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  • Tomintoul Prepares For Highland Games

    07/19/2014 1:34:33 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Northern Scot ^ | 19 July 2014
    ONE of Scotland’s oldest Highland games will get underway today. Organisers are expecting crowds to flock to the public park for Tomintoul Highland Games, which is now in its 173rd year. Competition begins at 11am, with the massed pipes and drums marching into the park from the village square at midday, led by games chieftain James Fraser. The bands will play throughout the afternoon, with drum majors competing to throw their maces over a banner in time to the music. Heavy events are a particular attraction for foreign visitors, with athletes taking part in hammer and stone throwing as well...
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo heading for Dundee’s City Square

    07/19/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    The Evening Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2014 7.00am
    The stirring sounds and colourful spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will come to Dundee for the first time next month. The free event in the city centre will showcase more than 600 performers coming from as far afield as Canada, Australia and Singapore. The line-up for the Taste of the Tattoo show will include the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, Highland dancers, military bands, an Indian cultural troupe and the inimitable Massed Pipes and Drums.
  • Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014

    07/13/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 14 replies
    Th Wasington Post ^ | July 13 at 1:18 PM | Anne Midgette
    I am stricken to hear of the death today of Lorin Maazel at his home, Castleton Farms, Virginia, in the middle of the festival that he and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel founded there, and that now continues without him. He was 84 years old and had been suffering from what Nancy Gustafson, Castleton’s executive director, described as an unexplained illness following a kind of collapse from fatigue after spending much of the spring jetting back and forth between Asia, Europe and North America for various high-profile conducting gigs. The official cause of death was “complications following pneumonia.” He had appeared...
  • "Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor"

    07/04/2014 3:55:40 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh, III
    From Rush Limbaugh, III MY FATHER, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here: "OUR LIVES, OUR...
  • Pipes and drums to honour 51st Highland Division

    06/13/2014 5:32:44 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 7 June 2014 | DAVID MADDOX
    THE 51st Highland Division which pushed its way through France after the D-Day landings is to be remembered in a tour by a French pipes and drums band. The Paris-based 51st Highland Division Memorial band will tour towns liberated by the Scots troops in the Second World War in late August and lay plaques in each of them. Julien Sabouret, who founded the pipes and drums band in 2008, said the Paddle Memory Tour ending in Liseaux was aimed at making sure the historic role played by the division was properly remembered. He told The Scotsman: “Many of the towns...
  • Atholl Highlanders to provide spectacular start to highland games season

    05/24/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 24 May 2014 10.22am. | Mark MacKay
    A new season of Perthshire Highland Games opens this weekend with one of the most spectacular events on the annual calendar — the Atholl Gathering and Highland Games. The two-day extravaganza is the first of 14 events that will see tens of thousands of spectators descend on the region over the next four months. The summer of tradition and sport begins today with the Atholl Highlanders Parade — the annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army.
  • Sgt. Wounded in 2009 Fort Hood Attack: Our Lives Would Be a ‘Living Hell’ Without Private Charities

    04/11/2014 6:41:25 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3 April 2014
    Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, and told Glenn Beck Thursday that his life — and those of others who were wounded — would be a “living hell” if not for private charities. The U.S. government has been criticized for not responding to the needs of America’s soldiers and veterans, particularly those wounded at Fort Hood. Lunsford has been among the most vocal critics, sharing his experience with TheBlaze’s investigative program “For the Record” back in February. “Have you gotten anything for your back pain?” Beck asked Lunsford Thursday. “For...
  • Young pipers descend on capital for contest

    03/17/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 11 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | 10 March 2014 | Jody Harrison
    YOUNG pipers raised the roof at Broughton High School in Edinburgh as the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships got under way. Pupils from 98 different schools travelled from across the country to compete in the event and demonstrate their mastery of traditional Scottish music. A record number of youngsters took part in the championships, which are in their second year, with many getting their first taste of performing in public. Bands travelled from as far away as the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Borders to compete in a variety of categories ranging from debut and experienced to a unique "freestyle"...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Rare chance to see The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch play in heartland

    03/01/2014 10:45:34 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 22 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 25 February 2014 11.37am
    Drum Major Michael McLaughlin leads the regiment on Armed Forces Day They have marched into the heat of battle and brought tears to eyes at some of the most dramatic moments of world history. Now the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will play at The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth for one night only on Tuesday May 13. The band is keen to support the heritage of The Black Watch and all funds raised from the concert will be in aid of the conservation and exhibition of the...
  • Today In U.S. Miiltary History 20 February 1945 - Pfc. Jack Lucas, USMC (MOH)

