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  • 15 years on FR today!

    06/23/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by null and void · 97 replies
    me | 6/23/2016 | null and void
    I simply could resist putting this in Breaking News. Sorry. Here's to another 15!
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A guide to the builds (Major Win10 Update on the way...)

    06/21/2016 5:38:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 48 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Jun 20, 2016 | Preston Gralla
    This summer, one year after the initial launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will release its first major update: the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It will be delivered in the usual way -- via Windows Update -- and will install automatically on its own. However, if you're curious (or apprehensive) about the upcoming update, you don't have to wait until the final release date to check it out. Microsoft has been releasing public preview builds, each one a little bit closer to the final version. Anyone can get and install those builds by first becoming part of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program,...
  • JimRob/Sheila : happy anniversary (46? I believe)

    06/13/2016 5:34:24 AM PDT · by DollyCali · 80 replies
    memory jog journals | June 13, 2016 | DollyHoward
    Marriage isn't easy as most of us know. It's work and commitment. I offer a personal toast to the founder of Free Republic and thank him for his years of dedication to our republic and for providing a meeting place to smile, rant, grow and share We are all different and all have various expectations. All contribute differently. Some with research. Some with quick creative minds. Some create clever graphics. Some offer save spiritual wisdom. Thats for starters. There are spelling and grammar horses - one of which I am not. There are lurkers and prolific posters. There are memories...
  • 72nd D-Day Anniversary: All Who Serve Are a Part of the Greatest Generation

    06/06/2016 5:50:36 AM PDT · by milton23 · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/5/2016 | James Carafano
    Stop your average American on the street and ask them “what happened on June 6?” Surprisingly—a few might recall that on a dreary morning while the low-tide lapped lazily on the rocky coast of Normandy, France, brave men in battle armor no thicker than a khaki shirt grimly headed toward Hitler’s Atlantic wall. There is nothing special to mark the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II. Nothing special—other than the men themselves. That 18-year-old struggling up the steep bluffs of Omaha Beach while tracer rounds flashed overhead would be 90 years old now, eyes flickering still...
  • Heirs keeping the D-Day stories alive

    06/06/2013 1:39:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:01 AM | George R. Carter
    At the Vineland (N.J.) Veterans Memorial Home, assistant business manager William H. Palmer Jr. has a special bond with the 175 or so World War II veterans who live there. His father, Ensign William H. Palmer, was part of a secret mission during the D-Day invasion that delivered messages from the command ship Ancon to the shore during days of radio silence. … Just like Butch Maisel, a Baltimore history teacher whose father landed on D-Day, Palmer is determined to carry forth the legacy. “I went to find out what my father did on D-Day,” he said, and the research...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ D-Day, June 6, 1944 ~ 06 June 2016

    06/05/2016 5:01:26 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 117 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC and The Canteen Crew
    ~ D-DAY, June 6, 1944 ~ NORMANDY INVASION May 1944 had been chosen at the conference in Washington in May 1943 as the time for the invasion. Difficulties in assembling landing craft forced a postponement until June, but June 5 was fixed as the unalterable date by Eisenhower on May 17. As the day approached and troops began to embark for the crossing, bad weather set in, threatening dangerous landing conditions. After tense debate, Eisenhower and his subordinates decided on a 24-hour delay, requiring the recall of some ships already at sea. Eventually, on the morning of June 5,...
  • What John Paul II Intended to Say the Day He Was Shot

    05/09/2016 6:03:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/7/16 | Diane Montagna
    35 years after his assassination attempt, the catechesis and two important announcements JPII never made that fateful dayVATICAN CITY — Thirty-five years ago, on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot as he made his way through St. Peter’s Square in the pope-mobile, responding to the warm greetings of the faithful and pilgrims before the general audience. At 5:19pm, the pope was the victim of an assassination attempt perpetrated by a young Turkish man named Mehmet Ali Agca. During the general audience, the Holy Father had intended to speak to the faithful about a theme very dear to...
  • ‘Damaged masculinity’ may help explain Columbine and other mass shootings

