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  • Hundreds March In SF Against Possible War Against Iran

    02/09/2012 11:37:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Appeal ^ | February 4, 2012 | Laura Dixon, Bay City News
    In the wake of fresh U.S. and European sanctions against Iran, activists gathered at Powell and Market streets in San Francisco Saturday afternoon to protest a potential war against the Middle Eastern nation. Organized by The World Can't Wait and other anti-war groups, the rally coincided with similar protests in 80 other U.S. cities in a national "day of action" against a possible U.S. attack on Iran, according to World Can't Wait SF organizer Stephanie Tang. Organizers estimated that more than 300 people attended Saturday's rally and march down Market Street. The event follows an increased Western military presence in...
  • Charlie Leonard: Inalienable Rights [Time to Make Cuts in Huge Defense Budget]

    02/09/2012 10:44:09 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 19 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 9, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    Despite the federal government's representations that mask where our money goes, the single largest portion of the federal budget is actually spent on defense, defense-related activities and our obligations to prior members of the military and their families. In total, these activities will exceed $1 trillion in 2012. And, like every other federal expenditure, 45 cents of every defense-related dollar will need to be borrowed. Yet almost no one of consequence in Washington, in either party, has had the courage to say “enough.” A lot of my friends on the right are not going to like this, but I put...
  • Obama Pulls Combat Pay For Deployed U.S. Troops

    02/09/2012 9:22:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Pat Dollard ^ | February 4th, 2012 | Angelia Phillips
    The Shark Tank: President Obama’s latest policy outrage makes no attempt to hide his contempt for our military, as he is ordering that our troops serving overseas in war zones overseas are not to receive combat pay unless they are being shot at. A Marine who lives in Florida has just posted a note on Facebook which stated that he received a letter from his PayPal account that he would only be receiving his Hazard pay (Imminent Danger Pay) if he is actually in a hostile area and at risk of being Shot at. So I just got a letter...
  • Republican Military Hero & First Female to Command Fighter Squadron (Shortened Title)

    02/09/2012 7:33:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 8, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    This is exciting news…Colonel Martha McSally was a pilot in the United States Air Force. She was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat. McSally is also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. in 2001 Martha McSally successfully challenged the military policy that required US and UK servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country. Woman In Combat Martha McSally will announce her entrance...
  • Argentina Trying to Screw with Britain in the Falklands Again ('cuz It Worked-Out SO Well Last Time)

    02/09/2012 7:13:42 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 09, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Back in April '82, a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires  -desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempted to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest. And it worked, for a while: not only was the planned invasion and occupation of the Falklands launched prematurely (for political reasons) with lightly-trained troops, the military government -under the command of General Leopoldo Galtieri- severely underestimated the steely resolve of PM Margret Thatcher in attacking what they refer to as the 'Malivinas', a small group of British-held islands 300 miles off the Argentine coast (then subsequently the inhospitable South Georgia Islands +840 miles further out to...
  • What has happened to our country?

    02/09/2012 2:07:03 AM PST · by WeAreAMERICA · 22 replies
    What has happened to our country? I remember as a child, going to school and proudly saying the pledge of allegiance in the mornings. I wanted to be in the military so bad (and I went on to pursue that dream and serve for 13 years). Things just felt safer back then, the essence of who we were as a country was right in our faces, we could touch it, understand it. It felt like we were ALL on the same team, our goal was simple…Love our family, support our family, love our country, support our country. What ever happened...
  • Bradley Manning Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?

    02/08/2012 2:30:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 8, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    Is this the first time in history that a Nobel laureate is overseeing thecriminal prosecution of a Nobel nominee? Apparently, three members of the Icelandic Parliament have nominated Army PFC Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. On February 1, 2012, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Margrét Tryggvadóttir, and Þór Saari, all members of the Icelandic Parliament, sent their nominating letter to the Nobel nominating committee. This is, of course, their right to do so. But it shows a deep ignorance of what Manning stands accused of. Manning, you may recall is to be court-martialed for allegedly capturing 250,000 Department of State...
  • War and presidents: would Obama dare?

