The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Ninety-seven years ago this morning Paris, France time the guns on the Western Front of the Great War fell silent.  Though the official end of hostilities came with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th, 1919, all fighting between the Allied Powers and Imperial Germany ceased with the armistice declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.  The Congress of the United States established November 11th as Armistice Day when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4th, 1926 with the following statement: Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations,...

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Steeped in the privilege of the loyalty oath

Steeped in the privilege of the loyalty oath

Anyone in the over 40 demographic who pays attention to politics likely still has vivid memories of the 2004 Presidential campaign.  That particular year holds a special significance for Yours Truly as that was when I actually got down off the fence and chose sides by joining a political party for the first time in my life.  Try as I may, I cannot forget the weak charges of flip-flopping made by the incumbent President against his decorated Vietnam combat veteran challenger, 527 groups like the swift boaters and all the crap they threw against the wall with their bogus claims, and I especially cannot forget the paranoia of the Republican Party so over the top that they required attendees to their incumbent President’s rallies to sign loyalty oaths. They...

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