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Today in History: Old Ironsides
Oct. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/389312
http://natl.re/1rMvnNx
OCTOBER 21, 1797: The 44-gun heavy frigate USS Constitution is launched. The third vessel constructed for the new American Navy, Constitution first sees action against the Barbary pirates and later earns her nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812, capturing five British warships. Retired from active service in 1881, she remains the oldest commissioned naval ship still afloat.
1879: Thomas Edison perfects his incandescent light bulb, ushering in the modern era of artificial light and changing forever the working and living schedules of human society. Others had developed workable incandescent material and a vacuum chamber, but Edison was able to link his with the working power system he had invented, ensuring its widespread adoption.
1805: British Admiral Lord Nelson wins a decisive victory against a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson’s tactics devastate the enemy fleet, destroying 19 ships while losing none, but some 1,500 British sailors are killed or wounded, and Nelson himself is struck by a sniper’s bullet; he dies shortly after the battle.
OCTOBER 20, 1944: General Douglas MacArthur wades ashore on the island of Leyte, making good on the pledge he made to the return to the Philippines more than two years earlier. Japanese forces first invaded the island chain the day after Pearl Harbor, and MacArthur had barely escaped on direct orders from President Roosevelt after attempting a valiant defense of his adopted home.
1977: Three members of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their plane crashes in Mississippi, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant (first row, second from left), guitarist Steve Gaines (fourth from left), and singer Cassie Gaines. Best known for such hits as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” the group had just three days earlier released their fifth album, Street Survivors.
1973: Solicitor general Robert Bork dismisses Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox following the resignation of attorney general Elliot Richardson and deputy AG William Ruckelshaus, who had both refused to fire Cox, in what would become known as the Saturday Night Massacre. Cox had just days before subpoenaed copies of White House audio recordings.
1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens hearings on Communist influence in Hollywood, grilling top directors, screenwriters, and others. While some witnesses name names, a group that comes to be known as the “Hollywood Ten” refuses to cooperate. Convicted of obstruction, they endure a studio blacklist that encompasses more than 300 names and lasts more than two decades.
1941: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Hornet is commissioned at Newport News, Va. Hornet would play a role in some of the WWII’s most famous Pacific battles, including launching the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and fighting at the pivotal Battle of Midway. She was badly damaged and sunk at the Battle of Santa Cruz on October 27, 1942, the last fleet carrier to be lost in action.
OCTOBER 17, 1931: Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion, bringing the notorious Chicago crime boss’s reign to an end. Capone rose to power and national prominence as a bootlegger during Prohibition, building his empire through gangland ruthless slayings and widespread bribery. Briefly housed at Alcatraz, Capone was released in 1939.
1973: OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, begins cutting oil exports to the United States and other Western nations because of their support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. By December OPEC stops exports altogether, creating a serious energy crisis signified by long lines at gas stations nationwide. The embargo finally ends in March 1974.
1777: British General John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 British and Hessian troops to General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga in the first large-scale British battlefield capitulation of the Revolutionary War. Word of the Patriot triumph at Saratoga reaches France, where King Louis XVI agrees to recognize the new United States and begin sending aid.
OCTOBER 16, 1859: John Brown stages a raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Va., hoping to incite a slave revolt, but the ill-conceived plan quickly collapses and his men are captured by Marines commanded by Colonel Robert E. Lee. A Calvinist who had struggled in life before embracing the abolitionist cause, Brown’s execution would electrify the fight over slavery.
1978: Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyła is elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the first non-Italian to hold the position in more than 450 years. Wojtyła takes the name John Paul II, and in his installation mass he repeats the refrain “Be Not Afraid” to the Catholic faithful, presaging a bold and popular pontificate that touches millions of lives. Wojtyła was canonized in April 2014.
1964: Communist China detonates its first atomic device, becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power. Coming just two months after the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, the move creates fear in the U.S. of a nuclear confrontation in Asia. But the Soviet Union also had concerns, and China’s bomb may have spurred Moscow to get serious about non-proliferation efforts.
1854: Attorney Abraham Lincoln denounces the Kansas-Nebraska Act and calls the institution of slavery immoral. Under the act, the two new territories would be allowed to determine the future of slavery within their borders, an accommodation that avoided confronting slavery outright. Lincoln, campaigning on behalf of abolitionist Republicans, denounced Democrats who supported the act.
OCTOBER 15, 1951: I Love Lucy debuts on CBS. Starring Lucille Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz, Lucy pioneers shooting in front of a live audience. Ball’s zany antics make the show the most popular in the country for four of its six seasons and earn it two Emmys for best comedy. Sixty years later the show is still in syndication and is considered a television landmark.
1917: Dancer Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod — better known to history as Mata Hari — is executed by the French military for espionage. MacLeod made a name for herself in pre-war Paris as a near-nude exotic dancer and had many lovers, including military officers. But how much she actually spied for either side remains unclear, and the German government later proclaims her innocent.
OCTOBER 14, 1947: Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to break the sound barrier, flying the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 rocket plane to more than 700 miles per hour over the Mojave Desert. Yeager’s historic feat would remain a secret for almost a year as the American jet program quickly progressed through even faster designs. By 1953, Yeager flew the X-1A at over 1,600 miles per hour.
2003: Steve Bartman reaches to catch a foul ball and breaks up a catch by Chicago Cubs outfielder Moisés Alou that may have turned the tide in a crucial game six of the National League Championship game and robbed the Cubs of a chance at the World Series. The Cubs instead surrender eight runs in the inning and lose the series. Bartman goes into hiding to avoid irate fans.
1964: The Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the civil rights movement and commitment to non-violence. The award comes just a year after his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington and on the heels of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that struck down many discriminatory laws. King donates the $54,600 prize to the movement.
1066: William the Duke of Normandy, also known as William the Conquerer, defeats King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings, bringing an end to the era of Anglo-Saxon rule in England. William’s invasion force prevailed in a long and brutal pitched battle, luring Harold’s forces out through two feigned retreats before routing them and slaying Harold. William is crowned king on Christmas day.
