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  • In Israel, there's no 'right to bear arms' - and it works

    06/19/2016 2:03:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Ron Kampeas
    (JTA) Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, soldiers didn’t jostle to be first in line. Rather, the most coveted position was second. That’s because the bus driver had the right – under rules issued by the army and made clear to each armed soldier before she or he left the base – to order any soldier to sit in the front seat and remain alert. And the first one...
  • Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’

    01/07/2014 12:19:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2014 | Bob Woodward,
    Gates writes about Obama with an ambivalence that he does not resolve, praising him as “a man of personal integrity” even as he faults his leadership. Though the book simmers with disappointment in Obama, it reflects outright contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides. Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.” During that...
  • True Stories of Soldiers Left Behind

    03/09/2015 12:15:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 9, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    “No Man Left Behind” is an American adage of chivalry and solidarity that we do not always practice. Young men and women in military service risk their health and careers for the majority of us who never lift a finger in battle—unless it’s to control simulated snipers wielding digitized NA-45s in a computer game like Call of Duty. Go stand before a mirror. Take a look at your hands; your feet; and your head. If you’re like me, you’re fortunate to have all ten digits and a brain that has never been riddled with trauma. Your body is free from...
  • Are Christians Commanded to (Always) Vote? [And should you care if you're not religious?]

    01/11/2015 7:14:22 AM PST · by Moseley · 37 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | January 10, 2015 | Jonathon Moseley
    Is it a requirement for all Christians to vote? The question is not merely whether Christians should “dirty their hands” by participating in politics. Are Christians actually required to participate in politics? Can you be an obedient Christian without voting? I am starting to believe that nothing else can save the Republic. Everyone comments that we are a sharply-divided nation, with really no clear majority for either the Republican or Democrat Party. However, what if 10 million new voters showed up and voted Republican? The nation would no longer be 50-50. The balance would tilt sharply to the GOP Every...
  • Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility

    12/09/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies ^ | 12-9-2014 | John Hawkins
    “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society whereno one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming...
  • Pentagon to mobilize reserve soldiers for Ebola duty

    11/14/2014 3:37:58 PM PST · by wtd · 12 replies
    KVUE ^ | 11/14/2014 | Tom Vanden Brook
    Pentagon to mobilize reserve soldiers for Ebola dutyWASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the involuntary mobilization of 2,100 Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers for duty in Ebola-ravaged West Africa, the Pentagon announced Friday. The Army is notifying soldiers and their families about the compulsory call-up, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. The units and their specialties are not being identified until the troops have been informed. Last month, the Pentagon announced its intent to mobilize eight reservists who had the engineering skills needed for building medical facilities.
  • Too Much Burden To Show ID To Vote? What About Jury Duty?

    10/18/2014 4:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | October 18, 2014 | Shannon Goessling
    How much is too much of a burden when it comes to being an American? As Americans, we’re required to engage with our government at all levels, in all sorts of ways. Many of those ways create burdens, but are part of the deal when we live under the rule of law and decide who represents us in government. Our relationship with our government is a two-way street. Consider some of the pillars of civic duty – voting, jury duty, registering for Selective Service, participating in the Census, challenging a property tax assessment. All of these carry burdens on us...
  • That Voice in the Wilderness

    08/02/2014 7:24:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 2, 2014 | Robert Charles
    Vox clamantis in deserto. A voice in the wilderness. That phrase is from the Bible (Isaiah 40:3), but also happens to be the motto of my alma mater, Dartmouth College. Although both the Bible and Dartmouth – the latter founded before the American Revolution by a man who arrived, literally, in "the wilderness" with 500 bibles – use the Latin (originally Greek) to mean slightly different things, the spirit of the phrase however is clear: Even one voice, speaking truth on its own, can make a difference. Today, that one voice is the average American. It is you. It...
  • TFD (Toledo, Ohio) confirms 2 firefighters killed in line of duty

    01/31/2014 1:45:24 PM PST · by madison10 · 6 replies
    13 News Toledo ^ | 1/27/2014 | Channel 13
    TFD confirms 2 firefighters killed in line of duty Posted: Jan 26, 2014 3:39 PM EST Updated: Jan 27, 2014 12:49 AM EST TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo Fire Department has confirmed two firefighters were killed while fighting a fire at a convenience store Sunday afternoon. The fallen firefighters have been identified as: Stephen A. Machcinski, 42, with 16 years of service. James A. Dickham, 31, with approximately 6 months of service "Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen firefighers and their families," said Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago at a press conference Sunday night. Both men were assigned to...
  • New File: Military Officers Relieved of Duty under Obama

