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Military December 16, 2019

By Katie Lange, DOD: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Tech Sgt. Vernon McGarity
Vernon McGarity (December 1, 1921 – May 21, 2013) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Born in Right, Tennessee (unincorporated Hardin County) on December 1, 1921, McGarity joined the army in November 1942.[1] By December 16, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, he was serving near Krinkelt, Belgium as a technical sergeant in Company L of the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division.[2] Wounded early in the battle, McGarity returned to his unit and, as squad leader, directed and encouraged his soldiers throughout the intense fight which ensued. He repeatedly braved heavy fire to rescue wounded men, attack the advancing Germans, and retrieve supplies. Only after completely running out of ammunition were he and his squad captured. For his actions during the battle he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on January 11, 1946.[3] He died at the age of 91 in 2013.[4][5]

Read more-> 75 Years On, Battle of the Bulge Memories Bond People; Navy Pilots Demand More Be Armed on Bases in Letter to Lawmakers and Military Brass; ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Would Get Final Pentagon Review in Defense Bill and more->
Task & Purpose: 2 Air Force special operations medics receive Silver Star for saving dozens in Afghanistan battles; Air Force F-35s and Army howitzers are practicing double-teaming enemy air defenses; Civil rights leader Harvey Milk was kicked out of the Navy for being gay. Now the Navy’s naming a ship after him and more ->

Military August 16, 2019

Task & Purpose: ‘Here we are again’ — Shaw AFB is mourning its third suicide in as many months; ‘She’s an old beast’ — What it’s like to serve aboard the Polar Star, the Pentagon’s neglected 43-year-old stepchild; Army’s housing chief fired amid ongoing investigation; A Marine flattop sailed through the Strait of Hormuz with an armored vehicle on its flight deck to fend off Iranian gunboats and more -> First Armored Soldier Honored for Protecting Children in El Paso Shooting; France Honors African Veterans of World War II Landings; Navajo Nation Eyes Renaming US Highway After WWII Code Talker; 1st Enlisted Woman to Attempt Air Force Special Recon Training Dropped from Program; SOCOM Must Make These Changes as it Reviews Ethics Problems, Operators and Experts Say and more ->


Military August 13, 2019

Task & Purpose: With the facts of his death murky, an investigation will see if a Marine was killed in Iraq by friendly fire; The A-10 Warthog will keep on BRRRTing in the free world for at least another decade; Marine who sent Nazi imagery to ‘Terminal Lance’ creator gets busted down to private; Watch a Russian jet chase a NATO fighter away from the Russian defense minister’s aircraft and more -> Marine Who Warned of Insider Attack Should Be Allowed to Serve, Board Finds; Special Forces Unit Member Killed in Niger Ambush Honored for Bravery; Army Doctors in El Paso Surged to Care for Victims of Mass Shooting; Senator Pushes Back After Deported Marine Not Allowed to Enter US for Interview and more ->

Military August 07, 2019

Task & Purpose: The mother of former Defense Secretary James Mattis has died; Meet the first female Marine assigned to fly the F-35C; Navy reassigns prosecutor caught trying to spy on Gallagher defense team before trial; Navy SEAL and Marine Raider could dodge sexual assault charges in hazing death of Green Beret in Mali; Chuck Norris has a new TV special, so we’re going to use this as an excuse to make a bunch of Chuck Norris jokes and more -> New Report Points to Acute Fatigue as Factor in Deadly Navy Ship Collision; $100M Wrongful Death Appeal Filed by Family of US Marine Recruit Denied; Terminally Ill Military Kids Can Now Receive Both Treatment and Hospice; Marine Sergeants Face New Deadline to Pick Up Staff Sergeant and more ->

FYI July 23, 2019

On This Day

1972 – The United States launches Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite.
Landsat 1 (LS-1), originally named “Earth Resources Technology Satellite” with label “1” or “A” sometimes attached (abbreviated “ERTS”, “ERTS-1” or “ERTS-A”)[3], was the first satellite of the United States’ Landsat program. It was a modified version of the Nimbus 4 meteorological satellite and was launched on July 23, 1972 by a Delta 900 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.[4] The near-polar orbiting spacecraft served as a stabilized, Earth-oriented platform for obtaining information on agricultural and forestry resources, geology and mineral resources, hydrology and water resources, geography, cartography, environmental pollution, oceanography and marine resources, and meteorological phenomena.



Born On This Day

1900 – Julia Davis Adams, American author and journalist (d. 1993)
Julia Davis Adams (July 23, 1900 – January 30, 1993)[1][2] was an American writer best known for her young adult books, historical and biographical novels and dramas.

Adams was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia to lawyer and statesman John W. Davis and Julia Leavell McDonald Davis. She attended Wellesley College, and graduated from Barnard College in 1922. She was also an active social worker and a journalist.[3]

Davis wrote two Murray Hill mystery novels published as by F. Draco:

Devil’s Church (Rinehart, 1951), LCCN 51-10854
Cruise with Death (Rinehart, 1952), LCCN 52-7157



BBC News: Chris Kraft: Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. (February 28, 1924 – July 22, 2019) was an American aerospace engineer and NASA engineer and manager who was instrumental in establishing the agency’s Mission Control operation. Following his graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1944, Kraft was hired by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor organization to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He worked for over a decade in aeronautical research before being asked in 1958 to join the Space Task Group, a small team entrusted with the responsibility of putting America’s first man in space. Assigned to the flight operations division, Kraft became NASA’s first flight director. He was on duty during such historic missions as America’s first crewed spaceflight, first crewed orbital flight, and first spacewalk.