    04/20/2016 8:02:21 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    ‘Damaged masculinity’ may help explain Columbine and other mass shootings mike.rosenwald@washpost.com Follow @mikerosenwald View Archive RSS Feed April 20 at 6:34 AM Columbine High Schoolshooter, Eric Harris. (AP Photo/HO) Wednesday marks the 17th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre — the terrible day in 1999 when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 and wounded dozens more before killing themselves in Colorado.In the strangely American phenomenon of mass shootings, Columbine comes up again and again. As I wrote last year: It was Columbine that changed everything…a horrifying event that occurred just as the Internet was taking root in the...
  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 2:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 19, 2016 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    Tuesday morning, people across the state and country will take time to remember the 168 lives that were lost 21 years ago. On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying much of the nine-story structure. While the scars have healed since that day, the memories are still fresh in the minds of so many. Today, we honor those 168 lives lost, but not forgotten. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosts the 21st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. During the program, 168 seconds of silence will be observed...
  • History Comes on Horseback in Lexington (Reenactment Helps Kick Off Patriots Day)

    04/19/2016 2:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Boston globe ^ | APRIL 18, 2016 | Joshua Miller
    History came on horseback here early Monday morning, with the breathless cries of a rider warning: “The Regulars are just down the road! They’re massing for battle.” Decked in lobster-red, marching up what’s now Massachusetts Avenue and onto the Common, the British soldiers did come, finding a ragtag band of local militiamen standing their ground, unwilling to disperse. The story of what happened next — the shot of unknown provenance, the lopsided battle, the American Revolution — has been told and retold for 241 years. But it was fresh to some of the thousands of spectators and performers at the...
  • 110th San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Anniversary Honors Victims of Ecuador, Japan

    04/18/2016 3:06:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Stephanie Chuang and Lisa Fernandez
    As they have for 110 years in a row, residents and emergency crew members met early Monday morning at Lotta’s Fountain in San Francisco to mark those who died and suffered during the great quake and fire on 1906. Except this year was different. It was the first time that no original survivors were left. The death of Bill Del Monte earlier this year at age 109, marked the end of the last 1906 survivor — an inevitable page turning in the long tale of the Bay Area’s most famous catastrophe. Still, a sizable crowd gathered at the gold fire...
  • Yuri Gagarin: Celebrating first man in outer space 55 years later (slideshow)

    04/12/2016 11:02:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | April 12, 2016
    Please click the link to view the slideshow. There are 40 images, minus a few ads.
  • 240 years ago today, Spanish explorers reached San Francisco and founded the modern city

    03/28/2016 12:44:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    SFGate ^ | March 28, 2016 | Katie Dowd
    On March 28, 1776, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a small band of settlers reached San Francisco and laid the groundwork what would become the city's first major landmarks: the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Asis. Captain de Anza's arrival in San Francisco was the culmination of a long trek from Arizona with 247 soldiers, women and children. The expedition was commissioned by the Mexican viceroy, who hoped to establish a permanent settlement there.
  • Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

    03/06/2016 9:50:10 AM PST · by GregoTX · 44 replies
    Tour Texas ^ | March 6 2016
    On March 6th, one of the most significant events in the history of not only our state, but our country, will be commemorated: the Battle of the Alamo. Why is this battle so important? I think because it shows just how much we Americans value our freedoms and what we will sacrifice to preserve them. At the Alamo, 189 documented defenders took on thousands of Mexican troops, a turning point in the Texas Revolution. Battle at the AlamoThe valiant “Texians” held on for 12 days, finally being annihilated on the 13th day, March 6. The event motivated the Texians, and...
  • Challenger 7: 30 Years Ago

    January 28th marks 30 years since the Challenger Disaster. Seems so long ago, yet it is one of those days people never forget. School was out that day, probably because of bad weather, and I remember watching on television the news showing the explosion over and over. I will never forget. We didn’t give up on spaceflight that day, but I wish more would have seen the real promise of the Final Frontier. Instead, many in government still see it as another “get-elected-for-a-few-years” opportunity. The vision of government sees only through the next election cycle, not seven generations hence. There...
  • The first website went online 25 years ago today

    12/20/2015 9:22:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 63 replies
    Engadget ^ | 12-20-2015 | Jon Fingas
    If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world's first website, Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August 1991), and it wasn't much more than an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked.
  • Eight trees planted for children slain in house of horror