OCTOBER 13, 1775: The Continental Congress authorizes the raising of a naval force, the precursor of the United States Navy, and soon appoints Esek Hopkins the first naval commander-in-chief with just seven ships at his disposal. Hopkins strikes the first blow against the mighty British Navy the next year by capturing Nassau; he is later relieved of command for disobeying orders.
1967: The American Basketball Association debuts a free-wheeling counterpart to the NBA featuring red-white-and-blue balls, cheerleaders in bikinis, and the first appearance of the three-point shot. Fielding eleven teams in its first year, the ABA folds just nine years later, and some of its most-talented players, including Julius “Dr. J” Erving (pictured), would go on to NBA stardom.
OCTOBER 10, 1973: Vice president Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to charges of federal tax evasion to avoid further charges of political corruption stretching back to his days as governor of Maryland. Famous for dubbing critics of the Nixon administration “nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew was replaced by Gerald Ford.
1845: Fifty midshipmen begin classes at the newly established Naval School in Annapolis, Md., fulfilling Navy secretary George Bancroft’s plan to improve the training of sailors entering the lower commissioned ranks. The school is reorganized as the United States Naval Academy in 1850 and sets the template for the four-year educational program that remains to this day.
BIRTHDAYS: Born on October 10 were jazz musician Thelonious Monk (1917), chemist and discoverer of hydrogen Henry Cavendish (1731), painter Benjamin West (1738), composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Spanish Queen Isabella II (1830), and actress Helen Hayes (1900).
OCTOBER 9, 1967: Cuban revolutionary hero Che Guevara is executed after being captured by Bolivian soldiers. Guevara played a pivotal role in Fidel Castro’s rise to power and his bloody communist dictatorship, later traveling to Africa and then Bolivia to organize resistance fighters. A butcher in real life, after his death “Che” becomes a worldwide pop-culture icon and radical-chic martyr among leftists.
1974: German industrialist Oskar Schindler dies. During WWII, Schindler had sought his fortune in German-occupied Krakow, ingratiating himself with the ruthless commander of a nearby camp to shelter Jewish prisoners who worked in his enamelware factory. Bribing Nazi officials, he would save more than 1,000 “Schindler Jews” from the death camps.
OCTOBER 8, 1918: Corporal Alvin C. York kills more than 20 German soldiers and captures another 132 during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in France. York’s battalion took heavy casualties trying to take German machine gun positions, but the dogged York persevered. Promoted to sergeant, he remained on the front line until Armistice Day, and the next year received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
1970: Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. A longtime critic of the Soviet Communist system, Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned under Stalin then sent into internal exile. The Soviet government did not allow him to accept his Nobel Prize in person, and in 1974 expelled him for treason. Though he was celebrated in the West, he was also highly critical of its materialism.
1956: New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throws the first and to date only perfect game in a World Series, helping push the Yankees to a championship over the Brooklyn Dodgers in what would be the last all-New York series for 44 years. Larsen’s no-windup style outmatched most Dodgers he faced, but his no-hitter was saved by Mickey Mantle’s running fifth-inning catch.
1871: A fire ignited in a Chicago barn grows into a massive conflagration that destroys more than four square miles of the city, incinerating 17,000 buildings, killing more than 200 people, and leaving another 100,000 homeless. According to legend a cow owned by the O’Learys started the blaze, but in 1997 the city council officially exonerates the wayward bovine.
OCTOBER 7, 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California in an unusual recall election driven by a sluggish economy and unpopular vehicle-registration fees. A staunch Republican, Schwarzenegger announced his run on The Tonight Show and went on to best a field of 135 registered candidates in an 11-week campaign, topping the Democratic challenger by more than a million votes.
1984: Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown’s 1965 rushing record in front of a hometown crowd at Soldier Field to become the league’s all-time leading rusher. Sensing Payton would break the record, team officials had wanted to stop the game and celebrate, but Payton insisted on keeping the on-field momentum, helping the Bears to a 20-7 win over the New Orleans Saints.
OCTOBER 3, 1927: With the words “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet,” singer Al Jolson ushers in the era of synchronized dialogue in feature-length motion pictures in The Jazz Singer. The story of a Jewish cantor’s son who runs away to pursue a musical career only to be later reconciled, the film is a major box-office hit and signals an epochal shift from the classical silent era to the “talkies.”
1981: Islamic extremists assassinate Egyptian president Anwar Sadat on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War which had done much to raise Egyptian prestige in the Arab world despite Israel’s decisive victory. The extremists — angered by Sadat’s 1978 peace accord with Israel — wore army uniforms and assaulted during a military parade, killing ten other people as well.
1973: Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack against Israel on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday, striking deep into the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights. After reeling from the initial onslaught, Israel counterattacks and after a week of intense fighting is advancing on both Damascus and Cairo. A U.N.-sponsored peace accord ends the conflict on October 25.
OCTOBER 3, 1995: A jury acquits O.J. Simpson of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman after a long trial that electrified television audiences. Simpson’s defense “Dream Team” sowed doubt in a sympathetic jury by challenging a key piece of evidence, a recovered glove, and implicating racial motives in Detective Mark Fuhrman. Reactions to the verdict would split along racial lines.
1990: Less than a year after the symbolic fall of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany declare the creation of a unified nation, ending 45 years of postwar division. Thousands of East Germans had fled west through Hungary or applied for asylum, and in July West German chancellor Helmut Kohl appealed to Russian premiere Mikhail Gorbachev to assent to reunification in exchange for sizable financial aid.
1951: New York Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hits the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” — a one-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that wins the National League pennant, capping an unlikely come-from-behind triumph over crosstown rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants would take first game of the World Series against the New York Yankees but lose the series 3-1.
OCTOBER 2, 1959: Rod Serling’s anthology series The Twilight Zone debuts on CBS, inviting viewers to enter a strange new realm of television drama. Serling would write the majority of the shows, unusual morality tales often with a science-fiction twist and unexpected endings, such as “To Serve Man” (pictured). Serling’s signature monologues would cement the show’s place in popular culture.
