Let me start this by thanking all the men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect me, my family, my property, businesses and those who I love and care about. That by no means covers every man and woman in uniform, but it does go out to the vast majority of them. Police, fire, armed forces…
With that out of the way, today we look back 76 years at a pivotal event in human history where people from all over the world united to land on the shores of France and take Europe back and bring freedom to those who longed to see it again in their homeland. Unfortunately, we seem to be watching freedom slip away in our own country and witness a nightly orgy of violence, destruction and horror at the hands of our fellow Americans.
And some really don’t get it…
Biggest antifa rally in history. https://t.co/ypa46PvYx1
— Mara Liasson (@MaraLiasson) June 6, 2020
Yes kids, that would be Mara Liasson, a 35 year veteran of NPR. She is really saying the landings in Normandy on D-Day and ANTIFA rioting, burning cities, looting stores and beating bystanders to death in our own country are the same. She isn’t alone. There have been MANY of these hot takes today from our media betters, entertainment celebrities, politicians and regular blithering idiot Americans. This is showing more than ever the failures of our public education system. Pick up a fucking history book you moron! Sorry for the potty word there, but if ever it was appropriate, it would be to these idiots.
We are also seeing a very vocal push to “defund the police”… Not by the fringe, but by mayors, Hollywood mega-stars and members if Congress. How about we defund NPR instead?
The Greatest Generation fought and died so that today we would have the freedom to throw everything they held dear into the toilet.
As a reminder of what makes a hero, Teen and I will be watching the Glenn Miller Story tonight. Glenn Miller was the #1 entertainer in the world for four straight years (1939 to 1942), until he volunteered to join the US Army in 1942. In December of 1944, a few months after D-Day, he was lost flying across the English Channel to France to perform with the US Army Band for troops near the front lines. The Norseman he was flying in disappeared into the fog, never to be seen again. The BBC officially announced on Christmas Eve that his plane was lost. No one ever really knew what happened to his plane and no trace was ever recovered.
“Then on Feb 11th, 2000, the logbook of war-time RAF flight engineer Derek Thurman from Derby, England was sold for $880 on Sotheby’s internet sales site. It tells of how a British air raid on Germany was sent back to base, the night Glenn Miller disappeared. The 138 Lancaster Bombers dumped their explosives over the sea, as was normal practice, to ensure a safe landing. Mr. Thurman said three crew members on his plane spotted a light aircraft below them, which they believe was brought down by the hail of jettisoned bombs.”
Glenn Miller was the most successful entertainer of his day. In The Mood is still the 7th biggest musical hit in history (adjusted for inflation…). He walked away from extreme wealth and comfort to risk (and lose) his life doing what he could to bring a little bit of home to all those soldiers, airmen and sailors who were across the sea fighting for their lives and for our freedom. And to bring comfort and joy to the civilians who had been bombed, threatened, occupied and oppressed by the Nazi regime for years. Yep, just like ANTIFA… Or…
The Glenn Miller Story is a fantastic movie. Not really reality-based for a biography, but it is still exceptional. It stars James Stewart, one of (if not the) greatest movie star of all time (Entertainment Weekly has him listed as #3 behind Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn). He had enlisted in the Army Air Corps before Pearl Harbor and was actually working guard duty on an air base the morning of December 7th. He already had his pilot license before he enlisted and would soon have his Best Actor Oscar (for the Philadelphia Story – co-staring with #2) on the mantel.
Unlike most Hollywood stars who volunteered to sell war bonds and travel around in protected areas to entertain, Mr. Stewart wanted to fly bombers. The brass wouldn’t allow it. It took him a year to finally manipulate his way into a bomber squadron heading to England. He flew about two dozen missions and became the squadron commander. He refused to sit out the dangerous missions as the brass wanted and earned the respect and admiration of all who served with him.
Jimmy returned to Hollywood after the war, but his confidence as an actor was shaken. His first movie post-war was with my favorite director Frank Capra, also Frank’s first post-war movie – It’s a Wonderful Life. He suffered bouts of PTSD on the set (before we knew what that was), but struggled though to become an even bigger star than he was before and to rise to the rank of General in the new Air Force. He continued to fly active/dangerous missions in the Korean and Viet Nam wars.
These two men – Jimmy and Glenn – were two of the greatest entertainers ever. But they are heroes and giants in history because of what they volunteered to do to save the world, not to loot and riot. Where are the Jimmys and Glenns today?