Armed Forces Day 2009

May 16, 2009

Speaking of Bill Mauldin and Stars and Stripes, you remembered to fly your flag today, Armed Forces Day, right?

Old Glory, flying

Old Glory, flying


Cartoons: Bill Mauldin on DDT

May 16, 2009

Bill Mauldin rose to fame drawing cartoons from the fronts during World War II, first as a soldier, and then as the cartoonist for Stars and Stripes.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1945.  After the war he continued to be a major force in American culture, eventually cartooning for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and quickly winning a second Pulitzer, and then with the Chicago Sun-Times, with drawings syndicated to other newspapers around the world.

In 1962 Mauldin turned his pen to DDT and the controversy created in part by Rachel Carson’s best-selling book Silent Spring.

CREDIT: Mauldin, Bill, artist. Another such victory and I am undone Copyright 1962, Field Enterprises, Inc. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

CREDIT: Mauldin, Bill, artist. “Another such victory and I am undone” Copyright 1962, Field Enterprises, Inc. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.


Gun site shoots down flag discussion

May 16, 2009

At The Firing Line.com, you can discuss all things firearms.  But discussions on patriotic displays are “off topic.”

And, by the way, if you are curious about how to properly fold the Ohio state flag, or any other state flag, you’ll find links to the instructions courtesy of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, here.

There’s no requirement that a firearms site allow discussions of flag folding and flag display, but cutting off the discussion seems a little curt, to me.

Ohio and U.S. flags fly at a Cleveland courthouse.  Photo by Gretchenaro, Scene in Cleveland

Ohio and U.S. flags fly at a Cleveland courthouse. Photo by Gretchenaro, Scene in Cleveland


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