Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012

I recently had a discussion with a friend (a veteran) regarding an email he received. It was an email full of glurge, about how birds could can exhibit bravery, compassion, loyalty, etc. The message was entitled, “His Eye Is On the Sparrow“, and was quite touching; the included pictures were heart-wrenching. The problem we both had was the way the email opened:

While many use this holiday weekend to celebrate war and those who engage in it, there are other forms of courage, kindness, tragedy, and other innocent hearts filled with forever love of for the also innocent…” [emphasis mine]

Ugh! That’s all quaint and warm and fuzzy except that it’s both profoundly stupid and grossly flawed reasoning. It’s stupid in that no one in his right mind celebrates war, and the reasoning is warped because birds didn’t end slavery, demolish Nazism, or stop ethnic cleansing. Most of us observe Memorial Day as a time to reflect on the sacrifices made, to consecrate the blessings achieved in blood, and to say thank you.

This is a photo of  my uncle Horace. He was born in 1920 and died by his own hand in 1945. He was wounded while serving as a machine gunner on a B24 Liberator. From what I’ve been told, he never did get over his injuries and chose to end the suffering.

Look into his eyes. His skin tore and burned just like yours might. His bones broke just like yours might. And his mind no doubt went wild in horror, just like yours would. But there was a terrible cancer upon this earth, and he rose to try to help excise it.

Dear readers, have a safe and happy holiday, and if you could be so kind and respectful, amidst the car races and the hot dogs and the beer, stop for just a moment and think of my uncle’s face. He never got to have a career, children, or grand kids. He never got to earn his college degree or celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. He missed out on a lifetime of Thanksgivings and Christmases. He never watched humans on the moon, listen to the Beatles, or fuss with the Internet. Gone, baby, gone. Just meditate a prayer and whisper a soft thank you.

With that, we give heartfelt thanks to all who serve, active and reserve. Thanks to the past, present, and future members of the United States Marine Corp, the United States Army, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Coast Guard.

Alan Speakman

Cross-posted at


Guess Who’s Channeling Gen. Anthony McAuliffe

August 16, 2011

Allen West, who is one of our very favorite Tea Party Congressmen, had a General Anthony McAuliffe moment yesterday, when he gave a pithy one-word response to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’  request that he stop associating with Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Joe Kaufman, and Joyce Kaufman, and others whom the Hamas-linked group considers to be anti-Islamic extremists (which, entre nous, they are not).

Rep. West’s response evidently baffled Nezar Hamze of CAIR, who said:

“When I first saw that, I wasn’t sure if he was calling me nuts, or he was calling my concerns nuts.”

Rep. West’s response also confused those reporters assigned to write about the incident. Miami’s local CBS station reports:

West has not fully explained his position, but in other letters to CAIR Florida, he has said he is neither anti-Islamic nor anti-Muslim.

Then CBS4 News discovered that during World War II, General Anthony McAuliffe famously wrote a one-word letter to the Germans in response to a surrender ultimatum. The word used: “Nuts!” [emphasis mine]

Discovered? Isn’t that the kind of thing reporters should know about–or at least be willing to find out about before they file a story? Shouldn’t they be up on historical references? Did none of them watch Band of Brothers? Better yet, isn’t this be the kind of thing that should still be taught in schools?

In one fell swoop, Rep. West made the whiners at CAIR look like ill-educated rubes, and proved to the country once again that he is an intelligent and worthy leader.

Dare we say — West for Pres/2016?


H/T: Atlas Shrugs

The President’s Christmas Eve Speech

December 24, 2010

As usual, the President did a superb job delivering his annual Christmas Eve speech; his love of country and his pride in our military shines through his every word. Clearly he believes in what we are fighting for, and it is evident that he holds our troops in the very highest regard.

In case you missed it, here is a small clip of his speech; I think you will agree that it is inspirational, reverent, and entirely appropriate.

Of course, it’s not our current president who gave this heart-felt oration; it is the speech President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave on Christmas Eve in 1943, during the depths of World War II.

The audio and transcript of the entire speech can be found here.

We at Grand Rants wish all our readers and everyone everywhere a joyous Christmas.


Incredible Sand Drawings Of Kseniya Simonova

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year From The Grand Rants Family To Yours!

While we all take a day off to over-eat and watch way too much football, I’d like to offer up this amazing visual treat.

Meet sand artist  Kseniya Simonova, who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box coupled with appropriate music to match her imagination and incredible talent as an artist, using sand as her media.

What comes across as talent honed over many years of practice is actually a skill she taught herself in less than a year when she appeared on the TV show shown here. She taught herself this skill after her business collapsed due to the credit crunch.

