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Independence Day Symposium

As Americans gather to celebrate Independence Day, National Review presents our annual Fourth of July symposium, asking friends and family what they are expressing gratitude for this year. Here are some excerpts.
Uploaded: Jul. 04, 2014

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WWII: Invasion of Poland
Sep. 2, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386886
http://natl.re/1rgm2wO
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in Europe — the first shots in what would grow into the conflagration of World War II — when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Here’s a look back.
Adolf Hitler had long planned to invade Poland, and sought a pact with the Soviet Union to pave the way. Pictured, Soviet premier Josef Stalin (second from right) and German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop (third from right) witness the signing of the non-aggression pact that split Poland between the two conquering nations.
The German conquest of Poland saw the debut of a new practice of modern, high-speed maneuver warfare dubbed blitzkrieg that featured fast-moving, concentrated armor and mechanized infantry attacking under heavy close-air support. Pictured, the view from a German aircraft over Poland. (Library of Congress)
Poland was able to mobilize around one million men to defend the nation, but they lacked a large tank corps to match the German armored war machine and their air force was vastly outmanned and outgunned by the Luftwaffe. Pictured, Polish infantry on the march.
The Polish Army still had some mounted cavalry units at the time of the invasion. Though they were ineffective against tanks and avoided such encounters, they proved formidable against ground infantry. Pictured, Polish cavalry on maneuvers in 1939 prior to the invasion. (AP)
The German battleship Shleswig-Holstein shells a Polish military facility in Danzig on the opening day of the invasion. (AP)
German troops tear down the turnpike at the German-Polish border in Sopot. (Getty Images)
German troops cross the River San by pontoon bridge. (Getty Images)
German troops move ashore at Westerplatte in Danzig on September 7. (AP)
The German invasion force eventually encompassed 14 mechanized divisions and some 40 infantry divisions, approximately 1.5 million men in total, supported by fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. Pictured, German troops enter the city of Gdynia. (Getty Images)
The German offensive quickly seized the momentum and drove deep into Poland, smashing military units, wreaking severe damage on bridges and rail lines, and spreading terror during bombing raids on cities. Pictured, German tanks cross the Bzura River. (Library of Congress)
The remnants of the Polish 18th Infantry Division captured by German forces at Andrzejewo. (Imperial War Museum)
German bombs fall on a rural area of the Polish countryside. (Library of Congress)
German advance troops scout a Polish village. (AP)
A German artillery position. (Imperial War Museum)
SS artillery crews take position outside the village of Goworowo. (Imperial War Museum)
German soldiers stand watch as Polish civilians are forced to leave the burning village of Goworowo. (Imperial War Museum)
German troops of the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division rest during the march towards Pabianice. (Library of Congress)
The view from a German Junkers Ju 52 during the bombing of Warsaw. (Imperial War Museum)
German infantry advance on the outskirts of Warsaw on September 16. (AP)
A Polish garrison held out in Warsaw until September 28 as the city was reduced to rubble around them by the German onslaught. (Getty Images)
A group of Poles surrender to invading German forces. The last significant Polish military holdouts collapsed by October 5. (Library of Congress)
Some 70,000 Polish soldiers were killed in the invasion and another 130,000 wounded; German forces captured some 700,000 prisoners. In just over a month the entire country had been conquered and occupied. Pictured, troops of the 18th Polish Division after their surrender at Andrzejewo. (Imperial War Museum)
On September 17, Soviet forces invaded from the east, and the next day the Polish government fled into exile. Pictured, Russian and German troops chat in Brześć Litewski (Brest-Litovsk). (Imperial War Museum)
Adolf Hitler salutes Wehrmacht troops during a visit to occupied Warsaw on October 5. (AP)
WWI: Technology of War
Sep. 2, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386843
http://natl.re/1rKq3Mq
THE “GREAT WAR”: All wars push technological innovation as both sides seek an advantage in offensive or defensive systems and react to each other’s developments. WWI saw the introduction of numerous new implements of war, the refinement of others, and the use of old tools on a vast new scale. Here’s a look.
