As a people, the Encyclopædia Britannica says the Aramaeans essentially ceased to exist centuries ago. Yet best known in the West as the language spoken by Christ, the Aramaic language survives to this day in both isolated villages in the Middle East and in the liturgical language of Lebanon’s Maronite-Rite Catholics and Iraq’s Chaldean-Rite Catholics (there are well over 20 different Catholic “Rites” or Churches).
Back in 1983 I was a young Drill Instructor Sgt. Whiteman, freshly minted product of DI School at Parris Island, SC, I can say with all honesty that one of the highlights of my Marine Corps career was seeing a visiting group of survivors of the Battle of Belleau Wood.
The youngest of the group was no younger than 80. You see, it was somewhat common back then for boys as young as 15 and 16 to join the Corps.
And every single one of these true American heroes I saw that day trained at the same sweltering, godforsaken, sand flea-infested sandbar that I now called my duty station. It was truly a humbling experience.
I kept in mind that 9,000 of my fellow Marines (and their buddies) never returned or if they did survive the battle, came home shot to pieces. Some blinded, some missing one or more limbs, some suffered the loss of their very minds. When it was finally over, there were 7,000 wounded Marines, almost 2,000 dead.
Averaging out at 346 dead or wounded Marines every singe day during the course of the battle, it took almost the entire month of June (1-26 June, 1918) for a singular Marine Brigade to stop the final Imperial German army’s offensive of The Great War.
Sadly, most Americans have no idea what their Marine Corps achieved a century ago in the Bois de Belleau (“Belleau Forest” or “Belleau Wood”). Namely, that relatively small Marine Brigade changed the course of world history.
To commemorate this year’s 100th anniversary of the American victory, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, along with First Ladies Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, planted on White House grounds an oak sapling that first sprouted in the hallowed battlefield.
As reported by Richard Sisk Military.com (despite its name, is civilian owned);
French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that he is bringing a living tribute to “Devil Dog” Marines who fell in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood to the White House this week as a symbol of the two nations’ enduring ties.
The battle of Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood, about 60 miles north of Paris near the Marne River in the Champagne region, has entered Marine Corps lore. It’s best known among Marines as the place where they were first called “Devil Dogs” for their fierce defense in June 1918 that blunted the German spring offensive.
A dispatch from the German front lines to higher headquarters described the Americans blocking their way and mounting counter-offensives as fighting like “Teufel Hunden,” or “Hounds of Hell.”
Once they consolidated their positions, the Marines would attack six times through mustard gas and withering machine-gun fire before the Germans were driven from the wood. An estimated 2,000 Marines were killed.
An official German report later described the Marines as “vigorous, self-confident, and remarkable marksmen.”
Army Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front, marveled at the tenacity of the “Devil Dogs” of Belleau Wood in a quote that has also become part of the Marine legend.
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a United States Marine and his rifle,” Pershing said.
The oak sapling Macron will give to Trump was taken from a site near the so-called “Devil Dog Fountain,” where U.S. troops gathered after the battle of Belleau Wood. The fountain’s spout is in the shape of the head of a bull mastiff.
Prior to the battle itself, the German forces launched their final major offensive on the Western Front.
The Allied armies were all in full retreat, the road to Paris lay wide open. If the French capital fell, the war would have doubtlessly dragged on for years and uncounted thousands of more dead and wounded.
As a French unit in retreat urged the Marines to join them, Capt. Lloyd W. Williams of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, responded with the now-famous;
“Retreat? Hell, we just got here.”
As they say, the rest is history.
Just days after the battle, the French Army renamed re-named Bois de Belleau to be known forever on all French maps as the Bois de la Brigade de Marine (Forest of the Marine Brigade).
CNN is whining-up a storm in regards to a rather large panel truck blocking their cameras from filming the president enjoying the day on the links.
As reporter Amber Athey of The Daily Caller noted;
CNN, always focused on the most important stories of the day, had a meltdown when a white box truck blocked them from filming President Donald Trump on the golf course.
