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  • Senator Says He Had PTSD When He Wrote Thesis

    07/23/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · 61 of 61
    centurion316 to blueunicorn6

    Thanks, very helpful information. I remain skeptical of the PTSD claim and I think that the Army must be as well.

  • Senator Says He Had PTSD When He Wrote Thesis

    07/23/2014 5:03:00 PM PDT · 50 of 61
    centurion316 to Oldeconomybuyer

    BS. The guy was an Ordnance Colonel, either commanding a support group or he was a staff weenie. We will soon know particulars. The only PTSD he might have gotten would have come from an overload of PowerPoint slides. This guy is a phony.

  • EXography: Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home; other senators do it constantly

    07/23/2014 7:28:32 AM PDT · 6 of 9
    centurion316 to cotton1706

    When I was a youngster I lived in the DC area and had an older cousin who was the secretary for our Congressman. Back then, Washington was not fully air conditioned, including many of the older Congressional Office Buildings. Therefore, the Congress operated very much like the Supreme Court does today. They wrapped things up in June and didn’t come back to town until the end of September. The staffs were still at work, but it was sleepy hollow. The members were back in their home districts. I freely roamed the halls of Congress and the Capitol building with only a few staff members to be seen. While there were many long serving members, they would never be accused of forgetting or not visiting their home states.

    The era of the professional career Washington insider who only goes home when an election is scheduled is a modern phenomenon that wasn’t possible before air conditioning.

  • Opponent targets Sen. Pat Roberts over Kansas residency

    07/22/2014 6:03:15 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    centurion316 to cotton1706

    KMBC implies that Roberts rents a house in Dodge City. He does not. He rents “space” in a house that is owned and occupied by one of his supporters. The sole purpose of this rental is to provide him an address for tax and voting purposes. You can rest assured that on those rare occasions when he comes to Dodge City, he stays in a hotel.

    Roberts has lived in the Washington area since 1967. He owns a home in Alexandria. His wife is a full time real estate agent in Virginia. His cars are titled and licensed in Virginia. His children went to school in Virginia. He is an absentee Senator as far as Kansas is concerned. That is a valid issue as he stands for reelection and a large number of people will not vote for him for that reason.

  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT · 7 of 43
    centurion316 to traderrob6

    The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit stands on the same level as The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. One does not trump the other. The three levels of the Federal Judiciary are: District Courts, Courts of Appeals (one for each Judicial Circuit, and The Supreme Court.

  • Key West Gay Couple That Can't Marry: "Love is Love. That's All That Matters."

    07/22/2014 6:41:19 AM PDT · 7 of 36
    centurion316 to SoFloFreeper

    I’m confused. For years now, all I’ve heard from the Left is that marriage is an outdated concept. Love is all that matters and all you need do is shack up and share your love without sanction from church or state. Just feel the love. Now the tune has changed and marriage is the only way to consummate the love between these two homosexual human beings. Oh! the humanity. Could it be that the Left has discovered that the government subsidizes marriage and what this couple really wants to do is to cash in on the free stuff?

  • Letter: Elect anyone but Pat Roberts for U.S. Senate

    07/21/2014 6:11:28 PM PDT · 4 of 25
    centurion316 to cotton1706

    Pat Roberts has not been in office for 47 years. But, he has been in Washington for 47 years and has not lived in Kansas for all of that time. He moved to Washington to be a staffer for Congressman Keith Sebelius, Republican father in law of Kathleen Sebelius of Obamacare fame and former Governor of Kansas. Pat Roberts father was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee in the Eisenhower era. That’s how it works. Roberts got a job as a staffer that was turned into a seat in Congress when his boss, Keith Sebelius retired. He turned that into a Senate seat and now believes that it is his by hereditary right.

    We need to put a stop to this. Is your phone number on Roberts iPhone? Of course not. But you can bet that the phone numbers of the Agri Business and Aviation industry lobbyists are on his iPhone. And he returns their phone calls.

  • Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors

    07/21/2014 4:13:17 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    centurion316 to dfwgator

    Someone I know hired an employee who was quite good at his job, was well liked by the customer, and was a hard worker. He was also very likely a homosexual, but the subject never came up in the workplace. Unfortunately, the work went away and he was let go. Thanks to this EO, I know that person would not be hired again - far too risky to have an employee who can’t be fired and could collect millions in damages in our court system. His job prospects just dropped dramatically.

  • CA: Intruder Ignores Warning Shots, Is Shot by Homeowner

    07/21/2014 1:52:17 PM PDT · 7 of 42
    centurion316 to marktwain

    You are supposed to get your wife, retreat to the bedroom and cower in a corner until you are shot dead. The police, arriving after the fatal blows, will then conduct a thorough investigation.

  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT · 40 of 43
    centurion316 to indthkr

    We have a different set of experiences.

  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 9:08:40 AM PDT · 32 of 43
    centurion316 to indthkr

    I live in the world of the defense industry. The industry has seen a price adjustment driven by two factors: the government overpaid during the expansion of defense spending during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and defense spending has seen significant cuts in existing and new contracts over the past three years. A massive correction has been the result and wage rates are lower in most defense markets, especially engineering services. This trend will continue according to DoD’s budget estimates.

    That is a fact well understood by everyone in this industry. Pure BS would be a term most likely to be used by someone not familiar with this particular piece of the economy.

  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 7:50:51 AM PDT · 17 of 43
    centurion316 to SeekAndFind

    Senator Sessions is implying that Gates support for STEM visas is connected to Microsoft’s plan to lay off a significant chunk of their workforce. I am asserting that there is no connection.

    The wisdom of increased STEM visas is an entirely different issue. I have no problem hiring engineers and scientists, and in our case, they must have U.S. citizenship and a valid security clearance. More applicants than there are jobs. Lots of the software sweat shops like to hire aliens because they are cheaper and put up with more nonsense from their employer because of their native culture and their fear of losing their visa. That’s the problem that Sessions ought to be advancing.

  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 7:32:12 AM PDT · 12 of 43
    centurion316 to SeekAndFind

    Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, but he no longer runs the company. This is like blaming George Bush for all of the problems that the Administration is having.

  • Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy

    07/21/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT · 21 of 59
    centurion316 to C19fan

    That three moonbats in Northern Virginia want to play make believe all the day long bothers me not at all. I don’t care who they are and what they do in private. Unfortunately, it never ends there with these people. Their fragile psyches demand that society embrace their behavior to the extent that we must make it mandatory and have practical exercises in schools so that children can learn the joys of the progressive lifestyle.

    However happy and free of jealousy these three may be, they are the exception to be sure. Relationships are complicated and exponentially so when more than one male and one female are in the mix. Let’s check back with the happy godless souls in about three years and see how both their business and their home life is going.

  • Kansas US Sen. Milton Wolf running against 47 year incumbent Pat Roberts in Republican Primary 08/05

    07/20/2014 7:09:27 PM PDT · 2 of 48
    centurion316 to Steelers6

    Roberts is like the rest of those who have spent their entire adult lives in Washington. He doesn’t pay much attention to anyone without a lot of money in their pockets. He is quite shocked to have opposition and is running the same type of ads that Cochran used against McDaniel in Mississippi. He thinks that we are all a bunch of stupid hayseeds.

  • Can commercial airlines do enough to protect passengers from missile attacks?

    07/20/2014 4:05:28 PM PDT · 17 of 32
    centurion316 to null and void

    Right now terrorists only have access to MANPADS which are not a threat to overflights. The Russians Army are thugs, but are way beyond terrorists. However, when that changes, my comment about the end of commercial air travel will apply in many parts of the world.

  • Can commercial airlines do enough to protect passengers from missile attacks?

