Today We Are All Dutch
Jul23

Today We Are All Dutch

The achievements of the Dutch people and the tragedies they have suffered have, at times, been immensely disproportionate to the small population and the tiny size of this remarkable nation. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, “tiny Holland” — the “Northern Low Countries” with less than 2 million people — experienced an era of unprecedented, explosive growth and prosperity to become the premier economic, industrial,...

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Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates

This entry will be updated as events warrant. 22 July 2014 21:50 CDT The first bodies from flight MH17 are being flown to the Netherlands where they are expected to arrive in Eindhoven at 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The BBC: The Dutch royal family and the prime minister Mark Rutte will meet the plane. The bodies are then due to be taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks for identification. Mr Rutte said that process could...

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Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)
Jul22

Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)

Read an Opinion by the New York Times Editorial Board following the post. On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order...

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Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates

22 July 2014 – 12:00 PM CDT – The New York Times: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. All three United States carriers with service to Israel – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways – said they had temporarily suspended...

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The Medal of Honor for a Soldier’s Actions When ‘Valor Was Everywhere’
Jul21

The Medal of Honor for a Soldier’s Actions When ‘Valor Was Everywhere’

One month ago, we reported on the White House announcement that President Barack Obama would award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Today that moment came. At a moving ceremony in the White House this afternoon, attended by SSG Pitt’s wife Amy and their one-year-old son Lucas, the President of the United States did indeed bestow the nation’s highest military...

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Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’
Jul21

Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — not a slouch — has just published a progress report on “Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act” — “an overview of Obamacare’s first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.” Talking Points Memo (TPM) says: The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law’s implementation but presented...

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My First ‘Cell Phone’
Jul20

My First ‘Cell Phone’

I have been writing so much about ongoing tragedies, wars and conflicts that I need to give it a rest. So, for a change, I decided to read an article about the evolution of cell phones. One of the first sentences was “Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function.” No kidding! But how about in size — unless that is part of “design.” Which brings me to one of my first cell phones — I think we...

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The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)
Jul19

The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)

Scroll down for updates In her “Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner,” fellow contributor Prairie Weather posted an image of the numbers and nationalities of the men, women, children and babies aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While the numbers have slightly changed — the Wall Street Journal this morning, for example, raised the number of Dutch victims to 192 — the enormity of...

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President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’
Jul18

President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’

Here are some excerpts from President Obama’s remarks on the shooting-down of the Malaysia Airliner where at least one American was killed, as reported by Claudette Roulo of the DoD News, Defense Media Activity: “Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions,” Obama told reporters during a news...

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(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ
Jul17

(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ

Member Login Username: Password: Update II: Secretary of State John Kerry has released the following statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine: We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this...

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New Worries, Old Typewriters and Old Worries
Jul16

New Worries, Old Typewriters and Old Worries

As a result of the alleged U.S. spying on the German government, Newsweek is reporting that a German commission looking into the U.S. spying scandal may be considering the use of the old-fashioned manual typewriters as an anti-spy measure. When asked whether the committee investigating the “spying scandal” was in fact entertaining such an idea, Patrick Sensburg, chair of the committee and a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat...

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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A Day in the Life of a President – in  Austin, Texas
Jul12

A Day in the Life of a President – in Austin, Texas

As most know, President Obama traveled to Austin this week where, according to the White House, he simply “sat down for coffee with a letter writer, delivered a speech on the economy, and grabbed some lunch at a local BBQ joint.” Of course the President did much more than that. For example, that unassuming “delivered a speech” represents, in my opinion, one of the best, frank, spirited, passionate, telling-it-like-it-really-is,...

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Good News for Veterans’ Survivors
Jul08

Good News for Veterans’ Survivors

Here is some good news from that much-maligned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — good news for those who have just lost a veteran spouse at a time when good news is so sorely needed. According to a VA release: New burial regulations effective today will now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to automatically pay the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently,...

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Dutch ‘Zwarte Pieten’: Innocent Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?
Jul05

Dutch ‘Zwarte Pieten’: Innocent Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?

When I was a little kid (“little” being ages 10 through 17), I lived in the Netherlands Antilles and in the Netherlands. That was back in the 50s. I remember Zwarte Piet, or “Black Pete,” well. I remember them (sometimes there were dozens of them) running and clowning around with their burlap sacks — scaring the daylights out of some little kids, might be a better term — in parades, shopping centers and, as legend had it,...

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American Teenager Caught Up in Israel Violence
Jul05

American Teenager Caught Up in Israel Violence

WTSP.com reports that an American boy, Tampa teenager Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old student at the Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, is being detained in Jerusalem following an attack carried out by Israeli defense forces, as claimed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Young Khdeir was attending a demonstration following the death of his 16-year old cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was allegedly burned alive...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars ‘Doing Good Things’
Jul04

Veterans of Foreign Wars ‘Doing Good Things’

On previous Independence Days I have expressed my thoughts and feelings about the day’s significance and meaning in different ways. The thoughts and feelings that are most consistently expressed on this celebration of our nation’s independence are freedom, justice, love of country — in short, patriotism. Mark Twain in his unique, perhaps somewhat satirical style, defined patriotism once simply as “Patriotism is...

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(Updated) World Cup 2014: Team USA, You Did Great. Tim Howard, You Were Awesome!
Jul03

(Updated) World Cup 2014: Team USA, You Did Great. Tim Howard, You Were Awesome!

President Barack Obama and staff watch the U.S. soccer team vs Belgium in World Cup action in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Update: The President also called U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team’s performance during the 2014 World Cup — “You guys did us...

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Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’
Jun29

Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’

Yesterday, June 28, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, an event that would spark World War I. The Defense Department has put together an excellent collection of time lines, maps, photos and videos of World War I, including some amazing, historic footage that captures rare moments of the First World War’s Aisne-Marne operation — below. Read...

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World Cup 2014: If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium
Jun29

World Cup 2014: If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium

The last time the United States played Belgium was in a friendly match in 2013 when Belgium beat the U.S. 4-2. Since then, Team USA has come a long way and will be facing “dangerous” Belgium again Tuesday, but this time in a World Cup Round of 16 game, reaching the knockout stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time in the team’s history. Statisticians, experts and pundits are trotting out their match-prediction...

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