By an Angel’s Kiss, SGM Ryan Sartor, 40, Army (Afghanistan)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony           SGM James G "Ryan" Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas,                    of 10th Special Forces Gp, Ft Carson was killed on July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire Rest in peace,  Sergeant Major Job well done.   ... Read More

Teaching Kids about America, a Beginning

In the "Taking Back our Schools" Department, we should have figured out by now we need to be more face-to-face about the changes we want to see returned to our public schools. We're outlining a teaching program at VeteransTales.org, "Vets in Class", which focuses on how vets can connect with various age groups in trying to kindle, or ... Read More

The Nature of the Dark Side

The Private Life is Dead Remember Commander Strelnikov in the film classic, “Dr Zhivago” (1965)?  He was the intellectual communist who had turned into a Red military commander in the civil war that followed the October Revolution. His comment “the private life is dead” had been the signature of the new Soviet experiment throughout the 1930s. It ... Read More

Thomas Paine and a Common Sense Curriculum

I wonder if millennials even know who Thomas Paine was. In the early 1960s I studied American History in college, as a required core subject, courses even engineering students from India had to take in order to get a degree. I’m not sure that’s any longer the case, but I still remember the textbook, Commager and Morison, ... Read More

Kim Jong Un and the Feral Caged Animal Syndrome

We know the human race is but part of the animal kingdom. Some people believe, because we are able to reason and speak, we're different from other animals. We are not. Since the Korean War, it has been the policy of the United States of America to keep the heads of North Korea in a ... Read More

Trump 2020 and the Pre-existing Condition of Obamacare

The Republican Party lost control of the House of Representatives in 2018 due to broken promises made to get elected in 2016. With Democrats now required to pass new laws, the American people lost any hope for repeal of Obamacare, border security and immigration reform until at least 2021; and then only if the GOP ... Read More

Parkland, Defeating Bullies, the Ancient Laws No Longer Work (Revised)

Some bullies are born mean. They have a hole in their soul. Or so older generations always believed. But most bullies are defined by their environment; neighborhoods, schools, community. For generations those venues culled the “bully” out of most kids while still young so that they could go about the real work of getting a job, getting married and ... Read More

By and Angel’s Kiss, MSGT Michael B Riley, 32 and SGT James G Johnson, 24 (Afghanistan)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony MSGT Michael B Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, of 2d Bn, 10th Special Forces Gp, Ft Carson and SGT James G Johnson, 24, of Trumansburg, NY Newark, of the 79th Ordnance Bn, (Explosive Ordnance Disposal ) 71st Explosives Gp, Ft ... Read More

Chernobyl

My wife and I watched the 5-episode mini-series, "Chernobyl" two evenings this past weekend. It was better than good, and has as much relevance today as it would have had had anyone actually known what went on back in the USSR in 1986. Mikhail Gorbachev said, after he left office, that the Chernobyl accident was largely ... Read More

“I Hope I get a Good Mafia”

That was actually said in the early days of the crumbling Soviet Union. The speaker was a young man from the Caucasus who had staked out a street corner in Moscow where he planned to set up a kiosk to sell magazines and newspapers, notions and common drug store items. Just like newsstands on sidewalks in American cities. Before 1992, those ... Read More

Christ did not say “Blessed are the Vain and Arrogant”

This is a cautionary tale directed at those who self-identify pretty much as the title suggests. This is not to say that Christ did not love such people, which weighs on me terribly, because it is something I find almost impossible to do. But He did allude to them in some of His teachings, perhaps as a ... Read More

The Ease of Erasing History

I've always had an interest in the history of history. For one, that historians are even remotely interested in the lives of ordinary people is a relatively modern notion. 3000 years ago, even 600 years ago, the historian was that 1 in 10,000 person who could read and write and could therefore earn a living wage ... Read More

Messianic Psychosis: Thy Name is Democrat

I'm sure we all remember the "light bringer" Obama who would, by his winning the Presidency, stop the rise of the oceans Another Obama Failure: He Wasn't Able To Slow The Rising Sea Levels When former President Obama was just Barack Obama running for the White House, he indicated that if elected, he could, like ... Read More

American Exceptionalism #44, No Greater Love

(H/T to Pike Hightower, who provided this.) JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond ... Read More

American Exceptionalism #17: The American How-To Book

I'll get to #'s 1 thru 16 later. We've talked about them before. Note the book cover, which I only ran across a week or so ago. It was printed in 1908, in New York, Chicago, and London, but was in it's 6th edition, putting its original publication back into the 1890s. Just 192 pages ... Read More
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