MACHINE GUN: The modern machine gun took a horrific toll on attacking infantry as commanders still relied on frontal assaults to take enemy positions. On battlefields across the war, the machine gun and artillery barrages pushed troops into trenches. Pictured, German machine guns man a position on the Vistula River, 1916. (AP)
British soldiers mount motorcycles with armored sidecars equipped with machine guns, 1918. (National Library of Scotland)
A lower-tech approach: A dog pulling a machine gun for British troops. (National Library of France)
Another way to make machine guns mobile: German soldiers pose with a custom-built horse mount for a Russian Maxim M1910 machine gun.
TANKS: The stalemate in the trenches of the Western Front pushed the development of armored “landslips,” the precursors of the modern tank. Pictured, American troops ride French Renault FT-17 tanks near Argonne, France. (NARA)
Though tank warfare would be a major component of the blitzkrieg campaigns of WWII, Germany lagged well behind Britain and France in developing their own tanks in WWI. Pictured, a German A7V tank, fewer than 100 of which were produced. (National Archives)
Not all tank designs made it into battle. This Hold gas-electric tank was an experimental design developed in the U.S. that was deemed too heavy and hard to maneuver and did not go beyond the prototype stage. (AP)
Other vehicles were equipped with armor plating to guard against machine gun fire. Pictured, German officers stand with an armored car in Ukraine, 1918. (SMU Library)
SUBMARINES: Submarines played a frightening new role in the war, attacking supply ships and combat vessels around the world. The sinking of the RMS Lusitania in May, 1915, with the loss of 1,200 souls onboard, would prove a turning point for America’s intervention in the conflict. Pictured, the German u-boat UB-148. (National Archives)
AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: Though they came too late in the war to make much impact, the retrofitting of landing decks and launch catapults onto ships pointed the way to the future of naval warfare. Pictured, a Curtis Model AB-2 airplane takes off from a catapult on the deck of USS North Carolina. (U.S. Navy)
BARBED WIRE: A relatively recent invention at the time, first seen in the Spanish-American War, barbed wire was a simple, mass-produceable defensive tool made the sprawling trenches of the Western Front even harder to penetrate. Pictured, barbed-wire over a French trench. (National Library of France)
COMMUNICATION: The scope and complexity of modern warfare meant that reliable communication with the front lines to coordinate offensive and defensive operations was more important than ever — and required some sometimes ingenious solutions. Pictured, two German soldiers stand with the wire spool of a field telephone set as another talks on the headset. (National Archives)
German soldiers use a tandem cycle apparatus to generate power for a field radio. (National Archive)
A dog carries a spool of wire across a field, helping a lay a communication line. (National Archive)
Turkish soldiers near Huj in Gaza use various tools to monitor the battlefield, along with a heliograph (second from left), a communication device that sent Morse-code messages using reflected sunlight. (Library of Congress)
Pigeons were also widely used to send communications. Pictured, British soldiers carry messenger pigeons on wicker baskets. (National Library of Scotland)
British soldiers attach a message to a carrier pigeon in a trench on the Western front, 1917. (National Library of France)
A British soldier reads a communication carried by a messenger dog who has just swum across a canal in France. (National Library of Scotland)
Operators with the U.S. Signal Corps work at a telephone switchboard near the front in France. These members of the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit, and were also known as “Hello Girls.” (National WWI Museum)
SURVEILLANCE: Airplanes first entered military service as a surveillance platform, helping commanders keep an eye on enemy activities when both sides were hidden in trenches and behind smoke screens. Pictured, a French SPAD reconnaissance airplane over France, 1918. (San Diego Air and Space Museum)
Tools of the Trade: An American aerial photographer with a Graflex camera, used to take pictures of enemy positions. (U.S. Army)
An American soldier trains with a Hythe MkIII gun camera at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. The device was used to train troops to be aerial gunners; the same size and weight of the Lewis guns they would use in battle, it snapped a picture when the trigger was pulled to record accuracy for later review. (U.S. Army)
A New Perspective on War: Smoke billows from the front lines at Flanders in Belgium, 1917. (National Archives)
French troops advance on the Somme front, 1916. (NARA)
Trench lines and artillery craters etch an eerie landscape of war near Guignicourt, France, as seen in this aerial reconnaissance image.
Another view shows water filing hundreds of craters. (National WWI Museum)
A blasted barracks at Ypres. (Imperial War Museum)
Members of the 14th Photo Section, First Army, pose for a photograph with the tools of the aerial reconnaissance trade. (Army Air Forces)
Armies on both sides used balloons to lift observers into the air to monitor enemy movements. The first use of balloon-borne observers on a battle dates back the American Civil War. Pictured, a German balloon at Equancourt, France, 1916.