At the beginning of the Apollo program, Kraft retired as a flight director to concentrate on management and mission planning. In 1972, he became director of the Manned Spacecraft Center (later Johnson Space Center), following in the footsteps of his mentor Robert R. Gilruth. He held the position until his 1982 retirement from NASA. During his retirement, Kraft consulted for numerous companies including IBM and Rockwell International, and he published an autobiography entitled Flight: My Life in Mission Control.

More than any other person, Kraft was responsible for shaping the organization and culture of NASA’s Mission Control. As his protégé Glynn Lunney commented, “the Control Center today … is a reflection of Chris Kraft.”[1] In 2011, the Mission Control Center building was named after him. When Kraft received the National Space Trophy from the Rotary Club in 1999, the organization described him as “a driving force in the U.S. human space flight program from its beginnings to the Space Shuttle era, a man whose accomplishments have become legendary.”[2]


By Eric Levenson, CNN: Robert Morgenthau, longtime Manhattan DA and ‘Law & Order’ inspiration, dies at 99

Robert Morris Morgenthau (/ˈmɔːrɡənθɔː/ MORG-ən-thaw; July 31, 1919 – July 21, 2019) was an American lawyer. From 1975 until his retirement in 2009, he was the District Attorney for New York County (the borough of Manhattan), having previously served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York throughout much of the 1960s on the appointment of John F. Kennedy. At retirement, Morgenthau was the longest-serving district attorney in the history of the State of New York, although William V. Grady of Dutchess County surpassed this record at the midway point of his ninth term on January 1, 2018.


By A. A. Newton, Lifehacker: How to Choose a Birth Control Pill
Jalopnik: Get Over It: The C8 Corvette Is Not Getting a Manual Gearbox; Over 90,000 Nissan Titans Recalled for Engines That Might Stall and more ->
By Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo: You Might Want to Uninstall VLC. Immediately.
Gizmodo Science: Historic Indian Moon Mission Underway After Successful Launch of Chandrayaan-2 Lander and Rover; Scientists Think They Know Why So Many Meteorites Look Like Cones and more ->
By Laura Staugaitis, The Colossal: A Rainbow of Light Diffracts Through Hummingbird Wings in Photographs by Christian Spencer
Debra Lynn Dadd: What’s Lurking in Your Garden?
FROM DEBRA + LARRY: A Quantum Leap for Lifely
The Passive Voice: A lot has changed in book publishing in the last ten years; Someone Disagrees with PG – Again – The Sequel and more ->
The Rural Blog: Some rural hospitals find ways to survive and thrive; ‘The secret sauce is always … strong, collaborative leadership’; Proposed rural Alabama charter school faces opposition, partly because its manager is a foreign-born Muslim and more ->
Google and USO Lisa Gevelber VP, Google for Startups: How we help the veteran community succeed in startups
By Darrell Etherington: Watch crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 unfurl its solar sail live
By Arika Okrent, Mental Floss: Why Do We Gesture When We Talk? We all know people who talk with their hands. Turns out there’s quite a bit of research around the relationship between language and gestures.


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Military June 22, 2019 He Went Missing in Korea Nearly 70 Years Ago. Now, a Soldier’s Body is Finally Home; US Navy to Dub Newest Rescue Ship ‘Cherokee Nation’; Online Program is Helping Military Members and Spouses Get Law Degrees; Court Decision Paves Way to Faster Appeal Decisions for Some Vets and more ->
Task & Purpose By Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal: The Air Force has a new drone-killing microwave weapon named ‘Thor’

The Goodpaster Prize & Lecture was inaugurated twelve years ago in memory of one of the U.S. military’s great “soldier-scholars.” It honors and helps to perpetuate the work of fellow soldier-scholars in the mold of General Andrew J. Goodpaster. This year the award was presented to LTG H.R. McMaster, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General and 26th National Security Advisor. He was decorated with the Silver Star for his actions in the Gulf War, has earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and authored the classic work on the Vietnam War, ‘Dereliction of Duty.’ Special thanks to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for their support of this event!

Quotes May 05, 2019

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
Swami Vivekananda
Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Denis Waitley
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.
Bhai Sahib
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.
Steve Maraboli
You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.
George Alexiou
As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.
Anthony de Mello
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.
Deepak Chopra
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.
St. Thomas Aquinas
You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.
Anthon St. Maarten
It took me forty years on earth
To reach this sure conclusion:
There is no Heaven but clarity,
No Hell except confusion.
Jan Struther

Music April 25, 2019




Quotes April 02, 2019

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.”
Albert Einstein, Genius
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.”
Barry Goldwater, former Senator and Presidential Candidate
“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Author of Science Fiction
“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”
“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
Will Rogers, American Humorist
“Look at it this way: If you don’t spend your dollars on the IRS, you’d probably just squander it on foolish things, like food, rent.”
Cindy Adams, NY Post Journalist
“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”
Mark Twain, American Author
“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is I could be just as proud for half of the money.”
Arthur Godfrey, Radio and Television Humorist
“There’s nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won’t cure.”
Dan Bennett, Comedian
“Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”
H. L. Mencken, Author and Curmudgeon
“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”
Herman Wouk, Author
And, last, but not least, let’s hear from an IRS professional who was quoted as saying:
“The trick is to stop thinking of it as your money.”
Unknown IRS Auditor

Quotes March 28, 2019

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
Louise Hay
“Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Even when the sea is stirred up by the winds of self-doubt, we can find our way home.”
Tara Brach
“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
Dalai Lama
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius