Friday, May 31, 2013


Israeli soldiers of the Ultra-Orthodox battalion Netzah Yehuda of the IDF's Kfir Brigade take part in a swearing-in ceremony. While military service is compulsory in Israel tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox are currently exempted from service.

Picture: EPA

An assault rifle and a Bible are handed out to each graduating soldier at the end of their basic training course.
Picture: AFP

Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up some 10 percent of Israel's population of eight million
Picture: Getty Images


During an ambush in Afghanistan, 173 Airborne Sky Soldiers eliminate Taliban fighters, firing on their position with a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and 40mm grenades.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


O’Reilly Factor: Charles Krauthammer lets loose on President Obama

"I think there is a bigger story here that will in time come out. The biggest scandal of all, the biggest question is what was the president doing in those eight hours. He had a routine meeting at five o’clock. He never after during the eight hours when our guys have their lives in danger, he never called the Secretary of Defense, he never calls the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he never called the CIA Director, Who does he call? But five hours in he calls the Secretary of State. And after the phone call she releases a statement essentially about the video and how we denounce any intolerance. It looks as if the only phone call is to construct a cover story at a time when the last two Americans who died were still alive and fighting for their lives. There’s the scandal and that has to be uncovered.”


46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the UN

This is unbelievable. Look how close this vote was!!!

Over the weekend, we came four votes away from the United States Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The Statement of Purpose from the Bill:
To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

Australian ambassador and president of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty conference, Peter Woolcott, speaks to the United Nations General Assembly April 2,2013 before an expected vote on what would be the first UN treaty regulating the international arms trade. The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt the first global treaty on the conventional arms trade Tuesday after the 193 member states failed to reach consensus on it last week. (AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)

The UN Small Arms Treaty championed by the Obama Administration would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the US, and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo.

Astonishingly, 46 of our United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

Here are the 46 senators that voted to give your rights to the UN:

Baldwin (D-WI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bennet (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Coons (D-DE)

Cowan (D-MA)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hirono (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR


Wednesday, May 29, 2013


JERSEY SHORE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 - we're sponsoring a Very Special Artist:

Long Beach Island's biggest art show of the year! The Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival, June 8th & 9th. Admission is free and the venue is pet friendly! Spend the weekend at one of the top art shows in the nation. Browse hundreds of nationally acclaimed artists in this open air market.

Free admission and parking

The Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival - June 8th & 9th - will be at Ethel Jacobson Field, 5th Street & Barnegat Avenue, Ship Bottom, NJ.

The Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival is presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

See you at Booth #4!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nixon Presidenti​al Library Hosts Reunion for 200 Vietnam POWs

40 years after White House fete - 5/23/2013

By GILLIAN FLACCUS | Associated Press | May 23, 2013
U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Doug Burns was on a night reconnaissance mission searching for enemy trucks when he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.

This March 17, 1973 file photo shows released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm being greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., as he returns home from the Vietnam. (Associated Press)

Burns broke three vertebrae when he ejected into a flooded rice paddy and spent the first weeks of his captivity strapped to a concrete pallet and then months at a time in solitary confinement. His wife and three children didn't know for years if he was alive _ and when he arrived home six and a half years later, Burns learned his wife was leaving him.

"It was hard to take, but that's what it was," said Burns, who is now 78 and remarried.

"You pay your money, you take your chances. There's nothing you can do about it," said Burns, who still walks with a pronounced limp. "At least I'm alive. There are a lot of guys who aren't."

On Thursday, Burns and 200 other Vietnam-era POWs, almost all of them former pilots, reunited for a three-day celebration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum that coincides with the 40th anniversary of a star-studded White House dinner hosted by President Nixon to honor their sacrifice.

At the time, Nixon was embroiled in Watergate, but the former prisoners _ now in their 60s and 70s _ credit him with their freedom after nearly 600 were released in the spring of 1973. Nixon resigned a little more than a year after the dinner as he faced near-certain impeachment.

