This blog began on April 7, 2008.
It’s been a fun ride since.
At 9:14 AM Eastern today, the following entry came in from one of our regular contributors, Dennis, in response to Reflections On D-Day :
“TW, You’re right about the Marines in the South Pacific. Unlike the Army, in Europe, who handled all of their own logistics, the Navy handled the logistics for the Marines, who were basically the ground combat forces of the Navy. My Dad’s WW2 experiences were sort of unique. Even with bad knees, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps, right after Pearl Harbor. His first month was spent in the hospital for knee surgery, followed by abbreviated basic training while recovering. He was sent to an airbase on New Caledonia in the South Pacific where he served as an aircraft mechanic (was a mechanic prior to being drafted, aircraft skills learned OJT) for the duration, as he called it. As the saying goes, ‘all gave some, some gave all.’”
It was the 20,000th comment on this blog. Dennis will be getting an autographed book as a small prize.
A blog with no commentary is simply one person’s thoughts. Add in the commentary, and you have dialogue and a far more effective exercise in promoting thought and gathering knowledge.
I have all of you to thank for that.
A couple of blog entries here attracted so much useful commentary from readers that they grew into full-length articles, each commentator being quoted for what they contributed to the discussion. Both pieces appeared in my “Ayoob on Firearms” column in Backwoods Home magazine, one on use of guns in extremely cold weather, and one on guns as protection of self and others from venomous snakes. I’m toying with doing the same with this one.
It’s gratifying that in the course of eight years, I’ve seldom had to delete a comment. When it happens, it’s usually someone trashing another individual who commented (I’m fair game, commentators are not), or who couldn’t accept their first warning not to make racist comments, drop F-Bombs, etc. I can still count on the fingers of one hand those I’ve banned, and that was for stuff like death threats, or indications of stark lunacy.
As far as I’m concerned, you guys and gals who comment here MAKE this blog. I humbly thank you all for your participation, and look forward to the next 20,000 comments.