stinkin’ air conditioning.

There was at least a half-dozen fans scattered around the weight room swirling thick air. Without air recirculation the stink was building up. It was not quite as bad as an outhouse. Imagine a several days-old sweat socks stuck to your face with just a hint of armpit.

I tossed my Army Retired ball-cap, keys and water bottle into one of the bins near the door. I pulled on my work out gloves. The ones that let my fingers stick out. It’s one of the accouterments that makes me look like I know what I’m doing. It also makes my pose in front of the mirrored wall look better. Figured I better water up before I got started so I grabbed my water bottle and took a bid swig. My eyes settled on the drink machine over by the door. There’s a sign on it that says no outside drinks please. I could buy their water for a dollar. There’s a big red sign on the wall just above the door advising me that I was under video surveillance. So, I posed, looked directly at the camera and took another drink. I felt rebellious.

I was alone in the sauna filled with weight machines. First things first. I grabbed the television remote and set all the TVs except one to the Fox News channel. I like to watch the liberals grimace and nearly injure themselves in their haste to plug in the ear buds. The other I put on the food channel. People can get anal about TVs in the weight room. There is this one OCD guy that comes in and picks up any weight room equipment someone may have left on the floor and puts it on the racks. Then he goes to the dumbbell rack and puts them all in order. After that, without asking anyone, he’ll put every TV on Good Morning America. He does inspire me to put a little more effort into my workout. Good Morning America? Really? Yes, when he’s there, I do intentionally put dumbbells back in the wrong place.

I must tell you about this one guy. Big dude. NFL tight end size. He does some intense weight training. He had a big beard and looked killer serious. One day he showed up without the beard. He had no chin. I asked why he shaved off the beard. Can you imagine how painful it was for me to not bust out laughing before a man that was foot taller than me and had arms as big as my waist when that girlish voice came out of his mouth.

Still alone as I was leaving the gym, I put one TV on the Hallmark channel and the other on C-Span.

Back to John Forbes Kerry.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

 

Korea – what you need to know about the history and the players

Nigh on to 50 years I’ve had family ties to the Republic of Korea (South Korea). I try to keep up with current events so that when Suzie-Q says “that guy is a communist” I understand what she means. She’s a child of the Korean War era and grew up in farm country where indoor plumbing, electricity and even drivable roads were practically non-existent. Her worldview differs significantly from the newer generations of South Koreans who instead of experiencing war and the hard times that followed, they’ve only known the miraculous growth, economic boom, and western influenced popular culture that is South Korea today.

I’ve been reading a bit to bring my thinking current, because the Korea I first saw in the spring of 1972 no longer exists. Views have shifted from staunch anti-communist to dreams of unification with a belligerent and communist north. They’ve shifted from conservatism toward liberalism. Their politics look a lot like American politics with the parties at each other’s throats and presidential impeachment seems always on the menu. Popular culture displays a strong American/Western influence. Christianity has surpassed Buddhism to become the Country’s largest religion. High rise apartment buildings long ago replaced the single home compounds that made up the residential areas. They’ve maintained and modernized the traditional market areas, but they also have some spectacular modern shopping malls.

I am sharing some bits of information that may provide insight and understanding. For a little more understanding, you may want to read Fire and Fury. Additionally, I have supplied links to much of what I reviewed while writing this. Understanding the political landscape is important to grasping the possibilities, pitfalls and dangers of the upcoming summit.

A Brief History:

The Japanese colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945. Before that, it was ruled by the Koryo Dynasty, the origin of the western name Korea, followed by the Choson Dynasty. Colonization is a polite descriptor of what the Japanese did. Brutal occupation with attempted eradication of history, language, and culture is a more adequate description. The Japanese took over agriculture, industry, schools and government. Koreans were relegated to an underclass the Japanese intended to assimilate into their society. The Japanese intended to erase a distinct culture that existed since 400 BC. Animosity toward Japan still exists in the older generations.

