Information Is Subversive

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]

RIP, Major General Harold Greene, USA

Sad news from Afstan:  

RIP, Albert M. Orgain IV ’65

Sad news to pass on: Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam. RIP. (

Memorial Day 2014

Remember to pause during whatever festivities you’re involved with this weekend. Don’t let the incidental swamp the essential.  

RIP, Gen Mundy, Part II

A fine eulogy in National Review: I should note that I knew General Mundy fairly well. Indeed, we were on a first-name basis: He called me “Mac” and I called him “General.” He served as Marine commandant at a particularly difficult time. First, the Cold War had ended and part of an alleged “peace dividend” involved substantial reductions in the force structure of all the services. General Mundy oversaw a reduction of the Marine Corps from 194,000 troops to 170,000. But more important, his time as commandant was also a period when social pressure was brought to bear on the […]

RIP, Gen Mundy

From Military Times: The Marine Corps’ 30th commandant, retired Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., has died, his family confirmed to Marine Corps Times. He was 78. Mundy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, several months ago, said his son-in-law, Bob Gunter. He died Wednesday night at his home in Alexandria, Va. Mundy served as commandant from 1991 to 1995 and helped to restructure the Marine Corps following the denouement of the Cold War. A true Marine and a real gentleman. May whole squadrons of angels sing you to your rest, General.

RIP, Arik

Time has done what the Arabs could not do. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but quite a soldier and a man to be reckoned with.

Taps: Richard Lee ’11

I was informed by a Brother Rat of mine yesterday evening that one of our Brother Rats had passed away. Richard Lee of Covington, Virginia, was a 2011 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.  He was commissioned as an Military Police Officer, he was serving as a Basic Training Company XO at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His previous assignment was a year tour in Korea. He went by Rick.  He matriculated as a member of Band Company.  Rat year we were members of the VMI Glee Club together, he would go on to be a member for the remainder of […]

Memorial Day Weekend, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield

Local hero: A fighting man; my kind of guy: And there are some Yankees too: More to follow.

Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen

By all means enjoy your long weekend, folks, but remember the fallen. I don’t think I have to preach that to the readers of this blog, but I encourage you to evangelize your friends and neighbors whose understanding of the day in question might have slipped. (This is where I plan to be on Monday morning.)