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  • Peter Boyles on his firing and return Monday on 710 KNUS

    06/28/2013 6:13:26 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 21 replies
    Westword ^ | 28 June 2013 | Michael Roberts
    Earlier this month, KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles was fired after an incident involving his longtime producer. Since then, Boyles has been uncharacteristically remained silent about exactly what happened. But he's talking now, and in detail, about his ouster, as well as his return to the Denver airwaves. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 1, he'll be back behind the microphone, this time at 710 KNUS. "The day I was let go, I was contacted by Salem," says Boyles in reference to Salem Media of Colorado, KNUS' owner. "That was my first meeting, and it was a question of...
  • X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77

    05/18/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 45 replies
    United States Navy ^ | 17 May 2013 | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson
    X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77 Story Number: NNS130517-15Release Date: 5/17/2013 5:11:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17. For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier...
  • From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil (Catholic Caucus)

    10/21/2012 2:01:56 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 3 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 17 October 2012 | Roxanne King
    From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil By Roxanne King This story is the first in a Year of Faith series sharing testimonies of Catholics from all walks of life. See the powerful related video of Father John Nepil’s witness at OneBillionStories.com. A fast-paced suburban life focused on success had left 17-year-old John Nepil burned out and without faith when an encounter with Christ changed his life. It was July 14, 2001. The Littleton High School junior’s parents had bribed him to attend a Steubenville of the Rockies youth retreat. He despised it. Since his freshman...
  • Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable (Catholic Caucus)

    09/14/2012 11:14:09 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 10 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 12 September 2012 | Nissa LaPoint
    Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable By Nissa LaPoint It’s likely a familiar scene to Mass-goers. Across the pew, one man strikes his breast to the words of the Penitential Act while a tardy couple with a baby apologetically stumbles past him. The majority prays on bended knees, but at the consecration, one woman slips out to answer a vibrating Blackberry. One sniffling parishioner clasps hands with another during the Lord’s Prayer. Others pray with folded hands. Many Catholic faithful have fallen victim to and grappled with such liturgical conundrums and church faux pas. As the one-year anniversary of the...
  • Hercules Industries should be honored for their religious liberty stance

    08/30/2012 11:10:08 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 3 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | August 29, 2012 | Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila
    Hercules Industries should be honored for their religious liberty stance August 29, 2012 More than 30,000 people will move to Colorado this year; I became one of them in July when I came home after an 11-year absence. It’s easy to see why Americans want to live here. Five cities in Colorado are listed among the Best Places to Live in America. Coloradans are among America’s most fit residents, and our natural beauty is unparalleled. Our culture is welcoming. Our people are kind. Net-positive Colorado migration continues despite our rising unemployment numbers—which speaks to the caliber of our state. Colorado...
  • The tragic link between abortion and contraception

    05/17/2012 5:37:48 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 16 May 2012 | By Most Rev. James D. Conley, S.T.L., Apostolic Administrator
    The tragic link between abortion and contraception May 16, 2012 By Most Rev. James D. Conley, S.T.L., Apostolic Administrator In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court made the second-most important decision about abortion to date. The case was Planned Parenthood v. Casey and at issue was the right of states to regulate the practice of abortion. The court's decision was a double-edged sword. Tragically, it confirmed the decision of Roe v. Wade and affirmed the principle that abortion should be legally available in the United States through all nine months of pregnancy. The decision was wrong, from both a moral and...
  • THOUGHTS ON AN INVITATION TO GRACE (Catholic Caucus)

    05/11/2012 8:38:41 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Philadelphia ^ | 10 May 2012 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
    May 10, 2012 ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT'S WEEKLY COLUMN: THOUGHTS ON AN INVITATION TO GRACE Later this month, on May 19, I'll ordain new priests for our local Church. This is a special moment of joy for me, since these new brothers will be the first I welcome into the priesthood as Archbishop of Philadelphia. But every new priest is a source of joy and hope for all our people. In the wake of so many difficulties for our Church over the past 15 months, we need to pause and reflect. Every genuine love story is a great love story; and...
  • Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education...

