” Kevin captured a pic of the completed centerpiece for the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival. What do you think?
This year’s event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and the theme is “Stars and Stripes.” “
” When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.
The next day, Ms. Riviello said, she was removed from her post as senior nurse manager and given a full-time desk job that prohibited her from contact with patients. She eventually was reprimanded and is facing a 30-day unpaid suspension for releasing the woman.
Now, Ms. Riviello is one of more than 50 whistleblowers who say the Veterans Affairs Department retaliated against them for trying to do their jobs. The complaints got backing last week from the Justice Department’s office of special counsel, which issued a stern warning for the VA to shape up.
Ms. Riviello said her reprimand for the November incident has cowed other nurses at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in New York.”
We’re still waiting for the appearance of that “most open , honest and transparent” administration we keep hearing about…
Being a whistle-blower in this administration is bad for your career . Ask the 50 brave souls at the VA …
Commanders at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., thought it would be good PR to invite the relatively new secretary for a flight with its most famous squadron. Amid tight defense spending, there is pressure to demonstrate the worth of the Thunderbirds, which is back in the air show business after having been grounded last year when sequestration took hold.
“ Someone got the bright idea to invite her on the airplane,” said a source familiar with the incident. “She got violently ill.” “
” Footage in an unverified YouTube video published on Saturday shows a blast in a vehicle traveling on a road in a coastal region.
According to Palestinian radio station Bian, the video depicts an Israeli strike targeting Popular Resistance Committees members Usama Hasumi and Muhammad Fasiah.
On Friday, the IDF named the two as casualties in an IAF strike carried out in northern Gaza.
The military said Hasumi and Fasiah were involved in rocket attacks on Israel in recent weeks and had been planning more attacks on Israeli citizens. “
” News 4 Tucson has learned a Mexican military helicopter travelled across the border and fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents.
It happened in the early morning hours Thursday, west of the San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O’Odham Nation. The chopper fired on the agents but missed them. The chopper then flew back into Mexico. We’re told Mexican authorities contacted the U.S. and apologized for the incident.”
” We’ve received two statements regarding the incident:
Art del Cueto, Border Patrol Tucson Sector union president:
The incident occurred after midnight and before 6 a.m. Helicopter flew into the U.S. and fired on two U.S. Border Patrol agents. The incident occurred west of the San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. The agents were unharmed. The helicopter went back into Mexico. Mexico then contacted U.S. authorities and apologized for the incident.”
” Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.
Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.
A pioneer as a woman in a mostly male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy. “
Read more about this amazing woman here
” A man shot and killed himself this morning at Arlington National Cemetery, police confirmed.
” It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for the Arlington County Police Department, said in a telephone interview with Military.com.
The victim’s age and identity has not been released, the spokesman said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he was a military veteran, he said.
A weapon of unknown make and model was retrieved from the scene, Sternbeck said. The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. near the Pentagon Monument in Section 64, according to an article on ARLnow, a website based in Arlington, Virginia. Paramedics determined the man to be dead on site, the website reported.”
” The Pentagon along with the Minerva Research Initiative, appears to have resuscitated and partially reconstituted a 60′s Cold War-era social science program used to detect political protest…
The controversial program called Project Camelot had been operational nearly a decade into the Vietnam war, as the Special Operations Research Office (SORO) located at American University had received millions in funding from the US Army to conduct a six country study on civil unrest. The current social science program directed by Minerva and the Department of Defense (DoD), appears to have also partnered with some of the most well-known universities in the United States by studying the behavior of peaceful activism and how political ideology shapes protest movements in the world at large.
The Minerva Research Initiative has been conducting its studies with the sponsorship of the Department of Defense and its university partners since 2010. This new program has prompted a rebirth of the militarization of social science and in the process has undoubtedly opened a floodgate of ethical concerns. The creation of this partnership was born out of a speech by former Secretary of Defense as well as past Director of the CIA, Robert Gates. In April of 2008, Gates delivered a speech at the Association of American Universities, there he provided a vague outline for research that worked in conjunction with academia and other Pentagon affiliated agencies such as the DoD :
“What we are considering is based to some degree on the success we had in the Cold War. During that period, we built up the Department of Defense’s – and the nation’s – intellectual capital with new research centers such as RAND and new mechanisms like, as I mentioned, the National Defense Education Act. With the Minerva initiative, we envision a consortia of universities that will promote research in specific areas. These consortia could also be repositories of open-source documentary archives. The Department of Defense, perhaps in conjunction with other government agencies, could provide the funding for these projects.”