    02/08/2012 12:57:36 PM PST · by landsbaum · 11 replies
    Let’s stipulate that this is purely conjecture. OK. But can you remember or find an instance in the history of the United States when voters changed presidents during a war? Go ahead and look it up. No, LBJ and Vietnam didn’t meet that test. He quit. He wasn’t voted out...
  • A Little More on US Navy SEAL TEAM SIX

    02/08/2012 1:32:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies · 4+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 8, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This is what the Navy SEAL team looked like when they went in to get Bin Laden... Some items of note: 50 caliber sniper on the right. Knee, knuckle and forearm protection. Various plastic/wire ties. Absolute identity denial to protect their families. Free choice of footwear. Fourth from the right has three artillery simulators and CS gas grenades on his belly... He's the 'shock and awe' guy. Seal Team Six... can you imagine the look on Bin Laden's face when these guys came through the door? This open letter from a retired USMC colonel received via e-mail: ________________________________________________________________________________ Let's be...
  • What The First Few Minutes of World War III Will Look Like *Micro-Flim*

    02/06/2012 5:35:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 81 replies · 1+ views
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/6/12 | Mac Slavo
    n less than sixty minutes, the tiny nation of Iran could easily defeat two of the mightiest military powers in the world if they are allowed to engage in a first strike opportunity against both of those nations. This is not some far-fetched idea as U.S. and Israeli military planners are keenly aware of the implications of an Iranian attack which catches both nations off guard. The problem is not one of strategy or ability by either nation. The military units of both nations could easily defeat the Iranians in a nuclear or conventional war. However, Iran is not a...
  • Hamas and the Washington Establishment

    02/06/2012 4:34:21 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 2 replies
    To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an "invented people." As Gingrich explained, their invention came in response to Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. Since they were created somewhere around 1920, the Palestinians' main purpose has not been...
  • Dogs of War

    02/05/2012 3:16:56 PM PST · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 5, 2012 | Diana Demarest
    Anyone who knows me is well aware that I have a great love of our military and a great love of dogs, especially the German shepherd. Our family has a 4-year-old shepherd, Apollo. (He is affectionately known around here as just "The Boy.") That's him over there on the right. These dogs are loyal, protective, highly trainable and always looking for ways to please their masters. Our military, dating back to the Civil War, has been using dogs in warfare for more than 100 years. It is estimated that dogs saved the lives of more than 10,000 troops in the...
  • The Poor; The Farmer and The Soldier how America ought to work

    02/04/2012 11:32:19 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Feb. 4, 2012 | Barry Sanders, staff writer
    An episode of “WKRP In Cincinnati” depicted Venus Flytrap offering to educate a black male bent on destruction. Venus challenges him to spend one evening listening to an explanation of the “Atom”. If the concept was beyond him he was free to explore his doom. Venus explains the atom in two minutes. This analogy underscores the simplicity of Cabinet Level Departments. Let’s look at America through the eyes of The Poor, The Farmer, and The Soldier. Our executive branch has three functions; The Poor, The Farmers and the Soldiers. Enslaving the poor has become a Democratic Party phenomenon honed to...
  • Being EOD (Year in the life of an EOD Tech)

    02/04/2012 8:12:44 AM PST · by jdfromny · 8 replies
    Being EOD ^ | 12/27/11 | D. Comstock
    This is the outlet and sharing medium of an Army lieutenant deployed to Afghanistan for a year. The opinions contained within belong to the author alone and in no way reflect the viewpoints of the United States Army, the EOD community, or her fellow Soldiers.
  • Clinton Crony Aaron David Miller Displays the Leftist Anti-Israel Mindset

