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  Heroism Nice Time

Two WW I Heroes Finally American Enough To Receive Medals Of Honor They Earned

Ina has what Rachel Maddow would call a Muppet Smile there
Two heroes of World War I were finally recognized Tuesday by President Obama at the White House; the president presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Private Henry Johnson and to Sergeant William Shemin, whose heroism in battle was impressive, but who were, respectively, too black and too Jewish to be awarded the nation’s highest military honor while they were still alive. We’re looking forward to the inevitable complaint from Bryan Fischer that the medals were feminized or something. Read more on Two WW I Heroes Finally American Enough To Receive Medals Of Honor They Earned…
 

Now Drink This! Your Classic Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The sidecar is a beverage steeped in controversy. The creation lore is murky. The ratios are not widely agreed upon. Bartenders cannot decide whether to serve it with ice or strained. The only part which is accepted by nearly all is the ingredients — brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Read more on Now Drink This! Your Classic Sidecar Cocktail Recipe…
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Jon Stewart Reviews Our Long Bipartisan History Of Screwing Over Vets (Video

Now that his initial wave of ranty anger over the Veterans Administration clusterfuck has passed, Jon Stewart brings us a brief review of our great nation’s proud history of saying nice things about veterans, promising they deserve all the support a grateful nation can provide, and royally screwing them over because actually paying for that support is not a priority. He comes down especially hard on Republicans who’ve been criticizing the Obama administration for failing to clear up the mess at the V.A., saying they’ve “always stood up for our veterans… when they think it can help them slam the president. It’s slightly different when they think no one is watching.” Read more on Jon Stewart Reviews Our Long Bipartisan History Of Screwing Over Vets (Video…
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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks To Smite The Dreaded Hun

As we’ve noted before, there’s one element of history where our textbooks aimed at the Christian homeschooling market actually manage to be fairly accurate: for some reason, they’re able to discuss wars without bringing very much Godstuff into the discussion. They’re happy to sermonize about the run-up to wars, the consequences of wars, and the long-term significance of wars, but somehow, the actual battles and maneuvers don’t seek to invoke any divine interventions. And so it is with The Great War: once you’re talking about who did what and where, these books are largely indistinguishable from secular textbooks. On the other hand, there are little nuggets like this, from our 8th-grade textbook, America: Land I Love (A Beka, 1994): In the early 1900s, while America continued to enjoy the fruits of spiritual revival, the spiritual condition in Europe was alarming. The ideas of Darwinian evolution and Marxist socialism had become popular in Europe, and the cold, formal state churches of Europe offered little resistance. Evolutionists presented man as an animal, failing to recognize the sanctity of human life. Socialists and Communists reinforced evolution by promoting atheism and violent revolutions as in Russia (1917) to guarantee the “survival of the fittest.” In 1914, spiritually bankrupt Europe found an excuse for war when, in the tiny country of Bosnia, a young Serbian terrorist shot and killed the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Ferdinand, and his wife Having established that secularism and Darwin, plus a lack of evangelical zeal, had led Europe to moral weakness, the book then gets on with the srs bsns of all those entangling alliances and battles, and we don’t hear any more about European moral rot. In a war that involved mass infantry and cavalry charges into barbed wire and machine-gun nests, poison gas attacks, and criminally incompetent British generals, you’d think they’d find something to condemn, maybe. But there are several nice maps. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks To Smite The Dreaded Hun…
  Part 12: Oh What a Lovely War

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Make The World Safe For Theocracy

Welcome to the 20th Century, time tourists! Our 10th-grade textbook for homeschoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, would like to remind you that while science and technology are developing like crazy in this new century, the world remains a very very sinful place that has unaccountably failed to adhere to the unchanging norms of Biblical Christianity, at least as they are defined by textbook publishers in Pensacola Florida in 1997: Civilization had progressed so far by the beginning of the 20th century that it seemed the world could only get better and better. Little did people realize that on the horizon loomed two of the greatest wars the world had ever known. “Foolish Hu-mans!” you can almost hear the editors laughing. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Make The World Safe For Theocracy…
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Relentless World War I Claims Its 68,208,171st Casualty

Not another one! This bloody war must end! Frank W. Buckles died Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110 […] In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. “I knew there’d be only one someday,” he said a few years back. “I didn’t think it would be me.” Read more on Relentless World War I Claims Its 68,208,171st Casualty…
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Hooray! World War I Is Now Over! USA! USA! USA!

Germany is finally paying off the last of its reparations for World War I, so we can now close that chapter of world history with a bitchin’ victory party. Yes! We did it! Those Krauts paid out! Read more on Hooray! World War I Is Now Over! USA! USA! USA!…
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Scalia Goes Nuts During Christian-y Court Case

One of the very very important court cases the Supreme Court is tackling during its first week back is Salazar vs. Buono, about “whether a 5-foot cross on federal government land in the Mojave National Preserve violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.” This dumb cross is a memorial to World War I, specifically, and it is currently BOARDED UP because one religion or another got mad at the Christian religion. These people are all completely insane. But most insane is Antonin Scalia, who got all hot and bothered during Tuesday’s hearing! Read more on Scalia Goes Nuts During Christian-y Court Case…
 

Geronimo’s Great Grandson Demands Skull Back From Bushes

How can you, the news consumer, know for sure that the apocalypse has begun? Experts say it’s when ABC News goes with a headline like “Did Bush’s Grandfather Steal Geronimo’s Skull?” Learn exciting facts about Our Nation’s History and the ritual abuse of Native American body parts, after the jump. Read more on Geronimo’s Great Grandson Demands Skull Back From Bushes…
 

“Where Sanity Proudly Sleeps”

Quick! Guess who this story is about: The latest staff to leave: Jeremy Fairley, Orlando regional field coordinator. Kristy Hedrick, staff assistant. Ashley Fishborn, campaign manager’s assistant. Kristin Cochran, fundraising staffer. Read more on “Where Sanity Proudly Sleeps”…