    10/23/2013 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 10/23/2013 | Nachum
    Military Officers Relieved of Duty under ObamaCURRENT COUNT: 42 Generals/Admirals & High-Ranking Military Officials Removed By Obama1-General David Petraeus 2-Gen. John Allen US commander3-US Army General Carter Ham 4-Gen. William "Kip" Ward.5- Brigadier Gen. Jeffery A Sinclair 6-Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford 7- Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette 8-Navy Cmdr. Joseph Darlak 9- LTC Paula Broadwell 10-Marine General James Mattis 11-Gen. David McKiernan 12-Gen. Stanley McChrystal 13-Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright 14-Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina 15-Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus 16- Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant 19-Maj. Gen. Michael Carey 20- Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz 21-Army Gen. Keith...
  • CZ P09 Duty Pistol 19+1 9mm (video only)

    07/15/2013 11:18:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies ^ | 6-21-2013 | sootch00
    Fun Gun Reviews Presents: The CZ P09 Duty Model 9mm Pistol. This is a full size Polymer Framed handgun that has a magazine capacity of 19+1, which makes it the highest capacity of any other 9mm pistol with a flush fit magazine in the industry.
  • Thoughts on the Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's Birth

    01/18/2013 11:07:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 18, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This is a "revised and extended" re-post of an article I wrote in 2011 to mark an anniversary of General Lee's death. It celebrates the two hundred and sixth anniversary of his birth on January 19, 1807, a happier occasion. Today, January 18th, is also Lee - Jackson Day in Virginia, as proclaimed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell. We have changed as a nation, often not for the better.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of his type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those...
  • Vote tomorrow as if the lives of our Military Service Men and Women DEPENDED on it - - - .

    11/05/2012 6:30:08 AM PST · by Graewoulf · 13 replies
    Graewoulf | November 5, 2012 | Graewoulf
    Benghazi-Coward Obama and Pansy Panetta have proven themselves to be unfit to serve in ANY position in the US Military. Vote against the entire Obama Administration, pro-Obama Democrat Candidates in the US Senate and House tomorrow, November 6, 2012.
  • Photo of guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in storm goes viral

    10/29/2012 11:57:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 29, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    This photo of soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the rain has gone viral over social media especially Facebook in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Soldiers of the 3rd Inf Reg. continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948. The photo was taken by Karin Evink Markerton at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, September 18, 2012, in the rain. Markerton posted a note on her Facebook wall to people tracking the origin of the photo....
  • ALWAYS ON DUTY - hurricane, or not!! (vanity)

    Rain or shine, storm or fair weather, the proud soldiers of the "Old Guard" are always on duty standing their post.
  • Bald Faced Lies vs Hard Facts and FReeREPUBLIC

    10/24/2012 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 30 replies
    10/24/12 | Ron C
    <p>Without any doubt in the minds of most of the folks that visit and support this website, Barack Hussein Obama II is without any question the worst President to ever hold office in this nation. He must be decisively thrown out of office by the American people – and FReepers are working hard to make that happen. Of course the lousy dirty leftist media is doing everything they can to save his sorry butt – but they won’t.</p>
  • When Good Men Do Nothing...They Get Nothing Good Done

    04/03/2012 6:49:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Ohio Free Press ^ | Wayne Greeson
    ”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) So much of the history of the struggle between good and evil can be explained by Edmund Burke’s observation. Time and again those who profess to be good seem to clearly outnumber those who are evil, yet those who are evil seem to prevail far too often. Seldom is it the numbers that determine the outcome, but whether those who claim to be good men are willing to stand up and fight for what they know to be right. There are numerous examples...
  • To Heck with "tweeting" Obama, Let's Just Impeach Him !

