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Pearl Harbor, 2018…

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For the first time,  the  Pearl Harbor ceremony  was missing the last five  USS Arizona survivors.  It’s perfectly understandable  —  they are all in their 90’s and travel is extremely difficult for them.  Even a private Lear jet doesn’t shorten the distance to Hawaii,  though it certainly shortens the time and increases the comfort.

Progressives have not yet found a way to make  December 7th a day that  will live in infamy all our fault, but rest assured they are working on that diligently.  Remember that Bush 41 was a naval aviator and lived through the horrors of that war.  If you have school-aged children,  you might want them to read this,  as they probably know very little about this part of history,  or any others, come to think of it.

Here are  some historical photographs of the event,  or try  the Navy’s own action reports.

UPDATE:  Jacqueline Ashwell,  superintendent of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument,  aid the world may be losing World War II veterans every year — but the United States will  never forget  their sacrifice.

 

 

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December 8, 2018 at 1:07 am

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Happy birthday to the Corps…

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The U.S. Marine Corps turned  243 years  old yesterday.  That’s right  —  the Corps is actually older than the country, since its roots are in the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War period.  They have participated in every major war in U.S. history.   Happy birthday,  indeed!

 

 

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November 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

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Jean Watters, R.I.P.

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Say a little prayer for Jean Watters.   I doubt this good lady will need it,  but  it can’t hurt.   The Enigma code breakers were quite serious about their work,  and remained tight-lipped about it even after it was declassified in 1975.   One of them has  been buried  in Nebraska where she retired to with her American husband.   Jean Watters contributed greatly to the Allied war effort,  but never felt the need to brag about her valuable work.

 

 

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September 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm

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Needed: The Art of War…

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When Allen  West writes,  one should pay attention.   If you have not read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”,  do so,  and you’ll understand the point Col. West is making.

I have read it,  long before Col. West was required to do so by the Army.  I found it to be a masterpiece of how to examine one’s foe and locate his weaknesses,  then take advantage of them.  I have found it useful in every job I’ve ever held,  especially because so few of my coworkers had ever heard of the book,   much less read it.

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April 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

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Zuke confusion…

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This German gentleman is no doubt somewhat embarrassed at having mistaken a  large zucchini  for a bomb,  but at least he didn’t make the opposite mistake with potentially deadly consequences.

 

 

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November 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm

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16 years…

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That is how long it has been since the 9/11 terrorist attack on our country,  and yet many of us are still blind,  dumb,  and deaf when it comes to Islamic terrorism.

Daniel Greenfield,  a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, learned everything he  needed to know about Islam on that dreadful day, because he was one of those bewildered,  shocked people walking away from the devastation in Manhattan.    

But Greenfield has earned.  Many of us have not.   Many of us believe the Lefist tripe that identifying terrorists by the religion which drives them is racist or Islamophobic,  or somehow just wrong.   It has been deemed politically incorrect,  of course,  almost as unforgivable as not protesting against statues of Robert E. Lee or not supporting the “right” of illegal aliens to stay in the U.S.

It will not surprise you to know that I have zero patience with these views. Few of the people who proclaim Islam to be a religion of peace know a damned thing about it.  They have not read a true translation of the Koran.  They probably have not even visited the website of MEMRI,  an organization which does the heavy lifting when it comes to pointing out the differences between what those in the Middle East say for the benefit of Western viewers and what they say for local consumption.

Barack Obama would shrug at each new attack,  loose another volley of meaningless speech,  then go play golf.   It became the new normal to have attacks take place on American soil by Islamists we allowed to come here, or who were born here because progressives and Leftists had no intention of dealing with the problem and never will,  deeming it perfectly acceptable to have dozens of their fellow citizens injured and killed by their refusal to bestir themselves.   The only proper response to Islamic terrorism is to make it so expensive that no one is willing to engage in it,  and the most efficient way to do that is to kill its practioners whereever you find them.   Pres. Trump has turned our  military loose to do exactly that,  something His Oneness would never ever do.   Trump has declared today  Patriot Day.   Be one.

UDATE:  You must read Brigitte Gabriel’s observations on 9/11,  here,  and those of Jed Babbin,  which  are here.

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September 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

This does…

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…my heart good.   I feel no need to apologize for my satisfaction at seeing a bunch  of terrorists  and their weaponry and resources blown to bits.   I thank the Brits for doing a good job.

The steadfast refusal to appreciate  the line from Conan the Barbarian about  crushing one’s  enemies and hearing the lamentations of their women is one of the things which gives me such distaste for liberals and progressives,  who can scarcely bring themselves to utter an unkind word about anyone other than conservatives and Christians.

 

 

 

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October 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

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