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Like most quotes, context is quite important. Taking a single line out of context makes understanding it more difficult. You can find multiple references to illness in the same I've Been to the Mountaintop speech. (I will cite from the copy linked to by the Wiki article found at americanrhetoric.com. As usual, all emphasis mine) Here the world is all messed ...


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Modern armies do not carry officially issued national flags into battle. There are three reasons for that: One) Conspicously carrying a flag into battle attracts a lot of attention from the enemy and is highly dangerous. Two) Modern armies usually fight in dispersed formations where only a small percentage of the troops in a unit would be aware of their ...


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First of all, CIA is a part of the executive branch of the US government, and is subordinate to the US president. It's meaningless to speak of "CIA's intention," you should really be asking about "US presidential administration's intentions." From time to time, these are different from the ones by the US Congress (the legislative branch) ...


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This is about the battle of Chickamauga. This battle is a defeat of the Union but apparently the author wants to show that Forrest was not at all the guy who made it a Confederacy victory. During the battle of Chickamauga, the Confederates had to fight head on Union forces and failed to outmaneuver them. They won only because there was a bad movement from ...


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My father, Capt. John Irland, commanded a battery in the 7th Armored. While on west bank of the Rhine awaiting the crossing, he said his battery was converted to a sort of temporary arty battalion by having a few companies of tanks attached to his battery for which his own FDC provided that service. I never asked him how they did fire direction for the ...


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It appears that the post is based on a mistake which can be traced to the linked Wikipedia page: That page claims that The Eighth was a federal holiday in the United States from 1828 until 1861. But, according to a more reputable source (the Congressional Research Service, here), The first four congressionally designated federal holidays were created in ...


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This question kind of reminds me of how decades ago I used to read my papers' weekly Miss Manners column. It seemed like once a month or so someone would write in asking "What is the polite way to X", where X is something inherently rude. She usually had an impressively gentle way of informing them that the only polite path is to not X at all. ...


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This is a partial answer based on some more research I did. A Google Books search for the phrase "a day on not a day off" led me to this transcript of a 1993 hearing on the Holiday and Service Act. Apparently the original law providing for the King holiday also established a commission to "assist in the celebration" of the holiday. That ...


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