Category Archives: WWI
SEGMENT – J’ACCUSE! (00:00)
In the great war, the use of WMD’s, specifically chemical weapons, emerged as a great threat. The truth is that Militarily, they were essentially useless. But what they really represented was the first application of the MAD theory. The only sure thing about he use of chemical weapons was that if you did not 100% annihilate the enemy, you would be hit right back with them. And in virtually every case, the only people who really suffered were the truly innocent.
Now, the latest WMD weapon in the political arsenal is the “Sexual Misconduct Charge.” It’s the new battlefield gas of both political and social weapons. and the only guarantee in using it, is that it will come back on the first side.
Let me say this… as of this recording, I have no clue if Roy Moore did or did not have inappropriate sexual contact with women – including a 14 year old, which – by definition (even in Alabama) – is inappropriate. If he did it, then let the damnation and consequences rain down upon him. I am no fan of the Judge, in fact, I hold that he is the very embodiment of everything that is wrong about the political hard right in America. But that’s my opinion. And my opinion of a person doesn’t change the rules. The presumption of innocence versus what we call “lashon hara,” literally, the evil tongue. Ask yourself a simple question: if YOU were to be accused of this, do you want your day in Court or in the Media?
He says that he didn’t do it.
You can choose to believe either side, it matters not to me. but you have to be careful of falling into the trap of conflating two separate issues: CAN he run for US senate versus SHOULD he run for US Senate. They are NOT the same question. And with just a few exceptions, virtually none of us live or vote in Alabama.
Despite the proclamations and lengthy explanations, none of us, not you, not me, not Shepherd Smith or even Gloria Allred, actually KNOWS what – if anything – happened.
Corey Feldman’s case went nowhere in Los Angeles, because there is basically no reliable way that would hold up in a Court of Law to show that it happened. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It means that any Defense Attorney with more than five minutes of training would have no problem at all slicing up the prosecutions case. And for the record, that’s the proper way of things. no prosecution should be a “slam dunk.” And without an admission of guilt, the accused has rights.
Where does that leave us? In a society where the simple act of “J’accuse!” is more damaging than an actual conviction. A society where simply saying that somebody is suspect – of anything – is enough to destroy them in the political, social and media arenas. Rightly or wrongly.
Shouldn’t that make us a little uncomfortable?
SEGMENT – MATHIS’S 100,000 (28:39)
USA Today reported this week that the US Army has decided – I am not making this up – to lift the ban on giving waivers for recruits with mental health issues. Now before you get hyper, we’ve done this before. Also, the Army says, No we’re not…”
Like most things though, the devil is in the details. The most important of which is why make any change at all?
♦ARMY TO LIFT BAN ON RECRUITS WITH SOME MENTAL ISSUES (USA Today November 12, 2017)
SEGMENT – THE MOST AMAZING PICTURE (46:17)
The middle of November was among the darkest of days for the US Navy. Just two days earlier, a massive defeat – one of the worst in US Navy history – had imperiled the tenuous invasion of Guadalcanal. Two Admirals were dead, ships had been lost, and the Sullivan brothers had gone down with their ship. Now, on the afternoon of the 14th of November, into what would come to be called Iron Bottom Sound, sailed two American battleships, the USS Washington and the USS South Dakota, along with five destroyers. They were tasked with stopping the Japanese Navy from destroying Henderson Field and ending the US attempt to hold the island of Guadalcanal. The Naval Battle for Guadalcanal would start at around 2230 that evening..
It was the ultimate winner take all moment. And one ship would stand above all of them…
“Dave, what do you think about the Charlottesville riot?”
Look, what I think should be pretty obvious, and literally nothing that I have to say about it will change anybody’s mind about it. For the record, the person who sent me that message is a die hard liberal leftist who is more concerned that I have not “condemned” the Neo-Nazi movement in Virginia to his satisfaction, than about what I actually “think” about the incident.
That’s fine. My friends are an expansive group covering every line of the spectrum of political and religious thought and belief. From left to right, nothing I have ever said has ever changed any of their minds. Nothing that I could add to this story will either.
I could point out the obvious, which is that yes, I hate Nazis. Some things shouldn’t have to be said.
I could point out the obvious, which is that those who are most loudly demanding condemnation of the Nazi’s are the same folks who refuse to condemn violence and rhetoric from those who appear to have political concord with them.
I could point out the obvious which is that we (corporately as a society) have spent the last thirty years lionizing and honoring those who make their living stoking dissention and division, be it political or racial.
I could do that. But why bother? Nobody is gonna change their minds over this.
So the biggest story on the planet right now is Charlottesville. ISIL claimed responsibility for killing 15 people yesterday in Pakistan. In Kenya, 16 people have died in election related violence as one of the longtime most stable countries in Central Africa comes apart. I listened yesterday as a person explained to me that the reason they were scared to by a house was… North Korea. In Iraq, two American Soldiers died yesterday in combat.
In a war that we were told was “ended.”
I have lost track of the comments I’ve heard on the news and seen on social media that we “have never been more divided.”
That, my dear friends is really what this is all about. It’s a complete myth. It’s demonstrable nonsense. It’s not only untrue, it’s a falsehood that should be labeled as “fake news.”
But instead, people – friends – on both sides, keep repeating the line, we’ve never been more divided.
Putting aside the obvious, the American Civil War, the truth is that we have been “more divided” on so many occasions that it boggles the mind of the modern American raised on tales of the New Deal and World War II. It reminds me of one of my favorite jokes:
A new Marine reached Guadalcanal late in the battle, when the Japanese were just hanging on and being mopped up. The Marine was disappointed because he had not gotten to participate in the fight.
His Sergeant told him, “Go up on the hill over there and yell, ‘To Hell with Hirohito!’ When the Japanese Soldier stand up to reply, shoot him.”
So, the Marine walked off towards the hill. A long time passes and the Sergeant doesn’t hear anything. A bit later the Marine comes back into the camp.
“What happened?” asked the Sergeant.
“I yelled like you said, and then the Japanese soldier stood up and yelled back, ‘To hell with Roosevelt!’ And of course, I cannot shoot a fellow Republican…”
Even in the fire of World War II, we were divided. We were even more divided during World War I, with the US Government throwing people in jail for speaking out against the war. My own childhood was spent watching Vietnam protestors throw rocks and bottles at people who disagreed with them.
Never more divided.
The difference was how we dealt with that division. Sometimes we compromised. Sometimes we worked it out via legislation or even the occasional Constitutional Amendment.
I can point all of this out, and it won’t mean anything to people who have closed their minds to truth and to history. They have already decided that the only thing that can “heal” the “division” is to silence the others.
So… I leave you with this simple question: What scares you more:
(a) a neo-Nazi screaming “Blood and Soil!”
(b) a BLM screaming “Black Lives Matter!”
(c) a person who says that they support the Constitution, and now says that either side should be silenced?
I know what it is for me. And nothing that you say to me about it is going to change my mind…
It was a lot of fun Saturday night to spend the evening with Josh Carter and The Resistance Podcast, talking about my beliefs about deterrence and the role of the United States in world affairs.
Some fair warning, this is an adult podcast, and I am a sailor, so there is some language. Also Josh got me fired up about some issues with Congress and I launched. So if you get offended by language or criticism of my Congressman, you might want to avoid this bonus presentation.
So here is Josh Carter and I talking about whether o not the US is a bully or building an Empire or just doing what we should be doing….