A mobile acoustic locator manned by American troops funneled distant sounds down to headphones worn by the operators to allow them to monitor enemy activity. In the age before radar, such devices were vital in detecting enemy aircraft. (National Archive)
A pigeon carries a camera equipped with a timer to capture images over the battlefield, an experiment tested by the German army. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)
A British observation post hidden underneath a simulated free. (State Library of New South Wales)
DECEPTION: In the era before radar and the wider use of aerial reconnaissance, navies on both sides of the conflict experimented with camouflage to guard their ships from enemy eyes. The striking dazzle camouflage — seen here on the USS Nebraska — was designed to frustrate enemy attempts to gauge the ship’s range, course, and speed — especially from the perspective of a submarine periscope.
The American transport ship USS Pocahontas was converted from a German passenger liner Prinzess Irene. (San Diego Air and Space Museum)
The British aircraft carrier HMS Argus. Commissioned too late in the war to see any combat, the converted ocean liner could carry up to 18 aircraft. (National WWI Museum)
A dazzle-painted troop ship docked at Outer Harbor in South Australia. (State Library of South Australia)
The transport ship Leviathan departs Hoboken, N.J. (U.S. Army Signal Corps)
The submarine tender USS Fulton at sea off the South Carolina Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy)
The American submarine USS K-2 off Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Navy)
MoDo's Poison Pen
Sep. 2, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386840
http://natl.re/1nsnrLN
If President Obama seems to be tiring of the duties of his office, one of his chief supporters in the mainstream media seems just as tired of defending him. In her New York Times column this year, liberal lion Maureen Dowd has moved from chiding POTUS’s policies to outright mockery. Here are some highlights.
“The professor in the Oval Office has spurned a crucial teachable moment. He dispatched Eric Holder to Ferguson, and deputized Al Sharpton, detaching himself at the very moment when he could have helped move the country forward on an issue close to his heart. It’s another perverse reflection of his ambivalent relationship to power.” (Aug. 26)
“Obama has muzzled himself on race and made Sharpton his chosen instrument — two men joined in pragmatism at a moment when idealism is needed. We can’t expect the president to do everything. But we can expect him to do something.” (Aug. 26)
“Now we are engaged in a great civil divide in Ferguson, which does not even have a golf course, and that’s why I had a “logistical” issue with going there. We are testing whether that community, or any community so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure when the nation’s leader wants nothing more than to sink a birdie putt.” (Aug. 23)
“We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency.” (Aug. 23)
“We have to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for my presidency, if I keep swinging from behind. Yet it is altogether fitting and proper that I should get to play as much golf as I want.” (Aug. 23)
“Just when Americans thought they could stop trying to figure out the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, we’re in a new war in Iraq with some bad “folks,” as the president might say, whose name we’re still fuzzy on.” (Aug. 9)
“When our whippetlike president travels on Air Force One from staged photo-op to staged photo-op and then to coinciding fund-raiser to coinciding fund-raiser, encased by the White House travel behemoth and press centipede, that’s kind of the opposite of breaking loose.” (July 15)
“The White House is still trying to cast Barack Obama as a regular guy, playing pool and drinking beer (even though he only took a few sips) in Denver with Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado. This, when the one thing we know, and that Obama wants us to know, is that he’s no regular guy.” (July 15)
“The president’s odysseys are meant to illustrate that he’s still relevant. But do they actually underscore irrelevance by conveying his view that if Republicans in Congress are going to keep blocking him, he may as well go fishin’?” (July 15)
“Both President Obama and Hillary have recently referred to leadership as a relay race. And if a fatigued and fed-up Obama looks ready to pass the baton early, the ravenous and relentless Clintons look ready to grab it — and maybe give him a few whacks over the head with it.” (May 3)
“You simply proclaim what you believe as though you know it to be absolutely true, hoping we recognize the truth of it, and, if we don’t, then we’ve disappointed you again.” (April 29)
“It doesn’t feel like leadership. It doesn’t feel like you’re in command of your world. How can we accept these reduced expectations and truculent passivity from the man who offered himself up as the moral beacon of the world, even before he was elected?” (April 29)
“Once you liked to have the stage to yourself, Mr. President, to have the aura of the lone man in the arena, not sharing the spotlight with others.But now when captured alone in a picture, you seem disconnected and adrift.” (April 29)
Cartoon of the Day
Sep. 1, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
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
Sep. 1, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
Electric Vehicle Charging Station by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 1, 2014)
The Great Escape, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 29, 2014)
Press Secretary, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 28, 2014)
Chain of Custody, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 27, 2014)
Cheshire Embrace, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 26, 2014)
A Push, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 25, 2014)
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)
They Can Wait, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 14, 2014)
Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 13, 2014)
Emerald Gaza, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 11, 2014)