There were Korean resistance fighters in the south and north. Those in the south were mostly destroyed by the Japanese. In the north, they were able to retreat to and resupply in Manchuria and Russia. One of the northern resistance fighters was Moscow schooled Kim Il Sung, future first premier of North Korea and Grandfather of the current premier Kim Jong-Un.

The Japanese colonial rule ended with their WWII surrender. Much like post war Germany, Korea was divided into a US backed South and a Soviet backed North. On June 25, 1950, Kim Il Sung led a Soviet backed North Korean invasion of South Korea to unify the peninsula under communist rule. In July 1953, a cease fire line was established leaving Korea divided along the 38th parallel where a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was established and still exists. The war never ended.

Over the years, the Republic of Korea (R.O.K, South Korea) has seen extensive economic growth and democratization. On the other hand, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K, North Korea) has become one of the world’s most isolated and controlled communist states.

Since 1948, it has not been a smooth road to democratic government and relative freedom for the South Korean people. During the country’s relatively short modern post war history, there have been at least five iterations of government. Arguably, the period most responsible for Korea’s rapid economic expansion was the 18-year rule of Park Chung Hee. On May 16, 1961, General Park led a military coup. For the following two years he was the country’s unelected leader. Afterwards he was elected to three terms until he was assassinated October 26, 1979 by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. Park’s reign included a period of martial law, restrictions on civil liberties, suppression of the press and opposition political parties and control over the judicial system and universities.

Fast forward to current history:

In 2013, Park Geun-hye, the daughter of Park Chung Hee, became Korea’s first female president. At age 22, after her mother was killed during a 1974 North Korean assassination attempt of her father, Park began fulfilling the role of Korea’s first lady. Later, she would become vice chairperson of the conservative Grand National Party (renamed the Saenuri Party and currently named the Liberty Korea Party) serving five consecutive terms. In a December 2012 election, she defeated liberal former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in to become Korea’s first female president. As president, reminiscent of her father, she was criticized for using power to silence opposition.

Impeachment Scandal:

Choi Soon-sil is the daughter of Choi Tae-min founder of a religious cult, the Church of Eternal Life. In 1974 following the death of her mother, Mr. Choi befriended Park, Geun-hye. He continued to mentor her and maintain their relationship following her father’s 1979 assassination. Korean media reports rumors of an improper relationship between Mr. Choi and Park. Others believe she was under strong influence of the cult. After Mr. Choi’s death, the relationship continued through friendship with his daughter, Choi Soon-sil. It is believed that Mr. Choi built substantial wealth through his relationship with President Park Chung-hee. Choi Soon-sil apparently continued to profit from the relationship while remaining President Park’s close confidante. It was discovered that she influenced policy, reviewed the President’s speeches, and had access to classified documents without a security clearance. She made millions of dollars selling influence to Korean corporations including Samsung and Lotte. President Park was impeached behind the scandal. Both women are currently serving prison sentences.

Election of Moon Jae-in:

Following impeachment of Park Guen-hye, Korea elected Moon Jae-in president ending nearly a decade of conservative rule. Moon is described as a left-leaning liberal. He is a former student activist and civil rights lawyer. Moon was also the Chief of Staff for liberal President Roh Moo-hyun known for meetings with North Korea during his presidency. In 2007, the Roh administration abstained from a United Nations vote on North Korea’s human rights record reportedly based on Moon’s coordination with North Korea. Roh favored the Sunshine Policy of former liberal President Kim Dae-jung on whose cabinet he served. Roh’s presidency was also embroiled in scandal resulting in his impeachment, which was later overturned by Korea’s Constitutional Court. In 2009, during investigations over alleged bribery, Roh committed suicide. Moon vowed to continue the Sunshine Policy emphasizing dialogue with North Korea. During North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, he opposed deployment of the American missile defense system citing environmental concerns. He agreed to have the North and South Korean Olympians march under a unified Korea flag. For many South Koreans, it was not a popular decision. There is no evidence indicating policies of Moon will differ from the liberal and communist friendly presidencies of Kim and Roh.

