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  • [Sean]Penn,[Cindy]Sheehan,Gonzalez to Address March 16th Peace Vigil in San Francisco (FReep?)

    03/10/2008 9:33:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 786+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | March 8, 2008
    SAN FRANCISCO, Actor Sean Penn and Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan will headline "Iraq: 5 Years Too Many", an event marking the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Also featured will be Reverend Gregory Stewart, Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church; Matt Gonzalez, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and Justin Raimondo, Editorial Director of The program will begin at 5pm on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street (near Geary) in San Francisco. After the speakers finish, attendees will march to the War Memorial Auditorium on Van Ness...
  • Al-Qaeda recruiting geeks to run multimedia operation

    03/08/2008 11:59:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 620+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | March 9, 2008 | Kathy Gannon
    One expert said some productions made by the terror group were 'good enough to put on the Discovery Channel' PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN In an Internet age, al-Qaeda prizes geek jihadis as much as would-be suicide bombers and gunmen. The terror network is recruiting computer-savvy technicians to produce sophisticated Web documentaries and multimedia products aimed at Muslim audiences in the US, Britain and other Western countries. Already, the terror movement's al-Sahab production company is turning out high quality material, some of which rivals productions by Western media companies. The documentaries appear regularly on Islamist Web sites, which al-Qaeda uses to recruit followers...
  • Our heroes deserve respect

    03/08/2008 7:00:17 AM PST · by GAB-1955 · 2 replies · 338+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 03/09/2008 | Martin Phillips, John Troup, and Alex West
    SELDOM has the sacrifice of so many been so sneered at by such a worthless few. Barely a week goes by without one or more brave members of our Armed Forces giving their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. We at The Sun SALUTE our heroic Boys and Girls – and today declare the ban on them wearing their proud uniforms in public an INSULT. Last night PM Gordon Brown slammed a barmy order that 2,000 RAF personnel must don civvies on a city’s streets to avoid confrontations with “antiwar” thugs. The same cowardly minority of hooligans have spat at and...
  • Clinton, Obama: Own up to feces throwers! (Melanie Morgan on Times Square bombing)

    03/07/2008 10:17:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1,016+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 7, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    The improvised explosive device went off at approximately 3:45 a.m., shattering glass and twisting the building's metal frame. Some will dismiss this as just another attack on our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. But, the attack didn't take place in the Middle East – the attack against our troops took place here on American soil. The bombing of the military recruiting center located at Times Square in New York City is still under investigation. Police report a hooded individual leaving the scene on a bike just prior to the bomb's explosion. Eight Democratic politicians received letters providing a warning of...

    02/24/2008 3:46:04 PM PST · by MountainFlower · 113 replies · 1,356+ views
    email | Col. Riley
    <p>Please visit and view Rolling Thunder Washington DC support.</p> <p>As I’ve suggested on many occasions, the only way to support our nation, our troops, our fallen, and make our point, send our message, convince people of what we stand for, is putting our ”boots on the ground”, or should I say “rubber on the target”?</p>
  • Pro-Troop Group Launches 'Attack' Ad On Berkeley (MoveAmericaForward.Org Buys National Ad Time)

    02/29/2008 7:21:53 PM PST · by RDTF · 18 replies · 250+ views
    nbc11 ^ | Feb 29, 2008 | not specified
    The Marines are getting a boost from one of the country's largest pro-troop organizations. has launched a new ad criticizing the city.
  • First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor

    02/27/2008 5:29:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 490+ views News Service ^ | February 23, 2008 | Carrie McLeroy
    WASHINGTON - During the final allied offensive of the Korean War, Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble risked his life to save his fellow Soldiers. Almost six decades after his gallant actions and 26 years after his death, Keeble will be the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the Medal of Honor. The White House announced this morning that Keeble will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 3. Keeble is one of the most decorated Soldiers in North Dakota history. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was born...
  • Rigged Trials at Gitmo (grab a barf bag)

    02/24/2008 3:34:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Yahoo! News/The Nation ^ | February 21, 2008 | Ross Tuttle
    Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon's announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes--and seeking the death penalty for all of them. Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration's military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start....
  • Anti-military activists have too much say at schools (Corvallis, Oregon)

