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SGM Bennie Adkins’ Medal of Honor

SGM Bennie Adkins’ Medal of Honor

| September 15, 2014 | 14 Comments

Earlier today, the President draped the Medal of Honor around the neck of Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins 48 years after he earned the award. Specialist Don Sloat was also honored and his award was posthumously presented to his brother, Bill. 20-year-old Don Sloat used his body to shield three other soldiers from the blast, losing […]

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NATO Nations vow to join in fight against ISIS

NATO Nations vow to join in fight against ISIS

| September 15, 2014 | 10 Comments

From the Christian Science Monitor comes the news that 26 nations pledged to join the fight against ISIS during a summit in Paris, if that’s not ironic; “It shows a political will to tackle [the extremists] collectively,” says Yves Boyer, associate director of the French think tank Foundation for Strategic Research, which he says is […]

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Evil has no allies

Evil has no allies

| September 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

But for evil, evil has no allies. It has only relationships of convenience. Acquaintances having in mind the same end. Ally with evil or misunderstand evil’s intent and evil will kill you too. Framing something in a religious context these days causes eyes to roll, I know. It causes some to stop reading, and from […]

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Meanwhile, In Vermont . . .

Meanwhile, In Vermont . . .

| September 15, 2014 | 39 Comments

. . . the state has banned brownies and other chocolate treats in schools. Seriously. The late author Robert A. Heinlein said it best:  “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”

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Hayden predicts 5,000 troops on the ground by December

Hayden predicts 5,000 troops on the ground by December

| September 15, 2014 | 26 Comments

The Hill reports that former CIA Director General Michael Hayden predicted on Fox News Sunday that there would be five-thousand troops on the ground in Iraq by the end of the year. Hayden explained he doesn’t think they will be “combat maneuver units,” but predicted U.S. special operations forces could wind up on the ground […]

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Feds resent vets’ hiring preferences

Feds resent vets’ hiring preferences

| September 15, 2014 | 70 Comments

Chief Tango sends us a link to a Washington Post article about how federal employees are beginning to resent the President’s hiring preferences for veterans; With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, there’s growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal […]

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Antarctic Sea Ice Coverage – Yet Another Record

Antarctic Sea Ice Coverage – Yet Another Record

| September 15, 2014 | 17 Comments

Yeah, it’s late winter in the southern hemisphere.  But this is IMO noteworthy nonetheless. Recent satellite photos show that sea ice coverage near Antarctica has reached the greatest extent ever measured.  The coverage area is now roughly 2x the size of Antarctica itself, and about 3x the size of Australia.  (Graphic of sea ice coverage […]

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Human Rights Watch calls for investigation into Iraq goverment

Human Rights Watch calls for investigation into Iraq goverment

| September 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

This is from the “they never learn department”; the Associate Press reports that the International “rights group” plucks at low-hanging fruit by calling for an investigation into an Iraqi attack on a school – the Iraqis say that ISIS troops are doing their hiding-behind-civilians-thing again. 21 children were reportedly killed in the attack; HRW special […]

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