Read more at 21st Century Wire
” As a pilotless F-16 roared into the sky Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., members of Boeing’s QF-16 team and the U.S. Air Force celebrated.
The flight represented the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight. Put another way, fighter pilots now have an adversary for which to train against that prepares them like never before.
Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station at Tydall remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. While in the air, the QF-16 mission included a series of simulated maneuvers, reaching supersonic speeds, returning to base and landing, all without a pilot in the cockpit.
“ It was a little different to see it without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, Commander, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. “It’s a replication of current, real world situations and aircraft platforms they can shoot as a target. Now we have a 9G capable, highly sustainable aerial target.”
Prior to the QF-16, the military used a QF-4 aircraft, which was a modification of the F-4 Phantom, a Vietnam-era fighter The modified QF-16 provides pilots a target that performs closer to many jets flying today.
The QF-16s were all retired aircraft. Boeing retrieved them from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and restored them for flight.
Next up, live fire testing moves to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The military will ultimately use QF-16s for weapons testing and other aerial training.
So far, Boeing has modified six F-16s into the QF-16 configuration.
To see the QF-16 make its first flight, watch the video. To see highlights from the cockpit video, click the link (pilotless F-16) in the written story.”
” Fully armed NATO and Russian aircraft keep having encounters as the tension between both powers increase. These photos were taken yesterday by RAF Eurofighters over Baltic airspace. They intercepted four SU-27 Flanker fighters and a Tupolev Tu22 Backfire bombers, among others.
The Typhoon aircraft, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, were launched after four separate groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.”
Gizmodo has more
” Security is being beefed up at the U.S. embassy in the capital of Iraq and some staff members are being temporarily moved to other parts of Iraq and to Jordan, following a string of explosions in the area that have killed at least 15 and wounded more than 30.
A State Department spokeswoman says in a statement that a “substantial majority” of U.S. embassy staff will remain even as parts of the country experience instability and violence.
One car bomb went off in the city center, killing 10 and wounding 21. After nightfall, another explosion hit the area, killing two and wounding five. The third went off near a falafel shop in the city’s sprawling Sadr City district, killing three and wounding seven.”
It’s 1973 all over again and think how many decades it took the US to recover from that failure of the political class in abandoning the priceless efforts of 58,220 brave American servicemen and women . Obama can now add 3,527 bodies to his list of “Smart Diplomacy” accomplishments.
Now that’s “leadership” . The question is to who’s benefit … Ask yourselves , could the Jihadis have elected a better president to suit their goals ? Who’s interests do the Obama administration really represent ? Is there any doubt that the terrorists are stronger and in better shape now than they were six years ago ?
Here is a recent map of the mid east and north Africa that shows exactly how much the Jihadi’s have gained since our illustrious “leader” took office . All of the highlighted countries have now either experienced major growth in terrorist activity , become safe havens for terrorist training camps or have become outright fiefdoms on the road to a “Global Caliphate” . So after six years of “leadership” by the enlightened one , ask yourself , who is really better off … the free world , or the Islamists ?
And these gains in Islamist good fortunes doesn’t even take into consideration the explosion of domestic training camps being established in the US nor the Federal government’s refusal to secure the most porous border in the world , thus allowing and unrestricted flow of enemies and materiels to pour in via Mexico . Don’t you feel safer ? Thanks Barack .
” Iraq is breaking up. The Kurds have taken the northern oil city of Kirkuk that they have long claimed as their capital. Sunni fundamentalist fighters vow to capture Baghdad and the Shia holy cities further south.
Government rule over the Sunni Arab heartlands of north and central Iraq is evaporating as its 900,000-strong army disintegrates. Government aircraft have fired missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, captured by Isis on Monday, but the Iraqi army has otherwise shown no sign of launching a counter-attack.
The nine-year Shia dominance over Iraq, established after the US, Britain and other allies overthrew Saddam Hussein, may be coming to an end. The Shia may continue to hold the capital and the Shia-majority provinces further south, but they will have great difficulty in re-establishing their authority over Sunni provinces from which their army has fled.
It is unlikely that the Kurds will give up Kirkuk. “The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga [Kurdish soldiers],” said the peshmerga spokesman Jabbar Yawar. “No Iraqi army remains in Kirkuk.”