    02/22/2008 1:42:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 537+ views
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | February 21, 2008 | Pat Wray
    Some columns write themselves. Some are a struggle and leave me confused, conflicted and a little angry. This is one of those. It started out as a tongue-in-cheek look at the recent action by the city council in Berkeley, Calif., to oust the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office and brand the Marines “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” I planned to compare the situation in that strange city with our fairly-liberal-but-not-ridiculously-so approach here in Corvallis. Then I started doing research. I learned that an anti-military organization has access to our high school students equal to that of the U.S. Armed Forces. The...
  • The great city of Berkeley knee-jerk free-for-all

    02/21/2008 10:08:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 20, 2008 | Peter Schrag
    he brouhaha sparked by the Berkeley City Council these past couple of weeks demonstrates again that you can be within shouting distance of one of the world's great educational institutions and still be terminally stupid. The council, as almost everybody not in a deep trance must know, voted to send a letter telling the U.S. Marine Corps to, in effect, get the hell out of town. The particular target was a Marine recruiting office on Shattuck Square. Predictably, that got the right-wing bloggers knee-jerking right back, sending them into paroxysms of righteous indignation. It also – and justifiably – upset...
  • Armed Forces Foundation Unveils Commemorative Military Bass Boat (To Be Auctioned Off)

    02/21/2008 8:55:10 AM PST · by girlangler · 16 replies · 443+ views
    Armed Forces Foundation ^ | 2/20/08 | news release
    Contact: Lindsey M. Brothers (202) 547-4713 Armed Forces Foundation -PRESS RELEASE- Armed Forces Foundation Unveils Commemorative Military Bass Boat Boat To Be Auctioned Off At Armed Forces Foundation’s Congressional Gala In March Washington, DC (February 11, 2008) – The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), a national nonprofit benevolent foundation under the Department of Defense’s America Supports You program, is proud to unveil its Ranger 188VX tournament-ready bass boat at ESPN’s 2008 Bassmaster Classic. The tournament will be held from February 22nd-24th on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, S.C. The boat will be auctioned March 5th, at the 4th Annual Armed Forces Foundation’s...
  • Editorial: Berkeley City Council: crossing the line

    02/19/2008 2:06:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 205+ views
    The Stanford Daily ^ | February 19, 2008 | Editorial Board
    In late January, the Berkeley city council voted 8-1 to declare the Marines working at a local recruiting office “uninvited and unwelcome intruders,” proceeding to express wishes to have said office removed from the city. The resolution further stated that the City of Berkeley applauded residents and organizations that “volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.” This action is disrespectful and inappropriate. The United States Marine Corps includes some our bravest and most dedicated service men and women. Regardless of whether or not one agrees...
  • Semper fi, Berkeley (UC Berkeley professor defends city)

    02/19/2008 10:27:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 631+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 18, 2008 | David L. Kirp
    The recent attack on the Marine Corps as "unwelcome intruders" is just the latest example of Berkeley politicians behaving badly. Showered with ridicule, confronted with the loss of federal and state money, the City Council was obliged to withdraw its misbegotten resolution, though it wasn't prepared to apologize for its blunder. "To err is human, but to really screw up it takes the Berkeley City Council," one councilmember ruefully acknowledged. But ask Standard & Poor's, the financial services company, what it thinks about Berkeley and you'll get a very different response. Last month, the firm upgraded the city's bonds to...
  • 'PINK' organization lacks impact (Code Pink)

    02/18/2008 5:32:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 182+ views
    The Western Courier ^ | February 18, 2008 issue | Andrew Browning
    Berkeley, Calif., has always been considered a Mecca for hippies. Their staunch anti-war views and liberalism have been allowed to flourish there, and when the Marines opened up a recruiting station in the heart of Berkeley, the women who belonged to CODEPINK began choking on their vanilla lattes and vegan muffins. According to its Web site, CODEPINK "is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities." While I may believe in some of their viewpoints, the insanity they...
  • "Kiss Don't Enlist" Protest in Berkeley (Code Pink, Again!)

