Saint Augustine wrote The City of God Against the Pagans. In this philosophical work, the Saint discussed time as subjective to the mind and viewed as three presents: the presents of past, current, and future. The Present of the Past is memory. The Present of the Current is sight. The Present of the Future is expectation. All three presents exist now in the moment and are in that way connected. In gunnery, I had the memory of failing to pass the test to compute Concurrent Met the first time I took it. I had the memory of re-taking and passing the test, […]
You are not forgotten. Nor shall you be.
This Old Gun. “Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? And how on earth did it get there?” Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite. About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had […]
Je suis Charlie, indeed! CHARLIE MARTEL. Heh heh heh. In a similar vein, here’s a modest proposal from a chap that Charles Martel and others like him might see as a kindred soul. (Gasp! Who dares to say such things about the Religion of Peace!) *** PS: Baisez les musulmans. Consult a translator if you don’t parlez that Francaise too good. And a merci beaucoup to WRSA while we’re at it.
Over at Tom Rick’s Best Defense is an excellent piece that is an Ode to Smedley Butler who wrote War is a Racket.
These actions were raging 75 years ago, when Finland was fighting for her survival. They are among the most significant battles of the Winter War. Suomussalmi. Tolvajarvi. Both are worth studying, and I commend them to you.
Since Atheism is a religion, is the removal of creches now the imposition by the state on behalf of many religions working against the worship of one? What was Michelle Obama doing in a Target? Did her Secret Service detail and legion of aides lose her en route to 5th Avenue in NYC? If she doesn’t know what a kid eats, how would she even recognise a Target store? George Washington learned to read and write and be a gentleman by copying each page of Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. Today we hope kids learn from watching a […]
Might we say, a good man soldier in a (very) bad cause? A Japanese soldier who hunkered down in the jungles of the Philippines for nearly three decades, refusing to believe that World War II had ended, has died in Tokyo. Hiroo Onoda was 91 years old. In 1944, Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the western Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the area. Allied forces defeated the Japanese imperial army in the Philippines in the latter stages of the war, but Onoda, a lieutenant, evaded capture. While most of the Japanese troops on […]
We missed the anniversary of the start, so we’ll have to pick it up here. On 30 Nov, the Soviet Red Army invaded Finland to bring the glories of communism to the poor oppressed workers and peasants of the former czarist possession. The Finns declined the honor. “The Winter War” is a pretty good film on the subject, produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary. Good combat scenes and there’s even a little skin, if I remember right. (And thank God for sub-titles.) “Fire and Ice” is a very well-done documentary. (NRO has a good slide show this month too.) […]
Time takes its toll. In 1991, Davis was one of at least two dozen Pearl Harbor survivors living in Shreveport-Bossier City. Today, that number has dropped to three. “There’s not many of us left to think about it,” Davis told the paper. With Pearl Harbor survivors well into their 90s and some passing the century mark, their numbers are shrinking not just in Louisiana, but all over the United States. How many of the 60,000 or so survivors are left? Nobody seems to know, exactly. :-(