Archive for the ‘Navy’ Category

November 11th in Washington, DC

November 10, 2008

November 11th in Washington DC

The U.S. Congress taxed them. Congress declared war and sent them to serve. Some were wounded and some died defending our country, all without representation in that same U.S. Congress. Who are they? The citizens of the District of Columbia who have served in our armed forces.

Meet DC’s veterans today, Veteran’s Day, Noon to 1:30 PM, at Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenues, NE, near the Russell Senate Office Building, between the Capitol and Union Station. Join themas they rally for the DC Vote.


John McCain — From Spoiled Brat to Grumpy Old Man

October 19, 2008

John McCain -- From Spoiled Brat to Grumpy Old Man

Senator John McCain is running for president on his biography. With a record as a champion of financial deregulation, trickle-down economics, and the Iraq War, the Republican contender has little choice.

Senator McCain would like you to accept his version of his biography (3 words: War Hero, Maverick) but read the full account by Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickenson, “Make-Believe Maverick.” In a hurry? Start with the video “Five Myths About John McCain.”

It is not surprising that Senator McCain considers millionaires middle-class and doesn’t think it is unusual that he can’t keep track of all his houses and cars.  According to NNDB, his mother, Roberta Wright McCain, once “went on an errand to buy a new dress, and came home with a new Mercedes instead.”


Military Musings on “Minerva”

May 30, 2008

Military Musings on

The Military decided use of “embedded anthropologists” in combat zones was effective, but the discipline ruled it unethical. Now the Department of Defense is preparing to launch Minerva, a project based on the concept that knowledge of culture is essential to defense. This sounds like a logical proposition, but no mix of academe and arms is without controversy


The Human Voice of War

May 26, 2008

The Human Experience od War

Over the past three days, Americans have commemorated and reflected on the human cost of war, remembering those lost in combat on behalf of our country. The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress allows you to hear the words of those who served, their lives changed forever by the experience of war. Collected and archived under the auspices of the American Folklife Center, you can listen to these voices right now, right here.

 The Human Voice of War

Graphics: Veterans History Project, Library of Congress.

Rolling Thunder 2008

May 25, 2008

Rolling Thunder 2008
Photo by dbking

The skies are bright with sunshine, but the streets of Washington, DC roar with thunder. Rolling Thunder is back. The annual motorcycle event, originally conceived to draw attention to the plight of Vietnam-era POWs and MIAs, has grown into a roaring tribute to all America’s veterans.


Less Robust

May 2, 2008

Less Robust

President George W. Bush, responding to recent reports, denied that four thousand U.S. troops had perished in Iraq. They are just “not as robust as we would like it,” he said.

He also spoke about the economy

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Blam! Pow!

February 21, 2008

Blam! Pow!

The U.S. Navy successfully launched thousands of Space Smithereens over the Pacific Ocean last night at a cost of only thirty million dollars.

In true Real-Guy fashion the Navy spurned use of explosives and crashed an unarmed missile straight into the lumbering, non-functional, bus-sized orbital object. BAM! Whoopee!


Atlantis Lands

February 20, 2008

Atlantis Lands

In an amazing development, the Space Shuttle Atlantis actually arrived on time at 9:07AM this morning, even after circling Cape Canaveral or Cape Kennedy or Cape Whatever to burn off fuel and allow the astronauts to finish their drinks. The aging space vehicle hurtled down a three-mile-long runway to a safe stop; union baggage-handlers sauntered over some time later.


Space is the Place

February 19, 2008

A spacecraft named after a mythical sunken continent lands in Florida tomorrow morning at 9:07 AM. Wednesday night the moon goes into total eclipse starting at 8:43 PM. We can track spy satellite NROL-21 through the heavens before the Navy shoots a missile at it — pow! It’s almost worth all the tax money we spend on silly Man-In-Space stunts and orbital military lemons instead of doing real science out there.


Rogue Satellite Update

February 17, 2008

Rogue Satellite Update

In a resounding vote of confidence for the capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the Raytheon Corporation Missile Division, NASA has ordered the space shuttle Atlantis to return to Earth fast, by Wednesday, before the swabbies shoot a Raytheon rocket at that falling spy satellite. I’m sure that brings joy to the remaining occupants of the orbiting International Space Station.