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Whether Buried Here Or Abroad, Today We Honor The Memory, The Lives, And The Service Of Those Who Died For This Country.

A post on the meaning, observance and history of Memorial Day.

THE GENERAL WEPT when he heard the news. About 3 a.m. on November 3, 1917, German troops overran an isolated Allied outpost near Verdun, killing three men from the 16th Infantry who had slipped into the trenches for their combat debut only hours before. These were the first of Jack Pershing’s men to die in the Great War. One was shot between the eyes; another had his skull smashed. The third was found face down, his throat cut. All three were buried near where they had died, amid the beautiful rolling hills of northeastern France. This was as it should be, General Pershing believed. There was no time to bring fallen soldiers back to the States, he said, nor any space on ships crossing the Atlantic. And he couldn’t bear to think of mothers opening caskets to see their boys ravaged by the fearsome new weapons of the industrial era. Within days, however, the War Department discovered that the families and friends of the dead thought differently. Letters and telegrams arrived in Washington asking when the soldiers’ remains would be shipped home. Grand funerals were planned. No matter that the men had died an ocean away or that the war was still going on. Bring them home. This was a refrain Pershing and the military establishment would hear for the rest of the war, indeed, for years afterward. History had given the American people definite ideas about what to do with the war dead. And they weren’t to be denied.

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Does Getting COVID-19 Make You Immune To It?

What a month it has been, eh?

Here’s looking to a brighter May as we all move forward.





More Good News On COVID-19.

Several good (actually great) stories on the news front today about COVID-19.

First up, President Trump has announced the FDA has cleared Hydroxychloroquine for use in clinical trials for curing COVID-19.

President Trump confirmed Thursday that Hydroxychloroquine has been approved by FDA for prescription treatment of COVID-19.

“We slashed red tape to develop vaccines and therapies as fast as it can possibly be done, long before anybody else was even thinking about doing this,” he said. “As we race to develop a vaccine we’re also pursuing anti-viral therapies…and to me that’s even more important. The vaccine by its nature you have to have long tests…the therapies are something we can move on much faster potentially.”

“Clinical trials are already underway for many new therapies,” he said, noting that if treatments have been known to be safe in other countries, they will consider them. “Nothing will stand in our way.”
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We Don’t Think A Concealed Weapons Permit Is Available For This One.

Boom.

The Army completed a new test of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system (ERCA), hitting a target over 40 miles away.




Alexander Hamilton’s Influence On Free Press Law: Free Speech Rules (Episode 10)

Script:

No rules this time – Just a little history.

Alexander Hamilton was many things: aide to General George Washington, Secretary of the Treasury, Major General of the U.S. Army, lover, cheater, duelist, musical phenomenon. But few people know his immensely influential role in American free press law—just months before his fatal duel.

Today, we think of libel as defamatory falsehood: false written statements—especially lies, but sometimes honest mistakes—that injure a person’s reputation. And we also think of libel as a civil claim; criminal libel prosecutions are very rare.
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Ants Vs Banana.

Somehow we have found this mesmerizing. It is amazing how the ants attack and devour the banana.

You’ll never look at ants or bananas the same way again.



Listen To The Argument: Ben Shapiro.

This is a video from the Young America’s Foundation which is a conservative group with chapters on college campuses. The chapters bring in conservative speakers which seems to infuriate the left for some reason, but that is a post for another day.

In this video Ben Shapiro is talking about the economic harm caused by slavery in the US, but not the way people normally think of the harm. Here he is talking about how slavery was an actual drain on the economy of the south, how that drain led to the South’s defeat in the Civil War, and how it was only until Jim Crow laws in the South were overturned that the “human capital” of workers, their families and their skills returned to the South that the South’s economy started to take off. The point is that free market labor is cheaper and better for the economy than slavery which is counter to the arguments that some put forth that slavery “built” America.
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Most Popular Operating Systems (Windows) 2003 – 2020 | Most Popular OS (windows) 2003 – 2020

Interesting graphic.





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