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Christmas Truce of World War I — Joyeux Noel.

This is a brief clip from the 2005 movie Joyeux Noel.

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.

The movie is historical fiction, but based on historical events of the era.

A Beginning, An End, A Return.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that launched the United States into World War II.

The Japanese plan was simple: Destroy the Pacific Fleet. That way, the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the South Pacific. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack.

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside.

Get Your Money Back.

As part of the continuing saga of the 7 year old child with Down Syndrome whose parents are suing the Brevard School Board, the attorney for the couple, Nicholas P. Whitney of the law firm Anderson Glenn, LLC., released a statement concerning the release of the Indian Harbor Beach Police Department’s investigation into the incident where the parents, supported by State Representative Randy Fine, allege the child was abused by the school district and teachers at her school.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Although we have done so in the past, we are not going to continue to use the child’s name in our coverage of this. No matter how this all shakes down, we feel the child is a pawn in a political game and we will not further any damage to her or her reputation going forward. In that some states do not allow the publishing of the names of minor abused children, we are going to err on the side of caution and not use the child’s name as there are charges of abuse in this case. We won’t edit the statement by others)

Here is the statement as seen on Fine’s Facebook page.

As we often do, we want to fiske Whitney’s response.

The Conkling Letter.

Abraham Lincoln and James Conkling

In the summer of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln received an invitation to speak at a Republican rally on September 3, 1863 in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

The convention was being held in part as a response to a previous gathering of “Peace Democrats” in the state. The Democrats, known as “Copperheads,” thought the Civil War to be unConstitutional and too costly in terms of dollars and men. Long lists of casualties printed in local papers after battles such as Antietam (22,717), Chancellorsville (30,500), Shiloh (23,746), Vicksburg (37,273) and the recent battle of Gettysburg (51,118) plus other battles gave the Copperheads more ammunition to garner public support to end the Civil War, let the Southern States (and any other state) secede and let the institution of slavery to continue. In the minds of the Copperheads, neither the Union of the United States of America or “negroes” were worth fighting for, much less dying for.

In the Republican party, there was a small division of those who thought fighting to preserve the Union was good and noble, but a much smaller minority also held the view that “negroes” and the abolition of slavery was not worth the terrible cost of blood.

The CDC. Part One.

The US Center for Disease Control, the CDC, is often the “go to” source for policy guidance.

As we have seen over the past few years, the CDC has been less than truthful and statements from the agency have been based on bad or non-existent data.

The problem is that as the impact of COVID grew, the CDC took on a role of that of the legislative branch and seems to think that it can make and enforce laws.

The first and second instance of this was the eviction moratorium the CDC issued. The CDC initially issued an eviction moratorium which the Supreme Court said had to end in July. The CDC then issued another moratorium which the Supreme Court overturned effectively saying, “we’ve been down this path before. It was wrong then and it is wrong now.” The Court overturned that moratorium saying:

Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta.

(Somehow we missed this.)

Back in the early 2000’s, the people of California put on the ballot what was then called “Proposition 8,” which mandated that marriage be between a man and a woman, and that California should not perform or acknowledge single sex marriages. As one can imagine, the issue was a hot topic. However for the purposes of this post, what happened was that people that had donated money in favor of Prop 8 were attacked personally and their businesses damaged and disrupted by often violent protestors.

Two non-profit groups, the Thomas Moore Law Center (TMLC) and Americans for Prosperity had always followed California law when it comes to their charity’s mission, officers, finances, etc. What California did not require was a list of donors to those charities. Such disclosure was voluntary, and the two groups declined to disclose their donor lists.

Proteins: Explained.

Interesting stuff!

You might already know that proteins are a fundamental part of your diet, but they’re much more than that.

Ten Million Starlings Swarm (7 Tons of Bird Poo.)

From the folks at the BBC:

Rome plays host to one of the world’s most amazing displays of aerial acrobatics, but it’s not all beauty and grace…

When animals swarm they create a super-organism of incredible power. They can attack our food supplies, immobilise our transport systems, undermine our cities and even attack our energy supplies. They can stop us in our tracks. Using state-of-the-art photography, Superswarms reveals the collective intelligence behind the animal invasions, and how man fights back.

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