Some units had much higher rates [of desertion] than others. The 36thin the battles in France had the highest rate of any division in the American army. It can’t be accidental that there were junior officers … who were not interested in their men, and not talking to their men, and not looking after their men. [Private] Steve Weiss felt like his captain always led from behind, was never at the front lines, you could never find him, they couldn’t confide in him, they couldn’t ask him for anything, and they felt like they got a raw deal from him.
Image of Waldenburg, Germany, 1945 via Military History
Just saw The Deadmen “revived” last Friday night. I was also at this show at IOTA, way back two and a half years ago when they played with their old rhythm section featured here on what is one of my favorite songs, “Don’t Be Afraid (To Let Go)”. They kicked their show off with this song again last Friday night at Comet Ping Pong in DC and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Guess because it is so appropriate now as I’ve been experiencing many losses over the past year, but also many gains, so I feel like the positives are outweighing the negatives, which is definitely a good thing, and the chorus for this song has definitely helped to lift me up and to not be afraid to let go.
It was way cool to hear/see Justin Jones and Josh Read (former front man for Revival) playing again and EVEN COOLER still to have Brandon Butler (former front man for the greatest DC band EVER, Canyon) drumming for them now and John Bustine (one hell of a front man for his own bands as well, the latest incarnation being The Vicars of Dickroy) on bass. ABSOLUTELY BADASSES. Seriously. The showed RULED more than anything has ever ruled before. Hope they play again soon, and hope John Bustine “revives” The Vicars of Dickroy also sometime soon as well.
Original road side sign that used to be in front of Johnny Cash’s recording studio. Now you can view this gem at the Johnny Cash museum in downtown Nashville, TN…
All summer long, Code Switch will be following events from the landmark summer of 1963. 50 years ago was a pivotal moment in history, where the sparks of the Civil Rights movement caught flame, and the fire forged a new era in American history.
Today in 1963, The Supreme Court upheld the separation of Church and State in Abington School District v. Schempp. As the U.S. waits for more Civil Rights decisions from the SCOTUS before its summer recess, we’re reminded of where we came from…starting the summer of 1963.
Thomas Peter’s blog on Poolside floods
“At some point the helicopter made a right turn, dipping the side I was sitting on deep below the horizon. And there it was right below me, the epitome of the absurd flood picture: the baby-blue oval of a swimming pool evenly surrounded by muddy water. I trained my 300mm lens straight down and composed as well as I could, which was a challenge in the soaring air stream that nearly snatched my camera out of my hands. I fired off some 10 frames before the chopper leveled out. The picture was gone. No one else on board had seen it.”
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, always there to lend a helping hand.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space. In many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. Where did all the women go? At The Movies, The Women Are Gone : Monkey See