    12/19/2015 7:20:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    DPA international ^ | December 20, 2015
    Sydney (dpa) - Relatives of eight children slain in their beds one year ago gathered Sunday to plant eight blossoming frangipani trees in their memory. The stabbings of three sisters, ages 2, 11 and 12, their four brothers, ages 5, 6, 8 and 9, and their 14-year-old cousin still shocks the community of Manoora, a suburb of Cairns in tropical far north Australia. The mother of the children, Raina Thaiday, 38, was found by her 20-year-old son in the garden of 34 Murray Street that the morning covered in blood and suffering self-inflicted wounds. Within days she was charged with...
  • Celebrating Frank Zappa on his 75th birthday

    12/18/2015 9:51:43 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 38 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Friday, December 18, 2015 | Jonathan deBurca Butler
    SHORTLY after his death from prostate cancer in 1993, the musician and sometime film director Frank Zappa was honored by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre which named an asteroid after him. The citation announcing the naming of 3834 Zappafrank appeared in the Minor Planet Circular and noted that “Zappa was an eclectic, self-trained artist and composer with incredible energy and a biting wit”. [snip] In high school he was a drummer in his first band but gradually he moved on to guitar. It was one of several instruments he would go on to master. Rolling Stone magazine ranked...
  • San Bernadino 12/02 bloodbath coincides with one of Islam's largest Martyrdom Anniversaries

    12/02/2015 9:39:17 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 33 replies
    The Iran Project ^ | 12/02/2015 | Shia Post
    12/02/2015 is a significant tragic day for San Bernadino, and the USA. It also happens to be a Very significant Martyrdom Anniversary for Islam... Connections? Islamic Education Center, Atlanta http://www.zainabia.com/sample-page/calendar/important-dates/ Important Islamic Dates 1437 AH (2015 ñ€“ 2016): 20 Safar, 1437 = December 02, 2015 * Arbayeen (40th Day of Imam Hussain Martyrdom Anniversary)  Muslims observe Arbaeen in Iran - The Iran Project www.theiranproject.com/ blog/ 2015/ 12/ 02/ mus... Proxy Highlight 17 hours ago ... ... elegies are recited in memory of Imam Hussein and his 72 loyal companions. The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious...
  • Happy Birthday to Me......

    11/29/2015 1:17:16 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 62 replies
    29 November 2015 | Self
    Today is my 15th FR Anniversary. In that time I've seen the rise and fall of the Clintons, 9/11, Bush, and Obama. I've posted 1191 threads, and 18,994 posts. I've seen a lot of good FReepers come and go, and a lot of not-so-good FReepers come and go. I've truly enjoyed my time here and this has become my go-to site for any news that happens around the world. I've learned that FR and its denizens can be counted upon to break most news stories quickly and reasonably accurately. The discussions here have not only opened my eyes to new...
  • Nov. 22, 1963: JFK Assassinated in Dallas TX

    11/22/2015 1:15:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 84 replies
    Nov. 22, 2015 | Vanity
    The Official Government 'Warren Report' concluded that JFK was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald who was subsequently killed by Jack Ruby.Everyone knows the background of this day and the events.But did the Official 'Warren Report' really report what actually happened?Tell me if you believed the 'Warren Report' or you have other 'inside' information.
  • On November 14, 1914 Islamic Jihad was declared

    11/14/2015 4:15:00 AM PST · by hondact200 · 13 replies
    November | hondact200
    After the attacks on November 13, 2015 in Paris France, what significant event occurred in Islamic Radicalism History
  • Scandal: Jews not invited to Swedish Kristallnacht commemoration

    11/09/2015 11:01:40 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/2015 | Tova Dvorin
    The organizers of an anti-Nazi event in Sweden face controversy Monday, after declining to invite the Jewish community to the event. "UmeÄ against Nazism" will run in the city of UmeÄ on Tuesday and Wednesday, commemorating Kirstallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," the massive 1938 pogrom against Austrian and German Jews which is seen as marking the start of the holocaust. But, absurdly, Jews will not be invited. The organizers claim that inviting the Jewish community presents a security risk, nt.se reports, citing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests present at past events.
  • Election Night 1980 from CBS [ Video from 35 Years Ago Today]

