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Veterans Day #99



SEGMENT – VETERANS DAY (00:00)

As a Veteran, I love Veterans Day, but… I refer it’s original incarnation, Armistice Day. In my view, it’s possible to celebrate Veterans, but not forget the real reason that November 11th is remembered by every Allied nation in the World. It’s why the VFW hands out poppies. It’s why we pause at 11am. And for those of us who served at any point in our nations history, it’s a reminder of how fragile things really are; to appreciate them each and every day.

On the 11th of November, 1918, the Armistice, which had been signed at 5am, was set to go into effect at 11am. World War I, at least the fighting part of it, was six hours from its end. But for reasons only he knew, Marshal Foch of France, the Supreme Allied Commander, refused a German request to have the fighting stopped immediately. He stuck to the 11am hour as the time, and so over the next six hours, 11,000 more men were killed and wounded. All unnecessary, in an unnecessary war, fought for unnecessary reasons that have left us fighting many of the same conflicts a century later.

And while we celebrate Veterans day, most of the rest of the world holds Remembrance Day. A day when we remember the fallen and the hope for the future…


SEGMENT – DONNA BRAZILE’S IMPENDING DOOM (32:22)

A few years back, some phony ex-Congressman wrote a book about how Congress was corrupt and it made it so mad that he… he… well.. he wrote a book abut it. Because that’s what you do when you want to be mad about something of which you have been a part for a long time, reaping the benefits until one day, you find yourself on the “outs.” Then you write a book “exposing” the corruption and shenanigans so that you can get all new friends on the other side who will shower you with praise and benefits. I’ll give Donna Brazile this much, at least she put her own name on the book, unlike Congressman X.

On the other hand, there’s no way in heaven or hell that she didn’t know about this stuff until after the fact…


SEGMENT – WE “FORGOT…” (44:00)

The USAF announced this week that it “failed” to report the Texas church shooters Court martial conviction on domestic abuse and assault charges – for which he spent a year in the brig – to the national database that tracks such things and keeps weapons out of the hands of people who are bad. The question, of course, is “Why not?”

We may never know that answer. And while the Air Force may never be able to tell us who screwed up, I’m reasonably certain that whoever was the person who was supposed to do it, knows.

Meanwhile there is a new debate on just why these attacks happen. Is it as simple as mental illness? Is it a “spiritual crises?’ Or is it something else?


SEGMENT – PVT HENRY GUNTHER (54:35)

On the 11th of November, 1918, the Armistice, which had been signed at 5am, was set to go into effect at 11am. World War I, at least the fighting part of it, was literally one minute from its end. But for reasons only he knew, Marshal Foch of France, the Supreme Allied Commander, refused a German request to have the fighting stopped immediately. He stuck to the 11am hour as the time, and so over the next six hours, 11,000 more men were killed and wounded. All unnecessary, in an unnecessary war fught for unnecessary reasons that have left us fighting many of the same conflicts a century later.

Private Henry Gunther was a American of German descent (his Grandparents were German immigrants) who hadn’t really wanted to be in the war. He never volunteered, but when he was drafted in September of 1917, he went. He worked his way up to Sergeant, and then got busted back down to Private for being a bit loose with his words in a letter back home. Now, with just one minute left in the War, he decided that he had one last chance to prove to his Unit and his Country that he wasn’t a failure…


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There Is Nothing New Under the Sun



As the Earth Day March for science rolled around the country, one particular sign displayed at one of the marches caught Dave’s eye.

Why? Because as the King wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun…” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

After a week on the road doing house stuff and starting his new job, Dave has a few moments to share with you about the reason why that sign caught his eye. And of course, if you know anything about Dave, there’s some long lost historical reason for it. And this March for science sign is no different.

And so after getting you up to date with what’s going on with his life, Dave takes you to the Italian Alps on April 22, 1917. Literally 100 years to the day before the “March For Science…”

The Doubting of the Experts

On December 8th, 1941, President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare War on the Empire of Japan. It is one of the most stirring speeches ever recorded. Congress quickly agreed and except for the standard Conscientious Objector vote, approved the resolution and declared War on Japan.

I go back to the speech itself, which, even if you are not a fan of FDR, is quite stirring, patriotic and appeals to everything that Americans love about their nation. including an appeal to Almighty G-d to see us through to final victory. If you haven’t heard it or watched it, you should do so right now:

In many ways it hearkened back to the speech that FDR had listened to by Woodrow Wilson, who ran in 1916 on a promise to keep America out of the war, then gave what many to consider to be the best speech to call for a Declaration of War ever given by a President. Wilson’s speech left many in tears and screaming with fervor as the nation found itself finally getting into the war which he had promised to keep us out of just months before. Read the rest of this entry

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