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Challenge Coin Update – 2

We’re down to 45 or so coins so if you want them and haven’t gotten them yet contact me per these instructions but ignore the part about sending your address to Dorothy. Just send it to me: : https://thelexicans.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/challenge-coin-update-2/

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Challenge Coin Update

Ladies and Gentlemen please, turn your attention to me:

A Challenge Coin Update

Final Update: Then there were none. All gone now. Thanks everyone. That didn’t take as long as expected.

Updated July 19, 2016

Only about 8 left after setting aside those requested but not yet delivered.

Updated June 10, 2016:

We have about 15 left. Get’em while you can. Daryle will be traveling to Vegas from the 16th – 21st. So hurry or wait!

I haven’t been keeping careful track of the number of outgoing coins, but if my monkey math counting skills are working there appear to be about 130 or so left. (See above)

A number of you who responded to the thread we used to get a count for the order haven’t actually ordered yet. I don’t want you to miss out before they are gone.

As a reminder:

Dorothy Olson has kindly agreed to collect names and addresses and to compile mailing labels. I’ve been to the USPS to confirm that the envelopes I have will work and to figure out the postage. Dorothy’s coin is in the mail to test it out.

Costs: $6.00 per coin. Shipping is $2.55 for one coin and $.50 for each additional coin. This will work for packages up to 13 oz. which is 6 coins or so. Being a recovering accountant, I brushed off my rusty skill and worked out this handy table:

Number Price Postage Total
1 6.00 2.55 $ 8.55
2 12.00 3.05 $15.05
3 18.00 3.55 $21.55
4 24.00 4.05 $28.05
5 30.00 4.55 $34.55
6 36.00 5.05 $41.05

If you wanted more than 6 we will have to either send two packages or I will have to work out the postage separately. It shouldn’t be a big deal.

Hopefully, you have a Pay Pal account. If so, send the appropriate amount to Daryle.LaMonica@Hotmail.com and please remember use “Send Money to Family or Friends” and don’t mention that it’s for a purchase or product. That way they won’t bang me for their fee.

Also, and this is important, send an email with your name and address to Dorothy Olson at dorothyolson3405@q.com

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Challenge Coin Update

With the first batch out the door I’ve noticed that there were several requests from people who did not post in the original thread we put up to gauge interest and size the order. We ordered about 70 extra. Now, we probably won’t run out, but to be safe, if you did post in that original thread you should get your email address to     ASAP. I’ll be putting together packages for shipping as they come in, so even if you haven’t paid or your check is in the mail, your coins will be set aside.

With screen names from the blog (God I hate that word) and Facebook differing from names on Pay Pal I can’t always match them up so I can’t always tell if an order came from someone who didn’t respond earlier.

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Lex LeFon Challenge Coins

OK, Boys & Girls, being an astute bunch, you’ve noticed a change in my profile picture (on Facebook) and you’ve probably figgered that the coins are here. I’ve figured out how to distribute. At least I hope I have.

Dorothy Olson has kindly agreed to collect names and addresses and to compile mailing labels. I’ve been to the USPS to confirm that the envelopes I have will work and to figure out the postage. Dorothy’s coin is in the mail to test it out.

Costs: $6.00 per coin. Shipping is $2.55 for one coin and $.50 for each additional coin. This will work for packages up to 13 oz. which is 6 coins or so. Being a recovering accountant, I brushed off my rusty skill and worked out this handy table:

Number Price Postage Total
1 6.00 2.55 8.55
2 12.00 3.05 15.05
3 18.00 3.55 21.55
4 24.00 4.05 28.05
5 30.00 4.55 34.55
6 36.00 5.05 41.05

If you wanted more than 6 we will have to either send two packages or I will have to work out the postage separately. It shouldn’t be a big deal.

Hopefully, you have a Pay Pal account. If so, send the appropriate amount to Daryle.LaMonica@Hotmail.com and please remember use “Send Money to Family or Friends” and don’t mention that it’s for a purchase or product. That way they won’t bang me for their fee.

Also, and this is important, send an email with your name and address to Dorothy Olson at dorothyolson3405@q.com

She will be prepping the mailing labels for me, as I said.

I hope to get these out ASAP but I hope you will be patient.

Ok, now I have to go read the messages and comments I see pouringLex Coin Final in.

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Carroll Lefon Challenge Coins

Dwight Cardwell and I have been discussing them, trying to figure out how many we’d need to order and how to distribute them, etc. We need a count, so if you would, in the comments below please enter the number that you would be ordering. To make it really easy for this simple guy to add up, just the numeral please.

Also, could one of you admin types pin this post so everyone has a chance to see it? We’ll leave it up until August 15. That will give us plenty of time (about three weeks) to get a count.

Assuming that we order 400, the cost for 1 would be $3.80. Buying envelopes and postage would add another $6 to ship one. I think we could distribute a good number during meetups in Nov. in SD and CT and save that postage. I’m not looking to make any money off these. Again, the design is below.

Thanks

.Lex Proof From CC

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The “Lex” Lefon Challenge Coin

Attention all Lexicans:

The idea of producing a “Lex” LeFon commemorative challenge coin has been introduced and several people have expressed interest in purchasing one or more. We even have several people kicking around design ideas. This discussion has taken place deep down in another thread so some may have missed it. Colin Kimball has come up with this.

