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Rare WW II Color Footage Released (Graphic)

Some recently discovered WW II footage was released.  It is graphic, so you may not want young eyes around it when you watch it… It adds just a little more appreciation for all of the sacrifices made by our troops throughout WW II. H/T:  The Libertarian Republic

Battleship, USS Texas Turns 100

The world’s oldest Dreadnaught battleship, the USS Texas, turns 100 this year.  When she was launched, she was (briefly) the most powerful ship afloat.  The USS Texas also participated in WW I and WW II.  Here is some video…   Watch the latest video at The USS Texas has required extensive repairs over the years. It has held up, but only with a considerable effort from volunteers. Here is a relevant video…  

Warnings from George Washington

I noticed the other day while scouring liberal web sites that one liberal in typical liberal fashion asked, “What happened to the ‘small arms treaty’ conservatives have been so paranoid about? You know, BIG government wants to take your guns! It appears it’s just like all the other paranoia right-wings are attracted to … nothing to it!” Now, that’s paraphrasing, but here is the actual post: Via: American Liberal Times Whatever Happened To The So-Called “U.N. Small Arms Treaty?” Not so long ago . . . in a land far far away . . . (The land where some “Righties” […]

Meet the 1718 Puckle Gun!

The next time a gun grabber tells you that the Second Amendment only applies to muskets, introduce her to the Puckle Gun… Whereas our Sovereign Lord King George by his Letters pattents bearing date the Fifteenth day of May in the Fourth Year of his Majesties Reign was generously pleased to Give & Grant unto me James Puckle of London Gent my Exors Admors & Assignes the sole priviledge & Authority to Make Exercise Work and use a Portable Gun or Machine (by me lately invented) call’d a Defence in that part of his Majesties Kingdom of Great Britain called […]

Comparing WW II to ObamaCare

I caught this over at Atlas Shrugs, and thought I’d share it here.  The period of time between Pearl Harbor and the end of WW II is rather close to the period of time between the passage of ObamaCare (so we could see what was inside it), and the roll-out of the totally useless (unless you are an identity thief) ObamaCare website.  Let take a look at the accomplishments of the Greatest Generation, shall we? Atlas reader Walt puts it in perspective: During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in […]

Reagan: Christmas Address, 1981

As a last minute addition to the Christmas posts here at the CH 2.0, here is the 1981 Christmas address of then President Ronald Reagan. Reagan actually stood for something, unlike the current occupant of the office of President of the United States. H/T: Weasel Zippers

Churchill’s Christmas Eve Address: December 24, 1941

I saw this, posted by Publius, at Big Government, and thought I would share it here.  We’re all facing struggles at this time, but in 1941, we were facing something darker.  To reflect that, here is Winston Churchill’s Christmas Eve address to the American people, dated December 24, 1941. I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home.  Whether it be the ties of blood on my mother’s side, or the friendships I have developed here over many years of active life, or the […]

Pearl Harbor Day 2013

While we are busy paying attention to the political issues of the day, we cannot forget that today is Pearl Harbor Day. Here is some media to drive home what happened there-70 years ago today. USS Arizona Before: After: USS Oklahoma Before: After: And some  longer documentaries… It saddens me that we are losing the greatest generation.  Before long, none will remain to tell their stories.   At that point, it will be up to us to keep their memories alive.  They did so much for us, it is a small price to pay.  If any […]

Band of Brothers Paratroopers, Babe Heffron and Earl McClung Have Passed Away

In the last week, two American heroes, Babe Heffron and Earl McClung, have passed away. Both were members of the famous Easy Company, Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division.  Here is more on the passing of Babe Heffron… Edward J. “Babe” Heffron, 90, the former Easy Company private whose World War II experiences were chronicled in the cable TV miniseries Band of Brothers, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Heffron served as a machine gunner with the Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division from 1941 to […]

The Story of the First Thanksgiving 2013

This is the annual CH 2.0 re-telling of the true story of the first Thanksgiving. I heard  this story years ago, so I thought I’d post it. The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He […]

One of those words…

“Republic, I like the sound of the word. Means people can live free, talk free, go or come by ourselves, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat, the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step, or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound like a man. Some words can give you a feeling that’ll make your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.” John Wayne as Colonel Davy Crockett to Laurence Harvey as […]

Phyllis Schlafly Explains How the ERA Was Defeated

This is a really interesting history lesson, discussing how Phyllis Schlafly, and a small set of activitsts, defeated the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  Take a look at this video.  Schlafly’s speech occurs at around 10 minutes. I had no idea how popular the ERA was when it came out of Congress.  I also did not know how much of a head start that the feminists had.  I did know that it was a poisonous document, and had little to do with equality.   However, the real amazing part is that Phylis Schlafly and crew defeated the thing without ANY of our […]

