Weekend Photography
Mar27

Weekend Photography

It is weekend time again and we miss Ron Beasley’s beautiful photography. We hope he is doing well. As a consolation, above is a photograph taken recently by my grandson in the Seattle area, which I though was pretty neat. Below are some more weekend photos reminding us of our military at work 24/7. The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, right, comes alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos...

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A Farewell to Instagrams
Mar26

A Farewell to Instagrams

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) distinguished himself in a very notorious yet meteoric career in Congress by, among other, decorating his Capitol Hill office in a “Downtown-Abbeyish” style the Sultan of Brunei would have killed for and by owning the only car in town with a cantankerous odometer that registered only half-a-mile for every mile of mileage reimbursement. Today, Schock — fresh from the covers of The Harvard...

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(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen
Mar25

(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen

Update (Tikrit) The New York Times is reporting that three major Shiite militia groups who were participating in the fight for Tikrit have “pulled out” of the fight “immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.” Apparently the pull-out is in protest of U.S. airstrikes against ISIL...

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Imagine President Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz
Mar24

Imagine President Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz

In a New York Times editorial today the Times editorial board writes: “Think just how different the world would be,” said Senator Ted Cruz on Monday, in a speech so packed with vision-spinning and the word “imagine” that it seemed as if John Lennon had returned, as a Hispanic Texan running a hard-right, anti-establishment, Christian-themed campaign for the White House. The Washington Post “did the math.” By their tally, Cruz used the...

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Resuscitating Benghazi
Mar23

Resuscitating Benghazi

While Republicans and other Clinton haters may be able to milk “E-Mail Gate” for a little while longer, the Benghazi-Gate folks may not be able to make much more political hay out of some 300 e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account that were recently turned over to the “permanent” Republican-controlled House Committee rummaging through investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The...

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Our Military Photographers at Work
Mar21

Our Military Photographers at Work

Military photographers do a great job of capturing scenes of “war and peace.” While for some it may be difficult to see any beauty or artistry in images of soldiers, tanks, fighter aircraft or aircraft carriers, sometimes it is difficult not to acknowledge a certain aestheticism. Here are some photographs that may fit in that category. Enjoy! The Coast Guard Cutter Bear and The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa sit moored to the pier during a...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel
Mar20

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel

One of our freshest faces at The Moderate Voice (TMV), Daniel Faris, recently posted a story that has touched many hearts and attracted comments from several people who themselves suffer, or who know someone who suffers from “invisible” disabilities and who oftentimes do not receive the “American compassion” — the care and understanding — they deserve. But while it may be true that, in these cases, “American compassion”...

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Women’s History Month: A Modern Rosie the Riveter
Mar18

Women’s History Month: A Modern Rosie the Riveter

As part of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Air Force has been recognizing women who have broken barriers, women who have had illustrious Air Force careers. In this vein, articles have appeared on Jeanne M. Holm, the first woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973 and ‘credited as a single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream...

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Hard to Divine Satire These Days
Mar17

Hard to Divine Satire These Days

I love satire. Satire and its purpose are perhaps best described as ”a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule… Usually, a satire is a comical piece of writing which makes fun of an individual or a society to expose its stupidity and shortcomings…” Good satire is difficult to write, but one person who excels at it is...

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(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’
Mar16

(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’

UPDATE: According to the White House, the President has met injured warrior Cory Remsburg six times “to be exact.” Watch the video of the President’s tribute to Cory below. Original post: On Friday President Obama visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix, the hospital that had been at the center of the scandal last year involving fake patient waiting lists used to hide extremely long times veterans had to wait to receive...

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The E-Mail ‘Scandal’ in Perspective
Mar15

The E-Mail ‘Scandal’ in Perspective

Warning: Life Imitating Satire Ahead In what could be a last-ditch effort not to be outdone by his potential Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential campaign, it is now reported that Jeb Bush also used his private e-mail account when he was Florida’s governor to discuss sensitive official business. In what appears to be a one-upwomanship tactic, Bush claims that his e-mails dealt with more important issues than those of the former...

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Stamps of Honor
Mar13

Stamps of Honor

When I was a young boy I was an avid stamp collector. Living in the Netherlands, I collected mostly Dutch stamps, but always kept my eyes open for that rare stamp of any nationality — that stamp that would make me famous among my philatelic friends, perhaps even rich. Who knows, one day I would accidentally find an 1867 Koning Willem III stamp or come across a 1920 Omgekeerde Dendermonde (Inverted Dendermonde town hall) stamp in...

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Open Letters: First Iran, Now the World (Updates)
Mar11

Open Letters: First Iran, Now the World (Updates)

Update III (No satire) Testifying today before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State John Kerry did not mince words when commenting on the infamous “letter of 47.” He called it an “irresponsible” gambit that breaks with more than two centuries of U.S. foreign policy history, according to a report at the Huffington Post. More from the Post: “My reaction to the letter was utter disbelief,”...

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Austin, Texas, Honors a Distinguished Citizen (Update)
Mar09

Austin, Texas, Honors a Distinguished Citizen (Update)

Update: At a Memorial gathering for Jack Robinson last year, guests were given small envelopes printed with Jack’s likeness and containing his favorite Texas wildflower seeds. A colleague and good friend of Jack just sent me some photos of his grandson, almost-five-year-old Cameron Austin, planting “some JWR wildflowers” at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Thought I would share a couple of photos with you, including a photo of...

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‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?
Mar09

‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?

As someone who at one time championed for a fifth Star for Petraeus, it would be pusillanimous of me not to comment on the General’s fall from grace. Of course I am disappointed and saddened by what the General is alleged to have done and by the fate that has befallen him, respectively. However, I still admire his military career and I am still grateful for what Petraeus has done for his country. I just read Shaun Mullen’s...

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(Updated) In the Meantime, in Iraq and Syria…
Mar08

(Updated) In the Meantime, in Iraq and Syria…

Update: There is no better place to obtain factual, reliable, non-partisan news and analysis of military operations going on in the world than the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The mission of ISW is to “promote an informed understanding of war and military affairs through comprehensive, independent, and accessible open-source research and analysis” For those interested in such in-depth news and analysis of the present battle...

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(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve
Mar08

(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve

Update: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Canadian Minister of Defense Jason Kenney and extended his deepest condolences to Minister Kenney and to the family of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron and also wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The Department of Defense: This was Secretary Carter’s first conversation with Minister Kenney, who became minister of defense on February 9, 2015. Secretary...

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‘Plan B’ and ‘Plan C’ for Hillary: Joe Biden to the Rescue
Mar06

‘Plan B’ and ‘Plan C’ for Hillary: Joe Biden to the Rescue

A faux firestorm has erupted among “Hillary Haters” over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system, allegedly to thwart access to her e-mails, private and otherwise. Criticism is so severe that some Democrats — even some “Clintonistas” — are beginning to see fire in the faux smoke and are beginning to suggest that perhaps there should be a “Plan B” or even a “Plan C” for the 2016 presidential campaign in the form of...

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(Update) Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice
Mar06

(Update) Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice

Update (No satire): On Wednesday, Dr. Ben Carson apologized for and walked back his assertion that prisons prove that being gay is a choice. Excerpts from his apology: “In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. . “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and...

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A ‘Higher Call’ in the Skies Over Nazi Germany
Mar05

A ‘Higher Call’ in the Skies Over Nazi Germany

“Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. Usually it involves a moment of quiet in the midst of chaos; some singing or the sharing of a few condiments. But how many of them take place in mid air?” Those are not my words. They are the introductory words to a fascinating story sent to me by our Managing Editor, Dr. Clarissa Estés. Although I have read a similar rendition of this story...

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