    07/20/2014 3:25:22 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    centurion316 to Kaslin

    Although the article points out that this technology does not work against radar directed missiles, they are trying to convince the public that if we just give the government a little more money, we can be safe from the type of attack that brought down the Malaysian airliners.

    Commercial airliners are vulnerable to all air defense weapons systems and they cannot be protected against them all. Avoidance of conflict zones will become essential, raising operating costs and disrupting flight schedules. The days of safe and reliable civilian air travel may be coming to an end. Ignoring world conflicts and pretending that they have nothing to do with us has a number of serious consequences.

  • Democrats may lose Hope in Arkansas despite Clinton legacy

    07/20/2014 2:21:46 PM PDT · 3 of 12
    centurion316 to DeaconBenjamin
    Much has changed since Bill Clinton grew up in this sleepy Arkansas town.

    Bill Clinton grew up in Hot Springs, not Hope. The action in Hot Springs was much better suited to his mother, Virginia.

  • 'If he's not impeachable, no one is': Sarah Palin pounds Obama on immigration policy ... (more)

    07/20/2014 9:54:04 AM PDT · 23 of 24
    centurion316 to rdcbn
    If there is 55% or more of Americans strongly favoring impeachment,

    55% of the American people, if clustered in states with two Republican Senators, would be insufficient to get the deed done. 34 Senators can block any conviction vote. If they are from same Democrat states that do not support impeachment, the attempt is doomed.

  • 'If he's not impeachable, no one is': Sarah Palin pounds Obama on immigration policy ... (more)

    07/20/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT · 8 of 24
    centurion316 to Cringing Negativism Network

    Sarah doesn’t understand. Impeachment has nothing to do with crimes and justice. Crimes are a necessary part of the process, of course, but justice does not play at all. In our justice system, we assemble an impartial jury to listen to evidence and provide a fair and honest verdict. Through this system, justice is served.

    Impeachment, on the other hand, is a purely political instrument. There is a trial unlike anything in our justice system. The jurors are the members of the Senate, a thoroughly partisan political body and they will not seed justice, they will meet out politics. A Senate that includes at least one third Democrat members will never convict a Democrat President unless the American people, including Democrat constituents, are demanding that they do so.

    No such condition currently exists and until circumstances change, impeachment would not give conservatives what they want and would almost certainly hurt our cause.

    Elections and impeachment fit into the same category, they are political tools and the only one available to us at the moment is the election tool.

  • Todd Akin: Some of my staff ‘conceived in rape'

    07/19/2014 6:59:29 PM PDT · 93 of 93
    centurion316 to so_real

    Your entire argument rests on recounting events that occurred before Akin opened his big fat mouth. If he hadn’t, he probably would have won in spite of the money that McCaskill spent promoting his candidacy. She did it before the primary for the reasons you cite and independently of the Akin campaign. It’s the reason that Akin won the primary.

    The obvious issue is what happened after he turned his campaign from a probable win into a cannot win. Akin and all of the knuckleheads who continued to support him long after he was clearly a dead skunk in the middle of the road cost us a Senate seat. Denying that it ever happened means that you will do it again. This is not bad politics, it is political suicide.

  • Something BIG Is Happening In Kansas (Wolf surging against Roberts)

    07/19/2014 10:35:51 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    centurion316 to Din Maker

    Very few are paying any attention. They will vote Republican in the general election and may or may not vote in the primary depending on the local candidates. Wolf is not known, except for his facebook face plant with the forensic x-rays. Brownback is in trouble with his tax cuts as tax revenues are down while the economy and behavior adjust to little or no state income tax.

    People are certainly tired of Washington, but shockingly do not see Roberts as “one of them”. He’s a Kansan, don’t you know. I suspect that he will win, but Wolf will have shifted the political landscape in the right direction and that will be a good thing.

