An Iranian Ambassador and a Marine Corps General walk into a bar…

The Iranian Ambassador to the UN had just finished giving a speech, and walked out into the lobby of the convention center where he was introduced to a United States Marine Corps General.  As they talked, the Iranian said, “I have just one question about what I have seen in America.” Read more

In Memory: Canada

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24

This isn’t what I want to be blogging, I’d rather be looking for pictures or stories to share with you, But, I felt compelled to give honor to the two Canadian Soldiers viciously killed this past week. Read more

Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6


John Green teaches you about the roots of the American Revolution. The Revolution did not start on July 4, 1776. The Revolutionary War didn’t start on July 4 either. (as you remember, I’m sure, the Revolution and the Revolutionary War are not the same thing) The shooting started on April 19, 1775, at Lexington and/or Concord, MA. Or the shooting started with the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. At least we can pin down the Declaration of Independence to July 4, 1776. Except that most of the signers didn’t sign until August 2. The point is that the beginning of the Revolution is very complex and hard to pin down. John will lead you through the bramble of taxes, royal decrees, acts of parliament, colonial responses, and various congresses. We’ll start with the end of the Seven Years War, and the bill that the British ran up fighting the war. This led to taxes on colonial trade, which led to colonists demanding representation, which led to revolution. It all seems very complicated, but Crash Course will get you through it in about 12 minutes.

U.S. Embassy in Beirut hit by massive car bomb: 1983

A U.S. Marine watches as rescue workers sort through the rubble of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut

On this day, a suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. A few minutes after that bomb went off, a second bomber drove into the basement of the nearby French paratroopers’ barracks, killing 58 more people. Four months after the bombing, American forces left Lebanon without retaliating. Read more

Image of the Day: 23 October 2014

world war 2 combat boots

Boots, on the ground

I’m always drawn towards their boots; if they could speak imagine the stories of the places they’ve been.

An Awe-Inspiring Tour Of The Navy’s Most Important Submarine Base

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) transits the Thames River as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London.

Naval Submarine Base New London is one of the US Navy’s most important and fascinating facilities.

Located along the eastern bank of the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, New London serves as the home of fifteen attack-class submarines, the largest single contingent of subs in the US Navy. The submarines serve throughout the world, including beneath the polar ice cap. Read more

EVENT: Beruit Memorial

This was originally posted yesterday so these events will be taking place today.