Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to  Throw Out  Criminal Charges Against Perry
Nov18

Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to Throw Out Criminal Charges Against Perry

The Austin American-Statesman, Governor Perry’s hometown newspaper, has just reported that Senior Texas State District Judge Bert Richardson has refused to throw out the criminal charges against Perry brought by a Travis County grand jury when it indicted Perry on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. “The indictment resulted from his threat last year to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary...

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First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’
Nov18

First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’

As America was sending the first of our troops to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, the safety and wellbeing of those troops was foremost on everyone’s mind:The families of those being deployed, the American people in general and the military leaders responsible for such a mission. These were some initial reactions from those who would be most directly affected by those deployments, who would just be doing their jobs. Sgt....

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Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?
Nov17

Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?

The man who lost the last (presidential) election round and who goes around talk shows pretending he did not, has some advice for the man who beat him in 2012. Appearing on Sunday’s CBS Face the Nation, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Bob Schieffer, when asked about the possibility of “Obama taking executive action to overhaul immigration policy, “The president has got to learn that he lost this last election...

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Coming Home!
Nov16

Coming Home!

This was a great weekend for the folks in Norfolk, Va. and at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., at Whidbey Island, Wash. and Mayport, Fla. It was an unforgettable, joyful weekend for the loved ones of more than 5,000 sailors of the ships and squadrons of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group returning home Nov. 15, after completing a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations. Carrier Air Wing 8 returned...

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(Updated) HeartGift  Baja Racing Team Ready for ‘Heartful Mission’
Nov14

(Updated) HeartGift Baja Racing Team Ready for ‘Heartful Mission’

Update: To follow the progress of the Baja1000 race — especially of HeartGift Baja Bug #579 — visit http://tracking.volocore.com/# and search for “579.” It will give you location, ranking within class, miles completed, current and average speed, etc. As of 5:00 PM CST, Baja Bug 579 was in second place in its class and was over half-way to the finish with almost 700 miles behind it. Original Post: The moment of truth for...

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McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had.
Nov13

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had.

According to the Huffington Post, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “very disturbed” by President Barack Obama’s recent exercise of his executive powers, including the President’s recent “deal” with China on climate change, his intentions to move forward on his own on immigration and his suggestion that “the Internet should be regulated like a utility under so-called net neutrality rules.” After all,...

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Tomas Young, Author of ‘The Last Letter,’ Dies
Nov13

Tomas Young, Author of ‘The Last Letter,’ Dies

The Iraq War veteran who wrote a scathing letter last year blaming George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for the national tragedy that was the Iraq War died at his home in Seattle on Monday. The cause of death was not immediately clear, according to media reports. Young was shot in an ambush in Sadr City on April 4, 2004, a few days after arriving in Iraq. One of the two bullets fired by a sniper’s AK-47 severed his spinal cord paralyzing...

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A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’
Nov11

A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’

I fully appreciate that, by now, some readers have had enough of Veterans Day stories. I agree that sometimes we are just inundated by them and I kind of apologize for contributing to such a deluge. “Kind of,” because readers can stop reading right here if they have had enough and because I just came across such a touching and eloquent coverage of an issue that is not often mentioned on Veterans Day — one that readers who are...

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Why Veterans Are Important…
Nov11

Why Veterans Are Important…

Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) holds an essay contest for High School students on patriotic subjects. It is a unique contest that encourages young people to explore and express themselves on such subjects but also gives them the opportunity to “win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.” Prizes and awards include a $30,000...

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Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level
Nov10

Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level

In his 2014 Veterans Day message, the president stressed that the responsibility to support and take care of our veterans “far exceeds the boundaries of government.” “It’s a job for every American,” he said. “We’re all keepers of that sacred trust that says, ‘If you put on a uniform and risk your life to keep us safe, we’ll do our part for you. We’ll make sure you and your...

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Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL
Nov07

Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL

The Defense Department has announced that, “as part of the strategy to defeat ISIL terrorists,” President Obama has authorized up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, pretty much doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground there now. The new authorization gives the U.S. military the ability to deploy up to 3,100 troops. About 1,400 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, just below the previous authorized limit of 1,600 troops...

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Would This Have Helped Democrats on Tuesday? Nah!
Nov07

Would This Have Helped Democrats on Tuesday? Nah!

The U.S. economy, especially the private sector job growth, has been steadily recovering for the past five years. As a matter of fact, Jason Furman, chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers has characterized this period as “the longest streak in U.S. history.” The Hill calls it “the longest such streak since 1995.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 214,000 in...

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The Night the Wall Came Down
Nov05

The Night the Wall Came Down

There are certain images to which one is an eyewitness — images seen through one’s own eyes or through the miracle of television — that are seared into one’s memory, forever. Of course 9-11, President Kennedy’s assassination, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, “shock-and-awe,” rank high among them. I personally will never forget the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the night when “the Wall...

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Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?
Nov05

Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?

Last night was, without a doubt, a disaster for Democrats. But it reminds me of a story about a little boy who desperately wanted a pony for Christmas. On Christmas morning he wakes up to find a pile of horse manure under the tree instead of a pony. The child, an eternal optimist, immediately starts digging through the pile repeating to to himself, “There must be a pony here somewhere.” I don’t know if Democrats will find a pony in...

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(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?
Nov04

(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?

UPDATE: Read the touching reflections on the end of our mission in Afghanistan by a person who was in Helmand, here. Ryan Evans quotes an Afghan farmer, “There was war before the foreign troops arrived, there was war while they were here, and there will be war after they leave” and concludes: Helmand is where I came to know the world, my fellow man, myself and the messy realities of all three. I came home three years ago a different...

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve
Oct31

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve

As some 1,400 U.S. troops continue to provide security and advice to Iraqi government and Kurdish troops in Iraq, as Air Force and Navy pilots and crew members continue to fly hundreds of humanitarian missions over Iraq and Syria and continue to conduct airstrikes against ISIL in those two countries and while “thousands of troops” are supporting those operations from various locations in the Middle East, the Defense Department (DOD)...

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The ‘Ebola Conspiracy’ — A View From the Beach
Oct30

The ‘Ebola Conspiracy’ — A View From the Beach

It takes a lot to get my butt (my fat butt, some would say) off a lounge chair overlooking the gorgeous turquoise Caribbean, into our villa and onto my keyboard. But conservative radio show hostess Laura Ingraham has now earned that dubious distinction. Part of the “honor” goes to my wife, lounging next to me and listening on her IPad to the latest nonsense spouted by Ms. Ingraham. She let me listen. Most likely referring to Ebola,...

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Military Weekend: Welcome Home Hugs and Kisses
Oct25

Military Weekend: Welcome Home Hugs and Kisses

Our troops continue to deploy to West Africa, to other trouble spots and on routine operations and maneuvers around the world. However, as our mission in Afghanistan winds down and other missions and operations are completed, thousands of them are fortunate to be coming home, to their loved ones. Of all the military images, these are some of my most favorite. I hope they are yours, too. As you enjoy your weekend, think of our troops...

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(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues
Oct21

(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues

Update: The Pentagon confirmed today that one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria “most likely” fell into enemy hands, but that a majority “reached their intended recipients. “One bundle worth of equipment is not enough equipment to give the enemy any type of advantage at all,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Steve Warren told reporters. “It’s a...

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Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images
Oct17

Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images

We have been doing our best to report on the training, deployment and activities of our troops who are helping in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: Operation United Assistance. The Department of Defense has an entire web site devoted to Operation United Assistance. There is a wealth of information at the site not only on our troops’ activities but also on the Ebola disease itself, its origins and how...

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