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Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

Invisible SpaceX Launch: Best Day Ever?

Greg Autry | Posted 01.21.2016 | Technology
Greg Autry

In my dual capacities as a technology entrepreneurship researcher and space fan boy, I've always wanted to see a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch . . . ...

Why I/We Hate Exercise (And How to Circumnavigate Our Reluctance)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

This equation is simple:a few minutes of discipline equals hours of comfort, pleasure, a lengthened lifespan, and less time spent on medical procedures.

Religion in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan -- and at the U.S. Air Force Academy?

Lawrence B. Wilkerson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence B. Wilkerson

Any U.S. citizen who believes there is not a serious problem in the U.S. Armed Forces with fundamentalist, evangelical Christianity, must be, as I often remark to my students when I describe some particularly egregious and otherwise inexplicable failing, "smoking some good stuff."

News Flash: Bomber Lobby Wants More Bombers

William Hartung | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Readers -- and taxpayers -- should take these corporate connections into account when assessing the objectivity of pro-bomber pieces like the Mitchell Institute report. Of course, even interested parties can be right some of the time. But that is not the case with respect to the new bomber.

Veterans: California Desert National Monuments Would Protect WWII History and National Heritage

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 11.18.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

When American troops were called on to join the greatest global conflict the world has ever seen, WWII, there was a need to train new tank units under...

Honoring Veterans

Mark Steber | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

In the past, companies thanked military veterans with meals or discounts on Veterans Day and now, in part because of Social Media, we are all aware of...

Saying "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Pavan V. Parikh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Pavan V. Parikh

Like your high school English teacher probably told you, it is important to show and not just tell a story. Servicemen and women are people of action. So, if you really want to show your appreciation for their service, don't just thank them, do something.

A Salute to My Father

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

I'm honored to be the son of a veteran. Watching dad put on that uniform everyday for over 20 years, and his complete dedication to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, often at the expense of time with his family, brings a wistful tear to my eye.

November, A Time To Be Thankful For Military Families

Leigh Searl | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Leigh Searl

In 1996, the Armed Services YMCA launched a month long celebration to promote the support of military families. The concept was a hit and now every November, we focus on the dedicated commitment military families give to support their service member and our country.

The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

This spring, Sikh soldiers serving in the U.S. military marched in New York City at the annual Sikh Parade. The regiment offered an important introspective for Pentagon leadership, and an opportunity to sharpen its strategy against extremism with the power of American ideals.

An Open Letter to Sexual Assault Survivors in the Air Force

Ryan Guilds | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Ryan Guilds

With little outside fanfare, an Air Force court martial concluded this week in a long-running rape case that initially garnered national attention two years ago. As I sat next to the victim to help her make sense of the jury's verdict, I considered all that I had witnessed during the course of this case.

On the F-35, What Does Canada Know That the U.S. Doesn't?

William Hartung | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

If the F-35 was a state-of-the-art plane that provided unparalleled capabilities while fulfilling a clear need, perhaps it would be worth the cost. But it is none of these things.

3 Big Things 'Back to the Future' Got Right (Thanks to Government)

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

In celebrating our technological advancements, it is important to remember that none of these innovations happened by chance. They are the product of an enormous amount of investment in research and development -- much of it seeded by the federal government.

No, Dover Air Force Base, You Can't Recruit 'Missionaries' for Franklin Graham

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Any service member who wants to help the virulently Islamophobic Franklin Graham spread his twisted version of the "love" of Jesus to desperate impoverished children around the world under the guise of giving them gifts is perfectly free to do so.

A Famous Photo and Its Sad Backstory

Michael Putzel | Posted 10.12.2015 | Media
Michael Putzel

Associated Press photographer Sal Veder's iconic image of a family welcoming its POW dad home from Vietnam has personified the joy of freedom for more than 40 years. Veder recently retold the story to The Guardian of how he got that Pulitzer Prize-winning image on March 17, 1973.

My Aging Dad: What's Lost and What Remains

Tamar Abrams | Posted 09.30.2015 | Fifty
Tamar Abrams

In his prime, my father was a powerful man. He was the first military judge to wear a judicial robe, presiding over courts-martial across Europe. But his prime ended about 25 years ago. My father is now 86 years old.

The Fallen Soldier on My Flight

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel
Richard C. Harwood

As my flight from Honolulu to Dallas pulled up to the gate, the flight attendant asked the passengers to remain in their seats. Then he requested all to observe a moment of silence as a U.S. Air Force Sergeant was to fulfill his duties in bringing a fallen soldier home.

Veteran, 3-Year-Old Girl From Iconic Katrina Image To Finally Reunite

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News

It's been a long time coming, but a veteran will finally reunite with a girl he rescued during Hurricane Katrina.  Master Sgt. Michael Maroney wa...

Bomb Iran? Maybe Not a Good Idea

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

The issue is not whether it can be done. That answer is yes. But at what cost? Is America prepared to enter another protracted at a probable cost of trillions of dollars and substantial loss of life for all involved?

Vietnam Chopper Pilots' New Chief

Michael Putzel | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Putzel

At the reunion banquet in Washington of the 16,000-member Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, retired Colonel Romero will become the first African-American to be elected president of the VHPA.

Bombing for Jesus -- Is the Mission of the U.S. Air Force to 'Glorify God?'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Today's United States Air Force is shockingly riddled with calculated, deliberate and willful ignorance as to what its actual mission is.

On the A-Bomb's 70th Anniversary, Obama Wants to Spend a Trillion Dollars on New Nuclear Weapons

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

News organizations love anniversary stories, and if for some reason you haven't heard, it's the 70th anniversary of when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Despite all this coverage, however, I didn't notice any stories that bothered to mention the fact that the Obama administration wants the U.S. government to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades on a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Air Force Leaders Hammer Helpless Subordinates With Evangelical 'Gospel Explosion'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

This latest anti-Constitutional outrage comes to us from Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), host to the USAF's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

No, U.S. Air Force, There Is No Separation Between Standup Comedy and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

While being forced to promote beliefs contrary to their own is a made-up problem when it comes to military chaplains, it is actually a very real problem for other service members.