    02/14/2008 8:11:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 277+ views
    KCBS-TV ^ | February 14, 2008
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KCBS) -- Protesters have returned to the Berkeley Marines recruiting center just a day after a showdown between anti-war and pro-military demonstrators before the Berkeley City Council. This time, several dozen members of the peace group CodePink urged people to make love, not war. The Berkeley demonstration is one of 20 “Kiss Don’t Enlist” protests across the country. ”Polls show that the majority of Americans are opposed to the war, and this has given people a chance to really come out and show that. And it’s kind of fun to make out, instead of making war, right?” said...
  • iPod Warriors: Tech Gadget Breaks Barriers for Troops (Translator)

    02/11/2008 4:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 211+ views
    WJXX-TV12 ^ | February 8, 2008 | Grayson Kamm
    ORLANDO, FL -- A small Florida company has turned one of the world's most popular high tech gadgets into a tool for American troops that can help save lives. "They speak with their hands -- a lot," US Army Sergeant Darren Williams said, remembering the times he worked to communicate with the local people during his year as a soldier in Iraq. "If you grab something, or if you say, 'Hold it.' Or, 'Pick it up. Pick it up.' You use that a lot, too," the Jacksonville-based Army recruiter said, waving his hands through a series of gestures. For Williams,...
  • Former Navy Petty Officer Becomes First Woman to Open Store Under Little Caesars Veterans Program

    02/09/2008 3:41:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 397+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | January 31, 2008
    VALDOSTA, Ga., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. today celebrates the grand opening of the fifth store to open under the Little Caesars Veterans Program as U.S. military veteran and Little Caesars franchisee Patricia Evans opens her doors for business at 1650 F Baytree Road in Valdosta, Georgia. "The Little Caesars Veterans Program has provided me the opportunity to transition to a new career as my family and I begin the next chapter in our lives," said Evans. "I am proud to be the first woman to open a store under this program, and I'm excited to be...
  • The Gratitude Campaign

    12/28/2007 10:42:26 PM PST · by Racehorse · 8 replies · 206+ views
    The Gratitude Campaign ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    For the past several years as I've been traveling around the country, I've been approaching soldiers in the airports and thanking them for serving for us. On several occasions I have noticed that it felt a little awkward for both of us. There are several reasons, some of which I am even just now learning as I produce this film and talk to more soldiers. But they have always appreciated being thanked, and I have always felt better having expressed my gratitude.I started to think that it would be nice if civilians had a gesture or sign that they could...
  • Merry Pandering Christmas! (With Video)

    12/23/2007 5:19:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 574+ views
    The Sundries Shack ^ | December 23, 2007
    Mark Steyn’s review of the candidate’s Christmas campaign messages is a must-read today because it’s likely to be the funniest thing you’ll see all day. Here’s a taste: John Edwards’s message is the usual Dickensian affair about the two Americas. I forget the details, but the upshot is that one America is a land of spindly emaciated Tiny Tims with barely three farthings to rub together for their next cup of gruel, while the other’s a marshmallow world where Dick Cheney, high on wassail, shoots a brace of turducken out of season, and then chows down as the Radio City...
  • Russian Army Gets 1st Chief Rabbi Since 1917 Revolution (Jewish Chaplain In Russia's Military Alert)

    12/16/2007 4:02:52 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/17/2007 | Michael Freund
    For the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, a chief rabbinical chaplain is servicing the spiritual and religious needs of Jewish soldiers in Russia's armed forces and various security services. Rabbi Gurevich and three Russian Jewish soldiers. Photo: Courtesy Rabbi Aharon Gurevich, 34, was appointed after being asked to fill the role by the chief rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, who had received official permission from the Russian government to establish a military rabbinate. Upon accepting the post, Gurevich was granted the rank of colonel by Russian authorities and was given permission to visit...
  • Murtha admits positives in Iraq, will others?

