Purple Heart Day

My friend at Pacific Paratrooper posted this today…..a good site if you are at all interested in WW2….

This is one of those days that we Americans need to pay more attention to…it is dedicated to those wounded in the course of combat to whom we owe a debt that we seem determined to not honor…

I salute my friend for bringing this to light…..chuq

Pacific Paratrooper

"Wounded Warrior" painting by: US Marine Michael Fay “Wounded Warrior” painting by: US Marine Michael Fay

On this date in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged in silver, with the word Merit etched.  It was to be presented for any one meritorious action and it permitted the wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge.   The honoree’s name and regiment were to be inscribed in “The Book of Merit.”

Purple Heart certificate given during the Korean War

Purple Heart certificate given during the Korean War

Only three soldiers are known to have been awarded this medal during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell Jr.  The Book of Merit was lost and the medal was virtually forgotten.  In 1927, General Charles Summerall  sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to revive the Badge.

Patch for Afghanistan

Patch for Afghanistan

General Douglas MacArthur took up the cause…

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Stop Blaming The Games

My Sunday and temp has been between 105 and 112….the truth is I am pretty much over flipping summer…..how about you?

How many times have you heard someone say that all the violence problems we have these days can all lead back to all these damn video games?  We have games about killing hookers and stealing cars, war of all colors and just pretty much anything that could have a violent content…..

In reality, can we really blame the games or is that just an excuse from whiners?

Claims linking violent video games to societal violence lack evidence, yet continue to inspire moral panic.

The tragic July 22 shooting in Munich has revived claims linking violent video games to societal violence. The latest to raise this specter was German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who claimed that violent video games “helped inspire” the attack. This episode follows a fairly familiar pattern: A politician or police officer discovers that the young male perpetrator of a horrible crime also happened to play violent video games (as almost all young males do), and links the two in a public statement. News media decides to treat clueless speculation as something near to fact, and the next turn of the violent video game moral panic is on.

In truth, there’s no evidence to connect violent video games to violence in society. Several studies, such as by psychologist Patrick Markey and economist Scott Cunningham, have linked the release of popular violent video games with immediate declines in societal violence. Correlation between the consumption of these games and societal reductions in youth violence were well established, but these newer studies suggest there may be some causal element to this.

Source: Stop Blaming Violent Video Games for Societal Violence | US News Opinion

Ant thoughts?

Please have a good day and enjoy the rest of your weekend…I know I will….see you guys tomorrow with more stuff.