Another exciting panel discussion with the growing number of Wiz Kid Team, at Kirbys this Saturday. Since we only scrapped the tip of the Iceberg on World War I we decided that more can be said. Once again we had Paul Harvey Oswald, Casher O'Neal,
Blue, and me, Red Rob Blogger starting
off the discussion. Others joined in as we got the discussion going. Kenya
Paul had ordered a pot of coffee, while Casher and I had Mickey's Beer. We were watching CNN and they were discussing preparations for the
decision on the cop who killed Michael Brown.
Red Rob Blogger: I like the quote I just saw, "what ever happened in the '60s, we saw it on TV. I saw the whole war live on TV every night, unlike today when people want to hide it from us.
Casher O'Neal: They're bracing for the
Paul Harvey Oswald: I brought some Chocolate Muffins. They were on sale.
At this time the group was joined by
Kenya Blue, another active member, who began discussing
the Battle of , were there were 70,000 casualties. Verdun
Paul: The battle of
changed the way we fight wars even today....
We also saw the beginning of Chemical warfare.... Then this was the fist air planes used in war and aerial combat was used. They became important too. Air support was important.
At this point the group is distracted by a blond lady MC on HGTV. The distraction didn't last long.
Red: Yes. The Zimmerman Papers (Telegram). The English intercepted it and released it after the sinking of the
Casher: Woodrow Wilson was the president who didn't originally want to get in this war... You know his wife took over for a time when he was sick and actually ran the country. Some people consider her to be the first woman president.
severe stroke in
October 1919. Edith Wilson began to screen all matters of state and decided
which were important enough to bring to the bedridden president. In doing so,
she functionally ran the Executive
branch of the government for the remainder of the president's second
term, until March 1921- Wikipedia. Wilson
Next a person calling himself the Commander enters the panel and begins discussing guns.
Rob: Don't we usually see some one called the Colonel or the General, in mystery stories?
The Commander: That is the Admiral.
By now panel members got distracted enough to put money in the juke box. The fist song was Warren Zevon - Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner.
Rob: Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said we (US) should not offer to fight THEIR wars and let them sit back while our people die.
Another comparison was the war in
and the role of Vladimir Putin. No one at the table seem to like Putin. Ukraine
Rob: He's like the flip side of Ronald Reagan. He's popular in
Russia for all the wrong reasons
and he lacks any ideology. He is like Leonid Brezhnev, a clumsy brute, yet he
lacks any of the socialist ideology of Brezhnev.
At this point Rob puts on Frank Zappa - Saint Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast.
Paul: a lot of what is going on today is a lot like what was going on in World War I, with countries making secret treaties and those secrets getting out.
Casher: Since 1917
Russia was strangely
absent...Trotsky abandoned peace negotiations and that helped the hostilities
(The Bolsheviks came to power promising to stay out of the war.)
In the Great War the
US sent American teenagers to save
the world and we still follow this policy today
we sent our young and enthusiastic to be butchered on foreign soil.
In this picture Casher O'Neal, Red Rob Blogger, Paul Harvey Oswald and Kenya Blue.