    02/20/2014 6:15:54 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    20 February 2014 | Self
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From Today in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile...
  • Peyton's calls collect $24,800

    01/19/2014 6:34:21 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 24 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 19, 2014, 7:29 PM EST | Darren Powell
    Not only is Peyton Manning heading to his third Super Bowl, he made $24,800 for his charity during the AFC Championship Game. Eight businesses will donate the money to Manning's Peyback Foundation after they committed to donate a combined $800 for each time he said the word "Omaha" at the line of scrimmage. Manning said "Omaha" 31 times during Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. "This has been terrific for us," said David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, which headed up the effort. "Before Friday, we had calculated that news coverage of...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 17 January 1781 - Battle of Cowpens

    01/17/2014 6:54:47 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Map of the Battle of Cowpens From Today in U.S. Military History: The Battle of Cowpens took place in the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself. It became known as the turning point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown. The Cowpens victory was one over a crack British regular army and brought together strong armies and leaders who made their mark on history. From the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge on, the British had made early and mostly...
  • Vanity - Chris Van Hollen on WMAL Yesterday Afternoon

    01/16/2014 4:23:41 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Self
    Yesterday afternoon, as I was leaving my office just east of Faggy Bottom, I tuned in Larry O'Connor on WMAL's "Drive at Five." He had Chris Van Hollen on the air and asked him , in short, why retired and disabled veteran's are the only people taking a haircut among Federal employees or retires under the pending budget deal. The answer from Van Hollen was that he, and his fellow DemocRats did not want to cut the COLA on disabled vets and retirees, but that the Pubbies wouldn't agree to a decrease in agricultural subsidies. I have been searching online...
  • Senator Paul Rand says he's suing Obama administration over NSA policies

    01/03/2014 7:14:53 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 16 replies
    AP via Newsday ^ | January 3, 2014
    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he is filing suit against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies of the National Security Agency. And on his website, he's urging Americans to join the lawsuit, in his words, "to stop Barack Obama's NSA from snooping on the American people."
  • Kristallnacht

    11/09/2013 9:38:02 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 25 replies
    The seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht has passed without a whimper from our vaunted press. Where are they now? Where were they then? I guess we have to go through this exercise another time as our Fathers did.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel & Marine Corps Birthday ~ 10 November 2013

    11/09/2013 5:05:12 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 116 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 238th Birthday10NOV1775 – 10NOV2013 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal ChurchAnd...
  • Eating bacon lowers sperm quality, study shows

    10/16/2013 4:29:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 84 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 16 October 2013
    Eating bacon can significantly lower a man’s sperm quality, Medical Daily reported. In a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston, researchers from Harvard University gathered data from 156 men who were undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVR) with a partner. Each couple was asked questions about their diet, including how often they consumed processed meat, red meat, white meat, poultry, and fish.
  • Million Vet March

    10/13/2013 1:11:48 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 129 replies
    13 October 2013 | Self
    MILLION MAN MARCHAfter Action Report13 October 2013 As I walked down 17th Street to the WWII Memorial I was passed by at least a dozen D.C Police cruisers and Paddy wagons. Two Secret Service cruisers were blocking vehicular access to 17th below Constitution Avenue. I was late arriving and missed Sarah Palin, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. Photo by KC Lion Arriving at the Memorial, I made my way to the high U.S. Flag and Gadsden Flagheld by FReeper Mr. Trooprally. ConorMacNessa, Mr. Trooprally and Ron G. Kirby Those who arrived before me made short work of the Barackades:...
  • Leave No Man Behind!