On Tuesday, a CNN reporter peeked through the bushes in order to videotape Trump golfing in Palm Beach, Florida. The shot was awkward — and arguably a bit creepy — but CNN bragged about the exclusive shot they got of the president.
— CNN (@CNN) December 28, 2017
Unsatisfied with just one day of footage, CNN went back to their spot on Wednesday, only to discover it had been blocked off by a white box truck. CNN repeatedly complained about the truck blocking their view on Twitter and on air, whining that they were on public property and suggesting they had a right to film the president on his own golf course.
The Secret Service and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office both denied responsibility for the truck, causing CNN to launch into full-on conspiracy theory mode.
“Today this truck showed up out of nowhere and actually moved at one point when our journalists tried to get a different angle,” CNN’s Ryan Nobles cried. “It’s clear no one wanted us to get a picture of the president golfing.”
The Secret Service responded to CNN’s inquiries about the truck with an appropriate level of snark, stating, “The USSS is in the business of protection and investigations not in commissioning vehicles to block the media’s view of the president’s golf swing.”
When the Commandant of the Marine Corps tells his Marines to be ready for a “big-ass fight” coming their way, even non-Marines tend to pay attention.
Speaking to one of the Marine battalions that rotate six-month tours of duty in Norway, Gen. Robery Neller was quite upfront telling his Leathernecks, “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming.”
As reported by Military.com;
The Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim that houses the Marine rotational force was the first stop on Gen. Robert Neller’s annual Christmas tour.
The stop was a new one for the tour. The first Norway rotation, from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, deployed in January and was replaced by a new unit from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, in late August.
Neller emphasized to the Marines that they should remain ready to fight at all times, predicting a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said. ” … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
Neller later told the Marines that he expects the Pacific and Russia to be the service’s operational points of focus as the nation looks beyond the fights in the Middle East that have stretched into the better part of two decades.
The United States’ position that Russia presents a major threat was re-emphasized in the new National Security Strategy released Monday. The document discusses Russia’s practice of “using information tools” to interfere with other nations’ democracies and militant aggression that crosses borders.
“With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region,” the strategy states.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green put the Marines’ role starkly.
“Just remember why you’re here,” he said. “They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”
In an “emergency meeting” the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
- Never mind that it’s none of the UN’s business where the United States places any of its embassies
- Never mind that the United States gives far more to the UN’s coffers than any other member nation
- Never mind that not a single one of our NATO alleged “allies” voted with us
- Never mind that Israel captured East Jerusalem after they were attacked by a Arab-Muslim nation
With the obvious exception of the United States voting against its own condemnation, the remaining eight nations voting against the resolution have a combined square mile area roughly the size of North and South Carolina combined.
But then again, most UN member states would face an uphill battle to qualify for an American area code.
- One hundred and twenty eight countries voted in favor condemning the United States
- Nine countries voted against
- Thirty five abstained
- Twenty one nations didn’t even bother to show up for the vote
Yet in a strange sort of way, the abstaining and absent nations very well may have been paying attention to Amb. Haley’s promise that the United States would remember who voted to condemn their sugar daddy.
128 countries voted in favor of the resolution rejecting President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 9 voted against, 35 abstained.
How each country voted: pic.twitter.com/rXLi2CjBmQ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 21, 2017
Nothing screams racism more than singing the praises of a brisk winter’s evening ride. Even if it’s just a one-horse powered ride.
Well, according to Boston University professor Kayna Hamill it does.
When not busy jacking-up the college debt of parents stupid enough to pay for their kid to major in Theatrical History, Hamill fancies herself as quite the academic. As stated on her personal website, she’s the “Assistant Director of Boston University’s Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in dramatic literature in BU’s School of Theatre.”
As reported by Breitbart.com;
A professor at Boston University has proclaimed Christmas carol favorite “Jingle Bells” to be a “racist song” and is urging people to shun the jaunty tune.
