April 19, 2018
(This is a re-posting of something I wrote in 2009, in honor of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. If, however, you want to read an account of the bloodiest battle of that day and its all too human cost, read about the fight at Metonomy.)
I’m a bit red-faced that it took a British blog to remind me that today is the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, generally regarded as the opening skirmish of the American Revolution. Tory Historian points out that both sides claimed victory, but perhaps I can be forgiven a bit of national pride for arguing that we won on points: the advance column withdrew under fire and was considering surrender when it was rescued by Percy’s brigade. General Gage then found himself besieged in Boston.
Regardless of any “Monday-morning generalship,” it is fitting that the anniversary comes just a few days after the Tax Day Tea Parties, a genuine grassroots movement that organized itself to protest Washington’s mad plans to borrow and spend like drunken sailors on pay day — and, inevitably, to make us pay for it all with ruinous taxation.
In 2009, just as in 1775, popular sentiment erupted to send distant masters a message. Thankfully, this time, shots weren’t needed, but the point was made just the same: Don’t tread on me.
To update it for the current day, “President Trump” is what you get when the ruling caste spends years not really listening to people: they were trod upon, and the people bit back.
January 15, 2018
Via Jim Geraghty, there’s a quote from Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech that many, many people passionate about so many causes would do well to read and take to heart in the modern era:
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
January 1, 2018
It was a heckuva party last night, wasn’t it?
Happy New Year, folks. May 2018 bring you all you could desire.
December 25, 2017
Santa and I wish you a very happy day.
December 7, 2017
In the last surprise attack on American soil before 9/11, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor:
The end of the USS Arizona
(Credit: Aviation History)
My grandfather was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Nevada during the battle. Below are a couple of pictures of his ship under attack, the only battleship to get underway that day:
Grandpa was having a bad day
(Both photos credit: Naval Historical Center)
As you can see, they had been hit pretty hard. Thankfully, Grandpa survived.
Sixteen years ago, we were hit by another fascist enemy, with casualties 25% higher than Pearl Harbor:
(credit: September 11th News)
(Scene at the Pentagon. Credit: US Navy via Wikimedia)
Our grandfathers finished their job. Let’s not do any less, shall we?
: The story of Lt. John William Finn
, the last surviving Medal of Honor winner from Pearl Harbor.