    05/08/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 68 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | 8 May 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education... May 08, 2012 04:03 EST By Carl E. Olson ... ends up promoting and spreading the culture of death—worldwide. Via The Daily Mail: Facing backlash from the Catholic Church on an already controversial issue, Bill Gates' wife Melinda announced this week that contraception will be the primary goal of their foundation, with plans to revolutionize it globally. And from the May 7th Newsweek piece, "Melinda Gates' New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women's Health": There’s currently very little investment in contraceptive research and development. The single biggest funder, Darmstadt says, is...
  • It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests (Catholic caucus)

    05/06/2012 10:06:16 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3 May 2012 | Bishop Robert C. Morlino
    It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests Bishop's Column Thursday, May. 03, 2012 -- 12:00 AM This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop. This past Sunday is often called, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The word the Scriptures use is really not adequately translated in English as simply, “good.” The word really means, “honorable, worthy, noble,” or, “so excellent in every way that its goodness is itself beautiful.” And, in particular, our Gospel for this past Sunday (Jn 10:11-18) points out that the shepherd...
  • News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral is a Buddhist and ...

    03/07/2012 11:54:19 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 30 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 7 March 2012 | Thomas Peters
    News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral … is a Buddhist and Gay Rights Activist I didn’t get involved in the story of a lesbian woman denied communion at her mother’s funeral which the Washington Post plastered across its front page (“Seeking Communion, Finding Rejection“, in the lower right-hand corner) at first but the more I thought about the scenario the more it irked me. According to Barbara Johnson’s version of events, and the version of events unquestioningly passed on by the mainstream media, she was denied Communion at her own mother’s funeral by a priest...
  • FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS

    02/23/2012 8:28:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 1+ views
    F-35 Lightning II ^ | 23 February 2012 | NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
    F-35 Lightning II Program Public Affairs Release – 2012 02 23 FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests. The F-35B is the variant of...
  • Mass participation—in body and spirit(Catholic caucus)

    11/16/2011 8:16:28 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 5 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 16 November 2011 | Most Rev. James D. Conley
    Mass participation—in body and spirit This column continues the Denver Catholic Register’s New Roman Missal series. Nov. 16 2011 - I have been thinking lately about Mary and Martha. We encounter these two sisters, who were friends of the Lord, when Jesus makes a visit to their home in the Gospel of Luke. Most of us remember the story. Martha works actively to prepare the meal for the Lord, while Mary sits listening to Him at His feet. When Martha gets frustrated with her sister and complains, Jesus says that Mary, who is sitting in rapt contemplation, has “chosen the...
  • U.S. Marine Corps Negotiates Buying Decommissioned British Harriers

    11/13/2011 10:15:37 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 30 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 13 November 2011 | Tamir Eshel
    U.S. Marine Corps Negotiates Buying Decommissioned British Harriers The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have agreed to buy Britain’s entire decommissioned fleet of 74 Harrier GR-9 and 9A Vertical/Short take off and Landing (V/STOL) fighter jets – a move expected to help the Corps operate Harrier jump jets into the mid-2020s and possibly replace aging two-seat F-18D Hornet strike fighters currently used for night attacks, Navy Times reports. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence confirmed the Disposal Services Agency was in talks with the U.S. Navy for the sale of the Harriers, their engines and spare parts. The...
  • Silence and the liturgy (Catholic caucus)

    11/10/2011 7:13:41 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 9 November 2011 | Most Rev. James D. Conley
    Silence and the liturgy This column continues the Denver Catholic Register’s New Roman Missal series. Nov. 9 2011 - I’ll never forget the silence of Sept. 11, 2001. Most of us remember the chaos of that day—the sirens, the alarms, the confusion and pandemonium. The senses were assaulted—especially for those who were physically present in New York, Washington, D.C., or Pennsylvania. But like many, I watched the events of Sept. 11 unfold on television from afar. I was still in Rome at the time, working for the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. I watched the Twin Towers begin to collapse on...
  • The manner of receiving holy Communion(Catholic caucus)

    11/04/2011 8:23:23 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 2 November 2011 | Most Rev. James D. Conley
    The manner of receiving holy Communion This column continues the Denver Catholic Register’s New Roman Missal series. Nov. 2 2011 - How we handle objects says a lot about how we regard them. When looking at fine jewelry, for example, we are mindful to handle the gems carefully. When observing fine works of art, we don’t even touch them at all. When we hold a baby or hug a loved one, we do so gently and with care. The things we handle carefully are usually the things we hold in high esteem. When it comes to the holy Eucharist, the...
  • VAQ-129 unveils historic naval aircraft for CONA(Centennial of Naval Aviation)

    01/29/2011 10:31:49 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Northwest Navigator ^ | 27 January 2011 | MC3 Bryan Ilyankoff
    VAQ-129 unveils historic naval aircraft for CONA(Centennial of Naval Aviation) By MC3 Bryan Ilyankoff NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Thursday, January 27, 2011 Honoring 100 years of naval aviation, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 unveiled an EA-6B Prowler and an EA-18G Growler painted in the World War II paint schemes of a Douglas TBD-1 Devastator and a Grumman TBF-1 Avenger, respectively, Jan. 20. Cmdr. Tim Murphy, VAQ-129 commanding officer, was excited when learned about the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) committee’s plan to paint a limited number of aircraft to represent significant periods in naval aviation history. “We sat down with...
  • Mike Evans admits he did not speak directly with Abercrombie re Soetoro/Obama birth certificate

    01/26/2011 2:53:47 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 62 replies
    630 KHOW ^ | 26 January 2011
    Mike Evans, the syndicated Hollywood gossip radio commentator and self described good friend of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, admitted this morning that he has not personally spoken with the Governor regarding the unlocatable Soetoro/Obama long form birth certificate. Evans had his story picked apart by Peter Boyles and Jerome Corsi on 630 KHOW in Denver. Download the entire conversation/confession at the link.
  • Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives

    12/15/2010 7:25:25 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 14 December 2010 | Kevin Baron
    Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives By Kevin Baron Stars and Stripes Published: December 14, 2010 ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation’s top Marine Corps officer said he could not endorse a change in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that could cause distractions or endanger the lives of Marines in combat. Ultimately, the voices of forward-fighting combat Marines who worried about unit cohesion in the Pentagon’s survey swayed Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, leading him to recommend that Congress not repeal the law banning openly gay Americans from military service. “Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines...
  • Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan

    11/13/2010 7:24:55 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 12 November 2010 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.com LONDON Rolls-Royce says that last week’s uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas Airbus A380 was caused by the malfunction of “a specific component” in the turbine area, which will be addressed by a modification programme across the fleet. Meanwhile Airbus boss Tom Enders has warned that the problem may impact A380 deliveries this year and next. Rolls says that the investigation and Trent 900 engine inspections launched in the wake of the QF32 incident on Nov. 4 has led it to draw two key conclusions. It confirms...
  • Lisa Blount, "An Officer and a Gentleman" Star, Found Dead at 53 (Lynette Pomeroy)

    11/04/2010 4:51:28 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | 28 October 2010 | Joyce Lee
    NEW YORK (CBS) Lisa Blount, an Academy Award-winning producer and actress born in Arkansas, has died at the age of 53. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Blount was found dead Wednesday at her home in Little Rock by her mother. Her husband, actor and director Ray McKinnon, was out of town this week. Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper told the newspaper that there were no signs of foul play. He said Blount appeared to have died on Monday. Blount is best known for playing Debra Winger's friend, Lynette Pomeroy, in the classic 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman,"...
  • Colors passed, Gen. James Amos becomes 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

    10/22/2010 1:55:42 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 22 October 2010 | Kevin Baron
    WASHINGTON – Gen. James Amos became the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps on Friday, taking command of a force that has roughly 20,000 Marines deployed at war in southern Afghanistan while at the same time is being tasked to question its own future by civilian defense leaders. "If I said I was about to jump out of my skin, it would be an understatement," Amos said eagerly, as soon as he took the microphone. Amos, who served as Vice Commandant, commanded II Marine Expeditionary Force and an aviation wing in Iraq. He is the first naval aviator to...
  • Hannity and Repentance

    03/13/2010 8:37:59 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 52 replies · 706+ views
    Human Life International ^ | 12 March 2010 | Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    Hannity and Repentance It was three years ago this week that I sat before the Secular Tribunal of Mr. Sean Hannity in a Fox News interview and inadvertently became the whipping boy for the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception. In times past, the enemies of the Church would whip and hang a faithful Catholic from a platform with a piece of cord before an angry mob. Nowadays, the whiplashing is more like a tongue-lashing and is carried out on an electronic stage with an audience of millions. I am so happy to prove my love for the Church, though, by...
  • UPDATE: Obama wants 26 more Growlers for Whidbey

    02/08/2010 2:43:44 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 11 replies · 428+ views
    Whidbey News-Times ^ | 3 February 2010 | JESSIE STENSLAND
    UPDATE: Obama wants 26 more Growlers for Whidbey By JESSIE STENSLAND Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Feb 03 2010, 5:24 PM · UPDATED The Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will receive an additional 26 EA-18G Growler aircraft under President Obama’s 2011 defense budget. Under the proposal, the Department of Defense plans to purchase the additional 26 electronic attack aircraft over the next two years. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen made the announcement late Monday. “Buying more Growlers will strengthen our national security and support jobs at NAS Whidbey and in the surrounding community,” said Larsen, who serves as a co-chair of...
  • A brief update on Nubs the wild Iraqi war dog

    12/11/2009 10:57:51 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 4 replies · 694+ views
    Fifteen-month-old Briana N. Porter, daughter of Maj. Dustin M. Porter stares in awe at five-year-old Nubs during his visit to Camp Pendleton’s Country Store, Dec. 5. The wild Iraqi dog is famous for making a 70-mile journey through the Iraqi desert to reunite with Maj. Brian P. Dennis, aircraft maintenance officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, 3rd Marine Air Wing, after the two bonded during Dennis’s 2007 deployment. The recently published story, “Nubs: The True Story of a Marine, a Mutt and a Miracle,” has already made the New York Times’ children’s best seller list and is expected hit...
  • Commandant of the Marine Corps awarded French Legion of Honour by French Army Chief of Staff

    12/05/2009 10:09:37 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 17 replies · 2,127+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 4 December 2009 | Sergeant Rocco DeFilippis
    Commandant of the Marine Corps awarded French Legion of Honour by French Army Chief of Staff 12/4/2009 By Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis, Marine Forces Europe PARIS — Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, was awarded France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour during a military awards ceremony at the historic Les Invalides here Dec. 1. The Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration, is usually limited to French citizens, however French law allows non-citizens who have served France, or the ideas it upholds, to receive the award. The Chief of Staff of the French...
  • Thanksgiving aboard USS Nimitz with General David Petraeus (photo thread)

    11/27/2009 7:18:29 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 39 replies · 1,428+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 26 November 2009
    091126-N-8960W-015 GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 26, 2009) Rainbow side boys render honors to Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are currently deployed to the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Winn/Released) 091126-N-9760Z-005 GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 26, 2009) Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, address the crew before a reenlistment ceremony in the forecastle of the aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air...
  • Shuttle Atlantis live launch thread(liftoff scheduled for 2:38PM EST)

    11/16/2009 4:53:44 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 34 replies · 1,058+ views
    NASA ^ | 16 November 2009 | NASA
    Watch live online at: NASA TV
  • Archbishop addresses Phoenix Catholic Physicians' Guild(Catholic Caucus)

    10/17/2009 2:17:26 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Archdiocese of Denver ^ | 16 October 2009 | Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
    Remarks to Phoenix Catholic Physicians' Guild I want to talk tonight about the kind of people we’re becoming, and what we can do about it. Especially what you can do about it. But it’s always good to start with a few facts before offering an opinion. So that’s what I’ll do. A number of my friends have children with disabilities. Their problems range from cerebral palsy to Turner’s syndrome to Trisomy 18, which is extremely serious. But I want to focus on one fairly common genetic disability to make my point. I’m referring to Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. Those...
  • Health care and the common good

    08/27/2009 6:16:03 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 493+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 24 August 2009 | Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    Health care and the common good Last week a British Catholic journal, in an editorial titled “U.S. bishops must back Obama,” claimed that America’s bishops “have so far concentrated on a specifically Catholic issue—making sure state-funded health care does not include abortion—rather than the more general principle of the common good.” It went on to say that if U.S. Catholic leaders would get over their parochial preoccupations, “they could play a central role in salvaging Mr. Obama’s health-care programme.” The editorial has value for several reasons. First, it proves once again that people don’t need to actually live in the...
  • Speicher Search Details Announced

    08/08/2009 9:32:42 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 7 replies · 786+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 7 August 2009 | Navy News Service
    Speicher Search Details Announced Story Number: NNS090807-14 Release Date: 8/7/2009 4:11:00 PM From the Department of Defense WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Aug. 7 additional details regarding the recent discovery of the remains of Navy Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher in Iraq. Speicher was shot down flying a combat mission in an F/A-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq Jan. 17, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. Acting in part on information provided by an Iraqi citizen in early July, Multi National Force–West's (MNF-W) personnel recovery team went to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of...
  • A FINAL FAREWELL LETTER FROM THE GUNNY TO HIS AUDIENCE(Freeper GunnyBob)

    08/06/2009 9:23:16 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 61 replies · 3,155+ views
    Newsradio 850 KOA ^ | 3 August 2009 | Bob Newman
    A FINAL FAREWELL LETTER FROM THE GUNNY TO HIS AUDIENCE Gang: Yes, this is the end of an era. But it also the beginning of a new one. It is hard to know where to start, but I figure I had first better thank you for making the Gunny Bob Show the top-rated evening news-talk program in the Denver Metro region. Without you, my show's ratings would never have been strong enough over all these years to always be the #1 show in that slot, even handily beating the fat cat syndicated hosts with ease. I owe all that to...
  • Former President Bush Visits Namesake Aircraft Carrier(Photo thread)

    05/27/2009 11:28:57 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 37 replies · 1,196+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 27 May 2009 | USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
    Former President Bush Visits Namesake Aircraft Carrier Story Number: NNS090527-04 Release Date: 5/27/2009 10:50:00 AM From USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) namesake -- former President George H.W. Bush -- and the ship's sponsor visited the Navy's newest aircraft carrier May 26-27 to observe flight operations during the ship's underway period in the Atlantic Ocean. "It is the greatest honor of my life to be the [ship's] sponsor, so thank you for letting me have that opportunity," said Doro Bush Koch, the former president's daughter...
  • USS George H.W. Bush, CVN-77, conducts flight deck certification(photo thread)

    05/22/2009 12:24:47 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 77 replies · 2,466+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 19 May 2009 | Navy News Service
    090519-N-7656T-124 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 19, 2009) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 passes by the landing signal officer on the way to making the first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is underway off the coast of Virginia conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Tackitt/Released) 090519-N-6125G-116 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 19, 2009) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 makes the first...
  • Turkey retires first squadron of F-4 Phantoms

    05/15/2009 7:46:43 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 34 replies · 1,262+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 12 May 2009 | Tolga Ozbek
    Turkey retires first squadron of F-4 Phantoms By Tolga Ozbek Turkey has disbanded its first squadron of McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom strike aircraft, under a transition plan leading to its future operation of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Turkish air force's 172nd Sqn, based in Malatya Erhac, had flown the F-4E for more than 32 years. It is planned to reform in 2014 following first deliveries of the JSF. Ankara expects to receive its first two F-35s that year, although these will first be used at a training centre in the USA. The air force's first conventional take-off...
  • Navy Decommissions USS Kitty Hawk

    05/12/2009 8:07:18 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 84 replies · 5,889+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 12 May 2009 | Navy News Service
    Navy Decommissions USS Kitty Hawk Story Number: NNS090512-08 Release Date: 5/12/2009 5:37:00 PM From Kitty Hawk Public Affairs BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was decommissioned May 12 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., after more than 48 years of service. Members of the final crew lowered the ship's commissioning pennant from the main mast and the U.S. Flag and First Navy Jack from their staffs after Kitty Hawk Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Zecchin closed out the ship's deck log. "It's hard to capture the feeling in words,"...
  • New York Palace Hotel boss Niklaus Leuenberger gets the door after Ash Wednesday slur

    03/25/2009 7:12:35 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 106 replies · 2,001+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 25 March 2009 | Kerry Burke And Oren Yaniv
    New York Palace Hotel boss Niklaus Leuenberger gets the door after Ash Wednesday slur BY Kerry Burke And Oren Yaniv DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 4:00 AM Niklaus Leuenberger no longer runs the New York Palace Hotel. The manager of one of the city's most luxurious hotels was given the boot after ordering a Catholic employee to clean up his forehead on Ash Wednesday. "Wipe that f-----g s--t off your face," managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told a bell captain at the New York Palace Hotel on Feb. 25, sources said. The unholy ultimatum ended up costing Leuenberger...
  • It's tough to defend Churchill

    03/13/2009 7:05:02 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 11 replies · 989+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 13 March 2009 | Mike Rosen
    "As a teacher, your responsibility is to challenge dogma and orthodoxy, not to just accept it." Really? Says who? In this case, it's remorseless left-wing terrorist Bill Ayers. The co- founder of the murderous Weather Underground was in Boulder last week at a rally to defend his soulmate, Ward Churchill, in advance of Churchill's court date to overturn his firing from the University of Colorado. It should be recalled that Churchill wasn't fired for challenging dogma, nor was he fired for his defamatory ravings against this country and the victims of 9/11. He was fired for academic fraud after an...
  • Cherie Blair Says Catholic Church Sexist, Credits Personal Success to Contraception(Catholic Caucus)

    03/03/2009 5:27:06 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 72 replies · 2,057+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 2 March 2009 | Hilary White and John Jalsevac
    Monday March 2, 2009 Cherie Blair Says Catholic Church Sexist, Credits Personal Success to Contraception By Hilary White and John JalsevacLONDON, March 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Church "marginalizes" women and keeps them "virtually invisible" in its public face, says Cherie Blair. Speaking on a BBC television program, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that "ambivalence" towards women is a "fundamental weakness" of Christianity and of Catholicism in particular. The controversial remarks were made during the final installment of a documentary, Christianity, that was aired on BBC's Channel 4 on Sunday night. During a section of...
  • This Lent, live as if Jesus Christ is indeed Lord of your life

    02/25/2009 1:37:28 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies · 376+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 25 February 2009 | Mostr Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    This Lent, live as if Jesus Christ is indeed Lord of your life This week’s column is adapted from Archbishop Chaput’s Feb. 23 comments at St. Basil’s Church, University of Toronto. Read the archbishop’s full address at archden.org. Seventy years ago the great French Catholic writer Georges Bernanos published a little essay called “Sermon of an Agnostic on the Feast of St. Théresè.” Bernanos deeply loved the Church, but he could also be brutally candid when it came to himself and his fellow believers. Above all, he had a piercing sense of irony about the comfortable, the self-satisfied and the...
  • Reconciliation, forgiveness, hope – and Lent

    02/25/2009 1:22:18 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies · 680+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 25 February 2009 | George Weigel
    Reconciliation, forgiveness, hope – and Lent It was Mardi Gras night, 1995, and I found myself sipping bourbon at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic, en route to Rome where I’d been asked to address an international symposium on the recent Cairo World Conference on Population and Development; there, you may recall, adroit Holy See diplomacy prevented the Clinton Administration from getting abortion-on-demand declared a fundamental human right, equivalent to religious freedom or free speech. On Ash Wednesday morning, I set off in search of an English-language Mass and soon found myself at Santa Susanna, Rome’s American “parish” near the Piazza...
  • General Zinni gets undiplomatic treatment from Obama team

    02/04/2009 6:39:14 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 25 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Cable ^ | 4 February 2009 | Laura Rozen
    General Zinni gets undiplomatic treatment from Obama team Wed, 02/04/2009 - 5:22pm When retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni told the Washington Times today that he was offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Iraq before being passed over in favor of diplomat Christopher Hill, he did not say that one of the outrages of the experience was that his friend of 30 years, fellow former Marine Corps commandant and now national security advisor James L. Jones had offered him the job, and then failed to tell him when the decision was changed. "Jones had called me before the inauguration and...
  • Former Boeing worker gets 5-month jail term (Chinook sabotage)

    01/06/2009 8:23:27 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 13 replies · 916+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6 January 2009 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    Former Boeing worker gets 5-month jail term By Joseph A. Slobodzian Inquirer Staff Writer A former sheet-metal assembler at Boeing Co. who admitted sabotaging a $23.8 million Army Chinook helicopter out of stress and job frustration was sentenced yesterday to five months in federal prison and five months of house arrest. Matthew K. Montgomery apologized to Boeing, fellow union members - the May 10 incident put union workers under suspicion and forced a two-day halt in production at the Delaware County plant - his family and friends. Surrick acknowledged the testimony of Montgomery's pastor, the Rev. Andrew Hudson of Chelten...
  • Shanahan fired! Bowlen pulls the plug

    12/30/2008 2:23:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 55 replies · 1,857+ views
    850 KOA Radio ^ | 30 December 2008 | Adam Shefter
    Adam Shefter of the NFL Network just reported on KOA Radio that Pat Bowlen has fired Mike Shanahan
  • CV-22s complete first operational deployment

    12/19/2008 8:19:05 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 7 replies · 1,075+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | 2 December 2008 | 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
    CV-22s complete first operational deployment by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson 1st SOW Public Affairs 12/2/2008 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The final two CV-22s broke across the Florida horizon just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. And after a 5,300 nautical mile flight across the Atlantic ocean, they had surely worked up an appetite. The aircraft, from the 8th Special Operations Squadron, arrived home Nov. 26 on the heels of two other CV-22s, all of which had spent the last month in Bamako, Mali supporting Exercise FLINTLOCK-09, a regularly scheduled training exercise in the Trans-Saharan region designed to build relationships and...
  • Wreath project honors fallen in national cemeteries

    12/15/2008 8:21:33 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 219+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 11 December 2008 | Lance Corporal Skyler Tooker
    Wreath project honors fallen in national cemeteries 12/11/2008 By Lance Cpl. Skyler Tooker, Marine Corps Base Quantico MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — A hundred volunteers with the Sgt. Mac Foundation placed wreaths on 2,200 graves at the Quantico National Cemetery Saturday, December 6, for the third annual National Wreath Project, to honor the interred service members. The foundation was formed to honor the memory of Sgt. Eric McColley, who was killed Feb. 17, 2006, along with seven fellow Marines and two Airmen when two Marine CH-53 helicopters collided off the coast of Djibouti, while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom....
  • Records in aviation are meant to be broken. Firsts in aviation tend to last a bit longer.

    10/25/2008 7:05:19 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Nalls Aviation ^ | 14 October 2008 | Art Nalls
    Records in aviation are meant to be broken. Firsts in aviation tend to last a bit longer. I had a checkride for a type-rating in the Sea Harrier on the 4th of October. The examiner required me to demonstrate the various takeoffs and landing for VSTOL aircraft, as he was totally unfamiliar with the Harrier, so we discussed the various takeoffs and landings and the appropriate use for each. The examiner was pleased with my flying and granted me the type-rating. I am the first person to have a checkride in the World’s only privately-owned, airworthy Harrier. I was also...
  • Beirut blast still resounds

    10/23/2008 5:05:49 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 5 replies · 405+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 23 October 2008 | Steve Liewer
    Beirut blast still resounds Suicide bomber killed 241 American troops 25 years ago in barracks By Steve Liewer UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER October 23, 2008 In the green expanse of Arlington National Cemetery's Section 59, a Lebanese cedar tree grows near the final resting place of some of the first Americans to shed blood in the fight against Middle East terrorism. Twenty-five years ago today, a suicide bomber steered a truck loaded with the equivalent of six tons of TNT down the airport road in Beirut, Lebanon. He plowed into the four-story barracks where more than 300 U.S. troops from a...
  • Cannonball! Swim call Arabian Sea

    10/07/2008 12:05:47 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 11 replies · 692+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 5 October 2008 | Lance Corporal Jacob W. Chase
    081005-M-0572C-046 ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 5, 2008) A Marine from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit jumps about 30 feet from the starboard aircraft elevator of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) during a swim call in the Arabian Sea. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) and ships of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group are conducting maritime security operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob W. Chase/Released)
  • Privately owned Sea Harrier is airworthy - again. (Update)

    10/07/2008 7:42:14 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 16 replies · 1,422+ views
    Nalls Aviation ^ | Art Nalls
    We’ve done it - again. After nearly 10 months of sweating, cussing, and prodding, XZ 439 made four successful takeoffs and more important - - four successful landings. Equal numbers of each, which is a good thing. The weekends of checking the systems, repairs, sheet metal work, and the endless gear retractions and extensions, plus the emergency gear extensions, all paid benefits. We had another Gas Turbine Starter (GTS) decide it was time to go on one of our taxi checks, but this time, we were better prepared. No chicken dances. We calmly and coolly extinguished the fire. No...
  • 7 U.S. Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash in Iraq

    09/18/2008 8:06:32 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 8 replies · 176+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 18 September 2008 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    7 U.S. Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash in Iraq By Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, September 18, 2008; 9:39 AM BAGHDAD, Sept. 18 -- Seven American soldiers were killed in the southern Iraqi desert early Thursday morning when their helicopter crashed, the U.S. military said. Officials said that the crash was not caused by enemy fire. The CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down about 60 miles west of the port city of Basra shortly after midnight, killing all seven soldiers aboard. The aircraft was part of a four-helicopter convoy flying from Kuwait to the northern city of Balad, the...