Americans: Fly your flag

I’ve been proverbially “sick as a dog” this weekend either from stomach flu, or some food poisoning, not sure which. Spending so much time in bed, I almost forgot to put up my flag today. My neighbors must have wondered why this disheveled man with messed up hair and a three day beard was in a bathrobe out in front of my house this morning.

I put up my flag to remind myself, my family, and my neighbors how much we have to be grateful for, and how much we owe the people that have fought to keep our freedoms. Though lately, the war has changed from one of guns and bombs to one of bureaucracy and paper.

On the plus side, we could live here:

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/nvskorea.jpg?w=438&h=390
Nighttime satellite photo of North and South Korea. Note the one light in North Korea.

There’s a great list on Listverse about the psychotic leader of North Korea: Top 10 Crazy Facts About Kim Jong Il

This one was a hoot:

The “Fact”: He is the best natural golfer in history

In 1994, it was reported by Pyongyang media outlets that Kim Jong Il shot 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole golf course – including 5 holes in one! That score is 25 shots better than the best round in history, and is made even more amazing by the fact that it was his first time playing the sport. It’s said Kim Jong Il would routinely sink 3 or 4 holes in one per round of golf, and – lucky for the PGA – he has since given it up.

He lies better than Tiger Woods, and that’s saying something.

I’m thankful we live in America, where if you hear a whopper like that, you can at least laugh about it without being executed.

I wonder if “Tamino” or Eli Rabbet bothers to fly a flag on memorial day? Here’s to hoping that they do.

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93 thoughts on “Americans: Fly your flag

  1. Regret not being able to put a flag on my late Father-in-law’s grave this year. 500 mi
    away. Patton’s 3rd, Normandy, The Bulge, Remagen, Berlin. All from one of five Shermans….
    The Greatest Generation is slowly fading away…

    REPLY: We thank him and honor his memory – Anthony

  2. Tiger Woods is now renamed “Cheetah” Woods

    Kim Jong has good golf scores. It seems america is now fudging numbers. GDP comes out looking good and is adjusted downward. Gotta help the numbers look good?

  3. As a Canadian, I fly the Maple Leaf in front of my house 24/7/365. :-) I hope all that flapping doesn’t cause global warming.

  4. Henry chance says:
    It seems america is now fudging numbers. GDP comes out looking good and is adjusted downward. Gotta help the numbers look good?

    The correct mot-du-jour is “homogenise.”

  5. Nighttime satellite photo of North and South Korea. Note the one light in North Korea.

    What are all the lights off the E coast of SK? Fishing vessels? There are no islands to speak of out there, except Higashi Suido, which is outlined in yellow.

    Was it Primary Colors in which the “fictional” politician has a staff of assistants in the woods to toss errant balls back on the fairway?

  6. Daily lurker of the site, but infrequent poster. Enjoy my visits here very much.

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather, Mr. Watts. I wish you a speedy recovery.

    I fly the Canadian Red Ensign outside my home, but appreciate your gentle reminder this morning. I have replaced her with the Stars and Stripes today, in honour of your Memorial Day.

    God Bless America.

    REPLY: Thank you Colin, most sincerely. America thanks you too. – Anthony

  7. You’re lucky to be able to fly your flag. In the UK we need planning permission from the local council to fly our national flag and it is routinely refused because of the offence it might give to foreigners or immigrants.

    REPLY: I’d fly it anyway to spite the blighters. – A

  8. My flag went up at 12 noon as I am unable to fly it at half mast until noon as prescribed by custom. I am fortunate thought that my father is still with us at age 92.
    Dad was a merchant marine during the war and served during the entire war in the Pacific. He has some very good memories and I wish I had a better way to record them.

    I thank God for men and women that are willing to sign that blank check to our nation payable to include life for the sake of our country. Pray for our men and women in service and their families now.

    Bill Derryberry

  9. We’re proudly flying the Stars and Stripes above the Gadsden flag.
    (You can google Outback Webcam to view them)

    We’re shortly on our way to take Mom to the Catholic cemetery where we’ll place flowers on Dad’s grave. He landed on Omaha beach on H+12. His memory of the bodies stacked like cordwood stayed with him forever.

    We owe so much . . .

    PS Sorry about that virus. It’s been felling people around us. Don’t despair when you’re not feeling chipper for a few days. It’s a mean one.

