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Russian Tu-95 Bomber

The recent appearance of Russian long-range bombers off the west coast of the United States was a reminder of Cold War tensions that are being reawakened in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Here’s a look at the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bomber.
Uploaded: Jun. 18, 2014

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Christmas Movie Titles
Dec. 18, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/394884
’Tis the season on Twitter to come up with funny holiday-themed twists on famous Hollywood film titles. As we all get ready to decorate the Christmas tree (or the Festivus pole), here’s a sampling of the yuletide snark at #XmasAMovie, illustrated by NRO.
“Wreck it Ralphie" (Joe Blow, @nta71)
“Holidays and Confused" (FrankenFunny.com, @FrankenFunny)
“Nogged Up" (Jonsey, @JonseyBeGood)
“The Wreath of Khan" (Doug Benson, @DougBenson)
“Silent Night at the Roxbury" (Jason Horton, @Jason_Horton)
“Mommy Dearest Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (Tish Eastman, @L8chronotype)
“A Clockwork Orange In My Stocking" (Mike Rock, @itsmikerock)
“Citizen Candy Cane" (Todd Pettengill, @toddsarmy)
“Yule Brynner" (THE STUDIO EXEC, @studioexec1)
“It’s time to put the Han back in Hanukkah" (Ryan Teague Beckwith, @ryanbeckwith)
“Despicable Me for Shopping on Thanksgiving" (Melly, @geektastic)
“Snow Country for Old Men" (Julia Hladkowicz, @juliacomedy)
“No Country for Wise Men” (Bryan Behar, @bryanbehar)
“No Country For Snow Men" (Travis Clark, @thatguytravis)
“High Plains Re-Gifter" (Michael Beeman, @MichaelBeeman)
“Django Unwrapped (His Presents)” (Tommy Campbell, @MrTommyCampbell)
“The December 25th Element” (Josh A. Cagan, @joshacagan)
“A Rebel Without a Claus" (Catherine Kelliher, @kitty_kelliher)
“Batman Begins Opening Presents" (Mike Rock, @itsmikerock)
“Batman Re-gifts and Returns" (Phil Louie, @pl221)
“Batman Returns" (a sweater to Nordstrom’s)” (Sam Roos, @roostafarian)
“The Fast and the Festivus" (Commander Spanx, @CommanderSpanx)
“The Nogfather" (blopt, @blopt)
“Claus Encounters of the Third Kind” (Colin Anderlele, @BaseballGuyCAA)
“A Fish Called Wanda that your kid loves on Xmas day, then forgets to feed, resulting in a burial at ‘sea’" (MEL, @melNC)
“Pee Wee’s Big Advent Calendar" (Kjerstin Kringle, @swissmistress)
“Shutter Island of Misfit Toys" (Adam Rank, @adamrank)
“Rudolph the Drunk Reindeer" (that’s why his nose is red)" (Rain Pryor, @RainPryor)
“Reservoir Nogs" (Lamont Price, @LPizzle)
“Buy Hard" (Sean Jordan, @SeanSJordan)
“Indiana Jones & the Costco of Doom" (MizzzJulie, @mizzzjulie)
“A Series of Unfortunate Presents" (sher-tastic, @sdevo77)
“Me, My Elf and Irene" (EstherK, @EstherK)
“Spruce Almighty" (Mike Stanley, @Mikestanley1)
“Grumpy Old Wise Men" (Jer’s Jingle Bells, @one_ring_77)
“You Better Not Crying Game" (Mama Vixen, @Mama_Mitchell)
“Horton Hears What I Hear" (Jordan Ross, @_JordanRoss)
“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly #Christmas Sweater" (CrazyDogTShirts, @CrazyDogTShirts)
“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Advent" (Derek Miller, @THEDerekMiller)
“The Hand That Rocks the Dreidel" (Scrooge Gelder, @SteveGelder)
“Mission: Impossible to Buy a Gift for that Weird Cousin" (meg, @coffeemugmurder)
“The Hunger Reindeer Games" (Joe ‘Monk. Pardavila, @joepardavila)
“Desperately Seeking Savior" (Frank Conniff, @FrankConniff)
“I Know What You Did Last Kwanza" (M.D. Welch, @md_welch)
“The #SPECTRE of Christmas Past" (Shaun Canon, @ShaunCanonMusic)
“The Lord of the FIVE Golden Rings" (Joe ‘Monk’ Pardavila, @joepardavila)
“Angels We Have Heard on High Fidelity" (Kristen, @CastAwayKristen)
“Carlito’s Sleigh" (Andrew Barclar, @abarclay)
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of King Wenceslas" (Alec Badenoch, @alecbaders)
“She’s Just Not That Into Yule" (Scott Anglemyer, @angelscott)
“Dude, Where’s My Sleigh?" (Jackpotjoy, @Jackpotjoy)
“Remains of the Dreidel" (Jesus Goldstein, @TheEdley)
“The Ho-ho-hobbit" (me!!, @parkslopegrrl)
“The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" (Monkey74, @Mnky74)
“Silent Night of the Living Dead" (Pro Wrestling Tees, @ProWrestlingTs)
“Myrrhder on the Orient Express" (THE STUDIO EXEC, @studioexec1)
“A Miracle on Elm Street" (The Burque Slasher, @mosh13505)
“The Gingerbread House Rules" (Clarence Michon, @Michon72)
