Feature in New York Times on World War II re-enactors in Normandy this week. It is hard to re-enact war in the U.S. after the Civil War. Re-enacting the training camps that sent men and women to war isn't quite the same thing.
President Obama has spoken today at the American cemetery above Omaha beach on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Video above is from the day's ceremonies.
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CHESTER NEZ: Last of original Navajo code talkers.
But I found most affecting in today's New York Times the coincidental obituary of Chester Nez, 93, the last of the 29 original Navajo code talkers who adapted their native language into an unbreakable code that guided American military in some of its toughest battles.
To the end of his life, Chester Nez recalled the first message he sent over the radio while serving at Guadalcanal: “Enemy machine gun nest on your right. Destroy.”
Receiving the message, American forces eliminated the threat.
Nez's heroism didn't translate into an easy life after the war. He suffered post-traumatic stress. He was not allowed to vote until 1948. He once was required to carry an Indian ID card.
It's a fascinating story with the history of how the code came to be and was used.
Cabot District Judge Joe O'Bryan, arrested last Friday night for an alleged drunken assault on his girlfriend, should be suspended from the bench while his misdemeanor case is pending, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decided today. The Commission also confirmed an ongoing investigation against another district judge over using criminal defendants for personal work.
Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.
Planned Parenthood has issued an extensive rebuttal to undercover videos by an anti-abortion group elaborating with some specifics on its allegations from the first that the videos — including some described as "full" videos — were edited to be misleading.
The website BuzzFeed has devoted a serious amount of digital acreage to the recent Miss Gay Arkansas pageant, seemingly an oddity in this rural state except that this pageant has a long history and the first Miss Gay America was from Arkansas.
Outlets of Little Rock, the shopping center nearing completion by the Bass Pro Shops at Otter Creek, continues to roll out additions to the list of retailers. Today's announcement says outlets of Brooks Brothers, Asics, G.H. Bass and Levi will be opening, the first for those brands in Arkansas.