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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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VA to Medical Professionals Doing Union Work on the Clock: Back to Your Healthcare Jobs of Serving Veterans.

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As a shop steward (aka union representative) of a company that I worked for decades ago, I performed all union duties during my off-time from work. Only once did I attend a union function on company time and that was because my presence was requested at on on-going contract negotiation between management and the union.  My presence which lasted no longer than thirty minutes was agreed upon by both parties to which I obliged. Before that day and ever since, all ...

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2018 COMMANDANT’S MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL

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Wishing a Happy 243rd Birthday to the USMC. 

Thank you for your service.

NEVER FORGET.

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The 2018 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball held at the Washington Hilton in the District of Columbia on November 10. This year’s Ball will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Battle of Belleau Wood.

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The Marines’ First Amphibious Raid

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At the outset of the American Revolution, Great Britain’s governor in Virginia recognized that stores of arms and gunpowder within his control were now threatened by colonial rebels.  Accordingly, he directed that these stores be removed from Virginia and transported to New Providence Island in the Bahamas.  In August 1775, General Gage [1] alerted Governor Montfort ...

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Letters From Fallujah (7) The Memorial Service

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23 Oct 03

 

Uncle Hank,

 

We went back to FOB Volturno the other day.  We’re on our third month here, there’s been guys injured, evac’d, a couple in Germany in the hospital but we had our first Paratrooper killed.  Sarn’t Spear and the Delta Comp’ny CO and 1SG went back for the memorial service.  We took two trucks, took some volunteers for the convoy ‘cuz they knew Staff Sarn’t Peterson.  One of my buddies was in Sarn’t Peterson’s squad in Alpha Comp’ny.  ...

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Two Soldiers Accused of Rape, Part One

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Since “She said-He said” is all the political rage right now, I have a couple of cases that are almost on point, both of which point out the reason why our judicial system of evidence is so important.

At one time I had planned on turning both of these tales into short stories and maybe even a script, but the thought left me years ago.

The first was a case where a WAC accused an Army sergeant of rape, told here, and ...

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Letters From Fallujah (6) John Wayne in Iraq

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Oct 02, 03

 

Uncle Hank,

Pretty much the same old same old here.  Route clearance, patrols, maintenance, bullshit.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Sometimes we don’t have enough water to rinse but you get the drift.

There’s a village down the road with a sign out by the highway, we drove past it the other day and there was graffiti on it in haji script.  We asked the ‘terp and he told us the sign said “Highway of Death.”  So we stopped and took a picture.  ...

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FIRST PRINCIPLES: Teaching Students Who Aren’t Interested

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Every Veteran who has joined the American military since 1973 volunteered.

The 16-18 year-olds you will speaking to, from groups as small as a dozen, to classroom sized, even auditoriums as you get better known, may not be there voluntarily. Their parents probably sent them.

We’ve all been students in a class room. Think back. We had to be there. Certain rules applied as to how we could behave. But just like a horse to water, they couldn’t make us drink.

From middle school through ...

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SOS on Toast

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The other morning one of our local radio personalities was pitching a fancy restaurant in the Richmond area, and he proudly announced that their most popular entre was chipped beef on toast. A ten dollar platter these days, and whudda thunk it? People paying ten dollars for the most plebeian dish in America, the breakfast anchor for five wars at least for every grunt who ever sat in a mess hall, since Pearl Harbor.

All those memories came rushing forward. I tried to remember how ...

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