Listen to Julius Howell, a General of the Confederate Army’s Calvary Unit. He joined his fellow Southerners at the age of 16 and gave this radio address in 1948 at the age of 91. He recalls his memory of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the *(real)  reason there was a Civil War to begin with.

 

*contrary in part to what our history books claim it was fought for.

 

 

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​Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle wins Texas shooting competition against world-class sniper


Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, did her husband proud by winning a shooting competition Saturday in Texas using a special target-assisted firearm collection against a world-class sniper.

The Inaugural American Sniper Shootout, which took place Dec. 5 in Mason, Texas, is a partnership with TrackingPoint — an Austin-based company — and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to raise awareness for both the technology used by TrackingPoint firearms and to raise awareness for the needs of military members, veterans and first responders, according to a promo video for the event.

Kyle used three different rifles with the TrackingPoint technology, making the guns precision-guided firearms. A news release compares the technology to a fighter jet’s lock-and-launch technology. Her opponent, NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt, used three guns commonly used in the Army, according to the news release.

Kyle hit 100 percent of her shots, while her opponent NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt managed to hit 58.6 percent of his targets. Her aggregated score was 10,140 points, while Piatt’s score was 3,080 points, according to a news release.

Kyle is considered a novice shooter, even by herself, but the precision-guided bullets were not.

“If you put us on equal guns, any shooter probably could beat me and take home the million dollars,” Kyle said in a promotional video for the event. “I’m nowhere near a world class marksman. I don’t even think I’d consider myself a marksman at all.”

For her victory, Kyle received a check for $500,000 to go toward the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which helps military and first-responder families. Had Piatt won the competition, he would have received $1 million, according to the event’s website.

“The technology in the TrackingPoint system became shockingly obvious when a novice shooter like Taya Kyle was able to complete the American Sniper Shootout without a miss,” Piatt said in a news release. “Just imagine if these were in the hands of our police and military units. I wish they were available when I was wearing a badge and coordinating the SWAT team.”

TrackingPoint estimates that if the technology was implemented across the military, it could cut costs by more than $3 billion in terms of training and ammunition, according to a news release.

Kyle is the widow of slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was portrayed by actor Bradley Cooper in the Oscar-winning film “American Sniper.” Taya Kyle was portrayed by actress Sienna Miller.
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A Place We’re Meant to be


Is there a place where we’re all meant to be, a place between the threads of life and sacrifice, fate and luck, is there a place in the distance like this for me, and if so what’s a lad like me to do? is it a vanishing door in time and space, that if we’re to step inside it becomes a suicide raid? to never return to those we love with every oz of our being. A vanishing soldier once there,  now never to return. Tap tap on his family’s door, the dreaded door no person wishes to open but must, this will be the last time a Marine knocks on his widow’s door, as he shouts from the clouds above, don’t bother I won’t die, I promise you those tears will dry, don’t feel sorry I’ll be fine, we will meet once more my sweet, so don’t bother, live like we were going to, and know that I’ll always keep an eye on you. Just in case, I forget that gorgeous face.

Mr. M.

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A Soldier’s Silent Night: Merry Christmas my friend


Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this dwelling did live.
As I looked all around, a strange sight to see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking on the mantle, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
Medals and badges, awards of every kind,
a sobering thought came alive in my mind.
This house was different, it was dark, it was dreary.
I had found the home of a soldier, I could see that most clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping silent, alone.
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
His face was so gentle, room in such disorder,
Not at all how I pictured a U.S. soldier.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up on a poncho, a floor for a bed?
Then I realized the other families that I saw this night
Out there lies the soldiers who are willing to fight.
In the morning around the world, children would play
Grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas day
But they all enjoyed freedom, each month through the year,
because of soldiers like the one lying here.

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The Great Dictator Speech, 1940


Transcript and video  of Charlie Chaplin’s Final Speech in The Great Dictator

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Read more

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A Day in Infamy


The handwritten notes Franklin D. Roosevelt scribbled before giving his ‘Day of Infamy’ speech have been put on display on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The original draft of the president’s speech is on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The former president dictated the first version of the speech to his secretary in the hours immediately after the attack, meaning he was editing his own words in later copies.

In the opening line of the speech, FDR at first referred to the day, December 7, 1941, as one that would live in ‘world history’. The words were scribbled out and replaced with ‘infamy’.

FDR's first draft speech December 8, 1941
FDR’s first draft speech December 8, 1941

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Honor Surpassed


We dismiss the achievements of our ancestors & fall short of them.

They honor the achievements of their ancestors & surpassed them.

Anthony Esolen, Professor of English

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Woman worker grinding a machined part at Curtiss-Wright. Photograph by F. Dale Smith, 1943-44. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collection. Smith, Dale F. Collection.

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If-


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: Read more