A friend of mine once operated a small store where he sold local art on consignment. At the time, he said, “Everyone has something to say with their hands.” I can’t think of a better description of an artist, and Kseniya “tells” an incredibly moving story here.  Watch in wonder as she interprets the German invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

Don’t worry. There will still be plenty of football left to watch when you’re done.

Gerry Ashley

10 Reasons to be Very Afraid…

September 2, 2009

Here are ten reasons why Americans (and the rest of the world for that matter) should be very afraid. Except for the last, they’re in no particular order:

  • In the long term, the American economy is shot. Forget about a ten trillion dollar debt… Let’s talk at least five times that or $67,000,000,000,000 plus and exploding. (Just add the national debt and the unfunded liabilities at The National Debt Clock.) No one reading this in 2009 will ever see the debt amortized unless of course we start printing money like fiends and enter the sci-fi world of hyper inflation.
  • Obama is completely in cahoots with media, unions, and radical groups like ACORN. His power grabs for things like the census and the national intelligence system would be horrifying if they weren’t so numbing.
  • Afghanistan (and Pakistan too) are starting to turn on us. Because of our failing support to those two countries, and a rise in American liberal amnesia since 9/11 (especially since Obama took 1600) those two countries quite frankly don’t know who to side with – the U.S. or radical Islam. And we all know where 9/11 came from, and who now has the “Bomb”. Two plus two equals…
  • The “War on drugs” is a joke – a complete and utter joke and we all know it. And violence and drugs walk in lockstep. To make things almost comical, the current POTUS and the one before him both admit to using drugs. (And Clinton admitted to smoking pot, but not “inhaling” it. Yeah… Right.) The problem lies in the nature of the supply and demand market. If the demand is there, the supply will follow. Didn’t the American prohibition teach us anything? We’re not addressing the heart of the matter, the demand side of the matter.
  • The politicians simply will not definitively close our Southern border for fear of losing the Hispanic vote. (I wonder how many terrorists we haven’t caught?)
  • As if the border issue wasn’t enough of a problem,  we’re doing an abysmal job watching our ports. We inspect only 2% of the containers that come into this country. How long before a bio-weapon gets in?
  • A nuclear war isn’t the only way we might get to glow. Just think of the Kursk and Chernobyl.
  • Analogous to the “War on Drugs” we fail to address the heart of the matter when it comes to radical Islam – that of the indoctrination and brainwashing of children (please take the time to look at this). Countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, and Somalia are pouring out little cult robots, and all the “shock and awe” in the world isn’t going to stop that. Granted, explosions makes for great TV, YouTube, and the contemptuous (even humorous) sense of victory, but the countless imams and madrassas are nothing less than factories – relentless, fluid factories.
  • There is a terrible collision coming between the advancement, power, and ubiquity of science and technology, and the stumbling, eyes-closed, delusional influence of religion. Doubt it? Just think of what those 9/11 fanatics did with high-tech jets, and what the kooks of the “Aum” movement did in the subways of Japan.
  • But perhaps the most alarming storm on the horizon is us. We think of ourselves as “Americans” but we are not, in fact, the Americans who won the west, who brutally ended WWII by firebombing Dresden, Tokyo, and finally incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We’re not those Americans any more, and in some ways that’s a good thing. But in other ways, it’s a horrible thing. We have lost that determined, decisive spark, as well as that element of common sense. Instead, we have become a pack of petty, litigation-mad, titillation seekers. We are politically correct to the point of self-destruction. Ask yourself this… How do you think that the Greatest Generation would have handled 9/11? How do you think FDR, Patton, Eisenhower, LeMay, or MacArthur would have handled radical Islam? For all their terrible flaws, why do you think we still refer to them as the Greatest Generation?

Ok, so I’m a nut job. I’m a conspiracy theorist. Maybe one or two of the things I listed above are straight out of Rubber Room Town. Hey! Maybe I’m wackier still, and I pulled five or six of those theories right out from under my aluminum foil hat, facts and all. Maybe seven, eight, or nine of those scenarios are just plain dumb… But not all ten… Not all ten.

Take a look at that list of ten above and tell me that all ten are crazy. Tell me that any one, just one, of those isn’t an all too real prescription for disaster on a global scale…


And that’s why you should be very afraid.

Alan Speakman

Could It Happen Today?

February 17, 2009


The flip side of my earlier post about honor killings is this lovely and inspiring video about the North Platte Canteen, back in the early ’40s, courtesy of the Patriot Room.

Could the same thing happen today? Is it happening and not being reported? What do you think?