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Vladimir Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin has cast a long shadow over international affairs in recent months, first at the Sochi Olympic Games and now with his aggressive moves against Ukraine. Here’s a look at some recent social-media missives on Putin and his dealings with president Barack Obama.
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Defending America
Jul. 10, 2014
National Review presents its monthly look at the men and women of America’s armed forces on combat and training deployments around the world. Pictured, an Army soldier with Second Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, Phantom Recon, pulls security during training at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. ( Photo: Sergeant Cody Barber)
ARMY: Soldiers with First Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division, interact with role players during a situational-training exercise in Exercise Western Accord 14. (Photo: Sergeant William Gore)
Specialist Kevin Nguyen, Charlie Company, Fourth Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division, takes part in training at the National Training Center. (Photo: Specialist Charles Probst)
Sergeant Juan Jackson, 493rd Military Police Company, inspects his shot group on the M16 zero range during the 2014 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (Photo: Sergeant First Class Michel Sauret)
Oregon Army National Guard Sergeant Justin Sheffield, Charlie Troop, First Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fires his M4 rifle while wearing a chemical protective mask during weapons qualification at Orchard Combat Training Center, near Boise, Idaho. (Photo: Sergeant First Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Soldiers with Charlie Company, Fourth Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division, load into a Stryker during Decisive Action Rotation 14-08 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. (Photo: Specialist Randis Monroe)
Military police with the 72nd Brigade Military Police Detachment, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, First Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division clear a town during a partnered training exercise at Hohenfels Training area, Germany, during Combined Resolve II.
Private First Class Jerome Cuthbert (right) and Specialist Daniel Malek, Company B, First Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire 60mm mortar rounds during training at Pabrade Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania. (Photo: Specialist Brett Hurd)
Crew members prepare the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter before sling-load training with the 1569th Transportation Company. (Photo: Sergeant Michael K. Selvage)
Soldiers with Fourth Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, hang from a tether attached to an MH47G Chinook with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) during Special Insertion Exfiltration System training at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, S.C. (Photo: Sergeant First Class Kimberly D. Calkins)
Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, with the help of aviators from Fourth Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, conduct a maritime external air transportation system training evolution in Moses Lake, Wash. (Photo: Sergeant Christopher Prows)
NAVY: Lieutenant Wes Smith signals the launch of an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-139 (the “Cougars”) on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson, underway in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class George M. Bell)
Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-213 (the “Fighting Black Lions”) aboard USS George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-213 (the “Fighting Black Lions”) veers left as sailors prepare to launch an EA-6B Prowler with Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134 (the “Garudas”) aboard USS George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye with Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-115 (the “Liberty Bells”) on the flight deck of USS George Washington. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Chris Cavagnaro)
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Jackie Valasco observes as Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Third Class Madeline Bettincourt, signals a C-2A Greyhound with Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-30 (the “Providers”) from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Chelsea Kennedy)
Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore direct an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-161 (the “Greyhawks”) onto the flight deck during exercise Rim of the Pacific. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Amanda R. Gray)
Lieutenant Junior Grade Casey Strouse checks the deck for an MH-60S Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-9 (the ”Tridents”) on the flight deck of USS Arleigh Burke. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd man the helm during a general quarters drill. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Declan Barnes)
Sailors conduct a firefighting drill on the flight deck of USS Nimitz, underway in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Aiyana S. Paschal)
Gunner's Mate Second Class Andrew Carpenter fires a 25mm machine gun during a live-fire event aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, underway in the Gulf of Aden. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Justin Wolpert)
Boatswain's Mate Second Class Robert Pucel, Beachmaster Unit BMU-1, signals a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit ACU-5 during an equipment transfer between USS Rushmore at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Dustin Knight)
AIR FORCE: Major Blaine Jones, Thunderbird 5 and lead solo pilot, pitches to land as Major Jason Curtis, Thunderbird 6 and opposing solo pilot, awaits clearance during a practice demonstration sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (Photo: Staff Sergeant Larry E. Reid Jr.)
A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs with the 188th Fighter Wing fly in formation over Kansas. (Photo: Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel)
Staff Sergeant Zackery Coder, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, checks computer data from an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag-Alaska 14-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (Photo: Senior Airman Peter Reft)
Captain Phillip Chapman, 302nd Airlift Wing, taxis into position on the runway during Maple Flag exercises in Edmonton/Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Master Sergeant John R. Nimmo, Sr.)