  • Something BIG Is Happening In Kansas (Wolf surging against Roberts)

    07/19/2014 8:37:03 AM PDT · 3 of 13
    centurion316 to cotton1706

    Thanks to Milton Wolf, Roberts has discovered that Kansas is still where it used to be lo those many years ago when he once lived here (1957). He has broken out those old road maps and started paying visits. There have been a few mistakes, those new fangled freeways have replaced some of the old, familiar routes, but he has soldiered on rubbing elbows with the folks. Well only the big donors, large agri businesses, and aviation industry types; but they tell him everything that he needs to know.

    The great thing is that he doesn’t have to do it for long. a couple of more weeks and this nonsense will be over and we will have seen the last of Roberts. He probably won’t run again, so he can bid farewell to Kansas and do whatever he wants to do in the Senate.

  • Milton Wolf walks the tea party talk in Kansas Senate race

    07/19/2014 8:29:04 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    centurion316 to vette6387

    Kansans like Roberts and what’s not to like. He plays the conservative pretty well, at least when people are paying attention. He takes care of the big Agri businesses and whatever is left of the aviation industry in Kansas after Obama got finished with it. OK, he doesn’t have time for any other of his constituents, but what do you expect from a guy who lives in Virginia. You can be assured that he will look after Kansas and Kansas will get what it deserves. Why, since Milton Wolf decided to run against him, he has even made some trips to Kansas. That’s dedication right there.

  • This Way Up: Mobility in America [Alive for Americans who pursue technical or practical training]

    07/19/2014 6:39:28 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    centurion316 to SeekAndFind

    An interesting trend is afoot, driven by HR departments, for profit technical schools and colleges, and (surprise, surprise), the Federal government. Certifications have become more important than degrees in the hiring game. Even where degrees are required, certifications often are the hiring discriminator. This has been true of the IT world for some time, but is rapidly expanding across many professions.

    Non traditional colleges have discovered that they can make money offering short term certification courses often costing $1,000 to $3,000 each. Multiple certifications are becoming common for savvy candidates. The Federal government has made these certifications a common requirement for contractors bidding on Federal contracts. It makes it easy to screen applicants for certain skills. It’s also a way to turn that degree in Ancient Greek into something that is actually marketable.

    These are not $10 per hour jobs. People with a PMP (Program Manager Professional) earn six figures and most others put you in the top two quartiles of the Bureaus of Labor Statistics wage surveys for any given job category.

    Go get certifications, young man.

  • Glacier-like mass moves toward Alaska road

    07/19/2014 6:22:53 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    centurion316 to norwaypinesavage

    Debris lobes only exist in cold climates where the water inside a mass of dirt and rocks freezes. It behaves like a glacier and can move. If the ice were to melt, the movement would stop and it would behave like a mound.

  • Pat Roberts’ years in Washington are both advantage, vulnerability

    07/19/2014 6:18:37 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    centurion316 to F15Eagle

    He has only rented to the current tenant, an Army Captain, for a few years. It’s a duplex that he bought some years ago. I’m sure that he’s had a number of tenants over the years and there were times that there was only one side or the other that was occupied. But, his home has always been Alexandria, that’s where he raised his family, that’s where his kids went to school. Kansas is a place he visits from time to time.

    He did not vote for Obamacare.

  • GOP senator wants missile shields for airplanes

    07/18/2014 1:31:30 PM PDT · 44 of 55
    centurion316 to Tailgunner Joe

    Someone on this idiot’s staff could have made one phone call or one Google search to discover that this airliner was shot down by a SA-11. This missile is radar guided, not heat seeking. The system that he is advocating would be 100% ineffective. To defeat this missle, you need to jam the guidance radar and you are not doing that with some bolt on gizmo.

    More evidence that our politicians are complete morons.

  • Pat Roberts’ years in Washington are both advantage, vulnerability

    07/18/2014 8:32:34 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    centurion316 to cotton1706
    Roberts has spent the better part of three decades running for office.