"He was a hero to us. He will always be revered by us as a group because he got us home, and we didn't know how we were going to get home," said retired U.S. Marine Capt. Orson Swindle, who spent six years and four months in Hanoi prison camps.

Read the rest of this incredible story HERE


Monday, May 27, 2013

Shutter Woodworking Plans - Perfect For the DIY Home Improvement Project

One of the less thought-of woodworking projects can actually be one of the most detailed and complicated that you ever undertake, but also one of the most fun. Shutter woodworking plans can be bought in huge volumes if you know where to look, but even then you have a lot of things to consider. Once you factor in color, finishing, style, and shape, you have a truly enormous number of possibilities. And don't forget price, which is affected a lot by what material you choose to use (vinyl and faux wood are available, but real wood shutters are by far the best investment).

Shutter woodworking plans are rather cheap. It's the wood that is the primary expense. Because of this, it is recommended that you purchase or look through several plans so you can decide exactly what look you want before you begin work. The benefits of wood though over other shutter materials make it worth the cost though. First of all, faux wood and vinyl are both rather fragile in comparison to real wood, and they also age quicker in both appearance and texture. Fake materials are also more prone to warp, crack, and bend when exposed to natural elements like prolonged sunlight and extensive precipitation.

Shutter woodworking plans also emphasize energy efficiency in general. One of the important parts of these plans is that the shutter set-up be quite secure in how it handles heat and energy. Well-made shutters are free from surface irregularities, gaps, and cracks, all of which can let in cold or let heat escape, or vice versa. Once the shutters have been well-cut, they can then be assembled correctly to keep humidity and precipitation out of the house.

When choosing your shutter woodworking plans, be sure to keep dimensions in mind. Don't buy plans for three-foot shutters if you only need to cover a two-foot wide window, as that counts as wasted material. Also make sure you keep in mind the style of the shutter that you will be hoping for, as well as the method by which you want to hang the shutters (as a good example, shutters that are intended to open and close are measured quite differently than those that are supposed to be fixed). Ill-fitting shutters can actually be quite costly, as they might let heat escape (which will be less efficient on your energy bill) or they might damage the visual appeal of your house.


Special Forces Combat Outpost Pirelli, Part 2

Staff Sgt. Robert R. Pirelli (Photo courtesy of 10th Special Forces Group)

Yesterday, Freelance War Reporter Alex Quade shared her saga of deploying with Operational Detachment Alpha Teams of the 10th Special Forces Group in Diyala province, Iraq in 2007 and 2008. One of those “A-Teams” was ODA-072. Quade covered their pre-mission training at Fort Carson, Colorado and followed up with them and their families through the years. Today, Alex Quade describes her return journeys to Diyala Province, and ODA-072s efforts to memorialize their fallen comrade.

Read Part 1 HERE

“The loss of a warrior teammate is felt for a lifetime. The feelings of loss, pain, grief and yes… even guilt are real! One must find a way to deal with all these emotions,” Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Roger Donlon

Father Bob Pirelli’s memorial stone-slab in New Mexico, in honor of his son. (Photo courtesy of Pirelli family)





Today, we honor the countless heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to answer our country's call to arms. Please take a few minutes to watch our Memorial Day Tribute featuring Norman St. Germain – Seaman First Class, USS Gambier Bay who spent 47 hours in the shark-infested waters of Leyte Gulf after his ship was sunk during WWII.

There is something incredibly moving about the uniform beauty and reverent silence of our national cemeteries. The endless flow of granite and grass where etched in stone the names of heroes live on forever. Adorned with flag and flowers, the sacred and hallowed ground inters America’s courageous sons and daughters of liberty, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause and defense of freedom. No greater act of love or noble act of selflessness is represented in these memorials of tribute to patriots past.

What began shortly after the Civil War as Decoration Day — a day to adorn the graves and honor the dead of the Confederate and Union Armies — became more inclusive in the 20th century as “Memorial Day” to honor the fallen from every conflict.

America owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have answered her call to arms, those who have donned the uniform and willingly given everything in her defense. May this Memorial Day remind us all, that freedom isn’t free and that its blessings, enjoyed by all, were paid for with the blood of heroes.

- Rick Stewart, Executive Producer of NRA Life of Duty

Several years ago, I took my family to see the great Iwo Jima memorial, adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery. My young daughters were awed by the sheer size of that awesome monument. "Turn around," I said, and indicated the distant headstones of Arlington; row after row after row of neat white headstones fading into the distance, like waves of soldiers on an ancient battlefield."

"Oh . . . my . . . God!" my youngest exclaimed. "There are HUNDREDS of them!"

"No, Daughter, there are hundreds of THOUSANDS," I said. "And every single one of them is a hero."

Honor them.


Sunday, May 26, 2013


The Battle of Kohima along with the simultaneous Battle of Imphal was the turning point in the Burma Campaign. Fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in northeast India, it is often referred to as the "Stalingrad of the East". This hand-to-hand battle and slaughter prevented the Japanese from gaining a high base from which they might next roll across the extensive flatlands of India like a juggernaut. For the first time in South-East Asia the Japanese lost the initiative to the Allies which they retained until the end of the war.

Garrison Hill battlefield, the key to the British defences at Kohima

Kohima has a large cemetery for the Allied war dead maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner's tennis court which was the scene of intense fighting. The epitaph carved on the memorial of the 2nd British Division in the cemetery -

When You Go Home
Tell Them Of Us
And Say
"For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today”

- has become world-famous as the Kohima poem. The verse is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875–1958), and is thought to have been inspired by the epitaph written by Simonides to honor the Greek who fell at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.



This came across the email machine from Alex Quade - just in time for Memorial Day weekend; Alex's way of saying thanks to all who've served our nation. This story about a 10th Special Forces Group Operational Detachment "Alpha" in combat required years of blood-sweat-and-tears . . . and fighting to get it finally told - S.L.

War reporter Alex Quade covering 10th Special Forces Group. (Photo courtesy Alex Quade)

A disclaimer: Freelance War Reporter Alex Quade embedded long-term with Operational Detachment Alpha Teams of the 10th Special Forces Group in Diyala province, Iraq in 2007 and 2008. One of those “A- Teams” was ODA-072. Quade covered their pre-mission training at Fort Carson, Colorado and followed up with them and their families through the years. Per Special Operations Command embed guidelines: no last names of operators were used; military public affairs officers in Iraq, as well as at Fort Carson reviewed every frame of Quade’s video to ensure no techniques, tactics & procedures are revealed. Also, 10th Special Forces Group Operational Detachment number designations changed after 2007. Most Team members retired or moved on. They shared their personal photos. Alex Quade returned to Diyala Province repeatedly to cover U.S. troop movements and progress. 6-years later, she is allowed to share more information and locations, since U.S. forces and bases are no longer there, after the U.S. military departure

‘The House That Rob Built’: Special Forces Combat Outpost Pirelli, Part 1

When the U.S. military officially departed Iraq due to the Status of Forces Agreement deadline, a little known part of the handover included leaving behind secret Special Forces’ “Team houses” — or “safe houses” — hidden around the country.

One Team house was built by Green Beret Staff Sergeant Robert R. Pirelli and his Operational Detachment Alpha -072, or “A-Team.” Pirelli, of the Army’s 10th Special Forces Group, built the combat outpost near the tiny village of Tibij in a remote part of Diyala Province, not far from the Iranian border, in 2007.

“It’s the worst danger I’ve seen in three tours in Iraq,” Army Major Derek Jones warned this reporter before heading out to embed with each of his A-Teams, spread across Diyala Province in June 2007. Jones was the commander of a 10th Special Forces Group company.

“We refer to the area as ‘the heart of darkness’. It’s truly the heart of al-Qaeda controlled territory right now,” Jones stated. “There’s heavily-mined roads, large amounts of al-Qaeda reinforcements within kilometers of each other.”