Foreign intervention is more likely to come from Iran than the US. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would act to combat “the violence and terrorism” of Isis”. Iran emerged as the most influential foreign power in Baghdad after 2003. As a fellow Shia-majority state, Iraq matters even more to Iran than Syria.”
” No your eyes are not deceiving you. Do you want proof of high treason? Look no further than video footage received from Libya called “the sea of arms.”
This video is not fake or even satire. I wish it were. This comes directly from the Al Qaeda forces in Libya as a way of bragging. This is literally a stock pile of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles handed directly to the Libyan rebels. This does not include the weapons deal that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.”
This is a totally unsubstantiated claim as a Google translation of some of the comments yields very ambiguous results . If some viewer is proficient in Arabic we would be eternally grateful for a translation of the video’s dialogue .
” The Taliban were just as confused by Bowe Bergdahl as the Afghan villagers who first encountered him after he allegedly wandered off his base, two former commanders say. Fighters rushed to capture Bergdahl after villagers informed them of his presence, and he was found walking alone, acting strangely, and cursing his fellow Americans, one commander tells NBC. He said “he wasn’t happy with his countrymen, but he didn’t intend to convert to Islam” or become a jihadi, the commander says. Both say that they at first believed it was some kind of trick, and they wondered how and why he had left the base alone—which he may have done more than once. They say he described his departure as a “personal issue.” “
Published on Jun 7, 2014
” June 7, 2014
Judge Jeanine Pirro again calls for Obama’s impeachment — this time for the astonishing exchange of one (alleged) US deserter for 5 top Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay. Judge Jeanine warns that the future atrocities these five perpetrate will be attributable to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t “release” these murderers, he”unleashed” them says Judge Jeanine.”
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” Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.
Smith, from Window Rock, who had met Nez several times, described him as a “quiet, humble” Navajo Marine.”
” Smith said that the passing of Nez — the last of the first 29 Navajo men who created a code from their language that stumped the Japanese in World War II — marked the closure of a chapter in the story of a special group of veterans.”
” Nez died Wednesday morning in Albuquerque, where he lived with his son Michael. He was 93. His family said he died of kidney failure.”
” According to Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson, the number of veterans who potentially died as a result of long delays at VA facilities in Phoenix is more than twice as many as reported last month.
Of the approximately 1,700 veterans VA Inspector General Richard Griffin reported were in danger of being “lost or forgotten” within the department’s bureaucracy and systematic delays, 17 were said to have died as a result. Gibson recently appeared in Phoenix – the epicenter of the VA scandal – for the first time in his current capacity, where he announced another 18 veterans died after their names were scrubbed from waiting list records.”
Illustration by Lisa Benson
” Some of the veterans attending the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings here in France have fascinating stories.
Take George Ciampa, the most vibrant and spry 89-year-old I have ever met. In 1944, he landed in Normandy as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit. “I spent the next few years going from France to Germany helping to bury people,” he told me. He was involved in setting up the temporary military cemeteries in Normandy that have now become stirring memorials to our fallen dead.
The experience transformed George, and he eventually became a filmmaker celebrating America’s heroes. His website tells the story of the four documentaries he has done on military valor. He is still making films today.”
The money quote from Mr Ciampa expresses how so many of us feel towards the office of Commander-In-Chief and the current occupant .
“It’s not that we don’t want to respect the commander-in-chief,” one told me sadly. “It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.”
National Review has more
” During the last days before Taliban “prisoner” Bowe Bergdahl was released—we now know he deserted his unit, renounced his American citizenship in a note, and actively sought out the Taliban—his father was very busy.
On May 28, 2014, Robert Bergdahl tweeted out the following:
“ I am still working to free all Guantanamo Bay prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, amen!”
This tweet was actually tweeted to a Taliban spokesman!
A day later, he tweeted another Taliban Twitter account: “Democracy is a cult in the West” (and went on to defend sharia law.)
After Obama failed to release all Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for his son—just five Taliban “generals,” one of whom ran one of Osama Bin Laden’s training camps—Robert Bergdahl quietly deleted his tweet, refusing to explain his “work” to free all those so-called unjustly held prisoners.
But Robert Bergdahl has also been busy on YouTube. One of the videos on his “Favorites” list is a rant by the famous Imam of the 9/11 terrorists, Anwar al-Awlaki, entitled, “Why the World Hates America.” “