Two Texas Heroes

 

It was my honor to deliver the keynote address at yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Galveston’s Seawolf Park. Seawolf Park is the home of the American Undersea Warfare Center, and has the destroyer escort Stewart and the submarine Cavalla on display. Cavalla sank the Shokaku, one of the six carriers with which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Stewart is one of only two destroyer escorts available for public tours.

The audience seemed to enjoy it. I thought it might be worth sharing with the Ricochet audience.

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Ole Summers post ‘What is Owed’ got me thinking about the neighborhood where I work here in Brooklyn NYC.    It’s is chock-a-block with history if you know where to look.    And was once the scene of one of the great battles of the American Revolution…. 27Aug1776. 240 years ago, on this spot just […]

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The Washington Post has provided evidence that eviscerates the tinfoil hat notion that Trump and Putin rigged the election.   Turns out that Jared Kushner approached the Russians after the election to set up a secure communications channel.  So how come the Trump White House did not continue to use the existing super secret undetected communications […]

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My off-Ricochet name is Mark J. Boone. For the last five years I was the Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. About a year ago, I learned that my name was on a list found in the possession of a local terrorist organization. I later confirmed that it was Jamaat-ul-Ahrar–an ISIS affiliate. I […]

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I would not mind if there was a way to take some sort of survey on Ricochet, because I have a feeling any responses to this thought (maybe best called a brain fart) might be categorized by age. Over the years I’ve observed that businesses have become rather lax about workers being on time.  I […]

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The experience at Mt. Sinai was not only a revelation of G‑d’s truth, but more importantly, it was a revelation of G‑d’s love. Torah was and continues to be G‑d’s love letter. It is the greatest gift ever because it embodies G‑d’s presence. When you learn the Torah you can actually feel G‑d’s closeness to […]

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The DNC is being sued for rigging the primary, in specific the charges are Fraud, Negligent Misrepresentation, Unjust Enrichment, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty. Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck are the attorneys for the class action suit. Due to the mainstream media blackout, I shall link to local media and alternative media below.  Preview Open

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Since this is the focal point for almost all news in much of the American media and efforts to take down the Trump administration before it can even get organized, I have said to myself, how did we get to this point on this issue and why. I lived through and served a period in the military during the peak […]

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What Is Owed

 

George Washington was taking what some might consider a calculated gamble and others would call a simple foolhardy, desperate roll of the dice. Even in this real history-deprived age of political correct indoctrination, most have at least the imagined pictures of the Continental Army’s crossing of the ice-choked Delaware. But a great part of Washington’s troops ended their enlistment in just a few days with the beginning of a new year and there had been nothing but a series of dramatic losses and setbacks for the colonials since getting the British to abandon Boston Harbor. New York and almost an entire army had been lost, Washington had been outdone at seemingly every turn and without re-enlistments and some hope for any others who would join the rebels, the Revolution was probably well on its way to complete failure.

So on Christmas night 1776 began a “Victory or Death” operation to cross the Delaware and hopefully surprise the 1,500 or so Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey. The idea was to complete the crossing by midnight, march the nine miles to Trenton and be ready for a predawn attack.

These were the days when ice and snow in the dead of winter were simply known as “weather” instead of climate change. It was also a period of history purposely ignored by many today known as the “Little Ice Age,” a hard to explain few decades of alternating extreme cold well before SUVs and industrial smokestacks. As a result, the Delaware River was already filled with floating ice. A couple of winters later New York Harbor would actually freeze but this winter was still bad enough on its own.

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I’ve barely known anyone who’s been in the military. My parents both served in WWII – Dad in the Army and Mom in the Navy – and I’ve known a handful of others, a couple of teachers and one classmate. But beyond that…I haven’t served, and no one else in my family has, no friends I […]

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“To You from Failing Hands We Throw…”

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.