Amazing, Hero, History, Patriotism, War
Shifra on November 11, 2019
Rest In Peace, heroes all. Via NYT. A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found…. The mystery began on Jan. 28, 1944, when the Grayback, one of the most successful American submarines of World War II, sailed out of Pearl Harbor for its 10th combat patrol. By late March it was more than three weeks overdue to return, and the Navy listed the submarine as missing and presumed lost…. The Grayback was thought to have gone down in the open ocean 100 miles east-southeast of Okinawa. But the Navy had unknowingly relied on a flawed translation of Japanese war records that...
Shifra on September 12, 2019
This would never have been relevant, but Liz Warren brought this upon herself with the “I have Native American DNA” narrative. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Via Breitbart. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) great-great-great grandfather Jonathan Crawford served in Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion of Tennessee Volunteer Militia from November 1837 to May 1838, a six month time period during which it fought two battles in Florida against the Seminoles…. Lauderdale’s battalion fought against the Seminoles at the Battle of Loxahatchee River, in present-day Jupiter, Florida, on January 24, 1838. Then on March 22, 1838, they fought against the Seminoles again at the Battle of Pine Island, in present-day Fort Lauderdale. A native of...
Shifra on July 17, 2019
Wow, WaPo is sooo “woke.” And so is the NYT: The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it. https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 17, 2019 HT Twitchy “It wouldn’t be a celebration of American ingenuity without the Washington Post finding a way to crap all over it.” The culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 16, 2019 And yep, their tweet was ratioed “into the stratosphere.” Just like the WaPo newsroom at the time. — JWF (@JammieWF) July 16, 2019...
Shifra on July 15, 2019
Neat! Via Fox News. Incredible film footage discovered in a junk shop shows a 1924 parade in Wichita in stunning detail…. The 5-minute silent video was posted to YouTube by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Crowds of onlookers are seen watching the “Boys Loyalty Parade,” that took place on May 1, 1924. A celebration of youth, the parade features marching bands, floats and even bicyclists. At various points, streetcars and early 20th-century cars and trucks can be seen passing by. Groups taking part in the parade include the American Indian Institute, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs, YMCA and local schools. The museum notes that an unidentified group of young African-American men and an unidentified girls and boys band also participate…....
Shifra on July 4, 2019
Founding Father John Adams, who served as our second POTUS, foresaw the yearly marking of Independence Day as one of celebration, with “guns, bells, bonfires”… and I am sure he would have approved of today’s Washington DC July 4th parade, with two Bradley armored vehicles, two Abrams tanks, a procession of aircraft, including Air Force One and the Blue Angels, roaring through the skies. 🙂 (Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration…” [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/ ) And we will not let the Leftists who hate America rain on our parade. This week, the NYT published this absurd nonsense: “The myth of America as the greatest...
Shifra on December 10, 2018
Oy vey… Actually, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim is more plausible than Elizabeth Warren’s assertion that she has Native American ancestry. But still: DNA test, please 🙂 And, if this is true, she might want to re-think her embrace of noted Jew-hater Linda Sarsour. Via Times of Israel. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the audience at a Hannukah celebration on Sunday evening that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled Spain during the Inquisition. At the event organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in Queens, New York, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman described how Jews fleeing persecution arrived in Puerto Rico, where cultures would blend and some outwardly practicing Catholics would also keep a menorah at home. “One of the things that...
Shifra on November 10, 2018
Always remember, never forget. And: Never again. Via Daily Caller. The 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht communicates a dire warning in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and a worldwide surge of modern anti-Semitism. Kristallnacht, translated as the “Night of the Broken Glass,” refers to the broken windows of the thousands of synagogues, Jewish homes and Jewish businesses that Nazis ransacked and looted throughout Germany and Austria from Nov. 9 through 10 in 1938. Those two days, also known as the November Pogrom, marked the first time the Nazi party meted out violence against the Jewish people en masse — the beginning of what would prove to be the Nazis’ horrifying and brutal campaign against the Jewish people, Catholics, the...
