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War Hero Doris (Dorie) Miller

Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller

(This was first poster in 2008. I have updated it.)

The above poster is of Dorie Miller, who died in World War II. Here is what it says about him in Portrait of a Nation–Men and Women Who Have Shaped America:

” At the outbreak of World War II, the armed services practiced a rigid discrimination against African Americans that included a stubborn reluctance to acknowledge black capabilities, no matter how obvious. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Miller was stationed there on the West Virginia. By the time he abandoned ship, he had braved enemy fire to carry his wounded commanding officer to safety and, thought not trained for combat, had manned an antiaircraft gin, possibly downing at least one enemy plane. His bravery initially went unrecognized, however, and only after much pressure from the nation’s black press did Miller finally receive the Navy Cross. But once acknowledged, Miller’s heroism became a means, through posters such as this one, for rallying African-Americans to the war effort.”

Miller, a Texas native, was killed when the ship he serving on was sunk in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. In 1973, a navy ship was named after him.

Here is additional information on Cook Third Class Miller from the the Navy Department’s Naval Historical Center.

Beyond the men he aided and saved in Pearl Harbor, and the quality of his day-to-day service, one hopes Miller’s actions moved the United States closer to full equality of all people.

The artist of the above poster was David Stone Martin (1913-1992) who drew posters, magazine covers, and album covers. This link to the blog LP Cover Lover is one of many the creative covers that Stone drew for jazz albums.

The Portrait of a Nation is a first-rate book. It was produced by the National Portrait Gallery

Doris Miller should get the Medal of Honor.

By |2020-12-08T00:06:23-04:00December 7th, 2020|Books, Military|5 Comments

News Roundup: Woodward versus Trump, Golf Is Hard, Kavanaugh

Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize-winning author and associate editor of the Washington Post, is coming out with a new book. I guess, should be no surprise, that is coming out with a new book. He has written a book on almost every President since Nixon. The fact that I read his books on Bush and did not read any of his books on Obama probably says more about me than it does about Bob Woodward.

Today, the Washington Post published a conversation that Bob Woodward had with Donald Trump a couple of days ago. The book was finalized. There was no interview with Trump. You have Trump, and his defensive mode, repeatedly saying that he would love to sit down and talk with Bob Woodward. When in fact, it is clear that he would rather sit in a lion’s den then speak with Bob Woodward. The conversation is somewhat funny and also said. If you are not a fan of Trump, you will see a lot of the characteristics that you do not like in this conversation. He continually strokes his ego without any prompting. He lies. He lies because it is because that is his modus operandi.

Someone from within the administration is trying to retard (this word is used on purpose) Trump’s agenda. Basically, it is a little late for that, isn’t it? He/she has written an anonymous Op-Ed. Trump ain’t happy about it.

As many of you know, I used to write this blog every day. Nearly a decade ago, I was posting four and five times a day. I was trying to get exposure. I was trying to cover topics. I was trying to get traction. The more I wrote, the more it became clear that the only way I was going to get traction was to start shouting and start saying outrageous things. Cursing was another good way to get traction. I decided that I was not going to do either. I was going to keep this blog like a conversation between friends. There would be no shouting. There would not be any hyperbole (I think I stuck to this but I am not sure). I was not going to do other things that made other blogs popular.

Speaking of shouting, I am reading Keith Olbermann’s book about Trump. I am listening to the audio tape and I am wondering why he isn’t horse from yelling so much. I am also reading a book called Messing with the Enemy by Clint Watts. The book is basically about his time as being a counterterrorism analyst. It is this merge of analytical thinking and social media. It is pretty interesting. I am not even halfway through it yet. I will probably have more to say on that later.

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By |2018-09-05T19:26:47-04:00September 5th, 2018|Books, Domestic Issues, Sports, Supreme court|Comments Off on News Roundup: Woodward versus Trump, Golf Is Hard, Kavanaugh

Maya Angelou – RIP

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I have been struggling with what to write about Maya Angelou. She was a force that made everyone take notice. What could I write that is sufficiently thoughtful?

Charles Blow wrote it for me.

The news of Maya Angelou’s death arrived with the abruptness of a great twister — violent, without warning, tearing things up and flipping things over.

I ached the way the soul aches in the world when a great soul is lost from it.

I have a group of writers I call my literary mothers and fathers: Alice Walker and James Baldwin and Toni Morrison and Alex Haley and Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes. And yes, Maya Angelou.

This is not because I knew them, but rather because, through their words, they have nurtured me, inculcating in me a sense of myself that sustains me. They helped me to see myself and love myself when I felt least seen and least loved.

They saved me. (more…)

Please take the time to read the whole article that Charles Blow wrote. It is a fabulous tribute to a wonderfully human woman. Let me just say that I’m happy that Maya Angelou got the praise which she so richly deserved. Many people who are great never get a chance to shine in the national spotlight. Maya Angelou did. She got the chance and she really did shine.

By |2014-05-29T21:49:17-04:00May 29th, 2014|Books, Entertainment|1 Comment
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