I woke up this morning and started watching History Channel’s Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After, and it reminded me of my trips to the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX. At the Nimitz, there is a Memorial Courtyard, where the veterans and ships of the Pacific front are honored. Among those honored are some of my relatives:
- Bill Holland (“Uncle Dime”)
- Roy Holland
- Edd Crow
- Gene Crow
- Norman Crow
- Ray Crow
Uncle Dime was actually at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. He survived and would not talk about what happened that day (if he did, I never heard, though I would have liked to have listened). And as I saw the footage and images this morning, you can only begin to imagine the experience.
As an important turning point in American history, this day is certainly worth remembering, so we can learn from it, particularly from the surviving veterans who served in the Pacific during World War 2.
Following leaks earlier this month, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) is officially running for Lt. Governor (Source). Van de Putte currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is a centrist Democrat according to Prof. Mark Jones of Rice University (see 2012 rankings here). As such, the thought is that it will be more difficult to paint her as a liberal Democrat (compared to her running mate at the top of the ticket - Wendy Davis). Indeed, in her announcement, Van de Putte said, “I’ll keep taxes low, and I’ll make sure we don’t waste a dime, because our families don’t have a dime to waste” - a line you would generally hear from a Republican candidate. Of course, people also considered Bill White to be a moderate Democrat; however, he was successfully painted as “Liberal Bill White" in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Catholic social doctrine is often misunderstood and as often, simply ignored.
All joking aside, this looks like a good book if you’re interested in Catholic social teaching, particularly as it relates to politics and economics. I already own Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and I’ll be adding Maciej Zieba’s book to my wish list.
Zieba examines how Catholicism, while supportive of market economies, has not been shy of criticizing excess and dangers inherent in our economic systems. These criticisms are not an endorsement of socialism; rather, the Church stresses the importance of relationships between individuals and our responsibility towards one another.
What the hell:
Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at a police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood.
It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.
The study was conducted on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who said the study was voluntary. However, off duty police officers - in uniform - were directing drivers to pull over then asking for cheek swabs or a blood draw. At the very least, they wanted drivers to submit to a breathalyzer.
The NSA is even claiming sobriety checkpoints as precedent justifying their metadata surveillance (Source). When does it stop?
(h/t: Grits for Breakfast)