Veterans Day: 2013

Veterans should hold a place in our society that is special. I know that they hold a place in my heart. My father served in WWII with the Marines in the first invasion of Okinawa. He was 150 miles from the Japanese mainland when for the first time in his life he saw a mushroom cloud. Dad told me that his unit had already received orders to go the China coast in an effort to surround Japan. Thank God he did not have to go. My younger brother served in the Navy during the first Gulf War. He was on […]

Some Thoughts on Veteran’s Day

Veterans should hold a place in our society that is special. I know that they hold a place in my heart. My father served in WWII with the Marines in the first invasion of Okinawa. He was 150 miles from the Japanese mainland when for the first time in his life he saw a mushroom cloud. Dad told me that his unit had already received orders to go the China coast in an effort to surround Japan. Thank God he did not have to go. My younger brother served in the Navy during the first Gulf War. He was on […]

Frank Perconte, Member of ‘Band of Brothers’ Easy Company, Dead at Age 96

Band of Brothers is, at least in my opinion, among the best 10 hours of television ever produced.   It documented the real life exploits of Easy Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  After the series, the surviving members of that company became heroes all over again, even though they eschewed such comparisons.  It is my sad duty to report that another member has passed, Frank Perconte, at age 96.  The Chicago Tribune has more… Frank Perconte was a decorated Army veteran who parachuted into some of the most famous battles of World War […]

Million Vet March Live Stream: Stormed War Memorials! Palin Set to Participate

Here is the live stream for the Million Vet March… Live streaming video by Ustream Enjoy, and pray that they are safe from government goons!

September 11, 2013

Throughout our history, our nation has faced many evils. Sadly, man has the unerring tendency to engage in the most despicable of behaviors, all in the name of serving a “greater” power or cause. It would seem that the United States has often been caught in the cross-hairs of these evils. The very birth of our nation was predicated on the defeat of tyranny, namely, the “Divine Right of Kings.” Less than one hundred years later, the nation was split, literally and figuratively, on the question of whether or not one man could hold a fellow man as property. We, […]

Classic Paul Harvey: Declaration of Independence

Who better to discuss our Declaration of Independence than the late, great Paul Harvey? Happy Independence Day! H/T: Bizpac Review

The Story of our Declaration of Independence

On this, the most quintessential of American Holidays, I wish to delve a bit into the subject that is the Declaration of Independence. It was penned by the great Thomas Jefferson when he was but thirty three-years old. He was one of a committee of five that were formed to bring forth the reasons for our separation from Great Britain. The committee members were (in no particular order): Thomas Jefferson John Adams Benjamin Franklin Robert R. Livingston Roger Sherman A vote was taken by the committee as to who would draft the statement and Jefferson came in first followed by […]

The Declaration of Independence: As Relevant Today as it was in 1776

Note: This was originally posted on July 4, 2009. It’s Independence Day. I wish you all a great day, and ask you to contemplate the meaning of the holiday. To assist, here is a transcript of the Declaration of Independence. IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and […]

Happy Flag Day, America!

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Here, in it’s entirety is Ronald Reagan’s June 14, 1986 weekly radio address. My fellow Americans: “Today we celebrate Flag Day, the birthday of our Stars and Stripes. As we think back over the history of our nation’s flag, we remember that the story of its early years was often one of hardship and trials, sometimes a fight for simple survival. Such is the story behind our Star-Spangled Banner. It was 2 years into the War of 1812, and America seemed to be teetering on the edge of defeat. The British had already taken our Capital and burned the White […]

Memorial Day 2013 – A Thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice

Last year, I wrote a Memorial Day article and posted it on my blog. Here it is, and after I revisit that article, I would like to add a thought or two to it. As we mark Memorial Day this year, let us reflect on why we set aside one day to show our gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and the American way of life. United States soldiers have gone into battle in each and every corner of the world to meet the call and pay the price for […]

Public School Homework Assignment Misportrays Atomic Bombs Used Against Japan

One hallmark of Marxism (Communism, Socialism, Fascism-really, any “ism”) is to take history-delete it, rework it, or otherwise distort it to suit the regime of the now.  We see it all the time, with the Democrats trying to cover for the fact that they were for slavery, Jim Crow Laws, the KKK, the filibustered the 1964 Voting Rights Act.  Now, all problems are because of racist white folks, yet they neglect to mention that they ARE the racist white folks.  We see it time and time again;  The Soviets and Chi-coms really didn’t kill all those people.  Tens of millions […]

Is Obama “Constrained…by a System Our Founders Put in Place?”

Obama made a rather interesting and well crafted statement regarding gun control and the Constitution.  Althouse has the comments and some interpretation… Context: “You hear some of these quotes: ‘I need a gun to protect myself from the government.’ ‘We can’t do background checks because the government is going to come take my guns away,’ Obama said. “Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by […]

Schoolhouse Rock: No More Kings

For the low information folks out there, I thought I’d share No More Kings from Schoolhouse Rock. Now kids, what do you do with a King that simple calls himself something else?