Donald R. McClarey

December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor

  “Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces

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Donald R. McClarey

December 6, 1941: FDR writes to Hirohito

  An historical oddity.  The day before “the date which will live in infamy” President Roosevelt wrote a letter to Emperor Hirohito.  Here is the text of the letter: [WASHINGTON,]   December 6, 1941 Almost a century ago the President

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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

  Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by

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They Serve Sauron and have Forgotten Their Own Names

  John C. Wright, Science Fiction author and convert from atheism to Catholicism, is on fire:   Something rotten, very rotten has happened to the Left just in my lifetime. They used to be champions of free speech; and now

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Franksgiving

Americans used to have the quaint custom of not putting out Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. That custom seemed to bode ill for the American economy in 1939 with Thanksgiving falling on November 30. President Lincoln had established the custom

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Roosevelt, Reagan and Us

  The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. Mark Twain       Lou Cannon at Real Clear Politics has a fascinating piece

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69 Years Ago

My sainted father was 8 years old on December 7, 1941.  He told me how the next day men and older boys, ranging in age from 60-16, gathered in long lines in front of the recruiting offices in Paris, Illinois

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