    12/08/2007 6:35:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 953+ views
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | December 8, 2007 | Brian Bresnahan
    I had to look up the word "conniption." I wasn't sure how to spell it, but I'm sure that the likes of Code Pink, MoveOn, and other far left anti-war groups had a collective conniption fit last week. One of their poster boys, John Murtha, quit toeing their line. Surely what followed were the same fits of rage I've seen them have before. In September at a Washington D.C. rally as Senator Joe Lieberman began to address a group of pro-mission vets and Gold Star Families, several members of the anti-war groups charged toward the stage with seemingly unrestricted fury,...
  • What Is Right About Fred Thompson, The Series

    12/05/2007 6:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 900+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | December 5, 2007
    As I noted here, Fred Thompson’s supporters and campaign are missing golden opportunity after golden opportunity while they focus on tearing down other candidates instead of building Fred up. Fred continues to put forth a very conservative agenda and no one is hearing about it because Fredheads aren’t telling them. I’ll try to help them again, gratis. Take, for instance, Fred’s skepticism of the latest National Intelligence Estimate, the one that contradicts the idea that Iran is working on nuclear weapons. Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he’s skeptical of a new report that Iran halted its nuclear weapons...
  • More "Defeats" For George Bush

    12/03/2007 10:44:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 443+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 3, 2007 | Rich Galen, Sr. Advisor to Fred Thompson
    As we've discussed before, everything that happens, anywhere in the world is now being described a "a defeat for George Bush." Two such "defeats for George Bush" came to light this past week - and I'm not even counting West Virginia's loss to Pittsburgh which helped vault LSU and Ohio State into the BCS title game in January. First came the news that John Murtha (D-Pa) who has been mentor to, and ally of, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) had changed his mind on Iraq. For years Murtha has been among the most outspoken critics of the war in Iraq. According...
  • Remember Me (tribute to our armed forces) (Video)

    12/01/2007 8:32:00 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 88+ views
    This inspiring tribute to our armed forces, created by a 15-year-old girl, should be required viewing for all Americans. -click source link above- (might want to have kleenex nearby)
  • U.S. War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes

    11/30/2007 10:41:29 PM PST · by Phil Harmonic · 149 replies · 1,072+ views
    OneWorld.Net ^ | Nov 30, 2007 | Aaron Glantz
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (OneWorld) - U.S. war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have announced they're planning to descend on Washington, DC this March to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in Iraq. "The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it," said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. "That's left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like." Iraq Veterans Against the...
  • MPs criticise housing for forces

    11/29/2007 11:22:36 AM PST · by Daniel Bliss · 50+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/29/07
    Living conditions for the armed forces will remain substandard for 20 years unless improvement work is given a higher priority, MPs have said. The Commons public accounts committee said half of the Ministry of Defence's housing for single soldiers was poor, as well as 40% of its family homes. Committee chairman Edward Leigh said the government should "get its priorities straight". But Defence minister Derek Twigg said improvement work was "making progress". 'Tennis courts' The committee noted that the MoD had cut £15m from its estates management budget in 2006/07 after "unforeseen rises in the cost of fuel and other...
  • 21st-Century Reaganism (IBD endorsing Fred?)

    11/26/2007 7:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 990+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 26, 2007
    Presidential Race: The war for the soul of the Republican Party was won in 1980 by Ronald Reagan. Presidential candidates who want to re-wage the conflict in 2008 will only weaken the GOP against the Democrats' nominee. In the aftermath of Vietnam, Watergate and a Jimmy Carter presidency that rendered America an economic and foreign policy basket case, Republicans discovered a tried-and-true recipe for electoral success. They would stand for three sets of principles: • Lowering high taxes and stemming the growth of government in order to revive the private economy, lower inflation and interest rates, and generate jobs. •...
  • Why Fred? Here’s Why

    11/25/2007 7:55:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 115+ views
    Daily Pundit ^ | November 25, 2007 | Bill Quick
    The Editors on Fred Thompson & 2008 on National Review Online It’s obvious why conservatives see something to like in Thompson. He has offered clear, conservative ideas on fixing Social Security, policing immigration, and expanding the military. We encourage the other candidates to follow his lead. Read the whole thing. Really. Read it all.
  • Pinups for Vets (Supporting the Troops: Part 1)

    11/25/2007 10:56:18 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies · 265+ views
    National Summary ^ | Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | Daniel Muniz
    Pinups for Vets Supporting the Troops: Part 1 By Daniel Muniz Gina Elise wanted to show her appreciation to the people who has served their country in our armed forces and especially to our troops deployed overseas and to all of our injured vets in VA hospitals. So she decided to create the "Pin-Ups For Vets" project which consists of calendars and posters featuring herself as the model for all of the photographs. Gina Elise chose the pin-up art that was popular back in the forties as the central theme of all her modeling. Since the pin-up girls of that...
  • Fred on the GWOT (Video interview)