    REPLY:
    Here’s the webcam http://www.hodar.com/outback/ We honor your father, and give our best to your mother. – Anthony

  10. Ha ha! Bloggers critical of you must hate America!

    REPLY: Not neccessarily, but the way those two guys (Tamino and Rabbet) act sometimes, it does make one wonder. It would be refreshing to see them display some patriotism once in awhile, instead of a constant stream of invective and snark. For example, a fellow who is regularly critical of me, Ed Darrell, posted something similar on his blog at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. I left a comment that I agree with him.

    http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/this-is-memorial-day-please-fly-your-flag/

    So no, your theory is disproven. People who are critical of me don’t automatically hate America. They still have the opportunity to illustrate their patriotism and gratitude for the men and women who gave their lives for the greater good , and I hope they will. – Anthony

  11. Bless those who gave their lives and those who keep
    us free. We will not forget you. Come home safe to us.

  12. Kim Jong Il is a great golfer because he uses a clever trick of subtracting the actual data from the modeled data. Voila! Low golf score.

    The simple reason you see no light from space in N. Korea is that Kim Jong Il has designed new lighting systems that are so efficient that no light is unnecessarily wasted out into space, and only illuminates what is needed.

    Chuck Norris jokes aren’t really about Chuck Norris. Kim Jong Il just lets Chuck use them.

  13. Douglas DC
    May 31, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I took my three sons to Omaha Beach when they were teenagers to show them what Americans did for us. Hopefully there is part another generation of British citizens who acknowledge the sacrifices made by American families helping us to defend our freedom.

    We thank them and honor their memory.

  14. Thanks for the reminder Anthony…

    Let’s never forget to honor those brave men and women who gave their lives for us…God Bless America!

    REPLY: Thank you, actus non verba – Anthony

  15. “…disheveled man with messed up hair and a three day beard…”
    That’s me!
    I’m flying my stars and stripes here in Germany, as every such US holiday. Never got any complaints about it.

  16. I just ordered memoirs of Donald R. Burgett, WWII veteran of 101st Airborne division. And I am in the middle:

    Does it count as well?

  17. I’m just getting over a really nasty virus. Worst one I’ve had in several years. Take it easy Anthony, it will eventually pass.

    One of my favorite Dear Leader quotes:

    “I’m an Internet expert too. It’s all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired.”
    ~~ Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

    [The Stars & Stripes fly every day of the year at Mr & Mrs Smokeys' compound!]

  18. Bill in Vigo says:
    May 31, 2010 at 10:36 am
    . . . I am fortunate thought that my father is still with us at age 92.
    Dad was a merchant marine during the war and served during the entire war in the Pacific. He has some very good memories and I wish I had a better way to record them.

    If you haven’t already, sit him down with a video camcorder (and a good microphone) and get him talking.

    To many of that generation have gone to their graves in silence. Here’s a good post on the subject; some moving Comments as well.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/30/memorial-day-make-them-known-to-your-children-and-your-childrens-children/

    Read and reflect.

    /Mr Lynn

  19. Headley says:
    May 31, 2010 at 10:31 am
    Wiki:
    Flying the flag
    The Union Flag can be flown by any individual or organisation in England, Scotland or Wales on any day of their choice. Legal regulations restrict the use of the Union Flag on Government buildings in Northern Ireland. Long-standing restrictions on Government use of the flag elsewhere were abolished in July 2007.

    You seem to have a photoshoped night light map there are many more than one light source on the map from NASA. A rural economy will of course show little lights as vilages do not in general use street lighting.
    /harry

  20. So Memorial Day is the day that Americans take cheap shots against the patriotism of those that they disagree with?

    I did not know that.

    REPLY: No, just to remind them to give them the opportunity to honor America and it’s veterans. I’m hopeful that we can all at least agree on that. Like with Ed Darrell, above – Anthony

  21. I’m sorry Nanny that you feel that way about our military but the wars weren’t started by the men and women that sacrificed for us. They were started most often by greedy little men in office by choice or lineage. (Politicians or Royalty) The men and women that gave their all or parts of their all were victims of the wars just as the civilians were. Being a veteran I can tell you that there is no honor to be gained by war and there are no soldiers that want war. There was once a captured soldier that was asked by his captors why he fought so hard. He was held in his own country by and invader. His answer was “Because you are here.” Most times the soldier has no choice, especially the citizen soldier.

    Bill Derryberry

  22. “He lies better than Tiger Woods, and that’s saying something.”

    I disagree because IMHO a good lie has to have some plausibility and be able to fool most people. Kim can’t kid most of the N. Koreans about his golfing prowess; they’re just to frightened to laugh hysterically! AGW used to be a good lie!

  23. In doing research for a historical fiction series that I’m writing, I came across the lament of an army general in 1940 about the patriotism of his young soldiers. They were, in his view, not as patriotic nor as ready to sacrifice as his own (WWI) generation. Of course, those non-patriotic slackers that he was complaining about are known today as the greatest generation. Sadly, they’re dying off at the rate of about 1200 per day. I think the generation serving today would give their grandfathers a run for their money though.

