Christmas Mysteries

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 […]

RIP, Lt Onoda

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 […]

75 Years Ago: The Winter War

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.) […]

The Last of the Pearl Harbor Survivors

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. :-(

Domestic Enemies: 2014

In August of 2013, I posed the question “Who are ‘Domestic Enemies?’” This question stemmed from comments in an earlier post provided by Mike Burke and Slater. In September of 2013, Colonel Joseph L. Prue, USAF, in his post  “Identifying the domestic enemy” pulled this definition from our Constitution: Amendment 14, Section 3 states, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of […]

Russia never left The Great Game

Russia never left the Great Game. Obama never studied history, and it shows. While Vladimir Putin demonstrated respect for Bush-43 that was never extended to Obama, Putin still re-started the Great Game with the invasion of Georgia, using the guise of Pan-slavism as his excuse, and Bush’s focus on GWOT as cover. In a little known speech delivered in Sochi last month, Putin announced that Russia is done with the status quo and will change it. But given Russia’s economic predicament, Putin needs a way to distract Russians from the economic mess created by Putin’s kleptocracy. So pan-slavism is again […]

Fall of the Wall: Where Did the Stasi Go?

An interesting essay from Robert Wargas on the Stasi and its ‘day after.’   The Stasi’s methods of controlling the East German population were often wickedly creative. Even among those fairly knowledgeable of the German language, the word “Zersetzung,” used in a political context, is likely unfamiliar. Translated variously as “degradation,” “decomposition,” “disruptiveness,” or “disintegration,” the word is most often used in a biological sense. When it comes to espionage, Zersetzung refers to the Stasi’s practice of destroying a target’s personal life. [emphasis by DaveO] The methods, however, were much more subtle than the word implies. The Stasi perfected their ability […]

The Amazing B-17 Flying Fortress

Thanks to VFR Marine, we have THIS to present to you. Twelve thousand, seven hundred, thirty-one were built. Fewer than fifteen are still flying today. Wow. I remember seeing the movie, Memphis Belle, and saying to myself, “That’s America right there– American boys in American planes, dropping American bombs on America’s enemies.” BTW– we need an Air Force contributor. Any takers?

Who won the Cold War?

Via “The Avationist,” an inside look at the Cold War. Meanwhile, Sarah Hoyt and Eric Raymond explore the USSR’s most potent weapon, which is not Vladimir Putin, though he was part of it. Do any of these look familiar? There is no truth, only competing agendas. All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism. There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor. The prosperity of the […]

Happy Birthday, Royal Marines!

Per Mare, Per Terram! (Some great photos and tributes there, be sure to look at them all.) 350 years old. Here’s to you!