    09/09/2011 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 40 replies
    Vanity/Civic Duty | September 9, 2011 | Graewoulf
    Obama got his 500,000,000,000.00 dollars today from the US Senate, thanks in no small part to Senator Son-of-a-Mitch McConnell, and Robo-Senator Reid-in-the-Wind. Obama had asked last night in his unfinished Jobs give-away bill , (i.e. "targeted") , for only 450,000,000,000.00 dollars. This is an obvious attempt to avoid a financial deadline. This timing of the speech, Joint Session, amount transferred, suggest a pattern of a sudden increase in spending by the Executive Branch of the US Government. It is now time to begin The Articles of Impeachment against President Obama to prevent further dereliction of financial duty and other neglected...
  • Federal jury duty: questions, questions.

    06/12/2011 10:46:04 AM PDT · by swami7774 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    I've gotten a letter notifying me to report for federal jury duty(in Boston) on July 11th. Not a federal GRAND jury, just federal district court jury. I've filled in the online questionnaire and am supposed to call the court the night before the first day. Questions: the notice says "Monday, July 11 THROUGH Friday, July 29th." Does this mean that even if I am dismissed on the first morning I am required to keep calling for the entire two-week period? I live 62 miles--one way--from the courthouse. What is the mileage reimbursement(if there is one)? Is there a hotel reimbursement?...
  • Mindless Push for 'Diversity' in the Military Won't Win Wars

    03/12/2011 4:19:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/11/2011 | Roger Hedgecock
    There are too many white men in the U.S. military. So says a report released this week by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC), commissioned by Congress to examine ways to "increase diversity" in the military. The MLDC report finds that 77% of active-duty senior officers are white, 8% black, 5% Hispanic, and 16% women (of unspecified race). What's the answer to this "problem"? Is the MLDC recommending that white males stop volunteering for military service? Do they want to start "selecting" who among them volunteers for service? Are they recommending that there be quotas for military service, as with...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and this Nation

    02/09/2011 5:51:06 AM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 18 replies
    02/09/11 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    Psalm 28 The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield 28:1 To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Lord your sons and daughters thank You for this very moment we have the breath to lift our prayers to the Foot of the Throne. 2 Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary. Father we plead for Your mercy...
  • Burial at Sea

    01/17/2011 5:23:35 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Via Email | LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret)
    Burial at Sea by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret) In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time, as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial. War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it. Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican Republic and was wounded there, Vietnam was my war. Now 42 years have passed and, thankfully, I rarely think of those days in Cambodia, Laos, and the panhandle of North Vietnam where small teams of Americans and Montangards fought much larger...
  • Tango Mike Mike

    12/22/2010 2:06:20 PM PST · by STD · 3 replies
    Big Geek Dad ^ | 12/22/10 | Big Geek Dad
    Tango Mike Mike (394 votes, average: 4.35 out of 5) Loading ... Share9774 Sign Up for the Video Of The Day Tango Mike Mike is the story of Green Beret Roy P. Benavidez and his heroic action in Vietnam that earned him the Medal of Honor. His story is truly amazing and is a tribute to all the Vietnam Vets whose stories haven’t been told. Check your library for the book “The Last Medal of Honor: The True Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez and His Six-Hour Battle in Hell” if you want to read more about Roy....
  • Duty. Valor. Honor.

    10/03/2010 5:46:09 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 3, 2010 | Ted Gregory
    Inside the terrifying firefight that revealed what kind of soldier — and man — Wheaton's Rob Miller was. "I don't want to be remembered for dying. I want to be remembered for who I was. Miller and the Medal of Honor (posthumous)
  • Apache Tribute (Video)

    09/01/2010 8:59:04 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10 May 2007 | --
    A tribute to all American Armed Services Members.
  • We can dig our way out of the current financial mess we are in!?!

    08/28/2010 7:34:30 PM PDT · by VaConstitution · 11 replies
    Author | 2010-08-27 | Russell Patton Davis
    Subtitled: A Pro-Free Enterprise Tax & Law Structure & An Opportunity Presented by Existing Violations of US Constitution Art.I Sect.1 The power to tax is the power to destroy.. Seems like we want to be careful about what we let our government destroy. Sort of an enumerated powers applicable to all levels of government might be useful at least as a thinking tool. It seems that social engineering is always divisive, toxic and provides opportunities for corruption. Social engineering by taxes, tax breaks, and subsidy is no different but more so. The removal of that propensity towards corruption is worthy...
  • Prayer Thread: 8/27 Kennedy Ctr & 8/28: Lincoln Memorial

    08/26/2010 9:10:52 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 17 replies
    26 August 2010 | Vanity
    I ask that those of us here on FR spend moments in prayer on Friday and Saturday, for the sake of those who are in DC with our fellow patriots, and for those in theatre who are fighting in our names. Cover them, Lord God Almighty, please, with Your Blessing and Mercy. Send Your angels before them and post Your Guardian angels around them all. Defend and keep them safe from all harm. Those that would cause trouble or disruption, please send them away on another errand, another path. Dear Lord, You are the reason we have America. You alone...
  • Pray for our American Heroes!

