Veterans Day: The torch held high

The torch: Be ours to hold it high.

It has been a tradition at both TOC and the blog Liberty Unyielding, for which I was editor at large from 2012 to October 2021, to post a recurring Veterans Day article.  In 2020, I published the version below for the first time.  It’s interesting to me to reread it now, and realize how much has changed in the last year.  See if you feel the same. – JED

Since 2018, when we passed the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, it has seemed less relevant to commemorate Veterans Day with the annual post we used to use (the last iteration was here).

As we honor military veterans on 11 November, however, I miss an integral element of that old annual post: the John McCrae poem from 1915, “In Flanders Fields.” Continue reading “Veterans Day: The torch held high”

Did Geithner threaten S&P over downgrade, before Holder brought lawsuit?

You talkin’-a me?

Debtfella (Reuters photo)
Debtfella (Reuters photo)

Hardly anyone remembers now that the Obama justice department brought a civil suit against Standard & Poor’s in February 2013, making the following allegation about S&P:

The United States said S&P inflated ratings and understated risks associated with mortgage securities, driven by a desire to gain more business from the investment banks that issued those securities. S&P committed fraud by falsely claiming its ratings were objective, the lawsuit said. Continue reading “Did Geithner threaten S&P over downgrade, before Holder brought lawsuit?”

Parody site “National Report”

Don’t be roadkill on the Right Information highway.

We’ll keep it short here, folks.  Don’t be fooled by posts at this website.

I’m in several online forums in which people with shared political sympathies exchange views, links, and information, and more than once, I’ve seen correspondents forward links to National Report posts, apparently thinking they are serious.

National Report is described by some as a “satire” site; it appears to me to be more of a parody site, posting what purport to be Continue reading “Parody site “National Report””

You say Thermopylae, I say Alamo

That roll-call in the sky.

A few observations on the battle for America’s future as it shapes up heading for 1 October, or perhaps 17 October, or perhaps a date after that.

1.  Allen West invoked Thermopylae, Leonidas, and the 300 Spartans as an analogy to where we are after Ted Cruz’s stand in the Senate this week.  Cruz being from Texas, I was going to invoke the Alamo, Colonel Travis, and the 180-some who died with him in the siege there.  But OK.

As every school kid used to know, Thermopylae and the Alamo both mattered, even though both battles were lost by their tiny contingents of doughty defenders.  The pass at Thermopylae was well-chosen terrain for a defending force as small as the Spartans’; the Alamo was poorly chosen for making a defensive stand against a much superior Mexican army.  Both battles were, in any case, lost.  But Continue reading “You say Thermopylae, I say Alamo”

Why Ted Cruz speaks for me

Warriors versus wimps.

Ted Cruz and his allies get it.  They get that Americans can’t afford to have Obamacare implemented against our groaning, near-collapse finances.  They get that we are disgusted (and alarmed) at the idea of being the GOP’s economic attrition strategy for the 2014 election: the strategy that says, “Let things get as bad as they’re going to with Obamacare, and then people will finally blame the Democrats.”  The problem with that strategy is that someone has to pay the price for it – has to accept the financial losses, which for many people could be disastrous, even permanently life-changing – and that someone is us.

Cruz – and Mike Lee in the Senate, along with Matt Salmon (AZ) and others in the House – show that they get what the stakes are, Continue reading “Why Ted Cruz speaks for me”