1985: Hollywood icon Rock Hudson dies of AIDS, becoming the first major public figure to succumb to the disease. Hudson had reigned as a heartthrob movie star throughout the 1950s and 1960s in such films as Magnificent Obsession and Pillow Talk, and enjoyed a lucrative second act on the television series Dynasty. Hudson kept his homosexuality a secret until shortly before his death.
1967: Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black justice of the United States Supreme Court. The great-grandson of a slave, Marshall had argued before the court as chief counsel for the NAACP in the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, a major catalyst for the civil rights movement. Marshall would make civil rights the focus of his tenure before retiring in 1991.
1950: Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts debuts, inaugurating a 50-year run following Schulz’s alter-ego character, the sad-sack Charlie Brown, and his coterie of friends. Schulz’s art style was straightforward and spare, but he connected with readers through Brown’s introspective and stoic approach to his continuing misfortunes. By 2000 the comic was running in more than 2,500 newspapers in 75 countries.
OCTOBER 1, 1918: British officer T.E. Lawrence — known to history as “Lawrence of Arabia” — enters Damascus after the city falls to a combined Arab and British assault near the end of WWI. Lawrence had been instrumental in organizing the unlikely Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, but his dream of a united post-war Arab nation are quickly dashed by deep-rooted factionalism.
1962: Johnny Carson takes over as host of The Tonight Show from Jack Paar, beginning a three-decade run as the king of late-night TV. Carson created the template for all that followed, and his easy demeanor and quick wit were an instant hit with viewers. His move to Burbank in 1972 cemented his role in the popular culture. Carson hosted his last show on May 22, 1992.
1961: New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris surpasses Babe Ruth’s 1927 home-run mark, knocking his 61st of the year into the stands at Yankee Stadium in the last game of the season. In addition to a place in the record books, Maris was awarded $5,000 and a trip to the Seattle World’s Fair.
1946: The International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg hands down death sentences to 12 high-ranking Nazis including Herman Goering and Joachim von Ribbentrop, and prison time for seven others. The ten-month trial, the first of its kind in history, accused defendants of everything from conspiracy to crimes against humanity. Two weeks later, ten death sentences were carried out by hanging.
1908: The first Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line in Detroit, the beginning of a production run of some 15 million vehicles that would change auto ownership from a luxury to a middle-class convenience. Though still somewhat pricey for the time, Ford kept costs down by focusing on a single version which the company built until May 1927.
Reasons to Exit an Obama Speech
Oct. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/390777
http://natl.re/1yTn7ze
Has President Obama’s lost his mojo? The First Teleprompter couldn’t hold the crowd when he spoke at a campaign event for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown over the weekend. Why would so many voters — especially Democrats — feel the need to leave? Here’s a sampling from the hashtag #ReasonsToExitAnObamaSpeech, illustrated by NR.
President Obama and Anthony Brown get that sinking feeling. Why are they leaving?
“His mouth was moving.” (LIBETY FOR OUR KIDS, @Vision4USA)
“1) Obama 2) speaking” (Chris Barnhart, @ChrisBarnhart)
“I’m Scared that I'll catch Obola” (Hemorrhagic Barry, @notalemming)
“Let's face it We're just not sure if that level of ignorance is contagious” (Beacker O’Dunavan, @ODunavan)
“To check the teleprompter, without which there would be no speech.” (StrawmanSlayerCzar, @TheyJustRazedIt)
“When Obama says ‘I will preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States’ ...but he doesn’t.” (Zach Whitson)
“I already know the ending, it is Bush"s fault.” (Lance Manyon, @mellonheadfred)
“Because you are allergic to unicorn dander.” (Ecklebob Chiselfritz, @RotNScoundrel)
“You have to work in Michelle's garden. #Turnips” (The Morning Spew, @TheMorningSpew)
“Sudden urge to pound one's head on a wall.” (darleenclick, @darleenclick)
“To go and get a root canal at the dentist.” (Davemeister, @ceonovaman)
“If you stay to long, it starts to feel like the beginning of the zombie apocalypse” (Stacey Lennox, @ScotsFyre)
“Because you have an IQ >50” (2nd Amendment Guy, @Ruach321)
“Lost that tingle in your leg…” (Kristopher Mann, @blessdandfavord)
“I needed to clean the cat box”. (Prudence, @dennygirltwo)
“Household Chores Take priority” (BARACKOLYPSE OBOLA, @CzarZellem)
“I heard wrong and thought I was invited to Benihana” (Nathan Wurtel, @NathanWurtzel)
“If you wanted to listen to a crazy narcissist.You would have bought a ticket to Alec Baldwins show or something!” (Cathy, @coasmi)
“Lies sound better from a mile away.” (Hardline Stance, @Hardline_Stance)
“Golf course awaits. #karma ;)” (Jedediah, @JedediahBila)
“Your leaving was just a spontaneous reaction to a video.” (Hecklin Jeckle, @TickedOffMic)
“I’m sick of hearing him defend Islam.” (QuipMaster, @QuipMaster)
“Because you don't have to stick your head in the garbage can & taste the contents to know it's garbage.” (Kathy Parcheta, @virgo2757)
“It was either stay and listen, or get a ride in the free candy van. I'll take my chances” (Frank, @FusionFrank
“You're in the secret service” (Global R3V0|ution, @1n5ur3c7)
“He promised you could keep the seat you have if you like the seat you have.” (Just Matthew, @NotThoughtsHere)
“When they handed me the twenty they told me I just had to listen to POTUS speak. They didn't say how long.” (Cinday, @RightNowLady)
“Rand Paul told the crowd Ebola could be spread by attending speeches!” (Political Nerd, @Sttbs73)
“On ebay, you bought the iPod he gave to Elizabeth II with some of his speeches, & you've already heard this one.” (Joel Engel, @joelengel)
“These guys were on the guest list and made me feel weird.” (Privilege Czar Hank @_HankRearden)
“Bubba came and things got awkward” (Hunter Bidens Dealer, @DefendWallSt)
“Bill Clinton asked you to share a cigar. #RunGirlRun” (The Morning Spew, @TheMorningSpew)
“Clipboard man was checking people in” (Laura R. Charron, @ConchoQueen)
“Bob Costas lecture series about to start on Sunday Night Football!” (woot6, @woot6)
“You have to go watch paint dry” (Lizzy Lou Who, @_wintergirl93)
“To get to your 2nd job because he won't do his only job.” (Hecklin Jeckle, @TickedOffMic)
”Oh look! A squirrel!” (Stacey Lennox, @ScotsFyre)
“You'd rather sit in your car in a traffic jam” (Dave, @Dmacmd)
