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Modern Heroes of the Colored Race

Originally posted on Forty Acres and a Starship:
I was reminded this afternoon that today is an important milestone in African American history—and my own life. On August 30, 1983, Guion S. Bluford became the first African American to go into space. An aerospace engineer who also flew combat missions over Vietnam, Bluford’s trip into…

Alternate Histories, Alternate Americas

Originally posted on Forty Acres and a Starship:
The announcement of an alternate history show by Amazon Prime, titled Black America¸ answered the lamentations and prayers of many individuals who were angered by HBO’s idea for a show set in a present-day world where the Confederacy won the American Civil War. Like media manna down…

“I Would’ve Served, But…”

Originally posted on The Angry Staff Officer:
If you’ve been in the military, you’ve had this conversation before: “Oh, you’re in the Army? That’s cool, I almost joined up once, but…” Random excuse follows. (Caveat: unless it is a medical issue, because there are those who desperately want to serve in the military but can’t…

My Doctrine: “Give Every Other Human Being the Right You Claim for Yourself”

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World…Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland:
Friends of Padre Steve’s World, Another day and another adventure in Trumpland.? Theodore Roosevelt, the Republican that modern Republicans love to hate said: “I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except…

A Gigantic Step Backwards: Trump Bans Transsexuals from the Military on the Anniversary of Truman’s Desegregation of the Armed Forces

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World…Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland:
Friends of Padre Steve’s World, Russian dissident Gary Kasparov said this on Twitter yesterday shortly after President Trump announced on the same platform that Transsexuals, even those currently serving honorably would not be allowed to serve in the military. Kasparov noted:…

Dunkirk: A Symphony of War in Three Parts

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World…Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland:
Friends of Padre Steve’s World, Last night Judy and I went to see the movie Dunkirk. It was different from any war movie that I have ever seen and that was a good thing. It was a work of art that…

We Need a Universal Veteran Symbol for America’s Recent Conflicts

Originally posted on The Angry Staff Officer:
When World War II came to a close in 1945, about 13 million service members began the transition into civilian life. Some had been in uniform for the whole four years; some, for just a few months. Some had served overseas; some had served at home. Many had been…