Local resident Bill Craun’s book that portrays a fictional account of his life in combat is now published, and the former mercenary will be signing and selling copies tomorrow, Saturday, May 29, beginning at noon at PJD’s Beer and Wine Garden, 12 South 2nd Street downtown.
“Working the Kill Zone” details Bill’s actual combat stories told through the eyes of his fictional mercenary character, ”Alex.”
Following 10 years of active military service Bill left the U.S. Army as a captain in the Airborne Rangers then for fifteen years worked in Iraq and Afghanistan for private military companies (Custer Battles, Triple Canopy, Blackwater, MVM, Patriot Group International, and EODT) on contracts for DOS, DOD, CIA, and NSA. In other words, he was a mercenary, working for the good guys. The events in his book are based on facts from his first-hand perspective, even though the story that weaves them together is fiction.
I’ve read an advance copy of the book and it’s a gripping tale. Bill know what he’s writing about, he’s been there and done that. The book has been described as 13 Hours at Benghazi on steroids. Bill actually trained and selected the heroes of the Benghazi battle.
Why didn’t he personally tell those tales using his real name and actual events? The U.S. government says he can’t. Why not? “Ask them,” says Bill.
Local author, commentator, and former war correspondent, Ken Timmerman, provided a succinct endorsement of Bill’s book writing: “If you thought you understood the war in Iraq, think again. William Craun’s debut novel tells the story of America’s forgotten warriors, the private military contractors who laid down their lives for their friends in battles the U.S. government was too cowardly to fight.”
To read more reviews and learn more about Bill and his exploits go to: William Craun – Author, Airborne Ranger, Security Contractor
By the way, Bill, and his wife Diane, who is a retired U.S. Army full bird colonel and is currently West Rock’s Director of Human Resources here, are the former owners of the now shuttered Diane’s Bakery at the corner of Atlantic and South 11th Street.
Bill’s book is available on Amazon.
Speaking of veterans, don’t forget Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who fought for America’s freedom but never returned home. There will be a memorial service downtown followed by another event at American Legion Post 54, on South 3rd St. and Gum around noon.
Speaking Of Catching Bad Guys: Has the U.S. caught any of the scumbags who hack into hospitals, electric grids, pipelines, military installations, and other entities critical to lives and livelihoods?
I have yet to read an article anywhere describing authorities capturing and prosecuting these geeky low lives.
Have authorities apprehended any of them other than a couple of pimply-faced 16-year-old social outcasts yanked from their parent’s basements after extorting a business or two?
Is anyone even investigating the Russian thugs that almost brought America’s east coast to a halt after hacking into the Colonial gas pipeline and allegedly receiving more than a $4 million ransom?
Does the U.S. have a team of CIA hackers seeking revenge on the Russians proving that if it happens again we’ll bring their entire country to a halt? How about we sabotage their borsht factories and halt the distilling of vodka over there for a week or two. That should have them quickly begging for mercy.
It appears we’re in a cyber war, but nobody told Joe Biden. He’s planning to shuffle off to Switzerland to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Is he taking his bagman son Hunter along to collect the payoff for lifting sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline to Germany while shutting down our Keystone one? Is there one single liberal out there who can explain that?
If we could drop a couple of atomic bombs on Japan and fire bomb German cities to end World War II why not plunge Moscow into more darkness than already exists in that depressingly gloomy city?
But back to the hackers. Where’s the coverage of the investigation and arrests? The trials? Is the government incapable of catching these criminals? Is it even trying? Or has Hunter worked out a deal with his Russian and Chinese business associates?
Wait! What? Just when you think our society couldn’t get more depraved it does. I read that PBS is using our tax dollars to air a show directed to 3-8-year-olds that’s hosted by a gay drag queen who calls itself “Little Hot Mess”.
If the “Little Hot Mess” indoctrinating toddlers isn’t enough to get you hot under the collar then the following “Big Hot Mess” should convince you.
Another example of the societal havoc Democrats are wrecking across America is courtesy of my favorite West Coast columnist Burt Prelutsky, who resides in and writes from Los Angeles and alerted me to the PBS-sponsored “Mess” thing:
“The Communists serving on the City Council in San Francisco passed Proposition 47, a law that legalizes shoplifting up to $950 worth of goods,” explains Burt.
He says that as a result of preventing shop owners or the cops from doing their job, two inevitabilities occurred. “One, gangs of thieves would attack a store like a swarm of locusts and rip off much more than $950 worth of merchandise; two, stores, including Walgreens, CVS and convenience store chains, have closed scores of locations throughout the city.”
“One could almost sympathize with the non-criminal element in San Francisco,” he add. “Except they’re the ones who elect these people to represent them, along with a district attorney in the mode of George Gascon and Larry Krasner named Chesa Boudin, to oversee their legal system.”
He sums it up saying: “It is a city buried in drug addicts, derelicts, human dung and is now virtually without a place where you can buy toothpaste and aspirins. Who the heck says there’s no God?”
Speaking Of Delusional Geeky Losers: Wealthy Microsoft founder Bill Gates must think all his cash makes him smart. He recently said: “We won’t be able to live normal lives until every person on the planet has been vaccinated against coronavirus.” Based on the recent disclosures about his adultery and his close friendship with the vile child sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, what does this putz consider a normal life? Hey Bill, all that cash only makes you attractive to bimbo gold diggers. You’re a sad despicable little man.
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How about the new Kellogg’s cereal box where kids can choose their own pronouns and features a rainbow heart? I’ve purchased my last box of crap from that idiotic company. The Biden administration didn’t create the cringe-worthy box, but its policies inspired it.