    08/17/2010 6:51:34 AM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 15 replies
    8/17/10 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    <p>29:1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength.</p> <p>Lord, Your Elect Christian patriots gather to offer thanksgiving in the awesome shadow of Your Glory and Strength.</p> <p>2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.</p>
  • Pray for our American Heroes!

    07/20/2010 6:06:44 AM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 21 replies
    7/20/10 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    "When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." - Psalm 56:9 Lord, with all the grateful joy in our hearts, we, your Elect, come boldly to Your Throne of Grace and cast these supplications. We ask that You incline Your ear to our exhaustive pleas. We that are imputed the Righteousness of Your Son ask what no reprobate is able. Father, the spawn of perdition are desecrating this country formed in Praise of You. We pray all Christian patriots regain the strength of eagles and cease living defeated,...
  • The incredible illegal distillery which made 1.3m litres of bootleg alcohol

    07/12/2010 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 6:58 PM on 12th July 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The ringleader of a bootleg alcohol gang which produced more than a million litres of illegal vodka costing the taxman Ł10 million in lost revenue was jailed for 12 years today. Harvey Conroy ran a 'determined and professional' outfit which produced fake vodka and tobacco without paying excise duty or VAT, defrauding the state of millions of pounds. Richard Christie QC, for the prosecution, said Conroy orchestrated the fraud in a bid to make massive profits, with the factories working 24 hours-a-day
  • LEADERSHIP: Another Skipper Gets Tossed

    06/27/2010 9:24:53 PM PDT · by shield · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | June 27th, 2010
    The U.S. Navy has relieved the captain of a frigate (USS John L. Hall), because, two months ago, his ship bumped into a pier as it was docking in the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia. There was no damage to the pier, but the Hall suffered damage costing $160,000 to repair. After the investigation was over, the navy concluded that the captain should be relieved for “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” That makes seven ship captains relieved so far this year, more than twice the rate that it has been relieving them in the last few...
  • Face of Defense: Family Liaison Duty Changes Airman’s Life

    06/16/2010 9:17:22 AM PDT · by SandRat · 202+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Tech. Sgt. Chyenne A. Adams, USAF
    BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C., June 16, 2010 – When an airman is seriously injured, multiple agencies are ready to provide help. But if the servicemember is unable to actively engage those resources, the Air Force assigns a family liaison officer to help the family deal with the emotional and physical turmoil. Master Sgt. Robert D. Greenberg, an Air Force Honor Guard member here, recently served as the family liaison officer for Senior Airman Michael Malarsie's family. Malarsie was injured Jan. 3 in a roadside-bomb attack on his unit near Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was one of a two-man tactical...
  • Pelosi Says She Has a Duty to Pursue Policies in Keeping With The Values of Jesus

    06/01/2010 9:34:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 103 replies · 1,194+ views
    CNS News ^ | June 01, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies "in keeping with the values" of Jesus Christ, "The Word made Flesh." Pelosi, who is a Catholic and who favors legalized abortion, voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted into law in 2003.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/18/2010 6:02:03 AM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 14 replies · 194+ views
    5/18/10 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation Of David. 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Lord we come to you in search of the light of salvation, that You have shined on your Saints. The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? As the fear of seen and unseen calamity surrounds us, we look to You for righteous courage. 2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. The spawn of wrath purposes...
  • 25 Reasons Why The Police Are Great.

    05/04/2010 5:19:02 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 18 replies · 393+ views ^ | May 4, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    What kind of a person would voluntarily sign up for a job that entails everything the police have to contend with?Such a person as is described in "Why the Police are Great."Thank God for people such as this.Dedicated to the men and womenof Law Enforcement who have given their livesin the line of duty.1. The Police are great because they are always ready. They are ready to handle the mundane and trivial. They are ready to handle the ordinary and common. They are ready to handle the big jobs, the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, and the heartbreaking jobs. Every...

