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  • Female WWII Pilots Approved For Burial At Arlington Cemetery

    05/12/2016 7:32:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | May 12, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Congress has approved a burial plot in Arlington National Cemetery for women who served as pilots during WWII. The women served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. They flew noncombat and training missions, but their jobs weren't entirely without danger--38 women died in service. Despite this, they weren't considered to be veterans until 1977, when federal law changed to acknowledge their service. Even still, the Army revoked the right of WASP to be buried at Arlington in 2015. Pending President Obama's signature, that will change shortly.The legislation to reinstate their eligibility was introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ). [...]the...
  • The Late, Great American WASP ('bout time somebody said it)

    12/23/2013 6:29:03 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/20/13 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    The U.S. once had an unofficial but nonetheless genuine ruling class, drawn from what came to be known as the WASP establishment. Members of this establishment dominated politics, economics and education, but they do so no longer. The WASPocracy, as I think of it, lost its confidence and, with it, the power and interest to lead. We are now without a ruling class, unless one includes the entity that has come to be known as the meritocracy—presumably an aristocracy of sheer intelligence, men and women trained in the nation's most prestigious schools. The acronym WASP derives, of course, from White...
  • The Late, Great American WASP

    12/21/2013 7:26:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2013 | Joseph Epstein
    The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems. But are we really better off with a country run by the self-involved, over-schooled products of modern meritocracy?
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years

    10/09/2012 2:04:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 9, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time. Researchers date the scene to the Early Cretaceous between 97 to 110 million years ago in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar — a...
  • White Protestants, your monopoly is over

    09/09/2012 6:15:13 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/2012 | Dean Obeidallah
    Attention white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: Your days of running things are over. You have jumped the shark. But there's no need to feel bad for WASPs. They've had an amazing run. Every single president in our nation's history, except for John F. Kennedy -- a Catholic -- and Barack Obama, has been a white Protestant. Except for a handful of exceptions, for over 200 years the presidential nominees of both major political parties have been WASPs. WASPs had almost as many victories in a row as The Harlem Globetrotters. But it's over. Look at this year's presidential tickets: A Mormon, an...
  • Bizarre "King of Wasps" Found in Indonesia

    03/31/2012 4:27:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 27, 2012 | Dave Mosher
    A new species of giant, venomous wasp has been found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (map), scientists say. The two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) black insects are shrouded in mystery—all of the wasp specimens caught so far have been dead. "I'm not certain any researcher has ever seen one alive, but they are very bizarre-looking," said study co-author Lynn Kimsey, an entomologist at the University of California, Davis, who co-discovered the insect. "It's the extreme version of the [larrine wasp] subfamily they belong to." Larrine wasps typically dig nests for their eggs and larvae in open, sandy areas. The adults grow no...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 47) December 2

    12/02/2011 5:11:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 79 replies
    Free Republic | 12-2-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I can’t believe it is already December, Brrrrrrrrr! It is 27 this morning in East Central Mississippi and is forecast to be in the mid 60s this afternoon. There are no plans to do any outside work for this gardener today. What needs to be done can wait until Saturday and Sunday when it is supposed to be in the high 60s and into the 70s. Just waiting for Spring now. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in...
  • Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals(war flying?)

    08/05/2011 7:25:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | 08/04/11 | Declan McCullagh
    Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals By: Declan McCullagh August 4, 2011 11:19 AM PDT LAS VEGAS--Forget Wi-Fi war driving. Now it's war flying. A pair of security engineers showed up at the Black Hat security conference here to show off a prototype that can eavesdrop on Wi-Fi, phone, and Bluetooth signals: a retrofitted U.S. Army target drone, bristling with electronic gear and an array of antennas. "Nobody's really looking at this from a threat perspective," said Mike Tassey, a security consultant who works for the U.S. government intelligence community. "There's some pretty evil stuff you can do from...
  • Calgary Researcher Hunts Bizarre Wasp in Africa

    11/29/2010 12:32:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2010 | JAMIE KOMARNICKI
    In the mid-1890s, a French entomologist published a paper describing a bizarre, oversized wasp with two spoon-like structures protruding from its abdomen. A pinned specimen of the insect — the only one of its kind known to have been collected — had found its way into the Paris Natural History Museum. Since then, it seems no other samples of the mysterious Synagris elephas have been discovered. More than a century later, a University of Calgary instructor has launched a search for the unusual wasp, beginning a journey that has led him to West Africa. “Nobody else has found it. But...
  • 93-year-old WASP flies WW2 trainer

    04/24/2010 10:56:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 869+ views
    upi ^ | April 24, 2010
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- More than 60 years after she flew military planes during World War II, a 93-year-old Florida woman got a chance to fly an AT-6 Texan again. Tex Meacham had a large cheering section Friday as she got into the cockpit of the training plane at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, The Miami Herald reported Saturday. She was serenaded by the men's choir of John Knox Village in Pompano Beach while about two dozen members of the village chapter of the Red Hat Society applauded the woman they call their "queen bee." Meacham spent two years in the Women...
  • World War II's Unsung Women Pilots

