Flag Day and the Army

Sunday, June 14, AD 2015

On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed this resolution:

 “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The Flag was designed by member of Congress Francis Hopkinson who requested a quarter cask of wine for his services.  Payment was denied him on the sound ground that he was already being paid as a member of Congress.  Two years previously on June 14, 1775, Congress voted to adopt the New England militia army besieging Boston and so the Continental Army was formed.

I have always thought it appropriate that the Flag and the Army share the same birthday.  The Flag is the proud symbol of the nation but without military strength to back it up, it would quickly become a mere colorful piece of fabric.  John Wayne in a brief speech at the end of the movie Fort Apache (1948), part of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, captured the spirit of the Army:

As did this passage the following year in the second of the cavalry trilogy, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon:


So here they are: the dog-faced soldiers, the regulars, the fifty-cents-a-day professionals… riding the outposts of a nation. From Fort Reno to Fort Apache – from Sheridan to Startle – they were all the same: men in dirty-shirt blue and only a cold page in the history books to mark their passing. But wherever they rode – and whatever they fought for – that place became the United States.

The song That Ragged Old Flag understands the necessity of men willing to fight for the nation, for the Flag, if the country is to endure:

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  • “………….. the regulars, the fifty-cents-a-day professionals… ”

    I chuckled when I read this.
    I recall an incident back in 1967 – my mother had a woolshop in a small shopping centre, and she started stocking some product that was also sold by a store in the same complex a few doors up the street. The owner of the store came into mum’s shop an started abusing her, and obviously, mum was quite upset. So she rang dad, who left what he was doing and confronted the guy.
    (Dad fought in Italy in WW2,in 1943 – 44 mainly against the Germans) He said to him, ” It’s not that long ago I was paid ten bob a day (ten shillings – equivalent to one dollar) to kill better bastards than you”
    The bloke replied, “I was in the forces too.”
    To which dad replied, ” Yeah? Up on bludger’s hill – that’s where a bastard like you would have been.” (Bludger’s hill is a ANZAC term for someone who curries favour with the officers etc. so they stay back at HQ and don’t have to serve on the line)
    After that, the guy shut his trap and skulked back into his shop. :-).

Gee, I Wonder Why Army Morale Stinks?

Thursday, April 23, AD 2015


Faithful readers of this blog will recall a recent post about low morale in the Army.  Go here to read about it.  Now we have this story which succinctly demonstrates why the morale is plummeting.


On Monday, Army ROTC cadets at an Arizona State University campus were reportedly pressured into participating in an event allegedly designed to promote awareness of sexual violence against women, the Washington Times reported. The event, according to reports, required cadets to walk around campus wearing red high heel shoes.

Last year, the Times said, the Army encouraged cadets to voluntarily participate in what was billed as “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.” This year, however, cadets weren’t given much of a choice, according to many reports. Visitors to Temple University Army ROTC’s Facebook page and other social media sites made it clear the event wasn’t exactly voluntary.

“They were threatened with negative counselling (sic) statements and OERs if they didn’t participate,” one person said on Facebook. “It was pretty much ‘do this or we’ll kill your career before it even starts.’”

“Attendance is mandatory and if we miss it we get a negative counseling and a ‘does not support the battalion sharp/EO mission’ on our CDT OER for getting the branch we want,” one cadet said on social media. “So I just spent $16 on a pair of high heels that I have to spray paint red later on only to throw them in the trash after about 300 of us embarrass the U.S. Army tomorrow.”

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  • This gay loving effeminate pervert of a President had better beware angering the legions.

  • There’s more:

    Multiple (career soldiers’ counts are four or five) deployments to Afghanistan where: 1) You can get killed; 2) you can get crippled for life; 3) you can experience serial chain-of-command denials of requests for air/artillery support; 4) you can get PTSD; 5) you can get sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth for violating the rules of engagement; 6) you can get a less-than-honorable discharge for a battlefield mistake which was the responsibility of a higher-ranking officer; or 7) you can come marching home (after another year away from your wife and children) with your family and life intact, and with relative health in mind and body.

    Greet them ever with grateful hearts because the the Army and the regime will not.
    They also serve who only sit and wait. The moral courage of deployed soldiers’ wives, children, mothers et al cannot be overestimated.

    “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.”

    Unless one wears Ronda Rousey’s UFC gloves….she who could break most men’s arm with a flying armbar in less than a minute of fighting.

  • My God, how much more are your children to be abused? The dishonor of young men at the hands of insolent perverts. Next week will they require cadets to tie an inflatable doll (male), around themselves to promote gay awareness? The week after that I pray that the fire from heaven consumes us All. Ready or not, this perversion must cease.

  • Hear Hear T Shaw . . . it is effecting the whole military not just the Army.

  • 30 years ago, any man in the armed services wearing high heels would have been drummed out posthaste! Now they are told they are being sensitized to the issue of sexual violence against women. How about being sensitized to violence against common sense?!

  • Under the Ancien Régime, « Les talons rouges » were worn by men as a badge of nobility. A pair of Le grand Condé’s survive and are about 10 cm or 4” high.
    Nowadays, the expression is used, often sarcastically (but not always), of elegant or ceremonious manners: « Il s’inclina, très talon rouge, et cérémonieusement me baisa la main » [He bowed, very talon rouge, and ceremoniously kissed my hand] – Hélène Jourdan-Morhange writing of the composer Ravel

  • MPS. Your knowledge and impeccable timing is second to none. 🙂

    I still think this is a sick and demeaning exercise in pervert theology.
    They should shove the red heels up….well you know.

  • Walking a mile in heels will make any man lose respect for women, realizing what some of them put themselves through out of vanity.

  • This gay loving effeminate pervert of a President had better beware angering the legions.

    Gen. Petraeus doesn’t want the job of cleaning up after these clowns. He’s earned a 40% time teaching position, golf with buds, grandchildren, and Elderhostel with Holly.

  • If a fraternity required their pledges to teeter in heels around campus with signs hanging from their necks, it would be called hazing. Demeaning, embarrassing, farcical, insulting to both men and women in uniform, polarizing and ineffective
    are words that come to mind. In the military respect should be a two way street; obviously the army brass doesn’t get it. So much for recruiting.
    To destroy a society, the most respected institutions must be held up to ridicule and destroyed: the Church, the family, and the military. Call it re-programming or re-education; we’re seen it happen elsewhere in the world and now it’s happening in the US.
    Signed, a Retired WAVE Officer

  • This country increasingly makes the Soviet Union appear charming. What a horrible place this is becoming!

