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Memorial Day 2019

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Charlie  Daniels is right  — the only two things protecting America are God and the U.S. military.    The standing not-quite-a-joke in my family is that my mother’s side signed the Declaration  of Independence and every generation of my father’s side has served in the military to protect it.   This post from Chuck Norris includes a  chart showing  the deaths in our nation’s wars.

Many people confuse Veterans Day,  which honors all who have served,  with Memorial Day,  which pays tribute  to the fallen.   It was originally called Decoration Day,  but it seems as if few people remember it by any name these days.   We are in more danger than you realize from the siren call of the something-for-nothing siren song of socialism because we have forgotten,  and too many of us do not wish to remember.   We are told that pride in one’s country is unpatriotic and old-fashioned and unmodern.   But none of that is particularly dangerous.   Forgetting is.

People join for many different reasons,  and they fight for a variety of reasons.   That  they do so  at all is astonishing.   Most veterans will simply say they wanted to serve.   They did,  but it was generally more complicated than that.   A dear friend once told me that bravery was remarkable because it was so rare.

boot display  for the fallen is one way of not forgetting.   I have attended several,  and always found them poignant,  even if I knew none of the honorees.   The empty boots are oddly full of life,  representing lives cut short,  but also courage displayed and promises kept.   If you can witness this and remain unmoved,  you have a heart of stone and no appreciation of history.

Likewise,  if you can watch  Rolling Thunder  on TV  and not be affected,  you haven’t paid attention in a long time.  I have missed my chance to attend in person this protest/rally/memorial service,  because this 32nd one will be the group’s last.     Taking its name from the Vietnam bombing campaign,  the advocacy group began in 1988,  seeking to bring full accountability for POWs and MIAs of all U.S. wars.   In case you don’t know,  the U.S. government did not wish to be accountable.   The four founders didn’t know at the time that Senators John McCain and John Kerry would be such effective opponents.   I salute them and hope the local and overseas chapters  continue to  hold rides.   I will miss seeing the indefatigable  U.S. Marine Tim Chambers salute the riders as they pass.  Perhaps Pres. Trump will  be able  to help.

I suspect there will always be  a contingent  of Green Berets who visit Arlington National Cemetery every year to pay their respects to their fallen comrades.  By the way,  the Union government thought it was conveying a great insult to the Lee family by burying Union generals in the front yard of the Lee home,  and this after it had  essentially stolen  the property.  But I think Robert E. Lee has the last laugh —  his home is now the final resting place of many heroes.

I will be eating too much,  hoisting a beer or two (it is scorching hot across the South this year) and keeping a watchful eye on the youngsters paddling in the lake while I lounge in the shade and pray for a nice little breeze to stave off heat-stroke.  I hope your Memorial Day is full of fun and family and friends and food,  and that you spare a thought for those who have died to protect the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

John McCain, R.I.P.

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Sen. John McCain announced he was  discontinuing  his brain cancer treatment just a few days ago, and  has now  died.   He will be lionized,  but I shall not join in,  and I will not miss him.   I miss Charles Krauthammer daily,  his wit and wisdom and turn of phrase having been part of my life for many years.

McCain spent most of his life being a jerk and glorying in it.   He held himself out to be a moral arbiter,  conveniently forgetting what he and John Kerry did to the families of Vietnam POW’s.   I always suspected he himself thought he had failed to live up to his father and grandfather —    one of the few things I agreed with him on.   The only behavior I saw consistent evidence of was his belief that he should be more important than anyone else.   He changed his stances on political issues depending largely on whether he sought more approval from his squishy buddies and the liberal media.  The same  liberal media  which called him a racist and Islamophobe during his presidential run against Sait Barack Obama, are now praising McCain, as he is now dead and has no chance to rise up and object to their narrative.

I hope he rests in peace,  but I will not mourn him.

Sen. Chuck Schumer is introducing a resolution  to rename  a Senate  office building after McCain.   I doubt it is because Schumer either liked or respected him.   Sarah Palin  was most  gracious  —  probably more than her former running mate deserved.   Pres.  Trump responded appropriately and quickly given the acrimony between the two men.

UPDATE:  Meghan McCain is entitled to give a  lovely tribute  to her father.   Hillary’s memories  lack class,  but what else would you expect?

UPDATE:  Vietnam  remembers  the Navy pilot it arrested too.   So does Jay Nordlinger.

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August 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hanoi gets first McDonald’s…

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There are branches of the eatery in other cities in Vietnam, but this is Hanoi’s first.   There are many people happy to see it arrive,  and others less so.

 

 

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December 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm

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Just a picture…

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So why did our lying media hide it from you?  Because MSM has no intention of allowing a sweet and   humanizing photo  of Pres. Trump to cross your consciousness.   Besides, the weeping gentleman with trump is a military veteran —  no need to treat him as if he is in any way remarkable.

 

 

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November 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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Space balls…

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These are supposedly a  great puzzle  to Vietnam’s defense ministry,  but they should not be.  The spherical shape tells you that the metal balls contained something,  probably a gas,  which was under pressure,  because that shape is the strongest possible for containing anything under pressure.

You would find these on a variety of airplanes,  so they were likely jettisoned or dropped.   They could also be space junk from rockets,  but my friends who know something about aviation mechanics say the first explanation is the more probable.

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January 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm

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Biking to success…

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If you live in Vietnam,  you will probably never own a car.   And really,  who wants a car when the streets are narrow and crowded and can best be described as chaotic?   No,  a motorbike is the thing to have to improve your status,  because if you are clever and creative,  you can transport many things.   If you are daring,  even reckless,  and maybe a tad crazy,  you can make your bike  carry nearly  every thing.

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August 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

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Don’t know much about…

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History,  or anything else,  if you’re Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, except that the Tea Party is the modern KKK and racism is everywhere.    Do watch  the video and remember this Democrat is passing legislation to determine your life.    Being intelligent  —  hell,  even being simply aware,  is obviously not a prerequisite for being a Congress critter.

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July 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm