Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lost and Found – May 31st Edition

What to remember about May 31st…

  • 1859  Big Ben clock tower rings out over British Houses of Parliament for the 1st time
  • 1879  In New York city Gilmore’s Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden and opened to the public as an entertainment venue
  • 1913  17th Amendment to the United States Constitution goes into effect; requires popular election of Senators eliminating check on federal power
  • 1916  British and German navies begin Battle of Jutland; over 100,000 men and 250 ships will see combat in WWI’s greatest sea battle
  • 1929  Ford Motor Company signs agreement to oversee production of factories and manufacture automobiles in the Soviet Union
  • 1930 Oscar-winning American actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962  In Tel Aviv, Israel, Adolf Eichmann, Nazi organizer of Adolf Hitler’s “final solution of the Jewish question,” is hanged
  • 1997  Ila Borders becomes 1st woman to pitch in a minor league baseball game; she enters as relief for the St. Paul Saints
  • 2003  Fugitive bomber of Atlanta Olympics and several abortion clinics captured; Eric Robert Rudolph found dumpster diving behind a Save-A-Lot store in Murphy, North Carolina
  • 2005  Identity of Watergate scandal source “Deep Throat” is revealed to be formed FBI assistant director W. Mark Felt

Lost and Found – May 30th Edition

What to remember about May 30th…

  • 1806  Future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickenson in a duel; the men fought over libelous statements made about Jackson’s wife
  • 1868  Decoration Day is declared to honor Civil War dead; this is the 1st observance of what will become Memorial Day
  • 1909  American musician, songwriter, and band leader Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman is born in Chicago (d. 1986)
  • 1911  Indianapolis 500 race is held for 1st time; Ray Harroun wins out of a field of 40 cars with an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour
  • 1922  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former President William Howard Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall
  • 1966  NASA successfully launches Surveyor 1 spacecraft; 1st soft landing of an american probe on an extraterrestrial body
  • 1989  Pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square erect 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue

Warbirds – F4U Corsair

Considered by many to be the best carrier based fighter-bomber of World War II, today we honor the May 29, 1940  first flight of the F4U Corsair on Warbirds.

Despite early issues with getting Corsair squadrons qualified for carrier landings, the Marine Corps had no reservations about using her as a land-based fighter beginning in 1942.  The navy restricted the planes from carrier landings until early 1944.  Despite the Corsair’s superior performance in almost all categories, veteran Navy pilots preferred the F-6 Hellcat as it was easier to land having less tendency to bounce.  Many naval aviators disparagingly called the F4U “hog”, hognose”, or even “bent-wing widow maker”.

The F-4 Corsair’s combat debut in 1943  was as part of the fiasco near Kahili known as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre”.  4 P-38s, 2 P-40s, 2 B-24s, and 2 F4Us were lost with no more than 4 Zeros downed.  Despite this rocky first encounter, Marine pilots soon learned to take advantage of the Corsair’s superior capabilities and six .50 caliber machineguns versus Japanese fighters.  These ground based squadrons would operate in some of the Pacific theater’s hottest zones like Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Palaus, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

The F4U has had a star-studded cast of pilots.  Charles Lindbergh served as a test pilot and evaluator while Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams was a flight instructor for the F4U at Pensacola.  Among Marine Corps Corsair pilots there were 15 confirmed aces and 4 Medal of Honor recipients.  The first Corsair Ace was Second Lieutenant Kenneth A. Walsh while the most famous was probably Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington f the Blacksheep Squadron (VMF-214).

Having seen service with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Royal New Zealand Airforce, and the U.K. Royal Navy Fleet Arm, the end of WWII did not spell the end of the Corsair’s career.  The F4U would serve with Argentinian, El Salvadoran, French, and Honduran militaries.  Combat roles would include the First Indochina War, the Suez Crisis, the Algerian War, and War of Tunisian Independence.  But, the Corsair would truly shine as close support aircraft and night fighter during the Korean War.  Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the U.S. Navy’s 1st African-American naval aviator, flew Corsairs on combat missions from the USS Leyte (CV-32). He was shot down on December 4, 1950 and became the first U.S. Navy officer killed during the Korean War.

