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Weekend Open Thread

Weekend Open Thread

| July 31, 2015 | 92 Comments

So, the weekend is here and you guys have been chomping at the bit for a few hours. I threw in this picture, but I don’t think this fellow is serious, but he’s good entertainment. So, talk it up, folks.

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Anti-ISIS Syrian commander kidnapped

Anti-ISIS Syrian commander kidnapped

| July 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

The New York Times reports that Nadeem Hassan, the commander and recruiter of Syrians who were being assembled and trained by US forces to fight against ISIS, well, he was kidnapped by al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, one of those rival groups of ISIS. In an interview just two days earlier, Mr. Hassan spoke about the […]

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Army may miss recruiting goals for 2015

Army may miss recruiting goals for 2015

| July 31, 2015 | 34 Comments

USAToday reports that the Army is looking at missing it’s recruiting goal for the first time in six years, for the third time in the last 20 years. “It is a challenging mission, and we’re not going to get around that,” [Major General Jeffrey Snow, USAREC commander] said. “And there are indications that the economy […]

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Planned Parenthood’s chop shops

Planned Parenthood’s chop shops

| July 31, 2015 | 41 Comments

One reason it is so difficult to recover stolen cars is that many, if not most, are not stolen to be sold intact but rather to be taken to what are called chop shops, below-the-radar auto body shops that surreptitiously dismantle these vehicles, stripping away every conceivable part that may have resale value in the […]

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Lloyd Keith Mitchell sentenced

Lloyd Keith Mitchell sentenced

| July 31, 2015 | 48 Comments

We discussed 66-year-old Lloyd Keith Mitchell back in April when he was arrested for presenting a forged DD214 in order to get a veterans’ driver license. He claimed to be a retired admiral and he made false statements to police investigators, so he was charged with perjury, too, on top of the forged document. Mitchell […]

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Congress allows the VA to dip into Vet Choice money

Congress allows the VA to dip into Vet Choice money

| July 31, 2015 | 10 Comments

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs threatened to start closing medical facilities if Congress wouldn’t allow them to take money out of the Veterans’ Choice Program, you know, that program that is less than a year old and was supposed to relieve pressure from an over-booked healthcare system. So, Congress folded like Kmart lawnchairs. “While I […]

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Todd Patrick Golding and his phony Marine career

Todd Patrick Golding and his phony Marine career

| July 31, 2015 | 42 Comments

The folks at Military Phonies send us their extraordinary work on this Todd Patrick Golding fellow who has been loving this whole anonymity of the internet thing. He claims that he retired as a WO5 in Marine Corps and he’s been trolling a bunch of discussion forums related to military service using the screen name […]

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Friday morning feel good stories

Friday morning feel good stories

| July 31, 2015 | 8 Comments

In Sparta, New Jersey, two teens were just looking for their friend’s house when they accidentally knocked on a door of an off-duty policeman, late at night in a quiet neighborhood where recently there had coincidentally been a burglary recently. For some odd reason, the off-duty policeman wasn’t particularly happy that strangers were knocking on […]

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