  • T. Shaw, that was beautiful and TRUE

  • Charlie, the Soviet Union was a brutal place dominated by diabolical deception. Nonetheless, the Devil was smart enough to exclude effeminate perversion from the mix. Even the Nazis kept that sort of thing under wraps. What is happening here defies all understanding. It is outrageous and disgusting. I pray we can turn these people out of office and expunge this loathsome new socialist anti-morality from our midst.

  • Even the Nazis kept that sort of thing under wraps.

    Except for Ernst Roehm. There’s a disputed thesis that the Nazi policy on homosexuals was actually a campaign against femme homosexuals animated by butch homosexuals.

  • I think I read that Hitler had Roehm shot to cover up the homosexual scandal, as much as for other reasons. A sorry lot to be sure.

  • I’d like to know something: why don’t articles like this name names? Who gave these orders? Yes, I understand, the immediate issuers of the orders were probably given them from above. But still…we have to start the fight somewhere.

  • “To destroy a society, the most respected institutions must be held up to ridicule and destroyed: the Church, the family, and the military.”
    Oh yes, very true.

    The Canadian writer Michael D. O’Brien wrote about this fifteen years ago:
    “There are no precise blueprints of totalitarianism, for by its nature, even in its exercise of power, it is a shifting mirage. It does not know what it is, because it has no real absolutes on which to stand still and to know itself. It is urgent, therefore, that we recognize it for what it is, wherever it takes on a new form and attempts to dominate the human community. But how are we to accurately identify a force which appears in pleasing shapes and absorbs institutions with hardly an indiscretion? There are some traits which are common to violent and nonviolent forms of totalitarianism alike. The former justifies its harsh measures in the name of a so-called greater good—usually “the good of the people.” Soft totalitarianism is not fundamentally different in this regard, although its invasion of the rights and duties of man are executed with somewhat more diplomacy. We must remember here that in the beginning most oppressive regimes do not begin with overt oppression; in their early stages they appear as liberators. But when the moral foundations have crumbled under the euphoric advance of theory, it is only a matter of time before the living reality works out its awful consequences in practice. It bears repeating that this form is in the long run more destructive of the family, for it preserves the illusion of freedom. It directs its subjects to many roads, but the roads do not lead anywhere. It creates an impression of a broader world, but it is a vast prison, on the borders of which are impenetrable walls—impenetrable most of all because its residents have come to believe that there is nothing beyond it. It maintains power by continuously shifting the ground on which its subjects stand. Right, wrong, good, evil, and the identity of persons and things are each re-examined in an ongoing inquisition.

    From: http://www.studiobrien.com/the-new-totalitarianism/

  • Tom D, thank you for the quote and the link. “Soft totalitarianism” is an apt description of what’s happening in the US. Nikita Kruchev, who practiced hard totalitarianism, said, “Russia does not have to destroy America with missles; America will destroy from within.”
    The upcoming Supreme Court decision of the definition of marriage could cause a major upheaval in our society,

  • Tom D.

    Michael D. O’Brien’s explanations of totalitarianism are very insightful.
    Thank you for passing this along.

    The attacks on Church and family are full head on assaults in our day. They have been subverting these institutions for years, but now it’s a wave after wave of full frontal assaults. Trench warfare for those who will fight. Those who have chosen not to engage are going to have to pick sides soon.

  • If the Supreme Court redefines the definition of marriage, it is possible that the religious institutions would have to perform same sex marriages or lose their tax free status. A less violent
    Dissolution than Henry VIII’s time….though legitimate religions would probably tighten their belts and keep their churchs open. Their outreach programs might have to fold. The case before the Court is not just about discrimination against gays. Soft totalinarianism at work.

  • CAM

    No such consequences have ensued in Belgium, which introduced SSM in 2003. The state continues to pay the salaries and pensions of the clergy, under Art 181 of the Constitution and to fund the construction and renovation of church buildings.

    Belgium has mandatory civil marriage; Art 267 of the Code Pénal punishes ministers of religion who perform a marriage ceremony for unmarried couples. The religious ceremony is always referred to as the nuptial benediction [bénédiction nuptiale].

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour, that may be true for Belgium but here in the United States, tax exemption will be taken away from churches who do not conform to the secular mores. The Bob Jones University v United States case will be used against every religious institution that does not cooperate. Bob Jones University v United States

  • Hmmmmm wrote, “here in the United States, tax exemption will be taken away from churches who do not conform to the secular mores.”

    It has not happened elsewhere. In the Netherlands, the first country to introduce SSM in 2001, teachers in Church schools and institutes of higher learning continue to be public functionaries, their training, salaries and pensions paid for out of public funds. Many church buildings, too, are maintained and repaired by the state as part of the patrimony of the nation.

    Why do you suppose the United States will be so different to the European experience?

  • MPS, Here’s the but…re The Netherlands, are the churches required to perform same sex marriages? Or like Belgium and some other of the European nations are only civil ceremonies recognized as marriages? Whether a man and a woman become husband and wife through a ceremony performed by a priest, rabbi, minister, justice of the peace or a captain of a ship, they still must obtain a marriage license from the local government beforehand which is then witnessed by whomever performed the ceremony and the license is then filed at the local courthouse. Some states may still require blood tests to screen for venereal deseases. The states individually, not the federal government, in addition set the minimum age and the degree of consanguinity permitted and maintain records and statistics. There have been and probably are situations in which religious orders/institutions by contract run a school, orphange, sanitorium or clinic for governments or on Native American reservations.
    The separation between church and state has worked well for us in these united states.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour writes,

    “Why do you suppose the United States will be so different to the European experience?”

    I believe there are three reasons Americans and Europeans diverge.

    1) The United States hasn’t the same history of Church/State relations that European countries have had. One can easily argue our founding (and our subsequent national character) has a hostility to state run churches. Perhaps more importantly, no one is calling for a change in this relationship to bring us more in line with Europe. And I don’t think Americans on either side are expecting the federal or state governments to intervene and protect the churches, synagogues and mosques.

    2) When Justice Alito raised this issue the other day, will allowing for gay marriage effect the tax exemption of religious run institutions, the Solicitor General said yes. While he attempted to temporize his answer to the Justice, he couldn’t get around that a very popular American sentiment is that racism and gay marriage are intertwined. There is no difference between a racial segregationist and someone who is opposed to same sex unions as marriages. This view is not just popular with the general public but in the legal schools and on our benches- see the Massachusetts ruling in favor of same sex unions, homosexual adoptions in that state and the closing of Catholic run orphanages. The Bob Jones case I linked to previously is already being raised by our intellectual classes as a way to further marginalize or end the perceived oppressions by the religious in America. As the Justice and the Solicitor General realized, the implication of allowing for same sex unions nation wide will make it impossible for religious run institutes from being exempt. We already have local governments warning pastors to marry homosexuals or face jail timeOverall, the argument in Europe has seemed to remain more specific to the topic than here in the US.