    10/09/2013 5:55:48 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 31 replies
    The Depths of MY Soul | 9oct2013 | ConorMAcNessa
    MAY ALMIGHTY GOD UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! THIS NATION IS dearer to me than my own life. I fought for it willingly and proudly, as my ancestors have done since the American Revolution, and as members of my family continue to do to this very day. MY FOUR-GREATS Grandfather, Samuel Brison, was born in Scotland around 1760. He emigrated to the Colonies and served in the Revolutionary War, retiring afterward to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where he passed on to his reward in May 1935. Memorial to Battery "C", 5th U.S. Artillery at Gettysburg,...
  • Fun and games for Dunoon with 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering

    09/01/2013 4:53:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    Argyll News ^ | 31 August 2013
    The final day of the 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering saw hordes all over the Dunoon Stadium and the town, arriving by ferry, by car and on foot. And the weather played fair. With the big results to come today in the highland dancing and pipe band competitions, everywhere you looked there were pipe bands tuning up and practising their entrance marching in unison. Above is the Kelty and Blairadam pipe band in a very well synchronised march, given that the band members in the visible line are of very different heights.
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    08/31/2013 9:16:29 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    BBC One ^ | 23 August 2013
    The Massed Pipes and Drums - Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013 The sounds of the Massed Pipes and Drums welcome you to 2013's Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Bands featured: The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 1st Battalion Scots Guards 1st Battalion The Royal Tank Regiment 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment The Wallace Pipes and Drums, Malta The Pipes and Drums of The Royal Guard of Oman
  • Strath of Kildonan Commemorating a time of upheaval (Truncated)

    08/17/2013 4:49:02 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | Saturday 17 August 2013
    Standing in a park overlooking the east Sutherland village of Helmsdale, a statue depicts a young family from the 19th century. The father is looking out to the North Sea, while the mother faces inland - casting a final glance at her beloved Strath of Kildonan. The Emigrants is a tribute to the thousands of Highlanders who sailed to the New World after being evicted from their homes during the Clearances in the 19th century. Between 1807 and 1820, approximately 2000 people were removed from their homes in Kildonan to make way for more profitable sheep farming. These traumatic and...
  • World Pipe Band Championships begin in Glasgow

    08/17/2013 4:30:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | Saturday 17th August 2013 | ANGUS HOWARTH
    COMPETITIVE action in this year’s World Pipe Band Championships has got under way, with around 8,000 pipers and drummers vying for the top spots in their respective categories. The event is being held at its familiar home of Glasgow Green this weekend. It is the first time the annual gathering is being held over two days. Overall, 225 bands are taking part in the event, which is expected to be attended by thousands of spectators today and tomorrow. The gates opened at 8am today, with the competition beginning at 10am. An event spokesman said there was already a “great” atmosphere...
  • Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 begins with a bang

    08/03/2013 2:44:00 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    A War horse, midges the size of motorbikes and even a military take on Gangnam Style were among the diverse highlights as this year’s Edinburgh Tattoo got off to an explosive start. Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh Castle * * * * Nearly 9000 spectators swelled Castlehill, struggling to get to their seats in time in anticipation of the night’s offerings. The show erupted into life with the timeless sounds of the Massed Pipes and Drums spilling out on to the Castle Esplanade as schoolchildren from Erskine Stewart’s Melville College and members of the Lyceum Youth Theatre simulated a volcanic lava...
  • Battle of Falkirk Commemorated

    07/27/2013 7:12:01 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    The Falkirk Herald ^ | 28 July 2013 | Stuart Barber
    The 1298 Battle of Falkirk was remembered on Saturday. The Society of William Wallace invited the pipes and drums of Uphall Station Pipe Band to lead the parade from the High Street to the memorial cairn at Callendar Park. Speeches were given by the society’s Amber McCann and ‘Yes’ campaign co-ordinator for Falkirk Keith Houston before wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen. Society member Gordon Aitken said: “We would like to make more people aware of this event and Falkirk’s historical past and ask them to join us next year.” The event was completed with an evening ceilidh...
  • FReeper Canteen - Salute to the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 115th Birthday - 17 July 2013

    06/16/2013 4:59:56 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 187 replies
    16 June 2013 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 115th Anniversary 17 JUNE 1898 – 17 JUNE 2013 From the early days of the Republic the Navy has had enlisted medical personnel known variously as “Loblolly Boys”, Surgeons Stewards, Pharmacists Mates and, most recently, Hospital Corpsmen. Established 17JUN1898 by an Act of Congress, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps is the only wholly enlisted corps in the Navy. The Hospital Corps is the largest rating in the Navy, comprising approximately ten percent of the Navy’s enlisted personnel. They were originally called Loblolly Boys in Navy records on the...
  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul: Sign The Life At Conception Act Below

