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Weekend open thread

Weekend open thread

| August 26, 2016 | 119 Comments

This weekend open thread is brought to you by Roberto Duran whose biographical “Hands of Stone” opens in theaters this weekend. I used to watch him workout a few blocks from our apartment in Panama City before he was famous. My wife’s uncle, Fidel, trained him in the early years. We bumped into him when […]

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The University of Chicago and free expression

The University of Chicago and free expression

| August 26, 2016 | 56 Comments

The University of Chicago sent a letter out to it’s incoming students explaining to them that the University will be a forum for ideas, not a megaphone for students – that they shouldn’t expect “trigger warnings”. “Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited […]

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Army officers to be vetted before consideration for promotion

Army officers to be vetted before consideration for promotion

| August 26, 2016 | 19 Comments

The Army had a “duh” moment last month when they released a directive to determine the suitability of officers for promotion before they are considered for advancement instead of during the process, according to the Army News Service; While the Army has always investigated officers to ensure they are suitable for promotion, in the past […]

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Ernest Thompson; the Navy comes to him

Ernest Thompson; the Navy comes to him

| August 26, 2016 | 27 Comments

OC sends us a link from Fox News about 98-year-old Ernest Thompson, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On that dark day in our history, Thompson was among the crew of the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43) which was damaged during the attack but rebuilt and modernized and took part in the War in […]

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GAO scolds Air Force on plan to scrap A-10

GAO scolds Air Force on plan to scrap A-10

| August 26, 2016 | 52 Comments

Poetrooper sends us a link to a report by the Government Accountability Office entitled “Better Information Needed to Support Air Force A-10 and Other Future Divestment Decisions” in which the agency scolds the Air Force for it’s lack of a plan to replace close air support capabilities of the A-10 Thunderbolt when they finally scrap […]

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Where there’s smoke…

Where there’s smoke…

| August 26, 2016 | 23 Comments

The political genius who contrived Hillary Clinton’s response to the revelations of Clinton Foundation and State Department corruption that there may be smoke but there’s no fire should be, and likely will be considering who he/she works for, taken out to a park somewhere and suicided with several shots to the back of the head […]

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Friday morning feel good stories

Friday morning feel good stories

| August 26, 2016 | 5 Comments

In Horry County, South Carolina (scroll down to the “Longs man shot” story at the link), a homeowner told police that she shot a man who repeatedly attempted to break into her home. He got a free helicopter ride to treat his non-life-threatening injuries.

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Iranians feel froggy

Iranians feel froggy

| August 25, 2016 | 26 Comments

On Tuesday, according to Fox News, four boats of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps harassed two US Navy ships. The USS Nitze was accompanied by the guided missile destroyer USS Mason on what the official described as a “routine transit” in international waters at the time of the incident. As the Iranian ships closed in, […]

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