Since some don’t frequent Facebook, and with the recent news about the NSA that is all the more understandable. We wanted to get the word out;

Any ideas? Interest? Questions? Sarcastic remarks?

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by | July 15, 2013 · 4:48 pm

Of Course It’s Okay When WE Do It!

So it comes to pass that Obama and company, including the the entire MSM complex and all of the “Better Than Thou” folks who railed against Gitmo, drone strikes, black site detention centers, Bush’s “illegal wars, “undeclared wars, “etc. were all all full of excrement.

So now it’s official: United States soldiers have been hunting down al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia. When the White House confirmed earlier this month what has long been an open secret, most of the ensuing chatter focused on the need for greater transparency about the expanding war on terror.

Less discussed was what happens to all those alleged terrorists when they’re captured alive.

One answer can be found here in the dusty Somali port city of Bosaso, where corrugated-metal shacks look as if they might be blown away in the next storm, and summer temperatures easily top 110 degrees. Overcrowded, underfunded, and reeking of urine, the Bosaso Central Prison could make even the most dedicated insurgent regret ever getting into the terrorism business.

What, three hots, a cot, and rec facilities at Gitmo where inhumane but “overcrowded, underfunded, and reeking of urine” is?

When President Barack Obama came into office, he expanded the scope of Central Intelligence Agency and military-drone operations in the Islamic world, while also taking steps to end America’s role in detaining suspects captured overseas in that war. He shut the remaining CIA black site prisons in Europe, and handed over high-value Iraqi detainees to the Iraqi courts. Guantanamo Bay no longer takes new inmates, though it continues to house prisoners who haven’t yet been transferred to other countries.

 

No, let’s not send the few prisoners we capture to a western nation because those SOB’s in Europe can’t be trusted to treat people humanely. Let’s send them to a place that’s known for its decent treatment of prisoners and its long standing history of protecting human rights. If only we could find someplace like that? Where can it be? I know! Somalia!

In practice, however, Obama’s plan to get America out of the international jailer business means that developing-world prisons have picked up the slack.

And Obama has the nerve to criticize Romeny for “outsourcing” jobs!

As Glenn Reynolds says:

All you people who were playing the have-you-no-decency card under Bush, but who aren’t screaming just as loud now — which is pretty much all of you people who were playing the have-you-no-decency card under Bush — were and are miserable lying hacks. And I thank Obama for making that perfectly clear, at least.

 

Reynolds is much nicer about it than me.

 

 

 

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by | July 5, 2012 · 6:26 am

WWII – The Never Ending History Lesson

OK, I’m not a scholar or historian, by any means, but I have read more than my fair share of WWII – Holocaust – Cold War history and watched many of the great documentaries about the same. Along with the American Civil War it the time period I find most interesting. But this came as a complete surprise to me:

During the Second World War, tragic scenes like those were commonplace, as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin moved around entire populations like pieces on a chessboard, seeking to reshape the demographic profile of Europe according to their own preferences. What was different about the deportation of Loch and his fellow passengers, however, was that it took place by order of the United States and Britain as well as the Soviet Union, nearly two years after the declaration of peace.

I’ve read James Bacque’s 1989 allegation that Eisenhower let a million or more German POW’s die in camps after the war. There were bound to be unpleasant consequences to an event as brutal as WWII, but this treatment of civilians is unimaginable to me :

Between 1945 and 1950, Europe witnessed the largest episode of forced migration, and perhaps the single greatest movement of population, in human history. Between 12 million and 14 million German-speaking civilians—the overwhelming majority of whom were women, old people, and children under 16—were forcibly ejected from their places of birth in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, and what are today the western districts of Poland. As The New York Times noted in December 1945, the number of people the Allies proposed to transfer in just a few months was about the same as the total number of all the immigrants admitted to the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. They were deposited among the ruins of Allied-occupied Germany to fend for themselves as best they could. The number who died as a result of starvation, disease, beatings, or outright execution is unknown, but conservative estimates suggest that at least 500,000 people lost their lives in the course of the operation.

I’m not sure why I find this so startling, given the brutality of the war.  I’d also like to believe that men like Truman, Eisenhower et al were better than this. Maybe I’m just naive.

The European Atrocity You Never Heard of.

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Again with the Stolen Valor?

Will these people never learn that you’re going to get caught when you tell these lies? A broken back is a pretty easy thing to verify, no?. I’ll never understand this. A few years ago a co-worker whose husband is an Army MP veteran of Iraq mistook me for a veteran ( I have no idea why) and I couldn’t correct her fast enough.

Poe claimed he suffered a broken back and a brain injury, which left him with a significant stutter.

“I had volunteered for a team to go out and clear buildings and help out with the wounded,” Poe said on the talent show.

“There was a guy who come up with a rocket-propelled grenade,” he said. “I saw it coming down, and by the time I turned and went to jump on top of my guys, I yelled ‘grenade’ and the blast had hit me.”

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by | June 6, 2012 · 8:04 am

Blue Angels Solos Taking Off

Blue Angels Solos Taking Off

Yeah, it was hot and somewhat boring waiting for each act to take off and some of them used the other runway so I missed being close to the F22 low pass at the airport. However, I was able to get really close to the Blue Angels and that was cool.

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by | May 29, 2012 · 1:05 pm