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On Memorial Day 2019: A Personal Legacy–and Warning–from Between the Lines of a New Book on WWII’s “Tin Cans and Greyhounds”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Lines In an article by Elise Cooper in today’s American Thinker, “Remembering the Men of the Little Ships,” featuring an interview with Clint Johnson, author of the 2019 book Tin Cans and Greyhounds: The Destroyers That … Continue reading

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On Continued Gratitude for Our Vietnam Veterans’ Service, November, 1955 — April, 1975

From the 2012 Archives (Originally posted 3/30/2012 ,  titled “On The Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial,” first published as a Guest Editorial for the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard,  May, 2008.) As I reflect … Continue reading

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PART 2: “…Practical + Spiritual Warfare Strategies for Today…” Beware Phase 1–the Ridicule

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  Mahatma Gandhi In Part 1, linked above, I outlined 4 key warfare strategies from the Book of Nehemiah in … Continue reading

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Part 5, “Then They Came for (my ancestors)”–GUEST OPINION: “Democratic Party and Progressive activism empower anti-Semitism,” by Ron Jager

Series’ Introduction/Parts 1 and 2 Part 3 Part 4 The following article, Part 5 of this series, is re-printed with permission from the author, Ron Jager*. It first appeared in the May 15, 2019, edition of American Thinker online. Section … Continue reading

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The Radical Left’s (Alinsky) Playbook, Part 3: Political Verbal Abuse by Toxic Shaming

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 2 In part 1 of this series, I discussed eight of Saul Alinsky’s rules on how to fundamentally–and radically–transform a nation, the United States, as presented in his book Rules for Radicals (available here in its entirely … Continue reading

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The Radical Left’s (Alinsky) Playbook, Part 2: Challenges and Choices when Choosing Your Battles

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 3 In part 1 of this series, I discussed eight of Saul Alinsky’s points on how to fundamentally–and radically–transform a nation, the United States, as presented in his book Rules for Radicals (available here … Continue reading

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Outing the Radical Left’s (Literal) Playbook–and What a Person Can Do

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 2 Part 3 Truth Will Out If there is a saying that seems particularly apropos when it comes to the state of politics in the United States these days, it is this: the truth will eventually … Continue reading

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On Swords of Truth and Narratives of Survival–for Every Era–from Solzhenitsyn, Tennyson, and the Holy Spirit (Revisited)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The pen is mightier than the sword.   -Edward Bulwer-Lytton Sozhenitsyn: The question in my discussion group examining the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan  Denisovich by twentieth-century author, activist, and gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn, centered … Continue reading

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“House Committee Votes Whether to Hold AG William Barr in Contempt”: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila There will no doubt be several days’ worth of political drama that will ensue over what happened today, May 8, 2019, when the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress … Continue reading

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On Intersectionality and “The Code”: Did AOC “Switch” or Pander Using the “Plain Folks” Fallacy?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In the last year or so I’ve occasionally heard the comeback “Learn to code” in the context of advice given to millennials regarding how to get on in the social and/or political world. At first I thought … Continue reading

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