Bicycle, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 8, 2014)
The Voter Fish, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 7, 2014)
Scandal Goalie, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 6, 2014)
Wile E. Guidance, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 5, 2014)
Gaza Aid, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 4, 2014)
Don’t Shoot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 1, 2014)
Minaret Missile, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 31, 2014)
Punch, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 30, 2014)
The Offering, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 29, 2014)
Tunnel of Love, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 28, 2014)
Valley of Dearth, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 25, 2014)
Obama’s National Guard, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 24, 2014)
Iceberg, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 23, 2014)
Leader of the Free World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 22, 2014)
The Bear Is Loose, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 21, 2014)
Farther Apart, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 18, 2014)
Secure? by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 17, 2014)
So Many Scandals . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 16, 2014)
Mainstream, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 15, 2014)
Kidsnado, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 14, 2014)
Break Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 11, 2014)
Pawns, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 10, 2014)
Ship of State, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 9, 2014)
Coyote, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 8, 2014)
Obama’s Pipeline, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 7, 2014)
Fingers Crossed, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 4, 2014)
Obama’s America, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 3, 2014)
Blocked Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 2, 2014)
The Obama Legacy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 1, 2014)
Tangled Web, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 27, 2014)
2.9, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 26, 2014)
Raiders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 25, 2014)
Cooperation, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 24, 2014)
Battle Ribbons, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 23, 2014)
Iraq Advisors, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 20, 2014)
Stuff Happens, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 19, 2014)
Invisible Hand, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 18, 2014)
Ping-Pong Bomb, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 17, 2014)
On Advice of Council, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 16, 2014)
Borders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 13, 2014)
Bumping the Board, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 12, 2014)
Obama’s World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 11, 2014)
Business Regs, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 10, 2014)
Sock Puppet, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 9, 2014)
Normandy 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 6, 2014)
Implementing Obama’s Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 5, 2014)
Bergdahl Makes His Way Home, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 4, 2014)
Broken Mirror, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 3, 2014)
Bad Nwws, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 2, 2014)
‘Out Front’, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 30, 2014)
Captain of the Ship, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 29, 2014)
Train of Thought, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 27, 2014)
Memorial Day, 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 26, 2014)
Tea Party, R.I.P., by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 23, 2014)
When You Only Have a Hammer, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 22, 2014)
Caution, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 21, 2014)
Now Featuring . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 20, 2014)
Voting Protocols, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 19, 2014)
The Gun, The Gun, The Gun, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 16, 2014)
The Virtuoso, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 15, 2014)
Affordable Lawyer Act, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 14, 2014)
Workable Hashtag, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 13, 2014)
Foundation of Trust, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 12, 2014)
The Other Tea Party, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 9, 2014)
What We Have Here Is . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 8, 2014)
Instrument of Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 7, 2014)
Cool Hand Carney, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 6, 2014)
When You Wish Upon a Star, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 5, 2014)
The Stripped-Down Version, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 2, 2014)
Pushing the Envelope, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 1, 2014)
<p>NR’s Photoshop of the Day is produced daily by <a href="http://www.TerrellAfterMath.com" style="color:#FFFFFF">TerrellAfterMath.com</a>.</p>
Mount Tavurvur Erupts
Aug. 30, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386745
http://natl.re/1qq4tsE
The Mount Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted early Friday morning, sending a massive column of ash into the Pacific sky. Here’s a look at the latest eruption, and the life of residents in the aftermath of the massive 1994 eruption.
Mount Tavurvur, a caldera volcano located on the island of New Britain, is known for regular low-level activity, but occasionally sees more serious eruptions. Tavurvue is part of an active chain of three volcanos.
