Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)
Jul18

Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)

Even more bad news: The U.S. Navy reports: A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m. In total, four U.S. Marines and one Sailor were killed in the incident. His name will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed. Update 5: Various media outlets have identified the four...

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Military Weekend 2
Jul17

Military Weekend 2

I will not be posting for a few days (hold down the applause and cheers, please) as I will be hopefully enjoying some of the sights viewed by the P-3C Orion pilot above, albeit at lower altitudes and not in uniform. Before “going dark,” I was planning a lighthearted (i.e. satirical) post on my Texan friends’ morbid fear that the federal government is planning to occupy their state, impose martial law and perform all kinds...

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Trump Belongs in the ‘Entertainment’ Pages
Jul17

Trump Belongs in the ‘Entertainment’ Pages

In “A Note About Our Coverage Of Donald Trump’s ‘Campaign’,” the Huffington Post has just announced: After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. . Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple:...

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(Update – More Photos) A Photo of Pluto ‘Worth Sharing’
Jul15

(Update – More Photos) A Photo of Pluto ‘Worth Sharing’

Update 2: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first close-up images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Enjoy: All photos, captions and graphic: NASA New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise — a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. Credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI Remarkable new details of Pluto’s largest moon...

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Military Weekend (Update)
Jul14

Military Weekend (Update)

Update: In response to and in honor of a U.S. Air Force wife who attended more air shows “than fields got dandelions,” I added a photo of the U.S. Air Force’s flight demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, at the end of this post. Well, the U.S. Navy has a “pretty good” flight demonstration team, too, the Blue Angels. They fly sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets, below. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels,...

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Are Death Panels Coming Back?
Jul13

Are Death Panels Coming Back?

If you thought that Republicans had finally seen the folly of their demagoguery demonizing recommendations to include end-of-life counseling in Medicare or the Affordable Care Act, well think again. Remember Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley suggesting that government health care reforms would lead to the government deciding when to “pull the plug on grandma.” Or former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin warning: The...

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North Carolina: This Time Not About a ‘Symbol’
Jul12

North Carolina: This Time Not About a ‘Symbol’

Some have called the recent debate about and the eventual taking down of the Confederate battle flag at the South Carolina State House “the ungodliness of trepidation” and claim that the flag is not a symbol of hate and institutional racism. Others have called that flag and other Confederacy relics just “symbols” and call the fury — “hate” — over them a distraction that results in not doing something concrete...

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(Updates) Medicare-Covered End-of-Life Counseling Proposed
Jul09

(Updates) Medicare-Covered End-of-Life Counseling Proposed

Update: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other news sources are providing additional details on Medicare’s plans to reimburse doctors for “conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves.” New York Times: “The new plan is expected to be approved and to take effect in January, although it will be open to public comment for 60 days....

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Three Pinocchios for Hillary Clinton
Jul09

Three Pinocchios for Hillary Clinton

The Washington Post which, along with the New York Times and others, has not treated Hillary Clinton with kid gloves on the e-mail issue and other controversies, takes one more “deep look” at the “e-mail controversy.” The Post launches off quoting excerpts from Clinton’s July 7 CNN interview: Everything I did was permitted. There was no law. There was no regulation. There was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide...

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Charging $100,000 to Help Wounded Warriors?
Jul08

Charging $100,000 to Help Wounded Warriors?

Comments have been made recently about “the Clintons” “charging $100,000” for a White House sleepover. Pretty sleazy you say. But then there is this According to ABC News, “Former President George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for U.S. military veterans severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.” ABC adds, “former First Lady Laura Bush collected $50,000 to appear a year earlier, officials of the Texas-based...

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Obama to Meet With Vietnam Communist Party Chief
Jul06

Obama to Meet With Vietnam Communist Party Chief

Forty years after the fall of Saigon and the end of one of America’s most unpopular, divisive and costly wars, President Barack Obama will be hosting none other than Vietnam’s Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in the White House on Tuesday. While economic relations and trade issues with Pacific Rim nations are important — Trong’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord is particularly needed...

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Silly Comments for a Silly Presidential Election Season
Jul06

Silly Comments for a Silly Presidential Election Season

Fair Warning: As we enter the 2016 presidential election silly season, what was once the GOP presidential candidates “Clown Car” has now grown into an oversized, overladen, over ripe “Clown Bus” packed with characters trying to attract the voters’ attention by competing to see who can offend the most people the most with their dog whistles and red meat “rallying cries.” This writer has decided to join the silly season with a silly...

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The Other Independence Days
Jul05

The Other Independence Days

Yesterday our nation celebrated the 239th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Foreign friends and not-so-friends — including Russian President Vladimir Putin — sent messages of congratulations to Americans and the United States. But ours is not the only Independence Day celebrated around the world. Today, July 5, the people of Cabo Verde celebrate the 40th anniversary of their independence and the people of...

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All About Love (Updated)
Jul04

All About Love (Updated)

Update: Watch the surprising follow-up to this story, three years later, after the first video. Original Post: Love has been a lot in the news lately — with our country finally acknowledging that two people in love can get married to each other — and in our hearts, as evidenced by the number of articles written about it in the last week or so. Just here at The Moderate Voice, we had “Marriage: What does love have to...

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George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jul03

George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.

This post started out as a critique of two of the Supreme Court Justices who dissented on the same-sex marriage decision –especially Justice Clarence Thomas’ misuse of the “human dignity” concept in is dissent. It was quickly overtaken by emotional and offensive comments by actor and gay rights advocate George Takei. See Updates II and III below. Takei has now finally posted an apology on his FaceBook page. It is posted below....

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Sights and Music for the Fourth
Jul03

Sights and Music for the Fourth

Want to get in the mood for the Fourth early? Watch and listen to the U.S. Air Force Academy Concert Band perform as part of an Independence Day-themed event at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, tonight at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Please click here for the live stream. Don’t know much about the A.F. Academy Concert Band? They are more than meets the eye — or ear. Watch them in the video below. Finally, want more...

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Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please
Jul02

Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please

Flush with the recent historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) victory at the nation’s highest court and rightly proud of the overall success of the program, the Obama administration is taking its message directly to the festive, red-white-and-blue-covered hot dogs and potato salad tables this Fourth of July. Warning Americans that misinformation about the ACA is everywhere, that there’s been a lot of money spent to spread that...

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What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State
Jul02

What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State

Some are focusing on the more juicy revelations the latest trove of Clinton emails has to offer. For example, how, according to a quipping Gail Collins, Hillary Clinton: • Misspelled “Benghazi.” • Urged John Podesta to wear socks to bed. • Debated whether her playlist should include something from the Marvelettes. • Tutored an aide on how to use a fax. Jackie Kucinich at the Daily Beast, however, digs into some of the less...

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New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)
Jul01

New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)

Update: In a related development, “Obama aides knew of private address,” CNN reports: President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show. Read more here Original Post: After the State Department released a trove of additional Hillary Clinton e-mail messages, covering “a range of everyday events as well as...

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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II
Jun30

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II

As mentioned in Part I, the Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” concluded on June 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Acknowledging that these warriors need and receive a lot of support, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during closing ceremonies at Quantico: I want to salute the...

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