Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team
Nov30

Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

This is the classic story of how not finishing first — or second, or third — or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all, of selfless devotion to a cause. That is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in the “badlands” of Baja California. In the afternoon of November 13, Houston couple Kay and Greg...

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A Military Thanksgiving
Nov26

A Military Thanksgiving

Wishing all our readers and their loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let us not forget our troops spending yet one more Thanksgiving away from their loved ones and those troops and their families who themselves need a helping hand at home this holiday. Below, some photos of troops helping troops this Thanksgiving and, below those, read how the Navy takes care of its own. Col. James Cluff, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing...

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‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down
Nov24

‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down

When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel’s enlisted service. “He’s been in the dirt. He’s been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see themselves in him,” President Obama said about the first enlisted combat veteran to hold the high position of Secretary of Defense. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes...

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Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign
Nov24

Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

The Washington Post quotes AP sources saying that Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense “following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.”: A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official...

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Remember Benghazi? (Update)
Nov24

Remember Benghazi? (Update)

Updated — at bottom — with Senator Graham’s elegant “full of crap” comments over the weekend from the Huffington Post. Original Post: Remember the Benghazi tragedy? Of course you do. But do you remember the other tragedy? The one where Republicans attempted to “turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal.” The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit — destroy is a better word — the...

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GOP Reaction to President’s Immigration Policy: ‘Life Imitating Satire’?
Nov21

GOP Reaction to President’s Immigration Policy: ‘Life Imitating Satire’?

On Thursday, New York Times best-selling author, Andy Borowitz, wrote: In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama’s proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President…of “flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress.” Borowitz also said that McConnell blasted the President for “eliminating the fear of deportation, which is the...

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Homeless and Hungry on Thanksgiving
Nov21

Homeless and Hungry on Thanksgiving

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving — this year, the week of Nov. 15-23. As many of us are planning the thanksgiving festivities, centered around home, family, warmth and plenty of food, it should also be a time to think about those who are less fortunate than we are and “a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.” The...

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‘An Eye for an Eye’ Carried to the Extreme
Nov20

‘An Eye for an Eye’ Carried to the Extreme

Two days ago, I joined millions in their condemnation of the barbaric Synagogue attack in Jerusalem. But, I also expressed dismay at the Israeli government’s decision to demolish the homes of the attackers’ families, in effect punishing human beings for “the crime” of being related to a criminal or terrorist. A powerful voice in condemning the attacks was J Street: We are horrified and appalled by today’s...

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New York National Guard Responds to Historic Snowfall
Nov20

New York National Guard Responds to Historic Snowfall

As weather forecasters are predicting that “yet another one to three feet of snow will likely fall over western New York state during the next 48 hours after a mammoth winter storm earlier this week,” our National Guard troops — as always — are already responding to this emergency. On Nov. 18, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called up 240 soldiers and airmen to assist the city of Buffalo and Erie County in the...

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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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