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Veterans Who Survived Pearl Harbor Mark 73rd Anniversary

Hat/Tip to NBC News. Every year the number of Pearl Harbor attack survivors dwindles down, and now there are only four left. But they vow to keep getting together to remember that fateful day, that will live in infamy. Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack gathered on Sunday for the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the United States into World War II. About 100 Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors attended the ceremony overlooking a memorial that sits atop sunken battleship USS Arizona. Many of them arrived well before the sun came up. Gilbert Meyer […]

The Story of the First Thanksgiving 2014

  This is the annual CH 2.0 re-telling of the true story of the first Thanksgiving. By Matt Ross ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 […]

Video: A Veterans Day Message from President George W. Bush – Still Showing What Class & Leadership IS

I will be the first to say that I didn’t always agree with the man or agree with all of his policies, but I will say that I never ever doubted his love of country, patriotism or belief in American Exceptionalism. He was a leader when this country desperately needed it and since he’s left office, he has been a true class act. . . . .

Heartwarming: Navy Veteran At Convenience Store Does The Unexpected

Hat/Tip to  It seems that a Navy Veteran was in a convenience store in Illinois recently and in walked a bunch of our active duty military personnel. What happened next is amazing. But what makes it even more amazing is that the Navy Veteran refused ANY recognition for his actions. A Navy veteran was purchasing a coffee at a convenience store in Illinois when a group of active military men and women walked in. The store’s manager says what happened next is unlike anything he’s seen before. . . . This story reminds me of that famous Ronald Reagan quote […]

Happy Veterans Day: Woodsterman Style

I’ve Posted this of me in the past. Well, here it is again. This was taken in Vietnam in 1969. (This is in red honoring the last election) If you are my age (67) you will recognize the names below…   This was Hollywood Then: Sterling Hayden , US Marines and OSS . Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. James Stewart , US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General. Ernest Borgnine , US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton. Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea […]

Veterans Day: 2014

Veterans 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 South Pacific. The first action he saw was during the invasion of Okinawa. Later, 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 […]

How The GOP Can Get To The Magic 60 Votes And Send Bills To Obama

  Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers and William Douglas and David Lightman at The State. So the historic 2014 Midterms have given the GOP once in nearly a century numbers in both Houses and Governorships, but with Obama in the White House for his last two, lame duck years, how do they get bills past the Dems in the Senate? Sixty. It’s the magic number for getting most things done in the U.S. Senate – and it will be the target for Republicans to get legislation through the House of Representatives, past Democratic objections in the Senate and to the desk of […]

Defence of Fort M’Henry: The Story of our National Anthem

Today, on the 200th Anniversary of the writing of our National Anthem, I thought it would be interesting to learn about the night Francis Scott Key penned it. ~~~~~ Francis Scott Key was a lawyer from wealthy Maryland family which owned an estate called Terra Rubra. He was born in August of 1779, and at the age of 10, Key was sent to grammar school in Annapolis. He graduated at 17 and began studying law there, working in his uncle’s law firm. By 1805, he had a thriving law practice of his own in Georgetown. He eventually appeared before the […]

A Second Declaration of Independence

  Hat/Tip to David Shapiro at   When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to assume that their president, hostile to the principles that formed the nation and determined to act with malice toward its inhabitants by suppressing their rights and enabling its enemies to prosper in their attempts to destroy it, must be confronted, a rational response for the nation is to encumber itself no more with such a president and reject his authority and the acolytes who carry out his wishes. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men […]

A 1945 Radio Presentation of “Road to Serfdom”

Here is a radio presentation of Road to Serfdom.  It was aired in 1945. You had better believe that if liberals had their way, Road to Serfdom would be outlawed as “hate.”  Ironically, or not, Road to Serfdom was outlawed in the Soviet Union as well.

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 […]

The Life & Times of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson came into this world on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He was born into a very prestigious family, with near royal lineage on his mother’s side. His father gave him his work ethic, and it seems he passed his intelligence down to Thomas. Jefferson was born into one of the most prominent families of Virginia’s planter elite. His mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, was a member of the proud Randolph clan, a family claiming descent from English and Scottish royalty. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a successful farmer as well as a skilled surveyor and cartographer who produced […]

The Story of our Declaration of Independence

Jefferson never claimed originality of the idea of governance, “of the people, by the people and for the people,” instead he remarked that he was only distilling “common sense” on the subject

Happy 237th birthday to Old Glory

Captain Monty Ashliman, Jr, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Lemoore in California has written a beautiful and moving piece about the standard of our beloved country, Old Glory. Here it is, in its entirety… On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that gave birth to our national flag. For so many years, this day has gone relatively unnoticed; celebrated mainly by veterans and families like you who know the meaning of service and have fought for what our flag represents.  The legendary American author O. Henry once wrote, “You can’t  appreciate […]

One President Refused to Celebrate D-Day: “Full Victory, Nothing Else”

The Normandy invasions were so long and tediously prepared for, so intricate in design, so impossible to envision in the whole, or to envision having a chance of succeeding, that now 70 years later, without careful, thoughtful consideration with study of this most important of freedom crusades, we cannot comprehend it. Even with careful consideration, comprehension must surely be dim unless you were there. Reading of the sacrifices of those who perished and those who survived, is overwhelming. In mid-May, 2014, Michael Beschloss, writing for the New York Times, gives us a glimpse of what a D-Day anniversary was like […]

Memorial Day: A Thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice

Here is a re-post of a Memorial Day Op-Ed. ~~~~~ 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 […]

‘We are forever indebted’: #ArmedForcesDay trends as Americans thank those who serve

Hat/Tip to Gratitude and tributes to the heroes who serve in our nation’s military flooded Twitter as Americans marked Armed Forces Day on Saturday. ~~~~~~~~~~ This Armed Forces Day & every day, we are so grateful for the service of the men & women who wear the uniform: … – Senator Ted Cruz   ~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you to all those serving in our military as we celebrate Armed Forces Day today. We are forever indebted. – Senator Tim Scott ~~~~~~~~~~ Give a follow and a thank you to @usairforce @USArmy @USNavy @USMC and @USCG #ArmedForcesDay – Bush41 Library ~~~~~~~~~~ […]

2 Million Bikers to DC 9-11 Honor Ride Is Just Four Months Away – New in 2014, a Biker Distress Fund & Concert

In just four short months, we will be remembering the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Flight 93, taken down by American heroes, ending in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Just four months, and thirteen years will have passed. Those taking part in the 2 Million Bikers to DC Honor Ride are already making plans. Logistics have become a big concern, as the Ride grows every year. One of the needs these patriots have found necessary is the Biker Distress Fund. Every year someone is injured, gets sick and […]