    11/25/2007 7:51:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 553+ views
    The Weekly Standard/PajamasMedia ^ | November 21, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Roger L. Simon, last seen cavorting with Pajama clad babes on the floor of the BlogWorld convention like a latter day Hugh Hefner, sat down with Fred Thompson to discuss the Global War on Terror. Bob Owens, proprietor of the excellent Confederate Yankee blog, joined Roger in conducting the interview. I linked to this yesterday in my Republican race Q&A, but the interview itself merits a little post of its own. In no particular order, a few observations: 1) The long form interview allowed Fred to express his knowledge and thoughts on the war on terror. He was impressive. Believe...
  • The "fix" (Cindy Sheehan suspects president will suspend elections, endorses Ron Paul)

    11/25/2007 7:02:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 485+ views
    Cindy Sheehan for Congress Blog ^ | October 22, 2007 | Cindy Sheehan
    There is quite a lot of interesting, but wild, speculation running around the blog-o-sphere, progressive circles and just plain dinner conversation these days about whether BushCo will allow a peaceful and constitutional transfer of Executive power in the ’08 elections. Unless or until George Bush appears on our TV boxes one night, wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt and red tie with his hands sweatily clasped in a desperate death grip on top of his desk in the Oval Office, telling us that some catastrophic event, whether man-made or natural, has just occurred somewhere, and he must, for the...
  • Where has Bush got with jaw-jaw? (Must read!)

    11/22/2007 2:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 394+ views
    The Times of London ^ | November 22, 2007 | Tim Montgomerie
    American foreign policy has been nothing like as interventionist as its critics like to think. Critics of George W. Bush's Middle East policy are hoping for a change in direction once America's 43rd President has left the White House. The foreign offices of Europe all hope for more multilateralism. More realpolitik. Less sabre-rattling. The critics have a problem, however. In reality, Team Bush has largely been following European approaches to foreign policy for most of the world's troublespot nations. Take Pakistan. The “realist school” couldn't honestly disapprove of any aspect of Bush's dealings with Islamabad. American taxpayers have financed a...
  • Safety of the people is the No. 1 obligation of the government, says Thompson

    11/21/2007 11:31:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 178+ views
    The Ames Tribune ^ | November 22, 2007 | William Dillon
    Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said Wednesday the United States needs to increase military spending to better finance its troops and intelligence, calling national security the top obligation of a U.S. president. "There are a lot of people in need, there are a lot of things that need funding, there are a lot of government programs and so forth, but preserving the security and safety of the American people is the No. 1 obligation of any government and the No. 1 obligation of any people," he said during a stop at Café Diem in downtown Ames. Thompson portrayed himself as...
  • Fred’s Thanksgiving Message

    11/21/2007 9:31:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 57+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 22nd, 2007 | Senator Fred Thompson
    Twenty-five years ago this week, in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, Ronald Reagan wrote that America was set apart from other nations in an uncommon way. He said that it was his belief that ‘a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth, who had a special love of faith and freedom.’ America’s love of faith and freedom is as strong today as it was 25 years ago, or indeed 225 years ago. We are in a political season now, and sometimes it might feel that there is much...
  • Thompson stumps in Panhandle

    11/16/2007 1:35:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 460+ views
    The Bradenton Herald ^ | November 16, 2007 | Melissa Nelson
    Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson brought his message of beefing up the military and securing the nation's borders to the conservative Florida Panhandle on Friday as he worked to bolster his poll numbers. Thompson, who trails the four top Republican presidential candidates in Florida, told about 100 supporters that the average 20-year-old soldier in Iraq has a better understanding of national security than the average 20-year-veteran of Capitol Hill. And the U.S. should not pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan with "our tail between our legs. We will regret it," said Thompson, who held a private meeting earlier with about...
  • Right Said, Fred

