Today is Veterans Day

Argonne Forest, 1918

Argonne Forest, 1918

96 years ago today the “Great War” aka the “War To End All Wars” ended. Unfortunately it didn’t end all wars, so the holiday we set aside to celebrate Armistice Day became a day to honor all our military veterans, living and dead.

Here are two quotes from one of my favorite authors, Robert A. Heinlein:

“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history that has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.”
He sighed. “Another year, another class β€” and for me another failure. One can lead a child to knowledge but one cannot make him think.” Suddenly he pointed his stump at me. “You. What is the moral difference, if any, between the soldier and the civilian?”
“The difference, I said carefully, “lies in the field of civic virtue. A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life. The civilian does not.”
“The exact words of the book,” he said scornfully. “But do you understand it? Do you believe it?”

β€œPacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accept the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay-and claims a halo for his dishonesty.”

If you love freedom, thank a vet.

Iwo Jima, 1945

Iwo Jima, 1945

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101 Responses to Today is Veterans Day

  1. HELENK3 says:

    When I was a little girl the VFW and the American Legion used to sell paper poppies to honor Armistice Day. I have not seen that done in years. Wearing an poppy in your lapel was a sign of respect and rememberance. Maybe that should be brought back.
    Thank You to all who have served at home and abroad

    • elliesmom says:

      My dad was a life member of the American Legion. Not only do I remember the poem, I’ve stood outside the grocery store selling poppies. My dad is buried in a national cemetery, and they won’t let you put anything out on a grave. So every year my husband and I send an old codger to the state Legion convention for my dad’s birthday. Unfortunately, we’re running out of codgers.

      • HELENK3 says:

        I belonged to a VFW Drum and Bugle corp and stood at a bus terminal in uniform selling the poppies. we were taught respect for those who served

    • lyn says:

      Poppies are still being sold. I grabbed mine on Friday.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    a sad commentary on what has happened to Remembrance Day

  3. HELENK3 says:

    there used to be a chapel in Philadelphia dedicated to these four men.

  4. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from Rev Amy’s place

    • Lulu says:

      Where was he seated at the banquet I wonder? Off to the side next to the kitchen? At the children’s table? A TV tray in the corner? Did he have a rickety chair? Misspelled place card? So many ways to give him “the cut”.

  5. The Klown says:

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    • DeniseVB says:

      She’s right. Remember this? The vets returning the “Barrycades” to the White House and piling them up against the fence? Still brave!

  7. HELENK3 says:

    found another place for free and bargain e-books

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Thanks to all who have served our wonderful country ! Here’s a video that always makes me smile and swell with pride for our vets … and the appreciative citizens they protect. Hanky alert πŸ˜‰

  9. The Klown says:

    These kittens are driving me crazy, and y’all know that’s a short trip anyway. I just woke up to one of them playing with my foot. I tried to ignore him but he kept it up for a while.

    They’re ALWAYS hungry and they eat like teenagers. If a door is closed but not latched they just push it open. Yesterday I tossed Tucker out of my room and tried to shut the door, but he hit the floor, spun around and shot back thru the door before I could close it.

    They have two settings – asleep and Tasmanian Devil.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    My Hubby served and today is his Birthday.

    Happy Angel Birthday Sweetheart. πŸ™‚

  11. Somebody says:

    This is interesting. I’m not sure of the validity of it, but it’s possible. I know the night they flew out the seond nurse my husband was curious about the plane so we looked up the tail number. That lead to the owner and then we started fishing around about the company. I stumbled upon an intersting flight similar to this one that night on flightaware except it came into Palm Beach area. I told several people that night if we get a case here in FL then I’m buying stock in tinfoil because it sure looks odd.

    Anyway supposedly a patient may have been flown in on the QT.

    • piper says:

      I can believe this. The actual number of people with ebola and others under quarantine is much higher than was reported in the obama news media. Didn’t want to scare the people before they voted for the savior Dems.
      I’m just a tad bitter about the mess obama and the deems. have created in our beautiful country. And for the first time ever I’m glad that I’m old.
      Remember to leave some tinfoil for us in globul warming Wisconsin – freezing rain and temps with snow on the way – Jan. temps in Nov.

