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 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2018

Observations The Combat Report

People who know me, know that I consider myself a Luftwaffe WWII historian. I have studied the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in WWII for almost my entire life and I cannot seem to get away from it. I...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2018

Tragic? Yes. Scary? Yes. The NRA's fault? Get real!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the Twilight Zone. Twice per year, I eagerly anticipate and when I can, watch as much of the Twilight Zone Marathons the SciFi Channel shows. Hour after...

 

WHO KNEW?

I have to admit that I kind of pride myself on being a fairly up-to-date guy on World War II history when it comes to the air war in Europe. For those of you who may have been reading my column for se...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2018

Winston Churchill: The Historic "Great Man" and the "Darkest Hour"

Earlier this year I did a review of the movie “Dunkirk” and clearly stated that I am in no way a movie critic. But I went to see “Darkest Hour” opening day and felt compelled to write...

 

U-n-g-r-a-t-e-f-u-l

By now, all of us have heard about the three UCLA freshmen basketball players who were caught shoplifting in China a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, that is a pretty bad thing. Stealing is bad enough but...

 

BITS AND PIECES: YET AGAIN

Once again, so many stories, so little room to write. Sort of like a Lays potato chip, I cannot have just one. So here goes. 1. DOUG JONES FOR SENATE. In my column, I do try to remain "politics neutra...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2017

Tribute to Hans and More Leftist Twaddle

With the Messerschmitt's left wingtip pointed vertically toward the bluish-green bay below, the hapless Hurricane fighter stands virtually motionless in front of the young Berliner's windscreen....

 

Bat-Guano Crazy

As I sit here writing this Robservation, another "car into the crowd" attack just happened in Barcelona, Spain; 14 dead and a hundred or so injured. CNN, not surprisingly, suggested that it was a...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2017

DUNKIRK: A REVIEW

"The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way." USA Today Brian...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2017

I SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED

Way back in 2010, there was a huge debate in the Montgomery Advertiser over whether the God of our Bible and the Koran’s Allah are the same deity. I bring this up now because recently I have heard...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2017

23andMe – WHAT THE??

We have all seen those genetic testing commercials on television. Ancestry DNA, 23andMe to name just two. I have several friends who are way, way, way into genealogy and tracing their family roots...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2017

CRY WOLF

I am not sure what they are teaching in college these days but I am sure in many cases it is not honor, integrity, critical thinking, wisdom and common sense. I came across this article the other day...

 

"IT IS A CRUEL WORLD, HERR HAUPTMAN. YOU SAID IT YOURSELF."

This is my favorite line from my all-time favorite movie, The Blue Max. In this 1966 movie that my dad took me to watch when I was all of five years-old, George Peppard plays a German World War I figh...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2017

WELCOME TO THE MAD DOG!!

Today every other man (and still more so during war-time) is an amateur strategist and tactician; the House of Commons is full of such folk. No politician would be considered sane if he told a...

 

No Schadenfreude Here – Well, Maybe a Little

Election night 2016 was a beautiful thing to watch. Tears flowing, heads exploding, pundits demonstrating that they know absolutely nothing about anything, you name it. Obviously, I am happy that...

 

Door Dings and Other Such Nonsense...

All I can say is that by the time this Robservation hits the streets, the election, for better or worse, will be over and done with. It has been a long, drawn out embarrassment for the entire United...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2016

POOR, POOR DEPLORABLE ME

Deplorable: Causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable; causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad. Irredeemable: Not able to be saved,...

 

Bits and Pieces; Pt.5

Sitting here on vacation, there are so many things going on but today I only want to cover two items for now. There are sunny beaches to see so here goes. 1. The Olympics: First of all, after all the...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2016

The Complex World of Military Planning

Last week after the mass murders in Nice, France, I called into a local talk radio show. When beginning to discuss the topic, I was asked if I “had the answer” to the attacks and threats that are...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2016

SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

I am admittedly frustrated as I write this (these) Robservation(s). This first part is something I wrote over 3 years ago in February 2013. It is still relevant and after the Orlando shootings and...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2016

The Black Heart of Men

Of course I had to. I had absolutely no choice in the matter. After the killings in Orlando, my government went out of its way once again to show that they are in fact the real JV team on the field...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2016

THE CONSUMER DOES HAVE RIGHTS

There is an old adage that says, "The customer is always right." I will be one of the first ones to say that is total nonsense. On paper, that sounds like a socially righteous attitude to take, but...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2016

CULTURE TRAITORS

When and where is it all going to end? Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved Germany and the German people. When I was five years old, my father took my brother and me to see the movie, The...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2016

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE . . . .

A nervous tension hangs heavily over the upcoming press conference. As usual, something major in the world occurs and the President of the United States is expected to step up to the podium and give...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2016

My Seattle Adventure...revisited

First of all, I have to apologize for this column. I first wrote this way back in early 2011 but as I read over it, I felt it remained current in its scope and thought. The reason I am not adding a...

 

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