I wonder if KFC is planning a cheesy chicken promotion for Armistice Day…that’s today, you know. On this date in 1918, the Great War, the War to End All Wars, ended when Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. Nine million soldiers had died and 21 million were wounded. Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and Great Britain each lost a million or more lives. At least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure. The war, now known as World War I, also traumatized a generation, helped spread the Spanish flu pandemic (which took 50 million or more lives), and led directly to World War II.
Yes, the War to End All Wars was substantially responsible for starting the worst war of them all.
Yet not one in a hundred—a thousand?—Americans can explain coherently what the war was all about, why the U.S. entered it, and what were the major events that defined it. It is barely mentioned in schools. There has been a WWI memorial on the D.C. Mall for decades, and it is largely ignored by tourists. Do you know what it looks like? Here it is…
Then, last year, a new one was unveiled on Pennsylvania Ave, with so little publicity that I missed it. Here it is:
Meanwhile, Armistice Day, once a holiday to mark the end of this human-made cataclysm, was eliminated, with Veteran’s Day taking its place in 1954. There’s nothing in the commemoration of Veteran’s Day that even references The Great War.
1. Who couldn’t see this coming? Two historically black churches in Jackson, Mississippi, were deliberately set ablaze on Election Day morning. There were five other suspected arson cases all seven in the area of Jackson State University, a historically black public university. Obviously, this was the work of those racist, white supremacist Republicans, or so Democrats were quick to declare. Mississippi Democrat congressional candidate Shuwaski Young pounced, releasing a statement calling the fires acts of “terrorism,” saying, “We will not allow domestic terrorists to suppress our right to vote. I ask all Mississippians to GO VOTE regardless of this decades-old intimidation tactic to suppress our votes today. Just go VOTE.” (For him, of course) Commenters on his post chimed in about the dire threat of white supremacy.
Here’s Delvin McLaurin, the man who was arrested as the likely arsonist:
Damn those white supremacists!
2. And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why Saturday Night Live stinks…Some of the writers of Saturday Night Live, the iconic skit satire show that has been limping into mediocrity for years, are refusing to write for guest host Dave Chappelle, who is cleverer, braver and funnier than any of them. Chappelle dared to make fun of a taboo topic, the current transgender madness, and though a true topical satire show should mock everything, the offended writers don’t like it when something they approve of is lampooned.
SNL writer Celeste Yim wrote on Instagram, “I’m trans and non-binary. I use they/them pronouns. Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned.” Shut up and write, Celeste. I don’t care about your sexual quirks, and I don’t care if you call yourself Mr. Tibbs. Joking about trans silliness isn’t “transphobia” (this is the hot new equivalent of calling any criticism of black conduct “racism”), and jokes aren’t murder.
3. Ingratitude, they name is Vance. Senator-elect JD Vance, who owed a great deal of his political rise (he has no government experience) to Donald Trump’s endorsement, thanked dozens of people in his victory speech, but snubbed the ex-President. That is telling, and shows how much the pendulum has swung against Trump: all of his other favored candidates had lost or were losing. It doesn’t matter: Vance owed Trump at least a thank-you. Not giving one was cowardly and wrong.
4. And here is one more example of why I don’t trust “Not the Bee”…“A company is selling a Christian Ouija board to “talk directly to Jesus” says the NTB headline. No, it’s not. The product is a gag, as this unfunny promotional video should indicate to anyone who breathes through their nose:
The product’s website is similarly obvious in its facetiousness:
With other spirit boards, you have to worry about ghosts and demons haunting you and your family, but with the Holy Spirit Board, you only have a direct line to Jesus Christ himself. It’s all the fun of speaking to the dead, with none of the risk! Simply place your hands on the Magic Cross and let J.C. guide your hands to answer all of your prayers!
Let’s face it, we all pray to Jesus but sometimes the message he sends us isn’t so clear. Now, you have a fool-proof way of understanding the Lord’s will right in the palm of your hand. Try it today!
Not the Bee writes, “I’m about 98% sure the Holy Spirit Board is a gag gift created by an atheist to mock Christians.” I’m 100% sure, just as I am sure that NTB’s headline is intentionally misleading. The site is supposedly about real events that are so bizarre one might mistake them for parody (as in The Babylon Bee). This is parody, and by featuring it, NTB falsely suggested it was not—to get clicks, of course.
5. Another shoe drops. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman of the Northern District of Texas issued another judicial opinion declaring that President Joe Biden violated the Constitution in unilaterally forgiving the debt, which was done deliberately before the midterm election in full knowledge of how illegal it was. Judge Pittman wrote “[i]n this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone.”