    Baloney. He was handed his first elective office on a silver platter because he was a staff for a retiring Congressman and his daddy had been chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has been anointed ever since with never a real opponent. He hasn't lived in Kansas since 1957 and has lived in Washington since 1969. Pat catches a case of conservatism whenever an election roles around, but he has enjoyed a miraculous cure once Election Day is over.

  • Steve Kraske: Sen. Pat Roberts won’t debate Milton Wolf (following the Thad Cochran model)

    07/18/2014 8:24:24 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    centurion316 to cotton1706

    The stupid voters have no right to hear from me. I’m not some hayseed from Kansas, I am Senator Roberts. Don’t you understand, it’s my way or the highway. This seat is mine until I say it isn’t. What kind of operation do you think we are running here in Virginia. Why, if we had a debate, this quack would probably want me to fly to Kansas. I’m saving that trip for the general election.

  • Highway to the danger zone? Non-pilot given command of Air Force in Pacific

    07/18/2014 8:13:35 AM PDT · 35 of 61
    centurion316 to stars & stripes forever

    The difference is that this is really happening and it’s not good. The purge is a myth started by idiots and perpetuated by ignorant dolts with internet connections.

  • On this Day in 1962: Infantry Nuke Test

    07/18/2014 6:50:17 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    centurion316 to 2ndDivisionVet
    A lot of tripe is written about the Davy Crockett, including that it could not fire a projectile further than its blast radius, but most of that tripe is written by people who either apply unreasoning fear to all nuclear weapons (something that was encouraged during the Cold War by the Soviet Union and its witting and unwitting agents of influence), or by the sort of uninformed juicebox mafiosi that become “national security” writers for Wired.

    My view of this urban myth is that it was mostly a joke. However, the whole concept was a desperate one, in my opinion. The Army was in danger of becoming irrelevant (sound familiar) in the nuclear era. The Air Force and Navy were successfully making that argument and the Army budget was shrinking to the level of the National Park Service. This and "Atomic Annie" were the only technologies that put the Army in the nuclear game. As soon as they developed a warhead that could be fired from a standard 8" howitzer, the Davy Crockett headed for the museums.

  • IRS Sharing Personal Income Tax Information with the Census Bureau

    07/18/2014 5:12:54 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    centurion316 to markomalley

    Currently, the only form released by the Census Bureau is the basic form filled out by the census enumerator. Of course, that was the only form used in 1940, the last census to be made available. The question is, what is going to happen when we get to the era of long form questionnaires and the mail in form that has been used in more recent decades? The 1940 form shows all the families in the neighborhood with basic information about each. It’s a piece of paper that has been digitized. In the future they are going to have to release a database that may contain information that should not be in the public domain.

  • Todd Akin: Some of my staff ‘conceived in rape'

    07/17/2014 6:19:40 PM PDT · 86 of 93
    centurion316 to Resettozero

    The voters abandoned Akin and for good reason given what he said. McCaskill clearly understood that the only way that she could win was if Akin was her opponent. That’s why she poured money into his campaign. It turned out that she didn’t have to do much to discredit him after the primary, he did that all by himself to her great delight.

  • Todd Akin: Some of my staff ‘conceived in rape'

    07/17/2014 5:02:46 PM PDT · 81 of 93
    centurion316 to so_real

    You are spouting revisionist history. Both John Brunner and Sarah Steelman would have kicked Claire McCaskill’s butt in the general election and one or the other would have beaten Todd Akin in the primary if not for the several millions of dollars that Claire poured into his campaign.

    Thanks to Todd Akin, we now have McCaskill as Senator for life from Missouri.

  • It seems The End is to come. (We'll all be extinct by 2030)

    07/16/2014 2:50:36 PM PDT · 13 of 57
    centurion316 to 2ndDivisionVet

    I wish that our female Supreme Court Justices would keep their private thoughts like this to themselves.

  • RINO stampede in Kansas

    07/16/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT · 23 of 25
    centurion316 to KC Burke

    I completely agree with your observations. You clearly understand this quite well.

