November is a month of special significance to many who have served in the United States military.

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all United States military veterans on Nov. 11.

Veterans Day – Wikipedia

Veterans Day – Wikipedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

Veterans Day follows the Marine Corp Birthday on November 10th.

United States Marine Corps birthday – Wikipedia

United States Marine Corps birthday – Wikipedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps_birthday

The Marines have a motto: SEMPER FI

Semper fidelis – Wikipedia

Semper fidelis – Wikipedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semper_fidelis

“always faithful” “always loyal”

Fifty years ago, Nov. 11th 1968 I returned from Vietnam or “Nam”, after 13 months as a combat engineer, in the United States Marines. 1968 was also the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, which I experienced up close and personal.

Tet Offensive – Wikipedia

Tet Offensive – Wikipedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive

My last base of operations was Dong Ha, about 7 miles from the DMZ. I was lucky to return to the United States, alive. I lost my first cousin and many friends in the Vietnam war and returned to a United States protesting the same war and morning the assassination of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

1968 was one hell of a year. It was the same year I started college and became political active. It also was the first year I became involved in non profit consumer affairs.

Consumer affairs and political activism has been a part of my life for the last 50 years.

Considering all the above it is not surprising that I hold the United States Constitution and the rights it affords it’s citizens, as something we all should stand up for and defend.

Those rights were challenged by the Fairhope City Council and City Attorney when they denied me my right of free speech. The “at large Catalyst” council challenged my Constitutional rights, my military service and disrespected all who served in the military.


Fairhope City Council begins with a prayer and then the Pledge of Allegiance. The hypocrisy of the council to deny anyone, especially a veteran, the right of free speech, is glaring.

The council was sued by The Ripp Report, which is a consumer association and represents citizens, not

Special interest. The, at large council, displayed a complete lack of transparency, accountability or an understanding, of what Veteran’s Day, or the American Flag represents.



The Ripp Report is a Non-Profit Consumer Organization. The Ripp Report handles consumer issues, offers consultation on specific issues, family court issues and exposes political corruption.

Source: rippreport.com/2018/10/19/loser/

If this happens to any other citizen in any of the 14 municipalities of Baldwin County, The Ripp Report will offer it’s services to prosecute those responsible in Federal Court.

Semper Fi

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14 Comments on "50 YEARS AGO"

  1. You stay on those Catslysts, Ripp!

  2. You served your country. The Goobers on the council served in the country club.

    • Kristen Laraway | November 12, 2018 at 5:15 am |

      Councilman Robert Brown also served our country at a time of war. You should fact check before making a broad assumption.

      • oh yeah. One of the Three B’s. I take that back – one third of it

      • But now he serves Catalyst

      • Brown served…so now he steals.
        He better go to church.

      • So Kristen, you can stop your indignant and sanctimonious attitude here as you try to carry the water of the crooked council. We know them and who they are.
        Looks like your comeback came over like a lead ballon
        I too served my country in the US Army

  3. Ashamed of the Fairhope Council | November 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm |

    Ripp should have let Jack Burrell put him in jail that night. Then he would have had a real federal case. Ripp would be a real political prisoner.
    Burrell has turned the Fairhope Police into his own private goon squad. We must vote him and the rest of the Catalysts out

    • Rbrownclownfan | November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm |

      Robert “jester”Brown…the clown from our hometown…brand new home on our dime…

      My hero. Honest graft…Fairhope style baws.

      Pure Christian. Kneels before God his savior.

      Like trip and Bentley.

      Wakeup and worship!!

  4. All over but the cryin | November 13, 2018 at 1:31 am |

    Expressing my thanks for your service and sacrifice, Ripp.
    Your service probably has a lot to do with your fighting spirit and your fight for the people and everything just.
    Keep up the good work.
    Disappointed in election results on the local level but that is politics and not really surprising.
    It will take changes in the local council to have an effective city government. It will take a good Republican candidate to replace representatives and senators. Democrats just won’t make it in Baldwin County- even if we knowingly elected and re-elected some terrible people.
    Just have to keep fighting.

  5. Robert B. Goode | November 13, 2018 at 6:29 am |

    Ripp has shone the light on the criminals ruining Baldwin county.
    Go firth and do good.
    Spread the good word. Take the county back from the goobs.

  6. Robert B. Dumber | November 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm |

    Robert Brown has his sights set on bigger contracts. Jack can’t get all the graft (airport).

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