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Sarah Palin’s “Hoohah”

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Sarah Palin made the above post to Facebook earlier today and as of 2 p.m. ET there has been no change. The Youtube video itself is labeled as a video of a Marine Sergeant First Class throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. The Marine Corps doesn’t have such a rank and you can hear on the audio and it’s reported elsewhere that Brian Keaton served in the U.S. Army.

I think Palin, or whoever updated her account, was trying to use the Marine yell of “Oohrah!” and got it mixed up somewhere with the Army’s “Hooah” which would have been more appropriate in the case of Keaton.

However, “Hoohah!” is more similar too “hooha” and not one she’d probably want to use.

UPDATE

Palin’s update below gets it wrong because it’s “Hooah” not “Hoohah” for the Army:

UPDATE: Hey, knock it off. I posted a cool, inspiring video to brighten your day and to honor our vets. I didn’t make the video nor did I title it. This honored vet is introduced as ARMY; that’s why I captioned it “Hoohah!” Amazing how something fun and positive can be turned negative by either folks looking for something to be hatin’ on or those just not paying attention. Now, don’t make me pull a mama’s chewing out on you! Enjoy the video! Hoohah!

King Abdullah: Jihadists will be in US in 2 months

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AFP reports on remarks by the King of Saudia Arabia:

 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.

“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

More from the monarch’s remarks:

Lack of action would be “unacceptable” in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

“You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street,” he said, condemning the “cruelty” of such acts.

“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”

Is he right? or will they go to Saudi Arabia?

Is this a Saudi Arabian king trying to get the U.S. to pull his fat out of the fire or are these valid concerns?

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Ben Carson: Might not be a 2016 election if GOP doesn’t win Senate

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I recently wrote a piece at Practical Politicking asking whether Dr. Ben Carson is a serious candidate for President in 2016. I pointed out several reasons why he might not be including his support of gun control. Now, a story in The Washington Post provides evidence for why he might even be a fringe candidate instead of just a less than serious one.

Ben Terris writes about Carson speaking at a recent town hall in Iowa and quotes Carson (emphasis added):

He speaks softly, almost as though he’s reading a child to sleep. But this is a scary story. If Republicans don’t win back the Senate in November, he says, he can’t be sure “there will even be an election in 2016.” Later, his wife, Candy, tells a supporter that they are holding on to their son’s Australian passport just in case the election doesn’t go their way.

Carson is a really bright guy and a great orator, but he places himself among the lunatic fringe of conspiracy theory buffs with talk like that. I’m not sure the little bit of weight I might have given a potential Carson candidacy can even survive these comments.

Navy orders Navy Lodges to put Bibles back into rooms

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Stars & Stripes has the breaking news:

Gideons Bibles are going back into Navy lodges.

The Navy on Thursday ordered the Bibles returned to rooms and said it is reviewing a decision by the Navy Exchange to remove them from its worldwide network of military hotels.

Atheists had cheered a victory after a complaint prompted the exchange to begin moving the Bibles to its lost-and-found bins this summer, but the Navy said the decision was made without consulting senior leadership.

“That decision and our religious accommodation policies with regard to the placement of religious materials are under review,” Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes.  “While that review is under way, religious materials removed from Navy Lodge rooms will be returned.”

This is a loss for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and for Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

North Korea fires missiles as Pope Francis arrives in South Korea

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Pope Francis is visiting the South Korea this week so Kim Jong -un, leader of North Korea, has decided that country should conduct missile tests.

Yahoo/AP reports:

North Korea fired three short-range projectiles into the sea less than an hour before Pope Francis arrived Thursday for the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years, South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

The apparent test firing was conducted from Wonsan on the North’s east coast and flew about 220 kilometers (135 miles), according to a ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.

Annual military exercises involving the United States and South Korea start soon.

See the new Army camouflage uniform pattern

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Army officials confirmed what had been heard for the past few months:

The Army has confirmed what Soldiers have been hearing rumors of for months now — a new camouflage pattern for combat uniforms is on the way with a number of improvements.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Army will begin issuing to new Soldiers an Army Combat Uniform that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern. That same uniform will also become available in military clothing sales stores in the summer of 2015.

Soldiers are expected to retire their current uniform and begin wearing the new pattern by the summer of 2018.

More from Army Times:

The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it’s been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. It is similar in appearance to Crye Precision’s MultiCam, but was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.

Scorpion W2 uses a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown.

The Army confirms the same fabric of the current uniforms will be used and details other changes that are happening and others that might happen:

The uniform bearing the new pattern will be largely the same as what Soldiers wear now, except that the lower leg pockets will be closed by a button instead of the “hook and loop” fabric fastener on the current Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Soldiers complained that fastener made too much noise in combat environments, officials said. The insert pockets for knee pads and elbow pads will also be removed from the new uniform, according to Program Executive Office Soldier.

Other changes that will be considered by the 2015 Army Uniform Board include:

– elimination of the mandarin collar and replacement with a fold-down design
– change of the infrared square identification for friend or foe, known as the IFF tab
– removal of one of three pen pockets on the ACU sleeve
– elimination of the drawstring on the trouser waistband

These last four potential changes have not yet been approved but are being considered, according to PEO Soldier.

Cost estimates from the Army:

The cost of uniforms with the new pattern will be comparable to the current uniform. At the Fort Myer, Virginia, military clothing sales store, for instance, an ACU top now sells for approximately $45. The pants sell for around $45 as well. A cap sells for about $8.

According to the 2014 pay charts, online at dfas.mil, enlisted Soldiers receive between $439 and $468 annually to buy new uniforms — that includes replacing the outgoing UCP ACU with the Operational Camouflage Pattern ACU.