    02/04/2012 7:00:43 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 6 replies
    With the red-line point of no return rapidly approaching in Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, former Clinton Administration crony Aaron David Miller spoke what is a typical misguided anti-Israel leftist mindset: [“There’s a growing concern — more than a concern — that the Israelis, in order to protect themselves, might launch a strike without approval, warning or even foreknowledge,” Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast peace negotiator in the Clinton administration, said Friday.]A concern that Israel might act "without approval" to prevent the Islamist Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons."...without approval..."?That's the arrogant misguided mindset that permeates the thinking in the Obama/Biden/Clinton Administration, as well as the...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update February 2012

    02/03/2012 9:37:56 PM PST · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 4 February 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during January 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 January 2012. The article “Iraqi Army Development Status January 2012” was written separately and will not be addressed here. Highlights in this update include: 8th RGB located; Iraqi Government not implementing agreements on Peshmerga. Little new at Army Day Parade; No contracts from Russia shopping trip. Still looking at L159s but, no contract. 2 OSVs to deliver in third-quarter 2012. New ISOF website.
  • Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday (about HHS mandate on abortion)

    02/03/2012 7:25:56 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 23 replies
    The Corner/National Review ^ | February 3 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    In Catholic churches across the country, parishioners were read letters from the pulpit this weekend from bishops in their diocese about the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services giving Catholics a year before they’ll be required to start violating their consciences on insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. But not in the Army. A statement released this afternoon — which happens to be the 67th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester, on which four chaplains lost their lives – from the Archdiocese for Military Services explains:
  • Drug Cartel Targets Police Force

    02/03/2012 4:19:02 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/03/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Barrio Azteca, an enforcement arm of the Juarez cartel, is gunning down cops in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- just over the border from El Paso, TX -- as reported by Christopher Looft for InSight. Eight crime fighters have been murdered over the last month, and the narco terrorists have threatened to murder a cop a day until the city's police chief resigns whom they accuse of protecting rivals from the Sinaloa cartel. The drug cartels never have balked at killing law enforcement, and they repeatedly have targeted American officials on both sides of the border: in March 2010 the...
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    02/02/2012 11:26:06 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012
    Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.
  • Marine Writes About A Dog of War, Sgt. Rex

    02/02/2012 6:59:31 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 15 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | GREG HARDESTY
    CAMP PENDLETON – The second RPG round blew Cpl. Mike Dowling off his feet. The Marine had never seen combat before, but in 2004, he found himself in the thick of battle in Iraq's infamous "Triangle of Death." Boom! The blast from the rocket-propelled grenade slammed him into the ground, along with a fellow Marine, Sgt. Rex. As Dowling recounts in his just-published book, the explosion must have knocked him out cold for a second: "I come to with Rex on his feet, eyes white with fear and searching wildly in the smoke and dust to find me. "Then he's...
  • A LOOK PAST THE FLORIDA PRIMARIES: How are Pro-gun rights candidates looking?

    02/02/2012 5:42:27 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 3 replies
    www.webtoday.tv ^ | 02/02/2012 | WebToday.tv
    Looking past the Romney win in Florida, what do the next primary races look like for candidates espousing Second Amendment rights? The four remaining GOP candidates are spending millions of dollars tearing each other apart for the chance to take on President Obama in November. But while all eyes are on the Republican presidential primary, Gun Owners of America (GOA) also has to prepare for something that American gun owners don’t even want to think about; the possibility of a second Obama term. Think about it. A second term for Obama means he will be unencumbered with thoughts about reelection....
  • Veterans Affairs sued over same-sex marriage policy (Who saw this coming?)

    02/01/2012 11:24:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginia Pilot ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mackenzie Weigner
    A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging the Veterans Affairs Department for refusing to recognize legally married gay and lesbian military couples and denying them the same family benefits as their heterosexual colleagues. With the repeal last year of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military, activists have now turned their focus to gaining full benefits for legally married same-sex active duty and veteran service members and their families. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the law firm WilmerHale filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles on behalf of military veteran Tracey Cooper-Harris...
  • American-Inspired Pakistani Fashion Hits the Dusty Streets Islamabad

    02/01/2012 10:50:58 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 02, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Ah, the religion of peace Note: the (totally broke) US has given Pakistan  (who hate us and hid Bin Laden) BILLIONS in aid ...
  • Sandia’s Self-Guided Bullet Prototype Can Hit Target A Mile Away