Residents in nearby towns were cautioned to remain indoors to avoid injury and damage from falling ash.
The ash cloud reached as high as 60,000 feet, a potential hazard to airlines travelling in the region.
Quantas Airlines reported it was rerouting several flights around the region due to the height of the ash cloud. (Image: Roberto Lopez via Twitter)
Anxious residents watch the progress of the eruption.
Ash can be seen falling back down from the towering column.
A brave young boy poses for a scenic portrait.
HELL ON EARTH: In 1994, Mount Tavurvur and the nearby Mount Vulcan both erupted simultaneously, destroying the town of Rabaul. The following images were taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue in and around Rabaul in the months before this week’s eruptions.
Despite the massive devastation, the 1994 eruption caused view immediate deaths, thanks to advances in prediction and early-warning systems.
The three nearby volcanos continue a low level of activity, punctuated by eruptions such as the one that occurred this week at Tavurvur.
This field of ash and lava used to be the main airport at Rabaul.
Only a handful of residents remain in Rabaul, eking out an existence among the ash and remains of the massive pyroclastic flows that inundated the area.
Many of the remaining residents make a living by harvesting megapode eggs from the ash fields. The birds bury the eggs up to six feet below the ash.
Covered in volcanic ash, a handful of locals take a break from work.
A young local smiles for the camera.
The former deputy mayor of Tabaul stands by vehicle inundated by pryroclastic flows in the 1994 eruptions.
A barge sits in Kravia Tunnels, left over from the Japanese occupation during WWII.
The remains of an American tank that fought on the island in WWII.
Meme Watch: Obama's Tan Suit
Aug. 29, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386730
http://natl.re/VWr9pg
President Obama didn’t have much to say in a Thursday press conference about his strategy (or lack thereof) towards Iraq and Ukraine. But the Twitterverse couldn’t stop talking, and snarking, about his new tan suit. Here’s a look at a fashion meme to get you through a very, very slow August news week.
Obama’s tan ensemble was a departure from his normal presidential black or grey, and the chief executive was barely finished with his remarks — and presumably headed back to the golf course — before Twitter users weighed in. Here’s a look.
The parody account @BarackTanSuit quickly appeared and began commenting on the fashion commentary and popularizing the hashtag #YesWeTan for all things tan. By Friday, @BarackTanSuit issued this ominous challenge: “250 RT’S AND I WILL PETITION THE WHITE HOUSE FOR OBAMA TO WEAR ME EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR!”
“OK now that the suit is off the screen can someone tell us what Obama said” (HuffPost Media, @HuffPostMedia)
“President Obama is wearing a #tansuit this afternoon. That is all.” (Mashable, @mashable)
“He got that suit at Men's White House” (David Wyllie, @journodave)
“BREAKING: Steve Harvey lends President Obama his suit in a pinch.” (Image via Nate Boateng, @nateboateng)
“The Audacity of Taupe” (Jared Keller, @jaredbkeller)
“Something just looks off about the President’s new look, that suit looks like it belongs in a used car lot!” (Image via The Edge Radio, @TheEdgeRadioUSI)
"This is my desert camo suit." (Greg McNeal, @GregoryMcNeal)
“This suit is the boldest thing Obama's done in months. “(Hunter Walker, @hunterw)
“#Obama: ‘What were you guys thinking, sending me out in a tan suit!!!!” (Image via Bakshish, @Bakshish8)
“This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit.” (Philip Klein, @philipaklein)
“Imagine if Obama wore a tan suit after Labor Day. That would be grounds for impeachment”. (Garrett Quinn, @GarrettQuinn)
“I don’t care that Obama’s suit is tan. The problem with the suit is that it’s EMPTY.” (Michelle Malkin, @michellemalkin)
“Nothing says to the int’l community that Pres. Obama means business better than a tan suit.” (Image via @mdecambre)
“A Herb Tarlek suit would have been awesome” (Image via Nathan Wurtzel, @NathanWurtzel)
“It’s be cool if Obama announced real action against ISIS. It’d be even more awesome if he took the podium in a robot suit.” (Image via T. Becket Adams, @BecketAdams)
“I have to say, this was a bold fashion choice for the president.” (Image via Michael Deppisch, @deppisch)
“And you may find yourself in a beautiful Oval Office…” (Image via Doktor Zoom, @DoktorZoom)
“#YesYouTan until Labor Day!” (Image via Jennifer Bester, @jbester)
“Look, I have nothing against tan suits” (Image via Jake Tapper, @jaketapper)
“Going for the Obama ‘tan suit’ look at work today. And no, I haven’t got a plan for the Middle East either.” (Image via colin freeman, @colinfreeman99)
“Obama vows to defeat whoever made him wear this suit.” (Josh Barro, @jbarro)
