Photography Political insight Social

Remember Our Troops

Perhaps the most memorable war picture of all time is this one, taken during World War II. Photographer Joe Rosenthal died yesterday.

After you read this article, please follow the link at the bottom of the page, for we must never forget our troops. Sometimes, as in the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah, it is easy to remember. Then, in days when we don’t hear as much of daily military activities, it is easy to forget men, who, around the world, are fighting for peace, safety and liberation.

BBC Article
WWII photographer Rosenthal dies


Enlarge Image (click on the picture)


Joe Rosenthal – the man who took the iconic photograph of six US WWII troops raising their country’s flag over Iwo Jima – has died aged 94. His daughter said he had died in San Francisco of natural causes.

Mr Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for the 1945 flag-raising photo, which later served as a model for the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

The picture was taken on 23 February, four days after US troops landed on the small strategic Pacific island.

The scene captured by Mr Rosenthal shows the second flag-raising on Mount Suribachi that day.

The photographer always denied suggestions the picture had been staged.

Joe Rosenthal in front of the Marine Corps Memorial in 1995

Joe Rosenthal witnessed many WWII battles

Ten years after the event, he wrote that, on learning that a flag had already been raised, he had been about to desist from climbing to the summit.

But he pushed on.

“Out of the corner of my eye… I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera, and shot the scene,” he wrote in Collier’s magazine.

He filed the picture for the Associated Press, which had sent him to cover battle areas in 1944.

“Millions of Americans saw this picture five or six days before I did, and when I first heard about it, I had no idea what picture was meant,” he later said, recalling the impact the photograph caused.

The picture was used on posters, a war-bond drive and a US postage stamp.


Born in Washington DC in 1911, Mr Rosenthal first took up photography as a hobby.

During the Depression, he moved to San Francisco, where in 1930 he found a newspaper job.

In 1932, he began working for the San Francisco News as reporter and photographer – a job that was to be followed by several posts at picture and news agencies.

After working for AP in WWII – during which he saw action close up – Mr Rosenthal joined the San Francisco Chronicle. He stayed there for 35 years.

He is reported to have made less than $10,000 (£5,300) from what is widely considered to be one of the most famous photographs of the war.

“And I was gratified to get that,” the San Francisco Chronicle quotes him as saying in a 1995 interview.

“Every once in a while someone teases me that I could have been rich. But I’m alive. A lot of the men who were there are not. And a lot of them were badly wounded. I was not. And so I don’t have the feeling someone owes me for this.”

Christianity/Religion Internet Political insight

Muslim Women Preachers

I was astounded today to find these pictures and writings of Muslim Women Preachers.

BBC Printable Version


Skip to main contentAccess keys help



In pictures: Muslim women preachers

Magda Amer preaches in one of Cairo’s leading mosques. She is part of an emerging trend of female Muslim preachers in Egypt.Two years of study are required to obtain the necessary licence, though there is no financial backing from the government for her work.

At the time I was wearing mini skirts and had long hair. Veiling was the most difficult decision of my life.

Click below for more images

BACK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NEXT

Children Christianity/Religion Photography Political insight Social

“…weep for… your children…”

Picture courtesy of Drudge Report

Early this morning, along with other scripture, I read verses 27-30 of the 23rd chapter of Luke. Jesus spoke these profound words as He was being led to Golgotha.

“And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

But Jesus turning unto them said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.'”

Yes, it is a time for weeping, but also a moment that calls for courage, for valor and for heart.

Medical/Technical Political insight

Beginning of World War III?

More than one persons continue to state opinions that we are standing on the trembling ground of the genesis of World War III. Of extreme concern are reports that missles fired into Israel by the Hezbollah are of Iranian origin.

Perhaps it has been too easy for us here in America. We are “rich and increased with goods” and we have grown complacent about world events and of dangers that ring our globe. Before 9/11, never had we war on our own soil, and although we are a caring and compassionate people, it is likely we have not fully understood the grief and pain that come to war-ravaged lands.

No sensible, logical person desires war: it is despicable, and wholly undesirable, yet, throughout history, in order to protect innocent people from the crazed assault of profane and evil leadership, to halt its advancement, it has become necessary to lift the sword. As ordinary citizens, we must rouse ourselves, ask for God’s direction, intensify our study of world events, and support our troops and our leaders. We must have compassion for those displaced and hurting people around the world. It is without question, that we live in perilous times.

One or more Iranians witnessed North Korea’s recent missile tests, deepening U.S. concerns about growing ties between two countries with troubling nuclear capabilities, a top U.S. official said Thursday. Hill said the six [missiles] succeeded in hitting their target range.

read more | digg story

Children My Home Political insight Social


The calm of a day well-spent meanders around the rooms, toning the atmosphere with contentment and a certain peace, whose quiet intake enriches us. Our energy expended, shortly in the cool of this evening, we will take our dinner–perhaps on the back deck. Should an extra nod to exercise grasp us, we may stroll down our lane to the beginning of the wooded area and back. We will settle in with a book then, or initiate family phone calls or do a bit of casual reading on the web.
But from another world, emanating from other mood comes the writing of this mother as reported in the Washington Post:
“This would be a dream come true for him,” Paula Davis of Gaithersburg said after she watched her big, brash 19-year-old son buried yesterday. “That’s what he wanted to be: a hero.”

