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Books: When the “Japs” Weren’t Coming

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American-Japanese Concentration Camps When Admiral Yamamoto’s forces conducted their mostly successful raid on Pearl Harbor, many Americans panicked over the thought of a follow-up invasion of the west coast. U.S. Army officers baldly asserted that American-Japanese were all under the control of the Japanese Emperor and therefore consisted of an enemy “fifth column” waiting for […]

“One-Two” Punch: Is the GOP Moving On?

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Kasich Rolls the Grenade John Kasich, the sitting governor of the presidential bellwether state of Ohio is asserting, according to CNN, that, “Trump’s son, Donald Jr., tried to entice Kasich with a position as the most powerful vice president in history, but he turned it down. Kasich would have been in charge of all domestic […]

An Islamist in Turkey? You Betcha.

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When a Coup is Not a Coup Obama and the US foreign policy team are clear in their support of Islamist President and all-around thug Recep Erdogan today after yesterday’s attempted military coup. A few years ago when Egypt’s Morsi, also an Islamist and also democratically elected, was overthrown by the Egyptian military, Obama and […]

War: Flag(s), Raised

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Wrong Guy, But It Doesn’t Matter The U.S. Marine Corps this week announced that the identification of John Bradley, a heretofore Iwo Jima flag raiser was incorrect and that the actual soldier was Private First Class Harold Schultz. The date was February 23, 1945, and the Marines were engaged in a desperate, foot by foot […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

Orlando: A Message From God?

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Will the Preachers Please Advise? Several clergy, most notably Roger Jimenez of Sacramento, California, have invoked the Holy Bible effectively calling the murder of dozens of people at an Orlando night club an act of God. He says, “homosexuals are pedophiles” and their sin is “worthy of death”, essentially divine retribution. Jimenez proves that the […]

Temple at Summer Sunset

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Lincoln Memorial, a classic Greek temple, constructed of Colorado Yule marble and dedicated in May 1922 to honor his saving of the Union.

Act of Honor: Flags

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The Cemetery, final resting place for tens-of-thousands who died in service to America, is arresting in its beauty. Away from the Tomb and the Amphitheater, the tall trees quietly and gracefully cast swaying shadows on markers of memory, an invitation to reflect on unknown acts of valor. Those valorous acts, from battles past, complete with […]

The Bundy Bunch: Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

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Rancher Welfare The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing. They have taken over the¬†Malheur National Wildlife Refuge¬†in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities. The kinder and gentler feds are taking […]

Mike Mullane Dies

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Led “Largest Local” in the IAFF That’s what they called the IAFF’s 3rd district under Mullane’s leadership and that’s the way he ran it. There always seemed to be a degree of unanimity and cohesion not seen in other districts. There can be no doubt that Mullane ran a tight ship but he also looked […]

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