    11/14/2007 8:47:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 71+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 14, 2007
    Defense: Fred Thompson wants a million-man ground force and more modern equipment on the ground, in the air and on the water. The arsenal of democracy needs some retooling. After the Vietnam conflict, the U.S. military was depleted and exhausted. Then came Jimmy Carter and by the time Ronald Reagan came along we had planes that couldn't fly and ships that couldn't sail for lack of maintenance. The Gipper rolled up his sleeves and built his 600-ship navy, gave the Air Force the latest fighters and bombers and an Army capable of deploying half a million troops for Desert Storm...
  • Free Dinner at Golden Corral for Military Veterans (November 12th 5-9pm)

    11/09/2007 6:22:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 2,403+ views
    Cash Money Life ^ | November 7, 2007
    Would anyone like a free dinner at Golden Corral? Well, there is an easy way if you are an American military veteran. Golden Corral just announced this year’s Military Appreciation Monday will be November 12, 2007, from 5 to 9 pm. For the past 6 years, Golden Corral has been honoring the US Military with a free “thank you” dinner and beverage at any Golden Corral restaurant on Military Appreciation Monday (first Monday after Veteran’s Day), to honor any person who has ever served in the United States Military. In the past the only requirement to receive the free meal...
  • Active Duty Troops Speaking out for Fred

    11/08/2007 5:14:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 353+ views
    Blogs For Fred Thompson ^ | November 8, 2007
    Many active duty military are praising Fred Thompson, as the conservative leader they want as the next Commander in Chief. Typical of these comments is this one from a soldier in Ohio: "As a soldier, I know there is some pressure to not get involved in anything political, but as a current member of the finest Army to have ever existed, and a Combat Veteran of the crucial Iraq campaign, I feel it is my duty as a patriotic American to see a good conservative succeed our current commander and chief. Every Soldier wants a leader that they can proudly...
  • Thompson Campaign Announces Veterans for Fred Thompson Leadership(USMC General w/Medal of Honor)

    11/06/2007 2:26:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 318+ views
    Blogs For Fred Thompson ^ | November 6, 2007
    Mclean, VA - Today on the steps of the State House in Columbia, SC, surrounded by numerous veterans, Senator Fred Thompson was joined by Major General James Livingston and Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya to launch Veterans for Fred Thompson. Major General James Livingston, a 33 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will serve as the National Co-Chair of Veterans for Fred Thompson. On May 2, 1968, while serving as the Commanding Officer, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy forces and earned the Congressional Medal...
  • Thompson says it's about strength

    11/05/2007 11:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 87+ views
    The Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2007 | Stephen Beale
    Bedford – Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson yesterday said America should not be a global policeman, but it must remain the world's leader. Thompson, a former actor and U.S. senator from Tennessee, said America is facing a global war on terror that transcends the ongoing conflict in Iraq. He said the country must have a foreign policy based on prevention as well as deterrence. He warned that Iran was well on its way toward having nuclear weapons. "Nobody knows exactly when that might be," Thompson said at a Politics and Eggs breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn. "We don't know...
  • National Defense will be history (Norway)

    11/05/2007 7:54:26 AM PST · by Kurt_Hectic · 20 replies · 181+ views ^ | 05 Nov 2007, 15:16 | Sveinung Berg Bentzrød and Hans Marius Tonstad/Aftenposten English Reporter Jonathan Tisdall/NTB
    Norway's Chief of Defense Sverre Diesen said Monday that if the current loss of spending power continued, Norway's national defense would be history in 25 years. Diesen presented Minister of Defense Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen with FS 07 - the study of the next 20 years of Norway's Defense - on Monday. "If the loss of spending power continues the Defense will be so weakened in 25 years time that only limited units such as the Coast Guard and the Russian border guard will be fully functional - an independent, national Defense will be history," Diesen wrote. The Defense chief also warned...
  • Thompson on War and the ’08 Campaign

    11/02/2007 6:41:40 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 23 replies · 69+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 11/02/2007 | Jed Babbin
    JB: Mr. Giuliani said: “We need a hybrid army, we need to look at nation-building as part of what we have to teach our military.” Nation-building? Do you agree with that? FT: Well I wouldn’t call it nation-building... You don’t build other nations. Sometimes if the ingredients are there you can assist other nations in doing some good things. JB: Well that gets to the heart of the difference between some of us conservatives and the neo-cons... Can you define for us, who really is the enemy? ...FT: The enemy is radical Islamic fundamentalism. Iraq is a part of a...
  • Zogby: Majority Favor Strikes on Iran