“Bend It Like Bethlehem" (Dav, @yinyues)
“Coal Runnings" (TrivWorks, @TwivWorks)
“Paraders of the Lost Ark" (Morty Coyle, @DJMortyCoyle)
“Frankincense and Sensibility" (Brandysnap Starflakes, @AmeliaK1987)
“The Hunger Shames" (The Daily Edge, @TheDailyEdge)
“Come all ye faithful friends with benefits" (Elvis Monroe, @balladbaby)
“Reindeer Game of Thrones" (Amanda Fields B., @TheRunwayQueen)
“There’s Something About Mary and Joseph" (Amanda Fields B., @TheRunwayQueen)
“Hark! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (Genevieve Rice!, @genevieverice)
“Joy to the World Is Not Enough" (David Weiner, @TikiAmbassador)
“Let It Snowpiercer" (Jason Horton, @Jason_Horton)
“It’s a Wonderful Life of Pi" (Tara Dreidlin’, @taradublinrocks)
“Clear and Present Manger" (Matt Champagne, @remainchampaigne)
“The Red and Green Mile" (Genevieve Rice!, @genevieverice)
“Donner Brasco" (gigglechick, @gigglechick)
“Purple Rain, Dear" (Paul Myers, @pulmyears)
“Crouching Joseph, Hidden Mary" (Mike Stanley, @MIkestanley1)
“Full Metal Ugly Sweater" (Keating Thomas, @keatingthomas)
“Family Fight Club" (Keating Thomas, @keatingthomas)
“Jack Frost vs. Nixon" (Casey Corbin, @CaseyCorbin)
“Planet of the Elves" (Josh Stern, @joshingstern)
“Sixteen Handel’s" (Messiah)" (Kjerstin Kringle, @swissmistress)
“The Pineapple Polar Express" (Adam Rank, @adamrank)
“Snakes on a Sleigh" (Bronx Zoo’s Cobra, @BronxZoosCobra)
“Throw Momma From the Sleigh" (Mike Stanley, @Mikestanley1)
“The Talented Mr. Kringle” (Funny or Die, @funnyordie)
Today in History: White House Wedding
Dec. 18, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/393688
http://natl.re/1v9EsSm
DECEMBER 18, 1915: President Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt just nine months after their first meeting. When Wilson suffered a stroke four years later, Galt imposed a self-described “stewardship” of the Presidency, controlling access to Wilson and participating in some government decisions during his recovery.
1972: President Richard Nixon announces the start of a major bombing campaign against North Vienam after peace talks break down. The Linebacker II strikes — also called the “Christmas Bombings” — were the largest heavy-bomber raids since WWII, delivering 20,000 tons of ordnance. During more than 700 sorties, 26 aircraft were shot down, including 15 B-52 Stratofortresses.
1958: The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later to become DARPA) launches SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the world’s first communication satellite and a test bed for the revolution in worldwide communications to come. SCORE made its public debut by broadcasting a Christmas message from President Dwight Eisenhower.
1878: John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania, putting an end to the secret society of Irish-American workers accused of a series of terrorist attacks against the region’s coal industry. The Maguires claimed to be protecting Irish immigrant workers, but Kehoe’s execution would become known as the “Death of Molly-ism.”
DECEMBER 17, 1989: The Simpsons debuts on Fox and quickly establishes itself as an irreverent, catchphrase-generating pop-culture institution. Created by cartoonist Matt Groening, the show recently began its 26th season — as of 2009 the longest-running scripted primetime show in television history — and has earned more than 30 Emmys and a Peabody.
1969: Quirky ukelele player Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) marries his beloved Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as more than 40 million viewers watch at home — still one of the largest audiences ever for a single television broadcast. The couple’s tiptoe through the tulips lasts just eight years.
1969: The U.S. Air Force closes its Project Blue Book investigation into the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), which had grown immensely since the end of WWII. Though most of the more than 12,000 reports were determined to be natural phenomenon, a handful resisted final explanation.
1903: On a windy beach near Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville Wright make the first successful flight of a self-propelled aircraft. The end result of testing hundreds of glider wing and airframes by Orville and brother Wilbur, the final aircraft stays aloft for just 12 seconds and travels 120 feet — less than the wingspan of a modern passenger jet.