    3)A rising ideology in the United States is techno-libertarianism [or as Peter Lawler has called it, liberal-tarianism .] I like to think of it as the Californian school, since it is culturally an artifact of our western states; California particularly, with its post WWII rise to prominence. The old tensions between our democratic socialists on the left and classical liberals on the right is giving way to the political philosophy of those who built our computer industry and embraced or internalized the New Age cults that sprang up out west during the 60s.At it’s heart are convictions towards embracing transhumanism and applying hyperconsumerism to all aspects of life. Filiation is of no concern to them for they cannot grasp family formation as anything beyond a dna test. More importantly, gestational surrogacy (and perhaps soon, impersonalizing child birth) are very important to them, they are the first steps towards the coming technologically enhanced post-humanity people they seek to bring about. And they are hostile to Christians who seek to deny them of their wish to escape their biology through technology and consumption. Our proponents of same sex marriage have most successfully been these techno-libertarianism who are using this issue as a stalking-horse for their own ends.

    My experience amongst Europeans is that techno-libertarianism has not the cultural cachet it does here in the US. Perhaps because of Europeans being more historically skeptical of the type of liberal capitalism Americans embrace in general, and the techno-libertarians specifically. So we are already on divergent paths in how we approach the issue and why I’m not hopeful that European solutions are applicable to the US.

  • Hmmmmm

    Thank you for your interesting exposition.

    The belief of most European élites is that Christianity is a moribund superstition, clung to by a few from mere tradition and by others from unresolved psychological need. They are perfectly content to allow it to fade away slowly and without shock. They are quite happy to support clergy, at a reasonable salary, to provide the consolations of religion to their mostly elderly congregations, in many places too few in numbers to fund a minister for themselves. To deprive believers of the ordinaces of religion, particularly in their declining years, would strike them as gratuitously cruel.

  • CAM asked, “Or like Belgium and some other of the European nations are only civil ceremonies recognized as marriages? “

    The Netherlands has mandatory civil marriage.

    In England, by contrast, marriage in the Church of England may be performed after publication of banns, or with the bishop’s licence, without any civil marriage licence. The celebrant must make a quarterly return of marriages to the Registrar-General, but that is an administrative requirement that does not affect validity.

    The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 does not extend to marriage according to the rites of the Church of England, so clergy of the Church of England cannot perform same-sex ceremonies, even if they wish to. The reason for this was the possibility that the European Court of Human Rights might regard them as state officials and so governed by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Convention.

    In Scotland, the Church of Scotland Act 1921 is seen as sufficient protection for ministers: “This Church, as part of the Universal Church wherein the Lord Jesus Christ has appointed a government in the hands of Church office-bearers, receives from Him, its Divine King and Head, and from Him alone, the right and power subject to no civil authority to legislate, and to adjudicate finally, in all matters of doctrine, worship, government, and discipline in the Church… Recognition by civil authority of the separate and independent government and jurisdiction of this Church in matters spiritual, in whatever manner such recognition be expressed, does not in any way affect the character of this government and jurisdiction as derived from the Divine Head of the Church alone, or give to the civil authority any right of interference with the proceedings or judgments of the Church within the sphere of its spiritual government and jurisdiction.”

  • “The belief of most European élites is that Christianity is a moribund superstition”

    This must cause endless hilarity to the home grown jihadists in Europe. Contemporary European elites are, in general, the most clueless ruling class in history. If they weren’t taking so many innocent people into the pit with them, I would take great humor from their blindness.

  • Yes, MPS, what is it? Do the European elites see Islam as not moribund, not superstition, or neither? And, if not, why Christianity and not Islam? And if so, why trade one for another? Their whole approach seems irrational. What say you?

  • TomD wrote, “Do the European elites see Islam as not moribund, not superstition, or neither?”

    Maurice Barbier, a political scientist, who has written extensively on Laïcité expresses the general view: “Islam is not only a religion, but contains a social and political dimension, and hence an ideology capable of inspiring a practice. Consequently, it is necessary to separate what is religious in it from what is not. This is a delicate operation, for which the state is not competent and which Muslims are loath to carry out.”

    Not all are so pessimistic for, as Robert Redeker suggests, after the Cold War, the French Left has replaced “sovietophilia” with “islamophilia,” and that “Palestinians and the contemporary Muslim masses replace the proletariat in the intellectuals’ imagination” as the pure, ideal alternative to Western capitalism. (Le Monde, 11/21/01). In other words, absolute anti-Zionism is post-colonial contrition coupled with a fetishisation of the ‘innocent’ Palestinians, which in turn results from the ideological need to fill the post-Soviet vacuum. This is by no means confined to France.

    It fits in very well with a certain world-view, very prevalent in Europe: on the one side stands the “Cosmopolitan Satan,” the Unholy Trinity of the United States/Israel/the West and, on the other, stand the “dominated and the oppressed.” Here, Islam as “an ideology capable of inspiring a practice,” is very welcome.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour writes, “The belief of most European élites is that Christianity is a moribund superstition, clung to by a few from mere tradition and by others from unresolved psychological need…To deprive believers of the ordinances of religion, particularly in their declining years, would strike them as gratuitously cruel.”
    Indeed, the Atlantic serves as a division between pity and scorn. Both are rooted in a contempt and disdain for the Christian religion; but whereas Christians are not a perceived threat to the political order in Europe, the American case is different. With our strong cultural martrix of radical protestant evangelism with their contextual “awakenings” this country goes through every few decades, Christianity is still conceived as an actual threat [the popular opinion] and convenient scapegoat [the elite opinion] to rally against.

Army “Optimism” Program Flops

Friday, April 17, AD 2015


Well this is unsurprising:

More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as “I rarely count on good things happening to me.” Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.

The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to take every year. In 2014, for the first time, the Army pulled data from those assessments to help commanders gauge the psychological and physical health of their troops.

The effort produced startlingly negative results. In addition to low optimism and job satisfaction, more than half reported poor nutrition and sleep, and only 14% said they are eating right and getting enough rest.

Go here to read the rest.  Armies that are fighting and winning and have confidence in their leaders have high morale.  None of this is true for the Army under Obama.  Obama leaves to the next President a hollow military.

