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United States of America

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: Vincent Price in Suspense "The Name of the Beast" (1946)

On Midrats 12 July 2020 - Episode 549: What a Navy is For with Sam Tangredi

Please join us at 5pm (EDT) on 12 July for Midrats Episode 549: What a Navy is For with Sam Tangredi
Do policy makers and those who design our grand national strategy really understand what a Navy is? How does the planet's premier naval power seem to have trouble explaining why it needs a navy, what a navy does, and how to get it ready for war?

How do navalists set the table when it is time to define, invest, and assign roles, responsibilities, missions and who get what percentage of the DOD pie?

Our returning guest this Sunday to discuss this and related topics will be Sam Tangredi, and we will use his recent article, Does the Pentagon Understand What a Navy Is For?, as a starting point for our conversation.

Professor Tangredi was appointed as the Leidos Chair of Future Warfare Studies in March 2019 and since May 2017, has served as the director of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies. He initially joined the Naval War College as a professor of national, naval and maritime strategy in the Strategic and Operational Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies in October 2016. He has published five books, over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and numerous reports for government and academic organizations. He is a retired Navy captain and surface warfare officer specializing in naval strategy. He held command at sea and directed several strategic planning organizations.
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Friday, July 03, 2020

Friday Film: "Inside the Declaration of Independence"

It does not do to sugarcoat history, but to understand where we are, we have to know where we came from.

The Declaration of Independence written was written by real men with all the baggage real people carry. Surely the throwing off of the tyranny of royalty is the lasting contribution of its words. Making us live up to that opening,
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
is the story of all the years since July, 1776 to the present.

Update: Four Things Every American Should Know About the Declaration of Independence which should be read in its entirety:
Calvin Coolidge put it best in 1926 to mark the country’s 150th birthday. “There is something beyond the establishment of a new nation, great as that event would be, in the Declaration of Independence which has ever since caused it to be regarded as one of the great charters that not only was to liberate America but was everywhere to ennoble humanity. It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history.”

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Korean War: Crusade in the Pacific

June 25, 1950 was the date the North Korean forces invaded South Korea. 70 years later, the disparity between the North and South Koreans is a remarkable testament to the differences between the differences in the governments under which the two portions of the Korean people live.

Here's a series of old shows about the Korean War and the U. S. role in Asia: