Donald R. McClarey

The Justice of God

Told by Donald R. McClarey at a meeting of the Dwight Rotary Club on September 12, 2001.   A thousand years ago a Caliph ruled an Eastern kingdom.  He was highly intelligent, unremittingly cruel and a man who raised evil

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Donald R. McClarey

Tom Burnett

Audie Murphy, the most decorated US soldier in World War II, always said he wasn’t a hero, and that the real heroes were the men who didn’t make it home.  Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs gives us an example supporting

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Donald R. McClarey

Dies Irae

DIES IRAE Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl. How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every (grave). A trumpet

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Donald R. McClarey

Unforgettable Flight 93

  When they got up that morning sixteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an

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Donald R. McClarey

Rescuer in a Dark Time

“Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” Mark Twayne     The last surviving rescue dog of 9-11 Ground Zero departs this Vale of Tears. An old tale

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Donald R. McClarey

Unforgettable Flight 93

  When they got up that morning sixteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an

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Unforgettable Flight 93

  When they got up that morning fifteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner

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Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth

My sainted mother was a Newfie of pure Irish descent, with fiery red hair and a tempestuous, but lovable, temperament to match.  She had small use for the British monarchy except for the current reigning monarch who she adored.  My

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Star-Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace

  Queen Elizabeth after 9-11, breaking with royal protocol, ordered the playing of The Star Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace:     For the first time, the Queen allowed her troops to play The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United

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Unforgettable Flight 93

When they got up that morning fourteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that

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Unforgettable United Flight 93

When they got up that morning thirteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that

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Dies Irae

DIES IRAE Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl. How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every (grave). A trumpet

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Adagio for Strings

  Something for the weekend.  Composed by Samuel Barber in 1936 as the second movement in his String Quartet, Op. 11, the Adagio for Strings seems appropriate for the weekend before we observe the thirteenth anniversary of 9-11.  The piece

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Unforgettable Flight 93

When they got up that morning twelve years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner

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Spitting in the Face of Uncle Sam: Part II

  Yesterday I wrote a post, which may be read here, detailing how an Egyptian mob, inflamed by allegations about a movie attacking Mohammed, stormed our embassy.  The embassy issued a truly craven statement apologizing for the fact that Americans

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Spitting in the Face of Uncle Sam

  Today on the eleventh anniversary of 9-11 an Egyptian mob stormed our embassy in Cairo and burned our flag.  The rioters were offended by a film that they allege is insulting to Mohammed.  The ringing response of our embassy to

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Unforgettable Flight 93

When they got up that morning eleven years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that

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9-11 Conspiracy Theories Are Ludicrous

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  The true humor of course is that a cottage industry has arisen claiming that 9-11 was an inside job.  No belief, no matter how farcical, will fail to

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