My podcast consists of the “brain drippings” of a NERD that has practiced the martial arts for 47 years and taught them for 43. They weave in and out of a variety of subjects, from granular martial arts “how-to” essays, to the intersection between the martial arts and other fields like philosophy, science, skepticism, language, and history; and with occasional lame attempts at humor! I especially like poking rhetorical pins into misconceptions about the martial arts.
- 227 The Forgotten War Part 16by Jeff Westfall on March 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm
I hold Waller's actions in Samar as reprehensible, as egregious abuses of his constitutional privileges as a a military commander.
- 226 The Forgotten War Part 15by Jeff Westfall on February 24, 2021 at 9:25 pm
In the meantime, General Smith's combined Brigade was following his orders to turn Samar into a "howling wilderness."
- 225 The Forgotten War Part 14by Jeff Westfall on October 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm
As the now infamous town of Balangiga burned behind him, Capt. Bookmiller famously quoted the book of Hosea: "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind!"
- 224 The Forgotten War Part 13by Jeff Westfall on September 17, 2020 at 7:23 pm
No matter what you call it, the event at Balangiga was the worst defeat of American troops since the Battle of the Little Big Horn!
- 223 The Forgotten War Part 12by Jeff Westfall on September 1, 2020 at 9:34 pm
Funston, four other Americans, and a renegade Spaniard would pose as POWs in the "custody" of a group of Macabebe Scouts in captured Insurrecto uniforms.
- 222 The Forgotten War Part 11by Jeff Westfall on August 25, 2020 at 9:56 pm
"To see nine men, the officers in their drawers and the privates naked, cross such a stream by such means, and drive off an entrenched force not less than ten times their number, in broad daylight, where their number must soon become known, is something not soon to be forgotten!"
- 221 The Forgotten War Part 10by Jeff Westfall on August 13, 2020 at 1:37 am
I find the story of David Fagen fascinating. We seldom rationally depict such figures in history.
- 220 The Forgotten War Part 9by Jeff Westfall on July 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm
The leaders of the Philippine independence movement had tremendous admiration for the American founding fathers and the government they wrought!
- 219 The Forgotten War Part 8by Jeff Westfall on June 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm
The depth and breadth, the sheer comprehensiveness of Filipino martial technology stands as a shining example, a tribute to defiance in the face of tyranny and oppression!
- 218 The Forgotten War Part 7by Jeff Westfall on May 19, 2020 at 11:51 pm
But it turns out that the Filipino people didn't WANT themselves and their property to be the property of the United States!