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The Red Baron_Movie Review

The Red Baron_Movie Review

We have Netflix and in my queue I have a lot of war movies. I keep them there in reserve so-to-speak for when my wife wants to watch something I have zero interest in. I can then break open the laptop put the head phones on and take a chance on a war movie I […]

Who was Bar-Kokhba?

Who was Bar-Kokhba?

The Jews fought two major wars against their Roman occupiers. The First Jewish War ended in 70 AD when the Roman General Titus stormed Jerusalem and destroyed what is known as the Second Temple. The temple’s destruction fulfilled what Jesus had prophesied in Matthew 24:1-2. The Second Jewish War was fought during the reign of […]

A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A few years ago my wife and I traveled to Virginia for our wedding anniversary. Our destination was the beautiful Shenandoah Valley but to get there we had to travel through another beautiful area, the mountains of West Virginia. West Virginia is coal country. The people (not those struck down by poverty and lack of […]

Wisconsin National Guard Behaving Badly

Wisconsin National Guard Behaving Badly

My dad was proud of military service in WW2. Before he passed away he asked me to get an honor guard for his funeral which I did when he died in 2006. The men that showed up to fire the salute and hand me the flag were professional and courteous. The squad leader gave me […]

The French Army in Mexico and Algeria in the Movies

The French Army in Mexico and Algeria in the Movies

I’ve been down with a knee injury for a number of weeks but it’s allowed me to watch some movies on my Netflix list, the kind of movies that my wife would have zero interest in! Three of them were subtitled; the original’s being in Russian (The Ninth Company), Spanish (Cinco de Mayo: La Batatlla) […]

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires_The Ninth Company

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires_The Ninth Company

There is one thing about laid up with an injury for a period of time-it provides opportunity to watch your stacked up movies on your Netflix list. So it was one recent Saturday when I finally got to watch the 2005 release of The Ninth Company a Russian production about a paratroop company that served […]

US Threatens Denmark

US Threatens Denmark

As the world now knows the Danish PM, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, shamelessly enticed President Barack Obama and British PM David Cameron at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Upon his return to the US the President ordered US warships to the North Sea to threaten the Copenhagen government and have it turn over their flirtatious PM to […]

Heh, I’m pretty sure Oswald was a Marxist

I was ten the day Kennedy was assassinated. I remember the day and following days clearly. I was in fifth grade at a Catholic school when the Mother Superior came on the public address system (know to us the PA!). She informed us what happened and our teacher dragged out the TV and turned it […]

Uncle Bill’s Cold War Cruiser

Sometimes when you did through family history pictures you get a surprise. My Uncle Bill (William Zoromski), whom I had only met a couple of times once when I was 6 and another time when I was sixteen, reportedly served on the USS Providence, a guided missile cruiser that I supposedly toured in 1959 when […]

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