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  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Navy warship runs aground off reef runway

    02/06/2009 5:37:11 PM PST · by BIGLOOK · 107 replies · 4,114+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Feb 06, 2009 | By Gregg K. Kakesako
    The $1 billion guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal, skippered by Capt. John Carroll, was returning to its homeport of Pearl Harbor when it ran aground just before 9 last night about one and one-half mile from the entrance to the Harbor.
  • Vets commemorate Tet Offensive anniversary

    01/31/2009 8:22:58 PM PST · by BIGLOOK · 23 replies · 615+ views
    TampaBay.com ^ | January 31, 2009 | Jessica Vander Velde
    The attack started in the early hours of January 31, 1968, during what had been a traditional cease-fire for Vietnam's lunar new year. The coordinated attacks shifted the fighting from jungles and rural villages and rice paddies to the streets of Saigon and other major South Vietnamese cities. And it caught the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces by surprise.
  • <b>Green Acres </b><br><br> "Darling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue."

    12/16/2007 12:04:09 AM PST · by BIGLOOK · 28 replies · 421+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/16/07 | WSJO editorial
    Here's today's quiz: What do Scottie Pippen, David Letterman and Ted Turner have in common? Answer: None of them are farmers, but all three have received thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies this decade. We could add to that list of non-farmer farm-aid recipients David Rockefeller, Leonard Lauder of the cosmetics firm, Edgar Bronfman Sr. of the Seagram fortune, and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. Our point is that you don't have to drive a tractor, plant seeds, or even live anywhere near rural America to qualify for Uncle Sam's farm largess. And you sure don't have to be poor.
  • The NIE Fantasy

    12/10/2007 10:23:12 PM PST · by BIGLOOK · 23 replies · 73+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | BRET STEPHENS
    The intelligence community failed to anticipate the Cuban Missile Crisis. "The USSR could derive considerable military advantage from the establishment of Soviet medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in Cuba, or from the establishment of a submarine base there. . . . Either development, however, would be incompatible with Soviet practice to date and with Soviet policy as we presently estimate it." --Special National Intelligence Estimate 85-3-62, Sept. 19, 1962 Twenty-five days after this NIE was published, a U-2 spy plane photographed a Soviet ballistic missile site in Cuba, and the Cuban Missile Crisis began. It's possible the latest NIE on...
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail area safe for wildlife

    03/03/2007 11:17:36 AM PST · by BIGLOOK · 39 replies · 640+ views
    AP ^ | March 3, 2007 | Jerry Harmer
    Ho Chi Minh Trail area safe for wildlife. By JERRY HARMER, Associated Press Writer Four decades after U.S. warplanes plastered it with bombs, a remote corner of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail in Cambodia is making a comeback as a treasure trove of endangered wildlife. Tigers prowl imperiously down tracks where weapons-laden North Vietnamese trucks once rolled. Elephants shepherd their young past giant bomb craters to drink at jungle water holes, and rare apes call from treetops that used to hide communist forces from American pilots. Much of the credit for this swords-into-plowshares story goes to the New York-based...
  • Soldier steadfast in refusal to deploy

    06/22/2006 8:29:48 PM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 19 replies · 563+ views
    Honolulu Advertister ^ | June 22, 2006 | William Cole
    <p>Honololu Advertiser is a Gannett publication - no excerpts are allowed. Link and title are ok.</p>