I wonder what Patton would have thought of an Army “optimism” program?  I can guess what he would have said, but such language is not fitting for a family blog.  Instapundit puts it well:

You know what helps morale? An Army that fights and wins. You know what doesn’t? A $287 million 6-year “optimism” program. An army overrun with sociology grads, “resiliency directorates,” diversity officers, and the like is not an army that’s focused on fighting and winning.

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  • They spent HOW MUCH finding out that blowing smoke doesn’t raise morale?

  • And you want to tell me that Obama is just peevish…a mutant of mass proportions…hummmm. He is our enemy! Nice job America…sarcasm!!!

  • Some years ago there was a controversy over police misconduct which had (William Tucker, IIRC) interviewing a criminology professor on the subject of administrative measures to contain the problem (for an article in National Review). The reporter asks him about which police departments had implemented the procedures of which he had provided a precis. The reply, “I dunno. Detroit had a pretty good program”.

    Its a signature of this and that social nexus around the Democratic Party that they act like parasitoid wasps, ruining and consuming any institution they touch. Professional associations are turned into political megaphones, colleges and public agencies are turned into patronage dumps, police departments fill out reports while the wheels fall off western civilization, and now the military is turned into a playpen for Eric Holder wannabees. Maybe a decisive share of the electorate will catch on to the reality that these people are just plain bad.

  • I suppose it would be jejune to point out that a man whose time in the military and time in institutional leadership approximated that of Madonna Ciccone might not be an optimal candidate for commander-in-chief.

  • O’Bama and the Circus Clowns who surround him are too dumb to realize what Nathan Bedford Forrest said. “War means fighting. And fighting means killing.”

Army Folly

Friday, July 11, AD 2014

An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!          

Rudyard Kipling, Tommy

The Obama administration demonstrates yet again that the defense of this country is not among their priorities, and that they could care less about the men who fight our wars.



In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.

What is astonishing is that the Defense Department thought it would be appropriate to notify deployed soldiers — men and women risking their lives daily in combat zones — that they’ll be laid off after their current deployment.

As one Army wife posted on MilitaryFamily.org, “On some level I knew the drawdowns were inevitable, but I guess I never expected to be simultaneously worried about a deployment to Afghanistan and a pink slip because my husband’s service is no longer needed.”

Yet the issues go far beyond thanklessness. The nation should worry about the increased national-security risk of separating such a large pool of combat-experienced leaders. The separated soldiers are those who carry the deepest knowledge base of counterinsurgency operations.

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  • Because heaven forbid they do cut-backs on the really high ranking guys. *headdesk* I know the Navy’s bad on Admiral Bloat, but I suspect the Army has it bad. It’d take a lot of very high ranked “experts” to go for this…..

  • Madness. Fan flames at home and around the world while cutting your defense capability.

  • Kipling has a poem, “The Last of the Light Brigade.”

    There were much the same actions after Vietnam.

    N.B. No multi-billion cost over-run weapon system will be cut. And, “retiring” captains don’t get huge defense contractor jobs like the brass hats get.

    And Obama will be given another $4 billion for judges (and AFSME nurse-maids) to exhibit their firm grasps of the obvious and send illegals back to the hellholes from which they absconded into the US.

    Kennedy said, “Life isn’t fair.”

    “Gentle when stroked. Fierce when provoked.”

    Some of us may be about to be provoked.

Bugles Across America

Tuesday, September 10, AD 2013

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;

Rudyard Kipling, Tommy

It never surprises me that when it comes time for a government agency to economize, somehow the fifth assistant briefcase holders never lose their jobs, while this type of idiocy is implemented:

It was then that federal legislation passed stipulating that every honorably discharged veteran had the right to at least two uniformed military personnel to fold and present the flag, and to sound “Taps” at their funeral. Day thought this was good. The bad news, the fine print added, was that if a bugler could not be found, a recording should be used.

Finding a live bugler proved a mathematical impossibility. With 1,800 vets dying every day (at one point, World War II veterans were dying at the rate of one every two minutes), the military had only 500 buglers to share the load. Day estimates there’s considerably fewer now, with general cutbacks and sequestration. Honor guards were thus initially directed to bring boom boxes to funerals, looking to stealthily place CD players behind tombstones, as they prayed the disc didn’t skip or scratch, that the batteries didn’t fail, or worst of all, that instead of “Taps,” they hit the wrong track and accidentally played “Reveille.” “Sounds funny, but it’s happened,” Day growls. 

To add greater insult, the Defense Department then introduced what it calls “ceremonial bugles.” In the venerable Pentagon procurement tradition of the $435 hammer or the $600 toilet seat, the digital bugles cost $530 a throw, and many purists/people-with-taste consider them abominations. Day’s volunteers, when they call them anything printable, tend to refer to these as “fake bugles,” while Day himself just calls it “The Device.” As one Navy musician tells me, “This is it, it’s the last song. Your veteran is dead. And it looks like you’re playing him off with something from Toys’R’Us.”

Just dead servicemen after all.  Unless they reside in Chicago they won’t be eligible to vote in future elections.  So far, so disgraceful.  But then 73 year old Marine Tom Day came to the rescue:

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  • Interesting in that the instrument shown in the video would be called a trumpet in the British Army. The bugle is a much shorter valveless instrument with a pronounced conical bore, hung on a cord with tassels, and used by infantry and marines. It is either copper or silver. The trumpet, used by cavalry and artillery, in its simplest form has no valves, but has a very different shape. Straight trumpets are used by the state trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. Originally the bugle was proper to light infantry and rifle regiments – other infantry used drum signals.

    The equivalent of ‘Taps’ is of course the ‘Last Post’ and there are two versions of this – one played on the bugle (Infantry Last Post) and the other on the trumpet (Cavalry Last Post). Other calls, including Reveille, are also different; cavalry Reveille is quite an elaborate call.

    Digital bugles or trumpets – words fail me. Perhaps the vets’ families would settle for a farewell volley over the grave? There may be a shortage of bugles in the US, but there’s no shortage of firearms!

  • In the US Army the term bugle is commonly usually used for both bugles and trumpets although official designations note the distinction.

    When my Dad died John we had him buried with full military honors: taps, volley over grave, presentation of the flag. This was done courtesy of the local America Legion post of which he was a member. It made a hard day easier.

You Catholic Extremist!

Wednesday, April 10, AD 2013


Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Your tax dollars at work:

A slideshow presentation shown to US Army Reserve recruits classifies Christians, including both evangelicals and Roman Catholics, as religious extremists, placing them in the same category as skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, Hamas and Al Qaeda.

