Oradour-sur-Glane


By June 10, 1944, the German Army across France was reacting to the Normandy Invasion. But so was the French underground which was said to have captured a leading German Military Officer of the 2nd SS Panzer Division which was stationed in Central France. In response, the Germans sealed off the Village where they believed that the Officer was being held, and killed 642 of the villagers in some of the most brutal ways imaginable. The men of the village were rounded up, put in barns and were shot by machine guns, first in the legs to disable them, and then when they were unable to move, the Nazi’s poured gasoline over them and lit the barns on fire. Hundreds of women and children were simply shot down. One person escaped the massacre. Some weeks later, an American B-17 crewman who had been shot down was shown the village and the carnage by the French underground, as they returned him to England and the fight.

The original village has been maintained as a memorial to those who fell and you can visit it today. If you do, or even if you never get the chance to go and see the village, it’s important to remember that the fight against evil takes many forms. Including 642 men, women and children, from ages ranging from one week to 90, who were murdered this day in 1944 because of a small attempt to help the Allied invasion. The stories such as these, of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, are as meaningful and poignant as that of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Easy Company. Perhaps even more so since these men and women and children were not trained as Soldiers. Some of them simply tried to help a battle going on hundreds of kilometers away in a way that they thought would help. They were trying to save lives of Americans.

They paid for that act with their lives on June 10, 1044.

So now all the fears about AB 109 and its funding schemes come to pass. Valley Counties get less money and bear more burden of the Governors “solution” to prison overcrowding, which can best be described as “Go head and overcrowd the jails.” Of course, the problem is that the jails are already under Court Ordered population caps – and the Governor knows that – but it was all going to be okay, because he was going to make sure the funding was there for programs and diversions. Well… it was, after all, just a political promise, one that we now see he had no intention of keeping. So while the State sends more of the “Budget Surplus” on vote buying scams, we now see the AB 109 FUNDING CUT BY $100 MILLION for next year to Stanislaus County.

Five more Americans died this week in Afghanistan, this time in A FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT. And at the same time the Sunni militants (read: terrorists) were DRIVING THE IRAQI ARMY of the City of Mosul.

Democrats believe that the Administrations Carbon reduction plan, an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions from coal powered electrical plants, is A WINNING ISSUE. Thanks to ignorance and obfuscation, they may be correct.

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Join Dave and the American Red Cross to honor Stanislaus and Tuolumne County Heroes at the annual Heroes Breakfast. Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 7:15am at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Modesto. For tickets or to help sponsor the event, please call 209-523-6501.

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