Posted in Military History

9 October: Today in U.S. military history

USS Guavina (AGSS-362) fueling a Martin P5M-1 Marlin of Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44) in the open sea off Norfolk, Virginia (USA), in 1955.

1861: 1,000 Confederate soldiers land on Florida’s Santa Rosa Island and assault Union-held Fort Pickens. The attackers withdraw after the federal guns inflict 90 casualties. Fort Pickens sits across the bay from Naval Air Station Pensacola — the birthplace of Naval aviation — and coastal defense guns were installed at the old fort during World War II.

1940: After USS Nautilus (SS-168) conducts a successful test refueling of a seaplane, Secretary of the Navy William F. Knox approves a plan for 24 submarines to each carry 20,000 gallons of aviation gasoline for refueling seaplanes at sea.

1950: As the U.S. military crosses into North Korea, the 1st Cavalry Division spearheads the assault. Pfc. Robert H. Young is wounded once by an enemy barrage, but he refuses medical treatment and remains on the line. Wounded a second time and awaiting treatment, he springs back into action when the enemy threatens to surround the Americans. Firing from an exposed position, he kills five enemy soldiers and is hit a third time, but remains on the field — directing friendly tanks to destroy enemy gun positions. Young is hit by an enemy mortar blast while he is treating his wounded comrades, but despite his multiple grievous wounds, he instructs the medics to help the others first.

Pfc. Young will perish from his wounds on November 9, 1950, and is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Continue reading “9 October: Today in U.S. military history”

Posted in Politics

Planned economy or planned destruction?

From the Chicago Tribune, 1934 – and just as applicable today!

Posted in Politics

Didn’t the US used to fight Socialism?

In Vietnam, we fought socialists. In Korea, we fought socialists. In the Cold War, we fought socialists. In World War II, we fought socialists. Now we elect them. From a recent Gallup poll:

How is it that in 2010 more than one-third of U.S. citizens have a positive view of socialism? Socialism has killed almost as many people as war, cancer, and natural causes combined! The next question should have been to name their most favorite socialist. Unsurprisingly, over half of Democrat respondents held a positive view of socialism.

As to the four percent who held a negative view of small business, that would presumably be the four percent of America that now works for the Obama administration.

Posted in Quotes

What Democracy and Socialism have in common

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

– Alexis de Tocqueville

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The ‘philosophy of failure’

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

– Winston Churchill