Monthly Archives: February 2014

Who was?

“…Terry de la Mesa Allen. Before flunking out of West Point, he had amassed demerits for tardiness, bathing at midnight, yawning in class, yelling during a fire drill, and breaking ranks to pet a dog. As a young officer he … Continue reading

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Standard tour of duty for soldiers at the time: The Duration

“Private First Class Audie L. Murphy, not yet nineteen and weighing in at 110 pounds, would become the most decorated American combat soldier in history, but not even the appearance of his like would free most troops from compulsory service … Continue reading

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George S. Patton, Jr., to his officers in North Africa…

“If you have any doubts as to what you’re to do, I can put it very simply,” he said in his jarring falsetto. “The idea is to move ahead, and you usually know where the front is by the sound … Continue reading

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A man in the news talks to an ’embarrassingly simple’ proposition to an age old puzzle…

“…Christ offers a solution. In contrast with the difficulty of our situation, the solution is breathtakingly simple. It turns out that we don’t have to scale the high moral bar. We are not being asked to do the impossible. Rather, … Continue reading

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What is Patriotism? What is Nationalism? What’s the Difference?

“Nationalism,” wrote George Orwell, “is not to be confused with patriotism.  Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different … Continue reading

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The Quick Mind of William Spencer Churchill Strikes!

“(Churchill, upon hearing Montgomery boast that abstinence made him “100 percent fit,” replied that he both drank and smoked and was “200 percent fit.”)” ― An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Copyright © 2002 by Rick … Continue reading

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A reasoned argument…

“Here is my suppositional argument for life after death. Unlike material objects and all other living creatures, we humans inhabit two domains: the way things are, and the way things ought to be. We are moral animals who recognize that … Continue reading

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