Daily Musings articles

Mario in Vietnam

Did you have an eventful Thanksgivings? I did in 1966

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., November 27, 2014 — As I sat back to read postings in my Facebook, I came across several written by grunts like me during Thanksgivings in Vietnam. These brought back my Thanksgiving, 1966. It had rained all day. The 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment Mechanized (Triple Deuce), was holding a defensive position at

Christopher Colombus

Hating Columbus: Happy Indigenous People’s Day

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2014 — In 1492, Christopher Columbus turned out to be one of the luckiest men in history. School kids have been told for generations that Columbus sailed west to go to the Indies, the “spice islands,” believing that the world was round, not flat. The superstitious Catholic clergy were convinced that he’d

Police tend to a dog badly wounded in a rocket attack on Sderot, Israel / Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Hatred in Gaza, peace in an exploding world

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — In the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s civil war and by the Islamic State. Two thousand Palestinians have died in Gaza, and more thousands have died in Ukraine and North Africa. In an unguarded moment, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told an audience