The Kim Clan:

The DPRK’s first leader was Kim Il-sung. He was born near current day Pyongyang, the DPRK capital. His family migrated to Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. During the 1930’s he was a Korean resistance fighter. He changed his name from Kim Song-ju to Kim Il-sung to honor a guerilla fighter. He relocated to the Soviet Union and joined the Communist party. During WWII he commanded the 1st Battalion of the Soviet 88th Brigade made up of Chinese and Korean exiles fighting the Japanese. He returned to Korea in 1945 and led the 1950 invasion of the South hoping to unify the peninsula under communist rule. He began the country’s work toward developing nuclear weapons. He died July 8, 1994.

Following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il took full control of the DPRK. In a communist regime, it was the first occurrence of a transfer of power between a father and son. He continued the oppressive dictatorship, maintained a military first approach during difficult economic times, and continued work toward development of nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-il died December 17, 2011.

As his father did, Kim Jong-un followed his father into power. As he assumed power, Kim reportedly executed or removed senior officials left over from his father’s regime. He also reportedly executed his uncle and allegedly members of his uncle’s family and ordered the assassination of his brother who was living in Malaysia. He has been the most aggressive and boisterous of the Kim clan in the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Since 1948, the Kim family has ruled the DPRK and by most accounts brutally. Amnesty International and others have documented the existence of prison camps holding political prisoners, some of them held for offenses committed by family members. Reports show that as many as 200,000 people are held in these camps and up to 400,000 have died in them.

America’s players:

The North Korea problem spanned the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations and continues into the Trump administration. Clinton’s legacy was the 1994 Agreed Framework, for Bush it was the Six-Party talks and removing North Korea from the list of State Sponsors of Terror after labeling it a member of the Axis of Evil, and for Obama it was the policy of Strategic Patience. None of these moved an inch toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula or a lasting peace. During each of these administrations it is safe to repeat the well-used axiom kicked the can down the road. The Trump administration appears to be making some headway amid ratcheting up sanctions and intensifying pressure on China who is North Korea’s lifeline. Trump may succeed but remember that North Korea has continually lied and broken every agreement made.

Where to from here:

For decades, the Kim clan has brutalized the North Korean people. They have been winners in every failed negotiation receiving food stores, nuclear reactors, and fuel oil only to break every agreement reached. To entertain that the present Kim is going to swing open the borders and let the light shine on the atrocities committed there is naivete on steroids. To do so would be the end of the regime and North Korea. Kim has either had an epiphany or he is running the greatest con of our time. When the President shakes Kim’s right hand, he better ensure he knows what the left hand is doing. We cannot afford to get starry eyed over the prospect of peace and denuclearization and lose sight of the danger this regime poses to the world. Let’s pray the Trump administration can finally get it done, but let’s not have a peace in our time moment.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal.

Sources used for this article:
AsiaSociety.org Korean History and Political Geography
Park Geun-hye Biography, The Biography.com website
Moon Jae-in Biography, The Biography.com website
Britannica: Liberty Korea Party
New York Times: A Presidential Friendship Has Many South Koreans Crying Foul
Forbes.com: Five Things To Know About South Korea’s Presidential Scandal
The Korea Times: Is Park Geun-hye a cultist?
The Guardian: Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?
The Guardian: Inter-Korean summit’s key players: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in
Britannica: Roh Moon-hyun Biography
Stanford.edu: Sunshine Policy of Kim Dae-jung
Yonhap News Agency: Controversy erupts over S. Korea’s abstention from U.N. Vote in 2007
Kim Il-sung Biography, The Biography.com website
Kim Jung-il Biography, The Biography.com website
Kim Jung-un Biography, The Biography.com website
Amnesty International: North Korea prison camps very much in working order
Business Insider: The stories from inside North Korea’s prison camps are horrifying
U. S. Department of State: Agreed Framework Between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – 1994
President Clinton Remarks on the Nuclear Agreement With North Korea
Heritage Foundation: The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead End Street
President George W. Bush Discusses North Korea June 2008

