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May Their Memory Be A Blessing

The Israelis know how to do this correctly.

On the Israeli Memorial Day at 11 AM a siren is sounded for two minutes and the entire country comes to a halt.

People stop whatever they are doing; cars stop on highways and the vehicles empty out for two minutes of silence to honor the fallen.

I remember back when Decoration Day as my mother referred to it was always on May 30, and not conveniently placed on the last Monday in May to create a three day weekend inaugurating summer.

There was always a parade with drum and bugle corps, bands, twirlers, close order drill teams and veterans, marching from city hall to the church, where there was a cemetery  for veterans of the Civil War, and the ceremonies were capped with speeches and a lone bugle sounding taps.

When I was in the high school band I got to be in the parade in my blue uniform with its epaulets, piping, and silver buttons, that would be the envy of any Fifth Avenue doorman.

It was a time when the day was celebrated  in towns across the country this way and not running to buy up bedding or furniture at cut rate sale prices.

It all seemed to come crashing down around eleventh grade when a substantial number of band mates refused to participate because honoring the dead in their minds glorified war and they couldn’t support anything harmful to Vietnamese children or water buffaloes.

Suffice it to say there weren’t enough of us to field a team and I was back to observer status.

In spite of all of that, it was still a time when the rights of felons and communists did not garner precedent over We The People.

So this weekend in the midst of flipping burgers or stuffing another set of towels into the shopping cart, stop for one lousy stinking minute, and remain silent for those who died, and most likely died horribly, defending our nation.

Jesus may have died for your past sins but the American serviceman and woman continue to die for you to be able to keep sinning.

Happy Memorial Day

 

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On June 6,1944 allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, ultimately resulting in the complete defeat of world Nazism.

Well not completely.

Nazi ally and accomplice , Muslim Brotherhood is still alive and kicking.

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Today is Yom HaShoah,  the annual commemoration of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

The fact that it happened over seventy years ago makes it no less relevant.

The fact that the Nazi’s allies, enablers and successors are not so silently  waiting in the wings to repeat the crime makes it more relevant.

Observe a moment of silence in their memory.

Do it publicly and if questioned, explain.

If challenged by deniers shame them.

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The disparity between the large number of German vs. British civilian deaths clearly demonstrates the moral superiority of Nazi Germany over England in terms of ideology, behavior and intentions.

Because of this, President Roosevelt has canceled American plans for the invasion of Normandy along with any future supplies provided to England under the Lend Lease Act.

The people of Germany should not be collectively punished for the actions of a few Nazi extremists.

The president has stated, “England is in good shape. I’m not worried about their survival.”

1.How ridiculous does this sound?
2.What would the outcome have been?
Substitute Hamas, Palestinians, and Jews for Nazis, Germans and British.

If your answers aren’t the same stick your head farther up your ass and breathe deeply.

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Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume

Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume

Hannah Szenes (often Anglicized as Hannah Senesh or Chana Senesh; Hebrew: חנה סנש‎; Hungarian: Szenes Anikó; July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944) was one of 37 Jews from Mandatory Palestine parachuted by the British Army onto Yugoslavia during the Second World War to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.

Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, then imprisoned and tortured, but refused to reveal details of her mission. She was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where her poetry is widely known and the headquarters of the Zionist youth movement Israel Hatzeira, a kibbutz and several streets are named after her.

Full Wikipedia Article here.

“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.” -Hannah Senesh, poet, playwright, and paratrooper (1921-1944)

More poems by Hannah Szenes here.

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We don’t stop remembering or honoring

If you have to ask, you’re part of the problem.

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It’s Pearl Harbor Day!

December 7th, 1941: Unprovoked, the Japanese navy mercilessly attacked our navy at Pearl Harbor.

If you know any WWII veterans, give them a hug or shake their hand and thank them for their service to our country. The WWII vets are dying off rapidly and there are fewer and fewer each day. Thank them while you can. If it weren’t for them, we’d all be speaking Japanese, German, or both!

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To my good friends and family: L’shonah tovah tikotavu. May you have a happy, healthy, useful, productive and if you’re so inclined, also a prosperous year. While we’re looking ahead to the next Jewish lunar calendar years, let’s look with all the useful insight one gets from an abundance of hindsight.

We’re in the thick of a presidential election season, and that season is further thickening a frantic financial brew that’s boiling, seemingly out-of-control. The outcomes of each will most certainly be affected by the condiments at hand. This is why, and even if it isn’t why, we still must adroitly manage several oil rich Muslim states (real or otherwise) and other rogue states and factions actively working against us and against Israel. All this while it’s not clear whose side the Democrats are on.

When you do vote on November 4, 2008, it’s best to choose someone who didn’t help get us in our current financial crisis. And it’s best to vote for someone who’s assimilated the lessons learned after mismanaging foreign affairs 70 years ago leading up to and then on September 29, 1938 when leaders of Germany, Italy, France and Great Britain: (more…)

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B.F. Skinner was a big name in my day. Burrhus Frederic Skinner’s work was everywhere. Then he retired in 1974, then he died in 1990, and then, as is the case with almost everyone who had their fifteen minutes of fame, his light went out. Born March 20, 1904, Skinner taught psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until he retired. He used to be famous for things people have now forgotten. He invented the Skinner Box (operant conditioning chamber), Radical Behaviorism and founded a school of experimental research psychology – the experimental analysis of behavior. Some consider him the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. Here’s a quote from one of his books, Walden Two, which was popular during the Vietnam War era.

A student, Rogers, and his buddy, Steve, return after fighting together in World War II and they visit Rogers’ old professor. The two young men are in the process of what to do with their lives next. After explaining what they’ve been thinking, the professor said,

“A lot of people who feel that way go into politics.”

To which Rogers replied, (more…)

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Church doubles its pleasure and doubles its fun.

The Catholic clergy still loves its sex slaves. And the Catholic clergy is the first to cover it up. (more…)

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