  24. Mr Lynn, Dad is coming for a good visit in a couple of weeks and I will do just that. I have now a DVD camcorder and will see if he will sit and talk for a while. While his body is starting to let him down his mind is still as sharp as always. I am very fortunate to have him. I do plan to make the most of our time together while helping my wife recover from her back surgery. ( she is doing well)

    Thankyou for the thought. I have been depending on my memories of his stories and recolections over the years. Today is a wonderful day for remembrances.

    Bill Derryberry

  25. Tim Lambert says:
    May 31, 2010 at 11:30 am

    “So Memorial Day is the day that Americans take cheap shots against the patriotism of those that they disagree with?

    I did not know that.”

    ———-

    So what about the other countries that have memorial days?

  26. In honor of my Uncle Joe, whom I never knew, here is a photo of him standing next to his plane, taken the day before he went MIA on a bombing mission to Shumshu Island in the Kuriles, flying out of Attu in the Aleutians.

    According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, as of mid-2009 there were still 74,213 U.S. servicemen still unaccounted for from World War II. This day is for them, as well as all who have fallen in service to their country.

  27. Just wanted to pay my respects to the thousands of brave American soldiers who gave their lives to defend freedom. Here in the UK we don’t forget what that meant for so many of them.

    God bless.

  28. The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. – George S. Patton

    In my experience the people who serve in the military are professionals, doing a tough job in usually extremely tough circumstances. I have nothing but respect for the military in ALL first-world countries, especially the US who took upon themselves the role of global peacemakers after WW2.

    Memorial day is important, and it is very important to NEVER FORGET. Sometimes we get so wrapped up with daily life that we forget why we have what we have. It is the job of the military to protect our society and our way of life, it is our job to make sure the next generation knows this.

    Never forget. Never forget the lessons of what would happen if there was not a group of people ready to defend what we are.

    On December 7 1941, the US experienced an unscheduled dismantling of several ships at Pearl Harbor. On September 11 2001 the US experienced an unscheduled demolition of two buildings most symbolic of her economic might. Both events were responded to in kind.

  29. Kim’s golf score? Oh, you bet that’s accurate. Just ask his impartial, foreign scorekeepers – Phil Jones and Mike Mann. . .oh, wait, the scorecard has gone missing.

    Happy Memorial Day Anthony!

  30. As the son of a now-departed WWII naval officer (Pacific command, Honolulu), I want to thank you, Anthony, for your sentiments and actions.

    Sorry about the bug, try the BRAT approach (bananas-rice-apples-toast) to slow things down.

    BTW, I bet that N. Korea has a really low per-capita carbon footprint!! Is that where some want to take us?

    Cheers to all, Happy Memorial Day and thanks to our vets!

  31. Headley,
    I don’t know where you live, but here in central Scotland we don’t need permission from anyone to fly any flag we fancy, so long as it isn’t one that we are not entiteled to.
    (For example I couldn’t fly the standard of The Duke of Rothsay because I’m not him.)
    We need planning permission to put up a flag pole over a certain height, though. Mine is lower.

  32. As a Canadian, I just want to say how much I admire and respect my American neighbours.

    Keep doing what you do best and keep us all free.

    God bless all americans today.

  33. Some of us here in the UK also remember Korea.

    We give a heartfelt thank you to al those who lost their lives fighting for freedom, whether they were US, UK, French or indigenous Korean – and who ever else may have been there who I missed.

    Rest in peace.

  34. “Though lately, the war has changed from one of guns and bombs to one of bureaucracy and paper.

    Not true:

    05/29/2010 Kerrville [Texas] Marine killed in Afghanistan

    “A Marine from Kerrville who worked to get back into shape for combat duty after nearly losing his leg in Iraq was killed this week in Afghanistan, family members said Friday.”

    “Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht, who was home-schooled and had lived in the Kerrville area for about seven years, died shortly after stepping on an explosive Thursday, said his older brother, Jonathan Leicht of Kerrville. The Marine would have turned 25 on July 4.”

    “The Associated Press was reporting Saturday that according to its count, Leicht is the 1,000th U.S. serviceman killed in and around Afghanistan.”