Army Times has more:

In another potential cost-saving measure, the Army plans to retain wearable items in the Universal Camouflage Pattern and dye them coyote brown.

The Army is seeking to over-dye existing Modular Lightweight Load carrying Equipment (MOLLE) and Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV) that are the digital Universal Camouflage Pattern to create a darker color that more closely matches coyote brown.

South Carolina ranked #1 in Most Patriotic States

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Movoto (via The State) ranks the 10 Most Patriotic States:

  1. South Carolina
  2. Maine
  3. North Carolina
  4. Wyoming
  5. Virginia
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama
  10. Arizona

Maryland ranks 30th.

The criteria used for the rankings:

  • National Historic Landmarks per Capita
  • Veterans per Capita
  • Money Spent to Fund Veterans
  • Percent of Residents That Voted in the Last Presidential Election
  • People Who Google For American Flags to buy
  • People Who List America as an Interest on Facebook

Report: Email may exist proving Bergdahl swap driven by VA scandal

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Shannon Grady of Politichicks (Hat Tip: Young Cons) reports on a recent town hall held by Congressman Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina:

According to Congressman Mulvaney, there is believed to be an email from officials inside the White House exclaiming, “The VA scandal is killing us and we need to move on the Bergdahl trade without going through Congress.” If this email exist and can be brought forward as evidence it will certainly eliminate the President’s claim that he acted in the event of an emergency. Given the bi-partisan furor which ensued after he took such unilateral action, it seems clear that this would be the best path for impeachment.

Could this lead to impeachment if this email does exist?

7 Facts you should know about the U.S. Army on its 239th Birthday

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Saturday (June 14, 2014) is the 239th Army Birthday (and it’s also Flag Day.) Here are some facts about the United States Army that you may or may not know already.

  1. Almost 70% of all Medals of Honor have been awarded to soldiers in the U.S. Army. Figures from August 2013 show that 2,403 Medals of Honor had been awarded to soldiers while 3,468 had been awarded to service members in all branches combined. 1198 of the Army Medal of Honor recipients were awarded the medal for actions during the Civil War.
  2. The youngest officer to become a General in the Army was only 20 years old. Galusha Pennypacker, of Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army at the age of 16 in 1861. He received a brevet promotion in January 1865 to Brigadier General after the Battle of Fort Fisher. He received a full promotion to that rank a month later and also received the Medal of Honor for those actions. After the war, he continued in the regular Army as a Colonel. George Armstrong Custer was also one of the youngest officers promoted to general during the Civil War. He was promoted from Captain to Brigadier General only three days before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
  3.  Henry “Hap” Arnold was the only person to hold the rank of five-star general in two branches of the military. Arnold became a five-star general (General of the Army) and was only behind Marshall, MacArthur, and Eisenhower in seniority at that rank. He retired in 1946 and a law passed by Congress in 1949 made his last rank General of the Air Force – since the Air Force didn’t exist as a separate branch until 1947.
  4. The oldest active duty regiment in the Army is the Old Guard. The Old Guard has been designated as the 3rd Infantry Regiment since 1815. Before that, it was organized as the First American Regiment in 1784. There have been five Medal of Honor recipients who served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment – the last was during Vietnam. In addition to the ceremonial units at Fort Myer adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment is at Fort Lewis, Washington. That battalion is equipped with Stryker armored fighting vehicles (wheeled) and is part of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. UPDATE: One highly-knowledgeable reader points out that the “oldest continuously-serving unit in the Regular Army is D Battery, 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery” that was formed as Alexander Hamilton’s Battery during the Revolution.
  5. The earliest actions that an African-American soldier received the Medal of Honor for resulted in William H. Carney receiving the MOH. While he actually received the Medal in 1900, the actions he earned it for took place on July 18, 1863 at Battery Wagner on Morris Island in South Carolina. Carney served in the 54th Massachusetts, the unit immortalized in the movie Glory.
  6. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an Army operation. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark could choose any member of the Regular Army or the Militia to be a member of their Corps of Discovery. The expedition was funded by the War Department and the Army Quartermaster procured supplies for it. The soldiers were split into squads and were in uniform for the whole expedition.
  7. The Army Astronaut Badge is said to be the rarest badge issued by the U.S. Army. As of 2008, around 15 soldiers had earned it. Most of them have been graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Starbucks manager reportedly told employees to throw away military hats from display

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WIS reports on something quite disturbing that reportedly took place at a Starbucks in Columbia, South Carolina:

Dan Ramsey noticed something was different about the Starbucks in Trenholm Plaza in Forest Acres. Military hats that used to hang on a wall in the store, were no longer there.

“One in particular is someone I know, and that person is no longer with us,” said Ramsey, a medically retired Marine.

According to a spokeswoman for Starbucks, the hats were taken down during renovation and intended to be put back up.

Two former employees, Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Moseley, said that they originally understood that the hats would be put back up too.

However, they soon found out otherwise:

Until, they say, the general manager asked employees to get rid of the hats.

“They told us to throw them away,” said Moseley. “I just took them with me. I wasn’t going to let somebody else throw them away.”

Campbell and Moseley gave the hats to Ramsey earlier this week, but Starbucks wants them back now:

The spokeswoman says the company recognizes “how meaningful the hats are to customers” and would like them to be put back on the wall.

According to the spokeswoman, they are working internally to determine what may have happened at the Starbucks branch in Trenholm Plaza.

This Starbucks location is just over a mile or so from Gate 2 at Fort Jackson, which is the most heavily trafficked entrance to the Army post. It’s already on Starbucks’ radar screen now and they are scrambling to try to fix the situation. However, if you feel the need, you can email them.

Kudos to Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Moseley for saving the hats from being thrown away.