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  • Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES

    01/31/2016 3:09:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 31 January 2016 | Reaganite Republican
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  • A Veterans' Perspective: Preface - Bedrock Principals

    10/23/2015 2:39:47 PM PDT · by The Veterans Perspective · 27 replies
    USDefenseWatch ^ | 10/6/2015 | The Veterans' Perspective
    The experiences that are common to modern era combat Veterans are so uncommon amongst the rest of American society today that a rather interesting “phenomenon” has taken root – it is the solidification of a unique attitude or way of regarding the world … a “Veterans' Perspective.” It's clear to me that this Veteran’s Perspective is worth trying to consolidate or condense into a single viewpoint. Core Values - Today’s Veterans are all the product of a 100% volunteer force built upon a deep rooted sense of professionalism that comes only from a strong culture of selfless service (or team...
  • It's time to take off the gloves and deal a fatal blow to ISIS

    10/23/2015 11:42:33 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 38 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    For the last two years, the Islamic State, better known as ISIS or ISIL, has conquered and murdered and tortured its way across the Middle East, in a reign of terror, not seen by the world since World War II. ISIS is not a terrorist group, but rather a paramilitary organization, which is desperately attempting to become a nation state and one powered by fear, intimidation and death. The US has failed miserably in its attempt to defeat ISIS. In all honesty, it’s hard to defeat ISIS when you really aren’t fighting them at all. The US led air campaign...
  • What kind of US Army is this?

    10/26/2015 1:24:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 31 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 26, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The Army is in serious trouble. Besieged with a myriad of readiness and morale issues, it is under siege by radical feminists and leftists who are determined to reshape the Army, even if they have to destroy it. You would think that the Army generals, men who are supposed to be tough guys and seasoned combat veterans would stand up and speak out against the feminist fire engulfing the lean green machine. But, they haven’t and they won’t, in order to protect their careers and retirement benefits. Don’t the Army’s leaders have a moral obligation to disobey orders that are...
  • GI Joe, RIP 1775 - 2015

    10/21/2015 6:35:05 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 19, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Now, that you’re gone Joe, I just wanted to say thanks for everything you’ve done for the country. You were around a long time, all the way back to 1775. You waged a lot of battles, fought plenty of bad guys and helped bring down evil empires. You crossed the Delaware with Washington, trudged endlessly through the steaming jungles of the South Pacific, climbed Pointe du Hoc to save the world and battled sandstorms and Jihadis from the 73 Easting to Tal Afar. As General MacArthur said so eloquently, “From one end of the world to another, you drained deep...
  • The key players in the Ranger School records story must testify before Congress

    10/22/2015 9:04:38 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 22, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    On September 15, 2015, Congressman Steve Russell requested the Ranger School records of the first two female graduates, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver. Since September 15th, the Army has done everything possible to stall and obstruct Congressman Russell’s investigation, while creating a bodyguard of lies surrounding the story. This includes: The Secretary of the Army stalled Russell for nine days and then asked for an extension to obtain documents readily available. The Army waited another two weeks to tell Russell the documents had been shredded. The Army refuses to tell anyone what the school’s policy is for...
  • The Ranger School story and it potential impact on our national security

    10/18/2015 12:40:22 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 17, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    During the last two weeks, US Defense Watch has been reporting on Representative Steve Russell’s request on September 15th for the Ranger School records of the first two female graduates, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver. It is not known whether or not Congressman Russell has asked for the records for Major Lisa Jaster, who graduated today from Ranger School. Russell’s request to Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, was at first delayed on September 24th, when McHugh asked for an extension, noting “privacy concerns” and time to compile the records together. Nearly two weeks passed without Russell...
  • The Army is incapable of investigating the Ranger School story

    10/19/2015 3:04:26 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 18, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The US Army continues to deny that any special treatment was given to the first two female graduates of Ranger School, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, and Friday’s female graduate, Major Lisa Jaster, a 37 year old mother of two. Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma requested the school records for Griest and Haver on September 15th and was stalled by the Army for three weeks until they informed Russell that some of the records had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the Army refuses to comment on the Ranger School policy for the storage and destruction of student records. They...
  • What the army desperately needs - another Colonel David Hackworth

