Monthly Archives: July 2015

What is and what is not heroism?

“Heroism is often confused with physical courage.  In fact the two are very different.  There was nothing heroic about Magellan’s death.  He went into that last darkness a seasoned campaigner, accompanied by his own men, and he was completely fearless … Continue reading

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Scatterational musings from World War II:

“…tamping tobacco into his pipe, the marshal [Stalin] gestured toward the ailing man [Roosevelt] in the wheel chair and mused aloud, “Why did nature have to punish him so?”” ─ The Guns at Last Light, The War in Western Europe, … Continue reading

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Today there is much talk concerning ‘collateral damage’; ‘innocent civilians’; and other Geneva Convention restrictions on winning wars, and so on and on they go with no resolution in sight, endless pain for want of inflicting sufficient pain to achieve victory. It wasn’t always so.

World War II was a war for survival. There was little room for philosophical musings. For America and her allies it was ‘Kill, or be killed,’ pure and simple. And so the carpet bombing of cities was mandated by hard, … Continue reading

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What is 8-9-3? Answer: ya-ku-sa, members of the Japanese ‘Underworld’

“It was along the Tokaido [first highway running from the ancient capital of Kyoto to Tokyo] and other highways that the gamblers first began using the word yakuza.  According to the most widely held belief, the term derives from the … Continue reading

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A Prognostic musing:

The insidiousness of political correctness is destroying the West. It is a social construct dooming any and all who bow to it; something Simone understood:  “The social order is irreducibly that of the prince of this world. Our only duty … Continue reading

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Be Like Bernanos; among those who can say, without trepidation, that…

“I belong to a race of ordinary people which is daily becoming rarer: I am an ordinary person who has remained free, someone whom propaganda has not yet trained to jump through all the hoops held in front of him.” … Continue reading

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Is Selfish Lawyerly Behavior to be found only in Ancient Rome? No, Some things never change…

“In the practice of the bar these [people consider] reason as an instrument of dispute; they [interpret] the laws according to the dictates of private interest; and the same pernicious habits [still] adhere to their characters in the public administration … Continue reading

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