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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 […]

Guiding: Tulips at the Tomb

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Arlington National Cemetery

America, the Disgraceful

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A White & Christian Double Standard Uber-patriotic and liberty loving ‘mericans have their drawers seriously twisted at the thought that a single Syrian might come here as a refugee. God forbid. According to them, its both wise and a good thing to exclude an entire nationality from consideration as if there is no way to […]

The “Pat-Down”

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ISIS Targets France Last Friday, ISIS-inspired terrorists murdered 129 people and injured hundreds more in a series of attacks using automatic weapons and explosives. Targeted were a music venue, a sports stadium and several restaurants. France has apparently taken an aggressive role in combating ISIS in Syria and elsewhere and may be paying the price […]

American Horror: “Please, God, No”

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“To Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne The Battle” A. Lincoln This Wednesday is Veteran’s Day when we both remember and honor the millions of Americans who have served our country in the military. I want to concentrate on one in particular: Andrew Alan Myers. A Saturday Morning Bike Ride Andrew Myers was on a […]

9/11 in Perspective: A Boomerang Effect

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The Projection of American Influence and Power Thirty-nine years ago on September 21, 1976, Orlando Letelier, a Chilean exile and Ronni Moffitt, an American citizen, were killed when their car exploded as they drove through Washington, D.C.’s Sheridan Circle. The car had been booby-trapped by DINA, secret police under the direct control of then Chilean […]

Remembering 9/11: Osama, Kim and Sharee

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The Religious Life Whenever I take students to the Pentagon 9/11 memorial I try to leave time for a brief discussion of Osama Bin Laden’s reasoning as we cannot defeat our enemies unless we understand them. His worldview was informed by Sharia, a so-called religious and moral code which acts in place of civil and […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Battlefield in Repose

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Antietam Sublime A road trip yesterday to gather up my young cousin for a visit included a return to Antietam battlefield located south of Hagerstown, Maryland, and just north of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It was late on a summer Saturday, hot but dry, with billowing clouds dotting the sky, perhaps not unlike September 17, […]

Iran and “The Deal”

A Coming Together The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany  (P5+1) have agreed on a framework with Iran to prevent their development of fissile nuclear material in exchange for  relaxation of sanctions considered “the most comprehensive and complex ever imposed on a sovereign state.” According to Brookings, “Since 2010, the sanctions’ impact on Iran has […]

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