    10/20/2015 6:00:30 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 54 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    In 1971, Colonel David Hackworth was interviewed on ABC’s, “Issues and Answers.” During the interview, Hackworth, a career Army officer, stated in no uncertain terms that the Vietnam War was a disaster and unwinnable. Furthermore, he chastised his fellow Army officers for poor leadership and ineptness. Hackworth was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, who had earned enough medals for a whole battalion. He was instantly ostracized by the defense establishment and forced to retire. Hackworth, who later went on to a distinguished career as a journalist was a polarizing figure who was hated by the...
  • 5 myths surrounding adopting a Greyhound

    09/24/2014 7:09:39 PM PDT · by LAGreyhound · 32 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/10/213 | Linda Weber
    When you think of a Greyhound, what comes to mind? Possibly a fast dog racing around a track? Greyhounds make great companions although this is probably not the first breed that comes to mind when thinking of adopting a dog. Perhaps it is because there are some erroneous myths surrounding greyhounds that keep people from considering adoption. Examiner.com must be excerpted per their complaint.
  • Greyhounds versus the Dos Equis Man

    09/24/2014 2:54:11 PM PDT · by LAGreyhound · 14 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 07/07/14 | Linda Weber
    Dos Equis Beer created a promotional character touted as “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” While he certainly has some fascinating attributes, Greyhound owners might be able to give him a run for his money.
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches… they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated…”...
  • Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

    08/04/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/4/14 | Cindy Wooden
    The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass. However, the congregation said, “if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly,” it can be omitted. But when it is used, it must be done with dignity and awareness that it is not a liturgical...
  • What Does It Mean To Have Your Marriage Blessed? (Part 3)

    07/18/2014 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Please help me with a matter weighing on my conscience. My husband and I married in our parish church 16 years ago, but I agreed to get married there only because that’s what my parents wanted. Unlike my husband, I wasn’t really practicing my faith, I just went through the motions… gradually I had a reawakening of faith, and now am fully committed to the Catholic Church. But I’m afraid our marriage isn’t valid because I didn’t embrace concepts like indissolubility at the time of our wedding, nor did I want children, although I later changed my mind…. What...
  • The church in the home

    07/17/2014 7:32:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/17/14 | Archbishop Lori
    Growing up in New Albany, Ind., during the 1950s, I never heard the term “domestic church,” but I knew what it meant. I knew it because my parents and my friends’ parents made their homes domestic churches, even before that phrase from our Catholic tradition was retrieved during the Second Vatican Council. I guess you could say that my childhood friends and neighbors were at home in church and in church at home. But what did it mean in practical terms that we experienced the family as a domestic church? For one thing, it meant that nearly every Catholic family...
  • Supreme Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives

    06/30/2014 3:21:29 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/30/14 | Patricia Zapor
    In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the two family-run companies that objected to the government mandate that employees be covered for a range of contraceptives, including drugs considered to be abortifacients, are protected from the requirement of the Affordable Care Act. The opinion essentially held that for-profit companies may hold protected religious views. But the court also said that government requirements...
  • Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

    07/02/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/2/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally express my sadness for the death of the three youths.” The rabbi told Rome’s Il Messaggero newspaper he was surprised since the Vatican press office had already published a strong statement condemning the murders of the boys who were kidnapped in mid-June...
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million

    07/03/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 27 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/3/14 | Lou Baldwin
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services to a Flushing, New York, health care management company for $145 million. The company, Center Management Group, owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey. Under the agreement, the company has pledged to maintain the Catholic character of the nursing homes. The date for the sale has not been set. The $145 million sale price for the nursing homes will be decreased by certain obligations under the terms of the...
  • Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

    07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 74 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/7/14 | Carol Glatz
    Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each...
  • Minors at border should be thought of as refugees, speakers say

    07/09/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 41 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/9/14 | Patricia Zapor
    From the head of the U.S. agency in charge of the welfare of more than 50,000 Central American children who have been apprehended at the Mexican border, to the Honduran cardinal who heads the international Catholic relief agency, Caritas, the message was clear, those minors are as much refugees as the people fleeing upheaval in Syria or South Sudan. “How are these children different from refugees from Sudan” or other war-torn countries, asked Eskinder Negash, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, known as ORR, in the Department of Health and Human Services. “Regardless of whether they have family here,...