Archive for the ‘History’ Category

In Memoriam

August 29, 2009

40 years after her senseless and tragic death, Remembering Mary Jo Kopechne.

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An accurate review of history

January 25, 2009

John Stossel provides actual accurate historical facts. This sets him apart from many members of congress and the press.

…in the recession of ’82, it reached 10.8 percent. Yet no one even remembers the “crisis” of ’82. Today’s 7.2 percent unemployment rate is higher than we’ve grown used to, but we’ve experienced that rate 16 times over the past 35 years…

That would be the Carter years, when the unemployment rate was in double digits, as was the inflation rate. Mortgage rates were over 20% as well. The worst economy since the FDR era was during the democrat administration of Jimmy Carter.

Just how many broadcast TV stations were there in January 1933?

September 23, 2008

Watch this “interview” Katie Couric gave six term democrat Senator Joe Biden.

Did you spot the double history gaff Biden made?

7 Years ago today

September 11, 2008

As the wise men who created South Park said, “some pissed off Muslims” attacked the United States of America. Here are pictures of the event that Keith Olbermann doesn’t want Americans to see.

Dr. John Ray sums it up:

“Spare a moment to remember the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of insane hate who died on this day in the year 2001. And spare a thought for the loved-ones they left behind.”

HT to Leslie Bates for the quote.

New books out…

August 5, 2008

In the interest of “equal time”, let’s look at the left’s latest BDS hit piece by Ron Suskind. As the Confederate Yankee points out, it only works because history is not the strong point of most leftists.

According to author Ron Suskind (who shockingly, is trying to sell a book to the “Bushitler” base) the Bush Administration ordered the CIA to forge and backdate a document that would be used as false pretenses to help justify the Iraq War.

According to Suskind, the forged letter written to justify the invasion was released in December, 2003.

But the war began 9 months prior to the release of the document in the media, meaning they would have forged a document they didn’t use for its intended purpose.

His “false pretenses” motive is obviously wrong.

Now let us mosey over to the Right side of the reading room to get the story the liberal media won’t touch. An honest, truthful look at Barak H. Obama.

First we have The Obama Nation. This book goes beyond the “Cult of Personality” and takes a deep, detailed look at the history behind the Chicago democrat Machine politician. Before the lefties start screaming, note that the author has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. Hardly a hotbed of right wing politics.

Next is The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.
A look behind the curtain the DNC/MSM is trying to draw to hide the far left agenda and background of Barak Hussein Obama. Who, less we forget, has a fraction of the experience that Dan Quayle had when he first ran for Vice-President in 1988.

These books about Obama will bring up the facts that Chris Matthews and the rest of the Obama fan club in the DNC/MSM never will.

Teaching history to liberals

July 6, 2008

For the most part, liberals are better at making revisions to history than learning from it.
So we have Timothy Sandefur giving a dose of reality to leftist Matthew Yglesias.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Happy Birthday!

June 14, 2008

233 years ago today (That was 1775 for the math challenged), the US Army was created by an act of the Continental Congress. It was called the Continental Army, since the United States of America was not to be formed for almost another year.

Failing the WWII test

May 23, 2008

A story about highly educated, from the best universities, failing basic questions about the history of WWII.

liberal pundit Joe Klein needs a history lesson

April 7, 2008

Joe Klein makes the following statement:

In others words, it is more patriotic to be in favor of civil rights legislation than to oppose it…

Mr. Klein forgets, or is blissfully ignorant of the fact that the Civil Rights Act passed because a majority of Republicans voted for it, along with a minority of the democrats who controlled Congress at the time. Among the liberal democrats who voted against the Civil Rights Act were Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the former KKK Grand Kleagle, Senator Robert Bird.

HT to Confederate Yankee

Remembering Tet

February 6, 2008

First, by way of Mr. Reynolds, the lies of Tet:

Media misreporting of Tet passed into our collective memory. That picture gave antiwar activism an unwarranted credibility that persists today in Congress, and in the media reaction to the war in Iraq. The Tet experience provides a narrative model for those who wish to see all U.S. military successes — such as the Petraeus surge — minimized and glossed over.

In truth, the war in Vietnam was lost on the propaganda front, in great measure due to the press’s pervasive misreporting of the clear U.S. victory at Tet as a defeat. Forty years is long past time to set the historical record straight.

The Tet offensive came at the end of a long string of communist setbacks. By 1967 their insurgent army in the South, the Viet Cong, had proved increasingly ineffective, both as a military and political force. Once American combat troops began arriving in the summer of 1965, the communists were mauled in one battle after another, despite massive Hanoi support for the southern insurgency with soldiers and arms. By 1967 the VC had lost control over areas like the Mekong Delta — ironically, the very place where reporters David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan had first diagnosed a Vietnam “quagmire” that never existed.

Tet was a particularly crushing defeat for the VC. It had not only failed to trigger any uprising but also cost them “our best people,” as former Viet Cong doctor Duong Quyunh Hoa later admitted to reporter Stanley Karnow. Yet the very fact of the U.S. military victory — “The North Vietnamese,” noted National Security official William Bundy at the time, “fought to the last Viet Cong” — was spun otherwise by most of the U.S. press.

As the Washington Post’s Saigon bureau chief Peter Braestrup documented in his 1977 book, “The Big Story,” the desperate fury of the communist attacks including on Saigon, where most reporters lived and worked, caught the press by surprise. (Not the military: It had been expecting an attack and had been on full alert since Jan. 24.) It also put many reporters in physical danger for the first time. Braestrup, a former Marine, calculated that only 40 of 354 print and TV journalists covering the war at the time had seen any real fighting. Their own panic deeply colored their reportage, suggesting that the communist assault had flung Vietnam into chaos.

Then by way of Ed Driscoll comes David Warren’s article:

My friend, Uwe Siemon-Netto, a German Lutheran pastor and also life-long journalist, was there as a reporter. Entering Hué as the smoke was clearing: “I made my way to university apartments to obtain news about friends of mine, German professors at the medical school. I learned that their names had been on lists containing some 1,800 Hué residents singled out for liquidation.

“Six weeks later the bodies of doctors Alois Altekoester, Raimund Discher, Horst-Guenther Krainick, and Krainick’s wife, Elisabeth, were found in shallow graves they had been made to dig for themselves.

“Then, enormous mass graves of women and children were found. Most had been clubbed to death, some buried alive; you could tell from the beautifully manicured hands of women who had tried to claw out of their burial place.

“As we stood at one such site, Washington Post correspondent Peter Braestrup asked an American TV cameraman, ‘Why don’t you film this?’ He answered, ‘I am not here to spread anti-communist propaganda’.”

The Tet Offensive ended not only in a huge allied victory in the field — some 45,000 of the Communist soldiers had been killed, and their infrastructure destroyed. It was victory after an event that showed sceptical South Vietnamese, and should have shown the world, the nature of the enemy our allies were fighting.

Walter Cronkite, the famous news anchor of CBS, led the American media reaction. After a very brief visit to Saigon, in which he got himself filmed wearing flak jackets, he returned to the United States, declaring before his huge prime time audience:

“It is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honourable people who have lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.”

The media turned a tremendous victory into a tremendous defeat. Yet seven more years would pass until an America, which had by then abandoned Vietnam, and a Congress, which had cut off military supplies to the South Vietnamese, watched the helicopters removing America’s last faithful servants from a roof in Saigon’s old embassy compound.