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October 2010

On this day in 1881...

Thirty shots in thirty seconds. Three cowboys dead. Two Earp brothers and Doc Holiday were wounded. And the most famous gunfight in the old west...

The result was the Cochise County War.  The cowboys made assassination attempts against the Earp family - Virgil was shot in the arm and lost the use of his left arm, and Morgan was shot in the back and was killed - which resulted in the Earp Vendetta Ride.


Day of the deployed

The Annual Day of the Deployed is recognized on October 26 by Soldiers’ Angels and many governors across the nation declaring the day of honor with the following proclamation:

Proclamation Day of the Deployed October 26

WHEREAS, this nation is kept strong and free by the loyal citizens who preserve our precious heritage through their positives declaration and actions; and

WHEREAS, our deployed service members have courageously answered their nation’s call to service by defending our freedoms on foreign lands; and

WHEREAS, Americans are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and honor the brave men and women currently deployed to protect and preserve our way of life; and

WHEREAS, since 2006 Soldiers' Angels has honored our deployed heroes with a day set aside in recognition of their hard work, dedication and commitment to the United States of America; and

NOW, THEREFORE, Soldiers’ Angels hereby proclaim October 26 as DAY OF THE DEPLOYED throughout the United States of America and where ever our service members are serving.

Patti Patton - Bader, Founder
Shelle Michaels, National Communication Officer

There are ceremonies in many states ( Texas, California, Kentucky, North Dakota, etc.).

Saint Crispin's Day

Greyhawk reminds us:

    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

And the Donovan reminds us that the last four lines account for the poseurs.

Operation FPH Blues

Gina Elise

I don't think there's ever a bad time to run a photo of Gina Elise of Pin-Ups for Vets.  Classy, classic, and fun are words that spring to mind.  Dedicated to doing for the troops and veterans is a phrase that comes to mind (okay, not the first phrase) as well. It's been my priviledge to know her for several years now, and an honor to support her work.

Today, I'm glad to join with Gina and announce Operation FPH Blues

Continue reading "Operation FPH Blues" »

Gunny Popaditch Schools a Congressman

RE:  The Cigar Marine - Someone You Should Know (May 18, 2004)
RE:  The Cigar Marine And Don King (June 4, 2004)
RE:  April Popaditch On Michael Moore  (Oct 20, 2004)
RE:  Fallujah Fight by Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch (July 3, 2005) MUST READ
RE:  Gunny Popaditch - The Cigar Marine - Awarded the Silver Star (Nov 14, 2005)
RE:  The Cigar Marine - Someone You Should Know Follow Up (June 5, 2007)

It's not a secret that retired Gunnery Sergeant Nick F. Popaditch has our unwavering support.  Here's a post in support of him when the media went after him.

Ace has a great post on Nick's debate against his opponent.  Here's the video.  This Marine is ready to take on Congress.

Go here to support Nick!

Julian Assange Sentences 1,800 Afghans to Death

John Burns and Ravi Somaiya in the New York Times (Burns is one of the fairest, honest etc) reports on the Wikileaks debacle:

...A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan . . . said in a telephone interview that the Taliban. . . . had a "wanted” list of 1,800 Afghans and was comparing that with names WikiLeaks provided. "After the process is completed, our Taliban court will decide about such people," he said...

Read the whole piece here at the NYTimes.

Julian Assange helped sentence these people to Taliban justice like these people below:






Before 9/11, Why Didn't We Go After the Taliban and Al Qaeda?

There's a few answers to that question, but one you should read is from General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during President Clinton's tenure:

...Both times that Secretary Cohen and I made our pleas, Secretary of State Albright pushed back and said no, the Taliban constitutes a legitimate sovereign government and we need to respect that—we need to demarche them first and give them a chance to correct their ways.

I don’t care what logo is embossed on the letterhead, as far as I’m concerned a demarche is basically a letter of reprimand, a slap on the wrist telling them that we believe you are supporting terrorism and we are not going to put up with it any longer...

There's more here at Command Posts.

Shelton's memoir Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior (with Ron Levinson and Malcolm McConnell) chronicles the general's incredible journey from a small farming community in North Carolina to the highest level of American military and political power at the Pentagon and White House.

A Review of C. J. Chivers' The Gun

C. J. Chivers, former Marine infantry officer and graduate of U.S. Army Ranger school, has a book called The Gun which treats the history of the AK-47.  The history is interesting, but so is the conclusion the reviewer draws about the existence of the weapon in conflict zones.

...in the 1920s and 1930s, when the young Mikhail Kalashnikov was struggling to cope with the rigors of a Siberian exile, there were thousands of men and women in the developed world who thought it would be genuinely possible to disarm by simply producing no more weapons and scrapping those that existed. The accounts by the antiwar lobby of how this might come about seem naive even in their own time, but the will to confront the reality of terrible armaments and to prevent their development and dissemination was born of a profound and humane rejection of violence. This is a sentiment that no doubt still widely exists, but it is seldom openly expressed.

There is a danger that a mixture of cynicism, hopelessness and insecurity among the wider public, together with the military ambitions and fears of their governments, will persuade most of us to take the existence of all weapons, from nuclear bombs to Kalashnikovs, as the price to be paid for a human world in many parts of which peace, security and human decency have been and remain slogans bizarrely out of step with reality. Would this world have been a better place without Kalashnikovs? Sadly not. The problem is not the weapon but the man.

That's surely correct.  After all, in Rwanda's terrible massacre of a decade ago, it was the machete used for the bulk of the killing.