  35. There remain only approx. 10 years to continue to thank those who fought for our freedom in the 1939-45 war. Hang out that flag whenever you can.
    this last week, the UK honored those who took part in the Dunkirk rescue. most of the folks present at the commemoration were 90+ years old.
    I urge you, British, American & other allied nationalities – to think about what you can do in the short time that remains, to show some gratitude for the sacrifices made, that have given us the prosperity and immunity from military conscription that has prevailed since 1945 (at least so in the UK).
    Thank ‘em all some way, somehow – and continue to voice your views on those principles of democracy that were fought for all those years ago – by continuing to oppose those liberty-raping policies that result from the most outrageously flawed buggeration of science/ taxation scam that the democratic world has ever experienced.
    we just had an election in the UK and lo-and-behold, the ONLY party that rejects AGW is the British National Party – a fascist right wing, Hitler-like entity that our grandfathers would have repulsed. God help democracy.
    Long live the right to free speech & debate on those things that really matter. Amen.

  36. I look at the same DMSP imagery of the Korean Peninsula everyday at work and it constantly reminds me of how blessed Americans truly are in the world.

    Thank you to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us.

  37. From north of the border, I’d like to wish you and yours a happy and safe Memorial Day :)

  38. Thank you for this post, Anthony. I have Old Glory flying as always. Today I remember my great uncle and godfather, who was wounded while flying as a waist gunner on a B-24. My grandfather is still around at 98, though barely. He served in the Philippines and carries more scars inside than on the outside. He experienced things no man should have to see. While he survived the war, he gave his life in a different way, with underemployment and alcoholism. Let us remember all those who gave everything today.

  39. what the heck do those brave WW2 military folk think of the rape on democracy that the pro-AGW camp is making. Those chaps fought for our freedom!

  40. Harry Lu says:
    May 31, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Wiki:
    Flying the flag
    The Union Flag can be flown by any individual or organisation in England, Scotland or Wales on any day of their choice. Legal regulations restrict the use of the Union Flag on Government buildings in Northern Ireland. Long-standing restrictions on Government use of the flag elsewhere were abolished in July 2007.

    That’s the theory – however the red, white and blue have been deemed to be offensive by the boys in blue (which presumably has been deemed non-offensive)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1270230/Pensioners-red-white-blue-election-protest-poster-branded-racist-police.html

  41. It’s great to see Americans celebrating Memorial Day on this site . As the son of a long departed veteran of two world wars, and as one who lost a barely-known much older brother, a fighter-bomber pilot in the RNZAF, European theatre, during WWII who lost his life a few days before D Day, such memorials are importants marks of respect and gratitiude for those who fell defending freedom. Us Kiwis and Aussies share ANZAC Day, forged in the horrendous cock-ups of the Gallipoli landings in WWI. it is satisfying that young people now take the Anac Day services much more seriously than we did when we were young.

  42. jlc says: “As a Canadian, I just want to say how much I admire and respect my American neighbours.”

    Be assured that Americans have deep respect for and appreciation of Canada and its people. I’ve seen Canadian companies selected to provide engineering and materials for US projects without any hesitation whatsoever.

  43. Get well soon.
    Yea it is a shame all those who die for what General Smedley Butler correctly called a racket. I hope everyone takes some time to read “War is a Racket” by the most decorated marine general in history at the time. Short, concise and to the point bluntly. Just like you’d expect from someone of his character.

  44. Once upon time ensign was carried in front of an advanced army, it would be first to be shot at by the enemy. Such was a case when into a battle on July 28 1876, the flag was carried by my great grandfather. The flag suffered greatly from the enemy bullets, but he lived to tell the tale, and flag is now kept in the state museum of Montenegro.

    http://sr.wikipedia.org/sr-el/%D0%91%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%BA%D0%B0_%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B4_%D0%92%D1%83%D1%87%D1%98%D0%B5%D0%B3_%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B0

  45. I’m sorry Nanny that you feel that way about our military but the wars weren’t started by the men and women that sacrificed for us.

    It takes two to tango. There are those that give the orders, and those that follow the orders. I think Donovan said it best… please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9pc4U40sI

    Also, there’s the classic scene from “The Americanization of Emily”… Enjoy some of the best of James Garner this Memorial Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i00Jiiak0UE

  46. I don’t understand this country business. But I like some countries myself! ;)

    I saw a blueberry American Flag cake today, but we ended up getting a strawberry and cream one.

    Have fun, always

  47. nanny_govt_sucks says:
    May 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    It takes two to tango. There are those that give the orders, and those that follow the orders. I think Donovan said it best… please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9pc4U40sI

    Also, there’s the classic scene from “The Americanization of Emily”… Enjoy some of the best of James Garner this Memorial Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i00Jiiak0UE
    ==============
    Wow, a defense by guitar players and soap opera.
    Ask the survivors of the Nazi Blitzkrieg, how that might have turned out.
    (Self snip).

