Category: Thoughts

The History of the Alamo: Mission to Fort

Ron has produced an excellent history of the Alamo. From it’s construction to today, his posts cover the compound’s entire history. This is the first in a series of nine posts (so far?) on the subject. Just one of many series he has written on various subjects.

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By the end of 15th century Span had claimed for itself all of South and Central America and as far north in North American as California, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas. But claiming these lands and controlling them were two totally a different matters.

The professional Spanish Conquistadors sole mission was to look for gold and silver, not to create settlements for Spain. This was very true with their North America claims. In fact Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas went completely unsettled by the Spanish. The Spanish also had problems in populating the extreme northern parts of Florida and Mexico.

Although British colonists from Georgia and the Carolina colonies had begun settling in northern Florida and its panhandle it was losing their state of Texas that worried Spain the most.

In 1689, near Matagorda Bay in Texas, they found the remains of French explorer La Salle’s Fort Saint…

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11th Airborne Paratrooper – Melvin Garten

GP Cox posted this story about a true hero, Melvin Garten. Another of the many important stories he posts.

Pacific Paratrooper

Col. Melvin Garten

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Media’s self-importance never dies

An Associated Press photographer died. He was the fellow who took the picture of a fully armed paramilitary immigration enforcement officer taking a screaming child of six by force who was hiding with an adult in a closet, as the Clinton administration had no compunction about separating a Legal Immigrant from his family on American soil.

The Associated Press ran a 749-word obituary on the photographer, Alan Diaz. It was an interesting story — AP hired him after he took the SWAT team-crying kid photo.

But the story was a bit much, and a reminder of the media’s overblown sense of importance. The word iconic appeared four times.

Which brings me to a story I read about Melvin Garten, a real hero. His death brought no AP obituary because he never got a byline:

Toby Harnden, the Times of London…

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The Cold War’s forgotten Hungarian Revolution

Sixty-two years ago today the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 began.


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On October 23rd 1956, thousands of Hungarian workers and students flooded the streets of Budapest. With fists raised in defiance, they shouted for Freedom from Soviet tyranny! The students issued a declaration in Parliament Square called the “Sixteen Points.” It included demands for personal freedom, economic reform, eliminating the hated secret police, withdrawing Soviet troops, and removing Communist leader Mátyás Rákosi.

Rákosi, appointed by Josef Stalin himself, had presided over a decade-long, oppressive regime that finally brought resentment to a boiling point. When crowds of unarmed civilians were gunned down by security forces 2 days later, the Rebellion became a Revolution between ragtag armed rebels and Soviet troops.

What began as peaceful demonstrations in Budapest quickly escalated into an armed resistance across all of Hungary.

Protestors tore down a statue of Stalin in Heroes’ Square, dragged its metal carcass through the city before decapitating it for all to…

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Disrespect at the Winged Lion Monument!

I have re-blogged articles from this site before. It concerns a very important chapter in modern history. Unfortunately, it is chapter many choose to dismiss.

Free Czechoslovak Air Force

Neúcta k pomníku okřídleného lva!

In June 2014, the Winged Lion monument was unveiled at Klárov, Prague; a gesture from the British ex-pat community in the Czech and Slovak Republics to thank Czechoslovakia for its men and women who served in the RAF during WW2.

V červnu 2014 byl v Praze na Klárově odhalen „Okřídlený lev“, gesto díků komunity britských migrantů v České republice a na Slovensku určené československým mužům a ženám, kteří sloužili v řadách RAF v průběhu druhé světové války.


In November 2017, phase II of this project was completed with the inclusion of panels listing the names of those 2507 Czechoslovak men and women who had served in the RAF.

V listopadu 2017 byla dokončena druhá fáze projektu zahrnující panely se seznamem jmen všech 2507 československých mužů a žen, kteří za druhé světové války sloužili v RAF.

Both these events received high media coverage –…

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