DECEMBER 16, 1773: Patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians throw 342 chests of tea belonging to the East India Company into Boston Harbor in a protest over British taxes on imported tea. The “Boston Tea Party” become a pivotal moment in the nascent revolution against British rule.
1944: German forces launch their last major offensive of WWII, with 30 divisions pushing back Allied forces in the Ardennes region of Belgium in what became known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Bad weather and surprise favored the assaulting German forces at first, but firm resistance by key Allied units slowed the attack and turned the tide.
1907: President Theodore Roosevelt sends sixteen battleships of the United State Navy’s Atlantic Fleet on a circumnavigation of the globe as a demonstration of American naval power and prestige. The hull colors of the newly-built flotilla give it the nickname the “Great White Fleet.”
1939: Producer David O. Selznick premieres his film version of Margaret Mitchell’s beloved novel Gone with the Wind. Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, the film presents a romanticized version of the antebellum South and its demise, including the dramatic burning of Atlanta. Selznick’s epic wins ten Academy Awards, including best picture, and becomes a Hollywood landmark.
1961: Former Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death for crimes against humanity after a sensational public trial in Israel. Eichmann was a key figure in Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” and had fled to Argentina after the war, where he was tracked down by Israeli Mossad agents. He was hanged on May 31 the following year.
1944: A plane carrying bandleader and trombone player Glenn Miller disappears in bad weather over the English Channel on its way to entertain U.S. troops in France. Miller’s musicianship, innovative big-band orchestrations, and focus on connecting with listeners had made him a nationwide radio star who sold millions of records before the war.
DECEMBER 12, 1925: Arthur Heinemann opens the Milestone Mo-Tel in San Luis Obispo, Calif., considered the first formal “motel” — a hotel catering to motorists that combined individual tourist cabins under one roof. Heinemann came up with the name when he found that his intended name “Milestone Motor Hotel” would not fit on the roof.
DECEMBER 11, 1872: William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, makes his stage debut in Chicago in a production of The Scouts of the Prairie. A genuine Western hero who served as an Army scout and Pony Express rider, Cody rose to fame romanticizing the American West in his traveling stage show, becoming one of the first global celebrities.
1972: Apollo 17, the final NASA mission to the moon, lands in the Taurus-Littrow valley of the lunar highlands. In the lunar module alongside commander Eugene Cernan was pilot Harrison Schmitt, the first professional scientist to set foot on the moon. The two astronauts spent three days on the surface, the longest of any mission.
1936: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne less than a year after becoming monarch to marry American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson (at left). The wedding, to a divorced woman, would have provide problematic for the English king, who is also the head of the Church of England. He remains the only British sovereign ever to voluntarily resign the crown.
DECEMBER 10, 1965: The Grateful Dead play their first concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif. Over the next three decades, the band’s eclectic musical style, virtuoso concert performances, and interest in psychedelia build a large and loyal audience of dedicated “Dead Heads.”
2007: Former Vice President Al Gore accepts the Nobel Peace Prize alongside the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, both for their advocacy of climate-chanage issues. At the Oslo ceremony, Gore states “We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency.” But six years later, predicted warming has not materialized.
DECEMBER 9, 1854: Alfred Lloyd Tennyson publishes his poem The Charge of the Light Brigade, an ode to the bravery of six hundred British cavalrymen who staged an ill-fated charge against Russian troops at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Blamed on faulty delivery of orders, the charge cost the lives of 110 British troopers for no gain.
1992: President George H.W. Bush sends 1,800 U.S. Marines to Somalia to spearhead a multinational force trying to restore order amid rival warlords who had killed some 50,000 people in recent years. In October the following year, 18 American soldiers are killed in the infamous “Black Hawk Down” battle trying to arrest one of the warlords in Mogadishu.
1972: Australian pop singer Helen Reddy’s anthemic ballad “I Am Woman” reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Reddy’s song of female empowerment expressed her own feelings about the importance of the growing women’s movement and the drive for an Equal Rights Amendment.
DECEMBER 8, 1941: The day after Imperial Japanese forces struck Pearl Harbor and other U.S. bases in the Pacific, killing more than 2,400 servicemen, President Franklin Roosevelt addresses a joint session of Congress and the nation via radio to ask for a declaration of war. In the speech he famously dubs December 7 as a “date which will live in infamy.” Congress declares war one hour later.
1980: Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon near the singer’s apartment in New York City. Chapman was arrested at the scene reading A Catcher in the Rye and expressed a connection to the novel’s main character. His lawyers initially planned to claim insanity, but Chapman chooses to plead guilty; he remains in prison after eight parole appeals.