  48. My great uncle on my father’s side was an aerial photographer in the Pacific theater in WWII. His plane was shot down over Burma, and he spent the rest of the war in a Japanese POW camp. He never talked about it. While he didn’t die physically for his country, he certainly was a casualty of war.

  49. jlc says: “As a Canadian, I just want to say how much I admire and respect my American neighbours.”

    My late father served on a PT boat in 1943 in Pearl Harbor, of course, the aftermath. He had to patrol for floating bodies a year later, and recover them and their IDs. Very bad experience that haunted him till he died. He had left for Pearl from Coronado in San Diego after partying all night with his brother, my Uncle Joe. Dad was in the Navy, Joe in the Marines. They both flew out the next morning, dad to pearl, and Joe to Saipan. Joe was killed, apparently as soon as he hit the beach. I don’t forget these things.

    As for Canada, my wife is Canadian. My father-in-law in Toronto tells of his affiliation with Bell Telephone and the code breakers who worked at a secret location in Ontario. These Canucks with Americans there were instrumental in breaking Japanese and German codes. Not to mention the thousands of Canadians who died assaulting Normandy.

    Back to ya’, Jlc!

  50. Thanks for a beautiful post and comments. My father was a bombardier in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He has been gone four years now. My family honors his memory and all those who have given so much for this country’s and the world’s freedoms. Best wishes for a speedy recovery

  51. @ nanny_govt_sucks says:
    May 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I prefer to celebrate Capitalism Day – http://celebratecapitalism.com/capitalismday

    Too many wars have been waged for perverted purposes to make me a big fan of the military.

    The military doesn’t start wars. Politicians do; be they kings, tribal chieftains, secretaries, or presidents (or religious leaders – one and the same as far as I’m concerned ). The military only fights them and often dies in the process, unlike the politicians, etc. mentioned above. Speaking as a retired combat Marine, nobody hates warfare more than the people who have to fight it. So we try to get it over with as quickly and efficiently as possible, but are often stymied by the politicians and their political and ego driven agenda’s. So if you want to dislike someone, dislike the lying politicians.

  52. News just in. Israeli soldiers attack “peaceful” polar bears protesting against global warming. World leaders condemn Zionist plot to warm planet.

    I could be joking but that’s really how bad journalism is these days. The Left need a victim all the time to further their agendas and if the victim can’t be found then it will be created.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  53. I also hoisted the Stars and Stripes today, in honour of so many fallen Americans, lost defending freedom. May they rest in the peace we all enjoy today, thanks to their valour and sacrifice.

    God bless the United States of America

  54. A small correction : The union flag may be flown in the UK at any time, but you need planning permission for the pole on which it flies. Directly from the “You couldn’t make it up” department.

    Anthony’s right, let’s fly it anyway.

    P.S. I too am one of those who thank the US for their sacrifice at Omaha beach, and in the air and on sea. Our generation owes so much to their courage and bloody mindedness. This week a nephew asked me to trace one of his wife’s great uncles who served and died in the 1st World War, His name:- Harold Cox died 27th August 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was 21. He is buried in the Bluet Farm Cemetery in Flanders. 21 years old. Pray for him and those who lie with him.

  55. Anthony, here in Australia it is unfortunately becoming cool to be anti-American. But some of us remember what the US did in World War II and what our country owes to her. Some of us remember how the US – having seen off a treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor and a brutal battle against the savage Japanese militarists of that time (not of today I hasten to add), and having shed blood to save Europe from a genocidal Nazi regime – then instigated the Marshall Plan to rebuild Germany and Japan. I cannot think of a more outstanding display of generosity of spirit in all history. It worked – neither Germany nor Japan will threaten anybody in the foreseeable future and Japan is now a major trading partner and good ally of this country. Vietnam controversies tended to obscure these points, and I think Johnson in particular mishandled it, trying to fight a guerilla war with conventional tactics. But: look at what happened to places like Cambodia when Uncle Sam pulled out completely. Iraq proved controversial here but a major factor in this was the media’s misreporting of Duelfer’s CIA report. He did say that few WMDs were found. But he also said that Saddam was doing his best to retain his WMD programs, i.e. his production facilities for them, and that he intended to activate these as soon as possible, using money from the corrupt UN food-for-oil program for this purpose. He would have had to have been dealt with sooner or later. Ironically, much Australian anti-US sentiment is fuelled by elements of US society like its politically correct media, Hollywood radical chic, the flaky Michael Moore and of course its fanatical Green movement. And briefly, with my protestant cap on: I don’t necessarily subscribe to all the antics of US ‘religious right’ figures like the late Jerry Falwell; but I also don’t like a fanatical religious leftist like Jim Wallis, who treated the fleeing Indochinese refugees with contempt as mere consumerists. When is the US media going to start asking his type a few hard questions? He gets a hero’s welcome from the Australian media when he comes here. It makes me puke.