When he and his Green Berets arrived in Diyala in March, it was an al-Qaeda safe haven and the most violent province in Iraq.

“The surge was on in Baghdad, pushing a lot of al-Qaeda up into Diyala,” Major Jones explained. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, “was killed in Diyala [in a targeted American F-16 bombing in 2006,] so it’s always been important to al-Qaeda.”

“That’s the situation we walked into. Inside of Baqubah was nearly a free-fire zone when you drove through there,” Major Jones briefed.

The Iranians were there, too.

Read the rest of Part 1 HERE . . . Part 2 will air online on Monday/Memorial Day - mucho sunshine - Alex.

Thank YOU Alex for all your hard work and sacrifice, to honor these brave men.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

How to Find the Best Home Improvement Loan

If you're looking for the best home improvement loan for your money it can sometimes seem like an uphill climb. You may not know whether the offer that you've received is the best that you can get, or if you should try to find a better offer elsewhere... but you shouldn't let finding the loan stress you out so badly. Getting the most out of your home improvement loan is easier than you might think; you just need to keep a few things in mind to help you to get the best loan.


When searching for the best home improvement loan, equity is a major factor. If you're not exactly sure what equity is, it's the portion of your home or real estate that you actually own... the percentage of the mortgage that's been paid off. If you've paid back 10% of your mortgage, then you'll have 10% equity; if you don't have a mortgage or you've already repaid it then you'll have 100% equity in your home.

The equity that you have is important in finding the best home improvement loan, since it's the value of your home that's acting as collateral for the loan. The more equity you have, the better chance you have of getting low interest rates and a high loan amount.

Rates fluctuate

Obviously, interest rates play a key part in finding the best home improvement loan. Interest rates will fluctuate on a national level as a way to fight inflation, but they will also vary from bank to bank and finance company to finance company. This is one of the main reasons that shopping around for a loan can be so important; getting multiple loan quotes for your home improvement or repair project can mean the difference between getting the best loan with a low interest rate and paying more because you took the first offer you received.

Look for special offers

Sometimes the easiest way to get the best home improvement loan is to simply watch for loan specials that some lenders offer. It could be an anniversary or customer appreciation day, or perhaps a tactic to draw in new first-time customers; whatever the reason for the special rates, you should at least consider them.

Many specials such as this last for only a short period, such as six months, before reverting to a higher rate... but if you can make payments at a lower rate for that period of time that reduce the total amount you pay at the higher rate, it might be a good idea to give it some serious consideration.

Friday, May 24, 2013


A friend texted me:

R.W.: So what is the scoop with the Muslim mother f*cker who beheaded the Brit soldier?

S.L.: Its the equivalent of the Fort Hood shooter only in London it's harder to get your hands on guns. I'm surprised the gun control people aren't embracing this thing like they did the Sandy Hook school shooting.

R.W.: But he used a machete.

S.L.: Exactly.

R.W.: This is outrageous that a loyal soldier can't even defend himself.

S.L.: Not much anyone can do if you get bushwhacked like that - doubtful he could have effectively defended himself even if he was armed.

R.W.: You could have defended yourself.

S.L.: We used to do a drill on the flat range with the Pro-timer. One guy is at the ready, pistol holstered ... the other guy is facing the other direction ... when the Pro-timer beeps the shooter draws & shoots at a target 5-7 meters away ... meanwhile the other guy goes running as fast as he can (in a safe direction) ...

R.W.: Remember that they tried to run him down with a car first.

S.L.: ... end result: the runner always made about 25 meters in the 2-3 seconds it took the shooter to draw & fire ... the point is a guy with a knife can close the distances & kill a guy packing heat ...

R.W.: Meat ...

S.L.: ... before the guy packing heat heat can draw & fire ... look at that Chechin punk who jumped the FBI guy - stabbed him several times before the FBI guy could draw & fire ...

R.W.: Maybe I need to learn to use a knife.

S.L.: Adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "bring a knife to a gunfight" ... tell me the bit about them running the guy down with a car ...