“They were only getting $13 hour to sit there; while McDonalds down the street paying $15 after SEIU's shakedown” (StarKFreeorDie, @StarkFreeorDie)
“To go to a NATIONAL GUARD BIKINI MODEL PHOTO SHOOT.” (criticalpolitical, @babineaux102)
Cartoon of the Day
Oct. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
The Obama Warning System, by Michael Ramirez (October 20, 2014)
Ebola Gay, by Michael Ramirez (October 17, 2014)
Like Ostriches, by Michael Ramirez (October 16, 2014)
Dems 2014, by Henry Payne (October 15, 2014)
Back in Demand, by Michael Ramirez (October 14, 2014)
Porous Borders, by Michael Ramirez (October 13, 2014)
Protecting POTUS, by Michael Ramirez (October 10, 2014)
Got Yer Back, by Henry Payne (October 9, 2014)
Michelle’s Detector, by Henry Payne (October 8, 2014)
Under Control, by Michael Ramirez (October 7, 2014)
Footprints, by Michael Ramirez (October 3, 2014)
Hong Kong Café, by Henry Payne (October 2, 2014)
The Duck Stops Here, by Michael Ramirez (October 1, 2014)
Boots, by Michael Ramirez (September 30, 2014)
Holder Resigns, by Michael Ramirez (September 29, 2014)
Latte Salute, by Michael Ramirez (September 26, 2014)
Climate Summit, by Henry Payne (September 25, 2014)
Flood Wall Street, by Michael Ramirez (September 24, 2014)
The U.K., by Henry Payne (September 23, 2014)
The Hoax, by Michael Ramirez (September 22, 2014)
The Lap Dog, by Michael Ramirez (September 19, 2014)
The ISIS Strategy, by Michael Ramirez (September 18, 2014)
Space Taxi, by Henry Payne (September 17, 2014)
ISIS, by Michael Ramirez (September 16, 2014)
Apple Watch, by Henry Payne (September 15, 2014)
A Grave Threat, by Michael Ramirez (September 12, 2014)
Treating ISIS, by Michael Ramirez (September 11, 2014)
Ray Rice Penalties, by Michael Ramirez (September 10, 2014)
Rising Sun? by Michael Ramirez (September 9, 2014)
Daily Briefing, by Michael Ramirez (September 8, 2014)
iCloud, by Michael Ramirez (September 5, 2014)
Al Gore’s 2014 Prediction, by Henry Payne (September 4, 2014)
JV, by Michael Ramirez (September 3, 2014)
Happy Labor Day, by Michael Ramirez (September 1, 2014)
Going Solo, by Michael Ramirez (August 29, 2014)
Burger King Moves to Canada, by Henry Payne (August 28, 2014)
Regional Threat, by Michael Ramirez August 27, 2014)
Ferguson, by Michael Ramirez August 26, 2014)
My Thoughts Are with You, by Michael Ramirez August 25, 2014)
Investigating Abuse, by Henry Payne (August 22, 2014)
JV . . . by Michael Ramirez August 21, 2014)
Urgent Matters, by Michael Ramirez August 20, 2014)
Sectarian Tensions, by Henry Payne (August 19, 2014)
Between Iraq and a Hard Place, by Michael Ramirez (August 18, 2014)
Mind if I Play Through? by Michael Ramirez (August 15, 2014)
Fun • ny, by Henry Payne (August 14, 2014)
Tax Inversion, by Michael Ramirez (August 13, 2014)
Mission Iraq, by Henry Payne (August 12, 2014)
Trampled Under Foot, by Michael Ramirez (August 11, 2014)
Friendly Fire, by Michael Ramirez (August 8, 2014)
WHUAC, by Henry Payne (August 7, 2014)
Kerry, 1943, by Henry Payne (August 6, 2014)
What Cold War? by Michael Ramirez (August 5, 2014)
Regime Change, by Michael Ramirez (August 4, 2014)
Good News, by Michael Ramirez (August 1, 2014)
Incompetent, by Michael Ramirez (July 31, 2014)
Little Dutch Boy, by Michael Ramirez (July 30, 2014)
Perch, by Henry Payne (July 29, 2014)
Human Shields, by Michael Ramirez (July 28, 2014)
Putin’s Reset, by Michael Ramirez (July 25, 2014)
Presidents During a Crisis, by Michael Ramirez (July 24, 2014)
Wide Open, by Michael Ramirez (July 23, 2014)
Transparent, by Michael Ramirez (July 22, 2014)
Out, by Henry Payne (July 21, 2014)
Why? by Michael Ramirez (July 18, 2014)
LeBron, by Henry Payne (July 17, 2014)
Ha-Mas, by Michael Ramirez (July 16, 2014)
The Pawn, by Michael Ramirez (July 15, 2014)
Tear Down This Wall, by Michael Ramirez (July 14, 2014)
Obama’s Katrina, by Michael Ramirez (July 11, 2014)
Before and After, by Michael Ramirez (July 9, 2014)
I Don’t Know Why They’re Flooding the Borders, by Michael Ramirez (July 8, 2014)
Equal Justice, by Henry Payne (July 7, 2014)
The Times, July 4, 1776, by Henry Payne (July 4, 2014)
Happy Birthday, America, by Michael Ramirez (July 3, 2014)
Help Center, by Michael Ramirez (July 2, 2014)
5-4, by Henry Payne (July 1, 2014)
Rip Van Media, by Michael Ramirez (June 30, 2014)
The Piñata, by Michael Ramirez (June 27, 2014)
The Plan, by Michael Ramirez (June 26, 2014)
Red . . . by Henry Payne (June 24, 2014)
Iran to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 23, 2014)
White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
Baghdad Bobama, by Michael Ramirez (June 18, 2014)
Missing, by Michael Ramirez (June 17, 2014)
Dead Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 14, 2014)
Clinton Problems, by Michael Ramirez (June 13, 2014)
To Faithfully Execute . . . by Michael Ramirez (June 12, 2014)
Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 11, 2014)
Talking Bergdahl, by Michael Ramirez (June 10, 2014)
Lemon, by Henry Payne (June 9, 2014)
The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
After You, by Michael Ramirez (June 3, 2014)
It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
First Read About It in the Newspaper, by Michael Ramirez (May 29, 2014)
General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
Outraged? by Lisa Benson (May 22, 2014)
Obamacare, Brought to You by . . . by Henry Payne (May 21, 2014)
Now You Know How We Feel, by Michael Ramirez (May 20, 2014)
#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
Today’s Lecture, by Henry Payne (May 14, 2014)
Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
What Kind of Country? by Henry Payne (August 7, 2014)
Photoshop of the Day
Oct. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
Klain’s Experience, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 20, 2014)
CDC’s Parallel Bus Universe, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 17, 2014)
Operation Inherent Resolve, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 16, 2014)
The Kiss, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 15, 2014)
ISIS Wakeup, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 14, 2014)
Dogs of War, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 13, 2014)
Pick-a-Target, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 10, 2014)
Airborne Disease, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 9, 2014)
Enterovirus, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 8, 2014)
Empty Chair, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 7, 2014)
That Lincoln-Obama Comparison, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 3, 2014)
Gaza West, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 2, 2014)
Fight for Empty Shelves, by TerrellAfterMath.com (October 1, 2014)
JV Locker Room, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 30, 2014)
Same But Different, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 29, 2014)
Climate Change, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 26, 2014)