  56. As a child in rural Oxfordshire I remember the GIs who were based locally and who were great with us kids. I couldn’t understand then why they all disappeared in June ’44, but in later years I understood. I honor their memory. (US spelling, of course)

  57. @ nanny_govt_sucks says:
    May 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’m sorry Nanny that you feel that way about our military but the wars weren’t started by the men and women that sacrificed for us.

    It takes two to tango. There are those that give the orders, and those that follow the orders. I think Donovan said it best… please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9pc4U40sI

    Also, there’s the classic scene from “The Americanization of Emily”… Enjoy some of the best of James Garner this Memorial Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i00Jiiak0UE

    Perhaps you should read Kipling instead of paying attention to Hollywood. Apparently you are one of those is very good at enjoying your freedoms, but very poor at defending them.

    Tommy

    I WENT into a public ‘ouse to get a pint o’beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:

    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
    But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s “Thank you, Mr. Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music ‘alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!

    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
    But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy how’s yer soul?”
    But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints:
    Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;

    While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an “Tommy, fall be’ind,”
    But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind,
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

    You talk o’ better food for us, an’schools, an’ fires an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot;
    Yes it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    But Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool–you bet that Tommy sees!

    Rudyard Kipling

  58. As for Chia Pets golfing skill, I suspect he was playing “miniature” golf, or that the greens were shaped like funnels with the hole at the bottom; or a combination of both.

  59. This post isust another reminder that – on both sides – much of the global warming debate is a proxy for the culture war.

    I honor the sacrifice of my elder relatives and other Americans, in my family and my community. Neither offended by nor impressed by others’ desire to do so in a public way. To each his own, which is exactly what freedom is about.

  60. To David Elder: perhaps you should consider just how many UK lives have been lost in defence of freedom – far more than the US!
    Perhaps you should consider just how long it took the USA to enter WWII!
    This country,my country, was on its knees before the USA took part.
    Don’t forget the Marshall Plan either:something that left my country still on its knees!
    We honour our dead in a solemn and dignified way: we do not,unlike certain elements of the USA, honour our dead in a jingoistic way!
    In particular I refer to the Google slogan currently posted: I find this to be both distasteful and upsetting.
    Yes, honour your dead but please do it in a manner that is both respectful and meaningful.
    And finally David consider the roots of your own country and those of the USA.
    Perhaps you still have something to learn.

  61. Harry Lu @ May 31, 2010 at 11:28 am
    My flag is the St George Cross (England) – ‘racist’ to fly it.

    Dad took a grenade next to his ankle and a few 9 mm Schmeisser bullets in his leg at Monte Cassino. He survived, thanks to the bravery of the stretcher-bearers.

    I shall not be flying a flag – but my thoughts and prayers go out to those who didn’t survive.

  62. Anthony, so sorry to hear of your bug. Just proves it happens to the best of us.
    God bless Americans lying their lives on the line and those who have died doing so.
    Have said a mouthful today so signing off so you can rest, hope you kick it fast! (Gotta go watch these simply amazing ROVs, I want to know who is handling the logistics!)

  63. I have it on good authority that that light in NK is not artificial. It is merely the result of KJ’s late night toilet visit. After all, we know where the sun shines from….

  64. It is with great pride that we honor our fallen military forebearers by flying the flag on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, etc., …but I do lament that it is almost impossible to find an American flag that is “Made in America.”

  65. I was a Canadian Soldier for 4 years and an American Soldier for 1 month with a battery exchange and had a fantastic time with the very simular training and great Camaraderie in 1984.
    Thanks All, Happy Memorial Day!

  66. nanny_govt_sucks says:
    May 31, 2010 at 10:48 am
    Too many wars have been waged for perverted purposes to make me a big fan of the military.
    nanny_govt_sucks says:
    May 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    (I’m sorry Nanny that you feel that way about our military but the wars weren’t started by the men and women that sacrificed for us. )
    It takes two to tango. There are those that give the orders, and those that follow the orders.>>

    Those who know me are well aware that statements with which I strongly disagree often provoke sarcasm and caustic wit from me. I’ll not insult those who gave their lives that so many of us, you amongst them, can today live in freedom by engaging in such a response. It may take two to tango, but eight million people were slaughtered in concentration camps by the Nazis in WWII. They offered no provocation. They were plucked, unarmed, from their homes and marched to the death camps. Their only sin was to have been born of the wrong religion or the wrong ethnicity. Though they did not fight, they were murdered, be they elderly or new born babes.