    06/10/2013 2:23:49 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    National Pro-Life Alliance ^ | 9 June 2013 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Dear Pro-life American, Tragically, over 4,000 babies are aborted every day in our nation. That's over 1.6 million every year! But by passing a Life at Conception Act you and I can end abortion in America! The Supreme Court itself admitted in Roe that once Congress establishes the personhood of unborn children, they must be protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which explicitly says: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property.” Since the Supreme Court is waiting for someone to tell them who the law counts as persons, let’s not wait another minute!...
  • Requesting Prayers for the Victims of the Tornadoes

    05/20/2013 4:49:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 74 replies
    Self
    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGHFor All Those Affected By The Catastrophic Tornadoesin Texas And Oklahoma! Heavenly Lord, Please Hold Our Brothers And Sisters In Tornado Alley In The Shelter Of Your Healing Wings! _________________________________________________________________ The Twenty-Third Psalm Mahalia Jackson(Click) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art...
  • Requesting Prayers For My Son David - He was Assaulted Today And Is Hospital With Concussion

    05/14/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 205 replies
    14May2013 | Self
    I received a call from a local hospital shortly after 3:00 p.m. informing me that my son David had been beaten up and brought there by ambulance. They were performing X-rays and CT scans. It appears that he suffered a concussion. My wife is at the hospital and I will be following her there in the next few minutes.
  • In Memoriam My Brothers in Kilo & Lima Companies, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines

    05/11/2013 4:30:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 53 replies
    Self | 11Mayh2013 | ConorMacNessa
    REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHERS! In Memoriam My Comrades-In-Arms Of Kilo & Lima Companies, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines Who Fell In Combat In The Mothers' Day Massacre, 11May1969 SSGT. ERWIN EMRICK, JR., USMC LCPL. ROBERT MARTINEZ FUENTES, USMC LCPL. MICHAEL WAYNE GREEN, USMC PFC. STEPHEN RAY LOPEMAN, USMC PFC. ROBERT RUAN MCCLURE, USMC PFC ROBERT NELSON NEWMAN, USMC PVT SAMUEL BRUCE SCHWARTZ, USMC PFC ROBERT BENJAMIN STARKES, JR., USMC CPL TERRY LEE ADKINS, USMC LCpl. ROY LEE BALDWIN, USMC PFC CHARLES WAYNE FORD, USMC LCPL ARTURO BUSTAMANTE GUTIERREZ , USMC PFC ROBERT LLOYD KLEINSMITH, USMC HM3 JEROME MENTER, USN...
  • World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow gets extra day

    04/20/2013 12:14:55 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 April 2013
    Hundreds of bands from the UK and abroad are expected at the event, known as "The Worlds", on 17 and 18 August. The competition coincides with the last days of the 10th Glasgow International Piping Festival - Piping Live! St Enoch Square will act as the hub for the music event from 11-18 August. Among the performers is Julie Fowlis, whose music featured in the film Brave. Major attraction The World Pipe Band Championships, won in 2011 and 2012 by the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Lisburn, near Belfast, have been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years....
  • The 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland welcome home parade

    04/20/2013 12:07:22 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 22 replies
    Elllon Times ^ | 17 April 2013 12:34
    The rain spat in Galashiels and Melrose on Tuesday, but it didn’t matter to the parading soldiers of 1SCOTS, the Royal Scots Borderers - they were home, safe from six months in the desert. Nor did the weather dampen the cheering crowds lining the streets to welcome their sons, fathers, and even strangers, back from danger in Afghanistan. The first Borders faces the soldiers saw, as they marched in desert boots shouldering rifles and swords behind the pipes and drums and mascot Shetland pony Cruachan IV, were over a hundred schoolchildren from Langlee Primary School. 24-year-old Lance Corporal Fraser Pairman...
  • New venues and fresh sounds for tenth Piping Live! programme

    04/19/2013 5:40:18 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies
    STV Entertainment ^ | 17 April 2013 00:01 BST | Gillian Provan
    The sounds of pipes and drums will be bigger and louder than ever before as the Glasgow International Piping Festival returns for its tenth year. St Enoch Square will be the new hub for Piping Live! in 2013, which sees the World Pipe Band Championships take place over two days for the first time in its history. Acts from all corners of the globe will make music ring out across the city during the bagpiping week which runs from August 11 until 18. The programme of events includes a headline set from Julie Fowlis at the Gaelic Music Concert and...
  • FR Canteen Pays Tribute to A Patriot on his Passing/In Memoriam T/4 Harvey E. Rookus(Old China Hand)

