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19 May 2019


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Kilo 4/11

Colonel, the meter retires the 6 and turns up a 7 for me next month. I was finally getting comfortable in my role as a sixty-something and now I have to start over again. That 8 you're about to get is awesome and a great achievement, considering all you've been through. Congratulations, sir.



Barbara Ann

Enjoy your break Colonel. There are many here who deeply appreciate what you do and wish you nothing but well.


Congratulations both on your upcoming birthday and on still being in a position to make such a valuable contribution through this site.

Balint Somkuti


I wish you all the best for you upcoming birthday. Enjoy your break!

English Outsider


This is a unique site you are running. A large part of the work of running it must be moderating comments. Perhaps if that work could be at least in part delegated, or maybe the comments omitted entirely, that work might be less burdensome.

I'd miss the comments. But not as much as I'd miss SST.

William Fitzgerald

Pat Lang,

I'll be 16 days behind you.



I will be 74 so not far behind y.ou. I hope you enjoy the momories of all you adventures no matter how hair raising at the time. I just wish that I could have some more adventures - do not like having to stay home



Kilo 4/11

Meant to say you will be beginning your eightieth year, not celebrating the 80th birthday. Everything else I said holds, naturally.

gordon reed

I have learned much from you and I trust your experience and judgement,if you retire from your blog I understand but your expertise will be missed.


Has SWMBO registered an opinion?

Congratulations, thank you for what you have shared with SST, and all good blessings.

Charlie Wilson

Damn, I came here to meet sweet young things. Instead I find everyone pushing 80!

E Publius

Dear Colonel Lang,

Congratulations on your upcoming birthday and I wish you the best of Luck.
I Will turn 29 in a few weeks from now and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing us pilgrims of this dear blog that has thought us many things, from politics to geopolitics and beyond. I tuned in to your blog in the September of last year and ever since it has become a staple part of my political diet. I wish


E Publius


Trying to decide what you want to do when you grow up?
Few years behind you and still working on that question.


Congratulations Sir. And many happy returns.

I'm a few years ahead of you and through the Creators grace in fine physical condition. I find myself invigorated with my ranch and winemaking activities as well as my interactions with entrepreneurs who have such an amazing spirit.

While I recognize the need to kick back I hope you find a way to continue this insightful oasis of analysis.


SWMBO insists that I continue after a break

The Twisted Genius

I guess that settles that question. Reminds me of the old saying that, no matter what your rank, you always get the last word when talking with the Sergeant Major... "Yes, Sergeant Major."

David Solomon

Colonel, I think you wife is absolutely correct. The more engaged we old folks are the better for our minds. Happy coming Birthday.


Hope you can keep SST going - you've become the irreplaceable man. Next time you seen your doc ask him/her for the 1,000 year warranty -in writing :-)


Best hopes and wishes for a happy and healthy 80th year Col. Lang!

It'll be a major loss if you decide to quit blogging, since SST offers perspectives that are damned-near hard to find elsewhere. It was truly a blow when Larry Johnson ended No Quarter, but because he often referred to you, some of us found our way here. I can appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain a blog though.

In any event, good luck. And many thanks for sharing your POV.


SST is a national treasure and hate the idea of it disappearing. As Doris sang, "Ka sara ka ara." She had a beautiful voice and it's available on vinyl.

Gardner's Sketch Book of the War is digitized at the following site. Photographs from other artists there also.



You any consider succession Colonel but your insight, knowledge and experience is still looked for, that’s my ten cents worth.
I ask myself, how’s the head? not as sharp but still good. How’s the legs? Still good but not as strong. Good for mileage yet so ‘Have a good one.’


Yeah,yeah,ya, and then come back hard and strong, older dude.


"Ce que femme veut, Dieu le veut" (Musset).

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