    Despise war. It is the tool of those who are evil to force their will upon all others. But do not insult the memory of those who perished to stop them, nor that of those who continue to serve in the event they are needed with your naivety. When an invader marches into your town with the intent of taking you and your family to be put to death, you will be glad of the armed soldiers who stand in their path. May such a terrible thing never happen to you, but if it should, perhaps then you will understand the fear and despair of those who had no one to stand for them, and who perished as a consequence. Today is not a celebration of war. It is a day of sadness and respect for those who sacrificed, for they, were they alive today, would stand in the path of the invader to protect you, even though no fan of their’s do you be. It is so easy to say in song or poetry that war begets war. Only a fool believes that an invading army will act with kindness and respect if they are not opposed, and only the naive disrespect the memory, past and present, of those who would give their lives to oppose them.

    For those who died and for those who served, and for those who serve today, might I quote from someone who is regarded by many as the greatest military mind of all time:

    “Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”
    ~ Sun Tzu; The Art of War

    God bless America
    May she stand firm in freedom’s cause this century as she did in the last.

  67. The reason there is only one light in North Korea is because that is where Chuck Norris is, roundhouse kicking the $**t out of Kim Jong Il. The rest of the country is dark because of Kim Jong Il.

  68. Among other things, I am the Chaplin for a new American Legion Post. Here is my comment for Memorial Day:

    Not long after 9-11, a Chaplin with the New York Fire Department wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal. It was a long time ago and I didn’t keep a copy, so I am paraphrasing.

    The Chaplin was in attendance at the Twin Towers on 9-11. As is usual practice, he offered prayers to the firemen as they went to fight the fire. Later, he was thinking about the event and he was struck at the percentage and the attitudes of the Firemen. It seemed to him that, if only subconsciously, they knew that they were going to die. And they went anyway.

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to suggest that we all take a moment from our celebrations and offer a short prayer of remembrance and thanks.

    “Our Dear Lord,
    We ask that you bless the Men and Women who put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. Please welcome the Fallen into your house and heal their wounds for they have made the ultimate sacrifice as did your son Jesus. We also ask that you give comfort and strength to the loved ones left behind for they have also sacrificed for us.
    We are truly blessed by those that serve.
    We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus.”

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Jon Jewett, Chaplin
    American Legion Hunter-Morris Memorial Post 911

  69. My uncle risked his life in the resistance against the Germans, here in Holland in WWII. He inspires me.

    Those who fought for freedom in WWII did so much and we owe them so much.
    Their fight was so big.

    Still, the strange little fight we are in for scientific truth and realistic politics based on scientific truth will save the lives of many. Throwing away enormous amounts of money will lower the standard of living of many and cost lives, especially in the developing countries.

  70. I put up my flag to remind myself, my family, and my neighbors how much we have to be grateful for, and how much we owe the people that have fought to keep our freedoms.

    Amen; flag flying proudly here too … Dad served aboard the USS Essex in the the Pacific in The Big One, never talked much about his experience, unless he was among friends and had a few brews … certainly a member of The Greatest Generation.

    The Carrier USS Essex: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Essex_(CV-9)

    .

  71. Basil says:May 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
    In honor of my Uncle Joe, whom I never knew, here is a photo of him standing next to his plane, taken the day before he went MIA on a bombing mission to Shumshu Island in the Kuriles, flying out of Attu in the Aleutians. http://i45.tinypic.com/34o25xv.jpg

    A great photo, a real man’s airplane – rivets, propellers, cylinders, dents, oil spattered on the fuselage, streaks of soot streaming back from the nacelle. Engines you needed a fire guard for when you cranked ‘em up. I wonder if that little CO2 extinguisher your uncle had would have done the job?

    The equipment may change, but the men and women who take the risks of war for us don’t.

  72. May the Stars and Stripes fly proud on this day of national remembrance… Like our Aussie ANZAC day. A day for reflection on what we have…. and what we must always be ready to fight for.

  73. Ask the survivors of the Nazi Blitzkrieg, how that might have turned out.

    I’m sure the survivors, like Donovan, wished that the Nazis had not blindly followed orders, but instead thought for themselves about what they were doing and about whether it was right or wrong.

