Archive for the ‘Armed Forces’ Category

Happy Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

For all who served, thank you for doing a difficult job, frequently in hostile conditions, in times of great need. Thank you for serving.

SF Writers Who Served

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This year for Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take the time to recognize some of SF’s writers who served in the Armed Forces. Although mainly looking at U.S. writers, I’ll also be recognizing some of the British Commonwealth writers as well. Robert A. Heinlein, one of SF’s Three Grand Masters, ...

71ST Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the famous raid on the Japanese homelands in the opening months of the U.S. involvement in World War 2. Only four of the Raiders are still with us, and they held their last public gathering, with three of the men gathering ...

Get Prince Harry Out of Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Taliban has announced that Prince Harry, currently on deployment in Afghanistan, is target #1. They intend to kill him any way they can. The United Kingdom needs to pull the Prince, aka Captain Wales, out of Afghanistan. They should do this immediately. Not because he is a prince and ...

D-Day, 68 Years Later

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

68 years ago today, the Normandy Invasion took place. This would put one of the final nails into the coffin of Hitler’s regime, bring about the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe, and cost thousands of Allied lives. One of the bloodiest battles in WWII, those who ...

Memorial Day, 2012

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Today we remember those who died in the service of our country; the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who went to war and gave their all. There are always too many who die in war; that's one reason they say "War is Hell". Today we also honor the Gold Star Families, ...

Ding! Dong! Bin Ladin’s Dead!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

About the best tag line I can come up with. For the first time in his life, Barack Obama got something right. He gave the order to take out bin Ladin. Most of the puzzle pieces that allowed Obama to bring this pig down were identified and assembled during the Bush ...

Doolittle Raid

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the first bombing of the Japanese main islands during World War 2. The raid, planned and lead by Jimmy Doolittle with a force of 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with all volunteer air crews were successful in their mission and achieved ...

Liam Tasker and Theo – A Man and His Dog

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I read about this yesterday and was very touched by the heroism and dedication of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his dog, Theo, who have taken the final journey home together after long and hard service in Afghanistan. From

The Punisher Rocks!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

For those not familiar with "The Punisher", you should take a look at it. No, we're not talking about the Marvel Comics character of the same name, but the Army's new XM25, the new 25mm "air burst grenade launcher". According to the Army Times, this Holy Smoker has been undergoing ...

Rest Well, Major Winters

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I read about it first on BigPeace last night, and one of my writing partners on LibertySF has also written about this. Major Richard "Dick" Winters has passed away at the age of 92. He was the company commander of Easy Company, 2nd, Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, of the 101st Air ...

Military, the Middle East, and Budget Cuts

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

I've been of a changing mind on our Middle East policy, specifically the ongoing operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as continued military presence throughout the region. It also plays into how to cut Federal spending, which should be down from just about every agency (but not all ...

Fare Thee Well, Target

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

I just read about the tragedy of the Afghan War dog, Target, being mistakenly euthanized at an Arizona Animal Shelter. Here's the article, with background on Target. Target was as fine a dog as can be, and will be dearly missed her family.

Marines 235th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Today is the 235 Anniversary of the United States Marines. From During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps. A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for ...

Union Worker Fired For Wearing Navy Sweatshirt

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I am stunned to learn that a union worker was fired from a job for wearing a hat and sweat shirt depicting the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush, a ship that his son serves on, simply because his idiot union boss thought it was somehow a political statement. Check out the ...

David Green Hates Patriotism

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Yesterday I ran across a piece on Big Piece by Mark Seavey concerning (and excerpting) an editorial by David Green that had been published earlier this week in the Daily Illini. Green was writing about a patriotic incident at a football game, where there was a military flyover and some ...

Combat Ops Iraq

Friday, September 10th, 2010

How many people remember Obama's campaign promise that he would remove ALL U.S. troops from Iraq within his first 16 months of office? Now, nearly 20 months after Obama was sworn into office, he has declared an end to combat operations in Iraq, and the last combat brigades left that ...

Obama Sends Draft Dodger to Arlington

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

President Obama has decided to skip visiting Arlington on Memorial Day, opting instead to go to Chicago for (yet another) vacation and sending VP Joe Biden to do the honors. First off, Obama not going to Arlington isn't a big deal. He isn't military, and most people serving in the military, ...

Pearl Harbor 68 Years After

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It was 68 years ago today that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War 2. The Empire of Japan planned and executed the surprise attack; although their intentions were to have a Declaration of War delivered just prior to the beginning of the attack, that ...

Happy Birthday Pappy Boyington

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was born on this day in 1912. Pappy was a Marine Corps fighter pilot during World War 2, being awarded our nation's highest medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Boyington also served in the American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, during the lead-up to the u.S. entry ...