    02/01/2012 1:10:09 PM PST · by Sasparilla · 11 replies
    Son of the Gyrojet of the 1960’s? New Mexico has great hunting. Combine that with the skills and creativity of two Sandia National Laboratories engineers, and there’s now a patent for a self guiding bullet that the military could use. Two engineers, Brian Kast and Red Jones have come up with a dart like, self guiding bullet for smoothbore small caliber firearms. It would use laser guidance to hit targets at more than a mile. They describe their invention as a promising technology that guides small projectiles that is inexpensive and can be produced fast. This Government affiliated company is...
  • Mitt Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor."

    02/01/2012 8:41:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Fresh off his big win in Florida Tuesday night, Mitt Romney made the most stunningly stupid remark of his campaign. “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney said in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien this morning. “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.” "There are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, 'That sounds odd,'" O'Brien...
  • Perpetuating the Erroneous “Ticking Bomb” View of Veterans

    01/31/2012 9:52:29 AM PST · by SZonian · 30 replies
    A few weeks ago, we warned against an increasingly prevalent narrative in news: That war Veterans are violent, unstable, and dangerous. I explained why that simply isn’t the case, and how those aspersions can hurt Vets and deepen the divide between us and civilians. Thursday, the national media moved a step closer to establishing this unfortunate characterization as conventional wisdom in the newsroom. USA Today, a national newspaper second to only the Wall Street Journal in distribution, published a story with a headline brimming with violent imagery:
  • Romney frets Gingrich's attacks could deflate win

    01/30/2012 12:25:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    Confident of victory in the Florida primaries tomorrow but afraid it might not be big enough to derail challenger Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney's team is moving to play down talk he will win by 10 points or more. "The win will wind up big, but we're not going to get double digits," said a key advisor. Several polls today have Romney's lead increasing to a Real Clear Politics average of 12 percent. Only three of nine of the most recent polls have Romney's lead in single numbers, with the highest being a 20 point lead in a Suffolk University poll...
  • To Obama, a $50 billion lunar colony is chump change

    01/29/2012 9:30:10 AM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 42 replies
    citizen5408.com ^ | January 29, 2012 | Greg C.
    While Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been mocked repeatedly by his chief rival, Mitt Romney, there is a compelling series of arguments to be made for returning to the moon, this time in the form of a permanent Lunar colony. Indeed, the Lunar colony idea had been articulated by President George W. Bush in 2004 and was based on solid research developed by many serious thinkers in the space community. It had also been ratified by 2 different congresses, in 2005 and 2008. In fact, the first lunar colony was planned in the mid-1960s, called ALSS (Apollo Logistics Support...
  • "The Legitimate Heir of the Reagan Movement, Not Some Liberal From Massachusetts!"

    01/29/2012 2:10:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | January 29, 2012 | David Weigel
    ...."I am not running to make the Wall Street elite and the Washington elite happy," said Gingrich. "I am running to change both groups on behalf of the American people!" ... "The truth is we have been served badly, the American people, by the establishment of this country in both parties. Let's be clear about it. In both parties! It's time someone stood up for hard-working, tax-paying Americans and said, enough! And if that makes the old order uncomfortable, my answer is: Good." Listeners got to hear a detailed pre-history of the Gingrich administration, an hour-by-hour countdown of what he'd...
  • Marines Are Always Faithful So Why Aren’t We?

    01/25/2012 11:57:44 AM PST · by gabriellah · 4 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/25/2012 | Mark Mayberry
    In the last few weeks, a videotape of four United States Marines urinating on some dead insurgents in Afghanistan surfaced. Obviously, this is inexcusable behavior in polite society, but ladies and gentlemen, the places we send our Marines are not civilized places. Never in the history of the United States have we sent our troops to a civilized place to wage war. It is disheartening to see how quickly some Americans have turned on the men that provide them safety. Although the methods and weapons of war have changed in the last century, the one thing that hasn’t changed is...
  • (Vanity) Yugoslav type 59 SKS - Cleaning kit stuck in the stock!