R.W.: Wifie saw it on tv. They charged at him with a car. He dodged it but then they came after him on foot 5 minutes later.

S.L.: Hard to make a judgment call on that hearing it 2d & 3d hand ...

R.W.: Google it.

S.L.: I did - not a lot of detail - on things for sure this guy sure as hell didn't expect what he got. Who would?

I'm not making light of what took place the other day in Woolwich; it is a human tragedy, an atrocity visited upon us by the Al Qaeda enemy - this time in the form of yet another self-recruited fanatic.

"I wasn't scared. Better me than a child."

A selfless act of heroism has emerged from this horrific event: incredible courage of the woman Cub Scout leader who confronted knife-wielding Islamic fanatic moments after he had slaughtered soldier in London street.

The mother-of-two described tonight how she put her own life on the line by trying to persuade the soldier's murderers to hand over their weapons. Cub Scout Leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett selflessly engaged the terrorists in conversation and kept her nerve as one of them told her: "We want to start a war in London tonight." Mrs. Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after the two Islamic extremists butchered a soldier in Woolwich, south east London.

She was photographed by onlookers confronting one of the attackers who was holding a bloodied knife.
Mrs. Loyau-Kennett was a passenger on a number 53 bus which was travelling past the scene, and jumped off to check the soldier's pulse. "Being a Cub Leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.

"And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher's tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said 'move off the body'. "So I thought 'OK, I don't know what is going on here' and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said 'what do you want?'

"I asked him if he did it and he said yes and I said why? And he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries, he said he was a British soldier and I said really and he said 'I killed him because he killed Muslims and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan they have nothing to do there."

"It is only you versus many people. You are going to lose," Mrs. Loyau-Kennett coolly replied.

Moments earlier, the killers had hacked at the soldier "like a piece of meat"; when Mrs. Loyau-Kennett arrived on the scene they were roaming John Wilson Street waiting for police to arrive so they could stage a final confrontation with them.

* * *

What happened in Woolwich, and before that in Boston, and before that in Fort Hood and elsewhere - the Underwear Bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Shoe Bomber, the 7/7 London Bombings, the Madrid Railway Bombing, and of course 9/11 - speaks volumes for what they want; the Woolwich 'beheading' is straight out of al-Qaeda's terror manual.

It is the aim of Al Qaeda to either convert or kill each and every one of us, perhaps sparing a number of our women and children to use as slaves and breeders.



I'm posting this stuff up front to remind ourselves as we enjoy our long weekend of fun in the sun, what its really all about and who paid for it - S.L.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


FBI agent shoots, kills Orlando man questioned in Boston bombing probe

A Chechen immigrant who was being questioned in Orlando, Fla. about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot to death early Wednesday after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.

The man shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando, Florida early today was "about to sign a statement" admitting to a role, along with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in an unsolved triple murder in Massachusetts in 2011, two people with direct knowledge of the case told ABC News.

Ibragim Todashev "just went crazy," and pulled a knife during his interview with the FBI, said state and federal law enforcement officials briefed on the latest strange twist in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.

One official said an FBI agent was stabbed several times, although his injuries were described by the FBI as "non-life threatening."

London: 'You and your children will be next' Islamic fanatics wielding meat cleavers butcher and behead a British soldier, taking their war on the West to a new level of horror

Clutching a bloodied meat cleaver, the man suspected of executing a soldier on a crowded London street declared: 'you and your kids will be next'.

In a chilling rant captured on camera, the knife-wielding man declared: 'The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.'

The man who launched the terrifying diatribe in Woolwich, south-east London, is believed to be Michael Adebolajo, identified on Twitter and web forums as one of the two people arrested.

'We want to start a war in London tonight'

The suspect believed to be Michael Adebolajo, brandishing a weapon, points at the dead soldier with his blood-covered hand as he launches a terrifying rant.

