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Oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor talks about his faith

History
by Mary Reichard
Posted 2/10/15, 08:33 am

Lt. Jim Downing was on shore on Oahu when it happened. 

“The Japanese planes were painted olive drab, the same as our Army planes,” he recalled. “It was not unusual to see Army planes flying around. So it was a great surprise when the first planes we saw were dropping torpedoes and bombs and strafing with machine guns.”

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Future fumbles

History
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/23/15, 05:15 pm

Here for fun is the syllabus of a college course that might be taught in 40 years:

History 210 / Professor Nivram

The Crisis of the 21st Century is a commonly applied name for the almost-collapse of the United States in recent decades. Students who took my classical history course last year and read about Diocletian will note the resemblances to the Crisis of the Third Century in the Roman Empire.

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Winston Churchill: A man for all times

History
by Cal Thomas
Posted 1/22/15, 10:24 am

LONDON—It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.

The times in Churchill’s case were both World War I, in which he served as a battalion commander, and World War II, which he helped win for Britain and America. By the standard he set, all political leaders since—with the possible exception of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan—are mere pygmies. Yet, even they pale in his shadow.

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