1914: British naval forces avenge their defeat at the Battle of Coronel in a decisive engagement off the Falkland Islands, routing a German Imperial Navy squadron sent to raid British supplies at Port Stanley. The larger British task force engaged and sunk two German armored cruisers and two light cruisers, killing more than 1,800 German sailors.
DECEMBER 5, 1945: Five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers designated Flight 19 disappear off the coast of Florida in the infamous “Bermuda Triangle.” Garbled radio messages indicated the squadron had gotten lost due to compass malfunction, and a final snippet suggested they were preparing to ditch; a plane sent to search for them also disappeared. Their fate has never been solved.
1876: Nearly 300 people are killed in a fire that rages through the Brooklyn Theater. The popular venue was standing room only for a performance of The Two Orphans, with some 900 in the audience. Stagehands noticed a fire halfway through the play, but lacked any hoses or water buckets to fight it. Many victims were trapped by or killed in the panic to escape.
DECEMBER 4, 1980: The rock group Led Zeppelin announces they are disbanding following the death of drummer John Bonham (pictured at left). Formed in 1968, the influential and innovative band dominated album sales and concert tours around the world with a pounding heavy metal sound — mixed with lighter folk and blues fare — creating iconic rock songs such Stairway to Heaven.
1991: American journalist Terry Anderson is freed by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon after six and a half years in captivity. Anderson, an AP correspondent, was one of 92 foreign citizens kidnapped during the country’s bitter war that raged from 1975 to 1990. Anderson later sued the government of Iran for sponsoring his captors.
DECEMBER 3, 1984: An explosion at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, releases toxic pesticide fumes that kill at least 2,000 people and injure an estimated 200,000, some seriously. Cold weather kept the escaping gas cloud near the ground as it swept over nearby neighborhoods and caused a panicked stampede at the local train station.
1979: Eleven people are killed at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum in a stampede of fans at the opening of a concert by the British rock group The Who. Bearing tickets sold under a “festival seating” format, some 8,000 fans surged into the entrance and smashed glass doors in a rush to grab prime seats. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the city banned festival seating.
1954: The U.S. Senate votes to condemn Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy over his controversial campaign against suspected Communist influence in government and civil society. McCarthy had tapped into anti-Communist anxieties by bullying and threatening numerous defendants in public hearings, but the range of his accusations ultimately became his undoing.
1859: Radical abolitionist John Brown is executed after being convicted of treason and insurrection for leading the attack on Harpers Ferry. Brown had sought to incite a slave rebellion by seizing weapons from the federal arsenal, but was beaten back by local militias and later federal troops led by Robert E. Lee. His death galvanized the anti-slavery movement in the north.
1823: President James Monroe sets out a new foreign policy initiative to resist the expansion of European influence in Western hemisphere affairs while remaining neutral in future European conflicts. Later dubbed the “Monroe Doctrine,” the policy was developed by secretary of state John Quincy Adams to counter any attempt to reestablish Spanish colonial rule in the region.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte is crowed Napoleon I, the first French ruler to hold the title of emperor in more than a thousand years. The young general had waged successful campaigns against several European powers, an in 1802 established the Napoleonic Code of laws at home. But his fortunes began to wane after a disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812.
1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white rider on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, an act that would become a pivotal moment in the nascent civil rights movement. A boycott of the city’s bus system was organized by local ministers (including Martin Luther King Jr.) that would last a year, culminating in a Supreme Court ruling striking down the city’s bus segregation laws.
1963: The British Invasion begins as The Beatles release the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to American music fans. Already a major hit in Britain, the song quickly climbs to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 sales chart, reigning for seven weeks until being knocked off by another Beatles song, “She Loves You.” The group makes their first trip to the U.S. in February 1964.
1862: President Abraham Lincoln delivers his State of the Union speech to Congress, the first since issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the rebellious states. Casting the conflict as a war against slavery had not been universally supported, and Lincoln pressed his case, saying: “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of Earth.”
1824: Congress meets for the first time to decide the outcome of a presidential election after neither John Quincy Adams (pictured) or Andrew Jackson win a majority in the electoral college. While Jackson led with 99 votes to Adams’s 84, House speaker Henry Clay — himself a candidate — convinced fellow lawmakers to back Adams, and for his effort was appointed secretary of state.