Stockholm, Sweden Riots: Unrest, Violence Continues into Fourth Night

A Husby school and a cultural centre were set alight while bins burned across other suburbs. A school was set on fire in Skaerholmen and a police station and buildings in central Jakobsberg were vandalised. The average age of people arrested on Tuesday was about 20, police said. Unemployment is higher among immigrants in Stockholm than residents born in Sweden.

Among immigrants from countries outside the European Union, the percentage of people out of work or in job programs was 16.5 per cent in 2011, compared with 5.7 per cent for ethnic Swedes, according to Statistics Sweden. Last year, 23 per cent of municipal Stockholm’s 881,235 inhabitants came from outside Sweden, the same percentage as in Gothenburg.

Take a wild guess at the demographics of the immigrants doing the rioting in Sweden. Just a little over a month since the Boston bombing; it's going to be a long, hot summer, people.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Online Home Improvement Loans - How to Finance a Home Improvement Project?

Finding a qualified contractor for a home improvement project is
painless. On the other hand, financing a home improvement project often poses
a challenge. If you own a home, you will likely need to make necessary
home repairs in the upcoming future. This could be replacing the
siding, windows, roof, etc. Because the average homeowner does not have
thousands of dollars in disposable cash, most will finance the project.

Home Equity Loans and Home Improvements

There are several ways to finance a home improvement project. One
method involves taking out a second mortgage on your home. Commonly referred
to as home equity loans, second mortgages allow homeowners to borrow
money against their home's equity. Because of a booming housing market,
some homeowners are able to borrow tens of thousands of dollars. The
interest rate on home equity loans is reasonable, and the funds are repaid
within a few years.

Low Interest Rate Retail Credit Cards

If a local home improvement retailer will be managing your home
improvement project, you may consider obtaining a store charge account. This
way, you can purchase all the necessary materials and pay the balance
over time. If your credit is good, you may qualify for a low interest
rate or 0% financing for the first 12 months.

Although obtaining a store credit card is convenient and tempting,
carefully weigh the pros and cons before applying. Can you realistically
afford another monthly payment? Furthermore, if you get approved for a
credit card, avoid spending too much money. If you have several home
improvement projects that need completing, payoff the balance incurred from
the first project prior to buying materials for the next project.

Finance Home Improvement Project with a Contractor

The majority of home improvement contractors offer financing. However,
the rates are higher and you can usually find a better loan package on
your own. On the other hand, if you are having a hard time securing
outside financing, accepting a contractor's terms is the next best thing.

Before choosing a contractor, get estimates from at least four other
contractors. You will save money by shopping around. Moreover, do not
accept an offer until you review a copy of the final contract. If you have
difficulty understanding certain terms or the language, opt to have the
contract reviewed by an attorney before signing.


The images of the absolute devastation in Moore, Oklahoma are impossible to fully comprehend even on a large screen TV.
In the aftermath of all the terrible death & destruction, an incredible moment that connects. I love dogs. This brought a tear to my eye - S.L.


'Devil's Brigade' would be awarded Congressional medal.

The Devil's Brigade (officially the 1st Special Service Force), was an elite, joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit organized and trained in 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison near Helena, Montana in the United States. The Brigade fought in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, and southern France before being disbanded in December 1944. Modern American and Canadian special operations forces trace their heritage to this unit.

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Tuesday that would award the congressional gold medal to the First Special Service Force, an elite strike force that started in Montana during World War II.

“The bravery and valor of the Army special forces — more commonly known as the Green Berets — are well known to most Americans. But many don’t realize that this unit was born out of the First Special Service Force and the courageous soldiers who fought for it during World War II,” Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas told his colleagues on the House floor in introducing the bill for consideration.

Cotton, a Republican, said the congressional gold medal would both recognize the men who served for their “heroic service” and also “ensure that this unit attains the historic recognition that it deserves.”

Only a couple hundred veterans remain of the 3,300 who made up the joint American-Canadian commando unit, created in 1942 to take on the most dangerous military missions. The unit, memorialized in the 1968 movie “The Devil’s Brigade,” trained at Fort Harrison near Helena.

