I thought I would post a few more pictures of my Army time in Germany – 1973-1974. Hard to believe it has been that long.
I love to travel – have a wanderlust gene apparently. I am running out of space on this website with the current plan – free! – and re-posting Lex’s posts takes priority – so I am having to shrink the pictures – my apologies. Perhaps I should start another site devoted to my past travels?
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Posted by lex, on May 17th, 2011
A solid brass gun port from the USS Maine – of “Remember the Maine!” fame – has been stolen from a park in Oakland:
The brass port hole was five feet high, solid and extremely heavy. Park officials noticed that the port hole had been knocked off of its concrete base last week but did not think the vandals would return to steal the monument.
The thieves left tire tracks and wooden planks behind; giving police evidence to start the investigation. Park and city officials believe the thieves stole the port hole to sell for scrap metal. Police are asking recyclers and any scrap metal buyers in the area to be on the lookout for the USS Maine monument and to call police if anyone tries to sell the port hole for scrap.
It’s come to this that Oakland has, 1) citizens who would steal a 113-year old relic of our nation’s history to be melted down for scrap, 2) public servants who believed that anyone would go to all the effort of knocking said relic off a concrete base merely for the vandalism that was in it.
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By lex, on March 13th, 2011
Some World War II-era gun camera footage * of planes, trains and ships under attack, courtesy of occasional reader HornetGunner.
Most of the air to air targets obviously never saw it coming.
Belly checks are still in fashion.
* 05-04-18 – Link Updated – Ed.
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Posted by Lex, on January 17, 2011
On an appropriate day:
My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Posted by Lex, on July 6, 2008
Joe Wilson had just one nightmare, and yellowcake was its name-o:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program – a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium – reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” – the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment – was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.
Posted by Lex, on October 8, 2010
Four hundred and thirty-nine years ago: *
Posted by Lex, on May 12, 2008
Baby steps towards actual history rather than the luridly painted partisan tableaux of the day, quotha: