TFH Live, October 20: #GamerGate

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour returns live to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please come join us in VLR’s registration-free chat room for the show, just refresh the page at showtime to get the live stream!

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Our topic for tonight will be the “Gamer Gate” controversy which bridges the narratives of media bias, political correctness, and the role culture plays in politics. TFH’s own Cranky T-Rex (@CrankyTRex), a.k.a. Chris, has been writing up a storm on the story and will be joining the program along with Ashten Whited (@ashtenthinks) of Pocket Full of Liberty, who’s also written on the topic.

Just one hour tonight (and maybe some bonus minutes) so don’t forget to tune in! In addition to the chatroom, you can also listen using the player at right (again, refresh at showtime), direct on Spreaker, or using one of Spreaker’s mobile device apps!

And here’s tonight’s replay, for those who missed the program live! Remember, you can always click “Spreaker” in the player to download a copy for offline listening.

Thanks all for your listenership, and please remember to keep up with all things TFH and VLR by following @allanbourdius, @TFHBlogAndShow, and @VigilantLiberty on Twitter!



Captain Francis B. Wai, USA (October 20, 1944)

Francis Brown Wai was born on April 14, 1917 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was a Chinese immigrant and his mother a native Hawaiian. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with the class of 1939 where he excelled both at academics and sports.

Wai joined the Hawaii National Guard after his UCLA graduation and was activated for federal service with the United States Army prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was able to break through some of the anti-Asian prejudices of the day, attended Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned in 1941.

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Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda, USA (October 20, 1944)

Robert Toshio Kuroda was born in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu on November 8, 1922. His parents were Japanese immigrants, making him a Nisei, or second-generation (native born) Japanese-American. He graduated from vocational school and was an electrician, but found it difficult to find work with World War II raging and prejudices against people of Japanese descent. He was drafted on March 23, 1943 and volunteered for the United States Army‘s all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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M4 Sherman tank and M10 tank destroyer at Aachen, Germany, 1944

Captain James M. Burt, USA (October 13-21, 1944)

James Montross Burt was born in Hinsdale, Massachusetts on July 18, 1917. He attended Norwich University, graduating with the class of 1939. Burt was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army.

He was placed on active service in 1941 with the 66th Armored Regiment and the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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TFH Rewind: Tom Dougherty, Ed Morrissey, Katrina Jørgensen!

Their Finest Hour is taking Monday, October 13th off from live broadcasting on Vigilant Liberty Radio, so I’ve queued up two great replays for you! Either catch up on what you missed, or enjoy them all over again!

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First Lieutenant Victor L. Kandle, USA (October 9, 1945)

Victor Leonard Kandle was born on June 13, 1921 in Roy, Washington. He grew up in Puyallup, Washington, graduating from high school there in 1939. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Army on September 5, 1940, ostensibly for the Philippine Department. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, Kandle was eventually sent to Officer Candidates’ School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

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Captain Bobbie E. Brown, USA (October 8, 1944)

Robert Evan Brown, Jr. was born on September 2, 1907 in Dublin, Georgia. He was known by the nickname “Bobbie”, and that was the name he used when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1922, lying about his age.

The Army was Brown’s home, and he was a senior non-commissioned officer in the 2nd Armored Division in the early days of World War II and the North African Campaign. In 1943, he received a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant and transferred to the 1st Infantry Division.

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Second Lieutenant James L. Harris, USA (October 7, 1944)

James Lindell Harris was born on June 27, 1916 in Hillsboro, Texas and was 24 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army on March 20, 1941 prior to the United States’ entry into World War II.  By October 7, 1944, Harris had risen to the rank of Second Lieutenant, having received a battlefield commission in March of that year. He was a tank platoon commander with the independent 756th Tank Battalion.

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