F4U Corsairs feature prominently in media.  John Wayne starred in a film about Marine Corps aviators called Flying Leathernecks.  The made for television movie and follow-up series Baa Baa Black Sheep fictionally portrays the actions of Greg “Pappy” Boyington and the Black Sheep Squadron (VMF-214)

You can view a very thorough history of the Vought F4U Corsair on YouTube in this 5-part series.

(If you have suggestions of other aircraft to cover in upcoming Warbirds posts, please put them in the comments.  Thanks.)

Lost and Found – May 29th Edition

What to remember about May 29th…

  • 1780  Patriots defeated at Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina; troops surrendering to Colonel Tarelton’s cavalry are murdered on his orders
  • 1790  Rhode Island is the last of original 13 colonies to ratify U.S. Constitution; becomes 13th state in the Union
  • 1848  Wisconsin enters the Union as 30th state
  • 1917  Future 35th President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1922  Supreme court rules unanimously in Federal Baseball Club v. National League that Major League Baseball did not violate anti-trust laws and that baseball was not “interstate commerce”; games are state affairs
  • 1932  Over 1000 World War I veterans arrive in Washington, D.C. as part of “Bonus Expeditionary Force”; protesting to receive payments promised for their service in the war
  • 1942  Adolf Hitler orders that all Jews in occupied Paris must wear a yellow Star of David on the left side of their coats
  • 1953  Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Nepalese Shepra Tenzing Norgay become 1st to reach summit of Mount Everest
  • 1954  In the Netherlands, 1st annual meeting of the influential members of the Bilderberg Group is held
  • 1998  U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater dies (b. 1909); responsible for rise of modern conservative movement
  • 1999 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery completes the 1st successful docking at the International Space Station (ISS)
  • 2003 English-born American actor, comedian, and USO icon Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday in Hollywood revelry
  • 2004  President George W. Bush dedicates U.S. National World War II Memorial; critics from Boston Herald call it “vainglorious”
  • 2005  Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman driver to lead a lap at Indianapolis 500; 4th female to participate in that race and highest finish at 4th

Obama Wants Wounded Veterans To Pay For Own Healthcare

I know that this story is a little old now, but I have to wonder how many of us heard about this from the mainstream media.  From CNN:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

Lawmakers say they’d reject a proposal to make veterans pay for treatment of war wounds with private insurance.

…the proposal would be “dead on arrival” if it’s sent to Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said.

Murray used that blunt terminology when she told Shinseki that the idea would not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. Her remarks came during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs about the 2010 budget.

With veterans making up almost 13% of the adult voting population, you’d think Obama might be more careful in how he treats them.  A recent Gallup survey shows the president is in serious trouble when it comes to veteran voters as this graph shows.

Say what you want about our 4th greatest president, a split like this amongst voters who have already shown that they are willing to make sacrifices in the defense of their nation has to be troublesome.  These are not sunshine patriots that can be kept from the polls by bad weather or media spin.  They will come out in November and they will vote.

Lost and Found – May 28th Edition

What to remember about May 28th…

  • 1754  Virginia militia led by 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats French and Indian patrol at Battle of Jumonville Glen; attempt to claim Pennsylvania territory begins French and Indian War
  • 1830  President Andrew Jackson signs Indian Removal Act; allows for relocation of Indian tribes to territory west of the Mississippi
  • 1863  Led by Colonel Robert Shaw, African-American 54th Massachusetts Infantry departs Boston to join the war
  • 1892  Naturalist and author John Muir organizes the Sierra Club in San Francisco; early environmental group aims to preserve wilderness
  • 1908  English author, Naval Intelligence Officer and creator of fictional spy character James Bond,  Ian Flemming is born (d. 1964)
  • 1918  U.S. troops under General Pershing capture village of Cantigny in France in 1st American assault; Germans retaliate with poison gas
  • 1937  State-owned German car company Volkswagen is formed
  • 1964  Charter is issued creating the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group; renounced violence in 1993
  • 1969  After searching the captured tunnel complex, 101st Airborne troops abandon recently captured “Hamburger Hill” in the A Shau valley
  • 1982  British forces attack Argentinians at Battle of Goose Green winning 1st major ground combat of the Falklands War
  • 1987  19-year-old West German amateur pilot violates 400 miles of Soviet airspace and lands his Cessna outside the Kremlin in Moscow
  • 2002  NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft discovers large deposits of ice on the surface of the planet

Remember Memorial Day For What It Is

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the U.S. on the last Monday of May. Once known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died defending their country. This name change became official in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill.