    04/16/2010 4:23:17 PM PDT · by ghstcgr · 25 replies · 579+ views ^ | april16,2010 | les campbell
    BOYCOTT MICHIGAN Abolish Michigan’s criminal/felony child support laws A National plea goes out too; Boycott all Michigan Businesses, in an effort to stop Michigan from prosecuting its citizens with Criminal felony’s convictions for child support. see full thread @
  • From the Archives - "I Don't Have To."

    12/31/2009 9:05:22 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 4 replies · 244+ views
    [New Year's resolutions are often put in terms of "I have to" and fill in the blank with what you think you must do. David Kelley warns that "To say 'I have to' is to speak the language of compulsion, duty, authority." David suggests we speak "the language of values instead of the language of duty, 'want-to' instead of 'have-to'."]How many times during the course of a week do we say "I have to..."? I have to take out the trash...change the oil in my my Visa bill...I have to give a presentation at the sales meeting...take the final...
  • From one vet to another....THANK YOU

    11/11/2009 5:28:45 AM PST · by mshoffner · 14 replies · 2,246+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 11/11/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    From Concord to New Orleans. From the Northwest Territory to the American west. From the Philippines to San Juan Hill. From Europe before 1920 to Europe controlled by the Axis powers. From Korea and Vietnam to the Middle East. They have worn everything from the everyday to specialized outfits. They started with crude single shots and now use precision weapons. They've been shot down by their own government and hailed as heroes. They're doctors and lawyers, tradesmen and farmers. They are all different races, creeds, colors, nationalities, and faiths. They come from places as large as New York City and...
  • WWII female pilots finally get recognition

    09/12/2009 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 46 replies · 2,092+ views
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | September 11, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Muriel Martin spent four years helping train fighter pilots as a Women's Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, during WWII.Muriel Martin struggles these days to remember the years she spent as a World War II U.S. Army Air Force pilot. The dates have run together in her mind and the details of her training and experience long ago faded into the background of a life filled with child rearing and community service. But some days, the memories push through and she finds herself back in her 20s and in the cockpit again. “I was flying to Dallas earlier this year and...
  • Md. Gov. Calls Seasonal Flu Shots a 'Patriotic Duty'

    09/02/2009 10:08:01 PM PDT · by freespirited · 45 replies · 1,482+ views
    Washpost ^ | 09/02/09 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Wednesday said it was residents' "patriotic duty" to get seasonal flu shots in coming weeks to make it easier for health officials to determine if outbreaks are related to H1N1, or swine flu. If residents do not get vaccinated against seasonal strains and later get sickened by them as a result, there will be little way to determine if those falling ill this fall and winter have been infected by less worrisome strains, or by the more contagious H1N1 virus, O'Malley said. The governor characterized that scenario as serious because it could stress supplies...
  • Battery Commander Looks Back at Successful Tour of Duty in Iraq

    07/14/2009 4:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FOB DELTA — Fifteen months after deploying to Iraq, the Soldiers of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, are getting ready to head home to Fort Hood, Texas. From Bucca to Buehring, Basrah to Delta, the Soldiers of Btry. C have had an adventure of a deployment. Starting at Camp Bucca in April 2008, Btry. C's first mission in Iraq was conducting detainee operations. "Basically, what we did at Camp Bucca was set up vocational schools," said Capt. Robert Plowey, then commander of Btry. C. "We supported the Islamic discussion group. We helped run a...
  • Going great guns at 100

    06/28/2009 4:42:56 PM PDT · by twister881 · 10 replies · 1,279+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 06/28/2009 | Lori Weisberg
    "I'm going to say it again . . . I cannot believe this is happening,” John Finn said as he surveyed a crowd of more than 2,000 who traveled to Pine Valley to celebrate his 100th birthday. The Medal of Honor recipient has spoken all over the country about his heroic counterassault on enemy planes at Pearl Harbor nearly 68 years ago... But nothing could compare to yesterday's much more personal tribute, Finn said. “Who'd ever expect this kind of crowd out here?” the Live Oak Springs resident asked, supporting himself on two canes, yet fit and sharp-witted for his...
  • The Price of Liberty is...Hot Dog Gruel? (Washington)

