I lead a lot of men and women in a desperate battle. I did not ask for the post, it is just the way it is in times of what appears to be civil war; talents emerge that otherwise would have never been known. We set our defense as many hastily collected elements of like … More At the Twilight’s Last Gleaming
War in the Western Pacific is in the air this summer, so I thought it might be a good time to file a few notes about the fight we had with the Japanese in the Philippines in 1944-45. Central to this podcast is the interview with my father in law, Ernesto F. “Papi” Martinez who … More The Sack of Manila, 1945
It’s a random war without front lines. All of us are soldiers. At stake is liberal democracy and our way of life. What is it Mel Gibson said in Braveheart? “They can take our land but they cannot take our freedom”. Today it is the other way around, they cannot take our land, but they … More Manchester. United.
Well it has been quite a week here in the United States, which is quickly becoming more like the fictional Land of Oz. President Trump has taken the head off the agency investigating his campaign, declaring no one gets into to see the Wizard, no way no how! And who can forget the speed at … More Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!
As a child we played “war” a lot. And why wouldn’t we? It was on television and in movie theaters. I was also given books about World War II. Somehow the Battle of Britain managed to be among the most talked about event. Perhaps it is our closeness to our mother country that brought their experience … More The Supermarine Spitfire: To Be, Or Not to Be?
Federico Garcia Lorca was a poet and a play write. He said what he thought at a time when people were willing to kill over ideas. I post today a podcast about his view of what the road means. Some metaphor for my own perhaps, “there is refuge in the road”. A statue of him … More Poet Martyr Federico Garcia Lorca
I took this snap on my way to the American Bar Association Magna Carta 800th year celebration in 2015. We remember the Magna Carta as the first curb on the power of the state in favor of ordinary men. After events in the past 24 hours however, I feel less free than ever. For most … More Unreasonable Searches and Seizures