    01/25/2012 11:34:38 AM PST · by jboot · 22 replies · 1+ views
    OK, fellow FReepers, I've got a question. I recently purchased a Yugoslav Type 59 SKS. This is the original Yugo SKS, nearly a carbon copy of the Soviet weapon, not the later 59/66 with an integral grenade launcher. It's been around the block many, many times, but it still shoots as good as an SKS can be expected to shoot (which is to say just OK). I am planning on doing a full conservation project with it, because it has lots of nice cartouches and rack numbers. Moreover, it was finished with what appears to be dark brown shoe polish!...
  • In Defense of Our Defense

    01/24/2012 1:12:29 PM PST · by gabriellah
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/24/2012 | Kenneth Depew
    Right out of high school (after a well spent summer), I went into the Army. First stop, Fort Benning – home of the Army Infantry School on “Sand Hill.” In the woods of western Georgia I learned a lot of things: how to conduct drill and ceremony, how to properly fold my clothes and make my bed, how to maneuver under enemy fire and how to conduct myself while on patrol. At one point I think it was literally knocked into my head that “security is the first priority of work.” It was a recurring theme even after I left...
  • Newt, The Tea Party, Palin, Perry, Reform Evangelicals, Etc ...

    01/24/2012 5:19:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | January 23, 2012 | Dan Riehl
    I understand it's all about Newt vs. Mitt all the time. But I would ask that people think about a the bigger picture. All I'll say briefly about Newt and electability is, if in 2007 someone told me a black man named Barack Hussein Obama would defeat Hillary Clinton in the Dem primary and John McCain in the general election, I would have said they were crazy. So, please stop telling me you know for a fact what result any match up might produce in November of this year. We may all think we know, leading to a number of...
  • Iraqi Army Development Status January 2012

    01/23/2012 4:33:30 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 23 January 2012 | DJ Elliott
    The Iraqi Army is the most developed service in the Iraqi Security Forces but, it has major components missing. The absence of sufficient support, anti-tank, logistics, artillery, and especially the total absence of air defense, makes the IA incapable of effectively fighting any of the countries bordering Iraq. Without those components, the IA is just an internal security force – unable to successfully fight a conventional war.
  • Mitt Romney is Corrupt

    01/23/2012 4:02:06 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 9 replies
    [Pass it on. Includes video and links too numerous to post here. Visit 1389 blog.] Pay To Play Mitt Romney’s organization contributed to GOP candidates in 2010 to buy their endorsements in 2012. That means everyone who ran in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate and then endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012 is a sellout, a political prostitute, a turncoat, and a fraud. And that’s just the beginning. Not Romney
  • My son is going to Marine Corps OCS (Proud Pappa Vanity!!)

    01/23/2012 9:06:56 AM PST · by don-o · 52 replies
    Little House on Unaka | January 22, 2012 | don-o
    And I share the news with Free Republic because this is a good thing for America. I have heard a lot of folks talking about abandoning the military in light of the DADT Obama fiasco. I, for one, am proud that my son well understands and lives the Core Values and that he will be there to uphold them in the Corps in a position of authority, with God's help.
  • The American Mafia Isn't A Patriotic Bunch

    01/22/2012 12:11:37 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 19 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/22/12 | Friends of Ours
    Tough guy John Gotti wasn't going to fight America's war in Vietnam. The late Gambino mob boss was just a young hood when drafted in 1963, and after failing to appear for induction the draft dodger was found two years later as reported by Danny Fenster for Tickle The Wire: "Gotti told authorities he was unaware of the draft status. He reported to the selective service board the next day, but was never inducted into the armed forces due to his criminal record." Of course, mobsters never have been a patriotic bunch. For example, in 1945 Genovese mobster Paul "Lefty"...
  • President to Give Advanced Missile Technology to Russians

