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Sunday, July 31, 2016

"Promptus et Fidelis"

Sometime in the 14th Century Scottish King Robert the Bruce gave the Carruthers Clan a family crest, coat of arms and a family motto.

I'm a historian, but I'm not real big on family heritage - not that I'm embarrassed by it, either...But when I learned of the Carruthers' (my family dropped the second 'r' when they came to America) family motto I made a point of remembering it every day.

Because 'Promptus et Fidelis' is the way I live my life!

"Promptus et Fidelis" = "Ready and Faithful"

I am hardly a perfect person, and am far from a perfect husband.  But I am very proud to have always been "Ready and Faithful" when it comes to my marriage...Other than the day of my birth and my inevitable death, 24 years ago, August 1, 1992, was the most important day in my life.  It was a day which took "Promptus et Fidelis" to another level for me.

People ask me all the time what's the secret to a long, happy marriage...I tell them there is no secret.  Relationships of all kinds require work, patience and the want to truly make them work.  Half-hearted efforts end in divorce.

Luckily, I found a woman who not only took my family name, but also lives the family motto..."Promptus et Fidelis" is the secret to our success.

Happy Anniversary, Melissa...You are my reason for being.


Thursday, July 28, 2016


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Korean War Armistice Day - July 27

The Korean War Veterans Memorial - My personal favorite war memorial in Washington D.C. (excluding Arlington, just outside D.C.)...A truly powerful memorial.  The statues are mesmerizing and the Reflecting Wall is amazing, but one simple floor stone caught my attention more than anything else.  It says it all about the war - it says it all about what our men and women gave:

- Dedicated: July 27, 1995.
- Sculptor of Statue(s): Frank Gaylord.
- Walls: 164 feet long, 8 inches thick; more than 100 tons of highly polished granite; more than 2500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops that supported those who fought in the war sandblasted onto wall; "Academy Black" granite from California.
- Statues: 19 stainless steel statues; 7'3"-7'6" tall; each one nearly 1000 pounds; 15 Army, 2 Marines, 1 Navy Medic, 1 Air Force Observer; fiber optic lighting.
- Pool of Remembrance: 30 feet in diameter; black granite from Canada.
- 223 piles driven into bedrock, 30-60 feet deep, supporting the statues and the wall.
- United Nations Wall: raised granite curb lists the 22 nations that contributed to this first U.N. effort.
- Land area: 2.2 acres.

2006 Armistice Ceremony - By Dick Cheney

"Americans already familiar with the heroism of World War II and Vietnam are now learning the story of Korea, of what was gained, and what was lost, and of the decisions made so long ago that have a continuing significance to this day.

"When the war began in the summer of 1950, our military had been through years of demobilization and was scarcely prepared for what lay ahead. The South Korean units were even worse off. The first units on our side in the battle area went in without tanks and were severely outgunned. General Ridgway said it was as if a few troops of Boy Scouts with hand weapons had tried to stop a German Panzer column. Another soldier remembers Korea as 'a war of fists and rifle butts.' Yet our troops fought valiantly. In early battles, American and South Korean combat forces were often outnumbered, sometimes by as much as 20 to one. It was, said President Truman, one of the most heroic rearguard actions on record.

"Throughout the conflict, American and South Korean forces found themselves in some of the most difficult conditions any army could face. Their weapons rusted in the monsoons of summer, and froze solid during the coldest Korean winter in a hundred years. Many of our men who fell into enemy hands were treated with cold-blooded cruelty. By the time the fighting ceased and the armistice was signed, 131 Americans had earned the Medal of Honor, and of those, 94 died while earning it.

"In the space of just 37 months, the United States of America lost a total of more than 36,000 of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. More than 90,000 others returned home wounded. And even today, 53 years after the guns went silent, some 8,000 of our men remain unaccounted for. These brave Americans were last seen doing their duty. We know their names. We honor their service. And this nation will persist in the effort to gain a full accounting for every last one of them.

"The cause America stood for in Korea, joined by forces from many countries, was noble and just. It was the cause of human freedom. It was a battle to determine, as General Ridgway put it, 'Whether the rule of men who shoot their prisoners, enslave their citizens, and deride the dignity of man shall displace the rule of those to whom the individual and his individual rights are sacred.'

"All of us look to the day when the light of freedom and progress covers all of Korea, and stability on the peninsula rests on a foundation of peaceful reconciliation. Until then, stability and peace will be maintained by our great military alliance. Tens of thousands of American troops proudly serve in Korea today. We will maintain our presence there. America's commitment to peace in the region, and to the security of our friends, is unbreakable. The United States and South Korea will continue to stand together in defending civilization against global terror, and building the peace that freedom brings.

"Our people stationed in South Korea today follow in the finest of traditions, going back to the 1.8 million Americans who fought there during the war, and the millions of others who have honored this country by their military service. In these early years of the 21st century, the American people have been inspired once again by the bravery and the selflessness of our armed forces. Freedom is not free, and all of us are deep in the debt of the men and women who go out and pay the price for our liberty.

"As President Eisenhower said 53 years ago, Americans who fought in Korea 'proved once again that only courage and sacrifice can keep freedom alive upon this Earth.' By that courage and sacrifice, the United States and our allies held off the aggressive expansion of communism, and helped make possible the freedom and the great prosperity today enjoyed by some 48 million South Koreans. Decades after he left the military, one of our veterans said this: 'I was glad to have served my country, and I've never heard Korean veterans complain. In fact, if we had to do it all over again, we would.'

