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Film: When “D” Stands for Dog

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History as Pop-Up: Imax “D-Day Normandy 1944″ Winston would be appalled. After all, it was he who said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” His poetic turn of phrase in praise of the RAF victory during the Battle of Britain, indeed anything even remotely approaching it, is sorely missing in […]

Selfie-Actualize

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Boots If you joined the US military in 2001 you could be 1/2 way through a service career and have been on combat related duty the entire time, an extraordinary fact. 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have exacted a heavy toll. Our volunteer army has been run ragged. How we acknowledge that […]

Leadership: Trust As Instinct

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“Who Can We Trust Now?” 234 years ago this week, George Washington sat down to one of his most perplexing meals at the Robinson house near the strategically critical fort of West Point, New York. The house was the war appropriated home of General Benedict Arnold, the newly appointed commander of the fort on the […]

Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability

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“This Was Not A Surprise.” Eric Matthew Frein is the chief suspect in the assassination of Pennsylvania state trooper Byron Dickson last Friday night. The shooter ambushed the Blooming Grove Barracks at shift change also critically wounding trooper Alex Douglass. Pennsylvania State Police have referred to Frein as “an anti-law enforcement survivalist.” Police also reported […]

Leadership: Some Real “Swag”

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On the Square Benjamin Ogle Tayloe (1796-1868) is the son of Colonel John Tayloe III, the man who built the Octagon House at 18th and New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., about 1800. The Octagon House was the stand-in White House for the Madison’s after the Brits burned the real one around the corner during […]

Books: So, You Want to be President?

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Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House “He can’t do that to me.” Such was JFK’s response when he was told at 8am, while still in bed in pajamas, reading the morning papers, about the missiles in Castro’s Cuba. He, of course, was Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier and Kennedy’s chief antagonist. Kennedy’s exclamation underscores how […]

IAFF History: Conflict of Ideals

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Patriotism is the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel -Samuel Johnson Britain’s Dr. Johnson was not just talking about America though he heaped scorn on revolutionary patriots when he also said, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negroes?” He had a point. A “splashy” display of love […]

Emmett, Ireland and Easter

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Make Way for the Elephant Robert Emmett, Irish patriot, was hanged, drawn and quartered in Dublin, Ireland, convicted of leading a failed rebellion for Irish freedom in 1803. He was 25 years old. Emmett was a protestant from a wealthy family, hardly the type to commit “high treason.” But he identified strongly with Catholics in […]

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

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Bill Hand
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks for the story Eric. I knew that you had been there, but never heard any of the stories. Got any other mountains on your bucket list?
2014-10-22 02:34:59
Eric Lamar
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Thanks, Betty. Super seeing you. Eric
2014-10-22 01:24:29
Betty K
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Eric, you are so right. Keep up the good work and thanks for the visit.
2014-10-21 18:47:57
Eric Lamar
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks, Tom. High praise from a professional editor.
2014-10-21 02:06:55
tom walter
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Very informative, Eric, and good background for the recent tragedy. Especially striking your description of the sky and mountains before dawn. Tom
2014-10-20 12:13:45
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