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In honor of today's United States Marine Corps' Birthday and Veteran's Day tomorrow, here's a pic of my Mom, Sgt. Ginny Maguire. USMC 1943-1947. WWII Veteran. Mother of seven. Friend of mine. She was "always faithful" - She was a Marine.
America deeply mourned Abraham Lincoln's death in 1865...and for years after.
As well, it mourned John Kennedy's death for many years post November 22nd, 1963.
Some people say they still mourn JFK's death, but I'm not so sure. I wonder if they're just curious.
Books and movie tickets of their deaths still sell, that's accurate. (Bill O'Reilly's almost made a cottage industry of both Presidents' deaths.) His National Geographic film will soon be on the airwaves.
The film, Parkland will add to the public's interest in just a few days, re JFK's last minutes alive and the intersection of people's lives who were with him when death came to him.
Why is it so?
Why do these two Presidents' deaths have their roots so deeply in the soil of American political thought?
Other men who served as Chief Executives of this country died in office.
And even some of them died at the hands of assassins. Not all, but some.
They are not the recipients of such attention.
It's understandable that Lincoln's death was the united grieving moment of a country that saw 600,000 of it's brothers, sons and husbands die. At the moment of Lincoln's assassination, EVERY person in that-America lost someone they knew -- or at least someone whom they thought they knew: Mr. Lincoln.
Maybe in a similar way, that same type of combined emotional experience/expression surrounds Mr. Kennedy. As we approach the 50th anniversary of his death, it seems so.
It was that way in my family.
Six of the seven siblings in my birth family were alive, one had not yet been born. Four of the seven were old enough to know what was going on, three of those four were in school that day and heard from their teachers the news - in tears it was delivered & in tears it was received.
And those tears are recalled this month as 50 years unfurls its flag of time.
Maybe it's because we collectively "saw" him die...over and over again. Abraham Zapruder's film ensured that we would. We saw his unique spark of life leave him at a specific moment in time - in the time it takes an assassin to chamber a next round and squeeze the trigger.
Yet, many people alive in the United States at that time are now dead, themselves. No more tears come from them.
And for those who were born since, the tale of JFK's death is reduced to a series of questions about conspiracies and vague shadowy figures, weapons, rounds and autopsy tables.
The case of his Dallas death has now replaced the case of his entire life's work.
Kennedy, the man, has become an anachronism of sorts. A silent player in his own play. His is an image of "youth" captured by black & white film, but he's not really real.
In a sense, the man has become a prop. A needed prop so that a "death industry" can continue.
And I find that so sad.
When I read Vincent Bugliosi's amazing book "Reclaiming History", I set aside the theories. I closed the file on conspiracies and I instead looked at the President - I began concentrating on his policies - on what he did and didn't do.
Just as I did with the other men who came and went in the Oval Office - men who served and retired - men who loved America and led it. Men who died and went the way of history's tattered pages.
With the understandable epoch of 50 years, I'll watch and remember the days when I was 7 years old and in second grade in 1963 in Texas - miles away from Dallas in San Antonio. I'll remember the images, real and contrived around the funeral. I'll remember the grief and national loss. I'll do it for the last time.
And I'll look forward to national gain, as well.
I'm choosing to stop remembering JFK's death.
I will choose to recall his Presidency.
The headstone on this choice reads November 22nd,1963- November 22nd, 2013.
In reality, I choose the future.
50 years from now, when those Americans, choose to pursue life, liberty and happiness may they do so with their own youthful leaders - men and women who really are who they make themselves out to be. Presidents and leaders who remember not just the hope of a young president named Jack, but also the hope of one named Teddy and a wise man in his 50's named Abraham and all the founding fathers who were brothers to each other.
Brothers who remembered that they served a nation in this world while preparing to serve a God in the next.
That next life world John Kennedy was slammed into by the force of a round through his throat and then a final round through his life, is real. Jack Kennedy would tell you just how real it is, if he was allowed to today.
If the day ever comes when God's hand is taken away from this country, all the bones of once mighty and patriotic men and women who gave their lives for this nation would assemble and call out Ichabod.
Leading them would be a once young man, the youngest president ever elected.
May the future for our nation become what those in our past hoped it would be.
For me, may the curtain now fall on the continued anniversary of JFK's death.
"Among the very first goals of the Nazis was to purge German museums and ransack private collections. Perversely, they stockpiled the modern art they hated, some to sell abroad in exchange for hard currency. Hildebrand was one of the dealers whom Joseph Goebbels picked for this task. Some art they paraded in an exhibition of shame. The show ended up a blockbuster, infuriating the Führer. After that, thousands upon thousands of confiscated works disappeared.
But as the years have gone by, art continues to be found, refusing oblivion."
"What’s especially moving about finds like the one in Munich, salvaged from the Nazi ruins, is not just that they survived all these years or that they might include lost masterpieces, although they rarely do. It is not even that they represent tokens of lost lives, millions of them. It is that they overcame what Hitler in another context once referred to as “the big lie,” an untruth “so colossal,” he said, that people could not help falling for it.
The big lie in this case involved the depravity of modern art. The lie was meant to turn death and destruction onto the world of art. But while paintings, drawings and sculptures are sadly fragile, the ideals they represent — the best ones, anyway — aren’t. And so the painted woman by Matisse, fan in lap, a string of pearls around her neck, a veil draped over her hair, is a testament to art’s indefatigable ambitions."
So does art follow art?
Ask today's Dirty Dozen (The Monuments Men) headed by George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray....
World Net Daily can be a flame-thrower of a news agency.
At times I read their stuff and shake my head.
Just as wild and goofy as other news agencies with an ax to grind (on the left), I just don't find a great deal of confidence in some of their articles , especially when it comes to an attempt at an objective review President Obama's policies.
