Whistle Whilst You Work


I soon got used to this singing, for the sailors never touched a rope without it . . . Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him whether he can sing out at a rope.

–Herman Melville, Redburn

It’s the 19th century. You’re a young man seeking adventure and a test of your manhood. You decide to sign up on a ship to see exotic foreign lands. You take the trip to the coast. You find a big coastal town and you walk through the docks admiring the ships. Finally, you spot one that you like. You walk on deck and a tall man dressed in black coat confronts you. It’s the captain. Read more

Judge Gives Agent Orange Denial A Roundhouse Kick


This is great news–45+ years after the fact–but it’s good.

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“The Greatest Allied POW Escape of World War 2”


This is the real story of “The Great Escape.” Enjoy!

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Taliban Charges Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion


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QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be innocent of desertion as far as the U.S. Army is concerned, but in recent days the ex-prisoner of war now faces the same charges from the most unlikely direction: his former captors. Read more

Oliver North starts feeding documents into the shredding machine: 1986


Today in History

National Security Council staff member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, begin shredding documents that would have exposed their participation in a range of illegal activities regarding the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to a rebel Nicaraguan group. On November 25, North was fired but Hall continued to sneak documents to him by stuffing them in her skirt and boots. The Iran-Contra scandal, as it came to be known, became an embarrassment and a sticky legal problem for the Reagan administration. Read more

Image of the Day: 21 November 2014


U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur

 

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