VOTE BY MAIL 2020

VOTE BY MAIL 2020

#VoteByMail2020 should be a non-partisan, no brainer. We can debate about excuse-free #VBM when this crisis is over. After several voters caught #Covid19 when the courts forced in-person voting in Wisconsin in April, #VoteByMail2020 is the only option.

#VoteByMail2020 should be a non-partisan, no brainer. We can debate about excuse-free #VBM when this crisis is over. After several voters caught #Covid1
Roberts & Ryan Welcomes Daniel Rice, Veteran US Army Officer

Roberts & Ryan Welcomes Daniel Rice, Veteran US Army Officer

NEW YORK, April 23, 2020 (Newswire.com) -​​​Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc., one of America’s first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) FINRA-registered broker-dealer, is pleased to announce that Daniel Rice, veteran U.S. Army officer, has joined the firm’s advisory board. Rice will assist Roberts & Ryan in expanding the firm’s offerings and engagements to corporations and institutional investors committed to enhancing opportunities and economic independence to veterans, disabled veterans, and their families.

Rice is President and one of the co-founders of Thayer Leadership Development Group (TLDG) at West Point. TLDG is one of the Top 40 ranked executive leader development companies globally as classified by Training Industry. TLDG works with Fortune 1000 companies to help build leaders of character using a proprietary method of developing leaders based on military leadership principles. In 10 years, TLDG has trained over 100,000 executives.

Under his vision and leadership, TLDG partnered with the Chief Executive magazine to create the Patriots in Business Awards to recognize corporations that go above and beyond to support our military, veterans and their families.

Rice is the publisher and co-author of the award-winning book “West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage” and has been published several times in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine and Small Wars Journal. He has appeared on CNN, TODAY SHOW, FOX & FRIENDS, Bloomberg, MSNBC, NBC and other networks speaking on various national security and veterans’ issues.

“Dan is a tremendous addition to our team with his character, energy and his extensive corporate and financial network,” said Brian Rathjen, President of Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc. “Dan is known nationally as a tireless supporter of U.S. national security and veteran issues, having served three times in the Army, recipient of the Purple Heart, and having helped educate thousands of American executives on the lessons that corporate leaders can learn from the military through his writings, speeches and advocacy.”

Dan is a graduate of West Point with a B.S. in National Security, holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and an M.S. in Marketing from Medill Graduate School at Northwestern University, and will receive an M.S.Ed. in Learning from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2020. He is also a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania Chief Learning Officer program.

In 2004, he volunteered to rejoin the Army after over a decade out of uniform and deployed to Iraq as an infantry officer based in Tikrit for over a year. In 2008, he served on the congressionally funded “Project for National Security Reform.” He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge and other awards.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Roberts & Ryan team. Brian Rathjen has built a team of professional traders, many veterans themselves, each with considerable experience and expertise in their respective fields,” said Rice. “However, I’m most impressed with the incredible philanthropic support that Roberts & Ryan provide to veteran philanthropies that is unmatched by any other firm. I look forward to helping grow the firm and increasing philanthropic giving exponentially.”

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton

“Do more than is required of you.” – General Patton

George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a general of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Born in 1885 to a family whose members had served in the United States and Confederate States armies, Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He studied fencing and designed the M1913 Cavalry Saber, more commonly known as the “Patton Saber”, and competed in modern pentathlon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Patton first saw combat during 1916’s Pancho Villa Expedition, America’s first military action using motor vehicles. He saw action in World War I as part of the new United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces: he commanded the U.S. tank school in France, then led tanks into combat and was wounded near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton became a central figure in the development of the Army’s armored warfare doctrine, serving in numerous staff positions throughout the country. At the American entry into World War II, he commanded the 2nd Armored Division.

Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942 and soon established himself as an effective commander by rapidly rehabilitating the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the Allied invasion of Sicily, where he was the first Allied commander to reach Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command. He then was assigned a key role in Operation Fortitude, the Allies’ disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. At the start of the Western Allied invasion of France, Patton was given command of the Third Army, which conducted a highly successful rapid armored drive across France. Under his decisive leadership, the Third Army took the lead in relieving beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, after which his forces drove deep into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.

During the Allied occupation of Germany, Patton was named military governor of Bavaria but was relieved for making aggressive statements towards the Soviet Union and trivializing denazification. He commanded the United States Fifteenth Army for slightly more than two months. Severely injured in an auto accident, he died in Germany twelve days later, on December 21, 1945.

Patton’s colorful image, hard-driving personality, and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements. His philosophy of leading from the front, and his ability to inspire troops with attention-getting, vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as his famous address to the Third Army, was met favorably by his troops, but much less so by a sharply divided Allied high command. His emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective, and he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. An award-winning biographical film released in 1970, Patton, helped solidify his image as an American folk hero.

Patton’s colorful personality, hard-driving leadership style, and success as a commander, combined with his frequent political missteps, produced a mixed and often contradictory image. Patton’s great oratory skill is seen as integral to his ability to inspire troops under his command. Historian Terry Brighton concluded that Patton was “arrogant, publicity-seeking and personally flawed, but … among the greatest generals of the war”. Patton’s impact on armored warfare and leadership were substantial, with the U.S. Army’s adopting many of Patton’s aggressive strategies for its training programs following his death. Many military officers claim inspiration from his legacy. The first American tank designed after the war became the M46 Patton.

Several actors have portrayed Patton on screen, the most famous being George C. Scott in the 1970 film Patton. Scott’s iconic depiction of Patton earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, and it was instrumental in bringing Patton into popular culture as a folk hero. He would reprise the role in 1986 in the made-for-television film The Last Days of Patton. Other actors who have portrayed Patton include Stephen McNally in the 1957 episode “The Patton Prayer” of the ABC religion anthology series, Crossroads, John Larch in the 1963 film Miracle of the White Stallions, Kirk Douglas in the 1966 film Is Paris Burning?, George Kennedy in the 1978 film Brass Target, Darren McGavin in the 1979 miniseries Ike, Robert Prentiss in the 1988 film Pancho Barnes, Mitchell Ryan in the 1989 film Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White, Lawrence Dobkin in a 1989 episode of the miniseries War and Remembrance, Edward Asner in the 1997 film The Long Way Home, Gerald McRaney in the 2004 miniseries Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Dan Higgins in a 2006 episode of the miniseries Man, Moment, Machine, and Kelsey Grammer in the 2008 film An American Carol.

Mike the cat

Mike the cat

If you like cats, you will adore Mike. Why do we find this creature so irresistible? Perhaps like us, you’ve owned a cat — or more likely, been owned by one. You know the joy that cats can bring, even when they’re being obnoxious. What is it about cats that capture our hearts and enslaves us through their charm?