    01/22/2012 11:00:52 AM PST · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Saying that he didn’t want members of Congress to take his decision not to follow their advice personally, President Obama, nonetheless went ahead and initiated the transfer of sensitive missile technology information to the Russian government. “I know that there are those who disagree with me on this,” the President acknowledged. “But I have to do what I think is right. That’s why the American people elected me. I can’t let them down.” What the president referred to as “advice” came in the form of a law prohibiting the sharing of this missile technology with any foreign government. Though President...
  • Slope Dope: Mammoth Mountain Military Operation

    01/21/2012 2:33:57 PM PST · by thecodont · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Jan 20 at 5:32 pm | Posted By: Michelle Devera
    Mammoth Mountain couldn’t have asked for better weather for next week’s Operation Mountain Freedom, in which injured active duty servicemen and women and veterans learn how to ski or snowboard with the help of adaptive equipment. Since 2007, the resort, along with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, has hosted the military and their families for a week of lessons, motivational speakers and community-building events. “It’s a gateway to learning what is possible,” says Cara Leonard, associate director of the nonprofit. “So many people that come through this program are able to look at what they accomplished, whether it’s skiing or snowboarding,...
  • SSgt Wuterich Tells His Story in Court Today (Last Haditha Marine-Trial-Day Eleven)

    01/20/2012 9:00:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 99 replies
    Puckett and Faraj PC ^ | 1-20-2012 | Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj
    SSgt Wuterich Tells His Story in Court Today Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj January 20, 2012 Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes, asked just as direct and hard-hitting questions as any government prosecutor in a 2006 interview of SSgt Wuterich. Today in court the prosecution played nearly 3 hours of outtakes where Pelley attempted to get Wuterich to admit his Marines went on a rampage in Haditha Iraq. The prosecution team hoped to show that Wuterich admitted to shooting 5 military aged men and made irresponsible decisions to declare a house hostile and then prove he did it without clear...
  • Secretary of Defense Palin: Another reason to fear a Gingrich presidency (Flop sweat alert)

    01/19/2012 11:56:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | January 19, 2012 | Patrick Caldwell
    Newt Gingrich has staked out a string of positions over the course of the campaign that should be enough to disqualify him from holding the nation's top political office. Gingrich can't grasp the concept of separation of powers and believes the president should overrule court decisions he dislikes willy-nilly. He's in favor of child labor and peppers his speeches with race-baiting language. About the only thing Gingrich gets right is his desire to reinvest in space research. But this statement might resonate with voters more than any of those disqualifiers: Certainly, she’s one of the people I’d call on for...
  • A PolitiFact Example (100% true statement branded "pants on fire lie")

    01/19/2012 11:22:21 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Big Tent ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | Tom Bruscino
    So yesterday I got an email from Louis Jacobson of PolitiFact. It said: Good morning, Hope all is well! I wanted to throw a new military-related PolitiFact fact-check your way. In last night's South Carolina debate, Mitt Romney said, "Our navy is smaller than it's been since 1917. Our air force is smaller and older than any time since 1947." (1) Is this technically true, and if so, by what metrics? (2) What context does this ignore (changing/more lethal technology, changed geopolitical needs, etc)? Thanks so much! All best, Lou J. Here is what I wrote back: Lou, 1. On...
  • Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process

    01/18/2012 8:17:07 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 01-19-12 | stolinsky
      Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process David C. Stolinsky Jan. 19, 2012 Shimon Peres served as Israeli foreign minister and prime minister. He performed an invaluable service for international peace − inadvertently. He spoke English fluently but with a thick accent, so when he referred to the Mideast peace process, it came out as “piss process.” Thus he unintentionally planted an idea in the minds of his listeners: Trying to negotiate with people who openly declare they want to kill you is futile at best, and dangerous at worst. And in fact, decades of futile negotiations in the...
  • LA Times calls Rick Perry a ‘hillbilly’; will liberals demand an apology? [Perry defended Marines]

