Archive for category: History

Metal Tuesday- Sabaton- Winged Hussars

22 Nov
November 22, 2016

Yeah, I know. How utterly surprising that a Sabaton song shows up on Metal Tuesday. Well, this one has been playing almost nonstop in my head for the past few days. Because it’s that awesome!

And it’s about the largest cavalry charge in history. Seriously, read up on the Battle of Vienna.

Lyrics in the video.

Friday Quote- 7/1/16

01 Jul
July 1, 2016
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” 

Patrick Henry

Metal Tuesday – Disturbed- Never Again

03 May
May 3, 2016

Tomorrow starts Holocaust Remembrance Day. It only seems appropriate that this week’s Metal Tuesday be Disturbed’s “Never Again.”

Lyrics in the YouTube video.

Challenger, 30 Years Later

28 Jan
January 28, 2016

Thirty years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight. Seven were killed.

This is perhaps the first memory where I remember where I was when I heard the news. I was in sixth grade, coming back from PE, when a teacher burst into the hall to tell us what happened. We watched the coverage for pretty much the rest of the day. A friend of mine was in Nature’s Classroom and actually saw the Y-shaped cloud.

Image is from CBS news.

Metal Tuesday – Sabaton – Carolus Rex

15 Dec
December 15, 2015

This week’s Metal Tuesday is Sabaton’s “Carolus Rex.”

The song is about Charles XII of Sweden, who not only managed to end the Swedish Empire by losing to Russia, but managed to get himself exiled to the Ottoman Empire, where he continued to cause mischief.


20 Nov
November 20, 2015

America is a land of immigrants – and some of those immigrants have been people fleeing strife and persecution in their homelands. The Syrians are just the latest in a very long line of people coming to this nation because their homeland has gone to shit. With each new wave of immigration, there have been people who have screamed to close the borders, to limit the number of people coming in, that this new wave of immigration will be horrible for the nation. Look at what happened when the Irish, Chinese, Italians, Jews, Cubans, and Bosnians came to America over the last two hundred years. 

Each wave, most of the people settled peacefully and assimilated. They worked and raised families. They added foods, words, and traditions to their local communities and the nation as a whole. And a small portion became criminals and terrorists. Yet, the nation has survived. 

I don’t think most of the people opposing allowing the refugees in are doing so because of racism. They have legitimate safety concerns. For the other side to completely ignore those concerns is naive. However, I still believe that the good outweighs the bad, and that in a generation or two, the Syrians will just become another part of the American landscape. 

Friday Quote -11/6/15

06 Nov
November 6, 2015
You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth – and the amusing thing about it is that they are.

Father Kevin Kealy, 1st Marine Division Chaplain, Korean War

Next week is the USMC birthday.

Happy birthday Marines. Semper Fi

Friday Quote -9/11/15

11 Sep
September 11, 2015

Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.

Todd Beamer, passenger on United 93

Fourteen years ago, we were violently shown the depths of human depravity, but also the heights of human courage and self-sacrifice. 

I highly encourage you to watch United 93 if you haven’t already.

The End of the World’s Bloodiest Conflict, Seventy Years Later

02 Sep
September 2, 2015

Seventy years ago today, the Japanese signed their unconditional surrender aboard the USS Missouri.

Friday Quote – 8/28/15

28 Aug
August 28, 2015

World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.

Ken Follet

I wonder how World War 2 will be viewed a century from now.