Shifra on March 20, 2018
This new children’s book is beyond absurd; also included in the “Great Leaders” list: Barack Hussein Obama Via Jerusalem Post. Mahatma Gandhi, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela would likely be dismayed at being put in the same category as Adolf Hitler – but that is exactly the case in an Indian children’s book about “inspiring leaders.” “In the time that feels devoid of great leadership, we have found men and women who will inspire you,” reads the product description of the book Leaders on the Pegasusforkids website, published by Pegasus, an imprint of India’s B. Jain publishing house. “Some of them are famous, others little known, but all of them energize their followers and try to make the world better,”...
Tammy on February 26, 2018
Magnificent. They’re printing only 1000 ‘facsimiles’ of the notebook within which she wrote her masterpiece, which will likely make it quite out of reach for people like you and me, but at least we can read about it. Shelly was only 18 when she wrote ‘Frankenstein,’ btw. Amazing stuff. Via Smithsonian. Mary Shelley, as the famous story goes, first conceived of Frankenstein on a stormy night in 1816, while vacationing at the Lake Geneva villa of Lord Byron. The poet challenged his guests to “each write a ghost story,” as Shelley later explained in the introduction to her iconic novel, and she would spend the following months scribbling her tale of the “Modern Prometheus” and his monster into two large...
Shifra on January 28, 2018
Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this video clip has been making the rounds on Twitter. Well worth the watch: Sir Nicolas Winston risked his life to save Jewish children during the Holocaust, years later the survivors gather just to say thank you, watch and you will cry #HolocaustMemorialDay pic.twitter.com/JrabiSgyrK — Yanki יענקי פרבר (@yankifarber) January 27, 2018 Holocaust ‘hero’ Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106
Shifra on November 29, 2017
Seventy years ago, the Arabs could have had a state of their own. After the U.N. voted in favor of the “Palestine Partition Plan,” dividing the region, ruled by the British since 1917, into Jewish and Arab states. Jews accepted the plan, while the Arabs refused the plan and vowed to turn the region into a river of Jewish blood. And, fun fact: In those days, “Palestinians” referred to Jews living in the area. Via NY Post. On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish, one Arab. Most Zionists accepted the deal, while Arabs almost universally rejected it and declared war. One Muslim delegate, referring to Jews living in Arab nations, warned...
Shifra on November 26, 2017
The film ‘Casablanca’ premiered in NYC on November 26, 1942. If you have not seen it yet, it is a must-see. And if you’ve already seen it, why not watch it again? I’ve seen it twelve times, but who’s counting? 🙂 And bonus fact: The actor portraying the Nazi, Major Strasser, Conrad Veidt, was a German who fled Nazi Germany with his Jewish wife. Via WSJ. Even movie fans who don’t consider “Casablanca” Hollywood’s crowning achievement have to agree it’s among a handful of the most beloved movies the studio system ever created. It’s a tale of redemption. A hero’s journey. A heartbreaking love story. A fount of deathless dialogue. The Best Picture winner on Oscar night. And a Manichean...
Tammy on November 12, 2017
One of the more important projects and teams of people during World War II, helping us win the war. For those who don’t know the history, here’s some background. Via Daily Times. A large crowd gathered today outside the San Juan County administration building here to honor the Navajo Code Talkers during the dedication and unveiling of a new memorial. In his opening remarks, County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter said the Code Talkers are “a legacy that is forever going to be a part of our heritage and our nation’s heritage.” The speeches during the ceremony were delivered in English, Navajo and Jicarilla Apache. Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel Sr. of Lukachukai, Ariz., removed the veil from the large granite...
Shifra on October 31, 2017
This episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” is scheduled to air tonight, October 31. Via Times of Israel. In the forthcoming episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” American Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson discovers the tragic fate of her relatives who died in the Holocaust…. Johansson’s grandfather left Poland for the United States, where he worked as a grocer in New York. The PBS show used documentation from Yad Vashem to determine that his brother and family died in the ghetto…. “It’s crazy to imagine that Saul would be on the other side selling bananas on Ludlow Street. And how different it would be being in America at that time,” the 32-year-old actress says. “The fate of...
Tammy on October 24, 2017
Neat! Via Reuters. Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million (£990,424) on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said. In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when the announcement came he would be awarded the 1921 Nobel prize in physics, Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions said. Upon his arrival in Tokyo, he holed up in his hotel room trying to put his thoughts to paper. When an attendant came to his room to make a delivery, Einstein found himself without any money for a tip. Instead, he handed him a signed note...