Senior Airman Sergio Verdin, 82nd ERQS, provides security during a training exercise with members of the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and the French Air Force’s 311th Fighter Squadron in Djibouti. (Photo: Technical Sergeant Lakisha A. Croley)
Tactical response force members approach a launch facility during a recapture and recovery exercise in North Dakota. (Photo: Senior Airman Brittany Y. Bateman)
An A-10 Thunderbolt II with 25th Fighter Squadron performs a show of force during Red Flag-Alaska 14-2 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Alaska. (Photo: Senior Airman Zachary Perras)
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons prepare to return to their Baltic Operations Exercise mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker in the skies over Germany. (Photo: Airman First Class Kyla Gifford)
An F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during Red Flag-Alaska 14-1. (Photo: Senior Airman Joshua Turner)
An F-15E Strike Eagle from Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England taxis at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (Photo: Technical Sergeant Russ Scalf)
A QF-16 is prepared for takeoff during an unmanned live fire exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.. (Photo: Airman First Class Aaron Montoya)
MARINE CORPS: Captain Christopher Orr, Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (left), fires an M4 service rifle as part of live-fire training during Agile Spirit 14 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia. (Photo: Lance Corporal Samantha A. Barajas)
Lance Corporal William Long, First Platoon, Charlie Company, First Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, provides security during an operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: Corporal John A. Martinez Jr.)
Corporal Justin Diaz, Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2, Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, provides security during a platoon attack exercise at Babadag Training Area, Romania. (Photo: Lance Corporal Samantha A. Barajas)
Corporal Connor J. Adlington, Company K, Battalion Landing Team, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs over a wall after emerging from a river during the Jungle Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves. (Photo: Corporal Henry Antenor)
Sergeant Nicholas Garton, Bravo Company, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, radios in a position report while on a patrol during a week-long squad competition at Kangaroo Flats Training Area. (Photo: Corporal Scott Reel)
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, shoots at targets with an M240B machine gun from a light armored vehicle during Exercise Eager Lion 2014. (Photo: Sergeant Austin Hazard)
Marines with Company E, Second battalion, Fourth Marines, Fifth Marine Regiment, board a CH-53 helicopter for extraction at the Mountain Warfare Training Center. (Photo: Corporal Charles Santamaria)
Marines with Bravo Company, First Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, board a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: Corporal Joseph Scanlan)
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines with Company C, Third Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, advance through a haze of smoke during urbanized terrain training at the MOUT training center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. (Photo: Lance Corporal Drew Tech)
Marines with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire exercises aboard the USS Makin Island at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (Photo: Lance Corporal Laura Y. Raga)
A Marine with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs up a caving ladder on USS San Diego during approach, hook, and climb exercises off the coast of Southern California. (Photo: Gunnery Sergeant Rome M. Lazarus)
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Brazil's Agony of Defeat
Jul. 9, 2014
The hopes of millions of Brazilian soccer fans were crushed on Tuesday as Germany bested the host country in decisive fashion, 7-1, turning the thrill of earlier victory into the agony of defeat. Here’s a look at some of the sad faces on Tuesday, and some fairly merciful mockery on social media.
Brazil has a proud history on the pitch. The national team has not lost in a World Cup game on its home turf since 1975, and Brazil has five World Cup trophies on the national shelf.
Germany’s lopsided 7-1 victory is the biggest in World Cup history. The onslaught began in the first period, when the team scored five goals in just 18 minutes. A late goal by Brazil prevented a complete shut-out, but was little consolation.
For German fans, the victory avenges a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final.
The blowout set records in social media as well, with some 35.6 million tweets, easily besting reactions to the Super Bowl earlier this year. At one point after Germany’s fifth goal, Twitter was seeing more than 580,000 tweets per minute.
Germany will face the winner of today’s match between the Netherlands and Argentina for the World Cup championship. Brazil will compete for a third-place finish.
The agony of Brazil's supporters was immediate and heartbreaking.
Four more years...
CARTOON REMATCH: No sports score or political event goes unnoticed by the snarkier residents of social media, with Photoshop riffs on Brazil's loss hitting the Interwebs in short order. Here's a sample. (Image via
(Image via Genius Football, @GeniusFootball)
"Post-match interview with Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari." (Not David Warner, @notdavidwarner)
"Argentina and Netherlands after watching German vs Brazil game" (mannschaft, @iatemuggles)
"Angela the Victorius" (Auskar Surbakti, @AuskarSurbakti)
"#Jesus wept.." (Auskar Surbakti, @AuskarSurbakti)
(Image via Sportschau, @sportschau)
"7-1??? Well that's a sufficiently awkward WC semi final" (Ashleigh Nelson, @nelson_ashleigh)
"After tonight I can finally reveal the origin of the world cup 2014 logo!" (Terry Conor, @TerryibleConnor)
Cartoon of the Day
Jul. 9, 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)
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Operation Protective Edge
Jul. 8, 2014
The Israel Defense Force has launched Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere to combat a wave of rocket strikes and other attacks by Hamas. Here’s a look at the operation and some of the weapons involved, including the Iron Dome.
