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Scapegoating Columbus…

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Don’t read merely the main article  in this  link — read all of them to grasp that the attack on Columbus is in reality an attack on the virtues of Western civilization.   Columbus is a 15th C man in a 21st C court,  with a jury consisting of self-righteous,  ignorant pretend victims claiming 20-20 hindsight.   The explorer was  a victim  of the culture wars even before we knew what to call them.

UPDATE:  And still more people think  property damage  is the answer.   There  are many  of them.

UPDATE:    And more yet.  It would be wise to contemplate  what follows  the toppling of statues.

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October 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

2019 D-Day, Part VII…

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Here is  a reprint of an August 1944 article in Popular Mechanics explaining how D-Day was planned.   It is well worth your time to gain an understanding of how  complicated  planning a war was.   It still is.    All that toxic masculinity  saved the world,  which should be much more grateful for the Greatest Generation.

Most journalists were surprised to find that many of the veterans of that historic  battle support  Pres. Trump.   One of the British vets  even flirted with our First Lady,  who smiled graciously at his audacious charm.

Some French villages still honor Americans.   That includes the only church in  Sainte-Mere-Eglise,  the first village liberated by the Allies.  One must not underestimate  the power  of memory.   I am somewhat surprised that Congresswoman Speier was moved by any of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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Happy Flag Day 2019!

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This holiday commemorates the adoption of the national flag in 1777 by the Continental Congress.    In 1916,  Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day,  and in 1949, Congress passed legislation establishing it as the day of observance.

It  doesn’t have  the attention of July 4th,  but you can still find parades and speeches and some special events taking place, even though most people don’t get a holiday from work.   One of my cousins had a Flag Day party for many years,  and I always looked forward to the cookout at their house, capped off with a sheet cake with blueberries and strawberries arranged atop it to replicate the flag.  I’m driving to two old cemeteries where some military ancestors are buried to place small flags by the headstones.

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June 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm

2019 D-Day, Part II…

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The world  press predicted  Trump would be rude,  unpresidential,  and sunder apart the Obama alliance with Europe  — altogether an unmitigated disaster.   After delivering an extraordinary rant at a protest march against Trump,  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn seemed a bit uncomfortable at finding  himself seated  behind Trump,

 

No one  expected him  to read the prayer,  originally delivered on D-Day by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Thirty Dakotas from nine different countries flew in formation to recreate the  historic journeys  the planes made to drop Allied troops to reclaim France.   Veterans from Britain and the U.S. were  welcomed warmly,   as they should have been.  Most of them were mere lads when they went to war,  and they are now very old men,  few of whom will be able to attend another of these ceremonies.

If you’re interested in how the  Germans felt  on that momentous occasion,  there is a new book out which may offer some interesting insights.   The link includes some archival footage as well.

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June 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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Da vinci portrait?

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I’m no artist,  and certainly not an art historian,  so I have no idea whether this  is actually Leonardo da Vinci,  but I find it rather convincing.   What is astonishing is that the sketch was discovered by Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection,  while he was examining papers stored in Windsor Castle.

 

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May 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm

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Bush 41, R.I.P.

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Former President George H. W. Bush lived a very full life,  as  this pictorial history shows.   He was the last Republican to win the  presidency by  a landslide,  and may be for quite some time.  The reaction to his death proves true  the cliche that the only Republicans the media likes are dead ones.

Unlike the perennially juvenile Senator John McCain,  Pres. Bush has not barred Pres. Trump  from attending  his funeral.  I must give former president Barack Obama credit for posting a  lovely tribute  to 41,  even though I question his sincerity since he blamed 43 throughout his presidency for everything that went wrong.  I can understand why His Oneness felt a friendship with a former president would be of benefit, especially with one whose son he trashed regularly,  but I have never grasped why Bush 41 gave His Oneness more than the time of day..

At the end of the day, 41’s class did not rub off on His Oneness,  and his last words  were to 43,  the son who followed his footsteps into the Oval Office.

As interesting pieces appear, I’ll update this post with them.

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December 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Macron earned…

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this slam  from President Trump by suggesting Europe needed an army to protect itself against Russia,  China, and the USA.  Perhaps he should ask the opinion of all the Americans populating cemeteries who died on his soil fighting an enemy which had already overwhelmed France.

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November 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

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