The presentation also warned that members of the military are prohibited from taking leadership roles in any organization the Pentagon considers ‘extremist,’ and from distributing the organization’s literature, whether on or off a military installation.

The opening slide warns that ‘the rise in hate crimes and extremism outside the military may be an indication of internal issues all [armed] services will have to face.’

Citing a Southern Poverty Law Center report as evidence that extremism is on the rise, the Army Reserve presentation blames ‘the superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories,the changing racial make-up of America and the prospect of 4 more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.’

Nice to know that the Army has people in it who are paranoid as some of the loonier far Left web sites.  The resulting furor caused the Pentagon to issue this statement:

An Army spokesperson said the presentation “was  produced by an   individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge  or   permission.” The Army removed the offending  slide after receiving   complaints.

The person responsible for the presentation, the spokesperson said,   “was  not a subject matter expert, and produced the material after   conducting  Internet research.”

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  • Isn’t that scary? It’s like they’re testing waters; checking how the public will react to the slide; calling Catholicism extremist. If the public reacted in favor of the slide, then Catholicism’s/Catholics’ safety will be in danger because it encourages masses to form into mobs to attack the Catholics; telling themselves that they’re doing it for the good of society. Same thing happened during during the French Revolution. For now the leftists’ attempt to brand Catholicism “extremist” is subdued, but evil does not rest, so surely, this will happen again, the leftists will brand Catholicism “extremist”, until the leftists succeed.

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  • A bit odd that Catholicism as classified as “Catholicism (US/Christian)”, implying that American Catholicism is extreme but not global Catholicism.

    A half century ago it would have been written “Catholicism (Vatican/Whore of Babylon)”.

  • He removed the slide and apologized. Case closed. Or so we are told.

    If this had been a slide praising praising the KKK, or condemning unions as extremist, or even (more plausibly) identifying Jeremiah Wright and his followers as dangerous extremists, would a mere nominal apology have sufficed?

  • Guess I’ll point this out to my nephew, a priest, who talks about going into the army from time to time. I’ve never thought about the priesthood as a career limiting factor before.

  • Actually I would encourage all faithful Catholics interested in a military career to join up. To do otherwise is to simply cede this important institution to the Left, and that has already occurred with too many institutions in our society. I assume that we found out about this because some soldier saw the briefing and was outraged by it.

  • The second clue about the wickedness of the presentation is its citation of a so-called “study” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a Leninist/Stalinist front group filled with covert, violent revolutionaries.

    Of course, this is their tactic. Psychologists call it “projection.” They fabricate charges against others that are analogous to their planned evil acts.

    However, that “economic dislocation” thingy is correct. Four more years of this “black president” (President DroneKiller) and his horrible policies will complete the wrecking of the “evil, unjust private sector economy.” Four more years and there will be nothing left.

    That is a reason for the current popularity of “zombie”/alien invasion (no, not undocumented democrats) movies and TV series. They likely are prophetic.

    Pray for the best. Prepare for the worst.

  • More pathetic, costly government management failures for the blown budget landfill.
    ( not to mention the irresponsible, bigoted definitions therefore furthering the contagion of mental disorders which are the unspoken excuse for all the latest gun control efforts )

  • The second clue about the wickedness of the presentation is its citation of a so-called “study” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a Leninist/Stalinist front group filled with covert, violent revolutionaries.

    Um, no. It is a seedy direct mail mill whose institutional purpose is financing Mrs. Morris Dees’ taste for expensive knick-knacks. This has been known for some time. That the newspapers quote the SPLC as if it were something other than a mercenary operation says something about the diligence or integrity of reporters and editors.

  • It’s a curious policy for the army to allow presentations to be cooked up by
    someone ‘not a subject matter expert’ and ‘without anyone in the chain of
    command’s knowledge or permission’. Pray tell, then on what authority were
    the recruits ordered to attend? How often do these so-called ‘not a subject
    matter experts’ (NASMEs) give their crappy presentations without any sort
    of oversight? Can anyone just walk in off the street and indoctrinate recruits?

    If it is true that this presentation was cooked up and given by some random
    NASME without oversight or sanction, then shouldn’t the officer actually in
    charge of those recruits’ training be charged with dereliction of his duty?
    The army’s glib ‘explanation’ of this snafu doesn’t add up.

  • AD: SPLC is vital. It contributes to the narrative.

    Pravda = truth = that which advances the revolution.

  • We should have no issue with being classified as religious extremists. Jesus Christ was an extremist, so much so that He told Pontius Pilate that His Kingdom is not of this world, and thus submitted Himself to crucifixion. St. Paul was an extremist, saying in Philippians 1:21-23, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” And St. Ignatius of Antioch was an extremist, saying in his letter to the Romans, “I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God’s sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. Allow me to be eaten by the beasts, which are my way of reaching to God. I am God’s wheat, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread of Christ.”

    Jesus Himself declared in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Based on this, we should want to be hated by this world. As 1st John 2:15-17 states, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.”

  • “Isn’t that scary? It’s like they’re testing waters; checking how the public will react to the slide; calling Catholicism extremist.” Bingo, OrchardVille! That’s what they are doing. Or at least it will have that effect. There is a concerted effort to marginalize Catholics and evangelicals underway, and this was part of it.

  • The inclusion of “Ultra-Orthodox Jews” is odd.

    We aren’t alone in this presenter’s eyes. Apparently distinctions between similar things is a problem. Hopefully the soldier’s main job isn’t identifying aircraft.

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  • It’s a curious policy for the army to allow presentations to be cooked up by
    someone ‘not a subject matter expert’ and ‘without anyone in the chain of
    command’s knowledge or permission’. Pray tell, then on what authority were
    the recruits ordered to attend? How often do these so-called ‘not a subject
    matter experts’ (NASMEs) give their crappy presentations without any sort
    of oversight? Can anyone just walk in off the street and indoctrinate recruits?

    Pretty standard, actually.

    I was in charge of training most of the time– Navy side, it’s a collateral duty, and I don’t see it being any different Army side.

    You get told to make a presentation on a subject, you try to find something to fill up the time, usually everybody sleeps through the thing and then signs off that they did their yearly training in X topic.

    Just in this case the gal who made it (I believe I heard it was a gal?) was dumb enough to go to the SPLC site and try to be creative.