Loyal reader Don Howard of Sarasota adds another commenting that flying the BLM flag at U.S. Embassies should probably make the Top 5 Biden administration screw-ups this week. “Nothing like the USA, leader of the free world, helping support the Marxists at BLM, while their leaders buy up a few more multimillion dollar estates,” he says.
My comments at BPR will focus mostly on national issues unless there is an item hereabouts that merits national attention. And the way the City of Fernandina Beach is currently being governed there is no doubt in my mind that the city will soon make national headlines.
Speaking Of Screwed Up Groups: The leading Black Lives Matter organization declared “solidarity with Palestinians”, a week after Hamas terrorists in Gaza began firing a relentless barrage of rockets into Israel, indiscriminately shelling civilian targets as well as dropping some missiles short and blowing up buildings within its own territory.
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians,” the group tweeted. “We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. ( always have. And always will be ). #freepalestine.”
More Biden Blather: It’s easy to create a mob. All you need to do is promise them they will have, through no effort of their own, everything that other people have worked to accumulate. The politics of envy was on public display a couple weeks ago when President Biden pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just. In other words, they have it, you want it, they’ll take it and give it to you. Vote Democrat!
Hacked Off: My email password has been hacked again. This is the fourth time I’ve had to rename the cat.
Things I Wish I’d Said: “After seeing what Biden has done in the last few months, I want to thank him for not doing anything in the previous 49 years.” – anonymous.
City councilman Antonio Brown, who is currently running for mayor, voted to strip $73 million from the Atlanta PD’s budget, even with crime running rampant in the city. Fortunately for the remaining sane citizens of Atlanta the ordinance was narrowly voted down.
Brown is an advocate of “reimagining” or reinventing public safety in the city, but in this situation, he followed the less-innovative approach of calling 911 rather than a social worker.
Maybe Brown wants less law enforcement because he’s currently under indictment on several federal fraud charges. Prosecutors said the councilman lied about his income on applications to obtain loans and credit cards used for personal purchases.
We abandoned that crime-riddled hellhole for Amelia Island 10 years ago and to paraphrase an old country and western song: “Atlanta is happiness in my rearview mirror.”
FEMA/Marina Update: My insider source who knows more than most about such things tells me that the city has hired the $600-an-hour Baker-Donelson consulting firm to conduct an “expert assessment” of the FEMA vs. Fernandina Beach Marina case. If they find sufficient grounds the city will withdraw its appeal to FEMA for $6 million and formally request a hearing he says.
“Baker Donelson, by the way, is the leading firm specializing in FEMA arbitration—so the city has the best available,” says my city source. “They will also represent the City before the three-judge panel, if that is the path chosen.”
He says the alternative is to accept the FEMA offer of $600,000 and increase property taxes to pay off the debt. The $600,000 FEMA offer is a only a little more than two weeks work for the city’s new consulting firm.
“In the end”, he says, “we should all be hoping the FEMA grant is increased—the more the better. If not, property taxes will have to go up significantly pandemic or no.” Oh, tax payers will still be stuck with the consulting firm’s invoice either way.
Wasn’t it City Manager Dale Martin’s bungling of the FEMA application with a mysteriously disappearing document that only Martin ever saw, that got the city into this mess in the first place?
Quiet Please! Criminals At Work! Has anyone else noticed that the normally boisterous, gasbag, Commissioner Chip Ross, has gone mysteriously quiet recently? A number of prominent citizens tell me it’s because he and City Manager Dale “The Big Spender” Martin are getting nervous about a possible criminal investigation stemming from the illegal use of impact fees and Building Department fees that have been directed toward the city’s golf course and marina. The Ross recall petition currently circulating may also have had a silencing effect.
They both must know that they may be liable for their violation of Florida law. How could they not, particularly the way they have been administering the Florida Building Code? Add that to the way they violate the state impact fee statutes.
Not that long ago Martin even wrote in one of his columns that the city uses water/sewer fees to fund the marina and golf course. That’s illegal. Ross may be loud, obnoxious, and pompous but he isn’t stupid. Maybe he shut up because he realizes the city is a criminal enterprise and he’s implicated. He’s also aware that there has been serious talk by serious people of going to the state to request an audit or investigation.
I’m hearing that an investigation or audit by Florida’s State Attorney General is edging closer. Hopefully, the use of Florida’s building code to shake down citizens in the same way the city used Florida’s impact fee legislation to illegally shake down city residents, will soon be coming to an end and so will Martin’s and Ross’s tenures.
A Sad Farewell: Dr. Pat Foster-Turley, a zoologist who wrote a nature column for the local News Leader newspaper has decided to stop submitting her material. That’s too bad. Even though I’ve never had much of an interest in flowers, bugs, snakes, etc. I found Pat’s column highly readable and well-written. I’ll miss her and so will my wife, Linda, who read her religiously.
Drinking, Dining & Dancing: I’ve heard from a reliable source that the iconic Crab Trap bar and eatery on North 2nd Street downtown will soon be under the new ownership and the deal is expected to close next week. The new owner plans to keep the name and focus on seafood and told me there is no opening date set as the building needs a variety of renovations. Fernandina Beach High School basketball Coach, Jon Anderson, says he’s having difficulty sourcing ribs for Captain Jack’s Barbecue’s popular Tuesday evening $1.00 a rib and dollar beer nights. The Tuesday night special will resume once his suppliers can again provide the quantity and quality of ribs he says his customers have come to expect. Ribs can still be ordered in the restaurant, but supplies were flying out the door faster than they could be replenished during the Tuesday special. He’ll let me know and I’ll post it here when the special starts up again. In addition to his two island eateries Jon is opening a dual concept restaurant in Yulee on Highway 200 in the Petco strip shopping center at a yet to be announced date. It’ll feature an approximately 5,000-square-foot Arte’s–Captain Jack’s combination where folks can order barbecue ribs and/or lasagna under one roof.