Problem Solved, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 25, 2014)
Feet of Clay, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 24, 2014)
Belling the Cat, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 23, 2014)
Enablers Anonymous, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 22, 2014)
Kick the Can, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 19, 2014)
Team Work, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 17, 2014)
FDR Ghosts, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 16, 2014)
Testing the Winds, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 15, 2014)
Show of Strength, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 12, 2014)
9-11, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 11, 2014)
Torch of Liberty, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 10, 2014)
The Unbearable Lightness of . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 9, 2014)
Broken Window, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 8, 2014)
Steadying the Ladder, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 5, 2014)
Dr. Obamastein, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 4, 2014)
Ascension, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 3, 2014)
Electric Vehicle Charging Station by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 2, 2014)
The Great Escape, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 29, 2014)
Press Secretary, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 28, 2014)
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How to Get Obama Interested, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 22, 2014)
Fish Eats Fish, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 21, 2014)
Ghosts, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 20, 2014)
Social Justice, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 19, 2014)
In-Person Meetings, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 18, 2014)
Iraq Strategy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 15, 2014)
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The Voter Fish, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 7, 2014)
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Tunnel of Love, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 28, 2014)
Valley of Dearth, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 25, 2014)
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Meme Watch: Inherent Resolve?
Oct. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/390684
http://natl.re/1wiYSWO
Weeks after he announced a military campaign to “degrade and eventually destroy” ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Obama finally got around to actually naming that campaign: Inherent Resolve. Not everyone was impressed, and some took to Twitter to vent their flummoxed reactions and suggest some snarky alternates. Here’s a sampling, illustrated by NR.
“#InherentResolve... because #Meh was already taken.” (Brad Thor, @BradThor)
“The name Operation #InherentResolve sounds like it was dreamt up in a faculty lounge. Oh, wait.” (Maria, @MiaVeritas)
“Operation Inherent Resolve: 24 luxurious family vacations 200 golf days 412 fundraiser parties” (Dethrone Harry Reid, @RufusKings1776)
“They’ve named the Iraq/Syria mission ‘Operation: Inherent Resolve.’ Fire your naming person, Pentagon.” (Ben Howe, @BenHowe)
“#InherentResolve sounds like a pretreatment regimen for your carpet.” (Jared Rizzi, @JaredRizzi)
“#InherentResolve New version of the hangover remedy.” (Lois McEwan, @LoisMcEwan)
“Inherent Resolve is the worst name since Quantum of Solace (David Rutz, @DavidRutz)
“’Inherent Vice' was already taken MT” (Siddhartha Mahanta, @sidhubaba)
“Operation #InherentResolve? I can hear #ISIS dropping their weapons and running already…” (Brad Thor, @BradThor)
“Operation #InherentResolve is now the name of our new war/not-war. Because nothing says resolve like weeks of indecision.” (Stephen England, @stephenmengland)
“What was it again? Indecipherable ineptitude? Perpetual reprieve? Endemic servitude ….” (Green Mama, @mariamousemum)
“Operation Inherent Resolve? Operation Enduring Ambivalence is more like it.” (Max Boot, @MaxBoot)
“Operation Message I Care” (Michael Watson, @MichaelWatsonDC)
“Yes, Obama's #InherentResolve is to tell the enemy EXACTLY what he will/will not do and completely rules of options altogether.” (Directive 10-289, @Major_Skidmark)
“Saudi Arabia looks set to carry out a moderate Sunni crucifixion. Relationship to #InherentResolve unclear.” (Reidar Visser, @reidarvisser)
“FWIW, I suggested Operation Insipid Beagle (she was really grating me on that day).” (George M. Perry, @AtlasCoached)
“Someone misheard the new name for the anti-Isis action - it's meant to be Operation Incoherent Evolve” (Toby Harnden, @tobyharnden)
“I still think we should've gone with "Operation You'll Never Guess How We Plan To Defeat ISIS." Click bait is all the rage” (Bluto, @BlutoGrandex)
“Of course, my proposed named for the fight against #ISIS was Inerrant Resolve. I can do no wrong!” (Obamas Amerika, @ObamasAmerika)
“When #InherentResolve is the winner, you wonder what the other entries looked like.” (Reidar Visser, @reidarvisser)
“#inherentresolve other suggested names: operation optional volition, operation torpid torpedo, operation dilatory determination” (#hodgster, @matt0dge)
“Obama has chosen to call his ‘strategy’ against ISIS ‘Inherent Resolve.’ Try not to laugh. Or cry.” (Ken Gardner, @kesgardner)
“#InherentResolve, because #ISIS beheadings create stubborn stains.” (NeanderthalPrivilege, @Shgamha)
“Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ beats Operation ‘Implied Consent’ by a nose!” (Jonah Goldberg, @JonahNRO)
“Best anagrams of Inherent Resolve: Revelers None Hit. Enthrones Eviler. Relieve Hen Snort. Overseer Then Nil.” (Michelle Malkin, @michellemalkin)
“My resolve is inherent / my rap game is apparent / y’all’s caliphate is errant.” (CJ Ciaramella, @cjciaramella)
“Operation Inherent Resolve is better than the original name, Operation I'm Sure The Iraqis Have Got This One” (SunnyRight, @sunnyright)
”OP Inherent Resolve” DOD-wordsmiths: Inherent: "vested in (someone) as a right or privilege.” Is this the message we should be sending?” (Aki Peritz, @AkiPeritz)
“New ISIS campaign name #InherentResolve anagrams to Re-enthrones Evil” (Pete Metrinko, @curiousergeorgg)
“#InherentResolve The new Thomas Pynchon novel.” (Ben Kirby, @ben_kirby)
“American name: Operation Inherent Resolve Kurdish name: Operation, Oh Too Late, We’re Already Dead” (Cameron Gray, @Cameron_Gray)
USS America
Oct. 18, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/390639
http://natl.re/1CC4BsB
The Navy commissioned its newest ship during the recent Fleet Week ceremonies in San Francisco, the first in a new era of surface warfare for the Navy and Marine Corps. Here’s a look at the USS America.
