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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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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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I
Jun29

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I

The Defense Department’s 2015 Warrior Games concluded yesterday at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. 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,’” have been made “a priority in the years since American forces became engaged in and bore the costs of two long 21st-century wars.” “Archery...

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Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!
Jun22

Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!

A Schizephrenic Southern Splinter State The Confederate Flag Flies At Full Staff The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist There’s no denying it. South Carolina has a violent and racist past, with some tolerance mixed in. The mere name “South Carolina” – suggests that it broke away from a larger Carolina – and that would be true. The name Carolina is Latin for “Charles land” and goes back to 1629 when...

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Esprit De Corp
Jun22

Esprit De Corp

After talking to a dear friend I served in the military with I started thinking – always a dangerous thing in my case.  Yes, I’m going to get a bit philosophical on you and apologize in advance.  There are times I feel sorry for those who never served in the military because there is nothing like the bonds that develop between individuals that serve together.  My late father remained in contact with and close to many of...

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Honoring All Military Dads
Jun21

Honoring All Military Dads

It is difficult to write and post lengthy stories while traveling abroad. However, after reading Ron Beasley’s touching tribute to his “military Dad” who served in World War II, both in Europe and in the Pacific, and who passed away 12 years ago, I would be very remiss not to honor all our military Dads — those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, many still serving. Fortunately three of the military Services...

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12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars
Jun12

12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars

Although I qualify as a liberal/progressive I have found The American Conservative magazine a source of wisdom over the years.  This article is no exception:12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars.  Go to the linked article for the 12 reasons  but the bottom line is there is no money to be made by winning and lots of money to be made by continuous war.  The late great Dwight David Eisenhower tried to warn us about The Militarily...

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Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.
Jun11

Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.

Traveling abroad, thousands of miles away from home? Want to feel close to home — real close to home? Want to be reminded of American greatness and magnanimity? Want to honor our fallen heroes of World War II and other wars up-close and personal? Visit one of the 25 American cemeteries on foreign soil, hallowed final resting places to more than 124,000 American wars dead. We did so a few days ago. We traveled to the Netherlands...

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U. S. Expanding War on  ISIS in Iraq
Jun10

U. S. Expanding War on ISIS in Iraq

The United States is going to somewhat gingerly expand its war on ISIS, a sign that there is concern that the group — which you can accurately compare to the Nazis in the way they mercilessly butcher men, women and children within their rapidly growing territory — continues to make inroads and poses a threat to the Middle East, and perhaps beyond. In many cases it is meeting weak and downright cowardly (a word I NEVER use...

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Forget The Benghazi Nonsense–Clinton Finally Facing More Questions On Her Real Mistakes In Libya
Jun10

Forget The Benghazi Nonsense–Clinton Finally Facing More Questions On Her Real Mistakes In Libya

Republicans often turn out to inadvertently be Hillary Clinton’s best friend. They are never satisfied with criticizing Clinton’s real faults, and instead feel compelled to fabricate what sounds like far more serious crimes. Thus criticism of Clinton’s actual policy mistakes in Libya as Secretary of State have been largely ignored because Republicans think find that they can raise more money by attacking Clinton over...

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Beyond Torture: The New Science of Interrogating Terrorists
Jun10

Beyond Torture: The New Science of Interrogating Terrorists

In the fall of 2003, Colonel Steven Kleinman, a veteran Air Force interrogator, walked into a room at a classified location near Baghdad. It was dark and the walls were painted black, he recalls. A Marine and an interpreter sat side by side in chairs. In front of them knelt an Iraqi man squinting into a… graphic via...

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Airstrikes, Many by Navy, Killing 1,000 ISIS Fighters a Month
Jun06

Airstrikes, Many by Navy, Killing 1,000 ISIS Fighters a Month

Airstrikes, Many by Navy, Killing 1,000 ISIS Fighters a Month by Chris Jennewein SAN DIEGO(SDONA) — An Air Force general said Friday that airstrikes, many from San Diego-based Navy aircraft carriers, are killing 1,000 ISIS fighters a month. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. Hesterman III told Pentagon reporters in a telephone interview that the air coalition flying strikes over Iraq and Syria is having a “profound” effect on the enemy....

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Canadian Soldier Speaks Honor to All Veterans [Guest Voice]
May25

Canadian Soldier Speaks Honor to All Veterans [Guest Voice]

From Dr. E.: Canada has often been called the shoulders of the United States, meaning the two nations have an interest in each others’ safety and freedoms. Canada follows British law, as a Federal parliamentary constututioonal monarchy, with Elizabeth II being the current monarch. Here is a greeting to honor all veterans– written by decorated Canadian Military Police Officer veteran, Ronald Pierre, who served 1 Canadian...

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Memorial Day 2015: One Last Glance
May25

Memorial Day 2015: One Last Glance

There are so many touching, poignant images published during a day of remembrance such as Memorial Day, that I find it very difficult not to share them. To those who have already seen and read enough about this solemn day, I ask for your forbearance. All the photos and captions are from various military Services. A soldier places a small American flag into the ground in front of a headstone during “Flags In” at Arlington National...

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Memorial Day 2015: Honor to the Fallen – Godspeed to Our Newest Soldiers (Update)
May25

Memorial Day 2015: Honor to the Fallen – Godspeed to Our Newest Soldiers (Update)

Update: I have to add this image and caption that say it all this Memorial Day: Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Christian is wearing his father’s cover. (Photo: DOD) Original Post: Memorial Day is a day of remembrance: A day to remember...

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Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans
May25

Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans

Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans By Tom Purcell It was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I’ve ever attended. The event took place at the ACLD Tillotson School in Pittsburgh, a special-needs school with a private academic license approved yearly by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The brain is a complicated thing, you see. Even the slightest deviation in normal brain function can interrupt...

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Cartoon: Memorial Hole Day
May25

Cartoon: Memorial Hole Day

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Cartoon: Memorial Day Thanks
May25

Cartoon: Memorial Day Thanks

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A Very Special Dutch Memorial Day Observance
May25

A Very Special Dutch Memorial Day Observance

We’ll be visiting the Netherlands soon. One of the places on our must-visit list is the World War II Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, the Netherlands, just a few miles from the German border. It is one of the many cemeteries in Europe and one of 25 cemeteries abroad where tens of thousands of Americans killed in World Wars I and II have their final resting place. At just this one cemetery, 8,301 American heroes rest, their...

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The Warrior Class
May25

The Warrior Class

On this Memorial Day the LA Times has an eyeopening article on the the relationship between members of the military and the civilian population.   When my father served during WWII there were few who were not involved in the effort.  Everyone knew someone who was serving.  When I served in the military during the Vietnam war there was a draft and once again very few did not know someone who served.  That connection between the...

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