  • RINO stampede in Kansas

    07/16/2014 7:29:30 AM PDT · 18 of 25
    centurion316 to KC Burke

    The so called Moderate Republicans in Kansas are liberals. They have won many a fight within the state by selectively backing some “moderate” Democrat. They have been beaten back at the moment and are licking their wounds. They have no doubt been told that America wants moderation and views the Tea Party as too extreme. This is their feeble attempt to try to capitalize on that sentiment.

    Expect them to continue to hammer on revenue projections and to advocate a “moderate” approach. I believe that too many people remember Sebelius for that to work.

  • Democrats may lose Hope in Arkansas despite Clinton legacy

    07/16/2014 6:50:31 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    centurion316 to Din Maker

    Bill really grew up in Hot Springs. Hope helped with the political message, especially since Hot Springs had a certain unsavory reputation in his era.

  • GOP Ex-Lawmakers Endorse Dem Candidate Over Kansas Gov. Brownback

    07/15/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT · 4 of 30
    centurion316 to cotton1706
    While Kansas is a conservative state, voters there have elected Democratic governors in the past. Kathleen Sebelius served as governor for two terms before Brownback took office. Many Republicans in Kansas are Liberals. They are just showing their true colors.
  • The costly fantasy of impeaching Obama: The way to punish a president is at the polls

    07/15/2014 9:53:35 AM PDT · 43 of 80
    centurion316 to itsahoot

    I do not support any impeachment action if the Senate will not convict. Conviction requires a vote of two thirds of the members present. That is not going to happen in the current Senate and will not happen in the new Senate even if the Republicans take control. It is a fools’ errand and the conservative movement will pay a big price if anyone is stupid enough to go forward with this.

  • The costly fantasy of impeaching Obama: The way to punish a president is at the polls

    07/15/2014 9:53:09 AM PDT · 42 of 80
    centurion316 to itsahoot

    I do not support any impeachment action if the Senate will not convict. Conviction requires a vote of two thirds of the members present. That is not going to happen in the current Senate and will not happen in the new Senate even if the Republicans take control. It is a fools’ errand and the conservative movement will pay a big price if anyone is stupid enough to go forward with this.

  • The costly fantasy of impeaching Obama: The way to punish a president is at the polls

    07/15/2014 9:21:40 AM PDT · 15 of 80
    centurion316 to EveningStar

    From a political perspective, impeaching Obama will be a plus for Democrats and a plus for Obama. Republicans will lose more than just the vote in the Senate, which they cannot win in any case. Impeachment, as a political act, cannot go forward unless success is assured and success will never be assured without strong public sentiment that favors drastic action. We have not come close to reaching that threshold.

  • Third of Americans and a majority of Republicans want Obama to be impeached

    07/14/2014 5:18:09 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    centurion316 to Kid Shelleen

    Impeachment is a political process, it has very little to with our television driven notion of the justice system. Obama will never appear as a witness in his trial and the Senate will never vote to convict. That means that Obama will emerge claiming that he has been vindicated, a point of view the will be amplified by the media. Hail the conquering hero and a pox on the evil Republicans.

    It would be a disaster for conservatives.

  • Third of Americans and a majority of Republicans want Obama to be impeached

    07/14/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    centurion316 to Kid Shelleen

    I would love to see Obama impeached. But, only if he can be convicted. If this does not happen, then Obama will emerge from the impeachment proceeding stronger that he was going in. Recall Clinton. Even if the Republicans regain control of the Senate, Obama cannot be convicted and those who think otherwise are delusional.