    03/27/2013 5:59:37 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 215 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 27 March 2013 | The Canteen Crew
    IN MEMORIAMT/4 HARVEY E. ROOKUS, USA T/4 Harvey E. Rookus, USA, Hq. China Combat Command, WWII, died 18Mar2013 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) "Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be." (1 Maccabees 3:58–60) God Of Our Fathers Rest in Peace, fallen...
  • Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

    03/16/2013 7:10:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    The Edinburgh Reporter ^ | 13 March 2013
    The first ever Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships has proved a roaring success after over 400 students descended on Edinburgh to take part in the competition this weekend. 45 pipe bands from 39 schools flocked to Edinburgh’s Broughton High School on Sunday 10 March 2010 to compete in the much anticipated event where many youngsters had their first taste of performing in public. Bands from Edinburgh, Fife and the Outer Hebrides all took home awards on the day, with judges and organisers praising the young pipers and drummers, some aged just nine years old on the level of talent and...
  • Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band head for championships

    03/09/2013 4:08:41 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 5 replies
    Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band is competing in the first Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships this weekend. The school band are travelling to Broughton High School for the event which will include bands from more than 40 schools. David Johnston is Chairman of the committee behind the competition, which has the motto, Every school needs a pipe band. He added: “We’ve got pretty big ambitions for getting young people into piping and drumming, but it’s fair to say the number of entrants in our first year has exceeded even our expectations. “It’s brilliant to have so many keen youngsters developing a...
  • The Black Watch And The Band Of The Scots Guards To Perform At Kentucky Center

    03/02/2013 4:50:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    WAVE3 In Your Community ^ | March 1st, 2013, | Jaqueline Brill
    Scotland's Pipe and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion is an elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries. The precise origins of the group is unknown, however in 1716 a small band of 'hautboys' existed. The band grew in strength during the early part of the 19th century, and by 1838 could boast some 32 performers. Throughout the 19th century the band expanded, until in 1888 there was an establishment of 44. The Pipe and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion now travels the world, and in recent years has visited Australia, Bermuda, South Korea,...
  • Rest In Peace, Chris Kyle!

    02/11/2013 12:04:24 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 24 replies
    11Feb2013 | ConorMacNessa
    REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER! SWOC Christopher Scott Kyle, USN, Died 2Feb2013 U.S. NAVY SEALS"People Sleep Peaceably In their Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Their Behalf. " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) "Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in...
  • Ex-coaches: Rooney Rule is broken

    01/31/2013 4:19:50 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    AP via ESPN.com ^ | January 31, 2013,
    NEW ORLEANS -- Three black former NFL coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies -- eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions -- were all filled by white candidates since the regular season ended a month ago. "I know the concept is good and something we need to do," said Tony Dungy, who was with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season when he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. "Obviously, it's not working the way it should." The Rooney Rule, implemented in...
  • Prayer Request for Conor Macnessa

    12/24/2012 2:34:19 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 79 replies
    Self
    Dear Friends, At this juncture, I must ask for your prayers on my behalf. Last Friday afternoon, while driving home from work I blacked out on I-95 and rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. I was taken by ambulance to Laurel Regional Hospital and was admitted. During my three-day stay I had a head CT, a cervical MRI, an EEG, and a chest CT. They finally released me at about three o’clock this afternoon. In light of the circumstances of this accident, I am coming to the conclusion that I should not drive anymore. No one was injured...
  • Part time soldiers honoured at Birkhall

    10/20/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 1 replies
    Deeside Piper ^ | 15October 2012
    Part-time soldiers who have been on active duty in Afghanistan were presented with medals by the Duke of Rothesay at his home on the Balmoral estate, Prince Charles presented six Afghanistan campaign medals and one long service medal as the Territorial Army men’s proud families looked on. Afghanistan honours were presented to Major Kevin Wood, Corporal Iain McKinnon and Privates Chris Chambers, Benjamin Mellish, Andy Scott and Declan Taylor. Colour Sergeant Gary Buchanan was given the Long Service and Good Conduct medal for his fifteen years service to the Army. Damp weather didn’t deter the spectator’s enthusiasm as the ceremony...
  • Prayer Request for Michelle, Sister of my Sister-in-law, Mother of 3 brave boys serving our Nation