“BREAKING: BARACK #OBAMA IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO EVER WEAR A TAN SUIT” (Image via Eric Wolfson, @EricWolfson)
“I see no problem with the suit.” (Image via John Dingell, @john_dingell)
“@VP I got your tan body suit, buddy” (Image via Cuffe, @CuffeyMeh)
“Yes this is @mattyglesias suit please no more suit questions" (Image via darth, @darth)
“#Suitgate sparked by @BarackObama breaking grey and blue rule.” (Image via Nine News Brisbane, @9NewsBrisbane)
“Hillary talked Obama into the tan suit to deflect pantsuit haters’ energy. It’s not the 1st time she’s pulled this” (Image via mjp3md, @mjp3md)
“Wonder what Hillary Clinton thinks of #YesWeTan” (Image via Sam Clench, @SamClench)
“omg wait till you see the suit Obama’s wearing today” (Image via delrayser, @delrayser)
EA-6B Prowler
Aug. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386598
http://natl.re/VTnB79
As airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq ramp up, a venerable Navy aircraft is taking to the skies in its last scheduled deployment after more than four decades of front-line service. Here’s a look at the EA-6B Prowler.
Among the more than 1,500 sorties launched in August against targets in Iraq, most have flown by Navy F/A-18s from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, pictured. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Brian Stephens)
Also taking part in air operations over Iraq are EA-6B Prowlers assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134 (the “Garudas”) aboard George H.W. Bush, pictured. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Ryan Seelbach)
The Prowler is the Navy and Marine Corps’ main electronic countermeasure aircraft, tasked with detecting and jamming enemy radar and communications. Pictured, a VAQ-134 Prowler aboard George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Brian Stephens)
While ISIS is suspected of having captured some radar-guided missiles, the Prowlers operating over Iraq are likely focused on monitoring and disrupting radio communications. Pictured, a VAQ-134 Prowler arrives on the flight deck. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
War Is Boring reports that the current deployment of five Prowler aircraft with VAQ-134 aboard George H.W. Bush is the last planned by the Navy, though the Marines may fly a handful for a few more years. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Margaret Keith)
Pictured, August flight ops aboard George H.W. Bush, underway in the Persian Gulf. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card)
A VAQ-134 Prowler leaps off the deck of George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
VAQ-134 Prowlers stand on the flight deck of George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist First Class Joseph R. Vincent)
EYE IN THE SKY: Flown by the Navy and Marine Corps since 1971, the EA-6B Prowler’s mission is to locate, disrupt, and jam enemy radar and communications capabilities, providing an umbrella of protection for ground troops and aircraft. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Benjamin Crossley)
The Prowler has been a busy aircraft throughout Operation Enduring Freedom, flying from both carriers and land airbases, and still in the skies over Afghanistan. Pictured, a Prowler with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VMAQ-2 (the "Deathjesters") at Bagram Airfield. (Photo: Captain Raymond Geoffroy)
A Prowler with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VMAQ-3 (the “Moondogs”) taxis at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. (Photo: Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi)
The Prowler is being replaced by the EA-18G Growler, a modified F/A-18 Hornet that will combine the Prowler’s electronic warfare chops with the Hornet’s speed, agility, and firepower. Pictured, a Growler with VAQ-130 (the “Zappers”) aboard USS Harry S. Truman. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Blagoj B. Petkovski)
The number of Growlers is expected to grow even as the Navy prepares to transition its F/A-18 Hornets to the new F-35C, the carrier variant of the new Lightning II platform. Pictured, a Growler with VAQ-139 (the “Cougars”) aboard USS Carl Vinson. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class George M. Bell)
Past and Future: An EA-68B with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) flies alongside two F/A-18s with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-41 (the “Black Aces”) in the air above USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose L. Hernandez)
ELECTRONIC WARRIOR: First introduced into the fleet in July 1971, the Northrop Grumman AE-6B Prowler is a modified version of the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack aircraft which saw extensive service in the skies over Vietnam. Pictured, an EA-6B Prowler over Afghanistan in 2008.