The current conflict follows the brutal kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and the reprisal killing of a Palestinian youth. In the aftermath, numerous clashes broke out in Palestinian areas, wiht some concerned another intifada may be looming. Pictured, Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem.
The chief danger from Hamas forces is rocket attacks. Since the beginning of the year, Hamas has launched more than 450 rockets at Israeli cities, and attacks have intensified in the past month. Pictured, the aftermath of a Hamas rocket strike in Sderot.
The IDF has used social media to inform Israeli citizens about the danger of rocket attacks and the ongoing operation. (Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
On July 9, the IDF reported that while 29 Hamas rockets had been intercepted, 117 got through (thought not necessarily hitting their target). One rocket struck Jerusalem. (Image via IDF Twitter)
PROTECTIVE EDGE: To combat the renewed campaign of rocket attacks the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge, which includes a call-up of some 40,000 reserves. (Image via IDF Twitter)
Some 100 Israeli airstrikes have relentlessly targeted Hamas militants in the opening stages of the operation, according to the Jerusalem Post. Pictured, an IDF strike in Gaza.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has obtained approval for possible ground operations in Gaza, telling reporters on Tuesday that the time has come to "take off the gloves" against Hamas.
An IDF Apache gunship sends a missile towards a target on the ground.
Smoke rises from more airstrikes against targets in Gaza.
Four columns of smoke rise from the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted a tunnel used by Hamas militants.
A crater on the ground in Gaza in the aftermath of an IDF airstrike.
IRON DOME: On the front lines of Operation Protective Edge is the Iron Dome missile defense system. First deployed in early 2011, Iron Dome consists of a radar station, weapons control unit, and the missile launcher. Pictured, an Iron Dome battery near Ashdod.
Iron Dome’s radar detects an incoming enemy rocket, determines its trajectory and target, and quickly plots an intercept course. Pictured, a closer view of the Iron Dome missile launch battery.
Not every incoming rocket is targeted; those that are determined to be headed towards unpopulated areas are let through — few if any Hamas rockets are guided, and are more like mortar shells — leaving the Iron Dome system to concentrate on those that pose the most danger.
An Iron Dome missile finds its target in the skis over Israel.
Merkava tanks assemble at a staging area outside of Gaza. The Merkava is the main battle tank of the Israeli Defense Forces.
First deployed in 1979, the Merkava (Hebrew for “chariot”) has gone through four main versions, with the Mk IV entering service in 2003. The Merkava is a robust and battle-tested weapon system, featuring heavy crew protection and superior speed and maneuverability. (Photo: IDF)
IDF soldiers gather outside of the Gaza Strip.
A column of IDF armored personnel carriers outside Sderot.
USS Vella Gulf
Jul. 8, 2014
Though the Ukraine crisis has mostly ebbed from the headlines, the U.S. is still flying the colors in the region as a show of resolve for its NATO allies and a clear message to Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the latest deployment, the USS Vella Gulf arrived in the Black Sea earlier this week. Here’s a look.
The Vella Gulf entered the Black Sea on Monday for a new round of joint exercises dubbed Sea Breeze, joining six other NATO vessels from the British, Italian, Turkish, and Greek navies. Pictured, Vella Gulf transits the Bosphorus Strait on June 12. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Edward Guttierrez)
The Italian frigate ITS Averie is among the NATO vessels taking part in the Sea Breeze exercises.