    The Left are baiting us in hopes that we will bring Articles of Impeachment. It is the only thing that could rescue Obama from the complete disaster that awaits the final two years of his Administration.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/14/2014 12:57:53 PM PDT · 9 of 44
    centurion316 to mojito

    I am a fan of Rudyard Kipling, who was very much alive and writing during the Great War. The same cannot be said for his son, who died on the Western Front serving as a young officer in the Irish Guards. Kipling spoke of the agony of his generation at what they had wrought:

    The Children

    THESE were our children who died for our lands: they were dear in our sight.
    We have only the memory left of their hometreasured sayings and laughter.
    The price of our loss shall be paid to our hands, not another’s hereafter.
    Neither the Alien nor Priest shall decide on it. That is our right.
    But who shall return us the children ?

    At the hour the Barbarian chose to disclose his pretences,
    And raged against Man, they engaged, on the breasts that they bared for us,
    The first felon-stroke of the sword he had longtime prepared for us -
    Their bodies were all our defence while we wrought our defences.

    They bought us anew with their blood, forbearing to blame us,
    Those hours which we had not made good when the Judgment o’ercame us.
    They believed us and perished for it. Our statecraft, our learning
    Delivered them bound to the Pit and alive to the burning
    Whither they mirthfully hastened as jostling for honour.
    Not since her birth has our Earth seen such worth loosed upon her!

    Nor was their agony brief, or once only imposed on them.
    The wounded, the war-spent, the sick received no exemption:
    Being cured they returned and endured and achieved our redemption,
    Hopeless themselves of relief, till Death, marvelling, closed on them.

    That flesh we had nursed from the first in all cleanness was given
    To corruption unveiled and assailed by the malice of Heaven -
    By the heart-shaking jests of Decay where it lolled on the wires
    To be blanched or gay-painted by fumes - to be cindered by fires -
    To be senselessly tossed and retossed in stale mutilation
    From crater to crater. For this we shall take expiation.
    But who shall return us our children ?

  • Why the World’s Armies Don’t Want U.S. Tech Anymore

    07/14/2014 9:18:52 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    centurion316 to Redmen4ever
    V-22 Osprey $72 million each. Replaces a helicopter that cost $6 million each

    I disagree that the V-22 replaces a helicopter. It does not. It fills a new niche that could not be done by either helicopter or fixed wing aircraft: over the horizon insertion directly onto an objective that was not an airfield. It's an important capability for both the Marine Corps and Special Operations and something that no one else in the world has.

    The question is affordability and trade off. What do we have to give up in order to afford this piece of kit that, at best, fills a very small gap in our global military capability. My thoughts are that since we have them, we ought to keep them, but it doesn't make much sense to continue down this road of massive increases in cost for very marginal increases in capability. Not smart.

  • Dirty Tricks, Tea Party Suicide and Rising Mississippi Anger (NY Times on Death of Mark Mayfield)

    07/14/2014 8:34:07 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    centurion316 to Hostage

    This article is profoundly biased as you would expect from the New York Times, but it does present some information that I haven’t see in the debate and is useful from that perspective. The author is careful to present facts and even more careful to omit critical information in order to present a very distorted view of this affair. The distortions are all in favor of the Cochran version of events. It’s a rare day when the New York Times helps any Republican and brings into question why the Left has become such a champion of Thad Cochran.

    Maybe they knew all along that he was one of them. Those thoughts were certainly reinforced by the Democrat-like tactics and behavior that we saw from the Cochran campaign and his Haley Barbour minders.

  • Police encounters are often deadly for dogs

    07/14/2014 6:00:12 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    centurion316 to TurboZamboni

    A battering ram? Was the doorbell broken? These days if you have a concealed carry permit, the police are going to raid your house with a full SWAT armed to the teeth in order to serve you a court order to appear to answer for your unpaid traffic ticket. It’s out of hand and we need to demand that politicians put a stop to it.

  • Michael Savage: SEAL Team Six was set up and murdered in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

    07/11/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT · 10 of 20
    centurion316 to PoloSec

    This nonsense has already been posted.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3178609/posts

    This one, however, is from Russia Today, a thoroughly reliable source. You know the rules, please don your tin foil hat before posting.