    No idea if it was an officer or enlisted, but I would not be surprised if it was a female reservist officer who got her college paid for and chose something very PC.
    (Lest folks thing I’m dumping on Army, my first division officer was a shiny little airheaded guy who got his degree in submersed textile manufacture… AKA, Underwater Basket Weaving. He’d blink and brightly tell you that the senior chief he was in ROTC under had suggested it. I managed not to laugh. This is the same guy who was utterly horrified that I had a W sticker on my car, because “she seems like such a NICE girl!”)

  • “No idea if it was an officer or enlisted, but I would not be surprised if it was a female reservist officer who got her college paid for and chose something very PC.”

    Bingo. She, if it was a she, also assumed that her presentation would find favor with her higher ups. When I was in Army ROTC the official line was that we should never fear offending higher ups with the truth. Then we quickly learned outside of the classroom that telling superiors what they didn’t want to hear could lead to a career ending bad evaluation. The military has much to recommend it, but at bottom it usually functions like a bureaucracy in uniform with all that entails. I did observe when I was in the Army however officers and NCOs who wanted to do what was right for the Army no matter the cost to their careers and they were for me the saving grace of my military interlude.

  • Mr Primavera, your post that begins “We should have no issue with being classified as religious extremists…” is so very true, and is a bit beside the point.

    We as American Christians need to take your message to heart, because we need to remain faithful to the teachings of our religion. We need to remember this.

    But, we as Christian Americans do our country no good if we give any ground to those who seek to marginalize us. Doing so may make our faith pure but it leads to a further coarsening of our society, to the detriment of all who do not share our faith. Paradoxically we need to avoid the temptation to turn inward and to use our faith as mere consolation.

  • what good is a command that does not know what is going on?

    maybe we should get rid of the military?

  • Typical of poor leadership – they do not take responsibility for their lack of leadership and violate Army Leadership Principles, Characteristics, Training and Doctrine:
    [Leaders] also take full responsibility for their actions and those of their subordinates. (FM 6-22)
    Accept responsibility for organizational performance. Credit subordinates for good performance. Take responsibility for and correct poor performance. (FM 22-100)
    Give credit for success to others and accept responsibility for failure themselves. (FM 22-100)
    Take responsibility for decisions and actions. (FM 22-100)
    Accept responsibility for mistakes and shortcomings. (FM 22-100)
    Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions (Army Leadership Principles)
    Know your soldiers and look out for their welfare. This is one of the most important of the principles. You should know your soldiers and how they react to different situations. This knowledge can save lives. A soldier who is nervous and lacks self-confidence should never be put in a situation where an important, instant decision must be made. Knowledge of your soldiers’ personalities will enable you, as the leader, to decide how to best handle each soldier and determine when close supervision is needed. (Army Leadership Principles)

    Closer supervision was needed here.

  • ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

    It is better to be “extreme” than to be “inoffensive”, neither hot nor cold.

  • It seems the one who devised the list classifies authentic people of orthodox faiths alongside destructive terrorists! I find that incredibly weird.

  • Let them show up at my door. I will show them the meaning of extremist.

    Our government stinks, and anyone who would use the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source belongs in a mental hospital.

  • I disagree with everything I’m reading here. First of all, the us military is a once, but no longer proud organization. They have been fractured from the inside by the gay agenda, internal corruption, graft and a lack of focus as to their role in america. They can’t get enough recruits offering a years pay signing bonus. And. 90% of it is just civilian jobs. It is hurting and weakening and is a better reflection of initial fracture like the Church is experiencing with liberal Catholics. Consequently, some left leaning hack probably did 15 minutes of prep and googles the hate groups and comes across the left lauded splc link which appears atop google search. They paste it in there and read it. This is sad, but no different than some priest having liturgical dancers. Actually both are sad. The hierarchy of the military is disinterested and worried about career prospects and schmoozing for more funds. They don’t care. D whatever. If there are complaints. Stop. It could hurt my appropriation.
    This isn’t the military that won WW2. This isn’t the Church pre-Vat2.
    They are weak willed. Disorganized. Fractured and with the exception of a small dedicated group amongst them. Who also probably want to take it back to former glory. It’s mainly populated by cowards who conform….actually I forgot if I was talking military or church…or church militant.

  • They can’t get enough recruits offering a years pay signing bonus.

    That is not true; sadly, a lot of what I’m reading about the military from folks who aren’t already known here is about as well informed.

    Ever get the idea that you managed to googlebomb on accident, Donald?

  • “Ever get the idea that you managed to googlebomb on accident, Donald?”

    It happens Foxfier!

    In regard to the military, some of the uninformed comments represent how split off from the larger society the professional military has become which is actually a return to the norm of most of American history. Unless there is a big war or a draft the military is largely a concern for people who have friends or family in it, who have been in it themselves, or who are simply interested in it. For most Americans the military might as well be on Mars in regard to their personal knowledge of it, a statement which is accurate for most of American history.

  • When less than 1% is currently serving and less than 10% have ever been in the military there will be a disconnect between the ppl and the ones who serve. One would hope the disconnect would benefit the military in that they would not suffer the same problems as the population in general but it does not appear that this is true. When I was in, there was a feeling by some leaders that a “good” war would get rid of all the hangers-on/politicians/marginal performers that the military accumulates. I always wondered at what cost – how many had to die because of the incompentence of others.

  • “Actually I would encourage all faithful Catholics interested in a military career to join up.”

    I would encourage all those with a readitional value/conservative mindset to join the military. I would also encourage them to consider civilian careers in teh government as a whole. We can talk about how morally wretched our governemnt is becoming and how much we need to cut spending until we are six shades of blue in the face. But if we don’t amke a concerted effort to get control of the bureacracies that run our governemtn as much as our elected leaders actually don’t, the left will still determine how what money is left over and still be able to use the government as a means to advance the moral decay with impunity.

    To do otherwise is to simply cede [the military] to the Left…

    I regret to inform you Donald that has already happened in large measure. The political correctness that has run amok in the military with the repeal of DADT (I favor the pre-DADT outright ban on homosexuals in the military myself), forcing male soldiers to go through the day with a strap-on bun-in-the-oven (you know you are getting old if you ever heard that phrase) as an empathy exercise, and women in combat will garuntee our demise if this is not only staved but reversed. Of course, let us not forget Gen. Casey (who was Army Joint Chief at the time I believe) being more worried about “diversity” in the wake Ft. Hood terrorist attack than he was about the fact that it was…well…a terrorist attack. I regret pointing out that the opposition of the GOP leadership on these matters has been practically, if not theoretically, non-existent.