Cartoon of the Day
Dec. 18, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
Dynasty, by Henry Payne (December 18, 2014)
Iran Policy, by Michael Ramirez (December 17, 2014)
Mr. Gruber, by Michael Ramirez (December 16, 2014)
‘That’s Inhuman’, by Michael Ramirez (December 15, 2014)
Narratives, by Henry Payne (December 13, 2014)
Election Wave, by Michael Ramirez (December 12, 2014)
I’m with Stupid, by Henry Payne (December 11, 2014)
Torturing Truth, by Michael Ramirez (December 10, 2014)
N.Y.borough, by Michael Ramirez (December 9, 2014)
The GOP Response, by Michael Ramirez (December 8, 2014)
Santa’s New Ride, by Henry Payne (December 6, 2014)
Interstellar, by Michael Ramirez (December 5, 2014)
Divide & Conquer, by Michael Ramirez (December 4, 2014)
The Profiler, by Michael Ramirez (December 3, 2014)
National Guard, by Henry Payne (December 2, 2014)
Coast Is Clear, by Michael Ramirez (December 1, 2014)
Responsibility in Ferguson, by Michael Ramirez (November 28, 2014)
‘Canada. And Hurry!’ by Henry Payne (November 27, 2014)
Flames in Ferguson, by Henry Payne (November 26, 2014)
The Emperor’s Clothes, by Michael Ramirez (November 25, 2014)
If the GOP Were in Charge . . . by Michael Ramirez (November 24, 2014)
Emperor, by Michael Ramirez (November 21, 2014)
Extremism vs. Jobs, by Michael Ramirez (November 20, 2014)
Gruber at the Wheel, by Michael Ramirez (November 19, 2014)
Speaking of Illegal, by Michael Ramirez (November 18, 2014)
King of Denial, by Michael Ramirez (November 17, 2014)
J. Gruber Sales, by Henry Payne (November 15, 2014)
Welcome Mat, by Michael Ramirez (November 14, 2014)
Let’s Work Together, by Michael Ramirez (November 12, 2014)
Thank You, by Michael Ramirez (November 11, 2014)
I Wrote Me a Letter, by Michael Ramirez (November 10, 2014)
Endangered Species, by Henry Payne (November 8, 2014)
So Lame, by Michael Ramirez (November 7, 2014)
The Wave, by Michael Ramirez (November 6, 2014)
Time for a Shower, by Henry Payne (November 5, 2014)
Coyote Ugly, by Michael Ramirez (November 4, 2014)
Halloween Is Over, by Michael Ramirez (November 3, 2014)
Fiction Bestsellers, by Henry Payne (November 1, 2014)
Frankenstein’s Monster, by Michael Ramirez (October 31, 2014)
Did You Vote for Obama? by Michael Ramirez (October 30, 2014)
What Difference Does It Make? by Michael Ramirez (October 29, 2014)
New York, New York, by Michael Ramirez (October 28, 2014)
Tattoo Removal, by Michael Ramirez (October 27, 2014)
Screening for Ebola, by Henry Payne (October 25, 2014)
Canada, by Michael Ramirez (October 24, 2014)
Love Story, by Michael Ramirez (October 23, 2014)
The Obama Iran Policy, by Michael Ramirez (October 22, 2014)
Action on Ebola, by Henry Payne (October 21, 2014)
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)
Photoshop of the Day
Dec. 18, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
Bush Bandwagon, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 18, 2014)
Border Magnet, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 17, 2014)
Lone Wolf, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 16, 2014)
Cromnibus, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 15, 2014)
Drone vs. Waterboarding, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 12, 2014)
Bomb Thrower, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 11, 2014)
Shutdown Fears, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 10, 2014)
Roots, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 9, 2014)
The Heart Remover, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 8, 2014)
Out for a Drive, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 5, 2014)
Exit Strategy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 4, 2014)
Incompetence, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 3, 2014)
E-Mail Wave, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 2, 2014)
The Juggler, by TerrellAfterMath.com (December 1, 2014)
Expert Deniers​, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 28, 2014)
Happy Thanksgiving, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 27, 2014)
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 26, 2014)
The Script Says . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 25, 2014)
Cheshire Cat, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 24, 2014)
Out the Window, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 21, 2014)
Jonathan Gruber? by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 20, 2014)
A Trap, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 19, 2014)
The Peacock, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 18, 2014)
Resource Officers, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 17, 2014)
Default Setting, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 14, 2014)
Going to the Well, by TerrellAfterMath.com (November 12, 2014)
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Recreating the Battle of the Bulge
Dec. 17, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/394866
As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, historical re-enactors gathered in Belgium recently to stage an amazing display of the tanks and troops that fought and died in the pivotal WWII campaign. Here’s a look.
Hundreds of American and Belgian military re-enactors gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium where the WWII battle took place to stage this year’s commemoration. The event included period uniforms, equipment, and restored military vehicles on both sides. Pictured, reenactors portray German infantry.
THE COLD WAR: The Battle of the Bulge was Nazi Germany’s last offensive campaign of the war, a surprise thrust into the Ardennes Forest region on December 16, 1944, to try and seize the initiative on the western front.
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest fight for the U.S. Army in WWII, a six-week slog in a brutally cold winter that involved more than 600,000 American troops. Initially overwhelmed by nearly a quarter million attacking troops, Allied forces regrouped to stop the German assault.