Kyna Hamill, a theater history professor at Boston University, recently told the Boston Globe that the venerable Christmas song has a “secret” racist past that has been “systematically” hidden from Americans as they celebrate the Christmas season.
“The history of the song has remained hidden behind its local and season affection,” Hamill told the paper. She continued saying the song’s “blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history.”
Hamill claims the song, written 160 years ago by James Pierpont, was written to ridicule black people and was first performed in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857.
Hamill also points out that the song’s author later joined the Confederate army and wrote fight songs and patriotic airs for the nascent Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
With her research in hand, the professor is urging the town of Medford, Massachusetts to drop its annual celebration that Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells” in their town and forever shun the “racist” song going forward.
CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSY: Boston University Professor claims ‘Jingle Bells’ is a racist song pic.twitter.com/ko4ULQz1Ys
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) December 14, 2017
Delving even further into the controversy, it turns out the is a bit of a North vs. South feud as to which city can claim “Jingle Bells” as their own.
According to the Boston Globe, it’s Medford, Massachusetts going at it with Savannah, Georgia.
In spite of Hamill’s claim of “Jingle Bells” being a racist song written by a Southerner, it turns out that a Yankee mayor is Pierpont’s staunchest defender;
Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke said she was aware of Hamill’s research, but stuck to the claim that it was written in the tavern.
“We take full ownership of it,” Burke said. “It’s got a long history, and we’re proud of it.”
Just so you know, graduates armed with a Theater History major can count on over double the chance of the national average of end up working in retail.
And the pay stinks. The median annual income is slightly double that of the Federal Poverty Level, a paltry $26,000.
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Warning: Most of these songs border on the weird. The very weird. Some are just really, really good and have been missed by most of us Westerners. With all that aside, enjoy.
In no particular order…
Nothing says Rock ‘n’ Roll like pointy shoes, over-the-top pompadours, the Russian Army Choir, and an opera diva singing lead.
A little Van Halen, a little Devo, and from the looks of the rhythm guitar player and the bassist, extra tacos.
From Sweden’s Magnolia, Den Tiden Är Förbi (That Time is Past). Obviously, the Swedes still rock.
What the hell did I just watch? But the guy hammering away on that six-string bass is awesome.
I wonder if everything out of Armenia is this surreal.
Mongolia rocks. The mix of heavy metal, traditional Mongolian instruments, and double throat singing is very cool.
No mix of Rock originating in non-English speaking countries would be complete without this one.
This gem out of India caught me by surprise. Yeah, they rock.
Well, she’s a hot Latina from Colombia. Of course I added this video.
Long live 1970s Scandinavian Funk-Metal. Probably my favorite song on the list.
President Trump has shown no indication that he’ll be pivoting anytime soon to the political center, despite what constant cry from the mainstream media to do such. Continue reading Trump freezes Federal hiring, cuts off money for int’l abortions, ends TPP
In the wake of Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats and shutting down two Russian owned properties in Maryland and New York accused of hacking, Vladimir Putin has reacted much differently than many expected. Continue reading Putin invites US kids to Russian New Year’s party – makes Obama look petty, childish
In the world of the late Jackie Gleason, “how sweet it is!” For quite a few Trump supporters, the sweetness of the moment is only enhanced by the taste of maple syrup from Canada. Continue reading Canada’s Immigration Website Crashes, ‘President Trump: Biggest F*** You of All Time’
The American Girls of September 11.
As everyone already knows, the FBI has spent the last year investigating Hillary Clinton’s home-brewed email server for any possible illegalities. Such things as if she ever lied about sending classified information via her unauthorized server were of particular scrutiny. Or so we’re told. Continue reading HOW did FBI magically miss Clinton LYING to the Benghazi Committee? (Video)
“You know Sharia law? You know we could kidnap you?”
The alleged “refugees” in the Twin Cities are making headlines for two different reasons, but with Islamic jihad as the common thread.
- Muslim males between the ages of 18-40 volunteering to wage jihad in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Muslim males between the ages of 18-40 volunteering to wage jihad in the state of Minnesota.
