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.
November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Sure, the world seems as if it’s going to hell in a hand-basket at times, but there is still plenty good in our lives, if we just stop to recall them. And if we do that, then we should also remember to be grateful, even as the turkey takes to long to cook or the dog steals something off the table.
Enjoy the day.
October 28, 2017
A lot more than you might think, and a lot more than they have with the traditional American Right:
To put it bluntly, the alt-Right wouldn’t be getting the attention they do these days without opening the door for them through their obsession with identity politics.
September 11, 2017
Lots of people have written today about that terrible morning: where they were, what they remember, maybe honoring the victims or the many valiant heroes of the battle and its aftermath. I wondered what I would write. I decided that, rather than focus on the day itself, something others have done much more eloquently than I ever could, I wanted to share video of what has become one of my strongest memories from that time: the moment, when, three days later, George W. Bush stood amidst the smoldering ruins from which the dead were still being recovered and rallied a stunned and bloodied nation:
That was the day a man who won a disputed, contentious election truly became President of the United States of America, and I’ll forever be grateful for him.
Note: this is a reposting of something I wrote for the tenth anniversary. My sentiments haven’t changed in the years since.
June 6, 2017
I laugh, because I know it’s true. You will, too.
I’m still trying to figure out if this is a satire, or a documentary.
June 6, 2017
Seventy-three years ago today, American, British, Canadian, French, and Polish soldiers charged the gates of Hell — and won:
Black Five put up an excellent roundup of D-Day posts from many blogs a few years ago. It’s still worth reviewing. And have a look at this entry for a photo essay on D-Day.
Photo courtesy of Confederate Yankee.
RELATED: The Daily Mail tells the story of one Medal of Honor winner who still wonders how he survived Normandy.
NOTE: This is a reposting of a post I put up every year in honor of Operation Overlord.
May 29, 2017
Another video for Memorial Day. In this case, it’s not America’s Forgotten War, but the war America would like to forget: the Vietnam War. Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains why we fought there and how we lost:
Over the past several years, the reading of recent revisionist histories of the war have convinced me that, for all the domestic turmoil we experienced, we threw away a won war in 1974-75 and that, as I’ve long suspected, following a strategy similar to what we pursued in the second part of the Korean War might well have preserved South Vietnam as an independent state. As Dr. Hanson mentions, our failure to do so had terrible repercussions in Vietnam and in Cambodia.
A parallel with Iraq also inevitably comes to mind: as did Nixon in Vietnam, the Obama administration inherited a divisive war, but a war that was being won. All that was needed was to show endurance and political will to secure the peace. And, again -though not for the same reasons- we failed to do either.
Both conflicts show the need for the United States to come up with a coherent political strategy to secure the victory after we’ve won on the battlefield. We’re great at the latter, but, since Korea, we’ve been terrible at the former.
And Memorial Day is a good day to remind ourselves of the need to fix that, so that the sacrifices of the honored dead aren’t wasted.