The battle was marked by many instances of dogged determination by American soldiers, most famously at the siege of Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne held out against a much larger encircling German force for more than a week before being relieved by General George Patton’s Third Army.
More than 100,000 soldiers were killed or injured on both sides of the fighting, including some 19,000 Americans. But the German campaign had been repulsed, and soon the final assault on Germany itself would begin.
RELIVING HISTORY: American Army re-enactors take to the field of battle in Belgium.
A restored M36 Jackson tank destroyer, dubbed “Tiger Tamer,” took part in this year's mock battles representing American armor that took part in the WWII battle.
"Tiger Tamer" fires a round at enemy forces.
Modern-day G.I. Joes in action in the Ardennes.
Re-enactors portraying the attacking German Army suited up with a variety of uniforms and equipment.
Germany Army re-enactors took the field alongside a Jagpanther tank.
A German half-track vehicle also saw action.
REAR ECHELON: Re-enactors take a break from the snowy battle scenes.
Battle of the Bulge
Dec. 16, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/394760
http://natl.re/1vViLkp
This month marks the 70th anniversary of the “Battle of the Bulge,” a major German thrust into Allied lines in the bitter winter of 1944 that would prove to be their last offensive campaign of the war. Here’s a look back.
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest single battle fought by the United States in WWII, involving more than 600,000 troops in a crucial two-month fight. Pictured, Army troops in the snow near Armonines, Belgium. (Photo: US Army)
The battle would be remembered for such events as the determined stand by the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne and General George S. Patton’s brilliant command of the U.S. Third Army. Pictured, Army infantry near Bastogne, Belgium. (US Army)
When it was over on January 25, 1945, some 19,000 American troops had been killed and another 89,000 injured. But the German Army had been broken, severely depleted of armor and reserves, and the Luftwaffe shattered. (National Archives)
ORDER OF BATTLE: Six months after the massive landings at D-Day, Allied forces had consolidated their front and driven across France, pushing the German Army back. But by autumn the momentum of the fight had slowed. (Getty Images)
On December 16, 1944, eight German infantry divisions and five armored divisions comprising more than 200,000 troops struck Allied forces across an 85-mile front in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg. (German Federal Archives)
The German plan was to drive towards Antwerp and the English Channel and split the Allied invasion force in two, then use the strengthened position to sue for peace. (German Federal Archives)
The German offensive caught the Allies almost completely off guard. Moving swiftly into weakly defended sectors and with superior Allied air forces grounded by bad weather, by Christmas the German forces had pushed some 50 miles into the Allied lines. Pictured, German troops in the Ardennes. (German Federal Archives)
The overall assault was known as Operation Watch on the Rhine by German forces, and the Ardennes Counteroffensive by the Allies; the name “Battle of the Bulge” was coined by war correspondents to describe the bending of the front line as the Germans advanced. Pictured, Seventh Armored Division tanks in the snow near St. Vith, Belgium.
The speed of the initial German assault trapped some frontline units, resulting in numerous troops being captured. Pictured, American POWs. (National Archives)
Though they made significant advances in the operations’ opening weeks, American forces put up fierce resistance at Elsenborn Ridge, St. Vith, and at Bastogne, both of which slowed the attack enough for the Allies to regroup. Pictured, German troops on the move. (Getty Images)
Both sides quickly threw reinforcements into the critical fight, with German forces eventually numbering nearly 30 divisions and Allied forces numbering 610,000 American and 55,000 British troops, more than 1,600 tanks, and some 6,000 aircraft. Pictured, an M36 Jackson tank destroyer moves along an icy road in the Ardennes Forest. (Getty)
The 101st Airborne found itself completely surrounded by fast-moving German forces at a critical junction near Bastogne and put up a legendary defense against the much larger German force from December 20-27. (US Army Center for Military History)
When the German commander demanded that the American forces at Bastogne surrender or be annihilated, General Anthony McCauliffe issued the famous reply: “Nuts!” Pictured, General McCauliffe (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Harry Kinnard at Bastogne. (War Department)
As the German offensive wore on, the winter weather that had aided them at the beginning began to hamper the advance, as tanks and troops bogged down in the snow and reinforcements and vital supplies slowed. And when the weather cleared, Allied airpower re-exerted itself to devastating effect. (National Archives)
General George S. Patton succeeded in shifting his Third Army forces from their fight at Lorraine in France towards Bastogne to relieve the 101st Airborne and consolidate the Allied lines. It would prove a crucial turning point in the battle. (Library of Congress)
The German advance reached its farthest point on December 26, just short of the Meuse River, and on January 3 the U.S. First Army began a major counteroffensive that began to push the German forces back. (Getty Images)