The NATO exercises coincide with large-scale maneuvers by Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, representing some 20 warships operating out of ports at Sevastopol in Crimea and Novorossiysk in Russia. Pictured, the guided-missile cruiser Moskva, part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
“MOVE SWIFTLY, STRIKE VIGOROUSLY”: Commissioned in 1983 and attached to Carrier Strike Group Eight, USS Vella Gulf is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser named after the Battle of Vella Gulf in WWII. The ship’s home port is at Norfolk, Va. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jason R. Zalasky)
Vella Gulf’s motto — “Move Swiftly, Strike Vigorously” — is taken from a maxim of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. (Photo: Petty Officer Second Class Greg Mitchell)
At 567 feet in length with a beam of 55 feet, Vella Gulf displaces around 9,600 tons fully loaded. (Photo: US Navy)
The ship’s standard crew complement includes 30 officers and 320 enlisted crew persons. Pictured, sailors man the bridge of Vella Gulf. (Photo: Operations Specialist Seaman Andrew L. Clark)
Vella Gulf’s main offensive punch comes from two MK-41 vertical-launch systems which can fire Tomahawk cruise missiles. The ship is also equipped with MK-46 torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets. (Photo: US Navy)
Vella Gulf is also equipped with the Aegis system, a computerized command and control system for the ship’s offensive and defensive systems that integrates the ship’s radar and other sensors with its weapons systems to track and destroy targets and incoming threats. (Photo: Chief Petty Officer Daniel Taylor)
Two MK-45 5-inch main guns, one on the bow (pictured) and one on the stern, give the ship an added punch (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez)
The stern MK-45 gun fires off a round. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez)
For close-in defense, Vella Gulf is equipped with two Vulcan PHALANX guns capable of shooting down incoming aircraft and anti-ship missiles. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez)
To aid in anti-submarine operations, Vella Gulf can carry two SH-60 Seahawk helicopters equipped with the LAMPS III system. (Photo: Seaman Chad R. Erdmann)
ABOARD VELLA GULF: Here's a look at the crew at work during recent deployments. Pictured, Boatswain's Mate Second Class Adam Wendt signals to the pilot of an SH-60B Sea Hawk with Vipers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron HSM-48 (the “Vipers”) on the flight deck. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez)
Sailors handle mooring lines while docking in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt)
Sailors aboard Vella Gulf participate in helicopter crash and salvage training on the ship's flight deck. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Edward Guttierrez III)
Gunner's Mate Seaman Frank Bassett mans an M240B machine gun as the Vella Gulf approaches the Bosphorus Strait on June 12. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Edward Guttierrez III)
Ensign Molly Crowell fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III)
Lieutenant Commander Devine Johnson monitors nearby surface contacts as the Vella Gulf transits the Black Sea. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III)
Ensign Tyler Narby uses a pelorus to mark the bearing of Vella Gulf. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Edward Guttierrez III)
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Christian Peart stands the helmsman watch on the bridge Vella Gulf underway in the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III)
Ensign James Smith plots a course on the bridge of Vella Gulf. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III)
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (at left) speaks with Capt. Robert Katz, commanding officer of USS Vella Gulf during a recent visit to the ship. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Edward Guttierrez III)
Meme Watch: Immigration
Jul. 8, 2014
As the border crisis continues to grow, anger over illegal immigration rages on social media, where criticism of the Obama administration and the Democrats is as strong as ever. Here’s a sampling of recent Photoshop commentary on the topic. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The showdown in Murietta, Calif., over federal attempts to bring in busloads of illegal immigrants shows that ordinary Americans are beginning to stand up. (Image via Joseph (Joe) M Ryan, @JosepgMRyan1)
Fight the power. (Image via Facebook/Breitbart One Silenced Millions Awakened)
The craven political posturing of the Democratic party also comes in for whithering crossfire. (Image via
"Democrats boo God at their DNC but now invoke God's name into the immigration debacle they created" (Fred Wimpy, @fredwimpy)
"It's a very bad day in America when Government prioritizes illegal immigrants over Veterans that served our Republic" (Fred Wimpy, @fredwimpy)
Remember, every dollar the goverment spends is YOUR money. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
The difference between a dream... and a nightmare. (Image via Facebook/Breitbart One Silenced Millions Awakened)
Fences make good neighbors. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
TPTB are conveniently MIA. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
It once was a nation of laws. (Image via Carl Quance, @CinderellaMan2)
(Image via Joseph (Joe) M Ryan, @JosepgMRyan1)
Yup, it's a national security issue. (Image via Facebook/Breitbart One Silenced Millions Awakened)
"Why isn't the whole @TheDemocrats party taking illegal kids home? They brought them here & dumped them in hell" (OrgConservAmericans, @OCAmericans)
Woemn must control their own bodies. Nations, apparently, must not control their own borders. (Image via Facebook/Liberals-taste-like-Chicken)
"Remember when Democrats thought it was important to return Hispanic children to their parents"? (Stuart, @Ringo6)
An inconvient truth. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Why insist on IDs when citizenship status has been so cheapened? (Image via
Another hidden gem in the Obamacare rulebook. (Image via Facebook/Breitbart One Silenced Millions Awakened)
"To faithfully execute the office of President of the United States..." (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Meme Watch: #IStandWithHolly
Jul. 7, 2014
A Charleston, W.V ., Army wife and mother of three found herself on the front lines of the culture war over Obamacare, gun rights, and the so-called “War on Women” — and she’s not backing down one little bit. Here’s a look at Holly Fisher and the Holly Hobby Lobby meme.