    06/24/2009 4:52:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 550+ views ^ | 23 June, 2009 | Mark Taff
    As you readers may recall from earlier postings, I had jury duty yesterday for King County Superior Court. You may also recall that back in January I emailed them, in good faith, a list of principles (you know, those freedoms us libertarian “terrorists” advocate for, despite government objections) I held that I thought would disqualify me from jury duty. Other than an acknowledgment of receipt of my objections, no substantive action on them was taken by the Court. When my day started, I had already been up for 24 hours, partly due to my odd sleep schedule, and partly due...
  • Foreign Enemies and Traitors: A Review (Vanity)

    05/26/2009 8:34:21 AM PDT · by Salo · 14 replies · 1,260+ views
    Vanity ^ | 05/26/2009 | Salo
    The United States have broken up. The economy is in shambles. Earthquakes and Hurricanes have ravaged the Southeast, and a low-intensity civil war is raging in Tennessee as the federal government tries to reassert itself over the states that are in open rebellion. The federal government is led by President Tambor, the first African American president - and closet Marxist - who is craven enough to try to use the military against its own citizens, and ruthless enough to bring in vicious foreign mercenaries when our own troops won’t completely turn against us. Then it gets bad. Really bad. Foreign...
  • George Washington--Speech to the Officers of the Army

    04/14/2009 8:35:57 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 6 replies · 1,613+ views
    Rediscovering Geroge Washington ^ | Newburgh, March 15, 1783 | G. Washington
    Head Quarters, Newburgh, March 15, 1783 "Gentlemen: By an anonymous summons, an attempt has been made to convene you together; how inconsistent with the rules of propriety! how unmilitary! and how subversive of all order and discipline, let the good sense of the Army decide. In the moment of this Summons, another anonymous production was sent into circulation, addressed more to the feelings and passions, than to the reason and judgment of the Army. The author of the piece, is entitled to much credit for the goodness of his Pen and I could wish he had as much credit for...
  • MILITARY: Judge denies Marines access to CBS tapes

    03/13/2009 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Dubya · 23 replies · 2,369+ views
    North County Times ^ | MARK WALKER
    Finding supports rights of press over prosecutor's desire for all of '60 Minutes' Wuterich interview CAMP PENDLETON ---- CBS prevailed Thursday in a battle with Marine prosecutors who wanted all the network's unaired tapes from an interview with the key figure in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005. A military judge granted the network's request to deny a subpoena seeking all the outtakes from a "60 Minutes" interview with Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich first broadcast in 2007. The judge, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks, ruled that forcing the network to hand over that material would place the network in...
  • Duty Won’t Take Holiday as Christmas Spirit Reaches Iraq

    12/23/2008 5:42:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 408+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2008 – The holiday decorations are ever-present at the 926th Engineer Brigade headquarters at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Competitions are under way to determine who can fashion the most festive door, and holiday parties – without liquor, of course – remind everyone that the days are counting down to Christmas. The lineup for Dec. 25 includes an all-hands “Saper call,” a “basketball brawl” similar to the one the brigade sponsored at Thanksgiving, and football games playing back to back on the dining facility TVs. But Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, the brigade commander, said the festivities can’t overshadow...
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Canine Handler Battles Injuries to Return to Duty

    11/18/2008 3:56:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 228+ views
    Wounded Warrior Files ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2008 – Despite losing a leg in combat, Army Sgt. Chris Alvin Burrell is focusing on his rehabilitation to one day return to what he calls his “normal day of work.” Army Sgt. Chris Burrell is focused on his rehabilitation since losing a leg in an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood on Dec. 26, 2007. He hopes to return to his job as a canine handler. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “My main focus right now is to heal properly and quickly in the right timeframe, and just make sure I’m healed...
  • veterans

    11/06/2008 10:37:49 PM PST · by screaming eagle2 · 7 replies · 451+ views
    nov 11th veteran's day
  • Iraqi Army Surging Ethics Training

    09/18/2008 4:18:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 271+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq Public Affairs Office
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Army wants every Iraqi Soldier to receive ethics training just like he receives marksmanship or drill and ceremony training. Since 2003, the primary focus for the Iraqi Army has been building the force. Getting Soldiers trained to fight took precedence over many other military functions. Iraqis came from all locations and all walks of life to join the fight to secure their country from terrorists. Every one of those Soldiers brought a unique set of values with him: personal values, family values, community values and religious values. Creating a culture of ethical behavior means that each...