The bill, which passed the House on a unanimous 415-0 vote, would provide for two gold medals to be awarded on behalf of the men who served. One would go to the Smithsonian Institution to be displayed; the other would go to the First Special Services Force Association, based in Helena.

Read the rest of it HERE

1st Special Service Force soldiers recieving a briefing prior to patrol at Anzio

1stSSF "Kill Card" - an effective psychological tactic; the cards were left on dead enemy soldiers - Das Dicke Ende Kommt Noch "The Worst Is Yet To Come"

The 1st Special Service Force a.k.a. 'Devil's Brigade' is a part of the heritage of today's modern 1st Special Forces Regiment. Their heroic deeds are the stuff of legend.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Soldier to be Buried 70 Years After Death in WWII

An American soldier whose remains were recovered seven decades after he died during World War II will be buried with family in Pennsylvania, officials say.

U.S. Army Pvt. William Yawney had been missing since July 1944 when he was killed during the Battle of Saipan, The Express-Times of Easton, Penn., reported Monday.

Military officials told Yawney's family he had been buried in a military cemetery in Saipan, but when the graves were exhumed and relocated after the war, his grave was not found.

His remains were deemed unrecoverable by a military review board in 1948.

A private archaeological company working in Saipan in 2011 found human remains the Defense Department later identified as those of Yawney.

All but two of Yawney's seven siblings have since died.

Yawney, who was 23 at the time of his death, was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

A full military burial is scheduled for Saturday.

He was among more than 900 members of the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division who died during the three-week battle.

Honor him.


Sunday, May 19, 2013


Shooting took place in March in Middlefield, Ohio; bad guy was pulled over for running a stop sign. He bailed out of his car with an AK and opened up, firing 37 rounds at the two police officers who weren't even out of the squad car yet.

It says a lot for the training and capabilities of the cops; they got out, faced down the threat and outgunned a madman with an AK. The female officer lost her left index finger (a rookie with a month on the department). Male officer had slight injuries, and is back on the job. Bad guy fired 37 rounds from an AK-47 and died at the scene. In the car police found another 8 mags for the AK with 40 rounds each, extremist literature, DVD's on improvised explosives, etc. Apparently a loner, the man was a self-indoctrinated ultra-anti-government extremist nutjob. He had no criminal record. STORMBRINGER SENDS


The wind blew my willow tree into the shape of a question mark. This is what I did about it - S.L.

The letter "L" in Keyword S-U-R-V-I-V-A-L stands for "Learn Basic Skills"

Bamboo is quite possibly the most versatile wood. It is found on six continents, and has almost unlimited uses; I've cooked rice in it, built shelters, rafts, weapons, traps and snares. You can eat bamboo, make medicine, cloth, paper and musical instruments from it. In Southeast Asia I've seen it used for scaffoldings on high-rise construction projects. In a pinch it can even be used as reinforcing bar in concrete if you don't have any steel.

Wherever I go I carry parachute cord and a roll of electrical tape, and of course a BFK. Big F*cking Knife.

The cloven hoof on my kukri signifies that this is a Hindu blade and it cannot be used to kill a cow.

I received this kukri as a gift from the 10th Gurkha Rifles in 1989, when I worked with them in Hong Kong. It was made in Nepal from Land Rover leaf spring steel and it is razor sharp.

Cutting the bamboo to length and notching it out.

I cheated here and used a hacksaw and chisel. I could have done this task using my multi-tool.

Gut the internal strands out of the 550 cord.

Parachute line is called "550 cord" because it has five hundred and fifty known uses. It's tensile breaking strength just so happens to be 550lbs, but this is a coincidence.

Always burn the ends of your 550 cord to prevent unraveling.

The electrical tape is simply to give the 550 cord a gripping surface; the green bamboo is too slippery for the nylon cord.

All knots and lashings here are in accordance with US Army Field Manual 3-97-61 MILITARY MOUNTAINEERING and the Boy Scout Handbook.

FIELDCRAFT 101: Tie Twelve Basic Knots

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