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Peleliu: 70 Year Anniversary

Peleliu: 70 Year Anniversary

On September 15, we mark the seventieth anniversary of the landings on Peleliu island in the Palau chain by the First U.S. Marine Division during the Pacific War. This was one of those battles that often gets passed over in

All-American Allman Brothers Band Gave South Reason to Be Proud

All-American Allman Brothers Band Gave South Reason to Be Proud

So it’s 1988, I’m 21, summer time’s in full, humid swing in rural Illinois and my college buddies and I are shooting pool at the local watering hole. A row of noise-enhanced Harleys adorned with black leather studded saddle bags

Miley Cyrus' Sexual Act a Far Cry from Days When Music Mattered

Miley Cyrus' Sexual Act a Far Cry from Days When Music Mattered

Miley Cyrus sent out this tweet after her sexualized performance at Sunday’s Video Music Awards: And isn’t that what it’s all about in tween/young adult entertainment land these days? Here’s a question. Can anyone remember what song she sang? In

Chris Matthews' Race-Based Apology Hits Hypocritical Note

Chris Matthews' Race-Based Apology Hits Hypocritical Note

I couldn’t help but take notice of Chris Matthews speaking on “behalf of all white people” the other day when foaming at the mouth over the last faux racial injustice that fuels the left-wing media establishment’s drive to polarize this

Psy's Anti-American Rants Ignore U.S. Sacrifices for His Homeland

Psy's Anti-American Rants Ignore U.S. Sacrifices for His Homeland

A quick word about the South Korean rapper Psy. I understand he has apologized for his song whose lyrics are filled with such anti-US military vitriol as: “Kill those f*****g Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives. Kill those f*****g

'A Bridge Too Far' – When Masculinity Mattered at the Movies

'A Bridge Too Far' – When Masculinity Mattered at the Movies

On September 17, 1944 the Dutch sunshine was blotted out by 4,700 aircraft of all types in a stream that stretched ninety-four miles long and three miles wide. It was the largest aerial armada in the history of warfare featuring

Obama's War on Middle Class: The Hidden Inflation 'Tax'

Obama's War on Middle Class: The Hidden Inflation 'Tax'

As the campaign heats up, the narrative that David Axelrod and others are trying to string together is this: Mitt Romney is a mega-millionaire who only wishes to cut taxes for his wealthy buddies while his arch-conservative running mate Paul

Media's 'Smartest President' Fails History

Media's 'Smartest President' Fails History

Here is just one example of why many in this country look askance at President Obama. It is a minor issue, I guess, and in the scheme of things maybe not so important, but I do think it also speaks

'The Godfather': Still Great After 40 Years (and 57 Viewings)

'The Godfather': Still Great After 40 Years (and 57 Viewings)

When Dennis Miller listed 10 things that women can do to make men happy, number four was: “Would it kill you to watch ‘The Godfather’ with me for the 57th time?” How true is that? For going on two generations

Are Liberals Smarter and Nicer? Just Ask Academia

A recent Livescience.com article appearing in Yahoo! News highlighted a study by psychologist Gordon Hodson of Brock University in Ontario in which a nexus is supposedly found between being unintelligent and conservative and being racist. I presume then that, as conservatives and

*MONDAY* PROOFED ED: Are Liberals Smarter and Nicer? Just Ask Academia

A recent Livescience.com article appearing in Yahoo! News highlighted a study by psychologist Gordon Hodson of Brock University in Ontario in which a nexus is supposedly found between being unintelligent and conservative and being racist. I presume then that, as

Thank You Steve Jobs

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful–that’s what matters to me.” R.I.P Steve Jobs. He was the patron saint of entrepreneurs. Newton once reflected that if

Morgan Freeman Not So Color Blind As I Thought

On BigHollywood I once shared my thoughts on the movie Glory and how Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the 54th Mass., was an example of a post-racial man in his day – indeed he went to his death for

Getting George Washington Wrong: Obama's Cynical History Lesson

Those listening to President Obama’s speech in the Rose Garden yesterday may have been hoping for remarks outlining a comprehensive debt reducing package from the nation’s chief executive, but what they got was yet another class warfare screed. Replete with

Remembering Antietam: Still America's Bloodiest Day

If you ask most Americans what was the bloodiest day in our history, you would probably get either 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, depending on the age of the responder. Neither would be correct. In Western Maryland is a sluggish creek

NY Times Thinks Free Speech, Not Deranged Thoughts, Kill

Humanity has always been violent. Criminal acts and atrocious crimes are the not the sole property of any one group, as anyone doing even a cursory review of European history (especially in the 20th Century) can attest. What happened in

Independence Day At Gettysburg…What Does It All Mean?

While contemplating the momentous event in human history that was the American colonies’ break from Great Britain, John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776 saying that: “the day will be the most memorable in the history of

Is Obama Losing His Base?

So even Bill Maher finally gets it? It is somewhat gratifying for me to watch liberals who so swooned over a Chicago politician as the “chosen one” to come down to earth and join the rest of us who never

'Gettysburg' Review: History Channel's Hit and Miss

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening hostilities of the Civil War, the History Channel is offering up a bevy of programming which kicked off Sunday with the two-hour documentary Gettysburg. Executive produced by brothers Ridely and Tony Scott, it

Pete Townshend At 66: A Remarkable Rock Legend

As Peter Dennis Blansford Townshend’s mother would tell the story, on May 19, 1945 Air Marshall Tedder, searching for Pete’s dad, called out to a gathering of RAF personnel and announced: “It’s a boy.” Twenty-three years later a budding music