In what appears to originate from a television studio in Egypt, there was recently a panel discussion of the recently released book “The People vs Muhammad – Psychological Analysis” by Continue reading Egyptian TV: Muhammad a Pedophile, Narcissist, Murderer, False Prophet
Who says all conservatives are just a bunch of humorless curmudgeons? Submitted for your approval, pithy sayings, really cool videos you never knew existed, random observations, and the backstory to why we do certain things.
Once one of the most feared military machines in the history of warfare, the army of the German nation has figuratively dropped its weapons and retreated to their tents for nap time in a recent NATO combat exercise in Norway. As reported by Justin Huggler of Britain’s the Telegraph news service on Apr. 10, 2016, and also by Tom Batchelor of yet another British newspaper The Express on Apr.11, 2016, newly mandated overtime rules dictate that the Bundeswehr (Federal Army) can only actually be on duty a mere 41-hours per seven day period. Continue reading German Federal Army quits NATO exercise, exceeded ‘overtime’ limits
Sadly, many of the non-European citizens of the world’s civilized nations are under the impression that the recent wave of Muslim rape, beatings and mass murder in the cradle of Western civilization are a somewhat recent phenomena. The cold, hard and objectively fair historical facts paint quite a different picture. Continue reading Europe was warned, instead chose to ignore
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has openly voiced it stated goal of bringing to American shores tens of thousands of so-called Muslim “refugees”.
While the definition of family honor varies from nation to nation, culture to culture, few societies or individuals are comfortable with a loss of honor, however it’s defined. Meanwhile, reporter Ruth Dudley Edwards of The Irish Independent cited that of all the so-called “honor killings” across the planet, fully 91 percent are perpetrated by adherents of the Mohammedan belief system. Continue reading More from the Religion of Peace and Love: Son turns in mother to ISIS, personally executes her
As Merriam-Webster and every high school kid whose ever boned up for the SAT verbal knows, Sycophant is defined as a person who praises powerful people in order to get their approval or as a person best described as a servile self-seeking flatterer.
Possibly the words Works for Hillary should be added to this particular noun normally reserved for toadies, parasites and suck-ups.
As for the “Caveman” reference, that was my call sign in the Corps. With that said, I do ask that after viewing the below video that liberals don’t freak out, anti-gun nuts don’t go into melt-down, and that militant atheists go on a screed. Continue reading A Retired Marine’s 12 Days of Christmas – NSFD (Not Safe For Democrats)
Sabatina James escaped death at the hands of her Muslim family for daring to refuse a life filled with beatings, incest, brutality and misery.
She left her native Pakistan for Germany via Austria, changed her name, converted to Catholicism, all the while escaping becoming just another statistic that’s all too often glossed over by the Western media.
As reported by Donna Rachel Edmunds of Breitbart.com on Nov. 24, 2015, Sabatina James – not her real last name – is warning Europe of the Trojan Horse that is ISIS and al-Qaeda operatives swarming into the continent, all the while hiding in plain sight.
We banned cigarette commercials for this?
I’ll readily admit I’m not advocating cigarette smoking, especially with me being a contented ex-smoker and all that. But with that said, I want cigarette commercials back on the air.
There, I’ve said it. Continue reading In Praise of Cigarette Commercials
As the bumper sticker says: “Ready for Hillary” – Her now headline grabbing email scandal laid dormant for two years. Only time will tell if this buried-at-the-time scandal will pick up traction with the public.
The right-of-center news portal Town Hall is citing on June 11, 2013, multiple news sources exposing that during her tenure as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s time at the helm was marred by various sex scandals so vast, one was described as “endemic.”
Considered by many as one of the sexiest actresses in the film industry during the 50s and 60s, the iconic Brigitte Bardot is best known in her later years as one of the most staunch and vocal defenders of her French homeland and also of the more cerebral endeavor of what it means to be French. Unfortunately for the former sexpot, her nationalistic defenses of her nation and its culture has seen her run afoul of France’s laws against “inciting racial hatred.”