September 11: FAA Closure of US Airspace


This animation was created by NASA using FAA air traffic control data from September 11, 2001. It shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the US, and redirection of incoming international traffic, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Time is at lower left, number of planes in the air lower right. At 9:06am, FAA issued a ground stop to all traffic not yet departed that would encounter NY airspace [“tier one”- NY, DC, Boston, Cleveland] . A series of rapid decisions followed, including redirecting inbound traffic away from NY and warning airplanes in the air of potential cockpit intrusion. At 9:45am, FAA Command Center decided to close all US airspace for the first time in history. Within a few hours, all commercial air traffic was grounded. This animation is displayed in the National Air and Space Museum’s “America by Air” exhibition.

March Into Enemy Territory

Confederate troops on the march, Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 12, 1862 “This is one of the most historically valuable photos ever taken of the war because it is the only known photograph that shows Confederate soldiers on the march in enemy territory. (Maryland was indeed enemy territory to them, because slave-holding Maryland elected to remain in the Union.) What’s haunting about this photo is that, statistically speaking, before the end of the month one-third of all the men in this picture would be dead.  


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We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we�ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own lives in peace. — Colin Powell

Chambers of Loss and Triumph


Chief Dave: [letter to Engel’s infant son]

Remember, you have warrior’s blood in your veins. The code that made your father who he was is the same code that’ll make you a man he would admire, respect. Put your pain in a box. Lock it down. Like those people in the paintings your father liked, we are men make up of boxes, chambers of loss and triumph. Of hurt and hope and love. No one is stronger or more dangerous than a man who can harness his emotions. His past.
[three salute shots fired]
Chief Dave: Use it as fuel, as ammunition. As ink to write the most important letter of your life.

“#Act of Valor

Zeppelin Terror Attacks: WWI

This post came about after doing a search on the image above. I “pinned” it a couple of days ago on and decided to investigate a little further this evening. I knew that Germany launched one the fiercest Zeppelin attacks on London during WWI and since we are commemorating the wars Centennial, I thought it was fitting below is the summary of the documentary by NOVA on the attacks, a YouTube clip of the trailer and a link to NOVA for viewing it in its entirety.   Enjoy! Read more

Daniel E. Sickles: Civil War Hero

OCTOBER 20, 1819 – MAY 3, 1914

Born in New York City on October 20, 1819, Daniel Edgar Sickles began his career with an apprenticeship as a printer,  eventually studying law at New York University.  Following school he became involved in politics and held several offices:  Corporate Consul of New York City, Secretary of U.S. Legation in London, and State and Federal legislator representing New York State.

In 1859 he shot and killed his wife’s lover, Francis Barton Key.  The victim was the son of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.  Future Secretary of State Edwin Stanton represented Sickles in what would be the first successful use of the “temporary insanity” defense. Read more

Watergate affair approaches climax: 1974

Nixon announces the release of edited transcri...
Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of the Watergate tapes, April 29, 1974. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day in History

Under coercion from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings–suspected to prove his guilt in the Watergate cover-up–to special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. The same day, the House Judiciary Committee voted a third article of impeachment against the president: contempt of Congress in hindering the impeachment process. The previous two impeachment articles voted against Nixon by the committee were obstruction of justice and abuse of presidential powers. Read more

This Map Shows You If You Live In A ‘Bomb Train’ Blast Zone

This is a little off my usual type of post, but when I saw it, I thought it was worthy of sharing. So, do you live near a ‘Bomb Train’ zone?   I do.

It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage and, in the case of Quebec, considerable human casualties.

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Here’s The Massive Scope Of World War I In A Single GIF

One hundred years after the start of World War I, it is still extremely difficult to comprehend just how global a phenomenon the war was. It affected people on every continent and hastened the end of the European empires. 

Reddit user Srirachachacha shared this map showing the amazing spread of the war across the world. The GIF does a fascinating job of distinguishing between the key Allied and Central Powers and their colonies, dominions, and territories. 


World War I started off solely as a military conflict between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia following the killing of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian assassin. Through a web of entangling defensive alliances, the conflict quickly morphed into a war that pulled in almost the entirety of the world. 

By the time the war ended, the Russian, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Prussian Empires had collapsed. The war claimed over 37 million lives, and large swathes of Europe lay in complete destruction. 

Incredibly, only two decades later the world would be poised on the brink of World War II. 
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Hope in Victory?

This bloody past suggests to us that enemies cease hostilities only when they are battered enough to acknowledge that there is no hope in victory – and thus that further resistance means only useless sacrifice.  ~ Victor Davis Hanson


Support Andrew: Write our Marine a Letter


This is a wonderful idea.

I found this on Google Plus this evening.  vixen3737  shared it originally–I love to see civilians stepping up to the plate–advocating  for our veterans and active duty. i’ll be sending Andrew a few lines. (I wish I could send him a cake with a nail file baked into it).  Please pass this information on; I’m sure  could use some friendly, reassuring words from his fellow American’s letting him know we have not forgotten him and won’t keep quiet until he’s home. Semper Fi. Thank you.  



P-3 Orion Playlist: YouTube

I have a friend who retired from the Navy as a Flight Engineer and one of his planes was the P-3 Orion. I thought I’d share the playlist I just found via YouTube. (I did notice at least one video is a duplicate).  Watch at your leisure. Enjoy!


Roy P. Benavidez, Medal of Honor, Vietnam War

Goosebumps–what an inspiring story, it was in my email this afternoon–sent by a USMC Vietnam veteran. Thank you. 


Navy SEALs vs. Delta Force: Who’s Really Tougher?

Photo: MILpictures/Tom Weber/Getty Images

There’s an on-going debate on who’s tougher: a Navy SEAL or a member of the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment’s Delta Unit, a.k.a. “Delta Force.” Both are elite, super soldiers held in the highest regard for their specially-trained combat skills and endurance on and off the battlefield; they are the best of the best of the best of the military branches that they are operated by. But which one is the better bad***? Read more

Maj. Tommy Macpherson, the “Kilted Killer”

Born in Scotland in 1920, Macpherson volunteered for the Scottish Commandos shortly after joining the army in 1939.

Captured by Italian troops in Egypt in 1941, Macpherson used his imprisonment to learn Italian before escaping via train and boat to England two years later. Never one to miss the fight, Macpherson next parachuted into enemy-held France to embark on his true calling as the “Kilted Killer,” and to help fulfill Churchill’s order to “set Europe ablaze.” Read more