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Entries from June 2015

Tho’ it mayhap be one hope forlorn

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

“The core of the military profession is discipline and the essence of discipline is obedience. Since this does not come naturally to men of independent and rational mind, they must train themselves in the habit of obedience in which lives and the fortunes of battle may some day depend. Reasonable orders are easy enough to […]

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Tags: Barbara Tuchman · Joseph Stillwell · The Second World War

Blame-shifting is inherent

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

“All living generations are responsible for what we do and all dead ones as well.” – Joseph Stillwell (as quoted by Barbara Tuchman in Stillwell and the American Experience in China)

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Tags: Barbara Tuchman · Economics · Joseph Stillwell · Politics & Law · The Second World War

They prefer the U.S. Treasury hold the lien

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

“A home mortgage is the most common example of secured debt in our society, but practically any valuable possession can secure a loan. We really do mean anything, tangible or intangible—a car, a collection of tattered law books, a debt that a third party owes to the borrower, the borrower’s rights under an esoteric contract […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Free speech is your right, if you dare

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

“The limits on defamation actions for statements made about public figures exist because of concerns for free speech. False statements are bound to be made in the course of vigorous public debate. One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right to criticize public men and measures. Such criticism, inevitably, will not always be […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

No cowboys, neither

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments

“The subordinate infantry commander has at his disposal only one sure means by which he may secure timely and vital information—infantry patrols. A well organized and properly conducted infantry patrol may operate successfully in spite of unfavorable weather, poor visibility, and difficult terrain. Successful patrolling demands the highest of soldierly virtues. Therefore, the selection of […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

Andale en la calle

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments

“To succeed we must go fast and to go fast we must go where the going is good.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: Economics · George Marshall · The Second World War

They don’t stop bullets

June 24th, 2015 · No Comments

“A frontal assault against wire and machine guns produces nothing but casualties—and a few medals for bravery among the survivors.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War · The Second World War

And the trial is life (that’s also the sentence)

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

“I am guilty of the most serious crimes you can be guilty of in America: I was born poor and black” – Ralph Poynter (as quoted by Jean Stevens in “In Defense Of”)

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Those cats was killin’ people

June 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

“The original judicial approach [to products liability law] had favored the corporation under the theory that fledgling manufacturers needed time and resources to develop their products. The theory was that this ‘breathing space’ would help the United States develop economically, and this increase in overall economic health would essentially work its way down to every […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

We are legally allowed to help each other, within limits

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments

“The rescue doctrine is a rule of law holding that one who sees a person in imminent danger caused by the negligence of another cannot be charged with contributory negligence in a non-reckless attempt to rescue the imperiled person. The doctrine was developed to encourage rescue and to correct the harsh inequity of barring relief […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

An extraordinary thing that happened

June 20th, 2015 · No Comments

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Tags: Verandah

I’m grateful I’ve never had to do this

June 20th, 2015 · No Comments

“As the infantry nears the hostile position the supporting fires are forced to lift. Then must the riflemen themselves furnish both the fire and the movement. At this stage, fire without movement is useless and movement without fire is suicidal. Even with both, the last hundred yards is a touch-and-go proposition demanding a high order […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

All these men had names

June 19th, 2015 · No Comments

“And so, at the appointed hour, this brigade of 6,000 highhearted and determined men stood up and at the word of command fixed their bayonets, shouldered their rifles, and marched forward in quick time and in step to assault an intrenched enemy armed with machine guns. One can only surmise the thought in the minds […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War

And orientation to the ground

June 18th, 2015 · No Comments

“Maintenance of direction is a hard job and it cannot be solved without thought and effort.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

Long crawl to HQ

June 17th, 2015 · No Comments

“So long as anyone, including the commander, can walk, crawl, or roll, an infantry unit is not ‘out of communication.’ ” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

My daddy was an army man

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

“In the end, for military people, it’s the family that makes a lot of the sacrifices. They are intrinsic to military members being successful.” Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Ten miles north of Duxford