    “.. and that has already occurred with too many institutions in our society”

    As I say in my comments above, I think we need to make a concerted effort to fight for some control over these other institutions like Dept. of State, Justice, and yes Defense. Anyone who has served in the military and/or worked for DoD in a civilian capacity understands that the suits (civilians) run the Defense Dept and hence the military, not the brass (uniformed military). And yes those suits are mostly worn by leftists.

  • “When I was in Army ROTC the official line was that we should never fear offending higher ups with the truth. Then we quickly learned outside of the classroom that telling superiors what they didn’t want to hear could lead to a career ending bad evaluation.”

    True. However, I had Engineering Officer I worked for on my first ship that if you held your ground and were right, it actually upped your stock in his eyes. But the catch was you had better be right, because woe unto thee if you were wrong. But I was just a low rnaking enlisted man and was a LT (0-3 in the Navy) who was an old school Mustang (prior enlisted) who ran boats up and and down the Delta in Vietnam. A demanding boss, but great to work for.

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Yeah, I Feel So Much Safer Now

Friday, February 17, AD 2012

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  The United States Army has a long and proud history of defending this country, often engaged in combat in the most deadly situations imaginable against very tough adversaries.   I was proud in my misspent youth to wear Army green for a few years.  Today the Army finds itself facing severe financial cuts from the Obama administration, troop strength is at its lowest ebb since the Fifties, and it is entirely possible that a war with Iran might occur anytime this year.  Not to worry!  The Army has time for this:

The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.

This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.

Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York.

Nothing I could possibly say is half so apropos as what was said by Hilaire Belloc long ago:

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This is Still America, Isn’t It?

Friday, February 3, AD 2012


In my mispent youth I wore Army green for a few years.  My main contribution to the nation’s defense was when I was discharged, but I have always retained a fondness for the Army.  Therefore I have very strong feelings about the attempt by the Obama administration to censor Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the Catholic Archbishop for the military services in the US.


On Thursday, January 26, Archbishop Broglio emailed a pastoral letter to Catholic military chaplains with instructions that it be read from the pulpit at Sunday Masses the following weekend in all military chapels. The letter calls on Catholics to resist the policy initiative, recently affirmed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, for federally mandated health insurance covering sterilization, abortifacients and contraception, because it represents a violation of the freedom of religion recognized by the U.S. Constitution.

The Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains subsequently sent an email to senior chaplains advising them that the Archbishop’s letter was not coordinated with that office and asked that it not be read from the pulpit.  The Chief’s office directed that the letter was to be mentioned in the Mass announcements and distributed in printed form in the back of the chapel.

Archbishop Broglio and the Archdiocese stand firm in the belief, based on legal precedent, that such a directive from the Army constituted a violation of his Constitutionally-protected right of free speech and the free exercise of religion, as well as those same rights of all military chaplains and their congregants.

Following a discussion between Archbishop Broglio and the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, it was agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop’s letter.  Additionally, the line: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law” was removed by Archbishop Broglio at the suggestion of Secretary McHugh over the concern that it could potentially be misunderstood as a call to civil disobedience.
The AMS did not receive any objections to the reading of Archbishop Broglio’s statement from the other branches of service.

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  • It will be again in January 2013, the end of an error.

  • This man is a tyrant. He must be resisted.

  • For once, I agree 100 per cent with Mark Shea.

  • Totally the wrong call. Small sliver of consolation in that the Secretary of the Army realized later that it was indeed the wrong call.

  • “This man is a tyrant. He must be resisted.”

    Indeed Mark. If he is acting this way in an election year, one can imagine what his administration would be capable of if he gets a second term and no longer has to face the voters again.

  • The man to which you refer is pharaoh.

    Pharaoh is most powerful. About 52% of voters said so (some felt so strongly they voted four or five times plus the dead ones). He doesn’t need to consult no Constitution. “We can’t wait!”

    Pharaoh has decided (he don’t need no Congress or Supreme Court) your opinions are “ancient religious hatred.”

    Pharaoh and his minions have ruled you will be proscribed.

    So it was said, so shall it be . . .

  • Misconstrued as a call to civil disobedience? It is, in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau! The mistake was the President’s to not fulfill his oath “…to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” His administration’s directive, then is an unlawful order to the soldiers. Each and every member of the Armed Forces has sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Civil disobedience is not only warranted, but required by our citizenship.

  • “This man is a tyrant. He must be resisted.” Indeed Mark.

    The incident does say something about the institutional culture of the Democratic Party, the Administration, and the man’s camp followers, but it would be rash to assume the President had anything to do with the decision itself.

    Some years ago, Terry Eastland, who had been press secretary to the Attorney-General for a time during the Reagan Administration, told a story meant to illustrate something about which decisions get made at which layers. Shortly after his hire, the Department of Justice had invoked an obscure part of the U.S. Code on the books for some 30-odd years. The National Film Board of Canada had produced a couple of ‘documentaries’ narrated by Helen Caldicott, the Australian hysteric who then presided over ‘Physicians for Social Responsibility’. In accordance with the law, they were required to carry a trailer which informed viewers they had been classified as ‘foreign propaganda’. IIRC, there was an additional provision that a register of varies parties (including viewers of the film) be compiled by officials. Eastland said he found the whole business quite shocking. He was later disabused of the notion that the Attorney-General had had any involvement in this: “it was some GS-12 doing his job…..”

  • Sorry ART DECO, If Obama let this get by him, he is no leader. Obama is responsible for every jot and titel under his ADMINISTRATION. This is what being the EXECUTIVE IN CHIEF is all about. To say other wise, is to blame the executioner for
    St. John the Baptist, or St. Thomas More’s beheading. Agreed, they are all of the same mind, but they are all in the employ of Obama in establishing the religion of Satan. Let Obama tell the truth about our founding principles.

  • Donald R. McClarey: Obama will relieve citizens of the obligation to vote. Having appointed himself to the office of president in perpetuity, Obama’s second term will become the longest term in the history of the United States. Our founding father, George Washington declined the crown of king. David ought to have. Obama will crown himself.

  • Sorry ART DECO, If Obama let this get by him, he is no leader. Obama is responsible for every jot and titel under his ADMINISTRATION.

    You cannot be serious. The federal executive has 14 cabinet departments, about 100 free-standing agencies, and 3.4 million employees.

  • AD: The Secy of the Army is the Secy of the Army b/c Obama wants him to be Secy of the Army.

    Obama is the most intelligentest, bestestest educated, most effectivest person ever to be President.

    Nothing gets past Obamagenius.

    Or, are you saying Obama handlers appointed the ideologue? If so, O can fire the loose canon. Oh, Yeah! Right!!

