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Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Powell: The General Let’s Fly

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Warts and All, But Mostly Warts Colin Powell, former U.S. Army four-star General, wounded Vietnam Veteran, Joint Chief’s Chairman, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State got hacked again and we are the gleeful beneficiaries of his unalloyed thoughts on our presidential candidates. Powell is the quintessential Washington maven, continuously accumulating power and prestige during […]

9/11: Welcome to Our Tribe

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Fifteen Years On Except for those most personally affected, September 11, 2001, now resides, like the murder of JFK, as a “where I was” memory or as a fact of history known only through learning rather than direct experience. A generation of young people stands on the verge of adulthood who were yet to be […]

Trump Busts Firefighters, Again

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The Angry Narcissist Trump lashed out at the Columbus, Ohio, fire marshal yesterday for adhering to a pre-arranged plan to limit the crowd size at an event there to 1,000 people. Trump said the marshal’s limit was for purely political reasons. DM reports that the fire marshal said, “the event was always to be limited […]

Trump and the Fallen

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Many firefighters feel a special veneration for Americans who have given their lives in service to our country. Perhaps that’s because in some very small way they understand the tension and force of danger and pushing beyond it. Thousands of brave soldiers have been taken from us either in their absolute prime or just on […]

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 […]

War, Terror, Policing

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Death in Baton Rouge Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers were murdered yesterday in a daylight ambush by Gavin Long. Long was later killed. He  was from Missouri and apparently leaves behind a trail of social media posts defining his radical views and beliefs. According to the Guardian, “In May 2015, Long filed court papers […]

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 […]

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