    • Constance says:

      You should post that on Gretawire. She works stories others are afraid to touch.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It can’t be possible. Caught a part of Brett Baier’s news, before I headed out the door tonight, and he was reporting on the NYC doc’s recovery (no longer contagious) and Nurse Ratched’s cleared her quarantine period and free to roam the country. Baier reported there are no more ebola patients in the U.S. Fox News wouldn’t “lie” would they? /snork πŸ˜‰

  12. WMCB says:

    The world has gone stark raving Orwellian batshit bonkers.

  13. gumsnapper says:

    β€œThe majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States …”
    ― George Orwell

  14. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from No Quarter

  15. WMCB says:

    Hey, guess what, guys? Those cons are awfully cult-like, said the glassy-eyed Obama Girl.

    • Somebody says:

      Classic case of projection.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Actually, I don’t see a division of liberals and conservatives on social media sites anymore. I now see a division of vile progs and normal people.

      • elliesmom says:

        I belong to several online sewing groups. One is fairly small, and the rules say being “politically correct” is not required. The group is multi-racial and spans a lot of different age groups. It’s the place to post your work if you want honest criticism. We don’t make fun of each other, but don’t ask if what you’ve sewn makes your butt look big unless you really want to know. One of the funniest lines going is whether you have to be black or white to get away with wearing something at work, I host a “weekly feature” called “What Not to Sew”. I find a photo of something that has been badly made and we critique the workmanship. Someone joined the group, but it was more than she could take. She took a list of our names and got us banned from a very popular group because we’re all “mean girls”. Apparently criticizing Lena Dunham’s designer is a bridge too far. When you can’t even talk about crooked seams and mis-matched plaids without censoring yourself, we’ve gone off the deep end.

        • DeniseVB says:

          LOL. Did you pull up the red carpet “gown” that Lena wore and the “mean girls” on twitter were calling it “a used tampon” ? Lena does it on purpose. What’s not to criticize? πŸ˜‰

  16. WMCB says:

  17. WMCB says:

    This whole thread is an exercise in WTF. No, this poor girl is not the least bit tongue-in-cheek. She is deadly and sadly serious.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    I just may buy the book if there’s more stuff like this in it πŸ™‚ GWB’s disastrous blind date with one of the Nixon daughters πŸ˜€

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  21. John Denney says:

    U.N. treaty that someone in the U.S. signed forbids civilians owning firearms. Wisely, at least 52 senators have refused to ratify it. Any senator who votes to ratify it is a traitor, giving aid and comfort to the enemies of liberty, IMHO.

  22. DandyTIger says:

    #MeninistTwitter is a pretty funny trend. Seems to be making some new feminists angry, so even better.

  23. HELENK3 says:

    I am finally able to drive legally in Florida. I thought I was going have to sell my first born kid, but finally got my driver’s license today.

  24. The Klown says:

    I can’t stand Beyonce.

  25. WMCB says:

    Obama just sold out Tibet. Note: the USA has never recognized Tibet, but presidents have tried to be diplomatic about it. They basically avoided it or were “hopeful for peace” or some shit. Nt Throw Tibet under the bus.

    • John Denney says:


      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      “All men” includes Tibetans.

  26. Lulu says:

    Senate Democrats are looking at taking a vote in the lame-duck session that starts today to force approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, a party aide said, a move that may bolster Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances.

    If this is true, the Democrats are in full collapse. Years too late, after turning every energy producing state Republican, NOW they think about defying the billionaire Proggies who fund their shit campaigns and finance rigged elections. Tom Steyer spent 73 million of his own bucks to fund losers. All of them lost. Part of a preference cascade is the public no longer believes anything the authorities, “experts”, and advocates say. Why do these assholes think their weirdo opinions are more valid than everyone else? Mary Landrieu is a dead duck and this will infuriate Louisianians who know she has been a Reid and Obama flunky for years. I hope the lame duck Democratic Senate does it as a big FU to Obama who in turn vetoes it.

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