Today's article on the loss of United States 4 Star Generals is quite interesting and very much different.
What's the difference?
Well, Generals and Flag level officers are going on record regarding President Obama's personal agenda against the armed forces.
Going on record - that's a big deal. A really BIG deal.
"Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was a founding member of Delta Force and later deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.
“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.
“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
The future of the military is becoming more and more of concern, added Boykin, since colonels who would become generals are also being relieved of duty if they show that they’re not going to support Obama’s agenda, which critics have described as socialist.
“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t support where Obama is taking the military, but in the military they can’t say anything,” Boykin said."
Another part of the article says:
"Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely similarly has been very vocal in his opposition to the Obama administration.
Vallely said the White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”
“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”"
“The ‘bigger picture,’” Navy Capt. Joseph John told WND, “is that the U.S. Armed Forces have been under relentless attack by the occupant of the Oval Office for five years.”
A Naval Academy graduate, John had three tours of duty in Vietnam, served as an al-Qaida expert for the FBI, and was a commanding officer with SEALs embedded on special operations. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals and 22 medals and unit citations for combat operations in Vietnam, Philippines, Desert Storm and on anti-terrorist operations.
“I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views,” John told WND.
“The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years,” he said. “We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.”
I will keep an eye out for further comments by other news agencies as well. Is there a different side to this story - one that we do not know?
On this day in history... western gunfight history was born.
October 26th, 1881 - Tombstone, Arizona.
The Earps, Doc Holliday and the Cowboys - ablaze in black powder and cloaked in the mantle of manliness that became the old West.
A gunfight, bullets racing through walls and bones and tissue.
Death being dealt six feet away from the barrel from which it exited.
Cowardice and heroic calm.
Heroes and villains.
Villains who were heroes.
And witnesses, oh so many witnesses.
Most people don't realize that a full transcript was made of the preliminary hearing that followed the arrest of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday - an arrest that lasted until just before Thanksgiving a month later.
Part of the testimony that freed these men from arrested villain to history's heroes:
"One of the most notable witness was H. F. Sills, an AT&SF RR
engineer who had just arrived in town and knew none of the parties
involved. On November 22, he testified that he had arrived in Tombstone
only the day before and had no knowledge of any of the events or any of
the Cowboys or the Earps prior to the day of the gunfight. He could only report what he saw and heard since his arrival. He testified,
I saw four or five men standing in front of the O. K. Corral on
October 26th, about two o’clock in the afternoon, talking of some
trouble they had had with Virgil Earp, and they made threats at the time
that on meeting him they would kill him on sight. Some one of the party
spoke up at the time and said: “That they would kill the whole party of
Earps when they met them.” I then walked up the street and made inquiry
as to who Virgil Earp and the Earps were. A man on the street pointed
out Virgil Earp to me and told me he was the city marshal. I went over
and called him one side, and told him of the threats that I had
overheard this party make. One of the men that made the threats had a
bandage around his head at the time, and the day of the funeral he was
pointed out to me as Isaac Clanton."
It's a fascinating history of facts to read.
And a fascinating gunfight of legend to follow.
It wasn't until 50 years AFTER it happened that the story became a book in 1931 and the book's re-boot 15 years later became a film, My Darling Clementine...and all the world heard about The Gunfight at the OK Corral.
That film and the many that followed, like the classic Kurt Russell/Val Kilmer film Tombstone, created the legend.
And the legend stands as far more heroic thn the actual facts of the shoothout.
Saw the Zions Bank building in Boise and wondered what that "thingie" was, that sits at the top of the bank.
I couldn't quite make out what it was OR what it was supposed to be...
Now, things are a buzz in the land of social media.
The Idaho Statesman did a piece two days ago about it. In it, the article says:
"Brian Garrett, then a member of the Boise's Design Review Committee, didn't like the feature.
"It is inconsequential and honestly a little silly looking," Garrett said in November 2011, according to minutes of the meeting. "It seems to me that it is a little hat sitting on top of a building that is out of scale and doesn't really add anything to it."
Efforts to contact Garrett were unsuccessful.
Six months later, the spire was part of a new 8th and Main design. Babcock architect T.J. Winger said the change was in response to Garrett's wish for "a powerful element."
And then this, before it:
"Talk of whether the 8th and Main building looks like a Mormon beacon began in earnest when crews built the 45-foot spire on top of the building.
Social media comments included "I'm surprised they don't have a gold-leafed Moroni up there," to "I wonder if Zion's Bank plans on putting a gold statue of Moroni on the top of this thing?" Those references were to the Mormon prophet who revealed the location of golden plates that Joseph Smith, the religion's founder, translated into scripture. Gold-colored statues of Moroni face east from the top of most LDS temples.
The spire wasn't part of the building's original plans. In 2011, Babcock submitted plans that envisioned a feature resembling the roof of a family home on top of the tower."
Apparently the Mayor of Boise is getting a few calls, not many, but enough to make someone wish the parapet wasn't quite what it looks like it is.
This is a whole lot concerning and more than a little bit scary.
"The Army has only two combat-ready brigades right now, he said. Even the ones headed to Afghanistan are qualified for the trainer and adviser mission, not combat." Gen. Ray Odierno
"By the time any budget is developed through the services, cleared through the Department of Defense, goes through the [Office of Management and Budget], goes through the administration, goes to Capitol Hill, gets through the House and Senate and is passed and is signed by the president, by the time we are executing that budget it is almost three years old,” McHugh said. “So a budget that locks us through a [continuing resolution] into last year’s budget is really a three-year-old budget. You can’t run the most important military on the face of the earth with three-year old budgets.”