Fun Fact of the Day


Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the only woman in US history to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.  She was awarded the honor in 1865 after General William Sherman and General H. Thomas recommended her for it.  President Lincoln had signed her testimonial.

Later in 1917, she was stripped of the award due to lack of evidence to support her eligibility to be awarded.


Military Service is not a right


I was sitting at the large table in Starbucks Thursday afternoon doing some research for a project I’m working on. At one end, a small group of young adults were having a rather lengthy discussion about Trump’s recent tweets regarding transgender individuals serving in the US military.

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Can’t make this up: The NY Times is worried about Sgt Bergdahl’s future employment

Oh For FFS...In an article regarding Sgt. Bergdahl’s desertion charge, the NY Times ponders..

Another question is whether the Army will give Sergeant Bergdahl an honorable discharge if he is found guilty of desertion. For members of the military, an honorable discharge is no small matter, and not getting one can hinder not only a veteran’s job prospects, but the entirety of how a service member look back on his or her career.

If you are convicted in any courts martial, you’re going to get a dishonorable discharge.  This may be upsetting to liberals, but it is a felony conviction, and he’ll have the same problems as any other felon.

As for the NY Times and their crack team of reporters, see the graphic in the upper right.

I saved a screenshot, just in case…


Coincidence: Chris Kyle and the Medal of Honor

medalofhonorEvery so often in life, you’re asked about current events and where you stand.  After careful consideration and giving an answer, you discover that you’re not the only one who shares a similar opinion.  Today, I was asked by a friend what I thought about the idea of Chris Kyle being awarded the Medal of Honor.  I had no idea this was even a consideration. Continue reading

My thoughts on American Sniper

American Sniper

Tonight, I went and saw American Sniper with my family.  I usually go to the theater about half an hour early so that I can get in and get a decent seat, and It works pretty well in practice.   Popular movies these days manage to hold better than eighty percent seating capacity for a couple of weeks before dropping off significantly. As I have gotten older, I have acquired the virtue of patience and am willing to wait a couple of weeks so that the crowds are not as large.  I wasn’t quite sure if this would play out for this movie, so now, about three weeks after its release, I felt this was as good a time as any. There were eight showings for the entire day and I chose the second to the last. Continue reading

Brian Williams: Tales of Courage in Combat

Brian Williams is the anchor for NBC Nightly News for over 10 years.  He is an award winning journalist and anchor who has a great reputation among his peers.  However, it seems, that during a mission in Iraq where he was aboard a US Army helicopter embedded with the troops, he somehow got confused about his helicopter being shot at by an RPG and AK-47, even claiming to be hit and forced down. Continue reading