Monthly Archives: May 2013

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

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

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

Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti, MoH – RiP

For a Commander-in-Chief who deems that the War on Terror in now primarily on the internet, I would take a moment to remind him of the sacrifices of  our military men, women, and their families.  Here is one who gave all so that we can enjoy the bounty and blessings of freedom.

MoH citation for SSG Jared C. Monti:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006.

While Staff Sergeant Monti was leading a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and directing fire against the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Staff Sergeant Monti quickly directed his men to set up a defensive position behind a rock formation. He then called for indirect fire support, accurately targeting the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his position. While still directing fire, Staff Sergeant Monti personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Staff Sergeant Monti then realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded in the open ground between the advancing enemy and the patrol’s position.

With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Monti twice attempted to move from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of relentless enemy fire to rescue his fallen comrade. Determined not to leave his Soldier, Staff Sergeant Monti made a third attempt to cross open terrain through intense enemy fire. On this final attempt, he was mortally wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his fellow Soldier.

Staff Sergeant Monti’s selfless acts of heroism inspired his patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti’s immeasurable courage and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.

The video below is one that I had seen on the net before.  But, it turns out that SSG Monti’s story had directly inspired it.  Take a moment to watch it.

Then came the part of the interview that hit me hardest: It was the moment when Paul Monti talked about his son’s truck, and why he still has it, and still drives it.

“What can I tell you? It’s him,” Jared’s father explained, nearly choking on his words. “It’s got his DNA all over it. I love driving it because it reminds me of him, though I don’t need the truck to remind me of him. I think about him every hour of every day.”

I was already tearing up before that story about Jared’s truck. But as the details piled up — the truck was a Dodge 4X4 Ram 1500 with decals on it that included the 10th Mountain Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, an American flag, and a Go Army sticker — I lost it…

I wasn’t the only one in a car crying that day. It turns out that a Nashville songwriter named Connie Harrington was in her car, too, listening to the very same story. Moved to tears, she pulled over to the side of the road, scribbling notes as the story proceeded.

(HT: Ace of Spades HQ – thanks guys.)

Remember Memorial Day For What It Is

Spend a few minutes and pay tribute. Then go donate some spare change to a worthy veterans charity – Wounded Warrior Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, AmVets, Disabled Veterans of America, etc…

The Clockwork Conservative

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…

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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

Lost and Found – May 25th Edition

What to remember about May 25th…

  • 1521  Holy Roman Emperor Charles V issues Edict of Worms declaring Martin Luther an outlaw
  • 1803  American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1865  Ordnance depot in Mobile, Alabama explodes killing 300, sinking 2 ships, and destroying most of the northern reaches of the city
  • 1925  John T. Scopes indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee school
  • 1953  Shot from “Atomic Annie” gun, US conducts its only nuclear artillery test; shell is 4.5 feet long, weighed 800 lbs., and yielded 15 kilotons
  • 1961  President Kennedy announces to special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before end of the decade
  • 1977  20th Century Fox releases the George Lucas film Star Wars to theaters
  • 1982  HMS Coventry is sunk in the Falklands; 3 Argentine planes lost in the attack
  • 2011  Last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs; ends 25 year run

Upshot-Knothole nuclear artillery test

Lost and Found – May 24th Edition

What to remember about May 24th…

  • 1543  Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies after a stroke (b. 1473); discovered Earth revolved around the sun despite “facts” to the contrary
  • 1775  John Hancock is elected president of Second Continental Congress
  • 1844  Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph for Congress; message “What Hath God Wrought?” is sent to Baltimore and back
  • 1883  Brooklyn Bridge is dedicated by President Arthur and future President Cleveland while thousands of New Yorkers turn out to watch
  • 1935  Major League Baseball holds its 1st night game at recently lighted Crosley Field in Cincinnati; Reds beat Phillies 2-1
  • 1941  German battleship Bismarck sinks pride of the Royal Navy HMS Hood
  • 1943  Josef Mengele becomes doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp; “Angel of Death” will torture and murder thousands of Jews
  • 1961  In Jackson, Mississippi, activist Freedom Riders are arrested for disturbing the peace as they disembark from their vehicle
  • 1964  Presidential candidate and Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) mentions possible use of atomic weapons in conflict in Vietnam
  • 1976  Concorde supersonic passenger service from London to Washington, D.C. begins
  • 1991  Israel begins Operation Solomon to evacuate by air more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews threatened by civil war
  • 1994  4 Islamic terrorists are sentenced to life in prison for 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center

Memorial Day Fast Approaching

Remember the reason before you head out for the season.

The Clockwork Conservative

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…

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