USS America passes under the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to Fleet Week and its formal commissioning. (Photo: MC1 Vladimir Ramos)
The crowd at dockside for the commissioning of USS America. (MC2 Class Jonathan A. Colon)
Sailors fire a salute from the 40mm gun battery in honor of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’s arrival for commissioning ceremonies. (Photo: MC1 Vladimir Ramos)
Marines run to man America as her commissioning ceremony concludes. (Photo: Corporal Rodion Zabolotniv)
AIRBORNE ARSENAL: USS America is the lead ship in a new class of assault ships that represent the future of the so-called “gator Navy” — ships that specialize in attacking land targets from the sea, a traditional Marine Corps role. She will replace the older Tarawa-class assault ships. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger)
Unlike other amphibious assault ships, America does not have a well deck — the hangar-sized waterline deck where ships can launch and recover a range of landing craft, hovercraft, and other boats to ferry troops and supplies to shore. Instead, the America is focused on air power. (Photo: MC1 Michael McNabb)
America is a “big-deck” ship optimized to deploy the Marine Corps’s MV-22 Osprey (pictured) and the upcoming F-35B Lightning vertical-takeoff jet fighter, as well as a variety of rotor-wing aircraft, giving it a wide range of strike, support, and reconnaissance capabilities. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
Previous amphibious landing ships have deployed helicopters and AV/-B Harriers. Dubbed “Harrier Carriers,” these were the first of a kind of mini aircraft carrier for the Marines. Pictured, two AV-8B Harriers land aboard USS Kearsarge. (Photo: Sergeant Ezekiel R. Kitandwe)
The new F-35 (pictured) will represent a leap forward in capability compared to the Harrier. The F-35 and MV-22 together add greatly increased speed and range to the America’s air arsenal.
According to the Navy, America’s typical aircraft complement will be: Ten F-35B strike fighters, twelve MV-22 Ospreys, four CH-53 Sea Stallions, eight AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, and three Navy MH-60 Seahawks. Pictured, an MV-22 Osprey with VMM-165 (the "White Knights") land aboard USS America. (Photo: MC2 Lewis Hunsacker)
These aircraft will speed elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force quickly ashore and provide control, resupply, close-air support, and extraction.
The view from the cockpit of an MV-22 OSprey as it approaches the flight deck of USS America. (Photo: MC2 Ryan Riley)
America will also carry some the Marine Corps's workhorse aircraft. Pictured, two CH-53E Sea Stallions with HMH-465 (the “Warhorses”) land on the flight deck of USS America. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
An AH-1W Super Cobra with HMLAT-303 (the “Atlas”) takes off from America’s two-acre flight deck. (Photo: Corporal Rodion Zabolotniy)
A Navy MH-60 Seahawk with HSC-21 (the “Blackjacks”) transports passengers to USS America. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
The F-35 is still undergoing testing with the Marines, Navy, and Air Force, and will be deployed aboard America once the Marines Corps stands up an operational squadron.
When needed, America could carry and deploy up to 20 F-35Bs at a time, making it a formidable aircraft carrier in the same league as the Navy’s massive supercarriers.
TOWER OF POWER: Running 844 feet and displacing some 50,000 tons, USS America (LHA-6) will carry a standard crew of 1,059 officers and enlisted, with a troop complement of 1,687. USS America will be home-ported in San Diego (Photo: MC1 Michael McNabb)
Lieutenant Matthew Lai monitors the horizon from the bridge of America as it transits the Straits of Magellan on the way to San Francisco. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
Air Traffic Controller Second Class Leslie P. Lewis watches the displays in the air traffic control center below deck aboard America. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
Marines assigned to Special Purporse Marine Air-Ground Task Force South conduct live-fire training exercises on the deck of America. (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
Marines assigned to Special Purporse Marine Air-Ground Task Force South line up to board an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of America during partner training with Colombian Marines, part of the “America Vists the Americas” leg of the ship’s journey to San Francisco for its formal commissioning. (Photo: Corporal Donald Holbert)
If anything gets past America’s awesome air power, the ship is equipped formidable defensive options, including two RAM and two Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile launchers and three 20mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems (pictured). (Photo: MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr.)
America is the fourth Navy ship to bear the name. It’s immediate predecessor was the Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier commissioned in 1965 and retired in 1996.
Sailors stand for evening colors aboard USS America in San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week ceremonies. (Photo: MC1 Demetrius Kennon)
Movie Preview: Fury
Oct. 17, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/390559
http://natl.re/ZHzYWj
Brad Pitt leads a tank crew on a dangerous mission behind German lines in the final days of WWII in Fury. Here’s a look at the new war film and its steel-plated star, the M4 Sherman tank.
