Honor Our Veterans: November 11, 2012

It Was Armistice Day (11th Month, 11th day, 11th Hour, 1918)

The treaty to end the War To End All Wars was signed on November 11th, at 11 AM, 1918. The day was to be celebrated from that time on as Armistice Day.

We know of course, World War I did not end all wars and another World War (WWII) would kill young and old alike from its beginning in 1939 until its end in 1945.

The following, taken from the website Military.com explains the history of Armistince Day and how it came to be Veterans Day:

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

And so we do … honor our veterans, today November 11, 2012 and forward in time.


17781943 poster, United States, World War II Artist Perlin, B. Publisher United States. Office of War Information Studio Name/Printer United States. Government Printing Office Historical period World War II


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A Headline About Representative Charlie Rangel

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

The headline from the New York Times City Room feature ( by Nicholas Confessore)  spoke to the many ethics charges recently lodged against him.  The headline read, “Rangel Speaks, and Asks For Time.”  The joke is, if you missed it,  that I thought he had asked for prison time.  Well, fat chance that, he might do the following though:

  • Make a deal to plead to one or two reduced charges that might allow him to keep his seat
  • Resign if all charges are reduced or dismissed

The problem with those eventualities is that  Mr. Rangel has started on his pursuit of escape in the worst possible manner:

In his first news conference since learning his fellow lawmakers would put up him on trial for ethics violations, Representative Charles B. Rangel urged his constituents and the press to be patient, saying he would not address the specifics of the charges against him until the proceedings begin next week.

But Mr. Rangel, who snapped at reporters in Washington on Thursday, appeared determined to strike a softer tone at Friday’s appearance, even offering a public apology to one reporter, Luke Russert, whose question on Thursday — about whether the charges would cost the congressman his job — Mr. Rangel dismissed as “dumb.”

Note the very last word in the quote above … dumb.  Dumb is what you call yourself when you do the things for which Mr. Rangel is charged; it is not what you call a reporter, especially when the comment is picked-up for all the world to see.  Mr. Rangel, by all accounts, served honorably in the United States Army, even leading his fellow servicemen out of a Chinese encirclement during the Korean War.  For that honorable service, he was seriously honored.  But now he must seek the next honorable step in his  life of 80 years.  Is he guilty?  Then he should resign and enjoy the rest of his life.  Does he know that he is not guilty, then fight  hard to win his reputation back.  A goal that will be hard because this is not the first time his reputation has shown a shaky facade.  We’ll have to see how it all gets  fleshed out.  We know that the Republicans have made of him an example that will probably force suitable action from  the Democratic side of the House of Representatives.  How can you ignore:

The charges capped a two-year investigation that forced Mr. Rangel — revered by many people in Harlem — from his powerful perch as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, made him the poster boy for Republican attacks on House Democrats, and drew campaign challenges from several fellow Democrats now eying his seat.

I’m sure the Democrats will recognize the similarity between Mr. Rangel and another war hero.  This one a Republican who served in Viet Nam and was confirmed as one of only two Navy flying aces in that conflict.  He later served as an instructor in flight combat and a commander of a Naval Fighter Squadron.  He eventually ran for congress from California’s 50th Congressional District.  His military career was not without controversy and he had some close calls in the disciplinary sense, almost, but not receiving a court-martial after being accused of breaking into a superior officer’s desk to peek into his (Cunningham’s) and his fellow pilots’ service records.

This man was Randall “Duke”  Cunningham, who served from California’s 50th Congressional District,  and he capped his political career with a somewhat similar series of corrupt events, but at this point (until we have a final tally on Rangel)  Cunningham “crooked-out” on a grander scale.

You can read the rest of Rangel’s story referenced above by clicking right here

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