    01/18/2012 12:11:50 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 18, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    You hear that sound? Of course you do. It’s a dog whistle. I’m told that we conservatives (read: racists) use dog whistles all the time to clandestinely run down members of minority groups and others with whom we disagree. It is fascinating, I will concede, that the people we use these coded messages to badmouth—blacks, Latinos, etc.—often seem more adept at hearing the high-frequency whistles than we do. Why, just today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee became the latest member of the Congressional Black Caucus to call out Newt Gingrich for the “underlying suggestions” in his reference to Barack Obama as...
  • Rick Perry: Americans should be 'unhinged' by decision to reject Keystone pipe path

    01/18/2012 9:46:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 18, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    ..."It doesn't surprise me but it's again -- the president's focused more on the next election than on the next generation. "Getting this country independent of foreign sources of crude from countries that are not our friends is really problematic. So this Canadian oil, there's a possibility we could lose it to China with that decision so I hope Americans will really become unhinged with that decision because it is a really bad decision for our country, for energy independence and sends a horrible message at a time that were headed to $4 and $5 oil or excuse me $4...
  • Where Would Ron Paul Supporters Rally if Paul was Not Running in the GOP Primary?

    01/18/2012 2:47:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies · 1+ views
    January 18, 2012 | Vanity
    Where Would Ron Paul Supporters Rally if Paul was Not Running in the GOP Primary? Rep. Ron Paul ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. [GHW Bush [R] was elected] Rep. Ron Paul ran for president as a Republican in 2008. [John McCain [R] won the nomination and Barack Obama [D] was elected] Rep. Ron Paul is running for president as a Republican in 2012. [????] Perhaps another Obama win? Is Rep. Ron Paul and his base helping or hindering the conservative cause?
  • Perry’s Comments Ruffle Turkey’s Feathers

    01/17/2012 6:26:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal - Emerging Europe ^ | January 17, 2012 | Joe Parkinson
    For Turkey, busy riding an economic boom and preoccupied with soccer scandals and revolutionary shifts across its borders, the race for the U.S. Republican nomination hasn’t exactly been a box office draw. Until Tuesday, that is … Late Monday, Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry said that Turkey was governed by “what many perceive to be Islamic terrorists,” and should be booted out of NATO. The governor’s remarks, made during the Fox News Channel and Wall Street Journal GOP debate in South Carolina, came in response to a question from the moderator over whether Turkey still belonged in...
  • Biggest Small Navy in the World...

    01/17/2012 1:18:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 17, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Brit Phil Warren took 63 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships in exacting 1:300 scale- and check this out: every last one of them is built entirely from matchsticks and matchboxes. The amazing collection includes nearly 370 American and  60 British RN ships. Mr Warren started the first one in post-war 1948 when just a lad of 17, and the only tools utilized in their impeccable construction are razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper. Balsa wood glue keeps it all together.. and that's it.  More than 650,000 used matchsticks and boxes were used to create the fleet (must know every...
  • The Evangelical Vote [behind the curtain - leadership vote held in Texas]

    01/16/2012 3:07:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Red State ^ | January 16, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    I had the privilege to attend the meeting of evangelicals in Texas this weekend. Due to pressing matters before me Saturday I could not make the Saturday portion, but was there Friday hearing the advocacy for the candidates, the run down, etc. I did not vote. As with all meetings of Christian conservatives, we all pledge to have an off the record meeting and a handful of the sinners start leaking like sieves. It is aggravating and typically why I never say a word in these meetings. Since a few have decided to leak so many details from the meeting...
  • Author Eric Metaxas: Gingrich, Perry Should Drop Out–Now [Santorum spoke next at breakfast]

    01/15/2012 10:19:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2012 | Kristina Peterson
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry should drop out of the race before South Carolina’s Saturday primary, prominent conservative author Eric Metaxas said at a Sunday prayer breakfast. Mr. Metaxas said he was optimistic some of the candidates competing for the state’s conservative voters would take themselves out of contention to allow South Carolinians to coalesce around an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “It’s more likely that some of these wonderful men that are running will hear God’s voice and get out of the race before Saturday for the good of this country,”...