Memorial Day – Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

2021 May 30
by bc3b

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  1. 2021 May 31 4:42 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Probably a bit off color considering what today is.

    A Russian view of the battle for Grozny, 1995. I must warn you some of it is graphic.

  2. 2021 May 31 6:00 am
    justrand permalink

    thank you, bc3b, for putting up this thread

    the vile creatures infesting the White House and every branch and level of government don’t want us to remember…but we must

  3. 2021 May 31 7:56 am
    drdog09 permalink



  4. 2021 May 31 10:49 am
    gnqanq permalink

    Thank you bc3b.

    For those who gave it all, there are no words to show the appreciate we have.

    And this is for you bc3b.

    No good deed goes unpunished. Fortunately, his rewards come on the other side where they are more meaningful.

  5. 2021 May 31 11:07 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Dare I say that The Church, at least in the US, might face their own form of Reformation? Not my religion so I won’t ponder the issue.

    BC, the way things are structured is it possible for the entirety of the congregation of a diocese to kick the Bishop to the curb? Presbyterians can do it but it is an uphill fight in the general assembly to pull it off.

  6. 2021 May 31 12:01 pm
    JBoz permalink

    You may know, but my late dad was career Army, 29 years. While he didn’t die in the line of duty, his closest brother did. My dad and Buster were the last 2 males born to a large family of 11 kids. Buster was just over a year older than my dad, and the two of them were inseparable best-of-friends. In WW2, Buster shipped off and my dad wasn’t far behind him. My dad was in basic training when he received word that Buster was killed in action on Iwo Jima. Dad was heartbroken, but rather than shirk from duty, he soldiered on through life and his Army career. He saw action in 3 different theaters, culminating in Viet Nam where he received a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and a few others I probably forgot.

    So, today I get the pleasure of doing my colonoscopy prep, which I assume most of you here have experienced. It’s decidedly NOT FUN, but as I endure the unpleasantness I try to remind myself, especially today, that there are much greater hardships that people have experienced in life.

  7. 2021 May 31 1:05 pm
    mpt permalink

    I hope everyone is having a pleasant Memorial Day. As Justrand says above, we must remember it was everyday Americans manning the fronts lines between freedom and tyranny on more than one occasion.

  8. 2021 May 31 1:33 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Excellent (7 minute) Memorial Day homily by Fr. Jeff Kirby:

  9. 2021 May 31 2:43 pm

    The troll master Vlad – I hope Russia starts referring to them as political prisoners.

  10. 2021 May 31 4:25 pm
    justrand permalink

    a post I did a couple years ago…

    The weekend before the last Monday in May is commonly called: “Memorial Day weekend”. This is because in 1971 Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be “celebrated the last Monday in May”…making another 3 day weekend. 3-day weekends are nice, 3-day weekends are neat & tidy for business and government…but some traditions should not be subject to them, and Memorial Day is one of them.

    Memorial DAY should be yesterday…May 30th.

    May 30, 1868 was declared “Decoration Day”, a day to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War. It eventually was changed to “Memorial Day”…but the date remained an important tradition.

    The hymn ‘Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping’ was written in 1867, and though dedicated to “The Ladies of the South who are decorating the graves of the Confederate Dead”, it speaks for all brave men & women who have died for America. This is the opening verse:

    Kneel where our loves are sleeping,
    Dear ones days gone by,
    Here we bow in holy reverence,
    Our bosoms heave the heartfelt sigh.

    They fell like brave men, true as steel,
    And pour’d their blood like rain,
    We feel we owe them all we have,
    And can but weep and kneel again.”

    The change in 1971 that created another 3-day weekend, seemed and seems like a simple thing. But consider that it was one more in a long line of traditions that we have been told we don’t need. The enticement that was offered was a 3-day weekend. Let’s face it, “Special” days of remembrance, that fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday are, well, awkward.

    To some extent it is their awkwardness that makes them all the more special.

    Over time various politicians have suggested that Christmas is also awkward. Why not a “Winter Holiday”, on the “last Monday of December”?

    Barbeques are nice, and barbeques on 3-day weekends are even nicer. But our honored dead deserve to have their day of remembrance back. A bill has been gathering dust in Congress for the last decade or so to restore Memorial Day to its rightful place…I hope it succeeds someday.

    Do enjoy this Memorial Day “weekend”, but please do remember those who are sleeping, and the sacrifice they made. They paid the price for our freedom, it’s truly the least we can do.