The German Army began to retreat on January 8, and by January 25 the major operations of the battle had ceased. With German forces beaten back, the Allied advance geared up for the final assault on Germany itself. Pictured, German POWs in Bastogne. (AP)
ON THE FRONTLINES: The Battle of the Bulge was fought under unimaginable hardship in the dense Ardennes Forest and in the midst of a bitterly cold winter. Here’s a look at more images from the fighting. (Getty)
Americans soldiers man a trench built along a hedgerow in the northern Ardennes Forest. (Getty)
A G.I. holds spent artillery shells. (Getty)
American soldiers run for cover in an unidentified village. (Getty)
An 82nd Airborne Division soldier braves enemy fire on Christmas Eve near Bra, Belgium. (AP)
Soldiers with First Battalion, 157th Regiment, 45th Division man a machine-gun position near Bastogne. (Signal Corps)
Soldiers with the 101st Engineers near Wiltz, Luxembourg. (USACMH)
28th Infantry Division troops in Bastogne. (Army Signal Corps)
Troops with the Fifth Armored Regiment with their M4 Sherman tank at a position near Eupen, Belgium. (USACMH)
An M36 Jackson tank destroyer with Battery C, 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, on the move near Werbomont, Belgium. (USACMH)
An M36 Jackson tank destroyer camouflaged in white in action near Dudelange, Luxembourg. (Signal Corps)
Soldiers with the Third Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, First Division ride an M4 Sherman tank at Schopen, Belgium. (US Army)
Winter snow covers a fully equipped 30th Infantry Divison jeep in Belgium. (US Army)
An armored jeep with the 82nd Airborne in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium. (National Archives)
Soldiers with the Third Battalon, 504th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne division march behind a tank near Herresbach. (Getty)
Soldiers wear winter camouflage on patrol. (USACMH)
A pile of artillery shells covered in snow at a gun position on the Elsenborn Ridge. (USACMH)
Soldiers with the Seventh Armored Division man an M5 anti-tank gun near Vielsalm, Belgium. (USACMH)
101st Airborne soldiers walk past fallen comrades amid the ruins of Bastogne on Christmas Day, 1944. (Signal Corps)
C-47 transport plans ferry supplies to front lines near Bastogne, January 1945. (AP)
C-47 transport plans ferry supplies into Bastogne. (Signal Corps)
A field ambulance and crew amid the shattered Belgian city of Foy. (USACMH)
American troops move through a pastural landscape in Belgium. (Getty)
Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division man a forward post near Bastogne just before Christmas. (USACMH)
Troops with the 630th Tank Destroyer Battalion dig in on front lines near Bastogne. (USACMH)
Troops and vehicles with the 372nd Field Artillery Battery on the move in Wirtzfeld. (USACMH)
A tank crew deals with a broken tread in La Gleize, Belgium. (Getty)
First Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment soldiers pass a railway arch destroyed by retreating German forces at Bütgenbach, Belgium. (USACMH)
Weary faces of German POWs. (Getty)
Hostage Crisis in Sydney
Dec. 15, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/394680
http://natl.re/13qu522
An armed gunman took a number of hostages inside a cafe in downtown Sydney, Australia, early Monday morning, setting off a tense standoff with hundreds of armed security forces. Here’s a look at the still-unfolding situation.
BREAKING: Police forces stormed the cafe early Tuesday morning after hearing shots fired inside, killing the gunman and ending the tense 16-hour stand-off. Authorities report two of the hostages were killed by the gunman, which precipitated the final police assault. One policeman was injured in the action.
Medics retrieve one of the hostages from the cafe after security forces ended the siege. Authorities report that there were 17 hostages at the start of the standoff.
CRISIS IN SYDNEY: The gunman took over the Lindt Chocolate Cafe around 10 a.m. Monday morning. He is reportedly armed with a shotgun. Pictured, television video footage shows the gunman inside the cafe.
Sydney authorities have identified the gunman as Man Haron Monis, known in the media as the “Hate Sheik” for writing offensive letters to the families of dead Australian servicemen. Monis has been charged with at least a dozen sexual assaults, and last year was charged with being accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.
A recent image of Man Haron Monis at a court appearance in Sydney in 2009.
Throughout the day the gunman forced some of the hostages to stand against the window of the cafe.
At one point the hostages were forced to hold up a banner with the Shahada, a declaration of Islamic faith in Arabic that reads “There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God.”
A massive security cordon quickly descended on the area as police and special security forces moved in to deal with the hostage crisis.
Heavily armed security forces rushed in to take positions around the cafe.
Police officials are in communication with the gunman, who has reportedly demanded an ISIS flag and a phone call with Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Beyond those demands, the gunman’s motives for the attack remain unclear.
Five of the hostages managed to escape the cafe at one point on Monday, running into the arms of nearby security forces. It’s unclear how many hostages remain inside.
Speculation continues as to the gunman’s motives. Australia has participated in recent strikes against ISIS in the Middle East, and in September security forces foiled a major plot by Islamic militants to carry out a public execution. Pictured, security forces on the scene in Sydney.
