The best of the best: Mighty Mo in Tokyo Bay

August 30, 2020

Today her decks are dry and her guns are silent.  She the symbol of the end of the world’s deadliest conflict in human history, the ship she stands sentinel over, the USS Arizona, a watery graveyard dated December 7, 1941. Her official Navy designation is the USS Missouri BB-63 but she was known to...

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Beirut, America is not an option.

August 16, 2020

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial headline read:  “Seattle’s Best Resigns” – “The city’s first black police chief is out—thanks to progressives.” A few hours earlier, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best had announced that she would be retiring effective September 2. Best still had at least a decade to mentor new recruits and share her...

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The week that changed the world

August 2, 2020

Seventy Five years ago today, what was left of the crew of the USS Indianapolis was spotted by a navy PBY patrol plane. Hit by two torpedoes on her starboard side from a Japanese submarine just after midnight on July 30, she went down in twelve minutes and roughly nine hundred sailors found themselves...

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As election nears, Mencken’s socialist looms.

July 26, 2020

Not a day goes by that I don’t read a letter or column from some poor soul espousing that one President Donald J. Trump is the greatest threat to this nation in the history of said nation. That our “democracy” (sadly they just can’t grasp that we’re actually a Constitutional Republic, but I digress)...

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An ugly past, presents again

July 19, 2020

“I speak as a Republican. I speak as a woman. I speak as a United States Senator. I speak as an American.” “The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body in the world. But recently that deliberative character has too often been debased to the level of a...

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Educated ignorance is doing real and lasting damage

July 5, 2020

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” John F. Kennedy That quote comes from a speech delivered at Vanderbilt University on May 18, 1963 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the school’s founding. Quintessential Kennedy, the speech manages to refer to the social tensions of the time while also...

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