June 15th, 2015 · No Comments

“Ten miles north of Duxford on a broad thirty-acre slope along Madingley Road lies the American Military Cemetery at Madlingley, a tiny village just west of Cambridge. There are 3,811 Americans buried here, 24 of them unknown. An occasional rose lies at the base of a marble marker, though fewer now than a generation ago, […]

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Tags: The Second World War

Not every risk need apply; line forms at the back

June 14th, 2015 · No Comments

“The risk reasonably to be perceived defines the duty to be obeyed, and risk imports relation; it is risk to another or to others within the range of apprehension.” – Chief Justice Cardozo, Palsgraf v. Long Island R.R. Co.

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Tags: Politics & Law

Words mean things — but what?

June 13th, 2015 · No Comments

“The term ‘proximate cause’ is applied by the courts to those more or less undefined considerations which limit liability even where the fact of causation is clearly established. The word ‘proximate’ is a legacy of Lord Chancellor Bacon, who in his time committed other sins. The word means nothing more than near or immediate; and […]

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Tags: Politics & Law

A hero is unmade

June 12th, 2015 · No Comments

“On August 12 [1942] the Japanese High Command in Tokyo ordered Lieutenant General Haruyoshi Hyakutake’s Seventeenth Army to take over the ground action on Guadalcanal, and Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka’s Eighth Fleet to take over at sea. The nearest thing at hand for Hyakutake’s use was a 2,000-man force of infantry, artillery, and engineers under […]

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Tags: The Second World War

Come here right now

June 11th, 2015 · 8 Comments

“Special emphasis should be laid on the language employed in orders. Leaders of all grades should be trained to test every word, every phrase, every sentence, for ambiguity and obscurity. If, by even the wildest stretch of the imagination, a phrase can be tortured out of its true meaning, the chance is always present that […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

And it helps if the plan is feasible

June 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“Regardless of the occasional exception, the fact remains that planless action is an open invitation to disaster.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: Economics · George Marshall · Politics & Law · The Second World War

Whenever convenient

June 9th, 2015 · No Comments

“Texas common law is fundamentally premised on individuals’ responsibility for their own actions.” – Justice G. Alan Waldrop, Carter v. Abbyad

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Good luck with that

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments

“Even if information be lacking, the leader must produce decisions. In most cases a poor decision will be better than no decision at all. Negligence and hesitation are more serious faults than errors in choice of means. No rule can tell us how to time decisions correctly.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: Economics · George Marshall · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Second World War

Because words mean things

June 7th, 2015 · No Comments

“At law, an ‘accident’ refers to some event that did not involve human fault. When a bolt of lightning strikes a house, that is an accident. When a car rolls down a hill because the parking brake was not set and the car hits a pedestrian, that is not an accident; that is negligence.” – […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Gimme it or you’ll be sorry

June 6th, 2015 · No Comments

“As a general rule, it is not duress to threaten to do what one has a legal right to do. Nor is it duress to threaten to take any measure authorized by law and the circumstances of the case.” – Judge McCord, Spillers v. Five Points Guaranty Bank

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

We’ll have him to tea

June 5th, 2015 · No Comments

“Maneuvers that are possible and dispositions that are essential are indelibly written on the ground. Badly off, indeed, is the leader who is unable to read this writing. His lot must inevitably be one of blunder, defeat, and disaster.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

Let God sort them out

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

“Simplicity is the sword with which the capable leader may cut the Gordian knot of many a baffling situation.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

There are laws and conventions

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“The art of war has no traffic with rules, for the infinitely varied circumstances and conditions of combat never produce exactly the same situation twice. Mission, terrain, weather, dispositions, armament, morale, supply, and comparative strength are variables whose mutations always combine to form a new tactical pattern. Thus, in battle, each situation is unique and […]

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Tags: George Marshall · Lit & Crit · The Second World War

Usually

June 2nd, 2015 · 2 Comments

“In art, ambiguity is not a fault.” – David Manier, “Sex and Lots of It”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah · Vizarts