CNN has reported that U.S. officials know the identity of the gunman and are assisting Australian authorities.
More views of the dramatic escape of five of the hostages earlier in the day.
The hostage crisis is unfolding in the downtown Sydney business district, where numerous businesses and government offices are located. Many area buildings were quickly evacuated.
Obama Bible Verses
Dec. 15, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/394678
http://natl.re/1BP7rP6
President Obama mixed up some Bible passages during a recent appearance touting his executive immigration action, mangling a passage from Matthew and thinking the oft-heard “glass houses” saying was also from the Good Book (it isn’t). Twitter users pounced, offering their own proposed POTUS passages at #ObamaBibleVerses. Here’ a look, illustrated by NRO.
“For Obama so loved the poor, he made more of them.” (Mattphilbin, @Mattphilbin)
“That which thy builds, thou didn’t” (Cranky Gordon, @CrankyGordon)
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I shall give you the fruits of other’s labors.” (Rusty Shackelford, @rshackelford14)
“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Protip: It’s all Caesar’s.” (Cranky Gordon, @CrankyGordon)
“Set down your sheep shears and follow me! I will teach you to be fleecers of men!” (Chris Keniston, @NoFear3136)
“And He stricketh His red pen thru the demonic const’l text that bound him, and progressives rejoiced— Tyrannies 3:10” (Josh Smith, @ThisIsJoshSmith)
“Thou shall keep VP inside wondering…” (BOSSY Kat MC, @kateye75)
“Give a man a fish, he’ll vote for you for forever… teach a man to fish, he’ll probably listen to Limbaugh.” (Rusty Shakelford, @rshackelford14)
“And when the Children of Israel face the Persians, Thou shall throw them under thine bus.” (Cranky Gordon, @CrankyGordon)
“Obama showed them free phones, healthcare, and welfare. ‘This I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you bow down and worship me.’” (Chris Keniston, @NoFear3136)
“And lo, the Angel of the Lord said ‘It’s Bush’s fault.’” (Lizzy Lou Who, @_wintergirl93)
“I shalt.” (Stephen Green, @VodkaPundit)
“And behold, there was a famine upon the land” (Bob Henry, @Rmhenry1Henry)
“Upon this crock I shall build my state…” (Johann Tetzel, @_Johann_Tetzel)
“But the cowardly, the vile, the sexually immoral, the idolators and all liars, shall receive cabinet positions.” (Rusty Shackelford, @rshackelford14)
“Now go forth and redistribute wealth. Yea, verily, the multiplier effect shall sustain thee.” (Also Konsen, @OhioCoastie)
“Blessed Are Those Who Steal” (Image via D Fox, @foxweld)
“Thou shalt not bear false witness. Except to pretend you’ve been raped to further a feminist narrative.” (Galen, @GOPMommy)
“People in frat houses shouldn’t throw Rolling Stones” (Alaskan, @GRHammersmith)
“The good book of Omnibus says ‘Cast the stone and throw it to the glass house’” (Kristmas Kringle, @rc_kris)
“Now the Socialist was more crafty than any of the wild Liberals the Lord God had made…” (Bryan R.., @youthpastorbry)
“Honor thy mother & father with frequent state involvement into their non-PC child-rearing methods — Agencies 6:23” (Josh Smith, @ThisIsJoshSmith)
“Render unto me what is Caesar’s, and … You know what? Just give it all to me and I’ll decide who should have it.” (Chris Keniston, @NoFear3136)
“And the wise men responded to Herrod, ‘What you talking about, Willis?’” (RB, @RBPundit)
“And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you, Bill Ayers, depart from me. Publicly, anyway.“ (DavidJohnGarth, @DavidJohnGarth)
“In the Beginning, um, I created me, ah, and I was great, so I um, created man and um woman, ah … to worship me.” (Dr. Hugo Hackenbush, @MangyLover)
“And in this house, there shalt not be a smidgen of corruption — Iressus 10:40” (Judianna, @Judianna)
“He who sows discord among Brothers” (Pig Iron, @pigiron55)
“And Jesus told his disciples, ‘to infinity and beyond’” (Aaron Henager, @AaronHenager1)
“& when saluting the flag, grab thy crotch w/ thy hands tightly” (NoObamaAmnesty, @WNeiljohnson)
“Yeah, verily, Jezebels did say to his cronies in the Land of Pockeestahn, ‘Thou Shall Not Close Thy Borders. Like, Ever.’” (KingShamus, @KingShamus)
“Blessed are you for you taxed others to support a socialist welfare program without any personal action or involvement…” (Johann Tetzel, @_Johann_Tetzel)
“There is a time to pivot to Job” (Paul Kinkel, @PaulKinkel)
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