Fury takes place during the final Allied push into Nazi Germany in April 1945, following a Sherman tank (nicknamed “Fury”) with the Army’s Second Armored Division that is sent on a near-suicidal mission during the last desperate fallings of the dying Nazi war machine.
Staff Sergeant Don Collier (Brad Pitt), aka “Wardaddy,” is the commander of a Sherman tank crew that has survived three years of bloody fighting with only one crew casualty. Collier sums up their situation with the memorable phrase: “Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.”
Private Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) is a rookie tank driver, a typist clerk who’s been in the Army just two months who is unprepared for combat.
Technician Fifth Grade Boyd Swan (Shia LeBeouf), called “Bible,” is the tank’s gunner and a pious soldier more apt to quote scripture than curse.
Private First Class Grady Travis (John Bernthal), also called ”Coon-Ass,” is a tank’s gruff loader and mechanic.
Corporal Trini “Gordon” Garcia (Michael Pena) is the tank’s lead driver, and a man coping with an alcohol problem amid the horrors of war.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Filmmaker David Ayer was a stickler for historical detail. The production used vintage Sherman tanks and also borrowed Tiger 131 from the Bovington Tank Museum, the first time an actual German Tiger tank has been used in onscreen.
Ayers talks with his stars on their main battle tank. The Sherman portrayed in Fury is the M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" model, which had an improved suspension and larger main gun compared to earlier versions.
The interior of the tank was built on a soundstage and was only slightly larger than the actual vehicle to allow the camera into tight spaces. Of the experience of working in such close quarters with other actors in a tank, Pitt told USA Today: “It is amazing how well you get to know each other, five men in a tin can.”
Fury was shot near Hertfordshire in England, standing in for the scenic countryside and mud-filled battlefields of Germany in April 1945. The area also offered an ample supply of WWII-era equipment and props.
BAND OF BROTHERS: Pitt described Wardaddy’s relationship to his crew to USA Today: “He loves them and wants them to live, but at the same time has to expose them to danger.”
Says Wardaddy: “The war’s gotta end, soon. But before it ends, a lotta people gotta die.”
Wardaddy and Bible have some tense words.
The stress of war pushes the men to the breaking point.
Travis takes a break.
The crew of Fury take a break from combat for a dinner with two German women in one of the film’s calmer interludes.
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Early reviews for Fury have been very positive, with critics praising the film’s realism and unsparing look and combat, and singling out Pitt’s performance in the lead role as key the film’s dramatic impact. Here’s a look at some critical takes.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: “If memorable war movies mean something to you, open that book to a new page and add Fury to the list. It belongs there.”
Peter Dubruge, Variety: “These guys look and sound like they’ve been to hell and back (even pretty-boy LaBeouf, who appears with his face scruffy and teeth blacked out for the role). But don’t let the constant stream of personal, off-color insults fool you. Their views may differ, but they can agree on one thing: ‘Best job I ever had!’”
A.O. Scott, NY Times: “Within this gore-spattered, superficially nihilistic carapace is an old-fashioned platoon picture, a sensitive and superbly acted tale of male bonding under duress.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: “Pitt is terrific here as a seasoned pro who's tough because the war has made him so but clearly has a lot going on inside; there can be no doubt he's committed acts he regrets. As a brave, bold fighter and a thinking soldier to boot, he's exactly the kind of man you want on your side in a tight spot and whom you'd willingly follow into battle.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: “Fury is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less. Rugged, macho, violent and with a story sufficiently unusual to grab and hold interest, it's a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.”
Ty Burr, Boston Globe: “Brad Pitt creates a warrior who is terse, sometimes noble, more often brutal. The movie as a whole tries to balance the standard veneration of the Greatest Generation with an acknowledgment that what war does to men is the opposite of great. You could call it ‘Glorious Bastards’ and you wouldn’t be far off.”
WORKHORSE OF WAR: The American M4 Sherman medium tank was the most widely used tank series of WWII, driven in combat by the American Army and Marine Corps as well as British, Canadian, and Free French forces. Pictured, a Sherman tank with the First Infantry Division at Gladbach, Germany. (US Army)
The Sherman saw action in every major theater of operation for American forces, fighting in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Western Europe and throughout the Pacific Theater. Pictured, M4 Shermans roll off a landing craft at Anzio, May 1944. (National Archives)
Sherman tanks accompany Canadian Seventh Infantry Brigade soldiers onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (National Archives of Canada)
A Sherman tank with the British 13th/18th Royal Hussars in action near Ranville just days after D-Day (IWM)
A Sherman M4A1 tank lands at Red Beach during the invasion of Sicily, 1944 (US Army Signal Corps)
Weighing more than 30 tons, the Sherman was capable of speeds of between 25 and 30 miles per hour. It’s offensive punch was provided by a 75mm main gun (later upgraded to a 76mm on some models, such as the one portrayed in Fury), as as well as three Browning machine guns. Pictured, a Sherman crosses a bridge at Kassel, Germany. (Army Signal Corps)
The Sherman’s strong points were speed and mobility, attained by limiting the thickness of the armor and the size of the main gun, which also allowed it to fire and reload faster. Pictured, Sherman tanks with the Ninth Queen’s Royal Lancers on the move at the Battle of Al Alamein, November 1942. (Imperial War Museum)
But in important ways the Sherman was outmatched and outgunned by the German Panther and Tiger tanks it faced, which could both shoot farther and with greater accuracy. Pictured, a Sherman with the British 24th Lancers passes a knocked-out German Panther tank near Rauray in France, June 1944. (IWM)
One advantage the Sherman did enjoy was sheer numbers: Between 1942 and 1946, more than 49,000 Shermans of various models were assembled in American factories. Pictured, U.S. Army 60th Infantry Regiment soldiers follow a Sherman tank during fighting in Belgium, 1944. (National Archives)
In the Pacific, the Sherman played a smaller but still important role during the amphibious campaigns of the Marine Corps. Pictured, Marines advance behind a Sherman tank dubbed “Lucky Legs II” at Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, March 1944. (National Archives)
The Sherman was also retrofitted to perform specialized roles. Pictured, a Sherman Crab Mark II minesweeping flail tank uses a chain to detonate buried mines. (IWM)
After the war, Shermans saw action during the Korean War, fighting alongside its successor vehicles the heavier M26 Pershing and M46 Patton main battle tanks. Pictured, a Sherman equipped with a flame throw in action during the Korean War.