You may read the entire account here.

Photo by Dayna Smith of the Washington Post.
Army Pfc. Justin R. Davis, 19, a 2005 Magruder High graduate killed in Afghanistan, is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Christianity/Religion My Home Photography Political insight


And with the passing of morning has come that mid-point of the day. Harsh and bright, unlikely chosen as a time for photographs, for gone are the softening, sometimes mysterious shadows, chased into hiding by straight-on blaring sun. Breakfast has been tended, a fair perusal of the morning papers, an errand, a chore or two, perhaps a nod to exercise…and it is noon. A yawn, smug thought of morning job accomplished…and, perhaps, to those so inclined, an ever increasing vision of nap. A placid warmness nestles in and settles the house. Lunch? Maybe.

Beyond Crestline though…are these.

Israeli troops read Torah scrolls as they pray at Kiryat Shmona. BBC

Israeli troops read Torah scrolls as they pray at Kiryat Shmona

My Home Photography Political insight


It is yet dark, and although I may have awakened earlier, I permit myself to arise when I glance to the clock on my bedside table and see that its digits have turned to 5:00 or five minutes ’til or a bit after. So, thereabouts 5:00 I climb from my bed, slip on a light robe, and, now, here in Summer, leave my feet bare as I pad across the bedroom, and onto the stone landing that leads down two steps to the living room. The stone is cool and rough, and this morning as I pass over the hardness, I recall that in wintertime I would have pressed my feet into warm slippers before embarking on the morning trek.

In the living room, I pull open the drapes and the glass door, standing a minute to take in the unspoiled freshness of the dawning day. Scarce are those awake in Crestline at this time, I believe, for I see few lights flickering in the houses across the lake. Through the living room and to the study I walk, and then I slide open the large glass door that opens to the rear deck. Already, I hear the morning call of birds who make our backyard one of their feeding stations in their eternal round for food.

My morning read jolts me to the plight of the rest of the world…

Taiwanese F-16 fighters in Han Kuang 22  exercises
BBC reports Taiwan showing its military prowess with flares fired from F-16 fighters during exercises in Ilan in the East.

Christianity/Religion Political insight Social

Rick Monday Saves Our Flag

It was near the Vietnam era, April 25, 1976, at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. On the empty playing field appeared two people who laid on the ground an American flag. They had doused it with lighter fluid, had already struck one match, and were beginning the lighting of another.
…when, insensed, Rick Monday galloped over the field, and while never missing a step, from the hands of the startled perpetrators snatched away and held safely the American flag.

Read more of the story here.

Go to my other site to see the stirring video account of this symbol of our country being dynamically rescued.

As he recounts this incident many years later, Rick Monday recalls a sudden quiet falling over the stadium. Then spontaneously, from all corners of the building, rose the people, who one by one–until it was a chorus–began singing, “God Bless America.”

God bless America tonight, God bless Israel, God bless Lebanon and God bless the world.

Children Photography Political insight Social

The Pathos of War

Evacuation / AFP

An Italian officer comforts this tiny refugee.

Christianity/Religion Political insight Social Travel

President Bush, Israel and Friendship

Well before this latest crisis in the Middle East, I had decided on my subject, and had prepared extensively for what I would say. It was on Saturday that I addressed around 150 women in the city of Redlands at the beautiful new church pastored by Rev. B. J. Wilmoth. Although I speak to fairly large crowds a dozen or more times a year, I am not a comfortable public speaker, and I suffer through considerable angst as I anticipate each event. This one was no exception, except that my subject was such an important and timely one, and my audience so responsive and eager that as I progressed into the heart of the talk, my anxiety decreased and in the end I quite enjoyed myself. (I admit that often to be the case.)

Friendship was the subject. Not at all rehearsing Saturday’s session, but using it instead as a springboard, and fully recognizing the cavernous leap I am attempting, I suggest that President Bush is quite wise in being a friend to Israel. Many people think Israel has no right to exist and wish to see them wiped from the face of the earth, stripped and defeated. The Jews, the Israelis, are God’s chosen people and to be a friend to them is the epitome of wisdom.

Jerry and I discussed Israel at length today, as I’m sure did a myriad of people around the globe. The Jews are a puzzling people; having been bandied about they have battled for generations, had much of their land seized and are left with a rather pitiful, small piece of property. Be not fooled by this: they are God’s chosen people, and we do well to be friends of Israel.

For the last several days, President Bush has been in St. Petersburg at the G8 summit. This meeting, consisting of the planet’s seven richest nations, was formed in 1975, its main function being to discuss economic challenges around the world. In 1998, Russia joined, making what was formerly the G7 now the G8.

During these recent days, a glorious and proud moment for America came when President Bush addressed the G8 meeting and forcefully said, “Israel deserves to exist.” Little Israel, no oil, surrounded by enemies…but God’s people, and, wisely, our friend.

Tuesday 7/18 There’s an interesting editorial over at this morning’s Washington Post.

Please read what’s being said on the Neocon Express.
Not only is the Washington Post up for kudos today, but the Los Angeles Times has joined those ranks.

Constantine Palace

The summit takes place in a restored tsarist palace