 

 

Just another day in the yard

For me, it was a typical yard work day. My first stop was getting the kinks out of my kink proof garden hose. I fought with it until I broke a sweat then left it there looking like a pile of spaghetti. I figured I’d get back to that next time I needed a water hose.

A squirrel was digging with a purpose in one of the flower beds. It appeared, from the potting dirt spread around the patio, the he’d stopped first at one of the large planters. I wondered if he was the one that left nut shells out on the front steps. Squirrels will play with their nuts almost anywhere, that is if they can remember where they are.

We have some feral cats in the neighborhood. They mostly hang around in front of my neighbor’s house. She does a lot of animal rescue. That’s a noble cause, but I wish she’d train the feral cats to crap in her flower beds. They seem to have an affection for mine until their grown over. Then they just find a spot in the tall grass. Not to worry, your nose will tell you when they’ve visited. Suffice it to say whatever it was they ate spoiled and rotted before they gifted it to me.

I made my inspection tour around the yard. The deer ate all the new leaves from one of the forsythia bushes. Never had them do that to a forsythia. Deer will eat about anything and they stop in every night. I try to avoid stepping in the evidence of their visits. A good friend of mine recommended a brand of deer repellant. It smells so bad you need a hazmat suit to spray it. It out stinks the cat crap by a long shot, but the cats win on linger.

I put it off as long as I could. That usually happens when Suzie-Q yells out the back door asking if I plan to be out there all day. So, I slid the chair back up under the patio table and headed for the lawn mower. I have one of those fancy all wheel drive walk behind mowers. It comes in handy since there is no level ground nearby. This is West Virginia after all. Level ground is rare. I think the high school football field has some hills on it.

The grass grows fast this time of the year. Especially if you fertilize it. I am not sure why we do that. It grows twice as fast and twice as thick as the neighbors. The neighbors weed patch doesn’t grow too tall anyway. This time of year, mowing the lawn often gets rained out. Mowing day can sometimes be pushed back several days, unless you are one of the lawn butchers the neighbors pay to cut their grass. They’ll do it in the pouring rain.

Mine was long, thick and still a little wet so I slapped the side shooter on it hoping that would keep me from clogging up too much. I didn’t help. I had to stop ever so often, flip the mower and clean out underneath. After the third or fourth time flipping it over it was getting to be bothersome. Then came the time about half way through. I sighed, disconnected the spark plug and flipped it up on its side. It was when I heard the snapping noise that I knew something was afoul. I forgot to take off the side shooter. After I turned it upright, I saw the mulch cover just flapping. I fooled with it a few minutes knowing it was broken and there was no way to reattach it. So, with a big hole in the side of the mower I tossed the cover aside and finished mowing.

The mower worked just fine. It never clogged once while I traveled the remainder of the yard in a cloud of grass clippings. When I finished, I was covered with grass. I had it in my ears, in my nose and most everywhere else. Suzie-Q was not pleased, and I was required to de-clothe in the garage.

I ordered a new mulch door cover. Just to be safe, I also ordered all the parts that go with it including a new torsion spring. After many failed attempts, I concluded it was not intended that any human should be able to replace that spring. You know how you can find a video for practically anything. For the hundreds of lawn mower repair videos from the how-to guys there was not even one showing a technique for replacing this particular spring. That’s because no one can do it. But I’ll keep trying, because I’m hard headed that way and I don’t like undressing in the garage.

If you happen to be driving through and see a cloud of grass clippings moving around, drop by. I’ll provide the cool beverage while you put that spring on for me.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry