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  • America's Military: How Did Your Father Dream?

    08/03/2014 2:45:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Lee Culpepper
    In a suburb of our nation’s capitol, I learned that most kids’ fathers were not Marine Corps fighter pilots, but mine was. My dad told me that when I was born, he was deployed overseas to hunt down communist aviators and to rain down terror on America’s enemies by lighting Ho Chi Minh’s soldiers on fire. My dad had this patented-daring side that often made light of dark subjects and traumatized morally superior Americans like Jane Fonda. But my dad’s equally austere side taught me to respect the danger, sacrifices, and valor of warriors who have served our country honorably....
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • Military Pride: These States Boast the Highest Enlistment Rates in America

    07/20/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Independent Journal Review ^ | July 20, 2014 | Mike Miller
    While enlistment rates in the U.S. military vary by group, they also vary by state. Enlistment ranges from less than 3 per thousand in North Dakota to more than 7 per thousand in Florida and Maine. According to the Defense Department, differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South, despite it having only 36% of the country’s 18-24 year-old civilian population. By contrast, the Northeast was the most underrepresented region of the country; only 14% of new enlistments came from this area, compared to 18% of its 18-24 year-old...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Today is About More than Our Fallen Heroes

    05/26/2014 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Memorial Day began as a simple observance of our heroes. Declared by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan as Decoration Day in 1868, the unofficial holiday was intended to furnish the graves of soldiers with flowers, flags, and recognition. “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance,” Logan explained. “Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” But there is more to today than merely proclaiming that the lives of so many soldiers were not lost in vain....
  • Crimea Offers Showcase for Russia’s Rebooted Military (Not Your Father's Red Army Alert)

    04/02/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/02/2014 | C. J. CHIVERS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The soldiers guarding the entrances to the surrounded Ukrainian military base here just south of the capital, Simferopol, had little in common with their predecessors from past Russian military actions. They were lean, fit and sober. Few if any seemed to be conscripts. Their uniforms were crisp and neat, and their new helmets were bedecked with tinted safety goggles. And there was another indicator of an army undergoing an upgrade: compact encrypted radio units distributed at the small-unit level, including for soldiers standing such routine duty as guard shifts beside machine-gun trucks. The radios are a telltale sign of a...
  • Military recruiters challenged to fill smaller, specialized force

    02/03/2014 7:10:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 2, 2014 | Pamela Wood
    Chief Petty Officer Tori Novo says she finds herself saying "no" to young people who want to ship out to sea with the Navy more often than she used to. A recruiter for seven years, Novo says she has seen the standards for enlisting in the Navy become tougher. And that means more young people who desperately want to join the Navy -- for a career with a steady paycheck, for educational opportunities, for a chance to serve their country -- don't make the cut. Many of those applicants -- the ones "who would beg on their hands and knees...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Liberals in Uniform? Really?

    12/05/2013 3:40:07 PM PST · by Ronin · 58 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 6, 2013 | Ronin
    Liberals in uniform? In another forum, I got into a semi-squabble with a hardcore Liberal regarding the political affiliations of service members. She insists that Conservatives are no longer in the majority, and that most men and women in uniform are either Democrat voters or even Socialists. I told her that based on my Navy experience, and based on conversations with other veterans and active duty friends, she has no idea what she is talking about (actually I expressed it more forcefully than that), but it did get me thinking. Obama has purged, and will continue to purge, the higher...
  • Pentagon Can’t Afford Syria Operation; Must Seek Additional Funds

    08/30/2013 3:55:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 30, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.
  • Who Serves in the Military? (Military enlistment to population ratios by region and income)

    07/29/2013 11:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 07/29/2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States.The most over-represented region consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The most under-represented region is the Northeast from Pennsylvania upwards. The Mountain West — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico — is over-represented. So is Southeast. The Pacific West and the Midwest are underrepresented. The Midwest’s short-fall in the military...
  • Military Told Not To Read Obama-Scandal News

    06/10/2013 5:54:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    WND ^ | June 10, 2013 | Gina Loudon
    President Obama has said the outrage over the federal government’s decision to monitor citizens’ phone activity is all “hype.”
  • John McCain: Women should avoid military service until sexual misconduct crisis solved

    06/05/2013 8:09:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 4, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    Sen. John McCain, who built a potent political career on his record as a Vietnam veteran and ex-prisoner of war, on Tuesday told the leaders of every military branch he cannot in good conscience advise women to join the service as the military grapples to contain and curb its sexual assault epidemic. "Just last night, a woman came to me and said her daughter wanted to join the military and could I give my unqualified support for her doing so. I could not," McCain, an Arizona Republican, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing examining whether all serious sexual...
  • VINTAGE PHOTO: Donkey Riding On The Back Of WWII G.I.

    06/03/2013 7:04:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Retronuat ^ | 1940s | Retronaut
    c. 1940s: Military donkey ride
  • Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

    06/02/2013 2:00:48 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2013 | KARL W. EIKENBERRY and DAVID M. KENNEDY
    STANFORD, Calif. — AFTER fighting two wars in nearly 12 years, the United States military is at a turning point. So are the American people. The armed forces must rethink their mission. Though the nation has entered an era of fiscal constraint, and though President Obama last week effectively declared an end to the “global war on terror” that began on Sept. 11, 2001, the military remains determined to increase the gap between its war-fighting capabilities and those of any potential enemies. But the greatest challenge to our military is not from a foreign enemy — it’s the widening gap...
  • Benghazi witness: US military response could have ‘scared’ off attackers, prevented mortar strike

    05/07/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 6, 2013 | FoxNews.Com
    The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.
  • The Ivy League Was Another Planet (They don't recruit rural poor well, but military does)

    03/29/2013 3:41:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Claire Vaye Watkins
    IN 12th grade, my friend Ryan and I were finalists for the Silver State Scholars, a competition to identify the “Top 100” seniors in Nevada. The finalists were flown to Lake Tahoe for two days of interviews. On the plane, Ryan and I met a boy from Las Vegas. Looking to size up the competition, we asked what high school he went to. He said a name we didn’t recognize and added, “It’s a magnet school.” Ryan asked what a magnet school was, and spent the remaining hour incredulously demanding a detailed account of the young man’s educational history: his...
  • Forbidden Advice for Plain Jane in Combat

    02/08/2013 9:24:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Suizanne Fields
    American women have been cleared for combat, but the generals at the Pentagon only think they are the very model of the modern major general. Women have been locked in combat since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Men and women have been fighting the unending war between the sexes since, giving no quarter, but happily taking each other prisoner. It's a war nobody can win, as Henry Kissinger observed, because there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. But when a helpful Amazonian warrior tries to shorten the odds for her side, someone invariably makes...
  • FReep the vote for our wounded, ill and injured veterans.

    10/09/2012 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 1 replies
    Please help us get a Presidential Proclamation.
  • (For Memorial Day 2012) Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos

    05/26/2012 12:24:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    LIFE ^ | Frank Scherschel
    Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos It’s no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, “D-Day.” We’ve all seen — in photos, movies, old news reels — what happened on the beaches of Normandy (codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword) as the Allies unleashed an historic assault against German defenses on June 6, 1944. But in color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE’s Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English...
  • The Least I Could Do

    02/19/2012 9:45:09 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 4 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 19, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    I recall a few years ago I was engaged in our favorite national pastime – waiting in the drive-thru line at the local Tim Horton’s – when I noticed a Canadian Forces truck pull in behind me, occupied by two of our Finest. Figuring it was the least I could do, I told the girl at the window to put the next order on my tab. After a couple of double-double coffees and a box of Timbits were added, I got my stuff and moved on. A store across the parking lot was my final stop before home. I had...
  • Justin Timberlake Was "Truly Moved" at the Marine Corps Ball [I've met so many of my heroes]

    11/16/2011 11:37:03 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 14, 2011, Updated Nov. 16, 2011 | HollyscoopTV
    Remember when that Marine made a YouTube video inviting Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball and she was like "Oh scheduling conflict, can't go" and Justin Timberlake was like, "You should go" so then another marine was like "Well, if you're pressuring Kunis to go to the ball, then you should come with me" and Justin Timberlake was like "Ok"? Anyways, that Marine Corps Ball was this past Saturday and Justin Timberlake was the date of Corporal Kelsey DeSantis. Timberlake says the entire evening was one that he would never forget and wrote on his website: "I didn't know...
  • Our Military’s Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

    07/20/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Brownfield
    This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat. That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed,...
  • A new era at Joint Base: Leadership turns from Army green to Air Force blue.

    07/18/2011 11:43:11 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 4 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 18 July 2011 | Sig Christenson
    The arrival of summer brings command-change ceremonies on military installations around the nation, but the one Monday at Fort Sam Houston was historic. Blue Air Force uniforms dotted the post's sprawling MacArthur Parade Field, rather than Army green. An Air Force general presided over a 46-minute ceremony that saw a fellow airman, Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick, turn over command of Joint Base San Antonio to Air Force Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter. Patrick, who will lead the 2nd Air Force in Biloxi, Miss., has spent the past year leading a new kind of installation ordered by the 2005 Defense Base Closure...
  • President Honors Wounded and Ill on Silver Star Service Banner Day

    05/01/2011 4:01:03 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 1+ views
    The Silver Star Families of Ameria ^ | May 2011 | Steve Newton
    Today is Silver Star Service Banner Day and the start of Military appreciation Month.
  • Camp Lejeune Marines To Libya To Strike At Qadhafi Forces

    03/25/2011 7:26:35 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 36 replies
    WCTI.COM ^ | 3/24/11 | WCTI Staff
    We've seen Camp Lejuene Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation. The overall mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people. "The ability to launch these and other missions directly from naval vessels illustrates the unique and valuable capacity of the Navy/Marine Corps team called 'sea-basing'", said Captain Timothy Patrick, spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary...
  • Nation At Greater Risk

    02/08/2011 10:53:41 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 8, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The national decline in education standards is starting to affect national security. “Almost a quarter of young people who tried to join the military between 2004-2009 did not pass the entrance exam, according to a study released last month,” according to a story which appeared in The Education Reporter in January. “The dismal pass rate is causing concern among military leaders about national security.” “The 23% military exam failure rate is even more disturbing because the exam is only given to people who meet other requirements; the Pentagon reports that 75% of 17- to 24-year olds don’t even qualify to...
  • Officer won't sign order for troop indoctrination

    12/25/2010 4:20:55 AM PST · by plsjr · 145 replies · 3+ views
    WND ^ | 25 December 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    President Obama's repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is already damaging the U.S. military. An Army lieutenant colonel has asked to be relieved of command rather than order his troops to go through pro-homosexual indoctrination following the repeal of the policy, which required homosexuals to keep silent about their sexual preference. Currently the commander of a battalion-sized unit in the Army National Guard, the officer also has threatened to resign his commission rather than undergo "behavior modification" training intended to counter his religious convictions about homosexuality.
  • DADT repeal forces heterosexuals to strip naked for gays

    12/20/2010 4:15:37 PM PST · by SGW · 19 replies · 1+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 11/20/10 | Gil Guignat
    At a time when the economy is in total meltdown mode, when Phoenix police officers and Arizona border patrol agents are being slaughtered by a drug war Obama refuses to fight, Congress focuses on gays in the military while it has no ability to help us win the wars we are waging or turn the economy around. Isn’t the whole point of being gay that you are attracted to same sex individuals? With the repeal of DADT (Don’t ask don’t tell) in the military, individuals who are gay will no longer have to hide that fact. In other words, the...
  • Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood

    12/08/2010 6:07:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jonathan Tilove
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible. Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood." In a meeting Monday with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood...
  • Military Recruiter Stabbed at Career Center in Illinois

    10/19/2010 11:11:22 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published October 19, 2010 | FoxNews.com | Unknown
    A military recruiter was stabbed Tuesday at a career center in Illinois, ksdk.com reports. The attack reportedly occurred at the Armed Forces Career Center near St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights, Ill. Lt. John Proffitt of the Fairview Heights Police Department told the station that a man walked into the center Tuesday to inquire about enlisting. The suspect then reportedly used a pair of scissors to stab the recruiter in the back.
  • Lady Gaga Says YES To Gay 'Ask And Tell,' In Military. Veteran Says NO. Who Will Senate Listen To?

    09/21/2010 5:55:40 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 36 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 09/21/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    Fax Sent To All U.S. Senators By Vietnam Veteran Against Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Fax Numbers Available Upon Request. FAX SENT IN CAPS DEAR HONORABLE SENATOR @R; I AM NOT LADY GAGA, BUT I AM A DISABLED MARINE VETERAN MEDEVACED OUT OF VIETNAM IN 1970 AND WAS DISABILITY RETIRED FROM THE MARINE CORPS IN 1975 FOR "NERVOUS CONDITION." I MAY NOT HAVE THE CLOUT OF A LADY GAGA, OR HOLLYWOOD, OR THOSE LEFTISTS WHO INSIST THAT THE AMERICAN MILITARY SHOULD OPEN ITS ARMS TO SODOMY - AS WILL CERTAINLY BE THE CASE IF DON'T ASK DON'T TELL IS...
  • Give credit where credit is due

    08/31/2010 5:40:59 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/30/2010 | Congressman Mike Pence
    As the combat mission in Iraq draws to a close for the United States and the president prepares to address the nation tonight, the Obama administration is attempting to rewrite history by taking singular credit for our accomplishments in Iraq. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently claimed it was President Obama who laid out the plan for a responsible end of the war in Iraq. But that's not the whole story. As we mark this milestone, let us remember the real history of Operation Iraqi Freedom and give credit where credit is due - to the American service members,...
  • Will military ballot access impact key Congressional races?

    08/27/2010 5:45:32 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2010
    Control of the House, and possibly the Senate, could come down to tough races in states like Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, and Florida. In close races, absentee and military ballots can play a large role in determining the winners. However, some states may not get the ballots to military voters and their families in time to be counted despite the passage of legislation that require states to have a 45-day window on ballot delivery, as Fox News reported early today: Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Michael Bennet of Colorado are just two incumbents locked in tight re-election races in states...
  • Two Teachers Disrespect Their Students Entering Military!

    06/21/2010 7:21:49 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 14 replies
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | June 18, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    When Massachusetts High School students, faculty members, and parents gathered to celebrate and honor the students among them who decided to serve in our armed forces, there wasn’t a thought that anybody would use the moment for a political protests. It was a moment, where many students were getting achievements for a year well-done and with a special honorary moment and plaque going to the group of students who had chosen the most honorable career in our country, the United States Military. What should have been an inspiring and special moment for those students and their families was ruined by...
  • Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots

    04/15/2010 6:23:50 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 1 replies · 481+ views
    Facebook ^ | 4/15/2010 | None
    Description: When I first came across this groups link, it had already been taken down by Sgt Stein. I did not have the opportunity to read any of the posts by Sgt Stein. I only read that he felt like he was forced to remove the group. I was curious as to what rules or laws he had broken by having this group. Was it the associatio...n of the Armed Forces with the Tea Party movement? I continued this group because I felt like it should continue to be a forum for anyone to express their opinion on any subject....
  • EDITORIAL: The enemy at West Point--Liberals continue their assault on our armed forces

    12/03/2009 5:48:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 1,904+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2009 | Editorial
    Insults against West Point by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews are part of a pattern of left-wing denigrations against Americans serving in uniform. It's a motif indicative of an anti-military mind-set that is as dangerous as it is rude. Discussing the West Point audience's response to President Obama's speech about Afghanistan, Mr. Matthews quipped on Tuesday: "I saw a lot of, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting: He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his...
  • 5 Things to Give Thanks for this Thanksgiving

    11/26/2009 6:46:03 AM PST · by StopBigGovt · 4 replies · 283+ views
    Big Government In Your Wallet ^ | 11/26/09 | Kelly Estes
    ...the thought occurs to me how thankful I am for the unprecedented President Barack Obama and the bumbling Democrats who support his agenda. Hang in there, patriots...
  • Virginia argues that they don't need to send out military absentee ballots in time to vote

    10/03/2009 5:06:25 PM PDT · by RecallMoran · 135 replies · 6,230+ views
    The Next Right ^ | 10/03/09 | Soren Dayton
    The State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. Restated again, the Democratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.
  • LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009 [PROCLAMATION]

    06/01/2009 10:21:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 80 replies · 2,509+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 1, 2009 LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride...
  • Today is Armed Forces Day!

    05/16/2009 10:26:22 AM PDT · by NorseWood · 11 replies · 529+ views
    Today is Armed Forces Day! Thank a vet for what they have done, are doing, and will do to defend our United States of America!
  • Keeping the Military Free

    04/24/2009 6:56:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 892+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Thursday, April 23 2009 | John Horvat II
    Keeping the Military Free Written by John Horvat II    Thursday, April 23 2009 If anyone should know how to run the military, it is those who have years of experience at leading men at every echelon in both peace and war. It is these proud Americans who have served our country with honor who are now petitioning the President and members of Congress to keep our military free of the politically-motivated agenda of homosexual right activists and their allies. Among the 1,115 signatures can be found a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several Service Chiefs,...
  • Obama Not Making Any Friends With Veterans (The blowback will bring Zero down)

    03/16/2009 9:47:34 PM PDT · by utahson · 195 replies · 4,521+ views
    KXnet.com ^ | 3-16-09
    A few days ago I posted about the Obama administration’s plan to rob soldiers of some of their medical benefits. Today the head of the American Legion (the nation’s largest veterans organization) paid a visit to Obama to talk about the issue, and he didn’t leave happy.Normally I am a staunch advocate of limited government and privatization. But in this instance we have troops who served their country, often in awful war zones that left them scarred and maimed, and they did so with the assumption that medical care would be one of the benefits they’d receive as compensation. The...
  • NKorea: US must cancel military drill with South (Exercise `Team Spirit')

    03/02/2009 8:48:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 745+ views
    WSVN-TV / The Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2009 Print friendly version
    North Korea demanded Monday that the U.S. call off its annual military exercises with South Korea, a report said as rare talks between the North and U.N. forces ended without clear progress on defusing tensions. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the North made the demand during talks with the U.S.-led U.N. Command at the Korean border village of Panmunjom, held for the first time in nearly seven years. It came amid fears North Korea is gearing up to test-launch a missile believed capable of reaching U.S. territory. Yonhap quoted an unidentified South Korean military official as saying the North...
  • Dennis Prager: The Academy Award speech we should have heard

    02/23/2009 11:18:59 AM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 1,377+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2006 | Dennis Prager
    Here's a speech we would like to hear from an Academy Award winner:
  • Mexico: The Third War

    02/18/2009 9:20:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,353+ views
    Stratfor ^ | February 18, 2009 | Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
    Mexico has pretty much always been a rough-and-tumble place. In recent years, however, the security environment has deteriorated rapidly, and parts of the country have become incredibly violent. It is now common to see military weaponry such as fragmentation grenades and assault rifles used almost daily in attacks. In fact, just last week we noted two separate strings of grenade attacks directed against police in Durango and Michoacan states. In the Michoacan incident, police in Uruapan and Lazaro Cardenas were targeted by three grenade attacks during a 12-hour period. Then on Feb. 17, a major firefight occurred just across the...
  • All-volunteer military has created a red-state Army in the U.S.

    12/16/2008 8:16:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies · 5,072+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune / The Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2008 | Danielle Allen
    In Hopewell Township, N.J., the veterans of American Legion Post 339 have put their building up for sale. "Today's vets don't come out," 82-year old Jim Hall told The Times of Trenton last month. The post is down from 425 paying members in the 1960s and '70s to 202 this year; only about a dozen regularly attend. But it's America that has changed, not vets. Since 1970, the population of the United States has grown by about 50 percent, from roughly 200 million to 300 million. Over the same period, the number of active-duty armed forces has fallen approximately 50...
  • Veterans in Politics Talk Show Introduces Patricia Driscoll

    12/03/2008 12:14:20 AM PST · by SteveWsanson · 306+ views
    The Veterans In Politics ^ | 12/03/08 | Steve Sanson
    Veterans in Politics Talk Show Introduces Patricia Driscoll LIVE on www.AllTalkRadio.net December 6: Patricia Driscoll President and Executive Director for Armed Forces Foundation: Co-Host Jilrean "Sage" Bocook: "Veterans In Politics" is a weekly radio show produced by the Veterans In Politics International and hosted by Steve Sanson and Co-Hosted by Jilrean "Sage" Bocook. The "Veterans In Politics" show is live every Saturday 2:05 PM Pacific Time you can call in and speak to the guest or/and hosts at (702) 942-7371.
  • A French Soldier's Salute "To Our American Brothers In Arms"

    11/21/2008 6:55:43 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 14 replies · 1,296+ views
    omlt3-kdk3.over-blog.com ^ | 9/18/2008 | Unknown
    “We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”....
  • Vets groups collect for troops (Western Washington State for Nat'l Guardsmen in Iraq)

    11/19/2008 4:34:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 692+ views
    The Daily World ^ | November 19, 2008 | Jacob Jones
    About 375 stuffed Beanie Babies shipped out from Montesano to Iraq last week. Local AMVETS members Jerry Hliboki and Bob Blewett sorted through new donations of toys and snack foods behind a large “We Support Our Troops” sign in the downtown Montesano window. “Montesano people, they give through the nose,” Hliboki says. “(But) it’s not enough.” Most items in the Operation Troop Support center get set aside for local Army National Guard soldiers recently deployed to Iraq. Others will go to the soldiers’ family members left on the Harbor. Boxes and plastic packages covered floors and counter tops. Hliboki and...