Fisher first gained the attention of the political blogosphere in June when she took to Twitter to complain about diminished coverage for her children under an Obamacare-compliant plan. Wrote Fisher with this picture: “Thanks, @BarackObama, for causing her to lose her cardiologist. Her name is Norah, not that you care.”
But it was this so-called “hat-trick” photo on July 1 of Fisher — standing in front of a Hobby Lobby wearing a “Pro Life” shirt and holding a Chick-fil-A — that really sent Lefites into conniptions. Fisher’s message to her critics was short and to the point: “ATTENTION LIBERALS: do NOT look at this picture. Your head will most likely explode.”
The original picture along with some friendly Photoshop enhancements quickly spread on Twitter and Facebook, gathering thousands of likes and a torrent of comments both for and against.
Fisher then doubled down on her critics, posting this picture on her Twitter page Holly Hobby Lobby on Independence Day, writing: “Biggest complaint I’m getting about my #HobbyLobby pic is there’s no gun, bible, or flag. Tried to make up for it.”
Left-wing bile towards Fisher ranged from coarse at best to foul and bigoted against Christians and pro-gun America. The attacks reached a crescendo with variations on this graphic, which tried to draw moral comparisons between Fisher and a known Islamic terrorist with ties to al-Qaeda.
Slate Magazine referred to Fisher as “a right-wing online agitator.” And even though they admitted that Fisher isn’t a suicide bomber, their story still warns about the “potential consequences of aggressive national pride.”
Twitter user GuardAmerican (@GuardAmerican) offered this piece of advice for those who intentionally have trouble making obvious distinctions.
Another user offered a similar sentiment. (Image via Alex, @Alex_@2nd)
HIT BACK TWICE AS HARD: Throughout the past few weeks, Fisher has pushed back against her attackers, gleefully retweeting the mockery (and sometimes threats) sent her way and upping the ante with more images of herself as an unapologetic conservative and gun owner.
Responding directly to some particularly threatening comments from a Twitter user who expressed a desire to stone her to death and have her raped, Wilson tweeted this shot and the message: “@PatKasprik yeah, you’re welcome to try and kill me and have me raped. Warning: I’ll have my rape whistle.”
“This thing is AWESOME!” (@HollyRFisher)
"Jihad Barbie. That means they think I'm pretty, right"? (@HollyRFisher)
"FINALLY, someone fixed it ;)" (@HollyRFisher)
“Oh no, more fat jokes. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m having Doritos and freedom for breakfast.” (@HollyRFisher)
“Guess what I’m doing today.” (@HollyRFisher)
Fisher with a selection of conservative-themed tee-shirts.
“Who says conservative women aren’t strong? I can curl twice as much weight as the leader of the free world!” (@HollyRFisher)
“Several ppl asking what exactly is #HobbyLobby … here are just a FEW of my HL items! I could buy the entire store.” (@HollyRFisher)
“Libs told me to lay off Chick-fil-A because it’s making be fat … so I went back for breakfast. Got diet Coke though!” (@HollyRFisher)
“Ignorance at its finest. @DLoesch will like this.” (@HollyRFisher)
“Having lunch w/strong, amazing, GOP women! Who’s ready for @RepShelley to turn a US Senate seat red?!” (@HollyRFisher)
Challenged to wear a Redskins jersey, Fisher offered up this image: "Best I can do today." (@HollyRFisher)
STAND WITH HOLLY: Supporters also rallied to Fisher’s defense on the hashtag @IStandWithHolly, expressing their sentiments about the intolerant Lefties who attacked her. User CounterMoonbat tweeted this picture with the message: “ #IStandWithHolly because the alternative is standing with chicks like this.”
"I Hope @HollyRFisher Runs For President Or Congress Someday Washington Could Use People Like Her! #IStandWithHolly" (James Nathanial, @JamesNathaniel7)
"*tugs collar* Is it getting hot in here, or is it just @HollyRFisher & @DLoesch?!" (Loud Mouth, @jflysocal)
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