  74. The military doesn’t start wars. Politicians do;

    … and the politicians are owned by the banksters. And the banksters have no interest in quick, efficient warfare. There is immense profit to be made in fueling both sides of a conflict. So, the military is a pawn in this game, serving the needs of immensely wealthy banking families, and not really defending US soil at all, and extending conflicts into never ending engagements. When was the last time the military went after these domestic enemies, anyway? Is not the printing of Federal Reserve notes counter to the Constitution that you are sworn to protect and defend? That is happening ON OUR SOIL. That’s a memorial day I will celebrate in earnest – the one where the military turns against its bankster puppet masters.

  75. Many people have said nice things about Americans today. I thank them.
    We make mistakes. We may even elect people to lead us whose time would be better spent under the care of mental health professionals, but we’re all trying, as whatever gods there my be give us to understand, to make this the kind of world where all may live as they think right.

    For the record: My father spent the early forties flying in a B17 off the biggest, slowest aircraft carrier ever. My father in law, as a CB trying to persuade a “Daisy Etta” to fill in bomb craters and such on several miserable air fields in the South Pacific. My son signed on as a marine out of high school. I have what’s left of him in a box on Fern Hill.

    To everyone who went and did what was needful when it was needful. Thanks.

    REPLY: No, the thanks and honor go to you and your family. – Anthony

  76. Precinct 201 says:
    May 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Jon Jewett, Chaplin
    American Legion Hunter-Morris Memorial Post 911

    With all due respect to you, did you mean “chaplain”?

  77. This is a great site, but despite possibly good motives this post is misplaced. The US military has been used as an instrument of conquest and subjugation for well over half a century. With over 170 bases outside the US proper it is projecting power and force, not protecting freedom. It is currently involved in two wars based on lies and evidence as false as Mann’s hockey stick cooked up by characters eager to get the might of this empire mired in wars for the racist, duplicitous, illegitimate and genocidal state if Israel. They are raining down bombs on Pakistan from consoles in suburban America via drones, and are looking for any pretext to spread the hot war to Pakistan.

    While the courage and plight of the enlisted men is to be appreciated and admired, the contempt with which they are used by the empire that in no way represents its people is to be pitied.

    [Reply: This is Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. It began after the Civil War to honor and remember our soldiers, both North and South, who gave their lives in military service. It is not Politics Day. ~dbstealey, mod.]

  78. Sir, your smugness is unbelievable. For all it matters to scientific enquiry you may fly your country’s flag upside down as long as your maths is correct, and it doesn’t do you any good when you fly the flag every goddamn day if your maths is rubbish.

    Denigrating bloggers who have exposed your blunders for their supposed lack of patriotism is shameful.

    REPLY: Meh, what’s shameful is that these two bloggers have not the courage to put their own names to their words. Just like you. Be upset if you wish, I don’t give a care. – Anthony

  79. I think your closing statement is probably one of the most disreputable things you’ve said. To implicitly question someones patriotism because they disagree with you on topics is very revealing.

    REPLY: Another blogger who routinely denigrates me, Ed Darrell, gets a complement from me on his blog. See it in comments above. I don’t know if Tamino or Rabbett are patriotic or not, like with Darrell I hope they would be. My point is that it would be nice if we could all agree on something, like with Mr. Darrell, which is why I said “I hope that they do”. It was an invitation.

    See comment above. Mr. Darrell and I disagree strongly about AGW, but I have respect for him because he doesn’t hide. I have even more respect for him now because he’s able to put his disagreements aside and return the complement in his blog, while honoring those who served.

    Those who have angry mindsets see angry intent in most anything. I’m sure they’ll spin it into something angry, but that’s part of their predictable MO. When they come forward and put their names to their insults hurled from the comfort and safety of anonymity, then I’ll think differently about them. Again, I hope someday that they do.

    – Anthony

  80. In Australia in despite of the loony left historical revisionists trying to degrade and and re-write our history. Our day, ANZAC day, continues to grow bigger every year, with our young people marching and carrying the flag of rememberance and gratitude.

    Though myself a hermit and a non participant, always have a long moment of contemplation and shed a tear for the sacrifice of those who gave us our modern world. Thus also I remember your Memorial day and say my prayer “Thanks to the Yanks” Australia has a greeting between old friends. G’day how you going you old
    bastard. A friendly greeting between equals, the American officers during their time in OZ took this on board and started the old bastards club. This still exists and raises money for good causes and does good deeds. Those of us unbrainwashed by newspeak and newthought remember. Thank you America

  81. Memorial day is over, and there are people that still want to make an issue out of my question about whether some other bloggers fly flags to show their patriotism or not.

    Perhaps it was a mistake for me to pose the question, hoping they’d respond like Ed Darrell did, and show us, but predictably it’s turned into a bash-fest. For that I apologize. I could have phrased it better.

    Since Memorial Day is all about honoring patriots, and it is over, I’m going to close the thread.

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