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Remembering Planetary Soldiers

The phrase comes from Robert Leckie’s The Wars of America and has been apt since the Spanish-American War. American Forces have fought just about everywhere and in just about every climate, in defense of freedom. And so this weekend, from Fort MacPherson, Nebraska, to Manila, The Philippines, to Luxembourg, to Cambridge, England and on Robert […]

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Top Gun – Still Flying High after 30 Years

Funny what gets out attention going on subjects sometimes. I fell in love with the American Civil War in elementary school, during the centennial celebration, especially the books by Bruce Catton. As someone said, you could feel the heat, the dust, the boredom, and the horrors of battle in his words. Those legendary armies still, […]

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Cultural Tyrants

View image | gettyimages.com I wrote last week about how proud I am to be fellow citizens with the admirable citizens of Charleston, that post is here. Their reaction is pretty much what one would expect of American citizens and/or Christians, traditionally the same thing white or black. That anybody was surprised, says more about our […]

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Memorial Day 2015

Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost […]

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Planetary Soldiers

The phrase comes from Robert Leckie’s The Wars of America and has been apt since the Spanish-American War. American Forces have fought just about everywhere and in just about every climate, in defense of freedom. And so this weekend, from Fort MacPherson, Nebraska, to Manila, The Philippines, to Luxembourg, to Cambridge, England and on Robert […]

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Here’s What Happens When It’s Okay To Punish People’s Beliefs

Rick Wilson wrote an article the other day on The Federalist that caught my attention, and deserves yours, as well. I try to stay off Twitter on April first. The jokes are rarely as good as their authors think, which is why the Internet Rage Machine attack unleashed on the Memories Pizza parlor in Indiana […]

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Is Administrative Law Unlawful ?

From the Constitution of the United States: ARTICLE I, SECTION 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.   When we talk of Administrative law, we are speaking of an extra-legal add on, which has very little […]

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Remembrance and Honor

And so as we move into Memorial Day weekend where we commemorate and remember those millions who have given their lives for our (and other peoples) freedom, we should also take time to remember President Lincoln’s words on 4 March 1865: Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the […]

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Remembrance and Honor

And so as we move into Memorial Day weekend where we commemorate and remember those millions who have given their lives for our (and other peoples) freedom, we should also take time to remember President Lincoln’s words on 4 March 1865: Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the […]

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Duty Is the Rent You Pay For Life

There are some words that have gone out of fashion. Duty, Honor, Integrity, and Responsibility are among them. Why? I think it is mostly that we have had it too easy, and we have been encouraged to do only what is necessary, not what is right, or to do our duty. We, and our countries […]

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Trust the people?

By the time you read this, Neo will have returned, but I don’t think that 3 a.m. finishes to journeys are productive of blog posts, so I am going to do one more to round off the short series I have been contributing in Neo’s absence. In many ways I have been riffing on one […]

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267 Words

267 words. Spoken by a President of the United States. Spoken in the midst of a great Civil War, on a battlefield, to help dedicate a military cemetery. 267 words, that redefined a free people, for the next century and a half 267 words that lead directly to the freedom of the western world from […] . . . → Read More: 267 Words . . . → Read More: 267 Words

Big Wheels Rollin’

In many ways Americans define the essence of America as movement. From nearly the earliest days that has been one of our defining characteristics, moving around, nearly always tending west but always moving and always in a hurry. The very first thing we became famous for around the world were the clipper ships. These very […] . . . → Read More: Big Wheels Rollin’ . . . → Read More: Big Wheels Rollin’

Decoration Day

Since today is our traditional Memorial (Decoration) Day, I thought we would mark it. Particularly since a ran across a really interesting article on the history of the day. Enjoy. From the Smithsonian We know you’re curious. A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from. Decoration Day postcard depicting a woman in mourning […] . . . → Read More: Decoration Day . . . → Read More: Decoration Day