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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 […]

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 […]

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