Britishness, Culture, History, Plain Speaking

Merry Holiday Christmas Shopping in the UK!

First they came for the meat: A [London ] university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate emergency; Could Scotland Ban Meat?  Parliament Considers Petition to Transform the Food System. But many of my neighbors raise and process their own pigs, beef, and chickens and are happy… Continue reading Merry Holiday Christmas Shopping in the UK!

Plain Speaking, USMC, War

What About The Draft?

The United States of America abolished the draft (most recently) in 1973.  Subsequent to that date, all the forces have been all-voluntary.  Previous to that date, conscription had been an on-and-off sort of thing, occurring between the Revolutionary War and the Vietnam War, as convenient and as required. In these most recent days, as we… Continue reading What About The Draft?

Culture, Plain Speaking

Thailand’s Shame

The news today is peppered with stories of Thailand’s deadliest mass killing by a single individual, one perpetrated by an ex-policeman at a children’s day-care center. Apparently, this former cop was dismissed from the force last year after allegations of drug-dealing,** for which he was facing imminent trial. According to Reuters, he had been in… Continue reading Thailand’s Shame

Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Royalty

“Don’t Get Stuck On Stupid”

Today's quote comes from retired US Army General Russel L. Honoré who responded to a question by a reporter from what Rush Limbaugh used to call the "state-run media," about the government response to 2005's Hurricane Katrina with the advice, "Don't get stuck on stupid." Lord. Today, the Big Stupid stems from what was originally… Continue reading “Don’t Get Stuck On Stupid”

Culture, History, Plain Speaking

Dear Tom Daley, Get Educated, and Get Your Head Out of Your Bum, Please

I'm so glad that Tom Daley, a British Olympic gold-medal winning diver, a gay man who bravely "came out" in 2013 (despite being under the threat of being thrown to his death from the top of buildings or of being anally penetrated with a rough-sawn stake and set out in the sun to die while… Continue reading Dear Tom Daley, Get Educated, and Get Your Head Out of Your Bum, Please

Life, Military, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, War

“He deserves the gratitude of all of his countrymen”

Thus spoke President Harry Truman of Ernest Taylor Pyle. Ernie Pyle was born 122 years ago today, on August 3, 1900 in Dana, Indiana. He died not quite 45 years later, on April 18, 1945, in the Iejima Okinawa Prefecture of the Empire of Japan, killed in action while doing what he loved. Having missed… Continue reading “He deserves the gratitude of all of his countrymen”

Culture, Plain Speaking, Truth

Sigh: Encyclopedia Britannica Succumbs to New Math in the Service of–What, Exactly?

So.  In an outburst of enthusiasm, I thought I'd write a new post today, and--as I often do--I began a search through Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, and a couple of other sites where I regularly look up "On This Day..." information as a prelude and springboard to discovering something new and interesting. Today, though, I got… Continue reading Sigh: Encyclopedia Britannica Succumbs to New Math in the Service of–What, Exactly?

Alternate History, common sense, History, Plain Speaking, Politics, Reality Check, Royalty

Dear Daily Telegraph….

....frankly, I can't be arsed to look around your website any longer to try to find the link that allows me to send you a question, or to request a reason why my recent comment on your article titled "Prince William praises 'selfless' officer killed defending US Capitol." was removed from your site.  (Something one… Continue reading Dear Daily Telegraph….

Britishness, Plain Speaking, Politics

Dear Prince William: Put a Sock in it. Please

I've mentioned before that I subscribe to only one online "mainstream" publication, and that's The Daily Telegraph.  Fond memories from my childhood of its being rolled up in a paper sleeve and posted to us, first in Nigeria, then in the States.  Arriving weeks late, but still interesting and informative, and with excellent features and… Continue reading Dear Prince William: Put a Sock in it. Please