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Every autumn, just around Veterans’ Day (which in Vermont means after two or three “killing” frosts), the scrawny little rose bush along the fence produces one last, perfect, butter-yellow bud. Despite being the smallest of the rose bushes, and latest to bloom (often not until July 4th), I can’t bring myself to replace it with a seemingly heartier variety. Perhaps it is because that last little bud strikes me every year as a sign of hope, while all around is falling dead and dormant; that this little rose defiantly reminds us that the winter to come, no matter how harsh, will not prevent the inevitable miracle of the following spring.
Still my favorite.
Happy Birthday, Marines! Semper Fidelis!
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
The classic affirmation of the ancient Chinese strategist and philosopher is to be ignored at one’s own great peril.
The rest of the world, and China in particular, sees Mr Obama in the opposite light – as a weak leader in the autumn of his presidency… Mr Xi has shown Mr Obama little respect since their first summit in California last year. Mr Obama warned his Chinese counterpart to stop the cyber attacks on the Pentagon and other targets. China’s cyber-incursions increased. Earlier this year, the White House indicted five Chinese nationals for cyber-espionage, including a senior military officer. None are likely to be brought to trial. It was the kind of empty gesture Beijing has come to expect of Mr Obama.
Vladimir Putin could not have said it better. Nor Bashir Assad. Or Rouhani. Or our (erstwhile) allies, either. Embolden our adversaries, worry our partners. That is the sum total of the foreign policy accomplishments of the Obama Administration and its tiresome and amateur ideological shills.
There will be a price to pay, in power, influence, and prestige. Or in the lives of Lance Corporals. Or both.
Of all the events of the Twentieth Century, it is the First World War that has had the most dramatic and longest-lasting impact on the psyche of Western civilization, more so than all the events that followed. For anyone with an abiding interest in that war, the 1964 BBC documentary The Great War is an invaluable reference to understanding. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave, the 26-part documentary is a superbly-crafted work. The tenor of the broadcasts reflects the erosion of the naïve hopes of the warring parties in 1914 into the grim fatalism that the years of slaughter evoked, and the upheaval that would ultimately topple the crowned heads of Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Serbia. BBC producers make excellent use of voice to read the actual words of the key participants such as Edward Grey, Bethmann-Hollweg, Conrad von Hotzendorf, Joffre, Haig, Falkenhayn, and others. The series features remarkable and little-seen motion footage of the world of 1914-18, including the civilians, the politicians, the armies, and the great battles of that war. The battle footage heavily emphasizes the two great killers of that war (in inverse order), the machine gun, and modern breech-loading recoil-dampened artillery.
Of note also are the poignant, and sometimes extremely moving, interviews with the participants of events of the great tragedy. Some had been in the thick of the fighting, others young subalterns or staff officers at the sleeve of the decision-makers. Most remarkably, the BBC managed to produce a documentary about momentous events that changed the world and yet also managed to allow the viewer insight into the inestimable human tragedy that these events summoned. At the time of the release of The Great War, those events were closer in time to the audience than the beginning of the Vietnam War is to our contemporary world. The twenty-six episodes are around forty minutes each. Worth every second of the time spent.
Oh, and as the credits roll at the end of each episode, one can spot the name of a very young (19 years old) contributor named Max Hastings.
WAPO tells us that Eric Holder’s Justice Department is out looking for “race-based discrimination” in today’s mid-term voting. In a statement earlier regarding the monitoring, Holder said:
“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,”
No comment about whether or not that includes New Black Panther thugs standing menacingly outside polling places with cudgels. I think, based on precedent, you can be fairly certain it does not. The despicable and repugnant race-baiting charlatan masquerading as the Attorney General set aside the Fourteenth Amendment a long time ago. And has proceeded to violate the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments routinely. When we wonder where our Constitutional liberties went, look no farther than Obama and Holder and their cabal of totalitarian, statist race mongers to find out who took them.
The individual carrying the night stick in the above video at the Pennsylvania polling station, the incident which Eric Holder REFUSED to investigate because it reflected poorly on “his people”, is named Maruse Heath, aka King Samir Shabazz. And he was arrested in New York last year for wearing body armor and carrying a loaded and unlicensed handgun. One has to wonder where ol’ Samir Shabazz is now, and whether or not Holder intervened to get him out of jail. After all, I am sure he was only arrested because the cops be racissssss……
Seems perhaps Eric Holder could have used fewer racism-sniffing election monitors, and a few more people to help carry more than 64,000 documents regarding Fast and Furious over to the House Committee. I am sure the dump of tens of thousands of pages of possibly incriminating evidence after the point at which such revelations could have affected the voters’ perception of the Democrats in a mid-term election is simply an astounding coincidence. But Committee Chair Darryl Issa isn’t letting go until he gets everything Holder was ordered to hand over. Bad for Holder. Good for civil liberties. Funny how that works inversely, innit?
A great video from Zeno’s War Birds. Worth a sit-down with a cup of coffee.
Some shopworn Wildcats and Avengers. A great description of the incredibly complex ballet that was the operation of a WWII carrier flight deck. Hand and arm signals, whistles, muscle and discipline. With powerful reminders that there were a thousand and one ways to get killed then, as now.
(Honestly, this was written before XBRAD posted about tailhook design. I did not intentionally go all “Goose and Mav” on you….)