    11/04/2015 5:50:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/25/13: From 11/4/1980 | a depressed bunch of CBS "journalists"
    From November of 1980, here is CBS's coverage of Election Night. Taped from WJKW-TV8, Cleveland. This is part 1 of 3
  • Caption the happy couple (Barry and Mooch) on their 23rd wedding anniversary

    10/05/2015 10:14:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    Twitter | October 5, 2015
    Twenty-three years and still going strong.Here's to many more. #Happy Anniversary Barack Obama wishes Barack Obama a happy wedding anniversary with a picture of . . . Barack Obama
  • On the Anniversary of 9/11: "Welcome to Hell"-Trace Adkins

    09/10/2015 7:27:56 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/10/15 | Hoagy62
    Country singer Trace Adkins wrote this song a couple days after the attacks. He doesn't perform it live except on the anniversary of 9/11. It happened that the anniversary fell in 2010 while he was doing a concert in Bristow, VA at the Jiffy Lube Center. This was the final song that evening. It was recorded by an audience member, so it's not studio quality, but it's good enough. Enjoy.Welcome to Hell-LIVE 2010
  • VJ Day Kiss - 70 years ago

    08/12/2015 1:20:54 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | 10 August 2014 | smithsk
    VJ Day Kiss - 70 years ago 70 years ago ... August 14, 1945 was the dawn, ending those dark days from 1939 - 1945 which were marked by a horrific world war. World War II left no continent untouched and a devastating body count. With causalities approaching 70 million, it may have been the worst war in recorded human history, such seen in this interactive video: The Fallen of World War II on Vimeo But as the Psalmist wrote: "... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5 (KJV) Finally the night of...
  • Holy Cow....Today is my 10th Anniversary on Free Republic

    08/11/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 95 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11 August 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I can't believe I almost missed this most important day. I am privileged to be here and thank you all for the great education you have given me these last 10 years. I certainly have pissed off a few here and there but that is what is great about FR, we get up, shake hands and go on to the next thread. Thank you for that best 10 years!!!!! Oh and for the millionth time, NAPSCOORDINATOR means Naval Academy Preparatory School Coordinator......it is a prep school for a year before the Naval Academy to prepare students for the rigors of...
  • From traffic stop to fiery uproar, a look at the Watts riots as 50th anniversary approaches

    08/09/2015 1:48:56 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Orange County Register ^ | 08/09/2015 | staff
    It began with a routine traffic stop, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive rioting Los Angeles had seen. --SNIP-- The commission that investigated the riots recommended better schooling, job training, more low-income housing, public transportation, health services and better relations between the police and the community. Few of those things were realized. Today, the Watts neighborhood is largely Hispanic, but remains poor. Unemployment is high.
  • Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

    08/05/2015 5:44:08 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 37 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Aug 5 , 2015 | BBC
    Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
  • Blast from the Past: Whitewater Partner Jim McDougal Dies In Prison

    07/05/2015 3:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | March 8, 1998
    James McDougal DALLAS (CNN) -- Jim McDougal, President Bill Clinton's former partner in the Whitewater land deal, died Sunday in federal prison in Texas. He was 57. McDougal, who was suffering from a heart condition, was convicted of fraud and conspiracy in 1996. He died one minute past noon at John Petersmith Hospital, according to the coroner's office in Tarrant County, Texas. The office would not reveal a cause of death. After his conviction, McDougal made a deal with Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr for a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation with the investigation. His death is a...
  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    07/05/2015 8:32:58 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    time ^ | June 20, 2015 | Daniel D’Addario
    Forty years ago Saturday saw the release of Jaws, an adaptation of a beach-read made by a promising but relatively untested young director, Steven Spielberg. Forty years later, Jaws‘ impact can be felt across moviegoing. The shark tale is perhaps most notable for its box-office success; Jaws became the top-grossing film of all time after its release (and did so more quickly than had its predecessors, with a marketing plan based on blanket advertising rather than a slow rollout). Jaws, with its technical mastery and ability to manipulate the audience into fearing something that for so much of the film’s...
  • Congress to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War

    06/20/2015 8:19:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.speaker.gov ^ | June 17, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – The leaders of the United States Congress will hold a ceremony next month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 8 at 3:00 pm in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the event. More than 58,000 Americans were killed in action during the Vietnam War, and more than 153,000 were wounded. All told, 658 U.S. prisoners...
  • 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

    06/06/2015 10:07:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Few narrative historians have been able to capture the essence of war quite like Stephen Ambrose. The Eisenhower biographer published several books on the war later in his life, including Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, and perhaps the best one volume treatment of the Normandy invasion, D-Day: June 6, 1944. One theme running through all of those books was the sheer ordinariness of the American GI and how, when confronted by the greatest challenges of their lives, outperformed, outfought, and outsmarted the seemingly invincible Nazi war machine. From a blurb advertising D-Day: They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand...
  • VANITY - 10th Anniversary on FR

    06/04/2015 11:18:45 AM PDT · by varyouga · 41 replies
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    Just wanted to briefly say Thanks to everyone who made this site possible and celebrate my 10th Anniversary here. I started off as a 'rat die-hard Kerry voter but simply being here made me see EVERYTHING better and my life has been completely different ever since. Thank you all for all the great posts, amazing insights, excellent debates, the goofiness and , of course, all those threads with "rules". Can't wait to see what the next 10 years will bring Let's Roll!
  • June 15th the 800 Year anniversary of the signing of the Magnate Carta

    06/02/2015 3:58:20 PM PDT · by matginzac · 47 replies
    WSJ | May 30 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    The anniversary of the signing of the document that established the seeds of Freedom for the individual is this June 15th. It happened in 1215 at Runnymede. All freedom loving people need to honor this August occasion for being the seminal point in the history of the World. Great article. (No linkie because I don't know how to...) It's entitled "Eight Centuries of Liberty"
  • This Day in History (1996) Clinton’s business partners are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater.

    05/28/2015 6:02:18 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Arkansas Herald ^ | 05/28/2015 | staff
    President Bill Clinton’s former business partners James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Jim Guy Tucker, the Governor of Arkansas, are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater land deal.
  • 70th Anniversary of Germany's Unconditional Surrender Ending WWII

    05/07/2015 6:12:19 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 12 replies
    IB Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | David Sim
    On 7 May 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the second world war in Europe. In this gallery, we look back at VE Day and the events leading up to Germany's surrender.
  • VE-Day: How it unfolded, told through CBC's original reports

    05/08/2015 12:54:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | May 07, 2015 | CBC News
    Seventy years ago, then-British prime minister Winston Churchill declared May 8, 1945, to be "Victory in Europe Day" after a gruelling five-year war against Nazi Germany and its allies. The day before, people had already started celebrating amid news that Hitler had committed suicide in his so-called Fuehrerbunker in Berlin days prior, and Germany has surrendered unconditionally. Canada celebrated, too. It had joined the war effort early, with its first troops departing for Europe at the end of 1939. More than one million Canadians performed full-time duty during the war. They fought in the raid on Dieppe and at Juno...
  • German Surrender Ceremony VE Day Reims, France May 7 1945 [Video]

    05/08/2015 6:28:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1945-05-07 | Universal Newsreels
    "Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces, Reims: Nazi General Jodl, representing Admiral Doenitz, strides into the 'war room' where Allied Generals await him and his party. After the surrender terms are understood, Jodl fills a third of a page with his scrawly signature, this his associates sign. U.S. General W. B. Smith the Allied Chief of Staff signs as do the remainder of the Allied Generals. In an adjoining room, General Eisenhower, wreathed in smiles, forms the signature pens into a V for Victory sign. Unconditional surrender is an accomplished fact." scenes of peace signed at red scholhouse in Reims, France,...
  • 4 years after bin Laden’s death, man who helped track him is in prison

    05/01/2015 8:25:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 5/1/2015 | Tom Hussain
    Four years after U.S. forces shot dead Osama bin Laden at a house half a mile from Pakistan’s top military academy, the Pakistani doctor who allegedly ran a fake vaccination program for the CIA to find the al Qaida chief – but didn’t find him – is serving a long prison term on questionable charges of aiding an insurgent Pakistani militant group, his attorney said. Suspected CIA operative Shakil Afridi has paid a heavy price for the huge embarrassment caused to Pakistan’s powerful military and its security services by the discovery of bin Laden: In addition to his 23-year term,...
  • 40 years after Saigon’s fall, US still hasn’t learned lessons of Vietnam