"Ladies and gentlemen, there could be no more eloquent testimony to the character of our country than those words from an American who served in that war. And it is fitting that every year, on the 27th of July, we honor them all and offer the respect of a grateful nation."


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Prager University: Climate Change - What Do Scientists Say?

"We teach what isn't taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Richard Lindzen

"[T]he climate has changed remarkably little.  But the cry of global warming has grown ever more shrill.  In fact it seems that the less the climate changes the louder the voices of climate alarmists get." - R.L.

"Global warming alarmism provides them (politicians, environmentalists and the media) with the things they most want.  For politicians its money and power.  For environmentalists its money for their organizations and confirmation to their near-religious devotion to the idea that man is a destructive force action upon nature.  And for the media it's ideology, money and headlines.  Doomsday scenarios sell." - R.L.


Thursday, July 21, 2016


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The MSM Saves America!!!

They saved America from that horrific, dastardly, evil-doer:  Melania Trump...Queen of the Plagiarists!

Long live the MSM!!

For those not familiar with the MSM:  Main Stream Media...ABC, NBC, CBS, all the Cable News Channels (including FOX), almost all the Print Media Sources - and lets not forget all of the Social Media Hosts.

That said, it is sad they didn't make nearly as big a deal of the plagiaristic tendencies of current President Barack Obama; nor current Vice President Joe Biden; nor current First Lady Michelle Obama; nor possible President Hillary Clinton, etc.

Check here, and here, and here

Melania's speech obviously had a few lines from a previous Michelle Obama speech.  It was stupid.  It was unnecessary.  And her speechwriter should be fired...Other than that, who cares?  Is it really the biggest event of the day/hour/minute/second?

Turkey is in the middle of a dictator creating counter-coup.  Syria and Iraq are still on fire.  Cops are being killed in the streets.  China and Russia are imposing their way on their 'near abroad.'  Our economy sucks (unless you are a millionaire/billionaire.)  Etc., etc., etc...But at least the MSM did its job, attacking Melania Trump.

Question:  Any chance the MSM can give Hillary even close to the roughing up they are giving Melania?  Maybe they can look into that disaster as SecState thing; or that Syrian civil war causing thing; or that Ukrainian encouraging of inciting Russia thing; or that tearing apart Libya thing; or that Russian reset thing; or that Benghazi thing; or that email server in the toilet thing; or that Clinton Foundation thing...Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Please! give me a break with the feigned indignation!!!

Always remember, the MSM is a propaganda tool of the Democrat Party.  They do not want Republicans to win.  They are not looking out for the best interest of Conservatives.  They are not public 'watch dogs'...They are PROPAGANDAMEISTERS - Joseph Goebbels wannabes.

They are the same morons who spent weeks going on and on about Mitt Romney putting his dog in a cage on top of his car.  The same clowns who do whatever it takes to protect their Democrat pals, and crush their Republican foes...KEEP THIS IN MIND EVERY TIME YOU WATCH THE MSM.

Your best move would be to quit them all together...The news you wouldn't be getting would be more honest and meaningful than the garbage they put out.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

"All or Nothing"

A Season with the Arizona Cardinals

"For the first time in history, Amazon and NFL Films present an unprecedented look at the lives of players, coaches and owners of the Arizona Cardinals over an entire NFL season. Witness the real life, behind the scenes journey"

It's impossible for people who don't live in Arizona or routinely follow the Arizona Cardinals to understand how hard it has been to support this football team.  They arrived in the Valley in 1988, and for the next 18 years proved to be one of the worst run organizations in American sports - any sport...It was brutal.  And the stadium they played in was a sad joke by the standards of professional sports.  Truth be told, a joke by college standards.

FROM 1988-2005 THE CARDINALS HAD A 100-188 RECORD:  A winning percentage of 35%

The tide turned for the Cardinals in 2006-2007:  They built their new stadium and Michael Bidwell took over the team from his father (Bill was a nice man and a great philanthropologist, but he was a disgrace as a football owner)...Since 2006 the Arizona Cardinals have had some growing pains, but in this 10 year period they've become an above average franchise.  A team with many more 'ups' than 'downs.'

FROM 2006-2015 THE CARDINALS HAD A 84-76 RECORD:  A winning percentage of 53%

IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS THE CARDINALS HAD A 34-14 RECORD:  A winning percentage of 63%...Behind only the Broncos, Patriots and Seahawks!!!

"All or Nothing:  A Season with the Arizona Cardinal" is available on Amazon, and is an 8 hour documentary about the team's 2015 season - the greatest season in the history of this franchise...I am not here to pimp Amazon, but this documentary is exceptional - not just for Cardinal fans, or even football fans.  It is exceptional for anyone who enjoys human endeavors.

The best part of the show is the people - people who aren't just football players, coaches and executives - but people with real-world lives (family, joy, suffering, fears, elation, desperation, etc.).  The next best part of the documentary is the Cardinal season, where they not only won a lot of games, but many of the games were some of the best the NFL had to offer all year...Another bonus to watching this documentary is seeing the incredible personalities and leadership the Cardinals have at this time.  Personalities who do nothing to embarrass their team, fan base or community.

There is A LOT of profanity in the unedited version (an edited version available), but none of it is gratuitous, and anyone who has been in the high-testosterone environment of team sports or the military will 'totally get it.'

Just go watch "All or Nothing:  A Season with the Arizona Cardinal"!!!  With NFL training camps starting soon the timing couldn't be better...And for those who are Cardinal fans, you will not only be proud of your team, but you will KNOW you are in for an exciting 2016 season.

For those who aren't Cardinal fans - BE READY TO BECOME CARDINAL FANS!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


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