75th Anniversary of D-Day

(Picture: American cemetery in Normandy, France)

75 years ago today, D-Day the 6th of June, Allied forces endured unimaginable death and destruction and landed on the beaches of France, spelling the beginning of the end of Hitler.

Today, it’s hard for us to believe the sacrifice of those who were serving their country on those stretches of beach. At Omaha Beach (one of five landing beaches), 84% of those that landed in the first wave became casualties. Casualties in the second wave were 56%. Yet they fought on.

Thank you to the ‘Greatest Generation’. May we always remember, and be worthy of, their sacrifice.

 

US Economy Chugs Along But Potential Potholes Ahead

The US economy has been growing at a solid pace, though not quite at the ‘recovery’ pace that has been the case coming out of previous recessions. One of the bright spots has been the drop in unemployment. Yet there are signs of weakness, even after a few years of economic growth. Continue reading “US Economy Chugs Along But Potential Potholes Ahead”

Friday Quick Takes-Working Hard to Be Offended

In this edition of ‘Quick Takes’, we find that coins can be racist, certain dances are sexist and…well, we have gotten so that a large part of our society works very hard to try to be offended.

A Racist Coin Toss?

The Winter Olympics opening ceremonies are today. The process for determining who will carry to US flag during the ceremonies is a vote of the athletes and in the event of a tie, a coin toss to break the tie.

For today’s ceremony, luge racer Erin Hamlin and speed skater Shani Davis were the candidates and when the vote ended in a tie, the US Olympic Committee tossed a coin and Hamlin was selected to carry the flag.

But Davis was angry and attacked the process, which was documented in advance. Davis said the process was ‘dishonorable’ and then referenced Black History Month, apparently suggesting that either he should have won just because he is black or that the coin toss went against his because it was racist.

On a more serious note, it’s things like this that trivialize real issues of racism. When that is the stock answer to anything that happens–in this case a coin toss?!–people discount what you are saying.

And A Sexist Dance

A Staten Island high school cancelled its annual Father-Daughter dance which was scheduled for tonight. The reason? Because New York policy said that is discriminatory and that you can’t hold a dance that is limited to fathers and daughters and must be open to children and parents and grandparents of any sex.

In the scheme of things, such silliness is probably not that big of a deal and invite fathers or mothers or whoever. But silly it is and let’s call it that. At a time where we are seeing a continued erosion of the family and when we get upset because of the large number of fathers who fail to take responsibility for their parental obligations and when we have large amounts of data that shows the benefits for young girls who have a strong father figure during their developing years, why would we ever discourage an event that is designed for fathers to spend time with their daughters?

Because we have far too many people who are more interested in being blindly political correct than in anything else.

Workers Don’t Need A Bonus, According To Certain Members of Congress

Though we won’t know the complete impact of the recently passed tax reform law, one of the positive and surprisingly quick effects is that several large companies are passing on some of the tax savings to their employees. A number have raised the minimum wage of their workers while a number of others have given bonus payments, usually around $1000.

In a commentary on 1) how much people will oppose anything if it’s from people they hate or 2) how out of touch some long time politicians are with reality, former Speaker and current Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked for a reaction, said that $1000 for a worker is “crumbs”. When later asked about her comment, she reiterated her opinion that $1000 does little for a worker.

Not to be outdone, former Democratic Party Chair under President Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said “I’m not sure that $1,000 goes very far for almost anyone.”

For my humble part, I’ll take $1000 and can assure you it would be a big deal.

Investigation of Fetal Tissue Sales

It was only a couple of years ago when a pro-life group gained notoriety for videotaping conversations that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood and other organizations talking about the potential sale of fetus’ body parts. The group was criticized, pro-abortion groups said there was nothing wrong to be found and the Attorney General of California brought charges for illegal videotaping and recording conversations.

However, claims that nothing illegal was found by the group was proved false last week. Continue reading “Investigation of Fetal Tissue Sales”

ISIS–Beaten Down But Not Totally Out

Author's note:  At the time of publishing, we did not know of the terrorist truck attack in New York. It shows that terrorism is still a threat.  Our thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the attack.

Last week saw the final military defeat of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).   Iraqi military forces captured the self-proclaimed capital of the caliphate, Raqqa, and drove ISIS fighters into the desert.

At its peak, ISIS had proclaimed a capital in Raqqa, Iraq and had conquered significant territory in Iraq and Syria.   Significant to Muslim imagery, ISIS declared itself a modern caliphate and its leader a successor to Muhammed.   And early in its ascendancy, ISIS seemed to threaten the very existence of the Iraqi government as Iraqi forces often simply ran in early fighting against fanatical militants.

The war against ISIS, and al Qaeda before that was different in ways we haven’t fully grasped because of the nature of the terrorists themselves.  Continue reading “ISIS–Beaten Down But Not Totally Out”

Midweek Quick Takes

News of note from the last week, from Thinking Man’s Politics…

The Anti-Intellectualism in Academia (continued)

An instructor at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a way she has a way to battle the ills of the world, or at least her little corner of it.

Stephanie McKellop seeks “social justice” in her classroom.   And by that she doesn’t mean as Martin Luther King did, where people are “…judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”   She means that it’s time for payback.

In her own little way in her government, taxpayer funded job, the self-described “queer disabled feminist” announced on Twitter how she is going to get even.  She has decided to ignore white males in her class, as much as she can.  Only if there are no women, minorities or others to call on in class will she call on any white male.

And From Collegiate Athletics…You Can Protest the Anthem, As Long As the Protest Isn’t In Favor

The College of the Ozarks has hosted the men’s Division II college basketball tournament for the last 18 years.  That will change this season.

The NAIA, the governing body for the roughly 250 schools, has decided it will pull the tournament from the school this year because the school has said it requires its student athletes and those of schools participating at their facilities to stand for the national anthem.   The NAIA said that this was too much to ask, and rather than require students to stand it will move the tournament to a new venue.

Aside from anything we may say on this specific topic, one can’t help but notice another example of the ‘tolerant’ being tolerant of anyone except those who disagree.  The College of the Ozarks decided that their choice was to take a stand (no pun intended) on this topic but the NAIA finds that a school making this choice can’t be tolerated and will pull the tournament and associated economic impact from the Branson, MO school.