Posts Tagged ‘Churchill’

Veterans Day

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November 12th, 2012 Posted 8:19 am

“Was yesterday,” Spence says.

“I know, but today is the holiday, so now I’ll call my dad to thank him for his service in World War 2,” Admin says. “He commanded a sub chaser in the Atlantic.”

“Say hi,” says Spence.

“And thanks to all the veterans. Here’s Churchill’s Their Finest Hour speech:”

‘Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.’

“And from the Pacific – the U.S.S. Indianapolis:”

Welcome Oily the activist dog.

 

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No More Himmler!

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November 16th, 2011 Posted 7:51 am

“And a good thing,” says Spence. “Outside of the evil they did, none of those top Nazis seem at all interesting, in contrast to some of those who opposed them – Churchill and FDR, to name two.”

“But I am looking forward to reading Ian Kershaw’s The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945,” Admin says.

“Maybe you’ll get it for Christmas.”

“I’m giving you a bottle of Appleton Rum from Jamaica – the one with the black cap,” says Admin.

“Any reason you’re telling me now?” Spence says.

“Oops.”

Today’s post is dedicated to the Macy family.

Welcome two dudes on the job, Slick and Jenny, Cricket.

“I saw it on sale,” Admin says, sort of to himself.

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Veterans Day

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November 11th, 2010 Posted 8:00 am

Bernie’s walking around the house, trying to memorize some kind of speech. Here he comes now, forehead all wrinkled. Memorizing speeches doesn’t look easy. Just one more reason why being me seems to be working out fine.

“Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”

Thanks for your service in WWII, Dad.

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Churchill the Perp

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June 29th, 2009 Posted 8:55 am

Crack! Zing! We huddled under the wreckage of the old wooden biplane, me and Bernie, close together. Crack. Kapow. Wood splintered right in front of my eyes. We were trapped down at the bottom of the tiny box canyon, the shooter somewhere high above.

“That quote of Churchill’s,” Bernie said, “the one about there’s nothing more exhilarating than to be fired on without result? Don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling it.”

Churchill? The name was new. Some perp, no doubt. He’ll be wearing an orange jumpsuit and breaking rocks in the hot sun soon enough. Bernie crawled toward a little opening in the wreckage over our heads, the .38 Special in his hand. I crawled right beside him. We were quiet as mice, whatever that means. In my experience … but maybe a story for another time.

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The Books



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