    10/31/2007 1:45:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 105+ views
    Newsmax ^ | October 29, 2007
    A majority of likely voters - 52 percent - would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53 percent believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election, a new Zogby America telephone poll shows. The survey results come at a time of increasing U.S. scrutiny of Iran. According to reports from the Associated Press, earlier this month Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran of "lying" about the aim of its nuclear program and Vice President Dick Cheney has raised...
  • Bomb Iran

    10/28/2007 3:59:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 292+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Joshua Muravchik
    Diplomacy is doing nothing to stop the Iranian nuclear threat; a show of force is the only answer. WE MUST bomb Iran. It has been four years since that country's secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere. First, we agreed to our allies' requests that we offer Tehran a string of concessions, which it spurned. Then, Britain, France and Germany wanted to impose a batch of extremely weak sanctions. For instance, Iranians known to be involved in nuclear activities would have been barred from foreign travel — except for humanitarian...
  • The Return of the Forces

    10/24/2007 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 21+ views
    Rants from the Moderate Separatist ^ | October 24, 2007 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...(Message to the younger crowd: those fine people are called ‘soldiers’ or ‘troops’. They are from a military organization known as the ‘Canadian Armed Forces’. Given how this poor group had been gutted for over a decade by neglect and outright targeting by the previous federal Liberal administration, I can forgive your failure to recognize them.)...
  • Shut Up (Count your blessings and thank a soldier)

    10/07/2007 11:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 708+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | October 8, 2007 | Ben Stein
    Last Monday was a maddening day. The swimming pool heater was not working right and when I wanted to get my nightly swimming exercise before bed, the water was a bit cool. Plus, the water heater was broken and my shower was barely tepid. I lay in bed sulking and then turned on the TV. Ken Burns's magnificent epic about American participation in World War II came on. There were American children being starved in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines. American Marines getting blown to pieces by Japanese shells on Iwo Jima. American soldiers fighting and freezing at the...
  • My Dinner with Ahmadinejad (Journalists and Academics dine while U.S. troops die)

    09/26/2007 7:43:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies · 317+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2007 | Richard Stengel
    The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran "requests the pleasure" of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There's Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a...
  • American mythology (Ref: Fred Thompson) [Barf Alert]

    09/24/2007 2:00:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 109+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | September 21, 2007 | Dan Gardner
    'You know," drawled Fred Thompson at a recent rally in Des Moines, Iowa, "you look back over our history and it doesn't take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world." This is an interesting statement, and not only because Fred Thompson has a good shot at being the Republican nominee for president in 2008, and an outside chance of winning. It's also interesting because of who Thompson is. Fred Thompson is a Washington lobbyist. That's not what his campaign highlights,...
  • Democrats Fuel Draft Hysteria but Political Gain Unlikely

    09/12/2007 1:31:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 290+ views
    The Rothenberg Political Report ^ | September 10, 2007 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Some Democrats have decided to try to transform the military draft into what the Social Security issue was 25 years ago. Time and time again since the late 1970s, Democratic candidates and campaign committees sought to win the votes of seniors by raising questions about whether Republicans would dismantle Social Security if they ever won control of Congress. The Democrats’ scare tactics on Social Security were not without basis. Republicans opposed the creation of Social Security, and for more than a decade, many conservative GOP candidates and high-profile officeholders, including former Rep. Newt Gingrich (Ga.), bashed the system and berated...
  • MoveOn's McCarthy moment

    09/11/2007 8:28:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 893+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 11, 2007 | Peter D. Feaver
    IN THE SPRING of 1954, the US Senate convened hearings at the instigation of Senator Joseph McCarthy to press his anticommunist investigations into the Department of the Army. The hearings were broadcast live on television, and the American public was able to witness firsthand the tactics McCarthy used to intimidate his foes. At a critical moment in the hearings, a key governmental witness, Army lawyer Joseph Welch, rose to defend one of the junior Army lawyers whose career, Welch alleged, McCarthy had destroyed. Welch turned to McCarthy and memorably intoned: "Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have...