Though it is often observed to recognize the departed in one’s life, this is a holiday that celebrates selfless sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. These heroes wrote a blank check to the nation that they served. Those of us who once wrote one of those checks ourselves and did not have it cashed in, know full well the value of our lives and our freedoms. Take a few moments today and think about what writing that check means and what value it holds.

This last video just wrecks me.  Every time.

The mood came early this year so I posted some pics yesterday that were to remind folks of what this day is really about.  Here is another.

Lost and Found – May 27th Edition

What to remember about May 27th…

  • 1813  U.S. Army and Navy forces conduct amphibious assault to capture fort and British troops in Battle of Fort George
  • 1863  Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney issues Ex parte Merryman challenging authority of President Lincoln and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus
  • 1935  Supreme Court declares National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States
  • 1937  After 4 years of construction and the deaths of 11 workers, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco finally opens to the public
  • 1941  3-days after sinking the  HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales, German battleship Bismarck is sunk by Royal Navy off the coast of France
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces a state of unlimited national emergency in response to military aggression of Nazi Germany
  • 1965  U.S. Navy warships begin bombardment of Viet Cong targets in central South Vietnam
  • 1967  Aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by widow Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline
  • 1972  President Nixon and Soviet President Brezhnev meet in Moscow to sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)agreements
  • 1998  Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years $200,000 fine for failing to warn authorities about Oklahoma City Bombing terrorist plot
  • 2005  Thousands of demonstrators gather in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Middle East to protest reported “Quran abuse” by the U.S. military

Memorial Day Fast Approaching

With the actual holiday only a day away, I thought I would post a few things to remember.  Pictures are worth a thousand words so…

If you click on the photo above, it links to a large-sized picture suitable for use as a desktop wallpaper.

Media Attacks Catholics Instead Of Reporting On Obamacare Lawsuits

Still silent over the 43 lawsuits filed earlier this week by Catholic institutions across the country, major media outlets decide today to cover instead decades old stories of alleged abuse.  Is this a concerted effort to bury the embarrassing news that churches have been forced to sue the government of the one nation on Earth FOUNDED on the principle of freedom?  Smear and distract is a tactic that the left has used to great effect since Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals was published in 1971.  I think the proof that this IS the approach chosen by the lame-stream media is in the fact that ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts have spent just 19 seconds in the past 72 hours on the fight to protect the conscientious objections of millions of religious people and dozens of related organizations and schools from the forced imposition of a bureaucrats morality (is there such a thing?).

Since the media has chosen their side, it seems that Christians of other denominations are choosing theirs.  Today the leaders of 10 prominent non-Catholic religious groups have spoken out about the obvious bias of the media illustrated by their refusal to cover the story.  They are:

Tony Perkins – President, Family Research Council

Gary L. Bauer – Former Presidential Candidate, President American Values; Chairman the Campaign for Working Families

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

Dr. Charmaine Yoest – President and CEO of Americans United for Life

Rev. Louis P. Sheldon – Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Andrea Lafferty – President, Traditional Values Coalition

Dr. Keith Wiebe – President. American Association of Christian Schools

Mathew Staver – Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel; Dean and Professor, Liberty University School of Law; Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy

Phylls Schlafly – Founder and President, Eagle Forum

Gregory Baylor – ADF Senior Counsel

The excoriating comments in their statements illustrate the frustration that many Christians feel daily as the media denigrates their faith, dilutes their traditions, and dismisses their principles.

Obama, his liberal cronies, and the sycophantic mainstream media shrug off the concerns of the faithful and conscientious of America.  This alone will not cost him the election.  The president will lose the coming election over his horrendous economic policies.  But, will America lose her soul before his immoral bureaucracy is uprooted?

(Read more on how this story began here and here.)