Two Marines who stood in place and stopped a suicide truck bomber – BI

Apetition posted to the White House website is asking the president to award the nation’s highest award for valor to two Marines who stood in place and stopped a suicide truck bomber barreling towards their Iraqi checkpoint in 2008.

NOTE: This is an old article so the petition no longer exists, I just thought I’d share the story of two brave Marines. 

On Apr. 22, 2008, Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter — two Marines from different units who had never met before that day — had just begun their shift at an entry control point at a joint security station in Ramadi along with Iraqi policemen.

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Read more

William Kyle Carpenter will become the Marine’s third MoH recipient — BI

Marine Corps veteran William Kyle Carpenter will become the Marine’s third Medal of Honor recipient since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps Times writes, citing unnamed officials.

Carpenter, a medically retired corporal who’s 24 now, has been praised publicly since reports emerged that he risked his own life to save his friend. Read more

The Alamo – Take No Prisoners

In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year. Read more

Obamanation (One Painting That Says It All)


Jon McNaughton, the artist of some highly controversial paintings speaks out and explains why [he exercised his First Amendment right] through his art. He also tells us what these images mean. [To him] by turning them into a ‘interactive map.’ Just follow the link below to launch. He has one for each of the images I’ve shared here as well as some I left out. (The featured image is titled ‘The Forgotten Man.’) Read more

A Rich Woman Abandoned This Apartment In 1942. What They Just Found Inside Is Incredible. – The Meta Picture

Madame de Florian was a French socialite and actress who fled to the south of France during World War II. She kept her apartment in Paris on the Right Bank near the Opéra Garnier, though, in case she wanted to return. However, she never went back to it after the war. Since 1942, the apartment has been sitting untouched, until recently when an auctioneer entered her apartment. What he found was a time capsule, full of treasures.

The apartment was covered in dust, perfectly preserved. Read more

There Are Shockingly High Rates Of A Certain Kind Of Mental Illness In New Army Recruits –BI


A new study in JAMA Psychiatry found unusually high rates of certain kinds of mental illness in new Army recruits — especially a disorder called intermittent explosive disorder, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more

One Of The Most Important Questions On Afghanistan Is One That No One Is Asking


At this point, The White House has pretty much thrown in the towel on negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who refuses to sign a bilateral security agreement that would leave a small force of U.S. troops in his country after 2014. Read more

Advice Column: Ask Top, Your Non-Friendly Neighborhood First Sergeant


By  | July 2, 2012   DUFFEL BLOG:

“Ask Top” is your semi-monthly advice column where you can get the answers to the burning questions you always wished you could ask. Our resident First Sergeant has been in every infantry battle since Vietnam and has banged more quiff than all of you numb-nuts put together.

His hobbies include chewing ass, laughing at Second Lieutenants, killing people with his bare hands, and telling soldiers to get their damn hands out of their pockets. Read more