    10/04/2012 7:21:49 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 42 replies
    Self
    Received the following email from my Sister-in-Law: Hello Everyone, Just wanted to share some news about my sister Michelle. She has been diagnosed with Oral Cancer. About 10 days ago she had an ulcer removed from her lower lip and just received the results of the biopsy yesterday. The good news is that it has not spread to her lymph nodes and hopefully is localized. She is now scheduled for additional surgery on October 16th – the doctor needs to remove more of the surrounding tissue to make sure that all of it has been removed. The recovery period is...
  • As the UN opens its General Assembly session, it is already thinking up new global taxes

    09/28/2012 11:00:27 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 27 September 2012 | George Russell
    A 1 percent tax on billionaires around the world. A tax on all currency trading in the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound sterling. Another “tiny” tax on all financial transactions, including stock and bond trading, and trading in financial derivatives. New taxes on carbon emissions and on airline tickets. A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation’s territory. The United Nations is at it again: finding new and “innovative” ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from...
  • Republicans crank up pressure on administration (Truncated)

    09/26/2012 5:47:07 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 26 September 2012
    Full title: Republicans crank up pressure on administration to clear up facts on Libya attack After two weeks of changing stories from the Obama administration regarding the Libya terror attack, Republican lawmakers are putting increasing pressure on the president and his advisers to explain why they made such "implausible" statements in the days following the strike. Members of Congress, frustrated over an apparently light-on-details intelligence briefing last week and the initial insistence by officials that the attack was linked to anger over an anti-Islam film, fired off a round of letters this week seeking clear answers. Mitt Romney, after initially...
  • Pipes and drums CD launched as 
Borders soldiers head out to Helmand

    09/23/2012 2:32:08 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 10 replies
    The Southern Reporter ^ | 17 September 2012
    HUNDREDS of soldiers from the Royal Scots Borderers have started deploying for a six-month tour to Helmand Province in Afghanistan. An emotional farewell parade was held at the end of last week for the 450 soldiers from 1 SCOTS – the 1st Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland – who were led through the streets of Edinburgh by the pipes and drums from Dreghorn Barracks to Colinton Church where a service was held. Members of the Military Wives Choir sang for the soldiers at the service as hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets. And a new CD featuring the...
  • My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose (Projectile Vomit Alert!)

    09/17/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 60 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 15 September 2012 | Brian D. McLaren
    I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which large sectors of evangelical Christianity in America serve as a greenhouse. At a time when U.S. embassies are being attacked and when people are getting killed over an offensive, adolescent and puerile film targeting Islam - beyond pathetic in its tawdriness – we must begin to own up to the reality of evangelical Islamaphobia. Many of my own relatives receive and forward pious-sounding and alarm-bell-ringing e-mails that trumpet (IN LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS...
  • Rare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project

    09/13/2012 5:38:04 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2012
    A rare spider discovered at a construction site in San Antonio has shut down a $15 million project as federal and state officials consider ways to continue without disrupting the arachnid’s natural habitat. The spider, identified as a Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver, is an endangered, non-venomous species that lives in caves, has no eyes and is virtually translucent. Josh Donat, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the recent discovery is only the second time the species has been spotted in more than 30 years. "This is the second individual spider that's ever been found,” Donat told FOX...
  • Dorothy McGuire of McGuire Sisters dies at 84

    09/09/2012 2:10:45 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 38 replies
    AP via Foxnews ^ | September 9, 2012
    PHOENIX – Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died. Williamson died Friday at her son's home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, daughter-in-law Karen Williamson said. She had Parkinson's disease and age-related dementia. The McGuire Sisters earned six gold records for hits including 1954's "Sincerely" and 1957's "Sugartime." The sisters were known for their sweet harmonies and identical outfits and hairdos.
  • Benediction of Timothy Cardinal Dolan at the Democratic National Convention, September 6, 2012

    09/07/2012 5:58:34 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 24 replies
    September 6, 2012 | Timothy Cardinal Dolan
    Benediction of Timothy Cardinal Dolan at the Democratic National Convention, September 6, 2012 “With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love: Let us Pray. Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so powerfully in your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank you for showering your blessings upon this our beloved nation. Bless all here present, and all across this great land, who work hard for the day when a greater portion of your justice, and a more ample...