Tag: US Military

A Day to Remember: Memorial Day 2012

A Day to Remember: Memorial Day 2012

| May 26, 2013 | Reply

A friend of mine asked me to pass this along, written by John DeLallo, a veteran. I think it’s a lovely and short reminder that Memorial Day isn’t about an extra day off, a furniture sale, or a cookout. Though those are all good things, none of them would exist as we have them today […]

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R.I.P. General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

R.I.P. General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

| December 28, 2012 | Reply

This is sad news indeed. 2012 has, apparently, decided to take as many good people with it on its way out as it can.

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Mr. President, Let Me Introduce You to the Men Who Fought the Taliban from Horseback

Mr. President, Let Me Introduce You to the Men Who Fought the Taliban from Horseback

| October 23, 2012 | Reply

Monday night, Mitt Romney noted that our Navy is at its smallest strength since 1917. The President responded thusly: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916…Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We had these things […]

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The Shame of Soldier Disenfranchisement

The Shame of Soldier Disenfranchisement

| September 13, 2012 | Reply

This is what voter disenfranchisement looks like: A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law. With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in […]

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I Don't Even Think The President Looked Up the Word "Fight" in a Dictionary

I Don't Even Think The President Looked Up the Word "Fight" in a Dictionary

| June 17, 2011 | Reply

We have a law called the War Powers Act. It says, essentially, that the President can hop in that boss muscle car we call the United States Military and take it for a spin pretty much any time he wants, but if he’s going to take it on a long trip, he has to come […]

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Sixty-Seven Years Ago…

Sixty-Seven Years Ago…

| June 6, 2011 | Reply

I don’t think I can express my thoughts on the 67th anniversary of D-Day any better than did my friend Phineas: Sixty-seven years ago today, American, British, Canadian, French, and Polish soldiers charged the gates of Hell — and won. Pat Austin has a couple thoughts of her own and remembers a pair of soldiers […]

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Give to the Folks Who Give Every Day

Give to the Folks Who Give Every Day

| May 30, 2011 | 1 Reply

I know as well as anyone that things are tight all over, but if you have a few spare bucks, Carol Hall has an excellent cause that could use it. This Memorial Day, I’d like to ask you to be a hero and purchase a Care Package for one of our brave service members. I […]

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Naval…Lasers? Yes, Please and On A Battleship!

Naval…Lasers? Yes, Please and On A Battleship!

| April 15, 2011 | 1 Reply

Oh, United States Navy, you had me at “lasers” and “pirates”. The US Navy’s MLD system, designed and built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman, is a bit different in nature. The MLD is a 15 kilowatt laser specifically designed to handle the pitch and roll of a ship deck without losing track of its target. […]

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Memorial Day 2010: Thank You

Memorial Day 2010: Thank You

| May 30, 2010 | 6 Replies

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. I wish I had something wonderful to say here, but I really don’t. When I think of the tens of thousands who spilled their blood so that I and mine didn’t have to spill ours, I am awed. I simply do not have anything adequate to say to express my gratitude. […]

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The Right Needs to Step Back from the Navy SEALs Trial

The Right Needs to Step Back from the Navy SEALs Trial

| November 30, 2009 | 35 Replies

I’ve been chewing on this story of the three Navy SEALs over the weekend and, for the life of me, I don’t understand the furor (and, believe me, there’s furor). I’ve yet to have anyone explain why I should be outraged beyond “those guys shouldn’t be tried for giving a dirtbag killer a fat lip”. […]

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