    03/06/2010 7:36:40 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 13 replies · 766+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/6/10 | AMY GOODPASTER STREBE
    The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II will finally be given the recognition and honor they deserve on March 10. That's when they will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to be held at the United States Capitol. These pilots were trailbrazers, a group of 1,102 female civilians that flew military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces. They flew more than 60 million miles in 78 different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. They undertook every type of mission except combat....
  • Blackie Lawless: ‘Obama Reminded Me Of Hitler’

    01/11/2010 8:47:20 PM PST · by southern rock · 24 replies · 1,157+ views ^ | 11/09/2009 |
    W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless gained notoriety in the 1980s for throwing raw meat at his suitably rabid fans, and for stage shows featuring semi-naked women on torture racks. His best-known songs include F**k Like A Beast, Wild Child and L.O.V.E. Machine. But overtly sexist topics have been on the back-burner for a number of years now, as Blackie increasingly explores a socio-political agenda. W.A.S.P.’s upcoming new album, Babylon, is themed around biblical visions of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – because Blackie reckons “our so-called world leaders are on a mission to march people straight into hell”. Highlights from...
  • Politicizing Society: as seen by an Indonesian Immigrant

    12/06/2009 8:19:10 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies · 502+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | December 6, 2009 | Cindra Crisman
    Politically Correctness is intended to politicize not civilize a society. It is said to be racially motivated to question a morally twisted Middle-Eastern Army Officer shouting “Allah Akbar” before his shooting rampage toward his fellow countrymen, and yet it is not so to omit the WASP from the racial compositions of American society in a Social Study. “No one said anything about the WASP race, why is that?” asked my mixed-races 9 year old daughter. It was the WASP Americans who framed and founded this Republic, and Politically Correctness views other races as inferior to this supreme achievement. If the...
  • 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...
  • Alien-Wasp Swarms Devouring Birds, Bugs in Hawaii

    07/25/2009 7:12:57 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 1,141+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | July 23, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Attacking from nests as big as pickup-truck beds, invasive western yellowjacket wasps in Hawaii are munching their way through an "astonishing diversity" of creatures, from caterpillars to pheasants, a new study says. Adult yellowjackets consume only nectar. But they kill or scavenge prey to deliver needed protein to their growing broods. "They basically just carry it in their mandibles—you see them flying with their balls of meat," said lead study author Erin Wilson, who just finished her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. In their native habitat in the western U.S., the wasps die off in winter. But...
  • Female Pilot Proud of WASP Legacy

    07/06/2009 5:45:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 843+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala, USAF
    Maj. Gina "Torch" Sabric, an F-16 fighter pilot and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing flight-safety officer, sits on her aircraft after a flight. Sabric proudly attributes the progression of women in aviation to the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). President Barack Obama presented the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest and most distinguished award Congress can award a civilian, July 1. Courtesy photo, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. BALAD — It's been more than 60 years since the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) took the skies by storm as the first women in U.S. history trained to fly American...
  • W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS: 'God Help Us… God Bless America' (Voting for McCain)

    11/02/2008 10:39:35 AM PST · by chuknchez · 16 replies · 1,556+ views ^ | 11/2/2008 | Blackie Lawless
    W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS: 'God Help Us… God Bless America' - Nov. 2, 2008 W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless has released the following message via the band's official web site, W.A.S.P. Nation: "'We the people of the United States.' These are the first seven words of the constitution of the United States of America. As I stood in the reception area of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. early this year, a large recreation of that constitution was posted on the wall. It's the first thing you see as you enter the building. 'We the People of the United States,' I stared at...
  • From Bloomingdale's to Bloomington

    09/09/2008 7:17:08 PM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies · 421+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 5, 2008 | HANNAH KARP
    The nation's largest freshman class in history is moving into college dorms, hanging posters, meeting roommates and learning fight songs. In Indiana University's Assembly Hall last Friday, a remarkably large chorus hailing from private high schools in the Northeast was singing the school's ode to the "Cream and Crimson" in a pronounced New York accent. Freshman Jess Berne, from New York's Westchester County, crosses the Indiana University campus. It's a striking byproduct of one of the most competitive college admissions sessions ever -- an influx of East Coast prep-school students in Indiana. Indiana University welcomed about 260 students from the...
  • Tribute to Margaret Ringenberg

    07/30/2008 6:04:03 AM PDT · by milbuf · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Lasting ^ | 29 July 2008 | unknown
    Female pilot with a lifelong love of flight and distinguished racing career Margaret Ray Ringenberg, who died on 28 July, 2008, was an American aviator who flew for over 60 years and wracked up more than 40,000 hours in the air, including