Prior to the deployment of the Prowler, the Marine Corps had flown modified A-6 Intruders dubbed EA-6A “Electric Intruders” in an interim capacity in the electronic countermeasure role. Pictured, two EA-6B Prowlers with VAQ-137 (the “Rooks”) alongside USS Enterprise. (Photo: Lieutenant Commander Josh Hammond)
The upgraded EA-6B Prowler is a four-seat aircraft with a pilot and three electronic countermeasure officers. Pictured, a Prower with VAQ-134 lands aboard USS Carl Vinson. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class James R. Evans)
A Marine with VMAQ-2 signals the pilot of an EA-6B prowler during Forager Fury II exercises at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. (Photo: Lance Corporal Richard Currier)
The Prowler carries a large array of sensors and jamming systems internally and on wing-mounted pods. Pictured, a Prowler with VAQ-142 takes off during RED FLAG Alaska 14-1 exercises at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. (Photo: Senior Airman Peter Reft)
The Improved Capability III upgrade in 2003 refined and extended the Prowler’s electronic- warfare chops. Pictured, a Prowler with VAQ-142 (the “Gray Wolves”) lands on USS Nimitz. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr.)
Though mostly designed to detect and disrupt, the Prowler can also prosecute targets with weapons such as the AGM-88 HARM air-to-surface missile, which homes in on enemy electronic signatures. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
With a top airspeed above 575 miles per hour, the Prowler can get to where it needs to be quickly. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
The Prowler’s combat range of more than 1,000-mile operating range can be greatly extended via mid-air refueling. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
PROWLING THE SKIES: A Prowler with VAQ-140 (the “Patriots”) approaches the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy)
A Prowler with VAQ-134 hurtles over USS George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card)
A Prowler with VAQ-142 (the "Gray Wolves") manuevers during a flight demonstration over USS Nimitz. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee)
Two VAQ-134 Prowlers fly overhead USS Carl Vinson as two F/A-18s circle in the distance. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Andrew K. Haller)
A Prowler with VAQ-134 refuels from an F/A-18 Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-22 in the skies over USS Carl Vinson. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)
FLIGHT OPS: A Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) aboard USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley)
A Prowler with VAQ-136 (the “Gauntlets) on the flight deck of USS George Washington. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin E. Yarborough)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Second Class Terrance Wever directs a Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) aboard USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman John Shettler directs a Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) aboard USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana)
Air crew monitor a Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez)
A Prowler with VAQ-142 (the “Gray Wolves”) prepares to launch from USS Nimitz. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr.)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Third Class Saul Sanchez directs a Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) aboard USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Kenneth Abbate)
GO FOR LAUNCH: Sailors launch a Prowler with VAQ-137 from USS Enterprise. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Heath Zeigler)
Lieutenant Commander Daniel Colon gives a Prowler with VAQ-142 the signal to launch on the flight deck of USS Nimitz. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jess Lewis)
A Prowler with VAQ0131 (the “Lancers”) lifts off from USS Abraham Lincoln. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mason D. Campbell)
A Prowler with VAQ-131 (the "Lancers") prepares to launch from USS Abraham Lincoln. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Randolph)
Lieutenant Ron Rumfelt signals for the launch of a Prowler from the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Kenneth Abbate)
A Prowler with VAQ140 launch from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Julia A. Casper)
A Prowler with VAQ-134 launches from the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson. (Photo: Seaman Zachary David Bell)
PREPPING PROWLERS: A pair of Prowlers with VAQ-142 (the “Gray Wolves”) sit on the flight deck of USS Nimitz. (Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Chris Bartlett)
Sailors assigned to VAQ-131 (the “Lancers”) prepare an EA-6B Prowler aboard USS Abraham Lincoln. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonathan P. Idle)
Sailors assigned to VAQ-140 wipe down the canopy of an EA-6B prowler aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Third Class Andrew Cox directs a Prowler with VAQ-133 (the “Wizards”) on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Kenneth Abbate)
SUNSET AT SEA: Sailors with VAQ-131 (the “Lancers”) perform final checks on a Prowler on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Travis K. Mendoza)
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