A Perspective on War

A Perspective on War

VICTIM OR EXECUTIONER? by Paul R. Hollrah, ©2014 (Dec. 5, 2014) — Reading Rick Atkinson’s account of World War II on the European continent, titled The Guns at Last Light, I am struck by how different subsequent wars have been and how public attitudes on warfare have changed.  Given that the American people have apparently embraced […]

Aboard the Enterprise with a Pig pb

Aboard the Enterprise with a Pig pb

“WE NEED EVERY VETERAN” by OPOVV, ©2014 (Oct. 11, 2014) — We were Veterans spinning out of control, and by some mysterious force we’d find ourselves at my apartment watching Star Trek together, same time, every weekday. How it all came about no one remembers, but we would assume a different role during each episode by […]

Irreconcilable Differences, Part 3 pb

Irreconcilable Differences, Part 3 pb

“IT IS TIME TO PART OUR WAYS” by Tom Pastore, Vietnam Veteran, ©2014 (Jun. 20, 2014) — [Editor’s Note:  This is the third and final part of Mr. Pastore’s series covering the treatment of veterans throughout U.S. history.  Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here, respectively.] The Korean War appeared to be […]

22 a Day and Counting

22 a Day and Counting

WHERE IS THE “WORLD-CLASS COVERAGE?” by OPOVV, ©2014 (Jun. 9, 2014) — It’s a very strange world they live in, these veterans who eat the bullet, the method of choice to commit suicide.  On the outside they’re “back” and “adjusting.” Out-of-the-ordinary behavior is the telltale sign that should bring attention to somebody going over the edge. […]

Why Has There Been No Decision Yet in Fitzpatrick Case?

Why Has There Been No Decision Yet in Fitzpatrick Case?

APPELLATE COURT SILENT SINCE NOVEMBER ON CLAIMS OF JUDICIAL LAW-BREAKING by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 18, 2014) — On December 3, 2012, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) was convicted after approximately five minutes of jury deliberations of “tampering with government records” following a Monroe County, TN trial in which his attorney, Van Irion, was not […]

Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

WHAT IS AMERICA’S “END GAME?” by OPOVV, ©2013 (Nov. 10, 2013) — Take away the glitz, the glamor and the hype, and all you’re really left with is a seed to plant, nurture and reap; a net to mend, a hook to bait and haul in the catch; a sapling to cut and bend and string […]

The Shame Of Senator John McCain

The Shame Of Senator John McCain

IGNORING DEGRADING POLARIZATION OF WARRIOR DEAD AND THEIR FAMILIES October 11, 2013 United States Congress, I am offended by Senator John McCain’s unconscionable attack on fellow republican senators when asked a question on Fox News about warrior deaths and family entitlements. Senator McCain is self-centered, so much about “me”, so little about things that really […]

Our Legacy

Our Legacy

“A NEW AND BETTER WORLD” by OPOVV, ©2013 (May 5, 2013) — Face it: there’s no way to run and there’s no way to hide. We’re all responsible in some shape or form, no matter how minute. When we should have spoken out we didn’t; when we should have made that extra effort to lend a […]

The Fall and the Rise of Bradley Manning

RESISTING AND EXPOSING THE CULTURE OF DEATH by Doretta Wildes, ©2013, blogging at DorettaWildes (May 3, 2013) — An Episcopal priest, a friend of mine, recently lent me a copy of a book from his personal library. I knew it was a special book at once, because he told me that it aligned with his […]

Attention on Deck!

Attention on Deck!

“SACRIFICIAL LAMBS” OR MEN STANDING TALL? by OPOVV, ©2013 (Apr. 30, 2013) — The Rite of Passage for young men hasn’t changed in thousands of years: between the time of adolescence and manhood is a fleeting moment where the down payment is made to insure a stable environment to continue the Family Tree extending into the […]

Calling ALL Vietnam Veterans

Calling ALL Vietnam Veterans

AND ALL PATRIOTS by OPOVV, ©2013 (Mar. 8, 2013) — Front and center. Listen up. Face it, our government cheated each and every one of us from coming home to a hero’s welcome. No parade for me, no neighbors saying “Glad you’re back. Glad you made it.” No, it wasn’t like that at all. As a […]

“Capitulation” Kerry

“Capitulation” Kerry

CAN JOHN KERRY BE “SWIFTBOATED” AGAIN? by OPOVV, ©2012 (Dec. 22, 2012) — See Kerry cower, listen to the sanctimonious bore whine about the “disenfranchised Palestinians,” the world’s “misunderstood Islamists;” see him preen in front of the cameras, strutting his philosophy of “It’s better to give in than to stand up for Freedom.” Kerry is a […]

A Letter from One Who Made it Back

IS AMERICAN NOW A TWILIGHT ZONE? by OPOVV, ©2012, Presidential Candidate (May 29, 2012) — My Fellow Americans, For purposes of this  discussion, we’ll lay down a few grounds rules. First off, I’m sorry, but as it says, “My Fellow Americans,” only legal citizens of the US are allowed to read this. Here’s another: I’m sorry, […]

Civil Rights, Women and Sharia

HAVE OUR SOLDIERS NOT FOUGHT TO PROTECT OUR SACRED RIGHT TO VOTE IN CLEAN ELECTIONS IN A FREE COUNTRY? by OPOVV, ©2012, Presidential Candidate (May 27, 2012) — A funny thing happened to me on the way to the war.  Well, okay, it wasn’t so funny after all, but it WAS ironic, in a perverse way, […]

Are There Any Men Left?

AMERICA’S STRENGTH WAS THE FINEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet, Presidential Candidate (Mar. 9, 2012) — Wimps, Weaklings and Weasels: that’s what I saw at an Occupy Camp:   just a bunch of losers who, if they were in my squad in 1965, I’d send them on point in one direction and […]

The Grey-Haired Brigade

“THERE IS NO WAY WE ARE GOING TO REMAIN SILENT” submitted by a Brigade Member (Mar. 9, 2012) — They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk […]

Why Obama is Ineligible Regardless of Where he was Born

“AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT” by Don Fredrick, ©2012, blogging at The Obama Timeline (Mar. 4, 2012) — In Phoenix, Arizona on March 1, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “cold case posse” held a news conference to report on its investigation of Obama’s birth certificate and Selective Service registration. The investigation concluded that there is “probable cause” […]

A Well-Oiled Weather Vane

IS ROMNEY PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL? by Paul R. Hollrah, ©2011 (Nov. 18, 2011) — Since the publication of my recent column, titled “In the Footsteps of Lincoln,” I’ve received a number of responses from readers asking how I could so easily write off the candidacy of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  After all, he’s running for a […]

They’ll Come for Your Guns

“MOUTHPIECES FOR THE ENEMY” by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet (Oct. 30, 2011) — If I remember correctly, it went way beyond “Spare me the do-gooders.”  I think Thoreau said that he’d also run and hide, pretend he wasn’t at home, none of this “Dave’s not here;” he didn’t want any contact with a do-gooder irrespective […]

Members of the Electoral College Take an Oath to Uphold the Constitution

CAN STATE LEGISLATURES ENFORCE IT? by Paul Hollrah, ©2011 (Oct. 28, 2011) — As a two-time member of the Electoral College, I am aware that the vast majority of electors totally misunderstand their duties and responsibilities.  Most are convinced that their only duty is to ratify the selections made at their party’s national nominating convention.  […]