The Sherman also fought in other conflicts around the world. Pictured, a Sherman tank amid other destroyed vehicles during fighting in the Suez Crisis in 1956.
The Fight Against Ebola
Oct. 16, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/390497
http://natl.re/1rB1sTB
Every day doctors and medical personnel confront the threat of the deadly Ebola virus in western Africa, donning elaborate protective suits to guard their own lives as they struggle to halt the spread of the deadly contagion. Here’s a look some images from the front lines of the Ebola crisis.
The current Ebola outbreak is the largest ever seen, with more than 8,000 known cases and more than 3,800 deaths. The CDC predicts as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by January, and the World Health Organization has warned that there are less than 60 days to contain the outbreak before it grows out of control.
GROUND ZERO: The western African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea remain the center of the current outbreak, and where the virus has taken the most lives. Pictured, Red Cross workers in Monrovia, Liberia, carry the body of a person suspected of dying from Ebola.
Residents pass a mural encouraging awareness of Ebola risks.
Relatives pray over a patient at Island Hospital’s Ebola treatment center in Monrovia.
Health workers aid a patient at the JFK Hospital’s Ebola clinic in Monrovia.
Ambulance-service workers escort a young girl, one of six people showing suspected signs of Ebola infection, to a clinic in Freeman Reserve, Liberia.
Doctors Without Borders in Monrovia staff prepare to bring an Ebola patient into the clinic.
A man uses a wheelbarrow to carry a woman with Ebola symptoms to Island Hospital in Monrovia.
A health worker interviews a sick man at the Ministry of Health in Monrovia.
A worker enters the high-risk area of the JFK Hospital in Monrovia.
Health workers at Island Hospital in Monrovia talk with a woman delivering food to relatives being cared for inside.
Doctors Without Borders staff prepare food for patients in the isolation area of an Ebola treatment center in Kailahun, Sierre Leone.
A health worker with Doctors Without Borders holds a child suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus in Paynesville, Liberia, while they await test results.
A visitor is decontaminated at Island Hospital in Monrovia.
A medical staff member disinfects his Croix Rouge badge after handling the body of an Ebola victim in Monrovia.
A health worker in Monrovia sprays disinfectant on the body of a man suspected of dying from Ebola.
A Liberian Red Cross burial team in Monrovia prays before handling the body of an Ebola victim.
A burial team removes a body from the Port Loko District Hospital in Sierra Leone.
A burial team prepares an Ebola victim for internment in Port Loko.
A burial team with the Liberian Ministry of Health carry bodies onto a funeral pyre in Marshall.
Medical staff burn clothing belonging to Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders facility in Monrovia.
Workers burn medical waste at a Doctors Without Borders center in Conkary, Guinea.
U.S. Marines arrive in Monrovia to take part in Operation United Assistance.
A U.S. Navy microbiologist prepares to test blood samples at a mobile laboratory in Gbarnga, Liberia.
An American soldier washes his boots in chlorinated water outside a Navy mobile laboratory in Gbarnga.
UNITED STATES: As health authorities gear up for more potential cases, so far only a handful of Ebola-infected people are known to have arrived in the U.S., including several doctors and one Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan (pictured), who subsequently died. Two nurses who treated Duncan at a Dallas hospital have also tested positive for Ebola exposure.
An employee of the CG Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to a private residence of a worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Duncan was treated.
Worker decontaminate an apartment in Dallas where Duncan had stayed after arriving from Liberia.
A hazard materials crew person removes items from Duncan's apartment.
A health-care worker wearing a hazmat suit carries waste from the clean-up operation.
Ambulance workers carry a patient with suspected Ebola symptoms at Harvard Vanguard in Braintree, Mass.
SPAIN: In a similar situation to the hospital in Dallas, Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos became infected after treating an Ebola patient, Manuel Garcia Viejo. Pictured, an ambulance transfers Ramos to Carlos III Hospital in Madrid.
Ramos arrives at the Carlos III Hospital in an isolation chamber.
Workers look out from an isolation ward at Carlos III Hospital where patient Ramos was being treated.
A sanitation team member cleans the building where Ramos lives.
Doctors transfer Miguel Pajares, a Spanish priest infected with Ebola in Liberia, to an ambulance at the Terrejon de Ardoz military base. Pajares later died.
PREPARING FOR DISASTER: Hospitals and health-care agencies in the West and around the world are stepping up efforts to train and equip their staff to handle any possible Ebola infections and stepping up inspections and monitoring of international arrivals. Pictured, quarantine officers in Quingdao, China, board a cargo ship that has arrived from Sierra Leone.
A doctor wearing an isolation suit discusses Ebola treatment at Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany.
Doctors don protective suits at Charite Hospital.
Doctors demonstrate cleaning protective suits at a disinfection chamber at Charite Hospital.
A researcher at work a the P4 European High Level Security Laboratory in Lyon, France.
Medical staff wear protective gear at the University Hospital Frankfurt.
Military personnel conduct training drills at the Biological Defense Center in Techonin in the Czech Republic.
An Italian Air Force soldier takes part in a training exercise for handling Ebola victims at the Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome.
Staff from the North East Ambulance Service and the Royal Victoria Infirmary take part in a national exercise on Ebola readiness in Newcastle, England.
Staff at Hillington Hospital in Uxbridge, England, take part in a national exercise on Ebola readiness.
A nurse wears protective clothing at a special facility in the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Health-inspection officers in Shenzen, China, demonstrate the use of a negative-pressure isolation stretcher to colleagues at the Shenzen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
Volunteers train in Brussels, Belgium, in a replica of a Doctors Without Borders treatment center prior to traveling to West Africa.
Volunteer doctors headed to West Africa wait to be disinfected during training provided by the German Red Cross in Weuzberg, Germany.
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