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Memorial 2011…

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Rich Terrell  has posted  Lee Teter’s poignant painting of the Vietnam wall for May 30th.      Most of us have friends whose names are chiseled there and in our hearts.

The New York Post offers a look  back to Shakespeare,  and a  modern Gold Star mother’s view.   The New York Times,  unsurprisingly, makes a  political statement  in its remembrance,   as does  the Washington Post.   The Baltimore Sun provides the history of the day  with less political content,  as does The Washington Times,  here.

It’s an American day,  not just for big sales and shopping and picnics,  but for those who are  buried far away  from their birthplaces.

Drop by The Corner at National Review Online for some lovely personal remembrances   and some excellent videos.   David Mills writes  of old men  who deserve our gratitude,  and a modern warrior  looks back   from his civilian life to his recent military past.   A civilian reflects on her brother’s call and includes one  of my favorite descriptions of the military   – —   “Our job is to go to work when diplomacy fails.”

And let us not forget the  dogs of war,  many of whom have both saved human lives and given their own lives protecting those who protect us.   The general rule of thumb is that each dog saves 150 human lives.  Thank goodness they are no longer treated as “surplus property” to be left behind or otherwise disposed of.

UPDATE:    John Hayward has  a fine column  up on history being the soldier’s gift.   Mike Finch points us  to a book  on Marine General Victor Krulak,  which I have already added to my summer reading list.

Gallup poll  finds that retired and active military don’t view His Oneness as the Greatest.   They should know.



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National Review Online has  a symposium of predictions for 2011.   Brad O’Leary  just wants AG Eric Holder to resign.   Tom Korologos offers  some predictions at Politico.


Rep. Henry Waxman,  one of Nancy Pelosi’s chief allies and  man who always makes me think of a pig,  foresees more rancor in politics  — gee,  ya think?   Of course,  it will mostly be on the part of Democrats,  as it generally is.   Politico offers the 10 worst political decisions.

The Boston Phoenix makes  some political prognostications.  Jim Antle bravely  —  and amusingly  —  points out some that he got wrong last year.  The Center for American Progress insists that Washington  won’t determine the success of His Oneness in 2011.

The WaPo has a  list of what’s in and what’s out for the new year.   It struck me as rather strange.   The Washington Times made more sense with its  likely and not so likely  news of 2011.   Peggy Noonan has  a sweet piece on  the origins of  “Auld Lang Syne”,  our unofficial New Year’s song and seldom heard at any other time.

Michael Ramirez has a  year-end cartoon which ties neatly into my title of the god who looks both back and forward.   Here’s one that’s rather  more hopeful.

I’m cooking black-eyed peas and turnip greens and ham for New Years,  keeping up the old Southern traditions.  Throw in some fresh cornbread and it’s a tasty meal any time of year.  But the slow cooking lets me watch the Rose Bowl Parade and clear away Christmas and start on my next box of items for the Salvation Army,  one of the few charities worth its salt in my book.

It looks like rain,  so Big Girl and I probably won’t be outside much — for a beast who’s half Great Pyrenees,   she sure hates getting her head wet.   She’s not much help inside,  having to inspect every item which is moved from one spot to another,  but if any of them dare transmogrify into sabre-toothed tigers,  I’ll be very well protected.

Happy New Year to all,  and may 2011 be more prosperous and fulfilling for all of us and those who matter to us.