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Friday Open Thread

Lincoln in Richmond by Lambert Hollis

On this date in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln toured the just-captured Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

Rick Perry -- MIA

No, this isn’t a story about Rick Perry being derelict in his duties. It is about his trip with a group called the BentProp Project to Palau in the Pacific to look for the remains of World War 2 MIAs. From the Trail Blazers Blog at The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Rick Perry announced [...]

R.I.P. — Admiral Jeremiah Denton

Then Capt. Jeremiah Denton

Former U.S. Senator and Vietnam War POW Admiral Jeremiah Denton passed away today at age 89. From the U.S. Naval Institute:

The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese [...]

Thursday Open Thread

Dimmitt’s Goliad flag

The Mexican Army massacred 341 Texas fighters on this date in 1836. It was the single greatest loss of life in the War for Texas Independence. Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo! The worm would turn shortly.

Sunday Open Thread

Patrick Heny

On this date in 1775 Patrick Henry of Virginia delivered his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death…” speech. Though no official text exists the most well known version ends thus:

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. [...]

Sunday Open Thread

March 2, 1836:

The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836.

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are [...]

19 FEB 2007 Troops in Contact

An Alamo in central Iraq. 19 FEB 2007

The town of Tarmiyah lies about 15 miles north of Camp Taji. About half way to the sprawling airbase at Balad on the banks of the Tigris River, Tarmiyah had long been the home of insurgent activity. During OIF 2 it was a known hotspot to us [...]

17 FEB 2007 Apaches rescue the Cavalry

Tigris River, 17 February, 2007 “You guys really are angels on our shoulder!”

This weather sucks. I am walking to the TOC from the trailer, trying to avoid mud puddles and occasionally looking over toward the tall antenna on the west side of the camp next to Route Tampa to see if it is visible. [...]

Tuesday Open Thread

On this date in 1789 the Electoral College unanimously elects George Washington as the first President of the United States representing the high water mark of the office.

For Keith and Jason

7 years ago today we lost two great Cav troopers. See ya’ on the green.

On the 20th of this month a new helicopter maintenance hangar at Fort Rucker, AL will be named in honor of CW4 Keith Yoakum and CW2 Jason DeFrenn, it’s an honor long over due.

For more about this day [...]