    04/29/2015 6:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Seth Lipsky
    Could it be that two generations from now our grandchildren are going to be watching a documentary about the consequences of America’s retreat in the Middle East? That’s the question I am pondering this week on the 40th anniversary of the communist conquest of Indochina. The event is being marked by the broadcast on PBS of Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.”
  • Prince Charles joins his son Harry and world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the disastrous

    04/24/2015 7:28:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    Prince Charles and his son Harry today joined world leaders to mark the centenary of the catastrophic Gallipoli landings which claimed 140,000 lives during World War One. The royals met descendants of fallen soldiers on the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark in Turkey's Dardanelles straits, the same crucial waters the Allies hoped to control 100 years ago. Instead tens of thousands lost their lives on both sides in a nine-month battle between the German-backed Ottoman forces and Allies including Australian, British and New Zealand troops trying to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. Today, soldiers from both the...
  • Homegrown extremist threat remains 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

    04/19/2015 7:48:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Deborah M. Lauter and Mark Pitcavage
    (CNN)—Twenty years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a massive truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The attack killed 168 men, women and children, injured hundreds more, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. The attack's aftermath saw a storm of media coverage with themes such as "attack on the heartland" and America's "lost innocence." In fact, the bombing took the country by surprise. It wasn't simply the scale of the tragedy that drew attention, but the fact that the bombing exposed something new: American citizens targeting their...
  • Photographer recalls covering the Palm Sunday tornadoes (50th anniv & Live tweets)

    04/12/2015 9:44:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    Wane ^ | April 11 2015 | Sara Wagner
    – This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. The National Weather Service recorded 47 tornadoes between April 11th and April 12th, 1965. 261 people died, making it the third deadliest outbreak on record. These details of the storm are something Carl Hartup witnessed first-hand. He worked as chief photographer for the News-Sentinel for 37 years. One can see a lot in a career that spans nearly forty years. snip “I took a corn stalk that was driven into a concrete block. The power of a tornado is just unbelievable,” Hartup said....
  • Russia halts UK-US display of WW2 photos

    04/11/2015 5:00:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-04-11 | Sarah Rainsford
    A central Russian gallery has cancelled the opening of an exhibition of World War Two images by US and British photographers, sparking claims that the event was pulled for political reasons. [....] A staff member at the state-run gallery told the BBC that the decision to cancel the exhibition was "political", and said they did not believe it would ever open. They said they had been "ordered" not to comment further. Gallery manager Raisa Zorina had previously dismissed the official explanation of "technical problems", telling local media "this is very serious" and advising them to "read between the lines".
  • Bells to ring marking end of Civil War

    04/09/2015 9:55:17 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    News Advance ^ | 4-8-15 | staff report
    Bells will ring across the country and in Lynchburg on Thursday to mark the 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed. A historic bell will be rung at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 3 p.m., the time the surrender occurred. People at historic sites, schools, parks, government buildings and within communities throughout Lynchburg and the country will join in at 3:15 p.m., ringing bells for four continuous minutes, representing the four years of fighting.
  • Civil War: 150th Anniversary of Lee Surrender at Appomattox

    04/09/2015 10:03:31 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 39 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | APRIL 9, 2015 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    The surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday was the definitive milestone of the end of the Civil War.
  • Make the Confederacy's Defeat a National Holiday (Hurl)

    04/06/2015 11:47:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 126 replies
    New Republic ^ | April 5, 2015 | Brian Beutler
    In a speech one month ago, the first black president of the United States challenged millions of white Americans to resist the convenient allure of overlooking the country’s blemished moral record. It was a dual challenge, actually—first to the classical understanding of American exceptionalism, but also to America’s persistent critics, who abjure the concept of exceptionalism altogether. “What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this?” President Barack Obama said. “What greater form of patriotism is there than the belief that America is not yet finished, that we are strong enough to be self-critical, that each successive generation...
  • Ten Years Ago Today, Terri Schiavo Lived Her Last Day. Then She Was Starved to Death

    03/31/2015 1:51:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 83 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/31/15 | Steven Ertelt
    On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life on this earth and both her family and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will never forget the last moments they shared with the woman whose former husband won a court order to take her life.Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube. Doctors who examined Terri say she was not in a persistent vegetative state and that her condition could have been improved has she...