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My Collusion With the Russian Soviets

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Russians and Democrats are not the same. I’ve actually known honorable Russians.

In 1991 I met a man from the USSR named Valentin Suchkov. I was working with a Ukrainian trading company in Cincinnati. Mr Suchkov was leading a trade delegation from Gorkiy, the famous “closed city” and the internal exile home of the Soviet refusenik, Andrei Sakharov, who had only died the year before in Moscow. I was told that Mr Suchkov headed an oil and gas company in Russia and using the trading company ...

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The Death of Ernie Pyle’s Captain Wascow, the Film Version 1945

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William Wellman was an Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, especially of some of the most memorable westerns and war classics, A Star is Born, Beau Geste (Gary Cooper) Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda) Battleground (Van Johnson) Across the Wide Missouri (Clark Gable) High and the Mighty and Blood Alley (John Wayne) Darby’s Rangers (James Garner.)

In 1945 he directed “The Story of G I Joe” based on the published story by Ernie Pyle “The Death of Captain Wascow”, 1944, a much-loved-by-his-troops company commander, Henry Wascow, who was ...

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President George H W Bush, Dead at 94, WWII Veteran

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

President George H W Bush, 94,

died at his home in Houston, TX

He was the last war- veteran (to date) to serve as president.

He was also, after enlisting directly after high school, the youngest Navy ensign to enter flight training during World War II, ...

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By An Angel’s Kiss, CPT Andrew Ross, 29, SFC Eric Emond, 39 and AF SSG Dylan Elchin, 25 (Afghanistan)

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

Army Captain Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, VA, and

Army SFC Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, WA, both of 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Gp, Ft Bragg, and

AF SSG Dylan J Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, PA, of 26th Special Tactics Sqd, ...

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The Good Son

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I recently relayed a tale  from a veteran who witnessed the first Atomic Cannon test-fire in Nevada in 1953.

The retired vet who told that story is now 86, and I met him at my local YMCA a few months ago.

Bent over, he came in with a rolling walker, hooked up to an oxygen tank, with an Asian fellow I took to be his trainer, or maybe a paid physical therapy specialist from the retirement center where he probably lived.

Because he always had a cell-phone tuned ...

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Conservatism, “Those Other Guys” and the Veterans: A Preamble

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William F Buckley, Jr. was the founding figure of modern conservatism in America. He wrote God and Man at Yale when he was 25, and wrote many books afterward until he died in 2008.

But he had an extra dimension which seems to have been lost on the newer generations of conservatives, which I’ll discuss here.

In 1960, at age 35, in his home, WFB and several other “founders”, penned the Sharon Statement, which became the founding statement of the Young Americans for Freedom, (the YAF) which went ...

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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

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November 11th is both a celebration of America’s Veterans and a commemoration of the Anniversary of the ending of World War I, once called Armistice Day, when the Germans, (the bad guys) formally surrendered to England and France (the good guys) in a railroad car at Compiegne, near Paris, ending the shooting.

The Versailles Treaty, in 1919, would finalize the surrender, which while called the War to End All Wars, would only create new hatreds so that 20 years later, most of the same cast had built up ...

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