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  • Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

    06/30/2016 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. …
  • 10 reasons Edinburgh is the best place to celebrate Burns Night

    01/23/2015 9:27:25 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 22 replies ^ | Friday 23 Jan 2015 | Ali Liddy
  • My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

    01/25/2011 5:31:19 AM PST · by Sparky1776 · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13, 2006 | Dayfornight
    0, my love is like a red, red rose, that's newly sprung in June. 0, my love is like a melody, that's sweetly play'd in tune. As fair thou art, my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I, And I will love thee still, my dear, till a' the seas gang dry. Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, and the rocks melt wi' the sun! And I will love thee still, my dear, while the sands of life shall run. And fare the weel, my only love! And fare the well awhile! And I will come again,...
  • A squeamish cook's guide to haggis - 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns

    01/15/2009 8:06:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 973+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/16/2008 | Claire Bowman
    Thankfully, you don't have to make your own haggis; you can get it straight from the chill cabinet at your local Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer - in fact, you can even get a lentil-packed vegetarian version if you so desire. In the run-up to Burns Night, Macsweens of Edinburgh exports up to 800 tonnes around the world, from Canada to Kazakhstan, which is an awful lot of haggis by anyone's standards. And Americans will go to extraordinary lengths to lay their hands on a haggis (importing sheep's lungs is banned in the States), even smuggling them through Customs...
  • Scots ask US to lift haggis ban

    01/20/2008 9:33:32 AM PST · by Stoat · 148 replies · 1,052+ views
    The BBC ^ | January 20, 2008
    Scots ask US to lift haggis ban   Haggis, traditionally eaten on Burns night, is banned in the US The Scottish Government is considering asking the United States to rethink its ban on haggis imports. Imports of Scotland's iconic dish were banned by the US in 1989 in the wake of the BSE scare because it contains offal ingredients such as sheep lungs. Only an offal-free version of haggis is available in the US. The move would be backed by renowned haggis maker Macsween, which believes the American market could be a very lucrative one. A Scottish Government spokeswoman...
  • GIs at Ishaqi cleared; Haditha probe open

    06/02/2006 6:10:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,542+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 2, 2006 | HAMZA HENDAWI and KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March raid in Ishaqi, a village north of Baghdad, has cleared the troops of misconduct, the military said Friday — despite dramatic video footage of slain children. Meanwhile, a lawyer representing families of some of the two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha on Nov. 19 said three or four Marines carried out the shootings while 20 more waited outside the homes. He also said victims' relatives turned down a request by U.S. investigators...
  • Burns' 'prayer' answered at last

    01/25/2006 3:13:20 PM PST · by shezza · 13 replies · 308+ views
    BBC News ^ | 25 January 2006 | BBC
    A section from the manuscript which has been put togetherA manuscript of a Robert Burns poem which had been ripped apart has been put back together in time for his birthday celebrations. The two pages of manuscript for "Holy Willie's Prayer" were separated - for unknown reasons - in the 19th Century. One half was stored in Burns' House in Dumfries, which bought the other part from a private collector late last year at a total cost of about £6,000. They have been reunited in a new frame to be displayed at the house. Alf Hannay, chairman of Dumfries and...
  • U.S. Commander Now Doubts Troop Cutbacks

    09/30/2005 5:03:44 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 34 replies · 847+ views
    Associated Press, Guardian ^ | 30 SEPTEMBER 2005 | Robert Burns, A.P. Military Writer
    "Sunni Arab opposition to Iraq's draft constitution has increased the potential for instability and called into question U.S. hopes for substantial troop cuts next spring, the top U.S. Commander in Iraq said Friday (General George Casey)." _______ In my opinion, we should expect to be in Iraq a long time. I believe that we need to establish permanent bases there as we did in Japan and Germany after World War II. There would be many benefits to this strategy. Also, I advise President Bush to stay the course until the job is completed. Respectfully submitted, J. Scott Davis Veteran: U.S....
  • Long-lost Beethoven 'duets' with Burns are music to the ears

    04/07/2005 12:40:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 493+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Thu 7 Apr 2005 | TIM CORNWELL
    FIVE arrangements of Scottish and Irish folk songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Highland Harry by Robert Burns, have emerged in a private collection. The rare musical manuscript, in Beethoven’s own hand, dates from 1815, the year of the Battle of Waterloo. Part of a series of tunes commissioned by an Edinburgh publisher, George Thomson, they are now up for auction and expected to sell for about £400,000. Beethoven’s score for Highland Harry - whose chorus Burns picked up "from an old woman in Dunblane" - was described by one expert yesterday as a jaunty piece that used a bass...
  • Address To A Haggis

    01/25/2003 5:17:35 AM PST · by Clive · 45 replies · 702+ views
    Robert Burns | 1786 | Robert Burns
    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the pudding- race! Aboon them a' yet tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o'a grace As lang's my arm. The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin was help to mend a mill In time o'need, While thro' your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. His knife see rustic Labour dight, An' cut you up wi' ready sleight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin', rich! Then, horn for horn,...
  • Robert Burns must be saved

    01/12/2003 9:09:57 PM PST · by jocon307 · 13 replies · 245+ views
    1-=12-03 | Me
    I love the poet Robert Burns, and I have long been aware that celebrations of his birthday on Jan. 25 are traditional. Surfing the web for more info. regarding this I am alarmed to find that Mr. Burns, and his birthday, and it's traditional celebration via "Burns Night Suppers" seem to have been co-opted by the literary lefties. Surely we can do better than this. Any info on VRWC Burns suppers being held will be appreciated by me. And if there are none, maybe we should start one. I warn you all, one is supposed to eat haggis at such...