  11. 2021 May 31 4:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A Cuban goes to Aldi for the first time —

    Make sure you have subtitles turned on. Ought to be played in every HS in America.

  12. 2021 May 31 5:02 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    My Dad was Coast Guard in the Murmansk Run and then a lot of Pacific action. He didn’t talk about it much, but he was very clear about the respect he felt for other vets … in the neighborhood, on the news, on TV.

    9, they should certainly be supported as political prisoners. The Left is quick to fall into line in supporting their “martyrs” yet our leaders are, on balance, OK with their treatment. No elected officials hurt, no major building damage, no one armed yet they’re rotting in jail.
    If you recall the “Chicago 7”, you know that the Left uses situations like this to advance their viewpoint. Yet our loser “leaders” are blind.

  13. 2021 May 31 10:43 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    NYT is alarmed (good!). Sent to me in email with no link but sounds pretty standard.
    Check the final sentence which I assume is a commenter’s reaction. Pretty cool.

    “An Arms Race in America: Gun Buying Spiked During the Pandemic. It’s Still Up.

    “Preliminary research data show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners. Sales usually spike around elections, but the sheer volume is notable.”

    The story said, “39% of American households own guns. That is up from 32% in 2016, according to the General Social Survey, a public opinion poll conducted by a research center at the University of Chicago. Researchers said it was too early to tell whether the uptick represents a reversal from the past 20 years, in which ownership was basically flat.”

    At what point does private gun ownership create a herd immunity to violent crime in which criminals stop attacking people because the risk of being shot down is too high?

  14. 2021 June 1 3:47 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Be interesting to do a study of those states that permit public carry vs those that do not. Is the rate of violent crime more or less?

  15. 2021 June 1 3:52 am
    drdog09 permalink

  16. 2021 June 1 3:53 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Questions asked.

    What happened on Jan 6th, according to the eyewitness account of Capitol Police chief Steve Sund, is that it was the culmination of a successful insurrection.

    First the election was stolen in November. Then pipe bombs planted on Jan 5th. Then at 12:50 on Jan 6th, as the first pipe bomb was phoned in, paramilitary brownshirts assaulted the West Front of the Capitol to prevent Trump supporters from the planned exercise of their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of their grievances later that day. The paramilitary Brownshirts prevented the Joint Session of Congress from debating the stolen election and voting on the proposal to audit the election results. The paramilitary Brownshirts, through their “pitched battle” against Capitol Police, forced Congress to certify the stolen election without debate, thereby installing the losers of the election into the presidential and vice-presidential offices.

    Yep, pretty much a textbook example of a successful insurrection.

    It sure would be interesting to know who the paramilitary Brownshirt insurrectionists were that day:

    1) How did the paramilitary Brownshirts arrive at the vicinity of the Capitol? On foot? On the subway? Public buses? Private cars? Trucks? Vans? When did they arrive? Shortly before the 12:50 assault started or were they there all morning? Did they assemble some distance away and then move to the Capitol together? Or did they arrive in ones/twos/threes and then suddenly coalesce into an assault force right before 12:50?

    2) How and when did they leave?

    3) Who were the remote participants on the comm channel that the headset-wearing commanders of the insurgents were communicating on? Where were they located?

    4) What communication and coordination did the paramilitary Brownshirts have with the Biden/Harris campaign, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer?

    5) Where were the pipe bombs assembled? Who assembled them? When were they assembled? How and when were the components procured? Who paid for them?

    6) Sund’s letter was vague about the “discovery” of the pipe bomb at the RNC headquarters except for saying that the timing was exactly coordinated with the start of the paramilitary assault. How exactly did that happen? Was the bomb threat phoned in? Did a “random bystander” point it out to an officer in person? Did an officer just “coincidentally” notice it?

  17. 2021 June 1 6:00 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, it’s not the States (and D.C.) that prohibit open carry of long guns and/or handguns…although the District of Columbia has the most restrictive gun “laws” in the country, and leads the list in violent crime.

    Cities are the issue. Even here VERY restrictive Kalifornia, the crime rates of rural versus urban are laughable. Texas has high crime rates, but its your cities AND the border that drive them up.

  18. 2021 June 1 6:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

    JR, 17,

    Guess I would need to review the various states. Here in TX the open carry law eliminated any city control of gun policy. Houston, Dallas and to a lesser extend Austin do have the highest gun related violence in the state.

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