    “I’m insulted.” Bart Simpson

  • He had 14 ministry heads, 200 agencies, and about 6,000,000 employees all over Europe and North Africa. Hitler could not be held responsible for killing American POW’s at Malmedy.

  • Obama would also like to remove religion from our military as well as health care. The secularist/statist agenda can not tolerate an authority higher than itself.

  • Bill,

    100%! The Church is one of the strongest opponents of the hedonistic, statist, soul destroying agenda.

    The regime is in league with evil spirits that prowl the planet seeking the ruin of souls. In 2008, the libertine tyrants were aided and abetted by much of the Church which allowed itself to be gulled by cynical prattling over peace and justice.

    It’s not only about the damnation of souls. It’s also about control. Again, the Church teaches conscience and Truth are superior to the state. Therefore, the Church must be destroyed.

  • “For once, I agree 100 per cent with Mark Shea.”


    Mr Shea will continue to attack and slander pro-life repubican candidates.

    You can count on it.

  • Yes, Jasper, I realize that. But in this one limited and isolated instance he is correct. Miracles do happen.

  • OT, but not really: over the past few years, I find I have become much more intensely interested in sports than I was as a young woman. I was depressed for days after my beloved Pack was crushed by the Giants. Ditto for when the Brew Crew was taken to the cleaners by the Cards during the playoffs. I actually have to remind myself that these are GAMES and quite trivial in the larger scheme of things. I knew that when I was younger.

    It’s occurred to me that the reason I am becoming such a sports maven is because politics deeply depress me these days. I can barely stand to watch the news. The Obama administration, with its’ open hatred of and contempt for my church, frightens me deeply. Hollywood is rotten to the core and so the only popular culture escape I have is sports. (And yes, I also aware of the corruption in professional sports and the fact that most athletes are very far from being Boy Scouts.) Contemplating the pros and cons of Manning vs. Brady, and hoping that Mr. Happy Pants (aka Ryan Braun) is spared by a merciful MLB is easier on the brain and nerves than watching totalitarianism on the march.

  • I had zilch interest in sports as a young man Donna, and now as a not so young man I still have zip interest in it. I believe my interest in politics, at least the horserace and technical aspects of it, is akin to the interest others find in sports. The only bowl game on tormorrow in my house will be the puppybowl!

  • Don’t get too depressed with the political scene. I believe we stand a very good chance of giving Obama and his party a memorable beating in November.

  • Donald: Ha! I take back all the kudos I have lavished on Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the past few years. Clearly, the stalwart pups Toby and Tigger are superior athletes!!

  • Donald wrote:
    “I believe we stand a very good chance of giving Obama and his party a memorable beating in November.”

    As our Jewish brethen say, from your lips to God’s ears, Donald! I pray you are right!

  • Oh, and it’s interesting to me that a relevant comparison was made by an atheist on the WSJ site. This atheist said that although he himself has no religious belief, what Obama was doing reminded him of the Chinese and their sanctioning of compliant clergy and persecution of priests who adhere to Vatican teaching. The atheist said he was sickened by the Obama administration’s violation of religious freedom.

    Interesting times, indeed, when an atheist has a clearer idea of what is at stake here than many liberal “Catholics.”

  • Yeah, Jasper not only will Mark Shea continue to engage in calumnious attacks against those who express legitimate Catholic viewpoints, the “orthodox” Catholic apologist and writers establishment will continue to look the other way at it.

  • OK, that is enough about Shea. He is not the subject of this post.

  • Donna, you bet Donald is right!!!! Satan is recognized by his pride… Obama is just that….looks like his game plan is to cause a split in the Catholic Church, believing that the fallen Catholics in his Administration, and the statistics the polls give out that over 85% Catholics use contraceptives, is a sure bet that he will be voted back…and I have a feeling is is DEAD WRONG on this one…..as I stated elsewhere, Jesus is telling him : “You are persecuting Me”… in his pride, he has arrogantly pushed the Button just after the Holy Father spoke to the U.S. Bishops. So, we are counting on you, Faithful American Catholics and people of goodwill to rid your beloved country and the world of this evil character who is the High Priest of Lucifer

  • BTW, Donald, you might be as weary of politics as I am if you lived in the giant insane ayslum north of the Ilinois border, where the election cycles never end. The latest twist in the Wisconsin Soap Opera: since we have open primaries here, some conservative has come up with a brilliant idea. He suggested that Republicans vote in the Democratic primary – by writing Scott Walker’s name in. I laughed myself silly at the thought of a ballot listing Scott Walker (R) vs. Scott Walker (D). Since we Cheeseheads descended into the Theater of the Absurd long ago, why not really go for the gusto?

Audie Murphy: American Hero

Thursday, November 10, AD 2011

“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did–
guys who were killed.”

Audie Murphy

In the Fifties actor Audie Murphy achieved stardom, mainly in Westerns.  Murphy looked like a typical Hollywood “pretty boy” but he was anything but.  From a family of 12 in Texas, he was the sixth child, Murphy had dropped out of school in the fifth grade to help support his dirt poor family after his worthless father ran off.    His mother died in 1941.  In 1942 he enlisted in the Army at 16, lying about his birthday, partially to help support his younger brothers and sister and partially because he dreamed of a military career.  He served with the Third Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.  By the end of the War, just after  his 19th birthday, he was a First Lieutenant and had earned, in hellish combat, a Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, a Legion of Merit, a French Legion of Honor, a French Croix de Guerre, a Belgian Croix de Guerre, two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.  He was the most decorated soldier of the US Army in World War 2.  Here is his Medal of Honor Citation  which helps explain why Murphy entitled his war memoir  To Hell and Back:

Second Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire, which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad that was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued his single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way back to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack, which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.

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3 Responses to Audie Murphy: American Hero

  • “Greet them ever with grateful hearts.” All my uncles from “the war” have gone to their rewards. Come to think of it, my Korea uncles also have passed.

    An uncle (RIP) served in the same division in Italy with Audie Murphy. A unit in that division had the record for 56 straight days in the line (I think).

    Today is the 236th birthday of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children. Here is the citation for G/Sgt. Daniel Daly’s second (1915) MoH. At Belleau Wood, Daly used a line in use since Hector (and Frederick the Great) , “Get up, you blankety-blanks! Do you want to live forever?”

    Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., 11 November 1873. Accredited to: New York. Other Navy awards: Second Medal of Honor, Navy Cross.

    Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on 22 October 1915, G/Sgt. Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from 3 sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak the marines, in 3 squads, advanced in 3 different directions, surprising and scattering the Cacos in all directions. G/Sgt. Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.

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